Report: #372336

Complaint Review: Melissa Mae Taitano

  • Submitted: Fri, September 12, 2008
  • Updated: Wed, February 06, 2013
  • Reported By: Las Vegas Nevada
  • Melissa Mae Taitano
    8414 Mount Nido
    Las Vegas, Nevada

Melissa Mae Taitano - Commercial Vision - Melissa Taitano-Sophisticated fraud on $18 Million dollar Luxury Las Vegas Real Estate with forged securities broker statements, NSF checks Las Vegas Nevada

*Consumer Comment: Ms Melissa Taitano is in Guam as of 05 Feb 2013

*Consumer Comment: I know this woman

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Highly sophisticated real estate scam!!! Melissa Taitano contacted me to lease one of my Luxury rental properties. She wrote a check for $16K for the rental and maybe there was some miscommunication about when it was to be deposited and it came back NSF. She immediately wired the funds to cover it and apologized. She asked me if my properties were for sale and I told her yes. She made an offer which was over $16,000,000. and was accepted. She wrote me a check for $100K to take them off the rental market and cancel future rentals. Oh, she asked me to hold the check till Monday and she would wire the funds. I thought that would be OK since she had just wired the $16K. She signed the sales contracts to purchase the Luxury compound and the bottom line; all 4 $100K checks were returned NSF also. So now I have 5 NSF checks totaling $500K. I stopped taking rentals, I had 5 professional athletes that wanted to rent the properties which represented $120K of income and she told me to not take the rentals, that we would have closed escrow by then. So I passed on the rentals. She had to take a trip to Guam and said she would make good on the checks before she left, but that didn't happen and then her funds were in a private placement trade account and didn't mature until mid August when she would be returning from Guam- just days before we were suppose to close escrow. I spent over $80K preparing the properties and replacing some furniture etc to have everything ready to go for the August 20th closing date. She asked for a 10 day extension. It was given. In the meantime, I moved my family out of the property and have 5 storage units, but I remain on the property for security reasons. Weeks have passed since the 10 days extension always with a very earnest promise to wire money next week on Monday or Tuesday. As of this date, I am out over $300K. No return phone calls. And the broker statements that she provided from Wachovia Securities and JP Morgan/Chase were all forged and fraudulent. We actually verified one and a follow up phone call today says they have no account number like that in their records. Account numbers, names and amounts were pasted onto real statements. So someway, somehow, she is getting major firms to verify funds for a very limited time period maybe a day or week and then they don't even know who I am calling on. I have bank manager's names and signatures on these verification documents. I don't know if the sales contracts allowed her to try and time-share, fractionalize, find a group of investors take deposits from unsuspecting investors, or what?!!!

All I do know at this point is I am out over $300K and she will continue to defraud clients as she obviously has done. And to meet her you would never believe that it was a total con. She is very polished and convincing and ANYONE who would do business with her is a poor unsuspecting individual.

Las Vegas, Nevada
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#1 Consumer Comment

Ms Melissa Taitano is in Guam as of 05 Feb 2013

AUTHOR: BBM - (United States of America)

I met Mellisa yesterday 05 Feb 2013 dressed in western attire on Andersen Air Force Base at the computer repair store, she was dropping off an iPod that had gotten wet while she was fishing.

To briefly describe her she had long black hair, light brown eyes, tanned skin, and a nice smile, but seemed really sure of herself. She stood about 5' 6" tall and slender to medium build, no rings and wore small cowboy boots, blue jeans with a can of chewing tobacco in the back right pocket and a jean material shirt opened over a black girls tee.

My first thought after living in the Southwest United States myself for more than six years, is how odd she is dressed on Guam, islanders were shorts, t-shirts, flip flops. She definitely said she was local, but after asking why is she dressed as such, she said well I used to live in the Southwest and currently live on a ranch on this island.

Another clue to her whereabouts is she mentioned fishing in Agana Harbor/Basin, and I mean fishing up to waists deep in the ocean as locals do here.

After a brief conversation she gave me her full name and number 671- 632- 4173.

Later that night I typed the phone number into the Guam digital phone book. The number is registered to Mr Robert Manahan with no mention of Melissa Taitano.

Something was just really odd about this lady, seemed this lady.

I have no intentions of having any further contact with this person. If anyone is still looking for her the island of Guam is 36 miles long by nine miles wide. I can't imagine it would be very hard to find her. The police normal fine suspects pretty quick here.

Hope this helps and I haven't mis-represented an innocent person.
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#2 Consumer Comment

I know this woman

AUTHOR: Phillipfrancois - (U.S.A.)

How did everything work out for you? I was considering doing business with this woman but with two complaints its hard to move forward.
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