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PostPosted: September 29th, 2008, 9:16 pm 
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WRITERSWEEKLY IS CURRENTLY INVESTIGATING TWO MORE COMPLAINTS ABOUT THIS INDIVIDUAL.

UPDATE: JUNE, 2009
The State of Washington is pursuing their case against Tove Warmerdam for alleged Identity Theft. See 7/3/09 posting below.

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UPDATE: JULY, 2010
TOVE WARMERDAM HAS PLEADED GUILTY. She will be sentenced on Wednesday, September 8, 2010. If you live near Seattle, WA, please plan to attend the sentencing.


WEDNESDAY - SEPT. 8, 2010
8:30 a.m.

King County Courthouse
516 Third Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104

Courtroom of Judge Julie Spector - Room W842

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WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS ONE, READERS? Send your opinions to: angela - at - writersweekly.com

Subject: COMPLAINT about Tove Warmerdam / Seattle Dog Magazine / Queen Dog Publishing
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2008 15:55:53 -0400
To: tove@seattledogmagazine.com

September 23, 2008

Tove Warmerdam - tove@seattledogmagazine.com
Seattle Dog Magazine / seattledogmagazine.com
Queen Dog Publishing
P.O. Box 51
38579 SE River Street, Suite 5 / 8532 381st Place SE
Snoqualmie, WA 98065
P 425-766-5666 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              425-766-5666      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              425-766-5666      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

WritersWeekly.com has received a complaint about:
Tove Warmerdam / Seattle Dog Magazine / seattledogmagazine.com /
Queen Dog Publishing

WritersWeekly.com is a publication that publishes information for
and about freelance writers. The publication is the
largest-circulation freelance writing ezine in the world.

As part of that information, WritersWeekly.com publishes a Warnings
section on its website and in its newsletter. This warning section
contains reports about publications that are unprofessional in
dealing with writers, haven't paid writers money that is owed to
them, who have not abided by their contracts, or who have unfair
contract terms. These reports are used by WritersWeekly.com's
subscribers
to decide which publications they should and should not work with.

Your firm has been submitted to us for inclusion in the
WritersWeekly.com Whispers and Warnings section.

Step one of our investigation of this report is to gather all
relevant correspondence between your publication and the person
submitting the complaint so that we can piece together that person's
side of the story. Step one of our investigation has been completed.

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THE COMPLAINT
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(CR) (name not published here but was, of course, provided to the publisher) alleges you owe her $7192.00, that you owe other employees
money as well, and that you're seeking investors online but you're
planning to file bankruptcy. See complete allegation under my signature.

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WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
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The second step in our investigation is to send this communication
to your firm to get its side of the story. If you have evidence
disputing these allegations, or would like to make your own
statement about these allegations for publication in our report, please
email angela@writersweekly.com within two business days.

***All correspondence for our investigations must be in writing and
is subject to publication.***

If you do owe this person money, we strongly suggest you read
this article before responding:
http://www.writersweekly.com/the_latest ... 32006.html

Our report on your firm is scheduled for inclusion in our
publication next Wednesday, though it may appear in our Whispers and
Warnings forum before that time.

If there is no response to these allegations, WritersWeekly.com will
still publish this complaint, but our readers will not be able to
read your side of the story.

We appreciate your prompt response in this matter.

Angela Hoy
Publisher
WritersWeekly.com

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ALLEGATION
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CR wrote:

Hello, Angela

A writer whom I have worked with in the past said that I should
contact you regarding my situation. I started working for the publisher
of Seattle Dog magazine, Tove Warmerdam, (full-time) as the
editor-in-chief of a new, national dog magazine she was starting. She
paid me my first two paychecks, but when July 15th came around, no
paycheck came.

It's a long story, but she kept lying to me about the check being lost
in the mail, etc., etc. In the meantime I left for a week's
scheduled/paid vacation. While gone, she was supposed to direct deposit
my pay into my checking account. Halfway through my vacation, I checked
my account to find that she had not done so. I contacted her and she
said that she would Fed Ex my check to arrive at my house by the time I
got home from vacation.

