• Report: #1068892
Complaint Review:

Eric Symons

  • Submitted: Sun, July 21, 2013
  • Updated: Sun, July 21, 2013

  • Reported By: Richard — Yountville California
Eric Symons
Rohnert Park, California USA

Eric Symons Simply The Best Entertainment Eric Symons is stalking people, Simply The Best Entertainment criminals, Steve Leflar Child Predator Rohnert Park California

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*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Absolute Insanity!!!

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In mid February of 2013, the person claiming to be the owner of Simply The Best Entertainment stalked me via e mail. His name is Eric Symons, and from my experiences with Eric, and from other people who have dealt with Eric, we all have the impression that Eric Symons is not only a very deceptive person, but is clearly in league with Steve Leflar, a known child predator and con artist.


I first got wind of Eric in 2009 when my friends the Schoenberger family reported to me that "Our former General manager had leaked important and sensitive company information to a thief"  Mrs.Schoenberger told me that Symons had colluded with Leflar to fool Schoenberger out of an agency business he had owned from 1992 to 2008. North Bay Entertainment was North Bay's premier agency, providing employment to hundreds of musicians a year, and was clearly a viable and thriving company under Schoenberger's leadership. [continued below]....

..... When I heard that Eric Symons and Steve Leflar had defrauded Schoenberger out of his company during a period where the Schoenberger's son had been diagnosed and then treated for a bone tumor, I was outraged.

 Mrs. Schoenberger personally told me that the "thief" was Steven R. Leflar, a person she feared, and then she related how Leflar had done everything in his power to harm her husband, and this included calling her on her home line and issuing veiled threats. Symon's followed up by also calling Mrs.Schoenberger a number of times, telling her "Steve is just upset" and "You do not want to mess with Steve" Mrs. Schoenberger felt very threatened by both Symons and especially Leflar.

Symons and Leflar, the beginning.

Mrs. Schoenberger told me that Leflar had been a DJ for North Bay Entertainment, but had become , in 2008,"un-naturally close to General Manager Eric Symons" and that she " had once heard Leflar use the N word and that she did not trust Leflar" Symons, at that time the general manager of North Bay Entertainment, conspired with Leflar to trick the Schoenbergers into losing their company, as teh Schoenbergers were distracted with their son's illnes and surgery.

 Mrs. Schoenberger had every reason not to trust Leflar, as the events unfolded into the spring of 2009.

 I learned from Mr.Schoenberger in June 2009 that Leflar had even called their then 9 year old son on his cell phone. This sickened me. I asked what was being done.

 Symons and Leflar create a website:

 To add insult to injury, Leflar and Symons created a website launched in July 2009 designed to disparge the Schoenberger family. This was a stalking website, and Leflar even went to Napa to take pictures of Schoenberger's friends car license plates. That victim was a woman and Leflar's both photographing bher car, and then posting the image on a public website was tramatizing to the woman. Leflar also e mailed a large number of Schoenberger's associates, a list given to Leflar by Symons. Leflar also created a Yahoo identity of Mr.Schoenberger'e elderly father and posted deleterious content on the internet under Schoenberger's father's name.Leflar posted horrible things about Xifaras, and Schoenberger repeatedly. Xifaras hired a collection agency to track down Leflar and also launched a labor board actions against Leflar. Leflar's response? Leflar fled his home in Concord and headed to Sacramento. Leflar had also decided to get rid of Star Sounds Productions by this time, and told his DJ Ron Israel that "I plan to open up a company called Simply the Best Entertainment under the umbrella of Star Sounds Productions" Leflar did not tell Israel the truth because Leflar owed Israel 75,000 for Israel's investment in Star Sounds... To be continued..


In 2010, I became aware that Eric Symons was actively working for Mr. Leflar and there was a huge furor over both of these men hiring bands and DJ's and then not paying them. I personally heard horror stories about the visciousness these two criminals displayed while they blatantly stole from their victims. When dealing with musicians, they were callous, and would insult the musucians into submission by promising more bookings "if the musicians joined the right side"

 The ruse:

Both Symons and Leflar tried telling the clients that Schoenberger owed the money. Schoenberger in turn urged all unpaid vendors to "get down to the bottom of it" The result was that both Leflar and Symons were named as defendants in multiple superior court cases. Leflar sued both Schoenberger and his friend Agency owner Gig Xifaras, and Leflar lost both cases. Leflar lost 9 cases all together, including pivitol cases brought by respected agency Notable Talent and artists like Keith Johnson and harpist Lisette Perelle. The victims list of Leflar and Symons includes popular bands like Pride and Joy, Big City, David Martin's House Party and Wall Street.

The judges who were presented cases against Leflar all ruled against Leflar, confirming Leflar's guilt.


Leflar and Symons, seperately and jointly, were sued in both Concord and in Santa Rosa by agents, musicians and other unsatisfied clients. Leflar lost all cases because the judges deternined that Leflar had not only received the money he claimed he had not, it was proven that Leflar repeatedly misled his victims.


Leflar failed to show up in all three cases he launched agains Schoenberger. Leflar had now lost every single case brought against him.

 How do I know what I know?

 Having had executive positions in the Napa Valley Symphony and the Lincoln Theatre, I heard many horror stories about many bands and artists not getting paid after accepting work from Eric Symons. My positions allowed me intimate daily contact with the San Francisco Bay Area Musicial Community. I have spoken to Gig Xifaras about Steve Leflar and Gig told me he had been ripped off for $18,000 by Steve Leflar, and that Eric Symons had done the booking.

