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Jesse Willms Banned by Judge from Negative Option Selling – Assets Frozen!
CBC (with whom Willms has already had a tussle) in Canada are already broadcasting that local high-school athlete drop-out turned internet businessman of dubious repute, the self-styled and self-publicising entrepreneur & charitable Jesse Willms, has had some shackles applied to his business by the order, by a Seattle court, to freeze his assets (in case they’re needed to payout to his alleged victims and fines) and also to not use the negative option gambit in any of his websites.
See the CBC report (and wonderful video) here:
CBC report on the FTC lawyer Robert Schroeder saying,
The judge also froze the assets of Willms and his companies
This could be the main reason why CBC say that all his websites (that they know of, at least) are down and that his phone is dead. I’ve checked and the dismal self-publicity blogs are still running, which they would be I suppose, as they’re not selling anything except the idea that Willms is a “good guy”. The judge is Marsha J. Pechman, Federal Judge out of the Western District Court of Seattle according to the post I’ve linked to. It finishes with the words:
While Jesse Willms has not responded much to these accusations, he has hired many firms to engage in a positive PR and SEO campaign and consistently sends out news releases claiming that he has been assisting charities with financial donations. Additionally, there are at least a dozen “blogs” setup by Mr. Willms to counteract the negative press with positive SERPS.
This is exactly what this website and many others have been saying for over a year now! “Performance Marketing Insider” also states that:
Currently, according to news reports, there is a both a consumer and criminal investigation against Mr. Willms in Canada.
Well this is good! And only fair – fair to the thousands and thousands of people that feel duped by Willms’ activities. Roll on next year – Willms is scheduled for trial in the U.S. in July 2012. Should be sooner.
According to the CBC report, we see another aspect of Willms’ doings whereby he very rarely admits to any mistakes or wrong-doings. It’s always someone else’s fault, in his world. CBC say;
Willms has blamed unscrupulous business associates who he claims defrauded him by stealing credit card numbers in order to generate commissions with bogus sales.
What? All of them? All $457 million dollars worth?
Pull the other one!
Willms’ local paper, the Edmonton Journal, also reports on the asset-freezing story here. They don’t say anything new – but it’s nice to keep the locals informed, don’t you think?
All those local charities that Willms has been plugging his exploits with over the past year must surely be examining their credibility in the eyes of their donating public. This connection (and to fair, the charges are not proven yet) to Willms is starting to look very bad for them, people have long memories and mud does stick. Ask any politician!