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Samuel Leccima of ATL Season 2 Cast – Real Estate License Revoked

Samuel P. Leccima of the Atlanta-Based Season 2 cast of “Flip This House” had his Real Estate License revoked on September 26, 2005 according to page 18 of the Georgia Real Estate Commission’s list of sanctions since July 1, 2001.

I contacted the Commission to request a copy of the public file only to discover that the file is not available.  Once I am able to get the documents that indicate the offense that caused his license to be revoked, I will post them here.  Additionally, I will contact Mr. Leccima so that he may respond with his explanation of the situation. 

During my conversation I learned that a New York-based producer from A&E had also contacted the Commission earlier in the week.

The State of Georgia statute 43-40-25 indicates that a revocation will occur only in extreme circumstances:

(a) … whenever a license, a school approval, or an instructor approval has been obtained by
false or fraudulent representation; or whenever a licensee, an approved school, or an approved instructor has been found guilty of a violation of this chapter, or of the rules and regulations promulgated by the commission, or of any unfair trade practices, including, but not limited to those listed in this Code section; the commission shall have the power to take any one or more of the following actions:
… (4) Revoke any license or approval;

Edit: We have since obtained Sam Leccima’s Real Estate License revocation documents.  You can read the decision that resulted in the license revocation. Finally, Fox 5 Atlanta has recently run two segments focused on Mr. Leccima and his activities both on and off of the show.


544 Comments on “Samuel Leccima of ATL Season 2 Cast – Real Estate License Revoked”

  1. pamela says:

    I just watched the show. It would not matter that Mr Leccima has a revoked R.E. License. He was not holding himself out as a real estate agent. He was represented in the sale of the home by an Angela W. of Keller Williams In Town.

  2. Franchone says:

    I am a license real estate agent in another state. And I actually enjoy Mr.Leccima show flip that house.It has inspired me to become an investor to and not just an agent.Because on the show he does not claim to be an agent and his company is called Leccima RE Investment and not Leccima Realty Company which is perfectly legal.

  3. Stephen Wolfe says:

    I am a real estate investor in Atlanta, and I have researched the validity of these shows with my own Realtor and they are FRAUDULENT! I even went to a viewing party for the 2nd episode (last night) and numerous participants of the show informed me that it is a SHAM. From the purchase date and price, the cost of rehab, the DURATION of the rehab, and the sale date and price — they are all FABRICATED. I would take the inspiration of Sam Leccima and his crew with a grain of salt. I have been investing full-time for over a year now and it is a very difficult profession. It is certinaly not as easy as Flip This House portrays it to be.

  4. Ebon T. Christian says:

    When there is a certain level of success no matter what the profession. There will always be critism of some sort one way or another. I am Loan Officer and RE Investor in California and yes Mr. Leccima is definately an inspiration for me. If the time frame of the flip is fabricated so what, it has helped me take my game to another level… This guy Sam Leccima is on another level than you and I Mr. Wolfe… He’s taking it to the Hotel Hospitality Industry. Step your game up and stop hating…

  5. Karen Green says:

    Truly what is the purpose of this article? I think it is such a shame that some people feel the need to bring others down, maybe because of their own lack of success/profitability/business sense. Perhaps if you would focus more on improving your own business, there would be less room for the hatred and jealousy. I agree with Pamela – Mr. Leccima has NEVER advertised himself as a real estate agent, just an investor. Thats why Angie is there, thats why Angie shows the house at the end of the episodes, and why the Keller Williams sign is prominently displayed in front of the house. As for Mr. Wolfe, there is a big difference between enhancing a show for entertainment purposes and fraud. I do not believe there is any fraud being committed, but I do believe some aspects are included just for dramatic effect. and not to burst your bubble, but EVERY SINGLE reality show has some scripting/editing/embellishing. By the way, the tooth fairy isn’t real either. Sorry.

  6. DJC says:

    SAM LECCIMA IS A FRAUD!!! SCAM ARTIST!!
    For those of you not in the Real Estate investing circles in Atlanta, Mr. Leccima is a well-known perpetrator for mortgage fraud, and I PERSONALLY went to school with Sam, and you all will soon see this man going to Federal Prison.

  7. chris doster says:

    i really enjoy sam and his crew on flip this house he reminds me of me im also an investor with a determination to make a profit

  8. Peter says:

    Remember folks, it’s ENTERTAINMENT. A&E has the show listed under their lifestyle section. I don’t really believe the time lines, or any of that other stuff either, but I do find the shows (Atlanta, and San Antonio) entertaining. Have I learned a couple of things? Yes. Next thing you’ll tell me is that wrestling is fake. About Sam’s “bling”. A watch and a car alone are not “bling”. From what I can see, the guy and his wife are pretty average looking people who happen to make a decent amount of money. He dresses pretty boring to me. I think that some folks are making a big deal out of nothing. I hope that the San Antonio guys don’t really bring beer girls to their work sites, but for the purposes of the show, it was funny to watch.
    Just my $.02

  9. Billy Bob says:

    Sam Never Owner nor sold the home on Ellen Way. He is only listed as $7500 mortgage lender!! From May 2006 the property has not sold for more than $89,700 which he supposedly purchased for $92K. We are not bringing anyone down except shedding the light on a FRAUD, that is now going to try and sell a book to make money just like all the rest of the real estate investment GURU SHAMS!

    Here is the Tax Record.

    2699 Ellen Way
    https://dklbweb.dekalbga.org/taxcommissioner/Display.asp?pin=0237051

    Decatur, GA 30032-6446
    Unincorporated – Dekalb County
    Owner Info:
    Owner Name: James Frederick C County Use Code: Resid Sgl Fam Detach
    Tax Billing Address: N/Avail State Use: Residential Lot
    Recording Date: 04/13/2006 Universal Land Use: SFR
    Annual Tax: $1,536
    Location Info:
    Subdivision: Ousley Manor Panel Date: 05/07/2001
    Census Tract: 236.03 Flood Zone Code: X
    Carrier Route: C031 Zoning: R75
    Flood Zone Panel: 1300650132H
    Tax Info:
    Tax ID: 15-0152-02-006 Improved Assessment: $56,100
    Alt APN: 0237051 Total Assessment: $80,500
    Tax Year: 2005 % Improv: 70%
    Annual Tax: $1,536 Lot Number: 18
    Assessment Year: 2005 Block ID: E
    Land Assessment: $24,400
    Characteristics:
    Lot Frontage: 70 Fireplaces: 1
    Lot Depth: 166 Sewer: Public Service
    Lot Acres: .2668 Heat Type: Forced Air
    Basement Type: Partial Garage Type: Attached Garage
    Basement Sq Feet: 242 Garage Sq Ft: 418
    Style: Unknown Roof Material: Asphalt
    Building Sq Ft: 1,285 Roof Shape: Hip
    Stories: 1 Interior Wall: Plaster
    Total Rooms: 5 Exterior: Frame Wood
    Bedrooms: 3 Foundation: Block
    Total Baths: 1 Year Built: 1954
    Full Baths: 1 Topography: Rolling/Hilly
    Last Market Sale:
    Recording Date: 04/13/2006 Deed Type: Warranty Deed
    Settle Date: 04/12/2006 Owner Name: James Frederick C
    Sale Price: $89,700 Seller: Atlanta Investing Inc
    Document No: 18607-96 Price Per Sq Ft: $69.81
    Sales History:
    Recording Date: 04/13/2006 03/13/2006 11/14/2005 07/09/2004
    Sale Price: $89,700 $80,000 $128,822 $154,000
    Buyer Name: James Frederick C Atlanta Investing Inc Wm Specialty Mtg Llc Oveh Edwin A
    Seller Name: Atlanta Investing Inc Wm Specialty Mtg Llc Oveh Edwin A Eduep Alexander
    Document No: 18607-96 18499-20 18108-235 16348-169
    Document Type: Warranty Deed Special Warranty Deed Foreclosure Deed Warranty Deed
    Mortgage History:
    Mortgage Date: 04/13/2006 04/13/2006 03/13/2006 07/09/2004
    Mortgage Amt: $100,002 $7,500 $60,800 $123,200
    Mortgage Lender: Leccima Cap Ptrs Lp Community Bk/South Argent Mtg Co Llc
    Mortgage Type: Conventional

  10. Scott says:

    This is so typical. As soon as a minority male elevates, people start questioning his credentials and background, because as a society we have been so socialized by one dimensional, steriotypical images of people, that seeing a successful black man, in a legitimate line of work just does’nt fit, cognitively, for many of us(e.g. the originators of this witch hunt). Get off of Sam’s ass and go get paid your damn self. As indicated in several of the posts above, sensible people can see through this “pursuit of justice” smoke screen.

  11. Fauns Dolito says:

    Anyone who has time to say anything other than good is a loser. I enjoyed the show. Who cares if it even took 2 months instead of 1. The bottom line was, even at $50k profit in 2 months, thats more than most people will make in a year. DJC & all you other people with bad to say are broke losers.

  12. Tracy from Atlanta says:

    Who cares what color Sam is? Why are you making this a color issue??? A fraud is a fraud it doesn’t matter if you are black, white, green or purple. If there is proof anywhere that Sam is a FRAUD then why would anybody stick up for that? How can anyone consider that man an inspiration? I am sure there are a lot of minority real estate investors that have integrity and are honest. Why not put them on a show and let people know the truth about the real estate market and investing in the Atlanta area?

  13. Billy Bob says:

    This has NOTHING to do with RACE. Sam and his crew are MUCH more likable than the San Antonio crew, but he states he sold the home for much more than is recorded. He is now moving into the Real Estate Guru Book Investment RACKET which will cost many people MONEY from a FRAUD!

  14. Billy Bob says:

    The Home from Episode 4 is still vacate never sold and they did’nt even fix many of the things they showed fixing. DRIVE BY IT IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE THE TRUTH.

    1119 Lawton Place, Atlanta, GA 30310

  15. Patrice says:

    A&E apparantly found entertainment value in each of the (3) organizations on the “FLIP” program otherwise they would not have gone to the trouble of spotlighting them. As in any business, real estate investing has its host of unscrupulous individuals (I’m a realtor & investor and have seen a lot of it). I applaud Mr Leccima and his organization for their tenacity and wish them well; I’m sure if fraud is uncovered we’ll certainly hear about it. In the meantime, I will continue to watch and be entertained – especially by Lamont!

  16. kim says:

    I am a former client of Sam Leccima and he is a fraud.Once never invest with him!!!!!

  17. Brandon says:

    I saw the show and Sam never stated he was a realator , never marketed the home . He had a agent present with him. Last I checked you didnt need a real estate license to be a investor or to buy and resale a property. Unless there is something that was missed I don’t see what he did wrong.

  18. Ebon T. Christian says:

    I do agree with Tracy and everyone else that race absolutely has nothing to do with fraud. This is not a “RACE CASE” so put the cards away. But, this is a character attack. If I were committing fraud I wouldn’t go prancing around on national TV. If he was a fraud he would not be saughted after by major hotel developers. Check him out he’s bigger than just flip this house. We are really going far with the prelim shot…

  19. Julissa says:

    For those of you who keep defending Sam Leccima, here’s something to chew on. Thanks to the great detective work of [edit: Mark Lyon, the FlipThisLawsuit.com webmaster], he uncovered the documentation for his license and the document from the court house detailing the numerous reasons his license was revoked.

    These include: altering signed documents with additional information without the authorization or consent of the signer, intentionally misleading people by promising to refund earnest money and then not giving money back to clients, conducting business without an active license, etc. He never showed up at court to defend himself against these charges and therefore his license was revoked because there was an overwhelming amount of evidence that he violated the rules.

    Now, for those of you who think he must be ok because he’s on TV, now you know.

    The documents tell all. The evidence shows there’s good cause to proceed with caution.

    License Certificate
    http://flipthislawsuit.com/files/sl1.pdf

    Revoked License:
    http://flipthislawsuit.com/files/sl2.pdf

  20. Tracy from Atlanta says:

    Thank you so much Julissa! It just amazes me that people will stick up for someone like Sam Leccima! Especially after reading all the information that has been posted about his shaddy deals. He opened himself up to these “character attacks” when he agreed to do this show.

  21. Tony says:

    I am an active real estate investor in the Atlanta area and after watching the show, I don’t understand these claims of “fraud” on something that investors do every day for a living. If it was truly “fraud” then the Attorney General would be investigating, indicting and arresting a lot of people.

    These statements about Sam’s race, having a revoked license, or the purchase price of a property only goes to prove that people don’t understand this business.

    Many licensed professionals tend to look at things from their world and not the eyes of the investor. The tactics that we use to buy, fix and flip a house are not the same as what agents or mortgage brokers would use.

    Just as in politics, the moment someone can find some “dirt” then it becomes headline news. If Sam didn’t have a revoked license, then this would be a mute issue.

    I’m not sticking up for Sam because I don’t know him. But if you’re going to be upset with anyone, then it needs to be with AETV. They’re the ones that film, edit and produce the show. If you think that Sam or the Montelongos have any say over the outcome of the episode then you’re sadly mistaken.

    I watch the show in order to learn and every episode teaches me one thing that I didn’t think of doing. The episode where they “staged” the house for a quick sale gave me the incentive to do the same thing. The result… I sold a one of my properties on a lease option in 1 week.

    If you focus your energy on learning something from the show then you too can be a successful real estate investor. But if you waste your time on gossiping and digging “dirt”, the you will only get “dirt” out of life.

    Join a local real estate investor association and learn something new.

  22. john says:

    This is definately not fraud. Sam is conducting himself as an investor, not a real estate agent. Real estate agents do have certain code of ethics to follow, etc, but Sam is not a real estate agent on this show. Investors buy homes and fix up to make a profit. Real estate agents help people sell and buy homes.

  23. Observer says:

    Don’t all of you get it??? He had a professional license revoked!! That means he did things that were unethical and against the law. It means “caveat emptor” to those who choose to do business with him. Give him a chance to come clean. We are all adults and have all made mistakes. Maybe he will be the business man he portrays to be and admit, explain, indemnify and move on!

    Don’t get on the high horse or defend this guy with blind stupidity. All truth comes to light and the only person he is hurting is himself and family.

    Sam – You have a chance of showing what a leader can truly be, don’t let this go aside and have your enemies ruin you!

  24. Joel says:

    I am an agent in the atlanta area.Investors can say what they want.Atlanta is the number one place for mortgage fraud and scams in the nation.

    People drive 90 in a 55 every day but it doesn’t make it legal.They are now passing anti-predatory laws in many states to protect homeowners.One sham is to have the homeowner sell the property to the investor for the loan amount owed on the mortgage and then sell back to them in a year at an inflated price.

    Most troubled homeowners do not want to move so it sounds tempting,most times the investor has no plans to sell it back.They hope the homeowner misses a payment so they can evict.

    I buy houses as well as help homeowners in foreclosure,they do not always want or need to sell.the options available depend on who the loan company is as each has there own underwriting criteria and servicing guidelines set by there investor pool.

    If you want to have a long term business you must do what you promise in the contract.There has been alot of collusion lately between the mortgage brokers,appraisers,agents,and investors on deals.

    Please if any investors are bidding on hud homes please do not say you are planning on living in the home so you can bid in the first 14 days the property goes live.Hud does check and you will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

    I personally do not know sam as the atlanta area is comprised of over 20 counties and i specialize in cobb and cherokee counties in ga.

  25. […] You can read threads here and here about Sam Leccima and A&E. Some are saying the properties they supposedly sold are still on the market. Leccima had his real estate license revoked in Georgia because of shady things he supposedly did with clients such as not returning earnest money on deals that had fallen through and altering contracts. […]

  26. Truth says:

    I know that Mr. Leccima is truly a fraud. He is currently under investigation for his many, many, many bad deals. He has several lawsuits against him right now. Mr. Leccima is going to jail. I know that there are many people who want to give him the benefit of the doubt because he is on television, but I would urge Mark Lyons to keep digging. This is all about to come to a head. I know that Mr. Leccima wanted this show simply to have more potential investors to prey upon. He takes the investors money to fund his lifestyle. He is broke!!! My final plea is that if you know anyone who is interested in investing with him PLEASE STOP THEM!!!! They will never see a return or here from Samuel Leccima again.

  27. ronni says:

    I am moved at the amount of energy put towards negative talk about a human being. If this type of malarky interests you keep on reading if not stop the madness. Sam has a right to do what he pleases in so that it does not hurt or harm anyone. Leave the man and his family alone.

  28. crazyatl says:

    To all the people who don’t live in Atlanta, this is simply “negative” talk. But wouldn’t you want to know if the man you were about to give your hard earned money to had legal issues? What about the investors who (allegedlly) got ripped off? We’ve got to expose fraud whenever and wherever we see it.
    As far as Flip This House being only tv and not truly reality, I’ll grant you that. The responsibility always lies with the investor to do the due dillegence and decide whether or not a deal makes sense. That said, do we really want *everything* on tv to be fake? I mean they post clear dates, profits, etc on this show, I think there should be some accountablility for that.

  29. A Victim of Sam Lecc says:

    To all of you who keep defending this lying loser, check this out. I LIVE here in Atlanta, I use to be friends with the lier and I trusted him. He promised a 15% return on your money if you invested with his company, so I encouraged my cousin to invest with his company. He STOLE $65,000 from me and $25,000 from my cousin. Since that time, I have met several other victims of Mr Leccima. Some people even lost their homes and retirement fund! This is not hear say, it happened to me here! So keep your eyes open and dont trust the guy. He is a smooth talker and sounds like he knows what he is talking about but he is heartless and a thief! The emails defending him are probably from HIM! Buyer beware!

    • Attention all she ( Sam’s Wife, Shani Leccima) is a con artist that takes money from unsuspecting consumers and does not deliver on goods and services and when asked for a refund for money she knew she did not earn she ran off in to the darkness where she belongs. Business people who are true professionals stand by their work and or work to fix the situation. I beg anyone listening not to buy or engage in any business with these people and had I googled them before I gave her my money I would have ran the other way. BEWARE OF BIG BIRD!!!!!!!

  30. Atlanta Agent says:

    The truth is that the show has not been truthful in the dealings of Sam Leccima.

    I know his agent… and I know the property on Ellen Way has not yet shown a transfer of ownership. The tax record shown above is the same one available online today. I know. I checked.

    As an agent, I understand what it means to be truthful and honest in real estate. I also know what happens when you are discovered to be otherwise.

    And so has Sam.

  31. lamond2 says:

    Hey, just want to say that Sam is a fraud. He took my fathers money in a hotel fund scam. I hope you guys out there beware of this man.

  32. Teebee says:

    I live in the same town Sam Leccima grew up in and went to the same high school. It is very hard to believe watching “Flip that house” that this is the same nerd I went to HS with. You’d have to be blind to not see that Sam is a fast talking scam artist.

  33. Duane LeGate says:

    Unbelievable. I stumbled across this website. I havent seen Sam on Flip This House, I watched part of a show with the San Antonio crew. When I saw Sam’s named associated with this show, I about fell out of my chair.

    When Sam was with Platinum, I had a property in the Atlanta Country Club. I cant remember how Sam and I got together, but he put a contract on the property with curious stipulations.

    Bottom line, he had asked for a 50,000 dollar kick back at the close. Needless to say that is not legal and I told Sam I had accepted another offer. I ran into his broker at a tradeshow and asked about Sam, I was just curious if he had any idea what type of guy he was… his broker had FIRED him for doing fraudulent activity.

    The irony in all of this, was that A&E actually came to my office in Marietta GA and filmed for a day for the show…

    I lost out to a crook???

    Your kidding me…

  34. Observer says:

    Well it looks like Sam has caused some problems out there!!! The last couple of posts have been from some real life experiences. I guess all of that “material” he was shoveling has hit the fan and blew right back on him! Kind of a shame after looking at all the possibilities that I have seen on the net. Only one person to blame!

    Oh by the way – Sam you have a kernel of corn stuck on your forehead!

    Karma baby, karma!

  35. Tobias says:

    For those of you who want to play the race card, consider the fact that Richard Davis was replaced by a Hispanic group and an African-American group. Seems like affirmative action to me. Sorry Richard, you are too white and too southern.

  36. Observer says:

    Tobias,

    Interesting comment! Although I do not agree with these people playing the race card, I equally do not agree with you in regards to affirmative action. That is such linear argument when there seems to be a “changing of the guard” so to speak. It also reflects bias. For the sake of logical thinking – there are approximately 12% of blacks and 13% of Hispanics in the US population. If you personally can’t compete with the larger number of approximately 70% percent of whites (assuming you are white), then brush up on your abilities and blame your counter parts for the lack of opportunities. If you are a true American – blame yourself and pull up your boot straps!

    Good Luck!

  37. Yo-man says:

    I’ve made quite a bit of money investing with Sam, the man’s a sure shot!So all this time and effort you guys are spending digging up dirt could be better put to use by making some money, or better yet, spend your time finding out how the RE Commission works, they are 100% for the customer and that Agents are guilty until proven innocent. I know when I bought my house the earnest money was required by the seller not the Agent, so who should return it.Hmmmmmmmmmmmm! Don’t be sheep ppl. think for yourselves.

  38. Tammy says:

    Looks like the sheep is you Yo-man..wasting time at 6:00 am in the morning…now go make some money!!

  39. Dee says:

    Wow, I have been watching the show religiously for about 5 months now and I am very much interested in getting into investing. After reading all of the messages about Sam and seeing the documents concerning his license for myself has confirmed my suspicion. The very first time I saw an episode with him and his crew I thought that he was shady and cheap. His projects lack the quality that a potential buyer deserves. The Montelongo’s are slightly better but Armondo needs a lesson on how to treat people. Now, Richard Davis seems to be the best of the three. He does good work and is very professional and organized. I try to learn as much as I can by watching the show. I would like to know more about flipping houses but I don’t want my only source of education to be from Richard, Armondo and surely not Sam. Does anyone have any advice for me as to where I should start.

  40. VP says:

    It’s all good. Both of these crews are fake…just read the internet. The other crew in San Antonio barely had a webpage that they talked all about for the first episode. They haven’t bought or sold anything, nor do they even hold licenses in Texas. It would appear that the Atlanta crew is no different, or at least breaks more laws. Anyway, Team Trademark with Richard Davis will be back on TV shortly, just on TLC. Look for that in January….

  41. Donna says:

    I live in Atlanta and have done many deals in the city. I have a close business associate who lives in Grant Park, near the current project, and I have wholesaled, rehabbed and sold houses all over the city. I know this market well. The appraised value fraud in this city is rampant. Virtually every so-called investment property in Atlanta is over priced. Many houses are sitting on the market for months, leaving unsuspecting investors in foreclosure and even bankruptcy. I have counseled many of them. This kind of stuff is ruining peoples financial lives.

    I also know some of the people that A&E passed on when they chose Sam for the show. Apparently they prefer these “characters” to make the show more interesting. There are lots of legitimate operations out there, but unfortunately Sam’s is not one of them. Behind the scenes these houses are not selling and the prices and gross profits reflected on the show are not realistic. This also goes for the other cities too. I have clients all over the country who are telling me that the California shows are using questionable numbers to make it look like these people are making big money, when the real numbers are much lower. Anyone wanting to be a successful investor should not use the show as an indicator of how to conduct business. It is interesting, but it is also a fairy tale for the most part.

  42. Get A Life says:

    Wow,
    I came across this blog by chance and i can’t beleive that there are so many LOSERS in the world. You have a choice in every aspect of you life to try to bring another person down just goes to show that most of choose to followers rather than leaders. Most of you have never nor ever plan on investing in anything! If you work check you 401k plan, Nothing! check your portfolio, Nothing! but yet you slam someone because…..Get a Life!

  43. Observer says:

    Wow nothing, Get a Life!!!

    It seems that you are truly the follower! If you were a so called investor you would realize that doing business with someone who is supposed to have a fiduciary responsibility and has their license revoked is not someone I would do business with! Its obvious all three of your brain cells are fighting each other and you cant see what’s in front of you (i.e. – your the sheep getting lead to the slaughter).

    As a person who invests and interacts with the public – one is held to a higher standard than the rest! If you can’t hack it – then go play in the kiddy pool – us Lions will handle business with ethical standards. Besides, you can’t even write let alone see who is a crook and who is not!

  44. julius g. says:

    now, now observer, play fair…:)

    “get a life” may be new at this.

    here are my thoughts. everyone is innocent until PROVEN guilty. and last i cheked sam is not in jail, and still produces a great show for A&E. even having his license revoked still only tells one half of the story. and as we all know, there are always two sides. for all we really know, one person could be writing all these negative e-mails under different names against sam. i can only speak of sam’s character as i knew him in college. and the sam i knew and admired was not the sam that his detractor(s)are portraying him to be. he was and still is very driven and focused. he’s also a man that takes very serious the responsibilty of caring and providing for his family. and in today’s society, that counts for a whole lot in terms of character in my book.

    just my honest thoughts.

    julius

  45. Observer says:

    Hey Julius!

    It seems as though we keep meeting up – were going to have to meet face to face over a cigar and yack. How is it going? No need for me to reply to your comments – we both know where each of us stands on this topic.

    My fellow agree to disagree board member! 🙂

  46. Tiffany says:

    An interesting post from simplyreprehensible.wordpress.com reveals more information about the “star” of flip this house. Quite disturbing but not a shocker. . . A warning to those who will heed it.

    https://simplyreprehensible.wordpress.com/2006/07/30/filp-this-house-atlanta-review/

    Angela Says:
    October 4th, 2006 at 2:06 pm
    Julius & other supporters of Sam,

    Knowing Sam, he is shady, crooked and a true liar, he never sold any of those properties he stated on A&E, nor did it cost $12k to repair, it actually was much more, ask him how many of those agents actually work for him NOW! NONE! not after he cheated them and that BMW he rides around in, is several months behind in payments along with any other debt he has, his investors that pay him X amount of $ as a (so called 2nd mortgage) are avoiding him, won’t allow him to do anything on there property because it took so long to even go to there property to do any estimates. He lied to all of his investors stating he was here to help his people, he really meant “rob” his people. people he owes money to he doesn’t call back, avoids all contact. HE’S JUST BAD NEW!! WARNING WILL ROBINSON DANGER DANGER DANGER!

  47. julius g. says:

    tiffany,

    and how does this information inspire or make a difference in the world?

    julius

  48. Observer says:

    Hey Julius,

    Sure it inspires people and makes a difference! It gives inspiration to the people who do “the right thing” in order to truly effect the lives of people around them. That people who do not truly reflect what they portray to be will eventually catch up to them – hence our political and business environment today.

    People want truth even if it does not side in their favor. And those that do not want the truth, are only setting themselves up to be used, or should I say pimped. I prefer the old saying – “Don’t piss on my back and tell me its raining”.

    The difference being that in today’s world it is a lot harder to hide with the increased access and use of technology. Just my two sense!

    I am not going to bag on Sam (review my other posts) because this guy really hurt himself and I am sure this has impacted his latest venture with the trust.

    Observer

  49. DJC says:

    It’s amazing how people try to turn Chicken Sh*t into Chicken Salad.

    I know Sam Leccima PERSONALLY, and I’m telling you right now that the man is a FRAUD.

    He has a looooong list of people who have been screwed over in some shady deals in the last several years.

    How stupid is the whole “People are trying to bring him down because he is black..” defense?

    LOL

    I went to MOREHOUSE COLLEGE (for the uninformed, that’s a “Historically Black College”) and for those of you who are still a little slow, I am BLACK.

    Folks, don’t protect crooks. Don’t defend people who are making it harder for those of us that are doing honest business in Atlanta. Don’t just rush to defend people who make a living being sociopathic scam-artists.
    That is just plain stupid.

    If any of you understand what people like Sam have done to the Atlanta Real Estate market, you already know that the FBI has created a new division for Mortgage Fraud and are making it harder for OUR PEOPLE to make money through profiling.

    How about a reality check?

    (Yo-Man, what a joke you are… just find me 5 people who have done business with him and made ANY money in the end and I will eat my words… don’t be a sheep folks.)

  50. mk says:

    I have seen no evidence of fraud on Sam’s part and only read hearsay on this site. People need to get a life and chart their own success.

  51. Observer says:

    MK,

    So I guess you did not see the official court documents from the state of GA. The links are listed above. So typical – a man covers his eyes then wonders why he cant see!!

  52. TK says:

    Michigan is listed near number one in mortgage fraud. I have 31 properties and I am trying to sell them. Many of my buyers who would have qualified earlier this year, are being denied. Yes they were marginal buyers, but they deserve the opportunity for quality home ownership. The issue in Altanta seems the same as it is in Michigan, FRAUD causes the honest investors to suffer. I pray that Mr. Leccimma is not as he is portrayed, but if he is, I also pray that he recieves the punishment equal to his crime. Whether it is Trademark, Montelgos or Leccimma or those recently busted in Michigan, ANY fraudulent actors make it hard for those who are honest.

  53. yaya says:

    Look how jealous you all are… so sad.

  54. Mike says:

    Dont know Sam, do think he makes a decent character on the show.

    THE REAL PROBLEM here is that the show is sold to the general public as a true life program about flipping real estate. Before I found any of these websites or blogs about Flip this house, I watched the Atlanta episodes in disbelief since I knew the numbers they were quoting for purchase price, sell price and cost of remodeling were false. Having lived in Atlanta for 10 years, bought and sold real estate for investment purposes, I was just stunned A&E would do this. I know several people who have watched the show and think it is a cake walk to get rich. While I welcome anyone to get into RE investment, it is not anything like the show. The margins are not there except for great deals that might come along once in a few years. Also, PLEASE send the contractors who work that cheap my way, please do. Again it is just disappointing that A&E didnt produce a show with true numbers, it woudl still have been entertaining while educational to folks who have an interest in doing RE investing. As it is now, they are setting up beginners for a huge shock when they realize they will not make the kind of money they portray on the show.

  55. DC says:

    I am in Real Estate (in another state) as both a Broker and an Investor… I understand it’s important to alert the Atlanta Public if there are “shady” business folks operating in their community. However, I would appreciate more facts. Based on what I’ve read, it appears someone filed a complaint against Sam with the Real Estate Commission. The Commission gives all licensed individuals an opportunity to respond to the complaint. Failure to respond to the commission can result in the Agent/Broker’s license being revoked. It appears Sam didn’t respond to the allegations, so the commission revoked his license. Appearance wise, this seems odd and very unprofessional, it does not prove Fraud. If Sam’s guilty of Fraud, then i’m sure all of this attention will bring it to light. However, if he’s as smooth as some of you say, he may be shrewd enough to have documentation to support his transactions. The point is WE DON’T KNOW! I’m not defending Sam, I just want DUE PROCESS! The recent boom in Real Estate (which appears to be over!) brought out all kinds of charlatans and alot of Novice investors who wanted to “get rich quick!” But Real Estate is hard, and if you can’t flip it, you’d better have a good plan B. Based on my 15yrs of experience in Real Estate, I can almost guarantee that the folks slamming Sam are not the innocent victims they claim to be! I betcha facts were ignored because they were blinded by the desire to “get rich quick!” This blind desire would have made them easy pickings for any Charlatan operating in Real Estate. The real questions is, is Sam the only shady character in those transactions? Or are his partners (investors) equally shady, and just espousing sour grapes?? Hmmmmmm…….. I’m watching this case from the Midwest… it’ll be interesting to see what happens. Just a little something to chew on.

  56. LR says:

    I look at all of the reality shows as make beleive television. I watch the show for purely entertainment value, I like to see Lamont do his thing and sing while he works. And I like Ninja the drywall guy. Understand folks you cannot look to TV as Real Estate Investment 101. You can only use it as a jumping off point for ideas. Better yet find a mentor.

  57. C F says:

    Sam never said he was an agent, he never said the house sold in 14 days. I’m not understanding where the fraud was committed. I love watching the show, and again I don’t think if Sam were commiting fraud, he would be on national T.V. Get a life

  58. D Luv says:

    Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaam You guy dimed Sammy out. I am moving to Atlanta From California. I was going to contact him about a home. Thanks a million. Sam Sam Sam Damn Damn Damn. You are messing it up for the honest people

  59. New Orleans, LA says:

    Y’all, give the man some time for due process. Let the truth come to light, and just enjoy the show for the entertainment value A&E intended. I think the show is really funny and I actually find myself laughing out loud at the characters.
    With any progress one makes, there will always be some opposition. It’s the name of the game in this world in which we live. So unless the negative writers want to be productive and own their own network to show the programs they may have control over, we will continue to hear opposition to Sam Leccima.
    I also must note that it is kind of nice to see, on a television program, a black man who is actually in the home, who owns/runs his own business(es), and is providing for his family.
    I don’t know if anyone else noticed, but a lot of the construction help Mr. Leccima hires is other African-American owned businesses…for entertainment purposes, I think A&E is doing a heck of a job.

  60. Observer says:

    Ok New Orleans, CF, and DC!

    The is incredibly crazy and proves the fact that there are those in the public who just don’t get it! Ok, so he gets his license revoked and it does not prove fraudulent actions – that’s ridiculous!!! DC – if you are truly a broker/agent you know that its difficult to get your license revoked. Real Estate like any other licensed profession is about reputation. I am assuming that this does not matter to you and your fiduciary responsibilities towards the public. So typical!! You claim that you want DUE PROCESS. That chance was given and he did not show up! So it was available but he decided not to go! You say that you are not defending him but you clearly are doing just that! This is signed and sealed from a judge but your angle is that this person was not given a fair shot – sounds like the SHEEP syndrome. Would you like some cool-aid while you get lead or lead others to the slaughter house? I doubt you are a broker/agent – anyone worth their salt would not say such a thing. So the next time MJ is in town from the middle east make sure he comes by and baby-sits some of your younger relatives since he did not get due process! There is no missteps just actions that were done knowingly.

    And for those of you that think people are jealous or hating because he is black are really sad – such a linear argument that is shallow beyond belief. Yes, I am black and a licensed professional. And people like that make it harder for me to do business. It always gives the other guy a reason not to do business with me because of their predisposition regarding their prejudices. And all of this he is taking care of family and hiring those of his own race. In a legitimate case – it would matter – but not in this one. If you call low balling ad brow beating “your people” giving them work and helping them out – your a joke! I know the RE game and those prices are ridiculous. One should just go to a day labor spot and get the help – same difference.

    Even the agent put him on blast – check it out! – towards the bottom.

    http://simplyreprehensible.wordpress.com/2006/07/30/filp-this-house-atlanta-review/

  61. Ty says:

    Whether Sam is guilty or innocent on charges of opperating without a license, I learned that flipping a house looks sexy, but requires a lot of elbow grease and good contacts. Peace.

  62. TAMIKA says:

    WHEN I WATCH THE SHOW I WAS HAPPY AN WANTED TO CONTACT SAM OR TEAM IN GETTING STARTED WHILE TRYING TO FIND HIS WEBSITE I CAME ACROSS THIS.I HAD MONEY ENOUGH TO GET STARTED AN WAS HOPING TO GAIN SOMETHING.BUT I GAIN WAS TO RESEARCH EVERYTHING AN EVERYONE BEFORE DOING BUSSINESS WITH THEM NO MATTER WHAT THEY RACE MAYBE.CAUSE THE ONLY COLOR THAT MATTER IS GREEN NOBODY WANTS TO LOOSE WHAT THEY WORK HARD FOR.

  63. TAMIKA H says:

    WHEN I WATCH THE SHOW I WAS HAPPY AN WANTED TO EVERYONE BEFORE DOING BUSSINESS WITH THEM NO MATTER WHAT THEY RACE MAYBE.CAUSE THE ONLY COLOR THAT MATTER IS GREEN NOBODY WANTS TO LOOSE WHAT THEY WORK HARD FOR.

  64. TK says:

    Hello Yaya, I don’t think all of us are jealous. I am black. I applaud any black man who succeeds. I don’t know if Sam is innocent or guilty – a TV program proves neither. My point is that FRAUD, regardless of the perpetrator hurts the honest investor. I purchased properties to (1) help low moderate income buyers achieve the “American Dream” of home ownership and (2) make money personally. In an environment where fraud is prevalent, buyers are fearful of honest opportunities (lease purchases, land contracts, seller held seconds)and mortgage lenders make it difficult for these buyers to acquire financing. The result is that honest investors end up unable to sell properties – and often go broke. Finally, let’s look at the Carleton Sheets and Robert Allen’s of the world who were the seedbed of all that Sam L and others are doing. They have been promoting their EZ real estate goop for years. Real Estate is not a glamour business. It is a real, and often difficult business. If Sam is operating legally (and I pray he is), he is doing no more than what Sheets and Allen have been selling for years. They have taught that you can get rich using OTHER people’s money. What Sheets and Allen don’t teach is that those OTHER people assume a high risk of loss. They can’t blame Sam or any other person for their losses, unless that person wilfully did something to defraud them. The bottom line issue is that what Sam and others are doing may not be fraud, it may be the result of the ‘ignorance’ of the masses (including regulatory agency personale) as to how real REAL ESTATE investments work. In retrospect, maybe this is a case of ‘ignorant’ having the power to call the ‘informed’ a fraud. The results are still the same, ‘FRAUD’ real or percieved cost the ‘honest’ investor attempting to play by the ‘rules’.

  65. MIKE says:

    I watched the show last night, and I must say when it first came on , I was dozing off , but when I heard Lamont singing , that grabbed my attention and I stayed up all night watching them two . Great Show and they deserve their own show , maybe I’ll look into that !

  66. jb says:

    Hey, Billy Bob

    Get off Sam’s back, no haters aloud in this business. Go have a coke and a smile and …..

