Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Portrait of a Con Man- Curtis Coats III - aka Nigel Saint Claire, Nigel Coats, Noah Drake, and/or Justin Case

WARNING! It is with regret, but purpose, that I am posting this blog today.  A man named Curtis Coats III (or Nigel Saint Claire), from "CA & Associates" and "Nigel at Night" contacted my flower shop during a busy Mother's Day season.  Unfortunately, I was distracted enough to not catch on to his huge scam, until three weeks later.  We had a court date and he did not show up.  I have a Judgement against him for $2963.17, but doubt I will ever see any money.  But the money does not mean as much to me as the long and vast path of Fraud, in Georgia and in Texas, that I have uncovered during my investigation.  This blog will act as a central point for anyone looking in to this man.  DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH THIS MAN.

**This blog has been updated several times, see updates below.

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An email curtis.coats.fraud@gmail.com has been created for anyone wanting to report your fraudulent experience with Curtis Coats, or his whereabouts. Your contributions could help authorities with a larger investigation.


Current known alias used so far in 2019: Curtis Coats, Curtis Coats III, Nigel Coats, Nigel St. Clair, Nigel Saint Claire, Noah Drake, Justin Case

"Nigel at Night"  He is using this file https://drive.google.com/file/d/12JfvJn_jwdQky5naBhDgXo116TjhwQnL/view  to say he is starting a radio show called "Nigel at Night".  In May he told me it was launching in July.  It is now September, and let me assure you, there is no "Nigel at Night" show.  Also, I've been in contact with the person who created his logo in May, and she too has not been paid, even though her bill is only $250.  He claimed a high-profile television figure was behind him and supported his show, and an integral part of him launching the show.  Well, months later I reached out to this local celebrity who was generous enough to share emails with me, and confirmed she does not know him, and had just days before met him for the first time, as "Nigel St Clair".  I believe she has blocked him from her social media, and she had offered to help in any criminal investigation.

Curtis Coats presents himself as a successful businessman, with a large staff, working in a company called "CA & Associates."  Here is the only online presence he has for his "business." https://curtiscoatsiii.weebly.com/    Also, his "staff" is fake.  He has used the following emails. The ones that appear to be staff, are actually him.  He got sloppy in his communications, and I have proof.

Emails used:
curtis.coats1012@gmail.com
nigel.coats1010@gmail.com
nigel.stclaire@gmail.com
nigel.saintclaire@gmail.com
kward.caandassociates@gmail.com
christopher.young0909@gmail.com
ndrake.jacksoncreative@gmail.com
noah.drake101010@gmail.com
jthomas.jacksoncreative@gmail.com

Please email curtis.coats.fraud@gmail.com if you have any information to contribute.  Your information may help authorities with a larger investigation in to this man.

Curtis Coats III was in his first month at a shared office space (common in Atlanta) when he opened an account with me.  Once I caught on, I called this office and suggested they look in to him.  The next week, when I sent a driver to deliver hard copies of his invoices, he was no longer located there.  That says eviction to me.  And he has a very long history of that as well.

Curtis Coats uses his young 8 year old son, as manipulation and to cause empathy.  He will claim his ex-wife is in a nasty custody battle with him, or that she is somehow the reason he can't pay bills- i.e. she froze my account, etc.  Well, I spoke to this very lovely woman, and she has FULL custody and he owes her thousands of dollars in child support....and counting.  Please DO NOT reach out to her.  She is not hard to find.  But, when I reached out to her she said she lost count on how many people have contacted her about Curtis Coats.  Let's relieve her of having to answer for this pathetic sociopath, and the negative energy he continues to bring upon her.  There has been an email established for those who want to reach out and that is curtis.coats.fraud@gmail.com

Curtis Coats' main M.O. are the following:
Lies about professional staff and business situations
Provides fake documents for office and home rentals, employment, etc.
Lures vulnerable women into romantic involvement, and then rips them off
Uses references to his young son, to manipulate empathy
Plays whack-a-mole with eviction notices
Plays whack-a-mole with bankruptcies
Threatens those who confront him with fake legal documents and resources
Failures to appear in Court


Additional links for more information:

Scamguard long message board with numerous posters
https://www.scamguard.com/curtis-coats-iii/


