The Real Rip-Off Report

Ed Magedson calls himself an advocate. His enemies call him an extortionist

Magedson says Miller has threatened his life, and he has a tape to prove it, which he's dying to play. Miller says Magedson has done things just as bad: For one, Magedson somehow obtained his social security number, and gave it to another consumer advocate who wanted to sue him. (In his deposition, Magedson admitted to passing on the information, although he claimed, somewhat disingenuously, that there was "no evil intent.")

Miller, clearly, has gotten under Magedson's skin. And one reason, even beyond the whole death-threat controversy, is that he's built, by far, the most damning case against Magedson.

Two years ago, Miller put up a Web site devoted entirely to bashing Magedson. It included his mug shot for a 1970s pot bust (the charges were later dropped) and the fact he'd been arrested for passing bad checks. (Those charges were dropped, too.) It also claims he's a wanted criminal, a slur that would certainly be at home on the Rip-Off Report, but which seems to have little basis in reality.

But beyond the rhetoric, there's that deposition, the one time Ed Magedson's talked under oath about the Rip-Off Report. And, under questioning from Miller's attorney, Magedson seems to admit the allegation that he still denies most vehemently: that, for money, he's deleted reports from his site.

Under oath, Magedson first said that no, he didn't remove complaints for the businesses that were paying him. Then he changed his tune.

When Magedson was first developing his corporate advocacy program, he was working with a company called Mini Vacations. And when someone posted something about Mini Vacations that was clearly false, Magedson seemed to admit under oath that he'd removed the complaint.

He said it was "a test," though he didn't explain what he meant. "And we did it for a very good reason," he added, "and we never did it again."

"What was the very good reason?" Miller's attorney asked.

"It was a company that was on the program," Magedson said. "And this company has like — if every company was like them . . . I wouldn't even have as much jobs. This company is an excellent company."

When the attorney prodded him, Magedson tried to backtrack.

"I don't know if I ended up doing it or not," Magedson concluded. "I had offered it. Or either I changed the reports that they were bogus, or I removed some of the reports. But that was — excuse me, one time that I did that, if I did not. And I honestly could not remember.

"If you offered me a million dollars right now, 'Ed, could you tell me absolute, either yes or no,' . . . I could not tell if you if I ended up deleting the — some of the reports."

In a telephone followup with New Times last week, Magedson denied saying that. He agrees that, initially, when he was working with Mini Vacations to develop the corporate advocacy program, he discussed deleting reports for companies. But that idea was scrapped.

He e-mails later to say that the deposition is wrong, that the court reporter screwed up. He's now certain he never removed a report.

But Steve Miller is sure he's got him — and under oath, no less.

He sees Magedson as a sophisticated scammer who happened to approach the wrong guy.

"When he gets somebody like me contacting him, that's when he starts licking his chops," Miller says. "He has a mark. He wanted me to pay him. I told him to screw off."

Miller ultimately dropped his lawsuit: "I got him in deposition, which was my goal all along. I wanted to show the world he's a liar and a loser."


If nothing else, Miller's Web site is proof that Magedson's warning to the business owner who contacted him at Chompie's is correct: We're all going to end up tarred online by someone.

Especially if we prove as controversial as Ed Magedson.

These days, if you Google "Ed Magedson," you don't get Steve Miller's Web site in your top hits, but if you want the dirt on Magedson, you still have plenty of options. The second link is to a site put up by an entirely different critic. It proclaims that "Ed Magedson is a wanted criminal that extorts individuals." And the third link, www.goodbusinessbureau.com, claims that "Ed Magedson founder of ripoffreport.com is a wanted criminal that extorts individuals and legitimate companies for money."

This is how things work in the age of the Internet.

Want to out-shout Ed Magedson? You may not need his corporate advocacy program. You just need to build a better Web site.

Magedson, of course, has his mantra. Though he's initially chagrined to be asked about the specifics that guys like Miller have uncovered, he calls later to make it clear he understands how the process works. He knows that he suggested New Times look into the controversy around him. He's a big boy.

"I know when people stop suing me, and stop talking about me, and stop threatening me, that's when I'll have to worry," he says, for the fourth time.

But he's not above doing some damage control.

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darrenmitchellmeade
darrenmitchellmeade

Michael Roberts (commenting as Ripoff Report Victims below) commercialized an injection source code - called “Google-cide” -- a campaign designed to scare parents of children defamed online into purchasing the services offered by the Roberts online reputation enterprise launched on 2007.

