Advance Fee Fraud Government Grant
03/06 -VINELAND, NJ -- The so-called company that scammed an East
Avenue man out of $600 is a large scale operation that goes by several
different company titles to scam people throughout the country, police
The North Dakota Attorney General's Office has opened an investigation
into Grant Network, a company that took the credit card information
and Social Security number of a 46-year-old city man who thought
he was paying for an application for government grants for his son's
Grant Network uses the Philadelphia address of Office USA for mailing,
but a representative there told police Grant Network has never actually
had an office there and they hadn't heard from the company in six
months, according to a police report.
The Attorney General's Office e-mailed police a briefing on their
investigation, which listed a man named Ken Gomes as the leader of
He is also known as Ken Anthony Gomes and Ken Gomez, and he is currently
residing in St. Johns, Antigua, in the West Indies, according to
Grant Network also is known by several other names: FirstNationalGrant.com,
Advantage America, Advantage America Inc., Advantage America Benefits,
MyGrantManagement.com, First National Benefits, First Government
Grants, First National Health Care, First National Health Care Benefits
Limited, Titan Financial, First National Government Grants, AIG Limited,
Premier Health Benefits, First National Health Care Limited, First
National Benefits, First America Benefits, Financial Benefits Network,
Grant Research Marketing, and Grant Management Network.
The East Avenue man was told he had to pay for the application on
two separate credit cards, so he charged $300 to each.
He was supposed to get the paperwork for the grant in six weeks.
When it didn't come, he was told it would take two more weeks.
He grew suspicious when he still didn't receive it.
But when he asked for his money back, he was hung up on and couldn't
get in touch with the company again.