The story about Manches was first published in the Gazette in the UK, detailing how a top UK law firm was outsmarted by Carl Freer.
Manches, a prestigious UK law firm, failed to understand the nature and character of Carl Freer – their lack of due diligence and their casual documentation lead to the largest lost of fees in its history.
All Law firms dealing with Carl Freer should do so with utmost caution – demanding large retainers prior to the commencement of work, and never, ever, working beyond the value of the retainer.
This debacle was a contributing factor in the firm’s downfall – some of the smartest legal brains have been victims of the narrative of huge profits – that the funds have been transferred which never turn up and if they do they are late and less than expected. Just check the article on his ‘philanthropic’ donation to the King’s Medical Research Trust.
Others have learned lessons – in order that you don’t have to suffer the same outcome. (See new article to learn how he scammed another lawyer by claiming his father had died!)
When doing business with Carl Freer and his companies you should ask for a full and detailed disclosure of ALL the legal entities, internationally, he has created or been affiliated with, past and present. If you don’t it’s more than likely you’re going to GetFugu’d. Royally Fugu’d!
Below is a short list of people and companies that gave their trust and services to Carl Freer’s Getfugu Inc in America. They didn’t do due diligence and they got fugu’d.
Since that failure, Carl Freer has established himself in Singapore, Hong Kong and Vietnam. Numerous companies have been incorporated – some of them are all ready in legal disputes and named in court proceedings. Link.
Cases against GetFugu
The List below is an example of what can be found if you research court files – please undertake your own research to confirm the accuracy. And this is just one company . . . and this is not even a complete list. Here is an article with are some of his other US companies.
1, 01/23/2013 Los Angeles Superior Court SS023808, Elizaveta Meleschuk v. Getfugu Inc. Enforcement of Judgment.
2, 10/05/2011 Los Angeles Superior Court SC114384 Talener Group LLC v. Getfugu Inc Failed to pay for consulting services. Claim $39,000.
3, 02/24/2011 Los Angeles Superior Court BC455839 Jonathan P. Chodos v. Carl Freer; Getfugu, Inc.and others Malicious prosecution of attorney Mr. Chodos.
4, 01/27/2011 Los Angeles Superior Court 11CB0370 C Bennett v. Getfugu Inc. Labor Award
5, 01/19/2011 New York County Supreme Court 11-650151 Fusion Public Relations Inc. v. GetFugu Inc. Failure to pay for services $21,000.
6, 01/13/2011 Los Angeles Superior Court BC452954 The Video Agency v. Getfugu, Inc. Failure to pay $205,000
7, 01/03/2011 Los Angeles Superior Court SS020312 Asher Enterprises Inc. v. Getfugu Inc. Judgment
8, 12/14/2010 Los Angeles Superior Court 10CB5220 Bradly Ulbrich, California Department of Industrial Relations v. Getfugu Inc. Labor Award
9, 06/11/2010 Nassau County Supreme Court 10-11318 Asher Enterprises Inc. v. Getfugu Inc. Declaratory judgment for $187,000.
10, 05/17/2010 Los Angeles Superior Court 10SB0869 Angel Robert Marzuez v. Getfugu Inc.
11, 04/20/2010 Los Angeles Superior Court BC436153 Ronald Zimmerman, Leslie Denham v. Getfugu, Inc. Labor unpaid
12, 04/15/2010 New York County Supreme Court 10-104935 Leonard James Bedner; Melinda Cassandra Calixte; Joseph Genchi; Atanas Georgiev; Kuan Hsiang; Shaun Huang; Jonathan Lazar; Rochelle Looc; Panagiotis Oikonomopoulos; Michael Sun; Zhe Wang; Hong Wu; Xiaosong Yuan; Zhong Ying Zhang; Peng Zhao
Media Power Group Inc.; Media Power USA Inc.; Madero Inc.; Getfugu Inc. Breach of employment contracts. Staff claimed plus $420,000 in unpaid wages.
13, 04/01/2010 Los Angeles Superior Court BC434865 Hutton International Investments, Ltd. v. GetFugu, Inc. Failure to pay $500,000
14, 09/30/2009 USDC Southern District of New York 09 CV-8310 SpongeTech Delivery Systems Inc. v. Getfugu Inc and others. Breach of contract, fraud, $1.75 million
Remember – this is just one company and it is not a complete list. Similar can be found in other companies – the challenge would be to find of Carl Freer‘s companies that does not have messes stuck to it. He is no Angel.
