My name is Chadwick. I'm a former office employee of the ctaylor agency. it has been brought to my attention a list of people, (30-40 currently to date with more coming forth daily) that have joined forces and are seeking serious legal measures that were lied to by this company. I feel great responsibility to come forward as well and join in to help these people seek justice from this company and its owner, Theresa Catanese.
I must however begin this complaint and informant by saying I'm fully aware of the personal slams against my character, lifestyle, past, present, and future, as well as my family that this letter will reap. let me include " I'm not scared" and this matter is one of business as I refuse to attack Theresa on a personal level. I included family because as you will learn later on in this letter she attacked my family in such a grotesque way upon leaving her business as a form of retaliation as she has many others, as you all are coming forward. Let me start at the beginning.
I moved back to evansville 2005...shortly after moving here I saw the add for the agency on a commercial. I was ecstatic being how there aren't many agencies in this area. Whether I got something small or something big I didn't care...as many of you who are in the acting business know its the love for it not the quantity of it. However, this was a modeling agency and I had only done acting work so this was all new to me. I was told to sign a contract with the agency, which I should add, I still have in my possession for those of you who didn't sign and were told you didn't have to. Many of you are coming forward stating you were told you would get paid in 30 to 90 days....some of you...2 to 3 weeks....some of you...6 to 9 months...and then there are those of you who were told to never contact the agency again and you have proof through email ( good job guys!!! )
I find it humorous and sick, but necessary to add about the gentleman who lives states away who upon calling to inquire about his "long lost check" that he was being charged 10.00$ (US) per phone call and per email inquiring about his pay. Let me upfront state that it is for these reasons that I left the company, along with her former office manager who witnessed everything I'm telling you, just earlier than I had.
Joining the company I was brought into a mess and was deceived very quickly. Her former office manager had confronted her about all the issues you all who are coming forward with and was told she was delusional. History definitely repeats itself!!! upon confronting her with the lies I was being asked to tell clients, models, their families, I finally confronted her and WOW!!! my heart goes out to the former office manager and I've recently been able to connect with her and share identical stories to the "T" . Later in the year she asked me to come on board the company as a part time employee, helping out with the phones, meeting with people to sign contracts. All things she said she didn't have time for. However, it took a while for me to connect the people doing the jobs with the client and then finally the checks. problem was, they weren't connecting.
Once I learned and became more familiar with the clients, jobs, and models I began to see they were absolutely not getting paid! But a pattern was there that I wasn't aware of. Models living in this area and who were on good standing with Theresa were getting paid. Those who called the office and asked about their pay once or twice was suddenly put on her mental "do not pay" list. This is where caller ID came in real handy for here....she mentally kept track of people who had "ticked" her off and would very nonchalantly say..."they pissed me off the other day....I'll call them back when I'm ready to call them back!!!" Some of those people are some of you coming forward today. I want to at this time apologize to those of you who may have been taken advantage while I was in the office. I certainly wasn't the mastermind behind her business but having helped her I feel guilt for...I didn't realize the severity until towards the end when I left.
that's why I want to help all of you and I'm impressed how some of you are taking the bull by the horns and even involving the FBI. I often thought when was someone going to do something and I'm glad "someone" is. Getting back to everything I witnessed in the office. some people would call inquiring about there check which was sometimes 4 and 5 months overdue, and would upset her so much that I would be asked to pull their file, throw away their contract, and destroy their professional pictures. (not property of C Taylor agency).
This troubled me, however it gets deeper than that. She would often out of spite, mail someone a check knowing the check was no good with no intent on correctly paying the model. When someone called I was told to tell them either the check was in the mail, the client has not paid, or simply we had not received their paperwork. on the subject of the clients, (which we are finding out this is where the authorities are getting seriously involved) the checks would come in for the jobs you all had already done. Your checks went to everything but you!!! The electric bill for her office was a big one....I must note...we couldn't go into work for a week due to the lights getting shut off....guess there weren't any checks from the clients coming in that week. Her car payment, insurance, and sometimes just a random shopping day. I know lunches for the office came out of your paychecks 3 to 4 times per week. But Theresa knew what she was doing.....she would state, " I'll have to pay my electric bill so I can book more jobs for people!!!!"
clearly feeling guilty over having spent peoples money who had been waiting in excess of 3 to 5 months....but as I'm learning some of you are coming forward from 2004, 2005, and beyond!!! i must admit it makes my skin crawl to find out things even now that i didn't know about the business back then. The way she has tried to cover ever track of her embezzlement. she has recently created 4 to 5 new names for companies that are all hers....its funny.....Wal-marts a HUGE company.....they don't need 5 names to keep up with themselves....lol seriously though, I believe that some of you are getting promotions under these other names and she is able to disappear when the money comes in and leave you no trace!!!!
