I’d blush but I know it’s true.
Actual comments from Amazon reviews:
…when I found out there’s going to be a book 4!
I’d blush but I know it’s true.
Actual comments from Amazon reviews:
“Just wanted to thank you VERY MUCH for your info on Wid. I’ve been doing business with him (I might just use a different word for that after reading your blog post) – and had decided to drop him at the end of this month. Thankfully I don’t think I’ve lost a great deal of money apart from that I believe the physical/financial effort he’s put in for the advertising fees I’ve paid him don’t add up, over time. Possibly hundreds of dollars a month tossed down the toilet for 9 months or so. I feel like an idiot!
For evil to triumph, good people must do nothing.
Remember that as you read.
I can send his (convicted felon Wid Bastian’s) emails, or on the phone, whichever works for you.
The way he (convicted felon Wid Bastian) hooked me was he sent me an endorsement of a writer I know in Ethiopia (we’ve emailed each other) who is very successful.
I’m the gullible type, trust people, and therefore thought Well, if (ETHIOPIAN AUTHOR, NAME REMOVED) endorsed him, and (ETHIOPIAN AUTHOR) is very successful, that sounds good.
I first heard of him (convicted felon Wid Bastian) at Genius media (now bankrupt) and they wanted too much money and their authors were not ranked high, so another marketing writer said give them a pass $2k spend).
This time around he (convicted felon Wid Bastian) only wanted $399, and no access to accounts, so I thought, what the heck…
Here is what he (convicted felon Wid Bastian) JUST sent me:
Sorry for the delay in responding to your email. I was away from the office until late yesterday.
I’m ready for our meeting, sent you the outline.
What has come up. Geoff? Is it something I can address?
VICTIM’S LETTER CONTINUES:) Two things niggled at me. 1. The fact that he had (ETHIOPIAN AUTHOR) endorsement. He (convicted felon Wid Bastian) originally sent me an email, saying my blurbs were too long and needed a CTA and I should check out (ETHIOPIAN AUTHOR) I responded by saying that I knew (ETHIOPIAN AUTHOR) personally.
FYI (ETHIOPIAN AUTHOR) just emailed me, WID (convicted felon Wid Bastian)… does have access to his accounts, so I advised (ETHIOPIAN AUTHOR) to cut Wid (convicted felon Wid Bastian) out of access ASAP… WID hasn’t ripped him off yet, he knew nothing about WID’s background…
(Marketing)… seems like a very tough road at times… That’s what attracted me to WID, he promised he could do much better, sent photo shots of success stories, (ETHIOPIAN AUTHOR’S) endorsement. I got excited to get my books out there…marketing is harder than writing at times…
If you work hard as an author, you may eventually get several books that are doing well and get lots of good reviews. That’s when you think life gets easier, and in certain regards, it does.
Yes I’m oversimplifying it but I’m doing so to make a point.
What follows will be a letter from a con artist who’s going to flatter you to get you to start having conversations with them so they can market your books. Keep in mind, this guy will not market your books. He will simply take your money.
He might even put a fake testimonial “from you” on his website saying how happy you are with him.
Second, you will see a letter from this con artist saying that he successfully managed lots of authors’ books, and implying he worked hard and sometimes things just don’t work out.
He didn’t go to prison because he worked hard and things just didn’t work out.
Wid Bastian went to prison for MORE THAN A DECADE because he embezzled peoples money. He lied to them and said he was going to do things and then took their money and didn’t do those things. For the most part, the FBI has lots of better things to do than make up lies about a low level thief. So when you get this letter and if you get one of these “explanations,” remember this blog post and look again at this document.
It says the United States of America versus Wid Bastian. It doesn’t say disgruntled author client or unhappy guy in Florida venting about an @sshole.
Seems like this loser files bankruptcy every week!
Here’s what the loser looks like now. I wonder how he lost that front tooth?
But remember, THIS IS WHO HE IS:
Them Internal Revenue Service fellas play for keeps.
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Whether your betas catch them or a proofreader, an editor – let’s face it: when you write 50,000 words (or 80k or 100k) THERE ARE GOING TO BE TYPOS.
I looked at the following passage after the proofreader sent it back with an error flagged.
I looked at it a few times – I couldn’t see the error.
It was only because she pointed it out with a comment that I saw what I’d written.
Well sure, YOU can see it – but I didn’t. Because I knew what I wrote. My eye saw the right words and my brain read them, even though they weren’t there.
That’s … annoying.
