Convicted Felon Wid Bastian Steals From Authors Then Calls His Victims Cowards

Some bozos never learn.


On July 20, 2020, con artist and convicted felon Wid Bastian crawled out from under his rock to appear on a podcast

– I won’t name it here because it got a whopping 45 views since airing – in which the recently bankrupt thief attempted to say he was a victim of an internet smear campaign


Wid Bastian wanted poster


That is so rich.

But as many people who know him will say, he always tries to play the victim card.

All I know is, he is actively trying to find new victims, and the podcast seems to be another step in that chain.

I won’t name the podcast, but here’s what I wrote them (with a few alterations) when I learned about their interview with Wid as I was getting some more information together for the lawyers at the Utah Attorney General’s office for the Communications Fraud case they are putting together in Wid:
The podcast XXXX  is filled with lies and verifiable misstatements. I believe your podcast co-host XXX XXXXX mentions he is/was thinking of working with Wid – please reconsider. I don’t have a personal vendetta against Wid; I’m actively trying to stop him from stealing from others. There’s a difference.

The various blog posts on the internet, KBoards threads, vlogs – all of those dozens of people, myself included, aren’t wasting their time to trash an innocent man.

Wid Bastian is a convicted felon.

He didn’t overextend himself with high interest rates as he said on his interview with you,

he pled guilty to embezzling the money.

That’s verifiable information that flies in the face of his explanation to you.

Prior to that, it is stated that he was fired from Merrill Lynch for embezzling clients’ money. That’s also what he did to numerous author clients (unrelated to my issues with him) and they are pursuing him in civil court.

My issue is, he stole money from me and other authors he said he’d market for, and

we have proof that is on file with the Utah Attorney General’s office.

They are pursuing him for Communications Fraud.

They don’t do that over lies from crazy people on the internet.

He defrauded authors and is actively soliciting new victims. DON’T BE ONE.

If you do business with him, in six months or so, you’ll see he ripped you off, too.
Working to stop this predator takes a lot of time, effort, and money, with likely no recovery to me and the other authors or punishment to the perpetrator. All I’m doing is letting potential victims know what is in store for them.

Your podcast was done with a con man.

Please don’t help him find more victims by helping him appear innocent.

It seems you didn’t do your homework and apparently swallowed his BS. I did what I could in blog posts; he gets to say I’m disgruntled. Nope. The Utah Attorney General’s office is continuing to issue subpoenas on Wid as we speak. They’re smart enough to not do that for a disgruntled blogger.

In the part of the podcast where he was allowed to “air his video,” he made a lot of false statements. He did not “set the record straight.”

  • Many people filed reports with the trustee in Wid’s bankruptcy filing. The trustee may be able to provide that information to you.
  • The fact that a lot of people harmed by Wid’s theft didn’t come forward is because they were embarrassed to have been conned
  • it takes time and money to pursue an out-of-state civil proceeding, and
  • they didn’t want to spend more money when Wid was already bankrupt;
  • they felt it was throwing good money after bad, and
  • the emotional side of all of it was hard to continue to bring back up. There was no lunacy.
  • Authors tend to be introverts that don’t want a fight.
  • Wid knows this and that’s why he preys on them.

He says he provided all of the documents that were “in his possession.”

That’s almost a true statement.

He provided almost no relevant documents because he didn’t have records

(a legit business would)

showing expenses or payroll – because his prior method of operation was to just spent the money and didn’t do the work. That appears to be what he did here as well.

  • Lined up victims,

  • took the money,

  • spent it, and

  • declared bankruptcy.

He says not one person filed an “adversary motion or proceeding.” Many of us filed the required legal protest document, which is what the law in Utah requires for a bankruptcy case.

“That means from a legal point of view none of the people who made such horrible statements about me had any legal grounds to sue me for anything.” As Wid well knows, because he is under current investigation by the Utah Attorney General’s office for communications fraud and has been served subpoenas in that regard, that’s not true; we are pursuing civil action in Utah and other states over his fraud.

Not file an objection to a debt discharge?

We did exactly that – and he knows we did.

He says we may be cowards. I’m no coward. Cowards hide. I’m not hiding, am I? We aren’t mean or stupid.
He says facts matter. They sure do!

“I did not rip anyone off… if anyone says otherwise, they are lying to you.”


Wid ripped off dozens of people, and many of them are working hard to get that known.

We are providing the proof the the Utah AG’s office.

Wake up. Wid just conned you. He conned me, too.


So that was my letter to the podcasters. Look for them to do a show in 6-12 months where they talk about getting ripped off by Wid.

Meanwhile, avoid this predator.

He allegedly has an extensive Hollywood resume as a screenwriter and ghost writer.

According to IMDb, where any hack who was an extra on Saved By The Bell will list their TV appearance, as well as all the major stars, Wid has…

imdb wid bastian


Oops. Guess it got lost in the mail.

But what about his extensive success in his new field, writing books? Well, there he says he has a project coming out soon… in 2017???

That’s three years ago, goofball. Update your page, marketing expert.)

amazon poage says 3 years ago


So, as has been extensively documented here, on KBoards, on blogs, on vlogs, and in reports to various state Attorneys General, Wid Bastian is a con man and a thief.

According to one of Wid’s ex wives, he has been called a psychopath by an attorney…

He’s NOT going to stop preying on people.

It’s all he’s done for 30 years – aside from when he was in prison.



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15 thoughts on “Convicted Felon Wid Bastian Steals From Authors Then Calls His Victims Cowards

  1. Proud of you, Dan Alatorre! Never stop! I’ve seen the devastation left behind by this fraud of a man. Countless authors out of money, some have documented over 10 grand being sent to him. Poof… all gone with bankruptcy and a so called acquisition. Which by the way, if someone reading this comment doesn’t know, the acquiring company was formed by and is owned and operated by Wid Bastian. Isnt that convenient?

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  2. They seem like such good people, hiding the truth behind sparkling eyes and kind smiles. Many can pass lie detector tests without a problem.

    Once you meet a person like that, it’s hard to trust humanity again. I have a relative who would blame the wall for attacking her if she hit it with her fist. But she has no problem begging for money that she will never repay.

    Thanks for continuing to write about him, and warning authors away from his scams.

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    1. Thanks. I really don’t want to because it’s time, effort and opportunity cost that needs to be spent on my writing works, but when the lawyer from the Utah Attorney General’s office calls you, repeatedly, asking for your help, you have to step up.

      If everyone stepped up and just said the truth, predators like Wid Bastian wouldn’t be able to exist.


    1. Hey, I’m fine. I got my money back from my credit card company and my group of authors was able to bankrupt this clown. But he still out there preying on other people and that’s why I have to keep fighting the good fight. Hopefully the Utah Attorney General‘s office stomps him like a grape.

      Meanwhile, spread the word to your author friends.

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  3. I’ve just been asked (in an author interview,) about the most unethical practice in the publishing industry and this must surely to my knowledge be it. Well done for highlighting it Dan, hopefully people with steer clear of this scumbag.

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    1. I think the legal system has bigger fish to fry but that doesn’t mean we should just let this guy get away with it. There’s plenty we as consumers can do, especially these days. That stuff I put on the Internet will be there forever and if anybody considering hiring him does a search on him which they all should, they will see it. Also, if they don’t do a search and they hire him anyway, if he burns them then they have a track record to go complain. All the information is there to help them complain if they become a victim. So either way it’s helpful.


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