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Vicky Pezza @VickyPezza
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Hi! This Thread is the story of a con man & his celebrity buddy who cheated me out of thousands of dollars when I needed it most, then used my unpaid work for their own financial and material gain.

I call this tale THE ACTION JUNKEEZ RACECAR

Listen: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sop…
First, the GOOD news:

After an emotional, intrusive year of training and scrutiny, @LennyPezza & I are officially FOSTER PARENTS to an AMAZING 14 year old girl!!!

We’ve brought back our podcast Sophomore to talk about it: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sop…

View this story thru that lens.
The Resource Family Approval process involved a deep-dive into our finances, so this “Entrepreneur” and “Investor" duo could not have chosen a more devastating time to fuck me over.

The financial hit impacted us so badly, our social worker included it in our final Home Study.
#ActionJunkeez is a gambling & MMA podcast hosted by UFC’s Jake Ellenberger & Jon Orlando, the lying grifter fraud he enables.

What began as a legitimate show based out of Hollywood Park Casino quickly lost @PlayHPC and slowly devolved into the Fyre Festival of Podcasts.
On September 8, 2017, after 9 months of employment, @JonOrlando called me with a choice:

Accept a deferred payment arrangement, or lose my job completely.

This postponement would total thousands and pay out in January.

“It'll be a nice nest egg for you & Lenny”
Some of the reasons @JonOrlando gave for being unable to pay in full until Jan 2018 included everything from the birth of @EllenbergerMMA’s son, to Jake’s UFC loss to @PlatinumPerry, to pending sponsorship deals with both @ModeloUSA Especial & @JesseCWaits at The @Palms in Vegas.
I couldn’t afford to lose my job so abruptly before the holidays, and I'd still be getting HALF my pay monthly, so I felt forced to say ok.

But come January 2018, not only did Jon NOT pay ANYTHING, he was downright annoyed that I expected him to.

He owed me a balance of $8,000.
That was the same month Jon somehow became CEO of an alleged “Podcast Junkeez Network” that had exactly ONE show on it -

ACTION JUNKEEZ.

And at that point, I had made 100% of their episodes.
The same week @JonOrlando was sending me nasty text messages about how he couldn’t afford to pay me, he was using #ActionJunkeez to pretend he’s a “Famous Podcaster” to score steak dinners at @AndiamoLV & get press on @VegasNews

vegasnews.com/170756/famous-…
After weeks of completely dodging me WHILE OWING ME $8,000, @JonOrlando had the fucking BALLS to post MY picture to get HIMSELF attention & “likes” on #InternationalWomensDay
When I refused to continue working until their enormous balance was paid, Jon sent Professional Martial Artist & Marine Jake @EllenbergerMMA TO MY HOME to pick up their recording equipment, which I had been storing & transporting for them for over a year.
Jake, embarrassed & apologetic, said “I know what time it is,” & asked us please not to sue. He added, unlike Jon, "I'm a man of my word,” and promised to resolve the entire debt following his next UFC fight.

That fight would not come until June 1 vs @BenSaundersMMA, UFC FN 131
Meanwhile, they began releasing new episodes called The Action Junkeez #MorningFix

Only they WEREN’T “new” at all - to date, nearly half are just clips cut from MY 2017 episodes, re-released and credited to a competitor in Atlanta called @URMixD
Hey @URMixD, how can you justify slapping this promotional tag for YOUR company on all 10 of these episodes that were recorded, produced AND MIXED by ME?

Especially WHILE I’m still owed THOUSANDS for this show’s production work?
Even worse? 6 out of those 10 episodes include an ADDITIONAL sponsor - #HollywoodSmileLV - a cosmetic dentist named Dr. Steve Kim in Las Vegas, whose Action Junkeez sponsorship got @JonOrlando A MOUTH FULL OF LUMINEERS
For months, I silently watch all of this unfold, just waiting for Jake’s fight so I can recover the $8,000 debt & move on

But June 1 comes & goes, and @EllenbergerMMA is EllenbergerMIA.

NOW I PANIC.

If this guy ISN’T a “man of his word," what am I supposed to do? Kick his ass?
3 WEEKS after the fight, I make @LennyPezza text Jake.

HE ANSWERS!

Says the money is on the way…

...and sends $2,000.

No explanation. No apology.

Forced to ask “where’s the other $6,000?” Jake replies he’s “fighting again August 25”
During this time, he & Jon appear on the very show they owe me the money for, laughing & brazenly bragging about the huge sums of money they're gambling away.

Despite the fact Jake DOES fight on Aug 25, vs @Bryan_Barberena at UFC FN 135, he never contacts me or Lenny ever again.
When I try to sue in small claims court, I’m told I need to file in Nevada because Jon lives in Vegas.

It was over.

I had hit rock bottom.

Cheated out of thousands for months of work, and completely powerless to do anything about it.

Then, at my absolute lowest, I saw it…
THEY MADE A FUCKING RACECAR.

Yes, they took a project they STILL haven't paid off production on and turned it into A SPONSOR-COVERED BILLBOARD ON WHEELS.
I have no idea how @JonOrlando conned @GalpinAutoSport into aligning with him AND getting Galpin to drag @CooperTire @BD_Wheels & @3MFilms down with them, but I imagine it looked something like this:
Hey @GalpinAutoSport @CooperTire @BD_Wheels @3MFilms @URMixD & #HollywoodDentalLV -

Would LOVE to hear your statement on why YOUR brand names & logos are featured on the official racecar of a show that owes a Foster Mom $6,000 for its production.
Look, I know some of you know Jake @EllenbergerMMA and think he’s a good guy.

SO DID WE!

That's WHY we trusted him!

But he came to our home, lied to our face, dragged it out for MONTHS, and then GHOSTED US.

What say you, Jake? Am I lying about ONE WORD of this?
And yes, @JonOrlando IS the son of music legend & 70’s icon @TonyOrlando.

And yes, he knew I was a fan of his Dad and exploited that to take advantage.

Why? Because Jon is a shameless, entitled narcissist who cares about no one but himself.

Enjoy your new teeth, asshole.
COME AT ME, BROZ

Or just apologize and pay your fucking debt like men.
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