But it’s a lesson for all of us. OTHERS can see our mistakes better than we can, so encourage people to find them in your MS and point them out – including readers. Why not? We’re all human. I’ve seen typos in traditionally published paperbacks of major authors’ works. It happens.
It’ll happen less if you get people to help you.
This is the email that I got from him. He sent me some messages on LinkedIn and said that he had an offer for me, to check my email. Just so that you know what his most recent pitch is as of yesterday. If it helps in some way, I’m all about it. Feel free to use this anyway that you want.
I blocked him, and checked off the reporting scam box. Not sure what happens next.
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
I’m Wid Bastian. The quote in the title bar is from Ben Franklin. It conveys a profound truth – the best way to impart knowledge is to not only teach someone what to do but also to meaningfully engage them in the process of learning.
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I saw your profile on Linked In so I reached out. I sent you a Linked In connect request. I’ve peeked at the three books you have published on Amazon. Great reviews on Etched in Granite. I can help you, MJ. You have the talent to build a solid literary brand.
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While I still promote for a few select clients, my focus now is on teaching authors how to promote themselves. No one is more invested in your success than you are. I’ll show you how to immediately increase your downloads, sales and KENP income. Not in theory, not through some longwinded lecture or complicated online course, but rather by applying simple and powerful strategies to your book lineup.
Your net cost for this program could be zero. Why? You’ll definitely earn income from the promotions I run for you. For most authors, their net cost ends up being $300 or less for me to teach them how to build a literary brand and make money long term through doing what they love, writing books.
Want to know more? Message me back. I’ll provide all the details. This is me – Wid’s Linked In profile .
Dozens of authors have complained about being ripped off by this individual, Who served over 10 years in prison.
Complaints on this individual have been referred to numerous state attorney generals around the United States, as well as complaints for fraud filed with the FBI and income tax evasion to the IRS.
He is currently filing for bankruptcy in Utah and has been ordered to pay over $3 million to clients he embezzled from in a prior scheme. ￼￼
I receive the following email and “letter” from convicted felon Wid Bastian on February 6, 2020. Both contain a number of inaccuracies and outright lies by Wid, which I will signify by replying line by line IN ALL CAPS. Later I will post the contract that convicted felon Wid Bastian blatantly and fraudulently violated, despite his assertions otherwise.
Contents of email received from convicted felon Wid Bastian on 2/6/2020:
WELL, AN ALLEGED WRITER WOULD NORMALLY KNOW A LETTER ISN’T STARTED WITH A SEMICOLON, BUT WITH A COMMA, SO WE ARE OFF TO A GREAT START
Do not email me again.
DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO; YOU HAVE NO JURISDICTION OVER MY ACTIONS IN TELLING THE WORLD ABOUT YOUR LAWBREAKING
You are a named creditor
AMONG DOZENS OF OTHER VICTIMS
bankruptcy. Act responsibly.
YOU HAVE TO LOVE THE IRONY IN A CONVICTED FELON AND CON ARTIST TELLING OTHER PEOPLE TO “ACT RESPONSIBLY”
Attached is a statement I’ve sent to anyone who asks.
WE WILL SEE THE STATEMENT MOMENTARILY, BUT IT IS NOT SIGNED NOR WAS IT SWORN OUT UNDER OATH, SO IT’S REALLY A PIECE OF MEDIA PROPAGANDA A.K.A. LIES.
On top of what I say in that statement, let me assure you of this: the Do No Harm and the other two Collabs were, in a legal sense, handled properly.
NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH; ALL REVENUES FROM THE SET WERE EMBEZZLED BY WID BASTIAN AND THE CHARITIES WERE DEFRAUDED
NO REPORTS WERE GIVEN TO ME AND NO COSTS WERE EVER VERIFIED
THEY WERE NOT ACCURATE AND WERE NOT SUBSTANTIATED IN ANY WAY, WITH RECEIPTS OR OTHERWISE, NOR WERE THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS VERIFIED BY ANYONE
(I UNDERSTATED the costs).
THE COSTS APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN MADE UP AND WERE IN DIRECT VIOLATION OF THE CONTRACT
For you in particular, you became a USA Today Bestselling author for $750.
THAT IS NOT THE CASE; MY COSTS WERE MORE THAN THAT AND CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN ASKED FOR MORE MONEY BUT WHEN WE REVOLTED HE WITHDREW THE REQUEST, NOT TO MENTION HE VIOLATED THE TERMS OF SERVICE OR AMAZON
Read the DNH report.
