Lord of the Lies: Aleksey Vayner Outdoes Himself

Lord of the Lies: Aleksey Vayner Outdoes HimselfThe Aleksey Vayner saga continues this week, and we’re happy to report: It just keeps getting better. A quick preview of this entry for the Adderall set:

  1. Vayner’s fraudulent investment firm
  2. Vayner’s fraudulent charity
  3. Vayner’s fraudulent book about the Holocaust

Let’s start with his investment firm, Vayner Capital Management LLC. The site is pretty basic — unassuming layout, innocuous graphics, stock photos. But take a look at the text. On the “About Us” page (Google Cache, we love you!), Vayner Capital promises to marshal “expertise,” “agility” and “passion” to all its business dealings. Here’s a sample:

Our people bring a passionate intensity to the way we invest and service our clients. This is especially true in the realm of investment research, where our competitive edge lies in our drive to identify opportunities before they become widely known, to unearth information that others overlook, and to understand the companies in which we invest to the greatest degree possible.

Why does this matter? That paragraph is nearly identical to a section from the web site of Denver Investment Advisors, who also promise “experience,” “focus,” “passion,” and “agility.” Compare here. It’s not clear if Denver knows about the homage, but we’re sure their lawyers would be flattered.

Now let’s turn to Vayner’s charity, Youth Empowerment Strategies — not to be confused, of course with this Youth Empowerment Strategies. Why are there two? Well, we’re gonna break it down real simple: one is real, and the other isn’t.

Vayner’s site has a “Charity Navigator Four Star Charity” logo from Charity Navigator, an organization that ranks good charities and weeds out frauds. We called them this morning. “Oh, we’ve heard of them,” Leonie Giles, a program analyst there, said immediately. They asked Aleksey’s site (which lists a non-existant Manhattan address on its “Donate Another Way” page, btw) to take down the fake “Four Star” logo two months ago, and are considering legal action against them. Giles recommended we contact the freaking Connecticut attorney general.

Vayner lists on his resume his self-published book, Women’s Silent Tears, which he calls a “gendered look at the Holocaust.” You can’t read the whole book online, but you can preview the first few pages. We examined a section on euthanasia, and guess what. The entire passage is lifted from the online Holocaust Encyclopedia. Scan Vayner’s book for yourself here. See the identical passage here.

(UPDATE: Vayner has removed his book from Lulu.com. Real classy.)

So let’s get this straight: Vayner created a fake charity. He named himself CEO of a non-existent investment firm. And he plagiarized a book on the Holocaust.

Forget Rahmatullah Hashemi. Why is Aleksey Vayner at Yale University?!

  • Dutchie

    This guy is America’s anwser to Borat if you ask me!
    I can’t wait until the movie comes out.

  • Dutchie

    This guy is America’s anwser to Borat if you ask me!
    I can’t wait until the movie comes out.

  • ya gotta wonder

    I think it was an honest screw up; but he could still pull off a save: Borat II: The Douche-boy strikes back.
    He could rally in defense of Uzbekistan, and challenge both Borat and Ali G to a Tibetan cave Death match. I think this is the flip side of reality TV; instead of having stars pretend they’re average people or filming Mockumentaries, the rules of normalcy are changing themselves and we’re all becoming self-absorbed head cases. If they can get a movie out quick enough they can cash in on great Internet momentum. I’m in Moscow for Christ sake. The only catch is that Douche-boy has to donate all his profits to a children’s charity. That stealing from kids part is unacceptable (consider that any donation could have gone to an actual children’s charity).

    I’ll bet his agent’s in negotiations right now…

  • ya gotta wonder

    I think it was an honest screw up; but he could still pull off a save: Borat II: The Douche-boy strikes back.
    He could rally in defense of Uzbekistan, and challenge both Borat and Ali G to a Tibetan cave Death match. I think this is the flip side of reality TV; instead of having stars pretend they’re average people or filming Mockumentaries, the rules of normalcy are changing themselves and we’re all becoming self-absorbed head cases. If they can get a movie out quick enough they can cash in on great Internet momentum. I’m in Moscow for Christ sake. The only catch is that Douche-boy has to donate all his profits to a children’s charity. That stealing from kids part is unacceptable (consider that any donation could have gone to an actual children’s charity).

