This story was written back in June, 2012 and we did not publish it at that time. But in light of the recent action by the Florida Attorney General against August Belmont & Company, Larry Diodato and others we are publishing it now since it is suddenly relevant in that it includes several of the entities named in the Attorney General action.
From June, 2012: Recently Larry Diodato called me and pitched a huge fit on the phone, screaming and yelling at me about how people were making comments about his wife on a post titled “August Belmont & Company – Scam, Complaint, Review, or Praise?”
He even had me conferenced in with a couple of attorneys, one which was Howard Feinmel, and Larry was yelling that he was going to sue over what people were posting in the comments about his wife, and something about steroids, and his wife who he said is a medical student. I have to admit that Howard Feinmel was the calmest and most reasonable person on that call.
I advised commenters what was going on and asked commenters if they wanted to have me remove anything they had posted. I later received a subpoena from Larry’s attorney in this matter that asked for the identities of some commenters. The attorney was Howard Feinmel, Esq. who listed his address as a private mailbox and his email at theabclegal.com located at 902 Clint Moore Road, Suite 202, Boca Raton, FL 33487.
What was odd about the subpoena was that the claim for comments about August Belmont & Company was to be for a case not involving August Belmont & Company. Instead the subpoena was for The Center for Legal Justice, LLC v. Consumer Protective Agency, Inc. That’s weird. So is the claim that The Center for Legal Justice is the same as August Belmont or that all negative comments about Larry Diodato are only related to The Center for Legal Justice? – Source
And that’s where I thought this would end.
I had advised Larry that I’d close the comments on the post and I tried but apparently the combination of commenting software on the site leaves the front end not talking to the backend and I could not find a way to close the comments.
I even suggested to Larry a strategy of how to best respond to commenters that might have been posting untrue information about him. I advised him to directly respond to untrue information and deal with it head on. But instead of doing that he kept passing messages to me through an intermediary when someone posted something new, that he wanted the messages taken down. But the messages didn’t have anything to do with his wife. And that made me more and more curious about who Larry Diodato is.
It wasn’t long before people started sending me information about the guy. Thanks to tipster (send in your tips here)s and readers I have accumulated the following information that appears to paint a picture that some of what people were posting was accurate but not flattering.
August Belmont & Company
August Belmont & Company was registered in Florida on October 15, 2010. The address listed for the company was 902 Clint Moore Road, Suite 202, Boca Raton, FL 33487. The name of the registered agent for the company was Lawrence Diodato and the managing member of the company was listed as August Belmont Partners, 902 Clint Moore Road, Suite 200, Boca Ration, FL 33487. – Source
According to State of Florida records there is no company registered to do business in Florida under the name August Belmont Partners. There is also no fictitious name registered for the name August Belmont Partners.
The latest annual report for the company now lists Robby Birnbaum, Esq. as the registered agent for the company which still lists its managing member as August Belmont partners. – Source
The Center for Legal Justice
Larry Diodato was also involved with The Center for Legal Justice, LLC. He was listed as the manager and managing member of the company but in 2010 the address of the company was changed to 902 Clint Moore Road, Suite 200, Boca Raton, Florida 33487. The registered agent was changed to Edward Cherry. – Source
Ed Cherry had a big role to play in the Hess Kennedy Debacle and more about Ed Cherry can be found here.
The company claims to be owned by TCFLJ Partnership, 109875 NW 71st Ct, Parkland, FL 33076 and the new registered agent is Robby Birnbaum, Esq. – Source
According to State of Florida records there is no company registered to do business under the name TCFLJ Partnership. Nor is it registered as a fictitious name.
Esquire Litigation Support, LLC
Larry Diodato was also the registered agent for Esquire Litigation Support, LLC at 902 Clint Moore Road, Suite 200, Boca Raton, FL 33487. In 2011 the registered agent was changed from Larry Diodato to Robby Birnbaum, Esq. – Source
The managing member of Esquire Litigation Support, LLC is a company named Esquire Litigation Support Partners at 902 Clint Moore Road, Suite 200, Boca Raton, FL 33487. – Source
The State of Florida does not show a company that is registered to do business in Florida under the name Esquire Litigation Support Partners. However there is a fictitious name filing showing the owners of the company Esquire Litigation Support Partners are really Edward Cherry and Lawrence Diodato. – Source
Esquire Litigation Support Partners is listed as being located at 902 Clint Moore Road, Suite 202, Boca Raton, FL 33487. It seems the suite numbers at 902 Clint Moore Road get used interchangeably.
More Companies With Larry Diodato As the Registered Agent
Florida records show that Lawrence Diodato was the registered agent for the following companies:
- Vidcom International, LLC
LAWRENCE D. DIODATO
902 CLINT MOORE ROAD, SUITE 200
BOCA RATON FL 33487 US
- Twins Consultants, Inc.
7486 GREENVILLE CIRCLE
LAKE WORTH FL 33467
7486 GREENVILLE CIRCLE
LAKE WORTH FL 33467
- Debtors Legal Assistance Association, Inc.
