FBI Reportedly Investigating Florida Company With Ties to Matt Whitaker
The FBI is reportedly investigating a Florida company accused of scamming customers. That company has ties to acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker.
The Wall Street Journal first reported on the story Friday afternoon.
The WSJ reports:
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is conducting a criminal investigation of a Florida company accused of scamming millions from customers during the period that Matthew Whitaker, the acting U.S. attorney general, served as a paid advisory-board member, according to an alleged victim who was contacted by the FBI and other people familiar with the matter.
The case involves World Patent Marketing, which was shut down after scamming would-be inventors out of millions. According to the WSJ, despite their promises to help inventors make it big, the Federal Trade Commission has said they “provided almost no real services and threatened those who complained.”
The case is being handled by the Miami field office.
Whitaker served as a paid advisory board member for the firm, earning $9,375 and appearing in promotional videos. He even wrote an email on behalf of the company to an angry customer in 2015, making it clear he was aware of the customer’s complaints.
WSJ also unearthed this endorsement from 2014 where Whitaker trades on his past as a former US Attorney: “As a former US Attorney, I would only align myself with a first class organization. World Patent Marketing goes beyond making statements about doing business ‘ethically’ and translates them into action.”
Whitaker has not yet responded to WSJ’s new report.
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