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The Real Rip-Off Report
Ed Magedson calls himself an advocate. His enemies call him an extortionist
...full story
By Sarah Fenske
Published on February 01, 2007

It's not exactly easy to book an interview with Ed Magedson, the self-described consumer advocate and creator of the wildly successful www.RipOffReport.com.

Not because he doesn't want to talk. Magedson loves talking, especially when the subject is his beloved Web site.

It's just that he's so incredibly particular. Arranging one simple meeting is an exercise that captures, perfectly, why Magedson is so good at getting results — and why he's infuriated the CEOs of several midsize companies to the point that they accuse him, flatly, of extortion.

 

If cybersquatter Robert Paisola is the future of the Internet, then we’re all in big trouble....Full Story

 By Stephen Dark

Actually, the world of felon and alleged Internet cyberpirate Robert Paisola can be downright creepy. It seems the Internet—more so than patriotism—has become the last refuge of scoundrels.

I promised the manager of the building where Paisola and I met not to reveal the property’s name and address. She didn’t want to be associated with 39-year-old Paisola in print, especially after learning he claimed it as one of his offices. Nor did a self-described friend of his at the complex, who held up his hands at the mention of Paisola and walked away. One of Paisola’s relatives even begged via e-mail that his family not be brought into any story.

Paisola, however, wanted to talk—at least for our first and last interview. “I want front page,” he chanted.

So, for two and a half hours, we battled over the truth about Paisola, founder and Chief Executive Officer of a mysterious Utah company, Western Capital Group.

Who didn't see this coming?

 

 

 

Questionable liens hit Arizonans...Full Story about Jeff McCoon

 Robert Anglen
The Arizona Republic
Feb. 22, 2006 12:00 AM

 A financial setup orchestrated by a convicted criminal has left more than a thousand homeowners in Arizona and California facing illegitimate liens on their homes.

The liens are being used to force people to pay thousands of dollars to a California collection agency. In order to get the liens lifted, homeowners are told by the agency that they must pay credit-card debts that, in many cases, have already been paid, written off in bankruptcies or aren't actually owed.

Kevin Sianez
 

 Former PD Officer Faces 38 years - Charged with Being a Beast

Posted by CotoBlogzz 06-25-2010 03:30 PM

SANTA ANA, CA - Kevin Michael Sianez, a former police officer working as an unlicensed private investigator was charged today with defrauding his clients and intimidating his detractors, including threatening to burn down the house of a licensed private investigator. He has also been charged with engaging in a conspiracy to commit bestiality.

Sianez, 53, Fountain Valley, has been charged in a 63-count criminal complaint. His felony charges include 20 counts of grand theft by false pretense, 12 counts of fraudulently using an access card, two counts of second degree commercial burglary, five counts of possession of a firearm by a felon stemming from a 1998 conviction for stalking, four counts of theft with a prior conviction for the same crime in 1999, four counts of obtaining electricity services through false representation, and one count each of identity theft, perjury by declaration, computer access and fraud, and possession of ammunition by a prohibited person.

The misdemeanor charges against Sianez include three counts of conspiracy to commit sexual assault upon an animal, two counts of dissuading a witness from reporting a crime, three counts of obtaining electricity services through false representation, and one count each of criminal threats, unlawful representation as a private investigator, engaging in the business of private investigation, and doing business without a valid license. He faces sentencing enhancements for aggravated white collar crime over $100,000 and property damage over $65,000.

If convicted, Sianez faces a maximum sentence of 38 years in state prison. He was arrested June 24, 2010, by Orange County District Attorney's Office (OCDA) Investigators and is being held on $500,000 bail. He is expected to be arraigned Monday, June 28, 2010

Sianez worked as a police officer between 1979 and 1986 for the Santa Ana and Stanton Police Departments. The Stanton Police Department no longer exists.

Between November 2005 and June 2010, Sianez is accused of owning and illegally operating private investigation services without a license under the names KMS Investigations, Fore-Front Investigations, and 4Front Investigations. Business and Professions Code 7523 requires proper licensing through the California Department of Consumer Affairs Bureau of Security and Investigative Services to operate as a private investigator. Sianez is accused of falsely identifying himself as a licensed private investigator.

Sianez is accused of posting false reviews of his various businesses on Internet investigator and referral websites to optimize his search engine presence. He is accused of using these fabricated reviews to mislead potential clients into believing his businesses had nationwide offices and investigators, when in fact he operated out of a small suite in Fountain Valley with less than five employees, who were primarily family members.

Sianez is accused of defrauding clients by performing little or no work on their cases after receiving payment. He is also accused of defrauding properly licensed private investigation firms by subcontracting investigative work to them and failing to pay for their services.

Sianez is accused of attempting to intimidate and dissuade witnesses of his fraudulent activities, including two former employees, by threatening to use his knowledge and contacts as a former police officer to file false police reports against them if they reported his actions to the police or public. He is accused of threatening to burn down the home of a private investigator if she did not remove Internet comments she had posted alerting the public about his fraudulent activity.

The OCDA Bureau of Investigation began investigating this case after receiving a complaint in March 2010, from the California Department of Consumer Affairs. In the course of the fraud investigation, OCDA Investigators discovered additional evidence of a bestiality conspiracy.

Between October 2009 and January 2010, Sianez is accused of posting ads on Craigslist seeking women to engage in acts of bestiality. He is accused of conspiring with several unknown co-conspirators via e-mail to set up meetings in order for the bestiality to occur.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Anthony Sosnowski at (714) 347-8814. Deputy District Attorney Israel Claustro of the Special Assignments Unit is prosecuting the case.

  A small amout of justice

The following information was released by the Orange County District Attorney.

