• Report: #416882

Complaint Review: DIVERSION STUDIOS

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  • Submitted: Tue, January 27, 2009
  • Updated: Mon, March 04, 2013

  • Reported By:LAMBERTVILLE Michigan
DIVERSION STUDIOS
43822 N 44TH LN PHOENIX, Arizona U.S.A.
  • Phone: 619-218-3824
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  • Category: Liars

DIVERSION STUDIOS PONZI SCHEME PHOENIX Arizona

*Author of original report: DIVERSION STUDIOS: Investor Disagrees

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Diversion Studios has NEVER been a Ponzi Scheme or a Hoax

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I WAS APPROACHED TO BECOME AN INVESTOR IN A VIDEO GAME COMPANY BY CREATIVE DIRECTOR GARY LUECKER FOR A COMPANY CALLED DIVERSION STUDIOS, INC. THEY WERE DEVELOPING A VIDEO GAME CALLED "GOLD MEDAL STREET LUGE". SUPPOSEDLY THEIR HOME OFFICE WAS OUT OF ARIZONA BUT THEY WERE REGISTERED AS A DELAWARE CORPORATION AND THEIR HOLDING OFFICE WAS IN TOLEDO, OHIO. THEY SHOWED ME A DEMO AND HELD A LAUNCH PARTY. I ENDED UP GIVING THEM $12,000 FOR WHICH THEY GAVE ME A FAKE STOCK CERTIFICATE. I WAS LATER TO DISCOVER THAT THEY WERE DOING A TYPICAL PONZI SCHEME IN WHICH THEY PROMISED ME LARGE RETURNS AND A JOB IF I GAVE THEM THE MONEY. I WAS TOLD MY 12,000 INVESTMENT WOULD BE WORTH 120,000 AND I WOULD GET A JOB AT 19,200 PER YEAR. THE ACTUAL STOCK CERTIFICATE WAS WORTH $120. IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE SERIES A PREFERRED STOCK AND THEY ISSUED COMMON STOCK. THE VALUE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE $1 PER STOCK AND THE ISSUE AMOUNT WAS 1 CENT. OF COURSE ALL THE PARTIES INVOLVED HAVE LEFT THE STATE AND ARE NOWHERE TO BE FOUND. I HAVE TRIED REPORTING THIS TO SEC, FTC AND THE POLICE WITH NOT MUCH LUCK. IF YOU HEAR ABOUT A DEAL THAT IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE FROM GARY LUECKER, RANDALL ZUCCARELL, LAURA HEIDTMAN OR KARA SZIROTNYAK BEWARE! THEY WILL JUST TAKE YOUR MONEY AND RUN.

Investor victim
LAMBERTVILLE, Michigan
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 01/27/2009 01:37 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/DIVERSION-STUDIOS/PHOENIX-Arizona-85087/DIVERSION-STUDIOS-PONZI-SCHEME-PHOENIX-Arizona-416882. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Author of original report

DIVERSION STUDIOS: Investor Disagrees

AUTHOR: Investor victim - (U.S.A.)

If Diversion Studios and Gary Luecker are so honest then they should be willing to give me my money back.  I was told repeatedly by KARA SZIROTNYAK that Mr. Luecker would do so but I am as of yet to see a penny of my lost investment of $12,000.  It  is 2013 and I am still waiting for Mr. Luecker to do the right thing...  I think it is pathetic that a woman of my limited means should have been targeted by Mr. Luecker and Diversion Studios.  I am on permanent disability and only take home $1200 a month.  He lies about me going after them "eagerly" to make an investment with Diversion Studios.  I was approached by Laura Heidtman and Randall Zucarell about investing.  Randall Zuccarell talked me into taking out a loan out for the money when he realized I didn't have the money in the bank to give him $12,000.  I tried a few times to cancel the loan but after being threatened by Randall Zuccarell, I was bullied into handing over the money to him which is a decision I later regret very much.  The bank official at Huntington even tried to get me to stop the loan proceedings when he witnessed Randall Zuccarell came with me to the bank while I filled out the paperwork for the loan.  Mr. Zuccarell later kept the pressure on me until I handed over the money in two payments.  I was severly ill at the time and the doctors kept warning me against making major decisions because my decision making skills were impaired.  I am still trying to pay off this loan and the interest is hefty.  I have made no dent in the debt since the only thing I can afford to pay is the interest only payment which is due monthly.  He stole my money and ruined my credit.  Shame on you Diversion Studios!  None of the appropriate criminal groups such as police, SEC, FTC, State of Michigan Attorney General will do a thing about this case because they say the loss is too little for them to worry about and I am the only victim willing to report the scam.  There were other investors but I could not get their contact information and was unable to involve them in my case with the police.  I just wanted this rebuttal printed because the information Mr. Luecker posted makes his scam seem legal and his intentions appropriate and they were not.  To this day I wish there was something I could do to report Diversion Studios especially after Bernie Madoff went to jail.  Government reform is slow and not quick enough to help me...
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#2 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Diversion Studios has NEVER been a Ponzi Scheme or a Hoax

