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Dot-Com Company Faces Complaints

POSTED: 12:10 am EDT May 3, 2005
UPDATED: 2:26 pm EDT May 3, 2005

A 22-year-old man who founded a successful dot-com business in Central Florida faces several allegations, including rape, as his former company faces several complaints from customers, according to an exclusive Problem Solvers report.

  • Richard Gorman is a co-founder of Oevau Technologies, a Web-based provider of nutritional supplements.

    Richard Gorman is a co-founder of Oevau Technologies, a Web-based provider of nutritional supplements.

    Gorman has more trappings of success than most people twice his age, according to Local 6 News reporter Tony Pipitone.

    Last year, Gorman and another man, Joey Guest, managed to amass more than $1.25 million in Orlando real estate, according to the report.

    But Local 6 News reporter Tony Pipitone said there is another side of Oevau Technologies.

  • Complaints on rip-offreport.com, a consumer advocate Web site, and with the Florida Attorney General include claims that credit cards were billed $40 a month for supplements that people did not want, according to the report.

    Complaints on rip-offreport.com, a consumer advocate Web site, and with the Florida Attorney General include claims that credit cards were billed $40 a month for supplements that people did not want, according to the report.

    "Why were there so many complaints, what was going on?" Pipitone asked Oevau president Joey Guest.

    "Honestly, I don't really know," Guest said. "It's just consumer feedback. We listen to it and if there's any issues, we correct them."

    Judy Ries spent six months with Oevau before she says she quit.

    "They said you could be rude to the customer," Ries said. "You don't have to listen to any customer complaints."

    "In a typical day how many complaints would come in?" Pipitone asked.

    "Oh, about 60 in a day," Ries said.

    Pipitone said Oevau has been correcting complaint problems in recent months.

    Oevau said Ries was terminated and is suing her for defamation, claiming she made multiple complaints on the Rip-off Report site under aliases.

    Pipitone said there was also a darker side to the story, involving Gorman.

    Some women say Gorman is a rapist, and police charged company computers were used to intimidate one of his alleged victims.

    "While he was president, the company's computers were connected to an anonymous e-mail exposing the name of a rape victim, his rape victim, allegedly -- one of two women Gorman is charged with raping in Tallahassee," Pipitone said in the report.

    One posting called the woman an HIV-infected drug user who had sex with more than 100 men, and another said she had been raped by her father.

    Gorman was charged with witness tampering in Leon County, but the charges were dropped because the computers connected to the e-mail accounts were located in Orange County, at Oevau and at Seminole County at Gorman's parents' home, Local 6 News reported.

    Gorman is supposed to be living at his parents' home while free on $20,000 bond as he awaits trials on both rape charges, according to the report.

    However, Local 6 News found him spending time in downtown Orlando -- at a $430,000 condominium he owns with Guest and having lunch with Oevau's corporate officers.

    Pipitone tried to speak with Gorman as he left a gym in Orlando.

    "Can you tell me how you got a $1 million in real estate in Orlando in the last year with your partner and if it's an honest business?" Pipitone asked Gorman.

    Gorman did not answer the question and drove away.

    Since the attempted interview, state records showed Gorman was removed as president of Oevau and Guest said he's acquired Gorman's interest in the company.

    Gorman, who has not been convicted of a crime, faces the first of two rape trials next month in Tallahassee. His first trial ended in a hung jury.

    Watch Local 6 News for more on this story.

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