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Steve Comisar
Born Steven Robert Comisar
(1961-12-30) December 30, 1961 (age 55)
Other names Brett Champion
Occupation Con man

Steven Robert Comisar (born December 30, 1961) is an American convicted con man and extortionist.[1] Comisar is in federal prison and is scheduled to be released April 16, 2018.[2]


Comisar grew up in Beverly Hills, California.[3] As a young man he sold a "solar powered clothes dryer" in national magazines for $49.95.[4] Unsuspecting customers received a length of clothesline. Comisar has been arrested and convicted of numerous crimes.[2][5][6]

Comisar used the working name Brett Champion during the period when he said he had retired from his career as a con man and posed as a fraud prevention expert and consultant, using it on Dateline NBC,[1][7] The View,[3] Sally,[3] Leeza,[3] Crook & Chase,[3] and in various other television appearances; and when he wrote the book America's Guide to Fraud Prevention (2012, ISBN 978-1560723332),[7][8][9] Comisar is now prohibited from using this alias or from referring to himself as a consumer fraud expert.[3] His book is considered a "piece of fraud history" by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and is on display in their fraud museum.[10][11]


  1. ^ a b "Prisoner Admits Trying to Extort Money From Two Local Lawyers". 2004-03-16. Retrieved 2011-05-25. 
  2. ^ a b "Federal Bureau of Prisons". Retrieved 2011-05-25. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f The Creep With the Golden Tongue by Sabrina R Erdely, GQ, August 2003, 126-32, 155-156.
  4. ^ Page 221 of Organic Housekeeping: In Which the Non-Toxic Avenger Shows You How to ... By Ellen Sandbeck
  5. ^ Purported 'Former' Con Man Is Sentenced Anew and is currently in U.S. Federal prison L.A. Times December 07, 1999
  6. ^ "Career Con Man Sentenced To Five Years For Attempting To Extort Money From Attorney Representing Murderer" (Press release No. 07–066). United States Attorney's Office, Central District of California. 2007-05-15. Retrieved 2015-01-31. 
  7. ^ a b "Schwarzenegger Names Federal Prosecutor To Court". Main Justice. 2010-07-02. Retrieved 2011-05-25. 
  8. ^ Independent Newspapers Online (1999-07-24). "The man who can't stop conning". Independent Online (South Africa). Retrieved 2011-05-25. 
  9. ^ "Author of Consumer Fraud Guide Arrested - Los Angeles Times". 1999-11-07. Retrieved 2011-05-25. 
  10. ^ Barry Minkow Added to the List of Repeat Offenders, from Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Scott Patterson, ACFE Media Relations Specialist
  11. ^ "ACFE's Fraud Museum". Accounting Today. Retrieved 2014-03-04.