• Report: #299908
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Cherryone Web Design/Novamedia

  • Submitted: Mon, January 14, 2008
  • Updated: Fri, January 18, 2008

  • Reported By:Chicago Illinois
Cherryone Web Design/Novamedia
720 N. Franklin Chicago, Illinois U.S.A.

Cherryone Web Design/Novamedia Jim Elliot, George Lambaris and Kendall Lewis committing credit card fraud Chicago Illinois

*Author of original report: Cherryone CEO Jim Elliott and his long record of court cases

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Jim Elliot has already been convicted for fraud as the owner of Cherry Communications. He and George Lambaris run Cherryone Web Design as a front for a credit card scam. Before buying anything on the internet, make sure that the web site was not designed by Cherryone. Not only do they charge client credit cards and not deliver work, they also gather credit card information from client websites then uses the numbers to charge things to consumer credit cards.

I was a web designer for Cherryone and had to go live in a homeless shelter for a while because they did not pay me for two months. They are one of the lousiest companies around.

Kendall Lewis is the son of jazz artist Ramsey Lewis and he is also involved in this. He is also a family friend of presidential candidate Barack Obama. (Obama's campaign knows about the scams this company is pulling and that they tell potential clients that they have a relationship with the Obama for President campaign. They don't seem to have a problem with this.)

New York Times article mentioning past fraud by Cherryone owner

CHERRY COMMUNICATIONS. Cherry is already one of the founding members of our "Hall ... James Elliot, CEO and 100% stockholder of the company has a checkered ...

Web designer chi
Chicago, Illinois

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#1 Author of original report

Cherryone CEO Jim Elliott and his long record of court cases

AUTHOR: Web designer chi - (U.S.A.)

PR Newswire
June 16, 2004

$2,000,000 Punitive Damage Award in Slovinski vs. Elliott

CHICAGO, June 16 /PRNewswire/ On Wednesday, June 16, 2004, a Cook County jury returned a verdict of $2,081,600.00 against Defendant James Elliott, a former CEO of a telecommunications company. The Plaintiff, Jerry Slovinski of Naperville, was the CFO of Elliott's company. At a meeting in July of 1996, Elliott told financial executives of MCI/World Comm that his firm did not have financial statements because Slovinski failed to prepare them, saying Slovinski was not doing his job, coming in late and leaving early, sneaking out to workout, and "chasing p---- all day."

The jury awarded Slovinski $81,600.00 for his emotional distress and $2,000,000 in punitive damages. The Honorable Robert E. Gordon presided over the two day trial at the Daley Center. The case was entitled Jerry Slovinski vs. James Elliott and Cherry Communications, 01 L 9564. The case against Cherry Communications was dismissed after Cherry went into bankruptcy several years ago.

The Plaintiff Slovinski was represented by attorney Tom Leahy of Leahy & Hoste, 321 North Clark Street, Suite 2222, Chicago, Illinois 60610. Phone: 312/372-8893. The Defendant James Elliott was represented by Jeffrey Patrick Guzak, 1618 Colonial Parkway, Inverness, Illinois 60067. Phone: 847/705-8195.

Slovinski alleged that Cherry owed MCI/World Comm millions of dollars for long distance telephone service and was in danger of losing further phone access when MCI/ World Comm asked Elliott to show them Cherry's financial statements. Elliott went to the meeting and told the MCI/World Comm controller David Myers that the statements had not been prepared because of Slovinski's failure to do his job.

Elliott failed to appear for his deposition before trial on several occasions, so a default judgment was entered against him. The case went to trial solely on the issue of damages.


The FEC recently fined Cherry Communications Inc. and its chairman James R. Elliott $150,000 for using corporate resources to pressure employees to attend a 1992 GOP dinner. The "President's Dinner" raised $9 million for Republican senatorial and congressional candidates, $113,125 from Cherry Communications' employees. The Illinois-based long-distance telephone service company, formerly known as Cherry Payment Systems, made only one contribution in the 1996 election cycle a $10,000 soft money contribution to the Democratic National Committee.

Federal Election Commission fines
Cherry Communications Inc., formerly known as Cherry Payment Systems/James Elliott, Chairman

5/2/97 $150,000.00
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