Staffing company closes; leaves clients angry - CBS46 News

Staffing company closes; leaves clients angry

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

KAP Staffing, a company with offices in Dunwoody and Marietta has closed, leaving some customers without the jobs they say they were promised.

CBS Atlanta previously reported that the Governor's Office of Consumer Protection had fined KAP Staffing and its owner, Josh McCormick, earlier this year for misleading customers in its advertisements. A spokesperson for the consumer protection office said McCormick has not paid the $2,000 fine.

KAP offered to match clients with high-paying overseas contract jobs. As part of the service it also revises clients' resumes. KAP Staffing charged $649 for the service.

Darryl Horton said he was guaranteed a job that would pay six figures. But 8 months after he paid KAP, Horton still hadn't heard from a potential employer.

"KAP Staffing is a fraud. They need to be punished," said Horton.

Another KAP client who only wanted to use his first name, Kyle, said he was promised a job even though he has a back injury. He said he and his wife scraped together the last of their savings for the chance to get ahead.

"It's theft. They stole from us," said Kyle.

Both men said a KAP employee, Mike Price, met with them and convinced them to sign with the company.

Price told CBS Atlanta News that he never promised anyone a job but he agreed KAP did not properly market the clients to overseas employers. He said he only knows of 6 or 7 people who actually got jobs overseas through KAP's services. He estimated 220 people signed contracts with KAP.

Price said he blames KAP Staffing owner and operator, Josh McCormick. According to records from the state of Florida, McCormick also operated a company in Orlando and Jacksonville in 2009 and 2010 called A&J Staffing, which apparently did business as Global Personnel Associates or GPA.

CBS Atlanta has contacted a dozen former GPA clients who said GPA charged $650 to match clients with high-paying overseas jobs. The clients called GPA a rip-off because they never got any leads on jobs before GPA suddenly closed and moved to Georgia in early 2010.

Price said, in retrospect, he believes McCormick intended KAP Staffing to be a "get rich quick scheme."

McCormick did not return calls made by CBS Atlanta News.

He could be in "Charlotte, Birmingham, anywhere doing the same thing," said Price of McCormick.

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