 In 2010, Ron Israel contents that Symons was instructed by Leflar to open up Simply The Best Entertainment in Cotati. At the same time, Leflar opened up STB Entertainment in Elk Grove California under his live in girlfriends name.  Leflar presumably did not want his stake in these companies to become public, since Leflar was now facing both a Labor Board inquiry ( launched at the request of 15 bands owed money) Ron Israel is a credible witness because Ron worked for Steve and Eric during that period.

 In May 2010, Angela Takeishi, a pianist and current owner of Wine Country Entertainment, informed Xifaras and Schoenberger over lunch, that Simply The Best entertaintainment was actually using Eric Symons as a "beard" and the true owner was Leflar, and that Leflar kept his name off the books. Ron Israel, a DJ who had worked for Leflar for 20 years, was their main substiutute DJ. At the same time, I had been over to Mr.Schoenberger's house and was suprised to hear Eric Symons call Mr.Schoenberger and start saying horrible things about Angela, a woman I know personally and whom I respect. 

The People Vs Steve Leflar( Defendant) and Eric Symons(Defendant).

By the end of 2010, Leflar had been found guilty of defrauding many bands, and had lost a record 9 cases in Superior Court. Symons was named as a defendant in many of these cases.


In 2011, Leflar instructed Symons to contact Schoenberger and see if Symons could be convinced to partner with Symons to take off some of the negative content now blossoming on complain boards about Simply The Best. Schoenberger was gun shy around Eric, and rightfully so. In a matter of a month, it was discovered that the owner of Allegra had been burned Symons and Leflar, providing production for a huge Festival Del Sole event at Far Niente that Symons refused to pay . Allegra claimed it had lost $18,000 after being lied to by Symons and Leflar. The same ruse that Symons and Leflar used on Notable Talent, they now used on Allegra.

Symon's has made public claims that it was an "accounting error on the part of Allegra", which is completely false and misleading.

 Schoenberger now calulated that Symons had been the agent of record for over 20 events where the band was promised payment by Symons,and ultimately did not get paid a penny. Symons, as  usual, blamed the victim, a trick he had learned well from his boss Steve Leflar. To this date, Allegra is still owed over $18,000 by Leflar and Symons. Notable is owed thousands as well. AEC is also owed 18,000 dollars. Schoenberger is owed 70,000. Pride and Joy was owed $3500 or more.  

2012   Ron israel

 In 2012, Ron Israel, the long term employee of Steve Leflar, breaks his silence, revealing that he too was misled by Symons and Leflar into believing he was a equal partner in Star Sounds productions, the same ruse used on Schoenberger several years back. Israel had supporting documentation and confirmed Takeishi's claim that Simply the Best Entertainment was in fact owned by Steve Leflar and Eric Symons was the owner on paper only.

 With so many victims and such a clear trail of deciet, Symon's has vainly stuck to his story, even as an avalanche of evidence refutes his claims. Furthermore, it is clear that both Leflar and Symons engaged in a now 4 year systemtic campaign of cyber bullying of Schoenberger, his family and his friends , including e mailing his employers and associates and now attacking Ron Israel and AEC on the websites Leflar maintains. The reason for the attacks on Schoenberger have to do with the ongoing attempt by Symons and Leflar to steal away Schoenberger's long term clients and to try and shift their own blame onto Schoenberger, AEC, Israel, Allegra, etc.

 I personally know a number of  victims of the Leflar Symons scams, including Xifaras, a woman named Linda, a woman named Angela and the Schoenberger family.

 An internet search of Steve Leflar reveals page after page of victims who were hurt by Leflar and Symons. For symons to claim that "Simply teh Best Entertainment has no debt" is an attempt to decieve the public into forgetting the enormous amount of debt Symons and Leflar incurred by NOT paying artists for heir hard work. I call it Fraud.


 I was personally stalked via e mail by Eric Symons just months ago. I strongly urge anyone looking to do business with Simply The Best entertainment to first google Steve Leflar Eric Symons or google Eric Symons complaints in order to get a proper idea of who Eric really is.

Eric Symons will try and distract people by claiming "It's a war between Leflar and Ron", or "Leflar and Mr.Schoenberger", or" Leflar and AEC" But you must brush aside these arguments to arrive at the real reason for Symon's public declarations. Ask Symons if he has booked any bands in the last 4 years that have not been paid........Ask Symons why Notable Talent will not work with him, pr Daniel Maya, or Hot House Swing Band etc.....

 Symons is still very much involved in conducting business with Leflar. Symons's continues to refuse responsibility for the 40 or so artists he booked with Leflar, and then never paid. 

 Symon's , the record shows, blames his fiascoes on everyone else but himself, just as Leflar repeatedly denies any wrongdoing, despite the many guilty charges Leflar has endured in numerous Superior courts.

 I am a credible witness to these events, having served Napa Valley as both an executive and a vibrant member of the cutural arts.In my opinion, Eric Symons is not to be trusted. And clearly, I believe that Steve Leflar is a criminal. I would define both men to be resentful stalkers who continue to attack the victims of their schemes.



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#2 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Absolute Insanity!!!

AUTHOR: Eric Symons - ()

As a business owner since July of 2010, I am sickened by a internet stalker who knows no bounds, and becuase my legal council tells me that I cannot mention his name, I will not. My business has a perfect record, and this is clearly not a post from a cellist, composer and fine arts director, Dr. Richard Aldag.


It is unfortuneate that this site has no scrupples. It is basically toilet paper for the internet! I have no un-paid bills to any artist for my company, and this idiot who posts this crap is a former employer who is nolonger in the presentation of artiatas, thank God!

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