• Report: #34553

Complaint Review: TransContinental Talent AKA TCtalent AKA Options AKA E-model

  • Submitted: Thu, November 07, 2002
  • Updated: Mon, September 15, 2003

  • Reported By:St. Pete fl
TransContinental Talent AKA TCtalent AKA Options AKA E-model
International Nationwide U.S.A.

TransContinental Talent AKA TCtalent AKA Options AKA e-model deception and discrimination Nationwide Orlando Florida

*Consumer Comment: Orlando Federal Judge declares no Jurisdiction in Pearlman's lawsuit againt Rip-off Report

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Hello to all of you who have been keeping up, as well as all of you who have just discovered the information, on this Company on the Rip-Off Reports.

I have been keeping up on things for a while.
I have stepped aside a bit, as I was overwelmed with life changes as a result of my interaction with this deceptive company.

I am writing to call attention to everyone and anyone who has any desire to do anything to halt the deception.

For all of you Scouts, you know where the Scouts go in your area.
For all of you who have been approached, you know as well where you were spoken to. Create a letter which states the activities experienced by all of those you personally know as well as anyone you desire who has put TRUTH out here on this site.

Go to the Best Buy and to the Target and to the Wal-Mart and K-mart and grocery chains and to the movie theatres...... Go everywhere you can... Drop off the information. Post it in windows where Managment lets you. Let people know that being scouted is not a 'by chance' thing. If done in these places by the scouts for this company it is solicitating and it is illegal and harrassment! Scouts are directed to all of these places and taught how to be inconspicuous! I know I was one who taught and taught well!

Pass out the information of the infamous company who continues to change names and state it is a 'buy out' or whatever, every six months. Each time they do that the management and senior scouts who remain lead on the new scouts to tell them that things were so bad, and THAT is why we are a 'NEW Company'
I know, because I did it!

Naive and unaware, I am now ashamed! However, not to blame.
When we are a part of something that is cruel and evil, we feel really bad when we realize, that is if we have any desire to sleep well at night. So, a way to pay back is to 'step-out' and 'speak out'!

I challenge any and all of you.....
At this point, I can be contacted through the rip-off reports.
Just e-mail into the Rip-off reports and tell them you want your e-mail forwarded to TEY.

That is right, I am here again. I feel as if the spirit is moving me to step up and out! That it is now coming to the full-circle of what harm has been done and what can no longer be stood for!

AND A Message to any who desire to e-mail me to attempt to figure who I am in deceit, you will be found out and not replied to. So, please ....... save your time to look for an honest job!

Isaiah 54:17
No Weapon formed against me shall prosper.

St. Petersburg, Florida

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Orlando Federal Judge declares no Jurisdiction in Pearlman's lawsuit againt Rip-off Report


I wanted to include this article as part of the documentation of this huge rip-off. This person inspired me to finally do something. Thank you for your courage!


Internet site to keep operating

A federal judge said she doesn't have jurisdiction in a case brought by a Lou Pearlman company.

By Tim Barker | Sentinel Staff Writer

Posted September 13, 2003

Lou Pearlman's Wilhelmina Scouting Network has suffered a setback in its bid to shut down a Web site that warns consumers to stay away from his Internet-based model-scouting company.

A lawsuit against Badbusinessbureau, filed in federal court in Orlando, was dismissed by Judge Anne Conway, who ruled that she did not have jurisdiction.

Ed Magedson, the Web site's creator, said the legal maneuvering by Wilhelmina was little more than an effort to silence a critic.

"They knew they didn't have jurisdiction. They just wanted to cost us money," Magedson said. "They have in-house lawyers who pump out these boilerplate lawsuits."

Wilhelmina officials could not be reached for comment.

It isn't known whether the company will pursue the lawsuit elsewhere.

"If they do, it would be absolutely ridiculous. It would just draw more negative publicity for themselves," said Frank Torelli, an investigator for the Web site who also was named in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleged trademark infringement, unfair competition and defamation.

Badbusinessbureau operates the ripoffreport, which includes scathing commentary about Pearlman's company, known both as Trans Continental Talent and Wilhelmina Scouting Network.

The lawsuit asked the court to prohibit the Web site from using the Trans Continental name anywhere on its pages.

"Defendants, by improperly using this trademark, are misleading the public into believing that their services are connected with" Trans Continental Talent, according to the lawsuit.

The suit also alleged that there are numerous false statements published on the site.

Web sites like this have long been a source of irritation for the company, which has said "slanderous Internet postings" are one of the reasons for its problems with customers. Such sites have convinced many customers that something could be wrong with the services sold by Wilhelmina/Trans Continental. The company puts would-be models on the Internet, where they have a chance of being seen by casting agents and modeling agencies.

The company has been under investigation for more than a year by the Florida Attorney General's Office, which has received some 1,300 complaints from consumers. Among other things, customers have complained they were misled with promises that work in the fashion industry would be easy to find.

The company says it makes no such promises.

Tim Barker can be reached at tbarker@orlandosentinel.com or 407-420-5022.

Copyright 2003, Orlando Sentinel


I have been watching those who have been writing about being victimized by this scam because I am relative of another kind of victim; those who have the misfortune of developing relationships with these horrible people.

My nephew was abused by Michael El-Difrawi, who I understand now goes by the name of Alec Defrawy. He attacked my nephew about 13 years ago. He was only 4 years old at the time. Michael hit him in the stomach and scared him so badly that he messed his pants, which is not unusual for a grown-up. Michael was not even supposed to be around him either.

CLICK HERE: To see the two charges filed against Alec Defrawy.

CLICK HERE: To see Alec modus operandi when faced with a legal complaint; register as an indigent. Then he doesn't have to pay for the defense of his crimes, the people and his mother pay.

Michael shamed him and ordered him into the bathtub and then proceeded to scald him so badly that the skin fell of his bottom and genitals. My nephew is still if affected by the incident today. Shortly after Michael was arrested, David B. Elliot showed up on the doorstep and told T***** not to testify and make sure my nephew didn't either. When she refused, he offered to bribe her. He said, "How much will it take to make this all go away."

T***** and my nephew testified and Michael got off real easy. They should have cut off Michael's balls! Nothing happened to David Elliot. The legal system here stinks. The victims are punished for eternity, while the perps get off (pardon the pun).

These people are monsters and I can't believe that the newspapers and media in Orlando aren't covering the criminal pasts of ALL those involved more aggressively. I feel badly for all these models who were victimized by them, but the FBI should have known about them and protected wannabe's from these scum. Just my opinion.
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