We told you about the multi-million dollar donation scams Carl Freer pulled on the King’s Medical Research Trust and on Georgia Tech University. The scams where he made promises of multi-million dollar donations, and used the resulting good PR to get more credibility with investors. The scam being that he never donated anything – he had what he wanted – the press release and the prestige – free of charge.
What do they get out of it; a stained reputation for not doing the due diligence on a convicted fraudster and documented liar. Is there another university or charity that has suffered due to the promises of Carl Freer? We are continuing our enquiries, if you know of one please pass on the information.
The scam worked twice before – why not do it again?
This time the victim was to be Canterbury University in New Zealand – and the assailant – Carl Freer in the guise of – Media Power. (Great article on his guises and how to identify him.)
Multi-Million dollar donation to Canterbury University – accepted without due diligence
NEW YORK, Aug. 1 /PRNewswire/ — The Media Power Group, a leading innovator in the global mobile media market, today announced a private grant of $2 million to Canterbury University in New Zealand. The grant is dedicated to the University’s Human interface technology laboratory research center with the mission of increasing the current available research and education dedicated to Augmented Reality (AR) and mobile computing technologies. This announcement comes on the heels of a recent pledge by The Media Power Group of $5 million to Georgia Tech University’s Graphic Visualization Usability Centre. [Ed: This is the same Media Power as covered in this video, and linked to the missing IT Factory millions].
Professor Mark Billinghurst, Director of the HIT Lab NZ at University of Canterbury, New Zealand, is a pioneer in Augmented Reality (AR) and is focused on creating, together with Media Power, one of the largest AR teams worldwide and plans to leverage the grant to conduct further research and develop various applications. To date, Professor Billinghurst and his team have previously spearheaded advances which brought Augmented Reality to mobile devices.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Media Power and their other academic partners. Media Power have collected together some of the best AR researchers in the world and we are proud to be able to work with them on bringing this technology into the mainstream,” said Professor Billinghurst on the announcement of the grant.
“Previously only viable in the research labs, Augmented Reality is one of the most exciting and promising technologies today,” stated Rich Jenkins, CEO of Media Power. “Media Power is commercializing the technology and plans to make it available to everyone. By leveraging AR, Media Power creates an entirely new advertising paradigm for marketers, and media buyers to reach consumers worldwide as well as enhancing user experience on the handset.”
About Media Power
Media Power is a unique tech company that develops consumer and business products based on Augmented Reality technology (AR) and other advanced systems. Media Power has two divisions: Magitech and GetFugu.com and provides a range of high-tech goods and marketing services for several clients.
The human Interface Technology Laboratory New Zealand (HIT Lab NZ) is a research institute at the University of Canterbury conducting research in next generation human computer interfaces such as Augmented Reality, Visualization, and Telecomferencing. With over 40 staff and students the HIT Lab NZ is the largest AR research group in the Southern Hemisphere. The University of Canterbury is New Zealand’s second oldest university and home to its top ranked Engineering School.
When applying for an American Visa it is required by Law to provide full and honest answers. Would Carl Freer have the gall to scam the US Government?
The Scandinavian Media have previously, extensively, exposed Carl Freer’s criminal behaviour. They say that he had been arrested in 4 countries, had been fighting an International Warrant for his arrest issued by the German Authorities and had secured bail in the UK on financial terms. The Warrant was set aside after 3 years and a Court date in Strassburg had been set. (Article here with links to media, and translations thereof.) (Also – Carl Freer got arrested in the US – taking it to arrests in 5 countries.)
All of these actions were prior to Carl Freer’s Visa Application and there is a simple question to be answered on the application. It has a ‘yes or no’ answer.
That question is, as you can read below on his visa application at point 38;-
“Have you ever been arrested or convicted for any offence or crime, even though subject if a pardon, amnesty, or other similar legal action?”
On Carl Freer’s Application – in responses to a question asked by the US Government – a question that has to be answered honestly – he answered, “No”. He chose not to disclose an honest account of his previous arrests or his conviction on 2 counts of fraud in Sweden.
If there is another explanation, we would like to hear it. We can publish these documents as the Passport belonged to the Swedish Authorities, the Visa and the Application form are owned by the American Authorities and US Government.
This information plus the documentation given to us will be forwarded to the Immigration Services and Homeland Security for their review.
Below is an excerpt from the first page of the application so you can verify it is his application.
