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Pinellas college student sues real estate developer for taking her investment

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A Treasure Island woman is suing a St. Petersburg real estate developer for taking her half of an investment and not repaying it.

According to documents filed in the case, Lynn Savoia, a former purchasing manager for the company Formulated Solutions, entered into a joint venture with Shawn Loyden. Each party was supposed to kick in $40,000 to a local businessman at an annual interest rate of 12 percent.

But Loyden allegedly failed to keep up his end of the bargain by failing to contribute his half of the $80,000 investment. To make matters worse, Savoia accuses Loyden of forging a promissory note and other documents to make it look like he had invested his own money and most of the agreed upon $80,000.

Savoia’s money was loaned to James Travis Wilkinson. The Clearwater man allegedly planned to use the funding to refinance Berry Beautiful Salon & Spa in Clearwater. That business has since closed and been replaced with the Clearwater Salon & Spa. It’s unclear whether Wilkinson is affiliated with that business.

According to the lawsuit, however, Wilkinson did repay his loan but that money was never passed along to Savoia.

She is seeking $78,400 in damages including repayment of principal and interest and attorney’s fees.

According to both Savoia’s LinkedIn and Facebook pages she is no longer employed. She lists herself as a student at LaSalle Computer Learning Center in Tampa studying project management. Her bio indicates she has been there since December after having left her position at Formulated Solutions after two years on the job. Prior to that, Savoia indicated she was also a purchasing manager at Alfa Laval Champ in Sarasota for 10 months.

Loyden is now listed as the vice president of acquisitions for TDL Capital Investment. He’s listed on the company’s website as the sole contact for the Florida office. There are offices also located in the company’s Arizona headquarters and in Tennessee.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email [email protected]

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