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Event planned to honor troops draws skepticism
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Soliciting for help to support our troops overseas, who wouldn't want to give back? But now some are questioning the motives of an organization they've given money to. So they turned to Action News.
"I'm done with this interview, you know why? Because I don't trust you," explained Greg Goodnight to Chief Investigator Darcy Spears.
We'll explain why Goodnight stormed out of our interview in a minute. But first, meet the folks who don't trust him or his organization, Operation Show You Care.
"I think sometimes people use troops and the military to their benefit," said Mike Newcomb, Executive Director of Sam Boyd Stadium.
Newcomb went on to say, "We chose to pursue not working with them and we definitely wouldn't take another meeting with them."
Would be vendors at Operation Show You Care's troopfest event also expressed frustration.
"As of right now we've got a lot of angry people," said Debbie Resly.
Resly is one of many who believe in what they thought the organization would do.
"Everybody wants to give especially to our own military," said Debbie.
Operation Show You Care has put itself on the front lines of publicity before.
"These men and women go out and volunteer their time it's the very least that I can do to do what I can do to help them," explained Jodie Goodnight, co - founder of Operation Show You Care.
Packing up care packages for troops overseas. Action News reported on the Raising Cane's event they participated in on July 4th, but soon after, we learned that many are concerned that Operation Show You Care is up to no good.
"To know that someone is using that arm and really deceiving people," said Debbie.
Debbie feels deceived because she paid for a booth at Operation Show You Care's troopfest, a military concert to honor the troops. The event was supposed to happen in July but when the venue and date kept changing, Debbie got skeptical and just wanted her money back.
"Instead of just hanging onto people's money and not returning their phone calls and excuses 101," said Debbie.
Greg Goodnight seems to have an explanation for everything. Like why he hasn't responded to vendors because he claims while he was sick in the hospital his office was broken into and his files were stolen.
"Once I got out of the hospital, I went back to my office and there was about half of it left," said Greg.
There's why troopfest didn't take place at Sam Boyd Stadium.
"They inflated the price up to $50,000 deposit that's when things started falling apart," said Greg.
Then there's why he hasn't provided proof to us about a lot of what he claims.
"I have emails," said Greg who went onto say, "however they are in my server that is in a storage room."
When we tried to verify his claims, we found what he told us didn't add up.
"The people at Sam Boyd Stadium tell a much different story than what you're telling me about how things went down there," said Chief Investigator Darcy Spears.
He said troopfest was moved from Sam Boyd because they jacked up the deposit but Sam Boyd tells a different story.
"Once you put a person under the gun financially with a deposit it usually tends to weed out the people who aren't serious," said Mike Newcomb.
Another issue is that Goodnight couldn't produce a single signed contract from a venue or performer for troopfest. It's a theme that carries on to another event he's promoting called Smoking for the Troops, a winter bbq and chili cook off.
Operation Show You Care's web site says the cookoff is happening at the Bass Pro Shop in December. Officials from Bass Pro tells us they are talking with Goodnight but so far it's just talk. He hasn't put any money down and there's no signed contract. The Goodnight's also claim they're a pending 501 (c) 3 non - profit but the IRS hasn't confirmed that.
"Should you guys be trusted," asked Chief Investigator Darcy Spears.
"Yeah," said Greg Goodnight.
The Goodnight's say they started Operation Show You Care in Texas back in 2008. Tips about their time there led our investigation back to the lone star state.
"Who is Josephine Fox," asked Chief Investigator Darcy Spears.
"That's me," said Jodie Goodnight.
Josephine Fox, aka Jodie Goodnight, has a past in Gregg County, Texas. In July 2007 a judgment was entered against her when she was doing business as Transportation Exchange.
"This man tried to steal a vehicle that did not belong to him and uh the court uh yeah this is no," said Jodie.
"The District Attorney [from Texas] sent us this documentation," said Chief Investigator Darcy Spears.
"It's fictitious," said Jodie.
"That's a lie too," asked Chief Investigator Darcy Spears.
"That's a lie," said Jodie.
It's far from a lie. The court ordered her to pay a man almost $50,000 due to her acts of deceptive trade, breach of contract, refusing to follow court orders, evading discovery and conduct designed to prevent justice. It all stemmed from a car deal that went south. Court records show the man paid her $3,700 for a car and agreed to pay monthly payments on it. But when he got called to serve in Iraq, Josephine Fox took his truck without his permission and wouldn't give it back.
"That ain't got nothing to do with this event get this [expletive] off me because I'm done with this interview," said Greg.
From transportation to troopfest, it's a trail of broken promises.
Troopfest vendors are still waiting for promised refunds that haven't come but the Goodnight's maintain they'll finish what they started. They say troopfest will now be held in California but they refuse to tell us where. You can bet we'll stay on this story and let you know if troopfest 2013 ever gets off the ground.