HOUSTON (CN) – A sports marketing company claims a promoter defrauded it of $318,000 using forged letters, allegedly from Lady Gaga and NBA stars. The Taiwanese plaintiff claims that Houston-based Ron Siegel and his company, Golden Hoops, promised to bring the entertainers to Taiwan, but took the money and waltzed with it.
Bros Sports Marketing sued Siegel and his alter ego company in Federal Court. It claims that Siegel approached it in 2009, claiming he could “organize and bring sports and entertainment events to Taiwan.”
“One of the events that Siegel proposed to plaintiff was a slam dunk contest that he said would feature prominent NBA players,” Bros says. He provided a list of NBA stars, and “produced signed contracts from Shannon Brown, Nick Young, Will Bynum and Carl Landry indicating their commitment to participate in Slam Fest,” the complaint states. Bros says it wired $77,456 to Siegel after receiving these so-called contracts. (Neither the NBA players nor Lady Gaga are parties to the complaint, which does not allege that any of them had anything to do with it, or even knew of it.)
In addition, Bros says, “Siegel promoted to Bros concerts by multiple Grammy award
winning artist Lady Gaga, whose current Monster Ball Tour is one of the most successful concert tours worldwide. Siegel produced a letter purportedly from Lady Gaga’s manager giving Siegel the right to schedule concerts in Asia as well as emails purportedly from Lady Gaga’s talent agency, William Morris. The parties entered into a contract for two (2) Lady Gaga concerts for payment in the amount of $950,000, which Siegel signed on behalf of Golden Hoops on or about May 12, 2010, and which was executed by Bros on or about May 14, 2010. Said concerts were to be held in Taiwan in the beginning of October 2010. As per all of his dealings with Plaintiff,
Siegel again instructed Bros to pay him personally. Plaintiff, therefore, paid the amount of $215,909 via wire transfer directly to Siegel personally as a deposit and initial payment for the Lady Gaga events on or about May 14, 2010.”
Finally, Bros says, it sent Siegel another $25,000 for four so-called Slam Ball games – basketball with trampolines.
“Thereafter, Plaintiff discovered that all of the NBA player contracts that it had been
provided by Siegel were forgeries,” the complaint states. “Plaintiff also learned that the letter from Lady Gaga’s manager that Siegel forwarded to Bros was also a forgery. Bros demanded to Siegel that he refund all monies that plaintiff had paid to him for the Slam Fest, Slam Ball and Lady Gaga events. Siegel unconditionally agreed to return all such monies on multiple occasions both verbally and in writing. Despite these repeated promises, Siegel has not returned any of these funds to Bros.”
Bros wants its money back and punitive damages for breach of contract, intentional misrepresentation and deceptive trade.
It is represented by Clay Hartmann of Dallas.