Sunday, April 6, 2014


Published on 4/6/14
Updated 4/9/14
For more details, see the blog posts listed at the bottom of this page. 


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Anglen, Robert  
Date: Sun, Sep 28, 2014 at 9:40 AM
Subject: Story on camelback consign
To: Glenn Michaels 

Story is in today's paper. Your blog is mentioned prominently in the story. Thanks for all of your help. Here is a link:

Blog Post Theme Song: Eve of Destruction

UPDATE - October 3, 2014:

Three of the four letters received from the AG's office use the familiar salutation, "Dear Glen," misspelling my name. But that aside,  I'm fascinated to learn that we are on a first name basis although we've never been introduced. 

The thing is, Tom, If the AG's office can't do something as simple as spelling my first name correctly, what hope can Arizona citizens have that it will do the big things correctly? 

Tell me, Nikki, why did it take more than a month for your office to mail me a notification that  a lawsuit had been filed? The letter I received is dated September 26th. 

Can you tell me, Tom, if my complaint to your office is part of the lawsuit? The letter seems to imply, but doesn't clearly and unequivocally state that my complaint was incorporated in the lawsuit. Had it come from another agency, I would have assumed that the implication could be relied upon. But you folks are attorneys. And I now know that implied promises are simply one many ricks attorneys use to increase their income through arbitration or other legal actions. . 

This letter promises, "When the lawsuit is complete, we will notify you of the outcome."
Wow, thanks. Thing is, I can pretty much guess the outcome.

  • Since this is a civil suit, "the defendant" won't go to jail. 
  • As the defendant is busy gambling away whatever funds he has - or is otherwise disposing of the goods and money he and his employees defrauded his clients of, there will be no reimbursement for losses incurred.
  • Since the defendant is 62, most likely unemployable as a result of his crime spree and reputation,   and will not be allowed to go into business again in Arizona, there will be little or no future income to garnishee.
  • Since the AG didn't charge the defendant's much younger partner (and son) or his longtime sales associate(s), they won't be making any contributions to the victims' either.
On the other hand, the AG's November 12, 2013 letter made the following promise, "We are in the process of contacting the company to request a response. When we receive the response, we will send a copy of it to you."

Nearly a year later, despite the fact that the defendant was subpoenaed by the AG's office, I never received a copy of the response provided by the defendant. UPDATE - August 19, 2014: 

After three major articles in the Arizona Republic about Camelback Consign & Design and it's president, Michael Burns (aka the Camelback Vampire), including an admission that he cheated consignors, after TV segments by Call Joe, 5 on Your Side, and Call 12 for Action, after Burns was apparently subpoenaed by the Attorney Generals office and an investigation initiated in April 2014 and after dozens of complaints by consignors about the theft of their items or non-payment....

Mike Burns remains a free man. Unindicted. No prosecution announced by the AG. 

Yup, that's right. As soon as he can scrape together the wherewithal, he's free to do the same thing all over again.

1. The Complaint. Oct. 27, 2013

 2. Initial Response from AZ AG"
"We are in he process of contacting the company to request a response..."  
Nov. 12, 2013

3. Follow-up Inquiry
February 19, 2014

4. AG's Response to Follow-up:
A Duplicate of the 11/12/13 Form Letter Above

"We are (STILL!?)  in he process of contacting the company to request a response...
"The complaint process can sometime be very lengthy... 
(because neither the AG nor the predator actually gives a damn about your little problem).

March 20, 2014   

 5. Response to Receipt of Dup Letter (Pg 1)   
March 25, 2014

6. Ms. Harvey, Consumer Info & Complaints Manager, writes: 
FIVE month after receipt of my initial complaint: 
"The Consumer Protection and Advocacy Section of our office...
is attempting to make contact with the business..." 

Point Taken: If the State Treasurer showed the same level of commitment to delivering
 paychecks to the AG's office, the staff would have long since starved to death.

April 2, 2014

7. The Attorney General files a civil lawsuit against Michael S. Burns: on 8/22/14.

8. The Attorney General needed a month to mail the following form letter to victims.

Published on 4/6/14
Updated 10/3/2014

Mike Burns wasn't born yesterday. He wasn't born on the Fourth of July, either. NOPE. Mike Burns was born on 9/11 in 1952. He was destined. 

I don't know if the truth will set you free. But fuss loud enough with a big 'nough bunch a friends and I swear folks 'll do near anything to get you to shut up. Fast as they can. 

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