• Report: #381478

Complaint Review: Carducci Furniture, Christopher J. Woods, Chris Woods

  • Submitted: Wed, October 15, 2008
  • Updated: Wed, September 07, 2011

  • Reported By:Los Angeles California
Carducci Furniture, Christopher J. Woods, Chris Woods
Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills CA Beverly Hills, California U.S.A.

Carducci Furniture, Christopher J. Woods, Chris Woods Horse Racing Scam. Fixed Horse Racing Scam in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia. Beverly Hills California

*General Comment: Death of a CON MAN

*General Comment: FBI arrest Chris Woods this morning in CT!

*Consumer Comment: I am awaiting repayment on $25,000 from Chris Woods...

*Author of original report: Type "Chris Woods Jockey Con" into google

*Consumer Comment: Who Has $50,000 to pay out for CHUMP CHANGE?

*Consumer Comment: You are not the only one !

*Author of original report: Christopher J. Woods and Carducci Furniture LLC. have been sued.

*Author of original report: RE: Rebuttal

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: I don't know anybody named Rick James!

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: I don't know anybody named Rick James!

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: I don't know anybody named Rick James!

*Consumer Comment: Please contact me regarding this ASAP

*Consumer Comment: Please contact me regarding this ASAP

*Consumer Comment: Please contact me regarding this ASAP

*Consumer Comment: Please contact me regarding this ASAP

*Consumer Comment: request for more information

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: Report is False, Misleading and inaccurate!

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I met Chris Woods over the summer of 2008 thanks to an introduction by a mutual contact. He told me his growing furniture company, Carducci, needed some short term capital as he was expecting a large shipment. He seemed credible enough and dropped many names and brought magazine articles with pictures of him from his days as a horse jockey in his native Australia. I sent him a wire for $50,000 the next day.

A few days later when I asked him for my money back as agreed, he said he needed more funds to complete his shipment. When I told him that I was not interested and that I wanted my money back, he went crazy. He told me that this money was for a horse race in Hong Kong and that he had a horse that was supposed to race soon. In addition, he had paid the other jockeys to lose the race and needed more money to pay them.

This was supposedly a horse that had never raced before and had 20-1 odds. I told him I was not interested in any illegal activities and that I wanted my money back. He has yet to return my money back to me despite a promissory note that he sent me.

Chris Woods lives in expensive Beverly Hills hotels, and frequents exclusive bars and restaurants in hotels in that area. He has the stature of a jockey and a heavy Australian accent. However, he drives a cheap rental car and upon closer examination, one can quickly surmise he is a broke con man. I was the fool who thought otherwise. One would do well to stay away from him and run the other way upon the mention of fixed horse racing.

If you need any further information, please contact me as I do not want other people to go through my experience.

Anonymous
Los Angeles, California
U.S.A.

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#1 General Comment

Death of a CON MAN

AUTHOR: AP Wire - (United States of America)

Christopher, I'm so glad the Greenwich Detectives and FBI arrested you! You should treat woman better next time you low life! I had no idea you were a con man! You will rot in a jail cell for many years to come!!
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#2 General Comment

FBI arrest Chris Woods this morning in CT!

AUTHOR: AP Wire - (United States of America)

Chris Woods was arrested this morning by FBI agents in Greenwich, CT. A federal warrant was issued for his arrest. If you were scammed by this individual, contact Greenwich, Connecticut detectives at (203)622-3395 or the FBI in Bridgeport, CT at (203)777-6311.
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#3 Consumer Comment

I am awaiting repayment on $25,000 from Chris Woods...

AUTHOR: Karmacomingyourway - (U.S.A.)

It happened exactly like reported on this page. But what I provided was a loan to Chris with a signed contract. The signed contract starts like this....

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THIS LOAN AGREEMENT AND PROMISSORY NOTE, is made this 30th day of September, 2008, by and among Carducci interiors Pty. Ltd, located at Las Vegas Design Center, 495 South Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas, Nevada 89106 (hereinafter, known as "BORROWER") ...............

It states that Woods will pay back the $25,000 within one month, with interest.

