MY STORY: I was ripped off for $760.00 by this con artist by the name of Kevin Preusse, who also goes by Preusse Productions. He lives either in Salem, OR, Beverly Hills, CA, or New Hampshire. Like most con artists, he seems to move around a lot. I found one other woman who was also ripped of by this man for about $350. I've asked her to post her own story here and on other sites since she was also a victim. WOW, where do I begin. On December 20, 2007 I loaned this guy $760.00 In return he gave me a signed contract promising to pay me back the full. It is now close to ONE YEAR later and I haven't received a cent! I have given this guy about 100 chances to pay me back. I tried to be nice, telling him he could pay me $50 a month toward the loan, but no he couldn't even do that!! I have a signed contract from this guy which I will try to attach here. In return for the loan to him, he put in the contract that he would give me 50% of the rights to a screenplay he said he wrote, including 50% of the profits if the screenplay ever sold. I am a writer as well and meant this person through online writing sites. Now, however, I am wondering if this screenplay even belongs to him or is someone else's or a fake I asked him repeatedly to please supply me with a copy of the WGA certificate which was given to the true copyright holder. He never gave me that either. I wanted proof that this was his. Back to the money. I was planning on posting copies of over 100 emails from him, (about 30 full pages long) from the date I first gave him a loan up until today, but it looks like there is not enough room for all of them, so I will post only a few of his typical bs msgs, in the emails you will see that each time he writes promising to pay me back the next day, week, month, in an hour, etc. As you read through them you will see he comes up with one fantastic excuse after another. In January (a month after the loan) he wrote me from several fake email addresses pretending to be other people, one where he tells me he was on his death bed and might not survive the night (you'll see it in the emails) the other excuses are different, another time he said he wrote a check to a friend who was going to western union me the money and the friend stole it (yeah right). Others are much lamer and boy are there tons of them. I actually found a clip of him on the internet which matches up to the exact time he says he was in the hospital, in the clip he is racing his car dangerously. But I was able to get his license plate number from the close camera shot of the car, which will come in handy to track him down and serve him court papers. I found out from the other woman, he was telling her the same types of things. He got her to loan her money for the same thing I was loaning him money for at the same exact time. He sent her tons of emails saying he was sending the money that day, week, hour, same as mine, that's why I told her to post her story as well. This guy is one of the oddest people I have ever meant, and I can't understand why he would even email me saying he was sending money when he knew he wasn't sending a cent, why even bother with all the liesvery weird. I also saw several posts of his on other sites asking for money for some other business opps he said he was involved in, not sure what that's all about, but all I know is he scammed me so maybe he's on to more victims. I told Kevin Preusse that IF he starts paying me at least $50 a month toward this loan I gave him, I will UPDATE or REMOVE this post if I can. I tried to organize these emails as best as I can, there are also several threats from him to me, funny, he threatens me when he ripped me off, is that the American Way? Or just Kevin's. What Loser. I wouldn't be too happy with myself if I was him, what goes around comes around.
(UPDATE - I was just looking at Kevin's myspace page and saw a note from a friend of his saying that the FBI is looking for Kevin and came to his friend's house looking for him. Sounds like this loser has scammed the wrong person. I hope he rots in prison). SOME SAMPLE EMAILS FROM KEVIN PREUSSE:
. From: Preusse
Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2007 6:20 PM
Subject: RE: [SPAM] RE: cip
I just called and can receive them until 11pm, so there is plenty of time. After I eat I will make all the appropriate additions to the contract. I really appreciate you helping me out. Hopefully teaming up we can get shaman blue sold quickly and both make out nicely! Ok, I'll be back on shortly.
I can receive a money gram. Below is the info. Please not that I do not have an Oregon License it is a New Hampshire ID (they may need to know that). My ID reads...
Kevin P Preusse
20 True Rd. #15
Meredith NH 03253
My Oregon address is...
5195 Copper Creek Loop NE
Salem OR 97305
My phone number is 503.991.5450 (if they need that)
The place where I can get a 'MoneyGram' until 11pm is as follows...
3025 LANCASTER DR NE
SALEM, OR 973051348
(Copy of the codes I gave him to pick up the money with)
Subject: Here are the 2 codes/
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 21:40:08 -0800
12-20-07 Kevin Preusse 214.00
12-20-07 Kevin Preusse 531.00
From Kevin on: Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 20:34:02 -0800
They won't accept a Paypal payment and don't do any business with Paypal. They will take the car tomorrow if the payment is not made. They won't even take a check, they need the money period. they are playing hard-ball :( I am freaking out!
I am back online, if you're around. I spoke with the bank again and they won't bend on extending tomorrow's date :(
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 19:22:49 -0800
Attached is the loan contract. I don't have a scanner, but can sign it and fax it over asap. Let me know if you'd like anything added, or make any additions you see fit and I will sign and return.
Date: Wed, 9 Jan 2008 03:44:42 -0800
From: KP (Kevin Preusse)
I gave a friend of mine a check so he can send you the money. He's going to hit the bank on his break tomorrow before they close, since the bank was closed when he came by the hospital.
From: Kevin Preusse
Subject: Re: R U OKAY?
Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2008 12:06:36 -0800
I had to go back in the hospital, because my back got infected. I am home now. My friend is no longer my friend. I am going to do some work for my other buddy who paid me last time tomorrow, so I can personally send you the money and not lose another friend whom I thought I could trust! I think if I tell this guy the situation he might give me cash or at least a check right then and there after I complete my work for him.
