- He was betrayed when hired killer staged hit job with fake blood photographs
Fereidoun Khalilian, known as Prince Fred, was arrested in June for ordering an alleged hit job on a filmmaker who planned to expose the con man in a documentary.
Who is Fereidoun Khalilian?
Khalilian is a former Florida nightclub owner who opened Club Paris alongside the queen of socialites in 2005.
On Wednesday, prosecutors announced that Khalilian, 51, was charged with orchestrating a murder-for-hire plot after the ‘prince’ offered his bodyguard, Michael Sherwood, $20,000 to kill his filmmaker nemesis, Juan Esco.
A 53-page complaint was filed against the social climbing con man in the U.S. District Court for Nevada.
Details of his crime
Prosecutors alleged that Khalilian paid Sherwood to kill Esco to prevent the release of the filmmaker’s scathing documentary exposé that sought to reveal Khalilian’s long list of lies, scams and swindles.
Rebecca Levy, federal public defender, is representing Khalilian in court.
Around the time of February 2022 – Khalilian told his security guard that Esco was ‘trying to ruin his life with this documentary,’ so Sherwood offered to talk to both men to avoid further conflict.
Sherwood grew suspicious of his boss’s severe mood swings and becoming alarmed by ‘Fred’s’ fixation on Esco – who the security guard decided was ‘not a bad guy’.
Attempts to murder
Sherwood initially agreed to Khalilian’s $20,000 offer and instead went to Esco to warn him of ‘Prince Fred’s’ intentions and the two teamed up against the con-artist to stage the fake murder.
On March 17 – Sherwood took pictures of Esco lying ‘dead’ on the ground with a pool of blood surrounding him, which he sent to Khalilian who responded by immediately sending his security guard money.
Khalilian transferred them money via Cash App with the caption ‘for my guys’.
Six days later he sent more money to Sherwood to pay the people that had been hired to ‘get rid of his body’.
Sherwood said that Khalilian paid out a total of $12,500.
More criminal intents
The con man didn’t stop there – he later followed up with a phone call to Sherwood where he told the body guard about others he thought had been working with Esco that he was allegedly ‘keen to deal with,’ according to the Washington Post.
Khalilian and Sherwood met on June 12 and the con man thanked his employee for committing the crime on his behalf, allegedly telling him ‘I was going to kill him myself. I bought a gun, I was coming to L.A. You saved me from myself.’
The swindler was arrested by the FBI in a Las Vegas Dunkin Donuts shortly after – and he remained incarcerated as his case was investigated.
He was originally charged with ‘murder for hire’ and denied bail on the grounds he was a flight risk with the ability and resources to leave the US.