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 The force isn't with Justis: Wooden AT-AT #1

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Frozboz
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Joined: 24 May 2006
Posts: 926
Location: West Dakota


PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:44 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I'm the world's biggest procrastinator. This bait finished up in March of 2008, and I'm just now getting around to publishing it. This bait ran concurrently with two other massive and successful trophy baits, all yielding sculptures of Star-Wars AT-ATs - five in total. I lost the other two baits, but was able to save all e-mail communication with this one. And, in my opinion, it's the best.

For starters I'd like to thank two fellow baiters in particular without whom I wouldn't have been able to complete this bait successfully. Breddan Butter, for his catch on the phony plane ticket, and sheboppe for the immense patience and help with the shipment.

The lad's name is Justis Ohunyon. He's a smug romance/NOK scammer. From baiting him earlier and communicating as another lad, I've found that he owns a late model Mercedes Benz, a brand-new laptop, and is a clothes shark. He loves his silk shirts (as you'll see). He claims to be university educated as a geologist - which may or may not be true. He's smart. He's greedy. He uses photoshop in such a manner that it fooled me easily (you'll see later). So in short he's a very successful scammer.

Justis:
Image

The background: The main character I play is Jamal Lewis, the director of acquisitions for a company named Modern Demijohn Dûd (MDD), an art acquisition company based in Seattle, WA. Jamal is extremely busy with his travels, so he never has time to talk on the phone to his agents in the field. He's usually in remote locations with no phone service (but somehow he has internet). Jamal is searching for custom artwork made in Africa for rich clients in the US. This artwork must be top-quality craftsmanship. Our art dealership is well-established; we have been dealing with African clients for over 50 years and are at the very top of the art acquisition business.

Other players you'll see:
- Michael O'Neal - the eccentric client who has hired MDD for the acquisition of his "wooden robot".
- Maggie Davis - head of accounting for MDD.
- Colin Williams - head of MDD's fraud department.
- Elizabeth B3ll0 - Justis' fiance, in UK (with a Nigerian IP) Rolling Eyes

So here we go. The bait lasted from Dec 07 to March 08.. Here's Justis and the amazing AT-AT:
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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Artwork
Body:
Dear Ohunyon,

Thanks for your reply.

Here is what we need. If you indeed can help, and know of woodworkers
that create custom works of art, I will forward on to you my client's
specific needs. He has several photographs of the specific pieces he
needs custom-made. We pay finder's fees to those that help broker our
sales in foreign lands. Typically, the finder's fee (which includes the
setup meeting between our company/our client and the artist/art dealer)
runs between 5-10%. If we decide to hire the artist based on his
supplied samples, the total payout could be over $100,000 USD since our
client wants at least 10-20 high quality pieces (if the quality is
sufficient). That would mean your cut would be $5,000 to $10,000. The
art dealer typically gets 15%, we take 25%, and the artist the
remainder. This of course all depends on our client recieving a quality
sample piece.

We will pay for 100% of the shipping on the main order and only after
the client has seen the sample and when we place an order that we
consign. The sample usually is small and can be shipped through DHL.
See our website for further details.

Again if you wish to take on this job, or know someone who can, please
let us know and we will supply you with our client's photographs of the
item to be custom carved.

Please advise us.
--
Jamal Lewis, Director (moderndd@ml1.net)
Modern Demijohn Dûd
Occidental Ave. South Suite #800
Seattle, WA, USA
http://moderndd-artwork.webs.com
206-222-2843 (mobile phone)

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: Artwork
Body:
Dear Jamal,

Its with great glee and interest I write you letting you know about my consent with regards to the art works.First and foremost,I was born and raised in Benin City,Nigeria where you should know is the cradle of black civilization. Also Bronze sculptures and wood carvings are a craft we have as a tradition. To be straight to the point,I have several artists who do crafts of impeccable quality. Just let me have the pictures and I will revert to you with the costing and duration of production.

Lastly, I do have a major issue with the payment plan. I do not quite understand what you mean by "only after the client has seen the sample".I will need to be made much clearer on that fact as I do not subscribe to payment after delivery.

I anxiously await your response.

Regards,
Justis Ohunyon.
0112348057430211

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Artwork
Body:
Dear Justis,

Thanks for your email. You ask what "only after client has seen the
sample" means. You will agree with us that there are many differences
to the quality of artwork in Africa. Our client needs to see a SAMPLE
piece created especially for him before he will continue to purchase the
rest of the pieces he wants. This is very firm and very clear. We do
this because there is much fraud in Africa, and with new business
partners like we are, we need to establish trust beforehand.

The carving we need has to be custom-formed by an artist. There is
nothing out there like it, and this is why we want the sample to be
custom carved for us. Our client needs to see the sample before he will
commit any money.

We have dozens of contacts in 6 different West African countries. Our
ties in the art community are very strong both in Africa and the USA.
When we establish a new relationship with an artist, group of artists,
or agents representing the artists, we do not send money in any way or
fashion. It is up to the artists to mobilize and show us they are
willing to work with us.

The sample carving (or painting) that we need is usually a small item
which can be shipped through Fed Ex or DHL, and is of minimal cost to
you. Once our clients in the USA inspect your art SAMPLE that you send
us, then we of course have established a trusted relationship. At that
point in the negotiations, we will pre-pay for the pieces to be created
by you - up to 50% of the final fee. We will also reimburse you for the
sample and the shipping costs therein. But that is only after you have
sent your sample piece to us for inspection.

As you may know, the rate of fraud in Africa is very high. This is our
way of establishing a trusted relationship with new artists, and is the
way we have been conducting business since 1950.

If this arrangement is unnaceptable to you, please let me know now so we
may contact another artist willing to work with us by our rules.
--
Jamal Lewis, Director (moderndd@ml1.net)
Modern Demijohn Dûd
Occidental Ave. South Suite #800
Seattle, WA, USA
http://moderndd-artwork.webs.com
206-339-9079 (mobile phone)

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: Artwork
Body:
Jamal,

Your prompt response has been well understood. However,in business, there ought to be a mutual understanding. When it comes to Art,I am sorry to say but the financial part is not the total and absolute concern. Art is a culture,it is a religion. You have asked that I ship/mail you samples as an appraisal for your clients' assessment. I am not in agreement with that.

You did mention fraud in Africa. Need I mention to you that there is fraud everywhere. Its a global concern. What heppened in the 70's here in Nigeria? Our arts were stolen in FESTAC. Our samples are valued and can be reproduced by you which is a fear that I have. We are not anxious to sell out to a world class market. The best I can do is either get to meet with your agent here in Nigeria and have him see for himself or send you soft copies of our samples. That way I am rest assured that the transaction is in our mutual interests as we both go home peacefully to our beds. Africans are not fools. You protect your money and expect me not to protect my acumen!

I really hope you consider this as you will have nothing to regret going by my opinion. If you feel differently about this article,feel free to reach me verbally on 234 8057 430 211.

Have a nice day.

Regards,
Justis Ohunyon

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Artwork
Body:
Justis,

I understand your concerns. It would be acceptable for us to see
photographs of the custom sample created for our client as well. This
would mean both of us are protected.

Once our client agrees to employ your artist we of course will pay
up-front for all costs involved. This INCLUDES any shipping needed to
be done, as well as reimbursement for samples sent. We have done this
for over 50 years.

Please let me know, and we will continue. As I said, photographs at
this stage are acceptable to us.

Thanks for your replies. You seem to be very experienced, and this is
what we are looking for.
--
Jamal Lewis, Director (moderndd@ml1.net)
Modern Demijohn Dûd
Occidental Ave. South Suite #800
Seattle, WA, USA
http://moderndd-artwork.webs.com
206-339-9079 (mobile phone)

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: Artwork
Body:
Jamal,

I accept to work with soft copies(pictures of samples) at this early stage until we build the trust that will keep this transaction of ours afloat.

You will then have to provide me with copies of your clients' requirement and I will have my artists' master piece of it sent to you via pictures and if your client is alright with it which I sure know he definitely will,we can move on to the next.

You will not regret knowing me.

Sincerely,
Justis Ohunyon

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Artwork
Body:
Hello again Justis,

Thanks for your reply. Here I will explain to you exactly what we need
as well as the monetary compensation we will provide for the final
carvings after we have seen the sample piece created for our client.

We have a particular client who is a collector that collects African
paintings and woodcarvings. He also collects items seen in American
movies. He wishes to combine his two loves, and is interested in some
CUSTOM artwork, pieces he wants specificially designed and carved for
him and him only. I will attach pictures of some items he wants created
for himself. He is a collector of some movie memoriabilia and props,
and wishes to have African woodcarvings of some of his favorite items.
For these pieces he is willing to pay up to $15,000 USD per high quality
piece - maybe more if it is exceptionally done.

This particular collector has paid over $1 million USD for artwork over
the years. You can see some of the pieces we bought for him on our
website, http://moderndd-artwork.webs.com

Before he will place an order however, he wants to see a SAMPLE piece.
Would you be able to provide us with a sample, designed to his
specifications? We have contacted 12 different artists in West Africa
all who are unable to provide us with the needed sample. When we
receive the sample item the client will then order up to 10 different
pieces, pre-paying for half up-front.

Attached will be a sample of what we are looking for, in a woodcarving.
The SAMPLE item in order for us to judge the artist's skill must be at
LEAST 50 cm in diameter, so we get an idea of the quality you can
provide. The final actual pieces our client will purchase will be much
larger, some up to 2 meters long. Again, for the final pieces he is
willing to pay up to $15,000 USD each for very high quality, but of
course will need to see one SAMPLE carving first.

Please inspect the pictures I will forward to you, and tell me if you or
someone you know can create this item in a woodcarving or not. I am
away all week in Saskatchewan appraising rare Indian artifacts so I will
be out of mobile phone range until late on Friday, just to let you know.
Email is the best way to approach me until then.
--
Jamal Lewis, Director (moderndd@ml1.net)
Modern Demijohn Dûd
Occidental Ave. South Suite #800
Seattle, WA, USA
http://moderndd-artwork.webs.com
206-339-9079 (mobile phone)

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: Artwork
Body:
Jamal,

I await the forwarded pictures so I can get on deck with your order.However,I am not the artist but I have an artist who does impeccable wood carvings.Just let me have a look at your order.

Wish you a successful trip to Canada.

Regards,
Justis Ohunyon

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Artwork
Body:
Dear Justis,

Since I am away from my office this week it is taking longer to get in
contact with our clients. I have now procured the photographs of the
artwork needed for this project. It is unique, and therefore custom,
but our clients expect the highest quality as you may know. Please
inspect the attached photographs and let me know if your artist is
willing to assist.

Much regards.
--
Jamal Lewis, Director (moderndd@ml1.net)
Modern Demijohn Dûd
Occidental Ave. South Suite #800
Seattle, WA, USA
http://moderndd-artwork.webs.com
206-339-9079 (mobile phone)


I attach the requirements of the sample unique artwork:
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Image
Image
Image
Image

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: Artwork
Body:
Jamal,

Complements of the day to you. Pardon my delayed response as I have been on a trip to Abuja for a meeting. Although,I did receive the five(5) pictures and I will like to hear from my artist as I am quite convinced it will not be an easy task though but he does toys and these could be classed as space demos/toys. Just a hint,what would you say to metal works instead of wood?

Let me get your prompt response as I will sure get back to you with regards to his capability.

Sincerely,
Justis Ohunyon

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Artwork
Body:
Justis,

I have about five minutes before my next meeting so I can reply to you
now. Yes, metal works is fine also - bronze especially, if your artist
can do it. Also, I am forwarding on to you a contract you need to sign
so we are on board with our arrangements. Please fill it out at your
leisure and return it to me so the company has it on file.

Regards
--
Jamal Lewis, Director (moderndd@ml1.net)
Modern Demijohn Dûd
Occidental Ave. South Suite #800
Seattle, WA, USA
http://moderndd-artwork.webs.com
206-339-9079 (mobile phone)


At this point I attach a standard contract in PDF format.

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: Artwork
Body:
Jamal,

Yes!,I got the document for the employment of my service as your agent here in Africa. I do have a few objections and further clarifications form your end before I make any form of commitments as your agent.

Firstly,we did agree that for this initial stage,you will accept pictures of the works . However,your documents does state that I will handle/be responsible for delivering the sample and get compensated afterward.This is unacceptable like I made clear to you when we started this discuss.

Secondly,the craft is quite on the technical and complex angle although not impossible,this makes it quite expensive for me as I will finance my artist to produce and 15% as an advance fee will have to be reviewed to 80% down payment as we would have both settled the issue of trust and further more the cost of materials is an uphill task.

Lastly, do you mean there are no competent artists in the United States and environs who can get this work done? Just being curious.

Oblige me your response and have a exceptional day.

Sincerely,
Justis Ohunyon

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: Artwork
Body:
Jamal,

Good day. I have been in contact with my artist and we need more specifics with regards to the sample. You only stated that it should be a 50cm diametric piece. However,you did not state what the clearance from the ground should be. Also,my artist said it might be best done employing a variation of materials like wood and bronze. I shall let you know about that later too.
My wife says that the work resembles what was seen on "Trojan Horse" or "The Fall of Troy". Both are Hollywood movies like you rightly mentioned.

I await your response to the previous mail I sent you.

Have a nice day.

Sincerely,
Justis Ohunyon

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Artwork
Body:
Justis,

Thanks for your prompt email. The contract which was sent to you was
our standard employment service contract. I will have to alter it to
reflect the changes you agreed to, but cannot do so until I return to
the office and clear the changes with my supervisors. Until then,
proceed with the acquisition of the artist and commission of the work.
You should receive the new contract early next week.

The craft is technical and complex indeed. You can now see why we
cannot find skilled woodworkers in the USA that are used to such
intricate carvings. We have found that native African woodoworkers are
the best at such carvings.

The payments to you are in lump sums. You are paid a flat amount, and
take your payment from it. You pay the artist from what is left over
from your payment.

Regards,
Jamal

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: Artwork
Body:
Jamal,

I got your mail. Hope you get to leave for the USA today. I have been in contact with my artist and he has been able to work on the pictures from his studio and said the sample cannot work under 50cm but 75cm will be a better diameter. This guy is good and he has the creative skill. I hope to get back to you with the pictures and then we take it up from there.

I will get back to you when he is done with his feasibilities.

Sincerely,
Justis Ohunyon

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Artwork
Body:
Justis,

I have about five minutes before my next meeting so I can reply to you
now. Yes, metal works is fine also - bronze especially, if your artist
can do it. Also, I am forwarding on to you a contract you need to sign
so we are on board with our arrangements. Please fill it out at your
leisure and return it to me so the company has it on file.

Regards
--
Jamal Lewis, Director (moderndd@ml1.net)
Modern Demijohn Dûd
Occidental Ave. South Suite #800
Seattle, WA, USA
http://moderndd-artwork.webs.com
206-339-9079 (mobile phone)

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: Artwork
Body:
Jamal,

I hope all is well? I have not heard from you for quite sometime now. The artist is ready and he has given me all he will require and I need to hear from your end so I can proceed after we discuss.

I await your response.

Sincerely,
Justis Ohunyon

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Artwork
Body:
Justis,

Yes I apologize for the delay. I was away on business in the
Saskatchwan outback and had neither phone nor internet for a few days.
I am back in internet contact now in an outpost before I make my way
back to the office later this week.

If your artist is ready to begin, please have him start. Take
photographs of his progress and keep me well informed. We need to
document the steps you are taking so you may fully be reimbursed for
your efforts and time spent.

Also, remember to fill out the requisition form - the act of employment
document that will assure your reimbursement, and return it to me as an
email attachment.

Thank you,
Jamal Lewis

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:46 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: Artwork
Body:
Jamal,

It was nice tohave received your response. My artist has mentioned to me that due totechnical reasons, he can make the work in material variants of wood and bronze cast. He insisted that with wood, it will afford a better balance and can be made to stand firmly.

However, we will have to review cost as he tells me that the cost of making out the sample piece of 75cm diameter will cost $13,500. To be frank with you,that cost is what I cannot provide him as he does not want to prepare a work which you will reject and leaving us at a standstill.

Also, with the document, I did mention to you that I will only sign it if the needful corrections are entered into and that still remains so.

I conclude by saying that we have to agree on the price and revisit the payment plot. This translates to the simple fact that you must have to trust me as you staff and provide a start off finance for this project as I find it replete to provide the artist with his demands.