TO DATE, NO REPORT WAS GIVEN TO ME BY CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN
I could only distribute “net income”, to either the charity or the authors.
THAT WAS NOT WHAT WAS AGREED; THE CHARITIES WERE TO RECEIVE 100% OF THE PREORDER PROCEEDS, AND THERE IS NO MENTION OF REVENEUE FORM PAGE READS IN KUNDLE UNLIMTED; YOU ALSO ATTEMPTED TO ALTER THE CONTRACT ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION
There was no net income
THIS ALLEGATION IS FRAUDULENT BECAUSE CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN ALLEGEDED THAT HIS COSTS WERE MORE THAN THE REVENUES BUT PROVIDED NO PROOF OF ANY EXPENSES OTHER THAN INFLATED AND ARBITRATY SALARIES FOR HIMELF AND TWO ASSISTANTS, ONE OR MORE OF WHICH MAY NOT HAVE EVER BEEN PAID OR EVEN EXISTED.
I didn’t invent GAAP rules
NO ONE ALLEGED A CONVICTED FELON INVENTED ACCOUNTING RULES
I just followed them – explicitly
GENERALLY ACCEPTED ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES REQUIRE RECEIPTS BE MAINTAINED AND LEDGERS KEPT, REPORTS BE SIGNED OFF ON MY AN ACCOUNTING FIRM, CLIENTS NOT BE EMBEZZLED FROM, CONTRACTS BE FOLLOWED, ETC – BASIC THINGS WHICH WERE NEVER DONE.
How can you even begin to say that I ripped you off?
BECAUSE YOU TOOK ALL THE MONEY FROM OUR SET, INEXCESS OF $20,000, AND BECAUSE YOU DO THAT IN EVERY SET YOU MANAGE, THAT’S HOW.
POSSIBLY A FICTITIOUS COMPANY
collapsed due to being over leveraged
THAT’S A NICE WAY OF SAYING HE TOOK ALL THEM MONEY BUT DIDN’T DO THE WORK HE WAS PAID TO DO.
That’s bad enough, but your posts give the impression that I was ripping people off, which is a lie
MY POSTS ARE 100% TRUE AND ARE MUCH CLOSER TO THE TRUTH THAN ANYTHING YOU HAVE EVER SAID.
All this smoke you’re putting out cannot hide the facts
I AM TRYING TO GET THE FACTS OUT THERE AND NOT FURTHER THE LIES YOU ARE STILL TELLING.
The fact is that I could no longer support my debt burden, that’s why I declared bankruptcy. Go ahead and keep sending letters to State AGs or whomever
THANK YOU, I WILL: IRS, FBI, STATE ATTORNEY GENERALS, ETC.
When they see the facts, not the BS you and your friends are spouting, your nonsense complaints will go nowhere. I have the facts on my side (and all of the documentation)
THEN WHY DIDN’T YOU / DON’T YOU PROVIDE IT? BECAUSE WE BOTH KNOW IT DOESN’T EXIST.
From now on direct your comments to my lawyers.
YOU DON’T GET TO TELL ME WHAT TO DO, ASSHOLE – THE TRUTH IS ON MY SIDE AND THE OTHER 19+ AUTHORS YOU LIED TO, EMBEZZLED FROM, AND CHEATED, AS WELL AS POSSIBLY ANOTHER 30 AUTHORS THAT I HAVE HEARD ABOUT
Stop harassing me
TELLING THE TRUTH PUBLICLY IS NOT HARRASSMENT, STUPID.
Get a life
OF THE TWO OF US, I WOULD HAVE TO SAY THE ONE WHO DIDN’T SPEND 10 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON, DIDN’T RUN OUT ON MY 4-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER, DIDN’T USE MY FIRST WIFE’S HOUSE AS COLLATERAL TO RUN FROM THE LAW, I’M THE ONE WITH A LIFE; YOU HAVE A SERIES OF VERY STUPID MISTAKES AND SERVED TIME IN FEDERASL PRISON – FOR COUNTERFEITING, OF ALL THINGS! THAT’S SOMEONE WITH NO LIFE – AND NO CLUE.
POSSIBLY NOT EVEN HIS REAL NAME BECAUSE HE HAS UPWARDS OF 6 ALISES ACCORING TO THE FBI WANTED POSTER
THE STATEMENT FROM CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN REFERRED TO ABOVE, FOLLOWS. PLEASE NOTE THAT IT IS NOT SIGNED, IS NOT SWORN UNDER OATH, HAS NOT BEEN VERIFIED BY ANY OUTSIDE SOURCE, AND CONTAINS A NUMBER OF INACCURRACIES, MISSTATEMENTS, AND OURIGHT LIES:
From 2014 through the end of 2019, I owned and operated a company called Genius Media.
