Disappointed Texas Music Festival fans seek refunds

Sep 6, 2008 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Houston Chronicle

James W. Watson III, president of Festival Entertainment of Texas Inc., could not be reached for comment.

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honestjohn

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Oct 15, 2008
 
Of course he cannot be reached for comment...he was just a front man for the organizer!
Unpaid Vendor

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Nov 4, 2008
 
The event was a fraud. James Watson, III's father stole all the money on Sunday night. The bands supposed to perform on Monday didn't show knowing they wouldn't get paid. Most of the vendors, myself included, have not been paid a dime. These guys are thieves and the company is a sham.
ive been had

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Nov 17, 2008
 
the same guys owe me over $25,000 for investing and another member of my family $25,000. Dont ever invest with James Watson. You will be robbed. He is a con man
james watson jr

Linden, NJ

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Nov 17, 2008
 
he also scammed his neighbors in magnolia texas. james watson jr is a crook. look at his criminal record. it goes over 30 years back from fraudulent activities.
Scammed Investor

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Nov 23, 2008
 
James Watson Jr 111 is currently sitting in Sacramento county Jail on bank fraud and tax evasion federal charges. He was on parole for the same charges going back years where he did the same thing at the sacramento Jazz Festival. He scammed me out of USA $50,000 - my life savings! He is a life time crook and he will be going staright to hell! If anyone needs to serve him, contact Sacramento Sheriffs department.
Houston

Missouri City, TX

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Jan 10, 2009
 
Everyone should understand how all this was laid out! James Watson Jr. had this music festival company set up in the name of his oldest son: James Watson III. His son did not handle any of the business dealings his father did. James Watson Jr. paid either with cash or credit cards that were always different. Everything James Watson Jr. did was flashy. Showing alot of cash and always had top designer lines and products. Even though they were paid for with other peoples scammed money. The home he supposedly owned was not his but was in the name of a woman in California. Public tax records are a wonderful thing! His assistant that was always at his home was pretty shady looking and had to have been apart of the scam too. The only thing found on google after alot of looking was that he did get charged with Bank Fraud in Sacramento CA and did time in the Federal Pen. He was on probation and terms where that he had to have the Judge's permission to be involved in any type of music venue promotion. I do hope that he is locked up for a long time for no other reason than to keep him away from his sons!
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Linden, NJ

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Feb 1, 2010
 
unfortunately he scammed me and some family members out of over $50,000. This guy was ruthless. Lesson learned, if you are going to invest large sums of money like this, always do a background check first. This could have saved me over $50,000. He baited me in by inviting me and my friend to his so called beautiful home on the golfcourse, drove me around in his little fancy golfcart, showed me all the gold and platinum plaques in his gameroom, flashed all kinds of cash, drove me around in this beautiful mercedes,reimbursed me for my airline tickets down to the penny. We talked abouth the festival and I flew back home. But on the way to the airport, he said that he had a deal that was going to occur before the houston jazz festival. It was some event in Atlanta. I had to give him $16,000 and he would double that to $32,000. It was for a new years eve party.Granted he already had my initial $25,000 for the houston festival. I called this crook everyday all day for an entire year. e did send bits and pieces, but nowhere near what he owed. I hope he rots in jail!!!!
Houston

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May 31, 2010
 
scammed too wrote:
unfortunately he scammed me and some family members out of over $50,000. This guy was ruthless. Lesson learned, if you are going to invest large sums of money like this, always do a background check first. This could have saved me over $50,000. He baited me in by inviting me and my friend to his so called beautiful home on the golfcourse, drove me around in his little fancy golfcart, showed me all the gold and platinum plaques in his gameroom, flashed all kinds of cash, drove me around in this beautiful mercedes,reimbursed me for my airline tickets down to the penny. We talked abouth the festival and I flew back home. But on the way to the airport, he said that he had a deal that was going to occur before the houston jazz festival. It was some event in Atlanta. I had to give him $16,000 and he would double that to $32,000. It was for a new years eve party.Granted he already had my initial $25,000 for the houston festival. I called this crook everyday all day for an entire year. e did send bits and pieces, but nowhere near what he owed. I hope he rots in jail!!!!
Mr. Watson certainly had everything looking good but his attitude exposed his cover with me. He pressed me several time to invest and to approach my family to invest. I did business with him but cash payment on delivery. He kept pushing to establish credit but never would complete a document with all the current business information.....hmmmmm now that was a big sign! I am still perplexed about all the platinum records and stuff, for now I can only call it that, he hung in his theatre room? I started digging and found that the home he displayed as his was actually his girlfriends. Sad to see she had blinders on with this man...or did she. What about the team of PR he had to represent him? They were all from California and the lady that owns it wasvery active in sports promotions. I believe in my research she is an NBA players daughter. Well I do hope that the court system gives him everything he deserves for the plot and ploy he played out. I also hope that the girl that was always working with him at his home was arrested too. She looked like a drug addict to me and I even asked Mr. Watson what her problem was. Please post any updates and or court dates. I would gladly testify against Mr. Watson.

