Turtleboy Investigates

Meet Newton’s Michael Burris: Professional Conman “Contractor” Who Steals Thousands From People For Weddings And Events He Never Puts On, Writes Bad Checks To Vendors, And Threatens People He Stole From

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This is Michael Burris from Newton and/or Boston:

He’s a local con-man with offices in Boston and Cambridge who steals from people for a living. Recently he scammed a guy out of $17,500, and basically ruined his upcoming wedding. This Facebook post he made was brought to our attention by a turtle rider:

So we reached out to him, and what we discovered was one of the most insane scams we’ve ever seen.

Mike and his fiance Jenny found Michael Burris on Thumbtack, which is like an Angie’s List for contractors. It’s got a good reputation as a reliable place where you can go to found reliable contractors. Assuming that he was legit they reached out to Michael Burris, who assured them he would put together their dream wedding. His emails end with this:

Four different websites for MBD, his company. Except when you click on them they all redirect to the same landing page.

Links on the site bring you to his wedding planning, which has more links to samples of menus he has put together for alleged previous clients. Except the chef on that website doesn’t even know him.

Not the only person he’s falsely claiming works for him:

Jenny and Mike realized something was not right when Michael Burris asked for the final payment of $8,600, which was not due until the day of the wedding. He asked them for it over a month in advance so red flags went up and they began to call vendors. All of them had either never heard of him in the first place, or told them that Burris had defaulted from not putting a deposit down. Here’s an email from the tent company:

Obviously this was upsetting for Jenny and Mike. You hire a contractor so this stuff is taken care of, because you’re too busy working and planning other stuff. You pay them a lot of money for piece of mind primarily. But instead of that the customer had to take time out of his busy schedule to find out why there wasn’t a tent, only to find out that his money never made it them.

The fact that Mike and Jenny had the audacity to reach out to the tent company, instead of going through Michael Burris, prompted this INSANE email from the conman:

This is real life. An alleged wedding contractor writes emails in different font colors and sizes, while making sure to put as many question marks at the end of sentences that clearly are not questions. The nerve of this guy too – he’s chastising them for calling up vendors and finding out that he has stolen money from them. How dare they try to not get stiffed on their wedding day!!

He whined about all of the hours he allegedly put into this non-existent wedding, and about how he gave them a discount on his normal rates….

I mean, just look at this email….

Yup – he’s blaming the vendor’s for disclosing “personal” information. Like the fact that they have no idea who he is and never paid them a penny.

This email looks like it comes from a Nigerian prince scam that goes straight to your spam folder….

But Michael Burris has an office right in Boston, and his business is registered with the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s Office:

His entire business is one gigantic scam. He likely has never put on an event his entire life. He pays the $500 filing fee every year so his LLC looks legit, and he is somewhat shielded from litigation. But all he does is lie to people about putting on events that he knows will never happen. The key is to get the money before they realize that they’re being scammed.

It’s not enough that he stole $17,500 from them. He’s trying to squeeze the final $8,600 out of them, even though the jig is clearly up…..

And he’s threatening to take them to court, and subpoena phone conversations between the people whose money he stole, and the vendors he never paid….

He’s got a lawyer too, who also happens to be a friend and “business strategist”:

Michael Burris claimed the people he scammed with a fake wedding hurt his feelings….

He insists (IN ALL CAPS) that he won’t be going out of business or arrested despite the obvious larceny he has committed…..

He says it’s the 30th wedding he’s done…..

Translation – I scam people all the time, not just you.

Also, give him more money for vendors he never contacted…..

Wow. I’ve seen a lot of shit working at Turtleboy Sports, but I’ve never seen anything quite like this before. I can’t get over the font!!

He followed up shortly after that with this email, which he said had his resume and samples of work he’s done for other clients….

Here’s his “resume”:

So we contacted Brandeis University where he claims to be currently employed as “Retail Manager Catering Liason & Consultant,” and it turns out after contacting them that that’s a lie too. Shocking, I know.

To make the Brandeis thing seem real he posted this on Facebook, which he is pretending is an event that he put on:

In reality it’s just a bunch of blurry images of an event he likely crashed for free food and booze.