Thank you,
Justis Ohunyon

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Artwork
Body:
Dear Justis,

Thank you for the reply and the contacts you have thus provided with the
artist. I am in contact now with the client, and the final pieces he
wants he will gladly reimburse you for. However, the sample piece he
will not pay up-front for since we are unable to establish trust by
then. You are of course welcome to bill us and we will not only pay for
all the work done, but a finders and an employment payment to you
personally once we have seen the sample item, since once then we will
have established the business relationship. Have the artist continue if
this is commensurate with your abilities. You knew going into this that
you would, as our agent, facilitate the artwork for us. If you are
unable to do your job here,
please tell us.

It's at this time that I need to inform you that we also have already
signed contracts with three (3) artists for this project who have
already started on the carving in Bini Ebony wood, Lagos Ebony Wood and
Thick Wood. Any more delay on your part may affect your standing with
our company, and will of course impact any payment we make.

I have revised the employment contract. Please sign it and return
before we continue the business before any more delays on your part.

Regards,
Jamal Lewis


I reluctantly send him a PDF of the revised contract with Justis' new demands.
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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: URGENT
Body:
Jamal,

Complements of the day to you. I crave your pardon upon my snail pace response. I have been very busy with an art exhibition I am running. Its totally about drawings and paintings. I got your last mail and fully well understand the content. The basic issue now is that my funds are tied in cash shelters and the works I am exhibiting also have drained my liquid cash. However, I did try my best to work out an arrangement with the artist whereby he does the job and when you see the sample and approve of it(which I know you will) then he gets paid. He declined stating that he will involve several other colleagues to handle other parts whilst he does the chunk and needs to pay them as work progresses. In a nutshell I am replete with resources and you have mentioned that I will have to cater for the sample piece to be carved and after the trust has been established we can have upfront payments. One more thing you said was that you had signed a pact with three(3) other artists, this leaves me no choice but to feel time is no longer on my side as he has said the work will take quite awhile but it must surely come out impeccable.

I am sorry I have to let this pass. I am unable to finance it and you have said that is the only condition. If however,you do come about any other art work you require a West African touch upon, do not hesitate to contact me.

I am ever grateful for your time.

Regards,
Justis Ohunyon

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: URGENT
Body:
Dear Justis,

So as I understand it, as you are explaining things to me, you have
contacted an artist who has agreed on the project, but wants to be paid
for the sample after he has completed it, correct? How do you propose
that we see the sample, as to ascertain and examine it for quality?
Will you be willing to take photographs for us of the completed sample?

If the answer to those questions are favorable, then I am happy to say
that I have contacted the board of directors here at MDD and have come
to the conclusion that we can accept that offer.

We will pay for the sample after you have shown us high quality
photographs of it, as you are sure that the quality will be top-notch.
We hope that this business contact will continue for many years to come.
You are a very good communicator and I look forward to your reply.

If this proposal is acceptable to you, then we will sign you on as
employed by our company. Get back to me with your decision.

Also, as to the other artists we have contracted, do not worry. We
currently have several under contract working with various projects.
The highest quality work gets the highest quality contracts.

Jamal Lewis

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: URGENT
Body:
Jamal,

This is to acknowledge receipt of your previous article. I shall go straight to the point to tell you the present position of things with your art work. Like I said in my last correspondence, the artist I have contacted wants a payment plan while he does the work. In other words, he is of the opinion that he gets a start off amount and then upon completion he gets the balance payment. This was the cogent reason I explained to you that I am presently not replete with funds as my exhibition has taken a better part of my liquid asset. What I actually plan on doing is to send you pictures of the work as he progresses so you can see for yourself the progress and then finally afford you the picture of the complete work if we can do it the way he insists.

Furthermore, he mentioned to me that after taking a studio view of your work, he realized that the sample will be better done at 75cm diameter and not 50cm which you mentioned. Also, he said the work will be done with a blend of both Bronze and Wood. The bronze will be used at the joints of the limbs and the wood will give it better balance and aesthetic value.

This artist is not an "underdog". He does jobs for major clients in Africa and he presently has loads of work to do for various galleries here in Nigeria and Ghana as most galleries are stacking up in preparation for the yuletide season shopping. This is the reason why he finds it rather inconveniencing for him to shift attention to a job that is more like a trial.

I hope you feel my plight? If I had the resources available to me I would not hesitate to get on your employees list with this golden opportunity by financing the project knowing you will settle for his work. By the way are you back to the USA, because I have still been having voicemail calls.

I thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Justis OHUNYON

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: URGENT
Body:
Justis,

So what you're saying is this unknown to us artist wants to be paid
BEFORE the work is done? That is absolutely unacceptable. We regularly
pre-pay our contracted artists every contract, but with someone like
this, who is doing a unique project with us for the first time, we do
not pre-pay due to the high rate of fraud in Africa. As I said, I was
able to discuss the matter over a chat-session (I am still in the
outback in Canada until next week, so no phone) with the board of
directors and they agreed if the artist was as talented as you said, he
would be paid before the cample item was to be shipped. We would go on
photographs alone. But to provide money sight unseen, without any work
done at all, no photographs or the like, we could not agree to those
terms.

We are an established company, with over 50 years of experience in
custom artwork purchasing and contracting. You and your artist can put
total trust in us as an established, respected player in the art
community. The payout for this particular piece will be one of the
highest we have ever contracted - we estimate the final payout will be
in the $500,000 neighborhood for the final items after the sample has
been viewed and the final contracts have been signed. Our client is a
multi-millionaire investor and collector, who wants something special.
We provide anything our clients want, but are very aware of the high
rate of fraud in Africa. So for this reason, we only reimburse (plus a
percentage) after the artwork has been completed. In your case, and
your case alone, we have agreed to reimburse the shipping and sample
fees as well. We have already gone very far on this matter with you.
If you choose not to take this, our final offer, we will find someone
else that will.

Regards,
Jamal Lewis

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: Re: URGENT
Body:
Jamal,

Thanks a million for that response. It was most heartfelt. I very much appreciate your consideration so far for my unique case. However, I could not agree with you more that there is fraud in Africa but that does not mean that there are no genuine and law abiding people here. Fraud is a global concern and you should not make your decision particularly because I am from this continent as security totally depends on who you are dealing with and not where he hails from. I am pleased and have the leverage to type these mails because I have what you require(the competent craftsman) for the work. I would not want to contract other artists as I know a couple of them that will jump at this opportunity but they will not give us the impeccable piece you and your client insist upon. The good guys have big jobs. This was what I made you understand and they are too busy for a procedure as yours and also in business you should go for the best. I cannot get this guy to commence on your work when he has other works to do and that deposits have been paid for more so. Its either you trust me and get your work done or get someone else who can accept your conditions. I have the artist but he is busy and he believes in us shooting straight at the main edifice and forget about samples as he has done more professional and painstaking works.

I believe in action and lets invest this time into your project.

The ball is in your court.

Have a wonderful day.

Sincerely,
Justis OHUNYON

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: URGENT
Body:
Dear Justis,

Thank you for your reply. You must understand the position I am in. I
am only the Artistic Director of New Acquisitions for MDD. I am not the
accounting department, or part of the ownership. I can only do what
they tell me to do as far as money is concerned.

As unfair as it may be, new agents need to earn the company's trust. It
is not my policy, yet company policy that no money will be sent without
completion of the work when dealing with new agents such as yourself. I
am sad to say, if this is unacceptable to you, then we must part ways
and look in other directions. Many times, with new agents we contact,
the agent (you) will pay the artist, and then the company will reimburse
the agent once the contract has been fulfilled. As we have already
agreed upon, with your highly skilled artist, we are more than willing
to pay whatever price we agree to for the complex sample item. We have
already gone more than halfway with our willingness to pay for the
sample - something we only do after an intital order has been submitted.
We have already agreed to go even FURTHER, and will pay just on
photographic evidence alone. We have a modified, written contract that
you may sign which assures you of payment once the terms of the contract
have been fulfilled.

You have our best deal. You (the agent) will make artist contacts. You
(the agent) will pay for the sample, and you (the agent) will be
reimbursed for your work, the sample, and a percentage on top of the
work performed. After we have established this working relationship
with you, you are entitled to a working line of credit with us you may
draw upon at any time for future projects. If you are not willing to
pay a relatively small fee (for which you will be reimbursed) for such a
large payout in the end, potentially thousands of dollars per month,
then we will not be able to conduct business together.

May I also remind you, you and your artist have nothing to fear in doing
business with us, as we are a legitmate operation here in North America.
We have much experience in the art world, and are considered leaders
for specific, custom artwork. If you wish, I could even put you in
touch with a few of our more recent satisfied clients for you to talk
to. I am that confident in our success rate. We are excited to enter
into a business propsition with you, if you are able to meet our terms.

Let me know, and we can enter into this business together.

Have a great weekend.

Jamal Lewis

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: URGENT
Body:
Jamal,

Complements of the season. I crave your pardon upon my snail pace response. I got your previous message and very well comprehended the content also. I will have to get the resources required to get the artist started. Then keep you informed as we progress with pictures of the piece.
However, I must state that the fringe benefits attached to your task are quite interesting. In as much as I would not want to lose this opportunity,I will implore that you give me sometime to get finance together so I can get the artist to start carving. This is due to the fact that he requires a deposit. I will get you the costing of the sample so you know how much I expended in doing this so you can reimburse me judiciously.

I will await to hear from you if you are ok with my request for a little time to get my finances upright as a deposit sum is required for this to work.

How is your task in the Canadian outback? Hope you get the best of what you seek.

Truly,
Justis.

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: URGENT
Body:
Dear Justis,

Thanks for your reply. Canada was very, very cold this time of year.
We were able to acquire many new artifacts for a special exhibit we will
have this spring. Thank you for asking. I am now traveling to the
South Pacific for the Christmas holiday.

Please try to correspond with me on a more regular basis. Keep me
informed as to your search for an artist and other dealings there.

We are not on a time constraint so much, so take your time in finding
the best artist, or raising the funds needed. But keep contacting me to
let me know your progress. Also once the work commences our clients
would like photographs of the work in progress so they may see how well
the craftsmanship is, and it adds value to the piece.

I will be away for about a week on Christmas vacation, but I will have
sparce internet contact. Keep me informed as to your progress.

Regards,
Jamal Lewis

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: URGENT
Body:
Jamal,

Season's greetings. I hope your vacation will be memorable. I just left the artist's studio and it has all been in preparation for the work. He will be doing it at your specified 50cm diameters. I am actually goin to tell you how it works. I wanted him to do a work we can dismantle to complement logistics but he insists that it will be better and more traditional as a carved whole and not a dismantleable work carved with 100% wood and no bronze. Making it a pure wood carving.

Furthermore,the sample work has been valued to cost $3,000USD and I am paying him an advancement after the holidays so he can commence work. Also,there is yet another point I like to bring to your notice and it concerns the contract document I am to sign. Like you must know, I have forays to run an art exhibition in London next year and I will be working in affiliation with a gallery in Uk also this translates that I will have dealings with them regarding art works which your contract frowns at. You have to let me know what you think as I have also laid out plans for that. Again, it is stated in your contract that I will be reimbursed after making upfront delivery of the art piece.This is quoted at the end of the first paragraph

"the agent agrees to provide photographs of the sample acquisition
as well as to up-front provide the shipping and handling of the acquisition".

I do not agree to this as we had agreed that I will be reimbursed upon provision of photographs of the work and not after I send it over to you. I need you to edit these clauses so I can append my signature then we get kicking.

Have a special yuletide this season.

Thank you,
Justis

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: RESPONSE AWAITED
Body:
Jamal,

Merry xmas. I await your response to the previous email I sent you. I have been able to come up with some finance to get the artists to work. I only need you to enter the needful corrections to the contract so I can proceed.

One more thing, I need you to tell me how you want the finishing of the piece. Should it be glossed with mart or you want it back dated with carbon.Sort of finished as though its an old work. Keep me informed.

Once again I await to hear from you.

Justis

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: URGENT
Body:
Justis,

Thanks for the email, and yes the weather here is a welcome change to
what we are used to in the Pacific Northwest. In Canada last two weeks
it was frigid cold, and it's just very nice to spend some downtime with
my family on Christmas vacation here in the islands.

Now as to your specific request about the art exhibition you mentioned.
Could you please provide me with more details? We want to make sure you
do not work for one of our competitiors. That is the reason for the
clause there. However, if you are just exhibiting some work in the UK,
we do not mind. We do not want you to be an agent for any other art
company for transport to the UK however. Working for UK clients or
exhibitions is fine. Is that clear? The aquisition of the pieces is
what we want to employ you for. You may exhibit all you wish in any
country.

As to the sample itself, back-date it with carbon. We do NOT want it
"glossy" or in a painted, un-natural look. The whole idea behind this
sample is to see how your artist combines modern art with traditional
African design, which would include an "old" feel to the work.

I provided you with an updated contract regarding the photographic proof
of concept. Did you not get that? I will re-attach it here.

I will check my emails once every day or so, so continue to contact me
this next week. Let me know how arrangements are coming along with your
artist.

Regards,
Jamal Lewis


Once again, I re-attach the revised contract.
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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: URGENT
Body:
Jamal,

I received your response and it was quite understood. Like I stated to you previously,I will only organise an exhibition to sell out my paintings in London and not to get art works for a gallery. However,there is yet another point that you did not recon attention and that has to do with the shipping/delivery of the art work after acquisition. I need to inform you that I will only send you pictures and if you are satisifed with the work,you reimburse me afterwhich I will be good to send the work to you. That is my condition to work with you. I shifted ground to finance it and expect you to also make this request granted.

I will get that information to the artist to carbon date the work so as to afford it an antique value. I shall await your response with regards to the subject matter of shipment of the acquisition as that is the final lap to commencement. However, I received the attached document.

I await your response and have a wonderful day with your family.

Sincerely,
Justis Ohunyon.

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: New contract
Body:
Justis,

Thanks for your latest email. Keep in constant contact with us, that's
the best way to handle any business relationship. My family and I are
relaxing very well on the beaches here in the South Pacific.

What is the problem with the revised contract? It clearly says you will
ship it, and we will pay for the shipping. Why are you still stuck on
this small point? The contract is legally binding, we sign many artists
to new contracts every year, it is more that fair to all.

Maybe you are looking at the first contract I sent you and not the
"revised contract".

I'll re-send you another copy. Please get this sent back to me, and
commence work on the project.

Regards,
Jamal Lewis

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: New contract Received
Body:
Jamal,

This is issue is still not articulate enough for my comprehension. I need you to state to me in clear terms. How will you pay for the shipment? I need you to know that I will not release the work until you pay for it. You agreed to appraise the work on photographs sent. It is my understanding that if you find it acceptable,you will make payment and then I will send it across to you. This salient point is what I made clear to you right from genesis that I cannot release the work on promise to reimburse me.

I am on the internet right now. I wil await your response

Justis

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Revisions made
Body:
Ok Justis, I made contact with our lawyer who has agreed to revise the
contract once again to read "MDD will take full financial responsibility
for the shipping and handling of the acquisition." This is as clear as
we can make it, that our company takes entire financial responsibility
for the shipping fees. Now I expect you to sign the contract and return
it to me. Once you have done so, contact the artist to begin his work.
We would appreciate
photographs of the work in-progress, as this pleases our accounting
department that this is indeed a custom artwork contract.

Regards,
Jamal Lewis



Here I revise the contract for a third time with Justis' demands and attach it in PDF format.
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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: RESPONSE AWAITED
Body:
Jamal,

I just woke up to read your response. Due to the time variations,we were at pitch dark night at the time you were active. However, I appreciate the efforts you made to get that handling/shipping sorted out but you left one thing out. I need to know when the payment for the sample will be effected. Today is a working day and I am suppose to get the finance across to the artist so he can commence but not without absolute resolution of these issues.

Like you said,I will be reimbursed for the sample and then you can begin with the real piece. Now here's a thing. After the artist is through and you have picture proofs that you find acceptable I will be paid for the work and then also sent the shipping charges. At that time alone will I be fine to send you the sample since we would have earned mutual trust. This is the best I can do as I have procured a loan to get the project done as I am startled at releasing the work without the money. Honestly the collateral is my stock certificate. Kindly see to this and get back to me with a total reviewed contract so I can append my signature.