TO DATE WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED VERIFICATION THAT ANY SUCH COMPANY EXISTED, ONLY THAT CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN SAID IT DID
I was forced
ODD WORD; HE TOLD US IT GOT ACQUIRED. I GUESS HE LIED
to cease operations of Genius Media for several reasons
TO MY KNOWLEDHE IT DIDN’T CEASE; HE CONTINUED TO SOLICIT VICTIMS
first and foremost because my firm was overleveraged.
NO ONE KNOWS WHAT THAT SPECIFICALLY MEANS HERE; WHAT HE MAY MEAN IS, HE TOOK A LOT OF MONEY FROM CLIENTS AND DIDN’T DO THE WORK
The responsibility for any business failure ultimately rests with the owner.
NOTE HOW HE DID NOT SAY “ME” HERE
HE CANNOT BE REFERRING TO MY POSTS BNECAUSE THERE WAS NO MISINFORMATION IN THEM, ONLY THE TRUTH ABOUT HOW HE INTENTIONALL AND WITH MALICE STOLE FROM CLIENTS WITH THE INTENT TO DEFRAUD, INCLUDING STATEMENTS RECEIVED THAT HE TOOK APPROXIMATELY $10,000 FROM ONE AUTHOR TO TURN A BOOK INTO A SCREENPLAY AND DID NO WORK
was publicly posted about me and Genius Media
AGAIN, A CORPORATION THAT MAY NOT EVEN EXIST
in December 2019 and January 2020.
PRIVATELY, A LOT MORE WAS SAID BUT DECORUM PREVENTS ME FROM POSTING IT HERE
Let me set the record straight.
GET READY FOR THE LIES
In the 1990s, more than 25 years ago, I owned an investment company that
YOU EMBEZZLED FROM AND WERE ORDERED TO PAY $3 MILLION IN RESTUTUTION TO THE VICTIMS
experienced serious problems.
AKA THEFT AND EMBEZZLEMENT
ALSO, ACCORDING TO NUMEROUS REPORTS, WID BASTIAN WAS SENT TO FEDERAL PRISON FOR COUNTERFEITING, ALSO FOR TAKING MORE THAN $800,000 FROM A CLIENT
I am an ex-felon
TO MY KNOWLEDGE, YOU ARE CURRENTLY A CONVICTED FELON; NO COURT HAS WAVIED YOUR CONVICTION NOR EXPUGNED YOUR RECORD NOR ANY GOVERNOR GRANTED YOU A PARDON
based on my involvement with that company
EMBEZZLEMENT, FROM DOCUMENTS, PUBLIC RECORDS I RECEIVED AND INTERVIEWS I CONDUCTED
As a legal matter, the case has been over for 15 plus years.
THIS IS NOT TRUE; CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN WAS REMANDED BY A FEDERAL JUDGE TO NOT HANDLE MONEY FOR ANY CLIENTS EVER AGAIN, WHICH HE VIOLATED WHEN HE INSISTED THE REVENUES FROM AMAZON FOR THE BOX SETS BE PAID TO HIM ON BEHALF OF THE AUTHORS
I never told anyone who asked me anything but the truth about my history
ACTUALLY YOU APPEAR TO HAVE LIED ABOUT IT TO MANY PEOPLE AND LIED ABOUT IT IN THIS VERY DOCUMENT
but I also did not advertise it.
BECAUSE ADVERTISING ISN’T SOMETHING YOU EVER DO, EVEN IF PEOPLE PAY YOU TO DO IT AND YOU PROMISE YOU WILL
This company had nothing to do with the arts (eBooks, films, etc.).
UNLESS YOU CONSIDER EMBEZZLEMENT AN ART FORM
From 2014 through 2019, I promoted hundreds of authors at Genius Media.
PROMOTED, STOLE FROM; POTATO/POTAHTO. INFORMATION INDICATES HE SOLICITED MANY AUTHORS AND SUBSEQUENTLY EMBEZZLED AND DEFRAUDED MANY OF THEM; TO DATE HE HAS NOT PROVIDED ANY RECORDS TO INDICATE HE DID ANY OF THE REQUIRED WORK HE WAS CONTRACTED TO DO
Did every author do well under my eBook promotion system? Of course not.
