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Action Report: A.J. Giardina investigates a recruiting company charging $65 per person

A representative of a company called Cable Recruiting has been going around the MS Gulf Coast charging $40-$65 for local residents to take a 40-hour Hazwoper course and receive job placement. (Photo source: WLOX) A representative of a company called Cable Recruiting has been going around the MS Gulf Coast charging $40-$65 for local residents to take a 40-hour Hazwoper course and receive job placement. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

A representative of a company called Cable Recruiting has been going around the Mississippi Gulf Coast charging between $40 and $65 for local residents to take a 40-hour Hazwoper course and receive job placement. The representative said they were looking to send 450 people from Mississippi to help in the cleanup of the California oil spill.

A few people who took the course in Moss Point contacted Action Reporter A.J. Giardina with concerns that the company is nothing more than an oil spill scheme.

Billy Colston was in attendance and said he and his wife badly need jobs.

"We have children, we really need this," stated Colston. "To put out $65 I don't have, I'm willing to sacrifice it if it's for the betterment of my family."

We met Colston at a Gulfport church. He went there ready to pay $65 for a course he saw on Facebook, a course that offered people an opportunity to get the training necessary for an oil cleanup job in California. We saw a similar Facebook post from Brian Dace, promising a guaranteed spot on a job placement list.

Dace said, "I'm actually a contact for one of the recruiting companies that is in direct contact with the general contractor for the oil spill."

According to Dace, Cable Recruiting has partnered with a company called Sabrado Contracting. And he says it has offices in California and Georgia. I checked Secretary of State websites in both states, but couldn't find Sabrado Contracting anywhere on the internet.

"He's located out of California," said Dace.

I responded and asked, "Why isn't he company listed as a business in California?

Dace said, "I can't answer that."

I said, "Isn't that a big question mark though? The fact if the company doesn't exist, how can you be taking people's money?"

"I'm not aware that his company doesn't exist," stated Dace.

Twenty people were at the Gulfport church Thursday waiting to take the two hour oil spill cleanup course, thinking they would land a job once they completed the course.

I asked Dace, "If these people take this course, does that guarantee that they're going to get to California?"

Dace said, "No, it doesn't guarantee an automatic leave. But what it does, the people lineup next to go will be these people."

A similar two hour course was offered last week in Moss Point. A woman who took that course was at the Gulfport church. She told us she wanted to get her money back because, in her opinion, the certificate she received was worthless.

Was Dace starting to have some concerns about Cable Recruiting?

Dace responded by saying, "With all this? Of course."

After listening to what was going on, a number of the people began leaving. Apparently the man who was slated to give the course, also decided to skip the session.

Dace told those remaining in the room, "I just got off the phone with Mr. Cable and he says he's been back and forth and he see WLOX here."

I said, "So he doesn't want to come because of WLOX? But let me say, if he was a legitimate company, why wouldn't he come over here?"

Rev. Moses Marshall, who offered his Gulfport church to host the training session, wasn't too happy. He told Dace, "You tell Mr. Cable these words for me: If anything bad come out about this church, I have a nice attorney and we're going to deal with this."

Was he really concerned now? Dace said, "I'm going to make a phone call now....wow!"

By this point, the church emptied. Those people lost an opportunity for work. But, they left before they paid any money for the training class.

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