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anniemr
06-26-2008, 02:11 AM
Hi, my name is Annie and I just signed on to the forums today. I had a bad experience with a client who hired me to freelance for him and after the work put me off for weeks about payment, giving one excuse or another. I've realized, especially since he has stopped returning calls and emails that he isn't going to pay me.

His name is Scott Raskeiwicz and the Company is People Enterprises out of Austin, TX.

I did a big write up about it on my blog
http://writerchicktalks.com/2008/06/21/gobsmacked-scammed-again/
(I hope it's okay to put in the link)
If you want to see the gory details.

If this guy offers you work, I'd say run in the other direction. Or in the alternative if anyone out there has done work for him and either been scammed or paid, I'd love to hear from you.

Thanks,
Annie

KCH
06-26-2008, 03:18 AM
Annie,

E-mail the guy to inform him that since payment has not been received, you still own the copyright. Until you are paid, the articles may not be used. Call him and leave a message on his voice mail to that effect also. Indicate in both e-mail and phone that if you do not receive payment in full in 2 days, you will have no choice but to notify the client that the material being run is in violation of copyright and you will ask that it be taken it off the website. Short and sweet. No need to rehash the chronology. He knows it.

And then, after 2 days, do it. The client will no doubt be horrified to learn what went down. But who knows? The dentist and other clients might just see fit to work with you directly. And Scotty doesn't get the lion's share. Voila. Lemonade.

But I suspect Scott might suddenly discover that his check-writing hand works and that the USPS has overnight mail. At minimum, he stands to lose some clients. More importantly, Scott understands that dentists gave lawyers. These clients paid for a service and now find themselves in possession of stolen goods.

Good luck. Let us know.

--kch

anniemr
06-26-2008, 08:08 PM
KCH,
I had no idea I could do that. Thanks! I'm on it! And will most certainly let you know what happens.
Annie

CaoPaux
06-30-2008, 11:15 PM
Adding link: http://www.peopleenterprises.com/

anniemr
07-06-2008, 12:14 AM
Hi,
Just wanted to let you know that I did what you said and he did finally overnight me a check. I'll admit it was gratifying to hear him sweat a little in his frantic phone messages. When the check arrived this past Tuesday I was pretty pissed to see that the jerk deducted the cost of overnighting the check to me. But in the end, I just want to be through with it, so I decided to let that pass. I just spoke to my bank and the check has cleared, so it really is done.

I just wanted to thank you for your very valuable advice and let you know how much I appreciate it. Without it, I probably would never have been paid.

Thanks,
Annie

Topaz044
07-06-2008, 12:16 AM
^Cool. Well I hope you stick around, because Absolute Write offers a great deal of good advice on writing in general.

anniemr
07-06-2008, 09:03 PM
I intend to stick around - I've been looking for a writer's forum. It does get lonely out here on your own. It's going to take me a bit to get oriented though. Any suggestions on where to start? You guys have so much going on.

Annie

JulieB
07-06-2008, 09:25 PM
Have you been to the freelancer's area?

dragonmedley
07-06-2008, 09:44 PM
Yeah, stick around for sure! This place is a treasure trove. I don't come and post all that often, but everytime that I do come by, I always find new things.

KCH
07-07-2008, 09:06 AM
Annie:
Delighted to hear it! Not so delighted he shorted you the cost of the overnight mail. Of course, he had no right to deduct that, but being done with him is probably well worth the cost. Good that you're moving on. Oh--and as an aside, your effort may well have helped out other writers he hadn't paid. He figured there was no downside to non-payment, no recourse. You helped educate him.

Glad you'll be sticking around, and glad I could help.

--kch

PGF
07-08-2008, 10:16 PM
Hi, my name is Annie and I just signed on to the forums today. I had a bad experience with a client who hired me to freelance for him and after the work put me off for weeks about payment, giving one excuse or another. I've realized, especially since he has stopped returning calls and emails that he isn't going to pay me.