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You have met – or dealt with – Carl Freer. What did you think at first – and what do you know now?
Were you bewitched by him – bamboozled – impressed – flattered – honoured – inspired – awestruck – dumbstruck – incredulous – outraged – amused – bemused – angry – entertained – horrified – . . .? (Link)
You really owe it to yourself to do some proper due diligence on the man – many haven’t – many have lost everything – people and institutions – some are broke – some feel violated. Very few – if any – feel love. (See what happened to a top UK law firm)
If you do nothing else you should at least read these articles on Carl Freer. They are brilliantly written by an expert wordsmith. Compelling – enthralling – fast paced – hilarious – satisfying.
It is in 7 parts. When you click through on the first link, you can link to each successive story from there. Or you can come back here and link to the part you want.
I include a short summary of each part. These are no substitute for the real thing – more like an index really – something you can come back to and ask, “Now where was the bit about him threatening to kill those investors on the boat?”
The fiery crash of a Ferrari enzo exposes a billion dollar scam
Get ready for side splitting laughs. Somehow this limited edition, 2 seater classic car gets totalled on a Malibu highway. There are two people on the scene – one says he was passenger in the Ferrari and that the driver has run off into the hills. The second person says he was a passenger in another car that stopped to see if anyone was injured, and which them drove off leaving him there.
One totalled super-car – 2 dazed passengers – no one willing to take any responsibility . . . Can one draw parallels between car crashes and business ventures?
As Nicolas Stetcher says, “The idea that two men would be found at the scene of a two-seat, single vehicle accident, and that both would claim to be passengers, was met with skepticism.Still, officers were dispatched into the hills to search . . .”
The opening paragraph reads
“It was an unprecedented multinational scam that burned investors from London to Los Angeles. How did a Swedish gangster end up overseeing a billion-dollar tech firm? And where did all the money go? Read The Drive’s 7-part series to find out how a late-night car crash in Malibu led to the collapse of a shady Swedish syndicate.”
Remember our story – Cops and Robbers – about how Carl Freer “acquired” a Police Badge and became ‘part of US Law Enforcement?”
Well – – – “As Officer Huelson was interviewing witnesses, a blacked-out Hummer H2 rolled up. Two men in suits leaped out and started flashing what appeared to be Department of Homeland Security badges. They claimed jurisdiction and insisted on an immediate interview with [one of the “passengers”].
In this first part of the story we are also introduced to Carl Feer’s amazing eloquence.
“After having been found guilty of fraud, sentenced to 18 months probation and fined 200,000 Euros, the “underworld” decided to pay him a visit.”
As Nicolas Stetcher explains,
“. . . perhaps the most telling aspect of this origin tale is Carl Freer’s masterful skills of oratory persuasion.
“Somehow, in the face of imminent underworld pressure, he managed to not only avoid punishment [liquidation] completely, but actually twisted the situation to his benefit—inverting possible mob justice into a business opportunity.”
““[Freer] has a tremendous verbal capacity,” Swedish investigator Kjell Soderberg is quoted as saying in a Los Angeles Times feature. “He could sell sand in the Sahara and refrigerators to Eskimos.””
This part covers the incredible flop that was Gizmondo, and details how Carl Freer handled his investors’ money.
“In 2004, Gizmondo opened a high-profile flagship store on London’s exclusive Regent Street. They spared no expense. The rent was $300,000 a year and the store was built to entertain: top-to-bottom black marble, $750,000 worth of state-of-the-art 3D TVs, $48,000 of Bang & Olufsen phones and cameras, numerous bars, and a sound system worthy of a mega-club. Even the toilets were lined with Swarovski crystals. The men of Gizmondo were literally taking a shit atop their investors’ contributions.”
Ever wondered why some of these investors have been so gullible – so easily fooled?
One of the ‘Ladies of the Night’ explains the Carl Freer technique of relieving investors of the burden of their money . . . as she explains how the girls, the celebs, the lifestyle were used to manipulate them.
“This is what their trick was: to have all the girls, have the drinks, have the riches. And these investors are businessmen who don’t get out of the office much, and suddenly they’re surrounded by this amazing sort of movie star lifestyle, with girls who they couldn’t imagine talking to, let alone having drinks with. If men are shown a lifestyle that they can’t achieve by themselves then I think they’re gonna be persuaded, definitely.”
As Nicolas says, “These investors clearly weren’t just buying into a company’s balance sheet, they were buying into a lifestyle that they’d only ever seen from afar, from across the vast chasm of the velvet rope.”
