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Complaint Review: NEW FACES DEVELOPMENT
NEW FACES DEVELOPMENT2 HEITZ PLACE HICKS BILLE, New York 1801 HICKS VILLE, New York United States of America
NEW FACES DEVELOPMENT IS NOTHING BUT A RIP OFF COMPANY LETS PUT A STOP ON MR JAMES MUNIZ ONCE AND FOR ALL HICKS VILLE, New York
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my name is Yessica ...newfacesdevolopment continieu on steling people money after they promise to change the way to do business after they pay the amount of 500 000 to the Attorny General in Newyork City in 2006, but the thing they change was personal and adress because somebody bunr down the building lets get together and take this guy out of business once and for all
Mr James Muniz Director and his personal will create an illucion on our kids in to think that they are going to be famous but is all lie, Mr Omar Tovar and mrs Jenifer Santiago well sweet talk ya kids to a make them belive that they well be movie star actor etc. they braking our kids harts and our packet and this is how they do it they put teens at every mall colecting informacion from peolpe those teens then sends ya informacion to newfaces devolopment they well call you for a interview at the same time a photo secion all hell starts there they will promese modeling carrier and acting non of that is in the contract please together we may do something if ya want to contact me to start fighting let me know at (((ROR redacted))) thank bye...
Home > Media Center > 2006 > January 19th
LONG ISLAND TALENT AGENCY TO PAY PENALTIES AND RESTITUTION TO WOULD-BE MODELS AND ACTORS
Attorney General Spitzer today announced a settlement with The New Faces Development Center which was cited for making deceptive and exaggerated claims about the services it provided to aspiring models and actors.
According to the settlement agreement New Faces, based in Hicksville, claimed that it provided talent management services including industry placement and training, and that it was highly selective in scouting, screening and reviewing young people for potential as models and actors. However, New Faces is not a modeling agency and rarely obtained modeling
or acting employment for its clients. It principally provided photographic services and for an additional fee, posted photographic images on its website, Gigacomps.com, presumably to promote its clients to industry professionals.
"This company appealed to the desires of children, teenagers and young adults to become stars. Parents believed New Faces
misrepresentations that their children would have lucrative futures as working models or actors," Spitzer said. "Model and acting development centers and photo studios should only promise what they can actually deliver."
New Faces "talent scouts" are alleged to have approached consumers, usually children, teenagers and young adults, in public places such as the Roosevelt Field shopping mall, Jones Beach and concert halls. The scouts led youngsters to believe that they had been scouted because they have a "look" that made them likely to succeed as models and actors. They were told that they would incur no costs and should contact a "Director" at New Faces to schedule an evaluation.
According to the allegations, those who met with a Director were led to believe that only a few of those interviewed were actually offered an opportunity with the company, that they must sign a "photo shoot agreement" that same day, and pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars to get started.
In truth, New Faces was not highly selective about whom it scouted or signed to photo shoot agreements. New Faces sometimes even extracted additional money from its clients by directing them for additional services to its affiliated companies, including Gigacomps.com, Vanique and Nijah Productions.
Prior to the settlement announced today, the Attorney Generals Office, the Better Business Bureau and the Nassau County Department of Consumer Affairs had received approximately 55 complaints against New Faces. Under the settlement, New Faces will pay the State $75,000 in penalties and $2,000 in costs, and up to $500,000 in restitution to aggrieved consumers.
New Faces also has agreed make changes to its business practices and to comply fully with New York State Law. The company will retain relevant records for inspection by the Attorney Generals office. Those who wish to file a claim for restitution should file a complaint with the Attorney Generals office, together with proper supporting documentation, by March 5, 2006, by contacting. the Attorney Generals complaint hotline at 1-800-771-7755.
The investigation was conducted by Juan Merchan, Assistant Attorney General in Charge of the Nassau Regional Office, with the assistance of investigators Angel Rivera and Paul Matthews.
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