Await your action.

Justis OHUNYON

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: RESPONSE AWAITED
Body:
Justis,

My family and I are about to go to the coral reefs to SCUBA dive and
photograph nature at its best. Before I went out this afternoon, I
thought I'd reply to your email.

If I understand your concerns correctly, it seems you are hung up on
*when* the payment will be procured for the sample will be effected.
According to our accounting department, they say they will release the
funds when they receive (1) a scan from the artist's invoice to the
agent (you), (2) detailed photographs of the custom-carved sample, and
(3) the go-ahead from the acquisition officer (me).

You have nothing else to fear. The contract I sent earlier legally
reflects all your concerns - check with any lawyer versed in
international law to verify this fact. I have explained all the
innerworkings of this business to great detail. Please sign and return
the contract, and move forward with this work.

I look forward to your reply.

Regards,
Jamal Lewis

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: COMPREHENDED
Body:
Jamal,

On this note I am rest assured we will have a lasting business relationship. I will get the contract signed and scanned to you asap. I will get the artists to do their bit.

Have a warm experience with your family.

Regards,
Justis


Here's the contract (finally) signed:
Image
Image
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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: COMPREHENDED
Body:
Justis,

Good morning. I don't have much time here today to write you, but I did
want to thank you for the photographs and the completed contract. Keep
in contact with me and let me know how things are progressing.

Jamal

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: NOTICE
Body:
Jamal,

Hope today brings you pleasant things. I mail to inform you that I plan a vacation with my parents. This means I will be out of town but not out of reach. I will be back by Wednesday next week which is the 2nd of January. So the next day(3rd of January),I will visit the artist to get updates and keep you informed with usual literatures and pictures as I have given him the required deposit to get him started.

I wish you and your family a prosperous new year ahead.

Regards,
Justis

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: NOTICE
Body:
Justis,

Thanks for the email. Enjoy your stay with your parents. Are they very
far away from you? Are you able to see them often? Family is very
important! Have a good new year. Looking forward to your next email.

Regards,
Jamal

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: REGARDS
Body:
Jamal,

Thanks for your response. It was quite impressive for you to care about my contact with my parents. I am finally with them again to mark the new year celebration and they are very well too. They are quite distant from me. Work takes me far from home as I work with a service company several states away from theirs. I gradauted as a geophysicist some years back and work as a log interpreter here. I am a member of AAPG(American Association of Petroleum Geologists). This will in no way dampen my service to source impeccable art work for you. I got my passion for art from my dad. He ensured I took courses in fine art and modern languages when I was in high school.

I hope you impact this knowledge of art into your children also. Like I did mention to you earlier, art is a religion and I have immense regards for people who value art. I will send you an "oil on canvass" piece when I will eventually be shipping your carving to you for keeps.

I am just returning from church service. I am fagged out I need to get some food and rest. I will be on the look out for your response.

Regards,
Justis

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: REGARDS
Body:
Justis,

Thanks for your email. It's nice to know more about our agents'
personalities. As I said earlier, I think family is most important. My
family and I have had a great time these last few days in the sun and
surf. We return to the states in a few days, and right away I have just
found out I am on another business trip to remote areas of South America
this time. It's so hectic, my job, and so it's great to spend some
quality time with the wife and kids.

And yes, my children have a deep love for artwork. My oldest just took
4th prize in a national art competition. We are very proud of her.

You work as a geophysicist? What's that like? That must have taken
some intense schooling. Where were you educated for such work?

Back to the beach. Have a good time with your folks.

Regards,
Jamal Lewis

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: REGARDS
Body:
Jamal,

Thanks for your response. Kindly pardon my delayed response as I have sparse access to the internet around here. However, I shall get you updates tomorrow as I have an appointment with the artist.

Geophysics is a beautiful discipline and I really enjoy it. It has been challenging though but with the aid of journals from AAPG and other researches, I have been able to keep up with the pace required by oil and gas industry. I hope you get good works from this your new assignment in South America.

I have to go now. My regards as usual.

Justis

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: REGARDS
Body:
Justis,

I appreciate the reply. Did you have a nice visit with your family?
Just letting you know my schedule - I'll be traveling today and
tomorrow. We are flying back north today (in the airport right now),
and as soon as we get home like I said, I have an assignment to judge in
South America. I'll try and keep contact with you through email daily.

Looking forward to your next email.

Regards,
Jamal

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: REGARDS
Body:
Jamal,

I wish you and your family a safe flight back home. However, I will keep you fully informed upon progress with the carving later today.

You sure have a tasking duty and hope you get more time to unwind also.

Have a blissful day.

Justis


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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: REGARDS
Body:
Justis,

Just letting you know we're back in the States now for a day. Tomorrow
I will fly down to Chile in South America for at least two weeks. There
is a chance I will be able to take with me the company's satellite
phone. I'll let you know. Meanwhile, how is it going with the artist?
Has he started the carving yet? Keep me informed.

Jamal

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: UPDATE
Body:
Jamal,

Its great knowing you had a safe trip back home. I got back yesterday from my visit to my parents. I returned pretty late and went to the artist's gallery. The work has commenced but my laptop battery was very low and so I was unable to snap photos of the work with my webcam. I will try to get you the needful pictures later today. The work is being done with "Ebony wood". This is the best of its kind around here. It cannot be eaten up by insects.

I will give you a call then later so we can talk.

Have a nice day.

Justis

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: UPDATE
Body:
Ok Justis, you need to call me within the next hour or two, or else I
will already be headed to the airport. I am extremely busy here today.
In addition to our project with you and your artist, I have to appraise
some new acquisitions in Chile for the next two weeks, and I have
concurrently no less than six (6) other custom projects similar to yours
going on at the same time. Yours is the only African carving though.

Ebony wood is a good choice. I am glad you went with that. Please try
and send me some initial photos of the carving soon.

It happens sometimes on long trips that I may or may not be out of
contact with this work email (this address) so I will give you my
personal email in case I cannot connect to my work email. It is:
xxxxxxxxx@gmail.com so if you see an email from that box, it's me.

Thanks, and hope to talk to you soon. If we miss each other while I'm
in the office, then I will give you the number of a satellite phone you
may reach me at when I get to South America.

Much regards,
Jamal

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: HELLO
Body:
Jamal,

I appreciate your last response. Its good to know we are on the right track with regards to the acquisition. The artist factually selected the Ebony wood for this piece as I have made him aware of the fact that this sample piece is the turnkey project to bigger jobs. He is more than willing to do everything humanly possible for us.

I missed the time you would have been availed to take my call. In a much better event, I will require that you send me the satellite phone number so I can call you on that. I will send you the photos you requested for most probably at the early part of next week. I need you to bear with me but be aware that work has commenced.

I wish you a splendid weekend and an eventful trip to the South Americas.

Truly,
Justis

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: The satellite phone number
Body:
Dear Justis,

Thanks for your email. I'm now on a layover for my final flight into
Santiago. I should be in Chile or perhaps Argentina for the next two
weeks at least. Communication might be spotty, as internet in these
lands sometimes are not as developed as we would like.

I should get in to the final airport by 1:00PM (GMT-5) and will be in
meetings with our art contacts all day Monday through Thursday. Only
call me today, tomorrow, or Monday at 1300 (1:00 PM) GMT-5, as that is
my lunch period and the time I can take calls. I'll be extremely busy
setting things up and making contacts here and with our other agents
today and tomorrow. So call me at 1:00PM (GMT-5) either today,
tomorrow, or Monday. I cannot guarantee that I can answer any other
time. The number is: +44-70-05-xxx-xxx. Please note that it is a UK
based satellite phone. If you have troubles connecting, please contact
me and I will work it out. It's not the most reliable of phones.

In the meantime, I look forward to the updates on the progress of the
work.

Regards,
Jamal Lewis

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Sorry you were unable to call me
Body:
Justis,

I am sorry you were unable to call me. I waited as long as I could. I
will be in meetings with our representatives down here the rest of the
day. I'll let you know when another good time is to call me if you need
to. I'm not sure when exactly that will be.

Regards,
Jamal Lewis

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: HELLO
Body:
Justis,

I have some time to talk to you today if you wish. Could you please try
calling me in the next few hours? It is 12:30PM here, GMT-5. Please
try and call me, since I am so busy the rest of the week. I will be
available until about 2:45PM GMT-5.

Call on my UK sat phone: +44-7005-xxx-xxx. I have to switch it off
after 3:00 PM.

Have a good weekend.

Jamal

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: HELLO
Body:
Justis,

I hope you had a good weekend.

I'm sorry you again failed to call me. I have to switch the satellite
phone off now for the next few days, as I will be in sensitive meetings
until Wednesday at least. However, I will check my email daily so keep
me updated as to the progress of the work.

Have a good week.

Regards,
Jamal

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: Urgent(Update on Artwork)
Body:
Jamal,

Got your mails. It is not really so bad that I missed talking to you, as I barely look up my mails during weekends. I hope you have a successful meeting with your various clients.

With respect to the artwork, I am attaching some pictures of the snapshots I made at the artists' gallery. However, as it seen in one of the snap, the wood had a certain defect and that reports on the crack which is traced on the side of the work. This will be compensated for during the completion. This is just so you know. If there are other suggestions, do not hesitate to inform me.

I await your response and have a wonderful day.

Much Regards,
Justis.


Justis attaches photos of the artwork progress:
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Image
Image
Image
Image
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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: MORE PICTURES ATTACHED
Body:
Jamal,

Attached to this correspondence are more picures of the artwork.

I hope this suffices.

Justis.


More pics of the progress:
Image
Image
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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: HELLO
Body:
Jamal,

As at this morning when I visited the artist ,this was the situtation of the art work. However, he has requested that I repeat my tour next two days so I can see how much progress has been recorded.

I need you to let me know if there are any subtractions and/or additions you need to be made so I can let him know.

I await to hear from you.

Justis

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: HELLO
Body:
Justis,

Thanks for the email and the progress report with the photographs. The
work looks like it's progressing so far. I hope you had a good weekend.

The concern I have is the split or crack in the wood down the side in
the picture "angle 2". You mentioned your artist will fix it. How does
your artist plan on fixing this? If he will just simply cover it over
with putty, epoxy, or other cosmetic covering or paint, this may or may
not be acceptable to us. If the work is done seamlessly - meaning, if
we cannot tell the crack was there to begin with, then that will be
acceptable. Please get his explanation and relay it to us.

I will be in meetings almost all day, but will check my email on breaks
and at lunchtime.

Regards,
Jamal Lewis

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: RESPONSE
Body:
Jamal,

I got your prompt response. With regards to the defect with the wood like I mentioned to you. Upon my next contact with the artist, I will get to have his detailed explanation as to how the crack will be rectified. As he presently is the better position to advise.

I will get back to you on that immediately I have contacted him but bear in mind that the best will be his option as these faults always come with logs used in carving but in the end you will definitely not be able to tell it was ever there.

Thanks for your time.

Justis

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: UPDATE
Body:
Jamal,

I have just contacted the artist with respect to your inquiry about the crack treatment. He articulately explained to me that the crack is as a result of the Harmattan season here in West Africa and it was due to an expansion of the log based on harsh weather. However, that ought to pose no threat. It will be filled with a mixture of filings from the artwork and glue. This will in the end have no seam and of course no colour variation as the filing will be from the art work material.

I hope this answers your question and is acceptable to you. I shall await your response.

Before the week runs to an end,I intend to send you some more progress pictures.

Thanks and have a fulfilled day.

Justis

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:47 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: UPDATE
Body:
Justis,

Thanks for your explanation of the defect in the art. I am confident
your artist can correct the flaw to our satisfaction. Please keep me
updated on the work. I am excited to see the progress.

Regards as usual,
Jamal

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: RESPONSE
Body:
Jamal,

I just want to acknowledge receipt of your response. I am impressed you are excited at the progress of the work. I assure you it will be impeccable as the artist is not just talented but moreso experienced.

By the way,how is your project in Chile going so far? I hope you get a total package of your search.

Have a wonderful day.

Justis

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: RESPONSE
Body:
Justis,

Yes we are all excited to see the finished project. I facilitate about
6-8 custom deals and appraisals like this per year, and it is always a
pleasure to see the project taking shape before our eyes. I relayed the
initial pictures you sent to me back not only to our client, but to the
lead appraisal of antique African woods, Joe Thomas. Joe is very keen
on the construction of woodwork, and he mentioned to me the defect you
had shown us in the current project is not uncommon and easily fixed.
We had a conference chat with the paying client and he was assured this
artist you have is one of the best of West Africa. He is pleased.

The acquisition in Chile is going very slowly. These people here are
new to us, and not used to dealing in this manner with American
acquisition officers like myself. They are not being difficult, but I
have to explain every small step to them. We probably will look to
another tribe here to facilitate our needs in the future unless this
picks up. Thanks for asking.

Enjoy the week,
Jamal

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: I APPRECIATE
Body:
Jamal,

I am so pleased that we will enjoy a long term business affair. I promise to do the best within my acquisition for "MDD". You can count on my abilities as I will put in my best and seek for God's guidance.

What in particular are you opting to acquire in Chile? You know sometimes,nothing good comes easy. I feel you should be a bit more patient with the local tribe out there since you need them to complete your task as the saying goes "no pain no gain".

I tried calling your satellite phone today but got voice mails all the way. Just in case you get this mail in real time, do let me know if I can call you now. I will be on the internet for some hours.

I await to read from you.

Sincerely,
Justis

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: I APPRECIATE
Body:
Justis,

Sorry for the late reply, I will try and carve out some time to speak
with you soon. We were away all day in the jungles inspecting artwork
in a local village. I will be doing this the next few days, so will
only have brief internet access in the early morning and late evening.

The art we are gathering here are mud/clay scupltures and paintings.
Some of them are said to be very old, but there was a discrepency in the
age of a few pieces - which is the reason why I am here, to judge them.

Keep me informed as to your progress.

Regards,
Jamal

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: Good Day
Body:
Jamal,

I acknowledge your response. I will get you some more pictures to acquaint you of the progress so far before long. I will await to hear from you. You can call me anyyime on my cell phone( +2348057430211).

Have a fulfilled day and remain blessed.

Much regards,
Justis

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Fwd: More Information needed
Body:
Justis,

Good morning. Our accounting department has mentioned a few more needs
they would like you to provide. Please see the attached email from our
lead accountant and send me the required information as soon as
possible. I will be away all day, but I need to relay this information
back to the main office before the weekend.

Regards and thanks,
Jamal



----- Original message -----
From: "MDD Accounting" <xxxxxxxx@gmail.com>
To: moderndd@ml1.net
Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2008 10:22:59 -0500
Subject: More information needed

Jamal,

How are things in Chile? Finding the appraisals going smoothly we hope.
Remember to send your qualifications to the kiln-fired jungle clay
figurines today.

We also need more information from our agent Justis Ohunyon on the
artist and custom project for Mr. Oneal. We need to know the following:

1) How many artists are working on the project
2) The name of the artists or art company working on the project
3) The type of woods used here - also, how many seperate pieces will be
used in construction - as well as methods used to attach the "legs" and
"head" of the sculpture.
4) The town/city/village of origin for the artist and artwork
5) If possible, pictures of the art studio as well as the artists doing
the work
6) All receipts of expenses incurred by our agent Mr. Ohunyon such as
travel (bus tickets), internet cafe time, and any other expense
incurred. We
need these on a weekly basis.
7) And of course, more progress photographs from Mr. Ohunyon. Daily
photographs of the project's progress or every other day will be the
best course of action here.

I know you're busy but please get back to me with this information ASAP.

Hope to see you back in the office soon.

*Maggie Davis, CPA (xxxxxxxx@gmail.com)
Modern Demijohn Dûd Accounting
http://moderndd-artwork.webs.com*

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: INFORMATION/DOCUMENT ATTACHED
Body:
Jamal,

The requested details have been presented in this mail. They are herein stated and the relevant pictures attached.

1. How many artists... Five(5)
2.The name of the Art company....John Emuze Art Gallery
3(a). Type of Wood... Ebony
(b). How many pieces.. Legs are four(4),head and neck,bodice,four antenna(4)
Total= 10 pieces
(c). Method of Attachment..Glue(mixture of white glue+artwork filing)
4. Location of Artist... Benin/city, Edo State, Nigeria
5. Picture of gallery.. I sent this earlier
6. Receipts...I do not get receipts for internet usage and I however have attached to this mail
a copy of the receipt I was given after the deposit I made for this work to
commence.Soon as I find my air ticket, I will provide you a scanned copy also
I shall take time out to sort the documents out.
7. Photos... I took some snapshots during my tour today and I have attached same to this
mail.

