This is a scam by a criminal who, to a certain degree, understands the system and has probably, in the past, been involved with it. In the past it must have been working well enough to encourage him to continue making phone calls to law firms across the country. This is nothing more than a crime of fraud across state lines from the East to the West Coasts. It runs from the north to the south and everywhere in-between. So who is this diabolical fraudster?
- He goes by many names, although he is uncreative in his choices. These names include Javontae Holloway, Davonte Gowdy, Javante Growdy, Javantae Growley, Devante Gowdy, Troy Williams, Troy William, Devante Growey, Randy Lee Williams and Randy Williams among others. He claims his wife’s name is Sandra Gowdy. When pressed for details he will conjure up a sister who doesn’t live with him but knows all the details. He will need to run down the street to get her to call your law office.
- His landlord is Mr. Jackson.
- His brother is Tyrone. Tyrone drives him around when Mr. Jackson is not available.
- Javontae’s girlfriend will find you on the Internet and encouraged him to call you in the fist place; although he claims to be hesitant to get any lawyer involved with representing him. This is a new fact as of August 2014.
- Mr. Jackson’s wife has stage 4 breast cancer.
- Javontae owes Mr. Jackson rent money.
- Mr. Jackson needs the rent money to pay for his wife’s breast cancer medicine. (Which you will see is justification for Mr. Jackson demanding Javontae pay his back due rent or he will be evicted and put into a nursing home.)
- Javontae is desperate to avoid eviction because his only option is a nursing home.
- Sedgwick Claims is the third party administrator handling the workers’ compensation case.
- Robert Johnson is the adjuster who works out of different states that have included Florida, Louisiana and Memphis, Tennessee.
- Walmart and FedEx are either the employer or premise liability owner where the work accident occurred.
- The mechanism of injury is a forklift tipping over.
- The liability claim is founded on someone who while working for WalMart or FedEx not properly hooking up a ramp being used to convey the forklift while unloading a semi-truck. Javontae is the forklift operator. When the ramp fails to stay hooked into place the forklift tips over on top of Po Po Javontae.
- The injury is paraplegia.
- There is a $750,000 offer on the table from Sedgwich although it is clearly less than the case is worth.
- In exchange for taking on his case he asks you to front him the overdue rent money by way of GreenDot Cards you can buy at any major chain drug store.
- When the lawyer asks for too many details he will quickly develop a “bad connection” since he usually lives in rural Louisiana “where the phone service isn’t very good”. In actuality he is using a burner phone and doesn’t want to use up his pre-paid minutes with your needless interview. After all he isn't interested in your legal services; only your free money.
- He needs you to be anxious, excited to get this big a case and above all greedy enough to ignore our rules of ethics prohibiting loaning money to clients.
- If you send the GreenDot cards they will go to either an accomplice’s home or a vacant house where he will remove them from the mailbox and then disappear.
- He will not show up at the airport to be interviewed or signed up. He just wants the GreenDot Cards.
Pay attention because this scam was used in the past as a piggyback to a current explosion.
“Comment: I have been referred this case by co-counsel several times. Each time here in Ohio, it is an explosion that just happened that day at one of the major companies (I have been sent it from Ford, Steris, Lincoln Electric . . . ). The company knows they were wrong and was previously cited. They have approached him to settle for $800,000 and are coming by the house that evening. Aside from it being Ohio and a different company, it's the same game. I had a co-counsel this past week say they were going to meet with him regardless on the off chance there was a case. I explained that I disagreed with the approach, to call with any questions and ABSOLUTELY do not offer anything.“ Ohio Lawyer
We have received inquiries (and “thank you, thank you, thank you”) from the following states: AL, CA, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IA, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA and WV.
We have no evidence he has been contacting lawyers in these states: AK, AZ, CO, DC, HI, ID, IN, KS, KY, MO, MT, NE, NV, NM, ND, OH, OR, PA, SC, SD, UT, VT, WI and WY.
Editorial Note: I have noticed a change in his attitude during the month of August of 2014. He has on three occasions gotten mad at the lawyers staff for asking too many questions. There is a hint of anger to his latest contacts. I suspect he is starting to lose it. Attorney Lombardi
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