Hiram Hoffman

October 26, 2018

Mr. Hoffman:

The purpose of this letter is to establish a timeline of events surrounding your nonpayment of debt owed to Let’s Start Coding and to make the following requests:

1) Return all Let’s Start Coding kits that are in your possession to the Let’s Start Coding address listed below.

2) Make payment of $4,614.59 for invoice I-5-31-18-HHC to Let’s Start Coding via cashier’s check mailed via certified mail with delivery confirmation to:

Let’s Start Coding

1000 Swan Street, Suite 6

Louisville, KY 40204

Please complete the requests by November 6, 2018.

On May 14, 2018 you placed an order with Let’s Start Coding for 20 Code Cars, 20 Base Kits, and 20 Ultimate Kits via an email to Weston Hagan. At that time, you were in possession of a loaner Ultimate Kit for evaluation.

On May 31, 2018 you picked up your order, a packing list, and an invoice in the amount of $4,614.59 from the Let’s Start Coding offices at 108 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202. Weston Hagan and another Let’s Start Coding employee were present at that time. The invoice was issued on May 31, 2018 with 15 day terms and a due date of June 15, 2018.

On June 1, 2018 you claimed in an email to Weston Hagan that only 19 of the 20 ordered Ultimate Kits were in the boxes you received. Weston Hagan delivered another Ultimate Kit to you when the two of you met on the evening of June 6th, 2018.

On June 25, 2018 Weston Hagan sent you an email:

“What is the status of your invoice? Do you need some time to collect from your client before completing that payment to us?”

You did not reply to that email.

On June 28, 2018 Weston Hagan sent you another email containing:

“Re: your invoice, I’d love to be able to deposit that check this month. Can I pick up payment from you today or tomorrow?”

You did not respond to that email.

On June 29, 2018 you claimed via email to be in Michigan. You said in an email to Weston Hagan:

“I'll put your check in the mail today to get to you.”

On July 9, 2018 Weston Hagan sent you an email:

“I haven't yet received payment for your first order of kits. Is there a chance it was lost in the mail or addressed incorrectly? Our office address is:

Let's Start Coding

108 West Main Street

Louisville, KY 40202”

On July 12, 2018 Weston Hagan sent a text message inquiring about the status of the payment which had not yet been received. On July 13, you claimed that the wrong zip code was put on the check that you mailed. You texted:

“... I’ll get you a new one today”

On July 17, 2018, Weston Hagan sent a text message containing:

Hey Hiram, I just got my USPS but nothing from you today. Did your second check go in the mail in Louisville on Friday? I’d expect it to make it here by now if so

On July 18, 2018, you sent Weston Hagan a picture of a USPS priority mail express package with tracking number showing an overnight delivery from Seattle, Washington.

On July 19, 2018, an overnighted check numbered 10001 for the amount of $4,614.59 - 100% of the invoice owed -  from Coded LLC and signed by Hiram Hoffman arrived at 108 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202. Weston Hagan deposited that check on July 19.

On July 24, 2018, Weston Hagan sent you an email:

“Unfortunately, the check that you overnighted to me last week could not be deposited. Our bank says the deposit failed due to insufficient funds in the Coded, LLC account at Bank of America.

Any thoughts as to why this may have happened?” .

You did not respond to that email.

On July 25, 2018, you initiated an email chain as follows:

Good Morning Weston,

Sorry for the delay in getting back to your email and call. I spent all day traveling and I’m currently in Hawaii trying to close out some contracts. I apologize for the check. I think in the frantic-ness of trying to overnight you a check from Seattle I printed a check from the wrong account on my personal version of our check printing software (account ending in 1677 -  which is no longer in use for business payments). I apologize for the inconvenience. I’ll have bank of America transfer money from our new business account into that one so you should be able to have your bank run the transaction again on the old check or I can either wire it or overnight a new check. Also let me know whatever fees you incurred and I’ll be sure to remit that to you when I’m back in Louisville on Tuesday. I should be free after 3pm Hawaii time so I’ll give you a call then or your can reach me via email for a faster response at the moment.


Hiram Hoffman

Coded Education , Co-Founder and Educator

Weston Hagan replied on July 25”

“Hi Hiram,

Thanks for the update.

I can't run the transaction again.

Why don't you mail me a cashier's check? That way the amount/availability of funds will be certain before you ever leave the bank.

Our mailing address:

Let's Start Coding

108 West Main Street

Louisville, KY 40202

Amount: $4614.59


You did not reply to that email.

On July 26, 2018 Weston Hagan sent you an email:

Hi Hiram, Is my proposal a reasonable solution? I'd really like to get this invoice cleared in my books - it's more than 40 days overdue.’

You replied on July 26:

“Yup that works great. Put in the call to have a cashiers check mailed from bank or America to you. Will send you the tracking number as soon as I receive it

Hiram Hoffman”

On July 31, 2018, Weston Hagan sent you an email:

Hi Hiram,

I just received my mail for the day, but there was nothing from you included. Do you have an update on the cashier's check? Thanks.