    I’ll bet his agent’s in negotiations right now…

  • Coop

    Wow, I thought this story would die out quickly, but people just keep finding more dirt… Anyway, My two cents is that if this guy actually believes the stuff he has written and put on his resume, he should be committed and given help. If he is actually consciously making this stuff up, he deserves to be kicked out of school and prosecuted for the charity thing. As I was reading this, however, I came to an interesting conclusion: He is absurdly lucky that he got caught now- suppose he actually made it into a financial services career; if he pulled unethical shit like this, he would actually end up in jail. Perhaps he has a chance to change now. I think people deserve a second chance in most cases. Its not like he killed anyone… oh wait except for all of thos tibetans… fuck

  • Coop

    Wow, I thought this story would die out quickly, but people just keep finding more dirt… Anyway, My two cents is that if this guy actually believes the stuff he has written and put on his resume, he should be committed and given help. If he is actually consciously making this stuff up, he deserves to be kicked out of school and prosecuted for the charity thing. As I was reading this, however, I came to an interesting conclusion: He is absurdly lucky that he got caught now- suppose he actually made it into a financial services career; if he pulled unethical shit like this, he would actually end up in jail. Perhaps he has a chance to change now. I think people deserve a second chance in most cases. Its not like he killed anyone… oh wait except for all of thos tibetans… fuck

  • Rick Vega

    New American Lexicon:
    You are full of Garber!
    He pulled an Alexey…
    Pathological Garber
    The Garber effect
    Sex, Alexey, and Videotape

  • Rick Vega

    New American Lexicon:
    You are full of Garber!
    He pulled an Alexey…
    Pathological Garber
    The Garber effect
    Sex, Alexey, and Videotape

  • Boston

    Please do NOT feel too sorry for him. In addition to the faux charity, I’m wiling to bet large sums that Alexey has taken advantage (emotionally, financially and otherwise) of numerous credulous young ladies (and/or gents) not yet sophisticated enough to sniff out his pathology. Though he’s hopefully poison in the eyes the proper finance world, I’m still not certain that he isn’t about to become next in the line of Jessica Hahn, Kato Kaelin, Anna Nicloe Smith and Paris Hilton: famous for being famous (and fascinating like a car crash). I’m sure there’s plenty of money to be made yet for our man from Uzbekistan.

  • Boston

    Please do NOT feel too sorry for him. In addition to the faux charity, I’m wiling to bet large sums that Alexey has taken advantage (emotionally, financially and otherwise) of numerous credulous young ladies (and/or gents) not yet sophisticated enough to sniff out his pathology. Though he’s hopefully poison in the eyes the proper finance world, I’m still not certain that he isn’t about to become next in the line of Jessica Hahn, Kato Kaelin, Anna Nicloe Smith and Paris Hilton: famous for being famous (and fascinating like a car crash). I’m sure there’s plenty of money to be made yet for our man from Uzbekistan.

  • Marc F

    Regarding: Phil’s comments:
    >>
    I am a U.S. Marine, I have spent the past 16 years of my life in the Corps defending the freedoms you enjoy and abuse. I lost my left leg from the knee down in Iraq. I did it while bringing clean water to a town that has been without for god knows how long

  • Marc F

    Regarding: Phil’s comments:
    >>
    I am a U.S. Marine, I have spent the past 16 years of my life in the Corps defending the freedoms you enjoy and abuse. I lost my left leg from the knee down in Iraq. I did it while bringing clean water to a town that has been without for god knows how long

  • bonzey

    If he is a CEO of a “Preeminent Investment Firm”, then WHY is he trying to get a job with UBS or any other company??

  • bonzey

    If he is a CEO of a “Preeminent Investment Firm”, then WHY is he trying to get a job with UBS or any other company??

  • MIT Mad Scientist

    I got to know this guy back in 2000 when he helped us develop a short lived, but very successful business, Bonsai Kitten. We were able to form and sell beautifully shaped cats using a prucess Aleksey Garber leared from some of his Eastern mentors. And, he was still in High School! A wonderful bright young man. I’m so sorry he decided not to go to MIT, but instead went down to Yale.

  • MIT Mad Scientist

    I got to know this guy back in 2000 when he helped us develop a short lived, but very successful business, Bonsai Kitten. We were able to form and sell beautifully shaped cats using a prucess Aleksey Garber leared from some of his Eastern mentors. And, he was still in High School! A wonderful bright young man. I’m so sorry he decided not to go to MIT, but instead went down to Yale.

