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Lawsuit filed over crime-scene thefts
By Eric Heisig
Staff Writer
Published: Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 6:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 6:38 p.m.
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A Houma business owner shot by her husband, who later killed himself, is suing a man convicted of stealing more than $53,000 worth of items from her home when he was cleaning up blood left behind.
Nicole Blanchard, 31, was at University Hospital in New Orleans for several months in early 2011, recovering and undergoing reconstructive surgery after 57-year-old Larry Blanchard shot her in their bedroom on 102 Woodburn Drive, authorities said. After shooting his wife, police said Larry Blanchard killed himself.
Reports of marital discord between the two had surfaced shorty before the shooting, though no complaints were made to law enforcement, police said at the time.
In December, Blanchard, who remains the owner of several Body Elite gyms in Houma, filed a lawsuit against Benjamin Hornbeck, who was working as part of the Texas crime-scene cleanup company Aftermath. A detective’s report from the Terrebonne Sheriff’s Office said Hornbeck, of Cedar Hill, Texas, stole two bass guitars, a CD containing photographs, a watch and several valuable pieces of jewelry, among other items.
As Aftermath was cleaning Blanchard’s house, her family noticed several pieces of jewelry missing from the couple’s bedroom, the report says.
When questioned, Hornbeck, 30, admitted to stealing the bass guitars, saying he intended to keep them because he plays. However, Hornbeck did not admit to detectives that he stole the jewelry, but a jewelry box was later found in Aftermath’s van and in Burger King bags, the report says.
In April, Hornbeck pleaded guilty to one count theft over $500 and was given a three-year suspended sentence, according to court records.
Aftermath has not been named in the lawsuit because the company’s name was unknown when the suit was filed, said Damon Baldone, Blanchard’s attorney. However, the police report names the company as Hornbeck’s employer. An unknown insurance company also is named as a defendant.
The lawsuit was filed because restitution for the stolen items was not part of Hornbeck’s plea agreement. Several pieces of jewelry, including a 5-karat gold ring with six diamonds, worth more than $26,000, were not recovered, the police report says.
The lawsuit says Blanchard is seeking money for breaching a contract, as well as for mental anguish and suffering. She also is seeking damages “due to the loss of articles that had great sentimental value, and that represented a happier life now lost, and has resulted in mental pain and suffering,” the suit says
Baldone said the suit is in its early stages, and that Hornbeck, to his knowledge, has not been served with a copy.
Todd Joffrion, Hornbeck’s attorney for the criminal charges, said he was not aware of the civil case and has not been hired to represent him.
Hornbeck could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.
In a statement, Aftermath said it was unaware of any lawsuit against the company.
“We are incredibly disheartened about the situation,” the statement says. “Aftermath has a zero tolerance policy against any misconduct of this kind. Upon first learning of the incident, Aftermath took immediate disciplinary action regarding the individual involved, who is no longer with the company. We immediately contacted the family to provide any assistance that we could and also fully cooperated with the authorities.”
The company says its workers are “trained in appropriately working with families to restore their home after a traumatic event, and we make every attempt to ease the burden of an already difficult situation.”
Full criminal background checks are performed on all prospective employees, the statement says.
Staff Writer Eric Heisig can be reached at 857-2202 or eric.heisig@houmatoday.com. Follow him on Twitter @TerrebonneCrime.

And yet another unsatisfied Aftermath, Inc. Customer.

We live in Abilene, Tx. Aftermath has just devastated our family as well, with an $18,000 cleanup bill. They told us also, that “don’t worry, your homeowner’s insurance will cover it”. Not only did it NOT cover the bill, but they also put a lein on the house!
HOW IN THE HELL can people get by with doing this to families at the WORST POSSIBLE time in their life!?!?!?!? Who can we contact for help against these VERY CRUEL PEOPLE?
SOMEONE PLEASE HELP!!!!

Please use the link below to complain about Aftermath, Inc.

If you feel you or a loved one has been taken advantage of by this company use the link below to file a complaint.

Federal Trade Commission

www.ftc.gov/bcp/consumer.shtm

http://www.complaintconsumer.com/over-charging/38894.html

Aftermath Inc
Posted: 7th of Mar, 2011 by the other guy   Send email
Over charging
Aftermath Inc has ruined peoples lives with buisness tactics that they use to get people to use them for their cleaning up their loved ones when they pass. This company is involved in numerous law suits across the country, including their own employees suing them. I can\\t believe this company is still in operating. The owners of this company have made millions by preying on individuals across the country and yet they still have the nerve to say they are trying to help people by charging them 1000hr. Tim and Chris should be ashamed of themselves. Tim, you still drive the Lambo they you bought with these people money you say you are helping. Please!!! You guys are getting shut down in Ohio because of your business practices. The entire U.S. should shut you guys out.

