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Ad man denies scam accusations
by Evan White
Rochester, N.Y. -- He said he is no scam artist, but a handful of local business claim otherwise. Last week, 13WHAM News reported that a Brighton business owner claimed she was scammed $426 by an advertisement company that promised to place ads for her business in menus that would be distributed at a local restaurant. The business is called Home Town Marketing and its run by Andrew Demorest.
My anxiety level is through the roof right now, said Demorest of Greece.
13WHAM News contacted Demorest after interviewing Jenni Ventimiglia, owner of Pink Taffeta and Floral Expressions. She met Demorest on November 14th. He offered ad space on a catering menu that would be given out at Jeremiahs Tavern.
She paid $426 and was expecting drafts of his work within three days. A week later, he had not produced a draft for her.
I guess you could say it wasnt done in three days, said Demorest. No it wasnt.
To date, she has not received any proof of his work.
A spokesperson for Jeremiahs Tavern told 13WHAM News last week she had never heard of Demorest or his business.
Demorest told 13WHAM he had a contract with the tavern, but was unable to obtain it. He showed a portion of a sample contract from another restaurant.
During an interview at his home, Demorest read an email exchange he claimed took place in 2012 between himself and a Jeremiahs employee. Jeremiahs management said that employee did not work for them during the time frame given by Demorest.
I have enough work where I wouldnt have to go to a false restaurant and turn this into a news story, said Demorest.
There was an agreement with Mr. Dominics At The Lake. Demorest and owner, John Tachin struck a deal where Home Town Marketing would pay Tachin $500 to use the restaurants name and distribute catering menus inside.
Here were misspelled words, prices that were wrong and we kept calling them to fix the typos, and they never did, said Tachin.
Tachin never distributed the menus.
I can't go to Mr. Dominics and hand them out, said Demorest.
H&S Septic Services of Fairport paid Demorest to place ads in the Mr. Dominics menu in Spring, according to its owner. More than 10 attempts to reach Demorest were unsuccessful, according to management.
The Better Business Bureau gave Home Town Marketing an F-rating. There are three negative reviews of the business, one of them with similar complaints to those of H&S Septic Services and Pink Taffeta and Floral Expressions.
Out of hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of businesses, if weve got a couple complaints, first of all, I want to apologize, said Demorest. I dont know how that happened.
Brighton Police are investigating Demorest with regard to his agreement with Pink Taffeta.