Prior to publishing my findings on an automated cyber bullying campaign launched by Michael Roberts Rexxfield and his co-conspirators, a journalistic investigation into the Tracey Richter murder trial (Michael Roberts ex-wife) after being threatened with arrest in 2011 if I set foot in Iowa.

According to court documents, I discovered financial ties between multiple Prosecution witnesses and that some witnesses were still employed by Michael Roberts (a fact the prosecution knew or should have known). I understood the institutionalized repertoire of serial defamation, vexatious litigation, and death threats have all be leveled against me in a futile attempt to force him to retreat from my stated goal.

The prosecutor, Michael Roberts mentions in Iowa, is his personal friend Ben Smith, who prosecuted Michael Roberts estranged ex-wife for murder. You can watch one of my journalistic video's here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRsFFYaCyLc

Or, read my seminal work here:

http://goo.gl/8FJeNY

Respectfully submitted,

Darren Mitchell Meade

Investigative Blogger

ChakersCellmate
ChakersCellmate

FYI -- if anyone is looking for more information about Darren Chaker, please try to be patient -- he's currently serving time in federal prison, so that makes it kind of hard for him to respond to emails:

http://www.fbi.gov/houston/press-releases/2013/man-sentenced-to-federal-prison-for-bankruptcy-fraud


However, the judge who sent Chaker to prison was smart enough to recommend some much-needed mental health counseling for the guy, so hopefully when (and if) he gets out, he'll be a nicer person.

darrenchaker
darrenchaker

Revealing information about the law firm who represents RipoffReport can be seen here,  http://jaburgwilk.blogspot.com/ and is a compilation of records, including a past sexual molestation charge against RipoffReport attorney David Gingras. 

Enjoy! Darren Chaker

Google-Cide
Google-Cide

Darren M Meade, of Kairos-Meade, announced publication of its Internet investigation teams report on legal challenges issued by Rexxfield; Rexxfield’s majority partners, and its founder Michael Roberts.

[Case Numbers: 30-2011-00468719; 30-2012-00557149; 1:11-CV-00169-DN]

According to court documents, a meeting occurred on 1-28-2011 between Rexxfield partners in which Michael Roberts and Paul Portelli conspired to cast Ripoff Report in a false light and accuse Ripoff Report of “extortion” through a systematic Internet smear campaign (page 67).

Certified court reporters transcripts allege Rexxfield’s plan to usurp the revenue stream of the most widely recognized online consumer advocacy website (RipoffReport.com) and launch its own replacement ‘platform' (page 73 of transcript).

According to court documents, Rexxfield partners discuss a public relations fear campaign that would help them sell their reputation management services to worried parents.

“I would love to run an underground campaign that says, ‘Google is trying to destroy your reputation,’” an executive on the call is heard saying. “I like the idea of, ‘the more popular you are, the more dangerous it is,’ and giving people the scare tactic of, ‘the more exposure you have … the faster it is for your enemies to attack you.’”

“I think there’s a whole other campaign where we can break the parents,” the executive continued. “Send them a picture of their kid with a gun in his mouth -- Google did it. ‘Little Johnny is going to commit Google-cide. Can you stop it?’” (Court audio here)

According to court documents, Rexxfield an online reputation management company, Michael Roberts had commercialized an injection source code. The code purportedly offered consumers negative report removal from private webservers including Ripoff Report and Google online property BlogSpot. Recent Fox News exclusive had also exposed a plan called “Google-cide” -- a campaign designed to scare parents of children defamed online into purchasing the services offered by the new online reputation enterprise. Experts cited by Fox News has said altering websites by injecting source code is illegal.

Meade said that he had begun an unrelated investigation into Roberts & Portelli in February 2011. Meade's, investigation caused him to speak with Ed Magedson of Ripoff Report, in December of 2012. That conversation led to Kairos-Meade, receiving a copy of Michael Roberts, March 11, 2011 alleged extortion attempt, “That allowed us to connect the dots from Roberts / Portelli’s alleged extortion conversation on January 28, 2011.

According to court documents, Meade in August of 2011 had the opportunity to speak directly to the United States District Court Central District of California and address Honorable Cormac J Carney for case number SACR 07-00249-CJC at the sentencing hearing for two of the partners in Rexxfield. Meade provided details of the organizational structure of the ORM entities and a two-step process of coupling the creation and posting of online defamatory materials in a fee-for-service of removing of the content from online consumer advocacy websites.

According to court documents, Meade said once he discovered the technology was hacking and what its implications were, he made it his mission to warn the public about the dangers this technology poses in the form of automated cyber bullying and free speech. He also understood the institutionalized repertoire of serial defamation, vexatious litigation, and death threats have all be leveled against him in a futile attempt to force him to retreat from his stated goal.

