• Report: #1113809
Complaint Review:

Philip Ison

  • Submitted: Wed, January 08, 2014
  • Updated: Mon, July 07, 2014

  • Reported By: FurnBiz — Thomasville North Carolina
Philip Ison
801 Trinity Street Thomasville, North Carolina USA

Philip Ison Phil IsonIson InternationalIson FurnitureBerkeley UpholsteryInterGlobalReimaginistLooc StudiosPlant D ManufacturingDirect Resource Group801 InvestmentsHigh Street GalleriesInternational Distribution Services PROFESSIONAL CON ARTIST Thomasville North Carolina

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: the harts

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: extortion

*Author of original report: Nothing To Do With Us


*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Christian Vega continues extortionThere is a complaint on ripoffreport that is 100% false. Quite simply the poster used my name to write a scathing review on someone I do business with. I assume the

*Author of original report: OWNER OF FURNITURE NOW

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Jamie & Mike Hart

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: Jamie & Mike Hart

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Philip Ison is a professional con artist.  He has defrauded me and my family of over $50,000.  I have learned of many other people he has ripped off as well dating back to 1998 in my search for justice.  Please do not do any type of business with this man unless you are handed a product the second you hand funds.  Otherwise you could wind up like us and never receive your merchandise, then be conned out of additional funds to try to get it.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 01/08/2014 06:00 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/philip-ison/thomasville-north-carolina-27360/philip-ison-phil-isonison-internationalison-furnitureberkeley-upholsteryinterglobalreimag-1113809. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 REBUTTAL Owner of company

the harts

AUTHOR: GEORGE - (United States of America)

the person that filed this never had 50,000 in her life. she went from rip off loans for home owners and was kicked out of the industry to furniture liqudation. her and her husband rented space in our building in thomasville nc and did not want to pay the rent or expenses they created. 

since i am an absentee landlord they got into bed with a extortion scheme with one christian vega and a california group from iran. it did not work and the harasment lawsuit they filed in texas was thrown out and the company was declared bankrupt in delaware. they are still conning people but not in one of our properties any more. 

i would like to see were she had 50,000 by me she has no proof just her lies to try to keep the con going that she is actually in business. when you rent to people do not let them find out were you hide the key to your office they will get you. honesty usually comes out in the end and people like this fail

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AUTHOR: GEORGE - (United States of America)

It seems as if the con this group was trying to do did not work, They were put out of the next victems property. The bogus claims by luxeyard people were stopped after the company we forced into bakruptcy went through. The charges seem to be against them for stealing from a public traded company for a pump and dump

criminal minded people know how to work the system. which buttons to push were to buy space on the internet to try to damage you. 

the person who posted this has not had fifty thousand in her account or business. cannot pay rent for her business, lost her mortage business for making bogus loans, so now they are in the furniture business. 

being a land lord in these times is not worth dealing with the people it brings through your office. 


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AUTHOR: FurnBiz - ()

The most recent rebuttal to our post (George) aka Philip Ison has absolutely nothing to do with us.  I have never done business with Adore Furniture nor do I have anything to do with Mr. Vega.  We are simply a small furniture company who was financially devestated by Philip Ison.  Looks like he has many people out there with problems with him.  And we have won our first lawsuit against Mr. Ison and the next one is pending. 

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AUTHOR: The Truth revealed - ()

Hello ALL Readers and Mr. Goodstone,

It seems you and Mr. Ison have nothing better to do then to provide each other moronic and assuming accusations against someone you don't know for sure wrote this. No where in this statement is your name or companies name mentioned therefore you are making accusations against a listing that you has no relevancy towards You, or your business. Lastly the person whom most likely posted this is the only person whom still has a bone to pick with Mr. Ison, maybe it is the person whom Mr. Ison had stolen a truck load of sofas from. Or possibly one of the many people Mr. Ison has Screwed over. In short you should commit to your due diligence prior to lending yourself to Mr. Ison'a pitty party. For your information Phil Ison was arrested for felony theft in North Carolina, and has 2 federal cases piling up against him for 2 counts of bankruptcy fraud. 

 The DA pursuing the felony cases against  Philip Ison will use these links on RipOffReport as supporting evidence of harassment and defamation of character to the victim. Ripoffreport will be isused court ordered Endocrines that will force a release of all the IP addresses and submital from Ison against the victim. 

