Green Acres victims reject package

The group, representing 190 victims, issued a statement saying the package was a ""clever move to divide and create confusion among the members"".

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January 14, 2008

Green Acres victims reject package

A franchise watch group consisting of victims of an ironing scam have rejected a rescue package offered by Green Acres.

Around 200 people were duped into spending up to $25,000 each on non-existent ironing franchises.

The fraud's mastermind, Keith Lapham, has been with the company for eight years and it is believed his scam has been going on for the past 12 months.

He has since disappeared.

The group, representing 190 victims, issued a statement saying the package was a "clever move to divide and create confusion among the members".

It has instead called for a solution which both sides accepts and is practical to implement.

The group claims that under the solution offered by Green Acres, those who sign do not have legal rights to request compensation or seek damages.

Watch group spokesperson Ketan Trivedi says the package was not offered to all victims as many are without any information.

The group says the offer does not have a weekly minimum income guarantee and has dismissed it as "one-sided and autocratic".

But, following the package announcement, Green Acres Chief Executive Andrew Chisholm said the conditions laid out are standard for any franchisee.

He says they will have to abide by the Green Acres manual, have a sign-written vehicle and wear a uniform.

There will also be checks on immigration status and franchisees will have to be GST registered.


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