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Complaint Review: Steven LeFlar, Eric Symons

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  • Submitted: Sat, May 05, 2012
  • Updated: Fri, February 22, 2013

  • Reported By: Ed — Concord California United States of America
Steven LeFlar, Eric Symons
Cotati, California United States of America

Steven LeFlar, Eric Symons Star Sounds Productions Swindle, Non-Payment, Fraud, Rip-Off Cotati, California

*General Comment: 2013 update

*General Comment: Ed is Steve Leflar

*General Comment: To Eric Symons

*Consumer Comment: From Thomas Schoenberger

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Thomas **** Strikes again!

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Eric Symons - Steven Leflar update

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: My Stalker Speaks Again!

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Eric Symons loose with the truth

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Who is Ed?

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Superior Court of Concord. Case number CSC09-1099

Steve LeFlar DBA North Bay Entertainment (later changed names to "Star Sounds Productions", then changed again to "Simply The Best Entertainment") found guilty of non payment of the live band, "Big City Revue" at the Intercontinental Hotel. Booking was made by Eric Symons, working with LeFlar. Contract signed by LeFlar.

Total judgement - $5200.00 awarded to Associated Entertainment (AE hired Big City Revue) Judgement entered on February 10, 2010.

Although still working under the names "Simply The Best Entertainment" and "STB DJs",  in the Sacramento and Napa areas, LeFlar has not paid this debt. 

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Superior Court of Concord. Case number CSC09-1100

Steve LeFlar again found guilty of non payment of the live band, "Six and The City" at the Adeszko Wedding at Auberge Du Soleil. Booking was made by Eric Symons, working with LeFlar. Contract signed by LeFlar.

Total judgement - $3600.00 awarded to Associated Entertainment (AE hired "Six and The City") Judgement entered on February 8, 2010.

Although still working under the names "Simply The Best Entertainment" and "STB DJs",  in the Sacramento and Napa areas, LeFlar has not paid this debt.

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In order to hide his identity, LeFlar inserted his employee, Eric Symons, as the owner of "Simply The Best Entertainment" on paper, and has enterted his girlfriend, Cynthia Gretch, as owner of "STB DJ's" on paper.

The collection agency, George Ballard Company, has been retained to collect this debt. Any information on Steve LeFlar, Eric Symons, or Cynthia Gretch, Star Sounds Productions, Simply The Best Entertainment or STB DJs, that would assist in collection this debt should be forwarded to both the George Ballard Company, (925) 677-0300  ... and Associated Entertainment Consultants (AEC), (650) 348-7972

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 05/05/2012 01:58 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Steven-LeFlar-Eric-Symons/Cotati-California-94931/Steven-LeFlar-Eric-Symons-Star-Sounds-Productions-Swindle-Non-Payment-Fraud-Rip-Off-Co-878750. 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 General Comment

2013 update

AUTHOR: KJ''s Beware - (United States of America)

On February 18th-19th, I also received e mails from Eric Symons,even when I requested him to cease and desist. Thomas was victimized here. His family was too. Now I have been as well, and Richard Aldag also received a threat and unwanted communication from Eric Symons.

It is clear that some people are not happy with Eric, but for him to blindly accuse Thomas when in fact, it was not him, is wrong.

Eric e mailed me thinking I was Thomas, and found out later I was not. If he is wrong about me, then it stands to reason that he is also wrong about Thomas. My last response to Eric was to quit stalking me.

I am a woman and will not put up with it. I also will not put up with the total depravity demonstrated by Leflar and now Symons. Leflar has attacked Thomas's son who is 12 and a great boy.Leflar has attacked the boy's mother who is also a friend and a decent lady.

Thomas has every right to speak out and defend his family. Eric has no right to falsely accuse or to harass people on line with "his version" of the story. The facts show that Thomas ran North Bay Entertainment from 1992-2008 and that the company was located in Napa Valley. The record also shows that steve Leflar illegally put North Bay into his own name as a sole proprietor in March 2008. Thomas was unaware of this because he was caring for his son who had a tumor. Leflar is a sick and twisted man who has attacked Thomas in every way humanly possible. Leflar is a monster and Symons needs to start speaking up. Leflar did admit under oath in a Contra Costa Courtroom ( L.Israel V R.Israel) that he started Simply The Best Entertainment.Maybe Eric Symons should do the manly thing and apologize on line to Thomas and also rebuke Leflar. That would go a along way towards solving the situation. I am a personal witness to Thomas being unfairly attacked and unfairly accused by Eric. I am also a witness to e mail threats by Eric to Richard Aldag and Thomas Schoenberger. Finally, lets get to the point. Does Eric Symons deny booking bands under Leflar's direction and to this day, the bands remain unpaid? If so, then the only way for him to untarnish his own reputation is to stand up and denounce Steve Leflar. If needed to, I will testify to the above in a court of law. The true Stalker here is Steven R Leflar. Eric should reject using Leflar's tactics.  Linda.
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#2 General Comment