This is should be enough to make people fear the very fact that they may still be associated with him, however let this all PROVE as enlightenment and advice to stay clear of his anticts.  


You may kindly find attached several nationwide articles that mention Philip Isons crimes.


LuxeYard fights back against alleged pump-and-dump scheme


By Dan Lonkevich    Updated 12:30 PM, Mar-14-2014 ET   

Amir Mireskandari and Khaled Alattar, the co-founders of online luxury-goods retailer LuxeYardInc., are fighting back against the group that they claim are responsible for a complicated pump-and-dump scheme that defrauded investors of some $30 million and pushed the company into involuntary bankruptcy.

Mireskandari, Alattar and Los Angeles-based LuxeYard are currently embroiled in a raft of lawsuits including one in a Texas state court in Houston and another in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles in connection with the scheme they say was organized and led by four men with about 20 co-conspirators.

The Texas lawsuit alleges that stock promoter Kevan Casey and financial advisor Frederick Huttner orchestrated a scheme that involved helping LuxeYard go public through a reverse merger and raise money through private placements in order to gain control of shares to be used in a pump and dump that was executed between April and August 2012.

The litigation has also named the Manalapan, N.J.-based law firm of Anslow & Jaclin LLC as a defendant. Last year, the firm settled for an undisclosed amount and went out of business.

Former partnerGregg Jaclin told The Deal that the firm settled to avoid legal fees and that the situation had nothing to do with Anslow & Jaclin's break-up.

Another defendant is Tobin Smith, a former commentator on Fox Business Network who was fired last year for violating the network's policy against accepting compensation to recommend stocks.

Others named in the lawsuits include the former shell company Top Gear Inc. and investors and stock promoters Jonathan Friedlander, Scott Gann, Jonathan Camarillo, Jeff Lamont, William Bartlett Jr., Thomas Hudson, Lawrence Isen, David Nagelberg, Lance Baral, Joseph Lee, Mark Trotter, Jeffrey Sater, Tommy Allen, David Bahr, Trevor Ling, Doug Shaw, Robert Klinek and his wife Susan Pack, Lisa Ann Komoroczy,Sean Crowley, Robert Gleckman, and a group of trusts and other investment vehicles they controlled.

Gann was a stockbroker atSouthwest Securities Inc. who in 2008 was permanently barred from the securities business by theSecurities and Exchange Commission for engaging in market timing trades on behalf of Haidar Capital Management LLC and Haidar Capital Advisors LLC. The bar was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in 2010.

In October, Bahr was sentenced to 18 months in prison and fined $65,000 for agreeing to pay a secret kickback of $750,000 to a stock broker as part of what federal prosecutors said was a pump-and-dump scheme involving the shares of iTrackr Systems Inc.

In 2006, Trotter agreed to pay $1.04 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the Texas attorney general's office for violating the state's law against spam e-mail.

The transfer agent Globex Transfer LLC and brokers Apex Clearing Corp., Westor Capital andWilson-Davis & Co.also were named as third-party defendants because they allegedly knew about the fraud and profited from it.

The defendants reject the allegations and argue that the lawsuits have been filed out of bitterness by Mireskandari and Alattar after LuxeYard lost its investors' money and couldn't raise new capital.

The case has its origins in Mireskandari's and Alattar's efforts to raise capital for the company they co-founded as LY Retail, which operated a flash sales website for luxury goods. Their plan was to capitalize on the popularity of websites such as Gilt Group Inc.'s Gilt.com.

In August 2011, Mireskandari first consulted with his Houston area financial adviser Huttner, who he had known and worked with since 2002.

Huttner introduced Mireskandari to Casey who was also from Houston. Huttner and Casey told Mireskandari they could help him build LY Retail's business by arranging for it to go public through a reverse merger with a public shell and then raising money through private placements.

Anslow & Jaclin helped Casey and Huttner find the shell Top Gear, which was controlled by about 50 Israeli shareholders who were willing to sell it for $460,171. Casey, Huttner and others named in the lawsuits received LuxeYard shares in the reverse merger.

Casey and Huttner are then alleged to have persuaded Globex to lift the restrictive legend on the shares with a false legal opinion letter from Anslow & Jaclin.

Mike Turner, a representative of Globex, denied LuxeYard's allegations against the transfer agent. He told The Deal that Globex based its decision to release restrictions on the shares on a registration statement rather than a legal opinion.