This email below was sent to my other email addy on 01/30/2008 at 10:50 P.M.) (There are 2 emails from a Brandy Vassar, but when I emailed her back the next days and about 30 other times, I never heard a word back. I believe this was also Kevin in disquise since that seems to be his mo.)
My name is Brandy and I am a friend of Kevin Preusse. He had asked me to e-mail you last weekend, but I couldn't due to the passing of my mother. Kevin has been in the hospital as he encountered major setbacks due to his recent back surgery. He had some internal bleeding, severe infection and they had to end up removing the cages that they put in his spine, only to put them back in several days later.
He's been at OHSU in Portland, but they are considering moving him to a facility with a better rehabilitation center. They have to pretty much teach him how to walk again. At one point he had a 104.8 temp and was very close to being pronounced dead (twice). He's been going on about you and has a couple of items he wants me to handle. He wrote down that his friend Paul was supposed to pay you and never did. Kevin wrote me a check for $2500 and told me to get it to you. He apologizes for all the trouble and inconvenience, so he was paying with interest. He also wants me to have his lawyer draw up paperwork stating that if anything happens to him then you are to become 'sole-owner' of Shaman Blue. I don't exactly know what I need to do in regards to that, so if you can offer some advice that would be great. He can't really talk as he lost his voice with all the tubes and trauma he endured, so I can't really talk to him. He has to write everything down and even that takes so much energy out of him. I am also supposed to get into his house and get the phone number for a David (can't remember his last name), from a production company. He said you would know who he meant. He scribbled something about you contacting him and flying out to Vermont for a deal. I apologize if this doesn't make much sense, but it was very hard to understand what he was trying to convey.
I get off work tomorrow at 4:30 and will try to get to the bank so I can cash his check. I don't know if they will 'release' the entire $2500 since I bank through a different bank or if they just make $100 available and I have to wait 24 hours. I will need to know what to do after I get the money though. I also need to know about the lawyer and getting legal documentation stating that you own 100% of Shaman Blue if something happens to Kevin. Finally I need to know who David from Vermont is, so I can get you that info, as it sounds like you may have to go to Vermont to sell the movie or something.
I will check my e-mail throughout the night. I can't really check it at work (maybe once if I'm lucky). I know Kevin mentioned you several times and was very excited about working with you. He said you are very talented and I would think you are a riot. I wish I was introducing myself under better circumstances. He should be fine though, just a lot of recovery. The doctor really messed up his operation though.
Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 8:58:42 AM
Subject: Re: Today is the 21st?
I just got back from Seattle at 8:30 this morning. you want to make threat after threat fine! You want to see a legal nightmare, you got one. you'll be begging for mercy when the legal team is done. Especially when they see that you retained 50% ownership in a script that you had nothing to do with!!!! DON'T MAKE THREATS PERIOD. Chill the f*** out and it will be taken care of, but when I just close a big deal and you run your mouth over pocket change, it's rediculous. I'm not some f***ing scammer and you don't even know anything about this Rebecca person!!!! She scammed money out of me and I got my pay back!!!
I'm not a scamer period! I got caught up in bad s**t and the meds REALLY made me lose it. The script is mine and you can verify that with WGA. I am literally getting faxes and reviewing my deal etc... You will have a HUGE surprise, as I feel terrible for what I put you through. I am going as fast as possible on my end, I promise you that!!!!
----- Original Message -----
To: Kevin Preusse
Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 11:56 AM
Date: Friday, August 1, 2008, 6:03 PM
I'm here until Monday and should be able to take care of Monday night or Tuesday morning. I can then do the entire balance.
Date: Saturday, August 16, 2008, 11:59 AM
I just got home last night and will try to send money this afternoon, if not it will be in the morning.
(the next day)
I know you're keeping records and I'm not even going to tell what happened. Well if you really want to know I had a huge abcess in my nasal passage which swelled my right side of my face like a balloon. I will get you your money though. For the WGA you can call or go to wga.org, not sure how you look someone's info up. Search away though, it's my script so do what you need to do.
Are you getting any of my emails? I have an MTCN # for you, but haven't heard back and my emails to my brother are being sent back to me so I'm not sure what the hell is wrong with my email. I also have the transaction info right in my email, because I did it over the computer. Let me know if there's a better email address to use. Hope all is well and I'm glad (once I hear from you) that we can put this behind us! We can start on some movies and start over (hopefully). I need to redeem myself!
On Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 4:10 AM
From: Kevin Preusse
Date: Thursday, August 28, 2008, 2:19 PM
NO, I'm not lying! I wouldn't have written you if I were. I will send it over sometime tonight when I get home. I am at a meeting and had a quick second. Please don't attack me about that other lady, because I sent her money before she ever sent me anything. She flat out stole it and I have the paperwork to prove that. Yes, I screwed up with you and I told you very personal stuff on why that happened, but the other has nothing to do with you and it's not correct info you are getting; period.
I'll email you later.
Like I said, I'll write you sometime Saturday.
I'll reply to you tomorrow (Saturday)!!!
----- Original Message -----
To: Kevin Preusse
Sent: Friday, September 05, 2008 5:47 AM
From: Kevin Preusse
Subject: Re: last email
Date: Friday, September 26, 2008, 12:22 AM
Well considering I use Washington Mutual Bank, I can see it taking more than 3-4 days, especially since they were just shut down by the government and sold to JPMorgan.
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On Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 1:15 AM Kevin Preusse wrote:
Keep fking attacking me! Why don't I just give you my login info for paypal, would that make you happy? I know the story, I read the news. I'm all done, just watch your fking paypal account and then be happy you got cut into a GREAT movie script that I DID write! Don't fking write me again, oh and make sure you save this with all the others.