His name is Scott Raskeiwicz and the Company is People Enterprises out of Austin, TX.

I did a big write up about it on my blog
http://writerchicktalks.com/2008/06/21/gobsmacked-scammed-again/
(I hope it's okay to put in the link)
If you want to see the gory details.

If this guy offers you work, I'd say run in the other direction. Or in the alternative if anyone out there has done work for him and either been scammed or paid, I'd love to hear from you.

Thanks,
Annie

Annie, your experience is so strikingly similar to my own that it's scary. I made a comment on your blog about this as well.

I've worked with Scott on two previous projects for which I was paid. I received the first payment with no problem other than it was sent back because it had the wrong zip code.

The second payment was delayed because, as he stated, the client had not yet paid him. In this scenario, he sent me a payment anyway even though the client had not paid him. At this point, I thought, "What a great guy - a man of integrity."

Lately, that integrity has been in question as I have been waiting about seven weeks to receive payment in excess of $2000 for the last two projects I completed for People Enterprises. As a single man, a delay of this magnitude has been less than desirable for me, my landlord, my creditors, my insurance company, and everyone else who likes to get money from me every month.

I'm going to take the advice you were given as I, too, have tried to contact Scott by email and phone for several weeks with no success. I received some of the same excuses you did. Enough is enough.

I've tried to give him the benefit of the doubt as this type of behavior wasn't the pattern as we began our business relationship. I see now that it's time to put the pressure on and, firmly yet tactfully, demand my rights.

Thanks for sharing your story. Words can't express how much it's helped me. For a moment, I thought I was the only one dealing with this. I'm also glad to hear you received the payment overnight after taking action. I honestly thought the man was dead, hospitalized or on an extended vacation.

Well, that's it for now. I've got some phone calls to make and an email to send to Mr. Raskeiwicz. Thanks again, Annie.

anniemr
07-09-2008, 01:12 AM
PGF,
So glad you are going after that rat bastid too. I hope that any other writers out there who he has scammed do the same thing. Perhaps he will end up in the hospital with a nervous breakdown from all the transgressions he's committed against writers.

I have a sense this is a pattern with him. He once told me he had 300 writers. Initially, I was impressed but as I think about it now, I realize he probably has so many because he needs to rotate them due to non or slow payment.

Unfortunately, the guy, like some others doesn't appreciate writers and think they are not worthy of paying, after they've gotten their cut. Though in this case, maybe the culprit has been caught in his own web and will think twice about doing it again.

We can only hope.

I'm glad that this has helped you. I can't say how very glad I am.

Now go get that jerk and your money.

Annie

anniemr
07-09-2008, 01:15 AM
@Julie, nope I haven't been to freelancer's area but will check it out soon.

@KCH - bless you for your help. I can't tell you how thankful I am. You're a peach.

@ Dragon Medley - cool name - and I will be checking out this forum on a regular basis. Thanks!

Annie

KCH
07-11-2008, 06:08 PM
PGF--
That's a chunk of change. Hope you have the success Annie had. Based on the pattern, it looks as if this guy might not be a scammer so much as just another cash-strapped business operator. When there's not enough cash, bills get paid in order of urgency. When it's gone, it's gone. Triage. Hope you got to the front of that linein time. Let us know.

PGF
07-12-2008, 12:05 AM
KCH,

Thanks for the support. Annie's been a tremendous help,too.

At this point, I have no success to report but I will soon. It's become quite an interesting challenge. I'd like to believe he's not a scammer but my communications with others with whom he's done business have revealed a path with lots of red flags and a trail of deception. Too many stories aren't matching up here. The truth will prevail, though. I'll keep you all posted.

pupwrite
07-14-2008, 03:39 AM
I did a significant amount of work for Scott Raskiewicz. He initially paid and then he had every excuse in the book regarding lateness on future payments. He also told me that a check had been returned to him in the mail because he wrote my zip code incorrectly on the envelope. He also continually told me that checks were in the mail and I never received them. He stopped responding to my emails and phone messages.