  • Camilla

    One of the best things about his covering letter? “I strive in intense, competitive environments.” Yup, I guess he finds it really hard. And I defnitely thrive on reading all about his bullshit life!

    Aleksey – you’ve made a rainy autumn day in Norway sooo much better! Thank you!

  • Camilla

    One of the best things about his covering letter? “I strive in intense, competitive environments.” Yup, I guess he finds it really hard. And I defnitely thrive on reading all about his bullshit life!

    Aleksey – you’ve made a rainy autumn day in Norway sooo much better! Thank you!

  • Tor Egil

    Ha Ha:) He could be kidding with us all, making the best internet stunt on PR ever:) But I dont think he is that smart. But funny as hell anyway. He reminds me about Patrick Bateman in the american film “american psycho” Many people in Norway got a good laugh of this celebrity trick.

  • Tor Egil

    Ha Ha:) He could be kidding with us all, making the best internet stunt on PR ever:) But I dont think he is that smart. But funny as hell anyway. He reminds me about Patrick Bateman in the american film “american psycho” Many people in Norway got a good laugh of this celebrity trick.

  • Joe

    Ten Dollars says he ends up in Grad school at duke.

  • Joe

    Ten Dollars says he ends up in Grad school at duke.

  • Laura

    I think he and Heather Mills would make a GREAT couple…

  • Laura

    I think he and Heather Mills would make a GREAT couple…

  • Ingrid

    Oh your God, this is the best I have seen in ages!

  • Ingrid

    Oh your God, this is the best I have seen in ages!

  • Camilla

    I soooo agree on the Heather Mills connection! lol

  • Camilla

    I soooo agree on the Heather Mills connection! lol

  • Anonymous

    Yeah… Grad school at Duke, and then fabricate a handful of short stories that exaggerate his drinking, sexual exploits, keen wit, etc.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah… Grad school at Duke, and then fabricate a handful of short stories that exaggerate his drinking, sexual exploits, keen wit, etc.

  • Guest

    No one seems to have pointed out yet that all of his creations, aspirations, and philosophy parallel that of his sister(?), dexcribed here in this CNN article:
    http://money.cnn.com/2005/03/04/real_estate/investment_prop/tycoongarber/index.htm

    Anybody got any insight along these lines? Crazy and crazier still…

  • Diggity

    No one seems to have pointed out yet that all of his creations, aspirations, and philosophy parallel that of his sister(?), dexcribed here in this CNN article:
    http://money.cnn.com/2005/03/04/real_estate/investment_prop/tycoongarber/index.htm

    Anybody got any insight along these lines? Crazy and crazier still…

  • Thea

    I just spent 4 hours reading about this guy, I’m freaking obsessed.
    Congratulations on being famous in Norway as well. Maybe this international celebrity status can help you get jobs in other countries? :D

    In his defense (somewhat):
    The YES site he made is actually better than the real YES site, which is sort of sad.
    The video is, from a technical point of view, in fact very very good (reguardless of his lack of skill).

    But any dimwit with an IQ higher than a doorknob can tell that this guy needs a psychiatrist and some hardcore medication before he should be allowed to contact other human beings ever again.

    A part from feeling sorry for Aleksey, there are a couple innocent victims (his sister for instance) that will be remember for this for a long time.

    Oh who cares. More please! Feed the masses!

  • Thea

    I just spent 4 hours reading about this guy, I’m freaking obsessed.
    Congratulations on being famous in Norway as well. Maybe this international celebrity status can help you get jobs in other countries? :D

    In his defense (somewhat):
    The YES site he made is actually better than the real YES site, which is sort of sad.
    The video is, from a technical point of view, in fact very very good (reguardless of his lack of skill).

    But any dimwit with an IQ higher than a doorknob can tell that this guy needs a psychiatrist and some hardcore medication before he should be allowed to contact other human beings ever again.

    A part from feeling sorry for Aleksey, there are a couple innocent victims (his sister for instance) that will be remember for this for a long time.

    Oh who cares. More please! Feed the masses!

  • Harvardus

    May 2002. Page 12 everyone. http://www.yale.edu/rumpus/archives/pdf/rumpus_may02.pdf “Maybe, once, you lied about your age, or your weight, or your location the night your unfaithful boyfried… Aleksey Garber, who has been accepted to the Yale class of ’06, is not impressed.”

