• Report: #332308

Complaint Review: Paul Hudson

  • Submitted: Tue, May 13, 2008
  • Updated: Fri, June 12, 2015

  • Reported By:Shreveport Louisiana
Paul Hudson
2425 MIDNIGHT CIRCLE Plano, Texas U.S.A.

Paul Hudson Theft of Equipment and Deceitful Business Practices Plano Texas

*General Comment: Paul Hudson is a scam artist

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: I knew Paul Hudson personally and in business

*Consumer Comment: Paul Hudson Theft of services. Theft of equipment. Basic huge scumbag. Stay Away! Plano Texas

*Author of original report: Update on Paul Hudson

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Paul Hudson has a long history of theft and deceit from a number of film companies he has worked with. The arrest reports below are for stealing from two of these companies including his ADMISSION OF GUILT.

He also has a long history of bad business practices with a number of individuals in the film business.

His bad business dealings include companies and individuals in New Mexico, Louisiana, Texas and Arizona.

I spoke with a rep at one of the companies he stole from in Texas and they said they would not submit a report on ripoffreport.com, but I decided to do so as an individual because of how many people Paul Hudson has lied to, stolen from, and been deceitful to.

I highly recommend to not do business with Paul Hudson.

*******CASE #1******

TX Dallas Cnty Criminal Detail

Defendant Name
PAUL EDWARD HUDSON

Case Number
F-0743656

Offense Class
S

Filing Agency
TX0572000

Gender
M

Race
W

Birth Date
Sep 28 1960

Arrest Date
Mar 2 2007

Offense Date
Mar 2 2007

Filing Date
Jul 16 2007

Offense Description
THEFT 1,500 R&C

Address
2425 MIDNIGHT CIRCLE
PLANO, TX


******CASE #2*******


TX Dallas Cnty Criminal Detail

Defendant Name
PAUL EDWARD HUDSON

Case Number
F-0743846

Offense Class
S

Filing Agency
TX0572000

Gender
M

Race
W

Birth Date
Sep 28 1960

Arrest Date
Jul 17 2007

Offense Date
Nov 30 2006

Filing Date
Aug 13 2007

Offense Description
THEFT 1,500 R&C

Address
2425 MIDNIGHT CIRCLE
PLANO, TX

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Texas Department of Public Safety Detail

Person ID No.
9280695

Gender
MALE

Race
WHITE

Ethnicity
NON-HISPANIC
Height
511

Weight (lbs.)
200

Eye Color
GREEN

Hair Color
Brown

Name Entry ID No.
22522180

Full Name
PAUL EDWARD HUDSON

DOB ID No.
9034884

Date of Birth
Sep 28 1960

Individual ID No.
10289088

DPS ID No.
07908405

TRN ID No.
16233466

Date of Arrest
Mar 2 2007

Tracking Incident Number
9075066392

Arresting Agency
RICHARDSON PD

Date of Offense
Mar 2 2007

Agency ID
TX0572000

Internal Agency Person Number
225392

Arrest Offense (Numeric)
23990004

Level and Degree of Offense
FELONY - STATE JAIL FELONY

Date of Disposition Immediate to Arrest
Mar 2 2007

Arrest Disposition
HELD

Referred To
CRIMINAL DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE DALLAS

Arrest Offense
THEFT >=$1,500 <$20K

Offense Code
23990004

Offense Description
THEFT PROP >=$1500 < $20K

Level and Degree of Offense
FELONY - STATE JAIL FELONY

Statute Citation of Disposed Offense
31.03(E)(4)(A)

Agency
CRIMINAL DISTRICT COURT 7 OF DALLAS COUNTY

Court Offense Literal
THEFT

Date of Sentencing
Apr 28 2008

FINAL PLEADING
GUILTY

Date of Judicial Disposition
Apr 28 2008

Time on Probation
1Y

Court Fine
1500

Court Cost Imposed
236

Jane Doe
Shreveport, Louisiana
U.S.A.

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#1 General Comment

Paul Hudson is a scam artist

AUTHOR: Jane Doe - ()

We worked with Paul on a short film. He made promises and did not keep them. On top of that he and his company UAN is trying to steal our story. We are as of now...watching them and will take the mto court if need be. 