The co-conspirators allegedly sold some shares through matched orders, raising $1.5 million which was paid to stock promoter Next Media to begin the first round of the stock promotion.

Next Media and the co-conspirators engaged Smith, who was still a contributor to Fox at the time. Smith received LuxeYard stock which he later sold during the pump, the lawsuits claim.

Ison, another promoter, also received LuxeYard stock for promoting the company on his blog OTC Journal, according to the lawsuits.

The scheme also allegedly involved continued matched orders to maintain trading volume in LuxeYard stock.

Next Media was paid another $3 million, bringing the total spent on the campaign to $4.5 million, to continue the promotion, setting the stage for the dump, according to the lawsuit.

Meanwhile, LuxeYard raised about $5.8 million from private placements of convertible debt, convertible preferred stock and warrants in April and May 2012.

The debt financing in April 2012 raised $2.91 million. The debentures that LuxeYard sold paid a 10% coupon and were convertible into common stock at 30 cents a share. That was a 73.7% discount to the price where LuxeYard shares closed on April 23, 2012, the day before the private placement was completed.

The conversion price also was subject to full-ratchet anti-dilution protection. Those terms called for the conversion price to be lowered to equal the price of any future capital raise at a lower price.

In the private-investment-in-public-equity market, deals with such terms have been referred to as death spiral PIPEs. They can create a potential for dilution of shareholders that can make it difficult for a company to raise more capital in the future.

Just a month later, LuxeYard raised another $2.89 million in the private placement of units that consisted of convertible preferred stock and warrants. The preferred stock paid an 8% dividend and converted into common shares at 35 cents. The warrants converted at 35 cents and 50 cents.

Investors included Pergament Fund Management LLC, Huttner 1999 Partnership Ltd., Next View Partners LLC, Heights Capital Management Inc., Downsview Capital Inc., Kingsbrook Partners LP and Octagon Capital LLC.

Of those, only Huttner 1999 was named as a defendant in any of the lawsuits.

Anslow & Jaclin advised LuxeYard on the private placement of convertible preferred stock.

Mireskandari said in an interview that he won a $1.5 million settlement from Casey and Gann in September 2012 in connection with the first suit he filed in state court in Houston in August 2012.

Later in September 2012, Alattar brought a similar lawsuit also in the Houston court against other participants in the alleged scheme. Mireskandari and LuxeYard have joined that suit as well. The defendants in that case have made a motion to remove the case to federal court, which is pending.

In addition, Mireskandari alleges that the defendants helped push LuxeYard into involuntary bankruptcy proceedings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles.

"They tried to finance and join an involuntary bankruptcy against LuxeYard," Mireskandari said in an e-mail. "They wanted to end litigation filed against them, and argued automatic stay and suggestion of bankruptcy to stop the litigation. They also paid for the legal fees and other considerations for third parties for commencing involuntary proceedings against LuxeYard."

Mireskandari said that those third parties, who were recruited by Philip Ison and Braden Richter, included some "non-legitimate" creditors. They filed two separate involuntary proceeding against LuxeYard. One was dismissed and the second is "about to be dismissed," Mireskandari said.

Richter is a former CEO of LuxeYard. The company has said he was fired for cause including collaborating with Casey and the pump-and-dump group and theft.

Ison owns warehouse space in Winston-Salem, N.C., that LuxeYard leased to store imported inventory. He is accused in the litigation of stealing inventory from the company.

LuxeYard also is involved in litigation with Richter and Ison in California Superior Court in Los Angeles to recover damages and property. Richter has denied the allegations and claims the charges against him were trumped up by the company, according to his attorney Robert Hirshman.

LuxeYard also is countersuing for damages in the bankruptcy proceeding. The company claims that Casey, Gann, Richter and Ison bribed the party that brought the involuntary bankruptcy petition. Ison's 801 Realty Investments LLCwas one of the creditors who brought the petition.

"They tried to derail the second Texas lawsuit by tossing LuxeYard into bankruptcy," saidBrian Keller, a partner with Faubus Keller LP in Houston, who represents Alattar. "We have very good evidence it was based on fraud. We have a witness who says he was bribed to bring the bankruptcy petition to derail the Texas case."

The witness, Christian Vega, had once worked at LuxeYard. He signed an affidavit last month, claiming that Casey, Gann, Richter and Ison used him and lied to him and other creditors of LuxeYard to bring the involuntary bankruptcy to halt the company's litigation against them.

