This is the first time I'm requesting the entire G+ Android community for your help, as this is a very serious issue.
Okay. So I guess at least a few of you remember "GFX Bandits" or at least one or more apps by them like Meteora, Oblique, Cresto ..etc. To those who are not aware, GFX Bandits was a team formed in back in 2012 in XDA which consisted of a group of individuals (including me) who liked designing. A common playstore account was opened under the same name (after previous - gfxdevs, got banned due to some issue), managed by Hemant Shah
). All the information about app sales, refunds, earnings..etc were managed by Hemant Shah alone. Hemant would let us know about our earnings and would pay us the amount which he calculated after deducting refunds
This went for around 1 1/2 years (for me) and more than 3 years for others, with none of us doubting him (Since we were all novices in this field). Long story short, there were many issues after our previous account, ie gfxdevs got banned, Hemant claimed that I had to pay him around 26,000 INR (around $387.25) which was deducted from his credit card
of an app which was removed after the ban of previous account. Naturally you would get suspicious since the card didnt show anything about amount deductions related to refunds or such. We all got into a heated argument about the issue and he said later on that he 'filed a case' and mailed google about the issue and after 2-3 days he says that Google sent
him this mail (attached below) about the amount which was charged mistakenly
(image attached) and that I didn't need to pay him back the $387 anymore ( Please read the email thoroughly, you will understand immediately what he was trying to pull. He clearly faked the email
). Stuff happened after that came into light and the team split. Shortly after, one by one, we were removed from the dev console. That happened around a year back but the paid apps by +Subhajit Deb +Lifehacker Ash +Mohammed Musaddiq +Vishal Kashi still remained in the account and are still there as paid app. It bothers me that the people who spent day and night working on their apps, the earnings of those apps going into pocket of Hemant who had nothing to do with those apps. Yes, its been around a year since we were removed from console and none of the guys with the paid apps were notified of sales and were paid since then.
So we asked him kindly to either make the apps free or unpublish them from playstore since we didn't want him to accuse him or shame him in public. He agreed to make the apps free. So we waited for more than a day. He didn't do shit. Then I got to know from one former team member +Areeb Jamal
that he got access to dev console (after we were removed) when he asked long back. So we got him to unpublish the apps. Not long after he did, the apps were back in playstore again, as paid app
ofcourse and Hemant limited his permissions to his own app. When we asked him for the reason, what he said is the reason why I decided to bring this matter to public (Screenshot of conversation attached).
According to him, he's still "paying for refunds" from apps that were removed along with old account more than 1 1/2 years back. God knows how many thousands of dollars he leeched from us and what's more he won't stop and still wants to continue ! His reason ? He wants the 25$ playstore fee back (even when i already paid him from my share of earnings long back).
Is this justice ?
Guys like him shouldn't be allowed in playstore.Here's the conversation proof between us in hangouts group chat :http://imgur.com/a/y3YWA
So what I request from you guys is that please report the following mentioned apps and get them removed from playstore :
Trim'd Icon pack by +Mohammed Musaddiq
Oblique Icon Pack by +Mohammed Musaddiq
Oras Icon Pack by +Vishal Kashi
Cresto Icon Pack by Subhajit Deb :https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gfxbandits.iconpack.crestro
Spectrum Clocks by +Lifehacker Ash
Rovul Icon Pack by +Vishal Kashi :https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gfxbandits.iconpack.rovul
Meteora Icon Pack by +Mohammed Musaddiq :https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gfxbandits.iconpack.meteora
Flume UI by +Vishal Kashi :https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gfxbandits.iconpack.flumeui
Even if this has nothing to do with you, for the sake of my former mates, for the sake of justice, Please take a moment of your time to REPORT
those apps and get them removed from playstore and get the play account banned ASAP.
If you don't mind, please RESHARE
this post and get as many people you can to report the same.
Thank you for your time.