PACE financing practices come under fire from Hillsborough commission after 8 On Your Side report


MOSTLY INLAND AREAS WLEF HAVE — AREAS. WE WILL HAVE MORE ON THE FORECAST COMING UP. THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSION CAME OUT SWINGING TODAY AGAINST A HOME IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM THAT WE HAVE BEEN INVESTIGATING FOR MONTHS. IT IS A GOVERNMENT SANCTIONED PROGRAM CALLED PACE. WE UNCOVERED CONVICTED SWINDLERS WORKING FOR PACE. MARK DOUGLAS TELLS US THAT HIS 8 ON YOUR SIDE INVESTIGATION IS GETTING RESULTS TONIGHT. SURE IS. COUNTY LEADERS ARE REALLY FIRED UP OVER THIS. HILLSBOROUGH COMMISSIONERS EXPRESSED OUTRAGE OVER THE DECEPTIVE TRICKS WE FIRST REVEALED MONTHS AGO. TODAY THEY GRILLED THE PACE LENDER THAT LET IT HAPPEN. I WAS WATCHING CHANNEL 8 AND MARK DOUGLAS BROUGHT FORTH AN ISSUE DEALING WITH — A ROOFER. OUR INVESTIGATION SHOWED HOW THIS MAN, NEIL, DECEIVED — TELLING HOMEOWNERS THEY HAD DEFECTIVE ROOFS. MEET HIS MARKETING TEAM, TWO NOTORIOUS SWINDLERS WE HELPED SEND TO PRISON YEARS AGO. WHEN I SAW THIS I WAS APPALLED. AND SO WE WERE AFTER MEETING HOMEOWNER AFTER HOME OWNER WHO NEARLY ENDED UP DEEP IN DEBT FOR ROOF REPAIRS THEY DIDN’T NEED. HE IS THE PACE LENDER THAT ENABLED HIM TO OPERATE. THE ONLY UPDATE I CAN SHARE WITH YOU IS WE HAVE TERMINATED THIS CONTRACTOR AND OUR PROGRAM. THE DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS INSISTS THERE ARE PLENTY OF SAFE GUARDS. THEY KNEW MONTHS AGO HE WAS DECEIVING HOME OWNERS. THEY LET HIP KEEP OPERATING TILL WE EXPOSED THE WHOLE SCENE SCHEME. THE WAS A CONTRACTOR THAT HAD BEEN — HAD — COMMITTED FRAUDULENT ACTS BEFORE AND — YOU SHOULD HAVE PICKED UP ON IT. WHY DIDN’T YOU SEVERE THE RELATIONSHIP BACK THEN? YOU WILL HAVE TO CALL OUR COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE. BUT I’M TALKING TO YOU. HOW DO YOU THINK THIS WILL PLAY ON TELEVISION TONIGHT, MA’AM? WHEN YOU WON’T EVEN ANSWER THE MOST BASIC QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS PRACTICES. I BELIEVE YOU HAVE ALREADY SPOKEN WITH OUR OFFICE IN CALIFORNIA. BUT I’M SPEAKING WITH YOU RIGHT NOW. I’M NOT AUTHORIZED TO SPEAK TO YOU. COMMISSIONERS TOLD THE MANAGER TO RETURN JULY 18TH TO EXPLAIN WHAT SAFE GUARDS THEY HAVE TO KEEP THIS FROM HAPPENING AGAIN. IF IT DOES HAPPEN, CHAIRWOMAN SAYS THEY ARE FINISHED IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. IS THAT IT? TERMINATION THE ONLY CONSEQUENCE? MILLER SAID SOMEBODY NEEDS TO GO TO JAIL FOR THIS AND THE STATE ATTORNEY IS LOOKING INTO POSSIBLE CRIMINAL CHARGES AS WE SPEAK. WOW. THANK YOU. IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING YOU WANT MARK TO INVESTIGATE, CALL OUR 8

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