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#2 UPDATE EX-employee responds

I knew Paul Hudson personally and in business

AUTHOR: Anon - (United States of America)

Hello.  My name is Daniel Noe and have no shame nor fear in revealing who I am and my past connection, personally and in business dealings with Mr. Paul Hudson.

I do know for a fact that he has very sticky fingers, having been there, in person.  However I did not take part in his thefts.  In fact, as in being there, when he would get caught or called out on a piece of equipment.

I also know the people, businesses and services he has stolen from.

Paul is psychologically troubled.  Have seen his personal actions, and I am talking about at home, as I have been and stayed at his home on numerous ocassions.  I did state that we were friends.

I know of Pauls thefts of other peoples properties, particularly equipment for film and video.  I am talking Dutch mounts from Victor Duncan, (you know this news is old as VD is no longer in business in Dallas), Liekos with chimeras from Video Techs, Cameras, (a Sony I know of particulary) from Icon Video.  And I am sure the list is longer than I know of.

When Paul was arrested in 2007 I was there on the spot.  We were rigging Lamps for a series pilot just south of Southside on Lamar.  It was around 6:30 pm when the police arrived to the location and I witnessed them arresting and handcuffing Paul.  He did admit to stealing a digital camera then and there.

Paul not only jacked me, but a long list of other before, and most asuredly after me. 

I was present when he literally bailed on an Indie picture, "The Last Tomorrow".  He was a producer attached with camera, DP services and G&E package.  He bailed taking camera and G&E with him.  Can't shoot a film w/o camera and equipment!

The writer/ director/ producer called on me and I raised the necessary funding to finish the shoot.  And I assisted in the shoot completion.  

My last chirade with him, that broke the straw on the proverbial camels back, was in 2007.

I was basically given the vendor service agreement for Grip and Electrical for the film "Mama I Wanna Sing" shooting in Baton Rouge.  All I had to do was show up with a pen and a truck.

Paul and I agree to drive down to B.R. together to secure the contract.  That day Paul was a no show and it cost me a 38K contract for vendor services and box rental for G&E.

I will say this much about Paul and him not paying.  Personally I never had a problem with that.  In fact he was quite generous with me and would pay me a daily rate of 300.00 a day, and accommodate me with lodging and meals.

I confirm what Jane Doe has written about Paul Hudson.

He was my friend at one time, but a thief is a bloody thief.

Cheers!

Daniel Noe
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#3 Consumer Comment

Paul Hudson Theft of services. Theft of equipment. Basic huge scumbag. Stay Away! Plano Texas

AUTHOR: John Doe - (U.S.A.)

I have contemplated making this report for a very long time, but I feel others need to be warned to stay away from this scumbag.
 
1. I have personal first hand knowledge of the failure to pay for services, as it was me that was ripped off. I provided services to Paul Hudson on several 16mm film music videos. I have not been paid for the services provided.
 
2. I have second hand knowledge of failure to pay for services. Several other people I worked with on those music videos have not ever been paid despite drastic measures taken in attempts to receive payment.
 
3. I have personal first hand knowledge of theft of equipment. I personally saw temporary electrical distribution equipment on Paul's grip truck from a local equipment supply house. When I brought this to the attention of the local equipment rental facility, I was told by the employees of that company that the locks were cut off a grip truck stored outside and that temporary electrical distribution equipment was stolen.
 
4. I have second hand knowledge of theft of equipment from another equipment rental company. I have personally spoken with an employee of a film/video who saw Paul Hudson loading (attempting to steal) lighting equipment into his personal vehicle.  When confronted Paul said he was unloading and returning rented gear. No rental for said gear existed.
 
5.  I have second hand knowledge of theft of equipment from same equipment rental company as in point 4.  I have personally spoken with and employee of said company who explained to me that Paul used a second individual to create a diversion in order to gain access to a secure area of the building. Subsequently items were missing. Big surprise.
 
