Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
- Jerry Couvaras, Basil Couvaras – Atlanta Bread Co
- Perjury, Impersonation, Identity-theft, Misrepresentation
Fake Link/Website Used:
- Alexandra Zavis
- Mary Jane Credeur
Date of Submission:
- May 02, 2017
- March 17, 2017
- October 9, 2017
- October 10, 2017
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
There were 4 (fake) DMCA’s filed in March, May and Oct 2017, targeting various News Portals and Articles. Each of these articles had information on the alleged swindling, scam legal issues facing Jerry Couvaras and Basil Couvaras, of Atlanta Bread Co, an Atlanta based company.
In DMCA 1, a Mary Jane Credeur claimed that her article at Bizjournals.com was copied by entrepreneur.com without consent and wanted it removed. We contacted Bizjournals.com and were told they’re not the ones behind this fake DMCA. We contact the real Mary Jane Credeur (an airlines and freight reporter for Bloomberg News) and were told she has no idea about these articles, or the DMCA.
It however seems that Entrepreneur.com hastily removed the article from their website based on this fake DMCA. We acquired a copy of the original article from them are are publishing it in full at the end of this post.
In DMCA 2, an Alexandra Zavis submitted that her article, originally posted at Augusta.com was copied and posted by a major News Portal in South Africa. How convenient. This was rebutted by Alexandra and Augusta.com who are now looking into this matter. We hope to file a counter-DMCA soon and bring the de-indexed article back on Google, along with new investigation reports at Augusta.com 🙂 .
In DMCA 3 & 4, the perpetrators set up fake News Portals on free blogging platforms – http://cnbcworldnews.blogspot.com and http://abc7-news.blogspot.com , planted the target articles, backdated them and filed DMCAs at Google. The DMCAs targeted articles at franchisetimes.com and http://www.wtvy.com which exposed the scams and hypocrisy of Jerry and Basil Couvaras of Atlanta Bread Co.
Here are few more fake DMCAs we found at the above fake News Portals –
- https://www.lumendatabase.org/notices/14972797 Faisaltex Manufacturing Ltd
- https://www.lumendatabase.org/notices/15144546 Abdullah Allad and Adam Umerji
Entrepreneur.com article in full – https://web.archive.org/web/20160304192312/https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/70620
Atlanta-Atlanta Bread Co. president and CEO Jerry Couvaras has been arrested in South Africa for allegedly swindling South African investors out of $5.54 million. Couvaras was arrested in Johannesburg on March 27, nearly 12 years after thousands of South Africans allegedly lost money in an investment scheme that collapsed after two companies were liquidated, according to Johannesburg police.
Couvaras faces charges of fraud and of allegedly contravening the Banks Act by “unlawfully conducting the business of a bank.” He allegedly is a key figure behind two investment companies that went into liquidation in 1993. A previous civil lawsuit in that case has been dropped.
A local spokesperson for Couvaras, Rebecca Wallace, said the executive “disagrees with the allegations against him and will continue to contest these decade-old issues.”
Company spokesperson Alice Coggin said Couvaras remains the CEO and president of the company and that it is “business as usual” for the Atlanta-based company. –Atlanta Business Chronicle
SO WHAT WERE THEY TRYING TO HIDE ?
It is the same old story. A firm has a negative review at Ripoff Report. It ranks high on Google and hurts their reputation as well as business.
Jerry Couvaras, president and chief executive of Atlanta Bread, and Basil Couvaras, the chief operating officer, are accused of being involved in investment schemes in which about 2 000 South Africans lost money in the early 1990s.
Many prominent News Portals covered these stories which ranked high at Google. While everyone has the right to try and resolve their online reputation, Basil Couvaras and Jeff Couvaras did no good by trying a fraudulent method to confront these allegations. Now, we’re not so sure these allegations are fake.
WHAT IS A FAKE DMCA AND WHY ARE WE LISTED HERE ?
Soon after we published the first set of our investigation reports on fake DMCAs, we managed to generate interest from online media such as Techdirt, Adweek and Huffington Post. Some of the key stories included our revelations on Torrence Boone , MoneyLife.in, Julia Scelfo and aReputation. We also shared unpublished data and information with 3 different law agencies who looked into this scam.
And we got results. We dented this fake DMCA industry and made sure we act as deterrent to the rogue reputation firms indulged in these criminal practices. Here are some of the outcomes and changes we made possible with the help of several other citizen lawyers and agencies –
- Ripoff Report wipes out Google (fake) Removals with a stroke of genius ! Thank you Ed – at webactivism.com
- Court finds evidence of ‘fraud on the Court’ in one of the missing-defendant libel takedown cases – at washingtonpost.com
- Default judgment aimed at deindexing apparently accurate information about person convicted of sex offense – at washingtonpost.com
- Panic and desperation getting the better of rogue reputation services – at webactivism.com
- Google still deindexing some material found by courts to be defamatory — but it’s being more skeptical – at washingtonpost.com
- Google Apparently No Longer Humoring Court Orders To Delist Defamatory Content – at techdirt.com
- Paul Levy Discovers Head Of Reputation Management Company Signed Off On Forged/Fraudulent Court Docs – at techdirt.com
- Filing Bogus Lawsuits As Part Of A ‘Reputation Management’ Strategy Costs Firm $71,000 – at techdirt.com
- Richart Ruddie Settles anti-SLAPP Claims, Makes Restitution; but the Guilty Companies Remain Unpunished – at typepad.com
- Who Filed Fake Copyright Infringement Complaints Against AgencySpy? – at adweek.com
- The Dark Art of Fake DMCA Takedown Requests – at huffingtonpost.com
Fake Fraudulent DMCA might seem inconspicuous, until its you at the receiving end of this crime. This is not a prank. This is not an inconvenience. This is not random. These fake DMCA cases are calculated criminal schemes targeting very specific and rather important information/content. These hitjobs are usually against media, in order to help their clients hide important information from public’s eye, all in the name of Reputation Management. Millions of dollars are spent doing this, and if no one wants to bring this topic to the fore, we will.
Our team will not constantly monitor and publish these reports on a DAILY basis without fail. And we do not plan to publish and forget. We will take constructive steps in order to expose the faces behind this scam, and to try and undo the damages. AND IF YOU INDEED PART OF THIS SCAM, WE WILL ENSURE THAT YOU GET WHAT’S COMING YOUR WAY.