Worthen v. Aftermath, Inc. – Document 32

Court Description:

ORDER Granting 7 Motion to Dismiss for Failure to Properly Effectuate Service of Process. FURTHER ORDERED that 21 Motion for Extension of Time to Serve Notice is denied as moot. FURTHER ORDERED that 24 Motion to Amend Complaint is granted. The Clerk shall file the amended complaint. Plaintiff shall have 60 days from the date of this order to serve the amended complaint and summons. FURTHER ORDERED that 29 Counter Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff’s Amended Complaint or for a More Definite Statement is denied without prejudice. Signed by Magistrate Judge Carl W. Hoffman on 10/31/11. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF – MMM)

 

 

http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/nevada/nvdce/2:2011cv00344/79768/32

Investigation: Aftermath Complaints

Investigation: Aftermath Complaints.

Please watch this disturbing video of a news investigation about Aftermath inc

http://www.myfoxdfw.com/video/videoplayer.swf?dppversion=11212

Investigation: Aftermath Complaints

Published : Monday, 05 Mar 2012, 10:00 PM CST

DALLAS – A death clean up can be a gruesome job but there are companies that specialize in that service. They come to a family’s rescue in a desperate time of need but some families complain one local company may be trying to clean up more than just the mess.

Aftermath, Inc. does the dirty work, coming in after a murder, suicide or death in the family.

“He was a good kid,” Rick Donato remembers when talking about his son Shane. “Everyone talks highly of him. I can’t believe this happened,” he continued.

“I just loved him. He was so beautiful,” said Shane’s mother Brenda.

The pain rips through Rick and Brenda Donato. In November 2011, the unthinkable happened. Their only son, a college student, shot himself in their master bedroom.

“I didn’t see it,” Rick Donato said. “If I had known, that gun would have been gone. I would never have kept it,” he said.

Grand Prairie Police referred the Donatos to Aftermath, Inc. to clean up. In a complaint filed with the Texas Attorney General’s office, the Donatos say their relief quickly turned to anger.

“You are going to charge me $4 or $5,000 dollars for a clean up?” Rick Donato said he asked the Aftermath employee.

“ He said, yeah but don’t worry about it. Your insurance company ought to take care of it and he said it twice,” Donato continued.

But that is not what happened. They say their insurance company told them they would only pay about one tenth of the $22,000 bill.

It shows 3 workers spent 10 and a half hours at almost $300 an hour. That is almost $9,000. Another $3500 was for supplies and $3200 for profit and overhead.

“My son was laying right here,” Rick Donato said pointing to the floor in the master bedroom. “That is where he was bleeding the most. He shot himself in the head.

Donato says Aftermath, Inc. removed the carpet and pad and sealed the floor, scrubbed the wall, removed the blinds and dust ruffle and cut out a piece of carpet in the hall. Donato admits he didn’t read the fine print that states “providing any estimate would be difficult.” He signed off on the hourly rate and charges.

“They caught me at a weak time in my life,” Donato said wiping away the tears.

The Donatos are not alone.

“You are in shock that this is happening,” said Rexine Mayes.
Rexine and Jeff Mayes say Jeff’s step brother also killed himself with a gun. He was found around 8 days later. Seagoville Police referred them to Aftermath, Inc. In a complaint filed with the Texas Attorney General’s office, the Mayes say the company gave them a verbal estimate of around $3,000. A bill for that amount arrived but so did a second one.

“It was $31,800.00” said Jeff Mayes.

“How do you jump from $3,000 to $31,000? How do you do that,” asked Rexine.

The Mayes $31,000 bill shows more than $16,000 in labor. The insurance company, Geovera, that had the homeowner’s policy, called the charges, “excessive” and would only pay $10,000.

When the Mayes didn’t pay up, Aftermath, Inc. put a lien on the Seagoville home. Mayes says had he known the price could even get that high, he never would have signed the contract.

“Be honest. Tell us up front what the situation is, that way we can try to make the right decision and do the right thing,” Jeff Mayes said.

Aftermath’s website says it is the nation’s leader in biohazard management. Based in Illinois, it has been operating for more than 15 years.

The owners claim they are part of a family’s healing process.

