Original blog post published May 11, 2010:
Travis D. Oberg of Yoshida Motor Sports has been pretty vocal to the Better Business Bureau. More than once he has called and tried to have complaints removed from his files. The complaints were all the same: a company ordered wholesale products from Yoshida, paid for the product and never received anything. Oberg maintained that he was a victim of the complainants who were trying to extort money from him, an honest business man. He frequently called them names and regarded them with scorn. Here are a couple examples:
"They continue to claim they want product. I have turned these issues over to our lawyer to discuss either re negotiating the contract or the terms of refund scince they are in breach. I ask that tis comlaint be set aside as I have agreements to the terms of payment and the breach this is a wholesale contract matter between to companies and this is not a consumer matter"
"I belive mr. ***** is using the BBB to extort from [our] business as he is in the wholesale surplus business and is is knowlegable to what a take all deal is. we feel that mr. ****** is using the BBB to extort our business as he understands the value of the BBB rating.. we have thousands of customers and most understand wholesale to wholesale transactions. we ask that this be dissmissed as this complaint is a contract issue business to business between to wholesale company this is not a consumer issue and has been submitted in bad faith. respectfully submitted"I started investigating Yoshida Motorsports after receiving a call on April 1, 2010 from a consumer that had been taken advantage of by the company. As it turned out, I needed to do very little investigating. Within twenty-four hours, I found out that the FBI was already knee deep in the case and building evidence. It was evident that charges would soon be brought.
On May 6, a warrant was issued for Travis Oberg's arrest, though he has yet to be apprehended. The U.S. Department of Justice has charged Oberg with wire fraud and money laundering. Today, we updated Yoshida Motor Sports' BBB reliability report to reflect the current government action taken against him. Yoshida now has an F rating with the BBB.
After speaking with Oberg several times in the past month, I almost expect him to inform us that he's been wronged by the Department of Justice, who are obviously trying to extort money out of him and we need to remove reference of the criminal charges from his reliability report.