I hope this suffices. One more thing, my artist said some artists came to him for assistance to work on an art piece exactly like yours I am working on. I am just inquisitive as they are working on it with clay.

I await your response.

Wishing you the very best today and always.

Much regards,

Thank you,
Justis.

He attaches update pictures of the project progress:
Image
Image
Image

He also attaches the receipt from the artist. It's important to me that I make all efforts I reasonably can to get the artists involved actually paid for their work. Note how 250,000 Naira has been paid to the artist:
Image
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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: INFORMATION/DOCUMENT ATTACHED
Body:
Justis,

Thanks for your reply with this pertinent information. I will relay it
on to our accountants along with the updated photographs. When your
artist has started on the legs/head, please send updated photographs of
them as well.

Just to clarify: How will you attach the legs, head and antennae? You
said with glue - is that all? Will the glue hold through shipping? We
are a little concerned with that aspect of the construction as many
times multi-piece items are attached via dowels or screws. If your
artist is confident that the glue is good enough, then we will trust his
word.

As to the other artists working on a similar project: We did contact a
few other agents to spec out this project. None of them could create
the project sample piece to our satisfaction, and so we terminated our
discussions with them. You and your artists are the only ones under the
employ of MDD. We also for this custom project do not accept works of
art in clay, as you said that one was. It most likely is either a
competing art studio with a similar request, or a failed MDD contractor
asking questions as to how to create this unique special work. But as I
said, you and your artists are the only ones I am working with on this
particular custom sample project.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Jamal

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: RESPONSE
Body:
Jamal,

In response to your mail, I am more confident working with you on this project as the assertion made by my artist honestly made me feel quite worried. Regards, to the attachment and the logistics of the artwork, I have the assurance from him that it will be bonded firmly and will not have a cleave. Also,whilst I make the shipment, I shall have it registered on the fragile item category. This will be the best way to manage and preserve the work. The artist mentioned that using screws and sundry for attachment will make it have an unnatural look which will not be good for the aesthetic/natural feel you bequeath. This leaves us to work with glue.

Secondly, he mentioned to me that the finishing which you suggested "carbon dating" will not be used for this piece as it can only be used in the finishing of Bronze works and not wood carving. Be that as it may, he said he will not polish/spray the work with paint upon completion. All he intends to do is to just smoothen it by filing or sand papering. However, he has started working on the legs but they are with another craftsman as he said the legs are rather quite technical and next time I visit him I will have him provide the legs and if the head and antenna have started I shall snap them all.

How is it going out there in Chile? I still await your call even though I understand how hectic things are with you relating with the local tribes out there.

I wish you a blossom weekend.

Regards,
Justis.

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: RESPONSE
Body:
Justis,

I thought I'd mail you for the day, as I will be traveling out and
perhaps not returning to the town until Monday. I am unsure of what my
internet connection will be like this weekend as our team here is
visiting a few villages far away from this town. We plan to return this
evening, but plans do change.

Fragile shipment is acceptable to us. Just plan ahead and make sure the
sample item is extremely well packed. If it arrives damaged, this will
hurt our chances for future business as the shipment of the items are a
large part of the trust we show in our agents abroad.

As to the lack of carbon-dating: The piece will definitely need some
sort of stain, laquer, paint, or otherwise "finish" on it to preserve
the piece of art. This is another showing of how well your artist
handles the assignment. Please get back to me with a choice of
finishes, as well as uniform colors he may work in. Without *any*
finish at all, woodwork tends to quickly deteriorate. I believe that
the client, if he cannot get a carbon-date look would prefer it finished
in some spray fashion in respect to the photographs I have shown you.
Paint is also acceptable, but some sealant-finish or gloss look would be
preferred. Get back to me with your assessment of the types of finish
your artists can provide. If you can provide photographic samples I can
pass on to the client of the colors, textures, and samples available
that would be excellent.

Also with respect to the legs, the entire scuplture must be
free-standing. Make absolutely sure your artists understand this, as
you have mentioned another artist has been crafting the legs. If the
scuplture does not free-stand on its own, then it cannot be displayed
naturally.

I know you will do a fine work for us. We are counting on you. Have a
great weekend.

Regards as usual
Jamal

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: BE INFORMED
Body:
Jamal,

I will be having a very hectic week this week. I have a client who needs me to consult for him(geophysics stuff) and I have to travel back to Lagos state as this our project brought me to Benin City. Consequently, I will have to fix an impromptu meeting with the artist on Monday and I will definitely get him to advise on the best finishing possible for a work like this. The fact is that you have to guide his suggestion with your requirement. Do you need the work to yield in age or you need it to be beautifully finished and/or preserved with a finishing patten that will make it last long.

Responding to the issue of the legs, there will be a total flaw if the work does not stand independently. The picture you provided is a robot that stands alone and so that is what you will get. He had to bring in several other artists to handle various parts because its a rare sort of artwork which he cannot boastfully do alone. So the craftsmanship of the limbs will be impeccable.

Finally, like I said I will register the artwork on the fragile category so there will be maximum care whilst delivery is made and to better stand the chance of safe delivery I will have to use airmail delivery as this is rather far less risky coupled with the fact that I intend to cushion the artwork in an encasement.

I promise to offer you nothing but the best knowing we have a long way to go.

Have a nice weekend and if I may ask, what is your religion?

Regards,
Justis


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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: UPDATE
Body:
Jamal,

Complements of the day. As promised, I took a tour today and the needful updates are available on pictures and I have attached same to this email. Also, I was correctly informed by the artist that the legs have joints at the feet/ankles. So kindly send this to the accounting department as the total number of joints will not be 10 but 14.

Furthermore, with respect to the finishing, the artist said that he will finish the work with "deep waxing". This he explains will preserve it life long and it will be done by using sand paper of various textures and then applying deep wax to preserve the luster/gloss of the work and it will retain this as long as forever.

The pictures I have attached are only the head, neck and some samples of deep wax finished works. It will amaze you to know that the black work was not dyed/polished with black paint. It is also Ebony wood but the older the tree before felling, the darker it turns.

The work will be ready for delivery by weekend.

I await your response and kindly provide your suggestions or response about the progress so far.

Thank you,
Justis


More pics of the progress ...
Image
I love the shirt!
Image
Image
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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: Extra Picture
Body:
I have attached the extra snap of the left side view to this mail.

Justis

Image
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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: UPDATE
Body:
Justis,

Thanks for your recent update. I was unable to get back to you until
now, being out in the jungle and not coming back to town until today.
We have meetings planned all week, and then hopefully I will be able to
return back to the states for my next assignment by Friday, or perhaps a
week from today (Monday).

The photos look adequate. Your description of the wood and preservation
method is acceptable to us. I will forward these new pictures and the
revised joint count to the accounting department. Our client is eager
to see the finished product. Please keep up the fine communication.
Have you seen the legs yet? We are interested in seeing how they are
coming along, as well as how the project all comes together.

I will relay a message on to the client, and ask him if he has any
suggestions as well. He is an extremely precise, obscure and detailed
man.

Regards,
Jamal

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: NOTICE
Body:
Jamal,

I will be returning to Lagos today to follow up on a client of mine I have to consult for. This will take me away from the artist for the better part of this week as I am hopeful of returning by weekend. However, I have not yet seen the legs but by the time I get back, I will have them snapped and relayed to you.

I will keep in touch with you as I will have replete internet access in Lagos.

Have a great week and the successful meetings ahead.

Regards,
Justis


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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: NOTICE
Body:
Justis,

Thanks for the updates. You and I are very busy men and so I definitely
understand that you have other business going on now. But please get
back to me as soon as you can regarding the latest updates of our
project.

I hope your business goes well in Lagos. How far away is the art studio
from there?

Have a good week.

Jamal

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:47 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: REGARDS
Body:
Jamal,

Complements of the day to you. Kindly pardon my delayed response as my flight was delayed yesterdfay due to poor weather condition. Also the traffic in Lagos held me for hours. I will have another meeting later today and then tomorrow and Friday.
The gallery from Lagos is 45min by air and 5hrs by road. It is much better going by air due to the hazardous conditions of the roads here. I will be back to Benin(gallery) by weekend and will be able to afford you more pictures of the recent update by then.

However, I do need you to clarify to me how you want the work finished. I had told the artist to indicate the red and black areas found in the pictures you sent to me on the carving. He mentioned to me that it will not be relevant as this is an artwork but I need you to state to me how you want it, so I can inform him on phone the needful.

I will look up my mail later today to check your response.

Have a nice day.

Regards,
Justis

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: REGARDS
Body:
Justis,

Thanks for the update as to your travels. Scan your plane ticket and
send it to us for our accounting department. These travels are 100%
covered under our agent traveling policy - but our accountants need to
see documentation of them. Is there a reason why you picked an artist
so far away from Lagos? Were there no high-quality lads in Lagos proper
that could perform the artwork? We really appreciate the lengths you
are going to satisfy the needs of the client, as the artist you have
chosen is very impressive.

As to the coloring of the artwork, do not color the red and black areas.
Leave the entire piece a uniform color. Have the artist seal the wood
in the protective coating like we discussed, with no paint whatsoever.
A gloss coating, or stain is acceptable to preserve the wood, but do not
paint the piece or any part of it. This will give it a unique,
hand-made feel.

Have a good day,
Jamal

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: RESPONSE
Body:
Jamal,

Complements of the day. I am just off a meeting for the day. I will ensure that the artist gets the instructions you provided for the finishing touch on the artwork.

If you must know, there is a historical axiom that the best wood work and moldings are from the Bini kingdom which dates back to the great old days. Till date the Bini's have obviously the best craft when it comes to sculptures in West Africa. You could not agree with me more with the prototype of the complex modern art work in progress. I do believe that in what you set out to do, you put in your selfless best. This is the reason I had to come this far to reach this artist and so far I am quite grateful that it has in no way been a wasted effort. If you need any work done as far as the West African region is concerned do not hesitate to contact me as I will give you the best.

I hopefully will be back to Benin by Saturday and will get in touch with the artist. Obviously at that time I will get you the updates and hopefully the work should be ready also. I will send you my flight tickets soon as I can get through with these meetings. I sincerely do appreciate your gesture in extending these fringe benefits to me. Its quite impressive.

Have a wonderful day.

Sincerely,
Justis

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: RESPONSE
Body:
Justis,

Thanks for your explaination of the history of the artwork in the area.
I will likely be away until late Sunday or Monday, so please feel free
and keep me updated on the project for when I return. When are you
expecting the finishing date?

Remember to scan and return the airplane tickets for your travels.

Have a good weekend yourself.

Jamal Lewis

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: URGENT
Body:
Jamal,

I arrived Benin City today. I have called the artist but he said he is out of town as he has to play a major role for his sibling's wedding which is today. Although, we have an appointment on Monday and then I can get you updates with regards to the artwork.

I cannot tell you an exact date of completion yet but I am sure it will be completed this week. All attempts to find my travel ticket for my trip to Benin last December to get the artist the payment and commence the carving has proved abortive. I do have the tickets for my flight out of Benin on Tuesday and my flight back today. I will scan these as soon as I settle down and get them across to you as requested.

I wish you a nice weekend.

Regards,
Justis

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: RESPONSE AWAITED
Body:
Jamal,

Attached to this article is a photographic update of the project. It will be completed tomorrow. This is because the waxing has not yet been done but all other things such as filing and coupling of all parts have been finished. The antenna for now are detachable. This is so they will not break whilst being shipped. You can fit them in the holes provided or take them out.

I have also attached my air tickets to this mail as requested.

Are you back to the States? I will ask that you give me a call. This is necessary.

Thanks.

Justis.

He attaches an update photo:
Image

And scans of his supposed trip to Benin City:
Image
Image

VIRGIN NIGERIA does not fly from Lagos to Benin City. Furthermore, Benin City's airport code is not BEN. These tickets are fake.
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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: RESPONSE HIGHLY AWAITED
Body:
Jamal,

Complements of the day. I will be with the artist later today to supervise the completion of the work. He will do the waxing today. I shall look up my email before the end of the day in anticipation for your response.

I await to read from you.

Justis

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: RESPONSE HIGHLY AWAITED
Body:
Justis,

Thanks for your replies. This business in Chile is taking longer than I
had expected, and we may have to go out into the smaller villages for an
extended stay. We are dealing with highly unimpressive and
unprofessional people who only are looking to take advantage of
innocents with these local, native art projects here. These are not
custom projects like the one you are working on, but these are more more
rare, older antiquities. They have so far tried to pass on newly
created works as 5th century. Forgeries are all too common in my line
of work. MDD is sending another expert down here this week to assist.
It seems as if I will need to spend at least another week here. Just
letting you know how busy things are in South America.

It's good news that the waxing will take place today. We eagerly await
the final photographs. Regarding the smaller detachable pieces, this is
acceptable and is a very good idea. We do not want it damaged in
shipping.

Thanks for the plane ticket scans. I have forwarded these on to Maggie
in our accounting department for documentation. If you happen to find
the other tickets, please send these on to me as well.

Looking forward to hearing from you again.

Regards,
Jamal Lewis

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: URGENT
Body:
Jamal,

It was indeed a pleasure reading your much articulate response. As at yesterday, the artist had taken the work to a professional to do the final smoothing and waxing. Friday morning is an appointment we have to get the finished work. At that time shall I provide you with the photographic update.

I will keep you informed once there are developments.

Have a nice day.

Much regards,
Justis.

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: URGENT
Body:
Justis,

Thanks for the update. Keep me informed as to the progress with the
finalization of the work. The recent records have been passed to our
accounting and survey departments. They remind me to tell you to please
forward on any other receipts for reimbursal that you may have.

Remember to keep your plane ticket to Benin City when you travel there
Friday.

Have a good day.

Jamal Lewis

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: URGENT
Body:
Jamal,

Tomorrow morning, I will be with the artist to get the finished updates. I do not think there are other tickets I have not sent except the misplaced one I told you about. Please be informed that I do not have any recent plane tickets as I have been in Benin City since my last arrival on Saturday. I put up with an old school friend of mine who lives here. This is to cut overhead costs as it would have been too expensive and pointless staying in a hotel or flying down for every other appointment.

How is it going out there in Chile. It appears you are no longer enjoying the task with the natives. I wish you the best as I quite understand how frustrating it could be relating with people who do not comprehend adequately.

I will send you the finished work update tomorrow. I await your response/instructions if there are any.

Regards,
Justis

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: URGENT(Pictures Attached)
Body:
Jamal,

The work is ready for delivery. I just left the artists' gallery and the photographic update is attached herein. The work is really impressive and its indeed a master piece.

I will await your response and let me know your plans as I need to get it delivered at the earliest so I can return to Lagos and then return to get the real work started.

Have a nice day.

Justis


He attaches pics of the finished work:
Image
Image
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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: URGENT(Pictures Attached)
Body:
Justis,

Thanks for the email. I will forward the pictures on to the client, and
will get back to you with his response.

I need to know where you will be in the next week or so. We might use a
courier to ship the art, or we might use DHL. We're not sure. The
courier works out of Accra, Ghana, so if at all possible we will see if
we can use DHL or some other shipper who works out of Lagos so you won't
have to travel.

I'll keep you updated. Have a good day.

Jamal

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Fwd: Re: Your project sample is complete
Body:
Justis,

The client has already replied to me. View his email and correct your
mistake by sending me more detailed photographs. You might try taking
pictures up-close, and from the sides as well. He wants more detail.

Jamal


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----- Original message -----
From: "Michael O'Neal" <xxxxxx@gmail.com>
To: "Jamal Lewis" <moderndd@ml1.net>
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2008 07:59:21 -0500
Subject: Re: Your sample project is complete

Jamal. I understand you are a busy man. And you certainly know when we
met
in November that my entertainment company is posting record profits this
fiscal year and so we both are the best in the business. But I come to
MDD
because of your reputation of providing your clients with exactly what
they
ask for. I DID NOT ASK FOR ONLY TWO PICTURES. Now do this, send me
multiple pictures of multiple angles of this project. How do you expect
me
to pay the sum you're asking of $65,000.00 for this if I only see TWO
PICTURES?

