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CLAIM: Alleged Scammers Tried To Defraud Office Depot Over COVID PPE

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Boca Raton Based Mega Office Supply Retailer Says Men Now Seek Huge Commission For Deal That Never Happened.

BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) (News App readers click here for full access) — Boca Raton-based Office Depot claims it was pressured by alleged conmen into purchasing millions of dollars of personal protection equipment (PPE) in the early days of COVID-19. The men, identified as Brett McGonegal of Water Will, NY; Robert Meissner, of Laguna Niguel, California; and John Nevado of New York, are now being sued by Office Depot.

Office Depot claims it realized the men were running some sort of a scam and dealt directly with the PPE maker. The suit seeks to stop the men who claim they are owed a commission on the multimillion dollar purchase.

The lawsuit is merely an allegation of wrongdoing. Whether the men engaged in legitimate or questionable conduct will be determined in court.

Office Depot alleges that “in April of 2020, Office Depot’s CEO, Gerry Smith, received a cold call from Meissner soliciting Office Depot to utilize Meissner and his team to purchase PPE. In their communications, Meissner identified his “team” as himself, McGonegal, and Nevado. Meissner touted McGonegal and Nevado’s business dealings in China over the past fifteen years. He described McGonegal as a senior banker who owns a larger financial media company in Hong Kong and Nevado as an international businessman whose agricultural business sold flowers into ‘tier one supermarkets in 30+ countries, including China.”

Continues the suit: “Meissner claimed that McGonegal and Nevado had leveraged their political clout in Beijing, and were in touch with the ‘Government Official’ responsible for coordinating the international sales and export of PPE. Meissner informed Mr. Smith that they could supply Office Depot with 8-10 million masks per week.”

The men, according to the suit, represented “Well Made” which was, allegedly, a distributor for a major PPE maker by the name of “BYD” in China.

But Office Depot claims it investigated the men and only found ”red flags” and inconsistent stories. Among them: the PPE distributor they were allegedly promoting, “Well Made,” “does not appear to be a website for a functioning company. The website contains no information about the history of the company, its track record in the business it seeks to contract, its clients, or even an address… Well Made’s website also appears to have been created in 2020.”

The principal place of business: a residential home in Miami.

Office Depot made contact with the PPE maker, BYD, and ultimately learned that there was no need to deal with the middle men. Office Depot entered into a contract valued at millions of dollars. Now, Office Depot says the three men — McGonegal, Meissner and Nevado — are preparing to sue Office Depot for eight percent of the total deal, claiming breach of contract.

Office Depot says there was no contract with the men who the company suggests were running a con.

Office Depot is asking a judge “to declare that Office Depot does not owe Defendants any money for the purported commission Defendants seek because there was no contract between the parties.”

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