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Two Alleged Talent Scammers Charged in L.A.

The proprietors of two Los Angeles talent-service companies are the first alleged offenders to be charged under a 2009 California law designed to protect performers from representation scams.

Ricardo Macias, owner of ActorsOnSet.com, and David Askaryar, owner of Hollywood Stars Management and VIP Talent Web, are accused of bilking aspiring actors out of thousands of dollars and violating the 2009 Krekorian Talent Scam Prevention Act, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office announced today.

Deputy City Attorney Mark Lambert, a driving force behind the 2009 law, will prosecute both cases. “These cases show that the City Attorney’s Office will be vigilant in prosecuting talent services in violation of the Krekorian Act,” Lambert said.

Macias faces charges on 18 criminal counts, including grand theft, false advertising, and failing to post a state bond required by the Krekorian Act. He faces up to 11 years in jail and $53,000 in fines.

The City Attorney’s Office received 22 complaints from throughout the country since 2009 —

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