If you cannot satisfy me with high quality photographs then I will
demand
that you have it shipped to me for my perusal first.

On Jan 25, 2008 7:43 AM, Jamal Lewis <moderndd@ml1.net> wrote:

> Dear Mr. O'Neal,
>
> I am happy to report that the sample custom project supplied to you by
> Modern Demijohn Dûd has been completed by our artists in Africa. As you
> can see by the pictures, the work is impeccable and will shortly be
> shipped upon your approval. Inspect the pictures attached in this
> email, and note the supreme quality of our artists. Once you approve
> this sample, we will have it shipped to you. Please don't hesitate to
> get back to me via email as I am on a business trip in South America.
>
> CC: Maggie Davis
>
> Much Regards,
> Jamal Lewis
>

---------------------

Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Also
Body:
Justis,

Also, I forgot to mention this to you, we will need the complete weight,
length and height of the sculpture. Please get back to me with this
information.

Regards,
Jamal

---------------------

Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: PICTURES ATTACHED
Body:
Jamal,

Complements of the day to you. I have read your messages and I had to get in touch with the artist to get much closer snapshots as Mr. Michael O'Neal has requested. I have attached some photos to this article and the remainder to the other mail. I will have to be in Benin City for sometime as you have suggested but my other engagements in Lagos will have to suffer the neglect so may I ask that you make it before long(reimbursing) so I can get the artwork shipped/"DHL" as you instruct and then commence with the actual artwork as this prototype is all a masterpiece.

I await your imminent responses.

Regards,
Justis


He attaches several pics of the completed work:
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: Re: Also
Body:
Dear Jamal,

From my measurements and weighing of the artwork today, I got these data:

Lenght: 50cm
Height: 46cm
Weight:5kg

Attached to this corespondence are more snapshots.

Feel free to get back to me upon development.

Have a swell weeekend.

Regards,
Justis


More pics:
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: NEED TO BE CLEAR ON THIS
Body:
Jamal,

I am just curious about a statement by Mr. Michael

" How do you expect me to pay the sum you're asking of $65,000.00
for this if I only see TWO PICTURES? "

Does this mean you are not working on the other project you mentioned to me but this one(prototype) I just finished. I need to be clear on this as it will be real sad I put in this much effort and selflessness and get this in the end.

Await to read from you.

Justis

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: NEED TO BE CLEAR ON THIS
Body:
Justis,

What is unclear about this? Mr. O'Neal has agreed to pay a sum to MDD
for future consideration based on the quality of work that you and your
artist are providing. If you only provide him with TWO pictures, he
says he will not pre-pay for the "real" work. He was unsatisfied with
your lack of photographic evidence, and was explaining to us that he
wouldn't pay up-front on the next project unless he is satisfied with
the prototype.

Here is how it goes. It's very simple:

- Once our client Mr. O'Neal is satisfied with your work, he will
advance us a payment for the next future project.
- I will receive the details from him regarding his request and pass
this on to you, along with your share of the advance payment once we
have the agreement from Mr. O'Neal

Do you understand now?

Thanks for the updated pictures. I will forward these on to our client
immediately.

Have a good weekend,
Jamal

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:48 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Fwd: New pictures
Body:
Justis,

I hope your weekend is going well. Please note the message I just
received from the client, Mr. O'Neal. Read the message and get back to
me with your response.

He has also attached a photo highlighting the area he is not happy with.

I have told him what you originally told me about the cracked wood, how
it has been sealed and there is no risk of the sculpture falling apart
or taking on any further damage. I have also told him these kinds of
defects are common. Please respond to me with your assessment. I will
also forward on to you any response from his side.

Also note how eager he is to get started with future projects. He
apparently has an art exhibit show planned out for your future carvings.

Regards,
Jamal


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----- Original message -----
From: "Michael O'Neal" <xxxxxxxx@gmail.com>
To: "Jamal Lewis" <moderndd@ml1.net>
Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2008 14:22:44 -0500
Subject: New pictures

Jamal,

How is everything in Chile? I am waiting for the time when you can give
me
a phone call. I understand though it will be a while because of how
primitive everything is down there. Best wishes for a good trip.

I viewed those photographs of the wooden sculpture. Tell your artist
thank
you for sending those 10 pictures. I am having a hard time making out
that
line down the side of the sculpture in picture #5. It looks like a huge
split or crack. Please tell me the carving isn't split down the edge
like
that. I won't be happy if it is. I will assume for now it's not
cracked
there. I have attached a picture of it so you can see what I mean.

I will be in Switzerland skiing in the alps all next week, but will
check my
email regularly. Do you think the sample carving will be shipped by
then? I
want to see it ASAP! Also, please ask the artist when will he be
available
for my next paid-for project. If this carving is as good as I think it
is,
Have him set aside at least the next six months or so to work with me.
I
have ten (10) more projects lined up. You know Paul Smith of Firehouse
Five
galleries in Portland? You worked with him on that Russian project a
few
years ago. He is my art manager, you know. He decides what is good art
and
what isn't. I have been forwarding him these pictures and he says this
is
the next HUGE thing to come out of Africa. We plan on putting on a show
with this art when all is said and done. We have set aside a total of
$1
million if everything goes right. Our decision on future projects rests
firmly in the hand of your artist now.

Talk to you soon.

Mike


So Mr. O'Neal isn't happy, and attaches the source of his disappointment:
Image
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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: ERUDITE RESPONSE
Body:
Jamal,

This is to acknowledge receipt of your mails. I must hit straight at the point. With regards to the line on the artwork, I will have to draw your mind back to the initial set of pictures I showed you. However,you mentioned the crack to me and I said it was a regular thing to have cracks on wood mostly due to our harsh weather presently experienced in Nigeria. Furthermore, I was rightly informed by the artist that the crack on the wood will be treated/filled with a mixture of wood filing and glue. The colour you see is just due to the fact that you mentioned to me you wanted the work stained and for that reason the artist decided to take advantage of the crack and make it seem like a usual Ebony wood stain. I assure you it is seamless and smooth. There is no possibility of having it tearing open even if it falls. This artwork was done by a professional.

I hope I have been able to answer your question. Do get back to me upon development.

Sincerely,
Justis

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: RESPONSE AWAITED
Body:
Jamal,

I have read your mail and did not quite understand earlier when your client said he will not make payment based on the double pictures I sent much earlier. I was curious to think if it is this prototype he is actually collecting.

Furthermore, I need to know when you are sending the payment. I need to settle my creditor what I collected to advance the artist to do this work and get the artist his balance. I told you I had to use my stock certificate as collateral. So I can be back to Lagos to follow up on other issues I put pending.

Mr O' Neal made mention of future projects in six(6) months time. Well, I will be much disposed if God keeps us all alive and healthy and I know he will. By the way, when is the real carving starting as I am made to believe this is a prototype of the 2m diameter work.

I await your response,

Have a nice day.

Justis.

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: ERUDITE REPONSE
Body:
Justis,

Thanks for the swift reply. I know you don't normally work weekends and
I appreciate the prompt response. At this level of the business, we
work 110% to please the client. You have seen the kind of money he is
willing to pay for future projects, only if he is satisfied.

I am with you on this. I know the work is excellent. You have been
nothing but honest and hard working though this whole process. I trust
you. I have explained in great detail to him that there is no defect in
the final product. I am now waiting for his reply. When he gets back
to me I will notify you immediately.

This is common in the custom artwork business. The clients are very
rich, and are used to doing things their way. And since they have the
money, we are left to cater to them. It is ok. I have known Mr. O'Neal
in a professional setting for over 5 years now. He is just making
absolutely sure that the investment he is about to make is a good one.

I'll keep in touch.

Jamal

---------------------

Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: REPONSE AWAITED
Body:
Justis,

I will explain his concerns to you one more time. Mr. O'Neal is going
to make a payment to my company of $65,000.00 USD as a downpayment for
the "real" projects. Now this is the key to our WHOLE operation here:
He will ONLY do this if he is satisfied with the work YOU are providing.
When he initially saw only two pictures that you sent, he thought that
was all he had to see. He refused (rightly so) to put a large
downpayment on future work because he could not judge the quality of
your artist's work from only two photographs. That is why I needed
those additional pictures from you. He viewed them and was mostly
pleased, with the one problem being the repaired crack. I have
explained this to him and am now patiently waiting for his reply.

I will notify you when he gives his go-ahead.

If the clients are not satisfied with the work performed, the agent
(you) will have failed to fulfill his contract and thus will not be
paid, or will be delayed payment. I guarantee this will not happen in
our case, as Mr. O'Neal is a trustworthy man and just wants to make
absolutely sure that he is getting a quality product from you.

As to the "real" carving, it will commence as soon as Mr. O'Neal
advances us the $65,000.00 partial payment on the first "real" project
and gives us the specifications therein. The works will be similar to
the prototype you had created, but will be much larger - as you said, 2m
high perhaps. It's all up to the client. This entire process hinges on
making him happy. You and I both have to make sure he is satisfied with
this work.

Do not worry, trust me and show patience, this will all happen soon.

Jamal

---------------------

Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: REPONSE AWAITED
Body:
Justis,

I just wanted to keep in contact with you. I still have not heard back
from Mr. O'Neal yet. This is not unusual, as he is probably away on
Sunday. I will inform you when he sends me the confirmation.

Hope your weekend went well.

Jamal Lewis

---------------------

Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: NOTICE
Body:
Jamal,

Thanks for keeping in touch.I very much appreciate it. I will be off to Lagos today and will keep an eye on my email. I shall get back to Benin to do the needful when Mr. O'Neal gets you his confirmation.

Trust your weekend went well. I will await to read from you.

Justis

---------------------

Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Michael O'Neal
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: New pictures
Body:
Mr. O'Neal,

Kind regards to you this afternoon. Yes it is drudgery being here. I
feel so isolated. These people in Chile are highly unprofessional also
- unlike our friends in Africa who are performing the work for you.
They are top-notch and the best in their business.

Thanks for your message about the apparent defect in the wood. Yes,
there is a crack running along the right hand side of the sculpture but
it has been sealed. You can be assured that this is normal, and will
not cause any trouble in the future.

We hope to have the item shipped pending your approval of the artist's
photographs.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Jamal Lewis

---------------------

Michael O'Neal wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Michael O'Neal
Subject: Re: New pictures
Body:
Hello Jamal,

Just so you know I have canceled my trip to the alps this week. This
issue
with the art is more pressing. You know in my last email I mentioned to
you
how high my expectations were for your company and your artist in
Nigeria.

I've inspected the photos once again in thorough detail. I have taken
them
to Paul Smith, who as I mentioned is the clear expert in the field. He
told
me the following: "Without better photographic or in-person evidence I
cannot tell for sure if that is a major defect in the craftsmanship or
just
a normal condition of the wood".

Mr. Smith then pointed out in picture #10 you can clearly see another
defect
toward the rear of the sculpture. I had my technicians expand the photo
and
highlight the area so you may show your artist.

I will need better proof than the pictures your artist has sent. If
clear
photographs cannot be taken (I understand there are issues sometimes
getting
a good camera in Africa) then I will need to see the prototype sculpture
in
person.

If the split really is just a simple product of the wood and sealed by
the
artist, this will assure myself and Mr. Smith that your artist really is
one
of the best in the world, since he knows how to handle defects in his
medium. However there is no way to tell that without extremely detailed
photographs or an in-person inspection by myself and Mr. Smith.

We now have the financing in-place to pre-pay upfront for the next dozen
or
so projects. This money is released only if I am satisfied with your
work.
You understand how business is conducted.

Instruct your artist to satisfy my requirements one way or another.
Like I
said, if this "split" has been fixed by the artist and it really is not
an
issue then we will go-ahead with the next project and you will receive a
pre-payment downpayment of $65,000.00 for it. I must first be
comfortable
and satisfied with this prototype before that can happen however.

Michael


Mr. O'Neal attaches another detailed photoshop showing his concern:
Image
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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Fwd: Re: New pictures
Body:
Justis,

I hope you had a good weekend. Mr. O'Neal has responded to me. Please
read the email below and comment on it. He is still unhappy with the
work and has attached another picture where he believes a defect is
clear. I have viewed his photo and the evidence is not clear. Explain
what those markings are, the line and the spot on the rear of the
sculpture so I may convey this information to the client. He thinks
they could be major defects in the craftsmanship. I know you have
explained to me that they are not, and the work is in pristine condition
but how do we convince him? The client Mr. O'Neal is weary of the work
done. He has brought in his partner, a respected art appraiser Mr. Paul
Smith to inspect the photos and he has come to the same conclusion, that
they cannot tell from those photographs if it is a major defect or not.

This needs to be resolved quickly.

Regards,
Jamal

---------------------

Michael O'Neal wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Michael O'Neal
Subject: Your artist
Body:
Jamal,

One more thing I want to stress. Please relay to your artist that I
think
his craftsmanship is EXCELLENT. As usual Jamal, you have the knack of
finding the best the work has to offer. I hope he is not offended by my
questioning the photographs? I know that he is doing excellent work.
It's
just very difficult to judge a piece accurately by only photographs.

Please tell him I think his work is phenomenal and look very much
forward to
working with him in the future.

Have you heard back from him yet?

Have a good day my friend....

Mike

---------------------

Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Fwd: Your artist
Body:
Justis,

I hope your trip today was safe?

I want you to see the comments that Mr. O'Neal has made about you and
your artist. You have impressed him a great deal.

Much regards,
Jamal

---------------------

Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: RESPONSE
Body:
Jamal,

Top of the Day to you. I crave your pardon upon my delayed response. I have not got much time here as I have to attend to reels of issues here in Lagos which I left hanging since I was out for the better part of last couple of weeks.

Regards to the message from your client, kindly let him know that the report he indicated on his article is the same defect as the previous one. That defect(crack) on the wood has a depth and the artist took the treatment to the extreme extent so there will be no split or further degeneration of the art quality in the far future. This can be better understood if he makes a juxtaposition of both picture (shot 7 and shot 10) he will obviously get to realize that the depth of the crack is what appears at the rear part of the artwork and the master piece touch of the artists' finishing is judged from this cogent detail.

I hope I have been able to convince you beyond reasonable doubt that this is an impeccable work which also I very much appreciate the kind statements of your client in the previous mail. I do hope to be back to Benin City latest Thursday. Hope your work in Chile has made a notable headway?

I await to read from you.

Regards,
Justis

---------------------

Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: RESPONSE
Body:
Justis,

How are you today? Is your business calming down at all? I have a few
minutes so I thought I'd email you the latest update with the client,
Mr. O'Neal. I have been in constant communication with him. We
exchanged several emails back and forth, and we talked on my sat phone
this morning for almost 30 minutes trying to hammer out a deal and a
compromise to this situation.

He just is not happy with the photographic evidence and the excuses you
have supplied him. I will continue to work on him the rest of this
week. I know the work is fabulous, as do the other art appraisers here
at MDD who have viewed the photos. I am used to seeing good works of
art, and I believe yours to be absolutely top-notch. Now we need to
convince the client of this fact. Our future contracts with him are on
the line here, as you know.

I'll keep you informed.

Jamal

---------------------

Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: URGENT
Body:
Jamal,

I acknowledge receipt of your response. I quite understand how uphill it could be with some clients. I am still presently in Lagos and I concluded a major deal I came here to resolve. I will be back to Benin tomorrow. The pictures like your client mentioned could be of poor quality but this is because I snap pictures of the work with my laptop web-cam. It is however clear enough for him to make his inferences.

It is most reassuring though that you have full confidence and belief in my artist. I will await your response and do hope you get to convince Mr. O' Neal as he will not regret this.

I await your response.

Thanks,
Justis

---------------------

Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: RESPONSE
Body:
Jamal,

I mail back after taking my time to view the pictures I sent you earlier. I will like you to inform Mr. O' Neal that since this is just a sample project, he should let us know what his opinions are so the needful corrections can be made when the real work is being carved. For instance, I will ensure the wood will not have any defects, although the sample which has just been concluded is a master piece. It is quite reassuring like I stated earlier that you are aware of that. You do what you have to and convince him so we can move on to the next stage.

I hope your task in Chile will be concluded before long so you can return to the states as I am quite hopeful you will work better on this project from there.

Let me know what the development is.

