Javontae is moving on to the Volunteer State

No sooner did we publish “Law Office Scammer, Javontae Holloway” and how he was then focusing his efforts on the Florida Bar, that we received another inquiry this week, from Nashville, Tennessee. It didn't work in Nashville. His song fell flat in Davidson County. His story got about as much traction as a log floating down the Cumberland River. I am happy to report his efforts were again thwarted when the lawyer picked up on a few factual discrepancies, did an online search and found the Lombardi Law Firm blog posts about Javontae Holloway. Apparently, and of course I do not have the lawyer’s notes, but the name Carl Torrence once again, came up. Isn’t that interesting?

Carl Torrence called us this morning in Nashville. He was rear-ended by a U-Haul truck on 1-40. Paraplegic. Needed rent and electric paid because his colostomy bags needed to be cleaned. But U-Haul does not do partial payments when he called and asked. And, no he did not have that number with him. But someone named John would be there at 11:30 to sign the release for $1.5 million. He thought they had an umbrella for at least $5 million, a lawyer in Mississippi had all but confirmed it. But he could not wait. As I heard the story, I asked if a wreck this bad was covered in the news. He did not know because he was in the hospital and then recovering at his sisters in MS. So, I googled his name and this blog was the first hit…

It's the same scam, but with slightly different facts. This type of scam has been around since the 1980’s. Back then it was mostly employed in the “Rust Belt”.

Good luck and if you are contacted please let us know so we can continue to track him. As is always the case we will never use the lawyer’s name unless asked to do so. 

Steve Lombardi
Iowa personal injury, workers' compensation, motorcycle, quadriplegic, paraplegic, brain injury, death
10 Comments
This guy is one busy scammer... he hit my law firm twice this year... February and again a couple weeks ago... no, I didn't fall for it either time... he needs to keep better records of who he calls so he doesn't waste time on repeats.
by Paul J. Molinaro, M.D., J.D. September 20, 2017 at 01:01 PM
Called our law firm in McKinney, Texas today with the same story.
by David September 19, 2017 at 06:01 PM
Got a call earlier today from Kevin Kosan (or something like that, the connection was bad) who heard about my firm in Portland, Oregon, from Wayne Winters. Gave me the telephone number of 832-840-7499. Said he was working from Home Depot in Medford, Oregon, when a tire blew off a U-Haul truck and slammed into him. He was in Texas now and they had offered him $1.5 million to settle that day and wondering if it was the right thing to do. Pressed him a bit, and he ended up hanging up. Same scam, different state. Thanks for putting up this post so we can alert people around the country against this scam.
by Brendan July 26, 2017 at 05:35 PM
Guy called me today. He's going by Kevin Johnson. phone number 225-450-5483. Said he was working for Home Depot laying cement, was injured south of Tuscaloosa, AL. He said some 'black lawyer' in Texas, where he lives in Houston and the address is 2731 Tidewater Drive 77045, told him about umbrellas and he needed to call a lawyer in Alabama. He couldn't remember the lawyer's name but it may have been Louis. He also said he got my name from some uncle's cousin or something named Wayne Winters who we represented three years ago. This story changed when I kept pressing him on it. He then put his 'landlord' on the phone who could was barely coherent. They had to get down to sign the release at 3:45 because the insurance company was flying back. He was going to get 1.5M but owed medicare 225k. He was late on his rent and was 'evicted' a month ago, but if he could pay $189 the landlord would let him stay there until September. The landlord had a very sick wife with stage IV lung cancer and he had to buy her medicine. He never really asked me for the money which is what threw me off. When I pressed "Kevin" on details and started asking him for information I needed to pull the accident report, he kept saying the insurance company is beeping in, let me call you back. He also asked if I could meet up with him and his sister would come by and show me all the paperwork. He eventually hung up on me. It sounded reasonable until the 'landlord' got on the phone- which made no sense. I thought at first it was an old buddy of mine playing a trick on me and then realized it was just a scam. I typed in just a few words to google and this pulled blog pulled up. Amazing the similarities.
by Booth Samuels July 11, 2017 at 03:25 PM
Carl Torrence 225-540-4890, same facts. We are in a very small town in NE TN north of Knoxville. Same facts. As the paralegal I screen the more serious calls. Before returning his call, I checked for a news report regarding a serious accident with a U-Haul on or about the date he gave us and found all the notes about this scam. When I called him back to ask some questions, he had someone in the background coaching him and he very quickly said "never mind" and hung up. So he's moved to working NE TN now and that means that NC probably will be next.
by Sharon April 20, 2017 at 12:37 PM
This same person called our lawfirm today with same story. We are out of Fayetteville, GA.
by Amanda Thomas April 17, 2017 at 07:49 PM
Same "Carl Torrence" story today in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with a new phone number. (225) 259-0228
by Angela April 12, 2017 at 12:05 PM
"Carl Torrence" just called our office yesterday with a similar story. His current phone number as of today is 225-259-0317. Our personal injury law firm is located in Lafayette, Louisiana. Mr. Torrence stated his accident occurred in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but he was currently living in Houston, Texas, where his landlord "Roger Davis" was demanding he pay the rent or he would be evicted in the morning. Mr. Davis spoke to us, and was very adamant that we send him $189.00 to cover his wife's medication, otherwise he would evict Mr. Torrence. All of the hospitals I called that were provided by Mr. Torrence showed no results under his name. Good luck tracking him.
by Jeremy April 4, 2017 at 10:54 AM
"Carl Torrence" contacted our law office in West Virginia yesterday with the same story as quoted above. When our attorney contacted the company, he was told that he was the 7th attorney that day who had made the same inquiry about this fraudulent claim.
by Terri Robinette February 13, 2017 at 12:51 PM
Same call... same sad sad story... the red flags went up immediately... while lawyers, as a whole, are a skeptical group, the greed factor here makes one see how a newbie or someone with less street smarts would fall victim.
by Paul J. Molinaro, M.D., J.D. February 2, 2017 at 05:21 PM
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