  67. It's T.V ya'll says:

    My question for everyone that has posted something negative about Sam is, If you personally are not planning on doing business with him why do you care?I’m not a real estate investor but I enjoy watching the show and I only watch for entertainment. Remember belive half of what you see and non of what you hear.
    Come on people it’s T.V!!!!! If you are considering investing in real estate there are a ton of resources out there that you can use. A smart investor does not follow the fades or chase the markets. A smart investor does there homework and thinks independently. Warren Buffet say that you should “understand” a business that you are going to purchase.
    I think some of you are looking for a get rich quick scheme and you think that real estate is it but the sad reality is Sam nor any of the other people that you see on flip this house are not the answers that your’e looking for. While your sitting at your T.V and commupters watching A & E and writting these blogs these people are out hear making money. Carlton Sheet sells bullshit advice and programs to any one that wants to learn what not to do in real estate. He’s not selling real estate any more he’s selling dreams to any one that is to lazy to get off there ass and put in the work and time that is required to be succesfull.
    Just as the name implies “It’s T.V Ya’ll”

  68. Sassy says:

    I recently came across this show while casually browsing, I became interested after finding some of the program is filmed here,in Atlanta. I’m a native of Georgia,East Point & Decatur . I’ve only watched a couple episodes. However, this is not intended to demean or defame anyone participating in this, My eyebrows were raised while watching
    this last episode, Ellen Way & The home portrayed to be in the historic part of the West End. The investors or the buyer must be Extremely gullible to pay the said amount for those properties!!! (I still live in Georgia, not in either city, But with more land & privacy for a fair investment) This causes me to doubt, and question the intelligence of the Ivestors,Buyers & the reality of this show.

  69. Cedric Dawkins says:

    Playa-congratulate don’t playa-hate! As a Real estate investor in Miami, FL for the last 6 yrs, I stand up and cheer for Sam! I have had my share of big profit deals come and go and right now its kinda slow, and actually was a little discouraged this year. However, after watching Sam and his crew ” do their thing”, it has gotten me re-motivated to step back, take a deep breath and take charge of my real estate investment career all over again. To the haters, if you don’t know the game don’t criticize!

    If you buy in the RIGHT AREA at the RIGHT PRICE, you WILL sell and you WILL make money.

    I feel Sam’s pain. After 6 years, alot of my friends who work 9-5 smile in my face but still behind my back whisper to others if what I do is legal.

    KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!!!

  70. Jackie says:

    I have a house that I would like for an investor to take a look at, to see what I can get for it. I watched Sam’s show in A&E for the first time and I had deceided to give him a call, but reading all these comments made me change my mind about calling him.

  71. Kevin says:

    I try to rehab one or two houses per year for personal investment income. The thing that gets me about these shows are the permits. You never see anything about getting building permits or having inspections. One thing I really notice are firestops. When you tear down all of the sheet rock or plaster in a house, they are supposed to add firestops to the framing. This is a major safety factor and can save lives and property. The crazy part is that firestops are made with cheap lumber and would only cost a few dollars per house and take almost no time to install. No building inspector would allow the sheet rock to be replaced without them. All I can say is God help the people who buy these houses becuase safety is not a major concern. I also agree that the Atlanta and San Antonio shows do not tell us all of their true expenses. Please show me a contractor that will rehab my house in a week for $12,000 total. I could really use that guy!

  72. Stef Marcos says:

    While I do agree that its not as easy as the show portrays to say that it is frustrating or a burden. IF you have connections and KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO DO, it is possible for there to be an easy flip. I used to do contract work out west and jumped thru all the hoops for a real estate agent but never finished- I left that to my brother while I focused on organizing the actual renovations.

    Maybe Stephen Wolfe, you just aren’t that good at it.

  73. AppalledJ says:

    I lived in Atlanta for 15 years before being relocated, and I was totally appalled at the RIDICULOUS prices that Sam Leccima listed those homes for, especially since I know where all 3 of them are located. I was in such disbelif that I had to call a few of my family members and friends who still live in Atlanta to see if they were watching the show on last night. What a small world? It so happens that one of my friends personally knows Sam and Shani Leccima, and she had nothing good to say about Sam. Being a FRAUD, and swindling people out of their money were among the unpleasantries. So, for those of you who are saying the race card is being played, and defending his innocence; do your homework, go out to the internet and look at listings of home in the West End of Atlanta (the Ralph David Abernathy) area and you’ll see that there are no homes listed anywhere near $350,000. And let that information speak for itself.

  74. Observer says:

    I am with you ApalledJ,

    It’s no wonder why the public is so easily lead down the wrong path. They don’t do the home work and buy the hype. When the evidence is right in front of them, they refuse to see it! I have a feeling that some of these folks are the same person with different sir names. And the black angle – they should be ashamed. They are still conditioned to think this way and they don’t even get it. When a person does wrong they are wrong – period. They should not get a pass because they are black. Yeah, we know others give passes because they are rich, so called Christians, politicians, non black and women or men – but why lower yourselves!

    Aren’t their enough sheep in the world? Bunch of water boys!

    Observer

  75. Fan of Realty TV says:

    I am a fan of realty tv. I live in Atlanta Metro and I am a real estate broker. I’m not here to defend (or disgrace) Sam and his team. I do not know any of them personally. I have done my own research and have my own opinions.

    The point I want to make is that this is reality tv and reality tv is scripted. People must do their due dilligence when trying to do anything they see on tv. These shows affect my everyday business life, because people call me and want to do what they see on tv, especially the home/real estate shows. They want to get $300,000 appreciation on a flip (this is not Cali) and some of the other things that just don’t happen here. You’ve gotta do your homework and you gotta think.

    My first real estate broker told us that if you have to ask us if this is legit, it’s probably not. Use your common sense and make sure you get all the facts before jumping in something or on someone’s bandwagon.

  76. God Bless All Haters says:

    WOW, it is amazing HOW MANY PEOPLE who spend SO MUCH TIME HATING on another man. SO WHAT if Mr. Leccima’s License was revoked, we all make mistakes, and obviously he’s learned from them! STOP BRINGING ANOTHER MAN DOWN ALL THE TIME & WORRY ABOUT YOURSELVES & YOUR OWN BUSINESSES & INVESTMENTS! All Men deserve second chances, and obviously, Mr. Leccima did get another chance to prove himself or he wouldn’t be on A&E television making HIS money. I hope that the originators of these negative comments will take a look at themselves before judging others…WHAT MISTAKES HAVE YOU MADE IN LIFE? DO YOU WANT OTHERS BLOGGING ABOUT THEM ALL DAY TRYING TO UNCOVER YOUR PAST??? I didn’t think so! And as a mental note, A REVOKED REAL ESTATE LICENSE DOES NOT PROHIBIT REAL-ESTATE INVESTING or any other business venture! Please…Stop the Hating…God Bless you ALL!!!!

  77. Observer says:

    So would you call me a hater if I saw a convict playing with my neighbors daughter and I told my neighbor that woman is a convict? Just using your logic!! The people you perceive as being haters are business people who choose to expose fraud and those who abuse the public trust. If you truly understand business its about trust and when someone makes it bad for everyone – they should be exposed. Oh by the way – when you are licensed and have a fiduciary responsibility and you don’t mistakenly commit fraud! Just thought you should know!

    Oh – and by using your logic Jesus was a hater also when he gave it to the money changers. You must be a Christian by name only!

    Observer

  78. Mechelle says:

    I was passing thru channels the other night and saw this show. I am definitely not here to judge b/c everyone does their own thing…but I watched the show for pure entertainment. From the first five minutes, I could tell that the San Antonio and Atlanta crew were a bunch of con artists.

  79. Worthy42 says:

    I have read through all the messages left on this blog. 1. I’m sad to see all the negative vibe towards someone trying to make a living at rehabbing property. And yes I see that Sam got his real estate license revoked. You don’t need one to be an investor, it appears that that is what Sam is doing. I look at the show objectively and see what I need to do and not do in order to become a succesful real estate INVESTOR ( I DON’T HAVE A REAL ESTATE LICENSE) and don’t plan on getting one. Also let he that has not SINNED has the FIRST stone!!! It was mentioned in several messages that SAM is messing it up for the HONEST PERSON. NOBODY is HONEST everybody has told a lie in there life (AND IF YOU RESPOND AND SAY THAT YOU HAVEN’T GUESS WHAT YOUR LYING) And from the point you told that lie you are no longer and HONEST PERSON. Even if you go to church and repent! I believe it was once said that “ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE ME” And that’s true. I’m going to be getting into real estate investing in california. Yes there will be peeks and valleys, yes there will be properties that won’t sell like lawton place. And if I had the money right now I would buy that place from SAM’s people on lawton place. Because eventually the market in Atlanta will appreciate like it did here in California in 2005. Plus I love wood floors and the floors in the lawton property are beautiful from what I see on TV. And for the person that said that this is entertainment that is correct. Thanks for saying that. And yes A&E is going to say that something sold. There getting paid off the rating for the show. And by the way nowhere did I ever here SAM say that the lawton property sold. I believe at the end of the show after the potential buyers offered like 292,000. It said still on the market was I the only one that saw that? I don’t know whether SAM’s guilty or not. But he has a show and I don’t think any of the people on this blog or message board whatever you want to call it do. So black man make your money!!! If as someone said that sam going to prison. I would feel sorry for his family if that does happen. I also do have to say that I am inspired by the show seeing an african american doing what he is doing is great. We don’t have any positive figures on TV not since the Cosby show. And we all no BILL doesn’t think to highly of his own people. And for the Black people leaving these messages against SAM please ( RENT THE DVD ANIMAL W/ VING RHAMES AND STOP THE WILLIE LYNCH) For those people that say that they have invested with sam and lost your money. It was called and investment and investments have some risk involved not everything is a sure thing. I also hope that you did your homework before you decided to give the man your money. Because I know that I would. And as far as the San Antonio crew they have 36 properties on there website for sale right now. Here is the link:http://www.montelongohousebuyers.com/index.html I enjoy both shows and yes the shows are spliced together or edited in order to provide entertainment. So of course there is going to be some embellishing by the network about certain things. Of course it’s not going to cost 12k things go over budget like when the kitchen cabinets cracked on the lawton property that wasn’t configured into the 12k. And they never discussed what other things went over budget so of course it cost more than what was projected ( notice I said projected) budget. And please don’t tell people that are hating to stop hating if that’s what they want to do let them do it. For the people that hate oprah he is still worth a billion. For the people that hate microsoft BILL GATES is still one of the richest people in the world. I’m impartial completely because of the information that I saw on this website. Even if you (SAM) did the things that you did in the past if your still making money now keep doing it. Secure you and your families future through your business endeavours. It’s all about capitalizing on your oppurtunities and that what he is doing by putting out a book. It possible could have some information in it that might be able to help even some of the people that post on this website. All I know is I’m tired of being a corporate slave and being told that my breaks and lunches are this long and I get paid on this day and my accounting deparment messed up my hours so my paycheck is short. Real investing provides freedom. And yes it’s not gonna go the exact way that you want it to go. To be very honest with you if A&E hadn’t chosen SAM and his company none of this would even be relevant or even matter. Oh and by the way BILL GATES never finished school either http://www.forbes.com/lists/2006/10/BH69.html ( I believe that says 50 Billion and rising people)

  80. Jackie says:

    To all the investors out there, I have a home in Covington, GA that I am trying to sell. Anyone interested please send me an email @ jwatson1226@yahoo.com

  81. […] Perhaps the public is being duped. So… with the click of the mouse, I come up with this. […]

  82. Cedric Dawkins says:

    To all you APPALLED people, you really must get out more often and open your eyes! Maybe in your lil neck of the woods houses don’t appreciate but here in Miami, that’s the norm…I bought my house in 2001 for 319K, sold it in 2004 for 485K and last I checked, the new owner had it for sale earlier this year for 719K….

    Not to mention, I had a friend who had lost a spouse to tragedy in midstream of a preconstruction deal; she wanted to give up and let it go. I told her NO WAY, I made her close at the contracted 418K when it was finished and we sold it BY OWNER in 20 days for 495K and when we got to the closing to our SURPRISE that person had flipped (assigned) his contract to somebody else for 550K!! All this and no one had yet to move into the property.

    So if you are in a hot city and have a hot property or at least make it look HOT…..the money is there for the making!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Jackie, email me…I may be interested in your house in Covington,GA…adpropertiesinvestments@yahoo.com

  83. Observer says:

    Yeah ok Cedrick,

    I am sure this happened 1 to 2 years ago at the latest. The market has changed in the last year and people got served their lunch. The condo market is different as apposed to residential. You have no idea what it is like in GA. Stop selling false hopes and hurting people.

    You sound like someone who thinks they know what they are doing because they fell into some luck!!! Its like the stock market during the dot com period – everyone was a broker and then bust. Especially for those who dont know what they are doing. They bought the hype – same as in real estate. And you are still seeling it!

    Observer

  84. kevin says:

    I attended school with Sam and I can assure you he is who everyone but a few naive followers says he is. This man/fraud pulled the same antics in school and did very little work and more perpetrating than anything. He didn’t graduate because rather than do the work, he tried to con his way through. As for the woman that stands by him, she deserves better. She as I knew her in college deserves better than a common street hustler. Maybe for Holloween this year, he can dress up as a real estate agent!

  85. K.L. Spencer says:

    I am would never defend someone who committed fruad but what I will say is at time there are things that go on behind filed documents. I my self am an investor in a number of areas. I have friends who are also some of them have been accused of things and have marks on there license for things that I know they didn’t due. When money is involved people get mean and stupid. If had really commited fruad he woudl have had more than his license revoked, he would be facing a couple of federal cases. I don’t know him personally, and I am in no way trying to play the race card but there have been a number of other major RE investors who have done very mean, ugly ad cruel things that no one has deidicated a website too. That is how I feel.

  86. gerald says:

    i am from new york and i love the show because it is a black man doing something positive other than selling drugs on a corner.it should make some black people wake up and do something other than work a 9 to 5 work for yourself. quote from the matrix movie free your mind

  87. bemused says:

    i just came across this discussion and firstly i am dismayed by the failure of the education system in this country to teach grammar and spelling. yikes! e.g. #65 “no haters aloud in this business”, (correct word is allowed) #63 “WHEN I WATCH THE SHOW I WAS HAPPY AN WANTED TO EVERYONE BEFORE DOING BUSSINESS WITH THEM NO MATTER WHAT THEY RACE MAYBE.CAUSE THE ONLY COLOR THAT MATTER IS GREEN NOBODY WANTS TO LOOSE WHAT THEY WORK HARD FOR.” WTF does that mean? #48 “Just my two sense!” (cents)

    secondly, it seems that many of my fellow african americans are so starved for an example of a successful businessman on tv that you feel compelled to defend someone who hasn’t earned your trust (especially if you are looking at this as entertainment). there are plenty of honest successful african american business people and professionals here in the ATL. mr. leccima is going to have to answer for any shady business dealings he may have been involved with. so don’t get upset if folks have the documents to show his license was revoked. just keep in mind that donald trump was not a self made man (his father was a major owner of properties in nyc including harlem before the recent renaissance) and that his empire had to be bailed out by the banks that held his loans. the reason i say this is a lot of people who are seemingly successful in speculative businesses like real estate investing have had to weather some shaky times.

  88. Joie says:

    Hi Guys

    Although the man had his license revoked, it does not prove any wrong doing on his part. Why? Because he never gave his side of the story in court. If I decided to sue everyone who posted on this blog of wrong doing, I would win by default if you did not show up in court. It does not prove your guilt only that you did not show up.

    Im patiently waiting for the other side of the story. Until then, I will continue enjoying entertaining tv, more specifically, funny man Lamont. Gotta love him.

  89. The Learner says:

    I have read the majority of the postings here and the arguments from both sides have valid points, except for Mr. Sour Grapes who seems to represent the “Protect White Interests At All Costs” contingent.
    Sam seems like a nice, agreeable guy. But having worked with one of those, whom I once called a very good friend, looks can be deceiving. None of us on this site can see WHO is actually posting here and so this is all heresay.
    As for the court documentation, sometimes things are not what they seem. He could be guilty and he could be innocent. Let the court system decide.
    My one-time friend has scammed millions in the third-party insurance biz. He did it twice. I was there the second time and had to drop a dime on him to the feds and testified at the Grand Jury hearing. The Federal DA assured me he would go to jail THIS time. NOT!!! Guilty, yet no jail??? An outsider would seem to take this as innocence. Not so the victims, some of whom were profiled in Newsweek several years back.
    The bottom line is, unless you have first-hand knowledge, it’s all speculation.
    I however, want to make a dollar in this country because that is the ONLY thing that people listen to in this world. I learn a lot of good things from Sam AND Armando about work ethic, cutting costs and keeping positive. Those lessons alone are worth every minute of airtime.
    For those who keep posting over and over to try to force others to see your point, get a life. Say what you have to say and get out. We DON’T KNOW YOU and have no obligation to believe you, though you have a right to your opinion. I only hope that you are putting as much energy into making a buck as you are posting messages here at all hours of the day and night.
    To everyone else, watch the show and take what positive nuggets work for you. They ARE there if you just look. So enjoy, be happy and be wealthy, whatever definition of wealth you choose to pursue. EXCELSIOR!!!

  90. julius g. says:

    and why “bemused” do you choose to give us a very backhanded lesson in grammar on such an informal blog posting site?

    just seems odd given most of us are not grammarians and i would venture to say, you aren’t either.

    am i correct? so next time, maybe we should stick to the appropriate and aforementioned topics at hand.

    i mean, offending people for their grammar, literacy and education, is just not appropriate or tactful.

    overcompensating for something, “bemused?”

    seincerilly,

    jiluis

  91. Jeanne says:

    K.L. Spencer,

    “I don’t know him personally, and I am in no way trying to play the race card but there have been a number of other major RE investors who have done very mean, ugly ad cruel things that no one has deidicated a website too.”

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? While I agree that there are a number of RE investors who are not honest especially here in Atlanta, they are not putting themselves on TV and pretending to be honest. Sams biggest mistake is his ego. If all this is true about him and he is a fraud, he has no one to blame but himself.

  92. I FLIPPED 100 HOMES says:

    [I’m an idiot… the kind of idiot that gets my comments edited by the webmaster.]

  93. Angela says:

    Ok, # 92, you are dead wrong for that.

  94. Nicole says:

    “The Learner”, I can really appreciate your comments. Your post is one of the best on here so far. I watch this show and others like religiously because this is a business that I really want to get into so, yeah I watch to get tips, as many as I can. I just happen to be slightly entertained in the process. One thing I can not stand though on a lot of these shows though, especially “Flip This House” with the San Antonio and Atlanta crews, is the cheap and shoddy (patch)work that they do. I will say this, a lot of people here are calling Sam’s character into question, well riddle me this….what do you expect from someone who literally throws a few coats of paint on a home and makes the floors all shiny and then expects to get top dollar on his return? I just believe that once you get into this business you should have enough going for yourself to put into things what you expect to get out of it. I would be pissed if I had bought any of the houses featured on these shows only to find out what actually happened in the “rehab”.

  95. The Learner says:

    Nicole, thanks AND I TOTALLY agree with you on that one. One house that comes to mind on that point is the “Roach House” Armando bought sight unseen in San Antonio. First of all, that cheapskate Armando wouldn’t get a proper exterminator. He spent $30 on bombs and chucked them in the house. Then there was a serious mold problem. I don’t know HOW in the world they didn’t have to get professionals in for that, which I thought was federal if not state law? Then the water heater gave way, more moisture. Rotten floors, etc. He wanted to do patch work and let the new owners worry about it. But I think he was forced to do more and the house actually came out pretty good. BUT, they should know what the previous condition was at least.
    The Atlanta team had a house that Sam found on a drive-by. Did you see his foot go through the bedroom floor??? And they patched it. Not good. That’s EXACTLY why you have to get a GOOD engineer to inspect it top to bottom when you buy.
    But, for comic relief, we can’t forget about those poor, unsung interns. They get all the crap work. Crawling under homes, in the dirt, all for no pay. They should do a follow-up on those guys to see how they turn out. I think that would be interesting.
    Do you live in Atlanta or have any experience with that market? I am seeing a lot of questionable things about the real estate market there on this board and I was thinking about relocating there, or Dallas.

  96. Nicole says:

    Hey Learner,

    No, I personally have no real estate experience. See, have a “dream team”…LOL My father is a contractor with his own company and my uncle is an agent. I am the sense and sensibility 🙂 I saw both of those episodes you have spoken of and I was horrified when Armando said he was going to leave it to the new owner to make the necessary repairs to the house. Like I said I watch these shows because I really love the concept of real estate investment. It gets me excited. I used to live in Atlanta, my uncle who is the agent still lives there so I know all about the crap that goes on there with people preying on one another just to sell a friggin’ house. I know there are several ways to stay away from things like that. I also know that it is possible to invest in a property the correct way and still retain a profit. It may not be $20-60,000 a home but every piece of property is an opportunity to learn and then do something different.

  97. bemused says:

    please let me be clear. in regards to julius g’s response to my posting: the reason i mentioned the spelling and grammatical errors is because (IMHO) posting is supposed to be about communication and exchange of ideas. if people can’t understand what you are TRYING to say, then there is no communication (i tried to send a note directly to julius g. but the link to his web site/email didn’t work…so much for direct communication). beyond that i have nothing more to say on that topic.

    otherwise, the other thing i wanted to mention was i spoke to someone knowledgeable (a friend who specializes in real estate deals in southwest atlanta). she explained to me the area that was featured on the flip this house episode has been redlined by banks because (some unscrupulous) investors have been pulling money out of their properties through refinancing and then walking away from them. just more information to chew on.

  98. The Learner says:

    Nicole,

    Sounds like a plan. I wish you every success in your endeavor. Since I am a novice in the RE investment field, the only thing I could recommend is make sure you have a business plan with sharply defined goals and benchmarks. It will keep you focused and on track. It will also force you to decide if you should pursue the business in the first place. Like we learn from the show, where there is a determined cheapskate, there is a way! LOL!
    I love to network with positive folks who are looking to better themselves financially and otherwise. You get where you want by surrounding yourself with like minds. If you would like to exchange thoughts, you can reach me at iblvnunme2g@yahoo.com. You can also look me up on myspace through that yahoo address. I would also like to learn more about the ATL, as I didn’t know it was such a minefield down there, so to speak. Thanks.

  99. Mimi says:

    Can anyone tell me where the intern is? I understand this show is all about the “flip” of the property but I literally flipped when I saw the intern…Where O’ where is Mr. Jones?

  100. Dave says:

    Hey folks, I stumbled across this site searching for the “Leccima RE Investments” site…and I am sooo glad I did. I watch all the FLIPS on A&E and do love the bizarre antics of the “flippers”. Lamont does seem like a fun guy to hang with, but, given the hard work involved with construction, why is he so damn big??

    Anyway, my point here is this, I can’t really say with certainty if Sam is a “fraud” or not, I see both sides, but, what if ( by Sam’s own admission) he was guilty of all that is proposed???? Are you interested?? When the book comes out, check out Chapter 8….in the meantime, go here

    http://samleccima.com/main.htm

    look at the title of the chapter and then wait, the guy may actually hang himself…

  101. New to All This says:

    Wow! As others have written, I, too, stumbled across this site looking for the Leccima Invenstment Company, after having seen the Flip This House Atlanta show earlier this evening, and only because I live in Georgia. I must say, I appreciate having found this site, and for receiving the info herein.

    Anyway, I have no comment either way regarding the persons on the show(s), other than that I agree with some of the earlier posts that Armondo (from the San Antonio team) really needs to work on his people skills (this was my first time seeing the Atlanta team).

    I would like to respond to a comment/question made my someone here on this site regarding investing and/or renovating, etc., etc.: My Husband & I generally watch a lot of HGTV and DIY shows for what seems to us to be more detailed and quality information regarding all kinds of home renovations, and I would recommend those stations to anyone thinking along those lines. As well, the Flip This House episides shown on the Discovery Home channel seems to differ greatly from those shown on A&E, but of course, these are just my opinions.

    Anyway, we enjoy the various shows on the channels I mentioned (DIY also airs five-part workshops on Saturdays for specific renovation projects), and have taken many notes and recorded several of the various episodes. We, too, are interested in doing some of these things, but more for the love and artistry of creating a great home a family would love rather than “flipping” a bunch of homes in a quick amount of time simply to make a quick sale and profit… but that’s just us. We’re only at the learning & “thinking about it” stages in this, but I just wanted to pass along the little bit of info I had.

    Peace, Blessings & KNOWLEDGE to All!!!

  102. what the hay. says:

    The major reason people are hating Sam is because they got beat for the tv show, cry me a river and get the **** over it… He may not be as good as they make him out to be on the show but that is TV for you. I watch the show to learn things about ivesting and flipping. As for the black/white part, I have worked for both and have been ripped off more by the white man. I am sick of hearing about his past, let him do his show and go on with his life as most of the normal world will do. I have a troubled past myself and if I were to make it onto tv every one that doesnt like me would do the same just to bring my fame down. Let it go and let the people with troubled pasts move on. ANY ONE IN THE WORLD THAT SAYS THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN OR DONE SOMETHING WRONG IN LIFE IS A LIAR…… And Sam and I have addmitted that we have done wrong NOW WHAT

  103. Lynn says:

    I watched the show for the first time last night and new right away that it was unrealistic. ALL of them being a fraud doesn’t surprise me in the least.

  104. The Learner says:

    New To All This,

    FYI- The reason the shows on A&E and Discovery/TLC are different is that they ARE different shows. If you look carefully, A&E’s show is Flip THIS House. The Discovery show is Flip THAT House. Two different formats and lengths. It got me too at first until it finally hit me. Like the old saying goes, if it was a snake it woulda bit me! LOL! I honestly don’t know which came first though…? Can someone shed light on that one?

  105. Calvin from Atlanta says:

    Hey,

    So what if he doesn’t disclose that he used to be a real estate agent. That’s his business! Have you ever thought about the fact that he may be trying to put all the allegations (whether true or false) behind him? Obviously what he’s doing now is working for him and he’s very successful at it. If people were only given opportunities because their past was squeaky clean, EVERYONE would be doomed for a life of mediocrity or failure. QUIT excavating to find information that denigrates a person’s reputation; it doesn’t make you look anymore reputable or professional! Just be about your own GRIND! I love the show! I enjoy watching the Leccima’s and Montelago’s.

  106. it says:

    Hello everyone. I am the intern, Warner, on the show flip this house/atlanta. I ran across this site as well in my internet searches just as the rest of you have. I wasn’t going to sign in, but since number 99 asked about me I decided to sign up. Ohh yea, for Dave number 100, it puzzeles me why you are talking about my homeboy Lamont’s size, like you paying his bills. Are you a head turner? Come on man, how old are you? And thank you #102. Nuff said! I was just with Sam just a minute ago.

  107. FAN says:

    Well ladies and gents,
    I have had the pleasure of working with S Leccima and his crew of whatever you’d like to call them, needless to say I am not from the ATL so I was got. they put me in the middle of 30310 a refi hell, We want be able to get out due to all the mortagage FRAUD(what the hell was that about),not to mention the house was flipped (not rehabed) 4 times yeah that’s illegal in the ga. I WISH I WOULD HAVE FOUND THIS SOONER “Does a leader behave in this manner” HMMMMMMMMM just my thoughts maybe I from a different place where you do what you say and you say what you do.
    forgive me for any mispelled or error thanks

  108. what the hay. says:

    IT(106) You welcome. I spoke what is true to every thing, there is one thing that I didnt put into my last letter. For those that are making the statements that he is a FRAUD, LIAR, CHEAT, SNAKE or any other forms of a degrading remark without there own proof pertaining to a personal dealing, be verrrrrry carefull. As we all know this country is hard up for lawsuits and it can be brought into court under an old law called defrimation of character, in a court you could and would be made to prove a personal dealing with him and if you cant it is punnishable with jail time and fines.. im not telling you what to write just wanted you to know what can happen all…

  109. bemused says:

    if someone has legal proof they have been defrauded, it would seem reasonable that they may make statements that seem a little over the top. i did a little poking around and i saw that a couple of ways of defending against slander are, Justification: the defendant proves that the statement was true; and Fair Comment: the defendant shows that the statement was a view that a reasonable person could have held, even if they were motivated by dislike or hatred of the plaintiff. Im not a lawyer but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

  110. bemused says:

    in regards to what the hay just said, i would ask, DID YOU READ THE ACTUAL COURT DOCUMENT for the revocation of license? In the summary part (at the end) you will see the judge used words like “misleading”, “falsified or was party to the falsification”, “failed to account for the real estate trust funds of others” and on and on.

    i further did a little poking around and saw that to prove one is not defaming or slandering, one can either show Justification: the defendant proves that the statement was true OR Fair Comment: the defendant shows that the statement was a view that a reasonable person could have held, even if they were motivated by dislike or hatred of the plaintiff.

    I’m not a lawyer by any means but i did stay at a holiday inn express last night.

  111. bemused says:

    i apologize for posting twice and hope the moderator can delete the first one. the wireless connection wasnt working properly and didnt seem to go through so i reposted and by doing so lengthened the posting. please delete this and the first of these three postings

  112. L.L. says:

    WOW, how much energy went into this? People, I wish we would devote this much time into financial literacy. We have a problem that is getting ready to smack us in the face, but we fail to realize that it exists. So what Sam made some shady Deals? I don’t see you making this much of a fuss over your local, state and federal government’s dealings. I may not be as savvy as most, but some (not all) should spend the same amount of energy to find out how the all mighty “GREEN” blood that we worship means nothing, because the people that (some of) YOU have elected into PUBLIC office is putting this country further in debt. From 1789 to 2000 (42 presidents) have borrowed a combined total of 1.01 Trillion dollars from foreign governments and financial institutions (research that one, Dept of Treas.). Now from 2000 to 2005 the Bush administration has borrowed 1.05 trillion (that’s only 5 years, so what could it be today?). So when the foreign governments and institutions want there money back, who do you think is going to pay for it? So we can sit here and slam a man for “Shady Dealings”, but come on people there are people making the same type of dealings right under your nose. Maybe A&E should make a TV show about financial literacy and our national debt, would some of you think that would be entertaining?

  113. Flip That Sam says:

    WRONG is WRONG no matter how you try and twist it. Bottom line! It matters to me that someone like Sam Leccima is ruining other people’s lives by lying, stealing and cheating them out of their hard earned money and credit. Sam Leccima is not someone that I would want to do business with and just think for a second – if you were able to do that same kinda deal that I personally have seen people be burned on because Sam Leccima was involved, would you put your money and credit on the line??? Would you…aww come on. Just a little fib here and there right? Aw…no big deal – he’s only gonna steal what, like a few thousand dollars from you, right??? No big deal – it’s just your credit, and you’ll only be stuck with a house in the WORSE shape and in the WORSE neighborhood in Georgia with an inflated appraisal and no one to rent or buy it, oh and let’s not forget the nice lien on it already made payable to who – Leccima Capital Partners for their excellent services to you as their client. WHAT THE HECK IS THE HARM! Right??? That’s Real Estate, Right? It will only be YOUR FAULT you don’t know what the heck you’re doing and you trusted Sam Leccima to be the professional, honest, knowledgeable business person he said he would be. Right??? I don’t agree and you’re slow in the head if you do. (or you should just partner with Sam and see where you find yourself). If Flip this House inspired you, Great – but trust that it’s because Sam Leccima is not running the show. Trust me when I say – people have proof, you can only dance around it but so long. Sam knows he’s in the wrong and he knows he’s a fake and trust me he’s scared to death – no matter how he tries to sugar coat it. The truth will come to light “Mr. Leccima”. Also for the record, this blog is not about Government Officials – we all know there is corruption going on in every walk of life – this blog is about your corruption Sam – so stop trying to take the heat off you. Talking about putting energy into something else, if you’re so talented doing the wrong you do and deceiving so many people – you should try and put your energy into doing right by people. You’ve hurt alot of people Sam Leccima and hopefully your games end soon. Alot of people are mad and rather others believe or not there are plenty of us that know the TRUTH!!! I wanna see you flip those charges ( :

  114. ATL RE INVSTMNT BRKR says:

    I don’t know Sam although we are members of the same cigar club. I don’t know if he is fraudulent or not. What I am frustrated by are the statements of those who have dealt with him and many of them have been negative. What I am also concerned about personally as a Commercial Investment Real Estate Broker who relies on investors is that, if this guy is fraudulent, and he is after atheletes and other high networth people for him to defraud, it only makes things harder for the rest of us to do business…yes I mean African Americans.

    I am constantly amazed, disappointed and annoyed when an AA gets himself to a position of prominence and then screws things up by fraudulent actions when the only thing they needed to do was to do thing right in the first place.

    I could name 15 people who have been prominently named in the media in the southeastern markets I do business in and I just shake my head when another one cuts the rest of “us” off at the knees…forcing us to take three steps back due to their incompetence or fraud.

    Again, I don’t know Sam and I don’t know whether he has committed some sort of fraud. I would not doubt it though.

    Regarding the RE license issue, there is no issue. Any idiot can buy and sell properties that they own. If he is representing other buyers, he can buy proiperty as long as he is not gaining a commission on the deal. The guy had an agent and I think he did that part correct…unless there was a kickback provided to Leccima Investment/Capital etc.

    To all of my AA bretheren, please read these comments and realize what we are all up against. Like or not, this is what we have to deal with and when one of “us” f’s up, it kills all of us.

    Just my thoughts.

  115. ATL RE INVSTMNT BRKR says:

    To Worthy42. If you are who I believe you are, nice to hear from you. Although we may differ slightly in our message, our goals are the same.

  116. no $ for sam from me says:

    How amazing. I was looking at information about flip this house. While looking I found this forum, thank God. My intention was never to find out information about S.L. I had reserve a book from his site(http://samleccima.com/main.htm) but now have realized that would not be a good choice. His character was shown on TV as something different. I have learn to do reaserch prior to buying. I know that it was just a book. I trusted A&E and felt as if he was a trusted man if he was on tv. However, all the documents from court has proved that to not be the case. I will be canceling my order. Thank you to all that have put the facts out there. I wonder if A&E knew these things. Not saying he is guilty of anything, I am not the one to say. I will say he has put a terrible taste in someones mouth. WORD TRAVELS FAST. If you have one bad experience you will tell 10 people and they will tell 10 people and so on. As for Angela, ( his R.E. Agent) That sucks because I liked her. I know she works for Keller but I now lack trust in her because she works with him. Thanks again for the knowledge.

  117. Aswr No $ n AtlReBr says:

    Funny Atl RE Brker. You said you were a member of that cigar club that I have personally been to with Sam for a meeting. He tells everyone he is one of the owners. The unfortunate thing I believe is that Sam didn’t get to where he was and just start screwing people around – he’s been screwing people around from the start. Also for No $ for Sam, Angela is not tied in with Sam and no longer works with him – as a matter of fact when she found out how he operates she immediately stop doing business with his company. However, there was a contract in place with A&E and she had to be a part of the episode. So they shot the scenes with Angela and when the cameras were off there was another Realtor that Sam works with listing the properties or working with his clients. Angela as well as the other agents and professionals who have worked with Sam were not aware that this guy is slimy. Ewww…

  118. ATL RE INVSTMNT BRKR says:

    Did not know he was purporting himself to ba an owner of the club. I know several of the owners yet have never met him as they are truly prominent members of the commercial real estate world as well as a couple of my clients.

    I’ll call and find out if he is an owner and let you know.

  119. Observer says:

    Wow Sam,

    You are being put on blast!!! I agree with you ATL RE INVSTMNT BRKR. I am a fully licensed professional in a couple of different fields and when I am conducting business (selling myself) people such as Sam make it extremely hard for a AA. I have written posts before and my stance as well as the facts are clear on this subject.

    It amazes me how there are people (besides you know who using a sir name to post) who follow blindly and defend these actions to the point of stupidity. Any real professional who is licensed protects his credentials to the fullest. It’s how we eat – and when you have these want to be lions trying to play the game, they mess it up for everyone.

    Its all such a joke trying to defend what is so obvious!

    L.L – I understand what you are saying about our political system. These arguments have been made for some time now and has always been a point of debate. However, capitalism is the foundation of our political system. Those in power have always abused their roles since biblical times and under different economic structures. “Everything” has a price but any real person won’t put a price tag on their integrity. So I would argue in Sam’s case its not about financial literacy as apposed to doing the right thing!

    My thoughts!

  120. atl investor says:

    Angie wilford was fired from keller williams and works for a small real estate co.All the big name co.will not touch her.

  121. bemused says:

    i don’t think anyone has mentioned that as of this weekend, the property in decatur ga that was shown on FTH is still on the market according to the following link: http://www.trulia.com/property/1027560097-2699-Ellen-Way-Decatur-GA-30032
    (and solomon greene is the listed agent)

  122. L.L. 8511 says:

    Observer,
    I agree with some of the things that have been posted on this page. I really feel that some of this energy (from a lot of you who will read this) should be used to spread your knowledge of the business, so we know what is right and what is wrong. Putting a man on blast through the internet is kind of shady in itself. My question to some of you have you approached Mr. L about his dealings? Or just read what has been posted on this page. Does anyone know the real reason why Angie was let go from Keller Williams Realty? Or just know that from hearsay. People, All I am saying is that some of this energy could be used elsewhere. Like some of you, I stumbled on to this site by chance, and I am just amazed at how much time and effort has been put into all of the post on here (to include mine.) I do believe that if someone is doing wrong, by all means put him/her A@# on blast but do it to their face not the net. Be an “Adult” about it “Don’t say Nothing if you can not say it to the individual(s) face”.

  123. Nicole says:

    To L.L. 8511,

    How would you suggest we go about putting him on blast? Do you have his cell number or personal email address? Can you get in contact with someone at one of the local news stations or the Atlanta Journal Constitution to expose him on our behalf? I mean I am at a loss here as to what you are talking about when you say that “putting him on blast on the net” is the improper way to go about doing it. However it is done should be appreciated. Ya know when this show first aired his crew, I am sure there were many of you out there who were like me, glad to see an established African American getting recognition. But then, I come here and find out that this fool is no different than most. L.L., I urge you along with other people who are just hell-bent on defending this mans character (which by the way is odd because he sure does not seem to give a damn about it himself) to actually READ the reasons why this mans license was revoked. HE DEFRAUDED PEOPLE!!!! HE ALTERED CONTRACTS, LEGAL DOCUMENTS!!! I really don’t understand why this is so hard for some of you to understand that. Sure, not having his license has nothing to do with what he is doing now but the fact still remains that this man screwed people who trusted him, people who thought they had no reason not to trust him. So to me it does not matter that he did not HAVE to divulge this information, but I am glad I have it now and anyone who at one point may have wanted to do business with him or support him by purchasing his book have more than enough reason not to.

