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!


  • 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 18, 2014: FedEx-WalMart Scam Update: What Babe the Blue Ox Has in Common with Javontae?

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

July 10, 2014: Update: Javontae Holloway the Chameleon, or Should I Say “PIG!”

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

Steve Lombardi
Iowa personal injury, workers' compensation, motorcycle, quadriplegic, paraplegic, brain injury, death
You can add "Troy Walker" to the list of aliases. He called with a story about a UHaul accident on I-5 outside of Everett, WA. Same story as above - the adjuster was coming to have him sign off on the paperwork and he didn't have a choice unless he could come up with rent money and money to pay back relatives who had paid his bills.
by PI Attorney in Seattle December 4, 2017 at 01:23 PM
November 12, 2017 Troy Williams called Miami FL Attorney from 832-840-2472. Same story about the rent and Uhaul accident in Ft Lauderdale. Claimed he was signing a realese in the morning for 1.2 million.
by Cullen Lane November 12, 2017 at 10:37 AM
November 12, 2017 Troy Williams called Miami FL Attorney from 832-840-2472. Same story about the rent and Uhaul accident in Ft Lauderdale. Claimed he was signing a realese in the morning for 1.2 million.
by Cullen Lane November 12, 2017 at 10:36 AM
Same guy - used name 'Kevin Johnson' phone# 832-840-7499 - address: 2731 Tidewater Dr. Houston TX - "Would not provide email - Happened in Marietta, GA - Was rear-ended by a semi... didn't want to give me anymore info... he wanted an attorney to give him a call." -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-
by Tiffany August 29, 2017 at 04:29 PM
He called my office (as Troy Williams using the #832-702-9435) in Mobile, Alabama around 5pm this past Friday. Claimed to have been injured by a U Haul truck / tire blow out in Tuscaloosa, AL on Interstate 20/59. Claims to have been working as a concrete finisher on an Office Depot project. Says U Haul wants to settle with him for $1.5mil and he has a $200k lien from Medicaid. Puts Landlord on phone who claims that Mr. Williams owes back rent - but if I will Western Union the LL $176.00 for his wife's cancer meds he will refrain from evicting "Mr. Williams." Claims that his sister has the accident report and other details about the accident. Also claims that the sister does not think he needs a lawyer. I went online to attempt to locate accident report - but, obviously, one does not exist. He will routinely put you on hold - and does not want to spend much time on the phone to provide additional details about the accident or injuries. When I did a google search on his name - I landed on this site. Steve, thanks for tracking "Troy."
by gv August 19, 2017 at 08:50 AM
Just got off the phone with him. Same story. Said the accident occurred in Parkersburg, WV. When his landlord got on the phone and said he needed $176.00 for his wife's breast cancer meds or he would evict him I started laughing. Then he hung up.
by Mark R. Staun July 28, 2017 at 09:03 AM
Good morning. I just got off of the phone with him. It was the same story as above. Uhaul accident and landlord needs rent of 1K. He's calling Pensacola, Florida under the name Kevin Johnson. Phone number is 832 840 7499 (Houston, TX). He called my office at 11PM last night. I spoke with him at 2am and 6am this morning. He sounds like he has a New Orleans accent to me. FYI
by AW July 13, 2017 at 08:05 AM
Good ole Carl is at it again. This time he is using the name of Kevin Johnson and the phone number of 662-242-0784. He claims he was in Tennessee on a highway when a Uhaul truck had a blow out, lost control and rearended him on May 20, 2017, and is paralyzed from the waist down. He's also claiming to have been treated at Texas Medical Center. He also contacted our Nashville office back in March of this year. We first heard from him in July 2015 when he contacted our New Mexico office about an accident in Sante Fe.
by Sandy June 26, 2017 at 03:14 PM
