The Hoaxes of Jeromie Williams

As we continue to update our sites on the criminal fraud artist Jeromie Williams, one of our longtime members suggested that we compile a list of the hoaxes he has perpetrated in recent years. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and we will continue to update it, but here are the top ten, or at least, the first ten hoaxes of Jeromie Williams that we have listed:

  1. The LiberalAmerica.org Theft Hoax: Shortly after he was fired on December 5, 2013, by the Editor-in-Chief of LiberalAmerica.org, Tiffany Willis, for inappropriate behaviour, Jeromie tried to “get back at” her by accusing her of theft. Specifically, he claimed that he “designed, was never paid for, and gave no permission for them to use” the LiberalAmerica.org logo. The truth is that a professional designed the logo, was paid, and gave permission, and Jeromie’s input into the process was negligible. He continues to make threats and demand payment for work he never performed.
  2. The Fukushima Radiation Hoax: On April 12, 2013, Jeromie began writing a series of posts that urged everyone to “freak out” about radiation from Fukushima, Japan. He proceeded to try to scare people in North America into thinking their food and water is unsafe, and into buying $350 water filtration systems (from which Jeromie would be paid a $50 commission) so they could “wash [their] food with soap and rinse it in filtered water.” Ultimately, this nonsense has been discredited by everyone from the Nashville Public Policy Examiner to Dr. Adrian Wong, who declared that “Jeromie Williams is a liar. The article he wrote is a lie, based on a fake map that he lied about. This is worse than playing the lottery. At least in a lottery, you have a shot at getting it right.”
  3. The Cleveland “Dogs Tied to Train Tracks” Hoax: On August 16, 2012, Jeromie published and promoted a Cayr Ariel Wulff story about “three dogs that were tied to a train track near Scranton Rd. on Cleveland’s west side leaving two dogs dead, and one traumatized.” Again, it was all a lie. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that “Police have determined that no dogs were killed Aug. 10 while tied to railroad tracks in the Tremont neighborhood.”
  4. The Fairfield “Burning Dogs Alive” Hoax: In August 2012, Jeromie edited, published, and promoted a series of articles by Wulff that falsely alleged that the Fairfield County Dog Shelter near Lancaster, Ohio, was burning dogs alive. The Ohio SPCA and the local paper, the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette, reported that there was no evidence to support this, and one of Wulff’s “sources” subsequently admitted that it was all just a hoax. Still, it resulted in many death threats against shelter and county officials Mike Miller, Mike Kiger and Judy Shupe.
  5. The Operation Sled Dogs “Killing Puppies” Hoax: After Jeromie was exposed as a thief and embezzler for withholding thousands of dollars from the Canadian animal rescue group Operation Sled Dogs, he wrote a disgusting article slandering the group, accusing them of “kill[ing] puppies,” and included a picture of a dog in a garbage bag. (While one dog was euthanized, there was never any suggestion of negligence, let alone intentionally “killing puppies,” on the part of the group.)
  6. The Nathan Kotylak Plea Bargain Hoax (Part II): On December 22, 2011, Jeromie published an article about a fake plea bargain for Nathan Kotylak, the notorious Vancouver rioter, which would allow him to escape charges entirely. However, there was no plea bargain, and, in fact, Kotylak was charged a few days later, on December 27. Jeromie claimed, falsely, that his source had been a USCIS agent, and then (when caught in a lie) claimed that it was Kim Johnston. He was fired by the Examiner.com shortly thereafter for fabricating events, people, and even supposed witnesses to serious crimes in his articles. He later called the Examiner a Third World sweat shop and continued to lie about Nathan Kotylak.
  7. The Nathan Kotylak Plea Bargain Hoax (Part I): In an appearance on Ezra Levant’s show on the Sun News Network on November 2, 2011, Jeromie claimed that Nathan Kotylak was charged, but only with participating in a riot (not arson), despite the fact that he was caught, on tape, torching a police car. He described this decision as “mind-bloggling” and then attacked the Vancouver Police Department. However, no riot-related charges were approved until a month later, on November 30, and Nathan Kotylak was not charged until December 27. Jeromie simply made up a series of damning facts in order to get on television (now featured prominently on Jeromie’s CV on his site).
  8. The Shelly Comeon Hoax: In late 2011, Jeromie wrote a series of articles about “Shelly Comeon,” a Montreal woman who supposedly created the Facebook group 100,000 strong to ban Nathan Kotylak from the Canada Olympic team. He even “interviewed” her. The only problem is that she doesn’t exist. “Shelly Comeon” is one of Jeromie’s sock puppet accounts.
  9. The Chelsea Bossons Assault Witness Hoax: On July 24, 2011, Jeromie published an article about a fake witness, that implicated an Asian man, Ash Gayat, in breaking the jaw of his girlfriend, 17-year-old Chelsea Bossons, during the Vancouver riot. The witness did not exist, and Gayat was innocent. To say nothing of the impact on this young woman, her family, her boyfriend, his family, and so on, this caused great trouble for the Vancouver Police Department and Crown prosecutors in British Columbia, who were stuck chasing phantom witnesses instead of the thug who actually attacked Ms. Bossons so brutally.
  10. The 2011 Canadian Election Crime Hoax: On May 2, 2011, Jeromie published an article claiming that the prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, had violated election laws by campaigning on the day of the election, and that he could be imprisoned, or have his party deregistered. One problem: campaigning on Election Day is entirely legal in Canada. Real journalists subsequently condemned Jeromie for “bogus reporting.”

