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Attorney General Investigates Limo Service Owner

Posted August 6, 2007

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— The N.C. Attorney General is investigating Rich "Skippie" Graham for possible fraud after 5 on Your Side aired complaints against a limousine service and theology college run by him.

The state Attorney General's office is looking into claims that dozens of clients paid thousands to Graham's Durham-based Rollz Royce Limousine for service they never received.

Five on Your Side received three more complaints since reporting on July 30 about a group of Kerr Vance Academy students who said they were stranded by Graham on prom night.

Students from Raleigh, Carborro and Warrenton also said they paid Graham upfront in amounts ranging from $490 to $1,350. On prom night, Graham called to say that the promised limo was broken down, students said.

None of them ever received a refund from Graham, the groups said.

Newlyweds from Farmville said that Graham treated them in the same way: He took $270 to transport them in a 2007 Bentley but never showed up.

Graham is only licensed to operate two Lincoln Continentals, according to Department of Motor Vehicle records.

Graham is also under fire for the way he's operated another business, the online Victory College of Theology.

Chris Evans, a former student, told 5 on Your Side he paid thousands of dollars for a masters degree only to learn that the school is not accredited.

Studying at Victory College got him "nothing but a cover" for the degree at graduation, Evans said.

Victory College's web site underwent a re-design right after 5 on Your Side first aired the complaints against Graham.

His photograph and name, along with a list of affiliated religious figures, were removed from the site. Before the redesign, Victory College's web site labeled Graham's picture as Dr. S.R. Graham.

Two of the religious figures formerly listed on web site denied any connection to Victory College after being asked by 5 on Your Side.

Speaking to 5 on Your Side for a second time, Graham repeated his promise that clients would receive a refund from Rollz Royce Limousine.

He refused to say when the students and newlyweds would get their refunds but did say his attorneys would contact 5 on Your Side.

Action Limousine in Raleigh has volunteered to take all the stiffed students out for a limo ride.


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  • Stevesteve Aug 8, 2007

    Call me crazy, but is it really a crime to take money for a service and then not do that service? Like they say, Esse Quam Videri, which means "Let the buyor beware."

  • Jake Wildstar Aug 8, 2007

    This guy is a creep.

  • shine Aug 8, 2007

    Skippie - the Professor and Company Pres. Sounds like he has skippied through alot of others money.

  • Red Aug 7, 2007

    OK, I was partially wrong as to whom would investigate crimes based on jurisdiction. Local DA's can prosecute people on state charges. BUT, the NCAG has a special department for consumer protection, which would in my opinion be the main reason that office would investigate these fraud claims. Also according to the AG website, "The office cannot, however, represent individuals in their private legal disputes." which only makes sense if you think about it. You can't sue someone through the AG office on civil matters. The Durham DA probably isn't as equipped to handle such cases as the state is. They probably would have jurisdiction on all cases of fraud based off the many addresses for the businesses being in Durham. But again, what would be the point if someone better equipped could instead?

  • Comments Aug 7, 2007

    Chris Evans - here's a word of advice. Find out if the school is accredited BEFORE you pay. That's like paying a contractor to build your house, and later finding out they are not licensed. On second thought Chris, you just send me half of what you paid "Skippie" and I will get you a REAL FINE looking Master's from the Church of the Flaming Sword Theology School. Double it and you get a Ph.D.

  • angora Aug 7, 2007

    lilwil: These folks were IDIOTS to pay up front without a piece of paper or other kind of guarantee. I'd like to feel sorry for them, but can't, considering their naivitee. They deserved what they got, considering their lack of basic common sense.

  • angora Aug 7, 2007

    Bingo. What are these kids thinking? Tell you what. They're thinking what their parents want them to think. "I deserve the BEST?" Yeah, since when?

  • angora Aug 7, 2007

    Nancy, right you are. When parents think their kids have suffered mightily because they didn't get a limo ride to the prom, what the heck are our priorities?

  • Nancy Aug 7, 2007

    "The charges would be greater because the crimes took place across county lines rather than just in one county."

    I believe there are consumer protection laws in state, but crossing county lines wouldn't necessarily increase the penalty or charges. Crossing state lines would bring in the feds though.

  • Nancy Aug 7, 2007

    "I have a hard time understanding spending BIG bucks on a limo for a prom??? What ever happened to the prom at your local high school and driving a car??"

    No problem with groups from high school doing this, it's actually smart, they can enjoy the night without driving.

    Now, the real problem is watching parents pay for limo's and hummer limo's for middle school 8th grade dances - seriously! That just shocked me beyond words.