(2 December 2020) — Since 2017, K2 Integrity (formerly K2 Intelligence) has worked on behalf of clients, both those impersonated and victims scammed. We are proud that our work amassing an impenetrable amount of evidence is helping to bring the scammer to justice.

K2 Integrity’s investigation (formerly as K2 Intelligence) continues to be led by Nicoletta Kotsianas. Nicoletta has helped shed light on the impersonations of powerful women in Hollywood and other, prominent high-net-worth individuals, as well as those taken in by the fraudulent scam by travelling to Indonesia and fronting money never to be reimbursed. 

The investigation is chipping away at this sophisticated impersonation scam. The fraudster has successfully impersonated the voice and mannerisms of leading executives and producers—a “Who’s Who” of Hollywood and high-net-worth individuals—all to defraud a number of Hollywood industry insiders and influencers, ranging from make-up artists to photographers to stunt men, of many thousands of dollars each. 

According to Nicoletta Kotsianas, associate managing director in the firm’s New York office, “This is a particularly well-devised scam, they've found a way to combine a lot of elements and run with it.” The investigation and impersonation scam was initially highlighted by The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline.com, and since then has been widely followed by media and industry insiders. 

High-profile individuals are popular targets when it comes to similar crimes, especially in this age of extensive social media usage. Snežana Gebauer, head of K2 Integrity's U.S. Investigations practice, explains, “There is an important element of social engineering going on with these victims. They know everything about their victims' personal lives and use the necessary pressure points, and they use publicly available information about the executives they are impersonating.”

Backed by the global reach of a network built over decades, K2 Integrity’s team—including former prosecutors, law enforcement agents, cyber experts, research analysts, and forensic accountants—has the proven ability to help clients investigate, identify, and disrupt such fraudulent schemes.

For further background on the Con Queen of Hollywood, please follow the case as chronicled by the press: