Discussion in 'Trials' started by Tricia, Jan 9, 2019.
Sorry if I got that wrong, but I remembered it differently.
I think he was maybe trying to cover himself for the check he cashed from the 2nd. He tried to make it look like Joey created this check maybe, to make it look like Joey was the one creating them, but then had second thoughts and deleted it?
But did he ever actually transfer the online account to a desktop account? Just calling and asking about it is not the same as doing so.
He claims that Joey asked him to do so. But if that was true, Joey would have given him all the necessary info to accomplish that task. But in the end, CM couldn't do it because he didnt have the passwords needed.
That ^^^ makes me doubt Chase's claim that Joey okayed it.
Later on Cathy said that Chase asked her to lie for him. She said that he told her he was in the bathroom so he didnt answer it. But that would look bad, so he wanted her to alibi him.
I will try and find that info.
The idea that this was some legit course of dealing is disproven by 2 facts
1. It started only on the 1st Feb
2. Chase fraudulently signed and cashed the cheques
3. Why backdate them as well as delete them?
And why did he commit cheque fraud by signing Joey's signature
Thanks for the info I truly appreciate
I just wanted to let everyone know what a HORRIBLE company this is. Their owner, is Charles (also known as Chase) Merritt. He doesn’t know how to run his business, or the meaning of customer service. He sells and manufactures high-end and VERY expensive indoor and outdoor waterfalls to the general public as well as to people who want to buy wholesale from him and retail his product.
Waterfalls by Chase and Chase Merritt took my money, and never delivered my waterfall after weeks of Chase lying to me about it. My wife and I were so upset about this. We spent over $3000.00 on this thing! He is a jerk, and was very rude and unprofessional. He never returned my calls, and when I went in to his office, the only person in his “office” had no idea who I was, and she had nothing on file for me. This was not her fault, as she had only worked there a while, and didn’t know much about past clients. His office suite was extremely dirty, and it smelled like feces and urine. The floors were very visably dirty, and the walls were covered in grime and dirt. It was absolutely DISGUSTING! I can’t believe he could actually call that a business. I drove around and noticed many things about his shop that were not OSHA compliant.
I researched this company some more, and I have discovered he had ripped off clients for thousands of dollars, all over the USA. I have high connections, and I was priveledged to receive the following information. I also was informed that there are currently many lawsuits filed against him, but he doesn’t pay what is demanded of him. Even after it being ordered by a court of law. This man is a con-artist, and nothing more. I also found out he had past emplyoees whom he stole tax money from, as well as not paying some of them out for their last weeks of work. He actually took tax money from employees paychecks, and never paid it to the IRS! From the people that I have contacted or become aware of, he owes about $200,000 or more in money he has stolen. From attending trade shows and Home and Garden shows, I have also been told that he likes to copy other people’s ideas and waterfalls. I spoke to MANY distraught people that have not had good experiences with this company. Do yourself and your pocketbook a favor, and DO NOT BUY WATERFALLS FROM WATERFALLS BY CHASE or CHASE MERRITT.
Ripoff Report: Waterfalls By Chase - San Dimas, California Furniture & Furnishings
I have just read a report about Charles Merritt, AKA Waterfalls by Chase and wanted everyone to know that I was also a victim of Charles Merritt. I hired him to do a custom water feature at a shopping center. He delivered some of the materials and disappeared with $31,000.00. I have been trying to reach him ever since. All phone numbers have been disconnected. Like Dan, from Newport Beach, I agree, Do Not Give Charles Merritt your money, he will take it and dissappear! The man is a FRAUD! He frequents Home and Garden Shows, so beware!
Ripoff Report: Waterfalls By Chase - San Dimas, California Outdoor Furniture & Equipment
Wasn’t surprised to see other reports of this guy on here. He should not be allowed to do business anywhere. He plays a good honest game, but you should beware of doing business with Chase Merritt. He’s a fraud and you will lose your money.
I learned the hard way.
I see on the other reports he is called Charles Merrit too.
Last known Address:
I Design 4U
1649 E Mission Blvd Suite C,
Pomona, CA 91766
Good luck contacting him. I’m sure he owes you money if you are reading this.
Ripoff Report: I Design 4u Chase Merritt - Pomona, California Outdoor Furniture & Equipment
Interesting stuff, huh? I haven’t found any Ripoff Reports for Michael McStay.
