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A Mesa man, who was hoping to own and operate his own food truck, was dealt a financial blow before his business plan even had a chance.

Chef Bertrand Nunley is passionate about cooking, and he thought running a food truck would make sense for him.

"I decided I wanted to get a test kitchen or try to start doing my own recipes, so I looked for something that was low overhead and it was a food truck," explained Nunley.

After doing some research, Nunley came across a Georgia food truck manufacturer online called USA Concessions which also goes by the name Concessions USA.

Through some emails and phone conversations, Nunley said he worked with a man named Zachary Singleton.  

But Nunley said in order to get things rolling, Singleton wanted money up front.

"They asked for a deposit to get the food truck build started, $10,350, which I gladly paid. And after I gave them the deposit they ceased to respond to me or call me," Nunley said.

Bertrand said this all happened a year ago and even though Singleton's website says it only takes four to five weeks to fabricate a food truck, Nunley said he hasn't received his truck.

"They have since told me to stop calling. They told me that they are going to refund me, but a refund has never materialized.”

3 On Your Side investigated the company and found out it's not registered with the State of Georgia.
   
3 On Your Side also got a hold of the Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office in Georgia where detectives told us they are very familiar with Zachary Edward Singleton. In fact, they sent us a mug shot of Singleton. 

That's because they have received similar complaints from other victims who claim they also paid for food trucks and never received them.

A Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office spokesperson also told 3 On Your Side that detectives are working with investigators in other states regarding additional victims.

Nunley said it's an expensive lesson when it comes to paying up front for a food truck or anything for that matter. 

"I would definitely be wary about sending a large amount of deposit money anywhere outside your state or home city," warned Nunley.

3 On Your Side is in contact with the Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office and will continue to follow this situation for any new developments.

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