Darren Meade wants to sell you on the idea he is an investigator.  His last client, Tracy Richter is still doing life for murder. Well wait, she wasn’t a client, she was an opportunity.  Darren M Meade has no investigative experience and was hired specifically to harm the reputations of those that opposed the business model of Ripoff Report, Darren Meades employer.  Tracy Richter was nothing more than an opportunity to do harm.  You might start to understand his game when you read this.


The Great Meade

This is Darren Meade

Here is one of his latest resume’.  You will find nothing about professional experience as an investigative reporter.  The address is complete fiction.

Darren Meade wants to sell you he is a reporter though he has had no training and is not credentialed by any professional organization.  He is a paid writer of fake news for Ripoff Report and for himself.  The veracity of what he writes is meaningless so long as it’s harmful.  Here is a link to items that describe him.

With some searching you will find he has been hired to harass litigants into settling or walking away from lawsuits.  You will find reports of his being arrested for rape and auto theft.  Several law enforcement agencies have open reports on him running from Medical fraud to rape and auto theft.  When confronted by law enforcement he is quick to blame those who in the past have tried to bring him to justice.

Are you thinking of hiring Darren Meade based upon his promises?  Here’s what you need to know.  Several of his past employers became objects of his vitriol by way of negative posts on social media.  The theme is always the same, he is owed wages and he takes to the internet to extort his victims into compliance, however the items posted on the internet are under alias and bare no semblance to his own experience or lack thereof.  It’s just extortion.

Currently he is on the run from process servers as a result of being named as a defendant in a $60,000,000.00 tort.

He may try to sell you he lives at a high end address and even puts it on applications.  It’s a lie.  Meals he claims to be eating, it’s a lie.  Places he is claiming to visit, it’s a lie.  That’s what Conmen do.  They create fiction to lure you in.  Even his former boss at Ripoff Report calls him a conman albeit a bad one.

If you have found this post, good for you.  You’re spending important time investigating before you get involved.


$60,000,000.00 judgment entered against Darent Meade.  While he liked to pontificate on Twitter regarding his position as a reputation hitman, it seems he didn’t feel that position was strong enough to defend it in court.  See judgment.


Thinking about hiring Siamack (Sia) Yaghobi?  Here’s some things you need to know.  He is part of The reputation Assassin League, a paid employee of Ripoff Report.  Information gathered from search warrants reflect Siamack was ordered by Ed Magedson of Ripoff Report to post defamation on pre-existing posts then try and sell a reputation remediation , or “Corporate Advocacy Program”.

“This e-mail exchange between the two demonstrates that RipOff Report employee Siamack Yaghobi was responsible for posting the June 8, 2013, rebuttal comment to complaint No. 970019, and probably other like-comments on other RipOff Report complaints.”

“On September 11, 2012, 3:47 a.m., Darren Meade sent the link to this RipOff Report complaint to RipOff Report employee Siamack Yaghobi . Ex. 36 In an earlier e-mail (September6, 2012) Siamack Yaghobi told Meade he would publish anonymous rebuttal comments to complaint No. 938843 once it appeared online. Ex.37 The same day, Meade instructed Tracey Richter ’s family and friends to “promote [RipOff Report complaint No. 938843] and ask people to offer their honest opinion [and] share their own stories of [the State’s witnesses]. Ex.38″


“Siamack Yaghobi, a former senior marketing major, is barred from entering campus, according to an email sent to Chapman students, staff and faculty Thursday.

Yaghobi, who was served with a restraining order, may not contact certain Chapman community members or come on campus, according to the email sent by Public Safety.”


Ed's Aladin

Siamack Yaghobi is part of the extortion team.

Served with restraining order

Served with restraining order



Darren Meade aka Darren M Meade is a paid reputation assassin who both works freelance and is employed by Ripoff Report. He trolls Orange County Craigslist looking for work as a marketer and after he is hired creates chaos and claims he is owed back wages then goes on a defamation campaign if he is not paid. Ripoff Report claims this is extortion when he did it to them.


Darren M Meade and Ripoff Report is being sued for $60,000,000.00 and we’d like to know where he is so he can be served. He and the US veteran he defamed for profit deserve their day in court.

These documents are part of his running narrative with Ed Magedson, owner of Ripoff Report.

This video was created by him and uploaded to the internet.  It will help explain what he does, why and for whom.

If you know where he is or are another victim, please let us know.


Some items taken from public record will help you understand who this scum is and why it’s important to get him off the street.

“Meade wrote, “It is a forum for women to alert other women about men read the screen shot and towards the end it mentions a ‘detective’ named John Brewington who date raped a women in Arizona with a guy named Chris Engle, do you know who that is?” Ex. 100 There was no Google alert in Darren Meade’s e-mail inboxes, and all Google alerts Meade sent to Magedson previously were from the Google e-mail alert, which was not the case here”

“It is no coincidence that such an outrageous story about Michael Roberts’s appeared about Michael Roberts’ attorney representing him against RipOff Report and John Brewington, a private investigator who specializes in factual investigations concerning the activities of the RipOff Report. Meade would later admit that Magedson directed him to find Attorney Chris Ingle’s “skeletons,” and when he could not find any, Magedson directed him to manufacture this and other stories about him. Ex. 101″.

