Wed. Feb 26th, 2020

A Merritt Island man who says he gave Brevard Solar LLC more than $110,000 dollars, is speaking with WESH 2 News. All of this is happening, while the now shuttered company is being investigated by law enforcement and now the Florida Attorney General’s Office.In a statement to WESH 2 News the Attorney General’s Office said: “We are actively reviewing complaints we have received against Brevard Solar and working with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office to ensure that they have received all complaints and information as well. Our Consumer Protection Division is also in touch with FDLE, the Brevard County State Attorney’s Office, the Central Florida Better Business Bureau, and the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation, who issued a license for this company. As this matter is actively being worked among various agencies, we cannot comment further at this time.” Darryl Burns, who lives in Merritt Island is one of many who says they were misled and lost their money to Brevard Solar LLC with nothing to show for it. Burns said several years ago, he loaned James and Sandra Spann, the owners of the company, $50,000 dollars of their retirement money, hoping to get a return that Burns said only happened when he first gave the loan out.“He was telling me how he was going to expand, he had two teams. The reason they wanted the loan was so that they could expand further into three teams and they had a lot of business not only on the Space Coast, but they were doing work in the Jacksonville area and then most recently over the last year, or two they had expanded to the Tampa, St. Petersburg area,” Burns said. “He was a good sales person. He, I believe made up a lot of stories to embellish why you should do things,” Burns said.December was the last Burns said he heard of James Spann.“Finally came out and made a payment. He asked that I not cash the check right away, that his wife who does the books had made a mistake and she was transferring money to pay for some panels and when she transferred it, she put the wrong number of zeroes,” Burns said. We asked Burns if he believed them. “At the time I did, but now I know it wasn’t true.”Burns said he also spent around $60,000 dollars to have solar panels installed. He like many others, were left without the panels, and out of money.Monday, an attorney for the Spanns told WESH 2 News that they “will soon be officially declaring bankruptcy.” “It’s just an excuse. I think he now knows that he’s in trouble. I personally think he knew a long time ago that he was in financial trouble, but he still…the people’s money,” Burns said. “I would love to get my money back. I don’t think that will happen,” Burns added. “I want to make sure that they don’t do this to other people.”The Florida Attorney General’s Office offered some advice to customers who may be affected: “The Consumer Protection Division, a civil enforcement authority, enforces Chapter 501, the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, which protects consumers from unscrupulous business practices. We encourage consumers to file complaints with our office if they suspect they are victims of a scam. Consumers should also contact local law enforcement to file a complaint if they suspect criminal activity.Please see the following links on our website for consumer tips to avoid contracting scams and to understand some of the consumer rights under Florida Law when they purchase goods through a home solicitation sale:http://myfloridalegal.com/pages.nsf/Main/7F03C51D308A4E9185257F77004BE16Bhttp://myfloridalegal.com/pages.nsf/main/18c35b713adbd1ad85256cc90053b3bc!OpenDocument“In addition, consumers may be able to recover lost funds through the Construction Recovery Fund if the work was done by a licensed contractor. For more information contact the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Construction Industry Licensing Board.”

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. —

A Merritt Island man who says he gave Brevard Solar LLC more than $110,000 dollars, is speaking with WESH 2 News. All of this is happening, while the now shuttered company is being investigated by law enforcement and now the Florida Attorney General’s Office.

In a statement to WESH 2 News the Attorney General’s Office said:

“We are actively reviewing complaints we have received against Brevard Solar and working with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office to ensure that they have received all complaints and information as well. Our Consumer Protection Division is also in touch with FDLE, the Brevard County State Attorney’s Office, the Central Florida Better Business Bureau, and the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation, who issued a license for this company. As this matter is actively being worked among various agencies, we cannot comment further at this time.”

Darryl Burns, who lives in Merritt Island is one of many who says they were misled and lost their money to Brevard Solar LLC with nothing to show for it.

Burns said several years ago, he loaned James and Sandra Spann, the owners of the company, $50,000 dollars of their retirement money, hoping to get a return that Burns said only happened when he first gave the loan out.

“He was telling me how he was going to expand, he had two teams. The reason they wanted the loan was so that they could expand further into three teams and they had a lot of business not only on the Space Coast, but they were doing work in the Jacksonville area and then most recently over the last year, or two they had expanded to the Tampa, St. Petersburg area,” Burns said.

“He was a good sales person. He, I believe made up a lot of stories to embellish why you should do things,” Burns said.

December was the last Burns said he heard of James Spann.

“Finally came out and made a payment. He asked that I not cash the check right away, that his wife who does the books had made a mistake and she was transferring money to pay for some panels and when she transferred it, she put the wrong number of zeroes,” Burns said. We asked Burns if he believed them. “At the time I did, but now I know it wasn’t true.”

Burns said he also spent around $60,000 dollars to have solar panels installed. He like many others, were left without the panels, and out of money.

Monday, an attorney for the Spanns told WESH 2 News that they “will soon be officially declaring bankruptcy.”

“It’s just an excuse. I think he now knows that he’s in trouble. I personally think he knew a long time ago that he was in financial trouble, but he still…the people’s money,” Burns said. “I would love to get my money back. I don’t think that will happen,” Burns added. “I want to make sure that they don’t do this to other people.”

The Florida Attorney General’s Office offered some advice to customers who may be affected:

“The Consumer Protection Division, a civil enforcement authority, enforces Chapter 501, the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, which protects consumers from unscrupulous business practices. We encourage consumers to file complaints with our office if they suspect they are victims of a scam. Consumers should also contact local law enforcement to file a complaint if they suspect criminal activity.

Please see the following links on our website for consumer tips to avoid contracting scams and to understand some of the consumer rights under Florida Law when they purc

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