Ex-Aide For Film, TV Producer Jerry Bruckheimer Family Alleges Harassment As She’s A Polish Woman

A 51-year-old former personal assistant to film and television producer Jerry Bruckheimer, his wife and his stepdaughter is suing all three, alleging she was subjected to discrimination and harassment because she is a woman and of Polish descent.

Marta Strodes’ Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit alleges she was forced to quit in 2018 because of her work conditions. She seeks unspecified damages in the complaint filed Monday.

A representative for the 76-year-old Bruckheimer, his wife, 74-year-old novelist Linda Sue Bruckheimer, and his stepdaughter, Alexandra Balahoutis, could not be immediately reached.

Strodes worked in the Bruckheimer home in Beverly Hills from February 2017 until she quit in November 2018, the suit states. She primarily assisted Balahoutis, according tot he suit.

Balahoutis subjected Strodes to ongoing discrimination and harassment on the basis of her Polish origin and because she was a woman, the suit states. Balahoutis mocked the plaintiff’s accent and insinuated that she was unintelligent, the suit states.

Balahoutis assigned Strodes “extreme and unreasonable demands which were designed to set Strodes up for failure and to humiliate and belittle her in the process,” the suit states. Balahoutis once sent Strodes “on a wild goose chase for hours to only later taunt her for failing to meet Balahoutis’ unreasonable and irrational demands,” it continues.

Balahoutis demanded that Strodes work long hours beyond her normal shift, causing the plaintiff to often miss her meal and rest breaks, the suit states.

Male household staff members “were not treated in the same discriminatory and humiliating manner as Strodes and the other female household staff,” the suit states.

Strodes also was forced to make purchases for Balahoutis on the plaintiff’s personal credit cards because the credit card the plaintiff was provided to cover Balahoutis’ expenses was continually rejected, the suit states.

AnnuitySold Fraudster Richart Ruddie’s Textbook Frauds Cited 14 Times in Forthcoming 2020 Utah Law Review

UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh has compiled information on phony anti-libel takedown injuctions in an aptly named Shenanigans (Internet Takedown Edition), which will published in the forthcoming Utah Law Review, 2020.

Professor Volokh’s informative 55 page treatise can be found online and features, among other things, the shenanigans of “reputation manager” and AnnuitySold fraud Richart Ruddie, who was mentioned 14 times, in conjunction with a multi state de-indexing scam tied to Ruddie’s “reputation management” company, that was uncovered in 2016. The Richart Ruddie scam included a Rhode Island case, which used a check from RIR1984 LLC, a company started by him, Owings Mills high school chum Ryan Blank and a California lawyer, to fund the cost of a process server and the documents were sent to the process server in California using an AnnuitySold email. In January 2018, AnnuitySold and related structured settlement factoring companies associated with Richart Ruddie and Ryan Blank were later banned from doing business in Maryland for 7 years for other frauds soliciting people with structured settlements.

Excerpt: “The Rhode Island litigation also uncovered who was responsible: Richart Ruddie, owner of the reputation management companies SEO Profile Defender Network LLC— which had promised “guaranteed removal”(no payment if the removal does not happen) to its customers—and RIR1984 LLC. Ruddie ultimately settled the case in exchange for $71,000, chiefly consisting of Myvesta’s legal fees (a good measure of how much it would have cost Google to challenge the injunction, had it had a legal obligation to comply with it). Ruddie also agreed to ask Florida and Maryland courts to vacate three other court orders that called for the de indexing of Myvesta posts related to Smith’s companies, Smith v. Levin, Financial Rescue LLC v. Smith, and Rescue One Financial LLC v. Doe. In Smith v. Levin, court records included Levin’s ostensible address (the common practice in Maryland); no-one with that name could be found at that address. Professor Volokh confirmed through independent sources that some of the other cases that fit the same modus operandi were likewise filed through Richart Ruddie. The pattern in all these cases appears to have been the same:

1.The company filed a libel lawsuit in the plaintiff’s name against a fake defendant, seeking an injunction

2.The complaint was accompanied with a stipulation supposedly signed by the defendant (but in reality, produced by the company itself).

3.The hope—often realized—was that the trial judge would see that the parties agree on the injunction, and therefore sign the injunction without much fur-ther scrutiny. Indeed, in two cases, a permanent injunction was entered a mere four days after a complaint was filed together with a stipulation.

4.The reputation management company would then send this order to Google or Yelp, asking the platform to deindex or remove the material that the order has ostensibly found to be defamatory”

Volokh’s treatise provides helpful information concerning:

  • Forgeries
  • Stipulated Injunctions Involving Apparently Fake Defendants
  • Stipulated Injunctions Involving Fake Notarizations
  • Default Judgments Gotten Without Gneuine Attempts to Locate Defendants
  • Wag the Dog Injunctions, Sue the Commenter, not the Author
  • Buried URL injunction

Ex-Raymond James Rep Suspended After Violating Trading Rules

The broker made securities transactions in his own account after becoming privy to confidential info, FINRA says.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority suspended a former Raymond James broker for three months after he violated the rules of his former firm and FINRA by making two security transactions in his personal account while possessing nonpublic, confidential information about a Raymond James customer’s position in that security, according to FINRA.

