I agree, by now everyone should be aware of him and forewarned, ...
Well, OK, except Scott, the OP, stated he was a newbie, so how would he have seen everything that has already been written here?
You could argue that "it's all in the archives," and I would respond that so is almost everything there is to know about batteries, two-stroke oil, electrical wiring, fuel additives, etc. etc., so by that reasoning, newbies shouldn't even have to ask questions or start threads, since it's already all been said.
Of course that's not how it works. New people are arriving here all the time, and the same questions get repeated here on a regular basis; sometimes, all that is required is a gentle pointer to an existing thread or two in the archives.
In this case, even that is not sufficient, because the situation is in flux. Back in February, Walker associate George Dausch came on this board to defend his company, and stated unequivocally that the deceptive business practices of the past would stop. (He also stated that Walker was "penniless"). We all welcomed him, but provided a stern warning that the business had a lot of work to do to build confidence in the community.
As a result of the OP's question, I took the time to look through every web site listed in Sam Walker's email signature, and I found dozens and dozens of deceptive photographs on those sites -- photographs of buses that are not
in the Walker/Dausch inventory, that were not
converted, worked on, sold, or even looked at by either Walker or Dausch. None of those photographs is attributed to the original photographer or copyright holder (and, unlike using same on, say, a personal web site, using other people's photographs on your commercial web site to promote your business is copyright infringement
), nor are they properly labeled as to the fact that they are not part of their firm's business.
BTW, I disagree with Clifford's suggestion that Walker is no different from other converters, and was simply unlucky enough to be caught. For one thing, I've never received a cold call from law enforcement regarding anyone else, for another, this was not Mr. Walker's first conviction, but rather his third. While Pennsylvania law does not seem to bar him from continuing to do business in that state despite his conviction, Florida essentially banned him from ever operating there.
Lastly, regarding the long-standing policy of this board prohibiting attacks on individuals or businesses, I have never understood that to prohibit anyone from bringing forth here established facts (as opposed to opinion or speculation) that would be relevant to a member's decision to do business with a person or company. In fact, it could be argued that this board has saved many a member from harm (financial or otherwise) by making such relevant facts known. I'm sure the moderators will step in and correct me on this point if necessary.
New folks coming here deserve the same protection from predatory business practices that the rest of us have enjoyed since joining, within the limits of lawful speech (as opposed, for example, to libel, which would be cause for concern to the moderators and the owners). Again, JMO.