"Johnny Richardson contacted me in mid-August about writing a speech for him to deliver in Sao Paolo, Brazil at The Next Web conference, in which he was to "launch" Kliq Mobile to the South American market. It was a very short turn-around. I sent him my rate sheet and he signed a contract with me. I told him I could not do any work until I received a check from him for 50% of the entire job. He sent me a check for less than 50% of the entire job, but because it was a rush job I proceeded to research and write the speech. I didn't deposit the check in the bank until several days later. By the time it bounced I had completed the job and sent him the final speech. I called him and emailed him. He called back very apologetic. He was having banking problems; he would overnight me a check from a different bank, etc. However, my bank told me the check came from an account that was closed. Long story short, he never sent a check of any sort. He defrauded me of $2000. I am talking with the police and my attorney about next steps and because I feel a moral obligation to my fellow writers, I plan to expose him on social media. I only wish I had consulted this site previously. It would have saved a lot of work, trouble and heartache. I am always astonished that there are folks like this out there who would prey upon trusting people like us. But I guess there are, and from the looks of it, he has done this over and over again. "
Reviewed on 9/12/2013
"Johnny Richardson contacted me on September 22th, 2012 by email, requesting my help on his website project, Kliq Mobile, for his company, StormSwift Media. I agreed to help at a specified rate per hour and payment on a bi-weekly basis starting from the first day of work. He agreed to this rate and said it was a generous offer on my part. On September 23rd, he had me sign his non-disclosure agreement, setup and account for me in his project management system, Assembla.com and I begin working on his project. The same day he got me in touch with one of his other freelancers, to coordinate on the relationship of our web coding. I worked on several aspects of Johnny's project, totaling 26 hours from September 23rd – October 3rd. We kept in touch via Skype almost daily. Into the second week of working on this project, I stumbled upon a couple of hints concerning an unlikelihood of receiving payment from Johnny. One of them was a review on Kliq Mobile I found online, on the Freelancers Union by an anonymous individual, written on June 6th. The other clue was in the Skype messaging between myself and the other freelancers. On October 2nd I began voicing my concerns to Johnny about when I could expect to receive payment for my first two weeks of work. That was when it became extremely difficult to elicit any response from him. It took him 6 days to reply to that message I sent him. On October 8th he replied asking for my total invoice and I replied the same day that it was $910 and I sent him the PDF file of the invoice. I sent him another request for the date of when I would be receiving payment and he did not reply for 3 more days. On October 11th he replied that he would be sending my check for $910 no later than Monday, October 15th. He did not send any further communication, deliver a payment by the 15th, nor any portion of it. I sent him a message that day asking him to confirm that he sent the payment and he did not reply. I sent him a message on October 16th again asking him to confirm that he sent payment and to please reply. I received no response. On October 17th I sent him another message that I had not received a response from him or a payment and that I would be seeking my legal options if I did not hear back from him. He replied to this message that he would he would have an update for me by the following Friday, and that he was trying to close an investor. I replied that the original agreement he committed to was not based on the procurement of future investments but simply bi-weekly payments made to me of my hours worked. I reminded him that that he was over two weeks late on payment. On October 22nd, I informed him that I would be proceeding forward with my legal options. 5 days later, he finally replied saying that legal assistance wasn't necessary, as would soon be securing investor funds, that would be sending me payment and would like me to continue working on the project. I replied giving him 3 days to receive payment or I would move forward with the court paperwork I had compiled as his payment was 2 weeks overdue, and that payment would be required upfront on any future work prior to the start of it. I have received no response since as of today November 22. Upon taking the legal papers to the courthouse, I discovered that because Johnny's company, StormSwift Media, is in another state, there are further difficulties to overcome in order to bring my case with him to court. So as most or all of the other individuals I know of who have worked for Johnny are either out of his state or out of country, I believe he is deliberately contacting freelancers out of his state so as to avoid being sewed. I think he knows he won't be paying his workers, or at best, knows he might not get it together sufficiently to have the funds to pay anyone. I know of at least two others who have worked for him and have not been paid for any of their time."
Reviewed on 11/23/2012
"Mr. Johnny Richardson is very innovative person and it is very intresting to work with him, but he didn't paid me in full and after i completed work (he used it in presentations to investors and at DEMO FALL 2012), start ignored my Skype's messages and emails. He is a very deceitful person. He promised to pay severel times, but every time he invented new reasons why it didn't do it. As a result, he completly start ignore me. I know that Mr. Richardson didn't pay few designers who worked on KLIQ mobile design. I wish not to work with him based on my experience."
Reviewed on 11/03/2012
"I worked for "Johnny Richardson", under the companies: StormSwiftMedia (http://stormswiftmedia.com) KliqMobile (http://kliqmobile.com) There were no clear job requirements, and it was expected that I work over time and over holidays to meet arbitrary deadlines which were not communicated until the last minute. This included working 16 to 24 hour days, over weekends, and over Christmas and New Years Eve, all to meet deadlines set the day before. After two months of work, no payment had been made as we had agreed. Payment has been promised 30+ times since then, but has not been forthcoming. Now 6 months later, communication has degraded, to the point of blaming me for his personal financial difficulties. He continues to hire new freelancers, all of whom have also gone unpaid. I was offered a bonus for "great performance" in equity of his company, which of course is worth nothing. This is the least professional client I've ever worked for, by far. Definitely avoid."
Reviewed on 6/20/2012