Alastair Jamie Barnes signed a letter of acceptance, waiver and consent on Tuesday in which, without admitting or denying FINRA’s findings, he agreed to the suspension, to pay a $20,000 fine and to disgorge profits he made from the transactions in the amount of $585. FINRA accepted the letter Thursday.

Raymond James declined to comment Friday. Barnes and his attorney, Jason Gottlieb of Morrison Cohen in New York, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Barnes had worked in the Raymond James Institutional Equity Sales Department, according to the FINRA letter. On two separate occasions, he “effected two securities transactions in his personal brokerage account after learning non-public, confidential information about a Firm customer’s position in the subject security, even though Firm policy prohibited employees from using such information for non-Firm purposes,” the letter said.

He also had not requested, nor received, pre-approval for either personal transaction, as required by Raymond James policy, according to the letter. Through his conduct, he violated FINRA Rule 2010, which requires an associated person to “observe high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade” in the conduct of his business,” FINRA said.

Barnes first registered with a FINRA member firm as a general securities representative in November 2014, when he became associated with Raymond James, according to the FINRA letter. He remained with the firm until 2018, when he “resigned voluntarily,” effective Aug. 21, 2018, “while under internal review for potential violations” of the firm’s trading policies, the letter says. Raymond James filed a Form U5 termination notice Sept. 19 that year, according to FINRA.

Barnes then went to work as an analyst for real estate services firm HFF in August 2018, according to his LinkedIn profile. That firm was bought by JLL, where he remained and last had the title of debt and structured finance analyst, according to the LinkedIn profile. JLL didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

There were no disclosures on his profile at FINRA’s BrokerCheck website on Friday.

I Tried Next Vacay for a Month, Here’s My Next Vacay Review

Want the low-down on one of the latest flight alert services to hit the market? Here’s my honest Next Vacay review, based on my experience as a free trial member.

When I first heard of Next Vacay, I was excited.

I love flight alert programs and have been a long-time subscriber to Scott’s Cheap Flights, one of the first programs to arrive in the space.

Since signing up for Scott’s list and being introduced to the magic of flights alerts, I’ve also begun following sites like Travel Pirates and Fly4Free.

When Next Vacay came out, I was getting a lot questions from readers.

Are they legitimate?

How are they different from Scott’s Cheap Flights?

Did I have any experience with Next Vacay?

Naturally, I had to find out more. So I decided to sign up to receive Next Vacay alerts for one month.

I spent 30 days on Next Vacay’s email list. I do not recommend them.

Here’s what you need to know before you join.

What is a flight alert?

Flight alerts are a relatively new concept that have taken off in recent years, with businesses popping up left and right to capitalize off the monthly subscription model and your thirst for bargain flights.

The basic concept behind flight alerts is that the company you’re signed up to receive alerts from will scour the web for the best flight deals and let you know as soon as a good one pops up so you can be among the first to take advantage of it before it disappears.

Types of deals included in flight alerts

Flight alerts typically notify you of price drops in three instances:

  1. when there’s a sale;
  2. when airlines are competing against each other causing fares to drop, and;
  3. when there’s an error fare.

The first instance is self explanatory and you don’t need a flight alert program to find out about sales.

In fact, direct email from your favorite airline provider is the quickest way to go if you want to receive notifications of flash sales, like a 48-hour price drop with limited availability.

JetBlue does this every few weeks.

Flight alerts mostly come in handy in keeping you up to date about airlines and brands you may not have been aware of or used before.

The second instance happens when airlines are trying to fill seats or have excessive flights going to one route.

Sometimes, one airline will drop prices and other airlines will follow suit to match.

On a grander scale, this is happening in Hawaii.

Previously, Hawaii was an exclusive market until budget airlines (like Southwest) starting traversing the route.

Now, traditional airline providers have had to cut their own prices to stay competitive.

Finally, the third instance you would be notified about is an error fare.

Error fares are a result of human error in inputting the price into the airline’s database. Perhaps the flight was $1,400 but an American Airlines employee left off the one, listing it for $400 instead.

If you can catch this mistake before the airlines do, you could score a heavily discounted flight.

What does Next Vacay offer?

Next Vacay is a standard flight alert program.

They search for flights leaving out of all airports and if they find a deal that may be of interest to you, they send you an email with a link and instructions on how to book it.

If you don’t open the email until the next day, it’s possible the deal will be gone by then, so to a certain extent the onus is on you to be vigilant and stay up to date with the alerts.

Different flight alert programs may notify you in different ways, like through text messaging or use of a mobile pop-up when you download the app.

I’m attached to my emails as it is, so I like email alerts just fine.

These are the sort of alerts that Next Vacay sends.

How is Next Vacay different from competitors?

Next Vacay differentiates itself by being more selective about the deals they send out.

Instead of kitchen sinking you with all the deals out there, they select the ones they think apply to you based on your departure airport and stated preferences.

I found this to be problematic as my airport of choice was Rochester in Upstate NY, which rarely gets deals, so most of the deals I got from Next Vacay were departing from NYC.

The problem is that NYC is not even the next closest airport — Buffalo, NY or even crossing the border to Canada would take me half the time.

Moreover, the deals I did get from Rochester weren’t exactly a bargain.

I understand it’s a much more remote airport, but I wouldn’t consider a $900 roundtrip ticket to Europe a “deal.”

