TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced a $22 million settlement with entities doing business as InterFACE Talent and their president and CEO Roman Vintfeld, over allegations of deceiving Florida consumers.
Allegations state that the New Jersey-based InterFACE falsely promoted to help Florida consumers get acting and modeling jobs. The company would take a large sum payment up front and then do nothing more than give a photo shoot and introduce consumers to industry professionals, Bondi charged.
Bondi obtained a stipulated permanent injunction and a final consent judgment to resolve the case.
InterFACE is mandated to pay $22 million restitution, $3.5 million in civil penalties and $500,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs. The company can no longer provide services in Florida related to acting, entertainment or singing.
Bondi’s office received more than 200 complaints about this alleged talent marketing scheme. The company is currently in insolvency, but her office will seek ways to maximize potential future refunds through post-judgment proceedings.