Pankaj Gupta has been contacted by several journalists of a late. He has spoken with the reporters regarding the Acteva payment problems. In his dialogue with the various reporters he has stated the same items repeatedly.
Claim 1. He never set out intentional to not pay people. I am pretty certain that this is a true statement, I don’t believe that Acteva sought out to scam people and keep their money. The statement looks fishy when an event held last month has not been paid back. When you know you can not pay back the money you are collecting, then it appears that your are seeking to rip off people.
Claim 2. The Actevasucks site is prevent Acteva from getting new business. This statement is not entirely true. The years of horribly late payments hurt Acteva’s business. People were complaining for over 6 months before my site came on line. This site went live on April 15th. Countless NPO’s, groups and Universities were not being paid and being ignored. While myself and another former Acteva client have been contacting people having upcoming events with Acteva to switch vendors, not everyone is.
Acteva has been full of excuses. It is so easy to blame the Actevasucks site for not attracting new business. Sure my site is visible, but its just another excuses that does not hold up.
Pankaj Gupta has blamed:
- the poor economy
- bad winter weather
- Hurricane Sandy
- event cancellations
- Internal Fraud investigation
- Executive on medical leave
- checks being sent out incorrectly, for the wrong amounts or to the wrong people
None of these excuses can explain how one groups has $160,000 go directly to Acteva and not a single check is sent out. This event was held in May 2012. That is a year prior to my site going live. This event is was not affected by the winter, Sandy or any of the other lame excuses. I talked to another person a few days ago and was advised that they discovered several checks missing over the years.
At this point in time, Acteva should stop allowing people to use Acteva as a payment vendor. If their clients refuse, they need to tell them they can not take their business. Collecting money when you can not pay it back is fraud Mr. Pankaj Gupta.