These are some of the examples he attached to that email of his previous work, including a 2010 flier for Chi-Chi’s…

A picture of himself with Tom Menino….

A flier for Carnivale in Cambridge, a flier for a kid’s birthday party…..

And fliers for Diwali and comedy shows he claims that he put on….

Except there’s no proof he put any of those one. They’re just fliers that anyone can make, and most of them are from years ago.

He doesn’t just screw over “clients” though. He also screws over “employees” who he hires and writes bad checks to….

As they stated, he seems credible because he has an office on Boylston Street. I have no idea how much it costs, but the money obviously all comes from stealing from people.

A few weeks ago he was actually arrested in Somerville on warrants for the exact same thing….

All put together he has 45 larceny charges dating back 20 years, along with a variety of other charges that were actually hard to find on the Google machine….

He has unlimited burner emails and burner phones….

Literally everything about him is a lie. This guy is like Greg Bates, Mark Prince, the Smith College chick, and Maude the Fraud on steroids.

I’m willing to bet that after publishing this blog we will have more people reach out to us who have been scammed by him. It’s insane that people can carry on like this and not end up in jail. He just goes from one person to the next, scheduling events he has no intention of putting on, collecting money, hiring workers he has no intention of paying, and then skipping town and finding someone else to scam. It’s remarkable that you can do this in this day and age and not leave behind a bread crumb trail of Google trophies.

What’s even more astonishing is how Thumbtack just lets anyone create an account like this and become verified. To test this out I just entered my information for a wedding and they sent me a list of caterers. Are they reliable? How can anyone trust this website after seeing this blog? Michael Burris took it down after this incident, but previously he had a bunch of rave reviews from “customers” all of which turned out to be him.

On top of that, Michael Burris choice of people to target appears to be politically motivated. The person he scammed this time around is an open Trump supporter. Meanwhile Michael Burris posts stuff like this….

He actually told one of his “employees” (who he ended up stiffing over as well) that he “He knew he was gonna get him when he found out he was a white Trump guy.”

This guy’s reign of terror needs to end. He should be arrested for larceny immediately, locked up, and banned from the Internet like a sex offender.

If you’ve ever been scammed by this dooshwhistle, please feel free to reach out to us via email at [email protected]

28 Comment(s)
  • Chief Warren
    August 31, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    There he goes monkeying things up again.
    We should prosecute the arresting officers for racism from top to bottom.

  • Mad Maxine
    August 30, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Don’t hire this guy or he will really monkey up your wedding.

  • Elite Businessman
    August 30, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Considering yourself “an elite businessman”, looking for a wedding planner on Thumbtack, then hiring the above guy… means that you’re not an “elite businessman”, but actually some kind of retard. Just sayin.

    • Jenny C.
      August 30, 2018 at 7:28 pm

      “Elite businessman,” actually, I was the one who originally found this loser on thumbtack. I’m a hospice nurse, not in business, so yeah I guess I’m not in the practice of being overly skeptical of people. My fiance works around the clock to support me so I can travel back and forth to New York to take my mom to chemo. He’s a good man. We were distracted with work and a sick parent and needed some help putting our wedding together. I wouldn’t say that is “retarded.” Come on man…

    • JD
      August 30, 2018 at 8:04 pm

      The “elite businessman” was not hiring a wedding planner on thumbtack, he was the one claiming to BE a wedding planner on thumbtack and looking to be hired…advertising himself as an “elite businessman” and wedding planner. Maybe you’re the retard

  • deflateddoritodinks
    August 30, 2018 at 9:07 am

    I do everything I can myself. I will no longer even hire people to mow my lawn because they will show up and mow dirt then charge me $150.

