Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Private Investigator's Notes: The Surveillance of Southern California Diet Scammer Heidi Diaz of Kimkins

I have been a private investigator in Riverside County, California for many years and have seen a lot of scams and fraudulent activities throughout those years. This one is quite different in that it has involved thousands of real people so desperate in their search for a "real" diet that works.

During my involvement with this case, I have read so many stories from people that have been hurt by an evil woman with no regard for the feeling or health of real human beings.

Maybe this woman does not feel that she is actually hurting people since she just sits in her apartment all day long typing away at the keyboard.

I began this investigation with a bad address and no other information other than the name of Heidi Kimberly Diaz.

Through investigative techniques, I was able to locate Ms. Diaz's address. I attempted making contact with her at the front door to positively identify her. No one would come to the door. I looked down and observed a small trash bucket at the front entry door with Kimkins receipts facing up. This was the confirmation I needed that this was indeed the correct address.

During the several days spent on surveillance, I observed Ms. Diaz out of the apartment twice. She was usually seated at a window on her computer. I remember thinking "what a strange woman", just sitting at the computer all day long creating diet schemes to take money from people who have placed their hopes in her hands to help them lose weight.

I passed by her vehicle one day and noticed a tray of sugar cookies with sprinkles just recently opened and sitting on the passenger seat of her mini van. This from a woman telling other people to eat 500 to 800 calories a day all the while she is taking in much much more than that.

The first day out, Ms. Diaz drove to a local gas station and returned to her residence. She sat inside her vehicle for a half hour while talking on the cell phone. (Probably talking to a customer.) The video was short since Ms. Diaz did not engage in much activity. I was determined to obtain quality photo shots for my client and prepared for continuing surveillance.

Days went by and boredom crept in. I would exit my vehicle to walk through the apartment complex to stretch and get fresh air. While walking passed Ms. Diaz's apartment unit, I would look up and notice her in the window on the second level of the building. She would look down and smile while seated near at the window, typing away on her computer. I found it strange that a woman would sit at an open window without her wig, being that Heidi is bald.

From time to time, I would notice Brandon, Heidi's son exit the unit to leave with friends that would not come near the apartment. I figured that either Brandon is not allowed to have friends over or Brandon's friends would rather not visit inside the apartment unit. Brandon and Heidi were the only two people ever observed entering or departing from the apartment.

The day finally came! Tuesday, August 14, 2007. Heidi finally emerges to depart from the area driving her mini van. The sweet thing that all investigators hope for while on surveillance...movement! I followed Ms. Diaz to a local mail drop where Kimkins customers send their mail. The sweet sweet sound, click click click of the camera as Ms. Diaz exited the vehicle to enter the mail drop. I say sweet sound only because this meant that the final moment had come. The ending of surveillance on a case of such drawn out inactivity. The clicking continued on as Ms. Diaz returned to her vehicle to depart with mail in hand.

She immediately drove to a local Norco bank to, I would assume, deposit fresh checks she had picked up at the mail drop from unknowing victims of deceit and fraud.

After making the deposit, Ms. Diaz drove to a local CVS Pharmacy. I found this a great opportunity to follow Ms. Diaz in with a hidden camera to obtain as much movement as possible just to add the finishing touch to a much anticipated ending.

Ms. Diaz drove home afterward and the sweet sound began again to end the day.

This is the story of how I obtained the video and photos of Heidi Diaz.

I would like to thank Catherine McDonald for her kindness and for the wonderful job she did with our website. I highly recommend Catherine if you are in need of a quality website and great search engine recognition.

Catherine and I have had an ongoing business relationship during the past couple of months and I have never worked with anyone so kind and gracious. She is truly a wonderful person.

Thank you Martin at Slamboard.com for bringing this whole thing together and for the recognition that you provided our business.

I am very impressed with Jeannessa. She has brought together a team of well recognized attorneys and press.

