Below is an article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Fortune 500 Company Takes Advantage of the American Dream
A Texas Corporation that was ranked highly in Entrepreneur's
Franchise 500 is preying on Americans looking to build their own business, and live the "American Dream." Bonus Building Care sells cleaning franchises with grand promises of success, leading potential buyers to believe that they can make a good living as their own boss.
Bonus Building Care uses the "American Dream" ideal to scam honest citizens out of their life savings and make then indentured servants. Hopeful entrepreneurs are told that with a minimal investment starting around $5,000, they can be turning a healthy profit within a year. Bonus Building Care not only sells the franchise itself, but also each individual cleaning account. Franchisees are forced to pay monthly fees on any cleaning account they are given for a period of one year. These fees are supposedly an investment towards "owning" each account, but right around the one year mark, the account is taken from the franchisee and replaced with another, forcing them to remain in the vicious cycle of paying for cleaning accounts that they will never truly own. The excessive fees make it very difficult, if not impossible, for any franchisee to earn minimum wage, much less turn a profit. While their current franchises struggle to make ends meet, Bonus Building Care continues to sell new franchises and grow richer.
A nationwide class action lawsuit has been filed in the Western District of Missouri against Bonus Building Care on behalf of the victims (4:13 CV-00663). The lawsuit charges Bonus Building Care, along with several other defendants, with Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act violations and
seeks damages and justice for the plaintiffs.
By Fortman Law