September 24, 2018

Airbnb Squatter also scamming Kickstarter

Maksym Pashanin, already making headlines for squatting in a California rental property is making headlines for scamming again. This scam is all about money and it has targeted Kickstarter investors. Pashanin has netted over $40,000 from investors, and shows no signs of producing any produc. In fact, he has extended his projected deadline.

Pashanin, who made headlines for squatting in a Palm Springs home and acquiring tenant’s rights, has no shame. He has been quoted as saying he would “totally squat again”. Homeowner Cory Tschogl has now been forced to hire a lawyer. It will now take several months, and several thousand dollars, to remove the tenant from her home. She has reported that Airbnb has provided her with little assistance.

Tschogl is not Pashanin’s only victim. He has taken over forty thousand dollars from investors on Kickstarter. The game he has been developing, “Confederate Express”, was set to be delivered in June 2014. Investors have yet to see a pixel. Pashanin told investors that his company, Kilobite, was being restructured. Apparently, investors wanted to buy the company, but wanted his other game “Knuckle a Club” completed first. Pashanin promised his investors free copies of “Knuckle Club”. However, that game is also unfinished. Kickstarter investors are outraged.

Kickstarter has done nothing except point out its “Trust & Safety” page. It is a quiet way of blaming investors for not doing their research first. While Kickstarter says it will suspend abusive members, there is no suspending “Confederate Express”. That pledge money was paid out when the project met its funding goal. With all the negative press, “Knuckle Club” will likely never reach its funding goal. Airbnb has permenantly banned Pashanin from using their services.

It is unlikely that Pashanin will not turn up in the news again. The question is when will he ever face justice?

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Nneka Wilcock

Nneka Wilcock was born and raised in the busy city of Annapolis.  As a journalist, Nneka has contributed to many online publications including the USA Today and the Huffing Post.  In regards to academics, Nneka earned a degree in economics from Drexel University and an master's degree from Temple University.  Nneka follows the money and covers all aspects of state and federal at US Updates.

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Written by Nneka Wilcock

Janet Van der Wiel

Janet van der Wiel is a reporter for US Updates.  After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Janet got an internship at a local radio station and worked as a beat reporter and producer.  Janet has also worked as a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News. Janet covers economy and community events for US Updates.

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