 On May 30, 2014,

Darren Meade reminded Ed Magedson that he (Meade) possessed certain items that showed Magedson directed him to write complaints and rebuttal comments on RipOff Report that targeted John Brewington, Chris Ingle (Michael Roberts’s attorney), Adam Tanner, and the State’s witnesses. Ex.126
From Adam Kunz COO Ripoff Report “There is only one con-man in this negotiation and he doesn’t work for [RipOffReport]. A good con-man needs to remain credible to his intended mark, Darren, and you are failing miserably at that. You are making it hard for us to pay your extortion without feeling l ike real idiots. This is a settlement negotiation, and

you are an adult con-man. Show some self respect. Xcentric made an offer, you rejected it. You have some explaining to do, Darren. You better quit playing games and start telling the truth. At [RipOff Report], there is a room full of smart people including Ed who think that is a waste of time, who believe you are lying, and that you are a liar by character. We will treat you as a liar and extortionist for the rest of your expectedly long and corrupt life. You absolutely suck at negotiations, and your vocabulary is pathetic. If you are going to con my client, please try to do it in a way that does not make me look like a fool for letting it happen. You were never offered a new job, and if you actually turned down a real job in order to stay on Ed’s charity, it only shows that you are a lazy con man”.


“And more Adam Kunz wisdoms sent to him. To cure some purported deficiency in the transaction, RipOff Report COO Adam Kunz offered to fly from Phoenix, Arizona, to Orange County, California, to deliver Meade cash, and copy Darren Meade’s computers that contained Darren Meade’s “research” on State v. Richter. Meade told Kunz that he would destroy the files on his laptop after this exchange took place. Ex149″

In my opinion part of being a good investigator is the ability track people down.  Technology changes all the time and you have to stay on top of it.  Many of the cases I work involve the use of burner phones.  The link will describe what they are used for many times and this article will discuss there is a false illusion of anonymity.

I am working a case right now where a Metro PCS phone is being used in what I believe is a shake down.  I will say that I have the cell phone records in terms of who this person called and who called them, dates, time and length of calls.   So as not to ruin surprises that will come later I will say I did not  pull these records but it was done so legally.  That implies a search warrant or subpoena.

In the old days tracking a cell phones activity depended on the closest cell tower that the phone connected to but it’s a bit different today.  Cell towers are still used but GPS determines which tower to route to.  What that means is your exact location is picked up and the cell tower is chosen.  Those records are stored and/or can be accessed in real time.

So for example a bail jumper skips out and is on the lam, his location can be pinged via the phone.  Here is an explanation.

Any wireless device that communicates Via the Cellular Phone systems which will include Cellular Phones; Laptop Computers, iPads, Vehicle emergency call devices such as On-Star. These devices are low powered with a limited range. They send and receive data and calls that are relayed through the nearest Cell Towers. Cellular devices have to identify their location to the carriers that service their plans so the carrier knows which “Tower” to send and receive your calls through. As you move about, the provider’s systems keep track of your location in order to direct the call traffic to the Tower closest to your location. The Tower assigned to your traffic will change as you move out of range of the initial Tower to a closer one in your path of travel.

CELL TOWER: Cellular Towers are antenna arrays that are mounted on the roofs of buildings or on towers. These “Towers” arranged in triangular configurations all across the country. Each provider uses their own antennas but may share the same Tower to mount them on.

CDMA/ANALOG: This is the earlier transmission protocol and it included a means of locating the Cell unit’s position by receiving a signal from the three nearest Cell Towers which it then calculated which was the closest of the three Towers to send and receive your communications through. The closest Tower usually being the one that has the strongest signal (Those are the “Bars” you see on the phone’s screen, we all love to see 5 bars).

GPS: Global Positioning Satellite are the newest method of locating the Cellular device’s position which is then transmitted (continually) to the provider so the provider will then select the nearest Tower to send and receive your calls through. GPS enabled units DO NOT communicate through Satellites. They only receive transmissions from Satellites which is then used to compute their location and then send that location to the Provider who as is stated, then selects the Cell Tower closest to that position to sent transmissions through.

PING: A Request Signal is sent to the phone number of the Cellular Unit someone is trying to locate. The Unit returns the Latitude and Longitude Coordinates of its present location as determined by the data from GPS Satellites or it can return the Coordinates of the nearest Cell Tower. Coordinates derived from a three satellite signal computation are very accurate, usually within 15 feet. Coordinates that are those of the nearest Cell Tower. CDMA/ANALOG systems always return Coordinates to the nearest Cell Tower while a GPS system can return either the actual position of the subject or the location of the nearest Cell Tower. The latter happens on GPS Systems when the Cell Unit only received signals from two satellites rather than three. “r” FACTOR: When you receive PING results there will be string of numbers that are the Latitude and Longitude coordinates of the location. At the end of most of these strings is the letter “r” and a number right after that. The “r” stands for Radius and is the radius in feet (the number after the “r”) that the actual cellular unit Pinged is from the those coordinates.

The short explanation of that your exact location will be picked up within 15 feet or so.  So say for example you are using the number 949-600-xxxx for a shake down or to call hookers,your bank, the computer repairman etc, the exact location of the calls will be stored and/or accessed in real time.  So in this case we might know the calls were coming from a specific address in Laguna Beach. CA.

From that address I am able to determine who is making the calls.  If you think you can avoid detection by buying phone cards instead of using a credit card, think again.

