Fil-Am Business Owner Exposes Shocking Food Truck Scam
Filipino American Charles Gose’s goal of establishing a successful food business collapsed when a fraudulent deal left him and his business in a financial crisis.
As a thriving Fil-Am business owner, Gose’s journey to bring Filipino cuisine to California’s Central Valley took an unfortunate twist. It unveiled the struggles that entrepreneurs face in the food industry.
For Gose, cooking isn’t just his passion; it’s his source of income and pride. His dream to turn his love for cooking into a successful careered to his and his wife’s dream of bringing Filipino flavors to the diverse streets of California’s Central Valley.
With their minds set on a food truck called “Go-Silog,” Gose pushed on even during the challenging COVID pandemic era.
Through word-of-mouth recommendations and pop-up events, Go-Silog earned a reputation for its sumptuous Filipino cuisine. They were mostly sold out during events and community gatherings.
Gose’s commitment and culinary skills pushed him forward, motivating others in the Fil-Am community and other locals.
However, his big dream became a nightmare when Gose decided to invest in a food truck for Go-Silog’s expansion. In September 2022, he decided to deal with Eight-A-Food Trucks by Fernando Ochoa.
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Sadly, Gose didn’t know that this promising deal would bring him unexpected hardship Gose paid Ochoa a deposit of $20,000 in December 2022 and eagerly waited for the delivery of his food truck after his payment.
Unfortunately, the food truck never arrived.
Ochoa was responsive to Gose in the first stages of the deal. However, he stopped communicating with Gose after he received the second installment of the payment.
As Gose waited for the food truck that never arrived, their financial status suffered. Mortgages loomed, bills piled up, and the burden of the responsibility was heavily on Gose’s shoulders.
Gose soon found out that he was not alone in the fraud incident. Joining the others that were scammed by Ochoa, the Fil-Am business owner attended a protest outside the factory of Eight-A-Food Trucks.
The news channel Univision 19 confirmed that an investigation was taking place, with Ochoa cooperating with the authorities.
The investigation looks into the delays in production and fraudulent deals involving other victims. Gose is staying positive that he will recover his losses and is continuing with his business goals.
Gose was also thankful for the support he received through a GoFundMe venture. He still hopes to get a full refund from Ochoa so he can rebuild and expand his business.
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