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Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

District Attorney, New York County

For Immediate Release
October 10, 2012

DISTRICT ATTORNEY VANCE ANNOUNCES INDICTMENT OF OPERATORS OF SHAM SECURITY GUARD TRAINING SCHOOL

Defendants Defrauded Job Seekers, Falsely Promising High Paying Jobs

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of ROSEMOND BOTTEX, a/k/a “MR. COOK,” 37, and JERRY OWENS, a/k/a  “MR. MADISON,” 48, for systematically defrauding job seekers of thousands of dollars by falsely promising their victims job placement as security guards. BOTTEX and OWENS are charged with Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree and Petit Larceny.  BOTTEX is additionally charged with Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree. A third, separately charged defendant, STEPHEN BAPTISTE, 29, was arraigned on October 11, 2012 in Manhattan Criminal Court on two counts of Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree.[1]

“The false promise of a job is especially unacceptable in this economy,” said District Attorney Vance.  “These defendants are charged with preying on individuals who were trying not only to improve their own lives, but to make homes and businesses safe for others.”
 
Anyone who believes he or she has been victimized should contact the Manhattan District Attorney's Special Prosecutions hotline by calling (212) 335-8900.
 
According to documents filed in court, since February 2012, BOTTEX and OWENS convinced multiple victims to pay up to approximately $1,340 each to Allianz Security Protection LLC (“Allianz”), a company they operated, in exchange for security guard training.  The defendants are accused of fraudulently advertising that they were capable of training students and immediately placing graduates in lucrative security guard positions.  Despite their advertisements, Allianz Security Protection is not and never has been authorized to provide security guard training by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.
 
According to documents filed in court, Allianz placed advertisements on Craigslist, Career Builder, and in local newspapers, claiming that security guard positions were available to be filled immediately.  Prospective applicants who responded to the advertisements were instructed to appear at Allianz, located at 244 West 49th Street, and bring two forms of identification and up to $100. They were also asked to complete what appeared to be a job application form.  
 
Some of the victims were told on the spot that they were hired.  Each purported job offer, however, was contingent on the victim’s paying for, enrolling in, and successfully completing what they were told were multiple mandatory security guard training courses offered through Allianz.  They were told that the number of courses in which they enrolled would directly determine their hourly salary. 
 
After parting with their money, victims attended classes believing that, after successful completion, they would start work.  Instead, after completion of all courses, victims would contact legitimate security guard companies expecting employment, only to realize that they had not been placed in jobs by Allianz.  After realizing the promised security guard jobs were non-existent, several victims unsuccessfully attempted to secure refunds of their enrollment fees from Allianz.  Ultimately, the victims received neither jobs nor refunds.
 
Assistant District Attorney Jose Fanjul is prosecuting this case with assistance from Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Gross, under the supervision of Thomas Wornom, Chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau and Judy Salwen and Archana Rao, Deputy Chiefs of the Special Prosecutions Bureau. Supervising Investigator Santiago Batista, Investigator Joseph Monroig, Investigator Jose Vasquez, and Trial Preparation Assistant Colleen MacPhee also assisted with this case.
 
District Attorney Vance thanked the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services for its assistance with this investigation.  
 
Defendant Information:
 
ROSEMOND BOTTEX, a/k/a MR. COOK, D.O.B. 06/15/1975
Brooklyn, NY
 
Charges:
Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a class E felony, two counts
Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, one count
Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor, three counts
 
JERRY OWENS, a/k/a MR. MADISON, D.O.B. 07/27/1964
Burlington Township, NJ
 
Charges:
Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a class E felony, two counts
Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor, one count
 
STEPHEN BAPTISTE, D.O.B. 02/05/1983
Brooklyn, NY
 
Charges:
Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a class E felony, two counts

[1] The charges contained in the indictment is merely an allegation, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.