Toronto Pet Daily Concludes Jeromie Williams Stole Donations

Following up on its earlier story, today the Toronto Pet Daily has concluded that Jeromie Williams, the Director of Operations for Pet Pardons Canada, has stolen donations intended to help rescue over 25 Huskies from a dog sledding company owner:

Earlier this week, I published an article detailing accusations made by a Canadian rescue organization against “Pet Pardons”, an online organization that has the mandate, “To End the Killing & No More Homeless Pets by January 1, 2015.”  I have received no response from any representative of Pet Pardons. The way I see it, the organization is hoping that this issue will quietly go away and be forgotten. It is arrogant on their part to believe they can simply ignore the questions posed to them by concerned citizens as to whether or not any of their members are pocketing donations and deceiving the public. I’ll let the readers form their own opinions.

I will say however, that in cases where one party refuses to be transparent to those providing their hard earned income, it makes it easier to conclude their motives are anything but noble. Just look at the OSPCA and that organization’s refusal to be transparent to Ontario citizens. The result? A loss of thousands upon thousands of dollars in donations. Through their silence Pet Pardons representatives have thrown their credibility out the window. If they think this issue will go away any time soon, they are horribly mistaken. Real advocates who feel any animals have been wronged or that a “rescue” has deceived the public will not stop exposing the situation until relevant concerns have been addressed.

Let’s look at some of the concerns that have yet to be addressed, and some new allegations that have recently come to light :

– Apparently Jeromie Williams, a self-described “Social Media Specialist” and director of Pet Pardons Canada, has sent dozens of threatening emails and voice messages to those who have questioned his motives in soliciting donations for cause upon cause on various “ChipIn” pages. God knows if any of the collected donations have ever actually been distributed into the right hands.

– Pet Pardons president Chris Hoar has offered no explanation as to where these funds are, and his lack of communication implies he has no concerns whatsoever that Williams is pocketing these donations. Nor has he expressed concern in regard to Mr. Williams’ alleged threats against one woman, her sons, and her dog. [see here for more information]

– Pet Pardons has refused to address the situation on its Facebook page. When people post LEGITIMATE concerns and questions, their posts are deleted and they are then banned from the page.

We wouldn’t be surprised if they are being deleted and banned from the site by Jeromie Williams himself. Certainly this is how he reacted to anyone who questioned his false Examiner articles on the (now defunct) Nathan Kotylak Facebook group (including myself, Kim Johnston, and many others).