The article also explains how Carl Freer paid his employees. Very clever. They had the illusion of great wealth – the reality being they owned nothing.
When it comes to chucked money, destroying a $1M Ferrari Enzo is a drop in the bucket
This really is an important segment – and if you read no others you should at least read this.
In the first two parts we have seen where Carl came from and how he suckered investors into parting with their money in the false belief that they were buying into the glamorous lifestyle he was showing them.
Here we are introduced to the inner workings – the actual mechanics of fraud.
“On the outside we looked like a professional company, but on the inside the company was just in shambles; we’d do a deal with anybody, but we wouldn’t follow through with it,” says “Anthony” (not his real name), a marketing executive who worked directly under Eriksson and Freer. “Everything Carl did was about press releases. That’s how we made our money, by pumping and dumping the stock on the exchange. Everybody was ready to do business with us. We paid [Universal] $100,000 initially for content; we did a deal with MTV, then released the press release and wouldn’t follow through with the deal. Simply because we wanted the press release to ten-fold our shares.”
. . . “A deal soon began brewing with Microsoft, which was in talks to provide games for the Gizmondo device. Anthony claims that before the contracts were even signed Freer had forged the signature of Ed Ventura, head of Microsoft Gaming Studios, and showed it to investors to get them to dump even more money.”
To find out how this escalated into a billion dollar fraud you need to read the article.
This part introduces you to the violence used to keep people in line – investors who don’t pay – anyone ‘pulling a fast one.’ Who defines what a ‘fast one’ is – they would never do this to you would they?
It also describes how Carl Freer bought up his own failed product to show extraordinary sales figures, while at the same time making sure the device did not get into real consumer hands where it would be exposed.
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After successfully scamming the King’s Medical Research Trust with the promise of a large donation that was never to be realised, Carl Freer had to do the donation scam again – why not – worked once and so should work again. Promise lots of money – lots of press releases about your largess and generosity – use the improved reputation to dupe gullible investors to further your own ends – keep the lie alive by continuing to claim to be a philanthropist.
This time it was to be a sizeable donation to Georgia Tech for research into augmented reality – false reality/augmented reality – is there a difference in Carl Freer’s mind?
Here is $5 Million for research – Oh, it didn’t materialise – well that’s the harsh reality – but why not augment that reality and see if you can’t make it simply appear – Can’t do that? – can’t magic money out of thin air? – Carl can – he made a $5 Million donation to you and you bought it – or was that just an illusion?
The story of this generous and benevolent donation is oft told by the media – more often told by Mr Freer – when he is trying to impress new victims investors.
No Due Diligence with Carl Freer . . . Get Stained
It is not as though Carl Freer was an unknown gangster in 2008. Simple due diligence would have revealed enough of his past crimes – arrests – failings – theft – to raise a red flag or two – and yet Georgia Tech – a proud and highly regarded institute – which hadn’t received enough money to even buy a bottle of detergent – was left trying to scrub out the stains of its association with Carl Freer.
That is the problem with stains – they don’t come out – that is why they are called stains.
If you don’t want to be Freer stained, do some due diligence on Carl. Confirm the above – contact Georgia Tech and ask them about his donation scam.
Georgia Institute of Technology, North Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30332, Phone: 404-894-2000
“Augmented Reality is one of the most exciting technologies available today. Thus far, it has only existed in the research lab. It is our intention to commercialize the technology and make it available to the public at large. Augmented Reality offers us the opportunity to create an entirely new advertising paradigm,” said Carl Freer, Media Power Co-Founder and Visionary.
About Media Power Inc
Media Power Inc is a unique tech company that develops consumer and business products based on Augmented Reality technology (AR) and other advanced systems. Media Power has two divisions: Magitech and GetFugu.com, and provides a range of high-tech goods and marketing services for several clients. For more information visit www.themediapowergroup.com
Summary: Carl Freer condemned by the courts as a serial fraudster and a liar – guilty of deception on grand scale – decides to repeat the donation scam on Georgia Tech – this story is often repeated within the media – the final verdict was they received nothing.
Imagine being a megalomaniac – trying to build a company of your own – failing miserably. Imagine realising that you simply do not have what it takes to envision, create, manage and build something – but you are a megalomaniac.
You have choices. Learn from your mistakes, roll your sleeves up and try again; persevere and overcome until you do, truly, succeed. Or, scam and steal from those who are successful.
