• Report: #958322

Complaint Review: RhondaK Native Florida Folk Artist

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  • Submitted: Mon, October 22, 2012
  • Updated: Sat, October 27, 2012

  • Reported By: K — Kissimmee Florida United States of America
RhondaK Native Florida Folk Artist
Pocono Trail W Nokomis, Florida United States of America

RhondaK Native Florida Folk Artist RhondaK Defrauded Me, Stole My Artwork, and Stole My Earnings Nokomis, Florida

*Author of original report: Here is Proof

*Author of original report: I am receiving threats!

*Author of original report: Ms. Kitchens avoids the nature of the complaint

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Kristopher Pierce of HaloAskew Entertainment is trying to use this site to extort money from me

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From March to October of 2012 RhondaK and I were business partners in creating hand painted, tiki bar style signs.  My job was to cut the boards, drill holes for rope, paint backgrounds and graphics, and then seal, pack, and ship the orders to around 15 stores in seven states.  The agreement was that I would be paid 50% of the total revenue.  Along the way I documented a majority of the work I did by taking photos and videos and posted them on Facebook, PTCH, YouTube, and Instagram.  While most of it was done under her direction, I did contribute original work as well and we sold thousands of dollars of merchandise.  

For the most part, I let my portion of the money be kept in her account to pay the bills (rent, food, phone, etc...), but in August, Rhonda began complaining about money so I asked for a detailed listing of bills as well as a detailed accounting of the money I earned for her.  She refused to provide it.  On September 16, 2012, I told her to keep my portion of a large check to pay the bills.  Within a week she began publicly telling people she was in danger and posting inflammatory videos and statements on various social networks.  

I asked her to remove the posts because they were not true.  She refused.  I filed for a restraining order to prevent further slander and when she found out, she told her family and her clients that she was in danger. She told people that she had a police report that showed domestic violence, but when I pulled the report she was quoting, the police stated "No [domestic violence] crime had been committed." Within 2 days, she had my phone shut off.  I have asked repeatedly to be refunded the money I gave her to that bill and she refuses.

This is not the first time she has done this.  Several years ago she again claimed that a gentleman business partner had abused her.  After which she took all of his business and forced him to another city, not unlike what she has done to me.  That man's story is now very sad.

I have asked many times for an accounting of my earnings - she refuses.  I have asked for a refund - she is refusing.  I tallied up all the photos and videos and of the art I made for her, my portion should have been $5000, of which I only saw $400.  

I am sending this to the Venice Chamber of Commerce, The Bradenton Beach Chamber of Commerce, The Mayors of Both Cities, and I want to forward this to the District Attorney of Sarasota County, as well as all the stores that carried my work.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 10/22/2012 11:43 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/RhondaK-Native-Florida-Folk-Artist/Nokomis-Florida-34275/RhondaK-Native-Florida-Folk-Artist-RhondaK-Defrauded-Me-Stole-My-Artwork-and-Stole-My-Ea-958322. 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

Here is Proof

AUTHOR: HaloAskew - (United States of America)

Someone was kind enough to put together a video that clearly shows that everything in my complaint is accurate and true.  This was put together from the 50 page report that is being forwarded to officials and backs up with visual proof and well as with RhondaK's own words that everything I have said was true.

http://youtu.be/TZdFmNaeAjo

The name of the poster has been changed to avoid retaliation.
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#2 Author of original report

I am receiving threats!

AUTHOR: HaloAskew - (United States of America)

I have started receiving threats from RhondaK's people and herself!  She sent me an email stating, "I will come after you" and additional parties have began to email me with threats of retaliatory action.  Instead of answering the complaint, she has chosen to get other people to create severe emotional distress.  I hope I'm not in danger for telling the truth about her.
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#3 Author of original report

Ms. Kitchens avoids the nature of the complaint

AUTHOR: HaloAskew - (United States of America)

This complaint was in reference to specific issues that I have with her company, namely: the refusal to provide a detailed accounting of bills and earnings.  Her assertion that we were never business partners can be countered with many witnesses and third party businesses who were asked to refer all RhondaK business questions to me.  And as stated in the original complaint, everything claimed is backed by both visual evidence and witness testimony.