BOY IS THAT THE TRUTH; DID ANY DO WELL IS A BETTER QUESTION
Did most authors make money
NO, ACCORDING TO 100% OF THE AUTHORS I SPOKE WITH
THAT AND/OR IS A CUTE WAY TO MAKE IT SEEM LIKE AUTHORS MADE MONEY WHEN THEY DIDN’T
substantially build their brand
THAT’S IS A VAGUE AND UNMEASURABLE TERM, BUT IT IS INRTDNDED TO MAKE THE RESDER THINK THE AUTHORS MADE MONEY. THEY DIDN’T. MADE MONEY AND/OR BUILT THEIR BRAND” WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN IN DEFINABLE TERMS? IT IS INTENTIONALL VAGUE HERE TO IMPLY THEY MADE MONEY WHEN THEY DIDN’T.
under my system?
NO PROOF HAS BEEN FURNISHED TO SUBSTANTIATE THIS CLAIM, BUT A LOT OF PROOF HAS BEEN OBTAINED THAT DIRECTLY DISPUTES IT
I have documented results with Amazon sales charts, screenshots, emails, etc. to prove this claim.
NO SUCH VERIFIED REPORTS, SCREEN SHOTS, OR EMAILS WERE GIVEN TO ANY CLIENTS THAT I AM AWARE OF; SEVERAL ITEMS WERE CREATED BY CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN BUT WERE UNVERIFIABLE AND APPEAR FRAUDULENT
I have many emails in possession
YOU SHOULD SHARE THEM; A LOT OF PEOPLE YOU ROBBED ARE UPSET THAT YOU HAVE FAKE TESTIMONIALS FROM THEM ON YOUR WEBSITE DESPITE THEM ASKING YOU TO TAKE IT DOWN
some from the same, few authors
who are now accusing me of deliberately harming them
YES BECAUSE YOU EMBEZZLED FROM THEM AND HAVE FAKE TESTIMONIALS ON YOUR WEBSITE FROM THEM
in one way or another through my 2019 Collabs (see below), telling me how well they did and how happy they were with my eBook promotional services.
ACTUALLY, SEVERAL WENT ONTO KBOARDS TO COMPLAIN ABOUT YOU AND YOU METHODS, TO WARN OTHERS, AND TO ASK QUESTION ABOUT YOUR TACTICS; TO MY KNOWLEDGE, ALL OF THOSE COMPLAINTS WERE TOLD YOU WERE NOT BEING FORTHRIGHT AND WERE SOMEONE TO STAY AWAY FROM; CONVERSELY, YOU APPEAR TO HAVE TRIED TO STEM THE TIDE OF NEGATIVE CRITICISM OF YOUR TACTIC AND WERE BURIED IN COMPLAINS, ULTIMATELY LEAVING THE SITE
I have recorded video testimonials from some of these same authors.
SAYING YOU HAVE THEM DOESN’T MEAN YOU DO, BUT YOU SHOULD SHOW US THOSE AND WE’LL SEE IF THOSE AUTHORS STILL FEEL POSITIVE ABOUT THEIR EXPERICNCE WITH YOU; TO DATE, I HAVE NOT ENCOUNTERED ANY THAT ARE HAPPY WITH YOU STEALING FROM THEM
Yet somehow, if a few recent posts are to be believed, I morphed into an “eBook Frankenstein”
I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THAT MEANS, BUT IF YOU ARE WILLING TO REFER TO YOURSELF AS A MONSTER, I WILL CONCEDE YOUR POINT; MONSTER IT IS
and became a bad actor in late 2019
ACTUALLY, WE BELIEVE YOU WERE A BAD ACTOR / MONSTER FOR MUCH LONGER THAN THAT, AND DESPITE TEN YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON YOU SEEM TO HAVE GONE RIGHT TO EMBEZZLEMENT UPON BEING RELASED; YOU COULDN’T STAY CLEAN AT ALL, LOSER
Industry websites who posted or reposted these rants
A RANT IS WHAT THIS DELUSIONAL FANTASY LETTER/STATEMENT IS
should have done their homework
YOU WOULD HAVE NO WAY OF KNOWING IF THEY DID OR DID NOT DO THEIR HOMEWORK BUT ANYONE WHO LOOKS INTO YOUR METHODS OF STEALING FROM CLIENTS AND VIOLATING AMAZON TERMS OF SERVICE – WHICH CAN GET AN AUTHOR BANNED FROM AMAZON – WILL NO DOUBT BE LABELED AS NOT DOING THEIR HOMEWORK WHEN THEY DECIDE YOU AREN’T HONEST. IT’S NOT THAT YOU’RE A THIEF, THEY JUST DIDN’T DO ENOUGH HOMEWORK. PLEASE PROVIDE US ANY PROOF TO THE CONTRARY SO WE CAN SEE WHAT A SHINING BEACON OF TRUTH AND HARD WORK YOU ARE
if their goal was to provide an accurate and complete picture of my eBook promotion business.