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JungleBoi

They can serve him via public notice if he cannot be found.  I have used the techniques to get service that I paid > $3,000 for but kept being told I had to come back and fix yet something else in my car.  Only after using his techniques did the dealership act.  I had tried conventional means.  didnt work.  I recommend his site and techniques, used honestly to get bad businesses to deal properly with their customers.  He may be whatever you want to call him personally, I didn't even know his name before today, but I am grateful to him for the info.

BadForPeople.org
BadForPeople.org

Hello,

If you are willing, would you please make your visitors aware of our attempt to organize victims of RipOffReport.com in order to put enough pressure on Google, Yahoo and other search engines to completely de-index RipOffReport.com from search results. Although Ed Magedson is a heartless opportunist, if it weren't for the search engines he would be irrelevant to the rest of the world.

www.BadForPeople.org

http://www.facebook.com/RipOff...

https://www.facebook.com/group...

https://www.facebook.com/badfo...

Thank you in advance,Michael Roberts. Organizer

rob
rob

They posted a lie about myself and my biz that i ripped people off and took their money, which is a bunch of lies. They don't care who they hurt. Then i started receiving emails to remove it from their site for a fee. But i have one trick up my sleeve. All i have to do is get a new domain, which is pain

Dutyfree
Dutyfree

RIPOFFREPORTSUCKS.COM is for sale - aqzq33@yahoo.com

Lisa Rodriguez
Lisa Rodriguez

my best friend's ex and his new wife put the address and phone number of the home of his young children on a nasty and untrue posting about his wife on this site. i fear for her children's lives now because everyone knows she is a single mom alone, she was pregnant and other kids where under 3 when he left her. if anything happens to those kids I will be sure to let the local news know that the info was on this site. this site is disgusting, they put her email plead to them on the page itself for everyone to see and refuses to remove the personal info. She uses an alias now, in a few months court date to change her name.

Janicejake2002
Janicejake2002

Sure Jack I am happy to talk with you. If you post a disposable email address I can make contact that way. I will watch for your comment.

Janicejake2002
Janicejake2002

I posted about a scam on ripoff report in good faith. Ripoff Report gave my details to the company and they posted that I committed serious crimes, made death threats etc-just as a measure of revenge. They posted a comment urging everyone to harass me, posted my mobile and work number. after threats of physical violence were made I literally begged the editor to remove the comment and my contact details. I did not receive a reply. I have an unusual name and had a responsible high level position. I lost my job.

I am now suing, not ripoff report but google for refusing to remove the links. I do not live in the US and the CDA does not apply here. Some of the period covered by my lawsuit predates the libel tourism act. I recently discovered that google removed links to ripoff reports about a high profile firm in my country without having to go through this lawsuit and I think a couple of companies paid off the ed to remove the links from google. I guess we will find out at discovery.

It will hit the media soon and I will post a link here.

KillReport
KillReport

These animals are posting lies calling me a child molester. There has never been any accusations like that in my life but this RipoffReport crew of extortionists think that they can extort money from me. What is most likely to happen here is that someone will just hunt these animals at RipoffReport down and kill them all along with their affiliates. There how's that for freedom of speech you filthy whores.

Nadine
Nadine

You know, if my name was Darren Chaker and if I had lots of very embarrassing information in my background that I wanted to hide from public view, I would probably be VERY careful about posting a bunch of garbage and lies about others. You just never know when someone might decide to make you the focus of an intense investigation into your background, criminal history, personal past.....

Emily W
Emily W

I really feel badly for Stephanie Gingras. Her husband David and I had a relationship several years ago and he has recently been communicating with me asking how I am doing, you know the big lead up to lets have drinks. That got David in trouble in the past so I think I will stay away from this perv.

Tiny Tino
Tiny Tino

I think he and his family should get a taste of his own medicine.

Fourth Horseman
Fourth Horseman

Coming soon public records from Jaburg and Wilk representation of Ripoff Report's attorney David Gingras. Yes, it's Jaburg and Wilk represented Gingras who, after employing Gingras, did so despite the fact he was arrested for sexual conduct with a minor. Maricopa Court Case Number: S-0700-CR-1999093685. Also, Public Records from Gingras' state bar record which is lengthy. www.jaburgwilk.com/ Of course a few words (and pictures shopping) about Gingras' wife, Stephanie Gingras are soon to come too. Stay tooned . . .

Kim Smith
Kim Smith

James P. Rogers. He is Ed's personal assistant and he has recorded conversations with Ed Magedson proving some really damaging stuff.

