Man Ordered to Pay $2.3 Million in Restitution
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ A man who promised to look for work for thousands of aspiring models and actors, but didn’t, has been ordered to pay them a total of $2.3 million in restitution.
The order against David L. DuPont stemmed from a suit against him filed by the Federal Trade Commission, which said the agencies he ran between 1988 and 1991 did practically nothing for their clients.
The agencies operated in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Washington, Detroit, Dallas, San Francisco and New York.
Clients were charged $375 to $395 for photographs which were simply filed away, then thrown out when space ran out, the FTC said.
U.S. District Court Judge Norma L. Shapiro ruled in the FTC’s favor last month and signed the order Jan. 22. The order also barred DuPont from operating any new agency unless it makes money on commissions from modeling work rather than fees for photos.
FTC attorney Mamie Kresses said the commission had received hundreds of consumer complaints about the agencies. She said she didn’t not know how much money could be recovered for reimbursement.
The FTC seized two Mercedes-Benz cars and several thousand dollars when it filed suit in 1990.
Kresses said anyone who paid money to a DuPont agency should contact the FTC in Washington, D.C. The agencies were called DuPont Model Management, Moda Model Management, Metro Modeling, Commercial People, Casting Directory and Cactus.