“Our first purpose here is to assist the family,” said Tim Reifsteck of Aftermath, Inc. in a video posted on the company’s website.

The Better Business Bureau in Chicago gives the company a B- rating. There have been 13 complaints filed in the past 3 years.

In 2010, the Ohio Attorney General found Aftermath, Inc. was not in compliance with consumer laws after customers complained about “overbilling in excess of initial estimates.” The Attorney General ordered Aftermath, Inc. to pay $15,000. A report says the matter and the consumer complaints were resolved.

In Texas, we found Aftermath, Inc. has filed 9 liens on properties in Tarrant, Collin, Denton and Dallas Counties. 6 liens have been released. 3 are still active.

We called Aftermath, Inc. several times, even went by the Ft. Worth office. No one responded.

“They are taking advantage of people,” said Plaintiff’s attorney, Ted Lyon. Lyon is representing three families and going to battle for them. The former lawmaker believes these types of companies need regulation.

“This is a case that cries out for somebody to do something about it,” said Lyon. “It is the most vulnerable time in a person’s life and it is really
outrageous,” he continued.

Aftermath, Inc. claims its prices are reasonable and well below the regional average for biological remediation and the company is concerned with a family’s welfare.

“We are going to get them going, get them back into their life so they can start to live again,” said the co owner of Aftermath, Inc. in a story that was posted on the company’s

Read more on myFOXdfw.com: http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpp/news/investigative/investigation%3A-aftermath-complaints-030412#ixzz1sPhvfIFVwebsite.

“There is no healing with them,” said Rick Donato. Donato says he feels like Aftermath, Inc. is trying to clean him out. He fears after losing his son, now he may lose his home.

“They can charge a fair price, that is not the problem,” said Brenda Donato. “This is not a fair price,” she continued.

“I don’t know how they can do it,” Rick Donato said. “That is taking advantage of someone in so much pain. My son was everything,” he said.

Death clean up companies are not regulated in Texas. Attorney Ted Lyon spent 15 years in the Texas Legislature. He believes these companies should be licensed and they should have to meet certain standards.

The Seagoville Police Chief told Fox 4 he was not aware his department was making referrals. He now has a policy that prohibits giving out the names of clean up companies. The Grand Prairie Police policy allows for referrals but officers are supposed to hand out a list of company names, not just one name. Rick Donato says in his case, he got three names but was told only Aftermath, Inc. worked on weekends and it was a Sunday.

I thought this was funny.

Junior Member

Posted12-15-10 07:59 PM12-15-10 08:59 PM

Dear Discovery,Mikes pleas for new Dirty Job ideas have weighed heavily on me. Many sleepless nights have left me with the inescapable resolve that I could not live with myself if I didn’t make this submission and Mike and the crew had to go on unemployment for the lack of one more Dirty Job to do. I could not live with that kind of guilt so here goes.There is a company called Aftermath Inc, they can be seen at aftermathinc.com. The folks at Aftermath provide a number of vital, if somewhat disturbing, services that most people would probably just as soon remain oblivious to. Aftermath will tend to a number of unforeseen dilemmas in your home including unattended death, suicide, homicide, and general blood cleanup. We see they are also expanding into the field of hoarding and filth clean up as well as tear gas mitigation.

I have no doubt that Mike has untapped talents that have just been waiting for an opportunity like Aftermath and hopefully Aftermath Inc has just been waiting for Mike. While I am not personally acquainted with Aftermath I can’t help but imagine that they may be at least worth a call.

Brad Winter
Fairfield, IL
winter012@frontier.com

Registered: 12-18-04 Reply With QuoteEdit or Delete MessageReport This Post IP

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Posted12-16-10 10:54 PM12-16-10 11:54 PM Hide Post
That would be special! Highlight a company that victimizes families twice by requiring grieving family members sign a contract that is no more than a open checkbook. Charge ten times what everyone else charges and put grieving family members into foreclosure or bankruptcy when insurance refuses to pay the outrageous bills.You can do that when four out of a handful of employees are attorney’s and paralegal’s. The real story here is how the Ohio Attorney General slammed the company and how other states will be doing the same. Check out the lawsuits, complaints and the past employee’s suing their old company.
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Aftermath Inc charges $22,000.00 for biohazard cleanup in TX