Have a nice day.

Justis.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:48 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: RESPONSE
Body:
Justis,

You have convinced me that the work is masterful. It's the client we
have to work on now. You're right about the webcam. The camera of the
webcam may not be good enough. I am trying my best to talk to him and
convince him to go on your photographs alone. You may have to take more
detailed photographs with a better quality camera, if need be. Also I
may have to abandon my work here to travel back up to the states and
convice him of the importance of taking you on your word and your
pictures. I really do not want to do that, as we have been hard at work
here and if I leave now then the work we have accomplished with the
native art dealers will be torn down.

We also may have to bite the bullet and ship the sculpture to him before
the payment is made.

Let me know if you can get ahold of a better quality camera.

Regards as usual,
Jamal

---------------------

Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: URGENT
Body:
Jamal,

Real and true, if it gets to the point where I will have to ship it before I get paid, I am afraid it is absolutely unacceptable. I must remind you that will be a breach of the contract I signed of which my lawyer filed a copy to that effect.

I can get hold of a camera with a much higher mega pixel range. I will see what I can do about that to get much clearer snaps if that will convince your client. I only dread visiting the artist without his balance. I will need you to clarify to me the areas you will need me to be emphatic on whilst I snap the work. I presume those will be the side with the crack and the rear of the work.

I will see what I can do tomorrow as I got to Benin some hours ago.

Have a nice time.

Regards,
Justis.

---------------------

Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: URGENT
Body:
Justis,

For starters, take many good quality overall pictures of the sides, the
front, the head, and the back. Show how the antannae are removable.
Take the photos with the sculpture free-standing (do not hold it).
Then, take close-up pictures of the areas that the client has
highlighted.

I am almost out of webspace on my work email address as I am storing all
the photographs from the project here in Chile in my work email folders,
so send them to my personal email, xxxxxxxxx@gmail.com which has
unlimited storage. Get this done ASAP. If you let this client slip
through because he is unsatisfied with something as simple as
photographs, then I don't have to tell you that this will jeapordize any
future contracts with our company.

Again the email you should send those pictures to is
xxxxxxxx@gmail.com as I am running out of storage here, until I
unload these pictures from the Chile expedition when I get back to the
states.

Jamal

---------------------

Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: URGENT
Body:
Justis,

How are things? I haven't heard yet from you today. I missed a few
phone calls earlier though, was that you trying to call me? Get back to
me about my previous email. I need to know if you can satisfy the
latest requirements. We are waiting.

Have a good weekend.
Jamal

---------------------

Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: RESPONSE
Body:
Jamal,

Complements of the day. I did try to call you much earlier but you were not picking up. Work related issues I presumed. Well, there goes a bit of goodnews. I was with the artist today but he is not happy with me the way things are going. Having me coming down every other time all the way just to take snaps to impress you. He feels you do not appreciate his work and his delayed balance was yet another uphill duty to tackle.

I could get some quality snaps though as you instructed but presently, the internet connection speed here is pretty poor and this makes it impossible to attach files with high kilobytes. I will keep trying until I succeed.

Await your prompt response knowing you are there.

Regards,
Justis.

---------------------

Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: RESPONSE
Body:
Justis,

I thought that might have been you calling me. I was in a meeting but
forgot to switch the phone to voice. I excused myself to answer but by
then, you had hung up.

I'm sorry the artist is upset, but even he must understand the
satisfaction of the client comes first. I am sure these high quality
pictures will do the trick. Find a way to attach the high megabyte
pictures and get them to me sometime soon.

My email inbox here is almost full with this project in Chile, so please
remember to send any large attachments to my personal box,
jlewisxxx@gmail.com.

Have a good weekend
Jamal

---------------------

Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: URGENT(PICTURES ATTACHED)
Body:
Jamal,

Like I said yesterday, the internet connection was whacked. I have attached some copies of the crystal clear photographic evidence of the artwork to this mail. I trust your client will find this as a appropriate enough for his perusal.

Justis

---------------------

Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE
Body:
Jamal,

Attached herein are the photographs I told you I snapped yesterday. I had to employ the service of a professional photographer. I will like you to inform Mr. O' Neal that the marks on the rear of the work which he mentioned are just the wood strata/grain layer as I took a very close study of his points yesterday. Also the work is in top bond and the crack was just occasioned by the harsh weather and these are not uncommon when wood carving is discussed.

I will await your response upon development as it is quite glaring enough now that this work is unique.

Have a blessed day.

Regards,
Justis


He does send several high quality huge snapshots of the AT-AT. Here are photos he sent (edited for forum size):
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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: RESPONSE
Body:
Jamal,

I just got to look up my email. I will await to hear from you regards the development with the client. I don't have so much time left here. I wish you a splendid day.

Regards,
Justis.

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: RESPONSE
Body:
Justis,

Good day to you. I hope your weekend is going well?

I hope to have a resolution to this issue soon. The client has not
gotten back to me yet, and unfortunately you know my phone situation - I
cannot call him, nor would it be professional to hassle him in such a
manner. When he gets back to me, hopefully today, I will write you.

Regards
Jamal

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: GOOD DAY
Body:
Jamal,

Good to get your response. I have been reviewing all our correspondences since November last year. I must seek your pardon for sending poor quality pictures earlier. I know the last set of pictures I sent you will convince Mr. O'Neal. You see Jamal,he is assured of the craftsmanship of my artist and Mr. Paul Smith has even declared his appreciation of the artists' skill. All your client wants is just to ensure that the mark on the sculpture was well treated and factually has no cracks/split upon completion and that has been made obvious from the last pictures I sent.

Response to your mail is that you and I have done our bit. You need not hassle him. He will revert and this issue will be resolved professionally and all compensations will be made.

How are you faring in Chile? Without your family and having to deal with the natives around you. I must commend you for you are so dedicated to your task. The end shall justify the means as you shall get wonderful acquisitions to suit your client's request.

Have a good day as I await your response.

Much regards,
Justis.

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Michael O'Neal wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Michael O'Neal
Subject: Re: New Pictures
Body:
Jamal,

THANK YOU for providing Mr. Smith and I with these pictures. They are
lovely! I am quite impressed with your artist's work! The sculpture is
exactly what we were hoping for and we cannot wait to get started with
our projects with this artist. MDD and you in particular have really
demonstrated extreme professionalism.

I will be releasing to your financial department the funds for added
projects. We plan to pay the $65,000 per project and want at least (6)
projects, but probably will spec out over 12-15. So my first payment to
you will be $390,000. I will also send you a script of exactly what we
want
for the first six (6) orders tomorrow (Monday). It will be another
robot-themed venture. I want you to relay these plans immediately to
your
artist to start as soon as possible. We plan on opening our first show
June 29, 2008.

Much regards to you and your workers in Africa.
Mike

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Fwd: Re: New Pictures
Body:
Justis,

Great news this morning my friend. Mr. O'Neal has approved the
prototype! The new pictures that you provided have really convinced him
of what I knew all along, that the sample is of the highest quality.

As you see in the email below, he plans on releasing the funds for the
next six projects today. Once I hear from the board of directors and
the accounting department, we will make arrangements to transfer your
cut of the funds as well as reimbursement for your travel. Now is the
time to send me any other travel documents, any receipts for any work or
expenses incurred so we may get this in to the accountants for your
reimbursement. Our accounting department will review the receipts and
issue a proper reimbursement.

What we need out of you now is this. Package the sculpture for
shipment. Make absolutely sure that the sculpture is tightly packaged
and will not have damage incurred in shipping. This is important.
After you have done this, get a shipping quote from DHL for us. We
prefer DHL. If you cannot use DHL, contact me and we will decide
another shipper/courier. The address, if needed will be:

xxxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxxx

Once you get a proper shipping quote, please send that amount to me so I
may pass that on to our accountants. They need to know the exact
amount. We will then add this amount to your payout, and you will ship
it.

Once again, thanks for your hard work and I am looking forward to many
many more successful projects with you Justis.

Jamal Lewis

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: I AM GRATEFUL
Body:
Jamal,

I am very much elated. I knew from the word go that my artist will perform to your standard. I will move round tomorrow to DHL or any other world class courier agency to get the cost required to deliver the sample safely.

I sincerely do not have any other receipts to send other than the expense I incurred in paying the photographer that snapped the sculpture. My recent trips to Lagos and back to Benin was on road.

Kindly let me know your plans so I can avail myself in anticipation for further instructions.

I am indeed so excited about this.

Regards as usual,
Justis

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: I AM GRATEFUL
Body:
Justis,

I'm glad you're happy. This is the proof that honest hard work
culminates in good things for all involved.

Remember please to get an accurate shipping quote. This entails
thoroughly packaging the sculpture for overseas shipment. Be absolutely
sure to package the sculpture so that it does not sustain any damage in
shipment. We have an estimated figure in mind but would like an
accurate assessment from you. If possible, include the DHL written
receipt/estimation.

Regards,
Jamal

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: URGENT
Body:
Jamal,

I intend to contact the nearest DHL accessible here later today. I will relay to them the dimensions and weight of the sculpture. Like you should know, I cannot take the work out of the artists' gallery for packaging yet until I pay him his balance. I am quite affirmative that the requested quote will be issued to me by DHL. I will provide you the quote/cost of freighting the work and as soon as I receive payment/reimbursement, I will pick up the sculpture for proper packing with foam wrapped tightly around it with cello-tape. I will also detach the probes on the face as promised.

I will send you the quote today so you can reimburse/pay me accurately.

I will get back to you before long.

Regards,
Justis

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: URGENT
Body:
Justis,

That will be acceptable. Our accountants are some of the best in the
country and are extremely thorough. They have a basic idea of how much
this shipment will cost, so please try and not inflate the costs too
much. The accountants also want a written quote from DHL directly. If
you can provide that then this will alleviate any future questions from
them. We are close to this payday, I just want to make sure everything
from here on is done perfectly.

Regards
Jamal

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: RESPONSE
Body:
Jamal,

Hope your day has been remarkable. I just checked my
email now to respond to your expected message. I must
assure you that I have not at anytime inflated bills
forwarded to you. I have even decided to get the
National Museum Export Registration done myself
without expecting recourse to funds from "MDD".
Seriously you have to be assured that I am a prudent
and sincere young man.

Upon my enquiry today at the "DHL" office, I was
informed that the cost to deliver the sculpture will
be 39,730 Naira. I did request for the quote for
record purpose but I was informed that I cannot be
issued one yet until the said export item is in-hand.I
think your accountants can get the US dollar
equivalent of this. So, I have also made arrangements
for the Museum Registration. This is a vital process
for all works of art being exported from Nigeria to
ensure that the process within the law.

I hope you have been rightly informed and will await
your response.

Have a good day.

Regards,
Justis

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: RESPONSE
Body:
Justis,

Thanks for the diligence in this matter. I did not mean to accuse you
of any impropriety of course. I simply mean to say that our accountants
are very thorough and might construe any small mistake on your part as
an indication of fraud or theft. It has happened to MDD many times
before with new agents in the field, who will try and inflate prices to
get the most out of us. I know you will not do this. I trust you. I
just want you to know how our thorough our accounting and fraud
departments are. For example, we had another new agent in West Africa
who has provided us artwork for another project and another client last
month. His estimated shipping fees using DHL were over ten times what
yours were (almost $3900 USD)! He is obviously inflating the price, and
he has summarily cost himself any future projects from MDD. So there is
nothing to worry about. Thieves like that make honest agents like you
look very good in the eyes of our accountants!

Once you have the museum certificate, please scan it and send it to me
for our recordkeeping.

The payment transfer from the client Mr. O'Neal should be completed in
the next two days. Our lawyers are finalizing the written contract with
him and his lawyers right now. They are ironing out all details as to
the next six projects you are providing. They are also writing up what
is referred to as a "bonus clause" where MDD has the right to bargain,
or re-negotiate for more money for exceptional work. Just keep that in
mind.

Much regards,
Jamal Lewis

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: URGENT
Body:
Jamal,

Thanks, for your response. It is quite encouraging to be well informed that good deeds never pass unnoticed. I will be able to send the Export Certificate when I get the artwork from the artist. The Museum ensures that the work is not one of our monuments and also get the name of the artist and the recipients' details. Also, I will have to provide my passport/international Id card details to ensure fairness. All these will not take more than an hour to process coupled with the fact that its not so expensive. This is the reason why I have decided to shoulder the responsibility.

How much is the project with Mr. O'Neal worth? I will be patient till the legal process is concluded. The artist is willing to work with me on the six(6) projects. I will ensure that he still teams up with the best craftsmen just like he did in the sample project so the work will be exceptional. I believe we will have a very enviable future in the art business. It pleases me that you have finally gotten to realise that there are Africans who aren't fraudulent after-all.

I wish you the best.

Regards,
Justis.

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: URGENT
Body:
Justis,

Thanks for your kind email. I always believed in you, but you must
understand the system in which I work is rigid and unforgiving
sometimes. I'll get this information you ask for for you soon. Usually
to save on shipping costs we have our artists mark the value at a $30
gift. They clear customs easier this way. We are actually getting no
money whatsoever for this sample, as you know. So go ahead and mark it
a $30 gift.

I will let you know when the legal process is through. Mr. O'Neal is
going to forward to me the specs of the first project today so we can
get it out to the artist as soon as possible.

Regards,
Jamal

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: URGENT
Body:
Jamal,

Thanks for your response. I quite did not understand what you meant by marking it a $30 gift. Could you kindly explain to me more clearly what you mean by this. Also let me have a look at the pictures of the spec at the earliest so I can get in touch with the artist. Although, I have not been in contact with him for over a week now due to the fact that I still retain his balance. He gets to always ask of it with a not warm reception whenever I visit him and this has made me keep a sort of distance from him as facing my creditor is not much of a fancy. I pray the legal process gets over with before long so I can get him settled and then commence the next project.

I tried to send this message earlier and it was returned indicating that your mail storage was over quota. Hoping it gets through this time.

I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Regards,
Justis.

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: First Project
Body:
Justis,

Sorry about the email problems. I have other agents working with me now
who have sent me updated pictures of their projects, and sometimes the
messages are several megabytes in size, which puts a strain on this
email account. That's why I gave you my backup private address in case
something happens and you need to urgently get ahold of me.

When you ship something through customs, they always ask you what it is
and what the value is. On the customs form, simply mark it is a gift
(you may also say it is a gift carving, or gift sculpture) and mark its
value on the customs form as $30. This way, the import fees and import
taxes will be based on $30, and will save money.

We hope to have the legal issues ironed out soon. In the meantime, Mr.
O'Neal has sent me specs on the first project. I have attached these to
this email and hope your artist can do a fine job on this first project
in a long line of successful business ventures between us.

The size will be: 1.5 meters high, with the rest of the sculpture in
proportion to the height.
The wood we need you to work with will be in either (1) AGED EBONY
(preferred), (2) THICKWOOD, or (3) MELINA.
The finish will be BLACK, as in aged ebony. This will not be painted,
as the prototype was not. But the stain/colorization will be different.
Mr. O'Neal wants this to be much darker in color.

Send these specs to your artist so he may throughly inspect them and
prepare for this first project.

Have a great weekend,
Jamal


To keep him on his toes, I demand he start on the first real project:
Image
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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: CONFIRMATION
Body:
Jamal,

This is to confirm receipt of your message and the included attachments. I assure you of an exquisite performance on this project. I also will inform my artist about your choice of material(black ebony) and the required dimension. If I am correct, will there be five other specs like this to be worked on. I remember a message from Mr. O'Neal stating that he has quite a number of projects like 5 or 6. Kindly let me know this.

I now very well understand what you meant by "marking it a $30 gift". I will do as advised.

The ball is in your court as I have the photo of the image and assure you of my artists' competence. I am still awaiting the financial merits.

Regards,
Justis.

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: CONFIRMATION
Body:
Justis,

The photos I recently sent you of the latest project is just project #1
of 6. Mr. O'Neal will send the specs for the other 5 later this week or
next. So only have your artist create one (1) piece of this first
project. The other 5 will be unique as well.

I expect to hear back from our legal team later today or tomorrow
regarding the payment. Mr. O'Neal's representatives have paid the sum
of $390,000 as a pre-payment for these six new projects. We are just
awaiting legal clearance now.

I am very excited to work with you and your talented artist this year.
We will have many blessings and success in our work and with our trusted
business relationship we have developed.