There is no doubt in my mind that she knew exactly what was going on in his business dealings.
Houston

Houston, TX

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May 31, 2010
 
Mr. Watson certainly had everything looking good but his attitude exposed his cover with me. He pressed me several time to invest and to approach my family to invest. I did business with him but cash payment on delivery. He kept pushing to establish credit but never would complete a document with all the current business information.....hmmmmm now that was a big sign! I am still perplexed about all the platinum records and stuff, for now I can only call it that, he hung in his theatre room? I started digging and found that the home he displayed as his was actually his girlfriends. Sad to see she had blinders on with this man...or did she. What about the team of PR he had to represent him? They were all from California and the lady that owns it was very active in sports promotions. I believe in my research she is an NBA players daughter. Well I do hope that the court system gives him everything he deserves for the plot and ploy he played out. I also hope that the girl that was always working with him at his home was arrested too. She looked like a drug addict to me and I even asked Mr. Watson what her problem was. Please post any updates and or court dates. I would gladly testify against Mr. Watson.
Facts about this man

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Jun 18, 2010
 
I knew him very well and he is indeed the Devil!
Answers to all your questions:
1. The house he was living in Houston was owned by his Ex fiance from California. He was paying the mortgage (rent)to stay there, however, he did not pay it and it went into foreclosure. He put up the big 'W' sign on the front gate to make it look like his house but it was not. If you ever looked in draws nothing belonged to him. Even the red mercedes is not his.
2. The music wall hangings were all fakes for the purpose of enticing investors
3. He used the same scam, saying give me this cash now and I will double it by said date but of course always had excuses for not paying anything back on time.
4. He used the same lines his used years ago with the Sacramento Jazz Festival, that he had lent a huge amount of money to his ex fiance and her ex husband had all the money frozen in her divorce so hence he needed cash now until he could get his money back. This was of course a lie.
5. He was on probation at the time of the Houston Music Festival for the exact same fraudulent activity in Sacramento
6. He used his son's name and identity to conduct busines dealings and then skipped out on the event with all the money, leaving his son and elderly mother behind and even had the son's new mercedes repossed that day.
7. There was no other business activities ie Rodeos, Events in Atlanta, Real estate, fast food chains, comercial gift company, houses (photos of houses in Atlanta, Dallas ranch and DC home all belong to other people) no cars or any assets that actually were his. Even the hotel downtown he would stay at was a sponsor and was never paid.
8. The PR team and all contractors were not in any way aware of his past fraudulent activities and no one was paid for any work done and no investors were paid back including myselh who lost my entire life savings!
I did do a background check and there was nothing in the system. Even a private investigater could not uncover anything on him except a huge tax lien from years ago
I have informed FBI that I am more than willing to testify against this con man! He is indeed the Devil! Let him rot in hell!
Houston

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Jul 3, 2010
 

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Facts about this man wrote:
I knew him very well and he is indeed the Devil!
Answers to all your questions:
1. The house he was living in Houston was owned by his Ex fiance from California. He was paying the mortgage (rent)to stay there, however, he did not pay it and it went into foreclosure. He put up the big 'W' sign on the front gate to make it look like his house but it was not. If you ever looked in draws nothing belonged to him. Even the red mercedes is not his.
2. The music wall hangings were all fakes for the purpose of enticing investors
3. He used the same scam, saying give me this cash now and I will double it by said date but of course always had excuses for not paying anything back on time.
4. He used the same lines his used years ago with the Sacramento Jazz Festival, that he had lent a huge amount of money to his ex fiance and her ex husband had all the money frozen in her divorce so hence he needed cash now until he could get his money back. This was of course a lie.
5. He was on probation at the time of the Houston Music Festival for the exact same fraudulent activity in Sacramento
6. He used his son's name and identity to conduct busines dealings and then skipped out on the event with all the money, leaving his son and elderly mother behind and even had the son's new mercedes repossed that day.
7. There was no other business activities ie Rodeos, Events in Atlanta, Real estate, fast food chains, comercial gift company, houses (photos of houses in Atlanta, Dallas ranch and DC home all belong to other people) no cars or any assets that actually were his. Even the hotel downtown he would stay at was a sponsor and was never paid.
8. The PR team and all contractors were not in any way aware of his past fraudulent activities and no one was paid for any work done and no investors were paid back including myselh who lost my entire life savings!
I did do a background check and there was nothing in the system. Even a private investigater could not uncover anything on him except a huge tax lien from years ago
I have informed FBI that I am more than willing to testify against this con man! He is indeed the Devil! Let him rot in hell!
In my first meeting with James Watson he was far too obvious in his disguise. I told my business colleagues he was not to be trusted and everything should be cash payment. He did use credit cards a few time....always different with each payment.

