In September 2007 Armando Montelongo was arrested on “theft of service” charges in Austin, Texas.
Theft of Service: the legal term for a crime which is committed when a person obtains valuable services — as opposed to goods — by deception, force, threat or other unlawful means, i.e., without lawfully compensating the provider of said services. It may also overlap with some types of fraud in which payment is made on credit, but under an assumed identity, and ultimately disavowed.
Court records state the real estate developer and entrepreneur is accused of not paying a bill of over $4000 to an Austin-based property appraisal company for work done in 2005 and 2006.
According to an arrest affidavit, Montelongo hired Reliance Appraisal Services of Austin to perform several appraisals but never paid. The cost of those appraisals was $4,125, the affidavit said.
Theft of Service is a State Jail Felony, punishable by up to two years behind bars and a fine up to $10,000. [Source]
In January 2009 Armando Montelongo was cleared of all charges and took to his blog to rejoice and tell his side of the story…..
** A woman by the name of (who honestly cares) has a real estate appraisal service in Austin, Texas. She claimed that my company ordered several appraisals from her and didn’t pay. She sent the bill and I disputed it because I DID NOT ORDER THE APPRAISALS. In fact, some of the appraisals she was attempting to charge me for were for properties THAT WERE NOT MINE!
This is called a civil dispute since it is over a business matter. She sent me a threat letter from a civil attorney and I again disputed that I did not order these appraisals. The civil attorney immediately backed off since this is a case he could NOT win.
In my opinion, she now decided that since a civil attorney would not take a case that they would LOSE, that she would go the way of attempting to use the police department to act as a bill collector for her…..
…..Now that I have been cleared, I must look at the damage this woman caused. She slandered my name across a national scale…..
…..I will have NO MERCY as I file a Slander and Libel suit against her. I will also file such suite against her advisors as well! There is a time to rest and a time to fight. Now, after justice has been served, my enemies will remember me for the rest of their lives as I am about to launch the greatest war with the BEST lawyers in seeking compensation for the damages this woman caused. Many of the damages will be reserved for the court of law and for the lawyers to hash out. **
Read the rest of what Armando Montelongo has to say about his theft of service drama HERE at ArmandoMontelongo.com.
I’m not going to argue or disagree with Armando’s anger towards all this so-called BS because you can’t argue with someone’s feelings, but I do have a problem with him turning his anger into a quest for blood, and wasting valuable time that he could use to focus on improving his reputation through positive actions, and spending quality time with his family.
Sometimes you just have to choose your battles, and I’m not too sure that going after some crazy lady is worth the fight. Plus, to me, it just makes you look guiltier – I mean, if it’s all a bunch of BS and you’ve been cleared then why not just leave well enough alone instead of trying to defend yourself? Defend yourself and plead your innocence too long and too loud, I start to wonder which one of us you’re trying to convince.
I’ve had some experience with shady businessmen and the one thing they all had in common was their unwavering belief that they were doing nothing wrong – even when the law said they were. They also all suffer from massive glasshouse-itis – as in they are very quick to throw stones without ever admitting or acknowledging they live in glass houses themselves.
The point being that perhaps Armando Montelongo should take a deeper look at what he’s really up to and what his true deep down inside intentions are.
This isn’t to say that Armando is not a good businessman or that his programs are scams – because I don’t believe they are – I’m just sayin’ maybe he needs to do some self-reflection.