PUBLIC NOTICE:
Please view this first - click here for video
First, go to: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2005/11/prweb313997.htm
You will find out about the Internet extortion scam which IC Talent and ICA productions and the owner of the two companies have been victim of going back to 2003/2004.
WATCH CHANNEL 7 REPORT:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHAcf1fYknE
NOTE: The report dates from 2005, before the racketeering charges were filed against magedson and his sites.
The defamation about IC Talent and its owner was likely perpetrated by a competitive unlicensed modeling/acting school which saw their business tremendously diminish 8 years ago when IC Talent, a licensed Institution in the State of California opened up. Desperate to see how good and legitimate a business ICA/IC Talent is, IC Talent’s competition realized that they could not compete at a fair business level. So they decided to slander the licensed institution and its owner cowardly and anonymously on the internet. Unfortunately, once you have fake complaints on ripoffreport.com, magedson who owns and co-owns more sites, starts optimizing the posts, adds more of his own and then asks you for a lot of money to remove them. Read about our story above and if this happens to you: A) Do not respond to ripoffreport postings, it will only rank up the defamation B) Do not try to negotiate with magedson, he will charge you extortion money you cannot or do not wish to pay.) You can’t sue someone who moves all the time, has no assets and has servers in China! You will just spend thousands of dollars for nothing like the IC Talent Institution did.
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Ed Magedson and the Law:
Marijuana possession & paraphernalia, (click here)
Check fraud (click here)
Default Judgment $30,041.21, (click here)
ED MAGEDSON IS THE MAIN SUSPECT IN A FBI INVESTIGATION ALONG WITH HIS EXTORTION SITES: RIPOFFREPORT, BADBUSINESSBUREAU, ETC…. INDEED, RACKETEERING CHARGES ARE BEING FILED.
Conspiracy and Racketeering (RICO) proceedings as well as claims for defamation and invasion of privacy are being issued against ed magedson, again the owner of ripoffreport, Bad Business Bureau etc…
ICA, now ICA Productions and the IC Talent licensed acting school in the State of California and its owner are not only victims of Ed Magedson’s extortion scam on his own sites, HIS EDITORIAL CONTROL GOES BEYOND HIS SITES:
BEWARE OF OTHER SITES WHICH MAGEDSON OWNS AND MORE SITES WHICH HE USES IN AN ATTEMPT TO AD CREDIT TO THE DEFAMATION ON RIPOFFREPORT.COM MAGEDSON FILLS OUT “FORUM” LIKE “POSTINGS” ON SITES SUCH AS: scam.com.
Scam.com may be a site where people unload their anger or dissatisfaction, yet, to my surprise, after I contacted them, they removed magedson's link and defamation! It gives them a lot of credibility in my eyes because they apparently check on the legitimacy and veracity of the postings on their site. Other legitimate sites such as mamapedia.com, topix.com and backstage.com, which magedson attempted to post on, after verifying the source, removed the defamation. If you go to any of the sites I just mentioned and search for IC Talent or ICA, the magedson slander was taken out. The only sites where the defamation perpetrated by magedson remains are his own.
Exposing the racketeering:
This next site, owned by a different company than IC Talent is the most thorough and delivers a powerful message of caution against extortion, defamation and slander:

This other site owned by another company than IC Talent used our site and created their own. The "swiney" result speaks for itself:

IC Talent's owner also owns ICA productions. She is a producer, an animal activist, a business owner and a teacher and she is not the only person who wishes to warn the public against the ripoffreport site owned by ed magedson:

The Pheonix News Time” wrote a whole article about the extortionist:
http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2007-02-01/news/the-real-rip-off-report/

Also go to:
http://www.docstoc.com/docs/5688546/The-virtual-mafia-ran-by-Ed-Magedson-and-his-racketeering-operation-called-Rip-Off-Reportcom

http://selectyourgifts.com/ripoff.html

Another site put up by an Ed Magedson victim:
http://stopinternetdefamation.blogspot.com/

Next is a company (Mini Vacations), which was also the victim of the extortion site. Under the pretense of getting an authorization from corporate for the release of funds to pay off magedson they managed to obtain a written demand of extortion by magedson:
EXTORTION EMAILS FROM MAGEDSON TO MINI VACATIONS:
Notice how magedson the extortionist indicates shamelessly to Mini Vacations:
"""WE FEEL THAT AN UPFRONT FEE OF $7,500 SHOULD BE REQUIRED, MADE PAYABLE TO BADBUSINESSBUREAU.COM FOR ANY OTHER SUBSTANTIATED RIP-OFF-REPORTS THAT COME UP IN THE FUTURE, THERE WILL BE A $50.00 CHARGE AND WE WILL NOTICE YOU BY EMAIL THAT A REPORT HAS COME IN. WE WOULD ALSO ASK AFTER ALLREPORTS ARE PROPERLY UPDATED THAT AN ADDITIONAL DONATION BE MADE TO BADBUSINESS BUREAU OF $3,000 WHICH WILL PROMOTE TO CONSUMERS AS A GOOD WILL GESTURE AND WILL GUARANTEE MUCH MORE IN GOOD WILL AND ADVERTISEMENT THAN THE MONEY PAID"""
Notice how he indicates after writing some faux concerns for Mini Vacation' s customers:
""DO NOT FORGET TO SEND THE WHEEL BARREL WITH THE DISCUSSED CONTENT. ONE BARREL FULL WILL BE SUFFICIENT"""
Once a company pays up, there is no limit. Imagine $50 every time magedson removes/alters posts while he is the one writing them!