AUTHOR: Phoenix, AZ shocked - (United States of America)

It's extremely unfortunate that an information outlet in any medium would publish a libelous article with absolutely no attempt to ascertain the truth of the claimants allegations. Such is the case in the people (and the Ripoff Report) vs. Diversion Studios.


Essentially this is what the Rip-Off Report has published in this case. Claims of willful participation in a Ponzi scheme and forced signage (sic) of fake stock certificates ring absolutely empty and are completely false yet the Ripoff Report allowed this to become an actual report.


How many other erroneous reports like this have been filed on this website? How has this cheapened the cause for consumers who have actually been taken advantage of by a company or group of individuals?


The truth in this case is that as an entrepreneur and creative director for a fledgling video game company called Diversion Studios, many attempts have been made over a number of years to land an adequate, appropriate and (not insignificant) amount of capital startup funding. This funding was and is designed to be put toward costs including but not exclusive to production, research and development and (initially) for a bare bones administrative management structure for what was hoped would be a competitive software development company.


The person who has made these accusations did indeed make an initial investment in Diversion Studios. The simple truth is this investment was just under $12,000 US and Diversion was and continues to seek cash injections in the hundreds of thousands and in fact at that time in the millions in order to begin operations.


The money this person invested was clearly disclosed at the time as capital to be used for travel and business meetings designed to make presentations with the ultimate goal of acquiring start up operating capital and long term funding. Never was this fact improperly portrayed to this investor nor was any pressure put on this person to invest.


Rather, several attempts to move in a different direction were volunteered and it was put forth more than once or twice to simply reject any capital input from this investor. Even though the risks were explained thoroughly, this person insisted that they still wanted to participate and in fact in the end were eager to do so. At no time were any of the financial facts surrounding this venture misrepresented nor was has there been or will there ever be an attempt to do so.


The economic downturn coupled with numerous unsuccessful attempts to acquire funds from one of a number of new potential investors who did not fully understand the process of video game production created a perfect storm of indifference.


To this day Diversion Studios has yet to begin operations and has yet to land even a penny more in capital than we did on the day that this complainant reported the company to this website.


There has never and will never be an attempt of any kind to defraud any prospective investor(s) and this never was anything remotely similar to e Ponzi scheme. This is simply a case of a failure to acquire the requisite funding to adequately begin operations.


To this day all promises made to this disgruntled investor will be honored pending acquisition of said appropriate funding. It is with regret that Diversion Studios has not made been able to open our doors. This company and its product: video games, have been a passion for Diversion Studios and again it is with great regret that we must inform anyone within earshot that we have yet to begin operations.


It is the sincere hope of this executive team that Diversion Studios will someday become a viable game developer. When this happens the disgruntled investor who filed this false report will as promised be compensated in full and rewarded for their patience.


Thank you for the opportunity to speak truthfully on this counterfeit allegation. Diversion only recently became aware that this claim against Diversion Studios even existed. Diversion firmly believes that appearing on this website in the manner portrayed has absolutely harmed the company in its search for funding and wrongfully caused irreparable harm.


As was mentioned earlier in this rebuttal, it is an absolute shame that no attempt has ever been made to hear Diversion Studios side of this story. Shame on the Ripoff report!

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