  124. Answer to L.L. 8511 says:

    In my opionion L.L. 8511 Putting someone on “Blast” is not the issue here. The issue is getting others informed about the way this particular person operates so that hopefully, just hopefully it doesn’t continue to happen to others. If that means adding graffi to each block of a building in downtown ATL. so freakin be it!!! If it keeps others from being taken advantage of by a LOW LIFE who doesn’t care about anyone but himself, then I am all for it. I don’t have a problem telling Sam anything to his face – however I think that will be useless, (you know what I mean if you know Sam). Sam is a smoooooth operator, besides the fact that confronting Sam doesn’t let you or anyone else know Don’t walk, but RUN! away from this guy. Also, who cares why Angie was let go from KW – she is not the subject here. If this blog was about her then we might discuss the why in fact she was “let go”.

  125. Observer says:

    L.L. 8511,

    Here we go about putting energy where it belongs – amazing!! Another sheep lead to the slaughter. Nicole and Answer to L.L. 8511 have hit it on the head. You are still trying to justify what is wrong and unethical. It’s about doing the right thing and exposing what is wrong. Your logic defies the court documents which are a matter of public record. Do I have an agenda – yes – defending what I have and will work so hard for by standing up for all of us who have earned a professional license and feed our families by doing so! Also those who I work for – the public. So if you want people to piss on your back and tell you its only raining – then by all means just keep laying down!

    Sorry for the harshness but wake up!

  126. Margret says:

    Observer….You’ve been at this for over four months! When do you find the time for life?? Don’t you think it’s time you move on to another topic concerning business?? Please….this is all redundant now! You’ve made your point!

  127. Observer says:

    Margret,

    I have plenty of time for life. So it takes me two minutes to write a couple of lines – big deal. I don’t have the time to read the all of the posts nor do I even remember what I wrote. But it seems that you have had the time to read 126 posts now 127!!! Sorry, I am a busy person and I don’t have the time to hash over everything. Apparently, I have struck a nerve with you or offended you some how in a way that you are personally injured Margret???? (if that’s your real name). Pls elaborate on moving onto another topic – uhhh…… did you check the topic of the post??? Ohh, and if you have read everything, I have countered and agreed on different levels. So your point is menial and moot!

    Again, so sorry to have offended you – I hope you find peace in all of your dealings!

  128. Margret says:

    Observer…why are you so defensive? Did I strike a nerve. I’ve read some of your posts and wonder why you don’t even have the courage to give your real name. Then again, you write like an “Observer.” Looking from the inside out. Probably the very same way you run your life. This post appears to be a mirror for you.

    Am I getting warm? I think so.

    Ciau Observer. And of course you’ll respond with some half witted, overused cliche’ but that appears to be as about as good as it gets for you.

    Maybe you should interview for a position with Leccima. And use your time more wisely.

    You seem to have a love/hate affair with the man anyway. Maybe he’ll even let you intern on the show?

    To fill your time, you know?

  129. Observer says:

    Sure Margret??? (like thats really your name)

    When I have reached your level of perfection then we can talk. As it stands right now you have way tooooo much time on your hands. I am glad that you have really looked into the posts and found what is distasteful – its you! You fell right into it honey -and you did not even see it coming!

    I can tell by your post that I hurt you – again I am sorry! Dont want to sound redundant – besides this will be the 129th post that you have read through! Watch out – i am setting another trap!

    gotcha! 🙂

    PS – you sound like someone using a sir name – ohhhh your so personal! 🙂

  130. Margret says:

    Observer…

    You have low self-esteem and loser written all over you. For you to say anymore would only further prove my point. Save yourself the embarrasement. Between postings, television, and readings however, please call…

    1-800-get-a-life.

  131. Thats all Folks says:

    For the ones that don’t believe, only time will tell. I am one of several victims of Mr. Samuel Leccima and I am proud to announce that I among countless others are seeking retributions for his actions. This is not a mere case of seeking a stranger out to do business with. What most of you do not know is that majority of the people Sam took advantage of was extremely close friends and people he has know for years. People who have laugh with him, cried with him, became close friends with him, his wife & now 3 children. So while he is living large and in charge in a penthouse on Peachtree, people like me are struggling to put the piece back together. For me this is not about his Real Estate License being revoked and I can care less about his show on A&E. It’s about AWARENESS. It’s the same reason why everyone of uses the Internet…to get information.

    Some mentioned…its an investment, you win some and you lose some but the difference here is that most of the people that invested with Sam didn’t receive a call that said ” hey that deal I invested your money in fell through or didn’t work out”. We just DID NOT GET A CALL AT ALL OR A RETURN CALL OR A LETTER. NOTHING!!!!

    But guess what we did get? A wonderful opportunity to see Mr. Leccima on T.V. flipping the $#@t out of some houses.

    For those who read this, you do not have to believe me because as I said before….time will tell.

    My suggestion to the non-believers…… try to give the business a call ( 1-866- LECCIMA…oh I forgot that’s disconnected) or [Phone Number Redacted By Moderator] office number which is open to the general public…. try to invest. You CAN’T!!! The Leccima’s are so knee deep in s#!* they can’t see straight. Sam or Shani don’t answer their phone and any one who has done business with them haven’t heard from them in months. Would give you the cell phone number but I leave that one for my lawyer.

    I am only speaking what I KNOW and NONE of it is hearsay. Put yourself in the shoes of those of us that is living out this nightmare not just the ones that have a comment on it……

    How would you feel?!?!?!?

  132. Fan says:

    Preach brother preach AMEN!!!

  133. Observer says:

    Margret,

    I guess that you are going to tell “Thats all Folks” that he is wrong, and that he has to much time on his hands and that he is a loser. You see Margret, I work for and protect the interests of the public at large. I am not going to go tit for tat with you because you honestly have taken it down a level and its sad on your part. This is real life and those such as your self are only contributing to what is wrong today. You are obviously not in business or a professional. Because success comes with integrity and that’s something that cannot be bought or sold.

    Good luck “Thats all Folks”!

    Margret – I guess this story does not change your thoughts.

  134. Margret says:

    Observer…

    It was never about Leccima but your obsession with him. And intent to further denegrate him. Why, I don’t really know.

    Kind of scary though. Ya’ know.

    And for the record I believe everything everyone has said. It’s def not raining in my neck of the woods.

    Good luck Observer…I kind of enjoy your wit and sparring abilities…

  135. Observer says:

    Margret,

    Fair enough, good luck to you also! It seems that we both like challenges.

    Enjoy the Holidays!

    Observer

  136. RIXHARD says:

    WTF…Questions
    1. what happened to the Hotel Trust deal?
    2. Is this guy still involved with the MLM scams. My frat brother ran or still runs a huge black MLM scam in Atlanta and Sam was a top scammer …er…producer.
    3. Is Sam still able to do deals in this market ..why havent they been on lately

  137. Karen says:

    Ladies and gentlemen,

    I have known Sam and Shani both for a while.. These are things that I know about him:

    1) he stole (or attempted) to steal money from his own PR agent
    2) he cheated his father
    3) his parents wont talk to him
    4) he has no friends because he cheats everyone that he has done business with
    5) Lamont… he just screwed him over
    6) he cheated a group of investors in south carolina out of 100’s of thousands
    7) he cheated a bunch of kids out of a scholarship in atlanta…
    8) he doesnt have anyone that he has done business with long tern because he cheats everyone out of money and lies on them to look innocent
    9) he intentionally allowed people to believe he graduated from college
    10) he pads his books
    11) his wife’s parents dont talk to them
    12) yea he got fired from forging documents and keeping earnest money while working for keller williams
    13) the uses money from one person to attract another person to invest… look for a woman in south carolina name janice black.. the investment group to find is TEAM 747…
    14) the list goes on and on

    ladies and gents… Sam is a low down dirty dog and for all of you that are attempting to defend him.. i have a good idea…. send your money to him and allow him to “flip it” and then come back a few months later and post the results… for the ones that say that they have made money with him…please list the deal here and allow folks to see the great money that you made… im serious… sam is great at one thing and that is taking advantage of those that trust and believe in him…. for those that are looking for information on sam… DONT DO IT! I can assure you that he is in his apartment on Peachtree Street…thinking of a new scam…right now… it’s a shame… he has 3 wonderful children that dont deserve to deal with his crap… this man has people looking for him as we speak now… I know more but I am tired of typing … contact his family… they can tell you more…

  138. Julius G. says:

    Karen,

    Shame on you. What if a person that you once considered a friend aired all of your “alledged” dirty laundry? How would you feel? You may not know this and may have never learned this but there are more tactful and diplomatic ways to get your point across rather than to defame and belittle a man and his entire family.

    You are no better than the one you chose to point fingers at. So, let’s hope you can handle it when viscious fingers are pointed back at you. And you may think yo made Sam and his family look bad, but it’s actually YOU who looks very small right now. You writing all that you have says far more about you than Sam.

    Try this on, you learned it in elementary school, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

    And if you’ve never heard of that one, try this one, “Karma.”

    It will be heading in your direction sooner than later.

    I am,

    Julius

  139. Cold Hearted says:

    Julius come talk to me when it is your money being thrown around. Julius, Sam is a Roach infested restaurant and I dont want people to make the same mistake I made…and I know a few others too…he made himself a public figure, i was very much his intent, he was/is trying to brand his name bigtime, so as for as I am concerned he brought this on himself.
    The Dude is a sweet talker and hense a very good con. I know him personally and have placed much money in his trust personally and have been very much to this date shamed…personally. In he tune of several thousands of dollars. And we were “friends.” Has not answered messages on his personal cell for months and neither has his beloved wife.
    I can see him now laughing his way to the couch in his Penthouse eating some chunky monkey watching “Boiling Point”…on repeat. That dude is a cold hearted mother$#%&#$.
    I can’t really vouch for Angie, but the contact I had with her was very positive and if she got burned by dealing with him I feel bad for her and my best wishes go out to her and her family.
    I know more and didnt put a lot out there, I have been reletively kind as to ward off “Karma” 🙂 Like Karen said do your homework, youll find he truth.

  140. Julius says:

    you know guys,

    a few years ago i lost tens of thousands of dollars investing. and this is what i learned. no one put a gun to my head and made me invest. nor did anyome make me give that money under life threatening circumstances or duress. to be honest, i gave the money because i thought i could flip a quick buck or two. and this is one of chicago’s largest financial institutions. they had all the ivy league “degreed” brokers, all the statistics and returns that looked great on paper. and yes, they too, were able to fast talk.

    it was only after i took the blame off of them and put the resposibility back on to me that i was able to get over losing all that money and move forward with my life. i had to take ownership. in losing all that money i learned some very valuable lessons on giving up my power.

    and at the end of the day, i had to take responsibility in the fact that i gave them the money and that there were major risks involved, as is with any investment.

    and they too stopped calling to give me updates on the accounts. because again, ultimately it was still my responsibilty and choice to invest.

    my advice to all — start taking ownership and stop blaming Sam. then of course it’s always easier to blame someone than to hold oneself responsible.
    that way we get to let ourselves off the hook for just about every decision we make.

    we are the cause in most things that happen in our lives.

    i say stop blaming and playing the victim and start taking responsibility.

    i am,

    julius

  141. Cold Hearted says:

    Im not sure if there is anyone playing victim here anyone who invested with him and received the “treatment” was in fact, whether you like the term or not, a victim.
    I know I am reasponsible for where my money goes and who I intrust it with. That is not the point here. I am not bitter and I learned a valuable lesson.

    I had a best friend once and she went to a friends house, a guy she had known for few weeks, he lived with his sister and she was in the next room, the sister and her were friends too. Well, they get there and are sitting around, fooling around a little and all of a sudden he get real aggressive and ruff and begins to hold her down…in short he is ready to rape her. The sister happens to walk in she yells and pulls him off and my friend was lucky to escape unscathed. When she calls me for advice you know what I say…what were you doing there. I basically let her know it was her fault, she should have known this guy was a fox.
    His own sister didnt know he was a fox.
    She didnt speak to me for two years. I learned a little since then.
    Sometimes you dont see the fox coming. Its not always your fault.
    I know this is just money and not a human life, therefore it makes this situation a lot less grave. But, passing the info on and not letting someone else get screwed is where I am at.

  142. amw says:

    i too like the first tamika saw the show “flip this house” and was seeking out mr. leccima for possible advice for getting into the real estate investment business, but stumbled onto this website. all information from this blog have been informative. i appreciate those who did the research on mr. leccima’s business dealings and listed the websites to confirm the info. i also appreciate those who are holding out hope he is not a fraud. but i must say, all things done in the dark will be brought to the light. as far as, race is concerned it shouldn’t really matter. if this man took folks hard earned money he should not be glorified in a television show. also, if we were able to see that his license was revoked you better believe a&e’s folks no that too.

  143. Julius says:

    i can honestly say that going over to a strangers house of the opposite sex who you’ve only known for a few weeks is poor judgement. he had absolutey no right to behave the way he did, but she too had a responsibility in exercising good judgement in the pursuit of self-preservation.

    but that’s why we “should” learn from our mistakes. and why it’s always said that hindsight is 20/20.

    at any event, i’m sorry she experienced that but most importantly hoped that a very valuable lesson was learned. we may not always be able to spot the fox but that’s why God gave us instincts and freedom of choice. we mostly always know who we are dealing with. when we ignore that little “feeling” is when we get into trouble.

    the same little “feeling” i had right before i invested all that money to only lose most of it.

    my lesson was always listen to my gut feelings. always. it/God never lies.

  144. Nikki says:

    I am an Agent and Appraiser here in Atlanta, and I think everyone should use the information for what it is “information.”

    Most things here can researched. Find out the facts for yourself. With any person or business you should do your research before engaging in business with them. Most companies and colleges ask for references and so should you!

    And don’t assume everyone is “hating”, facts are facts, Lies are lies.

    Sam knows that this forum is here. He does not need you to defend him (if you don’t personally know him). He would do it himself. Use that energy elsewhere. Its the holidays go out do something charitable for someone in NEED. Hands on Atlanta.org

  145. Lamont says:

    Firstly to miss Niki that information shown on here is as legit as you telling us your an agent and an appraiser in Atlanta so please. to the other who claims they went to school with sam or has done business with him and calls him a fraud where is your proof…becuase a freind of mine went to the BBB and there is nothing listed…..hmmmmmmmm….i guess time will tell…until then you are the FRAUDS……and yes miss Niki they are hating…..yeah your an agent…rigggghhhhttt. so professional.

  146. Lamont says:

    and no this is not Lamont who works for SAM

  147. MomentOfClarity says:

    Im a NYC Investor with properties in NY, GA, FL, CA, & NE

    Fact: In hot markets its been known for name changes to be made ahead of time without full notification
    Fact: Takes as long as 90 days for the new owner to be posted on the tax record. Depending on your state that time could double
    Fact: You dont need a RE License to buy and sell real estate.
    Fact: Sam Leccima did not commit fraud on the shows aired, he acted as the invester not the agent or broker
    Fact: Sam Fcuked up somehow somewhere because it seems some people have something personal to say and leaving stuff that can be checked.

    A Victim of Sam Lecc , you should have listed your name and contact info for validity of your cousins fraud (Not saying your lying)
    Thats all Folks, you have been the most compelling, although I wish you offered your email address. I lean towards believing you.
    I still think you should have detailed the transaction because AWARENESS is clearer then HEARSAY. I still believe you though.
    Truth (Many Many, Many investigations) Its been established he did wrong in the eyes of the law. Your just adding
    flames to the fire with that comment..
    Cedric Dawkins Ced, your right. I have written up contract for sale before I owned the home because a binder
    was signed. I have also bought a home (330K) and sold it to my family (345K) when I had another buyer and made them fix it up
    (Took $46K) and sell it to the buyer ($431K) who wanted from me (They did the roof, windows, and central air. Nothing fradulent about that
    AT ALL… Its business, good and profitable business…(I made 15K and my family made $40K on their first RE deal ever within 19 days!)
    So yes some flips CAN be done that fast)
    Joie, Joie your right, Sam never showed up in court and that doesnt prove fraud, it proves stupidity. Sorry Sam, your no
    RE Billionaire and I understand you have children and have one on the way but you make time for court no matter what business
    your in or whats your line 14.
    ATL RE INVSTMNT BRKR, I agree with you about it being harder for us and your right all the things are careless and
    lazy because of a hot market or not checking with the RE Brokers Company if they sent in the paperwork for his
    license to be associated with thier brokerage house. Just because your cool with a brokerage house and they say “I will list you
    as being associated with my house” doesnt mean they remembered to do so thinking it will never be an issue and wont come up.
    Guess what, they were wrong, little things add up and can be determined and seen as fraud.

    Karen Im glad you listed a victims name that can be researched (janice black.. the investment group to find is TEAM 747) I will do so.
    Julious G. Your right Karen was wrong for “airing laundry” but I always say if you do right, its returned. If you do wrong, word travels fast.
    No it wasnt tactful and diplomatic, it was appropiate and timely in its content for this article. Posting flyers in the street is one thing but I give
    Karen a pass on this one in this arena for now.
    Earnest Money: Taking it from clients and not refunding it when the transaction failed and there was no closing is stealing and stupid….

    Quote: Youth ages, Imaturity grows, ignorance can be taught, and drunkenous sobered. But stupid………………………………….stupid is forever.

    Trulia.com & Zillow.com lists 2699 Ellen Way, Decatur GA 30032 sold in May 4th, 2004 and sold again in July 9th, 2004 and is still on the market
    Also LETS KEEP IN MIND it takes 60-90 days for the record to be updated and list the new owners. I dont know when the show aired nor do I see
    anyone here listing the time or range of time it was taped originally. (Not in support of any statements by anyone just stating the facts)

    Bottom Line: Sam Leccina may have a past and thats something he will have to deal with himself an God eventually. I hope at the airing of the Flip This House
    show he has changed his ways. He has evidently done some good to get the 15 minutes deserved or undeserved. People need places to live and there are so
    many properties that can be flipped for qualified buyers that will preserve and cherish them to make lasting memories in them for 30yrs.
    So I hope he resolves whatever issues he has in his past and gets back to the business of doing his race and humanity some good. Its all about the legacy we
    leave to our children and making our parents proud by example. Sam, its going to get worse before it gets better. Fix your mistakes even if it means going to
    jail. When thats over get back to doing business the right way taking care of ALL details and not keeping earnest money. I dont forgive you, I just have faith in
    people that they can make a difference and turn their lives around. Do that and noone can tell you anything. Right now, your tainted like OJ quoted as saying
    “If I Did It, Here’s How It Happened”……But look at Don King & Charles Dutton. They recovered, maybe you can..

    Selling a property In New York or Georgia send an email to eyoung@uniworldbusiness.com

  148. MomentOfClarity says:

    I did some more research…
    Some more accurate information for 2688 Ellen Way Decatur GA 30032 can be found at https://dklbweb.dekalbga.org/taxcommissioner/index.asp and click on property tax information then view tax information.. It says it was sold on 04/16/2004 as a Foreclosure/ Bankruptcy for $81,000. On 06/17/2004 but was a “Questionable Sale” for $154,000. On 10/05/2005 Foreclosure Or Bankruptcy for $128,800. On 03/10/2006 as a Valid Sale for $80,000. Then last on 04/12/2006 as a Valid Sale for $89,600. THATS the accurate information for that property straight from DEKAlB COUNTY PROPERTY TAX WEBSITE. So yes it has been sold. Question is, was that QUESTIONABLE SALE a Sam Leccima deal? I dont know because I still dont know the dates of the Ellen Way transaction with Sam Leccima. So people that say (Including me the first time without further research, this includes the people in ATL that say drive by its still for sale) were wrong. It has been sold at least 5 times since April 16th 2004 the last time being April 12th 2006. Thats why you always need clarity….Please view the website and dont make further comments unless you have viewed the information yourself. If you missed it, the link is https://dklbweb.dekalbga.org/taxcommissioner/index.asp

  149. MomentOfClarity says:

    I wrote 2688 but the right address is 2699. The Dekalb county information is correct I just made a typo. Just CLARIFYING the mistake but the information is based on 2699 Ellen Way Decatur GA 30032.

  150. Don says:

    I live here in Atlanta and I stumbled across this website because I was seriously looking to contact Mr. Leccima in reference to him evaluating a business venture of mine that I have been working on for the past three years. After watching the show I just felt he was the right person to share this with and possibly be business partners. I have since changed my mind about contacting him and I hope it was the right decision.

    I have plans on opening a Children’s Night Care Center here in Atlanta because the tremendous amount of both single and dual parents who need childcare at night and in most cases late night. I have advertised in the AJC business classified section many times over the past several months, but keep getting calls from people who are either trying to steal my business idea or they just don’t have money to invest. I have a hugh return on the table for the investor including franchising profit split but only dud phone calls. I thought Sam would be the answer but from these messages posted here, he would probally be a mistake.

    If there is any SERIOUS investors out there, please call this number for my AJC investment ad for the night care center: (770) 618-8748

    (Note: This is not a fraud investment)

  151. Thats all Folks says:

    Lamont, Lamont, Lamont…I don’t know what computer you are using but I will let you in on some info. Mr. Leccima does have NEGATIVE comments on the BBB. Let’s try again….. I’ll copy and paste it for you.

    Leccima Capital Partners, LLP
    3500 Lenox Rd
    Atlanta, GA 30326

    General Information

    Principal : Mr. Samuel P. Leccima
    Phone Number: (404) 419-2538
    BBB Membership: This company is not a member
    Type-of-Business Classification: Business Services (General)

    The information in this report has either been provided by the company, or has been compiled by the Bureau from other sources.

    Customer Experience

    Based on BBB files, this company has an unsatisfactory record with the Bureau due to unanswered complaint(s).

    When evaluating complaint information, please consider the company’s size and volume of business. The number of complaints filed against the company may not be as important as the type of complaints and how the company handled them.

    The Bureau processed a total of 3 complaints about this company since the firm’s BBB file was opened in June of 2006. Of the total 3 complaints since the firm’s BBB file was opened in June of 2006, 3 of those were closed in the last 12 months.

    Complaints Concerned
    Sales Practice Issues: 1
    Outcome of the complaint –
    No Response: 1; |[Company failed to respond to the BBB
    to resolve or address the complaint issues.]|

    Service Issues: 2
    Outcome of all complaints –
    No Response: 2; |[Company failed to respond to the BBB
    to resolve or address the complaint issues.]|

    Report as of 12/11/2006
    Copyright 2006 Better Business Bureau

    As a matter of policy, the Better Business Bureau does not endorse any product, service or company. BBB reports generally cover a three-year reporting period, and are provided solely to assist you in exercising your own best judgment. Information contained herein is believed reliable but not guaranteed as to accuracy. Reports are subject to change at any time.

    The Better Business Bureau reports on members and non-members. Membership in the BBB is voluntary, and members must meet and maintain BBB standards. If a company is a member of this BBB, it is stated in this report.

    http://www.atlanta.bbb.org/commonreport.html?compid=3003073

    I really don’t have time for long lenghtly comment because I need to focus my time on putting this crook in jail.

    By the way, I know you are not Lamont from the show because Lamont would not have ANTHING POSITIVE to say about Sam or his family. Because he screwed over Lamont too.

  152. MomentOfClarity says:

    Thats All Folks your right, I looked up the BB information as well and just didnt post it because I had so much to say about this subject. He isnt a member and all references are all negative. All three of them..

  153. Robert says:

    Why does it matter if he is a fraud? The show’s Information, Concepts, and Principles are the same REGARDLESS who delivers it. Stop putting your energy into putting him down, and focus on your own dreams and goals. It is okay if you don’t like him OR you lost money in an investment(I have lost money with my Mutual Funds, but I understood the risk). Well, it does stink if you lose money. I don’t go around and say Smith Barney is a fraud. That is childish. Focus on the industry, there are PLENTY of people that ARE making money in Real Estate. You MUST do your homework to protect yourself from Frauds and Charlatans. If you are posting negative things on this site, think of one thing…He does not care what you haters think. If you think that your little postings have an impact, think again. ALL big businesses have some laundry list of lawsuits, so grow up! Just keep in mind, if you are scared, then stay with your current job or situation! That means there is more room for the true players.

    RW

  154. MomentOfClarity says:

    Robert don’t be close minded. For the most part this blog is to satisfy people who might invest in a person or company that has issues therefore evading a possible future financial downfall. In fact it has worked already, Don from ATL might have lost some needed seed money to live out his projects dream. Although yes there are some straight haters but let’s focus on why this is set up in the first place. This arena is for sharing information and sharing is exactly what we are doing. We all know that due diligence is sometimes not even enough if the negative information hasn’t been entered into a computer for public view. I own real estate in five different states and I have lost alot in properties that have unforeseen weaknesses. That’s just life. I get your point just stop focusing on the haters and focus on information that could help you and someone else in their next venture which is why it exists. That’s like not reading the New York Times because on page 5 there is a story about a murder…Some goals might be to own a Swiss Trust, Orphaned Corporations, or get into Collateralized Mortgage Obligations. I don’t know if you know what those are but everyone starts from somewhere often with nothing. Certain people gain from the information posted. Yet again, I guess some don’t…True players as you put it never have ANYTHING negative said about them because they take the time to make sure nothing is said by investing time in doing things right the first time. Then again people have a past. i.e. Michael Jordan, perfect model for this conversation. His past is as interesting as a Don King or a Charles Dutton. He had help so it didn’t turn out that way and now look at him. Take things into context. Youth ages, immaturity grows, ignorance can be taught, and drunkenness sobered. Yet stupid…………..stupid is forever.. (Quote from the movie Emperors Club)

  155. WHAT'S REALLY REAL says:

    I don’t understand you people who say things like…put your energy somewhere else…so what if you lost money…I don’t think he’s a fraud and if so – So what. First off I don’t think anyone is losing any sleep over Sam Leccima, so putting information out there for the public about someone who takes advantage, lies, steals and scams people is not bad energy spent on my behalf at all. Also, I’ve worked with Sam and I’ve worked with his clients that he has screwed over, these people are alot of the time older people who may not have been as savy as you and I to look into everything or even not know exactly where to look. Besides the fact that they entrusted the materials and information that Sam provided to them. Plus, they did not LOOSE money on an investment Sam and his company outright STOLE money in some cases or knew that it was a bad investment that would not generate any money except for Sam’s company in others. There is a difference (Robert) if you find out your mutual fund company your were investing with just outright stole money from you rather then you lost it in an unsuccessful investment endevour, I’d bet money you’d have a different taste in your mouth. Again, as said time and time again in this blog – it’s not about hating (some people don’t understand how to use that term) or wasting energy, or putting someone on blast just to see them fall. It’s about educating people so they don’t make the same mistakes, it’s about making those people who were hurt by this person feel a little better that this guy’s dirt is airing and it’s about hopefully ending the madness someday soon. When I found out all the dirt on Sam and started noticing some questionable things as a professional I I immediately severed any business dealings with him. I don’t hate Sam or hate on him, I just think it’s unfortunate that he does people the way that he does and I don’t mind letting people know.

  156. Observer says:

    This is for all of the water boys carrying the kool-aid for Sam and his practices.

    Wake up and smell the crap you are spuing!!! There is no one hating or jealousy! This is just information regarding a person (in this case) who has defrauded the public. Using your sheepish mental logic, it would be ok for companies to sell food that poisons people and not inform the public of this dangerous hazard. According to your thought processes it would be hating and not being a “true playa!” Anyone following this type of logic can equate themselves to hair on your big toe! – Just useless.

    Come on ladies and gents – get real!!!

  157. Margret says:

    Observer…

    Here you go again…

    Ever heard of the phrase…”Beating a dead horse.”

  158. Observer says:

    Hey Margret,

    How is it going? Glad to see that you are still around. Hope the holidays go well for ya!

    As far as a response – it goes both ways regarding these postings.

    Do you have a thing for me??? I have to admit, I am getting curious about you!

  159. Matt says:

    It’s entertainment folks. Get over it.

  160. TTORY says:

    Stephen Wolfe you’re an idiot!! It’s TV so of course things are not what they seem.

  161. DC says:

    To the Observer…

    You obviously have no life and your argument is so emotional that you can’t see straight. Contrary to your emotional tantrums… I am a Real Estate Broker with substantial experience… What are your qualifications? Sounds like you have a PHD in Playa Hatin’! I have no idea what the truth is, and neither do you. You seem to be so invested in trashing these people that you insult anyone who doesn’t share your view. All I want are the facts and less of your idiotic rants! Challange the other folks on the facts, but you don’t have to be personally insulting. Basically, you’re showing your lack of MATURITY by judging contrary opinions in the manner that you do. Again, other than being an overly emotionalloud mouth… What are your credentials? Again, if Sam is guilty, all of this publicity will bring it to light. But who the hell are you and what is your interest in this?

  162. Observer says:

    DC,

    Since you asked, I hold 6 different licenses that range in real estate, finance and education. I am so happy that you have “substantial RE experience” (I play monopoly to!) because we both know there are lots of people who are also in the game but can’t play it.

    Ahhhhh – the facts are published by the RE commission. I am sure you have experience reading documents. Also, if you were a “real” RE professional you would realize how fraud is a constant cancer in our business and hurts the rest of us.

    If you read the posts carefully (or is a geographical dialect more your speed?) you would be informed to the fact that protecting the public’s interests is at heart here.

    I know – your the type to call the sky gray when it is blue. Its ok, someone is obviously telling you its raining while they are doing their business on your back. Yes, I may be a bit sarcastic and extreme but emotional??????

    Your post is emotional. Oh by the way – the facts can be looked up – just click on the little blue thingies and it will take you where the courts have posted documents – read the early posts!

  163. R says:

    No matter what situation Mr. Leccima is in as an Investor you might learned something from it. Now for those of you who watched him flip this house tell me you didnt learn anything from his flips. Most of us watch the program to learn diffrent techniques on how to flip homes and every house you flip is not the same house.

    Thank you Mr. Leccima for sharing some of your experience with us viewers.

  164. Observer says:

    Agreed R,

    There is always something to learn and I would have to admit I have learned a great deal both positive and negative. Because every deal is different the show has educated or a least allowed people to see what is rarely seen. No matter who the characters are!

    Very well put R!

  165. Robert says:

    I watched the show that aired on A&E on Saturday Dec 16, 2006. Atlanta is a hot
    bed for mortgage fraud. There are a lot of
    sting operations being conducted by the FBI as we speak in the Atlanta area. Having said this, there is no way in hell the house that they rehab’ed on that show
    in that neighborhood would sell for $199,000. It was totally ludacris. There is no way in hell that house would appraise for $199,000.

  166. coco says:

    I’m reading these comments and I’m amazed. I first did a search for Leccima investments because I was looking for making a website that linked to the contractors that worked for Sam since I’m in the market to buy a fixer-upper in the atlanta area for myself. I’m so disappointed to learn there’s so much fradulent activity. It’s a bit overwhelming for someone trying to get info on the area and who to trust. On another note could someone point me in the direction of trustworthy real estate developers who could guide me about what neighborhoos to look for/avoid/and how to buy a house without getting ripped off?

  167. Margret says:

    Yeah,

    I want you Observer…

    Your cynicism does it for me. Makes me hot for you. Like a moth to a flame.

  168. Observer says:

    OOh Margret,

    I have a feeling that we would get along great! I wasn’t talking about that kind of relationship. Just the point that I think we would have fun. I like your wit!

    COCO – wrong place to get that info. I would suggest going to some of the larger broker houses and interviewing agents that work in certain areas. But on a better note – get your real estate license so that you can have a better understanding of what you are doing. Then start to network with professionals who work in the business in areas concerning law, construction, zoning, contracting, business planners and other RE agents etc…….Word of mouth is everything in this business – the truth usually pokes it’s head out using this approach.

    Just my thoughts if you are serious – this is not a “thing” just to do!

  169. Margret says:

    Observer…

    I have a question for you. How would you advise someone to get started in real estate and be able to make great money the the very first year as a salesperson? I live in Atlanta but would be taking a risk in switching careers as a defense attorney. I think the A&E show has led me to want to not flip houses but sell them and make a career out of it.

    Any particular agency to work for, eg., ReMax, Keller Williams, etc?

    Thanks,

    Margret

  170. Observer says:

    Hey Margret,

    I think that I am going to disappoint you just a little. So I am going to answer that based on my past experience. I would of course get the license and then focus on joining a RE firm that has the best training in the area (geographic/state) – REMAX usually only has people that have been in the game for awhile – almost like a franchise depending on the setup! Great marketing though. The license will give you good background and foundation if you study for a profession rather than just to pass the test.

    After you have found a firm – look for a mentor or group to work with inside the firm or a mentor who is in the industry. This will speed up your learning curve. This is like in any other profession, find your niche and play to your strengths and work on your weaknesses. Becoming an agent is no different than starting your own business. You eat what you kill and there is no salary for the learning curve. You learn through experience (doing) so I would recommend having at least 15 months of reserves available before even getting into it. I would also do a stint in new home construction (as an agent) to learn about the building process and home features and styles.

    Pick your firm wisely – some can be extremely captive environments which would prevent you from competing in this market. That’s why after three years its good to get your broker license and do your own thing. By that time you should be working on referrals. ATL is flooded with residential RE agents and only 5% really make good money – the others are just lying. There is a lot of “fake it till you make it” syndrome around here!

    So in short I would never tell anyone they will make a lot of money the first year. After all, any business that starts is most likely to fail in the first 5 years. Also, you will have to do it full time to make it big – cant be a business owner on a part time basis.

    To be honest – I would have to know much more about you. Age, personality, reserves, intangibles etc…… There is a lot of grunt work in this business that is rarely shown. Its hard yet VERY rewarding if it is done right over time.

    Also the ATL is a unique place – example… you can get a 4bed/3bath from the high 100’s to the Million dollar range depending on location. Networking is key in the business and due to the fact that you are an attorney says that you can communicate (guessing here) and that’s half the battle! You may even have an advantage depending on your niche in the law in regards to high net worth circles, corporate real estate firms, developers, franchise companies, working for the state etc……. We can take what you already have and really work it into something huge.

    Sorry for the broad approach but I would have to work with you closely and develop a plan of action if you are serious! That being said, you live in a country where YOU can dictate your reality. And it can be done despite all the nay sayers and false hopes that people cast on you. You can be happy once you have defined what your happiness should be!

    Just some thoughts!

  171. Margret says:

    Wow Observer,

    I better stick with law. Thanks so much for being candid. It’s rare, trust me.

    I asked you because I knew you would give me an intelligent, well thought out and honest answer. Thank you.

    You’re a good guy. I hope you get all the success you deserve. Given your intelligence and ability to navigate truth, it shouldn’t be difficult. You’re rare and special.

    All the best…

  172. Observer says:

    Hey Margret,

    Thank you for the kind words! I truly appreciate them – my candid approach tends to get me in trouble but I’m the one who has to look in the mirror everyday. I wish you the best in all of your endeavors. Keep fighting the good fight and always stay true to the most important person in the world – -YOU!

    Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  173. DAAAAAAAAAAAAM says:

    DAAAAAAAAAAAAM!

    Leccima Capital/ Leccima Hospitality Trust OF FLIP THIS HOUSE RIPSOFF NUMEROUS OF INVESTORS. STEALING THE MONEY THEY INVESTED IN REAL ESTATE Atlanta Georgia

    Company
    Leccima Capital/ Leccima Hospitality Trust
    Address:
    3500 Lenox Road Suite 1500
    Atlanta Georgia 30326
    U.S.A.
    Phone Number:
    404-4192538
    Fax:

    Leccima Capital Partners IS A Scam Company:
    Sam Leccima, owe of Leccima Capital Partners invites you to invest money, show you a quick profit so you can reinvest then disappears. No contact, no information on what happened. Money just disappears flipthislawsuit.com/2006/08/10/samuel-leccima-of-atl-season-2-cast-real-estate-license-revoked

    Karen
    Atlanta, Georgia
    U.S.A.

    http://www.ripoffreport.com/view.asp?id=224287

  174. bemused says:

    robert re:161 i think you meant “ludicrous”

  175. bemused says:

    make that #165 lolol. merry christmas!

  176. Extrodinaire says:

    Oh my God! I cant believe how much extent has been put into deteriorating someones character. It is one thing to try and ‘save the next man’, but you all have went soo far beyond that into ‘tearing down the next man’. Thats the problem with society today! You all are so concerned about the next man and what theyre doing that no one can live their lives peacefully anymore. It doesnt make any sense that we have to watch every little thing we say and do because ‘someone’ is always lurking and prying in someone elses business, just trying to find something wrong. You can barely come up because ‘someone’ is always trying to pull you back down, when its already hard enough to climb the mountain!
    You know God dont like ugly so if Sam is in fact a bad man God will deal with him, but He doesnt need you alls help. Who are you to judge him anyways?! You all dont know what went on behind the scenes of any of those aligations. All you know is one side of the story, and the person telling it is always going to make theirs sound like its right. Not saying that they arent but who knows, besides Sam? Not you all! Im just saying, you cant convict someone until you know all of the facts and they are found guilty.
    Now what would you do and how would you feel if he was actually found guilty?

    *Majority of you all are just gossiping anyways, so you are just as ugly as him. And how I see it is that ‘you’ are the sheep, following the flock just to fit in, and walking ‘yourself’ right into an early grave.*

    Now,
    if you really want to help save the next man from running into trouble, why dont you give him some advice about what to do to prevent investing their money into a scham. Because they may now be able to avoid Sam, but what about John or Jane Doe? You dont know who they are!! So I would advice you to do your due diligence, not only on the person and the company, but also on the product their offering…..before signing anything!

    1) Get a copy of the contract to take with you and look over. Or better, have a lawyer look over.

    2) Get all the info you can, in documentation, about the product and the offer.

    3) Ask as many questions as possible.(Youre thinking about putting your life on the line here!)
    1) How long has the company been in business?
    2) How long has that particular person been working for the company?
    3) Where did that particular person work before? and why did they leave?

    4) Get atleast 5 references of people that have invested with ‘that particular person’.