Google: ed magedson, you will find valuable sites like this one:

Here is more, Federal Financial, a company which owner spent hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to locate Ed Magedson and get him arrested:
http://www.fight-back.us/11-16-04--Federated-Financial-Magedson-arrest-records.htm

http://www.bad-business-rip-off.com/coward.html

Some companies managed to sue the ripoffreport federally and won, but ed magedson moves all the time, never removed the defamation, his servers are in China (!) and because he has no assets, he never paid up!
http://www2.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/07-25-2003/0001989115&EDATE

Judgment:
ED MAGEDSON DRIVES A 1986 PONTIAC.
ED MAGEDSON’S DRIVER’S LICENSE IS NOT VALID.
ED MAGEDSON DOES NOT HAVE ANY UTILITIES UNDER HIS NAME.
ED MAGEDSON HAS NO RESIDENCE UNDER HIS NAME.
ED MAGEDSON HAS A FEW LAWSUITS OUT OF FLORIDA AND DIFFERENT STATES IN THE US.
ED MAGEDSON HAS A FEW UNSATISFIED JUDGEMENTS AGAINST HIM.
ED MAGEDSON IS IN HIDING!
IN JUNE 3RD 2004 WHEN THIS SITE FIRST CAME OUT, ED MAGEDSON IMMEDIATELY ADDED A FAKE COMPLAINT TO THE COLLECTION HE POSTED ON HIS SITE ABOUT IC TALENT, THEN PART OF ICA, ACCUSING US OF BEING A SIMILAR COMPANY TO ONE OF THE FRANCHISED MODELING SCHOOLS.
"Our companies ICA productions and IC Talent would love to sue and we have spent over $100,000 in private detective fees attempting to find magedson, along with huge attorneys' fees." says Goldnadel.
However, magedson and his sites are protected by the same law which keeps pornographic sites harmless when people post inappropriate comments. Such law states that a site is not liable for content written by another party. Helene Goldnadel and ICA productions/IC Talent know for a fact that magedson not only published "complaints" on his sites, which veracity he did not check, but he additionally made up his own posts.
Such editorial control is against the Law. Furthermore, editing the defamed party's responses and charging money for such responses is racketeering AND ASKING FOR MONEY TO REMOVE DEFAMATION IS EXTORTION.
All of magedson's victims are looking forward to the day when his computers are seized by the FBI and it is then proven that he posted the defamation and slander. Once your competition and/or a previous disgruntled employee start the defamation, it is really easy for magedson to pick up from there, achieve ranking on Google by optimizing the now, numerous “posts” and then... Ask you for money.
WARNING: IC Talent and ICA (International Creative Artists) wish to warn individuals such as disgruntled employees or competitor type of businesses, seeking to harm IC Talent, ICA and or its owner, and/or employees, and/or graduates, by posting defaming comments on magedson's site. All the companies and individuals suing magedson and his shaddy extorsion business will eventually have access to information pertaining to the identity of the parties who posted the slandering, defaming comments. Including of course magedson himself, his employees and partners. Such criminals will be sued to the full extent of the Law.
As I am updating the links on this site which was created in 2004, I will share that I am one of the IC Talent employees with a family to feed and a deep love for children and the film and TV industry. As I am putting this text together for Helene and the company, I decided to sit with her in order to get a sense of how she feels about the magedson extortion scam which has been haunting her for years: Helene Goldnadel is the kind of person who keeps on going no matter what is done to her, because she knows she is in the right.
"I would never have collided with this character if it weren't for the anonymity of the Internet", says Helene Goldnadel, the owner of ICA and IC Talent. Ed Magedson isn't anybody I would ever have had any type of contact or conversation with. Magedson has no skills, no education. All he has is those sites and within his racketeering business, there are about ten business owners and individuals who pay him off monthly like the cyberspace “garbage collector” he is. It is incredible to think that, years ago, magedson would have been sitting on the curb with a cup in hand, yelling at every person going by and calling them names.
Now someone like him can do it on the Internet and attempt to get paid for it. Not by me", says Goldnadel, "I did nothing to that man, I don't know him and he on the other hand does not know who I am and he doesn’t care how hard I work in order to empower our children and talent. I catch myself at times regretting not having negotiated a monthly amount with him like those ten businesses that are keeping the racketeering alive. I then realize that I just couldn’t support extortion. I, unlike magedson have to look at myself in the mirror every morning and notwithstanding the signs of aging outside, I have to like what’s inside. I’m a person of integrity and honor, says Goldnadel, ultimately, a higher judgment will prevail".
Important links about ed magedson and ripoffreport.com:
(More business owners and companies’ testimonies of his “shake down”, extortion and racketeering business.)
http://www.docstoc.com/docs/5688546/The-virtual-mafia-ran-by-Ed-Magedson-and-his-racketeering-operation-called-Rip-Off-Reportcom
http://board.hostingtalk.com/index.php?showtopic=1315