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Les Henderson
SubjectSchemes, Scams, Frauds

Les Henderson is a Canadian consumer fraud author and webmaster of Crimes of Persuasion, a consumer-fraud awareness site.[1][2]

Henderson published two books, "Crimes Of Persuasion" and "Under Investigation". His first book "Crimes Of Persuasion" describes a large variety of 'schemes, scams and frauds'. Henderson's second book "Under Investigation" scrutinizes Florida Attorney General (now Governor) Charlie Crist's investigation into the Lou Pearlman owned Wilhelmina Scouting Network.[3]


A website was erected by Henderson in 2000, in consistency of his first book and also named Crimes of Persuasion. COP extensively describes the methods used by criminal perpetrators, like deception and deceptive persuasion. The site states as its mission: "To inform the public, along with law enforcement personnel, justice officials and victim support groups on the workings and scope of telemarketing and investment fraud so that efforts can effectively be taken to minimize the impact on its victims and ensure that adequate penalties are in place to deter the perpetrators."

Legal issues and critics' actions

In 2002 a Forex operation sued Henderson, forcing a temporary closure of his site pending a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against him for defamation.[4][5] There are no references to the outcome on COP or anywhere else.

June 2004 Henderson and others were served with a lawsuit by Fashion Rock, LLC (aka Talent Rock), a Florida company then owned by con man Lou Pearlman, accusing them of "violation of the federal and Florida versions of the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act, tortious interference with business relationships, defamation, false light invasion of privacy, misappropriation of trade secrets and civil conspiracy".[6] The suit was dismissed.

Also in June 2004 about a dozen identical sites were erected by Fashion Rock CEO Mark Tolner "to attack critics" (a.o. Les Henderson and Ripoff Report),[7][8] Shortly thereafter the "Bureau of Ethical Internet Commerce" was put up by Ayman Ahmed El-Difrawi (an ex-con for fraud and Pearlman's leading consultant in his talent scouting businesses) for apparently the same reason.[9][10] Several anonymous writings, containing unsourced offensive allegations about Henderson, have appeared on message boards, blogs, press releases and mock sites that can easily be found on the Internet. Henderson in return successfully filed a libel suit against Pearlman, Mark Tolner, Ayman El-Difrawi, and several other corporations and individuals. Difrawi and three other defendants were ordered to pay Henderson $10.000 each "for their part in the creation, publication or republication of the libellous statements",[11][12]

In November 2007, St. Petersburg Times personal finance editor Helen Huntly reported that El-Difrawi had founded a business and web site also called Crimes of Persuasion imitating Henderson's, using his real name.[13]

On November 21, 2007, Ayman A. Difrawi and Internet Solutions Corporation filed a lawsuit against Henderson and others, accusing them of defamation, trade libel, injurious falsehood, false light invasion of privacy, civil conspiracy, and RICO violations.[14][15][16]


  • Les Henderson (2000). Crimes of Persuasion: Schemes, scams, frauds. Coyote Ridge Publishing. ISBN 0-9687133-0-0.
  • Les Henderson (2006). Under Investigation: The Inside Story of the Florida Attorney General's Investigation of Wilhelmina Scouting Network, the Largest Model and Talent Scam in America. Coyote Ridge Publishing. ISBN 0-9687133-3-5.


  1. ^ "Crimes of Persuasion". Retrieved 2009-03-11.
  2. ^ Whois info crimes-of-persuasion.com
  3. ^ Follick, Joe (2006-10-03). "Book: Crist tried to 'whitewash' probe". Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
  4. ^ UnjustIS (copy) 14 December 2002, Paul Bantock: Abuse of Power.
  5. ^ Frauds and Scams - Bill E. Branscum.
  6. ^ Fashion Rock, LLC vs Frank Torelli et al., 48-2004-CA-004844-O (C.C. Flo. 2004), a case in the Circuit Court of the Ninth Judicial Circuit in and for Orange County, Florida.
  7. ^ Billman, Jeffrey C. (2004-07-29). "Pearlman's jihad". Orlando Weekly. Retrieved 2009-03-30.
  8. ^ Waybackmachine internethatesites.com
  9. ^ Washington Post Man Gets Four Years in Fraud Case
  10. ^ Waybackmachine beiconline.com
  11. ^ CanLII - 2006/08/29 Archived 2016-01-09 at the Wayback Machine Court File No. C-8937-05 - Henderson v. Pearlman a.o., a case in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice
  12. ^ CanLII - 2009/08/18 Archived 2012-02-04 at the Wayback Machine Court File No. C-8937-05 - Henderson v. Pearlman a.o., a case in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice
  13. ^ Huntley, H (September 6, 2007). Doing a double take when it comes to crimes of persuasion, Money Talk.
  14. ^ Ayman A. Difrawi (a.k.a. Alec Difrawi) and Internet Solutions Corporation vs. Les Henderson a.o., 6:07-CV-1854-ORL-22-KRS (M.D. Flo. 2007) - a case in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  15. ^ Huntley, Helen (2007-11-27). "Money Talk bloggers sued over comments. An ex-associate of Lou Pearlman is the plaintiff". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
  16. ^ Bondy, Halley (2008-07-24). "A Casting Breakdown. Breakdown Services sues controversial Internet company". Backstage.com / Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Archived from the original on January 18, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-01.