  • Harvardus

    May 2002. Page 12 everyone. http://www.yale.edu/rumpus/archives/pdf/rumpus_may02.pdf “Maybe, once, you lied about your age, or your weight, or your location the night your unfaithful boyfried… Aleksey Garber, who has been accepted to the Yale class of ’06, is not impressed.”

  • Camilla

    Good to see that other people are wasting too much time on this guy too. You want more? Here it is… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baoKOx1Ssp0

    Endless fun with this guy. He seems to enjoy digging his own grave. Maybe he’ll dig all the way over here soon…?

  • Camilla

    Good to see that other people are wasting too much time on this guy too. You want more? Here it is… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baoKOx1Ssp0

    Endless fun with this guy. He seems to enjoy digging his own grave. Maybe he’ll dig all the way over here soon…?

  • ForFucksSake

    This has to be a troll. Like some Yalie drama students are seeing how far they can run with this a made up persona. Maybe some mass social experiment.

  • ForFucksSake

    This has to be a troll. Like some Yalie drama students are seeing how far they can run with this a made up persona. Maybe some mass social experiment.

  • Hugh Gallagher

    The following was taken from an actual application for admission to NYU (New York University)

    NYU Essay: In order for the admissions staff of our college to get to know you, the applicant, better, we ask that you answer the following question: are there any significant experiences you have had, or accomplishments you have realized, that have helped to define you as a person?

    Gallagher ‘s Essay:
    I am a dynamic figure, often seen scaling walls and crushing ice. I have been known to remodel train stations on my lunch breaks, making them more efficient in the area of heat retention. I translate ethnic slurs for Cuban refugees, I write award-winning operas, I manage time efficiently.

    Occasionally, I tread water for three days in a row.

    I woo women with my sensuous and godlike trombone playing, I can pilot bicycles up severe inclines with unflagging speed, and I cook Thirty-Minute Brownies in twenty minutes. I am an expert in stucco, a veteran in love, and an outlaw in Peru.

    Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, I once single-handedly defended a small village in the Amazon Basin from a horde of ferocious army ants.

    I play bluegrass cello, I was scouted by the Mets, I am the subject of numerous documentaries. When I’m bored, I build suspension bridges in my yard. I enjoy urban hang gliding. On Wednesdays, after school, I repair electrical appliances free of charge.

    I am an abstract artist, a concrete analyst, and a ruthless bookie. Critics worldwide swoon over my original line of corduroy evening wear. I don’t perspire. I am a private citizen, yet I receive fan mail. I have been caller ‘number nine’ and have won the weekend passes. Last summer I toured New Jersey with a traveling centrifugal-force demonstration. I bat .400.

    My deft floral arrangements have earned me fame in international botany circles. Children trust me.

    I can hurl tennis rackets at small moving objects with deadly accuracy. I once read Paradise Lost, Moby Dick, and David Copperfield in one day and still had time to refurbish an entire dining room that evening. I know the exact location of every food item in the supermarket. I have performed several covert operations for the CIA. I sleep once a week; when I do sleep, I sleep in a chair. While on vacation in Canada, I successfully negotiated with a group of terrorists who had seized a small bakery. The laws of physics do not apply to me.

    I balance, I weave, I dodge, I frolic, and my bills are all paid. On weekends, to let off steam, I participate in full-contact origami. Years ago I discovered the meaning of life but forgot to write it down. I have made extraordinary four course meals using only a mouli and a toaster oven.

    I breed prizewinning clams. I have won bullfights in San Juan, cliff-diving competitions in Sri Lanka, and spelling bees at the Kremlin. I have played Hamlet, I have performed open-heart surgery, and I have spoken with Elvis.

    But I have not yet gone to college.

  • Hugh Gallagher

    The following was taken from an actual application for admission to NYU (New York University)

    NYU Essay: In order for the admissions staff of our college to get to know you, the applicant, better, we ask that you answer the following question: are there any significant experiences you have had, or accomplishments you have realized, that have helped to define you as a person?

    Gallagher ‘s Essay:
    I am a dynamic figure, often seen scaling walls and crushing ice. I have been known to remodel train stations on my lunch breaks, making them more efficient in the area of heat retention. I translate ethnic slurs for Cuban refugees, I write award-winning operas, I manage time efficiently.

    Occasionally, I tread water for three days in a row.

