3OYS: Driver says limo company 'took him for a ride'

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Getting behind the wheel of a limousine is something Ron Salerno does every week.

“I’ve been driving limos for approximately four years," Salerno told 3 On Your Side.
 
And, according to Salerno, it's been a good ride.

“It's enjoyable,” he said. “You meet a lot of different people."

But things came to a screeching halt when Salerno started driving for a company called First Class Executive Global Limousine. Salerno said after he was hired, he was forced to pay for things that drivers normally don't pay for.  

"We were laying out money for gas and parking," Salerno told 3 On Your Side.

And Salerno said things grew worse when First Class Executive Global Limousine started paying him with checks that bounced.
  
"These are copies of two payroll checks that I have received that have been insufficient funds," he said.

Salerno said he's owed at least $1,600 from the company and has even filed a complaint with the state labor board to get his money.

3 On Your Side got involved and contacted the owner of the limo company, a man by the name of Barry Beall, seen in a previous 3 On Your Side report.

3 On Your Side is familiar with Beall because he's assisted 3 On Your Side in the past with limousine-related stories. And more importantly, he's the president of the Arizona Limousine Association.
     
Beall didn't want to talk to us on camera, but he said in a phone conversation, "I'm going to the bank today to get that taken care of."
  
That apparently never happened because Salerno said he never received his money.
  
So, 3 On Your Side called Beall back again. He said he mailed the $1,600 he owes to the state's labor board.

However, the labor board told 3 On Your Side it never received the money.
  
"You work honestly, and then to not get paid for it and then to have to, in a sense, beg to get your money, it seems, to me, ridiculous," Salerno said.

First Class Executive Limo is going through a name change; it's now called Triad Worldwide. The website lists the same phone number and Beall as the president.

Salerno said name changes won't keep him from collecting his money.

“I'm really upset, mostly about the tips, because that's not even company money; that is our money,” Salerno said.

Our 3 On Your Side investigation also uncovered other financial troubles for Beall. A Valley couple claims he defaulted on an $86,000 promissory note from a limousine business he purchased from them in 2013.