The real story of the fraud: Robert Cipriano, Rob Cipriano, AllHumanity, Illumalliance, et al
In 1979, at the height of my NY rockstar days, I was approached by an agent/manager/attorney who had an impressive roster of clients and the financial resources and connections to take my career to the next level. I signed a management contract with the company. Unfortunately, the owner/agent was "keeping" (supporting) an 18-year-old hustler named Robert Cipriano, an opportunist with ambitions far exceeding his talent and intelligence. The company owner mistakenly allowed Cipriano to become involved in the careers of his clients, which was fatally unfortunate for the clients and for the owner/agent. Cipriano turned on him, claiming he pursued other, younger "tricks". Cipriano felt scorned and turned in the owner/agent (who supported him) for drugs and other allegations. [continued below]....
Needless to say, my career went nowhere as a result of the internal insanity and resultant mess at the agency, and after being homeless for a year and going out on my own in NY, I left for the West Coast and let the contract lapse. Except for some sexual advances from Cipriano when I ran into him in LA some time later, that was the end of my dealings with him.Fast forward to 2005, when I was living in Las Vegas and I was contacted via my website by none other than Robert Cipriano, who claimed that he had had a change of life, found Jesus, and was devoting his life to the betterment of orphans and needy children.
In his new incarnation, he had this grandiose idea for a World Charity concert to raise millions for needy children, and he would like me to be involved, as he respected my talent, and compositions I had written seemed to be a "perfect fit" for his concert. He had tried mounting this idea under the title "Day Of The Child" in Palm Springs in the 90s, which failed completely, but this time he claimed he had learned from the experience and had the necessary funding, namely a multi-million dollar commitment from Best Buy.
I gave him a second chance, believing his story, and we became "partners" in this venture, to the point at which I created the website 2424worldconcert.com, and was named Co-Director. Cipriano claimed to have lots of big-name support and talent lined up, and my song "Dream The Biggest Dreams" was to be the theme and highlight of the mega-concert. He was supposedly in negotiations with the BC Dome in Vancouver, Sony, Earth Wind and Fire, and on and on.
Just days before the sponsorship with Best Buy was to be consummated (and I had made arrangements for travel, housing and staff in Vancouver), the deals "mysteriously" failed to materialize, and I subsequently found out, by persistent checking and even threats, that the whole thing was a fabrication from the beginning. Meanwhile, in order to survive until the non-existent funding became available, I had used and destroyed my credit, lost many friends and any reputation I had had in the industry.
Continuing the lies, Mr. Cipriano apologized, and promised he would make it up to me, and pay me for the lost time and wasted effort, by paying me a sum of money which varied between 25 and 50 thousand dollars. Of course, that never happened. I was evicted from my apartment and moved into a weekly rental in Las Vegas, which Cipriano also promised to pay for. Within two weeks, on the day rent was to be paid, April 1, 2008, Mr. Cipriano suddenly disappeared and cut all ties and left me hours from being thrown in the street once again. Only the kindness of the few friends I had left after this period saved me.
This betrayal devastated me, and I was wandering the streets of Vegas, contemplating suicide. By the grace of God, I realized my purpose and value, which far eclipsed the misery and betrayal I had undergone. I moved on.
July 2010; I found Robert Cipriano was back to his old tricks with a whole new set of potential victims, purporting to hold a "10-10-10 AllHumanity Concert" in Texas on October 10, 2010 at a NASCAR venue. Contact with the venue proved the fraud as the venue knew nothing about it and it, of course, never materialized like the previous scam concerts before it.
Now I see by the other reports on this site that he is continuing his evil ways. He has garnered support through a fraudulent resume and the old tired trick of handing out worthless "goodwill ambassador" and "board advisor" titles in exchange for testimonials to his "humanitarianism", although he has helped no one but himself.
Robert Cipriano is a loathsome fraud, an admitted liar and a genuinely evil entity who has deluded himself and others into thinking he is doing some undefined "humanitarian" work. He has left much ill will and destroyed lives in his wake, but truly and unfortunately,there are many more well-meaning trusting people for him to prey upon. I wish for no one to go through what I and many others have. If you hear his name, run in the other direction. He is nothing but bad news.
"Robert Cipriano is an admitted liar who says that he willingly committed perjury by lying in a deposition taken under oath. A nervous, chameleonlike figure, Cipriano never seems to stay in one place or situation very long. He spent five years living as a gay man and now says he's straight. He says he was once a successful Park Avenue businessman, but then couldn't hold a job. He was willing to accept financial help for his perjured testimony but now claims to be doing the righteous thing by speaking out about it. His own court-filed declarations make him out to be something of a confused, pathetic loser who is usually either running from a bad situation or running toward someone who will give him a handout." -Tony Ortega, Editor The Village Voice