Financial institution questions pool contractor after I-Workforce tales
Thursday January 31, 2019
COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW / WAGT) – A couple of local pool entrepreneurs could find themselves in even deeper water. After our I-Team started investigating Bruce Alford Jr. (Gil) and his wife Heather, mug shots piled up. Now documents are piling up in front of the bankruptcy court.
We usually report on court documents, but this time our I-Team is on them. Appendix G contains 18 pages of Facebook posts by Meredith Anderson and I-Team stories investigating the Alfords of Georgia Lina Pools.
A year ago today, Lauren Pearson and her husband gave the Alfords a check to start the pool of their dreams, but the whole thing was a nightmare for the young couple. All they got was an unfinished mess. “How can you honestly do this to someone? Do you know how much you’re going to set someone back?” Lauren wasn’t the only person asking these questions.
Our I-Team has documented that many families have thrown back a lot of money. Now lawyers at a bank are using the work of the I team before a bankruptcy court. They’re trying to prove the Alfords lied to get a Small Business Association loan. The Alfords also signed a form stating that “the loan proceeds were to be used solely for the operation of Georgia Lina Pools.” Instead, the bank believes they used the $ 150,000 on everything but business. They closed the deal “only eleven days after the loan proceeds were paid out”.
Meredith Anderson: Yeah, where is the money?
Lauren Pearson: That’s what I want to know. I mean, where is the investigation into these guys? Why is nobody watching her every move? Why were they released from prison all these times? Besides, there is just no communication, you guys, work off your tails. “
Customers like Pearson paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for pools.
Meredith Anderson: Do you think they knew what they were doing? Was that a fraud operation?
Lauren Pearson: “100 percent. Especially after we’ve seen all of this and heard all the other stories. This wasn’t just a – oh shoot, we got our hands on too much. No. You lied to the end. “
The bank also believes they have illegally converted “all collateral” prior to bankruptcy “and so far have” made no statement “as to where it all led.” I want justice to be served for all of us. I mean, it’s not just us. It’s not just our money. It’s this whole church. It’s more than Columbia County. It’s a lot of money, “said Pearson.
The Pearson’s finally got their pool after paying Pete Alewine Pool and Spa to quit the job. She says her family absolutely loves it. But they had to pay twice for it. Now she’s hoping Bruce and Heather Alford will have to pay for it too.
Our I-team will keep digging.