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"Get Motivated" owner sued for millions

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Louisville, KY (WAVE) - A star-studded event at the KFC Yum! Center canceled without warning and without refunds. Now the WAVE 3 Troubleshooter has uncovered major legal problems for the promoter. Troubleshooter Eric Flack first broke the story in early July. What he discovered now is more bad news for people trying to get their money back.

Court records from Florida reveal Get Motivated, Inc. owner and director Joseph Johnson is being sued by a woman who, according to published reports, says he defaulted on a $12,000,000 loan. Johnson runs Get Motivated seminars with famous speakers across the country. The Louisville event was supposed to feature Rick Pitino, Bill Cosby, Danica Patrick and Bill O'Riley among others.

But as we first reported in July ticket holders got emails saying the event at the KFC Yum! Center was off. People who just bought tickets are out five to twenty dollars but others are owed hundreds after they paid for books and materials.

The company offered refunds after it pulled the plug through a web page that didn't work. When we investigated the company wouldn't respond to our questions about what was going on. That refund web page is back up and some viewers say they have been able to submit claims. Whether they will get any of that money back, considering the owners apparent money problems is in doubt

To submit a request for a refund with Get Motivated click here.

Press Secretary for the The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Sterling Ivy, said people trying to get their money back can also file a complaint with their office at www.800helpfla.com.

But that office does not have the power to shut the company down a fine. The Kentucky Attorney General does. After the Troubleshooter Department told the AG's office what was going on, spokesperson Shelly Johnson said in an email: We encourage consumers who have lost money as a result of this cancellation to file a complaint with our office. The Attorney General's office will assist them in contacting the promoters and obtaining a refund. Consumers may call our Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-888-432-9257 or file a complaint online at www.ag.ky.gov.

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