It's a loan, plain and simple. Signed by Chris.

He hasn't paid it back, and here we are on Jun 8, 2009.

He HAS been in recent contact, and promised that his lawyer would contract mine with payment details (last week, then Monday, then today ---- it just doesn't happen). What I've found so far is that Chris strings you along with promises, and bullies you if push too hard to get your money back.

My friend, who is also into Chris for $25,000, had already contracted the FBI who are interested in pursuing the case as they say this kind of thing is on the rise in the U.S. They took all the info and account numbers we have on Chris and moved the case to San Rafael CA for closer pursuit.

My friend's next step is the D.A. in Los Angeles and LAPD. She's on that this week.

All I can say is what has actually happened with me personally. I am awaiting repayment of $25,000. It has been months. My lawyer is advising me to pursue a fraud charge which I may do shortly. I'll close this by including part of an email my attorney sent regarding this case. It contains some info that you may find useful if you, too, are awaiting payment from Chris. Good luck to you and to me. If he repays, I will let you know on this board by updating it.

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We did a search for corporate information. The named entity in the note has a website www.carducciinteriors.com with contact info for the principals. The named entity is to a registered company in Australia whose website indicates projects in Sydney. The acronym Pty Ltd is assigned to a form of Australian corporation known as "proprietary limited company." I was going to send these principals an enquiry about the note and confirm their knowledge of the transaction.

There is a Carducci Interiors LLC incorporated in Nevada whose registered agent is a corporation in Carson City, Nevada. The managing member is Chris Woods who is located at 131 N El Molino Ave Ste 310 Pasadena CA 91101.

There is also a Carducci LLC incorporated in California whose registered agent is Eugene Alkana at 131 N El Molino Ave Ste 310 Pasadena CA 91101. That's the name and address of an older attorney. Probably who you're going to hear from. Chris Woods (ex-Australian jockey) is the principal of Carducci Interiors International and Carducci Interiors USA.

The address on the note is the address of the World Market Center in Las Vegas which is used for exhibitions (www.lasvegasmarket.com). This venue is possibly the world's, largest and most preeminent furniture wholesale showroom and market place. A major trade show called Las Vegas Market is hosted there twice a year. When not hosting the Las Vegas Market or other trade shows, the first two floors of Building A and the first three floors of Building C are open as showrooms for interior decorators. These spaces are called the Las Vegas Design Center (LVDC) and contain more than 400,000 square feet (37,000 m2) of permanent showrooms, which are open Monday Friday to members of the trade.

I cannot find a listing for Carducci at the LVDC as a permanent exhibitor. Chris Woods website states that he has a showroom there. As stated, I was going to make contact with the Australian entity to request info on their involvement or whether the use of their entity was a fraud. I was going to advise them that if they were unaware of this transaction we would most likely pursue a fraud claim against the responsible individuals.

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#4 Author of original report

Type "Chris Woods Jockey Con" into google

AUTHOR: Anonymous - (U.S.A.)

It's pretty interesting that every complaint about Chris Woods, Christopher Woods, and Carducci Furniture has a thinly veiled response from the Jockey himself. Actually, the grammar is much better that I remember his to be, it must be a literate friend of his. Time is running out for this poor soul.
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#5 Consumer Comment

Who Has $50,000 to pay out for CHUMP CHANGE?

AUTHOR: Joe - (U.S.A.)

Not too many people which is why I took this report with a grain of salt.

Somebody needs to set the little spoon and the mirror and the white powder down and walk away...right into rehab.

I can't see what a horse race has to do with a furniture store anyway unless they are putting in drapes in their pet horse's stall or something...

Interior decorators are usually licensed by the State in which they practice their trade. Did it occur to you to check the professional decorators associations, check to see if he had a license or check with the secretary of state of your state to see if he had incorporated a business and to check with your state comptroller to see if he was paying his business and sales taxes like most businesses are required by law to do?

This sounds more like a jilted boyfriend's rant than a credible story.

You just do NOT turn over money like this to someone without at least getting your attorney to check them out.
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#6 Consumer Comment

You are not the only one !