    5) Get atleast 5 references of people that have invested with ‘that particular person’ that has had a problem or issue with him or the service. This way you can see the negative side of the investment and how they respond to and handle issues.(Not everyone has always been happy with their service, Trust!)

    6) I would also look up info on this company, person, and product on-line. (The internet tells all, as you see!)

    7) Also look up other companies that are offering the same product, and see the similarities and differences.(Although this may be the investment for you, it may not be the company for you.)

    8) Oh, and by the way, their previous job should be another reference.(Just to check their credibility)

    9) But most importantly, get their contact info…..phone# and address of the company and the person of which you are conducting business with.(And check them out!)

    There is no such thing as too cautious!
    But pay close attention to all answers, comments, and reactions. And with that many references theyll run out of voices and friends for the scham.

    Based off of your interogation/investigation you should be able to make the best decision. Plus, if you pray about it God will lead you the right way.
    Good luck!
    ExtrodinaireMoney@yahoo.com

  177. Extrodinaire says:

    I am sorry, I meant how would you feel if he actually was found innocent! Could you please modify that please, thanks.

  178. HasaniBakari says:

    Good evening. I happened to stumble accross this blog after watching the show. I have seen a few episodes and i find them really entertaining. I like Sam, I like Richard, and the other dude. Why? Not because of their character traits or even what they have done in their business life. I like them because they can offer me just one extra idea that I can use in my own business. I think many people here are caught up in the personal side of these actors. That’s sad. I see a lot of energy being spent here. You see, I learn from even my enemies and I feel EVERYONE…good, bad, or indifferet…can teach you a lesson if you sit and listen. For some, it may be how to buy and flip a house, for others, it may be how to research someone and find out who to not do business with. Sam Leccima may be a fraud….may not be. But the fact is still, he is doing what many of us desire to do and cant.

    This emotion is coming from a Real Estate Broker in Philadelphia. Owner of Myriad Investments, LLC. and author.

    http://www.hasanibakari.com

  179. Kenna Odeghe says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed the show. I am a beginner investor and I will be closing on my first investment property in less than one month! I thought the show was fun and the staging process seems to really help sell a home. I don’t know why people here are in such an uproar over this man. I guess regardless of what some of you all say, I bet he is still getting paid!

  180. Lisa says:

    I love the show. I was very glad to see people of different races showing how they flip. It is just TV. Everyone knows it is not that easy to flip. I purchased property in Iowa for 35,000 a year ago, put 20,000 into it and sold it for 70,000 recently. It can happen with a lot of hard work. So he doesn’t have a real estate license, he is not selling real estate. He is investing! There are some of you who are a little too invested in his down fall.

  181. Mr.Jones says:

    I KNOW SAM PERSONALLY AND THOUGH IVE ONLY KNOWN HIM A SHORT WHILE HE AND HIS TEAM ARE VERY SMART AND PROFITABLE IN WHAT THEY ARE DOING,WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE IF HES LISCENSED OR NOT IM A REALTOR AND AN SUCCESSFUL INVESTOR AND I DONT NEED A LISCENSE TO FLIP HOMES…
    THOSE GUYS ARE SOME OF THE MOST ENTERTAINING FLIPPERS ON TV PERIOD AND SHOULD BE TREATED AS SUCH…ANYONE THAT WOULD LIKE TO BECOME AN INVESTOR WITH OUT A LISCENSE,CASH,CREDIT OR QUALIFING LOANS SHOULD CONTACT ME @ [Edit: Sorry, this isn’t a place for you to sell your services.] IF YOUR COACHABLE TEACHABLE AND READY TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE ASWELL AS YOUR FAMILY.

  182. Observer says:

    Mr. Jones,

    You are truly funny. The question is not whether he is licensed or not – its why he lost his license!! And the numerous people who have posted here who claim that they have been “taken” by his actions. Now I would agree that you can’t give them much weight since you also claim to know Sam. Just cant be proven on either side but the documents reported tend to support the actions that his alleged victims are stipulating.

    Oh and by the way – I watch the medical channel quite often and I think I can perform a rectal examination for you – although I don’t have a license, I am sure that I can perform this procedure without a license. I just want to see if you lost your head by trying to recruit people on this site and defending the indefensible.

    So stupid its funny. No worries though – because I am not licensed, I will use a smaller probe (for pea sized extractions) and be sure to leave you some Preparation H.

    Sorry could not help myself!

  183. Julius G. says:

    Dear Observer,

    I thought for the New Year you would take it easy on em’.

    I’ve had a permanent Post It note on my fridge that reads,” never piss off the Observer or you will pay.”

    I thought maybe I could take the Post It note down for the New Year but I guess no such luck.

    Play nice.

  184. Observer says:

    Hey Julius,

    Happy New Year!!!

    Yeah, you got me, I could not help myself! Hope all went well for ya and I wish you a prosperous New Year in all of your dealings. One of my goals is to meet up with you this year – you never know.

    I guess I could work on the civil discourse!

    Have a good one!

    Observer

  185. KAREN says:

    WHO CARES WEATHER IT REAL OR NOT !!!ITS KIND OF HARD TO RECIEVE YOUR BLESSINGS IF YOUR USING YOUR TIME RESEACHING SOMEONE ELSE BLESSING ( YOU MISSED IT )MAYBE NEXT TIME!!!!!!

  186. ice man says:

    all of you people are crazy! haha.

    I’ve watched all three shows. SC, Atlanta, then San Antonio. All three of these people seem very business savvy, and well versed in the RE business. Personally, I admire that they do what they do, legitimate or illegal. Of course, they all “lay it on thick,” making it seem like they are making these ridiculous amount of money. None of this has anything to do with race (I’m black by the way, so don’t freak out).

    A&E is putting on a production; editing in all of the drama. I only watch this show because I love DIY type shows and construction; slowly building my courage so I can tackle a remodeling project when I purchase a home.

    If all of the “haters” are just coming on here to tell people not to watch the show, then I think you guys are wasting your time. If you are defending him, I think it’s pointless because the haters smell blood and they aren’t going to change. Haha. Oh well, to quote a crazy man in his own right, “Can’t we all just get along?!?” Breathe people, everything is going to be alright!

  187. It is what it is! says:

    Sam Leccima is like alot of investors in the metro Atlanta. He picks up his properties from hardmoney investor (foreclosures) in high volume flip areas. Their sole purpose is to find a “straw buyer” to sell the house to with an inflated value appraisal. This is the main reason that Georgia is in the top five states as it relates to mortgage fraud.

    The properties that Mr. Leccima is selling on ‘flip this house’ are not in his name. They are in the name of other investors.

    My comments regarding Mr. Leccima or any other investor is not ‘Playa Hatin’. I’m an appraiser and an investor with twenty years experience in the Atlanta area, and I receive calls weekly from novice that have been taken by people like Mr. Leccima.

    If people want to continue all the fraud, then ‘CLUB FED’ has plenty of room for them.

  188. Lawyer Guy says:

    What’s all this talk about Sammy. TV is full of crooks and theives. It takes a certain type of person to be convincing on the tube. What about Sammy’s cute wife…what a fox!

  189. Mr. Bettis says:

    Why all the negativity on here. I have watched the show and Mr. Leccima never portrayed him self as an agent. Last I checked even though he may have had his liscense revoked does not mean he can’t invest in real-estate. Agent/Investor (Apples and Oranges) from what I can see are two different things. I am an upcoming investor and have drowned myself in research before making my initial investment. I would ride Mr. Leccima and or Mr. Jones coat tail anyday. It is up to the individual to take that information and use it how it should be used(to conduct fair and good business). You all need to STOP THE HATING!!!!

  190. Gina says:

    WOW! I think if this man was doing all what is being said, We will not see him on Flip This House. So when they investigate and come up with proof and he is no longer apart of the show. Then that is when i’ll believe it. You do not have to be either black or white for someone to playa hate.

  191. Scott Riddle says:

    I note that Samuel P. Leccima filed for bankrupty in Atlanta in 1998, Case No. 98-63710. Confirmation of his proposed Chapter 13 plan was denied, and his case was dismissed, not at his request, by the court.

  192. Observer says:

    WOW – the last couple of posts have left me laughing so hard its funny to see the blind leading the blind.

    Karen – your a fake Christian. Christ chastised the money changers and people who hurt others through their hypocritical ways but I guess he was blocking His “blessings” according to your logic.

    Ice man – You admire people who do things regardless whether its legal or illegal. Your a weak and spineless. Its easy to do the right thing.

    It is what it is – I think they will have a special cell for the folks your talking about. I agree with you – its disgusting what these people are doing.

    Lawyer Guy – I have to admit, she is cute!!!

    Mr Bettis – once you untangle your three brain cells you will see that the license being revoked is a continuous characterization of his dealings. Wake up!

    Gina – The shows are filmed then aired -there is a little lapse in time! We shall see!

    Scott – not surprised!

    Observer

  193. Steve says:

    A few comments here, since this seems to be the hot sub-topic of the blog —

    1) License revocations, bankrupties, and the like are very relevant information when it comes to investing with a person or company. Those things are not only fair game, they are required game.
    2) Personal knowledge of the character of a person soliciting investments is very relevant, and fair game. There seems to be many, many stories here from people who know him or have done business with him. Of course, this is an anonymous forum so that should be considered.
    3) Anything these guys do or say on TV makes them fair game on the subject matter – it goes with them willingly using the show as advertising or marketing. No weight goes to those who are complaining because of the discussion here. Of course, there is a limit (threats, insults to family, racial insults, etc.) but that line does not seem to have been crossed…much.
    4) It is an entertainment show. Even with Richard, some drama was used to create a story(whether real or created).
    5) If people like the show and new crews, so be it. People have different tastes.
    6) The license revocation, and reasons for it, is a huge red flag to anyone doing business with them. As for “both sides,’ presumably both sides were presented to the Admin Judge and this was the result.
    7) Words like “hatin,'” “haters” and the like are meaningless and have no weight whatsoever in a meaningful, intelligent discussion. As for people who, in one form or another, complain that others are speaking negatively about this person, too bad. Do you understand that this is what discussions are all about? Do you understand that this is also a forum that allows you to post negative comments about other posters, thereby showing that you do not practice what you preach? I especially enjoy the people who complain about others “wasting time” and “complaining.” Figure out that one…
    8) “Fraud” is a strong word and should not be thrown around recklessly. Accusing someone of fraud, or illegal conduct, often leads to defamation lawsuits, even on anonymous boards (and they can often find you!).

  194. Mr. Bettis says:

    WOW…This is so funny to me. How is it that one man can be the center of a discussion that has gone on for so long(starting Aug 06) and has raised the little hairs on alot of peoples backs. Let it go people!! As the saying goes, what’s done in the dark will come to light. Leave the man alone!!! If he is doing wrong then it will be found out. Otherwise, let him do what he is doing, continue to make his money and turning properties.

  195. Steve says:

    Mr. Bettis – If you don’t think this discussion should take place, move along. Otherwise, it is “funny” that you want to participate. Here is a clue for you – people find things out, and things come to light, by, among other things, discussions like this. Your apparent attitude that one should continue doing his business, whatever that may be, and be protected from his own conduct and reputation, is ludicrous and not worth further discussion. Of course, as I look back at posts, I see you apparently posted “Stop the Hating!” Your opinion will be discounted a little more for this nonsense.

  196. Observer says:

    Steve,

    You have listed some great points. However, the fraud part has bee proven by the courts and stated as such.

    Observer

  197. Julius G. says:

    Dear Observor…

    You get coal in your Christmas stocking this year.

    They never saw it coming did they?

    Indeed, we will have to meet one day. Your sense of candor is refreshing. Next I’m in Atlanta.

    Remember still, play nice.

  198. Observer says:

    Hey Julius,

    No coal this past Christmas but the year before I got a huge piece!! LOL

    The truth usually hits us all pretty hard and since none of us are perfect, we all get our fair dose. I guess its a matter of severity based on our actions.

    Hit me up when you show up in the ATL!

    Have a good one!!

    Oh – I will work on playing nicer – in rereading some of my posts I realized that the level blind stupidity either amazed me or I did not have my cup of joe that morning!! But its still something for me to work on! 🙂

  199. Joe says:

    I own a Real Estate investment firm in Florida and Pennsylvania…and let me tell everybody here that doesn’t know what they’re talking about…that the Montelongos are the real deal. And whoever said that Sam and his crew are better than them are on crack. Sam is a shotty snake oil salesman.

    You don’t even need a license to do a flip or a rehab. It’s not hard for Sam or the Montelongos to find a house, set a price and lock it in with a memo of option…go get a private hard money construction loan at 12-14 points for 2-8 weeks, and then set another constract with a 3rd party, and assign the contract at a higher price, or do a double close. It’s perfectly legal, and it’s done everyday.

  200. ice man says:

    Observor, I’m talking about the renovating part; going into a bad looking, dated house and fixing it up and making it look modern and cool. As far as the selling and the actual real estate stuff, I don’t know too much. If he’s actually committing crimes then he needs to go to jail. But it seems like this whole argument is based on semantics- investor, broker, agent, seller. I agree with you though, it’s very easy to do the right thing, (and I do have spine!). Later, people!

  201. BK of Ga says:

    To all those who never done anything wrong, check this out Psalms 50 Chapter vs 6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge Himself, Mathew chapter 7 vs 1 and 2 Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgement ye judge, ye shall be juged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be mesasured to you again. John chapter 8 vs. 7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone. It is truely sad to see so many people going about casting stones at other people, life is about more than the mistakes we did or didnt make it is about learning from those mistakes and moving forward for Jesus said it best in John chpt 13 vs.34 ” A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. If we as people spend as much energy running down other people’s mistakes and turn it into postive enegry; how much more successful would we be as a nation.

  202. Julius G. says:

    Amen,

    BK

    p.s. You may be on the wrong blog. Try Bible.com

  203. Observer says:

    BK of Ga,

    It’s nice to see that you can quote verses from the Bible to make a valid point. However, this has been done for centuries to justify everything that is righteous to the most wicked things in history such as the crusades, religious conflicts, genocide, American slavery and the latest conflict that we are dealing with today.

    No one is tearing down someone, we are alerting the public so that they do not fall into the same traps.

    Real life example, there is a minister who runs a mega church (national level) and he was on TV saying that he should not preach on the devastating disease of AIDS – because it is not in the bible!!!! Mind you, 50% of all new cases in the US are African American and more than half of them are heterosexual black women. His reluctance to speak on this subject is a sin because of his responsibility that was given to him. It is wrong and criminal. Yet there is silence.

    My point, as a man of faith, we do not have to point to the Bible to do the right thing – we already know what it is because we are all divine by nature. We choose whether to do right or wrong. Christ and the apostles spoke on the evils of man also – there are numerous verses and conflicts to what you have written. Life is not linear and alerting those to not make the same mistakes is the right thing to do!

    Lets keep religion out of this – religion is of man, faith is of God. My point – people have killed each other for centuries trying to decide who and what God is and how we should worship Him. Faith is knowing that through our choices and actions we can find God within our selves and others – and try to walk in his path.

    A person is judged through their actions! I usually don’t speak on my relationship with God but here is a piece for everyone to see.

    Observer

  204. L.L. says:

    Hey is that property on Ellen way still up for sale? If so can anyone provide any thoughts on why it has not sold!

  205. MoniqueNazareth says:

    “mr. leccima is going to have to answer for any shady business dealings he may have been involved with.” (#88) I believe it should be “…with which he may have been involved.”LOL

  206. Steve says:

    BK – Are you ignorant of the Bible, or intentionally distorting it for your own personal reasons. Do you understand what is meant by the word “judge” as used in the Bible? Apparently not. It means to judge one’s heart, salvation and matters that are in God’s particular domain. It is often ignorantly misused by people, as you have done. To think that it means one’s bad acts should not be discussed and rebuked (in case you missed that part of the Bible) merely shows you don’t know what you are talking about. Had you said something about gossip, or making accusations without all facts, you may have had a point. Instead, you simply misused the Bible for your own personal gain – getting a point on a message board. Let us know what God thinks about that, since he said a thing or two on that subject as well as the subject of criticizing others in His name simply because YOU disagree with comments. Then we get to the basic fact that you did exactly what you complain about.

  207. Observer says:

    Steve,

    I run across these Bible carrying, verse regurgitating types all the time in the so called “Bible belt”. It is both purposeful distortion and ignorance – a dangerous combination. The level of arrogance and verse memorization relates to the fact that there is a general lack of understanding and a push to fit the square in the peg hole. So typical! Thanks for pointing out the hypocritical approach of BK!

    Observer

  208. hippy says:

    I started reading at the top and scrolled to the bottom only to find that this blog has turned into a biblical conversation! Interesting. I am a business person and believe in professional ethics. However, we cannot mix Sam the investor with Sam the agent. These are 2 different capacities. It looks like he got a real estate license, got into the game, saw how many gullable people there were and saw dollars to be made. The thing is, if he were as smart as seems to think he is, then once he decided to take advantage of people, he should have let the license simply die and move on to investing; record clean and closed. We can’t stop others unethical behaviour and the good do suffer for the bad. The truth is, there are alot of people that don’t do the research and trust people’s word. But, any business person knows that a for-profit business is about money; not about people. If it were then it would be called a “charity”. Mora to the story: DO NOT TRUST ANYONE IN BUSINESS! DON’T BE LAZY! DO THE RESEARCH!!! Cause if you don’t…they’re out there…waiting…salivating….

  209. KKR says:

    Wow!

    A friend of mine turned me on to the show and I must say how very impressed by Mr. Leccima and his wife. Whatever his troubles are, I pray that they are resolved and that only good results for him and his family.

    The show is an inspiration to me and to everyone that I know has seen it.

    Each one of us gets to be accountable for our actions. Casting light and casting stones are not the same thing.

    We expose error in order to correct it. If correction is required, let it be given with the same hand that you would want to receive it.

    Funny how the same stones we throw will find their way back into our own lives.

    Nevertheless, I respect all opinions and I remain inspired by what I have seen and wish the Leccima’s all the best!

    Sincerely,
    KKR

  210. Hospitality Guru says:

    Mr. Leccima is a scammer. He cheats hard working everyday people out of their money. He wife needs to move on, as she DEFINITELY deserves better.

  211. m. Williams says:

    I love the show and much can be learned about their tactics. One thing that bothers me is people that load up on hater-aid. Some folks drink large doses of it when people are doing well at something. I love when people come into a community and flip house. Blight in cities just makes me sick. I welcome anyone that comes in and make a torn down house a safe and livable dwelling. Personally I am learning from every episode that I watch from all of the investors. They are all off the chain!

  212. Steve says:

    As an update, Samuel Leccima’s house at 2196 Polar Rock Terrace, Fulton County, Atlanta, GA is noticed for foreclosure in February.

  213. W.Divens says:

    With anything good in life no matter what you do the bad always tries to find a way to put a negative outlook on it!I love to see this brother doing his thing.I’m 25 and I just got my realestate liscense in Norfolk,Va.This show and all the investors on it really helps keeps me pushing in the right direction.

  214. Sandra says:

    I have skimmed through much of this board. First of all, an unethical act is not necessarily an illegal act. I have taught an ethics course so I do know that. 2nd, all investments carry risk. I have lost money with Edward Jones Investments before, but because I educate myself, I know they are not a fraud and that I chose to put my money there. I knowingly took a risk. If you lost money with Mr. Leccima or anywhere else, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again elsewhere. Quit depending on others to make you rich. Educate yourself and diversify your holdings.

    Business is business, and many people do operate in a gray area at times. Those who are willing to take some risks are typically employers and owners, and those who are not forever remain employees, unless someone else makes the decision otherwise. Don’t blame Sam Leccima because he is going for his.

    He has definitely caused me to step up my game!

  215. REALESTATE CAN SUCK says:

    I KNOW SAM PERSONALLY AND I HAVE BEEN BURNED BY HIM. HE PREYS ON THE INNOCENT AND THE YOUTH. IF YOU HAVE AN IDEA HE WILL STEAL IT, IF YOU TEACH HIM SOMETHING HE WILL PASS IT OFF AS THOUGH HE KNEW IT TO SOMEONE ELSE. HE WILL STEAL FROM THE LORD, AND HE DOES NOT BELIEVE IN GOD HE IS A FOLLOWER OF SCIENTOLOGY. (IT’S HARD TO PRAY TO GOD WHEN YOU COMMIT THE SAME SIN OVER AND OVER AGAIN) WHEN I FIRST SAW THE ADVERTISEMENT OF FLIP THIS HOUSE (WITH SAM BEING FEATURED) I BROKE DOWN IN TEARS. ALL I CAN THINK OF IS HOW HE STOLE FROM ME, LIED ON ME, GOT MY LICENSE REVOKE, HE CAUSED PEOPLE TO HATE ME, RUINED MY REPUTATION, AND HE ALMOST RUINED ME. PEOPLE HE DONE WRONG AS CLEAR AS DAY WOULD STAND UP FOR HIM, AND CALL YOU A LIAR. THEY WOULD BLAME YOU AND WANT TO GO AFTER YOU BECAUSE YOU’RE ACCESSIBLE, WHILE HE IS IN HIDING. HENCE, THEY CAN NOT GET HIM (HE GOOD FOR BEING MIA AND LEAVING THE COUNTRY FOR SO CALLED HOLIDAYS) IN TROUBLE SO THEY GO AFTER YOU. NEXT THING YOU KNOW YOUR TRYING NOT TO GO TO JAIL, BECAUSE HE LEFT YOU WITH THE BAG. IN GEORGIA YOU’RE GUILTY BY ASSOCIATION OF CHARACTER. HE IS THAT GOOD HIS LIPS ARE SO SWEET. HE CAN CON THE DEVIL INTO SIGNING OVER THE RITES TO HELL TO HIM. THERE ARE SOME HOT!!! PROPERTIES THERE  NOW HE IS ON TV WHEN I WORKED HARD AND HE SCAMMED IT ALL FROM ME. I AGREE WITH EVERYONE ON THIS WEBSITE WHETHER POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE TO SOME DEGREE. BUT I AM HAPPY TO SEE THAT THE WORLD IS BEGINNING TO KNOW HIM FOR WHAT HE IS. I FELT LIKE THE CROOK GOT TO BE ON TOP AND THE HONEST GET SCREWED. YOU OTHER VICTIMS SADLY, BUT I AM GRATEFUL YOUR OUT THERE AND YOU HAVE ENCOURAGED ME TO LET GO AND MOVE ON. HE AND HIS DEALING WILL NO LONGER HURT ME. I AM PROUD YOU CAME FORWARD, BECAUSE I WOULD NEVER HAVE. I WOULD HAVE BEEN BITTER TO THE DAY THAT I DIE OVER HIM AND HIS SCANDALOUS BEHAVIOR. I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY PERSON WHOM WAS TRULY HURT EMOTIONALLY BY HIM. I REALLY LOOKED UP TO HIM AND THOUGHT I NEEDED HIM AND WOULD HAVE DONE ANYTHING TO PLEASE HIM. YES EVEN COMPROMISED MY SELF, HE WAS A PIMP HE MADE ME BELIEVE IT WAS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE TEAM. A.K.A REALLY HIM. I REALLY THOUGHT HE WAS A BIG SHOT, HE COULD HELP ME AND COULD TAKE ME PLACES IF I JUST TRUSTED HIME. WELL HE CAN TO CLUB FED, OR THAT SHALLOW GRAVE.

    OH SAM STOP POSTING AS OTHER PEOPLE AND ASKING FOR PROOF, ALL THOSE WHOM KNOW YOU AND WHERE YOU LIVE CHOSE NOT TO EXPOSE YOUR PERSONAL CONTACT INFORMATION, BECAUSE WE ACTUALLY LIKE YOUR WIFE AND KIDS. HOWEVER SHE CAN CONTINUE TO BE THAT DUMB AND SOON PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BLAME HER TOO. THE BONNIE AND CLYDE OF REAL ESTATE AWARD SHOULD GO TO YOU BOTH. BY THE WAY IT’S AS THOUGH DONALD TRUMP MAYBE CALLING YOU TO TELL YOU SOMETHING.

    “I HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO TELL YOU YOU’RE FIRED”

    GOOD LUCK YOU F$%&*IN LOSER. YOU RUINED ME AND THE PUBLIC WANTS TO RUIN YOU. EVERY DOG HAS HIS DAY.

  216. Leon says:

    Stop tryn to pull sam and his people down. Im investor just like “Sam”… i have no license to sale real estate and will never get one. As long as uncle sam get his taxes everyone else case kiss my A**. Leave that man and his people alone and find yourself something esle to do. People always got time to bring another person down, but no time to pay they child support or pay they own damn bills. Buck i real estate license and anyone that say he needs one. Do ur thang Sam Leccima! Your a bad MUther! Much Luv

  217. TG says:

    I find it very interesting that many folks who choose to put Mr. Leccima down, do so with improper grammar and use. Please understand, while you are entitled to your opinion, it will be undervalued if you personally cannot make proper use of the English language. I am not a grammar, nor an English expert, however when you point out others imperfections, while still having flaws yourself, the bottom line is that you look like an idiot.

  218. Sammy J. says:

    Just watched “Baby budgets, Baby work” the Ellen Way episode. Noticed a few things.

    When Sam first finds the property and calls Angela they show her writing down the address on a piece of paper on the back of her Navigator. The far away shot is her, the closeup is not her, it was staged and the wrong house address is written. Yet, later in the show the real house address is shown on the front door. Why bother staging that?

    They then show her in her office looking up the property on a website. It is dated Saturday, July 8th 2006. The original air date for this episode was Sunday, July 30th 2006.
    If this date is correct and they purchased and began working on the property the following Monday (July 10th) and they held to their 13 renovation schedule and factored in weekends into their schedule the soonest they would have completed the project would be Sunday, July 23rd. That would only leave 7days from then until the original air date of the program.
    It seems hard to believe this time line so I am guessing that close-up of her computer screen was also staged.

    A website listed this property for sale as of 10/24/2006 for $144,000 through Solomon Greene of Keller Williams.
    1. The program claims property was SOLD for $140,000.
    2. Why wouldn’t Angela be the selling agent?
    3. Why would it be for sale @ $144,000 just 3 months after it supposedly sold for $140,000, and with the same agency?

    I really love all of the house flipping shows. I suppose I’m just a little disappointed that the “reality” isn’t so real.

  219. Observer says:

    Gee Sandra,

    “He has definitely caused me to step up my game!” Interesting comment coming from a former ethics instructor. There are plenty of other role models to look at and if you think this situation is one to look up to then by all means go ahead – you will never reach the level that most of us play on in this game.

    So you are going to relate a person who has been found in the court of law of violating the basic principles of fiduciary responsibilities and investing in the stock market! I think that you are a little off on your judgment and comparison. According to signed court doc’s he was found to have been unethical in his illegal dealings. What’s wrong is wrong and in this case your wrong.

    Its obvious that you are confusing investing (stocks or real estate) with someone committing acts that are stipulated in his conviction. Don’t get it confused. And the kicker – “don’t blame him because he is going for his” – ok so its ok to screw people over according to your logic. Well what goes around comes around so I guess that you are forewarned!

    And since you have given us all the freedom to do unethical acts that aren’t legal we can do the following:

    1) Be over 40 and date someone who is just over 16
    2) Sleep around on our spouses
    3) Be a pimp or Madame since they want to do it anyway
    4) While checking for cracked eggs while shopping – leave a gift of a booger in one of the boxes
    5) Rubbing your hands up your “you know where” and then make sandwiches in your place of work.
    6) Start a church and say your working for God while you just line your pockets and members in your congregation can’t even pay their light bills. Because they are planting “seeds!”

    Just because you get into semantics does not make it valid! Sorry that you wasted time in that class. A moral compass is not hard to have!! Oh and its free!

    Observer

  220. Realestate can suck says:

    This is my final post and thought: For all of you that are now professors of the english language, GO LAY AN Egg. Your are taking cracks at peoples grammar because so many people have something negative say about a Sam. You have run out of defense and can only hide behind calling us haters. Let me ask you one thing if you invested you money into ERON and went through the same problems those people who were employeed by these executives who stole from them what would you do:

    Well according to Sandra a risk is a risk even if someone steals from you

    Leon I dont care about the real estate license, its what he has done to people prior to the AE segment. If you feel so strong do a joint venture and post about it in 12 months. I challenge all of you that love him so much to do this. Please while your backing him, I have once yet to read you contacted him and put your own money up.

    Oh TG get a life and stick to the subject. This is a blog aka posting board not a thesis.

  221. Observer says:

    Dear REALESTATE CAN SUCK,

    I am sorry that he has taken advantage you and others. It seems that this behavior is consistent. Grant it, you are posting online and we have to take it for what it is! However I do agree that he has been posing on this site as others because of a strong likeness to his way of speech and non logical approach in defending this man’s actions.

    We all can see the negatives that have been described and they are believable. Plus the court documents show such gross acts of fraud (as stipulated in the court) it is very possible and to me and others believable.

    My beef is with those who defend him. You have to understand people such as this play on your dreams and will destroy you in a second. The others who follow blindly are spineless jelly fish who don’t even know who they are – they believe its ok to screw another over and profit from it. But as you see he is ruined. The trust has not progressed further and the book has not come out. He is known as a fraud. Look at all the posts that are exposing him – they see the same things that your experienced. One day his actions will lead him to a cell and we’ll will be laughing. GA is cracking down on people such as him and I am sure that others are sending letters to the state attorney’s office.

    Sorry you got burned – – cons play to your emotions and not to your benefit. Keep moving and striving – what goes around comes around!

  222. g says:

    It’s really amazing to me that this much deliberation is being given to this man’s innocense or guilt. As if anyone has a hell or heaven to send him to. The show is for entertainment and if you can gain some sense of inspiration, hope, or idea from it to (in some how) make you a better, more productive person – then all the better!! For those that are so sure he’s innocent (as if both black, white and brown innocent men haven’t been wrongly accused, prosecuted, jailed and killed), try praying for him and his family and for yourself for having the audacity to think you have the right to judge anyone.

  223. Curious says:

    So many people say that Sam is a fraud. Noone has said what exact type of fraud is he committing. How is he stealing peoples money? How exactly is he scamming you?

  224. I Know Sam says:

    First off, it took me a while to decide to post a comment. I can tell you from first hand expierence that Sam is a cheating, scared, scam artist. A couple of years ago, my girlfriend (now my wife) went in on a deal with Sam. When the check came, it was in the name of a third party. The third party cashed the check, took his cut, and not only gave Sam his cut but also my girlfriends cut (Sam said he would give it to her). Well my girlfriend called him for like 3 straight weeks and could not reach Sam. Finally, after 3/4 weeks, she contacted him and he had the “guts” to tell her over the phone that he wasn’t giving her sh**. It was $11,000 that he stole.While the money was a problem, it was the manner in which he did it. First off, you are supposely tough but you don’t have the balls to tell her to her face. This is after ducking and dodging for almost a month. I could not respect his game at all. But what is funny is that he must have thought that she was not goin to tell me what had happened. Also he must have forgotten the fact that I had been to his place of residence a couple of times (Not to put his business out there but at the time it was a loft on Peachtree St. close to the Fox Theatre). At this juncture several of my close friends. Were going to handle the situation. I am a educated young man with a thriving career and is only a couple of credits away from my master’s degree but some of my life long friends live on the other side of the law. So when I told them what happened, they were more than willing to take matters into their own hands because they looked at me like a brother and they cared for my girlfriend. The only reason that my wife did not let them go through with it was that Sam’s wife was pregnant at the time and she did not want anything to happen to her or the baby. Sam is a low life waste of human flesh and he really does not know how close he was to haveing some guys in his house that he didn’t invite and I don’t think he knows what that would have been like. My wife always said that his little “kingdom” would come crashing down on him. First his license is revoked a little while ago and now this. I really dislike this guy and I would love to see him go to jail where they would pass him back and forth like a football because he is weak and spineless and is the furtherest thing from a real man. I am no longer mad but needed to vent and let a truthful event be told. This entire story is 100% truthful and accurate. Thank you for allowing me a venue to tell this story.

  225. Babar says:

    I worked for Sam for three years as his “personal assistance”. I have seen him start six different businesses each one failed. Mainly because of lack of follow through but in three cases it was definitely an illegal white collar crime. I have seen him destroy people live. I was a part of the destruction. I was very young and just trying to make enough money to pay for undergrad. But working with Sam I got a real education. (the good and the bad) I have recently finished my first year of Grad school. (Which is a giant pain in the a**) In two years I will receive a Masters in Real Estate Development & Finance. When school gets really hard at and I think about quitting. I think about Sam because quitting is what he does.

    I write all this to say everything that people wrote about Sam is  probably true (LOL). I have seen that guy do all lot. And I believe by the observer style of writing you might just be the “Sam” in question. If It is good to run into you again little buddy are you still working out?

  226. Julius G. says:

    Dear Babar,

    I have to say that I have a very hard time believing you were a personal assistant, especially to Sam, and that you are in Grad school. I’ll let you come to your own conclusions as to why I say that. You just don’t strike me as a guy/girl who dots their i’s and crosses their t’s.

    Interesting though. Yet, I’m not quite convinced you are who you say you are…

    Try again.

  227. Observer says:

    Hey Julius!

    Ok – I am going to be objective here! I agree with you Julius, I doubt this guy (Babar) is in grad school. Since you wont say it, I will!

    Barbar – Julius is saying what he is saying because to put it bluntly – you grammar sucks! It’s not like you made a typo – it just sucks. No way a grad school person would write this way unless you are purposely doing so or that you are drunk.

    But working for Sam is believable – he does not want those who would question him. Julius – I am beginning to think that you are the man behind the mask! Your last post was very interesting!

    As you would say – What say you?

  228. Babar says:

    Fine, ask me a question that I can legally anwser. Anything

  229. Julius G. says:

    Let’s see here guys….

    Observer, you are right. And I’ll add, I thought the grammar might me intentional too but then I thought if a person was bold enough to step out there, then why fake it. Then I thought Sam wouldn’t hire someone with such poor grammar even at the expense of their quote “failing business ventures.” Sam doesn’t hire unintelligent and if this is where Babar is now I would hate to have seen the grammar years ago. (*Make note of the people he’s hired that are on his team on the show, very smart and articulate)
    And, I too was a personal assistant at one point for someone very notable in Chicago and I wouldn’t have lasted one day with Babar’s grammatical skills.

    Babar, let’s hope you are faking…If not, you may have to ask for a undergrad refund.

    Babar – Who am I associated with in Chicago? Initials please.

    And, Where is Sam’s wife from originally?

  230. Julius G. says:

    Babar,

    What or who is the “observer’s style of writing?”

    I mean who really are you referring to?

    After rereading your post, I am stuck still with the whole “Sam in question, little buddy, are you still working out phrase.”

    Clarity is power.

  231. Brandon says:

    I just read all of this today, and I can’t believe I was about to send Sam a letter congratulating him on being such a good manager and asking for some insight on his project management techniques. It’s a shame to find out he’s really nothing more than a scam artist..

    And please stop calling it “the ATL”. It’s barely larger than Omaha, NE and is definitely not sobriquet-worthy.

  232. Babar says:

    Babar – Who am I associated with in Chicago? Initials please. ???????????

  233. Another's Opinion says:

    Sam, what were you thinking going on a nationally televised program? You should have known this would happen. You think you can just screw people and get away with it. You have no integrity and you suck. I know you’re reading this. You don’t even have the courage to defend yourself. You liken yourself to a female organ than smells like fish and tastes like chicken. You’re boring and transparent. And these are you’re good qualities!

  234. Julius G. says:

    What say you to all of this Observer?

    Your presence and candor is requested.

    We yearn for a lightbulb moment!

    Julius…

    P.S. I owe you a formal apology if ever we meet in person. Please refer to former debates between us on the Atlanta Constitution site blog.

    Hint: “I was blind but now I see.”

  235. Observer says:

    Hey Julius,

    Wow – who would believe that all of this would be written about one guy. I guess it could be said that we have witnessed a true “trailblazer”. In a demented type of way!

    No apology is needed, we both believed in our points of view and “articulated” some well thought out arguments. I enjoyed it and I sense that you did also!

    Now for the hacks who can’t put a line of thought together (in babar’s case two words), they will never be able to give a point that will stand in a positive light regarding the actions that we have all discussed.

    Babar, we can ask many legal questions but there is a difference from lawyers who actually passed the bar and street lawyers who stand on the block or live in cells. Your grammar leads us towards the latter. Believe me, I have made my typo’s and mistakes but geeze – again terrible!

    In a funny way I wish Sam would defend himself like those who have vigorously defended him on this post. It really is ashame that the misguided are defending him with such intensity. The thing they don’t realize is that they are being used and pimped without even being asked to do it. They are afraid of living out their own dreams and adding value to their lives through others who don’t even care about them. I guess its our society, we do it through athletes, artists, political celebrities etc……..

    They say the world is made up of two types – leaders and followers. I understand that not everyone has the inclination to be a leader, but you don’t have to be sheep either.

  236. cb the flipper says:

    I am not licenced in atlanta or michigan and i have flipped my fare share of properties in michigan looking to start here in Atlanta i was seeking some advice form sam because im impressed at the way he handles business on tv i too had questioned the time period of the rehabs thats what impressed me most but the guy is doing well hopefully he has learned a valuble lesson from this i sure have ive made mistakes being uninformed trusting folks and ran into my share of bad deals but we have to be thankful that we are able to learn from our life lessons and keep pressing on I dont believe in screwing people because ive had my fare share of being screwed but as long as you allow this to continue to hinder youre progression youre just as bad as him ive purchased homes from people where deed wasnt properly recorded ive also gotten property fixed it up and was subject to old taxes showing up from the crooked closing folks put down payments down and was supposed to get money back and never got it thats the unfortunate part of doing business. due dilligence cover your assets there bis nothing worse than getting a propety hard money from a hard money lender and the find out the banks wont refi because title works not right the area where the prop is in a risky area as far as ltv and wayne county in Detroit michigan has the highest rate of realestate fraud and padded appraisials that it make no sense the whole point learn about what you do who you doit with and cover your assets stop damning that man wishing failure get your bucks up show him that you can get the mega bucks with the clear consciuos important i aint sam dont want to be but whatever you can learn from his mistakes trust me you can learn from him however crooked you say he is god bless get your money and be a blessing to others thanks peace

  237. Babar says:

    you need some help little buddy

  238. RUKIDDING says:

    This is so funny to read. I wonder why Sam hasn’t posted anything yet. I also want to become a real estate investor. Facts are facts and lies are lies. At first I thought a lot of people were hating on Sam. However, if so many PERSONAL people that know him can post that he played them as well. Then who should you believe. He hasn’t made any post to defend his self or say anything. I am pretty sure he has seen this comment board about him. I REALLY like the television show. It motivates me to get up and do something. Even though I really think that Richard Davis show is better than the two that are on now. Richard Davis quality of work on a home is way better than Sam and Montelongo (however it is spelled). If there is anyone’s advise I want is Richard Davis.