Well scammer Carl Torrence is alive and well currently living in Houston, Texas. He called me this afternoon with the same sad story that he'd been rear ended by a U-Haul truck on May 20, 2017 in Bakersfield, California, and rendered a paraplegic at only age 32 with two small kids to raise and care for. He explained that the U-Haul reps had flown in from Phoenix today (June 23rd) and were meeting him tonight to get him to sign a final release for 1.5 million of a 2 million policy. He further stated he was two months behind on his rent ($1,100) but couldn't pay it and U-Haul wouldn't advance the past due rent unless he signed a final release tonite. To emphasize how desperate he was for me to send him money via a Wal Mart Moneygram, he put his landlord Mr. Davis on the phone who told me that if he didn't get at least $500 by tonight to buy his wife's much needed meds for her Stage Four breast cancer he would have to evict Torrence and his kids tonight. Like with his other scam calls he seemed more concerned about his dire living situation than the fact that I told him U-Haul was putting a gun to his head to settle for a mere 1.5 million when in my opinion his case could be worth in excess of 10 million or more when you consider his substantial general and special damages based on his young age. After I heard his landlord was going to be so callous as to throw him and his kids out immediately unless he got the $500 tonight as well as the fact that Torrence had my name and phone number where he could have called me much sooner than today before the impending U Haul meeting deadline tonight, I knew the whole thing smelled of a scam. I hung up and told him I would call him back in 10 minutes and then, unbeknownst to him, Googled his name and found his trail of virtually identical scammer phone calls throughout the country. He became impatient and called my cell phone several times which, again unbeknownst to him, indicated he was calling from Columbus, Mississippi NOT Houston, Texas. I waited a half hour and then called him back to turn the tables on him rather than confront him with the scam. I told him that I had reconsidered my recommendation to decline their offer and given his dire financial straits I now recommended that he go ahead and accept their low ball offer because he really needed the money. There was a several second pause on his end and when he probably realized I was on to him and he wasn't getting the $500, he quickly hung up without even saying goodbye or thank you. I was hurt! Lol. I was going to ask him to explain how he could be in Houston when my phone showed he was in fact calling from Mississippi but he never gave me the chance. I felt doubly hurt then! LMAO What surprised me the most about this idiot is that he and his cohorts don't even have sense enough to change his name or the same old pathetic accident/insurance offer scenario when they make the next call. I hope this helps other lawyers and potential victims about this con artist loser!
by Steve ryneal June 23, 2017 at 09:13 PM
I'm with the Special Investigation Unit for Repwest handling claims for U-Haul. We have also received multiple claims from him and he is currently under investigation. If anyone gets any new phone calls from him, please contact me directly at 888-898-5985 ext 540404. Any input is greatly appreciated.
by Kristi April 24, 2017 at 01:55 PM
I also just spoke with Carl Torrence, 225-259-0228. He called wanting to speak with my attorney and said that he was reareneded by a uhaul truck in Baton Rouge on January 15, 2017 and that he is paralyzed from the waist down. He did state that the policy limits were over $2 m and that he had an appointment to sign release papers with the insurance company for $1.5 m and wanted to talk to an attorney. When I explained the procedure that he would be come into the office to speak with him, he said that he couldn't. I then tried to get some information from him for the attorney to call him back and hung up. 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 .
by Kellen April 11, 2017 at 02:35 PM
Call my office in Denham Springs, Louisiana today. Carl Torrence - Hit by U-haul truck in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana. In the hospital for 14 days and then moved to Texas. They are flying in to have him sign a release on 1.5 million out of 2 million dollar policy with $312,000 going to Medicaid. Telephone number 225-259-0189 is what he used.
by Erik Burns March 27, 2017 at 02:59 PM
"Carl Torrence" tried to scam our office today. The story he's selling: he was rear-ended on I-75 near Macon, GA and spent 19 days in a hospital in Atlanta (of which he can not remember the name), then his sister moved him to Mississippi. The "insurance people" from UHaul are flying in this afternoon so he can sign a release for $1.5 million of a $2 million policy. He spoke to an attorney in Mississippi who told him that he needed a Georgia attorney because he's not licensed in Georgia. The attorney also mentioned something about "an umbrella policy or something like that." He didn't seem to care much when we told him that his case could be worth much more than $1.5 million; he was more concerned with getting his power bill paid. 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!!
by MB Atlanta February 27, 2017 at 04:46 PM
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