> All I can say is wow….
> Watch the video.
>
>
> _http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpp/news/investigative/investigation%3A-aftermath-c
> omplaints-030412_
> (http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpp/news/investigative/investigation:-aftermath-complaints-030412)
>
>
>
>
> Investigation: Aftermath Complaints
> Published : Monday, 05 Mar 2012, 10:00 PM CST
> *
> _Becky Oliver_
> (http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpp/about_us/personalities/Becky_Oliver)
> _FOX 4 News_
> (http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpp/about_us/personalities/Becky_Oliver)
>
>
>
> DALLAS – A death clean up can be a gruesome job but there are companies
> that specialize in that service. They come to a family’s rescue in a desperate
> time of need but some families complain one local company may be trying to
> clean up more than just the mess.
> Aftermath, Inc. does the dirty work, coming in after a murder, suicide or
> death in the family.
> “He was a good kid,” Rick Donato remembers when talking about his son
> Shane. “Everyone talks highly of him. I can’t believe this happened,” he
> continued.
> “I just loved him. He was so beautiful,” said Shane’s mother Brenda.
> The pain rips through Rick and Brenda Donato. In November 2011, the
> unthinkable happened. Their only son, a college student, shot himself in their
> master bedroom.
> “I didn’t see it,” Rick Donato said. “If I had known, that gun would have
> been gone. I would never have kept it,” he said.
> Grand Prairie Police referred the Donatos to Aftermath, Inc. to clean up.
> In a complaint filed with the Texas Attorney General’s office, the Donatos
> say their relief quickly turned to anger.
>
> “You are going to charge me $4 or $5,000 dollars for a clean up?” Rick
> Donato said he asked the Aftermath employee.
>
> “ He said, yeah but don’t worry about it. Your insurance company ought to
> take care of it and he said it twice,” Donato continued.
>
> But that is not what happened. They say their insurance company told them
> they would only pay about one tenth of the $22,000 bill.
>
> It shows 3 workers spent 10 and a half hours at almost $300 an hour. That
> is almost $9,000. Another $3500 was for supplies and $3200 for profit and
> overhead.
>
> “My son was laying right here,” Rick Donato said pointing to the floor in
> the master bedroom. “That is where he was bleeding the most. He shot
> himself in the head.
> Donato says Aftermath, Inc. removed the carpet and pad and sealed the
> floor, scrubbed the wall, removed the blinds and dust ruffle and cut out a piece
> of carpet in the hall. Donato admits he didn’t read the fine print that
> states “providing any estimate would be difficult.” He signed off on the
> hourly rate and charges.
>
> “They caught me at a weak time in my life,” Donato said wiping away the
> tears.
>
> The Donatos are not alone.
>
> “You are in shock that this is happening,” said Rexine Mayes.
> Rexine and Jeff Mayes say Jeff’s step brother also killed himself with a
> gun. He was found around 8 days later. Seagoville Police referred them to
> Aftermath, Inc. In a complaint filed with the Texas Attorney General’s
> office, the Mayes say the company gave them a verbal estimate of around $3,000. A
> bill for that amount arrived but so did a second one.
>
> “It was $31,800.00” said Jeff Mayes.
>
> “How do you jump from $3,000 to $31,000? How do you do that,” asked
> Rexine.
> The Mayes $31,000 bill shows more than $16,000 in labor. The insurance
> company, Geovera, that had the homeowner’s policy, called the charges, “
> excessive” and would only pay $10,000.
> When the Mayes didn’t pay up, Aftermath, Inc. put a lien on the Seagoville
> home. Mayes says had he known the price could even get that high, he never
> would have signed the contract.
> “Be honest. Tell us up front what the situation is, that way we can try to
> make the right decision and do the right thing,” Jeff Mayes said.
>
> Aftermath’s website says it is the nation’s leader in biohazard
> management. Based in Illinois, it has been operating for more than 15 years.
> The owners claim they are part of a family’s healing process.
>
> “Our first purpose here is to assist the family,” said Tim Reifsteck of
> Aftermath, Inc. in a video posted on the company’s website.
>
> The Better Business Bureau in Chicago gives the company a B- rating. There
> have been 13 complaints filed in the past 3 years.
> In 2010, the Ohio Attorney General found Aftermath, Inc. was not in
> compliance with consumer laws after customers complained about “overbilling in
> excess of initial estimates.” The Attorney General ordered Aftermath, Inc. to
> pay $15,000. A report says the matter and the consumer complaints were
> resolved.
> In Texas, we found Aftermath, Inc. has filed 9 liens on properties in
> Tarrant, Collin, Denton and Dallas Counties. 6 liens have been released. 3 are
> still active.
>
> We called Aftermath, Inc. several times, even went by the Ft. Worth
> office. No one responded.
> “They are taking advantage of people,” said Plaintiff’s attorney, Ted
> Lyon. Lyon is representing three families and going to battle for them. The
> former lawmaker believes these types of companies need regulation.
>
> “This is a case that cries out for somebody to do something about it,”
> said Lyon. “It is the most vulnerable time in a person’s life and it is
> really
> outrageous,” he continued.
>
> Aftermath, Inc. claims its prices are reasonable and well below the
> regional average for biological remediation and the company is concerned with a
> family’s welfare.
>
> “We are going to get them going, get them back into their life so they can
> start to live again,” said the co owner of Aftermath, Inc. in a story that
> was posted on the company’s
> website.
>
> “There is no healing with them,” said Rick Donato. Donato says he feels
> like Aftermath, Inc. is trying to clean him out. He fears after losing his
> son, now he may lose his home.
>
> “They can charge a fair price, that is not the problem,” said Brenda
> Donato. “This is not a fair price,” she continued.
>
> “I don’t know how they can do it,” Rick Donato said. “That is taking
> advantage of someone in so much pain. My son was everything,” he said.
>
> Death clean up companies are not regulated in Texas. Attorney Ted Lyon
> spent 15 years in the Texas Legislature. He believes these companies should be
> licensed and they should have to meet certain standards.
> The Seagoville Police Chief told Fox 4 he was not aware his department was
> making referrals. He now has a policy that prohibits giving out the names
> of clean up companies. The Arlington Police policy allows for referrals but
> officers are supposed to hand out a list of company names, not just one
> name. Rick Donato says in his case, he got three names but was told only
> Aftermath, Inc. worked on weekends and it was a Sunday.
>
> Read more on myFOXdfw.com:
> _http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpp/news/investigative/investigation%3A-aftermath-complaints-030412#ixzz1oUVqem7n_
> (http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpp/news/investigative/investigation:-aftermath-complaints-030412#ix
> zz1oUVqem7n)
>
> Read more on myFOXdfw.com:
> _http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpp/news/investigative/investigation%3A-aftermath-complaints-030412#ixzz1oUViXhdt_
> (http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpp/news/investigative/investigation:-aftermath-complaints-030412#i
> xzz1oUViXhdt)

