Jeromie Williams Buys Facebook Likes?

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.

An informant has revealed that, at minimum, Jeromie and Pippa conspired to smear another charity in the contest, Community Animal Rescue & Adoption (CARA):

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.

Revealed: Jeromie Williams Accomplice Behind Charity Scam

Yesterday our partner site, Pet Pardons Watch, revealed that one of the accomplices of the criminal fraud artist Jeromie Williams appears to be responsible for a charity scam of monumental proportions.

It appears that Ashley Owen Hill, the co-founder of Pet Pardons, and founder of Lucky Dog Rescue in Meridian, Mississippi, is still asking for donations, despite apparently having reserves of hundreds of thousands of dollars, and relatively low annual expenses:

According to the most recent 990-EZ form for Lucky Dog Rescue (from 2011), this “charity” had a total revenue of $122,855 for the year, and expenses of only $23,603, for a surplus of $99,252. That’s right, she spent only 19% of what people donated to her that year.

According to SeriousGivers, a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to providing independent information, data and metrics to assist charity donors, Lucky Dog Rescue had a reserve ratio of 4.2 in 2011, indicating that revenues far exceed expenses. This is important because, as SeriousGivers notes, “an organization with very large reserves may not need your support.”

In fact, SeriousGivers recommends against donating to charities in the “red zone” of reserve ratios above 5.0. While ratios between 0.5 and 2.0 are considered appropriate (the “green zone”), ratios between 2.0 and 5.0 (the “yellow zone”) “should be discussed directly with and satisfactorily explained by the organization’s management before a donation is made.”

Unfortunately, Ashley Owen Hill does not seem willing to provide any explanation, satisfactory or otherwise. …

As far as anyone can verify, this is a charity with virtually no liabilities, and possibly over $200,000 in the bank (the $99,252 surplus from 2011, plus the $100,000 from Chase in 2013). If other donations in 2012 and 2013 are similar to those in 2011, additional excesses of $99,252 in these years could bring the total up to $400,000.

On the other hand, Lucky Dog Rescue apparently has annual expenses of only about $23,000. According to Schedule O in the 2011 990-EZ form, this includes about $8,000 in supplies (dog food), $5,000 in veterinary fees, $5,000 in salaries, $4,000 in rent, and about a thousand in miscellaneous other expenses.

Read the entire post here.

Investigations Suggest Potential Cheating by Ashley Owen Hill in Charity Contest

Chase Community GivingOver the past several weeks, Facebook users have voted for their favourite charities in the Chase Community Giving program, which will distribute $5 million to the 196 charities that receive the most votes. Ashley Owen Hill, the co-founder of Pet Pardons, and founder of Lucky Dog Rescue in Meridian, Mississippi, is currently in 5th place with 24,049 votes, and in position to win a $100,000 prize.

However, several independent investigations are now casting doubt upon the validity of these votes. A week ago,, a charity that helps save the lives of dogs scheduled to die in shelters, reported that they had monitored the voting patterns for many other charities, including Lucky Dog Rescue. Their conclusion?

Five million dollars is a lot of money for needy charities and some are resorting to vote rigging, stealing millions from the neediest people. … After monitoring voting patterns of many of their competitors, executives found clear examples of vote tampering. Large percentage[s] of votes were coming from seemingly fake accounts with no activity or content outside of voting to receive the cash prizes. According to Facebook’s own estimates, over 83 million Facebook accounts are fake … In order to authenticate their findings, conducted an undercover investigation and spoke with several technology firms that claimed to have enabled other organizations to successfully rig online competitions. These companies offered to sell DogsInDanger thousands of votes in the Chase Giving contest for just pennies per vote. Using this fake Facebook network, it is possible to win the top $250,000 prize with just about a thousand dollars invested in buying votes.

We have noticed that many Lucky Dog Rescue voters are not Americans, and do not speak English. Posts asking for votes on the Pet Pardons Facebook page have lately been inundated by comments in Spanish, Portuguese, Greek and Turkish, which is obviously highly suspicious for an English-only site, with (normally) only English comments.

