Arnold Diaz exposes con, then dog abuse, by founder of the Queens International Film Festival
Great film-related story via New York’s Fox 5 affiliate and its “Shame Shame Shame” host Arnold Diaz.
In the latest installment, which aired on Fox Monday night, Diaz updated news on the scam he uncovered last year involving Marie Castaldo, the founder of the Queens International Film Festival, who was arrested and recently pled guilty to defrauding vendors and filmmakers more than $40,000 in entry and vendor fees.
Castaldo was ordered by the court to pay the vendors $14,000, Diaz said.
She was also recently convicted of animal cruelty in a connection with a boarding kennel she was operating in upstate New York. She was sentenced to 42 days in jail for that, Diaz reported.
And now, in a twist worthy of a film (or at least a Lifetime movie), Castaldo — whose Visa had expired while she was on probation for a prior conviction — has been deported back to France.
Diaz has spent his television career shaming con artists, including more than 20 years anchoring CBS’ “Shame on You.”
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