PGF, what ended up happening with your payment? Did you pursue it further?

PGF
07-14-2008, 12:33 PM
pupwrite,

There's seems to be a very disturbing and twisted pattern here with Mr. Raskiewicz. I was given the exact same song and dance regarding my first payment. I thought, "honest mistake" and kept moving. And, of course, you know the rest of the story. It's the same as yours - unanswered emails and phone messages, no payments, etc.

I've sought legal counsel at this point. I'll send you a private message with more details.

anniemr
07-16-2008, 08:59 PM
Paul & Pup,
Methinks there are many more of us out there. I guess I s hould count myself lucky for having been paid. Man, this guy is a piece of work. *Shaking head* Paul, please let me know how you are faring on your pursuit. Thanks.
Annie

Precious
08-21-2008, 02:10 AM
Unfortunately, I had a bad experience with Scott as well. Scott still owes me money for work that I completed for his company. He is a very rude and inconsiderate man (and a liar), and I will never write anything for him again! I guess he thinks that it is okay to use writers and steal our work! I advise everyone to avoid working for Scott, because he is not to be trusted.

AC Crispin
08-21-2008, 08:07 AM
If your work has been used without your receiving payment, I'd consider filing a complaint about copyright violation under the DMCA.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Supposedly there are online sites and message boards that address how to do this.

-Ann C. Crispin

pupwrite
08-22-2008, 03:08 AM
Precious,

Did you complete your work for Scott Raskiewicz through his company People Enterprises, Inc.? He shut down the website but I suspect he's still operating the company, maybe just with a name change.

Precious
08-22-2008, 03:32 AM
Hi pupwrite. Yes, the name of his company is People Enterprises, but as you stated, he shut down the website and he's probably operating under a new name. I will be sure to let you guys know if I ever hear from him again or if I find out that he has a new company name.

Precious
08-22-2008, 04:51 AM
Hi Ann. Thank you for the information about the DMCA! I'll give it a try!

PGF
08-22-2008, 09:52 AM
Precious,

I found out Scott is operating under a new name. It's iContent Studios, Inc. I hope this helps.

I've not yet taken legal action against Scott because I need to spend my time recovering my losses at this point. Plus, a lawsuit will take more time and energy than I'm willing to invest at this point. I'll look into the DMCA, though. Thanks, AC Crispin! Based on my conversations with the US Copyright office, I thought I didn't have any coverage under US Copyright Law, but the DMCA may protect me.

I'll keep everyone posted.

If anybody knows anything more about how the DMCA protects writers, please let us know. It's got my head spinning right now.

victoriastrauss
08-22-2008, 10:27 PM
The new company name, iContent Studios, is confirmed on Scott's LinkedIn page (http://www.linkedin.com/in/srask).

- Victoria

brianm
08-22-2008, 10:53 PM
The new company name, iContent Studios, is confirmed on Scott's LinkedIn page (http://www.linkedin.com/in/srask).

- Victoria

I guess he forgot to include People Enterprises, Inc in his experience section, eh? *cough*

Precious
08-23-2008, 04:13 AM
Hi PGF and Victoria. Thanks for the information!

powerauthor
08-23-2008, 12:49 PM
Hi,

I saw this post and thought I could get some ideas of how to handle scammers.This does not concern Scott particularly.I did some re-writes for a guy along with a few short articles.My mistake was to be too trusting and not billing him after each assignment,since I had done work for him earlier and was paid promptly. I billed him for a month`s work this time...but never got paid.Apparently he had subcontracted the work to me and claimed he did not get paid by his client.However , I saw the articles I had written on ezinearticles.com under somebodys name.When I asked him about it, he pretended to be surprised and promised to check with his client.He has not answered my mails since then.What do you think I should do ?

brianm
08-23-2008, 08:03 PM
Hi,

I saw this post and thought I could get some ideas of how to handle scammers.This does not concern Scott particularly.I did some re-writes for a guy along with a few short articles.My mistake was to be too trusting and not billing him after each assignment,since I had done work for him earlier and was paid promptly. I billed him for a month`s work this time...but never got paid.Apparently he had subcontracted the work to me and claimed he did not get paid by his client.However , I saw the articles I had written on ezinearticles.com under somebodys name.When I asked him about it, he pretended to be surprised and promised to check with his client.He has not answered my mails since then.What do you think I should do ?

