Six Hundred Dollars Per Month and a Free Trip To Miami

By on January 7, 2019

January 7, 2019

In response to a FOIA request, the FCC has made public emails expressing investigators’ surprise when they learned that a major figure in an inquiry they were conducting had been named chief of staff to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “You won’t believe this,” wrote one of the investigators, upon learning of Matthew Whitaker’s ascension. The investigation was concluded before Whitaker became acting AG. The company under investigation, World Patent Marketing, allegedly defrauded investors who’d been promised lucrative patent agreements. A federal judge shut it down in 2017. It was later fined more than $25 million. The emails reveal the company’s eagerness to use Whitaker’s status as a former United States attorney in Iowa to lend credibility to the firm. He was promised compensation of $1,875 per quarter, plus one free trip to Miami Beach per year for an annual meeting. Whitaker says he never attended an annual meeting although he did travel to Miami on the company’s dime once, for a get-acquainted tour. His role as an adviser was apparently limited to sending letters to disgruntled investors threatening them with fraud and extortion charges.
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