Regards,
Jamal

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: RESPONSE
Body:
Jamal,

I am in receipt of your response. Yes, I was aware of the fact that the sculptures will be one per project. I was just trying to ensure if there will be more projects. I am very much informed now that you have made me clear.

I will await the pictures of the projects as promised. Be assured that our business relationship will linger for as long as God permits for he is the reason we met in the first place.

I will patiently wait for the legal formalities to be concluded so I can deliver as expected.

Have a nice day and hope your project in Chile is coming to a successful end.

Regards,
Justis

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: RESPONSE
Body:
Justis,

I apologize for not getting back to you sooner, as we had yet more
complications with our agents here that required my immediate attention.

The sum of over $400,000 has been transferred to us by Mr. O'Neal for
not six (6) new projects, but now he wants an additional one made, which
puts the total at seven (7). We have the money. We have the contracts
all signed and are ready to transfer your share to you as well as supply
you with a line of credit. There is one problem though which I wish to
ask you about.

I have been conversing with our accounting and fraud departments. As
you know, new agents such as yourself are subject to much scrutiny when
it comes to the facts and figures they provide so the company can be
absolutely sure we are dealing with an honest agent. You so far have
stayed within the realm of a proper quote for the artwork and shipping
costs. The one matter that has raised a red flag was your plane
tickets, two (2) for ?12500. The price of the tickets were not in
question. The routes however, were. The route clearly shows you moving
between Lagos and Benin City, which you said you did to get back and
forth to check on the artwork. We happily will reimburse you the cost
of any travels, food costs, phone usage, or anything else related to the
project if you have a proper receipt as you know.

The problem we have is Virgin Nigeria, the airline you took back and
forth from your home to the artist, does not fly between Lagos and Benin
City. Can you explain then why you gave me tickets for reimbursement
for two flights which do not exist?

I am eagerly awaiting your explanation, as I am positive this is just a
minor error that you will quickly clear up.

Regards,
Jamal Lewis

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: EXPLANATION
Body:
Jamal,

I must be straight up with you. I lost the real tickets I was issued and forgeting the fact that I was supposed to send them to you for reimbursement escaped me. When you reminded me to send you my tickets for reimbursement, I could only lay hold on the ticket I used in travelling to Ghana some months back and edited the document. Just so I could be reimbursed what I expended. Indeed the cost was N12,500/trip. I sincerely request your pardon as I agree to your conclusion that the documents do not exist.

I will not like nothing to dampen our business relationship at this point. You could srtip me of the reimbursement on the journeys as my purnishment. I am once again sorry about this as I promise it will never repeat itself. I did it because I lost the real tickets issued me by "Arik Air" which was the original airline I used in my travel.

I hope you find this cogent enough.

Have a happy valentine's day.

Sincerely,
Justis

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: EXPLANATION
Body:
Justis,

I will pass your explanation on to our fraud and accounting departments.

Jamal

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: URGENT
Body:
Jamal,

Complements of the day. I await to hear from you regards the development with the air tickets and the relevant departments.

I am still in Benin City. Do let me have the pictures of the projects as soon as they are ready.

I await your response.

Regards,
Justis.

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MDD Fraud/Accounting wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: MDD Fraud/Accounting
Subject: Justis Ohunyon
Body:
Jamal,

Thank you for the explanation the agent has provided. We have multiple
questions for him. We would like to know the following:

(1) Why did he do what he did? Does he have a background in lying to
workmates and employers? Or is this his only time doing such?
(2) How did he doctor the plane tickets? Did he have training in how to
modify scanned images, or does he have a source within Virgin Nigeria
who printed out the fake tickets for him?
(3) What, in detail, has been his employment background before
contracting with MDD? Has he been associated with any type of criminal
behaviour? Note that his honest answer is extremely important to us.
(4) Does he understand the severity of his actions, how much trust in
him was lost by MDD corporate offices?
(5) Is he willing to do whatever it takes, and go further and extend
himself more than ever before to earn that trust back, so we can
possibly
move forward with these future projects?

Send these questions to him. I want an answer ASAP.

He is on very thin ice. The future pre-paid projects with Mr. O'Neal as
you know amount to over $400,000 in revenue of which he would be
entitled
to at least 15% of immediately this week ($60,000+). These new
developments have shocked us here at HQ, given the quality and
professionalism this agent has shown us in the past. We are completely
disappointed. I personally cannot believe he risked over $60,000 of
personal immediate income over what amounts to just over $200 in
airplane
tickets. Our fraud/accounting depts are very afraid this man as just
another African fraudster trying to steal our money. We would like to
salvage the relationship with him though for the sake of Mr. O'Neal's
projects.

Do you have a backup plan in case this agent Justis Ohunyon cannot prove
his loyalty and earn our trust? I know you contacted several new agents
in November, is this the only one that panned out?

Get back to me immediately.

Regards,
Colin Williams
for MDD Accounting

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Fwd: Justis Ohunyon
Body:
Justis,

Please note the numbered questions in the forwarded email from the head
of our Accounting department below. Answer them and return them
immediately to me. A decision on your fate with our company will be
made soon, based partly on your willingness to atone for your critical
mistake.

Jamal

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: RESPONSE
Body:
Jamal,

As requested here are the answers to the questions;

1.. This is the only time I have ever done this. Like I explained earlier, I did it because I lost the actual tickets and needed to provide you documents so you could have them for record purposes. If I am as cunny as believed, I could have inflated the bills also I remember telling you that I had several trips by road. I even told you that I was putting up with a friend in Benin City rather than stay in a hotel,just to reduce the overhead cost of running these projects.

2.. I needed to provide documents for your record sake so I consulted a friend who doctored my original "Virgin Nigeria" tickets to commensurate with the actual cost of my trips with "Arik Airline".

3.. I am a Geophysicist by profession and run log interpretations. I have had no criminal behavior ever.

4.. I do understand the severity of my action and quite understand the amount of trust lost by the corporate offices.

5.. I am more than willing to do whatever it takes to earn the trust back so the future projects can be done.

Sincerely,
Justis OHUNYON.

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: URGENT
Body:
Jamal,

Complements of the day to you. I hope you received my response to the questions asked by the accounting department. I am deeply pained this cropped up. Factually, I did not do this because I needed the money. I did it just so you could have documents for keep sake. I am truly sorry for this development. I did not mean it to come out this present way.

Have a nice day.

Justis.

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: RESPONSE
Body:
Justis,

Your replies have been passed on to the fraud department. The board of
directors is meeting today to discuss this matter. I will inform you as
to their decision.

Jamal

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: URGENT
Body:
Jamal,

I just checked on my mail for updates regards the Board of Directors meeting. I pray this fiasco gets resolved in my favor as my actions are most regretted.

Awaiting to read from you.

Regards,
Justis.

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: MDD Fraud/Accounting
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: LETTER OF APOLOGY
Body:
February 18, 2008.

The Management,
Modern Demijohn Dud,
Occidental Ave. South Suite #800,
Seattle. WA, USA.

Sir,

The purpose of this is to convey to you my sincere apologies for my most appalling act in the submission of two(2) unfounded air tickets by Virgin Nigeria recently for reimbursement.

I am very much aware of the harrowing experiences you have been faced with mostly with business dealings involving Africans. I never intended to defraud your reputable organization of its resources. Although the intention was genuine, I quite agree the method was most unethical and unforgiving.

Consequently, I hereby crave your benevolence in your rulings and decisions regards my stand with MDD. I pledge never to do this ever again as I am willing to do anything I am directed by the management to regain the trust/confidence that was lost.

Thanking you in anticipation.

Yours Sincerely,
Justis OHUNYON.

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Decision
Body:
Justis,

Good Monday to you. I hope your weekend went well.

The board of directors met Friday, Saturday, and via teleconference on
Sunday. The vote on your fate was very close, as the board members do
not tolerate fraud or deceit on any level. They believe as the Bible
says, "he who is faithful in what is least will be faithful also in
much". You were not trustworthy in this small matter of only 25000
Naira. They thought: How could they trust you with tens of thousands of
dollars of company money?

The members started out their discussions with me via web-teleconference
attending the meetings and giving my input as well. I explained to them
how reliable you were up until now. I explained to them your artist is
top-notch, and although we could replace you, this process would take at
least one month and more money and effort in doing so. Mr. O'Neal is
willing to wait another month to get what he wants, so finding another
artist was definitely another option. When the board heard of your
foolish lack in judgement, all 9 members immediately wanted to vote you
out of the company. I, however, slowly pursuaded them to reconsider.

The final vote among the 9 board members was 5-4 in your favor. They
wish to keep you as our agent in West Africa if you can follow the
board's new directions.

The consenus among the board is you need to win back their trust. They
will not send you the usual line of credit nor will they pre-pay for
shipping the prototype until you have earned their trust. They wish you
to give our company a gesture of good faith and do two things: (1) ship
the prototype to Mr. O'Neal immediately, and (2) have your artist start
on Project #1 this week. If everything goes well: If the prototype is
for real (there are some doubts now among the board that you are
dishonest about the quality, since you were dishonest in other areas),
if the prototype sculpture is packed well and shipped with no damages,
if you do not complain and start demanding unnecessarily, then you will
gain back our trust. You will have your line of credit for the new
projects. You will have your $60,000 payday.

Ship the prototype within the next two or three days. Send me scans of
the shipping receipts, the museum certificate as well as the DHL
tracking numbers. You have Mr. O'Neal's address.

Also take in-progress photographs of project #1 as soon as your artist
begins.

This is your second and final chance, Justis. Do not damage the trust
and the faith I have personally put forward for you on your behalf. I
personally went very far in keeping you as my agent. There is no more
room for failure on your part.

Have a great week,
Jamal Lewis

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: RESPONSE AWAITED
Body:
Jamal,

I acknowledge receipt of your message. I will like to thank you very much for your support in the decision making. It is most reassuring knowing that you believe in me. This has been my source of inspiration for working with MDD all along.

Jamal, although it feels good to know where I stand presently but there are certain constraints to my total fulfillment of the conditions mentioned. These constraints are elaborated here under:

- I am presently in a financial pin-down. You have been fully aware of my financial capabilities all these while. You know that I have to offset a balance with the artist. You know how you convinced me to starting this project. I had to procure a loan to that effect that has yielded interest. Jamal, there is no way I can raise that much money N140,000 within three(3) days. I sincerely request for your personal support. I need you to assist me with some financial support which will be repayable. You do believe that the work is top-notch and I am trust worthy. I ask that you kindly assist me as I presently cannot finance the Directors' request presently. Borrow me N100,000 at least so I can face the artist and collect the work from him so we can do these projects and many more together.

- Secondly, I need for you to help me adjust the conditions a bit. Can you influence the management to agree on seeing the sample. I feel since the doubt is about the quality of the work then when they see it that will earn me some trust and at that time will be justifiable to get me started. I say this because the artist will not commence without a deposit and his charge is high. I am afraid I cannot get him what he will demand for an initial deposit.

You have been very honest and shrewd in your assessment towards me. I have a lot to lose if this eludes me. My stock certificate I used for the loan which was the deposit will be forfeited if I don't pay back before long and even at that there is an interest on it now.

I await to read from you as my hope lies on you at this juncture.

Regards,
Justis.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:50 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: RESPONSE AWAITED
Body:
Justis,

You are correct, I do believe in the work you have provided. My trust
in you personally has been shaken and you need to rebuild it. And now
you have the audacity to ask for money from me? Justis, you are just
digging yourself deeper in this problem of yours if you ask for money
up-front. I told you that you have to earn back the company's trust,
and exactly how to do it. You will not be receiving any cash from me or
my company before the sculpture has been sent due to your dishonesty.
This is your problem and you will have to work a way out of it. If you
can get out of this problem, know that we will trust you and you will as
I said earlier be back on board with our company. Now it may be
possible for me to ask for an extention on the deadline a small amount
if you are short on money. But I have faith in you that you will find
some way to procure a loan, sell some personal items (such as your
laptop), or have a friend pay the artist's balance to you.

We can also delay, slightly, the start of Project #1. Just concern
yourself now with the shipment of the prototype. Sell your laptop. Get
a small loan from a friend. Remember what is at stake here for you. A
small amount of money borrowed now will guarantee your $60,000 payout as
soon as we receive the sculpture. This whole deal now hinges on you.

Get it done. I will talk to the board today about extending the
shipment deadline.

Regards,
Jamal

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: URGENT
Body:
Jamal,

I did not intend to irritate you that much by my request. I was just jaded and the fact that I had to send the sculpture imminently got me perturbed the more. However, I will ask that you get the extension of the deadline and let me work out somethings in anticipation to raise the needed funds for the shipment.

Furthermore, I am pretty worried about sending this sculpture before payment. But as it is I have no choice but to bite the bullet and send it over to you. What hold do I have on MDD if I send this sculpture and I do not get paid as agreed. Jamal, sending this sculpture is not total issue of concern. What if it turns out to be a "wild Goose chase". I need you to convince me further that I am safe by sending this sculpture without payment or we call off this deal.

I await to hear from you.

Regards,
Justis

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: URGENT
Body:
Justis,

How many times do I have to re-assure you? This will be the last time.
You know me, you know our company, you have seen how fair and
professional we have dealt with you. Even after you lied and tried to
devceive us, we still gave you another chance at a huge payday. And
now, you are complaining that you will have "ho hold" over MDD? You
wouldn't have to worry about having "hold" over us if you hadn't decided
to lie and cheat our company. If you hadn't falsified those documents,
you would be cashing out the $60,000 payout right now. The shipping is
such a small figure - this to us is a gesture of good faith on your
part. You, by providing the shipping, will prove yourself a trustworthy
agent and will have earned our respect. You will then be eligible for
Mr. O'Neal's payday and be able to work on future projects. Isn't that
what you want?

You can walk away from our business relationship now. You can scrap the
past two months' worth of work, and pay the artist yourself, out of your
own pocket. You can settle your debts on your own. You can turn your
back on a personal payday of over $60,000 for the six future projects
that Mr. O'Neal has lined out for you. That is your decision to make.
You won't be hurting MDD whatsoever. You will only delay our search,
since I will have to start over and find an agent who is more honest
than you are, who is willing to work with me under our rules, who will
trust me after two full months of business like I have trusted him -
like I have trusted you.

It's your choice. The board won't wait forever. As far as they are
concerned, you have been given a second chance. I will teleconference
with them tomorrow and am sure I can convince them of an additional
week's time, but I cannot guarantee you will get much more than that.
We need to move forward.

Send me an update when you have raised the money. Again, if you sold
your laptop, you could easily afford to get the sculpture, pay for the
shipping, and then once you receive the $60,000 payout you can easily
afford to buy a better, brand-new laptop. Why not try that?

Regards,
Jamal

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: URGENT
Body:
Jamal,

Your response was well comprehended. You have been quite humanly fair enough so far no doubt. I also have my worries though. Lets see what you can do about the extension of the deadline so I can as well scale the hurdles to raise the needful cash to handle logistics and sundry issues.

Do me this favour. Can we get a written/signed agreement to this effect? I am willing to play by your rules as I know the end of this tunnel is imminent. I just realised the contracts I signed had no signatory representing MDD. I will kindly suggest you attend to this last request as I am sure to send the sculpture before weekend. This is not supposed to be too much to ask of my employer although, you claim I cheated. Allow me this much and we will not revise this issue ever again.

I look forward to an edited memorandum stating that I will get paid after I do all what MDD has requested.

Thank you,
Justis.

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: URGENT
Body:
Justis,

I'll have our executive secretary write something up for you to show we
are committed and will keep our word to you.

You should have it later today or tomorrow.

Regards,
Jamal

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: RESPONSE
Body:
Jamal,

Thanks, do ensure I get the document in quick time as I am very close to the resources to finance this project.

I hope I will still get reimbursed for the cost of the artwork as you have said I will have to cater for the shipment cost as "a gesture of good faith on my part". I will like to thank you for your patience with me all along. I hope you could get the Board to get the extension and lift the sanctions upon receipt of the sample.

Awaiting to read from you.

Justis

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: HIGHLY URGENT
Body:
Jamal,

Hope your weekend is colourful. Pardon my snail pace response. I have been able to raise the funds and have collected the work from the artist. I am working out my limits ensuring I meet up with the contract you sent me a couple of days back.

