Local Man Alleges Recruiting Scam

By: Sabrina Wu
By: Sabrina Wu

A local man says he was scammed by a recruiting company with an ad in the classifieds. The company is called Preferred Management and Training. It was hired by a couple of car dealerships in our area to train and screen sales candidates for them.

"I don't think they did anything wrong, legally. I think they did something wrong morally," said Steve Roads, who attended the seminar at Brickner's in Wausau.

"There are a lot of people out there looking for work, are desperate for work, and are willing to do something a little above and beyond to find of get a job," Roads said he has been looking for work for a year and a half, and paid $550 for the seminar.

But Roads says PM & T, who put on the two-day program mislead him and the other trainees. He says they were told there were six jobs available in dealerships around Central Wisconsin, including a possible management position in Little Chicago.

"I spoke to the sales managers in those locations, and they said 'well, we never had an opening'," Roads said.

"I told him our store in Little Chicago wasn't looking for anybody," Tom Bogumill, the manager at Brickner's in Wausau said.

Bogumill says he is happy with the hires he got from the seminar, however. He says he only had one position open, but ended up hiring two people. He says he is happy with the results.

Roads says he's not upset that he didn't get hired. He's upset that he was told here were six jobs when only one was available at the time.

"I'm sure if they said, 'Well, we've only got one position available. I'm sure they wouldn't have had those 11 people sign up for $550. I wouldn't have," said Roads.

"We never guaranteed anyone would get hired," Bob Crable, who conducted the training seminars said. "We have had several applicants get jobs from the program. We can't help it if someone is too lazy to get off their duff and call our placement services."

Newschannel 7 also talked to a couple of people who attended the seminar. They say they feel their money was well spent.

If you are suspicious of an employment service, you can check with the Better Business Bureau in your area or look on its Web site at www.bbb.org.