Attorney General Pam Bondi Announces Multimillion Dollar Settlement With Talent Company

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Attorney General Pam Bondi announced a multimillion dollar settlement with entities doing business as InterFACE Talent and the entities’ president and CEO, Roman Vintfeld.

Attorney General Pam Bondi announced a multimillion dollar settlement with entities doing business as InterFACE Talent and the entities’ president and CEO, Roman Vintfeld.

Attorney General Pam Bondi announced a multimillion dollar settlement with entities doing business as InterFACE Talent and the entities’ president and CEO, Roman Vintfeld.

The Attorney General’s Office obtained a stipulated permanent injunction and a final consent judgment against the defendants, resolving allegations of unfair and deceptive business practices in selling talent marketing services to Florida consumers.

InterFACE, a New Jersey-based talent company, allegedly falsely promised to help Florida consumers get modeling and acting jobs, but instead took large up-front fees for nothing more than photo shoots and introductions to industry professionals.

The final consent judgment includes the following actions:

• Imposes monetary obligations of $22 million in restitution, $3.5 million in civil penalties and $500,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs;

• Bans the defendants from engaging in acting, entertainment, modeling, singing or talent services of any kind in Florida;

• Prohibits making any false or misleading representations or omissions of material fact, when communicating with consumers in any future business;

• Bars any unlicensed business activity and any activities in violation of Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and Florida Telemarketing Act; and

• Subjects the defendants to compliance with monitoring and reporting obligations.

The Attorney General’s Office received more than 200 complaints regarding this talent marketing scheme. Because the Attorney General’s Office obtained a freeze on assets existing at the time the case was filed, some funds are available for partial refunds to consumers.

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The remaining balance, based upon the defendants’ evidence of insolvency, will be sought through post-judgment proceedings to maximize potential future refunds. Consumers who filed complaints with the Attorney General’s Office will receive instructions by mail indicating how to obtain refund checks.

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