Toronto Pet Daily continues:

To my estimation, Pet Pardons is nothing but a front for a select group of greedy, manipulative people who care more about fattening their wallets than they ever will about any animal in distress. You see, this is what illegitimate rescuers do : they tug at your heartstrings. They show you a picture (often of an animal that doesn’t even exist) and provide you with a story so full of horrifying details that you, as a caring animal lover, don’t even give yourself enough time to consider NOT donating. Let’s not forget they also give you a small window of time to donate, after which there will be deadly consequences for one poor animal. Once they have your money you receive no receipt and no further information.

Here’s what else these groups will do. If you question them in any way, they will cite cases where they have actually helped animals in distress, and expect that to placate you. It shouldn’t. You should not be supporting an organization that properly uses your donations SOME OF THE TIME.

In an update, they note that Operation Sled Dogs has released a financial statement showing all donations received and how they were used. Unfortunately, it appears the organization incurred a loss of approximately $1,500, which is (by coincidence) roughly the amount that Jeromie Williams has apparently kept for himself. Shameful.

Read the whole article here, and please visit The Pet Advocates Network for more details on this scandal, or the OSD/ChipIn Facebook page.

Also, as you may know, this blog has previously reported on the ChipIn scams of Jeromie Williams, amongst his other illegal, fraudulent and reprehensible activities.

Jeromie Williams Threatens Animal Rescuers (Again): “I’ve got you guys lined up in my sights”

GailyThere is more shocking and disturbing news today from the Pet Advocates Network, as Jeromie Williams, the Director of Operations for Pet Pardons Canada, has yet again threatened volunteer animal rescuers using violent, abusive and obscene language.

Jeromie was angry, apparently, that they have started a Facebook group and online petition to ask him to transfer money he still owes them, and, in particular, that they dared to link to this blog, which he calls “crazy” and “fucking smoke and mirrors bullshit.” (That is not what The Examiner or The Gaily concluded, presumably, when they terminated all connections with Jeromie earlier this year.) [UPDATE: OSD members have indicated that they did not create the OSD/ChipIn Facebook site. It was apparently created by an interested third party.]

Briefly, as we have reported previously, on March 27, Jeromie created a ChipIn account to raise money (purportedly) to help support the rescue over 25 Huskies from a dog sledding company owner in Quebec. Donors were promised that “On the ground for the rescue will be Jeromie Williams, the Managing Editor for the Pet Pardons News & Blog, making sure that every dollar raised tonight goes as far as it can.” Unfortunately, though the ChipIn raised $6,180.84 (USD), those dollars didn’t go much further than Jeromie Williams’ bank account. After incredible effort and pressure, Jeromie transferred $4,000, in four $1,000 increments, leaving approximately $1,800 owing (after USD-CDN conversion).

Audio of a telephone conversation between Jeromie and OSD rescuers concerning this outstanding $1,800 has been posted online:

Here is an annotated transcript:

Jeromie Williams: … So, you’re implicated through having taken the money [unintelligible] and saying you’re a non-profit organization when you’re not…

Female Animal Rescuer:We never said we were a non-profit organization.

Jeromie: You have it right on your Facebook page. It says non-profit organization. I screen-capped it. Don’t go ahead and change it. You promote yourselves as a non-profit organization. And, you’re putting up bullshit about me. And if that page isn’t down tonight, I swear to God by the weekend you’ll be in jail. Or you’ll be charged. Or you’ll have to be [unintelligible] to your house.

Topher’s Comment: Join the party folks. Jeromie threatened to have me “thrown in jail” back in January. Kim, too. And maybe her sons, though he mostly threatened them with deportation. We’re still waiting for the police to show up. It’s taking quite a while, though. I wonder if they’re busy with other things… And as I’ve written previously, it’s quite odd for Jeromie to berate the animal rescue group (OSD) for supposedly misrepresenting themselves as a non-profit group on Facebook, when they have lost $1,500 on their rescue operation, and Jeromie is (simultaneously) sending them photos of the $1,800 he raised for them but refuses to transfer. As I noted above, donors were promised that “every dollar” would be turned over. So, really, who is misrepresenting themselves here?

