- Report: #672132
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Complaint Review: Ric Lawes
Ric Lawes522/125 Banglangmuang Village 1 Soi 4 Internet United States of America
Ric Lawes Location Thailand 100% Fraudster, How Ric Lawes screwed people out of their money and caused suffering to so many! Bangkok, Internet
*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Robin Jacob truth
*UPDATE Employee: Robin Jacobs is a lair and a thief
*REBUTTAL Individual responds: To: Robin Helmut Jacob - conman & would-be director
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He had a reputation for accepting too many jobs at the same time and was unable to live up to contractual obligations.
The idea for Shadow Island came from Steven Rouse. He also had some money for the production. Steven however, is dyslexic and needed someone else to write the script for him, He teamed up with Kevin Harriman for the first draft. It was at this stage that Lawes got involved. Lawes said he had investors from Australia, Ross Stansfield and his Singaporean partner John Chia who happen to have investment in Chang Mai where he went to see them inn August of 2005.
He returned and promptly told everyone he had funding for the movie. Lawes did several rewrites of the script. Although he is not a scriptwriter (But now he tells everyone he has been on a scriptwriting course in LA, so he must be one, right?)
He roped into the production Surun Srisomsub a Thai producer. He brought in Robin Jacob a British producer/director as editor/associate producer.
A range of top Thai crew and started casting the production with local actors. He put out publicity about the production trying to make out he was doing this great movie and it would benefit the Thai film industry.
The truth is somewhat different. The potential investors according to their side of the story, never promised to invest; they said they would consider it if their funding materialised. We have seen emails to this affect. Ric Lawes then realising that the funds would be delayed if it would be forthcoming at all, turned to Stephen Rouse to put up some of the funding until the main funding came in.
Lawes inability to produce became quite obvious when he brought in 2 Directors of Photography. Not something done on a professional film. Carol Raver (now deceased) from the US was flown over to be one the other was Laurie Gilbert from Singapore.
But this was a minor hiccup according to Rouse who had now put in several million Baht to prop up the production. John Chia one of the potential investors came to the set for a day or so to see the shooting. But continued to tell Lawes that their money was not yet in place and Lawes should not hare started filming unless he had other funding available.
The shooting finished at the end of November 2005. Still no money from the investors. The upshot was, Surun Srisomsub had to pay off a lot of the debt built up by Lawes because the rentals went through his company not Lawes. Rouse put up 6Million baht and was not in possession of the tapes. Many of the crew had not been paid. The director Jacob is still owed US$50K. Lawes fraudulent activity was highlighted on a website called Urban Rebel.
The movie remains unfinished, though Lawes has tried many times to rope in various people with editing facilities, etc. The movie will not cut. Lawes blames Jacob for being a bad director. However, He has won awards around the world for his work and knowing the way Lawes behaves we cannot believe this statement from Lawes.
In conclusion to this saga what we know is this:
Lawes started this project to get money to pay off Credit Card debt in Australia. Citibank were about to put him into bankruptcy.
He had no experience in producing and as we have previously discussed he is a sociopath. He lied to everyone, blaming each person when they weren't around and talking up those up whose company he was in.
Srisomsub, Jacob and Rouse told him not to start unless all the funding was in place. We have seen an email which was sent to Jacob 2 weeks after the finish of the shoot asking Jacob to look over the contract for the investors.
This apparently was sent to Stansfield, he promptly retuned it. Why would he want to invest in a project so badly handled by Lawes? Would you?
Most of the debt has not been paid, and what has been paid has been paid by everyone except Lawes.
Lawes blamed everyone else in turn except himself. Now Jacob is the flavor of the month, probably because he isn't here in Thailand. Wonder what Lawes would do if he turned up? Get his lawyer brother in law to get some friendly policemen to hassle him and file trumped up charges?
We must ask the question, why do the Thai authorities tolerate Lawes, is it because his wife is Thai? Surely that is not a good enough reason.
Lawes has left such a long paper trail showing just how stupid he is. We have been given pages of stuff that we haven't got even into yet. More will come soon.
What is Lawes involvement with Richard Walker, John Campbell and Lifewealth8 Ltd? Lawes was selling it in Thailand.
The two mentioned were issued
DESIST AND REFRAIN ORDER
(For violations of section 25110 of the Corporations Code)
by the State of California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, Department of Corporations.
A documentary is being made in the UK about dubious characters in Thailand; Shadow Island, Ric Lawes and his involvement in an identity scam, timeshare scam with companies in the UK, Thailand and Cyprus, involving millions of dollars, human trafficking and the exploitation of underaged migrant workers.
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