On August 2, 2018, Weston Hagan sent you an email:

“Hi Hiram,

I know you're busy, but I really need to get your account settled with Let's Start Coding.  I've left a couple of voicemails for you today, please let me know if they haven't reached you and if your number is updated.

I've not yet received the cashier's check you were going to send a week ago. Can you give me any updates on this?



On August 6, 2018, Weston Hagan sent you an email :

Hi Hiram,

I hope you're doing well. I just spoke with our bank and there is only a $15 charge for the check being returned, so that's not a big deal and you don't need to worry about paying that.

I know you have alot going on, so if we need to set up payment installments, we can do that- just let me know how we can knock this out.



You did not reply to that email.

On Tuesday August 7, 2018 at 4:44 PM, you emailed Weston Hagan the following:

Good Evening Weston,

I'm sitting at the airport in Amsterdam trying to catch up on my emails. I just came across you emails from last week.

First and foremost I would like to apologize for the inconvenience caused with getting this payment to you. I have your cashier’s check with me at the moment. Bank of America had me pick up the check instead of mailing it for fraud prevention reasons. Unfortunately I had to go back home to Ghana from Hawaii because my mom had fallen ill and I needed to be with her. With that being said, I have no international roaming and connectivity to the internet has been a little hard so I’ve been out of reach for the last 10 days. I apologize immensely again for the inconvenience. My flight touches down in Louisville on Thursday. I’ll run straight to the office as soon as I touch down to drop off the payment.

Thank you again for your patience and I’ll sort this out as soon as I’m back on Thursday.


Hiram Hoffman

On August 9, 2018 at 4:18 PM you emailed Weston:

“I'm about to board my last flight louisville from Atlanta. How late will you or anyone be at the office tonight?
Hiram Hoffman”

At 4:19PM Weston replied:

Hi Hiram,

Glad you made it safely back to the States. I plan to be here until around 7 tonight. Hope to see you soon.


On August 10, 2018 at 2:16PM, Weston emailed:

“Hi Hiram,

I hope you made it home safely yesterday, I guess our schedules didn't align to meet last night. I plan to be at the office today until around 5:30 if that gives you a chance to pop in. Please let me know if you plan to come down so I don't schedule anything out-of-office.



You did not reply to that message.

On August 12, 2018, Weston emailed:
“Hi Hiram,

Is there a good day to meet up this week? I expect to be in the office all week. Let me know - thanks!


You did not reply to that email.

On August 13, 2018 at 8:22 AM you sent a text message to Weston Hagan with the contents:

“...Heading downtown hopefully around lunch after a morning in Lex wanted to know if you’ll be free around then.”

Weston Hagan replied at 8:27:

“... Yes I’ll be downtown all day today so swing by whenever.”

At 3:20 PM on August 13, Weston texted:
“Are you still planning to stop by today?”

At 3:55 PM on August 13, you replied:

“Yeah….. I’m going to try to leave here in the next 30 mins and hit ya’ll before you close”

At 3:55 Weston replied:

“OK cool. Let me know if anything else changes. Otherwise I’ll expect to see you around 5:30”

At 4:15 you replied with a ‘thumbs up’ emoji .

At 6:27PM on August 13, Weston texted:
“Are you nearby?”

At 6:37 you responded:

“45 ish mins? Just got gas at Frankfort”

At 6:39 Weston replied:
Sorry man I can’t stay that long. Are you able to drop it off tomorrow?”

At 6:46 you replied:

Not till afternoonish….”

At 7:05 Weston replied:

“I’ll be around all day tomorrow. Should I expect you before or after 2?”

At 7:08 you replied:

Ok cool see you then”

On August 14, 2018 at 5:16PM Weston texted:
“Hey man are you gonna make it down today?”

You did not reply to that text message.

On August 20, 2018 at 11:14PM Weston emailed you:

“Hi Hiram,

What's your availability this week? Things are going to get busy at the end of this month, so I'd like to get this off my 'to do' list. I'm sure you'd like to as well. Let me know - thanks!


You did not reply to that email.

On August 27, 2018 Weston emailed you:

Hey Hiram,

I sent you a few texts last week, but I'm not sure if you received them. Do you have any availability to drop off the check this week? You can also leave it at The Park if that's an option for me to pick it up. I'd like to get this payment deposited before I do my August accounting.

Let me know what works best- thanks!


You did not reply to that email.

On September 5, 2018 Weston emailed you:

Hi Hiram,

I hope you had a restful Labor Day weekend. Are you available this week so I can pick up the check for the kits you purchased earlier this summer? I'd love to get this off my plate and I'm sure you'd like me to stop bugging you about it :).

Thanks, please let me know.


You did not reply to that email.

On September 16, 2018 Weston emailed you from weston@durhamlabs.com:

Hi Hiram,

I'm trying you on a different email from my @durhamlabs.com email. Unfortunately I haven't been able to reach you for about a month.

I'd like to find a resolution for your outstanding invoice to Let's Start Coding for $4,614.50. If there is some circumstance preventing you from paying all at once, let's establish a payment plan of some kind. Without any communication from you, I'm completely in the dark.