They did at one point alert me of a deal I didn’t otherwise get and to that end, it’s always good to be part of as many programs as possible when you’re looking for a specific flight.

There’s no guarantee that any one program is going to catch them all, Pokemon style, so you’re better off as a consumer by casting a wide net.

How much does Next Vacay cost?

Next Vacay costs $25 per year, making it one of the more affordable subscription models out there. Beware though — you get what you pay for.

There’s also a 30-day free trial available before you’re charged (theoretically).

How do you cancel your Next Vacay subscription?

If you cancel before the end of the free trial period you won’t be charged for the year.

You’re supposed to be able to cancel just by replying to any email or alert you received, but I had problems with this as well.

Despite multiple attempts to contact someone on the Next Vacay team, it wasn’t until my card didn’t go through for the payment and someone contacted me seeking new billing information that I was able to cancel my subscription.

My first attempt was the typical breakup email — hey Next Vacay, it’s not you it’s me! I’m not really in the right place right now to commit to an ongoing relationship. No hard feelings? Let me know!

The second email got more real — hey Next Vacay, it’s me Jen. You there??

Finally, I decided to be proactive and cancel my credit card before they could charge it. 

And wouldn’t you know when I did this, their customer service team was resurrected! Back from the dead and asking — Hey Jen, where’s our money? 

I promptly replied, requesting to cancel my account for the third time. This time it stuck. Others have not been so lucky. In my experience, cancelling was unnecessarily difficult. 

Is Next Vacay worth it?

Next Vacay will send you flight alerts. They didn’t invent the wheel but they did manage to make an imitation that will get you from point A to point B. 

I found they didn’t have the best/quickest turnaround on deals, or many deals from smaller airports.

If flight alerts are something that interest you, note that you don’t have to pay anything at all to get started. Take a breather before you hand over that credit card number.

You can sign up for free trials and follow all of these programs on social media — trust me, they’re itching to share the best deals with their audience and be the first ones to break the news on a big price drop.

You can also get free alerts anytime from Airfare Watchdog.

The Verdict

With any flight alert program you choose, the goal is to be notified in a timely manner so that you’re best positioned to take advantage of a great deal.

Personally, my preferred program is not Next Vacay. Who would I go with? You got options, babe!

There are so many flight alerts on the market nowadays that I put together a list of 19 flight alert programs, offering the same service. My personal favorite and the program I’ve been using for the longest time is Scott’s Cheap Flights. 

In contrast to Next Vacay, Scott’s Cheap Flights has no expiration on their free trial program and they don’t require a credit card to get started. 

My verdict? Stay away from Next Vacay and put your money somewhere worthwhile, or save your money altogether and get free alerts!

Russian businessman Rakishev and models from the escort

At one time, a lot of noise was done by correspondence, published on the mysterious Kazaword website. Its creators claimed that the letters were taken from the hacked mail of Rakishev, and the dialogue was conducted by Kenes himself and “pimp №1” Peter Listerman. The latter offers Rakishev for the comfort of various models and just beauties. And, some girls have not yet reached the age of majority. Rakishev categorically denied that this is his correspondence and that he uses the services of girls from the escort. And here is an excerpt from his testimony in the American court:

Q. Mr. Rakishev, have you ever heard of the Kazaword website? Answer: Yes, I heard about him.

Q. Was your personal correspondence hacked?

R. I can not say that my mailbox was hacked. I just lost access to my personal email, which I used in 2004 – 2014.

Question:. Have the contents of your letters ever appeared in places beyond your control?

R. I want to repeat it again, beginning in 2014, I did not have access to my personal, not corporate, e-mail address.

Q. Have you ever discussed hacking email with Mr. Nurgabylov?

R. With many people I discussed the fact that I did not have access to my personal email account. This happened in 2014. I can argue that in my own email there have never been emails that have been sent to me or me about the cases considered in this litigation We are discussing my personal email account, and this has nothing to do with this particular case .

Q. So you say that your email contained messages that you did not actually send, is that correct?

R. No, I did not say that. I said that since 2014 I did not have access to my personal email.

Rakishev and Imangal Tasmagambetov

It is believed that in part Kenes Rakishev is a nominal figure. In reality, all the assets and billions that he allegedly owns belong to the higher elite of Kazakhstan, which uses Kenes as a screen. It’s about the test of Rakishev Imangale Tasmagambetov,

Timur Kulibayev (the head of Kazakhstan’s Nursultan Nazarbayev), the head of the KNB Karime Massimov. Rakishev himself categorically denies such statements, assuring himself that he has achieved everything himself, thanks to his talents. And here is that he says under oath about his test Tasmagambetov. .

Q. Mr. Rakishev, I’m sorry if my pronunciation is bad, but I will do my best. Who is Imangal Tasmagambetov?

R. This is my wife’s father.

Q. I’m sorry how you pronounce his name?

R. You can call his father-in-law.

Q. What is his current position in the Kazakh government?

R. He is the Kazakh ambassador to the Russian Federation.

Q. Before your father-in-law became an ambassador to Russia, he held a position in the government of Kazakhstan?

R: Yes, he had various positions in the government.