Female Animal Rescuer:And what about you for fraud?

Jeromie: I have your address. I know people who know where you live. And the police will come. So that if it doesn’t get taken down, you know, I’ll give you by Friday night, I’ll give you by Friday night, if it doesn’t get taken down, you are going to be in shit. You are going to be… because you are the only person who has taken money from me. And I can, I can track you through bank records. You’re the only person who has had contact with me. And I’d still come after you, because you’re the only one that I can. So you need to tell your people to cut it the fuck out and stop lying, because you know they’re lying about me.

Topher’s Comment: Back in January, Jeromie claimed to be able to “pinpoint” Kim’s location via her IP address, “within 50 feet.” (He was lying, of course.) While he also threatened that the police (FBI!) would come, the meaning of those comments was ambiguous, as he clearly threatened to come to Kim’s house himself. “See you in Boulder next week. Ticket is already booked,” he wrote. “First you go down, then Topher is next.” The threat of physical violence is implicit in the statement.

Female Animal Rescuer:Lying about you?

Jeromie: The receipt is on the table.

Female Animal Rescuer:Lying about you?

Jeromie: It’s on the table… [unintelligible] fucking receipt.

Female Animal Rescuer:Lying about you?

Jeromie: And you know it.

Female Animal Rescuer: Jeromie, lying about you?

Jeromie: And you know it.

Female Animal Rescuer:Lying about you?

Jeromie: But you won’t show it.

Female Animal Rescuer:Jeromie, you’ve collected $6,000. We’ve received $4,000 out of that $6,000.

Jeromie: No, because [unintelligible] $5,700 of which you’ve gotten $4,000.

Female Animal Rescuer:We’ve got $4,000 out the $6,000.

Jeromie: No, because [unintelligible] funds to Canadian funds, and you know that.

Female Animal Rescuer:And you didn’t lose $2,000 in, in you know, turning it into Canadian funds. Please, it’s at par.

Jeromie: $400, $400, 400, from Canadian to American. Or from American to Canadian.

Female Animal Rescuer:So that means that’s $5,700, so that means there’s another $1,700 that should come to us.

Jeromie: When you shall receive. And when you stop…

Female Animal Rescuer:When I shall receive? When I shall receive?

Jeromie: Because you gave those fucking dogs to breeders and you breeded them on the way.

Female Animal Rescuer:We didn’t give them…

Male Animal Rescuer: … bred the dogs on the way, by the way.

Jeromie: Somebody from your inner circle, from your core members, showed me e-mails, showed me everything you guys are doing. You guys don’t realise what I have [unintelligible]. You don’t realise the information that I have. I can destroy all of you at any given moment, and I’m giving you the opportunity to not make me do that. One of your core members has given me all the information. I know how many puppies died, okay?

Topher’s Comment: We’ve heard all this before too. In January, Jeromie warned us that “people who you think are your allies are completely on my side.” Well, oops, those “people” were, in reality, fake, sock puppet accounts created and controlled by Jeromie Williams. They would send us threats, and post lies to support Jeromie, but that’s about it. It’s also worth noting here that Jeromie Williams has been removed from his position at the Examiner after this blog uncovered his long history of writing about events that never happened, people who don’t exist, and even supposed witnesses to serious crimes who do not exist, at least not outside of the imagination of Jeromie Williams.

Female Animal Rescuer:How many puppies died?

Jeromie: I know, I know that Mike was breeding those dogs on the way. I know that, sorry not Mike, I know that the guy that Mike was friends, Bill or whatever his name is, the one in, in, in, in, B.C., or, or, or, ah, Alberta, I know that he’s a 70 year old man who’s a, who’s a, who has no way to take care of these dogs, and also a known breeder. I know everything.

