- Report: #1087254
Report - Rebuttal - Arbitrate
Complaint Review: Image Alliance, Inc.
Image Alliance, Inc.2641 N FLAMINGO ROAD 1608 SUNRISE, FL 33323 Sunrise, Florida USA
Image Alliance, Inc., Image Alliance Media, Inc., Robert Albolino, Tom Weissbach, Connie Weissbach Talk show episode with Super Model Niki Taylor? Nope - just a lure to divert funds then declare bankruptcy Sunrise Florida
*REBUTTAL Individual responds: False Allegations
*Author of original report: UPDATE: Tom & Connie Weissbach are legitimate and operate separately from Rob Albolino
*Author of original report: Correction - Not bankruptcy, but voluntary dissolution
Who was involved?
Our parent company is based in Europe and I run U.S. operations. I was approached by phone in late 2012 by Image Alliance, Inc., which was owned and operated by Robert Albolino and Tom Weissbach of the cities Sunrise and Melbourne, Florida. Image Alliance was a media firm that produced a televised talk show as a marketing format for companies to promote their products.
The lure was offering super model celebrity, Niki Taylor, as the show host. This company actually did produce some legit shows starring Taylor. Knowing our customer base is strictly female, it seemed like a good choice.
Image Alliance required the fee of $29,500 up front to "fund the production crew. [continued below]....
Got the money. Then excuses, excuses, excuses . . .
After payment was complete, Tom Weissbach and his associates gave multiple shoot dates, but each were canceled for various reasons. We received emails stating they were still in process of coordinating new taping dates with Niki, crew and the studio.
Fishy Timing . . . sudden bankruptcy
On May 7th, Image Alliance declared bankruptcy without giving us any forewarning - we did not even find out until our attorney investigated a few weeks later. Only two weeks prior to bankruptcy, we were reassured by a producer (who copied Tom Weissbach) that the production department was still in process of coordinating new taping dates with Niki, crew and studios.
After that, our emails and phone calls to Albolino and Weissbach went unanswered.
Hind Site - Image Alliance set up to "take the fall" for Image Alliance Media, Inc.
I believe Robert Albolino and Tom Weissbach, intended to defraud us of $29,500 by operating under the guise of “Image Alliance, Inc.,” which was a front for “Image Alliance Media, Inc.” They acted as one entity. Image Alliance Media is still an active company. These two companies are intertwined. When business went bad, Image Alliance went belly up, yet Image Alliance Media survives.
Both Albolino and Weissbach have historically run multiple businesses doing the same thing, with the same people, out of the same addresses. Most companies have similar names:
In addition to Image Alliance and Image Alliance Media, they run or have run: Image Media, Image Alliance Communications, Image Alliance Creative Group (formed 2 weeks before filing for IA bankruptcy by Albolino), Creative Alliance (formed 2 weeks after bankruptcy by Abolino).
Image Alliance Media and Working Title are two companies owned by Tom Weissbach's wife, Connie. Like the others, they operate out of the same office with the same people.
Have you been duped? I'm doing something about it. Contact me.
Albolino and Weissbach have been good at dodging communication on this matter and show no signs of wanting to play by the rules. I'm using multiple channels to pursue justice. I need to find other companies that were victimized by these people.
The suspicion is they likely have renigged on multiple contracts of $30,000 or less. This adds up to a lot of money but kept the individual contracts low dollar amounts to not raise suspicion.
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