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Wed Nov 7, 2018, 10:11 PM

Trump's acting attorney general was part of firm US accused of vast scam

Another crook. Who would have thunk it?

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/nov/07/matthew-whitaker-trump-attorney-general-us-firm?fbclid=IwAR0xPM7-J8mNRlsqhaPp7I-9KnSgRDxZK0Gm73SeoZ6EbDmJJvCNzYcE8ec

Trump's acting attorney general was part of firm US accused of vast scam
Matthew Whitaker sat on advisory board of World Patent Marketing, which was ordered to pay $26m settlement in May
Jon Swaine in New York
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Wed 7 Nov 2018 17.51 EST
Last modified on Wed 7 Nov 2018 21.00 EST


Donald Trump’s new acting attorney general was part of a company accused by the US government of running a multimillion-dollar scam.

Matthew Whitaker was paid to sit on the advisory board of World Patent Marketing, which was ordered in May this year to pay a $26m settlement following legal action by federal authorities, which said it tricked aspiring inventors.

Whitaker was appointed acting attorney general on Wednesday afternoon after the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, was fired by Trump.

Court filings in the case against World Patent Marketing show that Whitaker received regular payments of $1,875 from the Florida-based company, and sent a threatening email to a victim of the alleged scam.

Whitaker publicly vouched for the company, claiming in a December 2014 statement that they “go beyond making statements about doing business ‘ethically’ and translate those words into action”.

Whitaker, a former US attorney for the southern district of Iowa, said at the time: “I would only align myself with a first-class organization.”

Whitaker’s role in the alleged scam was first reported by the Miami New Times in August 2017, shortly before he joined the Trump administration as a senior aide to Sessions.

World Patent Marketing and its founder, Scott Cooper, were sued by the Federal Trade Commission in March last year. The government said it had “operated an invention-promotion scam that has bilked thousands of consumers out of millions of dollars”.

The company was accused of tricking hopeful inventors into paying it thousands of dollars to obtain patents and licensing deals for their inventions. In fact, they “failed to fulfill almost every promise they make to consumers”, the complaint said.

“I am assuming you understand that there could be serious civil and criminal consequences for you,” Whitaker wrote in the email. “Understand that we take threats like this quite seriously.”

In May, a judgment requiring World Patent Marketing to pay the government $25,987,192 was entered against the company by a federal court in southern Florida. Whitaker was not named among the defendants in the case.

Cooper later agreed to hand over $1m in assets and the proceeds of the sale of his $3.5m home in return for the rest of the judgment being suspended.

Whitaker, who was appointed acting attorney general by the president shortly after the midterm elections, could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Wed Nov 7, 2018, 10:21 PM

1. Crooks be crookin...nt

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Wed Nov 7, 2018, 10:25 PM

2. Whitaker May Very Well Face an Obstruction of Justice Investigation and Charges

Whitaker needs to think long and hard about his future. His skeletons will be resurrected and he could easily end up behind bars.

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Wed Nov 7, 2018, 10:50 PM

3. K&R. (nm)

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