I met with Chip Yost the other day. He is a reporter with KTLA. We interviewed for about an hour. Chip has been really moving on this matter and is leaving no tables unturned. Thank you Chip.

Congratulations to the blogging community for their unwavering determination to bring justice to this matter. What a great bunch of people!


HoneyBee said...
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HoneyBee said...

I want to say thank you for not only doing a job well, but for understanding the real harm this woman was doing to me and thousands of others.
I have no doubt that Heidi Diaz would never have stopped this fraud if it wasn't for Martin, Catherine, You and the tireless protesting of too many to name.
This moment means so much to so many and to say thank you doesn't seem enough, but I do thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Warmest Regards

Sherrie said...

If only you could get a picture of her bald!!! :D

Once Upon A Dieter said...

Thank you for the notes. A lot of us had wondered what it must have been like casing Heidi's place. Now we know. Mostly boring.

I guess she only left the house when it was time to get those Kimkins checks. Yeah, money. That'll motivate Heidi Diaz.

Thank you.
The Princess

VernsWifeVickie said...

Thank you so much for a job well done. This woman has scammed and harmed so many people and your work has helped to expose her for what she really is. Thank you, Thank you!!!

LJ said...

Thank you for this entry and the whole job well done!

chickycola said...

Great Job! Thank you for helping shed so much light on this situation. It couldn't have been done without you!

no said...

Thank you for a job well done!

Just say NO to Kimkins

Christian Homekeeper said...

Thank you SO much for exposing "Kimkin"! I had went to the website a month or so ago and was wondering what her diet was all about after hearing about it online. I'm so glad I did not sign up and after your work I SURE WILL NOT and you probably saved a lot of future customers of hers....some money! ; )

Thanks again,


Becky said...

Thank you so much for this insight. I appreciate the work you are doing.

I am glad you are there to see that she doesn't slip away without a trace.

I have to say, in some irrational way, I got positively infuriated about was the thought of her eating those sugar cookies in her car, all the while telling us to eat 4 oz. of boneless, skinless chicken breast, and only 1/2 cup of sugar-free jello per day, because somehow 2 servings was against the rules.

That is not just misguided diet advice ---- I believe it is cruelty and derision for the sheer pleasure of the power of it.

Cindy Moore said...

Curious about why pics were not taken of her in her home? If she's sitting at an open window in full view of the public, why not take a picture?

Trista said...

I just want to say thank you for helping us expose Heidi Diaz/Kimmer, for what she really is. I appreciate the part you played in this whole mess. Finally, I believe that "Kimmer" will be held accountable! It is a good day! Blessings, T.

Linda said...

Cindy Moore said...

Curious about why pics were not taken of her in her home? If she's sitting at an open window in full view of the public, why not take a picture?

Well, Cindy, Even some PI's might not think a pathetic photo of a woman's baldness a necessary part of his investigation - right?

Linda said...

Heh, did any of you catch the interview of the PI doing the KimKin's investigation on KTLA last night at 10PM? (Kinda cute!) I heard they're airing part II tonight!! Look for it on Slamboard's blog tomorrow if you miss the telecast.

Chip said...

Hi, just stopping by to say thanks for doing a great job!

ckooij said...

Do you know how we can get our money back? I joined in June.


ckooij said...
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ckooij said...

Do you know how we can get our money back?

momof3 said...

You have done such a wonderful job. You have helped to bring some closure to a heartless woman who is a fraud and thief. You are truly a BIG piece of this puzzle. If it wasn't for your awesome video and photos,there would not be a whole lot of light shinning on this case. Heidi Diaz/Kimmer has coming to her what she deserves!!


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Becky said...

Mr. Charlton, I just want to THANK YOU for your invaluable role in this case, and to let you know the outcome. This became a nationally certified class action lawsuit and --- we won! A judge has found in favor of the plaintiffs on the basis of Ms. Diaz' fraud and false advertising. http://winningweight.blogspot.com/2010/10/and-now-word-from-john-tiedt.html

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