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Despite FBI investigation, DerbyDeals.com operating under new ownership

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- DerbyDeals.com is now under new ownership, with a new location and new phone number, but the website and some of the customers being contacted are the same.

It is not affiliated with Churchill Downs, but the site claims to sell Oaks and Derby tickets.

"It's pretty scary," says Stephanie Jones, “Their website is back up and running and apparently, supposedly under new ownership."

Jones says it's scary because she's one of dozens of customers who purchased Oaks and Derby tickets from DerbyDeals.com earlier this year.

"I'm a local realtor and we rented out my house and a couple of friends' houses, and we helped our clients purchase tickets online through derby deals dot com and they were never delivered."

That's why Jones was surprised to find the company back in business, already trying to sell tickets for next year.

“I don't know who would buy a company that is known for defrauding hundreds of people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars," Jones said.

The company's website is still the same but it does say it is now owned by the Access Entertainment Group.

Bruce Gadansky with the Better Business Bureau says not one complaint has been answered and the company has an "F" rating with the BBB. “We have a total of 31 complaints since May of 2013."

“If you have unanswered complaints with the Better Business Bureau in most cases you are going to earn an "F" very quickly," he says.

We contacted the new owners by phone and received an email saying "the company is now under new ownership and direction. We appreciate the opportunity to educate the public on these changes and will provide you with a written company statement."

“We rate businesses,” Gadansky says, “not people."

The previous owner of the company is former Oldham County Magistrate Scott Davis.

Despite new ownership, both Davis and the Derby Deals have been under investigation by the FBI since May.

FBI special agent Mary Trotman says the investigation into the DerbyDeals.com and the previous owner continues. "It is something we are aware of and it's part of what we are investigating."

“We ask that anyone that they believe that they've been victimized or defrauded by this website to please call us," special agent Trotman says.

We are still waiting on that written statement from the new owners of Derby Deals.

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