According Mireskandari, the organizers of the pump and dump of LuxeYard have run the same scheme many times before.

"We are currently investigating and litigating against a group of sophisticated, well organized individuals that continuously apply the same illegal tactics across many microcap companies to defraud investors," he said in an e-mail.

"We have discovered that in 2012 alone, more than 30,000 investors were defrauded by this syndicate through a dozen 'pump and dump' operations. Originally numerous China related entities, and then other companies.

"This group is lot more sophisticated than the 'boiler room' guys everyone assumes for pump and dumps," he said. "Their modus operandi is direct mail, multi-page glossy investment booklets, email marketing, embedding articles, and very coordinated control of the float of a stock.

"They are represented by name brand legal firms, and have the liquidity and knowledge to hide behind nominee accounts. They also employ very sophisticated financial tactics to achieve their goals.

"The Pump & Dump Group consists of the organizers/ring leaders, their immediate associates, attorneys, marketing companies, and brokerage firms that all participate in this process across many stocks.

"Once their actions were revealed through our investigation and litigation, we uncovered a web of organized, criminal behavior with many predicate acts that continues to this date. They are currently undertaking other pump and dumps."

Mireskandari claimed that nine other companies including Quest Water Global Inc., All Energy Corp., Bering Exploration Inc., China Modern Agricultural Information Inc., China Global Media Inc., China Electronic Holdings Inc., Weikang Bio-Technology Group Co. and Plasma Tech Inc. may have been defrauded by Casey's pump and dump group.

"The total number of shareholders and dollar amounts duped within 18 months is staggering," he said.

In the meantime, Mireskandari said he and LuxeYard have complained to regulators and law enforcement.

"We have communicated with the SEC, FBI, U.S. Attorney, Texas Securities Board,Harris CountySheriff, and FINRA on this matter," he said in an e-mail.

Representatives of the SEC, FBI, U.S. Attorney's Office in Houston and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority declined to comment.

David Clouston, a Dallas-based attorney representing Gann, Friedlander, Lee and other defendants, said in an e-mail that the original LuxeYard case, brought by Mireskandari, "was settled and funds (equivalent to cost of defense and in part, based on prior discussions, to help capitalize the company) were paid by a group of defendants to LuxeYard."

Clouston noted, however, that LuxeYard's former CEO Richter has claimed that the settlement funds were diverted from LuxeYard. Richter swore in a declaration in the bankrupcty proceeding that Mireskandari took control of the settlement money and refused to put it into LuxeYard's bank account.

Mireskandari denied Richter's allegation. He said the money was deposited into a LuxeYard account controlled by Richter and was down to about $300,000 when Richter was fired.

Clouston said that before investors provided capital to fund the idea that became LuxeYard, "there was no functioning company, no website, and no revenue. LuxeYard was merely a business plan, by Mireskandari and this Plaintiff, in need of funding."

Clouston said that after the capital was raised, LuxeYard's expenses "quickly exceeded all expectations."

At the same time, the flash-sales website industry declined.

The millions of dollars LuxeYard had raised "evaporated in a few months, as opposed to representing the expenses for the first 12 months as represented to these investors by the Company," Clouston said. "After additional capital raises (some of my clients participated in these as well) were also burned through despite projections, the Company once again hit up the investors for more money."

It was then that LuxeYard accepted "death-spiral" financing with a "third party," Clouston said. That was within nine months of the company's launch, he said.

"If you look at the trading history for Luxeyard, it is clear that this 'death-spiral' financing was a triggering event to the decline," Clouston said. "My clients have honored their obligations to LuxeYard, are disappointed in the Company's actions and those of Mireskandari and Plaintiff, and still remain to this day investors in LuxeYard based upon the restricted shares and warrants they hold."

In addition, Clouston noted that Mireskandari "is now apparently very interested in the 'litigation' business," citing the website for a company Mireskandari founded in January 2013.

The company, Houston-based Ran, Mires, Clark & Associates, describes itself as "a shareholder advocacy group with a focus on shareholders and companies that have been defrauded." The firm says it detects, analyzes and uncovers fraud and builds "a strategy to mitigate such fraud and recover losses for our clients."

Attorneys representing Casey and Huttner could not be reached for comment.

An attorney for Sater said he declined comment.

