Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Fred Brito cons his way into International House of Pancakes

The Kansas City, KS IHOP where Brito allegedly worked.
Online chatter indicates Fred Brito has once again proven to be "the great pretender" by landing his biggest job yet: as manager of an IHOP.

It appears Brito was hired, then fired, last September at a Kansas City, KS location of the nationwide chain. One online commenter claims that he made life "a living hell" for the night staff, and even fired a number of employees. Before his real background was discovered, he boasted of being friends with Dr. Phil, the commenter wrote.

We're looking for more details behind his time at IHOP. Please email or leave a comment with any info you're able to share!

UPDATE: I was just able to confirm that Brito was hired by at this IHOP using the name "Gomez de Maria" which Brito claimed he has legally changed his name to. According to the person I spoke with, Brito did a wonderful job as a manager there, and was hired after receiving a positive referral from an IHOP in Texas where Brito had previously worked as a manager.

According to the person I spoke with, after working at this IHOP for "two or three weeks" a fellow employee had called police to report Brito. They did not charge him with a crime, but Brito apparently left the job due to the embarrassment, according to my source.

Management said they have spoken with Brito and have offered to rehire him, and that he said, "he's thinking about it."

Monday, January 7, 2013

Discovery Channel repeats Fred Brito's lies as facts

As mentioned, Fred Brito even has a history of lying about his lies. While he's notoriously conned his way into numerous positions, he's even lied about the extent of his cons.

Case in point: in spite of his numerous claims, there is no evidence he ever conducted a symphony orchestra. Sure, it may make for good TV, but so would any evidence to support that Brito is anything more than a pathological liar.

Journalist Roger McBain of The Evansville Courier Press in Illinois took issue after a Discovery TV episode of "I Almost Got Away With It" regurgitated the conman's claim that he "posed as Frederico Gomez, a fictitious Mexico City music conductor, to get a guest gig conducting the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra on Sept. 17, 1998."
That was news to me. And it was news to Alfred Savia, music director for the Evansville Philharmonic since 1989.
Savia said he'd heard stories for several years about someone claiming to have duped the orchestra into a guest conductor's gig, but he'd never heard any details.
If anybody from the show had bothered to contact the Philharmonic about the incident, however, Savia could have told them that nobody by that name has conducted the Evansville Philharmonic at any time during his tenure, and that no concert took place on that date.
A look at the calendar reveals that Sept. 17, 1998, was a Thursday, nine days before the orchestra's gala Sept. 26 debut performance in The Victory.
Of course, TV programs would likely stop paying Brito to tell his "story" on TV if they just had to stick with established facts, including Brito's repeated history of making threats to anyone who calls him out on his lies. These threats escalate Brito's con's from harmless and elevate him to something other than a pathological liar: it also makes him a sociopath.