Ed, I have pretty much the same problem regarding two rods that I paid for two months ago. It was on another forum and there was no way to contact him any more through that forum (I believe he disabled his PM's) so I sent him a followup letter but never heard back. I was worried something bad might have happened to him, until I saw this post yesterday and realized he was posting here, and I could PM him. I am confident that he and I can get this resolved, just glad to find a way to contact him. Looks like he was going through some personal issues and is a good guy.
Newtyer1, if you read this I sent you a pm through this board. Please contact me when you get a chance.
Ok, here's what the info I got. I spoke to a couple different people with PHWFF in Virginia. One knew Scott's CO in his NG unit. I won't go into those details, but I will go into the details of one of the volunteers who helps run the Quantico and Ft Belvoir programs.
"This past weekend I ran into this guy who is taking advantage of PHW Supports and Volunteers for his own gain. On Monday of this week this “person” and I am being really, really nice used my name to try and scam free equipment from a fly fishing vendor that has been a Great Supporter.
I am (for once holding back) on what I want to call this “person” because I want to get the word out this him and to be on the lookout for his scam.
It has sadly come to our attention that someone is lying and embellishing their veteran status for personal gain in our fly fishing community.
Scott A. Martin, is contacting our GREAT vendors to ask for free equipment and then he turns around and sells those products for $$ gain.
He has also taken advantage of the kindness and generosity of our PHW volunteers by acquiring free gear under false pretences.
Not only does this disgust all of us who work so hard to build relationships with supporters and vendors for our Wounded Warriors, but it disturbs us that a veteran would do this to other fellow veterans.
We post this so that our dedicated supporters, vendors and volunteers are aware of this imposter and should stear clear of any contact with him. We don't want him taking advantage of anyone else." - Marty Laksbergs
So take this as you want. I spoke to Marty for quite awhile on the phone the other day, and also another gentleman who helps more on the National Level with PHWFF as well. I quoted what Marty posted up on Facebook today (they first put up a small brief post on the two PHWFF programs pages a couple days ago).
I'm assuming he's a vet (at least in the NG), but has very much embellished what he's been through and possibly even his DV status. Why I was saying he could easily clear it all up posting up his DD214 or DD215.
I'm guessing this miscreant's days scamming the flyfishing community are over, and he will be moving onto another community. It's true that you can't teach an old dog new tricks, and similarly, it's very difficult to unteach an old dog his habitual tricks - especially a bad dog.
He is a professional scammer. He has posted on several forums that I visit and asked for free equipment. Several months ago he posted on a forum relating his so-called plight. Since I give several reels and lines away every year I put a package together and sent it to him in Virginia. He complained about the reel on another forum where he had asked for equipment. Yes, he complained about the free line, backing, leader and reel (all new) that i sent to him. Pissed me off, but I sent it to him by choice. Later he sold the reel. It was worth well over a hundred bucks. He is a liar and a cheat.