ED Magedson – Founder
Trade Show Hostesses, LLC555 W Elm St, indianapolis, Indiana USA
Trade Show Hostesses, LLC - Indy Models - Statement Models NON PAYMENT; Unprofessional communications & Fraud Indianapolis Indiana
I was hired to work the SHOT SHOW in Las Vegas, NV by "TradeShow Hostesses" in December 2012. The show ran in mid-January 2013 for four days. I completed the assignment without any issues. I inquired about when we would receive our pay checks from the company at which time they said checks would be mailed out the following week. This was on February 2nd, 2013. When the check was never received viz mail, I once again inquired about when we should expect to be paid and they responded with another month.
After they kept postponing payment, I did a little research on the company. They have had to change their name over three times for not paying models and committing fraud in different states. At that time I decided to get my lawyer invovled. He was able to locate their companies registered address. I had a friend go to the address to see if it was legit, and of course it was not. It is actually a Cross Fit gym. The guy on the other end of the computer goes by Allen Knauer. He also claims to have a employee that goes by the name Erin Darlage. She has yet to be confirmed as an actual person to date.
After several attempts to collect payment Allen stated that they no longer had to pay me because I was "bothering" them about when we would be paid too much. He also replied at a later date that he was going to pay me when he "felt" like it since I was being "difficult". I was never diffcult. Always professional. I showed up to work on time everyday and the client was extremely satisfied with my work. I completed my end of the contract and exceeded the clients expectations. Allen, however, does not have the intention of paying his models at any of these shows.
You can see a trend as every year he pops back on the map with a new name and new way to scam. He claims to be the biggest tradeshow staffing agency in the country, yet he is unable to pay his models. NOTE TO MODELS: ALWAYS DO BACKGROUND CHECKS ON THESE COMPANIES. DO NOT LISTEN TO ANYONE WORKING FOR THEM AND SEEK THE INFORMATION FROM AN UNBIASED SOURCE.
I have been doing tradeshows since 2003 and have NEVER had an issue. Nor had I ever heard of his company (mainly because he changes his name every year or so) so do NOT let this guy fool you. It is NOT worth it. If you google any of the above mentioned companies they are all reported on rip off sites and even a article in the Chicago Tribune about his scams:
Here is another recent complaint (for there are SEVERAL over the past few years) on another website filed for non payment with indepth reports of the "run around" this guy gives you:
The payment is now 5 months past due and he is no longer responding to any of his 4 emails I aquired from www.godaddy.com (includes public contact information for the owner of all his websites) My lawyer sent them a FINAL NOTICE last Friday, May 31st, 2013, to either pay or we would file a judgement against him. Since we have not heard from him a week later we have begun the judgement process. If you have been scammed by Allen or any of these fictional characters that work for him, please contact me if you would like to start a judgement I would be happy to put you in contact with my lawyer so he can help you as well. My lawyer has found enough supporting evidence on this guys "payment history" (or should I say lack there of) and I would be happy to include you in on the judgement (and lawsuit) we are proceeding with.
IF YOU ARE READING THIS POST IT IS BECAUSE PAYMENT HAS STILL NOT BEEN RECEIVED.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 06/06/2013 07:48 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Trade-Show-Hostesses-LLC/indianapolis-Indiana/Trade-Show-Hostesses-LLC-Indy-Models-Statement-Models-NON-PAYMENT-Unprofessional-co-1057089. 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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