Aftermath, Inc. Not Discovered..

This was apparently a post made by a citizen whom loves Aftermath,inc. so much they decided to help to get them on the Discovery Channel Dirty Jobs tv show. To advertise the crime scene cleaning company on national television. Check out the comment left after the original post.

Origin found here..or read below.

http://community.discovery.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/8251971108/m/82119631701

Junior Member

Posted12-15-10 07:59 PM12-15-10 08:59 PM
Dear Discovery,Mikes pleas for new Dirty Job ideas have weighed heavily on me. Many sleepless nights have left me with the inescapable resolve that I could not live with myself if I didn’t make this submission and Mike and the crew had to go on unemployment for the lack of one more Dirty Job to do. I could not live with that kind of guilt so here goes.

There is a company called Aftermath Inc, they can be seen at aftermathinc.com. The folks at Aftermath provide a number of vital, if somewhat disturbing, services that most people would probably just as soon remain oblivious to. Aftermath will tend to a number of unforeseen dilemmas in your home including unattended death, suicide, homicide, and general blood cleanup. We see they are also expanding into the field of hoarding and filth clean up as well as tear gas mitigation.

I have no doubt that Mike has untapped talents that have just been waiting for an opportunity like Aftermath and hopefully Aftermath Inc has just been waiting for Mike. While I am not personally acquainted with Aftermath I can’t help but imagine that they may be at least worth a call.

Brad Winter
Fairfield, IL
winter012@frontier.com

Registered: 12-18-04 Reply With QuoteEdit or Delete MessageReport This Post IP

Junior Member

Posted12-16-10 10:54 PM12-16-10 11:54 PM Hide Post
That would be special! Highlight a company that victimizes families twice by requiring grieving family members sign a contract that is no more than a open checkbook. Charge ten times what everyone else charges and put grieving family members into foreclosure or bankruptcy when insurance refuses to pay the outrageous bills.You can do that when four out of a handful of employees are attorney’s and paralegal’s. The real story here is how the Ohio Attorney General slammed the company and how other states will be doing the same. Check out the lawsuits, complaints and the past employee’s suing their old company.

Registered: 12-16-10