PUBLIC NOTICE STATEMENT:
PUBLIC NOTICE: UPDATED APRIL 18TH, 2018.
For the past year I have been the victim of constant, sometimes daily attacks, slander, character assasination, defamation and lies spread by Tony Calaro. I believe this man to be psychotic and dangerous. My life has been threatened with violence - the police report is on file with the Northbrook Police Department. He has threatened me that he is out to destroy me, destroy my business and drive me out of town. I believe he is enraged by my success and by my firing him for his poor performance as a singer and a DJ.
Many of his posts are text messages taken out of context, many are a year old but are represented as recent or new.
Although the incident in question happened in May of 2017 his attacks and threats continue, sometimes on a daily basis.
Below is a full accounting of the Tony Calaro incident.
CASHIERS CHECK ISSUED TO TONY CALARO FOR MAY 26TH, 2017, PROOF OF PAYMENT ABOVE.
This cashiers check , see above, certifies that Scott Jones attempted payment of this check to Tony Calaro on May 26th, 2017 and the check was refused. I am no longer holding the check as it was refused.
I have also asked Tony Calaro to prove by taking a lie detector test that he received $375 in funds from me to be given to Maria Vaught but he has refused. He then claimed to Maria that he never received the money from me.
On a personal note, I have produced thousands events for 18 years and have earned in that time an excellent reputation. See below for a list of entertainers who i have hired in the past and paid in full for all performances.
Tony Calaro - money owed: 0 (refused payment of Cashiers check above)
Second Hand Soul
No Limits Band
Charles and Company
UPDATE: JUNE 21ST.
DEATH THREAT ISSUE
THIS TEXT FROM TONY CALARO BELOW HAS BEEN REPORTED TO THE NORTHBROOK POLICE DEPARTMENT. THE CASE NUMBER IS #17-09784.
SINCE MAY 30 I HAVE BEEN HARASSED BY TONY CALARO AND HE HAS BEEN WARNED BY THE NORTHBROOK POLICE DEPARTMENT TO CEASE AND DESIST OR FACE HARASSMENT CHARGES. I HAVE ALSO REPORTED TO FACEBOOK THE NUMEROUS POSTS SENT TO ME THAT ARE THREATENING.
I AM BEING BOMBARDED WITH 30 TO 40 TEXT MESSAGES AND FACEBOOK MESSAGES PER DAY WITH THREATS SUCH AS HIS DETERMINATION TO DRIVE ME OUT OF BUSINESS, RUIN MY BUSINESS CONTACTS, ETC.
HE IS NOW THREATENING ME WITH PHYSICAL VIOLENCE. SEE THE REFERENCE BELOW TO "MY GUNS ARE LOADED".
TONY CALARO POST:
"You're going down and everybody wants to see it happen. Can't you feel it in the air? We all can.
By the way I also had know about the pills that you wanted to sell. I have written text messages about that as well. My guns are loaded Pal. These are not threats by any means they are just facts."
END OF POST
I HAVE A 18 YEAR TRACK RECORD AND HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN HIRING AND PAYING IN FULL DOZENS AND DOZENS OF ENTERTAINERS IN THAT TIME UNTIL MY EXPERIENCE WITH TONY CALARO.
MY ADVICE IS WHENEVER YOU HIRE SOMEONE MAKE SURE YOU REQUIRE W9'S TO BE FILLED OUT PROPERLY AND 1099'S SUBMITTED FOR THAT TAX YEAR.
ALSO, MAKE SURE YOU GET A SIGNED AND DATED RECEIPT FOR ANY CASH PAID OUT SO ANY INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR CANNOT CLAIM THEY DID NOT RECEIVE THAT CASH PAYMENT.
UPDATE: JUNE 29TH, 2017
MARIA VAUGHT ISSUE
MARIA VAUGHT PERFORMED FOR ME ON MAY 25TH 2017. SHE WAS OWED $375. I PAID TONY CALARO THE MONEY TO GIVE TO HER.