Help us find peace too.

Help us find peace too.

Joseph A Reid was taken away from his family and the world too early by an assailant.  We are looking for any information from the public to help us bring justice to the family.  If you have information that will help bring closure to this unsolved homicide please make contact through this site or the email address within.  Other than being loved by many and missed desperately every day, here are some things to know about this man:

Born Sept 7th 1929-murdered Sept 30 1979.
On Saturday evening of September 29th 1979 Joseph A. Reid was lured from his home at approximately 10:30pm where he drove in his personal car to meet with person or persons that he was familiar with. On the corner of Tillotson ave & Baychester  ave within at the time a Power Test gas station. Joseph A. Reid was observed by an eyewitness at approximately 11:30 pm sitting in his car a Red/White 1975 Volkswagen Bus speaking with an individual that was described as a well dressed man wearing a Suit & Sunglasses seated in the front seat next to him. At approximately 3am Sunday morning Joseph A. Reid was found by the NYPD of the 47th PCT seated still at the wheel of his vehicle with a single fatal gun shot wound to the back of the head just below his left ear. Joseph A. Reid was pronounced dead at the scene
Please email with any information:
Happier days

Happier days

Graduated from Rhodes Preparatory School 1945
Honorable Discharge United States Army. Rank Achieved Second Lieutenant, Awarded Army of Occupation Medal & Victory Medal, Separation date August 23rd 1949
Graduated Bachelors Degree from Fordham University Bronx NY 1954
Graduated Masters Degree from Fordham University Bronx New York June 1966

An accomplished man

An accomplished man

Employed by the New York City Department of Social Services from 1959 until Death Sept 1979
Member of: Catholic Big Brothers
                   Knights of Columbus
                   Our Lady of Grace
Survived by Wife and Five children
Background on Joseph A. Reid
Born September 7th 1929 – Mother from Barbados, West Indies and Father from Wales, United Kingdom
Survived by Wife and Five (5) children
Bio / Resume / CV / Accomplishments / Community Service
  • Employed by the New York City Department of Social Services from 1959 until Death Sept 1979
  • Director of all Group Homes in the Bronx, NY for New York City Department of Social Services.
  • Psycho Analyst New York State Certification
  • Achieved ”Battle Field Commission” during the Korean War in the Calvary as a Second (2nd) Lieutenant in the United States (U.S.) Army.
  • Awarded Army of Occupation Medal & Victory Medal
  • Honorably Discharged August 23, 1949
Graduated from Rhodes Preparatory School 1945
Advanced Education at Fordham University – Rosehill Campus, Bronx NY
  • 1954 – Bachelors Degree in Political Science
  • 1966 – Masters Degree in Social Work CSW

Adored father

Adored father


  • Catholic Big Brothers of America
  • Catholic Charities
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Parishioner of Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church Bronx, NY
The murder scene in the Bronx, New York
Anyone with info please contact

Murder scene.

Murder scene

Please contact with any information.


As I remember particular events to put to keyboard I am compelled to get them out so they can used in any cause of action.  I was sued by Xcentric Ventures and Ed Magedson several years ago. Part of the disclosures was a declaration made by Eric Skelling aka Frenchy whom you read about in previous chapters.  That declaration was made while he was sitting in Pinal County jail awaiting transfer to the department of corrections.  Yeah…I know…they get a sworn statement from a guy on his way to prison.  Not a lone event.  One of the other witnesses had spent time in prison for making terroristic threats and of course we already know about James P Rogers.

In recent developments I attended an evidentiary hearing in Maricopa County Superior court that was intended to get a permanent injunction against a protest group opposed to Ripoff Reports position.   Adam Kunz Esq who is now an executive for Xcentirc Ventures and of counsel to Jaburg & Wilk was there to testify.  Some interesting things that came out was that they were compelled to warn current and potential customers that they could be the object of the protest group and wind up on with prominent posts about them on Google if they did business with Ripoff Report..  Kunz also mentioned that there were members of Ripoff Report Verified that were not fulfilling their contractual obligations which is the same case with the Corporate Advocacy Program.  During a deposition in my law suit Ed Magedson admitted that John Beck Free & Clear was a CAP member in spite of the fact that the FTC was investigating at that point.  As it turns out the FTC won a $478,000.000.00 judgment.

Also present at the hearing was Mary Hagen of Hagen Companies and Hagen Hunting.  Ms. Hagen composed herself with great decorum and expressed her outrage that her company was part of the boycott and she had to remove herself from membership of the Ripoff Report Verified program.  When asked, she identified herself as a friend to Adam Kunz but evidence later showed she was the Marketing Director for Ripoff Report and had a Ripoff Report email.  Maybe there is an explanation but like always things aren’t always what they appear.

But wait there’s more.  At this link you will find Dr. Janice Duffy writing of her experiences which includes mention of other CAP members that don’t seem to be sincere about their commitment to fair and honest dealing.

One of the witnesses in the hearing was a former Ripoff Report Verified client that was also identified as a personal friend of Adam Kunz Esq.  My opinion is that he should have warned his friend that standing under the Magedson tree might cause you to get struck by lightening.

In the prior hearing it seems an FBI agent was in attendance in part perhaps because Maria Crimi Speth Esq. alleges she received a death threat she attributed to the leader of the protest group. While she had the letter with her, it was not to my knowledge presented to the courts.  In my opinion it’s because Chris Ingle Esq. made an appearance.  Had he not I suspect that email would have been used to predudice the courts to grant the injunctive relief sought.  This is not the first time a death threat was used in that fashion.  During the injunctive hearing with Bill Stanley who also claimed membership to a protest group named Internet Defamation League, an alleged death threat was admitted as evidence claiming that it was delivered to Ed Magedsons homes in spite of Stanley not knowing where Ed lived.  The Mesa police didn’t believe for a minute there was a legitimate death threat and the FBI agent that visited me was very clear that they were not investigating in spite of Ed Magedson claiming they were.  I should also mention that Maria Crimi Speth claimed in my suit that she received an envelope with a letter and white powder that she attributed to me about the same time she claimed I was part of the Russian Mafia.  Interesting.  I suppose if that were true everyone would be in deep shit.  At one point in time it was claimed I had membership in one or more 1% motorcycle clubs.  Again if that were true it could be presumed everyone would be in deep shit.  I don’t choose to confirm or deny either of those claims.

If you cry wolf too many times the man isn’t going to pay attention to you when the real thing happens.  You also invite scrutiny from people you likely do not want looking into your activities…like me.  I have been asked to investigate the origin of the latest of Maria Crimi Speth’s death threat histrionics.  One of the things I know about investigations is that when you start looking around for one thing, all kinds of other things fall out.

Today 11/22/2013 the courts ruled against Maria Crimi Speth and Adam Kunz attempts to stop protest group, of which Dr. Janice Duffy is an instrumental participant.  No doubt an appeal is coming but I suspect copy cat groups are going to spring up.  Chris Ingle and Logan Elia of Ingle Elia PLLC have handled many Xcentric Ventures actions and may be the legal experts in Arizona to go to.  I strongly recommend them.


I know this will get confusing but after edits it will come around. Yesterday after speaking to another Xcentric litigant I received a series of emails between Ed Magedson and the party.  It appeared that Ed was negotiating for other consumer domains in hopes there was scurrilous material on them, especially about attorneys.  It appears as if there was negotiating over ad space on Ripoff Report for these domains in addition to any recorded statements that the litigant might be able to provide with regards to what a Ripoff Report competitor charges to mitigate or remove posts on their website.  There was also negotiations about editing content.  Ed even uses an analogy about slip and fall scams which I find so very amusing.

While going over these emails it became clear to me what I already knew.  Competitors are scraping content from Ripoff Report and placing it on their own sites.  Ripoff Report stands to lose money if people are reluctant to join any of the mediation programs Magedson has set up if the same or other material exists on other sites.  Why pay one when others will just be there?  The same thing happened to the mug shot industry.  First there was one now there are many.  Why pay to have one removed when there will be more?  The price for doing so will plummet as the competition rises.  I think I saw a class action suit against the mugshot industry.

What I know today is what I knew a while back.  These competitor sites have SEO groups working as agents to either push down negative material for one price or remove it for another price.  The SEO agents are old antagonists of Ripoff Report though going by a different name and where scraping Ripoff Report content years ago.  Troubling?  Many things to think about.  Personally I would rather deal with someone who will remove content than someone that won’t or at least claim they won’t.  Clearly though there are lots of issues that only change to legislature will fix or they can all put each other other out of business…with a little outside agitation.

My question is…if I knew this why didn’t Jaburg & Wilk with all their resources and expertise?  Maybe they did and just find it easier to shot gun a law suit to get an injunctive order against parties unrelated to each other.


Xcentric Ventures vs Lavidge

This one is pretty curious.  According to James Rogers interviews ED tried to scam Lavidge out of $600,000.00, his words.  It doesn’t take much to see the connection Lavidge and Jaburg & Wilk have with each other.  Maria Crimi Speth even represented William Lavidge in other business ventures.  Even connections with Ben Smith the former Ripoff Report tech guy mentioned on other chapters.  Here you can see Maria Crimi Speth and Ben Smith discussing Dynamic Leadership Solutions.

According the James Rogers, Justin Crossman, the current tech guy worked for Lavidge as Ripoff Report tech and was hired away from Lavidge which prompted a disagreement between the two that according to Rogers prompted Ed Magedson to pay for Crossman’s legal expenses.

This time Xcentric is represented by Dennis Wilenchik whom you can read about at the Phoenix New Times.  The Phoenix New Times of course did the story The Real Ripoff Report and were sued.  There doesn’t appear to be any love lost between Wilenchik and New Times nor the plaintiffs in an action brought against him and Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

What”s also interesting to me is that Dennis Wilenchik is Ripoff Report Verified.  Maybe the Phoenix New Times investigated more than Ripoff Report did.

I am having trouble wrapping my head around all this though I think I am clear as to why Jaburg & Wilk aren’t representing Xcentric this time.  I think I am.

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It was during a series of emails back and forth between myself, ED and his monitors that I was vicariously introduced to Robert Paisola.  A blog he had written was sent to me unsolicited by way of introduction to the last guy that had investigated Ripoff Report and Ed Magedson.  I found it odd in part because I wasn’t investigating either of them and I didn’t ask for a reference.  The blog was written about Steve Miller and his company Federated Financial and was not complimentary.  At the time Miller was the lead antagonist of Ripoff Report and had been in litigation where the two of them sued each other.  Pretty good information came out of the suit and his investigation.  Google Ripoff Report today and Millers video will appear on front page.  What was striking to me is that Paisola’s blog alerted me by it’s writing style that something was wrong.  It just looked like a contrived hachet job for the benefit of Ripoff Report so I looked at the author and found a world that was written about by my friend and journalist Stephen Dark.  The story is and can be found on the internet.

An internet search of Robert Paisola will tell you more than I wish to here but I suppose it’s important to say that he has spent some time in Federal prison for possession of child pornography and fraud.  He has spent a good deal of time kicking kitty litter on the first one to cover the stench but it seems his internet service provider noticed an unusual amount of bandwidth being used and took a look finding hundreds of images of children some in sexual repose.  The US Customs department was alerted and Paisola was indicted.  The frauds were turning in creative loan applications to banks.  Robert had spent a good deal of his career in the debt collection industry and upon his release attempted to do the same thing though using unconventional tactics by way of internet terrorism.  He even set himself up to go after collection agencies that violated laws as well as other industries that he had a passing knowledge of.  While setting up his cyber world he was still on parole a condition of which was to stay away from the internet.

Paisola admired the Ripoff Report business model and decided to ingratiate himself upon Ed Magedson to further his own agenda.  Magedson was looking for an opportunity as always to strike out at his enemies through proxy, just as is done on Ripoff Report by way of helping posters write content that will have the most effect.  Thus came the blog about Miller.  Then came,then came my first complaint on Ripoff Report by Roberto and he has admitted to it.  The next complaint came from Bud Hibbs, who also admitted to and and has since apologized and I am obliged to accept.  He has passed on so I won’t go into his methods.  Suffice to say ED had a hand in the creation of the reports about me.  In fact you will see some of that creation in the emergency response to the Injunction against harassment I filed.  It has been claimed that I was being investigated by the Secret Service and that I stole $6,500 from a client none of which are true, just vengeance.  In the scheme of things Paisola is not important to the Ripoff Report story, just two guys using each other but he is important to the Social Waterboarding story.  What is also important is the use of proxies to post defamation.

If you search Federal court records you will see that Paisola was sued over what might be called domain hijacking.  Paisola was still in the debt collection business though not in the traditional way.  If he wanted to get money out of his victims he created a blog and/or purchased a domain that held their name such as and created websites filled with defaming material.  When the subjects of his defamation objected Paisola would offer to sell the domain to the for a nice profit.  Some objected and sued generally causing him to cave in pretty quickly for the most part.  One of his victims was his ex-wifes employer that allegedly owed her back wages.

Paisola also sold relief from debt collectors that were over zealous in their attempts to collect money.  Robert would call then and get them to violate Federal collection laws then create media about it.

The same with time shares and anything else he could get his hooks into.  As he upped his game he took on the persona of reporter, most notably for CNN and other brand names.  His resume took on some padding as well.

Much of this was an attempt to copy Ripoff Report in essence to hold a company hostage with defamation to cause an economic embargo to force the subject of his attention to negotiate or to pay up, a theme you saw in the last chapter of Ripoff Report.  At one point Paisola was offering to sell the Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Program.  Magedson has claimed in deposition that Paisola had no authority to do this but today it appears he has representatives selling his Verified Safe Program which makes it plausible that Paisola was selling on Magedsons behalf.  What is clear is that Magedson has tried to distance himself from Paisola as have others.

Recently I saw defamation on the internet about me that became part of Ripoff Reports official response to the Putt Putt Video.  There was a story about me taking a case to find a parent in Mexico and took a $6,500.00 retainer only to disappear with the money.  That same official response had a poke at Stephen Dark and Bill Bauer whom had previously written about Paisola in unflattering terms.  Clearly the content of Ripoff Reports official response was contrived by Magedon’s associate Paisiola originally and repeated for the benefit of Ed’s machine.  The use of proxies is not uncommon.

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In previous chapters we saw reference in news articles where Magedson’s former attorney Jack Delehanty claimed Magedson was ran out of town.  Other articles clearly reflected a degree of rancor with the townspeople.  You can see he wound up in Arizona with his parents Sylvia and Martin.  Ed Magedson was living at the base of the Superstition Mountains in a pretty rural area.  The deed of the property reflected Martin & Silvia Magedson Trust, which I understand he uses today.  I have never seen the house as it burned down prior to me ever getting that far in.  There appears to be a smaller building there and Eric Skelling had a motor home parked on the property.


I originally went up there to get answers to question I had about the whole operation.  My first contact as seen before was a neighbor named Phil who referred to Magednson as “Crazy Ed”  He related that there was some discord between the two of them over a street light that Ed felt should have been placed on Phils property.  Phil is the one that gave may the information about the realtor selling the property and later took me up to visit other neighbors who later gave me the flyer Magedson had distributed throughout the neighborhood.



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Much of the information that comes in this story is a result of me being sued by Ed Magedson and Xcentric Ventures. I had a absolute obligation to defend myself and my insurance carrier that was footing the bill for the litigation and in my opinion much of this story is a result of this investigation and has been devastating to Magedson and I will never understand how his law firm could have allowed their client to be exposed like this..  At this link you will find the content created by John Unger and Ed Magedson.  You will notice on the photograph of Pizza Hut the words lawsuit filed and indeed there was, the attorney being Maria Crimi Speth, Ed Magedson’s current legal counsel.