Ed is Steve Leflar

AUTHOR: KJ''s Beware - (United States of America)

Hello. I am sorry but there is no way to defend Steve Leflar's behavior. Judging from the denials coming from Eric, and the clear rejection of Eric's claims ( Look at the number of votes against him) you can see how futile it is for Eric to deny his own accountability in being an active agent for Steve Leflar,while Leflar was in the commission of a crime. Trying to blame Thomas with false and misleading websites does not cover up your tracks. The Truth shall set you free.Having personally been ripped off by Steve Leflar , after Eric Symons wrote the contract, I can see through all the BS and speak truth.

The facts are that Leflar now has an army of people willing to call him out. There are event planners, wedding planners, agents, musicians and wineries all on the look out for him.

As far as Eric Symons, he personally harassed three different people in the last week and I have seen copies of the e mails. It is shocking and outrageous that this person would continue sending e mails to people who have requested that Symons cease and desist.

Symons and Leflar conspired to create havoc in the industry, falsifying information, motives and deeds.

It is very curious to see Symons try and pretend he started Simply The Best. Court documents, provided by the City Of Concord show that Leflar testified under oath that HE started Simply the Best Entertainment. It is  a matter of record. One of them is lying. Perhaps both
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#3 General Comment

To Eric Symons

AUTHOR: Eventplanner - (United States of America)

This is Thomas. You posted that you "Ripped off no one  Just ask Thomas.

Well, I have to be very clear and state that you did rip off many people. From Kier to Coleman to Hot House to many others.I also do not personally think Gig would even write a support letter for you, and I also think whoever Ashley K is, she is probably in all likelihood, a client you burned and yelled at.

Everytime you accuse me falsely, I will defend myself. everytime my family is attacked, I will defend myself.And as far as your accusations, I did not start this thread and judging by the thousands of votes against you, I suggest you rethink your actions and realize that your association with Steve Leflar, a man who admitted owning Simply The Best Entertainment in a court of law,has now come home to roost.
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#4 Consumer Comment

From Thomas Schoenberger

AUTHOR: Eventplanner - (United States of America)

I wrote none of the above.Once again, a false allegation and a denial from Eric. By the way Eric, your linked in has Star Sounds Productions on it, and you worked for a man who now stalked me, my family, wedding planners and others. Do you have any idea how soiled you look? You speak with forked tongue. The real truth is, your linked in account shows you worked for Star Sounds Productions and it's slimy owner Steven R Leflar. You acted in concert with him and by associating with him, you bring harm and pain to people. Rumor has it you are bad mouthing Leflar now. But it's strange you still book him and proudly list him as your former employer on your linked in account. My family, and my friends, and the entire Napa Valley reject the tactics of Steven R Leflar and my suggestion to you is to stop falsely accusing me of posts I do not make. You should man up and see your real abuser Steven R Leflar. He owns you at this point as your linked in account would indicate. You want peace? Quit attacking me, my son, his mother, other event planners, etc. Face the truth and cut Leflar off . He is not doing you any favors. He is going down , and anytime he hijacks a name of a decent wedding planner, winery event person, artist or agent, I urge them to report Leflar to the police. We are all sick of this Eric. Why do you stand by a criminal. Is it fear?
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#5 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Thomas **** Strikes again!

AUTHOR: Eric Symons - (United States of America)

Here is waht the plaintiff in the case stated says about me, Eric Symons, owner of STB:

September 4, 2012 

Re:  Eric Symons

Simply the Best Entertainment
654 Lanyard Court 
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

To whom it may concern,

Our talent agency has partnered with Eric Symons for over ten years and during that time, has found him to be an honest and upstanding representative of talent in and around the Greater Bay Area. 