V. He was Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan from September 2016 to February 2017 ,?

R. I think so. I mean, he was vice-premier, I just do not remember the exact dates.

Q. Before that, he was the Minister of Defense of Kazakhstan?

R. Yes.

Q. And before that he was the mayor of the city of Astana?

R. Yes.

Question: Is your father-in-law a political ally of President Nazarbayev?

R. How does this relate to our business here?

Q. Yet, Mr. Rakishev …

R. Well, if you so want … I can tell you that he is a member of the ruling party. Does this mean that he is an ally? If you are a member of the Republican Party, it means that you are an ally of the president, who is also a member of the Republican Party. If you follow this logic, then the answer to your question is: yes.

Q. Did you see reports that your father-in-law is being considered as a potential successor to President Nazarbayev?

R. I do not have such information.

Q. Has your father-in-law ever told you that he is likely to be the successor of President Nazarbayev?

R. We will not discuss such issues with him.

Q- Have you ever met with President Nazarbayev?

R. Yes.

Q. How many times?

R. I can not say for sure, but I met him.

Q. Timur Kulibayev is the son-in-law of President Nazarbaev, is this correct?

R. This information is also open to the public, everyone knows about this and I including.

Q. Is it right that Timur Kulibayev is Nazarbayev’s son-in-law?

R. Yes.

Q. Have you ever had any business with Timur Kulibayev?

R. Yes.

Q. What kind of business did you own along with Timur Kulibayev?

R. At the moment I can not tell you the exact types of business we were involved in, but of course we did business together, yes that’s right.

Q. Have you ever bought a house together with Timur Kulibayev?

R. No.

Q. Have you ever bought a property in London for Timur Kulibayev?

R. No.

Q. Mr. Rakishev, do you know who Talant Muratbayev is?

Can you accurately name this name?

Q. The first name is TALENT, and the second name is Muratbayev.

R. Yes, I’ve heard of such a person.

Question: Have you ever spoken to Mr. Muratbaev?

R. Yes.

Question: Who is Mr. Muratbaev?

R. At the moment I do not know what position he takes, but at the time when I met him and had a conversation with him, he worked for the government.

Q. Did he work for Karim Massimov?

R. Most likely.

Question: Have you ever exchanged e-mails with Mr. Muratbaev?

R. If you tell me what this has to do with the case under consideration, I will be happy to respond.

Question: Is it true that Muratbaev asked you to buy gifts for Masimov?

R. I think you should ask Mr. Muratbaev about this.

Question: Mr. Rakishev, Mr. Muratbaev asked you to buy gifts for Mr. Masimov?

R. My answer, you should ask Mr. Muratbaev about this. So ask Mr. Muratbaev. I do not understand why you are asking me this question.

Question: Who is Mr. Masimov?

R. He is a politician in Kazakhstan.

Q. What position does it occupy?

R. This is public information.

Q. What is his current position in Kazakhstan?

R. As far as I know, from open sources, at present he is the head of the KNB.

Question: Is he the director of the State Security Committee?

R. I believe that we are talking about some things – the KNB is only an abbreviation of the National Security Committee.

Q: Thank you for this clarification.

Q. Do you know who Vladimir Palihata is?

R. Yes, I know.

Q. Who is he?

R. In my opinion, this is a businessman from Russia.

Q- Have you ever entered into any agreements with Mr. Palihata?


R. I do not remember. I do not remember what I would sign, but I know him, that’s for sure.

Q. So, you do not remember signing the agreement in July 2015 regarding Pyshma, is this correct?


R. I do not remember. Maybe the lawyers of BTA Bank have prepared something like this or I signed it, but I do not remember.

Fiery Seas Publishing


Inexperienced publishers are one of the pitfalls of the small press world. They are far more likely to have nonstandard business practices, issue poor contracts, get into financial and/or logistical trouble, and go out of business after just a few years–sometimes without canceling contracts and reverting rights, or paying money owed to authors and staff. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll be very familiar with such stories. If you’re an author, you may well have personal experience.

So I wasn’t terribly surprised when, in mid-2017, I began getting complaints about late royalty payments and poor communication at Fiery Seas. Just a trickle…but enough, and similar enough in the details, to spur concern.

