Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Former marijuana entrepreneur and accused fraudster Scott Pack is at the center of two separate court actions — a criminal indictment that accused him of securities fraud, money laundering, forgery and a slew of cannabis-related offenses, as well as a lawsuit filed by two investors who say he bilked them out of $500,000 as part of a scheme that allegedly generated a total of $10 million. But thus far, Pack has managed to delay judgment in either action. His attorneys argue that he shouldn’t have to face the lawsuit until the conclusion of his criminal case, which was originally scheduled to take place in June but has now been put off until May 20, 2019. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire:Back in 2013, we told you about Boobies Rock!, which sent hot girls into bars to sell merchandise emblazoned with the company’s name that supposedly raised money to fight cancer — although many, if not most, of the proceeds allegedly went into the pocket of the organization’s founder, Adam Shryock. Over the years that followed, Shryock went to jail several times for reasons related to this and other scams, and now he’s headed back again, for failing to file a tax return in regard to his ill-gotten gains. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Entrepreneur Scott Pack is the target of an amended lawsuit that builds on a complaint about what the attorney who filed the first one called the largest marijuana fraud case in state history. Pack was also the subject of a surprising attack on the website of his old company, Harmony & Green, in which what were described as former employees juxtaposed apologies for his actions with photos that portrayed him as living it up after being indicted by a grand jury for allegedly ripping off investors for as much as $10 million. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A lawsuit charges that a major state lottery screwed him out of more than $1.6 million in the wake of an intricate scandal that stretches back nearly a dozen years and involves a former security director for the organization that sponsors Powerball. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A U.S. District Court judge has sentenced Caroline Zarate Boyle after she pleaded guilty to ripping off her former employer, the U.S. Postal Service, by pretending to have cancer. This admission and the punishment she’ll receive as a result have earned her a place in our Cancer Faker Hall of Fame, which has inducted seven members over the last eight years. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Nahid Moshrefi, also known as Dr. Venus K. Moshrefi, describes herself as a specialist in natural healing therapies. But she’s characterized by prosecutors with the First Judicial District DA’s office as a fraud who faked cancer in order to bilk an elderly man out of $69,000, and a jury has now agreed. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Jana Koretko, an author and publisher of erotic books, has been arrested on accusations that she systematically ripped off a slew of fellow writers for more than $125,000 total. The result is an alleged criminal gangbang that no one enjoyed. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Scott Pack has been indicted bya grand jury for one of the largest-ever fraud cases in the marijuana industry. The grand jury’s findings tie Pack to what prosecutors describe as a massive operation that grew marijuana for out-of-state distribution and previously led to the indictment of sixteen people. Among those indicted along with Pack is Renee Rayton, a former marijuana enforcement officer. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Caroline Zarate Boyle has been indicted on allegations that she pretended to have cancer, and she’s not alone. Indeed, she’s the seventh woman from her state in recent years to have been publicly accused of faking cancer. Meet them here. Westword has the story.
Arizona pistol-shooting champion Matt Burkett was arrested this week following a fraud indictment related to his Scottsdale firearms manufacturing business, Predator Tactical.
Burkett stands accused of ripping off his customers, according to a six-page federal grand jury indictment from February 1 filed in the U.S. District Court of Missouri.
He was picked up and booked into federal custody on Tuesday on an arrest warrant. At a hearing on Thursday, Arizona U.S. Magistrate Judge Michelle Burns ordered him to be released from detention. He’s being represented by a federal public defender.