You may recall in previous chapters that I asserted my opinion Ed Magedson of the Ripoff Report was a defamation machine for the purposes of farming out lawsuits for money, being paid for their investigations and facilitating lawsuits by way of gathering litigants from Ripoff Report post and getting affidavits.   What reporting agency does that?  What interactive website does that? In Pizza Hut the public record will reflect that Ed Magedson was going by the name of Ed Unger and was supposedly the brother to John Unger. The story you can read at the previous link which goes to the Ripoff Report post.


To understand more fully what’s going on you can read this document


In the previous chapters you may recall that John Unger was a neighbor of Ed Magedson and an employee of Ripoff Report. You may recall that I indicated he was creating content on the Ripoff Report post or you could read the story at the Phoenix New Times article that was printed August 2, 2001. A thumbnail sketch of both stories is that employees were not getting their paychecks and that there was narcotics being transported by one or more of the Pizza Hut drivers. I’m not weighing in on the validity of these claims I’m simply pointing out that Ed Magedson and his employee were creating the content on Ripoff Report then getting a journalist to bolster their claims by way of the story neither of these things very pleasant for a litigant.


In a transcription from recorded phone calls you will see Ed Magedson claiming to be John’s brother, is using the name Ed Unger saying this is just a lawsuit waiting to happen and that flyers are going to go out and an economic embargo will occur as a result of picketing, newspaper reports and the flyers.  If you get a chance you should read Ripoff Revenge.  You will see that he is keen to reach a settlement unless they involve legal counsel. Reference to the Putt Putt Video.  The man in the video says he was asked to hand out flyers.  He and his daughter claimed that Ed tried to get them to post information on Ripoff Report about Pizza Hut that wasn’t true.  It’s really important for you to understand that Ed is due a 50% commission from any money that comes from what was described as a shakedown.


” So you could let me sit down with the powers that be to settle this, otherwise I can guarantee you this will make the papers.  You don’t know who you are dealing with with this. Okay, this will make the newspapers I can guarantee you that Pizza Hut, I am sure the local residents who know about it maybe some new snowbirds who don’t know, will not be ordering from there anymore”.


“What’s what’s gonna end up happening is, I am going to produce a flyer, I am going to produce a flyer, you will not be able to prove who made the flyer, there’s going to be a flyer produced and it is going to go all around and I guarantee it will make the press, criminal charges are going to be filed”.


“If it’s gonna be with the lawyer than the compensation will cease. I am just going ahead. I am immediately making up the Flyers (A) and( B) a lawsuit is going to be filed”.


“Now look, I am going to tell you, this is going to come to something but you could make it less. So you could either, get back to me and don’t call my brother. You can get back to me and speak to me about it and how you are going to work this out because I’m just going to tell you, I can guarantee you that a I will make sure that people are picketing outside in front of that store letting them know the filthy conditions, I’ve got taped testimonial”.


“My brother has been threatened”.


“Tell them, you need to let them know that look, it’s going to be cheaper for you right now and less embarrassed with no embarrassment whatsoever because if it goes through anything, I am making it totally public. I will make sure they hear about it from California to Florida. It will make the national news because I will make it that way.


“Look, if we wanted to make up a story of something, there is a lot of creative ways and ways, you know, that they will just have to prove, let me just tell you, personally, I feel my brother has one a small lottery right here”.


“Regarding compensation for my brother”.


“I just want compensation for my brother”.


“You’re going to want to send everyone home because you ain’t that I have business in there when I get finished with this flyer and you won’t have anyone to hook onto”.


“I am not producing it (flyers). No, this is other people that are going to do it. It’s a nonprofit organization”.


There is important information to be gained by going through the public record of the Pizza Hut case and one of the most striking things I found is that John Unger was completely terrorized by Ed Magedson and had expressed a desire to withdraw from the lawsuit because of his mistrust over his attorneys. His therapist had discussed with him how cult leaders affected their followers by inserting themselves into their lives causing them lack of sleep and becoming vulnerable to the suggestions of the leader. The therapist had suggested that Mr. Unger turn off his computer at nine o’clock at night so that he wouldn’t be inundated with the haranguing of Ed Magedson.


In the record you’re going to see that John Unger was not pleased to sit in deposition and caused him great anxiety. It’s difficult for me to understand who he was more afraid of,  his advocate and neighbor Ed Magedson or the people whom he had accused of forcing him to transport drugs in Pizza Hut boxes. The public record is pretty clear that Maria Speth was aware that her client Ed Magedson was to get a commission from any proceeds that may come from a settlement of the case. Frankly I’m disturbed by that.  I don’t think taking a commission for the results of an investigation violates statute but certainly it can bias the results.  My guess is Speth was on a contingency agreement and had a keen financial interest in results that would bolster her claim.


I was able to obtain from the Apache Junction justice courts in injunction against harassment John Unger filed against Ed Magedson. The claims in the injunction asserted that Ed was extorting and blackmailing his neighbor for $5000-$8000 this sum was supposed to be the commission that Ed would’ve received from the settlement and apparently John didn’t deliver. It was claimed in the injunction that Ed was e-mailing John Unger’s friends and claiming that his father was a pedophile and that his brother was providing prescription drugs to Unger. Mr. Unger also mentioned that there was a flyer that was produced and distributed to his neighbors and that he was in fear for his life and was leaving town.