Then, on August 28 of this year, FSP authors received an alarming email from Williams. Due to “different events,” and “sales numbers not being where they need to be,” the company was re-structuring: eliminating paperbacks, switching distributors (from Ingram to Baker & Taylor), and re-vamping the royalty statements. If authors wanted to leave, they were free to do so. The email also acknowledged–indirectly–the communications issues I’d been hearing about.
Good morning,I wanted to take a moment and send an update on many things happening here at Fiery Seas and hopefully put some of you at ease.Due to the many different events that have taken place and sales numbers not being where they need to be, Fiery Seas will be restructuring our business.We have had major issues with our distributor and they are issues that are out of my hands. While I have had to explain this many times in the past little while. I want to make sure that everyone is aware. I have been going around and around with them for not replacing damaged books, messing up orders, not getting orders out on time, and more. We have had some issues with retailers not uploading and making our paperbacks available when all of that information is available to them. We could have all of them up on all other sites, but one and they have the same information sent from Ingram. These are things I can’t make them do. I call and I complain until I’m blue in the face, but I still have to wait to see what will happen. So, for this reason we will make some changes to the way we do things.First, we will no longer do paperbacks until a threshold is met, at that time we will look at print runs. This WILL NOT affect the books that are coming out this year or those that are already out. However, we will be changing our distribution channels starting now and slowly move all of our titles to the new channels.We will be working on more promotions to get our books in front of readers. We have new outlets we are working on for this to spread our reach. We will work on doing more genre-related promos, as well. We are working on these things already, but will hit them full force come 2019Our royalty statements structure will change to make it more updated and correct the current issues we have run into this year. Yes, we have seen the problems and only want to fix them and KEEP them from happening. This will be completed by the end of this year and everything will be ready for the New Year.We understand that many will be unhappy with our decisions and may decide to leave the company. We completely understand this and will do what we can to help the process or help with whatever you may decide to do. We will ask for 90 days to finalize everything and all proper accounting to be done, if you decide to leave us.We are starting this process now and plan to have it completed by the end of the year. This means things will be delayed, but we are working very hard on everything so it doesn’t happen again.This doesn’t fix what has already been done, but it will make things better. I started this company because I love working with authors and love the publishing industry. This is not an easy business and it takes dictation [sic]. Like many of you, I too work outside of Fiery Seas, but I pull more hours on than you know, even if you don’t always see my actions. I know I have a ton of emails to go through and that I will have more after this email. I think some of them get lost at times because I have so many. It is not because I’m ignoring anyone or that I don’t want to answer you. It is because I’m trying to get through them all. Working on issues along the way. So, just know that I will respond to you ASAP and I am listening to everything you say.There will be more updates over the course of this restructuring to keep you all informed. Questions will be addressed as quickly as possible.All the best,Misty WilliamsPublisherFiery Seas PublishingFSP authors, who’d been concerned for several months about problems at the company, began contacting me. Complaints included missed pub dates; delayed (by months) royalty payments and statements; absent royalty payments and statements (one author told me they had never been paid); royalty statements missing sales the authors could prove had been made; failure to register copyrights, even though FSP’s contract (unusually for a small press) requires the publisher to do so (I confirmed this myself via the US Copyright Office’s registration database); and difficulty getting firm answers to their questions. When challenged on the payment delays and lack of sales numbers, for instance, Williams blamed Ingram; at other times she claimed to be ill, overwhelmed with email, or “working on it.”

One author who pushed to be paid had their book pulled from distribution (the author showed me proof that they are owed several thousand dollars). Another contacted RWA to report the payment issues at FSP; an email to Willliams from RWA Executive Director Alison Kelley did produce a royalty check–but only for part of the amount due. I also heard from an FSP editor who told me that they had received payment for only six of the over 20 projects on which they worked.

I emailed Williams with a list of author-reported problems and a request for comment. She acknowledged that “we have had some issues”, and stated that FSP’s “main focus right now is to make sure that everything gets done and to the authors like is [sic] should be…we will make sure that all authors get what they are due.” She did not address any of the specific problems I mentioned.

FSP authors say they are still waiting for payment, and struggle to get a response from Williams. In another sign of turmoil at the company, FSP will soon be losing its marketing director: her contract ended in September and apparently will not be renewed. I’m told that the only remaining FSP staff are Williams and two part-time editors.

FSP is currently closed to submissions, which seems sensible given the circumstances.

JRR Funding | The Look of Fraud 2 | Fake Linkedin Profile “Employee” Does Not Exist

More bad news associated with Owings MIlls Maryland fraudster Richart Ruddie.

JRR Funding, a company that was registered to Richard Ruddie Download JRR Funding Articles of Organization Florida 11-26-2012 Richart Ruddierecently banned (with Annuity Sold and other affiliates) from doing business in Maryland for 7 years, has a purported employee that our investigation concluded does not exist. The active LinkedIn profile (below) claims that “Jonathon Rich” worked for JG Wentworth from April 2009-June 2012. Well placed sources who worked at JG Wentworth at the time it had few enough employees that one knew everyone an d everyone knew you, confirmed today that “Jonathon Rich” did not work for JG Wentworth, in any capacity.

Jonathon Rich Academic Credential Fraud?

Inquiries were also made of the University of Pennsylvania, who could not confirm attendance, much less graduation from the Ivy League school. Ruddie attended a Florida Atlantic University. In the early days of another Richart Ruddie/Ryan Blank collaboration Einstein Structured Settlements falsely claimed through social media that Ryan Einstein, another fictitious person, had a law masters and a PhD from Yale.

The Unexplained JRR Funding Preoccupation With The Name Jonathon and JG Wentworth

  • Brandjack review of Lump Sum Capital touted as a guest post of Jonathon Smith (JRR Brand Einstein)
  • Structured Settlement Examples Jonathon the Factory Worker Accident (JRR brand Einstein)
  • Personal Advice and Money Saving Tips from Jonathon Wentworth (MoneySettlement.Net, associated with Einstein, same telephone)
JRR Funding Fraud on Linkedin

AZ Bar Complaint Against Richart Ruddie Buddies Over Libel Lawsuits Against Fake Defendants in Deindexing Scam