HE PAID MARIA BUT CLAIMED HE NEVER RECEIVED THE MONEY FROM ME. I HAVE ASKED TONY CALARO SEVERAL TIMES TO SUBMIT TO A PROFESSIONAL LIE DETECTOR EXAMINATION WITH CENTRAL POLYGRAPH SERVICE IN NORTHFIELD, IL (SEE LINK) BUT HE HAS REFUSED.
HE HAS ALSO REFUSED SEVERAL REQUESTS TO FILL OUT IRS FORM W9 AS REQUIRED BY LAW FOR MONIES HE WAS PAID BY FOR A FEW SHOWS IN 2017.
THE PURPOSE OF THIS POST IS TO RESOLVE A CLAIM BY TONY CALARO THAT HE DID NOT RECEIVE $375 IN FUNDS ON FRIDAY, MAY 26TH 2017 FOR A PERFORMANCE BY MARIA VAUGHT.
I'm a positive person. I don't attack people on facebook or any public forum. I believe in resolving differences in a mature private way.
I have learned several important lessons from this experience.
Whenever you hire anyone, make sure you get a signed and dated receipt to prove those funds were received. Also, follow the law and make sure you send them a 1099 promptly in January. This will document all their earnings.
Secondly if you are looking for justice, hire a lawyer and go to trial if you believe in your cause. Don't trust your fate to a TV Court Show where the emphasis is on entertainment and not the law.
Finally, I have paid every entertainer that has ever worked me and I want to thank them for their loyalty and service. For those who have extended words of support, thank you also.
TONY SHARK FACEBOOK PAGE ON DOING BUSINESS WITH TONY CALERO. COPY AND PASTE LINK BELOW.
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TONY CALERO … I've held my tongue for months now… In September of this year Tony Ocean got involved with a fundraiser for the Elmhurst American Legion with Calero. Ocean was co-hosting the event to raise money for the Ladies Auxiliary. Upon advancing the show in my role as Ocean's manager I realized that NOTHING was making any sense. The production was questionable, and the numbers, THE NUMBERS were completely off. So Ocean had me meet with Cathy Lugo of the Legion. Upon examination Calero's version of things was so unrealistic that I took over producing the financial operations of the event. That is why many of you saw me running the front door with the ladies of the Aux. Calero tried telling Cathy that if she didn't pay him $1500 in advance that the show would be moved per Tony Ocean which was a lie, and a money grab. I nixed that. He tried to tell the aux. that HALF the money raised in the 50/50 raffle drawing was his. I nixed that as it is Illegal. I found out on the night before that he had no stage lighting lined up. Ocean and I got our guy Darryl Armistead to do it on last minutes noticed. He only charged $50 for his gas etc. instead of a normal $250.
The show goes off well except that there was a bunch of people who walked in with a flyer saying they paid Calero $10 each for them. They felt these were “tickets” and were expecting admission. 57 OF THEM TO BE EXACT. $570! that he never turned in.
Everybody had a good time except the show was grossly oversold. The room holds 225. Calero sold 400 tickets, so many people stood, or found their “reserved tables” non existent. I got yelled at all night long for that.
Lastly Calero told the Aux. that he paid each entertainer $150 each. In reality he gave them $100 each, and paid 2 of them nothing.
So that was my experience with him except later that month he tried to steal $80 from Ocean from a show he did with him. Calero made the club pay HIM instead of Ocean which is atypical. He claimed the $80 was a commision. Except the commission should of been $62 if he would have had one coming which he did not. So as this guy tries to rip off Tony Ocean, I blew up. we went at it and his partner in crime Sherry decided that it was better to pay us in full out of her checkbook, as he doesn’t have one for some convoluted reason.
I told Cathy to talk to Karen about all this. That's why Calero banned Cathy from his show. I told Karen. Ocean told Karen. Vito Zatto told Karen. The problem is Karen is a good hearted person who believed her “friend” would never scam her. Unfortunately she had to learn the hard way. TONY CALERO, in my experience is a con man who cannot be trusted. Each entertainer is being lied to. Each organization has been lied to. Even those people who have been supporting these organizations have been lied to. One could conclude by this that TONY CALERO is a liar. Unfortunately my wife has told me I'm not allowed to say that. #1 entertainment is actually full of #2. (Feel free to share this is you like.)