AUTHOR: Angel - (U.S.A.)

My Friend and I were mislead by this man as well. We wired him money and never saw a single penny back. He signed an agreement with us to give us some shares of his company "carducci interiors" in return of the small investment.

We have tried to locate him to get our money back; unfortunately this hasn't gotten us anywhere.

I was shocked when I looked at the site www.chriswoodsscam.com.

There must be something we can do to nail this guy... I am starting an action, and would like as much info as possible on the guy. I have found 2 addresses for him so far, but I don't think they are real ....

I have several contacts with the US authorities, including the INS... Anyone who can help me with info, please send an email or respond to this message.

Thanks in advance.

Severine
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#7 Author of original report

Christopher J. Woods and Carducci Furniture LLC. have been sued.

AUTHOR: Anonymous - (U.S.A.)

http://dockets.justia.com/docket/court-cacdce/case_no-2:2008cv06649/case_id-427844/
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AUTHOR: Anonymous - (U.S.A.)

This is great! A con man who thinks he is funny.
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#9 REBUTTAL Owner of company

I don't know anybody named Rick James!

AUTHOR: Chris Woods - (U.S.A.)

There is no truth to these accusations. I don't know who these people are or why they are being vindictive. I have victimized no one. Since nothing can be removed from this website (regardless of falsehood) there is little I can do to eliminate these falsehoods or determone who this is. I have never met or dealt with anyone named Rick James.
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#10 REBUTTAL Owner of company

I don't know anybody named Rick James!

AUTHOR: Chris Woods - (U.S.A.)

There is no truth to these accusations. I don't know who these people are or why they are being vindictive. I have victimized no one. Since nothing can be removed from this website (regardless of falsehood) there is little I can do to eliminate these falsehoods or determone who this is. I have never met or dealt with anyone named Rick James.
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#11 REBUTTAL Owner of company

I don't know anybody named Rick James!

AUTHOR: Chris Woods - (U.S.A.)

There is no truth to these accusations. I don't know who these people are or why they are being vindictive. I have victimized no one. Since nothing can be removed from this website (regardless of falsehood) there is little I can do to eliminate these falsehoods or determone who this is. I have never met or dealt with anyone named Rick James.
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#12 Consumer Comment

Please contact me regarding this ASAP

AUTHOR: Rick James - (U.S.A.)

Email me at (((ROR redacted)))
I also am a victim of Mr. Woods and would like to compare notes with anyone that is, or is thinking of, doing business with this man.

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#13 Consumer Comment

Please contact me regarding this ASAP

AUTHOR: Rick James - (U.S.A.)

Email me at (((ROR redacted)))
I also am a victim of Mr. Woods and would like to compare notes with anyone that is, or is thinking of, doing business with this man.

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#14 Consumer Comment

Please contact me regarding this ASAP

AUTHOR: Rick James - (U.S.A.)

Email me at (((ROR redacted)))
I also am a victim of Mr. Woods and would like to compare notes with anyone that is, or is thinking of, doing business with this man.

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#15 Consumer Comment

Please contact me regarding this ASAP

AUTHOR: Rick James - (U.S.A.)

Email me at (((ROR redacted)))
I also am a victim of Mr. Woods and would like to compare notes with anyone that is, or is thinking of, doing business with this man.

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#16 Consumer Comment

request for more information

AUTHOR: Concerned - (U.S.A.)

This requests additional information from Anonymous in Los Angeles, California. The report offered for others to contact you who may also be a victim of Carducci and Chris Woods. However, there is no contact information provided. I to may be stuck in the same circumstance and would like to compare notes.
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#17 REBUTTAL Individual responds

Report is False, Misleading and inaccurate!

AUTHOR: Chris Woods - (U.S.A.)

This report is totally inaccurate! I have never been involved in any illegal activity including fixing horse races, nor told anyone that I could or would fix a horse race. For whatever reason, this person has fabricated this entire horse race betting scenario. Carducci is a furniture company with seven figure inventory that manufactures and sells high end, high quality furniture and has nothing to do with horse racing, betting or jockeys.
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