It has come to our attention that the criminal fraud artist Jeromie Williams may be buying “likes” on Facebook for his WordPress blog. One of our contributors has pointed out the discrepancy between his 698 “likes” and the fact only one person is “talking about this”:
(One of our associates noted the irony that in real life, many people are talking about Jeromie Williams, but very few like him. The way he portrays himself on Facebook is, as usual, the precise opposite of reality.)
In November 2012, Jeromie himself pointed out a similar discrepancy on another site, and concluded that since “your Likes VS Talking About are not in line with each other,” the “likes” were obviously paid for. “As a Social Media manager,” he said, “I can guarantee anyone here that this guy is not what he says he is”:
At a cost of 45 cents per like, 698 followers would cost over $300, although we assume a fair number of them are Jeromie’s sock puppet accounts.
Since buying Facebook likes is quite similar to buying Facebook votes, this revelation provides further support to allegations that Jeromie was involved in cheating in the Chase Community Giving contest, in cooperation with co-conspirators like Ashley Owen Hill and Pippa Jackson.
Perhaps aided by votes purchased much like Jeromie’s Facebook likes, both Pippa and Ashley won substantial sums from Chase, and Pippa, at least, recognised that Jeromie’s tactics deserved much of the credit:
Ashley, who won $100,000 after receiving thousands of suspicious votes, now appears to be simply paying herself that money. Meanwhile, Pippa’s facility is notorious for poor conditions, including inadequate roofing, water leaks, mud and feces in kennels, with dogs outside in freezing temperatures, no fresh water, minimal vetting being performed on the animals, unaltered dogs being kept together in the same pens with puppies resulting, and even dog fighting. (Fortunately Jeromie doesn’t live in Mississippi, or we might have to add to that list.)
Sadly, cheating in the Chase contest very likely deprived far more worthy and legitimate charities of much-needed funding.
As always, the animals suffered most.