Here we have that word flyer again.  When I went up to the neighborhood that Magedson and Unger lived in I interviewed some neighbors who had a strong dislike for Ed and his” friend” Eric Skelling. During the interview the neighbors produced a flyer that had been distributed in the mailboxes and the streets of the neighborhood. On this flyer was a photograph of John Unger and words in red do not let this man get behind you. He gives prescription drugs to men and then rapes them while they’re unconscious.  (Again refernce the Putt Putt Video).  If you see him call the police. This is the flyer you’ll hear about in the Putt Putt video and that you’ll see John Unger talks about in the injunction against harassment. I handed that flyer over to the FBI.  The injunction against harassment also suggested that in fact two flyers were sent out. A little footnote, John Unger at the time he was on AHCCS which is state Medicaid for the indigent. Magedson had been threatening to turn him in because Unger was working delivering pizzas and as an employee of Ripoff Report. I’m not sure if he received food stamps or other state aid.  I have a good working relationship with DES Special Investigations Unit, maybe I should look and see.   I want you to think about this for a minute. How would you like to have your neighbors receive a flyer from a sociopath claiming that you’re a pedophile? Nice guys huh?


What I also observed during the interview with the neighbor was a letter that had been distributed to the neighborhood by an anonymous person who felt inclined to discuss what he viewed as moral lapses of his neighbors suggesting infidelities and other issues not worth mentioning.  Those neighbors were clear in their opinion Ed Magedon was distributing that letter.


John Unger in fact moved to California as a result of Ed Magedson’s harassment.  When I put up the first part of the Putt Putt video that describes the events you read here John took exception to it and started texting threatening messages to me. He mentioned James Rogers and claimed I was a pervert. At the time I couldn’t understand who this was coming from or why they would say what they said but later on it all came together when I traced the phone number . Part of the defamation machine is in conversation to tell an outrageous lie to another in the hopes that they’ll spread that lie through other forms of media.  What’s really odd is that they were threatening me with libel that in fact describes their own lifestyles.

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Yesterday I was granted an Injunction Against Harassment against Ed Magedson that will not go into effect till he is served.  The order says:


Defendant is not to have contact with plaintiff. Defendant is not to post comments, photos or videos regarding plaintiff, including but not limited to any Internet postings. Defendant is to remove any postings he has posted or arrange to have posted regarding the plaintiff.


In reality it’s just a piece of paper that lawyers on both sides can make a few bucks with.  The injunction in large part was the result of probable cause from exhibits that were presented to the courts. Those exhibits included a video snapshot that was created by Ed as his answer to the Putt Putt video. Ed’s theatrical version included a photograph taken from my drivers license record, a statement that he has never been able to post comments on the Putt Putt video. That I claim he takes money to remove posts. That one of the persons in the video and who was listed as a witness in a court action is discreditable. That he sent private investigators out into the community and they were able to confirm that the information in the video was inaccurate.


So let’s take a look at this. The use of my drivers license photo is in fact a violation of the Drivers License Protection Act which was presented to the judge at the injunction hearing. Ed claims he wasn’t allowed to make comments on the Putt Putt video yet if you go there in the link supplied here you’ll see that in fact Ed has posted a couple comments, I have never deleted any.


“So, why are you hiding their faces? You’re just trying to scare people. LOL

People aren’t that stupid. Ripoffreport is here FOR THE PEOPLE.

Once again, a one sided argument making an ass of your argument.”


I covered their faces for several reasons.  One so it doesn’t violate YouTube privacy policy by showing faces.  Two I didn’t want the parties in the video to be victimized.  Ahhhh but one of their faces appears in Ed’s video.


“If viewers would just look to the right here they’d see some of the great work ripoffreport does in HELPING people. I’m not out to get anyone. I don’t like people lying about me, but who does?”


Ed is here trying to get viewers to go to his videos.  I didn’t even stop him from doing that.


ED’s video is the official Ripoff Report rebuttal to the Putt Putt video.  He has at times and even recently claimed the video was rehearsed and it took three takes to get it right.  Nope…the deposition of the young woman in the video showed that wasn’t true.  How about editing?   The video has a Codec build it to it.  In this case think of it as a time date stamp.  A video is a series of still images that can be removed one or more at a time.  The problem is that it disrupts the time space continuum…sorry Trekies.  Meaning that one frame of the video might say 09:13:47 and the next 09:20:13 there is cause to be concerned there was editing.  That doesn’t exit in this case.  The video was disclosed and they didn’t bother to forensically investigate it.  They actually spent more time and money analyzing why my business was named Paladin Investigations.  I guess it’s just easier to lie about it.


Of course as witnesses their names were in the public record of the lawsuit. And as you can see in Ed’s theatrical version he has posted a photo of the witness and his name in the video painting him in my opinion in a false light.  I think it’s clear why I covered their faces.

If you pay careful attention to the video you’ll see that I never claim that Ed takes money to remove posts. The is a very important word used in the video though…”donation”.  Ed is adamant that no reports are ever deleted from Ripoff Report in spite of evidence to the contrary that you can find here.  It is in fact a claim made by one of the parties in the video whom to my knowledge had no agenda with Ed.