  239. DP says:

    Oh my,
    I just wanted to sign on and see if I can get some help finding dependable people to work on investment property. I made my first property purchase and very disappointed in the number of people out there looking for the quick buck.

  240. IGOTBURNED says:

    I just want to add my two cents: I too, was burned by Sam Leccima. I was referred to Sam by a friend who told me that she had known Sam for years and he was an astute businessman. I relied heavily on that recommendation and being new to RE investing and naive, I trusted Sam and his company to do what he said he was going to do. I will say that I did learn an important lesson: You can’t pay anyone to do your push-ups for you. To those people who stumbled onto this website thinking that you would contact Sam to partner with him in a business venture or ask his advice, please don’t do it. There are no shortcuts, there is no easy way. Do your own research, learn the business on your own and if/when you ask for someone’s assistance, make it as an observer only. My downfall was that Sam passed off his program as on-the-job training – I’ll teach you the real estate business (for a fee) and when we’re done you’ll actually own a property. (this is for those people who asked for the scam in detail) Sam’s angle was I will show you how to be a successful investor from the beginning (how to select a great property) to the end (owning a property w/ a tenant). I have assembled an all-star team of experts from the ‘best’ agent (Angie Wilford) to the contractors to the hard money lender to the re-financing institution to the tenant find agency to the property management company. I will do all of this for a small fee that I will not collect until you refinance and when its all over everyone will be happy. Well, it didn’t go down like that. Sam’s contractors walked off the job and took so long completing the repairs that we had to pay TWO hard-money mortgages any investor knows what that is like) and then the bank allowed the refinance to go through even though (unbeknownst to me) there will many repairs that had not been completed. When all was said and done I probably made about $4k initially and all of that and then some was sucked up in paying the mortgage for months on end while trying to find a contractor/s to complete the job (while working full time and raising a family). Sam and his team walked away with more than $10k and never returned any of my calls (this is after my family and I broke bread with him and his family in their home. I don’t care what Sam’s defenders say…there is something inherently sick about a man that will look into my kids’ eyes and scam their mother. This fits the profile of the type of person that will scam his personal friends and family). The good news is that I learned a valuable lesson. The bad news is that is was extremely expensive. I had to get creative with my 401k in order to continue floating the mortgage. And THAT is why I post…not to hate, but to deter someone who may be trying to create some wiggle room in their already tight finances and might get involved with Leccima and end up in a more desperate situation.
    So, I thank all of you that have posted about your personal and business experiences with the Leccimas. You have done a service to others.
    PEACE.

  241. badkarma says:

    After scrolling this board and reading most of the posts, the final post (#241) was the most convincing. I am a fan of the FLIP THIS HOUSE shows, and because I live in Atlanta I took a special interest in the Leccimas. Thank you for all the posts. There is enough information here for an intelligent investor to make an intelligent investment decision. If they don’t do their research then let the buyer beware.

  242. Johanna says:

    You would think one of the Atlanta TV stations would sic their dogs on him…it would make for a great expose’. Or is there an unwritten rule against bringing down other networks?

  243. From experience says:

    Sam Leccima is a going to have to answer for his fraudulent activites. I know he has defrauded me and others. I have an active case , for those whom also have valid documentation I encourage you to also file. It was never about race, although he did try to say it was. He defrauded his own race if you want to look at that as well.
    A lot of the things on A&E are fiction. I personally know that those are not actual figures and so does A&E.

  244. HEAD UP PEEPS says:

    HEADS UP PEEPS, HE’S ON THE MOVE. Mr. Leccima has started something new – just wanted everyone to be aware SAM THE SCAM has started another venture in a new disguse http://www.oldwaynewway.com is his new company or at least I know he has a hand in it. Be advised and warn your friends and loved ones…and anyone else who will listen for that matter. The guy is slimy and he’s changing skins on us. YUCK!

  245. Shawn says:

    RUN, DON’T WALK IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. CAN YOU SAY FORECLOSURES?

    A number of homes owned by Samuel Leccima have either gone into foreclosure or are in the process of going into foreclosure. For those of you who are thinking of doing business with him, take a moment to reveiw the links below. I’m sure he won’t tell you about these homes when he talks about how to make it big in real estate. Some of these homes will be auctioned in the month of March.

    961 Reed Avenue, East Point, GA 30344
    http://www.dailyreportonline.com/Public_Notice/Consumer_Alerts/new_singleCAlerts.asp?st=1&search_Keywords=&individual_SQL=178197&userSel=All2%2F8%2F2007

    1715 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. Sw, Atlanta, GA 30314
    http://www.fcdr.com/Public_Notice/Consumer_Alerts/new_singleCAlerts.asp?st=1&search_Keywords=&individual_SQL=178345&userSel=All2%2F8%2F2007

  246. moneytrain says:

    My fiance’ being a real estate agent checked on each one of the properties the show had showcased only to find that none have been sold and the prices of the properties were way off. I say this because out of the blue a man in New York contacted her because he invested with Leccima and bought the Lawton Place property in Atlanta for Leccima to flip, he has invested a lot to make this happen only to find the work is now not complete as the show portrayed and the property never sold. Hence he has given my fiance’ the opportunity to list the property and try to sell it. It is unfortunate that the show took the happy ending approach and not the real world approach as I believe it made a lot people who wanted to flip properties do it wrong and lose a lot of money.

  247. minoritylover says:

    all yall crazed white folks just need to chill and be thankful for everytime that you have here in good ole white america…it is funny to me how there is such a defense for Richard Davis but none for the color guy…how come no one never thought fraud about trademark….this is a joke..everyone says how SC was the best and the others are jokes, both that just happen to be minorities…welcome to white america, the robberies of land and dreams of minorities…

  248. kimberley says:

    I just logged onto this site to find this news. I think Sam Leccima is An awesome person. I live in Cleveland heights,Ohio and I don’t see anything wrong with Mr. Leccima’s business. He did not say he was an agent,only an Investor.
    What’s wrong with the world when you can’t earn a living loving what you do?
    I’m studying to get my Real Estate licences and I’m starting a business up as a Financial Funder, where I help thoes who need money for bills ect..
    The President has sent Billions of Dollars over to Iran to help them why can’t American’s do what they need to do to live. “Sam Leccima keep up the good work.” Remember there is a time line when your making these shows. STOP HATING!!

  249. Stephanie says:

    Why does any of you who are posting bad things on this site so into this being a fraud thing??? I’m pretty sure all of you are living comfortably with no connections to Mr. Leccima. How is he affecting your lives? The money isnt going into your pockets or coming out. He is trying to make a living like any other american citizen. By the show he obviously has responsiblity with his wife being pregnant and all. Why even think to bash him. What satisfaction do you get out of this??? I’m planning on getting into the real estate business and hope to be as successful and motivated as Mr. Leccima. And for the record in the show Flip this house the Montelongo and CT homes are doing the exact same things as Mr. Leccima, why is it all eyes on him???

    Words of Advice: FUCK BITCHES, GET MONEY!!!

  250. Getmoney says:

    Sam is a cunt and If you defend him your a sheep waiting to be slaughtered. Fuck Sam I know you where you live and I want my money. I feel sorry for your kids and your wife. I will destroy you.

    G M
    710 peachtree pen 2
    you better move cause I’m coming

  251. Nicole says:

    Someone help me out here, but according to the commercials for the new season, Angie Wilford appears to have her own show and not the Leccimas. If this has been discussed already forgive me. I just want to know if anyone has any information on weather or not this is accurate.

  252. Spartan says:

    Apparently Kimbereley and “minoritylover” are not able to read the posts here, which include everything from commission findings about Leccima to foreclosures to stories from many people who claim to have personal knowledge. There goes those opinions out the window. Of course, when one poster apparently is barely literate, and the other is reduced to the “Stop Hating” line (always the sign of an intelligent arguments), there was not much doubt.

  253. Janice says:

    I do not think this would have been an issue or discovered if this man was non African American. We have to realize that what we do as African Americans has to be done correctly and in the right order. We are always going to be put under a microscope and investigated. The other people, not so much! Just a tip!

  254. Spartan says:

    Janice – Here is another “tip.” If you want to go through live always pulling the racism card out of your back pocket any time an “African American” is called out for something, it just makes you a common bigot. It also means you will be treated as any other bigot. Of course, that’ll give you another reason to cry racism. Isn’t it great to have a ready-made excuse for everything that happens in your life!

  255. Kristina says:

    By all means let’s leave race out of this. When it comes down to it, by God, there is only one race and that’s the human race. Let’s not be dramatic in saying it doesn’t matter if you’re whatever color in the Crayola box. The fact is, that even in today’s society, race is still a factor that is not properly dealt with. If you’ve committed fraud in the past let it remain in the past. In the same breath, it can be difficult to overlook someone’s past because it accounts for character. With all ‘reality’ tv shows it is up to the viewer to determine and weigh the contents of the show. No one is forced to watch the show, purchase any books or paraphenilia. Common sense will tell you to take what you can get and use from the show and incorporate it into your own life/business. You have to be willing to do the research and set your own path instead of following someone else. When it comes down to it, it is television, and you can’t trust everything you see, hear or read.

  256. jojo says:

    PLEASE TAKE MY ADVICE, STAY AS FAR AWAY FROM THE LECCIMA’S AS POSSIBLE!!!!!!!! JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE IS ON TV PEOPLE ASSUME THAT THEY MUST BE SUCCESSFUL, REALLY DOING IT. I HAVE INVESTED WITH THE LECCIMA AND MY HOME APPEARED AS ONE OF THE HOMES ON FLIP THIS HOUSE. THE SHOW SAID THAT THE HOME HAD BEEN SOLD AND THAT IS NOT TRUE. THE LECCIMA HELD A $7500 2ND MORTGAGE ON THE HOME. I THOUGHT AS MOST PEOPLE THINK THAT BECAUSE HE APPEARS THE SAY AND ACT THE PART THE ALL IS GOOD AND GOING WELL. NOT!!! AFTER INVESTING $25,000 AND MAKING THAT DEPOSIT I NEVER HEARD FROM THEM AGAIN. WHAT I DO KNOW IS THAT HIS WIFE SHANI LECCIMA IS JUST AS BAD. SHE IS RIGHT THERE WITH HIM AND BELIEVES EVERYTHING HE SAYS.

  257. Dallas Realtor says:

    I stumbled across this while searching for information on the Realtor that Sam used to sell the properties(supposedly) on the show. I have read most of the comments & I am not surprised. The questionable work that was done to the properties was really sad. I saw the show on yesterday with Angie Wilford as an investment consultant/realtor & with her husband as the managing contractor. I was wondering if Georgia laws concerning Realtors are that laxed where a Realtor can sell a house & not disclose all the problems that were oovered up. In Texas our code of ethics & laws are so strict. The commission would revoke our license if we did something like that. I would not think of doing that anyway because I am a Christian first & then a Realtor. We all have to answer to God for all of our actions. My motto is “I don’t sell a house that I would not want to live in myself”. I feel for all of the people that have been scammed by the Leccimas. I take comfort in knowing that he will reap what he has sown. Honestly, I would be skeptical about doing business with Angie Wilford also. Her ethics are questionable if she knew that the houses were not sold & went along with the lies.

  258. JGS says:

    I just came across this website because I love(d) watching “Flip this House”. I don’t watch it anymore since the crew has changed. Trademark Properties were the best and the team were/are honest and hard working people. After watching Richard Davis and the Trademark team, I purchased 2 properties the end of last yaer (Nov. & Dec. 2007). I live in Atlanta and my daughter lives in Charleston. The first property I bought was a condo in Atlanta and it was an REO (real estate owned). The second property I bought was a condo outside of Charleston in an upscale neighborhood. Believe it or not, the developers for my Charleston condo complex is Trademark. They are top notch people. My condois not a flipper… I plan to hold onto it for a couple of years or more and I have it as a rental. No problems.

    Now, the condo in Atlanta is another story. It was an REO and had many improvements to be made. I believe there was A LOT of mortgage fraud with this condo subdivision because the previous owner bought it in 2005 for $245k and I bought it for $98k the latter part of 2006 (a little over a year later). I’m holding onto it because the other condos (a lot of them) in the complex are still coming up in foreclosures so I am waiting it out.

    I watched the first FTH show with the Atlanta team and it was with a house located in South Atlanta. I will never buy a house in the “30310” zip code because this zip code is #1 in the nation for mortage fraud and the other areas/zip codes in South Atlanta are just as bad. I will not buy any property in Decatur where Ellen Way is located (off of Candler Road). My grandparents’ graves are located on Candler and I won’t go visit their grave sites because the area is worse than bad. A handyman I used on my condo lives off of Candler and he even stated “it’s the bad side”. By the way, here is info on that property featured on FTH.

    2699 Ellen Way Decatur 30032 10/5/2005 $128,822

    2699 Ellen Way Decatur 30032 3/10/2006 $80,000

    2699 Ellen Way Decatur 30032 4/12/2006 $89,700

    Why would a house that sold for $128K in 10/2005 sell for $80K in 3/2006 and sell for $48K LESS THAN SIX MONTHS LATER? Another case of mortgage fraud. This is the house featured on FTH. ?????

    ATLANTA WANNABE INVESTORS…. There is so much mortgage fraud in Atlanta (and the RE agents know it) that it is impacting all areas around Atlanta. IT HURTS THE RE MARKET!!! And, you can get burned. If you get in this business, you want honest people to deal with. DO YOUR HOMEWORK!

    For the bloggers informing of the dishonesty of others, APPRECIATE THE ADVICE AND TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT.

    I have lived in Atlanta all my life and just entered into RE investing here. THERE IS A LOT OF MORTGAGE FRAUD AND OTHER DISHONEST ACTIVITY. DO YOUR DUE DILIGENCE.

    RE INVESTING IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. IT IS A LOT OF WORK, WORRY, WORRY, WORRY, IS RISKY, AND IS HARD WORK.

    I don’t like the new formaat of “Flip This House” because I don’t care for the people in Texas or Atlanta. And, if I met up with Sam, I would never do business with him. I have been contacted by investors to “invest” in projects and I’m hesitate. Right now, I’m solo.

    On the flip side, Richard Davis and Trademark are known throughout Charleston and I have never haerd a bad word about him/them. My daughter just got her RE license (I was her first client)and I would love for her to work for Trademark (then I can learn from her). Trademark does so much more than flipping properties.

    I know the Atlanta market and the Charleston market and Atlanta has a lot of dirty dealings (of course, it is a big city) so be careful. And there are always people ready to take your money.

    BOTTOM LINE IS THIS, Flip This House is no longer worth watching. Richard and Trademark are now on TLC and the show is called THE REAL DEAL. Watch this show and you’ll see why Trademark has a large and loyal audience base. Also watch A HOME RUN FOR TRADEMARK. It is all about giving back. If you don’t give back to people/the community, you don’t get back. This episode has a lot of leasons one can learn from.

    For those of you who want to get into investing, GOOD LUCK AND STAY IN IT FOR THE LONG RUN!

  259. Saundra says:

    I truly wish Sam make a comment on this blog. It has already been said, but an investor does not need a license to invest in real estate, regardless of how he lost his license. I just wanted to know if Sam would give some pointers in this flipping homes. I also thought is was great that he was able to sell his flips so fast, as well as the other investors, but I see that the homes are still on the market. Due to the negative publicity (on this site), I will not be investing any money with Mr.Leccima, but I still would like to know as much as possible about the business. If there is any investor that reads this site and would like to help a novice investor flip a property this summer in Atlanta this summer please let me know. My e-mail address is s2callen@aol.com. I’m not very concerned about Sam’s illegal activities, as I am not going to get financially involved. I do feel bad for those who did lose money with him. All I can say is that they need to sue him to recoup their loses and move on. Educating us on this matter was and is helpful, so we do not make the same mistake. As far as the show, I will continue to watch. It is entertaining and continues to be a learning experience.

  260. Mrs. G. says:

    Wow! How disheartening…my husband and I were truly thinking about getting into the “Flipping Home” business. We are a floor installation company; we have helped customers install new flooring in rental properties and their own homes. Since we are in contact with numerous other skilled contractors, we were seriously thinking about giving it a try (we are in the process of remodeling our own home). There were numerous things that we questioned. We even wondered how we could get our name out there, with the show. Sheesshhhh…I’m glad we didn’t; we’d be on the list of “NON PAID” as well.

  261. Mrs. G. says:

    To Saundra,

    Not sure if your in Atlanta, but if you are…our website is:

    http://www.osinstallations.com

    I’d be glad to recommend some fabulous guys that do everything from painting to roofing–of course, we’d be more than happy, to do your floor installation. Good Luck!

  262. Guru says:

    It is sad to see the great city of Atlanta potrayed in such a dismal way on a nationally televised show but it is also the state of affairs in that area.

    As far as Sam is concerned, his renovations were of the poorest quality, which was apparent when his project manager fell through the floor or the black painted moldings in home. A true renovator would have never placed his/her on tastes into a project to sell.

    Sam for your families sake I hope that these allegations are false but if you have taken advantage of your own I hope that you will seek restitution for your miss givings.

  263. Ghostface says:

    SAM LECCIMA WILL BE FEATURED ON A FOX 5 NEWS SPECIAL INVESTIGATION TONIGHT 5/14/07 AT 6PM AND 10PM. ANYONE LOCAL IN ATLANTA THAT IS THINKING OF DOING BUSINESS WITH HIM SHOULD WATCH AND FORM YOU OWN OPINION. I HAVE INVESTED WITH SAM AND WOULD STONGLY ADVISE ANYONE AGAINST DOING ANY BUSINESS WITH HIM

  264. babar says:

    lol Sam you got GOT

  265. Daniel says:

    The people taking up for this scam artist fraud are pathetic. Especially the ones tossing around the trusty race card. When all else fails I suppose… Apparently there are secrets in “real” estate.

  266. Peri, Lithonia says:

    I watched the Sam Leccima expose on Fox 5 last night. If folks don’t know that his business is a scam after watching that, well, I just don’t know.

    I never really enjoyed the FTH episodes featuring Leccima because, as a previous poster stated, his renovations were very sub-par. He never included items such as appliances (that would cost money!) or high-end upgrades like granite countertops.

    On the Fox 5 news special, the landscaper he used in one episode, the one that Angie Wilford also frequently uses, stated that the production company actually paid him to landscape a “flipped” Leccima property, just for the purposed completing the episode and that he removed the plants after the shooting the episode was complete.

    I would he leery of Angie Wilford, as well. She, apparently, went along with protraying the properties as having sold when, in fact, they had not.

    At the end, the Fox 5 reporter asked Sam about the fraud allegations and his reponse? “It’s t.v. man.”

    Amazing.

  267. Trina says:

    Here we go again. It seems that every type of business is hard. It make people like me who are honest work harder at trying to clean up what other so call profession are doing as scams. Lets not tarnish Atlanta with this, this is a great town.

  268. MR. Detroit says:

    Everyone please don’t allow these reports to form your opinion about Sam Leccima. He’s a great guy with a great business mind and I certainly wouldn’t label him a scam artist. FTH is a TV show and it’s just like any othe reality show, it’s entertainment. Bottom line is Sam is success because he’s intelligent with a “I WILL NOT LOSE” mentality. Cut him some slack. RL

  269. Cameron Wilson says:

    Turns out, Leccima NEVER OWNED NOR SOLD any of the properties shown on the A&E program. In fact, when Dale Russell, the reporter, interviewed the real estate broker in charge of selling the first house in question, she said that she didn’t know who the “buyers” from the show were, that the house was never owned by Leccima but by a couple in New York (straw buyers) that Leccima said he’d do the rehab on and sell for $7800 plus rehab costs.

    The house is still for sale and Sam Leccima is no where to be found.

    This guy’s got reports on the Rip Off Report, the BBB (Better Business Bureau) and a CRAPLOAD of real estate sites on the ‘Net.

    IN FACT, he’s cheated real estate investors out of $400,000+ (THAT’S FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS PLUS) according to lawsuit filings alone. There’s no telling how many others are out there.

    I also found out that he’s had his real estate license revoked by the state of Georgia, he’s being pursued federally and on the state level for Securities Fraud, and a series of other filings.

    So what was Mr. Leccima’s response to all of this? When asked, what did this real estate tycoon have to say about his behavior???

    Mr. Leccima, smoking a big fat cigar, in front of the entire nation said, “It’s a TV show.”

    YOU’RE SINGLE-HANDEDLY RESPONSIBLE FOR SETTING THE REPUTATION OF REAL ESTATE INVESTORS ACROSS THE NATION BACK INTO THE DARK AGES AND ALL YOU CAN SAY IS “IT’S A TV SHOW”?!??!?!?!

  270. nike30 says:

    Cut him some slack when I just read a court document indicating the reasons for his revoked realtor’s license….

    Not saying a person can’t change their ways, but that document clearly reflects that Sammy WAS (and quite possibly still is) a shady individual.

  271. whistleblower says:

    Please check out the link below. Mr. Leccima is the focus of a week long investigative story. The story is being aired all week on Fox 5 News of Atlanta. There is a blog about him as well as the shows.

    http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=3200981&version=5&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=3.1.1

  272. Angelique says:

    Wow. People need to stop hating. Unfortunately for those investors who ivested their money, they need to do research and duedilegence, ALOT of duedilegence. Prayerfully this guy did not run off with people’s money. What goes around comes around and the Bible says that a man who is caught stealing shall repay 7 times what he stole.

    If all that is alleged is true, shame on Mr. Leccima, if NOT true. What did the world expect when a man starts to get on a Trumph level, they will do anything to bring a man down like crabs pulling you down to the bottom of the bucket.

  273. IAMNOTAFOOL says:

    This clown NEED his clown ASS lock up and he wearing Morehouse gear TAKE THAT STUFF OFF YOUR CON-ARTIST !!! STAY CLEAR OF THIS FOOL SAM !!

  274. Angelique says:

    Cameron Wilson, I agree. My husband and I recently got ripped off by a so called Good friend. Now I study, read and research EVERYTHING. Not all investors are ripp-offs.

  275. Eric says:

    Due diligence of the investor is always required. While I believe that A&E may have embellished to get ratings, doesn’t the news do the same thing, only on the negative side? Having dealt with many real estate investors as a former mortgage broker, I can tell you that many of them are snake oil salesmen and live a lifestyle off of others’ money, but there are also many that do very well for those that support them. Those of you that invest in mutual funds may be surprised that there are some crooks on Wall St. too. There are no gains without risk, but often it is hard to believe that the people we place our money and trust in could ever not be looking out for our best interest. What I find interesting in all of this is that when we are all making money off of the market, be it paper or real property, we don’t care about the Sam Leccima’s of the world, or Michael Milkin, or Enron, or Worldcom. Take a step back and look at the big picture, there is no easy money in the world…

  276. Ilanna Ball says:

    Sam is just like a guy in my town named Max Dumont. Max Dumont has done tons of mortgage fraud and will go down one day as well. He sells his bad investments to his clients and gets high appraisals then turns around and gives cash back to the buyer outside of closing. Sometimes as much as $40,000. The buyer later forecloses on the property. This is sad. But I have made money with him on this so it’s all good with me.

  277. MomentOfClarity says:

    Now that hes all in the open and there is no dispute whether he is a criminal now who thinks he will make a run for it? He is wanted by the state, federal, and SEC. Can you say, 50 to life? Most of my friends think he running with or without the kids. He hot right now.. Hey Sam, what you do comes back, like a mofo…

  278. Tari says:

    I have been an Appraiser since 2001 and and an investor since 1997 in the Atlanta area. When I first watched the show the investor in me told me that this was a bunch of crap. The appraiser in me checked the info that was reported and I knew it was crap. I sent and email to A & E about the miss representations but of course my email went unanswered. The last show I saw was the one with the new project manager when he broke the new bay window. On that episode I caught a glimpse of the address and the appraiser in me performed a quick search to see if the home really sold for what was reported on the show. $199,000. (Never found a sale) For those of you that seen that episode it was the one that during the open house this big burly guy in a suit and sunglasses come in and wants to purchase the house on the spot. “Yeah right” Being in this business this long has told me a few things. There are a lot of people that jump in head first at the thought of quick CASH and break there neck (this would be his investors), there are a lot of people that tip toe in and never go further than the shallow end (people that watch shows like this), and there are those that educate themselves and make informed decisions and can spot crap from a mile away (that would be me). Every one of his houses was crap. The renovations looked as if they were done by my 12 year old, and he always used the cheapest materials. No way was he getting the kind of money he said he was on the show. The Agent that was involved need her license revoked as well. I am sure she was aware of what was going on and by taking part in it you are guilty as well.

  279. malarky says:

    see for your self

  280. MomentOfClarity says:

    Whats funny about this whole thing is that remember Sam Leccima’s real estate agent? She is now flipping homes with her husband on the same show FLIP THIS HOUSE. See, Sam is good for one thing, hes teaching us how NOT to do it so we can all go out and do it the right way lol

    Also, someone commented about the San Antonio home builders The Montelongos. The budgets they set are low because they keep people in business. They work with the same people. Why would you charge someone high prices for someone who keeps you busy? If a job cost $20K to do I think I would do them for $15K if he gives me 5 to do…The Montelongos were featured a few years ago in a magazine and I did some research on them, they are as legit as they come. That goes for the guys at Trademark in Texas. Class acts..

  281. MS.J says:

    Sam tried to get me in WLG (World Leadership Group)I told him I was not interested!You can tell he is a con-artist because he talked too damn fast. If I was a dumb woman he could have talked me out of my drawls!! For all the people he ripped off here is his number
    (678)770-0754. Use it wisely!!!

  282. MS.J says:

    Oh and another thing he is marketing WLG (World Leadership Group)to prey on others. He gets you to sign up under WLG and than that’s when he’ll get you and ask you to invest! We all need to contact WLG and let them know about Sam. Someone needs to stop him in his tracks. He needs to be locked up. He is taking food off of many tables and food out of alot of childrens mouths by beating men and women out of there hard earned money!

  283. Crystal says:

    I frequently watch Flip This House, and I must say that I never liked the work he claimed to do. He just seemed like a 2nd class snake to me. Anyway, I moved to the Atlanta area from New York over a year ago. There are really nice areas outside of the city of Atlanta to invest in. However, as a real estate investor, I’ve seen some of the “supposed rehabbed” homes that are for sale in Atlanta, and they are HORRIBLE!! There are fraudulent scammers out here besides Mr. Leccima, who are trying to sell properties that aren’t fit for habitation, as renovated residences. It’s sad to say, but it’s really hurting the Real Estate market in this city. What hurts the most is that people from other cities like New York and Los Angeles get suckered into buying these so called “investment” properties. They think they are getting deals because they live in an expensive market and assume that Atlanta’s property value are similar to NY and LA…Well it’s NOT!!! If you’re going to invest here, PLEASE DO YOUR HOMEWORK. There are so many areas in the city of Atlanta that are “RED FLAG ZONES” for mortgage lenders. I know that Mr. Leccima will get what he deserves. After seeing the Fox-Atlanta expose…Can someone say FEDERAL PRISION! HE IS GOING DOWN. I just pray for those who were scammed, remember vengeance is the Lord’s. He will definitely reap what he has sown. As for the other shabby rehabbers in ATL, they are really bringing the market down. I hope that there will be more honest investors that are willing to do quality renovations. Certain parts of Atlanta can really use the revitalization. Peace and God Bless.

  284. CM says:

    I just watched the Channel 5 Consumer story on this issue and then found your web site. As a Realtor, I’m always amazed to see people like this that appear to focus on beginner real estate buyer/investor but this time with the help of a well respected TV network (just unbelievable!). This case, as it appears from the Channel 5 news story, as in most cases of such, is that the real estate buyers involved did not have their own qualified Realtor representation. Most people would not go to court without their on Lawyer, nor would they go to an IRS audit without their own CPA, nor would most reasonable people would get an $100,000 medical operation without a second qualified opinion, therefore I’m amazed at the number of beginner real estate investor/buyers who enter real estate deals in the $100’s of thousands of dollars without a qualified Realtor representing their best interest , providing that necessary opinion in the buyer/investor best interest. In the numerous bad Real Estate deals published by various media in the past few years in Atlanta there seems to be a pattern, that is that most real estate investor/buyers that end up on the short end a deal, did this on their own without qualified Realtor buyer representation. Realtor buyer representation is a smart idea, and in most cases the Realtor fee is paid by the seller, not the buyer, and a qualified Realtor could help advise the Real Estate buyer in matters that would be in their best interest, not the interest of others. It’s too bad that this key consumer protection point is almost never made on stories like this, our local TV media loves to cover stories like this but almost never provide the necessary additional consumer information to how consumers can protect themselves from similar circumstances, I guess this positive consumer information would cut down on the future consumer news stories like this one, and that would be bad for the local Atlanta news business, but good for metro Atlanta Real Estate. (i.e. Get your own Realtor before you spend a dime in Atlanta!)

  285. Ayoung says:

    Everyone here that has any questions should go to this link:

    http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/myfox/

    In the middle of the page there is an online video clip from Fox news I-Team investigations with SAM HIMSELF admitting that the A&E information was a load of crap. Also, they have people on that have been stolen from by Sam and guess what? They are black, so I think this eliminates the racist card you racists keep trying to flash. Have a good one!

  286. ATL RE INVSTMNT BRKR says:

    CM

    I get it. Blame the victim. Well Done.

    If you listened to the article, it indicated that these people were friends and associates of Leccima. So this was a trust your friend situation.

    As a commercial broker/investor, I am constatntly amazed at people who are conned by people like this guy but this guy has an inante ability to get friends who know that he is a sham artist to invest with him. The problem for all of us (African American Brokers)is that he continues to exist and garner press…negative press.

  287. Derrick says:

    CM

    I’m an investor and I have to tell you that “most” Realtor’s don’t know JACK about real estate investing. If I were to take a survey, the typical Realtor wouldn’t know the following…

    – Short Sale
    – Rehabbing
    – Hard Money
    – Subject To
    – Land Trusts

    If you can’t answer these questions, then how can you offer “representation” to another investor.

    Even bank-owned properties are sold as-is with no disclosures so what would I need a Realtor for there other than meet me at the closing table to collect their 3% commission.

    My wife is a Realtor and I love her with all of my heart. But I have no love for Realtors when they step into the investor arena.

    If you blame Sam for what happened on the show then you better go after Angela to. She’s a Realtor!

  288. Steve in Texas says:

    Re: “If you blame Sam for what happened on the show then you better go after Angela to. She’s a Realtor!”

    And, it was Angela that got Sam hooked up with A&E to begin with.

    “The Leccimas became involved in the show after Angela Wilford, Realtor at Keller Williams Realty, presented them with the idea. Ms. Wilford, who watched and was inspired by the series last year, and who will be a familiar face on this season’s show, felt confident that she “could do the same thing” for Atlanta property.”

    From ‘Houston Real News”, archive. June 28, 2006

  289. Rip In Atlanta says:

    After being in the mortgage business in every facet of the industry for the last 10 years (Including multi-family housing development) and as an African-American, let me first say that this issue does not come down to race!! For those on her injecting the race card and implying that he is attacked because of race is ludicrous. Sam and shady investors have done more to “HURT” the existing homeowners in those neighborhoods by unduly enriching himself. When these properties are foreclosed on, it hurts those other homeowners by lowering their property values. During the RE boom for the last 3 years, I worked as an underwriting mgr for a top 3 Mortgage Bank and we closely scrutinized/red-lined approx 8 zip codes in the South Atlanta area. The schemes done to defraud the government and you the taxpayer must have cooperation from every level (appraiser,re agent, closing attrny, etc.) Simple economics apply here Supply/Demand. There is no demand for these properties in terms of affordability for potential buyers, so it floods the RE market with abandoned homes and hurts the property values of existing homes…Now working for the State Government, there is almost a crisis level in trying to develop affordable housing for people in the metro ATL area.
    Let’s cool it with the race card and call this what it is, a scam. Saying do your “Due Diligence” is easy for the saavy investor, but I assure you out of the 200+ posts on here, not many will be able to dissect financials to make a informed financial analysis. They see this guy, who used his celebrity status from the show (though not illegal), to launch/solicit investments from what seem to be ordinary people. That’s the ethical issue beyond his shady dealings as a RE agent. Sadly most people will tend to believe that if this guy is marketing his book, involved in speaking engagements throughout the country and on t.v. he’s legit.

  290. Derrick says:

    Well actually, the ones that pulled the race card are the black investors that gave him the money. I attended a real estate investing seminar a couple of months ago and 95% of the audience were African-American. After Sam told us some stories and explained that “There Are No Secrets in Real Estate” then we were all ready to line up and do business with him. Why? Because he was perceived as a successful black man. He even told us that his real estate license was revoked and nobody seemed to care. Why? Because he was perceived as a successful black man. People feed into what they see others drive, live and dress. So I just just get me a 7 series, move to midtown and start doing seminars because people will buy from anyone that looks more successful than them. Even if I’m neck deep in debt.

  291. SCARED INVESTOR says:

    It is horrible that this whole Atlanta show is fraud…I find it just as victimizing that Sam’s agent slapped a SOLD sign on this property when she knew she never attended a closing or went to escrow with this property or took measures to ensure she wasn’t missleading the public as well. How is she still on TV with a new team when she was fully aware of the condition of the homes as she was walking through them at open house? Sam is involved in several other ventures that are really scary if you are not aware of his past and get involved in his business “opportunities”. Sam’s license was revoked, but his agent’s wasn’t…shouldn’t she be held accountable too? Maybe A&E just likes the drama of keeping dead weight around!

  292. Dallas Realtor says:

    Derrick

    I am a Realtor in Dallas & I agree with what you stated. I know of many Realtors that have no idea what a short sale is, but some of us are very informed & work very hard for the commission that we receive. I represent investors, some from Dallas & some from out-of-state, but I make sure that they are equipped with all of the information needed to make a sound & profitable decision about a property.

  293. Derrick says:

    SCARED INVESTOR,

    The Atlanta show was not a fraud because “It’s a TV Show!” It wasn’t an informercial where they were trying to sell you a product or service. For those that keep bringing up his license being revoked, you’re sadly mistaken on what “investing” is all about.

    I’ve been investing for over 5 years now and my buyers, sellers or lenders have never asked me if I had a real estate license active, suspended or revoked.

    Who cares about having a license because I’m taking more risk than anyone out there by putting my cash, credit and reputation on the line. When a deal goes south, I’m the one that either loses money or makes my private lender my personal enemy.

    Nobody has as much to lose as the Investor.

  294. Sam Leccima says:

    To the General Public:

    I am sorry for the pain that those of you may have felt as a result of the A&E show. To those of you who feel the need to relentlessly badger someone “STRICTLY BASED UPON INITIAL IMPESSIONS AND INCOMPLETE EVIDENCE”… I feel sorry for you.

    Look at it this REALISTICALLY… First, it was a REALITY SHOW for God’s sake! There are scripts, edits, producers and consultants that move the entire show! NOTHING… and I MEAN NOTHING is controlled by the principle actor(s). Yes, I said ACTOR. An investor is not the same as an Agent, yet you’ve been repeated brainwashed into thinking the contrary.

    It’s over a year and look where this has gotten everyone… absolutely nowhere. I really feel for everyone involved here… but it’s definitely “feeling SORRY” for those who choose to spew endless negativity.

    [Webmaster’s Note: The email address used to make this post bounced.  This may not have been posted by the real Sam Leccima.  If it was not, I invite Mr. Leccima to email me – mark at flipthislawsuit.com – and I will remove the post.  If this was posted by the real Sam Leccima, I invite him to contact me directly and I will post his message to our readers as a main post on the site.]

  295. Steve in Texas says:

    Derrick,

    Re: “It wasn’t an informercial where they were trying to sell you a product or service.”

    Really?

    http://www.tribeworkshop.com/

  296. Steve in Texas says:

    Sam,

    If it makes you feel any better I think A&E and Departure Films threw you under the bus. Tell us more, Sam, you’ll feel better in the morning ; )

  297. whatthef*ckever says:

    Say whatever you want SAM. How about addressing the fact that you stole THOUSANDS of dollar from people stating that you were investing it into shares in your fake A$$ company and into flipping houses. I am not posting rumors. I am addressing what you did to me and several others. Give it up Sam. I will dance in the streets when I finally see you and your wife in jail!!!!!

    I will do everything in my power to make sure that happens. I will be the first one to call you and say I TOLD YOU SO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  298. friend says:

    hmm… Lamont left the show because Sam stole money from him as well. Sam let him belive he was investing it but after a couple of years, Lamont received no return.. Bad business.

  299. Sam Leccima says:

    You’ve got to be kidding me. There was NO money stolen whatsoever!!! The people you’ve seen lined up in front of the television have all been coerced into one carefully orchestrated character assassination. This is a clear case of don’t believe everything you see without substantiating the facts at hand.

    A&E is only part of the problem. They’re part of this bus (or media machine) that is happy to mow you over. There’s no way they’re going to be part of this fraud they’ve perpetrated. They’ve convienently “washed their hands” of it all and are trying to move on while, you guessed it, the little man is left to fry in the pan.

