Mineola - (WALK) The manager of a Hicksville modeling agency who fled Long Island after being accused of swindling clients out of $250,000 is back and behind bars today, and being held without bail.
James Muniz, 44, of Roslyn, waived extradition in Florida and was returned to Long Island Thursday. He was arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead Friday and charged with five counts of third-degree grand larceny, 15 counts of fourth degree larceny, and first-degree scheme to defraud.
Muniz and employees of his agency, "Model Talent Development Corp.," aka "New Faces Development Center," trolled malls and other places for clients, vicitimizing at least 50 and collecting up to $10,000 for photos, marketing materials and promises of modeling jobs, said prosecutors. Three of Muniz's employees were arrested in September.
Muniz failed to surrender to authorities on September 18, and fled Long Island. He was found living with relatives in Miami, Florida, and arrested on October 15. Muniz is regarded as a flight risk, and was ordered held without bail. He is scheduled to return to court Thuesday.
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