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Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford says his personal assistant embezzled millions

By midian182 · 8 replies
Oct 1, 2018
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  1. According to the Dallas News, John Wright Martin was hired by the Pitchfords in 2014 on a salary of $45,000 per year. But the couple was unaware of his previous run-ins with the law, which included an arrest for driving while intoxicated.

    A year after the hiring, Martin was allowed access to the Pitchfords’ American Express business accounts, which he used on extravagant purchases for himself. He bought everything from designer clothes, electronics, airfares, jewelry, hotel stays, and even Amazon movie rentals.

    Martin also bought a $591,000 home in Frisco’s Newman Village, which is described as "tailored for a lifestyle of luxury." It’s still unclear where he got the money to pay for the house.

    Kristy Pitchford also fell victim to Martin. He forged her signature on multiple business and personal checks to the tune of $73,000, which were used to buy art pieces designed by one of his friends.

    Martin got "better and better at finding ways of spending our money," said Pitchford.

    Martin also used the Pitchfords’ accounts to make donations of over $50,000 to several charities, and he was known to buy rounds of drinks for everyone at local bars.

    The couple only realized something was wrong when they found there wasn’t enough money to make payroll for Kirsty's Nerdvana business. She called Martin, who had stopped working for them in 2016 to start an interior design business. He said there had been a mix-up with the accounts and promised to put everything right.

    As Martin failed to live up to his promise, the Pitchfords’ attorney drew up an agreement that would see him repay $780,000, but it was later discovered that the total amount he embezzled was closer to $3 million. Martin wrote a check for $598,000—the first step in paying back what he stole—but it bounced.

    A state district judge has ordered Martin to pay the Pitchfords more than $2 million in damages and cover their attorneys’ fees, but he is now missing. A warrant has been issued for his arrest after a $76,000 check he wrote for a new car bounced.

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  2. alabama man

    alabama man TS Guru Posts: 563   +355

    "was unaware of his previous run-ins with the law, which included an arrest for driving while intoxicated"

    What does this have to do with scamming?

    Hope pitchford never gets his money back, he is a con artist and this is karma at it's best. Now if he got terminal cancer and everyone he loved left him my day would be perfect.
    ForgottenLegion likes this.
  3. Bubbajim

    Bubbajim TechSpot Staff Posts: 638   +614

    Jesus, dude. What the hell did he do to you to make you wish him a horrific death?
    VBKing, PcePce, Burty117 and 6 others like this.
  4. I agree, it's only Jesus that can help one get over that kind of bitterness....
    edit: The Pharisees and their scribes began grumbling at His disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners?” And Jesus answered and said to them, “It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick.“I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
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    ShagnWagn likes this.
  5. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,093   +1,545

    No accountant for this multi-million dollar business to run audits and keep track of money flow?

    I don't want to say they deserve it. But seriously - how dumb a business owner can they be? Apparently 3 million dumb.
  6. ForgottenLegion

    ForgottenLegion TS Guru Posts: 365   +367

    Are you and your fellow comment liking buddies serious?
    See the Aliens Colonial Marines scam.

    This is karma at its finest.

    +1 for terminal cancer diagnosis. I'd run up and down the street with joy at the sound of that.

    Randy B*tchford and his lies. Burn in hell you PoS.
  7. PcePce

    PcePce TS Enthusiast Posts: 75   +24

    Looks like an extreme example of buyer's remorse, with a terminal case of butthurt.
    robb213 likes this.
  8. Bubbajim

    Bubbajim TechSpot Staff Posts: 638   +614

    The only thing I can find about an "Aliens colonial marines scam" is that hilarious story about the typo causing the AI to be broken as hell, which once fixed made the game "ok".

    Can you let me know what this scam is that has got you wishing for a fellow human's slow and painful death? I'm very curious.
  9. ForgottenLegion

    ForgottenLegion TS Guru Posts: 365   +367

    Calling B*tchford a fellow human being is a bit of a stretch.

    Search "Aliens Colonial Marines Bait and Switch" and you'll soon find out why the entire gaming community hates this pos. Shipping the game with that A.I typo bug was just the tip of the iceberg and speaks volumes of Gearbox. I'll be a happy man when they and their CEO go under.

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