I ran the plates on his SUV and found them to be from a rental company. Another red flag. Why would you have a rental car if you lived in Magnolia. Scammer on board.

When I went to his home for a business meeting regarding the ticket design for the festival it was way to perfect. Nothing out of place and the furniture looked rented. He was very anal about everything being in place. When I leaned up against the desk he freaked out. His very drugged out looking assistant just sat in a chair never saying a word. He sent her to the bank to get cash....told her to get $4000. THE FBI NEEDS TO FIND THIS GIRL AND INDICT HER TOO! SHE WAS A PART OF THIS SCAM AND HIS PARTNER!!
Houston

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Jul 3, 2010
 
In my first meeting with James Watson he was far too obvious in his disguise. I told my business colleagues he was not to be trusted and everything should be cash payment. He did use credit cards a few time....always different with each payment.

I ran the plates on his SUV and found them to be from a rental company. Another red flag. Why would you have a rental car if you lived in Magnolia. Scammer on board.

When I went to his home for a business meeting regarding the ticket design for the festival it was way to perfect. Nothing out of place and the furniture looked rented. He was very anal about everything being in place. When I leaned up against the desk he freaked out. His very drugged out looking assistant just sat in a chair never saying a word. He sent her to the bank to get cash....told her to get $4000. THE FBI NEEDS TO FIND THIS GIRL AND INDICT HER TOO! SHE WAS A PART OF THIS SCAM AND HIS PARTNER!!
Los Angeles and the Devil

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Nov 16, 2010
 
The Devil scamed my grand mother and out of her life savings, and all of her rental property, rotting in hell is to good for him.
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In my first meeting with James Watson he was far too obvious in his disguise. I told my business colleagues he was not to be trusted and everything should be cash payment. He did use credit cards a few time....always different with each payment.
I ran the plates on his SUV and found them to be from a rental company. Another red flag. Why would you have a rental car if you lived in Magnolia. Scammer on board.
When I went to his home for a business meeting regarding the ticket design for the festival it was way to perfect. Nothing out of place and the furniture looked rented. He was very anal about everything being in place. When I leaned up against the desk he freaked out. His very drugged out looking assistant just sat in a chair never saying a word. He sent her to the bank to get cash....told her to get $4000. THE FBI NEEDS TO FIND THIS GIRL AND INDICT HER TOO! SHE WAS A PART OF THIS SCAM AND HIS PARTNER!!
Los Angeles and the Devil

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Nov 16, 2010
 
The devil scamed a 90 year old woman out of her life savings, and then all of her property. Rotting in hell is to good for hime. much more than the 2 million, because he had some money when he came to Houstion. Where did all the money go?
Are you kidding me

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Jan 16, 2011
 
James was what we called a poot butt loser in high school... Everyone else had a car, he rode a 10 speed but said he had a Ferrari at home... No one took him seriously then... It amazes me that people did not see through his transparent persona and actually believed his over the top lies. Background check people!
Lesson: Never trust a big butt and a smile...
Annonymous Miami

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Jan 21, 2011
 
Were you referring to father or son... just curious...
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James was what we called a poot butt loser in high school... Everyone else had a car, he rode a 10 speed but said he had a Ferrari at home... No one took him seriously then... It amazes me that people did not see through his transparent persona and actually believed his over the top lies. Background check people!
Lesson: Never trust a big butt and a smile...
Hate Him

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May 2, 2012
 
I am glad this butthole has been caught! Those fake plaques really had me fooled. The videos of him as an organizer of a rodeo... pictures with celebrities!!!!! The guy was a true con artist. I believe that he will try again once he gets out of prison. We need to post pictures of him in case he tries to use another name. I wis I had some. If anyone has pictures, please post somewhere on the internet..like maybe on one of those sights that expose scams!!!
Houston Tx

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Nov 22, 2013
 
This is a shame, that this con-criminal is not done yet, he is making new fraudulent plans already while still in prison. He found a new victim, new girlfriend her name is Debra, this is her new girlfriend in crime, this woman is very naive, unexposed, he is going to destroy her. May god help her to see the light.
Hate Him wrote:
I am glad this butthole has been caught! Those fake plaques really had me fooled. The videos of him as an organizer of a rodeo... pictures with celebrities!!!!! The guy was a true con artist. I believe that he will try again once he gets out of prison. We need to post pictures of him in case he tries to use another name. I wis I had some. If anyone has pictures, please post somewhere on the internet..like maybe on one of those sights that expose scams!!!

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