In the coming weeks, Hamic may need to go on the defense as his own license may be on the line.
Herrera tells SFR two individuals are in the process of submitting complaints against Hamic. One of them is Steven Patterson, owner of United Security and a former employee of Hamic’s previous company, Everest Security.
Hamic and Patterson are currently in litigation; Hamic claims Patterson violated a non-compete clause in his contract by forming a new company, United Security. Patterson tells SFR he has compiled a 180-page complaint against Hamic and his blog. Hamic in turn has accused Patterson of a variety of malfeasance.
Patterson describes this as Hamic’s typical modus operandi.
“Robb knows the truth, and he’s banking on employees and customers and prospective customers actually to read [his blog] and believe it or formulate an opinion on somebody that’s really not true,” Patterson says. “I know how Robb operates. I’ve known Robb for a long time, and that’s what he is trying to do.”
In addition to the purported pending formal complaints, O’Donnell says the department also receives a “great amount” of informal complaints against Hamic.
“As you can imagine, when he puts a great deal of negative information about his competitors out there, they’re going to put a great deal of negative info about him out there,” O’Donnell says.
Often the complaints are about Hamic’s blog and the way he spreads allegations about his competitors. However, the board is powerless to go after Hamic as long as he’s not violating the rules and regulations. Preventing “negative publicity” is not part of the board’s mandate.
“It’s not our job to referee that kind of stuff, but we have to evaluate every claim that comes to us,” O’Donnell says. “When we evaluate the claims and they are found to have little or no merit, we get very, very frustrated.”
When it comes to Legit, however, Hamic’s claims seem to have had merit. As a result of complaints—including ones filed by Hamic, Public Information Officer Teala Kail concedes—the board contracted an investigator to look into Baca and Legit Security.
“Legit was fully aware of the investigation involving their company,” Herrera says. “I would say that the compliance effort on the part of RLD played a significant role in the closing of their doors.”
Hamic—who says he forwarded the investigator more than 300 pages worth of documents on Legit—says RLD can’t be certain Legit has fully closed up shop until it investigates the unlicensed company, ICU Security, which he believes has taken over Legit’s operations.
He’s already posted photos of Legit patrol cars and guards in Legit uniform continuing to work for clients.
In the meantime, Hamic sees an opening in the market. He has hired several of Legit’s former employees—particularly in Santa Fe and Taos—and is sending them out to market his services. These employees often target Legit’s former clients and use the research Hamic has compiled, as well as their own negative experiences, to sell clients on contracting with Hamic’s company.
Hamic doesn’t acknowledge that his profit motive may undermine his credibility.
“I’m a legitimate business man. I offer services that are legal,” Hamic says. “My blog is both my soapbox and a community service.”
Shortly after he launched his blog, an anonymous writer started a counter-blog to attack Hamic. The blog refers to him as “Hamcock” and accuses him of “slander” and “corporate terrorism.”
Hamic brushes those attacks off—again, like a housefly.
“The truth,” he says, “is the ultimate defense.” SFR
Editor's note: Associated Securities Industries is licensed. Its name, as advertised in the phone book, does not appear in the RLD license online database. However, the name under which it operates, ASI Security/ Mera Man Lochai Enterprises, does.
Robb Hamic demonstrates his defense techniques.