6. I have second hand knowledge of theft of equipment from a studio rental facility. I have personally spoken with a technician who was working on a job with Paul Hudson at said studio rental facility. At completion of the job, during wrap, the technician witnessed Paul put studio owned equipment into his grip truck which was also suppling equipment for the job. When confronted by the technician, Paul said that he made a mistake and that the gear looked very similar to gear he owned.
 
7. I have second hand knowledge of theft of equipment from another studio rental facility. I was working on the aforementioned music videos at the studio facility in question for Paul hudson and his company. We were using a type of grip support stand that is exceedingly rare in the business. In fact, the studio rental facility in question is the only place that owes this time of grip support stand in all of the DFW metroplex. After completion of the job, which I did not get paid for BTW, the studio rental facility contacted me expressing concern about missing some of these grip support stands. At the time the music video for Paul was the only project going on in the building. Later, another technician reported to me seeing that type of grip support stand on Paul's grip truck. It had paint on it in the identifying color of said studio rental facility.
 
8. I have third hand knowledge of theft of equipment. While I would not normally even write about something I have third hand knowledge of I will make the exception here for several reasons. First, in this theft of services he was caught and convicted. Second, you can see the record for yourself on the other Ripoff Report on Paul.  Paul went to work for a local video production company. The owner was warned about Paul.  The owner did not heed the warning and hired Paul anyway. Lots of the owner's items went missing. I heard that some of the items ended up on eBay.
 
With the exception of point 8, none of the other thefts have resulted in criminal or civil proceedings.
 
And this is all just from 1 person. If I know of 8 seperate instances personally, think how many more there must be. I know that Paul likes to operate out of Nashville as well as other locals mentioned in the other Ripoff Report.
 
To Jane Doe. Thanks for taking the time to write about Paul. I would not have written what I know if not for you breaking the ice. I did not even know about this site till I got directed here by some other people who had been ripped off by him.
 
I am writing anonymously as I also believe him to be potentially dangerous.
 
John Doe
Dallas, Texas
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#4 Author of original report

Update on Paul Hudson

AUTHOR: Jane doe - (U.S.A.)

Update on Paul Hudson.
He now does business in Phoenix, Salt Lake City as well as Dallas under the name Lizardland Video Productions. 

If you hire him, work for him, or associate with him in any way, ask for multiple LONG TERM clients or associates for a referral. Chances are, he will either steal equipment from you, lie to you or not complete your projects and leave you hanging.  He is a charmer and can sweet talk with the best of them.

Paul is the poster child of a sociopath. He exhibits virtually all of the indicators listed below taken from WikiAnswers:


Here is a list of ways to identify a sociopath. This list is from "Profile of a Sociopath". Is is a pretty good list of sociopathic indicators.
  • Glibness/Superficial Charm
  • Manipulative and Conning
  • Grandiose Sense of Self
  • Pathological Lying
  • Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt
  • Shallow Emotions
  • Incapacity for Love
  • Need for Stimulation
  • Callousness/Lack of Empathy
  • Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature
  • Early Behavior Problems/Juvenile Delinquency
  • Irresponsibility/Unreliability
  • Promiscuous Sexual Behavior/Infidelity
  • Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle
  • Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility
  • Contemptuous of those who seek to understand them
  • Does not perceive that anything is wrong with them
  • Authoritarian
  • Secretive
  • Paranoid
  • Only rarely in difficulty with the law, but seeks out situations where their tyrannical behavior will be tolerated, condoned, or admired
  • Conventional appearance
  • Goal of enslavement of their victim(s)
  • Exercises despotic control over every aspect of the victim's life
  • Has an emotional need to justify their crimes and therefore needs their victim's affirmation (respect, gratitude and love)
  • Ultimate goal is the creation of a willing victim
  • Incapable of real human attachment to another
  • Unable to feel remorse or guilt
  • Narcissism, grandiosity (self-importance not based on achievements)
  • May state readily that their goal is to rule the world


(Obviously, in order to be a sociopath a person doesn't have to exhibit anything like all the above. Usually, the lack of a conscience, the manipulation of others, dishonesty and the inability to love and/or have lasting and profound personal relations and cruelty are key symptoms and often much more revealing than having been in trouble with the courts). 
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