Once a deceiver, always a deceiver?

Jeremy Johnson

Maybe you shouldn't act like a deceptionist when you're trying to prove you're not a deceptionist.

I've mentioned the fraud case against Jeremy Johnson once before, over a year ago, when The Salt Lake City Tribune did an article on him. (He gave, and he took away - the fraud and charity of gambling addict Jeremy Johnson, Deceptology>>)

Mr. Johnson is accused of using his former company, called I Works, of scamming people who thought they were getting a cheap CD-ROM about getting government grants but instead were having their credit cards repeatedly charged with ongoing "membership fees."

He's accused of cheating people out of more than $275 million.

He also set up over 50 shell companies so that credit card companies investigating customer complaints (and there were many) would find it difficult to close him down.

Many people also see him as a very generous person. For instance, he flew his own helicopter on a personal aid mission to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

The New York Times updates the progress in the U. S. government's case against him.

The entire article is a great read, but I love the kicker at the end.

Mr. Johnson has tried to defend his worsening case and reputation by registering websites to defend himself and attack the government, including one named EvilFTC.com, saying it was going to uncover “Dirty Deeds by Big Government.”

Mr Johnson had registered 30 domain names (such as FTCscam.com and FTCCorruption.com). Government lawyers called his activities "shenanigans" and "harassment" and wanted a judge to shut the sites down.

Judge Roger L. Hunt refused, saying Mr. Johnson was free to express his opinions. However, he did offer some advice:
“You need to understand, sir, you are accused in this case of using the Internet to deceive people... When you use this procedure, process of multiple Web sites, which, in the court’s view, deceive or intended to misrepresent or deceive or mischaracterize the court, its appointed receiver or a governmental agency, it’s going to be difficult for you to convince me that you do not use the Internet to deceive at the time of trial.”
Read the article: In Utah, a Local Hero Accused, The New York Times>>

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