The Phoenix law firm of Aaron Warner have been named in an Arizona Bar complaint stemming from a scheme to defraud the Courts and scam Google into de-indexing online content alleged to be defamatory. The January 26, 2018 complaint against Kelly Warner Law and 3 of its lawyers ties in Owings Mills fraudster Richart Ruddie, head of a reputation management outfit whose own reputation is in already in shambles following being banned in Maryland for 7 years over structured settlement factoring businesses. In the Matter of Members of the State Bar of Arizona PDJ 2018 v Daniel Robert Warner (Bar No. 026503), Aaron Matthew Kelly (Bar No. 025043) and Raeesabbas Mohamed (Bar No. 027418)

The Alleged Kelly Warner Scheme Version 1

  1. Client identifies online criticism and hire Respondents to remove criticism from the internet.
  2. Respondents compile a list of online criticism and file a defamation suit on behalf of the client alleging the criticism was false and defamatory.
  3. Rather than attempting to locate the true originator of the online criticism, Respondents fabricate, or allow their clients to fabricate, a defendant purporting to be the individual who posted the online criticism.
  4. Rather than attempting to prove the online criticism is defamatory, Respondents fabricate, or allow their clients to fabricate, an admission from the purported defendant that the online criticism is false.
  5. The plaintiff/clients of Kelly/Warner respondents then produce a fraudulent stipulation for permanent injunction signed by the purported defendant
  6. The stipulation for injunction states the plaintiffs/clients and purported defendant(s) agree the online criticism is false and constitutes defamation.
  7. The stipulation further asks the Court to enter an order requiring websites remove online criticism and/or requiring search engines to de-index the online criticism, so that the target webpage is removed from internet search results suing a search engine such as Google.
  8. Following issuance by the Court, the injunction is served on the subject websites and on search engines such as Google.
  9. The real poster of the online criticism is neither made aware of the lawsuit, not identified and has not stipulated to the removal of the content.

The Alleged Kelly Warner Scheme Version 2

  1. Client identifies online criticism and hire Respondents to remove criticism from the internet.
  2. Respondents compile a list of online criticism and file a defamation suit on behalf of the client alleging the criticism was false and defamatory while the content is in fact true and therefore does not meet the standard for defamation.
  3. Respondents locate the originator of some or all of the content and name the originator as a defendant. Respondents obtain an admission from the originator/defendant that the online content is false, despite Respondents and the parties knowing the content is true.
  4. Respondents then obtain a stipulation for permanent injunction signed by plaintiff/client and defendant/originator which asks the Court to enter an order requiring websites to remove online criticism and/or requiring search engines to de-index the online criticism. Once the order is issued it is served on search engines such as Google.
  5. The filing of fraudulent and/or frivolous lawsuits was or is a tactic intentionally used by Kelly/Warner respondents to achieve a client’s desired outcome.

The AZ Bar Complaint speaks of alleged

  • Forged notarizations in Colorado
  • Forged notarizations in Fulton County Georgia
  • Forged notarizations in Harris County, Texas
  • Forged notarizati8ons in Palm Beach County, Florida

Richart Ruddie Buddies, Partners in Alleged Fraud

All of the below lawsuits are alleged to be fraudulent by the Arizona State Bar in the Bar Complaint filed (copy of Complaint can be viewed by following the above link)

Ruddie v Kirscher 24-C-15-005620 (Maryland)

Richart Ruddie Files Fraudulent Lawsuit in Ruddie v Kirschner ostensibly, in an attempt to remove online criticism of Daniel Warner and Kelly Warner Law Firm from a well known complaint site. After Dan Warner’s first attempt to remove the report in a copyright action on his own, resulted in complete failure, Warner turned to the Owings MIlls bred fraudster. Richart Ruddie files a pro per lawsuit in Maryland using the same statements used by Warner in the copyright action, but alleging that Kirschner posted false and defamatory statements about Ruddie. The statements were about Warner not Ruddie. The Bar complaint states that Warner’s conduct violates Rule 42, Ariz R. Sup. Ct., ERs 1.2(d), 1.3, 1.4. 3.1, 3.3, 8.4(a), 8.4(c) and 8.4(d)

Lynd v Hood CV 2015-009398 (Maricopa County AZ)

Richart Ruddie refers client Adam Lynd to Kelly/Warner Law. Nu Profile is a reputation management company founded by David Lynd, partner in Profile Defenders with Richart Ruddie [As the result of another de-indexing scam in a Rhode island case, in February 2017 that had links to Annuity Sold, RIR 1984 LLC ,Ruddie paid restitution and was subject of an investigation by the Rhode Island US attorney]. Aaron Kelly is hired by Lynd to remove online defamatory statements posted by two supposed cooperating defendants Jesse Wood and Connie Hood. However, neither attorney Aaron Kelly nor his staff spoke with defendants about the substance of the case prior to filing the complaint. Wood and Hood were fabricated in order to obtain a stipulation of permanent. Kelly knew the defendants were fabricated or failed to investigate the matter prior to filing says the bar complaint. Several of the claims were time barred by the statute of limitations. In January 2016, attorney Aaron Kelly submitted a fictitious stipulated order for permanent injunction purportedly verified by individuals who were fabricated.

