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Hollywood Talent Manager Sentenced for Scamming

August 01, 2011

Studio City–based talent manager Nicholas Roses entered a no-contest plea last week to operating an advance-fee talent service that put several minors at risk of harm and to failing to file the proper $50,000 bond with California's labor commission. He was sentenced in Los Angeles Superior Court to three years of probation, during which time he is prohibited from taking part in any talent training, counseling, or listing service, including outside California, as well as from being involved with any educational, day care, or camp facility attended by minors.

Roses was indicted in April and was prosecuted by Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney Mark Lambert on nine criminal charges for violating the Krekorian Talent Scam Prevention Act of 2009. The law specifically forbids talent services from charging money upfront in exchange for the promise of securing employment. It also requires such services post a $50,000 bond with California and necessitates clear language in contracts with aspiring artists. The Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists were instrumental in passing the Krekorian Act. Read More