I certainly saw this coming, and I don't know much about building at all. Just seems like common sense. Though I have heard that only 7% of the population has that.
It was almost a year ago I first heard of Scott Binsack.
Watermelon Punch, the Blog - Side-Blog - 26 Aug 2006 | in the same line of work
Are there not some kind of rules or laws to prevent someone from continuing in the same line of work for which they were convicted of swindling? "I want to pay the restitution, but the judge by law has no authority to order me to pay a higher amount per month if I can prove I don't have the income to do so," Scott Binsack, 37, said Wednesday night after President Judge Ronald Vican issued the decision.
And it reminded me of this story:
Watermelon Punch, the Blog - 18 May 2004 | The nerve of some gamblers! A New Jersey man pled guilty to concocting a bogus investment scheme and faces up to 20 years in prison. But instead of showing up for sentencing, Brian Strahl faxed the judge a letter saying he was playing in the world series of poker in Las Vegas -- an effort, he claimed, to win funds to pay back victims. The judge rescheduled the sentencing and denounced Strahl as a "degenerate gambler."
My concerns from last year certainly seem to have been founded. (Surprise, surprise.)
The Times-Tribune - Detractors, growing debt dog local builder For those aware of Mr. Binsack's past as a home builder in Monroe County, the recent issues come as no surprise.
In 1999 he was accused of taking money from several customers and not completing their homes.
... A near-fatal motorcycle crash prevented him from building the homes, he said.
... After a few years, however, many vendors and subcontractors refuse to do business with him or say Mansions & Estates owes them money. This year, some of those deals gone wrong have found their way to Lackawanna County Court.
... Mansions & Estates was in default to the tune of $13,026 for a commercial loan and had overdue balances on two commercial credit cards, according to court documents.
... Mr. Binsack said all businesses his size get sued.
"We are a $25 million business," he declared. "Anyone our size will have lawsuits, and I'm not going to pay for unjustifiable charges. Everyone who deserves to get paid will be paid."
The picture painted after all is one of narcissism, a person who plays fast & loose with reality, at the expense of people around him.
The over-the-top advertising alone perplexed me, as did the fact he got his own radio show of some type.
But what really makes me wonder is this... Is it really that 93% of the population sorely lacks common sense?
Or is there some other phenomenon that would explain why vendors, subcontractors, home buyers, and a bank would step willingly into his fold?
Or should we all just believe that all home builders get convicted of swindling and fail to pay vendors, that all businesses 'that size' get sued, default on commercial loans, and fail to pay for office furniture?
Are all the wronged supposed to just shut up and turn on the radio to listen to him hold court & regale his audience with fanciful tales of importance and persecution...
Electric City - 1/18/2007 By Rube Lomax "uber-developer Scott Binsack, president and founder of Mansions and Estates International (the ritzy, titzy construction company, that only builds homes $300,000 and up), was seen chatting up a gaggle of good-looking gal pals who seemed to hang on his every word. And yes, Sir Scott has quite the vocabulary. If you don't believe moi, tune in to WILK every Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. to catch Scott's acerbic yet witty local radio show. .... Anyhoots, Scott's appearance on the local scene from Long Island has been a welcome arrival and you can be sure Rude Rube will be stalking him every chance that I get.
In fact, I caught site of him over the rim of a smooth Absolut martini at Amore Restaurant this past week. He appeared to be dishing the dirt with power broker John Baker and a gathering of construction boy toys that appeared to salivate at the prospect of working for him."
I'd like to know what Lomax has to say now. Who in NEPA is glad of his arrival now?
According to gossip I've been reading, he's been accused of shoddy business practices in Long Island as well. I guess nobody bothered to check his references from there.
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