He is a man of his word, detailed in his contracting and dedicated to both his clients and the musicians and entertainers that he represents.

Working with his has been a pleasure and we look forward to a long lasting relationship.

In addition to his knowledge of the music industry from an agents standpoint, he is one of the most talented classical guitarists in the nation and is always our first call when it comes to classical music.

Best regards,
Gig Xifaras 
Director of Operations
GDX/rlm
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#6 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Eric Symons - Steven Leflar update

AUTHOR: Ed - (United States of America)

In a desperate attempt to hide his identity and criminal reputation, Steven Leflar has AGAIN changed his business name and web site!  First it was Star Sounds Productions, then Simply The Best Entertainment, then STB DJs, then DJ SRL, and now.... " Steven's Music " Of course he doesn't mention his name anywhere on his web site: www.stevensmusic.biz.

Avoid this criminal. Steven's Music has ripped off over 20 bands, musicians,DJs, and vendors for a total of over $200,000.  He has been found guilty of theft twice (so far) in Contra Costa County. He has since fled to the Elk Grove area. He is now doing business with Eric Symons, whom he inserted as "owner" of Simply The Best Entertainment to hide his identity and keep bill collectors away.

Superior Court of Concord, California. Case number CSC09-1099

Steve LeFlar DBA North Bay Entertainment (later changed names to "Star Sounds Productions", then changed again to "Simply The Best Entertainment", then to "Steven's Music)) found guilty of non payment of the live band, "Big City Revue" at the Intercontinental Hotel. Booking was made by Eric Symons, working with LeFlar. Contract signed by LeFlar.

Total judgement - $5200.00 awarded to Associated Entertainment (AE hired Big City Revue) Judgement entered on February 10, 2010.

Although still working under the names "Simply The Best Entertainment" and "Steven's Music",  in the Sacramento and Napa areas, LeFlar has not paid this debt.  ==========================================================

Superior Court of Concord, California. Case number CSC09-1100

Steve LeFlar again found guilty of non payment of the live band, "Six and The City" at the Adeszko Wedding at Auberge Du Soleil. Booking was made by Eric Symons, working with LeFlar. Contract signed by LeFlar.

Total judgement - $3600.00 awarded to Associated Entertainment (AE hired "Six and The City") Judgement entered on February 8, 2010.

Although still working under the names "Simply The Best Entertainment" and "Steven's Music",  in the Sacramento and Napa areas, LeFlar has not paid this debt. The George Ballard Collection has been hired to collect the judgements against Steven Leflar, and Steven's Music.
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#7 REBUTTAL Owner of company

My Stalker Speaks Again!

AUTHOR: Eric Symons - (United States of America)

Again the idiot from Napa is posting against me. He fails to realize that everytime he posts, it comes from Napa, and always under assumed aliases. It is always the same untrue garbage. This guy is a pathological liar.

I do not know a Gloria in my business. I have had a couple of out of town clients with that name, but none in Napa. And where is the proof of anything he says about my business.

The individual who posts this garbage is as transparent as glass. I ripped-off no one. Just ask Thomas Schoenberger!

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#8 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Eric Symons loose with the truth

AUTHOR: Gloria - (United States of America)

There is a LONG list of live bands, DJs, and other vendors that Eric Symons & Steve Leflar ripped off TOGETHER. LeFlar did most of the dirty work. Symons took an attitude of "Oh well, that's life" and continuues to work with LeFlar.

Symons is lying about starting "Simply The Best Entertainment" on his own. LeFlar testified under oath that he started it in 2008. LeFlar placed Symons as the "owner" on paper in 2010 to hide his role in the company as he knows his reputation is that of a con artist.

Google "Steve LeFlar", and know Eric Symons is his partner.

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#9 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Who is Ed?

AUTHOR: Eric Symons - (United States of America)

I am Eric Symons, sole owner of Simply the Best Entertainment, founded in June of 2010. This post is making false accusations, and I do not even know who Ed is...

I was an employee of Star Sounds, and I have had no connection to that company for since 2010, and I am extremely upset about the false accusations presented against my company and demand a retraction.


I also work closely with Mr. Xifaras, who is mentioned in the post, and he just sent me an email stating that the post is 100% inaccurate-So Ed, who are you really, and are you prepared for a law suit?


My company has a perfect record, and I have references from both clients and performers to verify any claims I make. This is pure and simple cyber-stalking!













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