  • Y
    August 30, 2018 at 12:50 am

    Gap teeth in his mouth, so my Dick’s got to fit!
    – Dr. Dre

  • Scammer
    August 29, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    His battle with his sister on Facebook is hilarious…

    ” Denisha Burris Michael- what a piece of shit brother you turned out to be. Never ever ever try to defame my character on social media when I gave actual proof of the total piece of SHIT for a brother and son you are! Where I am in life? In my own apartment taking care of my son and working an honest job! You are a fucking piece of shit! Living at the pine street inn and mooching off of idiots! You are homeless! If and when I see you which I will- it will not be pretty! You are a 50 year old loser! You are dead to me and you are dead to my son. How dare you try to come for me, your youngest sister when I was trying to give you a heads up that there is a fucking warrant out for your arrest! Try to show out for Lynn family and your fucking degenerate friends. I was warned to leave you the fuck alone and I should have listened. I swear to God on everything when I see you it won’t be pretty! I’m not Maria- I speak up! Rhonda told you how she felt about your lying ways and I defended you! I’m a fool for doing that! And as for your phony friends commenting who to surround yourself with- listen to them. You burned this bridge asshole. I have no brother named Michael Burris. And the next time someone messages me asking who the hell you are in relation to me- I will tell the truth. You are a nobody! Get a real job stop scamming people. I have nooo problem going back and forth with you. I’m more educated than you and I have MORE than you. There I will stoop to your level- I worked my ass off and why is it I slummed for 9 months living at our sister Rhonda’s house SAVING my money and got a place. Paying real rent! I don’t go begging my parents for a dime- you come to Kerry Ct asking for $10, $20 … don’t you ever in life mutter my name. You are DEAD to me. Michael Burris matter of fact… I’ll let this guy who messaged me know where to find you. Goodbye forever!

  • ANGRY GIANT
    August 29, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    he has the right skills to plan an event at the Cat Cafe….

  • ElJefe72
    August 29, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    He should team up with Kathleen and start up some sort of Cat Catering business. 

  • Beet
    August 29, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    If i was the recipient of that email I would have told my to-be wife that since our wedding is going to be postponed, i will further that post ponement because i would travel to his business location and his residence to find him and beat the fuck out of him. I would tell my employer previously that i am taking a leave of absence, explain the situation and proceed to fuck that beetlejuice looking motherfucker up. And to make matters worse for him, id put a mask of bho on him and then piss all over him. That email would make me go berserk, especially how many times he mentioned he “loved” the wife. Yea? That alone would make me want to chain him up and rip out every single ball hair he has with a needle point pair of plyers

    • Y
      August 30, 2018 at 11:35 am

  • Michael Burris
    August 29, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    I monkey things up yo.

  • Sam the Sham
    August 29, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Individual offices can be rented by the hour and used as mailing addresses. It’s very common for startup law offices, title companies, insurance brokers, financial advisers etc. 

  • Bilge Rat
    August 29, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    Chi Chi’s flyer is def not a legit gig. Salem High are the Witches not the Gladiators. 

  • Not wid my dick
    August 29, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    All these clowns were empowered by the eight year reign of The Magnificent Mulatto……….

  • 2wEntEe
    August 29, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    Why would an event planner even need to be located at the Pru? That’s like a home office job.

  • Judge dread
    August 29, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    This guy is a 20 year running fraud/con artist. He will never be reformed and needs to be in jail.

    Does a shit leopard change it’s spots?

  • Lou P
    August 29, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    Michael Burris should come on to the TurtleBoy Sports podcast.

  • Beetlejuice from the Howard Stern Show
    August 29, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    Daddy!

  • 2wEntEe
    August 29, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    There is no tenant at 800 Boylston st aka the prudential tower by the name of mdb hospitality

    • thinkireadit
      August 30, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      said it was under REGUS… 16th floor or somethinh

  • Maude deFraud
    August 29, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Michael Burris has been setting my race course GPS units for the last year, and I’ve been delighted with my results to date.

  • Vladdy Poot
    August 29, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    looks like another good potential puppet for my MADE IN USA collection.

  • Hughbo Mont
    August 29, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Wow! I’m speechess.
    Mr Stand is a stand up guy, no pun intended. He understands peronal responsibilty. Fool me once, shame on you… I bet if anybody offered to help out with $$$ he would turn them down. My hat’s off to him.
    The scammer needs to have some late night coffee with Chuck Zito.
    And, thank you TB, the fucking next article button is gone!

    • Hughbo Mont
      August 29, 2018 at 2:11 pm

      Spoke too soon, the fucking next article button is back. WTF?

    • Hughbo Mont
      August 29, 2018 at 2:13 pm

      *personal

  • Y
    August 29, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    This guy must be related to Mark Prince, Greg “Master” Bates and Candy Crush.

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