Gottuso v Marks CV 2015-009393  (Maricopa County, AZ)

Richart Ruddie refers client Nicholas Gottuso to Kelly/Warner Law. Gottuso hired Aaron Kelly to remove online alleged defamatory statements posted by an supposed cooperating defendant Howard Marks. The client was managed by Profile Defenders/Nu Profile. Rich@nuprofile.com was the main contact. The only direct communication with defendant Howard Marks was by email. Neither Aaron Kelly nor anyone at the Aaron Kelly Law firm spoke with the supposed defendant by phone, about the substance of the case and attorney Kelly was unable to produce a phone number for Howard Marks when asked to do so by the Arizona State Bar. Howard Marks was fabricated and nota real person created to obtain a stipulated permanent injunction. Kelly took no steps to determine whether the statements were true or false prior to filing the complaint. The alleged statement was already time barred by the time Kelly filed the complaint.

Cohen v Smith CV 2015-002017 (Maricopa County, AZ)

Gil Cohen was a 2015 referral from Richart Ruddie to Kelly Warner Law. Cohen hired Kelly to remove online defamatory remarks posted by a supposed cooperating defendant Robert Smith. May 2015 Kelly files lawsuit against Smith, but took no steps to determine whether the statements were true or false prior to filing the complaint. Robert Smith was fabricated in order to obtain a stipulated permanent injuction and is not a real person.The alleged statement was already time barred by the time Kelly filed the complaint

Varden v Lentz CV 2015-002019 (Maricopa County, AZ)

Don Varden was a 2015 Richart Ruddie referral to Kelly Warner Law. Varden hired Kelly to remove online defamatory remarks posted by a supposed cooperating defendant Damon Lentz. August 2015 Kelly files lawsuit against Lentz, but took no steps to determine whether the statements were true or false prior to filing the complaint. Claim was time barred by statute of limitations. Damon Smith was fabricated in order to obtain a stipulated permanent injuction and is not a real person.The alleged statement was already time barred by the time Kelly filed the complaint

UCLA law Professor Eugene Volokh discusses Ruddie in his reporting about the Arizona Bar action

“Ruddie apparently arranged the filing of some such fake-defendant lawsuits; we linked him to several, though I found a total of about 25 lawsuits in various courts that had very similar boilerplate, and 15 of them gave addresses for the defendants — addresses that didn’t seem to correspond to any such defendant, at least based on the public record searches that we ran (with the invaluable help of Giles Miller, a private investigator at Lynx Insights & Investigations). But all these lawsuits were ostensibly filed by the plaintiffs without a lawyer. (I say “ostensibly” because it’s possible that the reputation management company filed some of the lawsuits without telling the plaintiffs, and the plaintiffs weren’t even aware that the lawsuits were going to be filed — much less that they were fraudulent — but were relying on the seemingly reputable reputation management company to just “do something” behind the scenes.)” The Volokh Conspiracy January 29, 2018

What Does Kelly/Warner Law Say?

Combating Fraud: Kelly/Warner on Google De-Indexing Policy Change and Protecting Legal Clients April 22, 2017

Alert-State Bar of Arizona January 29, 2018

Paul Krugman: The Gang That Couldn’t Think Straight

“lower-level Fed appointments are becoming cause for concern”:

The Gang That Couldn’t Think Straight, by Paul Krugman, NY Times:
…A remarkable number of Trump appointees have been forced out over falsified credentials, unethical practices or racist remarks. And you can be sure there are many other appointees who did the same things, but haven’t yet been caught….

But what’s the problem? After all, stocks are up and the economy is steadily growing. Does competence even matter?

The answer is that America … can run on momentum for a long time even if none of the people in charge know what they’re doing. Sooner or later, however, stuff happens — and then incompetence becomes a very big deal…

What kind of stuff may happen? The scariest scenarios involve national security. But we can’t count on smooth sailing for the economy, either. And who will manage economic turbulence if and when it hits? After all, we currently have perhaps the least impressive Treasury secretary in U.S. history.

Matters are a bit better at the Federal Reserve, where nobody seems to have bad things to say about Jerome Powell, just confirmed as Fed chairman. On the other hand, why didn’t Trump just follow the usual norms and appoint Janet Yellen, who has done a fantastic job, to a second term?

One answer may be that Trump is a traditionalist — and few things are more traditional than passing over a highly qualified woman in favor of a less qualified man. But I also suspect that he found Yellen’s independent stature threatening.

And lower-level Fed appointments are becoming cause for concern.

Last week, senators at a confirmation hearing questioned the economist Marvin Goodfriend, whom Trump has nominated for the Fed’s Board of Governors. Democrats pointed out that Goodfriend was wrong, again and again, about monetary policy during the crisis, repeatedly predicting inflation that didn’t happen.

Now, everyone makes bad predictions now and then; God knows I have. But you’re supposed to face up to your mistakes, figure out what went wrong and adapt your views. Goodfriend refused to do any of that. And why should he? His errors were politically correct; they reinforced Republican orthodoxy. From the G.O.P.’s point of view, having been completely wrong about monetary policy isn’t a defect, it’s practically a badge of honor.

The point is that even at the Fed, which is partly insulated from the Trumpian reign of error, U.S. policymaking is being denuded of expertise. And the whole nation will eventually pay the price.

