In or around the fall of 2011, I began negotiating with Awni as CEO of Loanfax, to provide leads to my company, National Consumer Help Center, for marketing purposes to be utilized in my business. My company provides services to distressed homeowners and the leads from Loanfax would have helped me to significantly expand my business. Awni represented his company as a reputable lead generator associated with well-known companies such as Carfax. I later learned some of Awnis representations were completely false.
On March 16, 2012, my company entered into a contract with Loanfax wherein I agreed to make an initial payment to Loanfax in the amount of $2, 500.00. Thereafter a monthly service fee would be required to be paid on the 15th of each month. Thus, a second payment was not to be due until April 15, 2012. In exchange Loanfax agreed to, provide 25, 000 leads per month in consideration for the monthly other compensation. [continued below]....
..... Awni added a handwritten note which reads, Up to 50k records. Thus, I reasonably expected Loanfax to provide a minimum of 25, 000 leads within the first month.
Upon executing the contract I hired additional employees, invested in additional equipment and software and made other significant preparations for the anticipated leads which Awni indicated would be forthcoming and were guaranteed to result in a significant increase in business for my company.
However, as the days turned into weeks Loanfax provided no leads at all to my company. I attempted to contact Awni and Loanfax on several occasions to inquire as to when the leads would be provided. I set up conference calls to discuss the transfer of leads, but Awni would not attend, claiming that he had other matters that needed his attention. On numerous occasions I called Awni on his personal cell phone, but Awni would not answer. Notwithstanding all of this, Awni and Loanfax reassured me that the leads would be provided. April 15, 2012 passed with no leads being delivered by Loanfax. As I was awaiting the leads I began to call other companies with whom Loanfax had done business to discuss my concerns. Through these conversations and other investigation, I learned that Awni and Loanfax had previously entered into similar contracts with other companies but failed to perform. I also learned that Loanfax had a history of engaging in questionable business practices. For example, I spoke with a representative of Carfax who expressly stated that they had no affiliation whatsoever with Loanfax, even though Awni had told me that Loanfax was affiliated with Carfax in an effort to boost Loanfaxs credibility and gain my business.
When I complained to Awni and Loanfax regarding their failure to perform under the contract Awni became aggressive. Then when I requested a refund of the money paid to Loanfax, Awni refused and became even more threatening towards me. Awni and his employee, Elaine Silva, sent vulgar and harassing emails to me in an effort to intimidate her. Refusing to be intimidated by Awni and Silvas email threats, I persisted in requesting either the promised leads or a refund of the money paid to Loanfax.
On April 7, 2012, in an effort to further harass and intimidate me, Awni posted two false and defamatory videos on Youtube, claiming that NCHC was a disreputable company and that I had a substance abuse problem. On April 8, 2012, Awni posted another video on Youtube containing false and hateful statements regarding me and my company. On April 19, 2012, Awni once again posted a video on Youtube containing false and hateful statements regarding me and my company.
In spite of Awni, Silva and Loanfaxs actions, I remained professional and attempted to cut off all communication with Loanfax, writing off the $2, 500.00 paid to Loanfax as a loss. However, Awni continued to harass me with threats. Also, Awni continued to post defamatory videos about NCHC and me on Youtube.
My company has suffered thousands of dollars in damages as a result of Defendants actions. Additionally, I have been forced to lay off employees who were hired in anticipation for the extra business provided by the leads from Loanfax. My company has been deprived of potential business and has suffered a loss in reputation. Awni continues to harass me and my company to this date.
Now i'm in the process of filing a restraining order against Russell Awni, I'm a single women and I feel treated for my life, he knows where i live, he knows where my offices is... I don't know what to do anymore... I have lost over $25, 000 thousand dollars in the last 2 months due to his lies he has posted about me and my company. I had to take my website down and change my organizations Name because of this man slandering lies about me and my organization. Now he is treating me that he will go to the media and F---K me up as he said in his last email.
I have provide his last email for the public to see what type of evil person i'm dealing with right now. He is really pissed off because i contact everyone on HIS FAKE ABOUT US PAGE and shared my the TRUTH.
From: Russell Awni [russ@LoanFax.co] CEO OF LOANFAX
To: National Legal Help Center & CCd all Employees
Sent: Sunday 5/13/12
Body of The Email:
Sarahstill never heard from you but thought you should see what we drafted to go to CNN and its been
adapted for Wall St Journal and others too. We have not sent them yet but will by next week if we do not get a FULL RETRACTION letterthought you should know. Happy Mothers Daycuz you sure ae a Mother F_ _ _ _er! Luckily for me, I can really F you good for your scams so happy mommas day be-atchI suggest you or your attorney (if one exists) contact me immediately or I will be hitting send on all the legal counsels emails we have drafted that will not only expose your scams to them and have you so legally screwed youll need to resurrect Johnny Cochran to get you out of it. Talk to you soonor we will be talking to Ms. Sams and others soon, the choice is yours! J
DRAFT TO CNN:
Dear Ms. Sams,
We thought you would want to know about this woman, Sarah Johnson, whose real name is Najia Jalan. She has been running a business under several names and using CNNs name, logo, etc in her advertising to mislead her prospects to thinking she is a legitimate legal company who can help them save their homes.
When we did our investigation, we could find NOT a single person she represented who was happy, content, or who received any legal help. In addition, she has NO attorneys on her staff nor does she have an attorney who is part of the ownership so although she represents herself as a LEGAL resource, she has no licensed attorneys directly working at NATIONAL LEGAL HELP. See attached videos we shot to prove that she was falsely using our name (and others like CNNs) without authorizationthe video #3 is the one that shows your Companys name being listed as seen on:
The most disturbing issues are obviously that people can lose their homes by being misled by Ms.
Johnson/ Ms. Jalan. Beyond that though, she is using companys like ours (LoanFax); CNN; The Wall St Journal and many others in her advertising to add credibility to her sham legal company. We were able to get her to remove our companys name from a video she had on her website stating she was an approved LoanFax Business which was not true. While we were successful in getting her to remove the use of our name initially, she then tried to use it again under a different URL and when we caught her doing that a
2nd time, we noted she was also using CNN and other companys names/reputations as well so we thought you should be aware of that.
Please call me at 310-985-3756 at your earliest convenience so I can tell you more about her misuse of our companys names so we can work together to ensure she does not use our good reputations in the future to legitimatize her fake legal business.
NLHC has an attorney on staff and has helped hundreds of clients, we work with non-performing notes and investors who purchase the notes at a discounted rate. We don't offer our clients LOAN MODIFICATIONS. We build Lawsuit packages based on a full Securitization Audit and mortgage fraud investigation is completed on the clients case.
Russell is a SICK MAN that needs HELP or NEEDS to be placed IN JAIL FOR HURTING innocent people and if you don't listen to his or write an apology letter to him he will harass you, stock you, Tell you that he will Rape you if he see's you anywhere alone, F--ck you up...
If anyone can help me please send me and email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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