• Report: #299717
Complaint Review:

Walt Winkelman

  • Submitted: Sun, January 13, 2008
  • Updated: Fri, October 15, 2010

  • Reported By:CHICAGO Illinois
Walt Winkelman
Argosy University Park Ridge, Chicago, Illinois, Internet U.S.A.

Walt Wilkenman Or Walter Winkelman Scammer, Liar, Cheat, Unstable, Unreliable, Chicago & Park Ridge, Illinois, Minnesota Internet

*Consumer Comment: Walt is back

*Consumer Comment: As of Oct. 15, 2010

*Consumer Comment: SITE WITH 2002 PHOTO OF BONITA

*Consumer Comment: SOMETHING NEW ON DR.W

*Consumer Comment: Running under Bonnie Hanni

*Consumer Comment: Names on Bonnie are marginal

*Consumer Comment: SOME OF WHAT I FOUND

*Consumer Comment: more information

*Consumer Comment: Too Bad You Did Not Get A License Plate Number

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Please read this memo carefully. This is about Walt Winkelman whom we met and spoiled his plan.

I live in Chicago and placed an ad for rent. I was contacted by Walt Winkelman, who really seemed interested in the room and provided his number.
Next morning, we met and I showed him the place. He insisted about getting the place and renting it asap and moving tomorrow. He actually started making a legal lease document himself.

My first impression looking into his eyes was this "his eyes were hidden behind glasses, but the looks were dishonest"

He had discribed himself the night before setting a meeting point as "I am 57, salt and pepper hair, 5 foot 8 inches, beard and glasses"

Mr Winkelman did not mention anything about the place, and as I showed him the apartment complex, and got him to my apartment, the incidents that followed were scary, selfish, and blatant lies.

He discribed himself as a PhD with his course work completed and getting a fellow ship in Rotterdam starting September '08. So his stay was going to be till Aug 31, 2008. He didnt ask any questions and just wanted to get the place, my wife and I liked him since his demeanor was some what elderly but his words kept changing.

Bottom line is this: He was extremely cunning, quite, didnt ask anything about the place, just wanted to shift the next day and asked how we liked him.
Once everything was done, then came the fun part, or the part that could have cost us pain, money, damage, time, and regretting ever to offer our place for rent.

He took out a check and without any concerns, put the amount of rent.
I asked him we would need the deposit also and he agreed. Suddenly when he gave me the check, I noticed something not right. My name was ok, date was fine, amount was good, but the signature line read a name "Bonita something"

Next everything changed. I asked him is that his name, and he said "That is something I forgot to discuss with you" and his story was this.

The name on the check was a business name, he said it was a business that he had 50% partnership in and the signed name he put was his partners name.
My answer was that sorry, but would prefer if this was your check made out to me.

His attitude changed 100%, he became irriated, his mouth gasped open, he said now look what you did, all this was going in perfect harmony and now thats gone. he also mentioned "what difference does it make if you get the funds" My wife quite till now, got up saw the name and said what is the matter? I explained and felt bad because now an elderly man was upset, acting all strange, someone who we gave time respect to, who was going to move in less than 24hrs.

Walk Winkelman suddenly got upset, tore the lease paper he just created, tore the check he had forged and said this was suppose to be a surprise to you kids of good faith. I asked did i offend you and the answer was yes but being scared he would not talk or say anything at all.

By now my wife and I both got spine chills knowing a con artist whose supposed to be a Phd, working on happiness, who pretends to have a father who was an entrepreneur, is now all likely to be a lie. Next he just wanted to get out of the place and run.

He asked "are you going to show me out" We walked with him, his face expression was scared, low, open mouth, like a liar caught, and wanted to run out. Once we got out of the elevator, he then said "I can see myself out"
and disappeared.

He left his check and the torn lease. We were in shock and could not believe what just had happened.

I searched him online and found plenty of stuff on google. He has two kids, went through a divorce he said, hasnt payed child support in thousands, nor does he ever meet his children.

Check out few sites






Always, get an ID. Always ask questions, references, criminal check, do everything you to save yourself situations like these.

Walk, next time I see you, will send the cops after you for giving a bad check.
Like someone stated, reputation follows and you cant hide if you keep doing this to people. Plus your stories didnt match. Stop scamming, what you do to others, will come 10 folds. Unbelievable.

"Im sure his fellowship was a lie, as well as rest of your stories"
You own a business? be ethical

CHICAGO, Illinois

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#1 Consumer Comment

Walt is back

AUTHOR: Johnny - (United States of America)

Walt has used my time to discuss the opening of his happiness institute and recruits people for their time, phone use use and gets other contacts. There is no tangible business plan and he takes advantage of your time. He uses the SantaFe plaza Starbucks as an office and really doesn't look well. He already cost me wasted time and money but maintains a story that he turns back donations because the not for profit approval for the business is not yet in place waiting for the IRS for several years now.
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#2 Consumer Comment

As of Oct. 15, 2010

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

The Human Thriving Foundation is listed on Facebook under that name.

Dr. Walt says :"Happiness Hiding in Plain View."

Foundation phone is 970-310-5881.

You might get a IT guy to check out the photo of Bonita and see if he can find  where her profile photo was taken by seeing if he can find the GPU chip in it that provides that information.