Annuity Sold Fraudsters Nailed by Maryland AG In Structured Settlement Buyer Crackdown

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced January 8, 2018 that the Maryland AG Consumer Protection Division has entered into a settlement following an investigation into Annuity Sold, LLC , and its owners (Owings MIlls bred Ryan Blank and Richart Ruddie) and its affiliated companies:

  • Uber Funding, LLC
  • Bendermere Capital Solutions, LLC
  • Axis Funding, LLC
  • Stonebridge Capital, LLC
  • Greenspring Funding, LLC
  • LSG, LLC
  • Preak Street, LLC [ Ruddie and Ryan Blank established in Florida 06/23/2014, using Ruddie’s address in Ft Lauderdale, now use Washington DC ]
  • ILILIL2010, LLC
  • Palantir Packaging, LLC
  • JRR Funding, LLC [ Ruddie established 11/26/2012 in FL, listed as managing member, registrant of website]

The settlement resolves allegations that the above named Respondents violated the Maryland Consumer Protection Act by misleading injured Marylanders, some of whom are victims of lead paint poisoning, to convert future structured settlement payments into immediate cash.

Under the settlement agreement, Respondents are required to pay full restitution to all Marylanders, which is estimated to be between
$450,000 and $500,000, as well as civil fines and costs between $175,000 and $425,000, the latter variable depending on compliance with the settlement

Deceptive Email Solicitations from the Owings Mills branch of the “Maryland Cauldron of Deceit”

Respondents allegedly created and mailed thousands of deceptive mail solicitations to Maryland consumers and throughout the country who they believed might have a structured settlement and could be convinced to convert a portion of it into a one time cash payment. The allegedly false representations

1. A letter signed by “Brian Miller” from the “Marshall McEwen Nationwide Esquire Law Firm” that was “retained to ensure that your rights are protected” and was written on behalf of “Honorable Judge Larry C. David”;

2. A letter signed by “Frank L. Land” from “GenLife Metro” and “Genlife Insurance Company” that listed a series of payments that appeared to be an annuity payable to the recipient of the letter and warned the recipient that “the premium for the following annuity may be subject to change”;

3. A letter claiming that the recipient qualified for a “$200 $1000 loan” for zero percent interest and encouraging the recipient to call the telephone number on the letter “now”; and,

4. A letter containing the logo of the Baltimore Ravens football team without the permission of the team, claiming that the recipient could “call today” to claim free tickets for the 2014-2015 season.

5. Respondents allegedly admitted during a deposition that the statements in these letters were false and that many of the people and companies referenced in those letters –including the Marshall -McEwen Nationwide Esquire Law Firm, Judge Larry David, and GenLife Insurance Company did not exist.

6. Respondents also allegedly admitted in depositions that they referenced these non -existent people and companies to make the solicitation letters “look more official,” in hopes of triggering a call from a consumer who had a structured settlement.

7. Respondents also allegedly referred consumers to attorneys who would provide “independent professional advice” and paid the attorneys for those services, when the law required that the “independent professional advice” be provided by someone who is retained by the consumer, who is not affiliated with or compensated by the factoring company, and whose compensation is not affected by whether the transaction occurs.

Annuity Sold and its owners and affiliated companies banned from Maryland for 7 years!
The settlement also includes injunctive relief prohibiting Respondents from: (a) making misrepresentations in marketing materials; (b) engaging or compensating providers of independent professional advice in Maryland, and, (c) doing business in Maryland for seven years.

Annuity Sold Was Tied to Richart Ruddie’s Google De-indexing Scam

An Annuity Sold email was used and a check from a related now defunct company was also used as part of an elaborate fraud on a Rhode Island Federal Court, that made the Washington Post which exposed the scam through the excellent work of Paul Alan Levy of the Public Citizen Law Group and UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh. The scam involved dozens of cases. Read Apparently-fake-defendant libel lawsuit watch: Richart Ruddie & SEO Profile Defender Network LLC paying $71,000 to settle claim [ from the Washington Post March 14, 2017]

What Will Happen Now?


Insurers may scrutinize deals that they’ve done involving Annuity Soid, Richart Ruddie, Ryan Blank, or any of the affiliated companies listed.


Assignees, financial advisors and Investors in any deals with any of the aforementioned companies may scrutinize deals that they’ve done with Annuity Sold and affiliated companies carefully. According to Court records, SMA Hub’s Hub Business Trust has been the assignee of at least one Uber Funding LLC origination, where the derivative structured settlement payments rights were then presumably offered to investors using the scam label “secondary market annuity” .

Annuity Sold fraudulently advertised that it was licensed in all 50 states, Attorney Generals in CT, NY, California and other states may wish to investigate all deals involving the subject companies.

What Should You Do If You Have Any Complaints Against Annuity Sold LLC, its owners or any related company, including brands such as Einstein Structured Settlements

Maryland consumers with complaints against Annuity Sold, LLC or any of its affiliated companies (Uber Funding, LLC, Bendermere Capital Solutions, LLC, Axis Funding, LLC, Stonebridge Capital, LLC, Greenspring Funding, LLC, LSG, LLC, Preak Street, LLC, ILILIL2010, LLC, Palantir Packaging, LLC, and JRR Funding, LLC) may call the Consumer Protection Division at 410-576-6569 or may write to the Consumer Protection Division at 200 St. Paul Place, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202.

If you live in a state other than Maryland and were solicited by any of the listed companies or anyone affiliated with them, please contact your the Attorney General in yours state usiong the handy ” Who’s My AG? from the National Association of Attorneys General.