Former Employees Call Man's Casting Agency A Fraud
AMX Casting Advertises Up To $300 A Day For Movie, TV Extras
11:59 PM, Mar 9, 2009
"How do you succeed in Hollywood? First step, you have to get there."Clinton Walker looks cool and collected as he promotes his business philosophy to a television crew from Sweden.The crew is interested in Walker's claim to be the starting gate for those who want a shot at the entertainment industry."Today we have over two thousand two hundred casting calls for you," he announces to the Swedish reporter.Walker says he has those jobs just waiting, through his company AMX casting."AMX Casting is one of the United States' largest casting companies," he explains.Walker is in his high power sales mode."We register about two or three hundred people every single day," he adds.His former employees and investors tell a different story.Anna Phillips says, "Looking back, it's a scam.""It's an absolute crime," chimes in Jerry Almonte.The harshest words come from Joseph Garrie."He is obviously a parasite, a pariah that just feeds off on other people, a blood sucker."They worked with Walker and his web based AMX Casting, a web of lies they say."He should go to jail, "adds Almonte, "He should really go to jail."Walker advertised through on-line search engines and help wanted sites nationwide. He targeted people who wanted to earn extra cash by working in TV and film."They said you could make $50 to $300 depending on what you did," says Kristen Richina. She's an I-Team researcher whom we asked to sign up on Walker's Web site.She paid a $45 initial subscription fee to AMX casting then made $35 dollar monthly payments. She posted her pictures and was told that casting agents would contact her, soon."They said I could have anything from commercials to movie little parts to TV shows."The Web site states to subscribers, "You will be contacted within 90 days." Hundreds of Hollywood hopefuls have signed up.One former employee says, "They were averaging 50 to 60 calls in an hour."Walker had people working the phones. He called them "talent support." But did anyone actually get a job?Not our I-Team Researcher."Nothing," she says. She remained a subscriber of the Web site for more than 90 days but never had a single call or email.In fact, former employees don't know of anyone cast in anything."It was a boiler room trying to make money on the internet," says Robert McDuff.Walker ran his business out of an office park in San Marcos. He knew we were onto him and dodged us over several weeks. When we did get into the offices, they were stripped bare. The area that used to be the phone bank was empty. Only pieces of telephones remained.The AMX Web site is still up. Walker is still in business, although he's hiding. The I-Team has contacted all the studios and broadcast companies whose logos are splashed all over Walkers Web site to give it credibility. When we call Walker's 800 number his mother picks up.We ask what kind of business she and Walker are running, and she hangs up.Clinton Walker did give the I-Team a text interview. He writes, "U heard wrong, bad information, sorry you're confused."Former employees have taken their complaints about Walker and the fraud they say he's running to the FBI.