I got home on the 27th, and on the 28th, her business partner called to
tell me that she had had trouble with her investors and was backing off
of the new magazine idea. He assured me that she would pay me for the
entire month of July, so two paychecks, plus reimburse me for phone
expenses and medical benefits I never received, plus one month's
severance, as I had turned down many other projects to take hers on.

I got this all in writing from her, and she was first supposed to pay me
by August 4, then it got bumped to Aug 15, then she sent a letter
saying she would pay within 15 days of Aug 15. That hasn't happened. I
found out that she has filed for personal bankruptcy and her bankruptcy
hearing is on Sept. 15. I also found out that she has a posting on
GoBig touting her incredible publishing empire and looking for 5
million in investment money. She owes me and a few of her other
employees thousands of dollars.

Thanks for your time.

[CR]

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: RE: editor unpaid for work
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 14:24:00 +0000
From: [CR]

Angela,

I've attached the letter I sent to her that spells out
what she owes me. It was a letter that my lawyer drafted
to accept the amount she told me she would pay me. I have her letter in
hard copy only.

Her name is Tove Warmerdam. The two address I have for her are: PO Box
51, Snoqualmie, WA 98065; 8532 381st Place SE, Snoqualmie, WA 98065.
Her e-mail address is tove@seattledogmagazine.com.

I do have an employment contract signed by both of us that specifically
spells out what I was to be paid and when.

Best,

CR

August 6, 2008

Tove Warmerdam
Seattle Dog Magazine/Queen Dog Publishing
Attn: Legal
PO Box 51
Snoqualmie, WA 98065
38579 SE River Street, Suite 5
Snoqualmie, WA 98065

Dear Tove,

I received your letter of August 1, 2008 and reviewed it with my lawyer
Gerald Nabours. Although your offer of payment is less the agreed-upon
one month's severance, I have decided to accept your offer of payment of
two regular pay periods (gross total $6666.67) and a payment of $426.15
for back pay of medical benefits and $100.00 for telephone allowance
compensation, to be paid no later than August 15, 2008. (The total gross
payment is $7,192.00.)

I will accept the above payment as complete fulfillment of my employment
contract if I receive a valid check by August 15, 2008. If I do not
receive the above-mentioned (exact) amount by August 15, or if I receive
the check and the account does not have sufficient funds, I will file a
formal complaint with the Director of the Washington Labor and
Industries Department. My lawyer has been in touch with this department
and has learned that besides facing monetary penalties, an employer who
fails to pay employee wages has committed a misdemeanor crime. My
lawyer has reviewed all of my documentation and affirmed that I have
more than sufficient evidence to show that you have failed to act
lawfully according to our contract and that I am owed no less than this
agreed payment.

I look forward to receiving this payment no later than August 15, 2008.

Sincerely,

[CR]

PUBLISHER RESPONDS

Subject: RE: COMPLAINT about Tove Warmerdam / Seattle Dog Magazine / Queen Dog Publishing
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2008 18:15:40 -0700
From: Tove Warmerdam <tove@seattledogmagazine.com>

Dear Angela,
I will forward this on to my attorney at this time. I will ask you not to
print anything until my attorney has received and responded to this matter.

Tove Warmerdam

WRITERSWEEKLY RESPONDS

Subject: Re: COMPLAINT about Tove Warmerdam / Seattle Dog Magazine / Queen Dog Publishing
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2008 21:50:10 -0400
To: Tove Warmerdam <tove@seattledogmagazine.com>

Please have your attorney contact me immediately by email. I'm sorry but
we don't hold publication to wait for attorneys.

Angela Hoy
WritersWeekly.com

PUBLISHER RESPONDS

Subject: RE: COMPLAINT about Tove Warmerdam / Seattle Dog Magazine / Queen Dog Publishing
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2008 20:17:10 -0700
From: Tove Warmerdam <tove@seattledogmagazine.com>

Dear Angela,

I have forwarded all the info to my attorney and would love to answer the
questions but awaiting on him to look at this email. I do not know [PR]
and if people are making false statements that will make this all
the more interesting. And as for bankruptcy - my personal finances are of
no one's business. The company has NOT filed for bankruptcy. And invading
in my personal business. So yes, my attorney will advise me on responding,
and otherwise respond to this whole incident.



