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Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Patchree Patchrint, Anthony Christopher Jones and NAPPPA / NA3PA / North American Program Planning and Policy Academy

I've been tracking NAPPPA (aka North American Program Planning and Policy Academy or NA3PA) for a few months now. One question eluded me - who is actually running this series of so-called seminars that have generated so many complaints and has scored a miserable F rating at the BBB?

There are two key bits of evidence here:

Firstly, we keep seeing an IP address of which is responsible for sending out the emails. We know that this is in Hacienda Heights, California.and it belongs to a Verizon customer.

A second key bit of evidence is the phone number used in the original spam run earlier this year, (800) 649-6522. A Google Search shows that this number was in use last year for an outfit called "The Grant Writing Workshop" (sound familiar?) with a domain of grantwritingworkshops.info.

As it happens, the domain grantwritingworkshops.info has been deleted. But oddly enough, not because the domain expired (it was registered until April 2012), but because someone deliberately chose to delete the domain in May 2011. Perhaps it is not a coincidence that complaints about NAPPPA started to mount at about the same time.

Using a historical WHOIS service, we can see who the domain was registered to before it was deleted:

Registrant ID:ncr-6660904-9f1c
Registrant Organization:THE GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP
Registrant Street1:655 S FLOWER STREET
Registrant Street2:
Registrant Street3:
Registrant City:LOS ANGELES
Registrant State/Province:CA
Registrant Postal Code:90017
Registrant Country:US
Registrant Phone:+1.8888146912
Registrant Phone Ext.:
Registrant FAX:
Registrant FAX Ext.:

"655 S Flower Street" is the same Mailboxes & More store that NAPPPA uses for its correspondence.

The name "Patchree Patchrint" is highly distinctive. A Google search of that name indicates that there is exactly one person in the US with that name. And they live in Hacienda Heights, California.

There are several interesting matches for this name. One confirms a connection with NAPPA and names another individual, Anthony Christopher Jones, who has cowritten a book with this person called STRATCOMM101: Strategic Communication for Policy and Program Planning. (Sound familiar?) Just in case the book gets deleted from Lulu.com, here is a screendump:

Exactly what relationship Anthony Christopher Jones has with NAPPPA will become clear, but in the meantime here is his Yahoo! contributor profile. This says: Anthony Christopher Jones is a native of Compton, California who has lived in the metropolitan Los Angeles area his entire adult life. A quintessential Angeleno, Anthony is a passionate Lakers fan and enjoys all of the perks that comes with living in a huge, diverse, and contemporary city. He is a writer, college lecturer, and entrepreneur. His full-time business and passion involves real estate development and investment projects in Southern California. He also teaches program planning, proposal development, and strategic communication workshops and seminars throughout the United States and is co-author of "STRATCOMM 101: Strategic Communication for Policy and Program Planning". 

We'll find out more about Anthony Jones later.

There is more gold can be found digging into the name Patchree Patchrint though. This article from the Nonprofit Times names this person directly in relation to another grant company in 2008, along with Anthony Christopher Jones. Here is an excerpt:

More than 40 complaints have been made to various Better Business Bureau (BBB) affiliates against The Grant Institute, with some instructors alleging the organization hasn't paid them and participants still waiting for refunds for courses that were canceled.

The Grant Institute, a Los Angeles-based entity of the Institute for Communication Improvement (ICI), hosts workshops across the country to teach nonprofits and medical researchers grant writing skills. Some instructors and attendees are upset with their experiences and are questioning the company's business and financial practices. 
Sound familiar? You can see the BBB report for that operation here.. it scores F too.

The North Dakota AG's office warned about The Grant Institute as well. In fact, there are masses of complaints about The Grant Institute, here are some of them:

Digging further, we find the The Grant Institute used to have a domain name of thegrantinstituteonline.com  and the registrant details used to be:

Admin Name........... Anthony Jones
  Admin Address........ 900 Wilshire Boulevard #828
  Admin Address........
  Admin Address........ Los Angeles
  Admin Address........ 90017
  Admin Address........ CA
  Admin Address........ UNITED STATES
  Admin Email.......... tonyjones1999@yahoo.com
  Admin Phone.......... +1.2138175308
  Admin Fax............ 