Topher’s Comment: In, in, in, in…. or, or, or, ah…. Notice he doesn’t answer the question. On his blog, he says one. Also, more than one: “Amateur Husky Rescue In Canada Kills Puppies During Rescue.” One, many, who knows really. All that’s clear is that I wouldn’t trust Jeromie Williams to run anything, let alone handle donations for legitimate animal rescue organizations.

Female Animal Rescuer:Oh you do, eh?

Jeromie: Yes. I do. I know everything. So what I’m telling you is, it’s in your best interest to drop this bullshit scam you guys are doing, take the $1,700, and shut the fuck up, and go away. Because you’re not going to win, and you’re going to lose, because I have all the information.

Topher’s Comment: Compare to the advice of “Stephen Equality” (a confirmed Jeromie sock puppet) to Kim Johnston back in December: “do the right thing here and stop making up crazy shit… Your best move now, is to remove your comments, and walk away.”

Female Animal Rescuer:You do. It’s wonderful to know that you have all the information.

Jeromie: And you don’t even know what I have.

Female Animal Rescuer:The thing is…

Jeromie: You don’t even know what I have.

Female Animal Rescuer:Well, you don’t know what we also have more information on you too Jeromie.

Male Animal Rescuer:[laughs]

Jeromie: No, there’s nothing to have on me. You guys know, you guys know it’s all fucking smoke and mirrors bullshit. You have [unintelligible] up that crazy blog people wrote about me. Good for you. Wow. But I have information from someone who is in your core members, [unintelligible] sending me e-mails, showing me pictures, and sending me e-mails… [unintelligible]. I know everything. So, I would suggest you take down that little site about ChipIn-ing, I would suggest that you guys swallow your pride, and stop trying to scam me and Pet Pardons, stop… [unintelligible] first donors to give $500 to the cause. That $1,000 that came from, not from… [unintelligible] was part of that money [unintelligible] and she’s desperate for money. So, that’s what it comes down to in the end. Really, that’s what it comes down to, is… I’ve got all the info. I’ve got you guys lined up in my sights. I’m giving you the opportunity to help yourself, and just drop all the bullshit, and just take what’s owed to you, and go off into the sunset. I also know who the guy is. And I also know where he, where the, the, the dog [unintelligible] and I have his address [unintelligible] fucking adopt [unintelligible] …

Topher’s Comment: Firstly, it’s rather incredible to see Jeromie Williams threaten these animal rescuers using this terminology, as the Pet Advocates Network has noted: “This is particularly disturbing as this violent term alludes to shooting a target with a gun. It is also a hunter’s term, ironic since [Pet Pardons] is ostensibly against hunting.” Secondly, note that Jeromie is accusing OSD of scamming him, whilst he is, in fact, scamming them, or more accurately, his own donors, who thought they were donating to OSD.

Female Animal Rescuer:Okay, um.

Jeromie: [unintelligible] I’m still getting [unintelligible] death threats.

Female Animal Rescuer:Well, I know you’re wanted by the SQ for uttering threats, and so because…

Jeromie: I’m not… [unintelligible] anybody…

Female Animal Rescuer:You are wanted by the SQ Jeromie, and I am going to place a cease and desist on you for uttering threats, and harassing me.

Jeromie: But I’m not uttering [unintelligible] and I haven’t… [unintelligible]

Female Animal Rescuer:You’re not uttering threats? Please.

Jeromie: I’m not uttering threats. I’m telling you the facts, I’m telling you that…

Female Animal Rescuer:Well I’m telling you the facts too, that you are telling me to do stuff, and, “or else,” and that’s a threat.

Jeromie: [unintelligible]

Female Animal Rescuer:You’re telling me you know where I live. What are you going to do? You’re going to come and do something to my house?

Jeromie: I’ve never done anything about your house, and you’re lying now.

Female Animal Rescuer:You start threatening me or my house or my family, that’s uttering a threat.