OK, when you see his you tube videos which were posted a week ago, you will see he looks different from any of the three photos already posted here.

This link gives no personal info about him, is accessible to the public and is posted to show you what he looks like now. He can disguise himself rather well.


Good luck.
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AUTHOR: Joe - (U.S.A.)

This was pdf or I would have pasted it on this page.

Apparently she really was some sort of McNair Scholar when she was in Kansas

It is harder to find stuff about her than Walt. Yes, she does use a few aliasas but to look at this photo, she looks just like any other housewife or whatever. Nothing hippie or even remotely counterculture. Wonder what she looks like now. Or maybe she stole the identity of the woman in the photo and the credentials that go with her. The real Bonita and Dr. W apparently taught at some art institute in Chicago or something. You do the background.

The site is:


I hope you will be able to see it.

I did find a photo of her on her facebook page which is cross-referenced to his.

She is going under the name of Bonita K. Hanni, aka Bonnie Kay Hanni aka, etc.

I posted both of the photos here so you would know what they look like now.

Get on Facebook and you can read what they have to say.He is calling himself Dr. Walter Winkelman, PhD
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AUTHOR: Joe - (U.S.A.)

Here is new information I just now found on him.

I guess he thinks the statute has really run on him and he is using the old long-haired photo. He thinks it is cool but I see a badly brain-damaged,  fried doper trying his best to scheme something and it is a scary photo to me.

The site is:


Has an address and a yahoo e-mail account.

I listed his new website here on Rip Off Report.  It has info on it too.

All you have to do is go to the upper right hand corner of this page  where is is the black rectangle and it says " Search This Company of Report."and type Winkelman into the search engine and you will see where I listed it as a nonprofit charity or something like that.

I am old and tired and I don't like this guy.

I never met him.

If the address he has listed there is a postal drop, a well-advised offer of a finders fee to the  proprietor usually gets you what you need to know about your subject and that would be his present address and when he comes in and what is he driving. You could  send a letter to that address and see if it comes back.Or just hang out around there.

So far, two addresses on him. He is getting old too and can't run like he used to.
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Running under Bonnie Hanni

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

She apparently used two different IDs and one shows her as 30 years old and the other as 61 years old.

She uses Bonnie K. Hanni now.

I found a 2008 profile about her at a professional networking site so I am not giving out any personal info here.


I checked on the two businesses she lists" Simple Arrangements and Classiques on Central. She appears to have a genuine Master's degree.

I found a Bonnie Hanni on My Space but all I could find there was she is an Aries. It was her but there was no photo. She's smart. She knows that they are looking for her and walt.

OK, I found another listing where she lived in Ft. Collins, CO which is where the cell phone came back to and where they ran when it got too hot in Chicago. That is also where Dana Winkelman lives. I have a photo of him but don''t want to post it. He does resemble Walt.

It looks like to me she had some sort of fabric shop and Walt waltzed in to her life and screwed her out of everything she had literally. Guys like him always do.

I almost forgot to tell you that there is a Bonnie Winkelman who has a page on  Facebook in case she is using his last name now. Older plump lady about the right age group. Can't tell if the man with her is Walt or not.
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#6 Consumer Comment

Names on Bonnie are marginal

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

Apparently she is from Reading, Pa originally and I think she has a 24-year old daughter named Michelle.

When she was Bonnie Hanni, she lived in Bern, Kansas and Evanston, Illinois and there is a Sam Hanni. Unknown if he is a son or husband. You probably know.

She is still in Illinois.

I looked up Dornes and I think that is her maiden name.I located two persons who appear to be siblings .

I don't think either name you gave me is her current alias. Can you give me better?

Let me have a couple of hours to check. I can't post contact info on me but I could find them with more info.

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

He probably thinks the statute gas run on him.

The most recent phone I have on him is 773-614-0127.

Zip code: 60626

Will probably come back to Bonita.

His last cell phone went back to Colorado and came back to a Dr. Dana Winkelman who is a male. A brother?

My latest address on him is: 7675 Greenview #2 listed on the Cook County tax roles as a residential condo. I suspect it is a rental. No landlord info available.

I hope this helps.

He  reminded me of the scum that messed up my education  back in the day --the dopers. student radicals, etc. & . so I started tracking him. I used to be a P.I.

I wish I had more info about him who his siblings and parents were. I know who his ex-wife in, Debbie, but I am not telling her surname. I have not contacted anyone.


I can run Bonita now thanks to the names you ga. I imagine he has put everything in her name.
 WATCH OUT! I think he is a psycho and a disguise artist.

If you looked at the photos of him I have posted here, he is quite a disguise artist.
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#8 Consumer Comment

more information

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

Girlfriends name is bonnie hanni, or bonita dornes, if you have any information about where these two are located please post so we can have walt winkelman  picked up.  There is a body atttachment order in Cook County for his arrest.  Thanks.
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#9 Consumer Comment

Too Bad You Did Not Get A License Plate Number

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

Apparently, this guy is wanted by Illinois law enforcement.

He seems to still be in the Chicago area but I see that he has also been in Oregon, California, Minnesota and may now be hiding out in Colorado or that is where his fake foundation's phone number goes back to.

Maybe he is having his calls forwarded to his real location from there.

I wished you'd remembered Bonita's last name. It would have been helpful.
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