902 CLINT MOORE ROAD STE 200
BOCA RATON FL 33487
- Twin Consultants, Inc.
- BBF Consultants, Inc.
- L & J Consultants, Inc.
- LJD Consultants, LLC
LAWRENCE D. DIODATO
6683 WAVERLY LN
LAKE WORTH FL 33467 US
- Consumer Collections Group, LLC
CONSUMER COLLECTIONS GROUP PARTNERS
5030 CHAMPION BLVD. SUITE #G6-254
BOCA RATON FL 33496
Note: There is no company registered to do business in Florida or with a registered fictitious name under Consumer Collections Group Partners.
- Esquire Tax Resolution, LLC
ESQUIRE TAX RESOLUTION PARTNERS
902 CLINT MOORE ROAD SUITE #200
BOCA RATON FL 33487
Note: There is no company registered to do business in Florida or with a registered fictitious name under Esquire Tax Resolution Partners.
- E-Limidebt, Inc.
LAWRENCE D DIODATO
902 CLINT MORE RD #200
BOCA RATON FL 33487
The State of Florida shows this list of the companies Lawrence Diodato has been associated with in some capacity.
Another site shows the interconnection between some of the companies as well.
Another name that surfaced in relation to Larry Diodato was that of Kirsten Haratyk. I’m told that she is in fact his wife. Her name was connected with Larry through Florida Asset and Recovery Management, LLC.
According to State of Florida records the registered agent of the company is Kirsten Haratyk and the managing member is Florida Asset and Recovery Partners, 7491 N. Federal Highway #308, Boca Raton, FL 33487. Larry Diodato signs as the authorized representative of a member. – Source
Florida Asset and Recovery Management, LLC is still an active company according to Florida records.
This company seems to follow a similar pattern as some of the others identified above. While records say that the managing member of Florida Asset and Recovery, LLC is Florida Asset and Recovery Partners, there is no company registered to do business in Florida under that name and no fictitious named filed for it.
Florida Asset and Recovery Management said they were a debt collection agency that offered debt collection services focused on consumers.
The professionals of FARM have earned a first class reputation as an extraordinary and effective collection outsourcing firm greared towards consumer debt collection.
Backed by decades of experience, the professional collectors of FARM are experts in their field and have exceptional communication skills as well as the knowledge of business procedures to effectively communicate with debtors and elicit recoveries on your past due accounts. – Source
Florida Asset and Recovery Management, LLC holds an approved consumer collection agency license that was approved on December 13, 2011. – Source
Diodato’s Troubled Past
One of the repeated accusations made in the comments from the August Belmont post that were removed were about Larry’s past issues with regulators and the law. Again, it was Larry’s insistence that those comments be removed, rather than responded to that set me off to see if any of those claims made were true.
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FINRA reports the following information on Diodato.
- 6/10/94 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION NEWS DIGEST, ISSUE 94-97, DATED MAY 24, 1994 DISCLOSES; “ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEEDINGS INSTITUTED AGAINST FIFTEEN FORMER F.D. ROBERTS AFFILIATES”; THE COMMISSION INSTITUTED ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST FREDERICK GALIARDO, JOHN PERFETTI, ALAN LIEB, MORTON GREENBERG, ALBERT WEISS, LAWRENCE DIODATO, PAMELLA RUTHERFORD, RONALD LIEBERMAN, MICHAEL RECCHIA, JOHN CONTE, KEVIN ZACHAREWICZ, JONATHAN LENDRUM, ROBERT ELIGREGG, JOHN MONTONDON AND JOSEPH MUSCOLINA (RESPONDENTS). THE RESPONDENTS WERE FORMER OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, MANAGERS AND/OR REGISTERED REPRESENTATIVES OF F.D. ROBERTS SECURITIES, INC. (F.D. ROBERTS), A REGISTERED BROKER-DEALER WHICH CEASED OPERATIONS IN FEBRUARY 1989. THE ORDER INSTITUTING PROCEEDINGS ALLEGES THAT BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1989 AND OCTOBER 1990, THE RESPONDENTS PLED GUILTY IN THE UNITED STATES DIST COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY TO AN INDICTMENT OR AN INFORMATION BASED ON THEIR SECURITIES VIOLATIONS IN A MASSIVE MANIPULATION SCHEME WHILE AFFILIATED WITH F.D. ROBERTS. (REL. 34-34072).