Welcome to the cooler.

Since your situation does not concern this particular individual, you should use the search feature at the top of this forum to determine if there is a running thread concerning the person in question. If not, you could start a new thread so that other writers would be made aware of what happened to you.

Again, welcome to AW.

Bunny Ears
11-07-2008, 10:36 PM
Oh my- Scott is indeed a very BAD MAN!! Our company- hubby & me have been scammed to the tune of over $3500 as we do writing(me) & web development(hubby). Same story- check's in the mail, client hasn't paid-blah,blah,blah. We got the cancelled check from a client to prove he lied to which he will not return phone calls. To the other writers here who have been scammed- please personally email me & let me know how much $$ he owes you as we are going after Scott & there is strength in numbers. We are gathering the evidence(other writers & the proof of this being an ongoing way of doing business) needed to keep him from getting a new contract - as he is bidding for a huge contract & others will be screwed.
This is not a one time thing nor simply a business going thru a bad spell- this is a long-term, ongoing con artist at work. While he was not paying all of you this summer he was buying NEW furniture & moving& upgrading into a newer, nicer Apt & purchased a new Land Rover!!! He changed the company name to keep people from suing him.
Please send me any & all info or evidence of non-payment- Scott needs to go down!!

victoriastrauss
11-07-2008, 11:40 PM
While there are multiple complaints of nonpayment by Scott Raskiewicz in this thread, and while I applaud writers who are pro-active about taking action against those who exploit them, I'd counsel everyone to be cautious of an anonymous request for contact--no matter how convincing it seems. I'm not saying that Bunny Ears is not on the level--she or he very well may be. But just as a general rule of caution, make sure you know exactly who you're giving information to, and exactly why they want it, before you provide it.

I note that Bunny Ears didn't provide any contact info.

- Victoria

anniemr
11-07-2008, 11:54 PM
Hi, it's me Annie back again. I was the froot loop who started this thread. I'm amazed at all the activity that has gone on about this. Just for your info, Bunny Ears did contact me personally and I believe she is legit based on things she said and conversations I had with Scott - they (she and her husband) were screwed over by Scott like the rest of us - and God knows how many more writers there are out there who had the same fate befall them.

I don't know about a class action but it would be nice to get some justice on this guy's butt. There are so many folks out there who seem to think writers are there for using and that not paying them is a-okay.

Anyway, anyone can feel free to contact me about this - I did manage to get paid (most of it anyway) from him but I think it was just because I shocked him so much that he paid before he could come up with a plan to dodge payment.

After all is said and done maybe somehow there could be a bright spot in all this, if we joined together - I dunno.

Annie

Bunny Ears
11-08-2008, 01:03 AM
I'm sorry I did not provide whatever contact info you may want- I am @ brenda@bldev.com. I am not anonymous- I am Brenda J.- feel free to share your Scott horror stories. We are not developers who appreciate getting used nor do we appreciate those who take advantage of hard-working writers. My DH is the web developer & this guy has just messed with the wrong guy.
Plus we have heard from other writers that he referred to my DH as "his Partner" & me as "his partner's wife" while badmouthing me to other writers-so-o-o he STIFFS his "Partner" Too. Thank goodness we were never partners with this toad slime!

victoriastrauss
11-08-2008, 01:43 AM
Brenda, thanks for the disclosure.

