Fereidoun Khalilian was arrested for allegedly paying his bodyguard to kill a filmmaker who was making a documentary on him. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
Filmmaker labored on documentary to show fraudster
In a wild story that should be made right into a film sometime, serial fraudster Fereidoun “Fred” Khalilian has been arrested for an alleged plot to homicide filmmaker Juan Esco. Federal prosecutors have additionally charged Khalilian with conspiracy to forestall a witness from testifying.
the outdated “rip-off the aged with BS prolonged warranties” scheme
Khalilian and Esco met again in 2009 in Miami and Esco went to work at Khalilian’s telemarketing agency. Khalilian carried himself like royalty, even claiming he was a Center Japanese prince, however Esco grew to become suspicious of the declare when he heard him use completely different nation names on a number of events. Esco additionally came upon the corporate was operating the outdated “rip-off the aged with BS prolonged warranties” scheme, so he bought out.
In 2019, the 2 bumped into one another and Esco, now a filmmaker, may see the identical sleazy man he knew years earlier than. Thus, he determined to make a documentary to show him. He interviewed Khalilian over the course of practically per week, telling him it could give him good publicity. According to FBI agent Michael Fukuda, Esco additionally talked to Khalilian’s bodyguards and rip-off victims.
After which Khalilian found out that the documentary was an exposé.
Bodyguard helped goal stage his demise
In early 2022, Michael Sherwood, who had been Khalilian’s bodyguard since October 2021, was getting fearful about Khalilian’s harsh temper swings. Khalilian was satisfied that Esco was making an attempt to wreck his life. Sherwood went to Esco to attempt to speak to him and noticed he was a “not a foul man,” however Esco was decided to complete the movie.
Within the first quarter of this yr, Khalilian employed Sherwood to attempt to scare Esco into dumping the challenge, however Sherwood didn’t do it. Khalilian personally threatened Esco, however Esco persevered. At that time, in mid-March, Khalilian provided Sherwood $20,000 to homicide Esco.
helped him stage photos of his “homicide” to get Khalilian off his again
Sherwood accepted the provide, however unbeknownst to his boss, he warned Esco about Khalilian after which helped him stage photos of his “homicide” to get Khalilian off his again. Inside a minute of sending the images to Khalilian, Sherwood obtained $3,000, eradicating any doubt that his boss wasn’t critical. In all, Sherwood obtained $12,500, however about half of that ended up in FBI-controlled accounts.
In a recorded follow-up name, Sherwood bought Khalilian to confess that he had one other homicide goal in thoughts and in June, Khalilian allegedly informed Sherwood that if he hadn’t gone by with the homicide, “I used to be going to kill him myself.”
Khalilian was arrested that day.
Khalilian defrauded a number of tribes
Fereidoun Khalilian’s ties to playing date again over a decade, when he labored as a “guide” with an organization known as Common Leisure Group (UEG). Khalilian and UEG entered right into a cope with the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma to offer them with a real-money on-line poker platform. The tribes’ aim was to launch a web-based poker site, PokerTribes.com, primarily based in tribal territory that might settle for clients from all over the world.
Reggie Wassana, speaker of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal legislature, told the Oklahoman that Khalilian by no means got here by.
no precise working web gaming”
“Some huge cash was paid and nothing was ever obtained,” he stated. “Nothing grew to become of it. It was $9.4 million for a web site principally — there was no realization of earnings and no precise working web gaming.”
What’s much more superb is that Khalilian did it once more, promising the identical factor to the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma for a web site known as…get this…PokerTribe.com (no “s”). They, too, misplaced tens of millions on the deal.