  300. […] Before social media, this may have been a dispute largely handled by lawyers and PR reps hoping to sway public opinion through traditional media. But law school student and citizen marketer Mark Lyon is demonstrating how the game has changed. A “Flip” fan, Lyon created the Flip This Lawsuit blog as a Filter to chronicle the legal battle between A&E and Davis. Fans have been voicing their support for Davis and venting dismay at A&E. Commentors regularly trash the show’s new real estate teams. Some are even digging in to their backgrounds and raising questions. […]

  301. Spartan says:

    “Sam” (I write as though it is really Sam Leccima) — The bottom line is that you, in the show and websites and marketing materials, come off as a low-level scammer. Your sales pitches are comparable to the ones used by the mortgage fraud scammers. Basically, the same type of marketing pitch. Seasoned, or even careful amateur investors would never invest in the bunk you push, so you target the people who do not know better. All of this can be taken fromm your marketing. Beyond that, there is bankruptcy, the scathing order from the RE Board, foreclosures, etc. All of this is before we get to the many allegations of fraud, both here (for whatever that is worth) and in the TV report by people who are quite willing to show their face.

  302. joyce says:

    Sam, if this is you. Its just like you to put the blame on everybody else except Sam and Shani Leccima. You are a bottom feeded and when this all comes out I am going to laugh in your face. You need to stop saying that the Fox5 story is not true, because every word of it is very true. You are a smooth talker but please explain to the people what all the monies that where invested in Leccima Capital Partners went toward. You don’t own anything. Everything has been taken. WLG, can you continue to tell people that you are making great money with them? STOP LYING.

  303. chicken says:

    If it tastes like chicken, smells like chicken, and looks like chicken, what do you think it could be?

  304. jojo says:

    THIS IS CRAZY! SOME OF YOU ARE OUT OF YOUR MIND. THIS MAN IS A SCAMMMM!

  305. chicken says:

    Does anyone on this posting know of anybody in the World Leadership Group?

  306. M says:

    Just wanted to say good job to Mark Lyon for his investigation. I just read the critical posts this site received back in 2006 before the truth came out, and I hope are able to feel justified now. I enjoyed the Sam Leccima episodes and believed I was more or less seeing reality. (I only thought the amount he was paying for labor was pretty low, but I’m no expert.)

  307. Angie says:

    I would just like to say to everyone out there is that Sam should have been prepared for this(Black man, making money, trying to come up in the world). He should have known “they” were going to be on him like white is on rice. It’s sad but that’s society for you. This goes on all the time in the black neighborhoods and have been going on for years. White landlords ripping off the black consumer (buying these old run down houses and patching them up and then collecting the money for this crap) but no one is saying anthing about this. Sam keep your head up and if you did do anything wrong, repent and don’t do it again. Keep your hands clean because they are watching you. But who is watching them?

  308. Angie says:

    I would just like to say to everyone out there that Sam should have been prepared for this(Black man, making money, trying to come up in the world). He should have known “they” were going to be on him like white is on rice. It’s sad but that’s society for you. This goes on all the time in the black neighborhoods and have been going on for years. White landlords ripping off the black consumer (buying these old run down houses and patching them up and then collecting the money for this crap) but no one is saying anthing about this. Sam keep your head up and if you did do anything wrong, repent and don’t do it again. Keep your hands clean because they will be watching you. But who is watching them?

  309. jwdelta says:

    Kind of an off-shoot of that 60s rocker … but this is “Sam the scam“

    ‘Flip This House’ star accused of fraud

    ATLANTA – On an episode of A&E’s popular reality series “Flip This House,” Atlanta businessman Sam Leccima sits in front of a run-down house and calls buying and selling real estate his passion.

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    Now authorities and legal filings claim that Leccima’s true passion was a series of scams that included faking the home renovations shown on the cable TV show and claiming to have sold houses he never owned.

    “This is, indeed, a con artist,” said Sonya McGee, an Atlanta pharmaceutical representative who says Leccima took $4,000 from her in an investment scheme.

    McGee and others say Leccima’s episodes of “Flip This House,” A&E’s most popular show, were elaborate hoaxes. His friends and family were presented as potential homebuyers and “sold” signs were slapped in front of unsold houses. They say the home repairs — the lynchpin of the show — were actually quick or temporary patch jobs designed to look good on camera.

    Leccima says he never claimed to own the homes. While not acknowledging his televised renovations were staged, he didn’t deny it and suggested that A&E and Departure Films, the production company that makes the show, knew exactly what he was doing.

    “Ask anybody who works in television how a reality show is made and you’ll find that ours was a very typical approach,” Leccima said in a telephone interview.

    When it recently learned of the claims against Leccima, the cable network pulled reruns of his episodes off the air and wiped his mentions from its Web site.

    Leccima, 36, presented himself as a successful real estate investor during the 2006 season of the cable show, which depicted him buying, refurbishing and reselling Atlanta-area homes for profits of $77,000 and more. But Leccima doesn’t have a real estate license — it was revoked by the Georgia Real Estate Commission in 2005, with the panel ruling he “does not bear a good reputation for honesty, trustworthiness, integrity, and competence.” Now he’s under investigation by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office for securities fraud.

    Leccima said his lawyer advised him against talking about the investigation or the claims made by McGee and others. He did say that some of the criticism stems from his high profile.

    “I’m a business person and I think I have as many people that like me as don’t like me,” he said. “Anyone who puts their face on national television should realize they’ve signed a Faustian deal of sorts.”

    However, Atlanta-area real estate records show Leccima never owned several of the homes he’s been shown fixing up on television.

    WAGA-TV in Atlanta, which first aired the claims against Leccima, has shown footage from inside one of the homes, which had mismatched wooden floors and unpainted patched walls that were out of the view of TV cameras on “Flip This House.”

    McGee said she attended what was billed as a wrap party at one home. But when the party was shown on “Flip This House,” it was presented as an open house at which someone expresses interest in buying the property.

    New York-based Departure Films did not return repeated telephone calls to its offices by The Associated Press. A&E spokesman Dan Silberman said the network has stopped working with Leccima, who doesn’t appear in this season’s episodes.

    “We are dismayed to learn of these allegations,” read a statement issued by the network. “A&E Television Networks is not a party to any of the transactions shown in Flip This House and has not received any formal complaints about the properties or sales.”

    Silberman said the network — a joint venture of Hearst Corp., Walt Disney Co. and General Electric Co.’s NBC Universal — doesn’t investigate claims made by people on the show, opting to take them at their word.

    The Better Business Bureau gives Leccima’s company, Leccima Capital Partners, LLP, an “unsatisfactory” rating, saying four complaints have been filed against it in three years.

    One of the complaint was from McGee, who said she considered Leccima a friend — even vacationing in Brazil with him and his wife. She said the Leccimas stopped returning her calls once she started asking for her money back.

    Dan Ward, an Atlanta-area youth minister, said he told state investigators that Leccima took about $100,000 from him to invest in real estate, but, as far as he knows, Leccima never developed anything with it. He hasn’t received his money back.

    McGee said appearing on the TV show made it easier for Leccima to find such investors: “As soon as that first episode aired, he got phone calls from people saying, ‘I love you. Where can I send you some money?'”

  310. Ree says:

    I just found this website after seeing an article on Sam on the front page of Yahoo. I had a blast reading the earlier post about how if he’s a criminal, then the Attorney General should be involved…guess that guy/girl is now eating his/her words. After reading through everything, this guy is a 1st class fraud PERIOD. Has nothing to do w/ race or he’s being picked on because he’s on tv…he’s just a rat that is cheating people out of their hard earned money! And for those who are inspried by him…good luck in this market. HAHAHA!!

  311. fantomc says:

    Sam, I guess you should be proud of yourself. You have idiots defending you, and once again black folks are looking silly. As a black man, don’t tell me that a “conspiracy” brought you down. No one made you perpetrate a fraud, but your own greed. Thanks again for helping us out.

  312. matt says:

    The fact Sam fires back at critics when the evidence now depicts he fabricated the flips and ripped off many people (including friends) is characteristic of a con artist. He now justifies it by saying its the function of a reality show. Reality shows Sam are based on “reality”, when its fiction, its not reality anymore. You know the kind of guy this is when a friend who he has vacationed with accuses him of fraud. Sam is a hustler, he manipulates for a living and now he will be exposed as the con he is.

  313. Imean says:

    You people who are repeatedly saying that it’s not fraudulent for him to be an investor without a real estate license are not getting the big issue behind the accusation of him committing alleged fraudlent acts. He’s being accused of fraud because he’s taken off with other people’s money who claimed to have invested with him. So enough already about the whole “you don’t have to have a real estate license in order to invest in homes”…we GET IT! That’s not the issue!!!

  314. Heidi says:

    I also just read about this information from yahoo. I must say that I have read most of the comments dating back to Aug 06′. I totally understand editing for the purpose of narrowing down hours of filming. However, I must say that I am quit disappointed to hear this. I personally thought the episode in which the “music producer” had the studio put in the basement even before he agreed to purchase it. His face looked shady when the camera zoomed in on him. Also Mrs. Leccima the black trim is that house was ugly.

  315. Heidi says:

    Why has this become a black/white issue? Wrong is wrong. I guess I will stay tune for the end result.

    However, I will be keeping my eyes on Angie and her husband. The one episode that A/E has showed with them has the husband looking incompetent. (The investor actually says in the clip that angie’s husband has no ideal of what he is doing)

  316. whatthef*ckever says:

    IT ONLY A MATTER OF TIME. ALL THINGS IN THE DAEK WILL COME TO THE LIGHT. YOU BETTER GET TO RUNNING SAM AND YOU TO SHANI. YOU CAN LEAVE YOU CHILDREN BEHIND TO SOME ONE THAT CAN TRULY LOOK AFTER THEIR WELL-BEING!!!! WITHOUT HAVING SCAM THE GOVERNMENT TOO- FOOD STAMPS AND MEDI-CAID!

    AND TO ALL OF YOU THAT SUPPORT HIM AND HIS ENDEAVORS…..READ THE NAME!

  317. whatthef*ckever says:

    IT’S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME. ALL THINGS IN THE DARK WILL COME TO THE LIGHT. YOU BETTER GET TO RUNNING SAM AND YOU TOO SHANI. YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR CHILDREN BEHIND TO SOME ONE THAT CAN TRULY LOOK AFTER THEIR WELL-BEING!!!! WITHOUT HAVING SCAM THE GOVERNMENT TOO- FOOD STAMPS AND MEDI-CAID!

    AND TO ALL OF YOU THAT SUPPORT HIM AND HIS ENDEAVORS…..READ THE NAME!

  318. Barbara says:

    I just read about this on News 12 Long Island. I don’t know if any of this is true or not, but these shows have helped me get into Real Estate Investment. Everyone makes mistakes, none of us are prefect. Be careful not to judge, as you to will be judged by the same measure.

  319. Sam says:

    Please don’t hate. I wanted more money.

  320. Meighan says:

    I work in commercial real estate and am well aware that you don’t need to have a real estate license to flip properties but that isn’t the issue.

    I deal with frauds in the DFW area on a regular basis and have learned attitudes, behaviors and tendencies that tell me to steer clear of people.

    Sam would have raised red flags with me all over the place simply because I research every single person I work with and he’s obviously full of crap.

    I don’t give a crap what color you are either. Shut up about race already, I’m sick of hearing it and all it does is further remove the infintessimal amount of credibility you may have been left with after this obvious shady scam this guy has been running and finally got caught for.

    SERIOUSLY. I don’t care enough about anyone to give a crap what color the face at the other end of the deal is. You’re not that special.

  321. Dan says:

    Watched the episodes, read the yahoo story, read these posts and determined that race blinds the ignorant. My bet is that this man is an arrogant con artist who let his ego blind him to the reality of the fame and the publicity that television can bring. Wonder if he can get those expensive cigars in prison??? But remember, he is considered innocent until proven just like O.J. Simpson.

  322. Margie says:

    So… after following a link from my Yahoo News page, and somehow spending an hour of my leisure time reading this whole topic, you know what my question is??? It’s not about this Sam person or the real estate market (I live in the So. Cal. Orange County bubble of space and time – real estate is always insane here!), the Bible, legal mumbojumbo, the race card, Morehouse College, the validity of name-calling on a blog or the power of the written word actually written and spelled correctly…my question is this: DID MARGRET AND THE OBSERVER EVER HOOK UP????? The chemistry between you two was at the boiling point, I mean as in “Get A Room” hot! You two love to hate each other! So did it ever happen?…more curious about that then the fate of Sam!! Also, you rock, Julius! great points of view and substantial posts.

    It is kind of fun to watch how things have unfolded over the past two years here, albeit in fastforward, especially the recent news reports. Not as many supporters as he had before. Maybe they’re enjoying a nice slice of humble pie, or their mouths are too full of crow to speak. It’s all (from the actual Sam guy to every single post here) a very interesting and entertaining commentary on human nature.

    I was also on a reality tv show in 2005 called Scariest Places on Earth, shown on ABC Family. Linda Blair is the host and Zelda Rubenstein (the wee lady from Poltergeist) does the voice over. My family and I were sent to Romania to hunt for the ghost of Vlad Tepes, aka The Impailer, Count Vlad Dracul (Dracula), at the Fagaras Citadel, an ancient fortress stronghold deep in Transylvania. We also signed a contract signing away our likeness and character basically allowing ABC to edit us into any type of freak show they wanted. TV really is just an idiot box for entertainment purposes only.
    Thankfully, we came home with our jugulars intact, a really fabulous experience of a lifetime, and a really cool episode where we actually looked rather brave and intelligent! Go figure. Karma, Kismit, Fate, the Holy Spirit…whatever. We are a good hearted, fun loving, close knit family just having a wee bit of fun – it showed and that’s how they portrayed us. When people show their true colors to you, believe them the first time. Don’t make them have to show you again, good and bad! Sam didn’t need the show to make himself look bad, sounds like he did that all by himself.

    Thanks to all for a truly entertaining bit of a read!
    Cheers,
    Margie

  323. Wow says:

    Sorry, but the race card doesn’t fly here. This guy is a crook no matter what his color is, so drop it about this being a race issue.

    Why does the word “jealous” keep popping up regarding anyone who points out the fact that Leccima is a con man? There is ample documentation of his schemes, so exactly what is there to be jealous of? Jealous of a man who looks to be facing multiple Federal charges? Jealous of a man who changes the wording of contracts after they are signed so he can steal from people? Sorry, but there really isn’t much there to be jealous about I’m afraid.

    Many of the people who present some sort of defense for Leccima use similar language, such as the phrase “get a life”. Peculiar … almost as though it is the same person who just comments over and over using a different name. It is fairly evident that the person who stands to gain the most by defending Sam Leccima is none other than Sam Leccima.
    Hi Sam!

  324. Jeff in Roswell says:

    I liked the shows. I enjoyed watching them, but I also knew it was completely fabricated. I’m a contractor. I know what it takes to do a “good” renovation and the time needed. It was painfully obvious the renovations were crap. Ask my wife – I screamed at the television constantly while watching the show. I liked Sam’s charisma… LOL – that was all I liked about him. His project supervisor and the subs he hired were the first indication to me that he was not legit and a “wannabee”. If the allegations prove to be true, I will be very disappointed in him. People that steal from others for the benefit of themselves are scumbags.

  325. Steph says:

    Sam is a fraud. This is obvious. But so is the Realtor Angie Wilford. She was play acting along with the rest of those people. And by the way, if Sam’s actions were so typical of reality TV, then why havn’t the Montelongo’s, or Trademark Properties been under attack? And as far as the race thing goes, in Texas wealthy, successful mexican people don’t exactly go unnoticed, I can guarantee you that the Montelongo’s are under heavy scrutiny, so if they were doing what Sam was doing we would know about it.

  326. Adam Mubanda says:

    The Brother was just tryin to make a honist doller thats all. The White Man is always keepin the Black man down. Sam is a victum of circumstce thats all they is to it.

  327. maria says:

    I watched the show in the past, and I can truly say, everything about this man was not on the up and up. He is a crook.

  328. Don says:

    I’m a real estate investor and a contractor that has been investing and managing properties for over 10 to 15 years respectively. I am also African-American.

    THIS ISSUE WTH LECCIMA HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH RACE!!

    There were a few things that raised red flags to me about Leccima.

    He is smoking expensive cigars and driving around in expensive BMW. I did not see one pickup truck in his episodes owned by his company (I could be wrong).

    His style appeared to be too hands off.

    Don’t recall his company owning one truck.

    I have seen this type of investor before. I have seen this type before but not this advanced.

  329. David says:

    Sam has been up to the same tricks since back in high school in Spring Valley, NY. I’ve seen him work his “magic” on people. I’ve know about his “side businesses” for a while. He’s a network marketing, MLM junkie and loves to take advantage of his friends. He’ll tell you one thing to your face and cut you down in the next breath.

    There’s so much to say about this guy. I’ve often wondered where he would end up. I saw the Yahoo news and knew that his life of hustling and petty theft as a teenager would “blossom” into a life of swindling money from people. But stealing money from a minister? That’s low. I knew his family from Spring Valley. They were God fearing people. He should know better.

    By the way, why would a real estate mogul still have to rent his apartment?

  330. Dale says:

    I like Flip This House and regret that parts of the shows are fake because it misleads people who may risk their savings or go into debt trying to replicate their monetary success. In most parts of the country, trying to flip houses now is like investing in internet dot com stocks in 2000, imo. I am glad to see that A&E sometimes show novice flippers who fail to make a profit sometimes.

  331. Mac WhiteGuy says:

    Scott wrote:

    This is so typical. As soon as a minority male elevates, people start questioning his credentials and background, because as a society we have been so socialized by one dimensional, steriotypical images of people, that seeing a successful black man, in a legitimate line of work just does’nt fit, cognitively, for many of us(e.g. the originators of this witch hunt). Get off of Sam’s ass and go get paid your damn self. As indicated in several of the posts above, sensible people can see through this “pursuit of justice” smoke screen.
    ======================================

    Well Scott, the Good news is that the Majority of people he ripped off were Black, your people 😉

    Another reason why I will never live in Atlanta (LA, Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans, Washington, MD, etc…)

    Thank you Sam for not taking this White Guys money 😉

  332. joel says:

    What is more typical is when a minority is caught red handed some knucklehead makes a post like this, “This is so typical. As soon as a minority male elevates, people start questioning his credentials and background, because as a society we have been so socialized by one dimensional, steriotypical images of people, that seeing a successful black man, in a legitimate line of work just does’nt fit, cognitively, for many of us(e.g. the originators of this witch hunt). Get off of Sam’s ass and go get paid your damn self.”

    The reality is scam artists come from all colors. The human race is the one that is hurt. The guy talked to his employees and wife like crap. It is a FACT that his lic. was revoked for dishonesty and a fact that the shows were hoaxed.

  333. David says: “By the way, why would a real estate mogul still have to rent his apartment?”

    Well, look at this guy Robert J. Abalos at http://www.robertabalosrevealed.com — he was EVICTED from his apartment in Seattle and he STILL claims to be some kind of “investing in land” guru.

    He also claims to be a lawyer but his licenses in Washington D.C. and and Virginia have been suspended for years. Some folks on the blog associated with the website above speculate that Robert J. Abalos is even homeless or at least near homeless on the streets of Seattle. Yet, he continues to lie, cheat, and steal from people using his investinginland.com website and a P.O. Box and, apparently, by leasing property from landlords but never making a monthly payment. Thus, his multiple documented evictions and judgments.

    Maybe Sam Leccima and Robert J. Abalos should partner together and put together some investment deals! LOL!!! Investor beware!

  334. The Facts says:

    Ok #328. I just really hope you were trying to be funny ;O

    Ok #331, what you stated is certainly true and you bring up some valid facts that lead me to also post some little know facts about the people we love to hate “ Sam and Shani”.

    To take it back….he are something to make you say mmmmmmhhhhhh…

    #1 As stated before, Sam and Shani are renting their “penthouse condo”. Even though they are on the verge of getting evicted. This info is not hard to find. It’s an apartment complex.

    #2 Sam and Shani also “rent” their furniture in their “leased” apartment….Aaron Furniture is currently after them to get their stuff back.

    #3 Sam is on the run or should I say his car is on the run….Running from the REPO MAN. Sam hasn’t paid a car note in quite awhile. And all the collateral he told them he had miraculously disappeared. You can only hide it for so long. (Proof that so much can be done on a name alone)

    #4 Sam and Shani are supposedly NOT married, well that is what Shani DuMaurier states on her Welfare and Medicaid records. She is staying in that Peachtree Street address with a “friend”. Yeah right, Shani. Shani has been receiving benefits since 2003. ( uhh dumb-dumb didn’t you know that you were being broadcast on national TV. You were going to get found out eventually). I think they even take a picture when you start receiving your entitlement. It’s not going to be hard to match up that face, Shani.! Even though she stopped receiving entitlements in Feb…. fraud and fraud. Feb was only 4 months ago.

    #5 Sam and Shani are still scamming people by gathering followers (victims) through World Leadership Group in Atlanta. Earning money helping new investors close loans to I’m still wondering why WLG is supporting him.

    #6 Sam and Shani are BROKE!!! They could actually received Welfare if the applied for it honestly. Why is his multi-million dollar 404-business line disconnected, His 1-888-line disconnected and his wife business cellphone disconnected? His is barely handing on, And it is not because they have new numbers. This office…Leccima Capital Partners and Hospitality Trust was only a virtual office so he had to do was pay the company to answer and forward your phones and he couldn’t even do that……. By the way why does he have a virtual office and work from home????

    #7 Samuel has over 16 liens on properties in Atlanta that he has taken out second mortgages on…. don’t believe me? Check for yourself. It’s public information. http://www.gsccca.org/search/lien/

    Yeah Sam tried to school me on how to be a businessman before he scammed me out of my money but look at who is getting schooled now!!! It’s amazing what you can find out via the internet when you defraud the government. You make it so easy for people to get you when you steal taxpayers’ dollars.

    I can go on and on but I think this is enough for right now. Just stay turned to Fox Five News on Tuesday 6 PM, Part Three of the Leccima Charade will air.

    To be continued…..

  335. The Facts says:

    Oh yeah… one more… I like to end on even numbers
    #8 Try to buy Sam’s book on his website and see what happens…….he will take your money and you will wait….and wait……and wait….for your book. Do you know why you are waiting???

    BECAUSE THERE IS NO BOOK!!!!!!

    Sam has NEVER published a book just like he NEVER had a deal with music producer Bryan-Michael Cox!

    It’s what he tells you to make you believe in HIM and unfortunately too many of us have We have because we wanted to believe in and support someone that look like us that was on the up and up doing well for himself and his family. But unfortunately that is not true and I will be the first to call him out because instead of doing what we hope he was doing for the Black race and he did was the exact opposite!!!

  336. Black says:

    I am in need of some help. Seeing as there are so many of you here that seem to know Mr. Leccima please advise him that BMW is looking for the 750 that has not been paid in months. I just need the car don’t care about any of these other things. I am soory that I am having to result to this but I have not been able to get a return phone call!! If anyone knows where the 750 BMW can be recovered please contact BMW at 1800-578-5000 9am-9pm monday-friday et

  337. Steve in Texas says:

    The Facts,

    WOW!

  338. Stancy says:

    People, People, People will never change. People are going to believe what they want, even if the truth was video-taped in front of them. That’s human nature. I recently saw a show where a guy maintained his innocense for raping and killing a woman, until the day he died. People rallied to his defense for many years after he was gone and it wasn’t until recently that a DNA test showed that he indeed was the perpetrator. He was simply a great con artist …… Face it ….. it doesn;t matter how much truth u put out there, people will still get conned by this man. Best thing to do is step down and give him enough room to self destruct.

  339. friend says:

    I think that the poster, “The Facts”, is Lamont Martin.

  340. Cynthia says:

    Hey “friend”, Lamont Martin did not post from the name “the facts.” He’s not that smart to gather all of that information. Lamont isn’t the only close friend that Sam and Shani have taken advantage of. There are many more, so that post could have come from anybody.

  341. Dallas Realtor says:

    I happened to catch FTH tonight on A&E. Angie Wilford & her crew are jokes! Those so-called investors are clueless also. It seems that the only flippers that have been featured on A&E that may be half-way legit is Trademark Properties.

  342. JL says:

    How interesting it would be to see the racial data on support vs. guilt. Guessing simialr to O.J.’s murder of Nicole.

  343. PJW says:

    Figured someone would toss the race card.
    That’s the problem with this country. People can’t stand to be wrong, and while grabbing at straws…..toss that race card out there.

    I’ll wait to see how this plays out before saying if he’s wrong or not.

  344. Nicole says:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18985912/from/ET/

    This an article that was on msn.com this morning. I hope this will shut up anyone who still thinks this clown is not a fraud.

  345. Tater says:

    I like Trademark Properties. Not only are they investors, they are also a licensed realty company. I don’t like all the negative talk on the Atlanta and the San Antonio teams. But I really don’t like the smugness of that one brother from San An. The other brother is really cool. But in this business, you need to have a good cop/bad cop. People are going to hate regardless. In my business, there are people hating on me. You have disgruntled clients who make it to the day of settlement, get buyers remorse, and then they want their money back, as if you haven’t done any work or as if you don’t have a right to fight for it as well. Comci Comca! Keep your head up, don’t feed into the hype, maintain your innocence, if you are innocent. Oh, about the sold sign… I see many realtors put sold signs on properties when it goes under contract. Because, technically, that is when the house was sold. There are other terms to describe the process… such as escrow and settlement.

  346. Saddened... says:

    I’m not sure what to say about all of this…I guess what I can say is that a lot of innocent and trusting people have been…

    “Bamboozled, hoodwinked, led astray, run amok, been took.”

    So, what now? Now that Sam’s hands are no longer in our pockets. What now?

    I say that the only option here for all of is to forgive and move forward in our own lives. And to use this debacle as a life lesson on “what goes around really does come around.” It’s the law of physics.

    I say let’s not spend too much time focusing on bringing Sam and his family down any further but instead focus on how we all can be better and do better in our own lives.

    How we can clean out our own closets. Otherwise, this lesson will have been in vain. For me personally, it will be about looking at the little while lies I tell from time to time. The little manipulations and the little hidden misrepresentations and deceptions I often think are innocent, yet are still wrong and a lie.

    What I mean to say that while it’s always easier to stand in judgement and point the finger it doesn’t ever really grow us. It doesn’t serve in our growing and most importantly, in our growing up and in taking responsibility.

    In conclusion, this is what I know for sure. The longer we stand in hate, in envy, in unforgiveness and in bringing the other man down, that too affects us and our own ability to move forward.

    Michael Beckwith of the “Secret” said it best, “Unforgiveness is like you drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.

    I believe him.

  347. Lissa says:

    I have flipped 7 homes. That was the hardest, most stressful, yet most rewarding thing I have ever done. I noticed that with the flip house programs there is alot of low paid wage earners,some are hard working low wage earning mexicans, hell Sam’s show had some college students working their tails off for free. They should come to Chicago and work with me. My small company only uses union workers and my last intern wasnt doing hard labor, he was making 15 an hour learning about real estate laws, business practices, etc and now he is a licensed RE broker who can help move my future properties.
    My worst deal was a preforeclosure purchased at 190k, we put in 73k in skilled and union labor and materials and marketing. It took several months for all of the permits, sorry I dont have “hookups” I have to deal with Chicago politicians like the average joe. We sold the home in 7 months for 300k. Thats not alot of profit. The best was a home I purchased, lived in for 4 years while slowly rehabbing. I purchased for 350k and sold for 590k – Nice profit especially since we we had low taxes and we had some where to live in that time. Unfortunately this is Chicago and a one bedroom condo is 500k in some areas. The best way to start investing in real estate is through a legitimate REIT and through buying homes you can live in, fix up and sell at your convenience. Our next project is a small cul de sac with 5 homes. We will fix them up over a year and hopefully sell at a nice profit. It is in an up and coming neighborhood ie formerly poor black becoming rich mixed so the people who have lived in the community can’t afford the new taxesand are selling and moving. Its unfortunate, and its not all about one race. My rich business investment associates have 3 homes for a 3-4 person family (condo in city, ski house that is used 4x a year, a summer home) and there are families 6-9 deep who cant afford to keep homes they have already paid for. I have a non real estate biz because I actually want the cost of RE to drop. You should not have to be a doctor to live in a nice home in a nice neighborhood.The American dream is out there, but it is hard won.

  348. Rick says:

    I am not here to defend Leccima but there are some things that need to be pointed out
    1. Departure had to know what was going on
    ….period
    2. There were clues throughout the limited Leccima run.
    a. Remember at the cigar bar a group bought that property to Sam. There was no real mention of him buying that home
    b. The last episode Shanni says “We can’t afford to not have that house sell”
    c. The “Music producer” episode was clearly staged. before that episode was
    even over I reported that it was owned by a small time label owner in Michigan.
    3. I dont have much feeling for those who lost money with this guy , while there is not a lot on him that is easily accessable ..a simple Google search 9 months ago would have revealed that he was a team leader for a dubious black run MLM scam. The group pictures were not even two years old at the time. How do you go from MLM scam to running a “Hospitality Trust” in less than two years.I contacted everyone with a a serious interest in this field (Blacks buying interests in Hotels and resorts)
    NONE had heard of his company of any of his deals. Keep in mind Bob Johnson and others are already deeply involved in projects and the industry is very willing to include high net worth minorities and this guy was NEVER in the pipeline.

    I will say in fairness to Sam anything is possible: I know from personal involvement that the deal was already done and what we now know as Magic Johnson Movie theaters was originally going to be called OJ Simpson Movie Theaters ..true
    Also with the exception of Than ( I have only seen one show ) ALL of these shows are staged Armondo’s group is far worse than Sam low budget scam…(In due time his fraud is going to come to light)
    The Real Deal/ Real Estate Pros is really shaky ..did anyone see that George episode?….and Property Ladder?
    remember the lady who worked at Direct TV and quit to get involved in in a “holistic” MLM scam. The feds need to take a peek at that situation

  349. Jai L says:

    Appears Sam isn’t the only “Flip This House” exaggerator. Mr. Davis’ Myrtle Beach house is still on the market; after at over a year and a half since I saw the episode. Did an outside look last Friday. Nice house and landscaping, but wayyyyyy too expensive!

  350. Jai L says:

    For those who wish to make a race (color) issue out of EVERTHING, remember this. The end result of substantially all frauds is “green”, regardless of the colore of the perputrators. Let’s hope the “green” isn’t yours simply because Uncle Sam is a “Brother”. I’m a “Brother” too that deals honestly with a high degree of ethics and concern for my clients.

  351. OBSERVER says:

    Hello to all and I am back again!!!!

    Yes, I am gloating and yes, I am going to say “I told you so!!!! Where are all of the supporters, the people carrying his water, where are all the people who was saying that I was hating – -HELLOOOOOOO, where are you!!!! LOL.

    For the race banters – please stop! he was scamming those who look like him anyway. Wouldn’t you want the person of your own race stopped from hurting people who are black also! What a lame argument.

    Margie,

    Margret and I never did hook up but I have to admit I was dam curious. Something about that woman got me going!! 🙂

    Julius,

    I miss our semantical arguments – but I am very curious to hear what you have to say!

    I do feel sorry for the kids though – they will always be hurt by their parents actions.

  352. Cynthia says:

    Dear “Saddened”,
    I’m glad that you’ve arrived at a point where you want to turn the other cheek. Good for you. However, as for me, I will not stop until Sam and Shani are behind bars. I am very capable of forgiving them while simultaneously making sure justice is served. Liers and cheaters get away with lying and cheating because of people who just want to move on with their lives without making them pay. If it had not been for my hard work in making sure his deceitfulness was brought to light, people around the country would still think that the Leccimas are hard-working, outstanding citizens.

  353. Don says:

    Jai L. What was the price for the Myrtle Beach house?

  354. Steve in Texas says:

    Don,

    They said on the show the ‘Myrtle Beach House’ was a ‘buy and hold’. And in my opinion ‘buy and hold’ (if you can afford it) is the way to go in most areas now, particularly in Charleston, and in most of the country.

  355. Saddened... says:

    Cynthia, I understand. I really do. Just as long as “revenge” and “hate” don’t consume you. But I get it. I’ve been where you are. It’s tough once you’ve been betrayed by people you once trusted.

    By the way,

    Hello, Observer!

    I would imagine “Saddened” and Julius feel the same.

  356. RE Investor says:

    I have been ‘flipping’ houses for several years, and have seen both legitimate and ‘shady’ operations.

    I was fortunate to grow up in a family that owned a successful contracting and construction company. This gave me an insight into what was needed when restoring a property that is run down. And to be perfectly honest, what i saw during these ‘flip’ shows was amazingly laughable.

    First, the obviously shoddy work that was being done. When purchasing a home that is going to need a lot of work, you simply cannot cut corners. When the Atlanta FTH people were sending ‘interns’ under a house to check if everything was as it should be, it made me sick. Did they have the knowledge as to what to look for? Were they licensed contractors, carpenters or home inspectors? The obvious answer is no. They were kide who had seemingly fallen into something that they were not prepared for. And it seemed that they were taken advantage of just a little.

    I can say that the costs that were being given for some of the work being done were laughable. To say that you can take a property that is basically a shell, and turn it into a great place for $12,000 is a joke. When you consider drywall removal and replacement (which should be done in any instance of flipping a house where water leaks inside or out are known), rewiring (which is necessary on most old houses with outdated electrical systems), kitchen updates with counters, cabinets flooring and appliances, refinishing floors, plumbing repairs, landscaping, painting and so much more, a total re-do on a 1500 – 1800 sq ft house would run you approximately $35000 – $45000.

    For all of you who have seen these shows, and think it will be easy, fast money – think again. While I admit, I have been fortunate to have deals that a property sold alsmot as soon as it was on the market, I have also had houses which I had to hold for months. During that time, I was making a mortgage payment AND the money I put into the rehab was not sitting in the back drawing interest. And the time frame is deceiving. Unless you have a crew that works for you and only you, 6-8 weeks is realistic. You have to wait for contractors to have open time, which does not always match up. It is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. You are ready to put a piece in, but can’t because another piece you need is not available at that time. And it will not work unless you do that part first.

    If you are truly interested in this business, go into it with eyes wide open. And if you are looking to work with someone who seem too good to be true – be careful. Perform your due diligence. If you do, you should find out all you will need to make an educated decision. And if you don’t, and get taken advantage of, it is your own fault.

    Remember, there is no such thing as a get rich quick certanty – just get rich quick schemes.

  357. Wango says:

    USA Today, June 4 2007
    http://www.usatoday.com/money/media/2007-06-03-house-flipper_N.htm?csp=34

    “ATLANTA (AP) — On an episode of A&E’s popular reality series Flip This House, Atlanta businessman Sam Leccima sits in front of a run-down house and calls buying and selling real estate his passion.

    Now authorities and legal filings claim that Leccima’s true passion was a series of scams that included faking the home renovations shown on the cable TV show and claiming to have sold houses he never owned.

    “This is, indeed, a con artist,” said Sonya McGee, an Atlanta pharmaceutical representative who says Leccima took $4,000 from her in an investment scheme.

    McGee and others say Leccima’s episodes of Flip This House, A&E’s most popular show, were elaborate hoaxes….”

  358. Corey says:

    People have thier right to agree or disagree, but when did disagreeing with something become hating? When did developing a negative opinion of something or someone cause a person to not have a life or being filled with “negativity”?

    Does everyone who defends this man wear Stop Snitching tee-shirts as well. Why do we hold ourselves, black people, to so low regards when it comes to legal matters?

    One person wrote, he didn’t hurt anyone….another person said…stop wasting your time and make your ouw money…

    So I am free to do whatever I want to do in making that money…so how many people am I allowed to take advantage of to make that money

  359. Dallas Realtor says:

    Where is Lamont? I would love to hear what Lamont has to say about the situation. Is Sam paying him “hush money”? If you’re out there Lamont, let’s hear from you. You too Angie Wilford!

  360. Innocent Bystander says:

    To the Observer and Julius,

    Prolific contributions to this blog. I would have stopped reading this banter if not for the two of you. I saw the headline in my local paper yesterday and found this site after doing an internet search on Mr. Leccima. This should be a lesson for all of those fool enough to believe in or trust representatives of ‘get rich quick’ schemes.

  361. Julius G. says:

    Thanks Innocent Bystander.

    Well Observer,

    I too am “Saddened.”

    I miss our dialogue. I have and will learn many many lessons from all of this. Many…

    Keep standing for what is right. I have always respected your candor and ability to “tell it like it is.” Indeed, you are very insightful, bright and wise.

    Catch you later alligator.

  362. jojo says:

    Fox is running another part hte this saga slated for tonight.

  363. chicken says:

    Like I said, if it smells like chicken, looks like chicken, feels like chicken, and tastes like chicken, what on earth could it possibly be?

  364. OBSERVER says:

    Thanks Innocent Bystander!

    The only get rich schemes that are legal is the lottery! But people do get caught up because its human nature to want it the easy way. Thanks again for the words – I have read over the posts and its pretty entertaining and insightful regarding the human mind.

    Hey Julius,

    Nice to hear from you again. We all have something to learn from this and I think we can all walk away as better people. Again, I feel sorry for the kids and the people who got hurt – but it needed to happen. Seems as though this will get worse for Sam before it gets better! The biggest lesson learned is how people can see the same thing and have different opinions that are so drastic it defies logic. Our dreams and aspirations have to be our own and not lived through others – we only set ourselves up for failure!

    Have a good one all!

    Observer

  365. Steve in Texas says:

    jojo,

    Dale said on his blog he’s working on ‘several stories’ related to this. Once you open up a can of worms like this (and it goes national) people come out of the woodwork with new information. One thing leads to another, and another, and another…

  366. jojo says:

    did anyone see the story tonight?

  367. Dabatz says:

    I cannot see how anyone can draw inspiration from anyone who does not perpetrates themselves correctly. Whether he is an investor or not the house was never completed and the show gave false information. If you call that an inspiration I think you need to a gut check on reality.

  368. Dallas Realtor says:

    Hey JoJo!
    I just watched it via the internet. It was quite interesting. From what the stager is stating, A&E was very aware of what was going on. It seems that everyone involved was fully aware of the lies & fraud. I also found it interesting that Angie Wilford declined to talk to the news reporter on camera. She claims that she cut her ties with Leccima as soon as she found out about the allegations. Yea right! If she was not involved, she should have cut her ties as soon as she found out that everything for the show was being fabricated.

