Man says he was scammed by FMB jet ski company

Posted at 12:33 PM, Nov 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-24 12:33:28-05

A Southwest Florida man says the men who were supposed to fix his boss's jet ski took more than $4,000 to repair it, then took off, leaving the jet ski in even worse condition.

Mark Fowler says he showed up one day to pick up the jet ski and the business had cleared out, leaving several customers' jet skis and boats behind un-repaired.  "When I first came here, you have this giant Liqui-Fixx sign, out here was packed, jet skis from the Liqui-Fixx sign all the way to the back."

He said the professional-looking facility was anything but.

Fowler brought his boss's jet ski to Liqui-Fixx to get a new motor, paint job, and a couple of repairs, gave them the money they asked for, but then kept getting the run-around.  "There was one explanation after another, one problem after another that always drug it out. It went on for close to two and a half months," Fowler said.

Fowler went into the shop earlier this month and told them they had three days to get the job done.  When he showed up to pick up the jet skis, the lot was cleared out.

"The building was empty, the guys were gone. I don't know where they are, and unfortunately I can't find them," Fowler said.

Fowler only knows their names are Dwayne and Sam.  They disconnected their phones and took down their website.

A man who used to work for Liqui-Fixx said the owners were evicted because they weren't paying the property owner.

Fowler is still frustrated the men never contacted the owners of any of the jet skis, some of which have no idea this is going on.

Four in Your Corner's Lisa Greenberg spoke with the property owner, who said he was burned by these guys, too.  He said they scammed him out of $12,000; they weren't paying their rent, and he has an attorney looking into it.

Fowler has advice for you he had to learn the hard way.  "You can't always trust a business based on what it looks like. I've learned now you really have to know the peoples names within the business you're trying to deal with," he said.

He said another shop evaluated the jet ski and said it's worse off than it was before he brought it to Liqui-Fixx, and it'll cost another $5,000 to fix.

The owner of the property said he will work with Fox 4 to get the information of the guys who ran Liqui-Fixx.

Count on Four in Your Corner to keep you updated.