[b]WRITERSWEEKLY RESPONDS


Per my previous note:

As you probably figured out, the person claiming you owe money is
[CR], not [PR]. I apologized for my error.


There have been no false claims against you. You owe CR $7192 and you're
refusing to answer questions about that to the media (WritersWeekly).

Your personal finances are of interest to people who might consider
working for you. If you're in financial trouble, one must assume your
business is also in trouble. Otherwise, the business would be supporting
you. If you are filing personal bankruptcy in order to not pay people
like CR, that means your business and personal finances
are co-mingled.

Bankruptcy filings are public record. The fact that you answered my
question in such a way seems to confirm the allegations.

Please send me the name of your attorney. We're starting to think you
don't have one.

Angela Hoy
WritersWeekly.com

PUBLISHER RESPONDS

Subject: RE: COMPLAINT about Tove Warmerdam / Seattle Dog Magazine / Queen Dog Publishing
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2008 08:20:40 -0700
From: Tove Warmerdam <tove@seattledogmagazine.com>

I hope your website is insured

WRITERSWEEKLY RESPONDS

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: COMPLAINT about Tove Warmerdam / Seattle Dog Magazine / Queen Dog Publishing
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2008 12:53:21 -0400
To: Tove Warmerdam <tove@seattledogmagazine.com>

Hi Tove,

Ah, if I had a nickel for every deadbeat who thought they could silence
the media with a lawsuit threat... You see, it is [CR]'s
constitutional right to tell people about her experience with you
company. Courts sure don't like it when deadbeats try to trample on the
constitutional rights of honest, bill-paying people.

I'm still waiting for your attorney's contact information. Throwing out
a lawsuit threat on your own further implies you don't have counsel.

Here's what we know. CR says you owe her $7192. You have not
denied that claim. We're going to publish CR's allegations, with
or without your comments for publication. If you don't want our readers
to hear your side of the story, that's your business. We'll simply tell
them you refused to comment. We will not wait days, weeks or months for
your phantom attorney to respond. We'll be publishing the allegations
next Wednesday. Please get your response for publication to me by close
of business Monday.

Please remember that, per my initial contact, all correspondence is
subject to publication, including all the emails you've sent to me over
the past few days. I can tell you that your actions so far imply you
have no intention of paying this debt...and that you don't even have an
attorney. If you did, you'd have sent us his/her contact information
after we initially contacted you.

If you'd just admitted you didn't have the money, apologized, and said
you'd work on it, you'd look much better than the picture you've painted
of yourself this week.

When can CR expect payment of the $7192 you owe her?

Angela Hoy
WritersWeekly.com

THE PUBLISHER STOPPED RESPONDING TO WRITERSWEEKLY AND NEVER DID PROVIDE HER ATTORNEY'S CONTACT INFO.


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PostPosted: January 14th, 2009, 8:09 pm 
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The publisher was given quite a written beating here:
http://community.seattletimes.nwsource. ... reate_date

And, she has an "F" rating with the BBB:
http://alaskaoregonwesternwashington.bb ... m=22429417


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WritersWeekly.com has been contacted by a printer who claims Tove Warmerdam / Seattle Dog Magazine owes them $10,500.

They also claim she wrote them a bad check and that she's no longer answering their emails.


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PostPosted: March 3rd, 2009, 8:46 pm 
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SECOND COMPLAINT about Tove Warmerdam.

This complaint, submitted by an individual who claims Tove Warmerdam owes her $40K and that Tove Warmerdam gave her bad checks, is currently being discussed with Tove Warmerdam's attorney. Tove Warmerdam, as we understand it, denies the allegations.

