Curiosity is what pulls people into a scam. Plain old c-u-r-i-o-s-i-t-y. It's the same thing that killed the cat.
Lawyers are very vulnerable to scams. And not just plaintiff-lawyers. Defense lawyers have been being scammed with spam that infects their computer systems or ones that involves trust account funds. Either choice ends with money being lost to scammers. Since 2013 I’ve been tracking nationwide this one scammer. In tracking him I’ve spoken to over fifty lawyers who he’s tried or has scammed. For awhile this scammer took a break and I figured he was back in jail. But since just before Christmas he resurfaced and he’s back at it again.
He’s sort of like my very own toothache that I miss hearing about. He didn’t get a dime from me. But I was one of the lucky ones.
The FBI doesn’t seem to care much about Po' Javontae. Probably because he’s small potatoes and the FBI has bigger problems to deal with. I’m not picking on them, I understand the why. And so today, let’s revisit the scam I call Po’ Javontae. He and I have become so acquainted that I have looked at his house on Google Earth, seen his mug shot, know his date of birth and his height. There is, or at least was, a wheel chair in his yard.
"A little more than kin, and less than kind". William Shakespeare
I most always refer to him as Po’ Javontae because he comes from Mississippi and his southern drawl just has that feel to it. He goes by many names, including these.
ALIASES: His aliases include: Javontae Holloway, Terrell Holloway, Javontae Gowdy, Troy Williams, Troy Johnson, Devantae Gowdy, Devonte Growey, Javontae Growley, William Roberts, Randy Weeks, Randy Lee Williams, Randy Williams, Calvin Thomas and Randy Lee Williams.
Now we have a few new aliases to add. Randy Davis has been his go-to name. In the past he got hit by a FedEx truck while delivering at Walmart. But now it is a Uhaul Truck that somehow rear-ends him somewhere on I-95 in or around Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
His latest story is slightly different although that may have something to do with Christmas season and him needing a seasonal story that tugs at your heart strings.
“He said he was in a coma for a few days and now a paraplegic. When the attorney called him back later, he told him that his electric was going to get shut off, it was 1 week before Christmas and he needed to get his 6-year-old daughter presents.” Attorney's name withheld.
Omg am I ready to cry! This is terrible. The Po’-kid!
But this next fact is sort of a larger problem because he’s now tapping the capital markets.
He took a litigation loan company for $3,000.00. Then a few weeks later tried to tap another one.
"Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind". William Shakespeare
He still has a “nephew”, good old Po’ Carl Torrence. [Wait... wasn't he in the past your brother or cousin?]
Where is the latest market he’s working? Florida! The Sunshine State!
THE OLD CAST OF CHARACTERS INCLUDES:
- Landlord: Mr. Jackson
- Sympathy Card Being Played: Javontae will have to settle to avoid being evicted from his apartment. The owner of the apartment is Mr. Jackson. Mr. Jackson holds you off from hating him by saying his wife has stage 4 breast cancer and the rent money is needed to purchase her prescription drugs.
- Javontae’s Brother: Tyrone drives Javontae around and will have the car running, warming up so he can take Javontae to sign the release of all claims.
- Javontae’s Mother: Sandra Gowdy
He made a mistake this last time, but I’m not going to tell him what it is because then he’ll correct it. Looks like you may be going back to the slammer my friend. You crossed the line and into the capital markets. Not a smart thing to do.
"Can one desire too much of a good thing?" William Shakespeare
You see Javontae, I just can't let go of this story. As one of my partners described me, I'm like a bulldog who, once I get ahold of someone's leg, just wouldn't let go.
If you’d like to read more about Po' Javontae, here is the complete list.
BLOG LIST: Other blogs about the FedEx and WalMart Scam
November 18, 2013: Law Practice: The Paraplegic Scam and the story of Po Javontae – Des Moines, Iowa.
December 9, 2013: Breaking News: Javontae's paraplegic scam, moves from Iowa to California! - California
December 13, 2013: Breaking News: Hot off the Dysfunctional Press from the Lombardi Law Firm! – Spokane, Washington
December 15, 2013: More Breaking News: Where is Waldo? He’s in New Haven, Connecticut
December 18, 2013: Does Waldo own a jet? – The Big Apple, New York, New York
December 21, 2013: Paraplegic scammer attempts his scam on lawyers in Baltimore, Maryland
January 14, 2014: News Update: Fed Ex and Walmart Scammers in New Jersey
January 22, 2014: Let’s Rock & Roll with Po Javontae, Baltimore, Maryland - Javontae is back trolling again in Baltimore, Maryland, slight change of reported facts. He’s changed his address to: Napoleon, 111 East Little Texas Road, Louisiana 70390. This lawyer did not bite.
January 27, 2014: Contacted by lawyers in West Virginia. Legal Scam: Javontae is back, this time in West Virginia
February 7, 2014: February, 7, 2014: Do Louisianans have too much time on their hands? West Virginia
February 12, 2014: Guess who is back? You guessed it Javontae! | Lombardi Law Firm – Los Angeles, California
February 24, 2014: Lawyer Scams: What makes them all similar?
February 25, 2014: Javontae Holloway: This scam is all hat and no cattle.
March 4, 2014: Javontae Holloway: This burner phone scammer has an Ohio Version
August 7, 2014: Updated: Javontae Gowdy, a new name for an old scam artist
August 13, 2014: A New Name – An Old Con Game
August 25, 2014: The Fed-Ex and Walmart Scam for Dummies
September 22, 2014: Dread Pirate Roberts, A New & Improved, Javontae Holloway
November 21, 2014: Law Practice: The Paraplegic Scam and the story of Po Javontae
December 22, 2014: Javontae aka Troy Williams Gets an “A” For Effort
January 11, 2015: Latest Update, Iowa, Louisiana, New York
June 18, 2015: Paraplegic Scam: I Now Know Who You Are Javontae
July 7, 2015: Law Office Scams – Another One Bites the Dust!
January 22, 2017: Law Office Paraplegic Scammer is Back in Business
10 Comments to "Law Office Paraplegic Scammer is Back in Business"
-Could not verify address online - the non-rep letter returned with "WRONG ADDRESS" written all over it 20 days later 8/29/17 - tried to call the phone number on 8/29/17 and it was disconnected per Verizon.
-Savannah, GA Law Firm-
And then something told me to google his name and date of accident and brought me to a couple of attorneys sites stating the information is a scam. That is ashame .
He stated that he is "hooked up to a machine that pumps his feces" and the electric company is going to "cut off his power" at 5PM.
We asked him for the name of the power company, explaining that we could call on his behalf and discuss and extension of his time to pay - he didn't know the name. He's in a "small town in Mississippi" the company "doesn't take credit cards or nothin' like that, just cash or money order," to add to the trouble, the account is in his sister's name. When we offered to put him in touch with a pre-settlement lending company, he responded that "he didn't have time for all that" because he already got an extension and the electricity is going to be turned off today.
Then he popped the question: "do you all have, like, a Walmart or a Western Union you could just wire me the $298 so I can turn it into a money order and pay this bill?" We explained that we are not permitted to lend him money or pay bills on his behalf. He then apologized for troubling us and said that he would just let the UHaul folks take care of his bill for him.
The whole thing seemed suspicious, so I Googled his name and found this blog. Beware of Carl Torrence!!
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