You can reach me at this email address, weston@letsstartcoding.com, or on my phone at 270-231-2280.

Let's work together to figure this out. Thanks.


On September 24th, Weston sent a message to Desiree Hoffman (your wife) via LinkedIn.com as follows:

Hi Desiree, I'm sorry to bother you with this, but I'm trying to get in touch with Hiram. I haven't heard from him since 8/13 and I've tried to contact via phone, LinkedIn, Facebook, and 3 different email addresses. Is he OK? Could you ask him to contact me? weston@letsstartcoding.com. Thanks.

On September 24th, Weston received an email from talavera1desiree@gmail.com:

Good Morning Weston,

I saw your message earlier. Hiram’s Mom has been seriously ill for a while and he’s been out of the country in Ghana for about a month taking care of her and her affairs.

He’s not using his US number because of roaming charges but I can either give you his local number there or pass on any message you need me to. He’s coming back on Sunday as well so if it’s not an emergency I can have him reach you as soon as he’s back.


Weston replied to the email from talavera1desiree@gmail.com on September 24:

“Hi Desiree,

Thanks so much for your quick response - it really puts my mind at ease that he's OK. I wish you and your family the best during what must be a stressful time.

It's not an emergency, just business, so there is no need for me to bother him while he's out of the country. I will reach back out to him around October 5th. The best USA number is still 502-414-7718 and email would be hiram.k.hoffman@gmail.com, right?

Thank you very much.


talavera1desiree@gmail.com replied to that email chain on September 24:

“Ok. I’ll let him know you reached out anyway when I talk to him this week. And yes, his phone number and email are correct. I believe his work email is also hiram.hoffman@codededucation.com if you don’t already have that.

According to that email exchange, you would return to the United States on September 30, 2018.

On October 3, 2018 Weston emailed:

Hi Hiram,

I hope you had safe travels and are now comfortably back in the States. I'm checking in to see how we can arrange payment for your outstanding invoice from Let's Start Coding for $4614.50. I am attaching the invoice, due 6/15/2018, here in case it was lost.

Can you pay this in full this week? Do we need to arrange a payment plan? I look forward to hearing from you.



On October 10, 2018 you replied to Weston’s October 3 email with:

Hey Weston

I just got back last night. I had to stay back a little longer than anticipated. I apologize sincerely for leaving without letting you know. The trip definitely came out of the blue. Can we set up a meeting for Wednesday next week?

I have to go up to indy to a bank of America branch to re- cut you another cashier's check so I'll head up the on Monday or Tuesday and do that.

Sorry again and let me know if that works for you.


Weston replied via email on October 10:

Hi Hiram,

Glad you're home safely.

I'm just trying to get the open Coded LLC and Let's Start Coding invoice settled. I asked for the cashiers check because of the first check bouncing and the uncertainty from your end about which account was supposed to be used.

A trip to and from Indianapolis just to get a cashiers check seems like a lot of trouble for you to go through. Is there a better way for you to make payment without having to make the trip? Would it be easier to just pay in cash?

I don't want to make this any more troublesome than it needs to be, but I need to be able to assure my investor that this invoice is closed and there won't be any bounced checks, chargebacks on a credit card, or anything else.

I will keep my schedule as open as possible - getting this wrapped up is high priority for me. Let me know your availability and if cash is an option. Thanks.


You responded via email on October 10:

“No worries. I just have to go to Indy because the business account is a bank of America account and there's no branch in Louisville.

I can look into getting you cash from our personal account and just reimbursing myself later. I'll let Desiree know and I'll get back to you on that first thing in the morning


At this point in time, it was established by you that you and Weston would meet on ‘Wednesday of the following week’, referring to October 17, 2018.

On October 16, 2018 Weston emailed you:

Are we still on to meet up tomorrow? I have something right after work, so can we just meet at PNC bank on Bardstown Road (Google Map) ?

What time is best? Thanks.


You did not reply to that email.

On October 19, 2018 Weston emailed you:

Hi Hiram,

I'm checking in on this. It's unfortunate you missed our meeting, didn't take my phone call yesterday and couldn't make time to call or text me back.

I'm growing concerned that your lack of payment is intentional. As a small business, an invoice above $4500 is not trivial for us. I have offered many opportunities and methods to pay this off, but you need to communicate openly and honestly with me about what's going on.


From the period of August 14 through October 18, Weston sent 10 text messages to you attempting to establish a time, place, or method for you to make payment on the invoice due.

On October 18, 2018, Weston called your cell phone, to which you responded by text immediately:
“Can you call back later?”

To which Weston replied:
“What’s going on man? It feels like you’re dodging me at this point.”

You did not reply to that message.

At 1:12PM on October 18, Weston texted:
“Is that what’s happening here?”

In summary, Mr. Hagan has provided you with a number of reasonable opportunities and methods to make payment. You have missed meetings and deadlines that you have set, as well as sent a check that was returned for non-sufficient funds.

It is the hope of Let’s Start Coding to immediately settle this matter amicably.