A former police officer working as an unlicensed private investigator was convicted and sentenced today for defrauding his clients. Kevin Michael Sianez, 56, Fountain Valley, pleaded guilty to a court offer to 17 felony counts of grand theft by false pretense, Link to full story

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

April 09, 2010

CNN sues citizen 'iReporter' for saying he works for CNN

By Eriq Gardner and Matthew Belloni

Cnn EXCLUSIVE: CNN has embraced the user-generated culture of the Internet, encouraging viewers to send in news reports and featuring viewer responses on Twitter and Facebook.

But the cable news giant is now suing a man named Robert Paisola who identifies himself on blogs as a senior iReporter for CNN, features a stylized logo of CNN on his Twitter feed, claims to be a regular contributor to CNN on his LinkedIn page and has registered CNNLIVE.INFO as a domain name.
 

Google search of Paisola reveals why CNN might want to disassociate itself from him. The guy claims to be the CEO of the Los Angeles-based group of companies called Western Capital Family but has been accused of criminal fraud. CNN says in court papers filed in Atlanta that Paisola has been sued by others and has attempted to use his questionable status as a CNN iReporter to gain press credentials to access news events.

CNN's claims against Paisola include trademark infringement, breach of contract and unfair competition after he allegedly violated the terms of a prior settlement agreement to cease and desist his activities.

Among the allegations from the complaint:
  • "Paisola's Twitter page contains a prominent display of the CNN stylized logo"
  • "Paisola's LinkedIn page falsely states that 'Robert is a regular contributor to...CNN.' And also states that 'Robert is credentialed by...CNN I Report.'"
  • "Paisola has posted a number of web picture albums to Picasa using or referring to CNN or claiming that he is reporting for CNN."
CNN says the use of the marks is likely to "deceive, confuse and mislead the public, purchasers and prospective purchasers" into believing Paisola works for CNN, causing it "irreparable harm."

An email to Paisola via his blog was not immediately returned.
 

On its website, CNN has an entire section devoted to ways that users can contribute. Some have celebrated moves like this by powerful news outlets as a welcome democratization of the media. But this case illustrates a risk of that empowerment.
 

KEVIN SIANEZ

Former PD Officer Faces 38 years - Charged with Being a Beast

Posted by CotoBlogzz 06-25-2010 03:30 PM

SANTA ANA, CA - Kevin Michael Sianez, a former police officer working as an unlicensed private investigator was charged today with defrauding his clients and intimidating his detractors, including threatening to burn down the house of a licensed private investigator. He has also been charged with engaging in a conspiracy to commit bestiality.

Sianez, 53, Fountain Valley, has been charged in a 63-count criminal complaint. His felony charges include 20 counts of grand theft by false pretense, 12 counts of fraudulently using an access card, two counts of second degree commercial burglary, five counts of possession of a firearm by a felon stemming from a 1998 conviction for stalking, four counts of theft with a prior conviction for the same crime in 1999, four counts of obtaining electricity services through false representation, and one count each of identity theft, perjury by declaration, computer access and fraud, and possession of ammunition by a prohibited person.

The misdemeanor charges against Sianez include three counts of conspiracy to commit sexual assault upon an animal, two counts of dissuading a witness from reporting a crime, three counts of obtaining electricity services through false representation, and one count each of criminal threats, unlawful representation as a private investigator, engaging in the business of private investigation, and doing business without a valid license. He faces sentencing enhancements for aggravated white collar crime over $100,000 and property damage over $65,000.

If convicted, Sianez faces a maximum sentence of 38 years in state prison. He was arrested June 24, 2010, by Orange County District Attorney's Office (OCDA) Investigators and is being held on $500,000 bail. He is expected to be arraigned Monday, June 28, 2010

Sianez worked as a police officer between 1979 and 1986 for the Santa Ana and Stanton Police Departments. The Stanton Police Department no longer exists.

Between November 2005 and June 2010, Sianez is accused of owning and illegally operating private investigation services without a license under the names KMS Investigations, Fore-Front Investigations, and 4Front Investigations. Business and Professions Code 7523 requires proper licensing through the California Department of Consumer Affairs Bureau of Security and Investigative Services to operate as a private investigator. Sianez is accused of falsely identifying himself as a licensed private investigator.

Sianez is accused of posting false reviews of his various businesses on Internet investigator and referral websites to optimize his search engine presence. He is accused of using these fabricated reviews to mislead potential clients into believing his businesses had nationwide offices and investigators, when in fact he operated out of a small suite in Fountain Valley with less than five employees, who were primarily family members.

Sianez is accused of defrauding clients by performing little or no work on their cases after receiving payment. He is also accused of defrauding properly licensed private investigation firms by subcontracting investigative work to them and failing to pay for their services.

Sianez is accused of attempting to intimidate and dissuade witnesses of his fraudulent activities, including two former employees, by threatening to use his knowledge and contacts as a former police officer to file false police reports against them if they reported his actions to the police or public. He is accused of threatening to burn down the home of a private investigator if she did not remove Internet comments she had posted alerting the public about his fraudulent activity.

The OCDA Bureau of Investigation began investigating this case after receiving a complaint in March 2010, from the California Department of Consumer Affairs. In the course of the fraud investigation, OCDA Investigators discovered additional evidence of a bestiality conspiracy.

Between October 2009 and January 2010, Sianez is accused of posting ads on Craigslist seeking women to engage in acts of bestiality. He is accused of conspiring with several unknown co-conspirators via e-mail to set up meetings in order for the bestiality to occur.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Anthony Sosnowski at (714) 347-8814    Deputy District Attorney Israel Claustro of the Special Assignments Unit is prosecuting the case. 

Kevin Sianez booking photo