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December 5, 2005

A.C. Crispin - 20 Another Victory for Writer Beware! WE RULE!!!

You heard it here first, ladies and gentlemen!

Kelly O'Donnell/Martha Ivery/6 other aliases has just pleaded guilty in Federal Court to ALL 15 COUNTS OF FRAUD (INCLUDING BANKRUPTCY FRAUD) SHE WAS CHARGED WITH!

Sentencing was set for April 28th, 2006. Victoria and I are planning to be there in court that day.

Folks, this means JAIL TIME. Several years of it. We're hoping for about five.

Kelly/Martha scammed, as best we can estimate, over 300 aspiring writers out of over half a million dollars. She got paid for books that never came out, books she was "agenting" that were never sent anywhere, a fake writing cruise to Hawaii, mail fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud, credit card fraud, and the forementioned bankruptcy fraud.

(Bankruptcy judges take a very dim view of citizens who commit perjury in their court, let me tell you.)

I'll post more details later, as I get them, but wanted to get this up right away. I have to call the Associated Press, they've asked for my commentary.

(doing happy Snoopy dance!)

What a nice Christmas present!

-Ann C. Crispin


Harry Connolly said...

Wow! Congrats! All your hard work is showing excellent results!

James Goodman said...

Hooray, for the good, ladies. :)

Anne Merril said...

Congratulations and well done!

roach said...

Congrats you two! It's a very good day indeed.

Anonymous said...

hurray for the good
but whats happening about the childrens literary agency
theyve ripped me off with a referal to a critique that cost me all in £77 sterling
how can i get that back now

Anonymous said...

Huzzah! Huzzah! Woo-woo-hoo! And thank you, both of you!

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