Jeromie: Oh my God, that’s fucking crazy [unintelligible]. Just stop the bullshit, and this all goes away, you get your [money] and you put it in your bank account, and you can go and transfer dogs to breeders as much as you want. [unintelligible]

Female Animal Rescuer:I’ve never transferred a dog to a breeder in my life. Never transferred a dog to a breeder. They have all been neutered. All of them. And so you don’t know what you’re talking about. Whoever is feeding you information is feeding you lies. And if it’s Kelly Wilson, I wouldn’t rely too much on what Kelly Wilson has to say.

[beep beep beep]

Female Animal Rescuer:He hung up on me.

As the Pet Advocates Network notes, the rescuer maintains her professional tone throughout the conversation. The contrast with Jeromie Williams is striking.

Please consider signing the online petition to demand that Jeromie Williams turn over the remaining $1,800 to the animal rescuers at OSD without any further delay.

Toronto Pet Daily Asks: Is Jeromie Stealing More Donations?

Today the Toronto Pet Daily asks whether Jeromie Williams, the Director of Operations for Pet Pardons Canada, has stolen donations intended to help rescue over 25 Huskies from a dog sledding company owner:

According to Operation Sled Dogs, the ChipIn account amassed thousands of dollars, none of which was forwarded to them.  The organization contacted Mr. Williams and Chris Hoar, president of Pet Pardons, to inquire. For some time they did not receive a reply. To bring awareness to the situation, Operation Sled Dogs went public with the information via social networking, causing animal lovers to question the facts and the whereabouts of the donations. In addition, Operation Sled Dogs directed people who had donated to request a refund from  Pet Pardons or Jeromie Williams. With this pressure Pet Pardons turned over some of the money, which was not completely acceptable to Operation Sled Dogs.

This is where things take a turn, the events not only hurting representatives of Operation Sled Dogs, but the rescued dogs as well. There began a war of words between the two organizations. On the one hand you had Operation Sled Dogs representatives admonishing Pet Pardons, refusing to stop until they received all of the donated funds. On the other, there seems to be a lack of a concrete response from either Mr. Hoar or Mr. Williams. From what I have read the actual responses provided by Mr. Williams came in the form of derogatory emails and one very threatening voicemail, in which the Pet Pardons Canadian director allegedly states, “…you’re going down……I have your home address, I have your home phone number, I know exactly where you are.”

Incredible. Notice his threats are eerily reminiscent of those he sent to Kim Johnston and myself earlier this year. To wit, “First you go down, then Topher is next,” “I already know your address,” “I know where you are…” and so on. Sound familiar?

Toronto Pet Daily continues:

Eventually, it appears as though Mr. Williams finally agreed to give the rest of the funds to the rescue group, as he made the offer in the form of an ultimatum and told Operation Sled Dogs, “You have 48 hours.” As it stands now, Operation Sled Dogs has still not received the balance of the funds, and Mr. Williams has taken to his blog accusing the organization of killing puppies. …

What is Pet Pardons thinking? Through Facebook, the group has solicited thousands of dollars in donations, and this instance is not the first in which the group has been accused of stealing funds, nor is it the first time that Mr. Williams has been accused of threatening someone. Is Pet Pardons really in it for the animals? One can only hope, though with regard to this particular issue the organization has done nothing to prove otherwise. They have not offered a statement on their Facebook site, nor have they responded to my questions about the allegations.

One would think that in an effort to placate any detractors, Mr. Hoar or Mr. Williams would offer a statement. One would also think that if indeed Mr. Williams did act in such a fashion, Pet Pardons would do everything in its power to distance itself from an employee who berates and threatens other animal rescue representatives. Why is the organization still working alongside an individual who has been accused of referring to someone’s children as “faggy”? Above all, why is an organization that purports to HELP ANIMALS working alongside an individual who allegedly threatened to HARM A DOG?

