A HUGE pet peeve of mine- VO scammers that use our voiceover service and don’t pay. I’ve just received this from one of my agents at Voicesonlinenow who found this on voice talent Matt Baker‘s blog:
I’m helping get the word out to some unsuspecting voice talent.
James Norkawich of Bridgeport, CT, contacted me on Sunday, 24 February, claiming his name was Jerome Daily (even though his email came up as Jim Saxon–radio is a game of aliases, so I wasn’t concerned) and wanted me to do some liners for his radio station, Sunrise 88.5 (http://thesunrise885.webs.com/). He also called and left a message. For the most part, I operate on a “word is bond” basis with my clients. I literally have clients on every continent and have never had a problem. So I called him back and he said he’d been sick and really needed to get cracking. He also needed some jingles, and did I know anyone. By that Tuesday, after doing some liners and contacting a jingle company, I asked him to put everything in writing and send me a good faith deposit because the dollar amount was beginning to climb based on what he was asking for. He said sure, he would get a money order and overnight it. And then the excuses started. I asked for tracking numbers. He sent bogus numbers twice, apologizing that the first set were “mistyped.” Of course, nothing arrived, so he promised to wire some money and provided me with a fake transfer number. On Monday, 4 March, I went to the bank and asked if the number was even real. They said No.
By that time, I had discovered who he really was and that he had done this to over VO talent before. (See Dave Couvosier’s blog ). I also knew that he wasn’t going to pay. So, on the advice of my attorney, I let him know I knew who he was and his history and that he needed to pay now before I went to the authorities. He claimed he would and that he “wanted to make things right.” More excuses and of course, nothing happened. So I am filing fraud charges against this scumbag. I’ve also got other things in the works. Below are his emails and phone numbers. He also has a webpage for an anti-cancer foundation for his dear departed mother (Elaine Norkawich), which I am certain is also a scam. Please light him up. And remember: It’s not fraud if it’s true. And BTW, he’s actually using the liners I sent, digging his grave even deeper.
Phone: (203) 873-1715