Queens Film Festival founder arraigned for stealing $14,000 in goods and services

Marie Castaldo, 52, of Queens, New York, was arraigned on Tuesday night on charges of first-degree scheme to defraud, third- and fourth-degree grand larceny, petit larceny, third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and second-degree harassment. "The defendant is accused of duping advertising and film industry vendors into providing their services for free to her film festival by – in most cases – making a small up-front payment and then refusing to make any further payments," Brown said.

Back in January I posted a link to an article in which the charges were first leveled at Castaldo – it seems the wheels of justice have finally rolled around to address the complaints.

It's always a good idea when submitting to any festival to do some research on the festival in question – using Google's blog search tool and looking for the name of the festival with the words "scam" or "rip-off" is a quick way to find out if there have been complaints in the past.

Read the story at wireupdate.com.