Perhaps as some have said, Pet Pardons is in cahoots with a small number of nearby rescue organizations and are simply stealing from well intentioned people. Perhaps Pet Pardons is simply sitting back as more publicity is drawn to their organization. Perhaps this is all blown out of proportion and a select group of people have an axe to grind with Mr. Hoar and/or Mr. Williams. It certainly does not appear to be the case, as many detractors have stated that they were only brought together through research and discovered the only thing they have in common is being wronged by Pet Pardons, Chris Hoar, Jeromie Williams, or all three.

Exactly. Read the whole article here.

Please visit The Pet Advocates Network for more details on this scandal, or the OSD/ChipIn Facebook page.

Also, as you may know, this blog has previously reported on the ChipIn scams of Jeromie Williams, amongst his other illegal, fraudulent and reprehensible activities.

Jeromie Williams Embezzles $1,800 from Animal Rescuers, Flaunts Money Online

Stolen MoneyThis story is almost unbelievable.

First, some background.

Back on March 27, Jeromie Williams, the Director of Operations for Pet Pardons Canada, created a ChipIn account to raise money (purportedly) to help support the rescue over 25 Huskies from a dog sledding company owner in Quebec. Donors were promised that “On the ground for the rescue will be Jeromie Williams, the Managing Editor for the Pet Pardons News & Blog, making sure that every dollar raised tonight goes as far as it can.”

How did that work out? Well, the ChipIn was quite successful, raising $6,180.84 (USD). The problem is that the husky rescuers have apparently had to spend their valuable time seeking these funds, as Jeromie first transferred nothing, and then, only grudgingly, transferred $4,000, in four $1,000 increments. After the USD-CDN conversion, that apparently leaves something like $1,800 remaining. The rescuers, who have outstanding debts of about $1,500 from the operation, A third party started a Facebook group and online petition to encourage Jeromie to do the right thing and transfer the remaining funds.

Regular readers of this blog know that Jeromie Williams has a long and well-documented history of ChipIn scams. Nor would they be surprised to learn that Jeromie’s response was to harass the animal rescue group, leaving threatening voicemail for their members, which they subsequently posted online.

And now, Jeromie has actually e-mailed a picture (above) of the $1,800 to the group, and demanded that they delete their Facebook group about his shameful activities. He also threatened:

  1. “Legal action” against one of the animal rescuers for “illegal wire tapping, falsifying an illegal recording, misrepresenting a non profit organization and distributing personal information and slander”; and
  2. To smear a Quebec Husky business owner in the media.

Here’s the full text:

Now, this is amusing for several reasons.

First, as far as anyone can tell, by “wire tapping,” Jeromie is referring to animal rescuers simply recording his voicemail and/or telephone conversations between the rescuers and Jeromie. This is not “illegal wire tapping,” in which a third party tapes a private conversation. In Canada, and most US states, it is perfectly legal for one party to a conversation to tape it, without the other party’s knowledge or consent. What is amusing about this is that Jeromie himself does this, or at least claims to do this. Either he is lying about taping his conversations with Kim Johnston, or he is lying about the animal rescuers’ “illegal wire tapping,” or he falsely but honestly thinks what they did (and what he did) is (a) wire tapping and (b) illegal. In other words, either he’s a liar or he thinks he broke the law by taping his calls to Kim Johnston. We don’t really care at this point.

Second, it’s quite odd for Jeromie to berate the animal rescue group (OSD) for supposedly misrepresenting themselves as a non-profit group on Facebook, when they have lost $1,500 on their rescue operation, and Jeromie is (simultaneously) sending them photos of the $1,800 he raised for them but refuses to transfer. As I noted above, donors were promised that “every dollar” would be turned over. So, really, who is misrepresenting themselves here?

Third, as we have explained to Jeromie many times previously, it is not a crime, or even wrong civilly, to publish accurate information about him. Truth is an absolute defense to charges of libel or slander. We would like to remind Jeromie, however, that if he continues to publish lies about OSD and others, accusing them of killing puppies and the like, that may in fact constitute actionable slander. If Jeromie won’t give up the $1,800 voluntarily, this is just another option for them to consider.

