Complaint: Todd Von Stein fits the description of a sociopath/psychopath with no regard for the welfare of others. He will lie, cheat and steal without remorse, yet calls himself a Christian. He is by no means a great guy as described by others in past RipOff posts but is very calculating and manipulative. Todd Von Stein needs to be stopped. He learned his lesson in prison and will not illegally embezzle money again, but he will continue legal theft of not paying people for their services rendered. So far the court system has done nothing about it. Please read other Ripoff Scams posts about Todd Von Stein kiting checks, committing forgery, and other shady behaviors. Other Ripoff Scams or Iowa Courts Online keywords: Todd Von Stein, Todd VonStein (misspelled) Designsmith, Designshoppe, Design Shoppe DBA Designsmith, PRG LLC, Preservation Resource Group, LLC and now New Era Design. These allegations below are from long time former friends, acquaintances and colleagues of Todd Von Stein: Stole money from lockers in high schoolHe has no education beyond high school despite what he may tell people about himself. Embezzled $140k from a former employer (records are on Iowa Courts Online) and spent about 4 years of a 10 year sentence in the Newton Iowa Correctional Facility Will think nothing of ripping off close friends or family and was allegedly punched by one of his own brothers 2-3 years ago over a house he designed & built.Walks with a slight limp from a high schoolfootball knee injury, but the real truth that someone allegedly intentionallybroke his leg due to unpaid debts. He was kicked off the East Village Board and The Sherman Hill Historic Neighborhood distanced themselves from him due to his bad reputation. He has been sued by dozens of people, businesses subcontractors and clients. Most people have never been sued once, let alone as many times that Todd has. This is Todd Von Steins modus operandi: Preys on women financially. He has a track record of befriending or dating women to help him financially or act as business partners. He describes himself as a Christian and makes sure there is a Bible or 2 lying around his office. When asked about his time in prison, Todd will have you believe HE was a martyr andwent to prison because of something someone else did or that he took the fall for someone elses wrong doing. He will have you believe that he is the victim of past business partners and that THEY are to blame for his failures and subsequent bankruptcies. Todds spending habits and failure to pay his debts is the reason his previous companies Designstreet and Design Shoppe DBA Designsmith were declared bankrupt. He coercedan associate to cash out a retirement plan and charge against a credit card to payoff company debts (about $15k). He allegedly caused another business partner to declare PERSONAL bankruptcy in addition to a company bankruptcy. He is very generous with other peoples money and lives lavishly by dining out daily, drinking the best wines ($20-$40+ per bottle) and alcohol (Grey Goose, Chambord and other high end liquor). He dines out 2-3 times daily. Every day. He often eats at local East Village establishments such as Alba, The Continental, and others and will maintain open bar tabs at The Locust Tap and The Underground. He frequently treats others to lunch and free drinks at bars. Do the math on thishow much is he spending on alcohol and food in a given week? month? year? Yet will not pay subcontractors, employees and others and will eventually drive his business into bankruptcy and repeat this same pattern with a new business partner. Other Ripoff Scams posts warn to be wary when dealing with Todd. Just dont do business with him or ruin your reputation by associating yourself with him in anyway. He lies, cheats and steals and is estranged from family and childhood friends because of his behavior. Prison has failed to teach him a lesson and this is proof enough that people dont change.
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Address: 118 SE 4th ST Suite 101 Des Moines, Iowa United States of America