ReedLawFirmReed law firm, pllc

Rebecca L. Reed, Attorney at Law
Reed Law Firm, PLLC
Key Center Building
601 108th Avenue NE 19th Floor
Bellevue, Washington 98004
425.943.7640 (T) 425.943.3884 (F)
http://www.reedlawfirm.us


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PostPosted: March 3rd, 2009, 8:48 pm 
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THIRD COMPLAINT about Tove Warmerdam

This complaint, submitted by a printer who alleges Tove Warmerdam owes them $10,400, is currently being discussed with Tove Warmerdam's attorney:

ReedLawFirmReed law firm, pllc

Rebecca L. Reed, Attorney at Law
Reed Law Firm, PLLC
Key Center Building
601 108th Avenue NE 19th Floor
Bellevue, Washington 98004
425.943.7640 (T) 425.943.3884 (F)
http://www.reedlawfirm.us

Tove Warmerdam, as we understand it, denies the allegations.


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READER RESPONDS

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: In re: Tove Warmerdam/Seattle Dog Magazine
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2009 19:15:22 -0500 (EST)
From: scott Rose

Dear Ms. Hoy:

I am commenting on the Seattle Dog Magazine matter.

Tove Warmerdam manifests ignorance of the raison d'etre for your Whispers & Warnings column in WritersWeekly.

The column exists to promote resolution of situations in which a publisher or editor is alleged not to have fulfilled their professional obligations to a contracted writer or other provider.

When a publisher refuses to cooperate towards a resolution, Whispers & Warnings takes on the additional raison d'etre of serving as an information source for freelancers wishing to verify the trustworthiness of a publisher or editor.

One of the most positive consequences of that later function of the column is that other publishers and editors when they learn of its existence are given pause for thought prior to defrauding their freelancers and/or other workers.

It is just absolutely stunning and completely unacceptable that Ms. Warmerdam showed you, and by extension, the entire freelance community, the gross disrespect of responding to the WritersWeekly communications regarding allegations against her with e-mails containing obnoxious sarcasm and deplorable grammar.

Who does she think she is, and does she not realize who you are?

A publisher who did not owe people money certainly would not respond to a complaint in that fashion. He/she would, rather, produce all documentation of professional agreements made along with complete documentation of the relevant payment records.

A publisher in over their head but hoping for a better future might write something like this:
________________________________________________________________

Thank you for contributing to a better environment for the publishing industry. I acknowledge that my present economic condition does not allow me immediately to pay all persons to whom I owe money. As my economic condition improves, I will pay in full all persons to whom I owe money. May I plan to contact you after I have done so, with full documentation that I have done so, in order that my reputation be restored in the community? In the meantime, rest assured that I am doing A, B and C to gradually pay people what they are due from me. I am cc'ing you on my e-mails to them, detailing my payment plans.
__________________________________________________________________

I notice she is alleged to have written bad checks. Why don't you ask them for bank records showing that those checks bounced, and then publish those records? Also, if bounce fees were charged to those alleged victims' accounts, have those fees been added to what Ms. Warmerdam owes them?

I applaud you for your outstanding advocacy for publishing professionals who are victimized by sarcastic individuals like Tove Warmerdam.

Even apart from the substance of the messages she sent you in response to allegations against her, the form and tone of those messages are not in line with the seriousness of the Whispers & Warnings column. One wonders . . . were Ms. Warmerdam approached by the I.R.S. for non-payment of taxes . . . would she respond with the same informal flippancy and unspecified threats? If she did, what good result would she expect for herself? And why does she feel she can take a WritersWeekly allegation any less seriously than an allegation of non-payment from the I.R.S.?

I repeat what I said above; who does Tove Warmerdam think she is, and doesn't she realize who you are?

Sincerely,

Scott Rose


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UPDATE FROM [CR] - FROM FIRST COMPLAINT LISTED ABOVE

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: RE: ANOTHER COMPLAINT about Tove Warmerdam / Seattle Dog Magazine / QueenDog Publishing / Seattle Cat Magazine
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2009 16:30:45 +0000
From: CR

Angela,

Tove recently threatened me with slander. I then forwarded all the documents I have regarding my case to her attorney, and then the attorney's tune changed toward me drastically! WA labor and industries sent out their final ruling against Tove and issued a citation. Tove then sent a claim in to dispute my case, but it got there two days past the deadline.

