Matt hired me to do a project in February of 2014. He sent me the scope, it seemed quick and easy so I quoted a low price and was able to finish the project within 1 week/10 days. The client had extra changes and features that were outside of the scope, so I asked for more money, did the extra work and delivered. Matt told me he had not been paid by the client, so he couldn’t pay me yet. Each week he had a new excuse; client wrote a check that bounced, used a credit card and did a charge back…etc. I knew he was lying but thought I’d give him the benefit of the doubt. After 2 months I disabled my source code due to lack of payment (I’ve been protecting and encoding my source for almost 10 years – a practice I learned working with Sony PlayStation). As the layout of the site was a template the client downloaded and the content had been copy and pasted from a competitors site, all the work had been done by me. Since it hadn’t been paid for it was still my intellectual property and I’m not in the business of doing work for free. The client was unaware of all of this and contacted me. I explained the situation to him and he told me he had already paid for everything. Long story short, he is now a client of mine. I noticed Matt had changed the authorship of my source to his name as well as the FTP access. I confronted Matt about not only stealing my work, but attempting to take full credit for something he didn’t do and didn’t even pay for. That’s when the name calling and the false accusations started, which made sense since he had been caught in a big lie. Finally, he told me he doesn’t have the money (the truth at last) and that he still intended on paying – still hasn’t. I was just surprised because not only was my quote pretty low, but Matt attempted to take full credit for work he didn’t do. I’ve worked with a lot with contractors as well as fortune 500 companies, and I’ve never had someone just so blatantly lie, try to steal my work and not even pay for it! I’m sure he will commented on this to try to save face and that’s fine, I’m just glad that I’m not out a lot of time and money.
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