  369. Steve in Texas says:

    Dallas Realtor,

    “The Leccimas became involved in the show ***AFTER*** Angela Wilford, Realtor at Keller Williams Realty, presented them with the idea. Ms. Wilford, who watched and was inspired by the series last year, and who will be a familiar face on this season’s show, felt confident that she “could do the same thing” for Atlanta property.”

    http://www.houstonrealnews.com/news/contentview.asp?c=180867

  370. jojo says:

    Hey Dallas Realtor,
    I think that the juicy part is yet to come out. The real story is not about the “show” but about how this man used the shows popularity to get investors to pay his bills. Someone should investigate and show that he has NOTHING! And did BMW find the car!

  371. Rick says:

    Sam did not use the show to rip investors off….the alleged rip offs happened before the even aired.
    Questions:
    1. Why was Angie fired ?
    2. What happened to Lamont?
    3. Did Angie work with Sam at Keller Williams

  372. Cynthia says:

    Rick,
    You’re statement isn’t totally true. Some of the money Sam stole from others was as a direct result of him being on a nationally televised show. People couldn’t wait to give their money to him after seeing how “good” he was on tv.

  373. jojo says:

    Rick,
    You are correct. Sam took so much money from people before the show aired but he used the show to promote this investment scam even more. He would get the contact and his wife Shani would take up the rear. I must say she will go down with the ship. As a mother you would think she would think of her kids first but NOT! Its all about Sam. I do believe that WLG is a scam also.

  374. Dallas Realtor says:

    Steve in Texas,
    I did read that article from Houston Real News previously. What really trips me out is that since all of this information has been reported, Angie acts like she had no knowledge of what was going on & stopped working with the Leccimas once she found out that he was committing fraud. She knew when she lied on the show & said that the properties were sold exactly what was going on.

  375. Dallas Realtor says:

    Hey JoJo!
    It is going to be interesting to see who goes down with the Leccimas once the investigation is complete.

  376. Sam Leccima says:

    Just came back from a mini vacation… and , whew! DAMN it’s good to be free in America! I just stopped by to see the minioons still hard at work here. You’re all a BUNCH of wanna be investors who haven’t the GUTS to do what I do.

    What you NEED to do is learn how money is made in this country and then you need to go out and learn your craft. Learn it well… and if you do, you too can be a Cigar Smoking, BMW drivin’ machine like myself.

    Good night, and God Bless.

  377. Tiffany says:

    Dear webmaster,
    Please confirm if post #379 is from the real “Sam”.

  378. MJ says:

    Not to be mean, but unless someone went into your bank account and took money out, it’s not stealing. When you invest, there is a chance you will loose money, whether it be a bad product or bad management. That’s why it’s investing, not earning. I had this happen to me when dealing with people in my own family.

    I have no clue what’s really going on, but please do your due dilligence when investing. Ask around!

    As for the show, it was clear that things were staged. The most obvious (for me) was the bad acting of the music producer/singer who agreed to buy the house with the studio.

    I do watch the entire series. They all seem to have things that seem a little off to me. I was raised in a family of flippers, I just like to watch.

  379. Dallas Realtor says:

    Angie Wilford finally decides to speak:

    community.myfoxatlanta.com/blogs/DaleRussell

  380. Sam Leccima says:

    Dear webmaster,

    I ask that you confirm whether post #380 is really “Tiffany”. I am a real person, very much so. The name clearly says Sam Leccima, and no… nowhere in that did I once stutter.

    Now, the real question for you “Tiffany” is this… If I were the Sam Leccima that you want me to be then what’s the big deal? Do you want to flog me and crucify me as most everyone appears to want to do to Sam Leccima? Grow some balls “Tiffany”.

  381. chicken says:

    Does anybody know if WLG is a fraud?

  382. J.S.Rene says:

    Okay guys,if foul play was committed SAM is going down,but the majority of folks seem to forget one (1) thing, ITS CALLED REALITY TV. AINT SH&T REAL ABOUT IT. Allow me to give you some examples. Real World MTV, Big Brother CBS, the B&LLSH#T SHOWS GO ON & ON & ON……YOU WANT A REALITY SHOW, HOW ABOUT VIEWING YOUR OWN LIFE THROUGH A RETROSPECTIVE MIRROR, like I said if FRAUD IS INVOLVED, SAM IS GOING DOWN,IF NOT P.T.BARNUM SAID IT BEST, ‘A FOOL BORN EVERY MINUTE’ DO YR HOMEWORK BEFORE YOU INVEST THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS INTO ANYTHING…….TO SAM, SAKE PASSE NEG LAIDE!!! HOLLA.

  383. Sam Leccima says:

    J.S.Rene, I love it!!! You, my man, have captured the pure essence of what I’ve been trying to tell those who will listen. It’s REALITY TV folks… come on! Don’t be TOO DUMB to figure that part out. Now… for the “Monies taken” issue???.. No sucha thing… we’ll see soon enough.

  384. DISGUSTED says:

    I MUST SAY. I AM SHOCKED BY YOUR LEVEL ARROGANCE, IMMATURITY AND LACK OF HUMILITY IN ALL OF THIS SAM. THERE IS NO WAY THAT EVERYONE IS LYING EXCEPT YOU ABOUT MONIES BEING MISSAPROPRIATED AND STOLEN. FACE IT, YOU CONNED AND MANIPULATED PEOPLE OUT OF HARD EARNED MONEY.

    AND YOU HAVE THE NERVE AND ARROGANCE TO TELL US YOU WENT ON A MINI VACATION WITH OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY NO LESS. LET’S HOPE YOUR NEXT MINI VACATION INVOLVES A MINI CELL WITH A SEX HUNGRY ROOMMATE NAMED BUBBA.

    I’M DISGUSTED THAT YOU EVEN THINK FOR A SECOND THAT YOU CAN POP UP ON THIS SITE AND MAKE FUN OF THE SAME PEOPLE THAT YOU CONNED THAT WORK HARD EVERYDAY. AND WHILE IT’S A NICE TRY TO GO ON THE DEFENSIVE AND TRY TO “FLIP” THIS ON EVERYONE ELSE, WE THE BLOGGERS ARE NOT THAT NAIVE.

    WE KNOW WHO YOU ARE NOW. THE WORLD, YOUR EX-FRIENDS, YOUR FAMILY AND YES EVEN YOUR OWN WIFE KNOWS NOW. AND SHAME ON YOU FOR CONTINUING YOUR CHERADE.

    YOU ARE A COWARD AND WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS A FRAUD.

    IF YOU WERE A REAL MAN, YOU WOULD MAN UP, PAY PEOPLE BACK, GET A REAL JOB AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR ACTIONS.

  385. Jeff in Roswell says:

    Yeah! What he said!

  386. Rick says:

    IN DEFENSE OF SAM

    Is it me or is something fishy about this McGhee person who claims Sam “stole” $4000
    and now her pastor is paying back her money. She only “invested” 4k and she claims to have been close to Sam. What was involved in with such a relative small sum. If she knew Sam she knew his scams. I wonder if she was expecting to profit off a shady deal and she turned out to be the sucker. My instincts tell me her hands are not clean.

  387. DISGUSTED says:

    AGAIN,

    NOT EVERYONE IS OR WAS WAS LYING IS ALL I’M SAYING. MY RULE IS THAT WHEN THREE OR MORE SAY IT’S TRUE, THERE IS USUALLY A KERNAL OF TRUTH THERE.

    IN OTHER WORDS, USUALLY WHERE THERE IS SMOKE, THERE IS FIRE.

    AND I SEE AND SMELL THE TOWERING INFERNO WITH THIS GUY SAM!

    EVEN ANGIE WILFORD IN HER OWN WORDS HAS SEVERED ALL TIES.

    SAM WANTS US TO THINK HE IS THE VICTIM BY “FLIPPING” ALL OF THIS.

    SORRY, IT’S A NO GO SAMMY BOY.

    BY THE WAY, BUBBA SAYS HELLO. HE’S WAITING FOR THAT NEXT MINI VACATION.

  388. Sam Leccima says:

    Dear DISGUSTED…

    I’m appalled by your lack of brains here. Come on man… use your noggin’ for a moment (if that’s possible)!!! If I pay you, say, X dollars to do a show and “something” doesn’t go right (stay with me now). And those responsible want to “keep their hands clean” of the the possible “situation” that is on the horizon (still there DISGUSTED?). Is it NOT possible??? that you could wind up on the short end of the stick??? (i.e. taking the fall???).

    Enough of this, as I think you’re too in love with romanticizing your own story I’m sure. I hope you never catch yourself in such as spin. Oh, and by the way… care to join me in the Grand Cayman this summer???

    Listen people… you need to think BEYOND the box and GET REAL here. Mob mentality will always control your thinking if you can’t think for yourself.

  389. DISGUSTED says:

    hell yes i’m still here conman.

    nice try on deverting flip this house from what i’m speaking of. which is you intentionally stole and conned people out of hard earned money. period.

    here’s the deal, i graduated from college, you didn’t. an ivy league school with an mba i might add. so, try again on thinking outside of the box. instead of perpetrating the morehouse man t-shirt let’s just stick with trying to be a man first. otherwise you continue to shame the school.

    are you still with me? now, let’s move from flip this house and talk about how you flipped people’s bank accounts. into your bank account.

    still not humble i see. grand cayman, yeah right.

    negro please.

    i think for myslef and say what others may be to afraid. to say to you. you are a two bit conman.

  390. Steve in Texas says:

    Ah, ‘Sam’. Quit talking in hypothetical riddles. Quit trying to baffle us with your bullshit, and instead, dazzle us with your brilliance. Presupposing of course, you have any ; )

  391. Cynthia says:

    Rick,
    So you think that was something “fishy” about McGee (by the way, your dumb ass spelled her name wrong)? You think there’s something strang about a girl who befriended a man who putting on a front for years? Screw you and anybody else who continues to take up for this sleaze. You must be one of the few friends Sam has left. You know what, since you believe so much in him, why don’t YOU invest money with him and see if you get it back. Stay off this message board until you do loser.

  392. Rick says:

    Cynthia

    Please allow me to offer a apology for misspelling McGee’s name. But I also need to mention that I am not a friend of Sam’s . I had never heard of this guy before the show.I am a former investigative reporter. I currently handle insurance fraud cases.
    I agree Sam should not take advantage of anyone BUT McGee’s story does not make sense. She invested 4k in Sam ..I have a 3 inch thick file on Sam ( Including his work for a Credit Bureau and a Black MLM scam) He may have been a fraud but he was in real estate investing ( There appears to be some mortgage fraud and some kickbacks among other things) so what was she investing with a 4k kick in
    I am not taking up for Sam but you have to admit she was a friend of his ….what did she know and when did she know it. And if it was a legit investment. Where was the security offering or an outline of expected returns …Did she file a police report with the State ? Also I checked her background and it is checkered to say the least. Look she just might have been a legit victim but the story has holes and I would need to hear more

  393. Sam Leccima says:

    Ah, I see I have your attention now DISGUSTED… you little piss ant (a piss ant with an ivy league degree I might add) 🙂

    I’ll tell you what… here’s a wager that I’m sure you’ll have to think long and hard before you accept:

    If the day comes that you EVER see SAM LECCIMA convicted… CONVICTED of any crimes in a court of law. I’ll kiss your ass publicly. IF YOU DON’T see your “sorry ass” prediction come to fruition… I’ll gladly take your donation of $100 to a charity of my choosing.

    Yeah, I thought so… you choked on that one didn’t you? And from my vantage point… you sir (and I do use the term loosely) are most likely would be reaching into your wallet.

    I’m about as humble as you’ll ever see me right now. And DAMN, it sure feels good to be… you little piss ant. Oops, my mistake… you little piss ant with the Ivy League Degree.

  394. DISGUSTED says:

    SAM,

    YOU HAD MY ATTENTION BETWEEN WATCHING YOU ON FOX ATLANTA LIVE AND READING ABOUT YOUR INVESTIGATION ON YAHOO. IN FACT, YOU HAD EVERYONE’S ATTENTION.

    WHAT AMAZES ME IS THAT YOU’VE BEEN THIS WAY PROBABLY MOST OF YOUR LIFE BASED ON WHAT CLASSMATES EVEN IN HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE HAVE NOTED ABOUT YOU. DON’T YOU THINK IT’S TIME TO GROW UP AND GET A REAL JOB? ONE THAT DOESN’T INVOLVE TERMS LIKE FRAUD, EMBEZZELMENT, AND CONNING.

    SO YOU SEE SAM, YOUR REPUTATION PRECEDES YOU. AND GUESS WHAT, EVEN IF YOU ARE NEVER CONVICTED IN A COURT OF LAW YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT YOU WILL ALWAYS BE CONVICTED IN YOUR OWN SPIRIT AND IN THE EYES OF THOSE YOU’VE STOLEN FROM, LIED TO, AND MANIPULATED.

    PISS ANT OR NOT, NOT EVERYONE IS LYING AND YOU KNOW IT. I WOULD IMAGINE EVEN AS I’M TYPING THIS THAT YOUR WIFE IS PROBABLY THINKING TO HERSELF, “HOW CAN I ESCAPE THIS. SAM IS NOT THE MAN HE PRETENDED TO BE AND I’VE LOST ALL RESPECT FOR HIM AND NOW I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. WILL SOMEONE PLEASE SAVE ME? PLEASE SAVE ME SOMEONE?”

    SINCERELY,

    A PISS ANT THAT IS RESPECTED BY HIS FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES, FAMILY, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY,

    HIS WIFE.

  395. Jeff in Roswell says:

    Sam, Sam, Sam… I’m guessing that you don’t see anything wrong with taking investors money and “losing” it into your own bank account? Don’t you think that the “Mastermind” of the operation(you Sam) should take as much of a hit as your investors on your poor business dealings? I mean your investors have no return on their money… in fact they lost their money and yet you still go on vacations, drive high dollar BMW’s and live in expensive digs. I don’t care about the tv show, that’s not the point here. The point is you have no INTEGRITY. You are a con man. I think you may have had good intentions but like so many others you wanted to live the good life immediately. Then, when your deals didn’t come to fruition you had too many payments you couldn’t make. Dude, you should take responsibility. You should take the “hit” as well as your investors. You lack any credibility. Your life is a SHAM.

  396. chicken says:

    that’s not the real sam leccima

  397. Truth says:

    Ditto that. That is not Sam Leccima. He is too much of a coward to post on this website as himself. But I am sure he is enjoying whomever it is posting on his behalf and fighting his battles. That is what he is use to.

    I know Sam and that is not him posting but I am still wondering who is stupid enough to do it for him.

    By the way, I’m sorry to break the news to some of you especially DISGUSTED…you are dealing with Bonnie and Clyde. His wife is right by his side leading the crusade just like she is going to be right by his side in jail!!

  398. Sam Leccima says:

    Cuban cigars taste sooo good after a delicious meal. DISGUSTED, you should try one. *wink* Thanks TRUTH for that enlightening tidbit of information.

  399. chicken says:

    those are not cuban cigars. those are philly blunts. you can buy them at your local marathon for a buck a pack. heck, and if you’re 21, they might just sell you a bottle of Colt 45 as well.

  400. MELLO says:

    Tobias,

    Richard Davis was not replaced with a Hispanic and African American investment group. He was replaced with a group of young white real estate investors in New Haven. WATCH THE SHOW BEFORE YOU MAKE BROAD FALSE STATEMENTS!!!

  401. DISGUSTED says:

    SAMMY, MY BOY.

    THIS IS A NICE COVERUP ON YOUR PART. CUBAN CIGARS, BMW’S AND MINI VACATIONS. ISN’T THIS HOW YOU GOT STARTED IN YOUR LIFE OF CRIME AND FRAUD? ALL THE WHILE TRYING TO LIVE SOMEONE ELSES LIFESTYLE WHILE USING AND STEALING OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY.

    WHEN WILL THE POSING END?

    OH, I KNOW.

    AND SO DO YOU DEEP DOWN. GOOD LUCK ON GETTING FUTURE BUSINESS, MY BOY.

    *WINK* *WINK*

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  403. Cynthia says:

    JUST WANTED TO LET YOU ALL KNOW THAT THIS MORNING, SAM AND SHANI GOT EVICTED FROM THEIR APARTMENT. NOW, FOR YOU FEW IDIOTS THAT STILL BELIEVE SAM IS A GOOD MAN, DRIVE BY 710 PEACHTREE TO TAKE A LOOK AT ALL OF THEIR SH*& ON THE STREET BY THE TRASH COMPACTOR!

  404. DISGUSTED... says:

    CYNTHIA,

    HOW DO YOU KNOW THIS FOR SURE???

    ARE YOU SURE IT WAS SAM AND HIS WIFE’S STUFF?

  405. The Facts says:

    Yes it is true they got evicted from their “apartment”. This issue has been on going for a while. Look at #1 of my post 336. To evict someone in Atlanta is a lengthy process but it finally came into fruition for the Leccima’s. Just when you think things were dying down it gets started back up again. There is never a dull moment with the Leccima’s. Hopefully Aaron’s furniture was standing by to collect their rented property!!

    That’s what happens when you try to live like the Jones’ off of others people’s money.

    Some of their potential victims got wind of their shady dealings and drop them like a hot potato. You would think that everyone knows about his fraudulent activities but there are still people out there oblivious to his and his wife dealings.

  406. DISGUSTED... says:

    IS THIS SPECULATION, RUMOR OR FACT?

    DID ANYONE LITERALLY SEE OR WITNESS THIS HAPPEN?

  407. Cynthia says:

    Hey Disgusted,
    If you live in Atlanta, go by their ‘penthouse’, and you will see that it’s absolutely the truth! The Leccimas are truly pathetic. I just wonder how close they are to jail.

  408. Jamal says:

    The Facts & Cynthia,
    This is not new territory for Sam. He’s been evicted many times before. As a Morehouse student, his wild parties and skiddish rent payments led to many evictions.

    It’s unfortunate that he had to put his three children through this. He and his wife can fend for themselves – but think of the kids.

    A real shame.

  409. Cynthia says:

    Jamal,
    I think about their kids often. And because I know what kind of people Sam and Shani are, their kids will be better off with Shani or Sam’s parents. Hell, even foster care is better than what they’re putting those kids through. Nonetheless, time is running out for them, so they had better make amends with their folks before the Sheriff comes….

  410. DISGUSTED... says:

    ALL,

    THIS IS VERY SAD NEWS.

    MAINLY FOR THE CHILDREN.

    I STILL DON’T KNOW HOW ANYONE WOULD KNOW THIS TO BE A “FACT” UNLESS THEY WERE PERSONALLY THERE.

    DOES ANY ONE HAVE CONCRETE PROOF OTHER THAN TO SEE GARBAGE FROM THEIR APARTMENT OUTSIDE?

  411. Rick says:

    No offense but didn’t Sam get paid for “Flip This House”? Seems like he would have been paid plenty to pay for the car and the penthouse. Not that I doubt Cynthia ( My friend in Atlanta is saying the same thing) but how does everyone know about his eviction? I evicted a tenet and other than a small claims mention on the municipal website I can’t imagine how anyone else would have known

  412. Steve in Texas says:

    The going rate seems to be a one time payment of $5,000 as “talent”, per
    episode filmed (nothing for reruns etc.)

    Who it was paid to or how it was divided up (if at all) is unknown

  413. Cynthia says:

    Dear Rick and Disgusted,
    Remember, I was one of the Leccima’s close ‘friends.’ I know people. Let’s just leave it at that. I know in this day and time, you really can’t go off of people’s word(especially people you don’t know), but it’s true. Yesterday, Shani was calling around asking people if they had a credit card so that she could rent a UHAUL to get their crap (stolen crap) into storage. One of the people they asked is a very close contact of mine.
    Oh, and Rick, nobody knows about the tenant you evicted because nobody knows your tenant. Sam has people who are watching his every move. And I am one of those people.

  414. Sam Leccima says:

    Man, the posts on this board are truely hilarious. It’s a “Monkey see, monkey do” scenario here! One person speaks of eviction, then says “see for yourself… drive by blah blah blah…” and it has now evolved into the truth? Check the FACTS you foolish readers.

    Alive and well, in the ATL.

    Yours truely,
    Sam

  415. Cynthia says:

    Go by Sam and Shani’s ‘penthouse’ and see for yourself. They’re not there anymore b/c their asses were put out. So, don’t even entertain this fool posing as Sam. The Leccimas just got evicted,so they don’t even have internet access! So, ‘Sam’, go play on another blog.

  416. The Facts says:

    That the best thing this Fake A$$ Sam has said…..Yes please check the FACTS!!!
    Post 408 and 366!! Ha Ha

    Who said that Sam wasn’t alive and well in Atlanta. His broke a$$ is just not alive and well at 710 Peachtree Street PH1801.

    “SAM LECCIMA” go an crusade for someone else. You just don’t know enough to help this dude out.

  417. DISGUSTED says:

    HAVE TO ASK YET AGAIN,

    IS THERE CONCRETE PROOF OF THIS? RUMORS AND WISHFUL THINKING ARE ONE THING, FACTS ARE ANOTHER.

    WHERE ARE THEY LIVING NOW IF TRUE?

    BY THE WAY, I’M ON YOUR TEAM GUYS I JUST DON’T WANT TO GET THE PARTY STARTED TOO PREMATURELY. COULD BE JUST A TRAVELING RUMOR THAT’S TAKEN ON A LIFE OF ITS OWN.

  418. Truth says:

    Do like I did. Call them for yourself. It’s true!!! The apartment is available.

    Worthing at 710 Peachtree
    710 Peachtree
    Atlanta, GA 30308
    404-881-8005 phone

    Leasing Center is open: Monday – Friday 9:00 am-6:00 pm, Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm – 5:00pm.

  419. Sam Leccima says:

    Now THIS is about as close as I’m going to come to DISGUSTED in the arena of opinion. True, DON’T GET THE PARTY STARTED PREMATURELY… you know why??? Because there’s such a thing as a person actually DECIDING to leave said dwelling and DECIDING to inhabit other locals that are more conducive to leading a normal, if you will, life.

    Evicted… humm, My A$$. Cynthia, you are a joke for even taking part in this conversation… YOU know the truth as I speak it. But you don’t want that to get out now do you???

  420. chicken says:

    that’s not the real sam leccima talking. call me a chicken if you will. sam leccima is not the type of person to retaliate on a blog. that’s a person posing as sam leccima. If you believe that is Sam leccima, then you believe that chickens can type and have functional email addresses. for those of you who don’t believe, I’m not a chicken. But I taste like chicken, look like a chicken, and speak like a chicken.

  421. Sam Leccima says:

    Let me break it down to you this way… Cynthia, in essence, convinced a religious institution to front/cover her over 4 thousand dollars. She could be considered a person who took advantage of someone for her personal gain. She most definitely received money AND she’s been a part of the Leccima organization. So, let’s see how long before she gets snared in this game of political hype.

  422. Rick says:

    Are you alleging that Cynthia and McGee are the same person? I don’t know if that is true but McGee’s story is shaky at best

  423. WhatsReallyGoingOn? says:

    Ok I’ve been reading this blog and I am just overwhelmed on what has transpired. Sam Leccima are you serious? I really hope that you are not truly posting on this blog. If so, you must not be legally represented because if you are, you should fire them for not telling you to shut your mouth and be quiet, especially on a blog. Even if it is not you, the real Sam Leccima should find out who is posing for him and tell them to get a life. It also seems from post #424 that is the real Sam Leccima by the way the post reads ” she’s been a part of the Leccima organization. ”

    From the reading the posts I wouldn’t McGee and Cynthia are the same person. Why would you say that? Looks like Cynthia is voicing the same opinion everyone else is that seems to know or heard about Sam. The McGee story is a happy ending to someone who decided to finally speak out. Saying that she “convinced a religious institution to front/cover her over 4 thousand dollars” is pushing it. You make it seems like she went to them and asked them to recoup her for her losses. You must know more than what is just on this blog.

  424. WhatsReallyGoingOn? says:

    CORRECTION TO FIRST PARAGRAPH LAST SENTENCE: It also seems from post #424 THAT IT IS NOT THE real Sam Leccima by the way the post reads ” she’s been a part of the Leccima organization. “

  425. DISGUSTED says:

    IT ALSO APPEARS IF THIS IS THE REAL SAM THAT YOU HAVE A LOT OF TIME ON YOUR HANDS TO POST THESE DAYS.

    BUSINESS GOING WELL SAM?

    LET ME ANSWER. I DIDN’T THINK SO. CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT, WE ALL KNOW YOU DOWNGRADED FROM THE PENTHOUSE. BY CHOICE OR NOT YOU ARE CERTAINLY NOT THE JEFFERSONS — “MOVIN’ ON UP.”
    BACK DOWN TO AN APARTMENT COMPLEX OR MAYBE STAYING WITH FRIENDS OR FAMILY?

    AT ANY RATE, YOU’VE FALLEN AND WE ALL SERIOUSLY DOUBT IF YOU’LL BE GETTING BACK UP BRO!

    IF YOU WERE TO EVER LEARN AND TAKE THE HIGH ROAD ON THIS YOU WOULD HUMBLE YOURSELF AND SIMPLY TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR ACTIONS.

    CAUSE’ SAM, WE ALREADY KNOW THE TRUTH. IT ONLY REMAINS YOU AND YOUR WIFE WHO HAVE BLINDERS ON.

    WAKE UP SAM. THE CLOCK IS TICKING. AND IT’S NOT A ROLEX EITHER.

  426. Jamal says:

    Rick,
    I assure you that Cynthia and McGee are not the same person.

    I also know that the real Sam hasn’t stood up and spoken on this board. I lived in Atlanta and I know Sam. We went to school together. The ‘Sam’ that has posted on this board is not Sam. He’s too arrogant, too brazen about the scams he’s operated (past, present and definitely future) to have to answer to anyone here – because it’s never his fault. He’s definitely reading the posts. He’s very well read and has an extensive vocabulary. This joker that’s posting doesn’t know english grammar and can’t write well.

    For example, post #417, ‘Sam’ misspelled truly, not once, but twice. The real Sam wouldn’t make this elementary mistake.

    McGee, Cynthia and I know what’s going on in ATL. There are a lot of tongues wagging so word spreads very fast.

  427. Sam Leccima says:

    Oh come on Jamal! Man, it’s been a long time but damn. You try to bust me out on a national board like that? I know how to spell my brotha… I just choose to use it to my advantage.

    Yours truely
    Alive and well in the ATL

  428. DISGUSTED... says:

    SAM…

    I DON’T THINK YOU ARE WELL IN ATLANTA AT ALL.

    STOP LYING.

    “WE KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER…”

  429. DISGUSTED says:

    IS IT ME OR DOES ANYONE ELSE THINK THERE IS MORE TO THE SAM AND CYNTHIA STORY?

    MEANING, WHAT IS IT THAT SHE IS NOT TELLING US. FOR SOME REASON I BELIEVE HER HANDS ARE NOT TOTALLY CLEAN EITHER.

    BECAUSE IF SHE WERE SUCH CLOSE FRIENDS WITH THE LECCIMAS SHE WOULD HAVE SEEN ALL THIS STUFF ALL ALONG. IT LOOKS AS IF A DEAL WENT BAD AND SHE GOT BURNED OR GOT THE SHORT END OF THE DEAL.

    YET, THAT IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU PLAY WITH FIRE.

    WHAT IS IT THAT YOU ARE NOT TELLING ALL OF US CYNTHIA?

  430. DISGUSTED,

    Give it up already. Con artists con their ‘friends’, that’s how it works

  431. DISGUSTED says:

    STEVE

    HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF “BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER.”

    THINK ABOUT IT STEVE.

  432. Cynthia says:

    Thanks Steve for shedding light. First, ‘Sam,’ I’m not Ms. McGee, although I wish I were (I’d like to have my money recouped like she did). I think it’s interesting anyway, that someone posing as Sam would accuse someone else of not being who they say they are. So, I’m not EVEN going to waste my time on that one.
    Disgusted, if you have any questions you want to ask me, go ahead. I don’t know what seems so suspicious about having my money stolen from someone I trusted.
    You have to know Sam and his wife to know that they work as a team (with NO one else). They don’t involve people in on their schemes- it’s much too risky! At any rate, why would I try so hard to get them busted if I knew I somehow had acted dishonorably?
    Disgusted, I’m trying to get you to realize how sly Sam and Shani are. Sam is extremely cunning. I got had- point blank. I don’t know what’s so surprising about that.

  433. Cynthia says:

    Disgusted,
    Birds of a feather do flock together. But have you ever heard of “a wolf in sheep’s clothing????”
    Think about it.

  434. DISGUSTED says:

    MY ISSUE CYNTHIA IS THAT YOU HAD TO SEE ALL OR AT LEAST SOME OF THIS BEFORE “BEING HAD.”

    YOU CAN’T CONVICE ME THAT YOU COULDN’T SEE THE CON AT ALL PRIOR TO ALL OF THIS.

    AT THE VERY LEAST YOU KNEW THE HOUSES WEREN’T BEING SOLD. YOU EVEN SAID IT ON AIR. AND YOU KNEW LONG BEFORE YOU “EXPOSED” THE TRUTH.

    MY QUESTION IS WHY WAIT UNTIL EVERYTHING IS EXPOSED BEFORE BRINGING ALL OF THEIR DIRTY LAUNDRY TO LIGHT.

    IT’S WHY I SAY YOU HAD YOUR HAND IN THE COOKIE JAR ALSO BUT CAME UP WITHOUT ANY COOKIES. SAM HAD TAKEN AND EATEN THEM ALL. AND LEFT NONE FOR YOU OR ANYONE ELSE.

    AND USUALLY WHEN I FIND SOMEONE THAT IS TRYING TO ALSO TURN PROFIT FROM A QUICK SCHEME, THEY TOO ARE LOOKING FOR THE HUSTLE. EVEN YOU HAD TOO KNOW YOUR “INVESTMENTS” HAD A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF RISK. BUT EVEN YOU WANTED LIKE I SAID, A QUICK HUSTLE/BUCK YOURSELF.

    I DON’T AT ALL CONDONE WHAT SAM AND HIS WIFE HAVE DONE. BUT AT THE SAME TIME I DON’T BELIEVE ALL OF HIS SO CALLED “INNOCENT INVESTORS” ARE SO INNOCENT. ESPECIALLY THE WANNA’ BE PREACHER WHO “LET” HIS CHURCH RECOUP HIS SHADY BUSINESS DEALINGS. HE TOO HAD TO KNOW THE TRUTH. HE TOO WAS LLOKING FOR A QUICK BUCK/SCAM.

    CYNTHIA, YOU APPEAR TO ME A FAIRWEATHER FRIEND WHO GOT “HAD” WHILE TRYING TO PLAY WITH FIRE. ALL ALONG KNOWING IT WAS A COIN TOSS. AND THAT INDEED YOU KNEW THEIR CHARACTER BUT CHOSE TO PLAY THE ODDS JUST IN CASE THERE WAS MONEY TO BE “HAD” BY YOU ALSO.

    AND NOW YOU SEEK REVENGE. REVENGE BECAUSE YOUR EGO AND FALSE PRIDE WOULD NEVER WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT YOUR CHARACTER IS NOT FAR FROM WHAT THE LECCIMAS IS.

    AS I’VE SAID, BIRDS OF A FEATHER, FLOCK TOGETHER.

  435. Cynthia says:

    My dear disgusted,
    You seemed to be confused, you said that I said ‘on air’ that ‘I’ knew the houses weren’t being sold. I WAS NEVER on tv, idiot. And by the way, even reality shows film WAY after the actual events happended. People who lost money to Sam and Shani invested before they knew he was falsly claiming the houses to be sold. It’s so obvious that your brain can’t comprehend the fact that Sam lied even to those close to him. So, I’m done trying to convince your silly azz otherwise. Sam would’ve really loved your gullable azz.

  436. Cynthia says:

    ATTENTION EVERYONE ON THIS POST WHO’SE LOST MONEY TO THE LECCIMAS!!!!

    According to ‘Disgusted’ we all must be shady since we dealt with a shady man(who we apparently knew was a con-artist before we gave him money to invest). After all, birds of a feather flock together!! So, we’re all busted. Sherlock ‘Disgusted’ Holmes has figured it out! We can all go home now.

  437. Cynthia says:

    One more thing, ‘Disguste,’ then I’m so done with you. The youth minister who lost $100k did NOT ever get his money back. It was posted on Dale’s blog that Ms. McGee’s pastor gave her money (from his own pocket) to make up for what Sam stole. Get your facts, hook up with the ‘Sam Leccima’ who’se posting on this website, and go find another blog to vent your stupid, far-off views on.

  438. DISGUSTED says:

    AT LEAST I SEE NOW HOW YOU GOT SCAMMED.

    AS YOU’VE DONE IN THE PAST THREE POSTS YOU LET YOUR EMOTIONS GET THE BEST OF YOU.

    INSTEAD OF USING LOGIC, YOU THINK FROM EMOTION. EASY PREY CYNTHIA. IN FACT, YOU PROBABLY ARE YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY. NOT THE LECCIMAS. I THOUGHT YOU WERE EDUCATED UNTIL I READ YOUR POSTS.

    SAM LECCIMA COULD HAVE NEVER CONNED ME.

    WHY, BECAUSE UNLIKE YOU I’M LOGICAL AND DON’T ACT FROM EMOTION. AND, THE LIKES OF SAM WOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN ALLOWED IN MY CIRCLE OF FRIENDHIP. I WOULD HAVE SPOTTED HIM A MILE AWAY. THE TWO OF YOU AND HIS WIFE MET BECAUSE YOU REALLY ARE JUST LIKE HIM IN SPITE OF YOUR DISGRUNTLED RANTS. SAM WITH THE WANNA’ BE PREACHER. ALL THE SAME.

    AS PREVIOUSY STATED, BIRDS (BUZZARDS IN YOUR CASE) OF A FEATHER, FLOCK TOGETHER.

  439. DISGUSTED says:

    AND FOR THE RECORD. UNLESS SAM WENT INTO YOUR BANK ACCOUNT OR WALLET WITHOUT PERMISSION HE DID NOT STEAL YOUR MONEY.

    IN YOUR ATTEMPT TO GET RICH QUICK, YOU GAVE HIM THE MONEY TO INVEST. DID YOU NOT? AND AS IN ANY INVESTMENT THERE ARE RISKS.

    I SEE RIGHT THROUGH YOU CYNTHIA. YOU ARE LIKE GLASS. AS I SEE THROUGH THE WANNA’ BE PREACHER MAN. AND AGAIN, SAM AND HIS WIFE WERE WRONG TO PREY ON FOLKS OF YOUR CONDITION AND SELF ESTEEM.

    BUT IN THE END, YOU DIDN’T GET PLAYED, YOU JUST GOT PLAYED OUT.

    MOST IMPORTANTLY – DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING ABOUT YOURSELF?

  440. jojo says:

    DISGUSTED,

    WOW! YOU REALLY DONT KNOW WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT. CYNTHIA DID NOT SEE ANYTHING COMING. THESE PEOPLE(THE LECCIMA) ARE VERY CONNING. I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT IF YOU EVERY MET SAM BEFORE ALL OF THIS CAME OUT, YOU WOULD HAVE NEVER KNOW THAT HE WOULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING LIKE THIS. IS SCARRY TO THINK THAT SO MANY PEOPLE STILL SUPPORT THEM AND THINK THAT “I WOULD’NT FALL FOR THAT” BUT YOU ARE VERY WRONG. IF SAHNI CAN CON HER FAMILY AND SAM CAN CON HIS LONG TIME FRIENDS THEN HE COULD DO IT TO YOU!

  441. RUSERIOUS says:

    Disgusted,
    OK I had to come back on this one. I would say that you have let your emotions get the best of you and you didn’t even loose money to the Leccimas. As Steve in Texas said, “Con artists con their ‘friends’, that’s how it works”. Not only did they con their friends, they have also conned their family members. Sam and Shani was in business way before Flip This House started. Do a little research and then start fighting battles on this blog. They marketed themselves as a legitimate company, Leccima Capital Partners as well as an Hospitality Trust Company. So nothing about it was a “Get Rich Quick” scheme as you put it. It was an investment company. And yes with investments you understand that there is a lost but when someone states that they are going to invest your money and you sign a contract and go through all the formalities that you “think” cover you. Then they all of a sudden stop returning your call. They never send you the paperwork that they said they were going to fax you two week ago. Then you notice it always the same person answering the phone when you call, telling you the same story. You realized that the STOLE your money!!!! Yes I say stole because you paid them to invest it. Not put a down payment on a 750 BMW or fly of to Brazil with their children in tow.

    It’s so surprising to see that you turned on the victims of the Leccimas . Seems as Sam has conned you already. Despite your comments that he would never be able to. Not even 15 messages back you were on him like white on rice now all of a sudden you have jump on his band wagon. I’m sure he is sitting back say…” gotcha b*tch” to you. He doesn’t have to fight his battles because you are fighting them for him. The victims of the Leccimas have a reason to be emotional on this board. What’s your reason? I don’t need an ALL CAPS EMOTIONAL responds back from you I just want you to realize you got..got with all the other victims. So now you can officially vent!

  442. DISGUSTED... says:

    TRUTH IS,

    SAM DOES WHAT HE DOES. HE’S A CON MAN. AS IS HIS WIFE.

    BUT YOU CAN’T TELL ME NO ONE SAW WHO HE WAS ALL ALONG. I DON’T BELIEVE IT.

    PROBLEM I HAVE IS NO ONE IS TAKING ANY RESPONSIBILITY BUT JUST BLAMING SAM AND HIS WIFE FOR EVERYTHING.

    SOUNDS LIKE ANOTHER CON WAITING TO HAPPEN TO THEM TO ME.

    THE “VICTIMS” NEED TO LOOK DEEPER AS TO WHY THIS HAPPENED TO THEM. SAM AND HIS WIFE ARE ONLY PART OF A MUCH BIGGER PROBLEM WITH THEM I SAY.