I agree, interesting information that speaks to CM and his dishonesty. Does he deserve prison time for fraud? Obviously, it appears that he does. There are similar complaints against DK regarding failure to provide waterfalls to customers after payment. That doesn't prove that either of them are capable of the mass slaughter of a loving family of 4. We need evidence that proves him guilty of murder. Thousands of examples of deception and fraud may make him guilty in the "court of public opinion", but it is insufficient evidence to prove premeditated murder.
If Chase signed the checks as "Joseph" that is outright fraud. There is creating an account wherein two can have check-writing faculties, but signing another's name is fraud. Nothing else.
I wasnt saying that this is evidence of murder. But I was trying to show some evidence that Joey , knowing this past history of Chase, would not likely offer Chase the keys to his bank account. JMO
Merritt's most recent felony conviction was in 2001, court records showed, when he admitted to stealing $32,000 worth of welding and drilling equipment from San Gabriel Valley Ornamental Iron Works in Monrovia, Calif.
He pleaded guilty to burglary and grand theft charges and was sentenced to 180 days in jail.
Merritt violated probation several times in subsequent years and failed to appear in court on numerous occasions, resulting in his probation period being extended and at least seven warrants being issued for his arrest between 2001 and 2010, the records showed.
His probation from the 2001 felony case ended on Sept. 14, 2010.
Merritt has also received several citations for driving on a suspended license, and appeared in Victorville traffic court as recently as July 2013.
None of Merritt's past crimes are violent in nature, as he pointed out in his interview with Daily Mail.
"Nine out of ten people on this planet have got some kind of criminal background," Merritt said to the tabloid.
"I am an old man. I got into trouble here and there when I was a kid, but I do not have some long criminal history, which is what people have tried to imply," he said.
McStay murder mystery: Who is Chase Merritt?
Thank you!! Story has evolved hasn't it!
It is a shame that we don't have a thread that is restricted to trial information. There are many of us who want to discuss the facts of the trial, the prosecution case and the defense case in a logical and readable manner. This thread started out that way, but the last 3 or 4 parts of it have muddied the waters for those who are trying to follow the court procedings. jmho
Prior to and after the McStay family disappeared, Merritt had written checks totaling more than $15,000 on Joseph McStay’s Quickbooks software accounting program. Some of the checks were written after the McStay’s disappearance on Feb. 4, 2010, and those electronic checks were backdated to Feb. 4, according to search warrants and testimony from the preliminary hearing.
Merritt told San Diego County sheriff’s detective Troy Dugal during a July 7, 2011 interview that Joseph McStay had given him permission to access and use his Quickbooks accounting software program and had been in possession of six blank checks prior to Joseph McStay’s disappearance. Merritt said he used the checks to pay bills and to pay himself for jobs completed, according to search warrants.
Merritt admitted to Dugal he signed Joseph McStay’s name on three of the checks, and claimed the other three checks he had written already had Joseph McStay’s signature on them.
“There is no evidence, other than Merritt’s statement, to suggest Merritt had permission to use Joseph’s Quickbooks accounting software to write checks,” Detective Ryan Smith wrote in a search warrant affidavit. “Merritt is not an authorized signer on the account.”
Merritt allegedly forged and cashed multiple computer generated checks from Joseph McStay’s business account after the family was killed, and investigators determined 76 blank checks were still missing – believed to have been taken by Merritt, according to the search warrants.
Investigators in San Diego County zeroed in on Merritt as a suspect in the case when the investigation was initially launched in February 2010 as a missing persons case.
Joseph McStay was going to fire his alleged killer over gambling debt, documents say – San Bernardino Sun
This is 100% backwards for the reason I already explained
So his smart way of protecting his assets was to let conman chase who owned him 40k to write fraudulent cheques in joeys name
That's an extremely optimistic estimate. I fear it's more like 1/6 if we are lucky.
Exactly my position as well.
I can confirm this. When somebody calls me that many times a day I could never pinpoint when a certain conversation occurred. With rare exceptions for memorable moments. I also have someone that is a "can't answer, don't have 30 minutes" type of phone call. Though, for mine it's more like 90 minutes. Especially if he's drinking.
Except we know he was not home with his girlfriend because he calls her around 9.30pm