CR


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UPDATE FROM [CR] - FROM FIRST COMPLAINT LISTED ABOVE

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: RE: ANOTHER COMPLAINT about Tove Warmerdam / Seattle Dog Magazine / QueenDog Publishing / Seattle Cat Magazine
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2009 16:30:45 +0000
From: CR

Angela,

Tove recently threatened me with slander. I then forwarded all the documents I have regarding my case to her attorney, and then the attorney's tune changed toward me drastically! WA labor and industries sent out their final ruling against Tove and issued a citation. Tove then sent a claim in to dispute my case, but it got there two days past the deadline.

CR


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UPDATE:
The State of Washington is pursuing their case against Tove Warmerdam for alleged Identity Theft.

SEE: http://dw.courts.wa.gov/

Click on Case Search Options

Read the Disclaimer and click Accept at the bottom.

Then, click on:

Superior Court Cases

Court name: King Co Superior Ct

Case Type: Criminal

Year Filed In/After: 2009

Last name: Warmerdam

First name: Tove

Then click the Submit box next to the first name.

On the next screen, click on the case number.

Case Number Name File Date Participant Cause Status
09-1-04362-7 Warmerdam, Tove Alyce 06-17-09 Defendant n/a Docket Info Available

You can then see all the activity related to the criminal case in detail.

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09-1-04362-7 SEA 06/17/2009 IDTHEFT1
PLA01 STATE OF WASHINGTON
DEF01 WARMERDAM, TOVE ALYCE
DPA01 KING COUNTY, PROSECUTING ATTY
ATD01

CCN: 1862468

Referral #: 2081215200

Cause #: 091043627

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UPDATE

When we search for info. on Tove Warmerdam on kingcounty.gov, the name
Tove Alyce Sebasstian comes up, saying she was booked on 7/1/2009, and released the same day on bail.

Charges for this booking -

Cause No: 091043627
Court: KING COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT
RCW / ORD: 9.35.020
Release Reason: Conditional release
Bail Amount: $1.00
Charge: IDENTITY THEFT


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PostPosted: August 2nd, 2010, 1:36 pm 
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UPDATE: JULY, 2010

TOVE WARMERDAM HAS PLEADED GUILTY. She will be sentenced on Wednesday, September 8, 2010. If you live near Seattle, WA, please plan to attend the sentencing.

READERS, IF YOU LIVE NEAR SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND THIS SENTENCING to show your support for Tove Warmerdam's victims, and to send a message to the judge - that these types of criminals deserve jail time. Tove Warmerdam should not be allowed to walk free after what she did!

Tove Warmerdam's Sentencing will be on:

WEDNESDAY - SEPT. 8, 2010

8:30 a.m.

King County Courthouse
516 Third Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104

Courtroom of Judge Julie Spector - Room W842


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You can read more about the case by doing the following - [/b]

SEE: http://dw.courts.wa.gov/

Click on Case Search Options

Read the Disclaimer and click Accept at the bottom.

Then, click on:

Superior Court Cases

Court name: King Co Superior Ct

Case Type: Criminal

Year Filed In/After: 2009

Last name: Warmerdam

First name: Tove

Then click the Submit box next to the first name.

On the next screen, click on the case number.

Case Number Name File Date Participant Cause Status
09-1-04362-7 Warmerdam, Tove Alyce 06-17-09 Defendant n/a Docket Info Available

You can then see all the activity related to the criminal case in detail.

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SENTENCED

On Sept. 8, 2010, a source who was in the courtroom reports Tove Warmerdam (a.k.a. Tove Sebasstian) was sentenced to 240 hours of community service, and was ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution in monthly installments of $300 to the victim after pleading guilty to felony identity theft.

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MORE ON TOVE WARMERDAM / TOVE WRIGHT / TOVE SEBASSTIAN FROM AN ALLEGED VICTIM HERE:

http://www.complaints.com/2010/septembe ... 241232.htm

AND A COMPLAINT FROM AN ALLEGED ADVERTISER HERE:

http://www.ripoffreport.com/book-magazi ... -37627.htm


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