• Apr 13th 2008 at 6:44PM
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Thanks to our reader Mike, we have an update to share about the troubled history of Michael Papp electric vehicle company. Regular readers will remember that Papp is the man behind Spark EV, a company that has been accused more than once of shady dealings. It looks like the New Jersey law officials agree, and have decided to step in to put a stop to Papp's scam.
According to the Express Times, Papp was arrested Friday after failing to deliver 14 electric vehicles to Electric Cars of Houston (which had ordered 10) and Electric Transportation of Arkansas (four). Papp is charged with bilking them for almost $100,000, according to court records. The EVs were paid for in January and February, and Papp told the payers the vehicles would be delivered March 14. They weren't. After trying to track down what happened, the companies asked for a refund. Papp answered that he was filing for bankruptcy, so no go. Apparently, Papp is in Northampton County Prison and being held on $20,000 bail. We'll have more on this as things move forward, I can guarantee you that.

[Source: The Express Times]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Well from what I can find out; Michael J. Papp spent only a weekend in jail (from the local sheriff), posted a ridiculously low bail, then was able to get several 'continuances' to his actual trail. He missed some court dates, moved to a different town (out of the local jurisdiction) and started up another web-based EV parts 'business' under a different NAME.
      BEWARE...."Justice Denied"........ MJP is still out there!
      (although I also 'heard' that he was in trouble over missed Child Support)
      • 7 Years Ago
      You really should put the "spark-ev" tag on this article so people can click it and see the previous coverage.

      Also, you probably want to go back and delete the sock puppet accounts that were made to prop up Spark-EV on here.
      • 7 Years Ago
      when there is no cars being shown.. not video.. not prototype.. who in the world would invest in it?? Please that's a no brainer.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ah, one more EV manufacturer down the drain.....I bet the lawyers for Exxon Mobil are happy with their payout.
        • 7 Years Ago
        If you believe that the major manufacturers had anything to do with setting Papp up you are truly an idiot. Just do a Net search on his name and see what turns up. I know of quite a number of people who have been defrauded by this man. According to the district attorney in the case he owes more than 160 people, and those are just the ones who have made formal complaints against him. There's a word that is absolutely applicable to Michael Papp. That word is "sociopath". Besides that, the Chinese manufacturer has not been defrauded or put out of business -- they've just had their name misused.

        Why don't you contact Papp and offer to do an honest business deal with him? That'll set you straight about his intentions ... eventually.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see how many other people sent this guy money. These are his "Dealers" Wonder how many people sent him money direct? I asked about one of "his" cars and he was sure fast to ask for money. If anyone has access to PACER please post the court docs.
      • 7 Years Ago
      How does this guy get arrested while John Hennesey is still free?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, let the "i told you so's, begin!"

      Another ZAP! to kill the electric car industry...again. Idiots.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Can we add Johnathan Goodwin who is currently scamming Neil Young to the list?

      He was going to have an ECU flash to make your car (yes, your car, every car) get 5-7 more mpg with no other mods. He was converting Neil Young's Lincoln to electric hybrid. He was only 45 days from being done with it 4 months ago. Wanna check up to see if he finished?
      • 7 Years Ago
      such a scam, I kinda gave him the benefit of a doubt when he said he would deliver within 60 days but that came and went. Such a shame all these shady ass holes scam people. I am waiting for the SEC to shut down ZAP
      • 7 Years Ago
      This one will blow everyones mind. I am very happy with my electric car I purchased from Spark-ev. Yes.
        • 7 Years Ago
        John, isn't your name really "Michael"?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Re, my early and repeated criticism of Papp:

      "You're welcome."
      • 7 Years Ago
      The industry has finally arrived! Corruption on par with "real" Fortune 500 companies.
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