- Victoria

Bunny Ears
11-08-2008, 02:20 AM
Victoria- thanks. Annie can confirm this- We have just spoken to another writer,who Scott owes thousands! So between what I have seen here with Paul's 2K, our 3K & the huge amt to at least 5 other writers- we, boys & girls have a serial scammer!! Any ideas how to stop this man? I am pretty sure there are at least 2 other writers , who did a recent job just a few months ago, that have not gotten paid either.

Gravity
11-08-2008, 02:57 AM
That sound you just heard was the owner hopping a southbound freight.

Bunny Ears
11-14-2008, 05:41 AM
You all are going to LOVE this. One said Scott R. saw this posting & emailed & has said that If we remove the posting he will pay us what he owes us for our work!-LOL Did they pass out extra cahones to this guy? What about all the others he owes- what is their recourse, Scott? Sure Scotty- this post will be removed when you pay us, Paul & all the other writers who slaved away for you with no compensation. The nerve it takes to live the lifestyle you do-and we know what kind of lifestyle you live- while making a bucket load of $$$,because you did not pay those who make ALL those contracts possible is simply outrageous. No workers, no contracts- No contracts- No Money for SCOTT!! See how it works- It is called Karma dude
BTW- the offer to pay for work done & already owed was prefaced with the removal of NOT ONLY my posts BUT ALL the other ones citing his name -otherwise he would keep the funds he owes us for "damages & possible legal action!"

Bunny Ears
01-28-2009, 11:57 AM
Just heard from a fellow stiffed writer that Scott has filed Bankruptcy listing NO assets, but is still producing websites-HairTodayGoneTomorrowGroom.com & the most recent update on his domain-icontentstudios.com was done on 1-13-2009. Anyone else heard anything? New laws require debt counseling as well as a penalty for not including ALL debts. He owes us over $3K & we have not gotten a notice,so we still have an option to file for the debt.Just tho' the writers would want to know the latest-

Bunny Ears
05-19-2009, 09:05 AM
Scott has moved to Richardson, Texas, opened up 2 NEW websites plus has an office suite- www.corporatedebtassistance.com & www.corporatemarketingteam.com. He attributes loads of my work from 2008 to a company(corporate marketing team) that did not even exist. After filing personal bankruptcy in Travis Co he is now offering to help corporations beat tax liens AND BANKRUPTCY! Oh & he threatened me with attorney for saying anything about him- especially the TRUTH!!

pupwrite
11-07-2009, 03:24 AM
It seems Scott Raskiewicz is now in Miami, FL and operating under Corporate Marketing Team. Anyone have any updates on him? Any luck getting any payments?

Bunny Ears
06-17-2010, 10:33 PM
After moving back to Ft. Worth and living with his 'rents for a bit he seems to have moved back to FL. Additionally he has the following:
Incorporated by Mark Rudis, Scott M Raskiewicz, Corporate Debt Assistance, Inc. is located at 508 W Lookout Dr Ste 14-42 Richardson, TX 75080. Corporate Debt Assistance, Inc. was incorporated on Friday, May 29, 2009 in the State of FL and is currently active. Scott Raskiewicz represents Corporate Debt Assistance, Inc. as their registered agent.
Source: Public Record data - Department of State - Division of Corporations

State of Record: FLState Reference ID: P09000047463Registered Agent: Scott Raskiewicz (http://absolutewrite.com/Florida/Saint-Petersburg/scott-raskiewicz/36057954.aspx)

File Date: 5/29/2009Active: TrueFiling Type: Domestic for Profit
Article 9 Secured Investments Corp was incorporated on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 in the State of FL and is currently active. Corporate Debt Assistance, Inc. represents Article 9 Secured Investments Corp as their registered agent.
State of Record: FLState Reference ID: P09000052184Registered Agent: Corporate Debt Assistance, Inc. (http://absolutewrite.com/Texas/Richardson/corporate-debt-assistance-inc/26722382.aspx)
File Date: 6/16/2009Active: TrueFiling Type: Domestic for Profit
State Reference ID: P09000052184

http://www.linkedin.com/in/srask
His resume seems to have exponentially grown as well, guess not paying people works out!