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Company didn't know old documents were being dumped

Reported by: Sam King
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Updated: 11/01/2013 9:57 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The company that used to occupy a building where Action News cameras caught crews dumping important documents out of windows, said it didn’t know the documents were still there.

E.H. Thompson Foodservices used the building at North Main Street and Orange Street for decades before moving out in 2004, according to its website. 

The owner of the company said he was under the impression all of the documents had been removed during the move.

Crews working for Zona & Associates, an architecture firm, said that wasn’t the case. The firm is working on repairing the building, so it doesn’t fall into further disrepair.

 “Everything was a mess, said Dihomir Miskoeic, who is the foreman of the crew. “There was nothing organized, just piles in the middle of the room.”

Most of the documents were between 15 and 35 years old.  Miskoeic said he and his boss, John Zona, looked at the documents and didn’t find anything like Social Security numbers or birth dates.  

They did find banking account numbers, though, and the Better Business Bureau said that could be a red flag.

“If you gave that company a check or invoice, 14 years ago, and you still had the same account and somebody pulled that out of a Dumpster, they could create false checks using that account,” said Jim Stephens with the Better Business Bureau.

Stephens said if people have concerns, they should ask their banks to change their account numbers, just in case.

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JaxYoungDem - 11/4/2013 3:07 PM
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The point of the original complaints was that documents were being illegally dumped out of a 4th story window and onto the ground (without proper chutes or bin covers). The documents were littering the streets, creek, drains, park, bushes, residences, and businesses all before the biggest tourism weekend of the year in Jacksonville. The story seems to have gotten away from that point and the lack of enforcement. However, hats off to Action News and reporter Catherine Varnum for getting it cleaned up last week!
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