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O.C. man flees own fraud trial during restroom break

Mark_georgantas_booking_photo Police are searching for a convicted felon with a record of police battery who fled his own fraud trial in Santa Ana on Tuesday.

Mark Thomas Georgantas, 46, of Tustin was found guilty of using stolen credit card information to buy parts and make payments for his fireplace product business, Fire on Ice. According to Orange County prosecutors, he skipped out on the ninth day of his trial under the guise of using the restroom after lunch.

Though he vanished Tuesday, he was convicted in absentia the next   day.

In January 2006, Georgantas was arrested in a Costa Mesa hotel lobby on a probation violation in another business fraud case, prosecutors said.

At that time, authorities discovered Georgantas' briefcase was filled with stolen credit card information. In possession of a gun, Georgantas punched the officer who arrested him, giving the officer a black eye. He was convicted of battery and gun charges in 2006 and served eight months in jail.

Authorities consider Georgantas dangerous and a $1-million warrant has been issued for his arrest. He faces a maximum of three years and eight months in prison. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact local police.

-- Susannah Rosenblatt

Photo: Santa Ana Police Department

 
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Inside information on this guy Georgantas and how he got bailed out to begin with. Did anyone know that Frank Sunsdent, Georgantas's attorney in this case is also a major share holder of the company Fire On Ice. Coincidentally, his ownership share of the company came since his bail was mysteriously reduced from one million to fifty thousand in a move that is now being blamed on the judges who reduced the bail as Mr. Georgantas has already proven to be a flight risk by breaking out of jail and speeding down the highway out of control. Also coincidentally another new shareholder of the "shell company" Fire on Ice is reported to be a retired judge of Los Angeles. Now these two in connection with Fugitive Mark Georgantas have come together to launch an attempted take over in the fireplace glass industry by suing 70 companies including, Diamond Fire Glass . The three are hoping to gain full control of an entire industry by pressuring the competition with Expensive cost of IP law proceedings and expensive attorney fees related. Mark Georgantas is a professional con-man who has fooled many people.Don't let he or his shareholders fool you.

I have a few thoughts on the events today about Mark Georgantas.
Hopefully you can share these thoughts on the whereabouts of Mark
Georgantas:

Almost everyone in the industry knew he was running Fire on Ice USA
Corp for Frank Sunseadt and his family. Not only did frank know who he
was dealing with but he continued to allow Mark to run the company
taking credit cards from customer using an alias each and every time.
I believe if you collect the credit card information from Fire on Ice
USA Corp you will be able to notify and or find out whose credit cards
Mark has taken. If Mark fled today and has his computer in hand, I'm
sure you again will find the credit cards he is planning on using.
Frank Sunseadt I believe has knowingly aided and willingly conspired
against the laws by allowing Mark to run his company. Mark now is a
fugitive and I strongly believe because of his access to as many
credit card he won't be found in this country. As a precautionary
measure I think the files of Fire on Ice USA Corp/ Frank Sunstead
should be investigated. I think Frank should be held accountable and
responsible for his bad and poor judgement. His greed in wanting to
acquire Fire on Ice from Mark will now cost the tax payers hundreds or
thousands of dollars let alone the grief everyone is about to share.
All because of his own personal agenda and greed!
Fire on Ice has never filed taxes.
Fire on Ice has never paid employees except cash!
Fire on Ice owes the state board of equilazation 70,000.00.
Mark Georgantas owe the state restotution board $700,000.00
It goes on and on and on! When wil it stop?

Frank Sunsdent apparently cannot be reached for comment on the arrest of his criminal client/business partner Georgantas.
Anyone want more information about his involvement in this scam? Who posted the bail? Why did they post the bail?
What is their involvement with the company Fire on Ice?
These are questions the public has a right to hear the answer to. Fire on ice is a toxic company founded on lies. Also to call Mark Georgantas a business man in this article is an outrage, He's not an artist, he's a CON ARTIST.


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