ED Magedson – Founder
Trans Continental Talent - Wilhelmina Scouting Network / MODASCO1701 Park Center Drive Orlando, Florida U.S.A.
Ayman El-Difrawi: About 10 years and 80 lbs. agoDavid B. Elliott: Evangelist for the business of scamming models. [Jason Hoffman's photos, however, are to be published later.] Ed Bell: Much younger looking in these 2 photos, thanks to Lady Clairol. [Courtesy of WKMG] Lou Pearlman is a central figure mostly because that's the only place he can stand. But seriously folks, according to sources of Rip-off Report, not unlike the rest of the individuals in this scam, Lou already had a well-known reputation as an accused racketeer long before hooking up with these four individuals, largely because of the efforts of attorney Bill Yanger. As Yanger points out in the lawsuit he crafted for Aaron Carter, Case No. 02-05780 of Thirteenth Judicial Circuit for Hillsborough County, State of Florida, Civil Division, Pearlman and his Record Label "have constituted an enterprise (the 'Racketeering Enterprise') as defined in 772.102(3) Florida Statutes." CLICK HERE: to view excerpts from that lawsuit. Louis J. Pearlman Also highly complicit in this scam is Ayman's mommy, the enabler, Rafiah Kashmiri. She acts as the cutout for Ayman so that he can continue hurting people. That makes her a co-conspirator and just a guilty by most clear judgements. Rafiah Kashmiri: Ayman's mommy and facilitator of all this mess. Rafiah owns and operates Modasco and heavy military defense contractor. That company models simulations for the F-16, tactical maneuver simulations for the USMC, and super optic programs for our surveillance satellite systems. As soon as Ayman got out of prison he set up Studio 58 Models which was co-located with his mother's company. She has a trust set up in her name with offshore banking in the West Indies, according to sensitive sources. All of Ayman's income goes into the trust. When Ayman wants to get paid he gets it from his mom. It makes it look like he makes no income. CLICK HERE: To see the two criminal charges filed against Alec Defrawy.
_______________________________________________________________________ UPDATE: September 24, 2003 _______________________________________________________________________
Part of the unfolding drama surrounding the public shake-up inside Pearlman's Trans Continental Companies includes his alleged past and continuing abuse of the Wilhelmina mark by Dieter Esch.Dieter Esch: Retired? president of Wilhelmina and heir apparent to the scam. About a year ago, Alec Defrawy and his minions began courting Wilhelmina to acquire the status associated with the name. Ray Lata, who had previously been fairly public about his disdain for this company became one of its most avid supporters. Ostensibly, Dieter would have to know the details of the affiliation, which was first announced publicly on RipoffReport.com. This order is interesting because it refers to elements of the agreement which was previously not known. It also establishes what was previously known by both Dieter and Lou because at least Lou has denied he knew about the perpetration of fraud. Attached is a Cease & Desist Letter from Dieter Esch to Lou Pearlman concerning his continued use of the Wilhelmina mark. This is monumental because it memorializes and documents part of the advertising and telemarketing scam. The cease & desist letter from Dieter Esch to Lou Pearlman regarding the abuse of the Wilhelmina mark and the employment of various scams.
EVOLUTION OF THE SCAM
In the beginning was MODASCO, and it appeared benign, but it also harbored an evil which was of her own creation. So, she brought him forth and called his name Ayman, and Michael, and Alec, and Brian....Rafiah Kashmiri is Ayman's mommy, and it is in her name that a trust was set up. This trust is affiliated with the formation of Studio 58 Models, eModel.com, Options Talent, Trans Continental Talent and Wilhelmina Scouting Network. MODASCO: Headquarters for Scam Central & co-location of Studio 58 Models; offices of Rafiah Kashmiri, Alec's mommy. The facility at the Lake Ellenor Drive location, which served as transition to Options Talent. This is when Dave Elliot rejoined Ayman in a attempt to make "some serious money." Former offices of a previous iteration of the same scam - eModel.com. The infamous stairways at eModel, leading to Options Talent. At the pinnacle of their success, this is the Boiler Room, where the high pressure telemarketing sales tactics were used to strip people of the money, dreams and dignity. Dave Elliott bragged that he personally trained these people because he had the skills to know how to say just the right thing and make them feel what he wanted them to feel. This was his baby, and he was the Puppetmaster. Former home of the telemarketing pit of vipers - the Boiler Room. Thanks to the perseverance and integrity of the Florida Assistant Attorney General, Jackie Dowd, and her investigator, Mike Wenger, who has made a career of busting Ayman El-Difrawi and Dave Elliott, this scam is significantly downsized. The telemarketing operation is supposedly closed, however, WSN / TCT still run advertisement in the "open market," which are those locations where there is no franchise close enough recruitment and servicing, and the toll free lines are still manned. There are only about six people let in the operation, however, TCT has reported that the telemarketing operation has completely shut down. These misrepresentations make it very difficult to come to any point in obtaining redress for victims of this scam. Once, these parking lots were full of Alec Defrawy & Dave Elliott's hustlers; their personal trained monkeys. Now, even the grass has overgrown in the overflow lot. It was reported that several undesirables were expelled from TCT, and in fact, Lou Pearlman had to postpone one of his meetings at the office of the Attorney General because of problems with Ayman, who purportedly had taken several computers. After Ayman's criminal defense attorney spoke with TCT HQ they suddenly backed off that story and told the Orlando Sentinel that Ayman and his crew left "on friendly terms." This reporter is not entirely convinced that separate activities, such as the start up of Model Search America at the Grand National Executive Park, Building 7011, Suite 104, are actually attempts to branch out on their own, but instead into another very-much-connected operation of Trans Continental Talent. At any rate, Lou has a lot to answer for and it looks like he has been left holding the bag. Looking for new opportunities, Alec and his entourage have found greener pastures and a new venue for the HQ of another scam, Model Search America - Orlando. COMING SOON: More Evolution, Taxonomy & Analysis of this unfolding scam Frank Torelli - Investigative Reporter Toronto, Ontario
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