GLEN ALLEN, Va. (WRIC) – 8News has uncovered new information about an online retailer using a Central Virginia address that hundreds of customers say never shipped the products they paid for.
Earlier this month, the Better Business Bureau issued a warning for Sneakfoot.com. The company claims to be an independent reseller of branded products at discount prices.
Yet some customers claim that the products they bought never arrived, and the BBB said 8News customers lost more than $ 200,000. Minah Bang, a Chesterfield resident, is one of the many customers who said their order never arrived.
âI sent them emails, texts, nothing is happening,â Bang said. “I think this is a total scam.”
The State Corporation Commission ties Sneak Foot to a house in Glen Allen. 8News drove to the house and found several luxury cars, including a Ferrari and a Lamborghini SUV, sitting outside. The SUV alone sells for around $ 200,000.
The property records show that the house is owned by Shannon Forsyth and Justin Godsey. Forsyth is registered as a director of Sneak Foot.
When 8News visited the residence, we were told that Forsyth was not at home. Godsey, who was at the house, denied any connection or knowledge of Sneak Foot.
âI do stocks for a living,â Forsyth said. “I just sell stocks, that’s what I do for a living.”
However, after 8News shared CSC files with Godsey, he admitted he was connected to the online retailer.
âI was one of the first investors in the business and really shouldn’t have invested in this business,â he said.
Godsey then produced a box of invoices which he said came from fulfilled orders.
âThese are the supplier invoices for the products,â Godsey said.
He said he packaged them and shipped the paper invoices to the online retailer’s headquarters in Northern Ireland.
“I can not disclose on the [non-disclosure acts] on who actually owns the accounts, âGodsey said.
In a series of emails after our visit, Godsey told us he was “just managing the risk to SneakFoot and the secure payment processing capabilities.”
When asked if he was concerned about all the complaints and the people who say they never received their items, Godsey replied, âWell, given that I have equity in it. ‘business of course that’s not good and I’m going to talk to them and see what I can do. I have some strings I can pull to maybe help them and get them back on track. I can lend them money if that’s the problem.
We asked Godsey if he takes customers’ money and buys these luxury cars with it?
âNo, I don’t take their money and pay for luxury cars,â he said. “I pay for all of my cars with the dividends I earn on my stocks each year.”
Godsey later said the company was owned by a David Irwing. However, the number he provided for Irwing was disconnected.