Seth Myers
Seth Myers

David Gingras, who still appears to hold himself out to be part of law firm of Jaburg Wilk , is in house counsel to Ripoff Report. http://bmhm.com/attorney/David...

Gingras was charged with sexual conduct with a minor, some may call child molestation. See below link to court record. Although the case was dismissed, it was NOT dismissed because Gingras was innocent, but only because the appellate court found the State took too long to arrest him.

What's almost as disturbing is the fact Jaburg Wilk deals with family law matters and it appears they failed to perform a basic record search that would have shown Gingras' alleged past while in law school. Local and national news has investigated Gingras’ company for extortion. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...http://www.superiorcourt.maric...

John Brewington
John Brewington

Maybe they did do record and check and this is the kind of lawyers they want working for them.

Darren Chaker
Darren Chaker

David Gingras, who still appears to hold himself out to be part of law firm of Jaburg Wilk , is in house counsel to Ripoff Report. http://bmhm.com/attorney/David...

Gingras was charged with sexual conduct with a minor, some may call child molestation. See below link to court record. Although the case was dismissed, it was NOT dismissed because Gingras was innocent, but only because the appellate court found the State took too long to arrest him.

What's almost as disturbing is the fact Jaburg Wilk deals with family law matters and it appears they failed to perform a basic record search that would have shown Gingras' alleged past while in law school. Local and national news has investigated Gingras’ company for extortion. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...http://www.superiorcourt.maric...

Shawn
Shawn

www.clickanerd.com/jw-redirect... - is the old jaburg and wilk sucks dot com. The issue of David Gingras being a child molester is juicy but not the real story. Ed Magedson had this employee named James Rogers. James Rogers was ordered by Ed Magedson to create fake Yahoo and Google email accounts and then post fake complaints on ROR using these fake accounts. I have this admission on tape. You can listen to this confession at the above URL. It is my intent to call all of Magedson's other victims on his CAP aka extortion program and let them listen to the recordings. Everyone has been trying to prove this, I have succeed at proving that Ed authors reports, pays people to make up reports and shakes them down. I have filed a claim in Federal Court in Phoenix Arizona in Judge Wake's Court. I intend to prove that Ed Magedson is engaging in Wire Fraud and his actions are both Criminally and Civilly actionable. If you have been screwed by Ed Magedson, I would like to hear your story. Call me at: (254) 690-6373 or email me at Shawn@ClickaNerd.com. I beg you not to be afraid of this ass clown Magedson. He is just a thug that will sit in front of an Arizona Jury and account for his actions.

Shawn R.
Shawn R.

http://www.JaburgAndWilkSucks.... - has been removed. The Court did not order me to take this down. David Gingras (Ripoff Report's) Main Attorney now, was charged with 12 counts of sex with a minor over 15 but that case was eventually dismissed because of either a procedural or due process issue. I have a copy of the original complaint from the Chandler Police Department against David Gingras if any one would like to see it. My Email is Shawn@ClickaNerd.com My Cell Number is (254) 291-4696.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Maria Crimi Speth at Jaburg and Wilk in Scottsdale Arizona is in partnership with Edward P. Magedeson in this scam operation called Ripoff Report. Why hasn't some one arrested them all yet for extortion?

Tonymihelcic
Tonymihelcic

does anyone know anyting abot the "INTERNATIONAL SUPPLEMENTS"company and the products they supply and are they safe to use

Tonymihelcic
Tonymihelcic

Where can we report now the rip of people and company that do the wrong things to consumers.

Jack
Jack

Would you be willing to discuss your situation with a US attorney who is building a class-action against ripoff report at the moment? If so, please respond and we will somehow try to find a way to touch base away from this forum and yet without disclosing e-mail addresses etc. I have subscribed to this thread with a disposable e-mail address, so I will get a message when you respond.

Ripoff Report
Ripoff Report

I can assure you our staff did not write anything like that. What report are you referring to?

isobot
isobot

@Nadine you know, if you play that game long enough, you'll end up screwing with the one person who will track you down and put an end to your stupidity too. People think they can hide forever, and they always find out the hard way such isn't the case. I'll enjoy the day I read where someone finally served justice on e man.

mikesanto70
mikesanto70

@Fourth Horseman  if you have dirt on his old lady please share with me because she fucked me over and I'm going to pay here lying ass back!!!

CarlySimon
CarlySimon

You're a jizz-guzzlin' deadbeat narcissist with too many shirts.

isobot
isobot

@Ripoff Reportit's fun as hell watching you hide like a little coward in fear for your life.

 
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