It should be noted that Ed in his video discusses two respected private investigators that were able to disprove the information in the video itself. Prior to the making of The Putt Putt video, the car lot had been closed for a number of years. Interviews of employees just didn’t take place. So far as the two respected private investigators, this is what I know about one of them.  He was fired from the Maricopa County Atty.’s office for accessing criminal databases for personal purposes and was a client of Jaburg & Wilk. Does that concern anyone? I also know that the man in the video called me complaining that two private investigators were down in Florida harassing him and trying to get him to change his witness testimony. What’s interesting is the man works for the prior owner of Putt Putt mentioned in the video.  Arizona does not have a right of reciprocity with Florida. Arizona private investigators cannot go into another state without permission and conduct investigations legally.


Ed’s attorneys tried to force me to remove the Putt Putt video through injunction. The judge refused. At no time did Ed or his attorney submit evidence to suggest that private investigators were able to come up with information that refutes the claims made by the witnesses in the video. At one point in time Ed even claimed that the video was rehearsed and directed by me. Ed’s attorney Maria Crimi Speth in fact deposed the young lady in the video who in fact confirmed everything in the video was factual to her knowledge. There was no rehearsal, no directing and I had never met these people prior to their video statement. What’s equally important here is that young lady used to be a client of Maria Crimi Speth.


Exhibits presented to the courts for injunction from harassment also included evidence that the video was distributed to a Romanian spammer via the website Fiverr. That video wound up on 30 different video upload sites and describes me in its title as a disgraced private investigator. Really????  I don’t feel disgraced. What’s important is that those video upload sites removed Ed’s theatrical version because it violated the terms and conditions, including YouTube.


So whats the big deal?  I know as a private investigator that the more someone tries to redirect your attention the more I need to look at what they don’t want you to see.  Why is the Putt Putt video such a bane to Ed’s existance?


During the hearing where Ed attempted to get the Putt Putt video taken down, Eds general counsel at the time David Gingras took the witness stand and told the judge that the video would cause Ripoff Report to be sued into bankruptcy because it shows the website may not be the interactive site that is claimed.  HIS OWN ATTORNEY SAID THIS!!!!!!!.  David is no longer General Counsel and I don’t know why and it may not be important. Instead of testifying about any evidence Ed claims exists to refute the video, he tells the world how to sue Ripoff Report into bankruptcy.  David used to be an attorney for Jaburg & Wilk.


What does all this mean?  Clearly the video and the other evidence submitted show this video is a big concern and Ed wants to try and discredit the person that created it, me, in addition to the witnesses.  What’s also important is the lengths Ed will go to do this by having a Romanian spammer submit his version of the truth to many websites who later took them down because of violations yet the Putt Putt video is still up.  In my opinion Ed’s video upload may not have really been an attempt to discredit me rather than an act of vengeance, intimidation and harassment prevailing themes with other witnesses.  I feel harassed.  There is no doubt I will provide evidence to the courts regarding my opinion of the real purpose of Ripoff Report, that is to create defamation and to encourage it for the purposes of selling law suits, legal services, investigations and membership to the Corporate Advocacy Program.  If this is true then their motion to dismiss based upon 47 USC 230 will not prevail and they will head for trial.  They don’t want that.


Why go through all this?  Because the truth doesn’t get told.  Witnesses are harassed.  Accomplices aren’t disclosed. The courts need to hear all this and make a fair and balanced decision based upon full and complete disclosure.  That won’t happen until someone presents the truth.


Make no mistake.  When I take the witness stand there will be nothing they have or can use that will taint the evidence that I will present.  Thank you David Gingras.



Update:  I had previously filed an application for harassment against Ed Magedson and went to the hearing Friday.  Before and during it was a circus with Adam Kunz in my opinion as the midway clown.  After all of that though I heard two things from the judge.  Defamation is not protected speech and defamation does not rise to the level of harassment so she chose not make the injunction permanent.  No doubt Magedson and his attorneys will miss the part about defamation but I don’t think a jury will when I get this before them in my civil suit.

One of Ripoff Report defamation peers is Nik Richie of The Dirty.  An interesting story is written here.

It in essence discusses the case that Richie lost with quotes here, “The plaintiffs in Jones and Hare argued that the operator of is the “information content provider” of its visitors’ defamatory posts because it generally encouraged defamatory posts and was therefore “responsible” for their “creation.” However, the plaintiffs did not claim that the operator solicited specific posts from specific authors”.

There is of course criticism of the ruling and it is under appeal but in my case it seems clear that the defamation from Magadson was clear and designed to destroy my credibility.  We will have to let the courts decide which is what I always wanted.  Along those lines it seems clear to me the the entire website is just a defamation delivery devise for the likes of Stick Bogart to publish what appears to be defamation about those in the auto industry only to come back and try to sell them the Verified Safe program.  I don’t really have any energy on this though others do and I think it will have to get worked out in court.  My only role in that will be to make sure the courts have all the information that was omitted in past disclosures so a fair and balanced decision can be made.  If you want to be CAP member or Verified Safe member, have at it though I suspect it won’t turn out well for you.

At the end of the day I would not want to be standing under the Ed Magedson tree when lightning strikes.


Ed has been screaming for years he does not remove complaints…ever.  It’s part of his terms of conditions of Ripoff Report.  Here you will find a spreadsheet of cell phone calls to businesses that are listed on Ripoff Report.  Among the calls are businesses that have joined one of Ripoff Reports mitigation programs and not so curiously, the original complaint is gone.