- 3/29/95^ SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION NEWS DIGEST, ISSUE 95-56, DATED MARCH 23, 1995, ENFORCEMENT PROCEEDINGS DISCLOSE; THE COMMISSION MADE FINDINGS AND IMPOSED REMEDIAL SANCTIONS BY DEFAULT AGAINST LAWRENCE DIODATO (“DIODATO”) IN CONNECTION WITH ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEEDINGS INSTITUTED AGAINST HIM AND OTHERS. DIODATO WAS A FORMER MANAGER OF F.D. ROBERTS SECURITIES, INC. (“F.D. ROBERTS”), A REGISTERED BROKER-DEALER WHICH CEASED OPERATIONS IN FEBRUARY 1989. THE COMMISSION FOUND THAT DIODATO PLED GUILTY IN THE U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY TO A THREE-COUNT CRIMINAL INFORMATION BSAED ON HIS PARTICIPATION IN A MASSIVE STOCK MANIPULATION SCHEME WHILE AFFILIATED WITH F.D. ROBERTS, AND ORDERED THAT DIODATO BE BARRED FROM ASSOCIATION WITH ANY BROKER, DEALER, MUNICIPAL SECURITIES DEALER, INVESTMENT COMPANY OR INVESTMENT ADVISER. (REL. 34-35501)
- 03/19/97+ SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION DOCKET, VOLUME 58, NO. 18, DATED APRIL 11, 1995, PAGE 2862, DISCLOSES; THE ORDER BARRING RESPONDENT IS DATED MARCH 16, 1995.
- COMPLAINT NO. NY-8016 FILED SEPTEMBER 22, 1989 BY NASD DISTRICT NO. 12 AGAINST RESPONDENT LAWRENCE DIODATO ALLEGING VIOLATIONS OF ARTICLE III, SECTION 1 OF THE RULES OF FAIR PRACTICE IN THAT RESPONDENT DIODATO FAILED TO RESPOND TO THE ASSOCIATION’S REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION MADE PURSUANT TO ARTICLE IV, SECTION 5 OF THE RULES OF FAIR PRACTICE. DECISION RENDERED AUGUST 23, 1990, WHEREIN THE OFFER OF SETTLEMENT SUBMITTED BY RESPONDENT DIODATO WAS ACCEPTED; THEREFORE, HE IS CENSURED, FINED $5,000 AND BARRED FROM ASSOCIATION WITH ANY MEMBER OF THE NASD IN ANY CAPACITY. – Source
Sjoblom wound up in trouble with the SEC and State of California regarding a “scheme to defraud almost 200 investors located in approximately 38 states, resulting in investor losses of over $3 million.” – Source He was also named in an action by the State of California. – Source
Alleged involvement in a murder for hire.
“She didn’t want him hurt badly, just beat,” Russo said.
Russo, who admitted to sometimes carrying a book about New York mobsters so she could point out her relatives, approached a man at her gym whom she knew from New York’s Little Italy. She assumed Larry Diodato had mob ties, and thought he might be able to put a scare into Riedel, but Diodato referred her to Salierno.
Diodato, 46, told jurors he is an investment banker but admitted he spent a year in federal prison for stock fraud conspiracy and doesn’t own a credit card. A tall, bald, muscular man who appears ready to rip free from his dark blue suit, Diodato said he is often mistaken for a nightclub bouncer, but Russo was the first person ever to ask him to put the muscle on someone.
Exercising on a treadmill next to Diodato, Russo told him that her “niece” was being abused and harassed by her husband.
“She was in a very bad relationship with her husband and she wanted someone to talk to him, to scare him, rough him up or something of that nature,” Diodato, who also received immunity, testified.
Prosecutors say it was always a murder plot.
During her opening statement this week, prosecutor Denise Merrifield told jurors that Lee Ann Riedel had given Salierno a photo of her husband and information about his business on Long Island. Then, with a friend along for the ride, Salierno rented a van, bought a .38-caliber handgun, killed Algeri, got rid of the weapon and returned the van, the prosecutor said.
Algeri, the best man at the Riedels’ 1999 wedding, was shot five times when he entered a dark rear parking lot of the Dolphin Fitness Center in Amityville, N.Y., to retrieve compact discs from his car.
Prosecutors allege that Salierno and his friend, Scott Paget, were waiting for Riedel in the van, but mistook Algeri for their intended victim. According to police, a witness spotted a van outside the about the time Algeri was gunned down.
Sometime after the shooting, Diodato testified, Salierno paid him a visit at his office to ask if he knew of a place where he could have a rental van thoroughly cleaned before returning it.
When asked why, Salierno replied, “You don’t want to know. You don’t want to know,” Diodato told jurors.
Paget is also expected to testify against Salierno and Lee Ann Riedel as part of a plea bargain. – Source
Your Ultimate Image
Diodato was allegedly accused of embezzlement in New York in 1997 relating to a company he helped form when he got out of prison, The Ultimate Image. A source familiar with the operation told me, “This was a physical rehab center owned/operated by the very same doctors referring patients and billed through medicare/medicaid. It was an amazing business. Except for the fact that Larry sold more than 100% of the shares and absconded with 100s of thousands of investor dollars and was sent packing.”
So As You Can See
I’ll let the research and source documents speak for themselves. There is more to print on the Diodato issue, and there is significantly more research that was conducted for this article and internal documents I was sent as part of that research, but from what I’ve shared here, it certainly appears that some of the claims made by commenters before that Diodato objected to, were not unfounded.