Darien Small didn't learn his lesson, he's still scamming people. Since the mid 90's, Darien Small has been ripping people off of hundereds of thousands of dollars. This site is dedicated to raising awareness and preventing unknowing people from being his next victim!
From Craigslist: http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/crs/4827591702.html
this place it is a scam and the owner DARE SACS is a crook!!! , aka ( Dare, Dare Sacs, Dare Imagery, Studios and Sets, Imagery Studios and sets, etc... He usually sets up shop in Brooklyn but could also try to pull his scams in Queens or the Bronx.
He will sell you a block of studio time real cheap and then will be out of business again before you use up the time. He also illegally lives at his studios so he can run his scams 24/7.
Previous addresses have been 56 Bogart # 3C , Brooklyn and at 110 Troutman St. Brooklyn. up to the same games. Was only at one studio for less than three months before getting evicted. He also shuttles back and forth between NYC and DC to visit his so-called family, so he could be pulling the same scam there.
You have been warned, spread the word about this very bad con artists!!!
He will keep telling you lie after lie after lie once he gets your money or uses your services and owes you money.
PS: Models be warned, he will try to get you to do nude work for perverted photographers since those are the only creeps who want to use his studios and then secretly videotape you in the dressing room.
I forgot about this webpage, I really did.... Then I got an email. And of course, it's another poor person, suckered by Darien himself. This dude is a like a plauge. He goes away for a little while, then just can't help himself. As I've mentioned, I've so moved beyond this dude, but maybe, somewhere out there, this site will help at least one less person get scammed.
What you need to know:
What: Photography Scam
When: December 2014, probably falling apart now, guarentee in the next 4 weeks I get at least 5 more people saying they've been ripped off.
Where: Brooklyn, NY
The User Write:
So, here is the lowdown on Darien's latest attempt to scam. He was operating out a studio he sub leased in a warehouse in Brooklyn, NY. He was using his old moniker "Dare". The name he gave his "business", if that's what it can even be called, was "Studios and Sets".
Looking back, the racket was pretty straight forward. He hosted a few small events involving models, entertainers, etcetera, and would then invite photographers to shoot them. At these events he would then try to sell the photographers studio time in packages called "bundles". Basically, he promised to give them a lot of studio hours at ridiculously low prices if the photographers would pay him in full up front. Many people took the bait, I imagine. I was hired to be his studio manager. Much of my time was spent running around, in my personal vehicle, acquiring things for him he located on Craigslist. He claimed most these items were to be used as "props" for the sets he wanted to design. Looking back now, it really seems like it was just him incessantly hoarding, as there really wasn't much rhyme or reason to many of the items I was acquiring.
When it came time to be paid he claimed he was just waiting for a couple of more payments he'd received to clear the bank and then he would settle his debt. He seemed harmless, so I took him at his word. This went on for a few days, and at this point I truly was getting leery and suspicious.
Then, one day as I was showing up to inquire about my money, I walked in and he was being accosted by a few men who'd caught up with him from Baltimore. Apparently they had been victims of his down there and on a fluke had crossed paths with him here. Needless to say, these men weren't very happy. When the confrontation was over I pulled one of the men aside and asked him what was going on. He proceeded to explain who Darien was and what he was all about, and pulled up countless reports of him on his phone to validate what he was saying.
At this point I went back into the studio and confronted Darien with what I'd just seen. His response was, "you can't believe everything you read on the Internet." I didn't buy it, told him I wanted out, and demanded payment in full. Of course, he didn't have it. At that point I made him sign a contract, which he agreed to, stipulating I would be paid in full by the. I also showed the primary lease holder of the warehouse what had surfaced regarding Darien, as I believe they had the right to know the man they were dealing with is a thief.
Of course the 4th comes and goes, and why he did manage to give me a little up to that point, it was no where near close to what was stipulated in the contract. He continues to give me bits and pieces up until a couple days before Christmas, 2014, at which point he disappeared. I contacted the primary lease holder of the warehouse where he'd rented his studio space and was informed they'd evicted him the day before for failing to pay rent, as well as they fact they were sick of his shenanigans in general. I do not blame them at all for this.
So he got over on me for a substantial amount of money, his landlord, and a couple of photographers I have spoken with personally. I am sure there are countless others who purchased his "bundles" and now will never have their studio time honored, and I'm sure they will never have their money refunded.
Anyway, beware of Darien! His last known scam, as I said, was called "Studios and Sets". Surprisingly, the website is still up and operational. The address is: studiosandsets.com
The physical address of his failed studio is still on the site, but he is no longer there and I know the other tenants in the building don't want to nor are they in a position to further deal with his fallout, so please avoid going there. The phone number I have for him is 6466000961. It seems to still be active and current, although he isn't answering If I call.
On a final note, this scumbag actually had the audacity to text me a few days after Christmas and claim I'm the reason his business failed because I blew his cover. I'm just glad I could help stop his scam before others got hurt as well. This guy really is a piece of work.
Received reports starting in late December he's back to scamming got two reports of people saying he ripped off their wedding photographs... AND his ass is being taken back to civil court. What a turd.
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Case History Information
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Seems just like his MO... Been about 6 months since anyone has said anything, then out of the blue, I get an email:
I think he is at it again. This is so frustrating. I think he is just a kleptomaniac. If he knows you, lock up everything or he will circle around when you are not looking. If anyone knows his latest whereabouts, please post.
So is he out there ripping people off? Let us know!
You would think Darien would try and stay out of trouble..... Apparently he's violated some MORE traffic laws.
This was posted in a facebook group this morning:
UPDATE ON DARIEN SMALL from court on Friday 11/4/11 at the 2 PM:
He pleaded guilty on multiple charges of theft and fraud. Next date: Sentencing on January 27th at 2 PM – victim statements can be made at that time. He needs to come up w/ the full $8300 to avoid jail and get 3 years probation OR if he comes w/ a partial payment he will receive up to 2 years in jail OR if he’s a no show a warrant will be put out for his arrest at back to back 8 year sentences (16 years). The judge was very firm with him regarding the idea that he MUST be there- on time – in the correct courtroom AND that the judge would take no excuse other than him being incarcerated or admitted to a hospital bed in a legitimate hospital (not an ER trip, etc.)
Looks like Darien is using a new company name called Images Tales just another scam! I honestly can't believe he is doing this while he is AWAITING TRIAL!
Sounds like he has two new aliases too:
Also, please do no post Darien's private information on here (DL numbers, SSN, etc) as much as I think the dude is a piece of trash, it's not necessary (not to mention I already have it!).
If you have personal information about Darien, please fee free to use the "Contact" form and send me an email. I do not give it out to anyone except the authorities.
Also, to date, it seems as if his wife is not involved with his dealings, I can't speak for his children, but please don't drag them into this unless you have concrete evidence they are involved.
Looks like the next three months will be fun for Mr. Darien Small... I hope at some point justice is served. This guy has literally ripped off at least $200,000 and pretty much been untouched.
Court Scheduling Information
I'm by no means a legal expert but doing a little searching, it would appear Darien Small and Nancy Aram filed for a postponement of the trial and waived Hick's. What Hick's you might ask? Well so did I:
"Commonly referred to in Maryland as "Hick's Rule," a defendant's right to a speedy trial guarantees that the court set a trial date no later than 180 days after the arraignment or after the first time the defendant's attorney enters an appearance.
By waiving that rule the defendant is allowing the trial to start latter."
Based off this, it would appear Darien is going to be free for a while.
He's back in court on 5/26 for violation of his probation terms set forth in another fraud case.
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