A short list of accounts we have flagged includes: adriana.ausilio, agustina.fernandez.121772, AlesgaMarmoleria, andrea.vegakuri, annegrethe.t.carlsen, beluu.luuiis, blanquita.fina, Caaariiitooo.O.H, cesar.fragoso.39, cminfante78, david.valencia99, deciimeaguustinitha.delbajo, enzo.rojasprudencio, estefania.garcia.92798072, ezgi.umut.doruk, facundo.romero.355, fernando.cimadom, francisco.aceves.315, gaby.dominguez.5477, giseellestefany.caceresportilla, gustavo.lajas, isabelcristina.gomez.3, jaquelin.rodriguez.716, javier.soprano.3, jezabel.pliegoleana, JHONMARTINEZQ, joel.vargas.3517, jose.pintoseguel, joseadrian.gguzman, jovanna.rapeta, julianandres.corderoordonez, lala.robles.9, lenoonmackarneyy, leslyguadalupe.cidestrella, maria.colaco.9, mariaeugeniamaciel22, MariahVG, mariaisabel.contrerassanches, marianna.alcantar, mariateresa.ardoncalix1, matias.barraza.165, meluu.romeritaa, miguel.romeroprado, mily.chamorro.1, moises.ramirezcamarillo, nash1009, omarjhovanni.hernandezrodriguez, patricia.castro.372, rachel.quintana.39, rainbowyoga, ramonero.cetera, raoul.cooper.7, richimulticolor, rocco.ianniruberto, samantha.esquitinhernandez, scholiodigisis.karras, sheyla.montesnavarro, tandannateniaqueser, unapatita.amiga, valecade.cantinero, wanda.gomez.9085, and ykeepaza.

This activity has been reported to Chase Community Giving management, along with a list of known and suspected sock puppet accounts owned by Ashley Owen Hill’s associate, Jeromie Williams, who has written about cheating in the program.

The press release concludes:

“It is despicable that other organizations would resort to vote rigging and stealing funds from honest, deserving charities that play by the rules. When charities steal from each other, how much lower can our society go?” said Alex Aliksanyan, Founder and President of

DogsInDanger and other reputable charities for causes like children’s cancer, the homeless, etc. are being overwhelmed by the cheaters, unable to compete. Charities are losing hundreds of thousands of dollars which are critical to their activities. Unscrupulous cheaters are stealing these much-needed funds under Chase and Facebook’s noses. is a free service for shelters and adopters, allowing people to search for dogs in urgent need. In the economic climate of the past two years, funding for has decreased substantially. Winning funds in competitions like Chase Community Giving is instrumental to their continued operations.

Given that cheating would represent a significant violation of the program rules, we have asked Chase to reconsider the eligibility of Lucky Dog Rescue. We would also like to note, for the record, that we are not affiliated with any of the other charities in the competition.

However, like, we would like to see the funding go to reputable, legitimate charities, not cheaters and deception artists. As I have pointed out before, it’s not hard to guess which category Ashley Owen Hill falls into. It seems to us she spends much of her time making disgusting videos, and writing heart-wrenching but fictional stories on her blog (literally all of which beg for donations).

For example:

Then, I paid the $400 vet bill I wasn’t quite prepared for, helped Delilah into the car, and drove her home. This weekend, Delilah has required around-the-clock care from me. She’s very weak, very sick, and very needy right now. Seeing her like this… well… it’s beyond heartwrenching.

Initially… upon return, she wouldn’t eat at all. But soon, I learned that “people food” was enough to entice her.

So… instead of dog food, she’s been sharing people food with me. Actually… it’s more accurate to say that I’ve simply been giving her all of my own food, and taking none for myself, which has honestly made me insanely happy. She needs it… much more than I do right now.

In other words, DONATE NOW or she might starve!!! Again, sorry, I just don’t believe her.

As the The Pet Advocates Network has pointed out, there is no transparency at the “Lucky Dog” rescue. No disclosure of financial records, or veterinary records, or adoption records, or anything else. And no website, just a blog, with a call for donations. That’s it.

And the fact that neither she nor Chris Hoar have ever responded to our many questions about Jeromie Williams, his death threats, his many scams, and his embezzlement from legitimate animal rescuers just raises more questions.

We hope that they will all be answered before Chase gives Lucky Dog Rescue a nickel.