Scribd.com is a great resource for court documents- here are just a FEW links to Curtis Coats
https://www.scribd.com/document/353925404/Eviction-notice-filed-against-Curtis-Coats-in-Gwinnett-County-Ga-June-2017

https://www.scribd.com/document/353925402/Eviction-notice-filed-against-Curtis-Coats-in-Gwinnett-County-Ga-May-2017

https://www.scribd.com/document/353925395/Curtis-Coats-bankruptcy-filing-Nov-2016

https://www.scribd.com/document/353925405/Eviction-notice-filed-against-Curtis-Coats-in-Gwinnett-County-Ga-Oct-2016

https://www.scribd.com/document/353925400/Lawsuit-filed-against-Curtis-Coats-Aug-2016

https://www.scribd.com/document/353925403/Court-filing-against-Curtis-Coats-in-Gwinnett-County-Ga-Aug-2013

https://www.scribd.com/document/353925387/Theft-affidavit-for-Curtis-Coats-April-2013

Here's a copy of my Judgement https://publicrecordsaccess.fultoncountyga.gov/Portal/DocumentViewer/Index/VSqHRT6t_znXB1QyrBGQ5myRTh7HivHKoaPXt3TJUyy5E6-4IE1utb7WB2nAbanOKw6c4GgjaUWs2tAXsUvfRhJJVHeWUEXgxuq83wTP3wM1?caseNum=19MS120479&docType=SCANNED%20IMAGE-%20CIVIL&docName=DEFAULT%20JUDGMENT&docTypeId=71&p=0


And last but not least, if you are a woman considering a relationship with this man, I am doing this for you.  I had a business relationship only with this man, though he did try the romantic route as well and was immediately shut down.  Several of the women who got caught in his web, are so distraught about getting nowhere in restitution, that they just want to put it behind them.  It seems like his romantic targets are the most vulnerable, as they are not signing business contracts and/or receiving fraudulent payments.  It's not like you can call the cops and say "my boyfriend ripped me off."  Curtis has a very nice voice, and he is well spoken. DO NOT LET THIS FOOL YOU!!!!!  If this man has contacted you, please report him via email at curtis.coats.fraud@gmail.com. Click here to see a video an Austin news station did about Curtis Coats online dating scams.

Thank you, and God Bless.

#curtiscoats #curtiscoatsiii #nigelatnight  #nigelstclair #nigelcoats #ca&associates

UPDATED Below- 9/16/19 *********************************************************************************

I appreciate the responses and reports so far, and have listed new information below.

Defrauding His Family- a direct member of his family reached out to me last week, and attached the court document, dated November 2018, stating Curtis Coats guilty of Identity Fraud, and Theft by Deception- against his own oldest son! After over a year of giving his son the runaround, he somehow walked away with 5 years probation.  I will not post the court document, to protect his son's identity, though it is public information and he is aware that I am including him in my update, and he has given me permission to do so.  I was also told that Curtis is well known for using a story about the next big entertainment deal ----"fill in the blank"---- that was just around the corner, but never materializes.

Current Bankruptcy filing-  One week ago, Mr. Coats filed for bankruptcy, AGAIN.  His hearing is September 24th, and the Chapter 13 Trustee noted his five (5) previous bankruptcy filings since 2013 on the court document.  The Trustee recommended dismissal "with prejudice", which is supposed to be pretty rare, so that is progress.  I also believe it means from reading the paperwork, that he won't be able to file bankruptcy for another 6 months.

Match.com Prowling-  Posing as Nigel St Clair, Curtis is at it again.  I had a very interesting conversation with a woman, who was in contact with "Nigel St Clair" (Curtis) through Match.com. Luckily she was sensing something was up. She started searching his name and "Nigel at Night", and found this blog. She cut off all communication before their first date that was to be scheduled last week.  I'm telling you, these stories are unbelievable. Curtis takes the fast track to his online dating approach, so be aware.  Click here to see a video KTVU in Austin did about Curtis Coats scamming women via online dating (july 2017).

UPDATED Below- 9/24/19 *********************************************************************************

Yesterday a Sergeant from Atlanta PD came to my shop to investigate a police report that Curtis Coats filed against me, for "harassing communication." After I laughed out loud, I felt shock, but then in an instant not shocked at all.  I was shocked that he would go down to a police precinct and file, but nope, he filed online.  I was also very pleased to tell this Sergeant all of the stories I've heard from people responding to my blog, along with my own personal experiences with Curtis.