I will be registering the work at the Museum on Monday to get the export license so we will not have any hassles clearing out customs. Also, I find it rather puzzling that I have no phone access to a company as organised as "MDD". Like you must very well know, the phone number on your website is always on voice mail. Provide me with an active/valid land line phone number so I can speak with an official in "MDD".

Furthermore, there have been impossible attempts looking up your company on the "Yellow Pages" of Seattle, WA. Could you kindly explain to me what this means as I construe this as though your company is not registered. I will need you to get me a scanned copy of your Certificate of Incorporation. This is the document which is issued after successfully registering a company.

Conclusively, I need to have these requests granted as I have all it takes now to comply with your instructions to send the sculpture post payment. Hope you pardon my quizzes. It is due to the fact that the Museum will be needing a lot to approve the export as I will tell them I am working with a Sky walker company in North America

I anxiously await your response.

Much Regards,
Justis.

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: HIGHLY URGENT
Body:
Justis,

Your email is very puzzling and I hope I have mis-understood you. Do
you actually think we are a fake company? Do you think I have the time
or energy while sitting here in the jungles of South America to concoct
some scheme, to make up fake companies and randomly email people to have
them create sculputres for me? Do you think I like babysitting you,
holding your hand as if you were some small child, re-assuring you every
email that you will be paid in full even AFTER you have lied to me,
after you have attempted to defraud my company, and even after you have
not one but TWO written contacts guaranteeing your payday? Where is the
profit in that? The profit only comes from establishing long-standing
business relationships that last years, with guaranteed future projects.
These small prototypes are just the tip of the iceberg.

It seems strange to me that you would just now do all this detective
work. Why didn't you investigate our company before you went to the
expense and effort to have the sculpture created in the first place?
Why all this suspicion on your part now? It seems to me you're just
looking for an excuse to leave our company as our agent in West Africa
for some reason. If you want out, just say so and I will gladly
terminate your contract and move on to someone who can follow directions
and will be honest. For some reason you seem not to trust me and MDD
anymore, even after I have gone to great lengths to keep you on as our
agent. My I remind you, everything I have said has been 100% truthful.
Unlike you, I have not lied or cheated. If you seriously don't trust me
then don't reply anymore to my emails and you can miss out on your
payout of $60,000 from Mr. O'Neal's latest projects. He has given me
the specs for all 6 projects now, and we have the money ready for
transfer. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for someone like
you. But, if you wish, you can walk away.

But to satisfy your curiosity, I must admit I laughed out loud when you
mentioned you checked us out in the "yellow pages". One does not simply
pick up the yellow pages and contact MDD by phone for their custom
artwork. Do you realize Mr. O'Neal's acquisitions this year are one of
our smallest at $455,000? The project I am on here in South America is
clearly not custom, but it will pull in nearly $19.5 million USD for two
month's work. Do you really think someone who will spend that kind of
money will simply pick up the yellow pages and make a phone call to
someone for an acquisition of this caliber?

Our company's staff not including foreign agents such as yourself
consists of only 19 people, including the board and our accountants. Of
those 19, only 3 are currently in our small central office. Our board
members (9 in total) could typically be thought of as the ownership.
They have little to do with day-to-day activities, so all 9 are
oftentimes involved in other pursuits. This leaves the other directors,
such as myself. Every single one of us are currently out in the field
now. You know the nature of my work, how I am consistently absent from
the office. The others left in the office are accountants and one
executive secretary. The office lines are individual to the directors
and the different, seperate workers within. If one wants to contact
MDD, you contact us through your director (myself). If this seems
strange to you, then it's only because you are ignorant and aren't used
to how business is done in this line of work. We are extremely
high-end, and just don't take phone calls from random people. The
reason the lines you call go straight to voice mail is because these are
my personal office lines and I'm obviously not there.

Who do you want to talk to, some accountant working in our offices? A
board member? Can you imagine the reaction if I gave you the personal
number of one of the board? These are multi-millionaires who are very
powerful in this field. A person such as yourself doesn't just call
them out of the blue. If you must speak with anyone, I can arrange to
speak with you via satellite phone today. I will switch it on for a few
hours this morning before I have to move to the next village.

And who are you to demand such things as an incoporation certificate?
Do you understand how much my superiors will laugh at me if I make a
request that a 1st-time low level agent in Africa is making such demands
of a respected and well-known western art dealership as us? Their
response will be "just go get someone else, this one is too much
trouble". I would have to say I agree.

In my email earlier this week I said the following: "If everything goes
well: If the prototype is for real (there are some doubts now among the
board that you are dishonest about the quality, since you were dishonest
in other areas), if the prototype sculpture is packed well and shipped
with no damages, if you do not complain and start demanding
unnecessarily, then you will gain back our trust." So far you have just
complained unnecessarily all week. My patience with you, sadly, is
nearing its end.

I really hope I have just mis-understood your questions. We receive
artwork from Africa literally every week, and never have these issues
with museum certificates. Get this done, Justis. I am tired of your
delays. I need to move in one direction or the other by next week. I
have unfortunately started lining up new contracts with new agents
because my doubt in you is growing. Do not disappoint me any more. You
are about to receive a very large payday, just put aside your distrust
and get this done. Mr. O'Neal has asked me every day if you have
started on his new projects. He's very eager to see the skill your
artist can generate and of course he is paying top-dollar for it.

Regards,
Jamal

---------------------

Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: I AWAIT YOUR RESPONSE
Body:
Jamal,

Hope you got my response yesterday. I also did try to call you though. I am actually dazed that you cannot provide me with a phone number that works such as a land phone for your company. Also, I need to know how well established your company is so that I can have use for the Guarantee of payment document.

I have already started out plans with my friend in the UK for the purchase of your sculpture. If you cannot do business with me this way, I guess you have to find an African more stupid than I am.

I await to hear from you as the Museum Appointment is tomorrow.

Justis

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: I AWAIT YOUR RESPONSE
Body:
Justis,

No one's calling you stupid. Incompetent maybe, unprofessional, perhaps
a thief and a liar, but not stupid. It's not that I cannot provide
you with a number - we certainly have one - but this is NOT how proper
protocol is handled. The executive secretary on the phones in Seattle
has no idea who you are, or what your business is with me and the
company. I'm out here in the middle of the jungle. What do you want
from me? Would you like to call the executive secretary at the offices
in Seattle? Will that satisfy you? You can call Monday during normal
business hours (9-5pm GMT+5) and Mr. Davis, the executive secretary will
probably answer. Ask him any questions you want. Be prepared though to
explain yourself and who you are, as he has little idea who you are. He
can patch you through to whoever else you want to talk to in the office.
Maybe you want to talk to the window washer, or the janitor? How many
people do you have to speak to to know we're a legitimate company? The
board members, as I said, are clearly too busy to speak with a lowly
agent such as yourself. The executive secretary manning the phones, Mr.
Davis, is as good as I can provide. He does not know you personally, of
course. You'll have to explain to him who you are. If you still want
to phone the main office, if you distrust me still after all I've done
for you, then I will provide you with our main number in Seattle and you
can speak with the secretary there (who does not have detailed
information about your project). Let me know.

If this doesn't satisfy you, then I don't know what else will.

(1) The numbers you are ringing are my personal lines in my office, they
of course are on voicemail since I am in South America.
(2) We are not listed in the yellow pages - much like any other high
profile business (would you look up in the yellow pages the number to
buy a $10 million yacht?)
(3) You will not be receiving any documentation other than what you have
already. A demand for a letter of incorporation is insulting.

If the phonecall to the office does not satisfy you, then feel free to
do whatever you wish. As you know, the board members directed me to
find a new artist. I have contacted one who is already in-progress on a
new prototype should our deal fall through, or should you stall too long
to get this deal completed. This new agent is willing and big enough to
work with a respected company should our deal with you fail due to your
distrust and incompetence.

To prove to you I'm not lying about this, and that I am serious about my
work here, attached is a photo of the new artist's prototype sculpture
in progress. He will complete his and be ready to ship by March 1st.
If he completes his before you decide to ship yours, I have no choice
but to give Mr. O'Neal's $455,000 contract to him. You have less than
one week.

Have a swell weekend my friend.
Jamal


I then attach a photo of one of my other AT-ATs being created, to prove to him I've moved on and don't need him anymore. This is an actual photo of another lad making another AT-AT:
Image
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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: Fwd: IMPORTANT
Body:
Jamal,

I have arrived at the conclusion that I cannot send you the sculpture whether you provide me with numbers or not. The fact is that you run a business that is not registered and your documents are worthless also. I have decided to ha ult at this point. If you need the sculpture, you are to send me my cut of 15% and the expenses incurred at my effort this far.

I got the pictures your forwarded me. I am really amazed you are this money conscious. You really cant tell a good art from a mediocre. By the way is that the same work as the one I did or is that guy carving a dog or a cat? You never really valued me in the first place. Like you can read from the attached mail, my fiance has started out to get a buyer in London for me.

You know how to get me and my terms if you are genuine and truly serious about this deal and that's also if you want a professional touch. To get serious with you, I am ready to get any document to assure you of a total refund of your money if the artwork is less than what the pictures have shown since your o called BOD doubt the quality of the work. Do bear in mind that your time to do this seriously is not so ample.

Justis.


(Justis attaches an email from his fiance, "Elizabeth B3ll0", to show me he has a buyer for my AT-AT):
Elizabeth B3ll0 wrote:
Babe,

Thanx so much for your care. I was really in need of your call at the time you called me. Anyways, I did get the attached photos of the said sculpture. It is so exquisite and I assure you this will fly. I just forwarded the pictures to my friend who I know appreciates good crafts. I will need you to make some more of this kind of quality carving so we can add them to the paintings when the exhibition will commence.

I cannot wait to have you around. I will get back to you tomorrow after I hear from my friend.

Have a good night rest and do not stress yourself ok.

Love you,
Lizzy

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: RESPONSE
Body:
Jamal,

You have surprised me. I thought you were a professional but this has given me my inference that you are a scammer. I only requested to know why your company is not on the yellow pages and you could not give me a tangible reason. I am factually tired of your novels. That email was uncalled for.

How dare you call me a cheat? I did not inflate bills for your high and mighty MDD. I gave you a sincere bill and kindly verify the cost of that route. I will tell you something that might attract you. I have already mapped out my plan B and that is marketting the sculpture in London. That way I will get back all my funds invested and also get my deserved profit. You feel Africans are peasants or fools?

You have not answered my questions. I need an office phone to those three people left when you are in the jungle. I need to know why you are not registered as a company in the states and you claim to handle million dollar projects. What I have done so far was with my hard earned money and you want me to shut my eyes and hold tenaciously to a document that has no worth.

Justis.

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Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: Fwd: IMPORTANT
Body:
Dear Justis,

I will notify the board of directors your decision to use your "fiance" to sell the prototype in London. We have many contacts in London, perhaps we could be of service to you once the sculpture arrives?

The new agent and artist from Senegal are both top-notch. The sculpture looks great, as it is nearly complete. We can clearly tell from his photographs there is no crack and imperfection in his work, unlike yours. He sent me new photos today of his prototype sculpture, which I have attached to show you this is for real - not that it matters much anymore, since you have foolishly made your decision not to stick with our company.

I wish you the best in your geological work, since you obviously have little eye for the business of the art world. Some people like yourself are just not cut out for big projects, and this is something we run into from time to time. Fortunately for us, we have found a better agent and better artist. So in a way, I must thank you for your paranoia and your deceit with the obviously badly faked plane tickets since it lead us ultimately to a better agent and artist.

Let me know if you want a list of contacts interested in that sculpture in London.

Goodbye and good luck,
Jamal Lewis

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Justis Ohunyon wrote:

To: Jamal Lewis
From: Justis Ohunyon
Subject: URGENT
Body:
Jamal,

I am faced with poor internet connections thus cannot attach the signed/scanned copy of the "Guarantee of Payment". I will need you to confirm the destination details once again as I lost it. I will register the sculpture with DHL as soon as I get the address of the recipient.

I hold on to your promise and assurance of the document. Get back to me at the earliest.

I await to hear from you.

Regards,
Justis.


He does attach it like a good boy:
Image
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From here on, there are several emails back and forth with short messages containing tracking numbers, details about how much it cost him to ship, and the like. Shipping cost him 59,748 Naira (over $300 USD).

Image

For a week or so we go back and forth tracking the package. It got delayed briefly in London, but overall the AT-AT arrived at the drop-box with no problems, aside from some slight damage.

When it arrives, Jamal contacts Justis:

Jamal Lewis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Jamal Lewis
Subject: Re: PARCEL DELIVERED
Body:
Justis,

I see the package has been delivered. I will send Mr. O'Neal an email
today.

I will be away for at least the next three days as we wrap up the very
last acquisitions in a remote village about 50 km away. The expedition
team leader expects us to return Monday afternoon. By then Mr. O'Neal
and the MDD board will have hopefully given his "thumbs up" for the
go-ahead, and we will begin to transfer the funds to you.

Our accounting department will contact you today with instructions on
how to receive payment.

Have a good weekend,
Jamal

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That's the last communication from Jamal. From here on, Justis gets angry. He has no leverage (did he ever?). He furiously emails MDD accounting demanding payment, yet is met with startling news.

Maggie Davis wrote:

To: Justis Ohunyon
From: Maggie Davis
Subject: Tragic News
Body:
Dear Mr. Ohunyon,

It is my sad duty to inform you that in two separate yet equally horrific freak accidents, both Mr. Jamal Lewis and Mr. Michael O'Neal were killed this weekend. Mr. Lewis was en route to a remote village to finish up his acquisition work when his party was attacked by a band of marauding Ewoks. They left none alive.

Mr. O'Neal was driving his new "Landspeeder" model SUV when he got too close to a military installation and was mistaken for an enemy combatant by an All-Terrain Armored Transport. His Landspeeder was no match for the huge AT-AT.

I am very sorry that the timing of these freakish accidents has caused us to re-evaluate the entire process of artwork acquisition. Unfortunately, Mr. O'Neal never finalized payment for the project he apparently received from you, so your business relationship with MDD has been severed.

Best regards.

*Maggie Davis, CPA (xxxxxxxx@gmail.com)
Modern Demijohn Dûd Accounting
http://moderndd-artwork.webs.com*


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So there you have it. The bait is over. Justis never emailed any of my characters again. I only hope that somewhere he and Elizabeth B3ll0 are living a happy life somewhere in the great beyond. Oh, the AT-AT? Here she is, sitting on my messy desk in my unfinished office. A little worse for wear. The guns were broken or never shipped, and the feet do have cracks, but it makes a great conversation starter:

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It's going to take me a while to read the entire bait, - I am really enjoying it. Exceptional bait Froz! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 9:10 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

That's a classic.

The pictures were funny - the fact that you have the actual carving, even better.

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The bait is great. This little bit from the website is even funnier:

"Brady Quinn heads the clipboard division"

I'm disappointing there were no references to Jeff Garcia's sexuality, though.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 7:44 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

That is incrediable! Im workign on my first bait now. Hopefully it will come out to be something good!!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 3:56 am Reply with quoteBack to top

A true work of art. Well done!!!!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:10 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What a classic! Great, great job Froz! Thumbs up

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:48 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Amazing, Froz!! Great baiting and beautiful art!! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 5:58 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Great work! That "Justis" guy is a real scum yet very intelligent, those fecks are usually hard to burn, you really turned his greed against him! Ha ha ha!!!!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 1:16 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Amazing, Frozboz!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 2:01 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Good lord Froz. That is absolutely amazing. You are the king of the art bait.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 2:42 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Outstanding!!! clapping clapping clapping

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:48 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Excellent. Just spent the last hour or so reading this and LMFAO. Maybe I can get a trophy so good one day, just maybe .......

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 5:02 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

OH! Froz, that was one brilliant bait.

I just don't know who you had the time, patience, and stamina to run that.
That poor lad.

I wonder if he did sell his laptop, and did he really owe the artist that money. I surely hope he did. And on top of that he really sent you the carving and had to pay for the shipping. Twisted Evil
No! make that Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 5:58 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Really, really great baiting! Laughing Laughing

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 8:46 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Frozboz, I'm very impressed. This scammer as obviously not some run-of-the-mill mugu and yet you made him an ingredient in yer pot of pwnsauce. Well done.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 1:05 am Reply with quoteBack to top

brilliant bait, I hope one day my baits are at the quality of yours.

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