Jonathan Eisenberg

Phone: 212-721-4333

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Beware of Jonathan Eisenberg

Jonathan Lee Eisenberg is the founder and CEO of Spark Hospitality Group (SHG). SHG has a website at | Jon Eisenberg claims to be a dealmaker. He boasts that he owns a piece of STK or other restaurants/clubs. He tries desperately to impress everyone he speaks to by dropping big names, but if you run these names to ground you’ll quickly find that he greatly exaggerates his role and worth. | Don’t take my word for it, talk to previous members of the Spark “team.” Jon regularly hires college/new-grad “interns” that he pays next to nothing to do all of his work. He’s even ripped many of them off too. | The con: Keeping your money or selling you on services he never performs. Jon drops names and tries to impress because he wants to impress you and have you earn his trust. Nothing will go wrong if Jon is in charge — he’s an “expert” at everything related to the project! You’ll make money by working with him. If you hear, or believe, either of those statements, be careful. He will lull you in a false sense of security and find a way to rip you off by keeping money that he owes. When you try to confront him and demand payment, he will either say: | he never agreed to the terms; | it was some OTHER entity/company that agreed to the terms and he has nothing to do with it (classic bait and switch); or | my favorites, “the check is in the mail” and/or “my accountant is working on it” and other stall tactics. | Like any good con-man, Jon L. Eisenberg has limitless excuses as to why he can’t give you money owed to you. If you do receive a check from Jon, prepare to see it bounced. Jon has bounced checks for as little as $50. | Have you received a bad check from Jon? Join the club, and then report is to the District Attorney. Here are the steps as they appear on eHow: | Visit your bank. Ask for a copy of the bad check and an account statement showing the check bounced and any fees. Make two copies of the account statement. | Write a letter informing the drawer the check bounced. Include the check amount and all bank fees, and ask for payment. Attach the account statement, but redact any personal information. Copy the letter. Mail the letter to the drawer by certified mail, return receipt requested. Contact the district attorney’s office to verify the wait time. | Contact the bank with the account you deposited the check in. Initiate a dispute. Ask for copies of the dispute papers. How long you must wait before pursuing action varies by county in New York. Contact the district attorney’s office to verify how long after initiating the dispute you must wait to file the charge. | Go to the local police department or district attorney’s office. You can file in the district attorney’s office in some New York counties or the local police department. The district attorney’s office can help you file criminal charges. Contact the district attorney’s office for bad check procedures. The Manhattan DA’s number is (212) 335-9000. Bring the letter copy, returned receipt, dispute paperwork and account statement copy. Ask the officer or clerk for a bad check complaint form. | Complete the form. Forms vary by county in New York, but you typically need the defendant’s name and address and the banking information. Attach the return receipt, check copy, letter copy and dispute papers to the form. File the form. | I sued Jon for the money owed to me in small claims court. I’m aware of others who have done the same. But I doubt I will ever see the money he owes me — | I went to a collections agency about collecting from Jon Eisenberg. It’s going to be an uphill battle. Jon doesn’t have a real job (so you can’t garnish his wages) and the only way to collect money owed from him is probably through his assets or his business. Jon is crafty and he doesn’t do business in his own name. He typically uses JLE Holdings LLC. Spark Hospitality Group, or Spark, is his “doing business as” (dba or d/b/a) name. Anyway, I was told by collections that since my judgment is against JLE Holdings, I could possibly take their possessions (like office computers, etc.) but that a con-man like Jon probably doesn’t keep much money if any in his JLE Holdings account. That may be the reason he’s bounced checks as little as $50. The lesson is, if you do sue him, make sure its both in his name and his company’s. After all, he’s the one who orchestrates the fraud. | They did share with me a few of the judgments against Jon from others:

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