UNLIKE YOUR GOALS WHICH HAVE, FOR UPWARDS OF 20 YEARS, BEEN TO STEAL FROM CLIENTS
In late 2019, when Genius Media
A COMPANY THAT MAY HAVE NEVER EXISTED AND ONE THAT WAS 180 DEGREES MISLABELED; NO GENIUS THERE
was nearing its end
AKA, WID COULDN’T KEEP THE TRUTH FROM COMING OUT, CHECKS WERE DUE AND HE NEEDED TO KEEP THE MONEY HE EMBEZZLED
I filed reports on three Boxed Set Collabs
I DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS; MOST AUTHORS IN THE SETS WERE NEVER GIVEN AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FROM CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN OR ANY REPORT AT ALL FROM CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN, BUT THEY WERE REPEATEDLY TOLD ACCOUNTANTS WERE COMPILING IT; NO ACCOUNTANT SIGNED OFF ON ANY INFORMATION TO DATE RECEIVED FROM CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN – COINCIDENCE? MORE FRAID AND DECEPTION? ARE YOU HOPING WE’D FORGET YOU SAID ALL THOSE THINGS? WE HAVE IT IN SCREEN SHOTS FROM FACEBOOK PAGES
I ran in 2019. Two of those three Collabs were successful
INVESTORS BELIEVE A SUCCESSFUL INVESTMENT IS ONE THAT PAYS ITS INVESTORS; WHEREAS CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN SEEMS TO BELIEVE A SUCCESSFUL INVESTMENT IS HIM KEEPING ALL THE MONEY AND NOT DOING THE WORK AS PER THE CONTRACT
all of the authors involved became USA Today Bestselling Authors
THAT’S DEMONSTRABLY NOT TRUE, AND MANY WERE ALREADY USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHORS
(for a fee of $750 per author, not a penny more)
THAT IS ALSO NOT TRUE; ANY LEGIT READING OF THE CONTRACT WILL SHOW THE FEE WAS $750 AND THAT $750 FEE WAS FOR ALL MARKETING EXPENSES AND SALARIES; 1005 OF THE PREORDER REVENUES WERE TO BE PAID TO CHARITIES, 1005 OF THE REVENUES FROM THE SET WERE TO BE PAID TO THE AUTHORS – WHICH NEVER HAPPENED, IN VIOLATION OF THE CONTRACT, WHICH I SAID TO YOU AT THE TIME. YOU BEGGED FOR MORE TIME, DURING WHICH YOU DECLARED BANKRUPTCY – AFTER HIDING FOR SEVERAL WEEKS AND NOT TALKING TO ANYONE IN THE SET
One Collab did not reach that goal.
IT IS ARBITRARY AND CAPRICIOUS FOR CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN TO STATE WHAT THE GOALS OF THE AUTHORS WERE, SINCE MANY WANTED TO MAKE MONEY ON AN INVESTMENT AND DID NOT MAKE MONEY BUT WERE EMBEZZLED FROM
I was legally obligated to wrap up the affairs under the terms and conditions as stated in the signed Collab contracts
ACTUALLY, CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIN VIOLATED THE TERMS OF THE CONTACT AND THE TERMS OF SERVICE OF AMAZON INC, AS WELL AS MISSING DEADLINES FOR SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE IN SAID COINTRACTS
I did just that.
NO, YOU STOLE ALL THE MONEY AND DID NOT PERFORM THE WORK AS PER THE CONTRACT
A few of the authors in these Collabs got angry
I AM NOT CERTAIN ANY WERE ANGRY WHEN THE ALLEGED REPORTS WERE ISSUED, BUT CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIN CANNOT KNOW THE STATE OF MIND OF THE VICTIMS; BUT CONCEDING HIS VICTIMS WERE ANGRY, ONE MIGHT THINK HE WOULD PROVIDE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND RECIPTS OR OTHER EVIDENCE TO SHOW HE DID THE WORK, WHICH WAS ASKED FOR BUT NEVER PROVIDED
when those reports were issued. They published false statements about me
I AM UNAWARE OF ANYONE PUBLISHING FALSE STATEMENTS ABOUT CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN
that were picked up by a few industry websites
I AM UNAWARE OF ANY INDUSTRY WEBSITES PICKING UP FALSE STATEMNETS; RATHER, SEVERAL THAT I BECAME AWARE OF DISCOVERED ADDITION VICTIMS OF CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN
The final Collab reports were prepared under the supervision of legal and accounting counsel.
