Government Makes Veiled Reference To AdViewGlobal In Court Filing, Potentially Signaling Deeper Trouble For Bowdoin — And New Trouble For Promoters, Shills, Unnamed Attorneys And Advisers
UPDATED 2:25 P.M. EDT (U.S.A.) In June, private attorneys representing three AdSurfDaily members who accused Andy Bowdoin of racketeering became the authors of the first public court filing that referenced the AdViewGlobal (AVG) autosurf.
Some defenders of the surf dismissed the reference as meaningless.
Today, however, federal prosecutors made a veiled reference to AVG in dramatic court filings in a civil-forfeiture case against Bowdoin. The import of the reference cannot be denied; it clearly was aimed at AVG promoters and people who have been providing cover for Bowdoin, including promoters, shills and attorneys whose names have not surfaced in the case.
Here, in its entirety, is the reference: (Italics added.)
“Maybe Bowdoin mistakenly thought that he could con the government into believing that he was just a harmless, foolish old man. Ironically, after telling thousands of investors that he intended to build the worldâ€™s preeminent advertising company for them, in order to make them 100,000 millionaires, Bowdoin tries to con this Court, telling it that because heâ€™s 74 and has a heart condition, any incarceration amounts to a death sentence. See Document #132 Â¶8. Was he lying then, or now?
“Or, it may be the case that Bowdoin never intended to plead guilty when he agreed to debrief, and was just buying time while searching for a different exit strategy that failed to materialize. Maybe Bowdoin thought that before the government brought its charges he (like some of his family members) could move to another country and profit from a knock-off autosurf program that Bowdoin funded and helped to start.
“Or, maybe other attorneys Bowdoin employed, or ASDâ€™s other promoters convinced Bowdoin that if he paid some of the fraud proceeds the government had missed to them (the money laundering as Mr. Murray reports), they could help to circle the wagons or otherwise do a better job than Akerman Senterfitt did when it tried to prove that free advertising was a true profitable sale and not a poorly disguised, and unsustainable, investment opportunity.
“But what is clear from Bowdoin, himself, is that neither the government, nor Bowdoinâ€™s experienced criminal defense counsel, ever told Bowdoin that it was reasonable for a defendant convicted of operating a $100 million wire fraud scheme to expect probation.â€
See related story from today.
See June 30 story and comments about the RICO attorneys’ reference to AdViewGlobal.