There is a related domain at communication101.com (you can see it in this 2005 email promoting The Grant Institute):

DOSS Development Group LLC
   655 S Flower Street
   Suite 367
   Los Angeles, CA 90017

"DOSS Development Group LLC" is registered as a foreign entity (from Nevada) in California (search for number 200815610040). The agent is.. Patchree Patchint.

Entity Number:200815610040
Date Filed:05/21/2008
Entity Address:655 SOUTH FLOWER STREET #367
Entity City, State, Zip:LOS ANGELES CA 90017
Agent for Service of Process:PATCHREE PATCHRINT
Agent Address:1059 SOUTH BROAD BLVD
Agent City, State, Zip:LOS ANGELES CA 90015

We can search for DOSS Development Group in Nevada too, which confirms the name "Anthony Jones" and lists the contact address as a UPS store.

So, in brief, we started with an IP address and phone number. The IP address led us to Hacienda Heights, California. The phone number led us to another web site registered to Patchree Patchrint, also of Hacienda Heights. Patchree Patrchrint led us to Anthony Christopher Jones, and that led us to The Grant Institute dating back to 2005, which carries a BBB F rating and has been warned about by a state attorney general.

So who is behind NAPPPA? The evidence shows that Patchree Patchrint and Anthony Jones are behind this, and have been running the same scheme since at least 2005.


Blaire said...

GREAT job, I am impressed with your diligence. Law enforcement needs to have this information along with many of the victims. I will do my part in passing the link along. Thanks again for your hard work.

John Brothers said...

This is the same Anthony Jones who had a series of LA restaurants go under. he was using the ICI and Grants Institute work to fund his declining restaurants. One of the restaurants was called Mode...do a search on that and you will see a ton to angry former employees.

John Brothers said...

This individual worked with Anthony at ICI: http://www.facebook.com/dtomdebate

He is friends with Anthony Jones on Facebook.

I am a former instructor that was taken for $8K.

Dez said...

Name: Anthony Christopher Jones
Date of Birth: 2/20/73
Social Security #: 261-84-1968, 551-39-3781, or 661-25-4348
California DMV #: A4860432
E-mail addresses: tonyjones1999@yahoo.com

Ivan said...

An inmate search also lists a "Anthony Christopher Jones":


And a "Anthony Christopher Jones" is listed in a Fictitious Business Name Statement here:


Conrad Longmore said...

@Ivan, the first Anthony Christopher Jones has a DOB of 1980, the NAPPPA one has a DOB of 1973. But the second reference is the certainly the NAPPPA one!

Peet said...

I wish I would have found this blog before I taught a class for the Institute of Project Management America (IPMA). Needless to say, I have not been paid yet, nor the facility that hosted the class. I will be suing. There is a Patty Jones in the mix who serves as the administrator/front person for IPMA. If anyone has any additional information about Anthony, Patty, IPMA…please share.

Lem said...

I wish I would have found this blog prior to teaching a course for the Institute of Project Management America (IPMA). www.instituteofprojectmanagementamerica.org
The student certificates were signed by none other than Anthony C. Jones. Needless to say, I have not been paid nor the facility that hosted the training. I plan to sue them. In addition, there is a Patty Jones serving as the administrator/front person for IPMA. Perhaps his spouse. If anyone has any additional information about them, please share.

Conrad Longmore said...

@Peet and Lem, see the post from Dez above with their personal details (published in the public interest)

Conrad Longmore said...

@Peet / Lem: It looks like it is definitely the same pair behind that other scheme, I posted the results of my investigation here.

Phoenixgirl said...

I am their latest victim. I taught a class (4days) in Philadelphia. I was not paid one penny and have not heard from Patty Jones. I am however going to the FBI and the media. I would never want this to happen to anyone else. I am also going to their upcoming class in Boston and Seattle Washington with the police, a detective interested in this case and a lawyer working pro bono. This has got to stop.

Conrad Longmore said...

@Phoenixgirl: my personal opinion is that this is a criminal enterprise. Getting the police involved is a good idea if you can get them interested, however I don't think they ever turn up to any of these seminars themselves. it's very much a "hands-off" affair.

Anonymous said...