THIS IS DEMONSTRABLY NOT TRUE AND APPEARS TO BE A COMPLETE FABRICATION; NO REPUTABLE ACCOUNTING FIRM OR LAWYER HAS SIGNED OFF ON ANY FINANCIAL REPORTS THAT CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN SENT OUT, AND MOST AUTHORS RECEIVED NO STATEMENTS FROM CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN AT ALL
I also provided revenue and expense documentation to the authors along with a report. Here are three determinative provisions of these reports. One, I was only allowed, by the terms of the contracts, to distribute “net income.” There was no “net income” to distribute.
BY ARTIFICIALLY INFLATING WAGES CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN CREATED FAKE EXPENSEDS IN EXCESS OF ALL REVENUES, WITHHELD REVENUE INFORMATION FROM THE INVESRTORS, AND PROVIDED NO VERIFICATION OF ANY EXPENSES, SO THE STATEMENTS ARE FALSE AND FRAUDULENT ON THEIR FACE; ADDITIONALLY, CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN NEVER PROVIDED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS TO THE INDIVIDUAL AUTHORS IN THE SET AS HE ALLEGES, BUT RATHER GAVE A SUMMARY OF SEVERELY INADEQUATE REPORTING TO ONE AUTHOR AND TOLD THAT AUTHOR TO GIVE IT TO EVERYONE ELSE, DESPITE CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN HAVING THE EMAIL ADDRESS OF EVERY AUTHOR IN THE SET
Two, each contract began at a specific time and ended at a specific time.
NONE OF THE CONTRACTS I WITNESSED STATED THAT
Revenue or expenses outside of the contract period could not be included in the reconciliation.
NO ONE KNOWS WHAT HE’S BABBLING ABOUT HERE
Three, Genius Media was the sole determiner of expenses – no other person or entity had the right to determine expenses.
EXCEPT THAT PEOPLE CANNOT CONTRACT TO PERFORM ILLEGAL ACTIVITOES, WICH YOU DID WHEN YOU KNWINGLY ACTED TO DEFRAUDE THE VICTIMES; THAT STATEMENT (ABOVE) IS THE KEY RIGHT THERE, CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN ARTIFICIALLY INFLATED EXPENES AND THEN SAID HE WAS THE SOLE DETERMINANT OF THE EXPENSES, A MOVE DECIDEDLY NOT WITHIN GENERALLY ACCEPTED ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES, NOT AN ARMS LENGTH TRANSACTION, ALLOWS FOR MONETARY MANIPULATION IN VIOLATION OF FEDERAL LAW, AND IS DECEPTIVE ON ITS FACE
All expenses were conservatively calculated
NO, THEY WERE GROSSLY EXCESSIVE
THEY WERE NOT DOCUMENTED AT ALL.
Lastly, I’ve seen reference to a provision in these contracts stating that “expenses cannot exceed fees.” Author fees were paid for “participating” in the Collab, not as a determiner of expenses (this exact language is found in each contract). What this provision prevented was a “cash call” – asking authors for more money than their $750 fee to promote the Collab. No author, in any of my 2019 Collabs, paid one dime more than their $750 fee.
THAT’S NOT TRUE
Two of the three Collabs made the USA Today Bestseller list – that means those 30 authors achieved this USA Today goal for the price of $750.
TO IMPLY THAT IT MIRACULOUSLY HAPPENED WITHOUT MANY NEWSLETTER SWAPS, CONSTANT POSTING IN Facebook groups, swaps, and the efforts of two separate charities is a willful misrepresentation of the facts
I did nothing wrong
UNLESS YOU CONSIDER LYING AND EMBEZZLENET WRONG, PREDATORY PRACTICES, AS WELL AS FRAUD, THEFT, VIOLATING THE TERMS OF THE CONTRACT, VIOLATING AMAZON’S TERMS OF SERVICE, AND PRETENDING TO HAVE YOUR COMPANY GET ACQUIRED BY ANOTHER THAT YOU THEN SAID YOU OWNED
from a legal perspective
IT WOULD BE BEST FOR ALL TO SEEK LEGAL ADVICE FROM PERSONS OTHER THAN A CONVICTED FELON AND ALLEGED SOCIOPATH, THANK YOU
on these Collabs.