    I woo women with my sensuous and godlike trombone playing, I can pilot bicycles up severe inclines with unflagging speed, and I cook Thirty-Minute Brownies in twenty minutes. I am an expert in stucco, a veteran in love, and an outlaw in Peru.

    Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, I once single-handedly defended a small village in the Amazon Basin from a horde of ferocious army ants.

    I play bluegrass cello, I was scouted by the Mets, I am the subject of numerous documentaries. When I’m bored, I build suspension bridges in my yard. I enjoy urban hang gliding. On Wednesdays, after school, I repair electrical appliances free of charge.

    I am an abstract artist, a concrete analyst, and a ruthless bookie. Critics worldwide swoon over my original line of corduroy evening wear. I don’t perspire. I am a private citizen, yet I receive fan mail. I have been caller ‘number nine’ and have won the weekend passes. Last summer I toured New Jersey with a traveling centrifugal-force demonstration. I bat .400.

    My deft floral arrangements have earned me fame in international botany circles. Children trust me.

    I can hurl tennis rackets at small moving objects with deadly accuracy. I once read Paradise Lost, Moby Dick, and David Copperfield in one day and still had time to refurbish an entire dining room that evening. I know the exact location of every food item in the supermarket. I have performed several covert operations for the CIA. I sleep once a week; when I do sleep, I sleep in a chair. While on vacation in Canada, I successfully negotiated with a group of terrorists who had seized a small bakery. The laws of physics do not apply to me.

    I balance, I weave, I dodge, I frolic, and my bills are all paid. On weekends, to let off steam, I participate in full-contact origami. Years ago I discovered the meaning of life but forgot to write it down. I have made extraordinary four course meals using only a mouli and a toaster oven.

    I breed prizewinning clams. I have won bullfights in San Juan, cliff-diving competitions in Sri Lanka, and spelling bees at the Kremlin. I have played Hamlet, I have performed open-heart surgery, and I have spoken with Elvis.

    But I have not yet gone to college.

  • LH

    2 Things:
    1. The Manhattan address’s only error is the last digit of the zip code. I’m not sure what the building is supposed to be, but 25 East 32nd street does exist. Funny he’d get the zip code wrong, though. ha.

    2. Notice the person listed as the addressee–”Tamara Garber”. Must be his sister or mother, as his last name was formerly Garber. That leads me to believe that the address is real, and if anyone’s donated, it’s gone straight to his pocket. Creep.

    What could Yale do about this? Does it even legally affect them at all? Is any of this a violation of their academic integrity policy? If he goes so far to lie like this, how honest has he been with his coursework and during exams?

  • LH

    2 Things:
    1. The Manhattan address’s only error is the last digit of the zip code. I’m not sure what the building is supposed to be, but 25 East 32nd street does exist. Funny he’d get the zip code wrong, though. ha.

    2. Notice the person listed as the addressee–”Tamara Garber”. Must be his sister or mother, as his last name was formerly Garber. That leads me to believe that the address is real, and if anyone’s donated, it’s gone straight to his pocket. Creep.

    What could Yale do about this? Does it even legally affect them at all? Is any of this a violation of their academic integrity policy? If he goes so far to lie like this, how honest has he been with his coursework and during exams?

  • LH

    http://money.cnn.com/2005/03/04/real_estate/investment_prop/tycoongarber/index.htm

    it’s his sister. I’m sure somebody posted earlier, but just wanted to clarify my post.

  • LH

    http://money.cnn.com/2005/03/04/real_estate/investment_prop/tycoongarber/index.htm

    it’s his sister. I’m sure somebody posted earlier, but just wanted to clarify my post.

  • Lh

    http://performancenyc.com/team.html

    There is also a Dr. Tamara Garber Acupuncturist?

  • Lh

    http://performancenyc.com/team.html

    There is also a Dr. Tamara Garber Acupuncturist?

  • cormac

    Has anyone noticed how evenly the bricks separated? They were clearly cut with an angle grinder!

    In any case, what’s the big deal about splitting bricks – a brick has never thrown a punch that I know of…

    All Hail Aleksey Vayner!

  • cormac

    Has anyone noticed how evenly the bricks separated? They were clearly cut with an angle grinder!

    In any case, what’s the big deal about splitting bricks – a brick has never thrown a punch that I know of…

    All Hail Aleksey Vayner!