Name: Anthony Christopher Jones
Date of Birth: 2/20/73
Social Security #: 261-84-1968, 551-39-3781 or 661-25-4348

Defendant’s DMV Record
California DMV #: A4860432
Defendant’s Address: 645 W. 9th St., Los Angeles, CA 90015

Defendants' Bank of Records
Bank Name: Wells Fargo
Bank Address: First Interstate Tower, 707 Wilshire Blvd., 1st Fl., Los Angeles, CA 90017
Bank Phone #: (213) 614-2707
Account Name: Anthony Christopher Jones
Account Status: Account Closed
Account Name: Anthony C. Jones, DBA: ICI Los Angeles
Account Status: Closed
Account Name: DOSS Development Group, LLC.
Account Status: Closed
Account Name: DOSS Development Group, LLC., DBA: The Grant Institute, DBA: ICI
Account Status: Closed

Defendants’ Addresses of Record
16008 Shadybend Dr., Hacienda Heights, CA 91745-2229
645 W. 9th St., Los Angeles, CA 90015
1285 Baring Blvd., Sparks, NV 89434
612 S. Flower St., Apt. 1304, Los Angeles, CA 90017
900 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 828, Los Angeles, CA 90017
655 S. Flower St., Ste. 367, Los Angeles, CA 90017
3019 ½ London St., Los Angeles, CA 90026
1059 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015
6481 Atlantic Ave., N328, Long Beach, CA 90805
1400 Silverlake Blvd., Unit A, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Royale on Wilshire, 2619 Wilshire Blvd., Unit A, Los Angeles, CA90057
Mode Downtown, 916 S. Olive St., Unit A, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Defendants’ Phone # of Record
(213) 804-3626
(xxx) xxx-xx83,

Defendants’ E-mail Addresses of Record

California Public Records
Institute for Communication Improvement, LLC
California Secretary of State Entity #: 200530010238

DOSS Development Group, LLC.
California Secretary of State Entity #: 200815610040

DBA: CSC-Lawyers Incorporating Service
#: C1592199

Defendant’s Domain Names of Record

Additional Suspect
Preeya Patchree Patchrint – Wife or Mother-in-law of Defendant

Family and Friends of Defendant on Facebook
Anthony Jones – Defendant www.facebook.com/TheBigTizzle
David Tom – Employee www.Facebook.com/dtomdebate
Preeya (Real name: Preeyanne) Patchrint – Daughter www.Facebook.com/ppatchrint
Ann Patchrint – Daughter www.Facebook.com/ann.patchrint
Tanya Gregory – Sister www.Facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002474125082
Cindy Gregory – Sister www.Facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000300908258
Rochelle Gregory – Sister www.Facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000971835820
NiiNa Spirlin – Nephew www.Facebook.com/Allen.NiiNa
Shantriece Mitchell – Niece www.Facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000653432553
Angel Cakes Carter – Niece www.Facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000592879575
Cherrelle Raquel Spirlin – Niece www.Facebook.com/BeautifulMess711

Hope Elliott said...

I also was a victim - taught several workshops in the DC metro area in 2007-8. Only received payment for the first workshop, then a whole lot of promises for the others. I am appauled that they were able to get away with this for so long. Some of the people in my workshops were police officers, university personnel, etc. I hope they have been stopped from hurting any more innocent people.

Hope Elliott

Samaritan Counseling Center of ABQ said...

I was a victim of these two as well. She calls herself "Patty Jones" now, and I've reported everything I know to the FBI because they are not only defrauding the teachers (I never got paid), but they are also defrauding the students because they never receive a certification as professional grant writers. The Funding Institute isn't accredited, so they are incapable of giving students anything but a certificate from Kinko's, which is exactly what they provided the students I taught.

Paul Byrum said...

I am victim too. Taught a 3 day class in Seattle, WA have not been paid. I can provide information to help stop this. Please, I can help.

Just Me said...

Wow, what a wealth of information! Thank you so much!

Verified some info from above as follows:
-Anthony Jones – Defendant www.facebook.com/TheBigTizzle - this is current, from a few checkins, he may still be living at 645 W. 9th St in LA

-Preeya (Real name: Preeyanne) Patchrint – Daughter www.Facebook.com/ppatchrint - this is actually the mother-in-law's FB page. Preeya is mother in law, Preeyanne is the daughter. He also has a son Anthony Michael Jones (oldest kid), and a younger son Kris Anthony Samuel Jones (youngest kid), Preeyanne is the middle child.

-Ann Patchrint is Patty's sister, Anthony Jones' sister-in-law

If anyone has any current information, please post!