Matthew Whitaker, is America the easiest country in the world to steal from?
‘Scam’ Company Advised By Matthew Whitaker Threatened Victims, But Hundreds Filed Complaints Anyway
Diana Hembree • November 9, 2018
I am a journalist covering consumer protection and fraud.
The Iowa attorney Trump has named as the acting Attorney General has only been on the job a day or so, but he’s already enveloped in scandal.
Matthew Whitaker, who replaced Jeff Sessions after he was forced out by Trump, served on the advisory board of World Patent Marketing, a Florida-based “scam that has bilked thousands of consumers out of millions of dollars,” according to a complaint filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
As part of a settlement with the FTC this May, the company was banned from the invention promotion business. Documents in the FTC’s docket show that Whitaker, who served on the World Patent Marketing board from 2014 to 2017, was not just a paid advisory board member — he threatened at least one victim who complained.
Whitaker and the Justice Department did not respond to a request for comment.
The settlement resolved charges that the agency brought against it in 2017, which alleged that “consumers paid the defendants thousands of dollars to patent and market their inventions based on bogus ‘success stories’ and testimonials,” according to an FTC press release.
“After stringing consumers along for months or even years, the defendants did not deliver what they promised,” the agency charged, “and many people ended up in debt or lost their life savings with nothing to show for it.”
In addition, the FTC alleged that owner Scott Cooper and his companies — World Patent Marketing and Desa Industries — “deceived consumers and suppressed complaints about them using threats, intimidation, and gag clauses.” In August 2017 a federal court subsequently shut down the Miami Beach-based patent scheme and froze its assets pending litigation.
[Ed note: Later in the article World Patent Marketing is described as attempting to frighten its customers by threatening through emails “having a company security team of ‘all ex-Israeli Special Ops and trained in Krav Maga, one of the most deadly of the martial arts’…The World Patent Marketing Security Team are the kind of guys who are trained to knockout first and ask questions later.”
In August 2015, World Patent Marketing hired Moti Horenstein as Director of Security Risk Management with a mission “to update and modernize security at the World Patent Marketing Headquarters in Miami Beach and in their offices worldwide.” Horenstein is a well-known martial arts fighter and instructor. He is considered an expert in Krav Maga, a fighting discipline developed in Israel.
World Patent Marketing hiring a professional martial arts fighter for security risk management as well as having on its advisory board two military terrorism experts and another board member who was in the Israeli Defense Forces, a General Nitzan Nuriel, who joined the company in 2015? For marketing patents? And now this company turns out to be a scam invention marketing firm?]
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When will ‘scam’ invention marketing firm’s victims start getting refunds?
Source: Sun Sentinel
by Ron Hurtibise • November 27, 2018
RBy some measures, Tim Adams was one of the lucky ones.
The Northern California resident took his invention idea — mud flaps with LED directional lights embedded in them — to the Miami Beach-based World Patent Marketing, just a few months before the company was shut down by the Federal Trade Commission in March 2017.
Now — made aware of the company’s demise by recent news that acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker served on the company’s advisory board — Adams is awaiting a partial refund, which would amount to a fraction of the $2,500 he spent. The FTC expects to distribute partial refunds to about 1,500 victims in 2019, after founder and CEO Scott Cooper finishes paying the FTC a $976,330 restitution settlement, including $702,213 from the sale of his Miami Beach home.
FTC spokeswoman Betsy Lordan said victims don’t need to get in touch with the agency to be eligible for a reimbursement. Eligible customers will be identified from World Patent Marketing’s records, then reimbursed on a pro rata basis depending on their losses.
DMany victims lost much more money than Adams, according to FTC court filings that called the operation a “scam.” Among them was Chris Seaver, a Pembroke Pines-based surgeon who gave the company $300,000 to market a cellphone case with an attached net that people could use to hold earphones, keys or other accessories.
In all, the FTC said 1,504 victims spent $26 million with the company between November 2014 and March 2017. But after the operation was shut down, investigators found just $349,022 in the company’s bank accounts. The rest, according to court-appointed receiver Jonathan Perlman, had gone to expenses, including salaries for employees, leases, equipment and personal spending by Cooper, including a $3.2 million Miami Beach home purchased in April 2016.
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