Also received mention in local weekly. “Retains services” of high profile PR company.
Today’s Las Cruces Sun News carries the headline, “Convicted Felon Fired From Non-Profit”, news that was reported here nearly two weeks ago. Writer Jenn Kistler is told that Brito, who she refers to as “Gomez”, was fired for reasons other than his employer discovering his criminal history:
“It wasn’t because of what we’d heard because we haven’t confirmed that,” (New Mexico Performing Arts Academy board president Kathy) Nau said. “It was mainly conflict of managerial styles.”
…She added that during his six-month employment, Gomez failed to raise money for the 501c3 nonprofit organization.
Also this week, the Pasadena Weekly carries an interview with former American Red Cross Public Information Officer Dereck Andrade who was fired for allegedly “tipping off” the media of Fred Brito’s identity after they’d discovered Brito’s background and fired him. The article by Andre Coleman contains numerous quotes by Brito.
While unconfirmed, Fred Brito wrote in an email and on his blog that he’s now retained the services of Karren Ammond at KBC Media Relations to handle further interview requests. On their website, the New Jersey based PR firm list Donna Hogan (Anna Nicole Smith’s sister), Shannon Tweed, and the jury that convicted Scott Peterson among its clients.
Today’s Las Cruces Sun News also mentions that the newspaper published two seperate articles about “Gomez” on the October 16th, 2006, after he contacted them “to publish stories of his good works.” One of these regarded his hosting a foreign exchange student from Prague. Shortly thereafter, the student was removed from his home:
“I do know that Mr. Gomez was a former host of ours and wouldn’t be considered to host again,” said Kelli Jones, director of Educational Resource Development Trust SHARE high school exchange program.
Jones said the student was placed in another home because Gomez didn’t comply with some of the rules and regulations, which she wouldn’t disclose.
“He’s the only host family of over 600 that wouldn’t comply to that for us,” Jones said.
The Sun News writes that they contacted Dateline NBC and confirmed they’d be running “an hour long segment” on Brito. This is contrary to what I was told in my own phone call to Dateline NBC staff, who told me Brito’s story would only be one segment on others in a one hour episode. (splitting hairs?)
Dateline correspondant Josh Mankiewicz told the Sun News, ” “One of the confounding things about Fred’s story is he has told so many lies to so many people over so many years that even he can’t remember what is true or not.”