• Report: #572440

Complaint Review: Runway Magazine - James Buccelli

  • Submitted: Sat, February 20, 2010
  • Updated: Thu, December 18, 2014

  • Reported By: Put You On Blast — los angeles California United States of America
Runway Magazine - James Buccelli
6320 Canoga Ave. Woodland Hills, California United States of America

Runway Magazine - James Buccelli runway magazine la, James Bucelli CEO of Runway Magazine is 100% a Crook and doesn't pay people Woodland Hills, California

*UPDATE Employee: I am an investor with Runway Magazine on the Event Complained About

*General Comment: You got conned by a professional con man - James Buccelli

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The previous reports about James Buccelli, CEO of Runway Magazine is completely true. James does not pay people and he completely rips people off and manipulates every situation. I know people personally that have not been paid by him. Due to his actions I was also never paid for my services. 

The accusations from the NYE 08 event are also true. Here are all of the red flags and you can make your own judgment: He insisted that if he did the event, we could only use his escrow account; insisted on hiring all of the security guards, officers, models to work the door & vip. The video tapes revealed that the security guards were pocketing the cash (security guards hired by James) and the door girl giving the money to the security guards (once again hired by James). 

The day after the event all of the partners were outraged that all the money made had disappeared, except one person, James Buccelli. He was no where to be found for almost 24 hours. When he was finally found he showed no emotion of being upset. Later told that shortly after bought a white range rover...hmmm. 

Rebuttals from "Deborah Moore" aka silent investor. Once again you make the call...James Buccelli never invested any of his money in the event; and he may not even have a dollar to invest, but Deborah Moore uses the same escrow company that James Buccelli insisted on using. She was also the one that cut all of the checks. Also during private conversations, there was talk of a relationship between James Buccelli and Deborah Moore who was on the lines of "friends with benifits". Interesting that is who is defending him and no one else. But isn't he married? You make the call once again.

Also on the night of the event it was viewed that James Buccelli was heavily intoxicated and on...well anyone and everyone that has ever partied with james already knows that answer

You make your own conclusion if you want to do business with someone like this. All things said have been seen and is true.

So there is the truth...and James Buccelli, CEO of Runway Magazine & Deborah Moore you have been "Put On Blast"

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 02/20/2010 03:27 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Runway-Magazine-James-Buccelli/Woodland-Hills-California-91367/Runway-Magazine-James-Buccelli-runway-magazine-la-James-Bucelli-CEO-of-Runway-Magazine-572440. 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 UPDATE Employee

I am an investor with Runway Magazine on the Event Complained About

AUTHOR: deborah moore - (United States of America)

Not All Tales Are True:

The complaint posted about Runway Magazine, Inc. and James Buccelli and myself, Deborah Moore are not accurate, they are not truthful.

A police report was filed by Mr. Buccelli and I and several other of the Party's organizers alleging grand theft (California Penal Code 487) and/or larceny (California Penal Code 530) with the County of Los Angeles, Sheriff's Department No. 409-00336-0986-330 (filed on Fri 1/16/2009) because the more than 50% of the gate proceeds were stolen. It is my understanding that the investigation is still on going.

I suspect that any complaint filed were by a vendor who did not get paid in full because of their suspected involvement in the theft and/or by an organizer who wrote bad checks representing their investment in the Party. It is suspected that several of the vendors were responsible for the theft, either directly and indirectly. Various vendors either did not preform as required by contract or the vendor's employees who worked the Party were suspected as having stolen the gate proceeds directly. The vendors who failed to preform as contracted helped create the circumstances that allowed one or more of the vendors to make off with the gate proceeds.

Video surveillance tapes of the Party were viewed in January 2009 by several of the organizers and investors, and at that time it was believed that the video tapes incriminated at least one and possibly 2-more vendors of being responsible for the theft of the gate proceeds. Unfortunately, these surveillance tapes were and are in the possession of one of the vendors, which after allowing the tapes to be reviewed suddenly refused any further access and refused to turn the tapes over the to the organizers and investors as previously agreed. There are attorneys still working to get these tapes produced.

I am confident that any complaints filed were not by any of the investors and they should not have been filed by any of the organizers because all understand that the gate proceeds were stolen. We were rob! If a complaint was filed by any of the organizers, I would suspect it was the one organizer who wrote bad checks for insufficient funds to front payment for the Party.

All funds collected to fund the Party from organizers and investors and from ticket sales were deposited with a well and long time established, fully licensed, well respected Beverly Hills escrow company with a reputation beyond reproach. Unfortunately, one of the organizers deposited several bad checks with the escrow company. This was only learned of after the party, and at which time it became apparent that this organizer had hoped that they would receive money from the Party that they could deposit before their checks were returned for insufficient funds.

With the theft of the gate proceeds, there were no funds to distribute to any of the organizers and investors. All the funds deposited and any gate proceeds collected and deposited with the escrow company went to pay bills and vendors, as best we could, and not a penny of those funds ever went to any organizer or investor. After the theft there was no money to distribute among the organizers and investors. And, it was also discovered after the Party that the same organizer who wrote the bad checks sold tickets out-side of the established and agreed upon channels, and that organizer never deposited those funds with the escrow company as agreed to by contract.

There were at least 4-other organizers other than of Runway Magazine. Mr. Buccelli and I, Deborah Moore; all of whom were involved in planning and organizing the Party before any of us. Mr. Buccelli was asked to get involved by the other organizers and Mr. Buccelli ask me if I wanted to be an investor. I invested in the Party with Mr. Buccelli because I had invested in other matters with him previously; but, both Mr. Buccelli and I remain out-of-pocket our entire capital put up for the Party of over $10,000.00. All the organizers and investors were required to deposit money into a licensed escrow company which was chosen by an attorney, not by either Mr. Buccelli or I.

I believe I was the largest singular investor in this New Year's Eve Party, and a repeat investor in several Runway Events and a repeat Invitee to numerous Runway events. This New Year's Eve Party was a huge success with a huge attendance with a large number of vendors who helped work and make the Party possible. These alleged complaints are from one or two individuals and entities and if there were any truth and/or accuracy to their claims, countless others involved would be chiming in and they are not.

What troubles me the most about these posts are how those making them are afraid to identify themselves because they fear legal action against them. Instead they hide. Sincerely, Deborah Moore Office #310-4325727


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You got conned by a professional con man - James Buccelli

AUTHOR: Debbie - (Virgin Islands (US))

I am sorry for your experience with James Buccelli. Unfortunately you got taken by a professional con man. He took me for a lot of money in 2003. If you look up Runway Magazine it is not even listed in the Business Bureau because it is not a real company. James has been taking people for money for a long time. He uses vulnerable women with lies and does it in a way that it is difficult to get retribution (he puts nothing in his own name). I sued him and won however it is almost impossible to collect because he never puts any of the money in his own name. Have any lawyer look up law suits against him and you will find a boatload. The most we can do (although last I heard he was caught and is getting 6 months jail time - not close to the amount he deserves) is learn for ourselves how to take care of ourselves better and learn from our mistakes - I sure did. 
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