On the personal side of things, I know she has performed background checks on people to get "dirt" on them in order to not pay them. Guess no one was around to tell her this was EXTREMELY illegal!!! So far, two cases of this the people are coming forward with legal action. again, good job guys! I remember not long after starting the company some research she did on a male model that used to be with her agency. She claims he was a rapist and it wasn't long you may have as well sent a memo out!!! She made sure everyone knew. Another gentleman is coming forward that she "claims" had a record and she "will NOT" pay or have people working for her with a record.......how convenient, the jobs already been completed and Theresa has already been paid!!!!
The cunning way she escapes out of paying people is not only shocking but illegal. It took some people being brave to actually find out that those of you being hired over the Internet across states lines, is a WHOLE separate criminal act in itself. I must admit i didn't even know the severity of it and am ashamed to have been associated with the company. many of the local models and demonstrators who have joined a more legit company in this area...be ADVISED! she has no problems calling the client and trying to get paid for your work when she knows the client on a close basis. If your picture is on her website and they have not been told that you left the company...she can sneakily tell them your still with her. and again, the bottom line is money!!! she has also joined forces with other agencies in that she "borrows" models to book short notice jobs. Only agencies that are not aware of her business practices will gladly give her the contact information for out of state models. she will then tell them the job, price and have the model work the job.
Catcher is, your told way below what the job is actually paid...and that which is left over is put into pocket. Again the contract states she will take out 20%, no other fees!!! sad, but true. I don't want anyone in any way to feel scared or that your alone if these practices of this company have been done to you or affected you....there are more people coming together than what I even thought would and have legal action that is already in affect. A lawsuit was won against her no questions asked and I hear the same judge will be the one handling the joint action of all the ones who have already come forward. In that case, the judge ordered her to pay three times what the individual was owed for the job including her 20% she is supposed to take out. I cant say, but I think the same will be done again, only this time the amount is through the roof! some of you done these jobs for extra cash...some of you to help with living expense, and a lot of you I remember were in college. Hang on!!!!, and again don't be afraid to come forward....there are many people like you that have cried over this and are saying "enough is enough".
Let me also state for the record, she owes me only for two days working in the office that were unpaid. they were not even full days. its not about the money. its about your money you thought you were going to receive. When I decided to leave the company I knew that I would receive hateful emails, messages, and so on. I kept those and hope you all have kept any you have as well. I was told if I wanted to get paid, I would take myself in her office and confront her for my pay face-to-face. In the same message she stated" that's only if your man enough....which your probably not!!!". She also said everyone hates me, including my family, friends and no one would want anything to do with me!!! all this just because I left and told her the reasons why I was leaving.
So as you can see, once confronted with her business practices, it becomes personal, childish, and downright cruel. I'm aware that she will do this again to me, but I'm doing this for you all who are fighting and standing up and not letting her laugh in your face while shes keeping your money. For those of you scared to come forward, think about this, in the case of Jim and Tammy Fae baker, they would still be doing what they were doing had no one come forward. A case similar to mine...she thought she was going to receive money from a pageant winner here in the local area for some promotional work she was doing after she won her crown...the family of the girl had to take Theresa aside and tell her the things she was doing were because of her winning the crown...not the agency! She was furious, she immediately called numerous runners up and contestants demanding "dirt" on the newly crowned winner so that she could "dethrone" her!!! I know for a fact that never happened.
as you can see these are the patterns that have followed her and are now coming against her. so let me end by saying "yes" I'm MAN enough theresa.....but quiet frankly...the money she owes me is nothing compared to what she owes others!!! I'd rather see you all get it!!!!
Anyone reading this needing help please feel free to email me and you will be linked to the proper people filing the claim and those who have already sued. those involved in the legal aspect of it. Feel free to email and call them day or night.
here are a list of other business names she is operating under.
c Taylor agency
Cori cindas consignments
cta event staffing
c Taylor agency 2