In the above rebuttal, Ms. Kitchens continues a steady pattern of diversion from the real complaint and what this report does - to shed light on her egregious business ethics.  She appears to have the opinion that if she paints a bad picture of me, then her own egregious actions will be overlooked.  This is not the case.  She still is refusing to actually answer the real complaint and provide a detailed accounting.  

This is not an extortionate narrative.  I tried, to no avail, to handle this issue privately.  She simply ignored all calls to action. 
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#4 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Kristopher Pierce of HaloAskew Entertainment is trying to use this site to extort money from me

AUTHOR: RhondaK - (United States of America)

In 2010, there's a report in Hillsborough County Clerk of Court where Kris Pierce of Halowaskew Entertainment is listed as "indigent" after not being able to pay for a lawyer when he was put in jail for a theft of $220.  He will often tell people he is unemployable due to an issue with a young lady in his youth, but fails to mention his trail of indescretions which have been primarily drug oriented and also petit thefts. A quick search of Kristopher Pierce in the State of Florida and various counties individually will show a very troubled pattern as far back as 1996.

When he recontacted me in 2011, he said it was all behind him including the issue with huffing. I paid all expenses for his living here as he was unable and unwilling to locate a job.  He used his time here to secure a relationship with a convenience store clerk for bath salts, synth weed and also made use of Craigs list to look for "I'm Home Alone" sexual encounters. Naturally, it was a computer virus that had identified his home aloneness, age and availability to watch.

At Geckofest in September, Mr. Pierce claimed and took all the cash for the show for a show he subsequently cancelled.  It was $400. He blamed me and his family for cancelling the show, but he actually cancelled the show himself which upset the promoter.  I have a copy of that letter referring to such concepts as "flake."  He subsequently ended up in the Venice Memorial Hospital on ER on the 8th -- a fact he tried to hide as it was likely due to his huffing issue. A friend of mine found him passed out from huffing in my art studio the first week he moved here in March 2012.  The police did come. I paid out of my pocket $500 for him to see a counselor to help him.  Records of this do exist, to Mr. Pierce's likely chagrin.

I have reason to believe now, he never went to that counselor. Or if he did, he may have gone to a free or low cost one as I continue to receive First Step Sarasota mail requesting feedback for their services.

He was not a business partner. He was not a participant in business planning, show locating, art or visioning for me or my business. I ask him to help out as he was absolutely doing nothing else but sleeping, playing games, worrying on what Bill Leeb of Frontline Assembly was thinking and related items that did not serve to pay rent or bills. In the time that he was here my Florida Power bill doubled.
My expenses naturally doubled. This was not a business relationship. As it was also not a true relationship, I ended the engagement. He was never to live here for free. He was supposed to provide his own way and support the household. He never paid money into the business or particpated in the expenses of the business. He is not listed on SUNBIZ.org as having anything to do with my business.

Additionally, his business is not listed with the State of Florida. This can be easily checked by going to Sunbiz.org.

My art is about happiness, the sun, the water and all things Mr. Pierce hates. Mr. Pierce in facts, simply hates me and the way I do things. It does not meet his standards and he was impossible to work with.


Mr. Pierce should look for a job to put all these creative talents toward.

He is using this site to try to extort money from me that he had already told a singer in a previous band he had for a tour--back in August.  This isn't a figure I remotely owe him -- he owes me twice this amount -- this is a figure he wanted to put on Kickstarter to fund a tour rather than get a job to fund his tour.

On PTCH he has a video discussing this very thing were it is clear he's high as a kite.
http://ptch.com/ptch/505a1a618d4f980a1fa70aa4
He mentions his Etsy store which is for "dark souls" - which isn't my demographic.  He is selling signs made at my house with my materials tools and the like.  I do not sell this type of work. I have nothing of his that I haven't Kilzed over into more appropriate salable items. I often recycle wood for my art.


These items below can all be found on just Hillsborough County Sheriff County. Searching other counties will verify that he's been addicted to a variety of substances and has sometimes had no address.  His many issues and violations can be found Clerk of County and also online criminal files.  I do not know if companions of these exist in Arizona, New York and California.

If anyone cares to contact the band Heart of Orion in San Franscisco or The Omni Circus....you'll find the type of references necessary for a full story.


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