Although my blog is not intended to "harass" Curtis Coats, it is to warn others- I looked up the definition and here is what I found.  https://codes.findlaw.com/ga/title-16-crimes-and-offenses/ga-code-sect-16-11-39-1.html

As far as I am concerned, and intend- I am only posting information that 1) I experienced myself, 2) others have directly reported to me, or 3) are reported in court records, or other online outlets.

Again, I am shocked by some of the responses I have received, and grateful.  Please keep in mind the definition of "harassment" above when making your comments.  But I believe a good rule of thumb is- if it's true, and especially if you have documented proof, it is not harassment to share your communication.

UPDATED Below- 10/1/19 *********************************************************************************

Regarding the police report Curtis Coats filed against me.  He did not show up to his scheduled face to face meeting with the investigator he sent to my shop.  No surprise at all.  To me this says he never meant to follow through. So not only does Mr. Coats waste the Courts' time with his frivolous bankruptcy filings, but he also abuses Law Enforcement's time with frivolous police reports.

Mr. Coats did not show up to his latest bankruptcy hearing on September 24th. Ridiculous.

I have also received ANOTHER phone call from one of his recent victims, where he monetarily scammed someone again. More information is coming for this, so I will not share quite yet.

UPDATED Below- 11/2/19 *********************************************************************************

As of this update, this blog is only two months old.  Luckily I've been so busy doing positive things, that Mr. Coats hardly crosses my mind, until the phone rings again.  I feel it is my responsibility to update the latest reports from victims, and recap more fraud that has occurred in just the short time this blog has been live. Curtis has just been removed from his third residential property, since August.

He is also using alias' "Noah Drake" and "Justin Case" and claiming to work for a company called "Jackson Creative LLC". So, on goes the cycle, with new names and emails.

August Landlord:
Just days before I posted this blog (Sept 3), Curtis finally left a property that the landlord had tried to remove him from, for two months.  He tried to pass off a completely fake check.  He claimed he accidentally transferred an extra $40k (I believe that what was reported) into the landlords account, and could they please send him back his money.  I'm not sure what online system he uses, but he will transfer money, and then it is suddenly missing from the landlord's bank account days later. 

He used many fake emails and personalities during his runaround, including posing as his mover.  He claimed he had very expensive art, and a large dining set, that required special moving equipment to continue his delay.  The day he finally moved out, the brand new washer/dryer and another kitchen appliance were mysteriously missing.  I will use the word "allegedly", but we all believe he sold the stolen appliance, as his next two property scams where fully furnished. 

September Landlord:
Curtis then moved to a fully furnished property in the Atlanta midtown area, as Nigel St. Clair.  Again with the runarounds and fake emails and fake personalities, and fake bank transfers, etc.  This time, the landlord found my blog much sooner.  She consulted her lawyer, who drafted his release from the property, gave him $500 to sign and immediately move his possessions out in trash bags. He took that deal.

October Landlord:
Days ago, I received a call from the latest landlord.  Curtis found this property through Corporate Housing By Owner website.  All the same stories and scenarios, with slightly different creative twists-including a story about having a stroke in the bank parking lot trying to get money to pay rent. And, this time he used the name Noah Drake.  He also submitted a check under the name Justin Case.  This landlord acted quickly after seeing my blog and immediately locked him out of the property. He was seen trying to get in twice, pulling up in a white Jeep with Virginia plates, but then quickly leaving in under one minute.  The police told the landlord they could just throw his stuff out on the curb.

Since my initial blog posting, I have been made aware of four separate police reports filed again Curtis Coats, three different detectives are looking in to him, he's filed for bankruptcy again and has been blocked from filing again for six months.  Also, this blog has been viewed over 2,600 times in two months.  Please feel free to share on nextdoor.com for your specific neighborhood.  One person did and we got 1,000 views in three days.

It's a sad shame the effort and skill this man puts towards scamming other people. Fortunately, the walls ARE closing in on him. And hopefully soon, he will have free rent in prison.

Again, if you have anything to report, please send your info to curtis.coats.fraud@gmail.com.  Thank you.