Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Would you trust this man with your room keys?

Fred Brito aka Gomez de Maria aka Max Gomez.
We recently confirmed a tip that for the past few weeks Brito was hired by the Wyndham chain of hotels as a general manager for the Wingate by Wyndham Dallas/Las Colinas, using the name "Max Gomez."

Brito was recognized by a tipster who saw him dining at a nearby Benihana on multiple occasions.

Shortly after he was hired, reviews popped up for the hotel specifically applauding "Max Gomez" from accounts that had just been created, and reviews of only the hotel and adjacent restaurants... including the aforementioned Benihana.

As of this writing, we still believe Brito is still working at the Wingate hotel, so check in at your own risk.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Attention Law Enforcement Professionals!

Please note that you're always welcome to contact me directly at unsomnambulist at gmail dot com for any questions about this blog or the subject.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Fred Brito, er, "C. H. Patel" corrects the record on his time with National Hospitality Services and Staybridge Suites

Fargo area journalist Barry Amundson, who reported on Fred Brito's hiring and firing there, forwarded me an email signed by "a mere family friend of Fred Brito",  that claims to correct some details on Amundson's reported story. Signed "C.H. Patel", the email plays like a winning hand of Fred Brito bingo. Some bullet points from the letter:
  • Lying on a resume is not a crime.
  • The reason Brito has to lie about his resume is because otherwise nobody would hire an ex-felon.
  • A "tell-all book" is coming soon.
(As for me, this isn't the first time someone who is "not Brito" has come to Brito's defense accusing me of crazy stuff. In 2007, when I first reported on Brito for the Metblog's flagship site, an anonymous individual accused me of getting them drunk and stealing their watch. Now, Brito - er - Patel, claims I'm using a fake name and that I've tracked him by accessing his credit reports.)

The email also claims Brito was hired only after a "so-called exhaustive background check" and that he had been employed for 40 days before being fired... contrary to what his employer claimed to reporter Barry Amundson. 

Full letter after the break...

Friday, January 6, 2017

Fred Brito surfaces in Fargo, ND

Coincidence or CYA*-incidence?

Weeks ago, this blogger learned that Fred Brito was working for the Staybridge Suites Hotel in Fargo, ND. This blogger waited to gain some additional verification, and once it came in, we notified an employee with the management company late last week. Less than 24 hours after I contacted them, it appears Brito was fired.

We tipped off Fargo area reporter Barry Amundson on the story, and he writes about it here. He was able to confirm that, in fact, Brito, using the name Luca Gomez DeMaria, had been hired by a local hotel operator, and then let go in recent days. Alas, it sounds like the HR company is taking credit for discovering Brito's background before he was actually put to work:
Sarah Koustrup, executive vice president for a hospitality services company in Fargo that had hired him, quickly uncovered Brito’s scam.
Brito was in a training program when they discovered he had given the company a falsified resume, Koustrup said...
The company executive wanted to emphasize that her firm has a stringent hiring and resume checking system.
"We have a system of checks and balances and we caught it fast," she said. "We're very careful on who we hire."
So, if this is to be believed, Koustrup, Executive Vice President of National Hospitality Services, discovered Brito's false resume on the very same day I tipped off another executive with her company.

On December 29, I sent a message to Julie Brown, VP of Sales and Operations with National Hospitality Services, notifying her that her company was employing a conman. In her first response, she wrote back, "HR completes background checks before they hire."

The following Monday, she offered to put me in touch with someone with her Human Resources Department, to which I replied would be appreciated. Her next response was, "Thank you for letting me know. I cannot speak about employee related questions on behalf of our company for legal reasons. Based on that, I am unable to continue to respond to you."

To be clear, my goal isn't to be personally credited for this. The purpose of this site is to keep more people from being victims of a conman. But if an HR company is going to lie about their hiring practices instead of acknowledging an error and addressing steps to keep this from happening again, they are part of the problem, not part of the solution.

*CYA = Cover Your Ass.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Fred Brito becomes talk of the town in Eugene

News of Fred Brito aka Gomez di Maria's most recent firing in Eugene, OR has been big news for the small city of 160,000 residents. After his employers with the Downtown Athletic Club discovered Brito had been hired using a largely fabricated resume, an insider tipped off both this blog and multiple news outlets.

Camilla Mortensen with the Eugene Weekly broke the story first. She was able to contact and briefly converse with Brito, who, of course, told her that "the blame for hiring someone who lies on their resume lies with his employer." As is his modus operandi after being caught, Brito also told Mortensen that he was working on a book about his cons (he's made this same claim on repeated occasions over the past decade, most regularly after being caught).

Other outlets to cover Brito's firing include:

It seems that Brito immediately ditched town after being fired, just as he did in Wyoming a few months prior. 

On the Weekly article, a 540 word comment was posted using the name Fred Brito calling reporters like Mortensen and this blogger cowards and stating, "you are not getting a rise out of me."

"This latest Eugene Weekly article is yet just another exercise of wasting time. Will it stop Fred Brito? Not at all," the commenter wrote.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Fred Brito sinks to new low by claiming to be taking care of long deceased parents

Fred Brito, going by the name G. "Carlo" diMaria, was fired this week by the Downtown Athletic Club in Eugene, OR where he had worked for three months as a general manager. According to our source, "he created such a hostile workplace that several of the tenured staff left in that time."

According to the source, the reason for his release was his employers discovering he had lied about his background and experience on his resume.

Among the false claims were that he had a more than 20 year work history with the "Southwest Hospitality Corporation."

Most shocking, however, is that Brito claimed that he had a gap in resume from 2012 to 2015 when, he stated, he "Relocated to Vancouver, Washington to care for my ailing parents until their passing in 2015."

According to previous statements made by Brito in news reports, his mother died in 2006 in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

From Burgerville to Wyoming, Fred Brito can't catch a break

Fred Brito made televised news again this month after being fired for "performance issues" while working at the Parkway Plaza motel in Casper, WY. He'd only been on the job for three weeks, working under the name Carlo Dimaria. According to his employer, it was only after he'd been let go that they'd discovered his long criminal history and repeated use of bogus resumes and fake names.

For Cheyenne, this was big enough news to make it to local TV news:

For readers of this blog, this, of course, is nothing shocking, and at this point, barely worth mentioning except for making it on the air of an ABC affiliate.

That said, it's not like this blog doesn't still get the occasional tip and keep up with Brito, such as where he was before moving to Wyoming.

Late last year, we learned he'd moved from Texas to Oregon, where his resume passed the muster of the HR department at restaurant chain Burgerville, landing him a management job in the Beaverton area. Shortly after Thanksgiving, the company discovered Brito's actual name and background and promptly let him go.

We hear Brito has retreated back to Texas.