Attorneys for the other named defendants also could not be reached.

Globex's Turner said the lawsuit is "sour grapes because these guys were looking to raise money and couldn't so they decided to sue somebody."

He said that the massive scheme LuxeYard alleges, is not believable.

A representative of Apex declined comment. Wilson-Davis representatives could not be reached for comment.

Westor Capital has been in liquidation since April 2013.

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We all understand Mr. Vega is a mentally ill person that will not rest until he is brought to justice. He is a pathological liar who uses the internet to damage any body that will not do business with him. You can find him on linkedin any one who does business with him will get these results. He is sick person so be careful if you let him near your computers or your equipment he will use this all over the internet to get you back if you will not go along with him.  He is 25 years old and been in more scams than a fifty year old. 
There is a complaint on ripoffreport that is 100% false.
Quite simply the poster used my name to write a scathing review on someone I do business with.

I assume the person that used my name is an ex business partner of the person he criticised in the review.

I am the ONLY Michael Goodstone In the USA that Owns a furniture Store, Let alone Atlanta.!
I DID NOT write this review, I wasn't even in the country when this review was written. (an ip address for the reviewer would be interesting)

I ask that you kindly remove this review. I did not post it, and I am quite able to prove where I was on March 6th when this false review was posted.

Please advise. 
I understand you do not remove 'opinions' from your site, and I understand that, however this one review is someone else impersonating ME and posting a false review about someone I do business with! ITS A SCAM!
I know of ONLY one other Michael Goodstone in the USA. NAd I bet he can also prove where he was at the time of this false post.

Please help, I am disgusted that a complete scammer can use my name to post a 100% false review online about someone else.

THIS IS WRONG and needs to be removed.

IF I had a problem with you, I think you know that I would pick up the phone.
I do NOT have a problem, and did NOT place this false case/complaint.

In fact I was out of the country on March 6th when this complaint was posted!... So it would be very interesting to see the IP address of the person that posted this, because it simply was not me.
If the person posting this was the person that we both think it could be, quite frankly I would like to take this as far as we can and get this person stopped and dealt with. This is incredibly bold borderline crazy behaviour. And this person has impersonated me... There are not too many Michael Goodstones' in the world. And I can prove where I was on the 6th of March quite easily.

Anyhow, wow... I will be trying to contact RipOffReport tomorrow to get this falsity removed.


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Atlanta Georgia 30318
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AUTHOR: FurnBiz - ()

Please stop being a coward using the alias screen name George.  Your rebuttal statements are untrue and slanderous.  We have not been charged with anything you have stated in your previous posts.  (More slander)  Your statements lack truth and merit.   We will handle this accordingly.  Thank you for continuing to ruin our lives everyday we are without while you have our money and product.  Please learn proper English and by the way there is a feature called spellcheck that is available for those without education. 

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It is very odd how some one can rent space not pay, have a dissolved company, become dilussional about actually doing something, sign her name to a check with out her name on the account to buy another person something and then go baliistic when you donot want to do business with her or her husband. interfer in another tenants contract  and convince them to move equipment and inventory not belonging to them to a building they rented. Called my customers and told them how big a crook we are. 

ison int was closed 7 years ago. Berkely upholstery, was a marketing name for the line, inter global was set up for the internet site, which they partnered with the web developer to rip us off. 

looc studios was a tanant at our property and had nothing to do with us. plant d mfg, is a marketing name for a low end line of upholstery, direct resource group is a company in atlanta we own nothing of this company, high street galleries went out of business 9 years ago from loosing its lease. ids went out of business after a major embezelment and was shut down 

ms Hart and her pepoe are dangerious people with delusions of everything. if you let them close to your business they will get you and then blame it on you. Who ever does business with them should be very careful. Do not let them in your office alone.

yes it is true if you do not pay for the order you donot get it. It is amassing how desperate people can make up things

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Jamie & Mike Hart are two of the craziest people you will run into. They are the best liars i have run into and can make up stories and then swear they are true. 

They rent from you and then when it comes due make up all kinds of things to get out of it and then start reverse it on you. they are two of the best cons in the furniture business. 

We are a real estate leaseing company and these two crazyies will do anything say anything and make up anything to damage you if you donot go along with them. 

if you supply a sound reason why they should pay then they turn it on that it is your fault. 

we have filed harassment charges and recieving stolen property they are lunatics. 



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