Florida Man Claims Partner Bilked Business

     MIAMI (CN) – A Florida man claims in court that he’s owed $3.6 million after his business partner misappropriated funds and gave large salaries to her family members without his permission.
     In a complaint filed in Miami-Dade county, plaintiff Robert Pirmann says that on March 30, 2011, he and defendant Gina Solo for a limited liability company, Foreclosed Property Management Force, in order to rehabilitate foreclosed properties and rent them..
     Pirmann says he had a prior business relationship with Solo’s husband, Jamie, and that the partnership was a fulfillment of their desire to open a company together.
     He further says he made an initial investment of $25,000 in the company, while Solo made none.
     The initial operating agreement gave Pirmann a 59.5 percent ownership interest, and Gina Solo, a 39.5 percent interest. Non-party Alana Kristen owned 1 percent of the company. Under the terms of the agreement, he and Solo agreed to split the profits of the company in their ownership shares on a monthly basis.
     Over time the operating agreement was amended so that Pirmann and Solo each owned 50 percent of the company, and this is when the problems in the partnerships began, the Oct. 21 complaint says.
     According to Pirmann, on August 23, 2015, he discovered that Solo added herself as managing member of the company on the SunBiz website without his authorization, and that over the next several days she tried to have her name added as a signatory in the company’s Bank of America account.
     She also opened a new account under the name of FPM Force at SunTrust Bank in violation of the operating agreement, he added.
     He alleges that after finding out about Solo’s acts he gave SunTrust’s manager a copy of FPM Force’s operating agreement, asked him to freeze the account, and to give him a cashier check equaling the amount of the funds that had been removed by Solo.
     “The next day, the total amounts of funds were deposited back into the FPM Force Bank of America account,” Pirmann says.
     Pirmann claims that after paying closer attention to the financial aspects of the company he discovered that Solo was paying herself, her husband, her son and her daughter a substantial monthly salary without the members’ 75% approval vote.
     “A review of the bank records reveal the combined salaries paid to defendants Gina, Jamie, Spencer and Alexandra Solow for 2014 totaled approximately $289,948.00,” the complaint says.
     On August 31, Pirmann says that he received a phone call from Home Depot asking him to authorize the purchase of gift cards under FPM Force’s purported account for an independent contractor that was present at the store; however he did not approve the request.
     He goes on to say that the signature on the application to open the Home Depot account was forged.
     Pirmann claims that during a meeting requested by his counsel with Gina and Jamie Solo on September 28 “an agreement was ratified laying out the obligations of the members going forward until an agreed dissolution of the company could be reached.”
     In spite of his attempts to abide by the agreement, Pirmann says that Jamie Solo lured clients away from FPM Force, and tried to sign them with his new company.
     “Pirmann has come to believe that the reason defendant Jamie was so careful not to use his real name on court and other documents was due to his rather extensive disciplinary record with FINRA and SEC disgorgement order in which he owed over $3.6 million dollars,” the complaint says.
     Harold Klite Truppman, Gina Solo’s attorney, says that a counter lawsuit will be filed by his client denying the false allegations made by Pirmann on his complaint.
     Solo alleges that since Pirmann was a full time Margate Police Officer he did not devote any time to the company, and she was forced to work 12 hours days and had to hire an employee to do his job.
     According to Solo due to the work disparity Pirmann agreed to assign her a salary.
     “The Company grew under Gina’s leadership and profits were distributed to both partners in the last two years,” Truppman says.
     In addition, Truppman says that “all bookkeeping, finances, credit, expense, employees, vendors, payments, salaries and distributions were reviewed and approved by both partners, who were responsible for the oversight and tax reporting.”
     However, Truppman claims that in August of this year Pirmann and Solo started fighting and their partnership “became unraveled.”
     Pirmann is seeking compensatory damages on claims of breach of fiduciary duty and fraud.
     He is represented by Gregg Rossman of Plantation, Fla.

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