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Thresher0116 Dec 2020 3:53 a.m. PST

Ken Whitman (AKA Whit Whitman) is the poster-boy for your Kickstarter Scam Artist – run away, very far away, AND tell ALL your friends, acquaintances, and even enemies about this guy, so more people don't fall prey to his scams.

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zircher16 Dec 2020 7:05 p.m. PST

How is that snake allowed to crawl in the light of day?

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2020 5:54 a.m. PST

Because he's a better person now.

Sigwald18 Dec 2020 4:54 a.m. PST

The U-boat quietly resurfaces, low on supplies and scanning for new unsuspecting prey.

Thresher0118 Dec 2020 4:28 p.m. PST

Only better if he's finally paid restitution to those he's scammed, and/or shipped the promised "vaporware" and products to them to make amends.

I have a feeling that still hasn't happened, but will be happy to be proved wrong.

coopman Supporting Member of TMP20 Dec 2020 7:29 p.m. PST

I guess that he needs another stimulus package.

billclo21 Dec 2020 8:14 a.m. PST

Has anyone ever tried to get him prosecuted?

Daricles21 Dec 2020 6:10 p.m. PST

Trying to prosecute him is going to cost more in time, effort and money than it's worth.

Criminally, it's a non-starter. No prosecutor is going to *want* the case. The loss and number of victims is small as is the impact on the victims. His best defense is lack of criminal intent and he's just a bad businessman. Criminal prosecutors have bigger fish to fry.

Plus, there is nothing sexy about the case to stoke a prosecutors ego or pad their resume. Going after a broke down comic book shop manager for bilking comic fanboys out of their disposable income isn't going to earn them any points on their next job interview when they look to make the jump into the private sector where they can make the big bucks. I'm not trying to insult anyone, but that's how prosecutors think.

Any prosecutor I know is going to tell you it's a civil case and to hire a lawyer and sue him.

As a civil case, you'd just be throwing good money after bad. There is probably no significant work product to recover or take control of, he probably has no assets to seize and likely has no verifiable income to force him to make restitution.

Thresher0104 Jan 2021 10:27 p.m. PST

People were hunting him, back in the day, to try to serve him with court papers.

I suspect those were mainly civil suits.

Don't know if anyone succeeded in dragging him into court and winning, but supposedly at least one state's AG was allegedly also looking into his business practices.

Stalkey and Co28 Jan 2021 5:07 p.m. PST

Couple of thugs and a length of pipe was the old school way to handle such things.

Hmmm, have we progressed?

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