I did not communicate well
BECAUSE YOU WERE LYING TO THEM ABOUT REVENUES EARNED AND MAKING STATEMNTS ABOUT HOW MUCH THEY WOULD MAKE
with the authors from October 2019 forward.
YOU DROPPED OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH, STOPPED RETURNING CALLS, REFUSED CERTIFIED LETTERS, BLOCKED THE AUTHORS FROM THE SET ON FACEBOOK, AND REFUSED TO RETURN THEIR EMAILS, WHILE TAKING THEIR MONEY AND DEFRAUDING THE CHARITIES THEY PLEDGED – WITH YOU – MONEY TO
I could and should have done better in that area.
IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE HOW YOU COULD HAVE DONE WORSE, EXCEPT WHEN ONE REALIZES YOU WERE INTENTIONALLY STEALING FROM THEM AND TRYING TO GET AWAY, THEN IT MAKES TOTAL SENSE
THAT GROUP OF LIES SAID
my legal obligation was to wrap up the affairs of each Collab properly.
NO ONE BELIEVES ANY LEGAL COUNSEL WAS SOUGHT BY CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN EXCEPT TO DECLARE BANKRUPTCY
The allegation that I “scammed” authors in these Collabs or filed false reports is not only false; it is defamatory.
NOT ONLY IS IT TRUE, IT IS THE BEST WAY TO SUM UP YOUR ACTIVITIES, LACK OF EXPLANATIONS, EXCESSIVE FEES, LACK OF DOCUMENTATION, AND SUBSEQUENT MANIPULATION OF THE BANKRUPTCY LAWS
As I said in the first paragraph, I am ultimately responsible for the demise of Genius Media.
WE ALL SAW GOODFELLAS; THIS IS THE EQUIVALENT OF LIGHTING A MATCH TO THE COPA
Despite my best efforts and intentions
TO NOT GET CAUGHT
I did not succeed.
YOU SURE DID NOT! PRISON AWAITS AGAIN, JAIL BIRD
OR FRAUD, DEPENDING ON YOUR POINT OF VIEW
has not only hurt me
NO ONE BELIEVES YOU WERE HURT, WID; IN FACT, PROFESSIONALS FEEL YOU ARE A SOCIOPATH INCAPABLE OF FEELING
SPEAKING OF FAMILY, YOU ALLEGEDLY WALKED OUT ON YOUR FOUR YEAR OLD DAUGHTER, LEVERAGED YOU FIRST WIFE’S HOUSE TO PAY YOUR WAY OUT OF PRISON SO YOU COULD GO ON THE RUN, AND DID YOU REALLY TELL THE KID YOU HAD ANOTHER FAMILY WAITING IN UTAH? MEANWHILE,
ALL OF WHOM YOU STOLE FROM AT ONE POINT OR ANOTHER, MY REPORTS SAY
it also negatively impacted my clients
OR YOU ABILITY TO PROCURE NEW ONES AKA VICTIMS, AND ONE CAN ONLY HOPE SO
some far more than others.
NO MENTION OF THE CHARITIES YOU DEFRAUDED/ HOMELESS VETERANS AND PET SHELTERS? THEY CAN GO SCREW THEMSELVES?
Dealing with this matter is tough enough
FOR US, IT IS!
but when a few
MORE AND MORE EVERY DAY
people post unsubstantiated
about me and Genius Media and those false
NONE OF IT IS FALSE
statements are then picked up by industry sites
YOU WISH; THE INDUSTRY STILL DOESN’T KNOW YOU EXIST
and given a false aura of legitimacy
IT IS COMPLETELY LEGIT AND VERIFIABLE
substantial harm has been done
BY YOU, FELON
that cannot be undone, even with a clarification
FEEL FREE TO RETRACT ANY OF YOUR LIES AT ANY TIME, MAKE RESTITUTION, ADMIT WHAT YOU DID TO YOUR VICTIMS, REPORT YOUR EARINGS TO THE IRS, REPORT YOUR ACTIONS TO THE FBI, AND TAKE YOUR PRISON TIME LIKE AN ADULT.
UNSIGNED, AND ONE OF MANY ALIASES
February 3, 2020
THE DATE IS POSSIBLY THE ONLY CORRECT THING HE PUT IN THIS STATEMENT