Fraud Tarnishes 3D-Denim, Diamonds & Divas Concert:
Aurora, MO: RS Express Foundation owners of 3D- Denim, Diamonds & Divas released this statement today; fraud is the main reason the organization was unable to give back to the community after last month’s concert. Two, third party private contractors representing the company to secure sponsors and vendors were embezzling.
The first contractor was securing vendors and having payment sent to their personal pay pal account and having checks made out to the representative and then cashing the checks. The foundation is aware of seven cases thus far and continues to investigate. None of those funds were turned over to the foundation.
The other contractor did not deliver tickets that were valued at $20.00 and $80.00 per ticket to the event sponsors. However, the representative either sold them or gave them away causing free tickets to be spread across the area. In addition, the representative collected cash from city leaders and others never turning in the funds or issuing tickets which in return had to be done free of charge. The representative also received hundreds of dollars in free merchandise to be raffled off to raise money. However, the foundation never received the items and some of the attraction vouchers have been used at the attractions. Furthermore, the foundation is still investigating the items that the individual purchased on several Wal-Mart gift cards given to the foundation for marketing the event.
RS Express Foundation has secured legal counsel to represent the organization. The foundation is seeking criminal fraud suit and a civil suit for Defamation of Character and Interfering with a Business Relationship, which also tarnished the concert. Statements from more than a dozen concert goers and sponsors have been obtained stating they were contacted prior to the show, from one or the other representatives, stating Rob Frank, the foundation Chairman is a crook, and the concert would never happen. People were skeptical the show would never happened, not buying tickets for the event. Statements show this individual continues to make accusations as early as last week, about Mr. Frank and the foundation. Promoters for this show and other big events have stated this type of interference did effect the benefit concert severely.
Rob Frank the foundation Chairman not only volunteered his time for the event. In addition, took a loss paying vendors where funds fell short. Mr. Frank secured payment to all remaining vendors with a personal loan through First Independent Bank, Aurora, MO.
RS Express Foundation and all the major sponsors of the event are prepared to push all of the issues outlined as far as they can in order to try to recoup some of the loss, in hopes of this never happening again. At this time Mr. Frank does not plan on doing any further events in the Aurora area.