Here at Dealbreaker we are well aware of the fact that there exists a small but passionate group of financial services hacks in the audience just dying to give acting a try, but have yet to do so because of a crippling fear of the prospect of a complete and total career change. Because we're always working for you, we've done some digging and found the perfect crossover gig in which to dip your toes. While Madoff didn't enlist the services of actors for his scheme (that we know of), lots of smaller scams, like Houston-based JaxTrece, are relying on individuals who can both act and talk shop. That could be you!
Curiously, in early October, Ramon sent an e-mail to an Austin actors group: She was seeking a male actor in his 50s or 60s with a New York accent to make an appearance at what she said was a Houston fundraising event. Another document filed in a lawsuit and said to have been found in Ramon's computer describes Scrabanek's back story down to his children's names and his residence (the Time Warner building in New York City), and details his attitude: "typical Jewish New York . . . doesn't really care about anyone but yourself, snotty and stuck up."
Some now wonder whether the man they met was actually an actor earning $500 an hour to play a part in what the Justice Department says was an investment scam that defrauded investors of millions of dollars.