In addition to other obvious issues, John Soria is guilty of selling agreements reached under false pretenses. His payment agreement states,
" I agree to pay the above total amount according to the card issuer agreement and hereby authorize the charge for the total amount above for the processing of selected USCG documents. I understand that my application will be processed in the order in which it is received by U.S. Vessel Documentation
. I understand that application and processing fees are non-refundable as per 46 CFR 67.500(e)
Here is the actual language of 46 CFR 67.500,
"§ 67.500 Applicability.
(a) This subpart specifies documentation
services provided for vessels for
which fees are applicable. No documentation
service for which a fee is applicable
will be performed until the appropriate
fee has been paid. Fees are
contained in Table 67.550.
(b) There is no fee for the annual renewal
of endorsements upon the Certificate
of Documentation, unless renewal
(c) There is no fee for replacement of
a Certificate of Documentation due to
a wrongful withholding.
(d) The Director, National Vessel
Documentation Center may waive collection
of fees applicable under this
subpart for a service provided to a Federal
agency when the fee would be directly
paid with federally-appropriated
funds by a Federal agency acting in its
(e) Application fees under this subpart
are not refundable."
As you can see, his restatement of the CFR has been altered to include protection to parties who are not USCG namely his company and inclusion of his processing fees.
He convinces boaters to sign agreements under false pretenses.
Someone tell me this is not a fraud.