If your every waking moment was consumed by an overwhelming compulsion to be rich, powerful, admired, respected, famous, and feared . . . What if you thought these things were your right – not something you earned? What choice to make? Which do you think Carl Freer made?
Despite having no formal education, Carl Freer can nonetheless sound like he does. He can expound upon the intricacies of company finances – disgorging a complicated tangle of facts – figures, names and relationships all designed to bamboozle his audience – guide them to total non-comprehension.
Once you are in the centre of his web he will pull all the right strings and convince you that he is a victim of Internet black PR.
Carl Freer Scams the King’s Medical Research Trust
Here is one example. He will inform you that only individuals of substance are invited to become members of the Board of Trustees for King’s Medical Research Trust – and then say that he is such a person.
Except – he promised a $6 million donation – Trustee appointment documents were prepared – the Trust’s brochures and letterhead revised to include Carl Freer’s name – the terms of his appointment and the size of his donation took some time to negotiate – unsurprisingly he never sent the donation – he never signed the trustee documents – yet he claims to be a Trustee. (He later repeated this scam on Georgia Tech University and Canterbury University in New Zealand.)
It became clear subsequently that they had not considered it necessary to conduct careful research into Carl Freer’s background – an astonishing lapse on their part. A lapse that too manyothers seem to have had too.
The Carl Freer Stain Does Not Wash Out
This prestigious institution is forever stained with his association with the convicted fraudster Carl Freer.
The highly regarded Sunday Times newspaper reported that Carl Freer had lied to boost his reputation by publicly announcing that he was a Trustee on the Board of Kings Medical Research Trust.
The below link shows that in 2005 – years after the fact of his having fooled the King’s Medical Research Trust – he still claimed to be a trustee. These are official documents filed in the USA. Page 20. This is the relevant excerpt.
“Mr. Freer, age 35, has served as Chairman since August 2004 and has been Managing director of the Company’s Gizmondo Europe Ltd. subsidiary based in the UK since summer of 2003. He was the founder in 1999 of Eagle Eye Scandinavian Ltd. that was acquired by the Company in February 2002. He founded and served as Sales Director of ARE Media AB, a private media sales company in Stockholm, a Director of Performance Films SA, a film production company in Malaga, Spain and a Director of Rivera Auto Forum, a specialty auto dealership in Cannes, France. Mr. Freer is a director of WEG Entertainment and a trustee of several charities, including Kings Medical Research Trust.”
The next link, to a puff piece for him, claims that Carl Freer is still a trustee. It is dated March 2017.
This is what this one says:
“Carl Freer is a person who is supporting charity and public services very much. He has provided aid to people in various fields including the medical and education. Carl Freer was a Director of WEG Entertainment and holds the position of a trustee of several charities, including the Kings Medical Research Trust. As a victim of Internet defaming, Carl Freer is trying hard to retain his power and trust among others. He is providing his services on charity and other services in technology fields now also.”
Please do your own due diligence. This is Charity Number 200539. You can see who the Trustees are. You will find phone numbers to call and ways to contact the trust – where you can verify if Carl Freer is, or ever was, a Trustee.
Carl Freer is neither a successful businessman nor a pillar of morality. He preys on the gullible.
A Master illusionist, he makes an Investor see things that do not exist – with all the right buzz words – a man of tremendous charm, which helps explain why so
many people are drawn to him – Some seem to have been mesmerised by him, talking about him almost as if he were a religious figure.
Carl Freer’s most important props are not the fancy offices, expensive clothes and watches, nor the financial/technological jargon that spills from his mouth – but his most valued assets/props are respectable and/or wealthy associations – Carl skilfully manipulates the expectations and beliefs of the new Investors which he has targeted – They see the associations as friends/supporters – if men and women like this are behind Carl Freer and his new business, it has to be a solid investment.
When the deceptions are exposed some of these companies turn out to be artfully contrived business plans; some with front men, some with non-existing capital, and some with profits manufactured out of thin air. It is an optical illusion, a mirage in the desert. Link
Carl Freer’s American Companies
This is a list of his American companies for those amongst you who value due diligence –
With the rate of failure of the above named companies Investors should be sceptical regarding Carl Freer‘s new companies – especially those which claim to predict future stock market and commodity movements – Watstock PTE. Ltd, Watopedia PTE. Ltd and Intelligentia PTE. Ltd. All are registered companies in Singapore and open to public inspection by using the ACRA Singapore Business Database.