    ESPECIALLY CYNTHIA. SHE’S AN EMOTIONAL WRECK AND A PHONY WHO VACATIONED WITH THE LECCIMAS I MIGHT ADD.

  443. Observer says:

    Ok! I just have to jump in – this is funny!

    DISGUSTED I have to agree with you! These folks who were close to him knew what was going on!!!! All they saw was a quick buck and wanted part of the action. They saw fast money and ignored that little voice inside. So when they got burned – they wanted their money back. We all know someone who does not do business on the up and up or has done something that is in the gray or out right wrong. It’s your choice to get involved but when the old code of honor amongst thieves goes wrong we tend to cry foul. Take responsibility for yourself! You tried to do the burning and came out with your eyebrows singed!

  444. Re: “HE’S A CON MAN. AS IS HIS WIFE.”

    There you go and you can stop right there. Why? Everyone else is a potential ‘mark’.

    Vacations? That sinks the ‘hook’ in further with their ‘friends’, er, ‘marks’.
    More “confidence” = more money $$$$$!

  445. Observer says:

    Steve,

    If I have to bring someone to Brazil to get 4k – then I would not be a true con man. Moot point! The ones in the open knew and I am sure there are those who did not!

    Dont you see – 4k into a real estate project is a joke! It seems more to be a “let me get a little extra o my money”. More than a bank CD and maybe a little more in a shorter period of time.

  446. DISGUSTED says:

    FINALLY SOMEONE USING COMMON SENSE – AS THE OBSERVER HAS ALL ALONG.

    WHAT MOST OF YOU LACK – AND WHAT THE OBERSERVER HAS MOST OF, IS COURAGE AND COMMON SENSE.

    MOST OF THESE POSTS ARE PITY STORIES OF WHAT SAM AND HIS WIFE DID TO POOR OLD YOU.

    ESPECIALLY CYNTHIA. HOW SHE BECAME A PHARMACEUTICAL SALES REP I’LL NEVER KNOW.

    ANYWAY, NEWS FLASH “VICTIMS: – SAM DIDN’T DO ANYTHING YOU DIDN’T ALLOW OR INVITE HIM IN YOUR LIFE TO DO.

    CRY AND BLAME AND SEEK REVENGE ALL YOU WANT, IT’S TRUE.

    AGAIN, THIS IS NOT REALLY AT ALL ABOUT
    SAM AND HIS WIFE IF YOU LOOK DEEPER AT YOURSELVES AND YOUR TRUE INTENTION AND AGENDA IN ALL OF THIS.

  447. DISGUSTED says:

    YES STEVE,

    VACATION FOR SHALLOW FRIENDS LOOKING FOR A FREE RIDE WHO GOT CAUGHT UP.

    YOU ARE ONLY A MARK IF IT’S IN YOU TO BE ONE. CYNTHIA AND ALL THE OTHERS WHO GOT SCAMMED WERE FERTILE MARKS FOR THE LIKES OF SAM AND HIS WIFE.

    WHY? BECAUSE THEY WERE ALREADY LOOKING FOR A QUICK DOLLAR AND A GET OVER.

    IT’S WHY I SAY I COULD HAVE NEVER BEEN SCAMMED. I BELIEVE IN OLD FASHION HARD WORK AND PAYING MY OWN WAY THROUGH LIFE.
    EVERYDAY I GET UP AND WORK HARD.

    STEVE, I HATE TO SAY IT MAN BUT YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN PRIME BAIT FOR OLD SAMMY AND HIS WIFE.

    WHY?, BECAUSE YOU REFUSE TO SEE THAT THESE PEOPLE INVITED THESE CON ARTST INTO THEIR LIVES. BY MERE FACT THAT THEY WERE ALSO LOOKING FOR A GET RICH QUICK SCHEME.

    WHY? BECAUSE SAM IS NOT THAT SMOOTH. HE LOOKS, DRESSES, SPEAKS AND ACTS LIKE A CON MAN.

  448. Re: “STEVE, I HATE TO SAY IT MAN BUT YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN PRIME BAIT FOR OLD SAMMY AND HIS WIFE.”

    Never happen. LOL I’m the most distrusting person you never met ; )

    Another thing, are you and ‘Observer’ co joined twins? Cause’ you always post at the same time, back to back.

  449. DISAPPOINTED!! says:

    This blog has become very disappointing. Why does anyone invest in real estate….flip houses…because it is quick money…duh!!!
    But now all of a sudden it’s bad because a group of people trusted someone they thought they “knew” to get them started in real estate. Come on ya’ll. Observer I thought you knew better. Siding with DIGUSTED of all people. Let’s Bring Margaret back 🙂

  450. DISAPPOINTED,

    I take that back, tri joined twins.

    Good-night, Armando : )

  451. Observer says:

    Wow, posting at the same time huh??? Re-read the posts – and don’t be so petty!

    Yeah, flipping is quick if you watch the fantasy on made for tv and if you watch richards crew they are laying out some real money to get it done. No one said it was bad to flip, its bad using these kind of folks of people – cons.

    Things have to make sense – if this is your profession you would not drive your BMW (only one car for two folks and three kids) to the work site, you don’t wear sandals to a work site, you get permits on a work site, you don’t hire college kids for free on a work site (insurance liabilities), you don’t buy hotels and deal with piece of crap properties, you don’t buy in areas where the market does not support the stupid out of reach prices quoted. Common sense folks, just plain old common sense!

    All DISGUSTED is saying is that don’t be so blinded because if we can see it from a distance then those close to him most likely wanted to ride the quick flow of cash also!

    We have all been presented with MLM schemes. Its all about creating quick easy cash and creating a down-line to do the work for you! They appeal to you getting rich quick and quoting how they make 100k a month and that you can do it to just for a small start up fee of..$$$$$$$$$. You can be part of this new………, you can control your own life………, just like those late infomercial’s plucking people who just don’t want to work or who are dissatisfied and are fearful to take the “measured” risks to start their own business. Does this sound a little familiar from the actions taken by SAM – he created a down-line of cash givers with smoke and mirrors being the bait.

    Don’t get me wrong – I believe that most did not know. But the others quoted above seem a little fishy. Besides, we know who on our street is getting divorces and who cheats on their spouses but your telling me you go on vacation and hang with the family and did not know????? Some people choose to look the other way because they feel it wont hurt them – until it does! We all do it on some level in dealing with social ills that hurt us all every day.

  452. Observer says:

    PS – I miss Margaret!

  453. Cynthia says:

    Ruserious,
    I couldn’t have said it better myself!

  454. Cynthia says:

    Can anyone tell why ‘disgusted’ thinks this blog has become very disappointing, but continues to post?

  455. DISGUSTED says:

    Can anyone tell why ‘cynthia’ thinks to tell the world that sam and his wife are crooks when she is indeed one too?

    denial maybe? doesn’t want others to know who she really is maybe?

    we so have you figured out cynthia.

  456. gotyoass says:

    SAMMY HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE WALKING! GOT YOUR ASS!

  457. wondering says:

    gotyoass,

    What did you do tell all!

  458. Cynthia says:

    Gotyoass is referring to Sam’s new BMW being repossessed this week! Ha! Good for him. It just doesn’t pay to do evil. Such a shame, he stole from so many people to keep up those car notes. Pity.

  459. GRAPEVINE says:

    Sam’s new song
    Meet me at Marta..its going down
    Meet me at the bus stop…..its going down
    Meet me on the street……its going down
    Anywhere you meet me I’ll be walking around.

    How does it feel to be walking Sammie???

    Alive and walking in the ATL!!!

  460. Cynthia says:

    GRAPEVINE,
    You are off the chain!

  461. Cynthia says:

    Let’s see.
    First-Exposed on Fox 5 News.
    Second-Evicted from penthouse for unpaid rent.
    Third-Car repossessed.
    Fourth-???
    Anyone want to take any guesses on where our friend will end up next?

  462. DISGUSTED... says:

    HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU RODE IN THAT BMW CYNTHIA?

  463. Truth says:

    Family & entourage trip to Brazil with the money the preacher invested: $100,000
    Down payment to upgrade BMW 745 to a 750 with money Ms. McGee invested: $4000.00

    Seeing Sam, Shani and three kids on the side of the road after the Repo man drove away with their car: PRICELESS!!!!

    Karma is a B*!CH

    Where ya at??? Haven’t heard from you in a while, “SAM”. I know it’s hard to get around these days. I know you are somewhere sitting up in “someone” else’s house.

    To the posting “SAM LECCIMA”… go ahead and get your fact straight before you decide to jump back in. Your last argument when the Leccima’s got evicted was….

    “there’s such a thing as a person actually DECIDING to leave said dwelling and DECIDING to inhabit other locals that are more conducive to leading a normal, if you will, life.”

    Yeah right. They have been trying to evict the Leccima’s out of that apartment for the longest!!! Just like the repo man has been after their car for the longest…but guess what they finally got them!!!

    Right now we are just waiting for an indictment on a couple cases and before you know it…..VOLIA….. jail bait!!!

  464. chicken says:

    is there anyone on this post who personally knows the Leccimas, I’m not speaking of someone who had heard this stuff on the news, but someone who knows them personally. You can talk to a chicken.

  465. Cynthia says:

    Read the earlier posts, chicken, and you can figure out who really knows him.

  466. Cynthia says:

    Truth,
    What about my money!?!?! I’m pretty sure he used my 15K to pay a few months of back payment on the penthouse and the rented flat screens!

  467. gotyoass says:

    I know them personally, the one who you least expected is the one that will gain pace and win the race. So i will let everyone know my story real soon! Oh and by the way i didnt invest any money. My interest is only to let the world know that these people are are the devil himself. Most of the people on here dont even know the half.

  468. DISGUSTED says:

    tell us then,

    gotyoass.

    don’t stop now. tell us all. were you the intern or lamont?

    is it me or does cynthia’s dollar amount loss to the leccimas continue to grow? thought it was 4 g’s.

    as i’ve stated, she too is a fraud.

  469. Cynthia says:

    Disgusted,
    This is my last comment to your ignorant azz. You are dilusional because you seem to think that I’m this Sonya chick who was on tv. I’m not going to keep trying to defend myself to a person like you who doesn’t know me or know Sam. As stated previously, take your stupid azz to another blog. Your comments are worthless.

  470. Cynthia says:

    Hey Gotyoazz,
    You are so right. SOme people (like the stupid biatch-disgusted) are basing their opinions on factual lies! Glad we have another on board who can shed some light. But be careful, there are those on this blog that seem to think that those close to Sam and Shani are evil and dishonest too. Sad but true. The victims of Sam are now being called shady.

  471. gotyoass says:

    DISGUTED,
    PLEASE STOP SPEAKING ON THINGS AND MAKING ASSUMPTION ABOUT THINGS THAT YOU DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT. CYNTHIA IS NOT MCGEE. TO BE HONEST LECCIMA TOOK SO MANY PEOPLE’S MONEY THAT THAT COULD BE ANYBODY!
    I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW WHERE YOU GET YOUR INFO. YOU ARE FUNNY REALLY WHEN YOU THINK YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT!

  472. DISGUSTED... says:

    i’m closer than you think.

    and where do you get yo’ info from?

  473. Observer says:

    Yeah!

    I guess we should believe everything you two say also! Both of you are posting without your real names also! Come on – all of you have valid points and both arguments are plausible. But I still think that if you are so close to someone and go on vacation with them that you would have to know something! They wanted a quick buck and got burned in the hustle!

  474. Observer says:

    PS – its kind of like saying that the help and family of MJ did not know that he was abusing kids because they were all living through his pockets. How it would be different if he were convicted!!!!!

  475. DISGUSTED... says:

    you are a class act, cynthia.

    yes, very classy indeed…

  476. Cynthia says:

    You’re still here disgusted, why?

  477. DISGUSTED says:

    Observer, as true and obvious as you are, I’m sure what you’ve stated went right over their heads. Why? — because they want to stay the “victims” and have us think they are so innocent in all of this. And contine to blame Sam for everything. I can hear Cynthia blaming Sam now for her very first failed relationship. “It’s all Sam’s fault that I’m angry, ignorant, jaded and hate all men.”

    That is what she and the other “victims” do. Granted, some do have a legitimate gripe and a reason to be upset. I understand and I do feel sorry for those who had no other agenda.

    It’s just Cynthia and the other fairweather Leccima coat tail riders who refuse to think for themselves that I have beef with. They weren’t complaining when on vacation with the Leccimas.

    Observer, what you’ve said is brutally honest and respected for those who have the courage and intellect to think for themselves.

    Gotyoass Cynthia.

  478. DISGUSTED... says:

    I’m here for you of course, my classy lady Cynthia…

  479. Observer says:

    Thanks Disgusted,

    There are so many sheep and cowards in the world. The greatest ills of our society are allowed to happen because the “people” choose not to think for themselves and act like a heard out of fear and greed. Your right – they dont get it! Glad to see there are people like you who think for themselves. We have such a gang mentality in this society – either one side or the other. People – view the info and let it swirl around your head then form an opinion. An educuated and logical one – then again that is asking a lot of some people!

  480. joey says:

    have you seen Sam Leccimas home page? Whoever vouched for his spelling earlier in this forum is wrong… he seems to of mispelled at least one word

  481. chicken says:

    where are the leccimas now? does anyone know?

  482. Sam Leccima says:

    I’m back… you bunch of imbeciles!!!

    I see DISGUSTED is at it again with his bullying tactics. Such a peon you are (with your ivy league degree).

    Those of you who think you saw my BMW being repossessed??? Think again. I go away on vacation and now I come back to see that the folks on here are turning cut-throat 🙂 hehehe.

    Let me let “you all” in on a little secret… the amount of hate spilled on this site towards me is inconsequential to me or my life. Don’t think for one moment that what you say here matters one damn bit. It really doesn’t, trust me, not one iota. I’m very comfortable in my new surroundings and I have everything at my disposal.

    So, in other words… get a life people, SAM is BACK and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it!

  483. DISGUSTED says:

    SAMMY BOY OR WHOMEVER,

    IF IT WERE INCONSEQUENTIAL OR IF IT DIDN’T BOTHER YOU AT ALL, YOU WOULDN’T BE LOGGING IN ON THIS BLOG NOW WOULD YOU?

    WE DON’T BELIEVE FOR A NEW YORK MINUTE THAT YOU ARE JUST RETURNING FROM VACATION.

    WHO ARE YOU TRYING TO FOOL OTHER THAN YOURSELF?

  484. gotyoass says:

    SAMMY,

    I HEARD YOUR INTERNET WAS BACK UP AN RUNNING. IM GLAD YOU FOUND A WAY TO PAY BELLSOUTH!

    VACATION!!!!!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!

  485. Sam Leccima says:

    Gotyoass… yeah, you dumbass. Don’t you know that it’s people like me who give people like you incentive. Don’t be a follower my friend… or a fool like Disgusted has repeatedly shown that to be the case.

    Oh, and Disgusted… I log on to this site because it amuses me from time to time. I love watching each of your run the gamut of blathering about speculative comments to stabbing each other in the back the moment you get a chance.

    And you what the sad thing is… not one of you can stand to be around me HOWEVER, each and every one of you desire to be LIKE me. Oh, I know you want the finer things in life but you aren’t willing to what is required to obtain them.

  486. DISGUSTED says:

    Sammy boy,

    You are correct. I am not willing to do what you do to “obtain” the “finer things” of OTHERS in life.

    Let’s see – I am not willing to commit fraud, lie, steal, con or cheat my friends, family, colleagues or anyone for that matter.

    So, you have me there Sammy boy.

    And for the record, the only person of consequence that I actually have any respect for and that thinks for themself on this blog is Observer.

    Most others as he’s stated are indeed sheep fertile for a con like you. Notice I didn’t use con man.

    It’s because you are not a real man. Real men don’t pimp their friends, family and most importantly,…

    THEIR WIFE.

  487. Sam Leccima says:

    DISGUSTED,

    The technical aspects of this entire blog, fortunately for me, is that I, sir, have in reality “pimped” you. 😉 You’re going to have to slooooooow way down and just try, even though it’s hard, just try to wrap your puny mind around what I just told you. 🙂 I’ll give you some time… I’m sure you’re a fairly bright individual (seeing that you did attend an “Ivy League” institution).

  488. DISGUSTED... says:

    Don’t need to take time to think on this one Sammy boy.

    You must really live in a fantasy world.

    Don’t you get it?

    You, “sir”, are a fraud, thief and a con. Conviced by your former friends, peers and business associates.

    Your reality is that you are pimping yourself. What will your legacy be and that of your wife and children? You have left them nothing thus far but debt and bad lineage.

    Try and wrap yor false ego around that.

    Nice try though. You would have actually have had to graduate from college to try and flip any form of semantics on me.

  489. Observer says:

    Sam,

    I personally don’t think this is you but I will respond anyway! Yes, reading your banter is amusing and your wit is a bit childish but funny to read. What you are saying does not surprise me because it takes a heartless person to do what was done even to those who were among the “con team” (not even honor amongst thieves – jeeze!). If this is really you – I would try to make amends and get ready for your rectum to be a two lane highway! Hopefully you will get a high bid for your butt of two cigarettes maybe even three since you are a celebrity!

    Observer!

  490. Observer says:

    Or should I say a two way street!

  491. Pta180 says:

    look, the guy and his family stays on the penthouse of 710 peachtree (formerly known as the Scandiavian House. What man in his right mind would allow his woman and those little to exist in a building INFESTED with every kind lowlife imaginalble??

    Don’t get me wrong, 710 peachtree is a ok place if you’re single, in college ect ect but to raise your children??? Oh hell naaaww.

  492. Sam Leccima says:

    Pta180

    I think that just about sums it up. Not the kind of diggs one would expect a child to be raised up in now would it? 😉

  493. YASMINE says:

    SAM PLEASE, I WORK AT 710 PEACHTREE AND YOU HAD TO LEAVE BECAUSE WE PUT ALL YOUR STUFF ON THE STREET. I FEEL SO SORRY FOR THE KIDS AND I CAN TELL BY YOUR STATEMENTS THAT YOU HAVE NO REMORSE FOR WHAT YOU DID. I HOPE IT CATCHES UP WITH YOU!

  494. DISGUSTED says:

    SAM,

    WHY ARE YOU SUCH A WEAK, DISHONORABLE, COWARDLY HUMAN BEING?

    YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE WORST OF WHAT IS TO HAPPEN YET.

  495. Richard says:

    There are reports that Angie’s Investors have fired her and Harris…No more FTH Atlanta

  496. Sam Leccima says:

    Yasmine,

    My dear, you didn’t get it. I said that because it truly IS NOT a great place to raise a child. 😉

    Disgusted likes to throw insinuations around as though he’s an authority on a subject. I can tell everyone here that he’s a complete fraud. Consumer reporting agencies have some pretty unsavory info on him (things he’d like to keep quiet). 😉 now don’t they DISGUSTED? I’m sure your audience would like to know a little more.

  497. DISGUSTED says:

    SAM,

    TELL US MORE? I CHALLENGE YOU AND AM MORE THAN WILLING TO PULL YOUR TRUMP CARD ON THIS ONE. YOU LOVE TO “FLIP” THE TRUTH DON’T YOU? PROBLEM IS, YOU’RE NOT VERY GOOD AT IT.

    THREE MONTHS RENT ON ME – FOR ANYTHING YOU CAN FIND ON ME. MY RECORD IS IMPECCABLE.

    AS IS MY CREDIT, WORK, AND BUSINESS HISTORY.

    CAN’T SAY THE SAME CAN (CON) YOU!

  498. DISGUSTED says:

    WHERE ARE YOU MY LITTLE FAT, NERDY, RANDY JACKSON LOOK ALIKE FRIEND?

    YES, YOU SAMMY BOY.

    HIDING, SCARED, CAUGHT AGAIN, WHAT?

    AND HOW IS THE MARTA SYSTEM WORKING FOR YOU THESE DAYS?

  499. chicken says:

    that is not the real sam leccima. Yall need to stop. there is nothing left to talk about. once fox 5 did their thing, they left nothing to talk about. Move onto the next blog. 502 postings about one person, who I remember for his genorosity and kindness. What he did behind the scenes is none of a chicken’s business. Oh well. All chickens do come home to roost. I’m on my way home now. I need to roost. You folks be safe.

  500. chicken says:

    Wake me up when you change the topic. I’ll be in the barn.

  501. Sam Leccima says:

    Hey DISGUSTED. I must have struck a nerve. I’m sorry that I ventured too close to your soft spot. 🙂 But you have it coming to you. I’m just about ready to expose you for who you really are. Your “card” isn’t as impeccable as you claim my friend. You KNOW this but are afraid that everyone else will find out… which I’m going to make sure they do. Until then… keep working yourself up and try writing something else a little better next time… you knucklehead.

  502. Ken Barnes says:

    I enjoyed the shows with Mr. Leccima. It was motivating and has helped me to take more risk. I personnally respect his determination, by not letting a revoked licensce stop him from winning.

  503. DISGUSTED says:

    Expose me. Please, expose me. I’m begging you.

    You and I both know you have nothing.

    Yet, we all know so much about you!

  504. Lee,

    You’re living in a fantasy world. It’s IRRELEVANT to me what the terms and conditions of “notes” say, only the documented result of default. Make that plural, ‘defaults’ ; )

  505. DISGUSTED says:

    Sam, I mean Mr. Barnes,

    How has Sam won?

    Have you read the newspaper or seen him on t.v of late?

    By the way, I have some prime real estate investments in West End Atlanta I would like to show you. Please call me when you have an opportunity.

    Fool.

  506. chicken says:

    CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?

  507. DISGUSTED says:

    Chicken,

    you are correct. This is not Sam. most likely his wife. Sam’s the kind of guy that would let his wife fight his battles and take the fall for him.

    that is what cowards do.

    it’s just unfortunate that she doesn’t think more of herself. and that she can do and deserves better.

  508. dee rose says:

    This is a very simple question of fact or fiction~truth or a lie. The man lied to make money! Many of the people believe that it is ok! This is why there are the Enron and Worldcom failure. CEO’s take millions of dollars from employees retirement pensions for their own gain and we all act surprised that a company’s CEO would harm their own employees!

    Why, when lying for money is condoned and applauded!

    He lied and stole people’s money! He deserves to be reported to the world as a fraud, liar, thief!

    Those that applaud him~ find a new worthy hero!

  509. I need everyone to listen closely! 1. It is a reality TV show, but that not the problem. The problem is some people say Sam scammed, and stole their money. I am 24 years old. I’ve been investing since I was 18. I was raised on food stamps and Section 8. I’m smart enough to know that any investment has a degree of risk. Real Estate is a little higher. I have NEVER given money to anyone without DUE DILLEGENCE! It does not matter if Sam is a smooth talker. Unless he broke into your house, put a gun to your head, and forced the money out your wallet, HE DID NOT STEAL ANYTHING. I’ve lost money and I’ve made a lot. DILLEGENCE will give you success in business, relationships, your marriage, and anything you apply it to. If you’re not a professional, seek the help of one before investing in anything. Sam, keep doing what you do best. Don’t get mad at the haters. That’s what their there for, to hate. If you don’t have at least 2 haters, go get you 10 more. Haters motivate me. Directly to you Sam- If a court finds you guilty, I still cannot take back my words because diligence would have prevented the situation.

  510. DISGUSTED says:

    Mr. Brown,

    How old are you again?

    The fact that you could tell Sam to “keep doing what you do best” says that you still think as a child and have a lot of growing up to do.

    Talk to us again when you’re about 30 and have lived a little more.

    In the interim, don’t be surprised if you get an e-mail from Sam asking you to to invest in his scams.

    He loves others who “think” like you!

    Wake up Mr. Brown.

  511. Observer says:

    Amen to that! This kid still has milk on his breath but he thiks he can see the world through logical eyes!

    Come back to us when you shave everyday!

    Observer

    P.S. – Boy do I remember those days of not knowing anything but knowing everything!

  512. Observer says:

    Sorry about the typo!

  513. babar says:

    I worked for Sam directly for a couple of years he is a dick. And he cheats on his wife. I feel sorry for his kids and his wife. I sure by now she has an STD. I know him so well that I have his SS# which is [REDACED] I also know about the illegal lines of credit he set up for investor at Bank of America under Brian Moon. If you have any questions let me know I can only answer to the best of my ability.

    But there is only one real point SAM is dick and he owes me money.

  514. Tierrell Brown says:

    DISGUSTED!

    Child, you must be how old? This is what I’m going to do. I’m going to take my child mind right to the bank and deposit this 6 figure check. After that I’m going to go enjoy my children. You were not even worth a response. How about you look up my name and you’ll see that I’m the #1 youngest entrepreneur of the year moron. When I get 30, I’ll make sure I don’t waist my time with a bigot like you. You know what I’m disgusted. Have you ever heard of Cognitive Dissonance? That’s what my post was about. Go ahead and look that up for me. Get back to me when you’re on my level. Understand this. You called me a child like thinker, when I’m apparently I have a higher capacity of common sense than you. So, you just called yourself, barely ambulant. I think you have an IQ of a turnip. Last time I checked my IQ was 159.

  515. Tierrell Brown says:

    Observer, I wish I could call you anything but that. Now listen up, I’m going to drop some knowledge on you. Disgusted, you listen to. STOP going through your life, judging, and thinking in a box. Gain wisdom, by listening and being open to others. That’s the definition of a true wise man. Secondly stop thinking like a W2 worker. Use diligence in your life and you will succeed. Hope, you really listen to that. People like, Bill Gates, Oprah, Steven Spielberg, and Helen Keller, are true visionaries and think, gain wisdom, and live with diligence in everything they do.

  516. Jeff in Roswell says:

    Tierrell… I didn’t find anything about you. Please enlighten us all with FACTS. Thanks.

  517. DISGUSTED says:

    Tierrell,

    Let me see if I can get this straight. You think I’m a bigot. First of all, I’m black. My wife is black. My two sons are black. Hell, I even have a black dog.

    Anyway, this is not about black or white. This is about right and wrong. And in your case, dumb and dumber.

    Next, I see you’ve shifted around a few SAT words you stole from dictionary.com to appear more intelligent. Man, you do have to expand that 12 yr old vocab and quick. Let’s see, cognitive dissonance, diligence, and ambulant. Wow!

    IQ of 159, I think not. You try way too hard to think. Your replies are likened to that of a child.

    Maybe you can take that six figure Clearing House Sweepstakes check and go back to school. Now that will impress me.

    By the way, I googled you and found nothing as I had expected. Just you on MySpace is all.

    In the words of a 12 yr old child, I did my

    “due diligence.”

  518. DISGUSTED says:

    Babar…my Man,

    It appears you have a love/hate crush on Sam.

    There is more below the surface here. Enlighten us.

  519. Tierrell Brown says:

    DISGUSTED. You’re disgusting me right now. You’re boring. I think I offended you with the big words. So let me break it down for you. YOU ARE A VERY SIMPLE MINDED PERSON, IF YOU GET ANYWHERE IN YOUR LIFE ILL BE SURPRISED. I’m glad they have dictionary.com to enable you to look up those words. There’s always a reason that a person does not disclose there real name. I think it because your disgusting person with a disgusting personality. When you get some personality, then you respond. BAI. Have you ever heard that? BIA, stands for BELOW AVERAGE INTELLIGENCE. If you’re the kind daddy, super smart genius, why are you arguing with a 24 year old, since you’re so distinguished? I shit on people like you. Ohh, when you looked me up on myspace, did you see that nice ass 745LI with 22’s on it. Do you have one? It didn’t come out of my ass. What are you a 45 year old W-2 employee? Think outside the box man. I’m coming out with a CD on how to be successful and break the stereotype that young people, especially of color are not successful. You will be the first person I sell one to. You can still do it at 45. The CD is $399, are you sure you can afford it. If not I’ll give my first one free to you. Ohh and BLACK people can be BIGOTS too. Also just IDIOTS.

  520. DISGUSTED says:

    Tierrell,

    You have not offended me. I treat you as someone I would treat with a severe learning disability. With lots of patience and empathy.

    Have fun driving around on those 22’s. You’re the man. Wow, 22’s!

    By the way, I’m 32, self employed and drive an Escalade. Sorry, no 22’s.

    The again, it’s not about what I drive, or what you drive or even what your hero Sam use to drive. I am happy though that I did get a solid education. Grad school and all.

    Get this, they can take away my ride, and my 22’s if I had them, but not my education.

    Hint Hint.

    P.S. Let me know when that CD comes out.
    That way on the same day I can also take photos of pigs flying, UFO’s and I’ll maybe even get a glimpse of Bigfoot.

    Negro please. I mind is a terrible thing to waste.

  521. You guys are killin’ me! LOL

  522. Tierrell Brown says:

    You ran out of things to say. I was wondering when that was going to happen. Act like you had some education. I graduated with a 3.9 GPA, and I’m almost done with Grad School. My Uncle is a Supreme Court Judge. Everyone in my family has either 1 or 2 master degrees. I happy you’re happy. Now Bug Off. I got more important things to do than argue with a 32 year old boring, mad at the world ignorant man. If you have your Masters Degree, how about you go back and read my original posting. You don’t even know what Cognitive Dissonance is. It’s Advantageous if you stop right now, before you say anymore ignorant and second rate comments. And my only HERO is God himself.

    I know it’s real hard for you to comprehend what I’m saying so I’m going to leave you alone. 32, and no common sense, It’s a sad scene.

  523. Tierrell Brown says:

    “Negro please. I mind is a terrible thing to waste.”

    I think you meant “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste.”

    With an “A”

    LOL. I’m done. That kills me. Where’d you go to school. I’ll make sure I keep my kids and family away from there.

  524. Thomas says:

    What year Escalade? If its not an 07 or 08 then its not worth mentioning.

    Sound like people are upset because someone with values that differ from theirs in business. Its so easy to look at one person in the media and say this or that until your in that situation

  525. DISGUSTED says:

    There is a difference between a typo or two in my case and just plain stupid in yours. Have you proof read what you post lately. You come off flat out dumb and ignorant. Typos and grammar excluded, it’s your intellect and formal education that is lacking.

    You tell more and more lies with each posting Tierrell. I don’t think anyone who’s read your postings believe any of what you’ve said. Next lie you’ll say is that you are working on a Ph.D from Harvard.

    Thomas, in case you missed my point, I was being sarcastic about the Escalade and 22’s. But to satisfy your inability to read between the lines, it’s paid for!

    Some of you are really not that bright. You must be studying from the same “grad school” as Tierrell.

  526. Christy says:

    3.9 GPA! Wow, that’s impressive! It’s unfortunate that you’re a fraud just like Sam. Next time do your “due diligence” (the proper spelling of the word) and proof read before you post. Your posts are so full of grammatical errors there is no way you would have even graduated High School, much less obtain a Masters Degree.
    Might I also point out that you slam people for being ‘bigots’, then turn around and become one yourself? I happen to be a single mom and a W-2 worker. I’m proud of every dollar that I earn and every bill I pay, WITHOUT the help of welfare. I might not earn a six figure salary, but I’m still more intelligent than you!

  527. ChrisInDetroit says:

    Hahaha this Tierell Brown character has given me a laugh… Obviously a fraud… A nobody trying to be a somebody…

    Notice how he would never put the proof to his claims on here… Tierell, what school did you go to? Where you got your 3.9 from… What school are you enrolled at for your masters?

    And most importantly, what state is your 745 registered in? I will look it up and we will see if its yours! 🙂

  528. DISGUSTED says:

    Amen Christy,

    At 24, if even this is this habitual liar’s real age — how can he have the audacity to speak of W-2’s as if he’s done and seen it all. He’s still in diapers. Obviously.

    My wife is a W-2 worker, as are my parents and as was I up until just a year ago before going into real estate.

    And I would not be where I am today if not for my wife and parents and all the jobs I’ve had to get me where I am. It’s interesting too because my wife actually makes more than I do right now. W-2 and all Tierrell.

    Tierrell, one thing is for certain, you don’t lie very well.

    If you’re in grad school and have graduated college, then my dad is Santa Clause. Or as I like to call him during father and son time, Kris Kringle:)

  529. Observer says:

    Tierrell Brown,

    Man, it’s obvious this guy is a fraud. Tierrell pls go back and read what you have written. Your approach and commentary is juvenile and lacks the common insight and experience of any real entrepreneur. Wow, you have a BMW, wow its on 22’s!! It’s folks like you who give us black folks a bad name. A real investor would realize that the rate of return on 22’s is not 22% a year but rather reflects the rate of return you have on your intelligence and education. Uhhh – buy the house first then the car! This approach may serve your future a little better but I would not be surprised if you cannot afford both.

    Big deal you use big words – there are idiots in jail who spew words out of a dictionary claiming to be smart – but wait they are in jail!!! And you claiming that GOD is your hero – don’t use the common rouse of some two bit hustler. A masters degree does not make you better because a true measure of an individual is seen through their actions. Using your own words – since you shit on people why don’t you try washing the stains out of you underwear – because real grown men don’t shit in their pants! And based on your 3 brain cell logic – it seems you eat most of it anyway!

    Observer

  530. ChrisInDetroit says:

    Tierell… Still waiting… See my message #531… It’s been 4 days and still no proof of anything? And dont bother with the “I dont have to prove anything” non sense… Then we will know that you are full of junk! Hahahaha

  531. Morehouse 90 says:

    Sam if this is really you tell us your freshman dorm room Floor and roommate.

  532. DISGUSTED says:

    Tierrell Brown…

    “Come out, come out,

    wherever you are.”

    Maybe you’ve been studying all this time we have not heard from you.

    Not.

  533. it says:

    that’s not Sam Leccima. I know him well enough to know that’s not him.

  534. Young Investor says:

    Ok guys im a young investor i am only 16 years old, what i want to do with my life is be a real estate investor, flipping homes for profits seems to be a very good way to do it, if anyone could mayby give me a few tips or tricks that would help me out alot with my studying of the real estate business, for those who are actually reading this, my email is kevincooper22@hotmail.com and id love to hear from you..

    AS FAR ARE SAM GOES
    ——————–
    i watch the show all the time, i also watch richard davis, he is an honest man i can tell from all the other,…sam..and the atlanta crew are a bunch of frauds, one way i can tell is you never see sam or anyone else geting permits, and its like they can get a dumpster bin in 1 day, YOU NEED A PERMIT TO DROP ONE ON THE STREET, im only 16 but i know a few things..and as far as one show went, sam toor the roof off of a house to make an upper deck….WHY WOULD YOU JUST GO IN AND RIP IT OFF WITHOUT ANY SUPPORTS IN PLACE….but what does sam do…he just rips the roof off and then the next day it rains…sam told his crew to put a tarp over the roof..they did..but like a bunch of dumb people they put it on the CATCH THE WATER….WE ALL KNOW IF THEY WERE REAL CONTRACTORS THEY WOULD KNOW HOW TO PUT A TARP ON dont you think ?…aside from the permits iv seen the links for his court documents and such…their legit and yes sam IS A FRAUD, its sad how people think they can get there way just because they have/had a tv series run a FEW eppisiodes till someone caught on…anyway he did 1 home i remember he remoddeled 3 rooms of a 7 bedroom home, they cameras NEVER showed those 3 rooms again even after he “finished” the rehab…and again show me a contractor who will do a complete rehab for less thne 20,000 dollars and i would make him my right hand man for when i go out there on my own in a few years…and in i researched the area homes from where those homes he rehab stand at..the home he ” bought ” was ” 406,000″ and listed after rehabd for ” 611,000 ” now somone please slap the guy if your going to lie atleast make it belivable..when i researched those homes NO HOME IN THAT PART OF ATLANTA WAS LISTED FOR MORE THEN $211,000 …… sams a fraud and you all know it your just to stuck up in his @ss to belive he is a fraud who takes peoples money and is VERY dishonest about it.

    If anyone out there can give some tips or be a ” mentor ” persay for a young investor because im only 16 years old and investing is what i want to do with my life because i refuse to end up like my mom working 8-8 job in a factory and my dad is in prision so basicly im own my own…

    MSN EMAIL : kevincooper22@hotmail.com

    thank you for whoever gives me an add on msn id greatly appreciate it, and i might even via ship some $$ to you for the help and tips.

    will reply again 2 morrow ( in school right now )..

    ~Kevin ( Young investor )

  535. Salope Leccima says:

    They actually have a new website to swindle more people

    http://marriedmillions.typepad.com/

    seriously folks?

  536. Carmen says:

    Honestly, all of you need to get a life. Stop gossiping and do your own thing.

    Dallas Realtor-you’re just jealous of Angela Wilford. All of your postings gravitate towards her. No one is interested.
    And the rest of you, quit giving Sam Leccima power over your lives. It’s obvious – you’re spending all this time talking about him. Its embarrassing – grown people talking and carrying on like they know everything. Imagine if someone wrote a blog about your life and dirty laundry. I’m sure you’d think twice if your “anominity” was revealed. No one is using thier real name here anyway.
    Lastly, quit rejoicing in someone else’s misery, bad luck, misfortune -whether they deserve it or not. Yes,Sam Leccima probably deserves it, but remember-you reap what you sow.

  537. GG says:

    Sam Leccina (AKA) ???

    The house on Ellen Way, I never viewed the show however I live one house from this property.

    Here are some facts:

    The roof was completed in one day. (ten laborers. The house is still vacant. You can receive a dumpster in one day. there was no permits. (I called the county) All the materials was purchased from Lowe’s (a friend help with the purchases.) Sam associates recycled their unwanted materials on another homeowner property.(Paint buckets,nails, shingles, broken windows, etc.)I love my neighborhood but I do not like investors who leave a mess or do not keep their property clean. So, all investors please keep your property mowed. If it is vacant please security it for safety. I live here.

  538. Bob says:

    Anyone heard from Sam or who he is scamming now…

  539. Attention all she is a con artist that takes money from unsuspecting consumers and does not deliver on goods and services and when asked for a refund for money she knew she did not earn she ran off in to the darkness where she belongs. Business people who are true professionals stand by their work and or work to fix the situation. I beg anyone listening not to buy or engage in any business with these people and had I googled them before I gave her my money I would have ran the other way. BEWARE OF BIG BIRD!!!!!!!


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