UPDATE: The requirement that an OSD representative meet with Jeromie Williams indicates that this is just not a serious offer, as some of Jeromie’s apologists are now pretending. As the Pet Advocates Network rightly notes in the comments, “Why would the woman he just threatened with implied violence ever meet with him?” As another OSD member notes, police visited the home of their representative following Jeromie’s many threats, and they told her to have “no contact with him on any level, let alone in person.” Good advice. And since Jeromie knew OSD members would never put themselves in danger to meet with him, all he was doing was cooking up another facade of an excuse to justify him keeping their $1,800.

UPDATE 2: Note that the OSD group did not start the OSD ChipIn Facebook group. So in demanding that OSD shut it down, Jeromie was demanding that they do something they had no ability to do.

Jeromie Williams Threatens Animal Rescuer

The Pet Advocates Network reports today that Jeromie Williams, the Director of Operations for Pet Pardons Canada, has left a vile, threatening voicemail for a volunteer animal rescuer, apparently in response to a blog post questioning his outrageous behaviour, much of which has also been documented on this blog.

Ironically channeling the Australian rock group Sick Puppies, Jeromie tells the rescuer:

You’re going down. Your group is going down. One of your core members… [unintelligible] um, you don’t know who you’re dealing with actually, I have friends in the media, I have friends in the news, I have friends pretty much anywhere you can think of, and you’re going down, unless by noon tomorrow [unintelligible] you take down all the disgusting bullshit you’ve been saying about me, and my, myself, and Pet Pardons, um, because I, I have your phone, I have home address, I have your home phone number, I know exactly where you are.

I don’t know about you, but something tells me he isn’t thinking of coming over for some Kombucha tea

You may also listen to the threat for yourself:

In all seriousness, we ask that anyone involved take all possible precautions, including notifying police and obtaining a restraining order if necessary. As we have reported previously, Jeromie Williams is already under investigation by the Boulder Police Department, SPVM, and the Sûreté du Québec for stalking Kim Johnston and her young sons in Colorado. Potential charges include criminal harassment, uttering threats, and intimidation.

There is well-documented evidence of Jeromie’s previous threats throughout this site, against Kim Johnston, her sons, her dogs, Topher Mackenzie, and others. For example, see Threat 1, Threat 2, Threat 3, Threat 4, Threat 5, Threat 6, Threat 7, Threat 8, Threat 9, Threat 10, Threat 11, and Threat 12, all from Jeromie’s gmail account on January 6, 2012 (all in the span of a little over an hour). However, until now, we did not have actual audio of Jeromie making such threats.

As you may know, this blog has also previously reported on the ChipIn scams of Jeromie Williams, amongst his other illegal, fraudulent and reprehensible activities.

Investigation Demanded on Jeromie Williams’ ChipIn Accounts

PTS?Concerned citizens are demanding an investigation today after troubling reports emerged that Jeromie Williams, the Director of Operations for Pet Pardons Canada, may have violated the rules of the organization by posting links to personal ChipIn accounts using the official Facebook Pet Pardons application. As some concerned animal lovers have noted, this is not allowed.

As Michele Diane Radics Sherk notes, “Pet Pardons site does not ask for monetary funding for animals … There are many … (unfortunately) with not so pure intentions & take peoples money without actually helping these poor babies!” Teresa Thomas added, “some sick people are mis-useing [ChipIn] and have created false accounts and/or taken the money without actually saving/helping the animal it was created for… it’s really sad!”

Concerned former members of the group “100,000 strong to ban Nathan Kotylak from the Canada Olympic team” have noted that Jeromie appears to have directed people interested in donating to Pet Pardons to donate instead to his personal ChipIn accounts, which appear to be commingled with ChipIn accounts to support his personal website, and to support a proposed rally at Water Polo Canada so that Jeromie could get back onto Ezra Levant’s show on the Sun News Network (now featured prominently on Jeromie’s CV on his site).

Note that, although these events are “organized by Animal Action” and are also hosted at Jeromie’s account at http://animalaction.chipin.com, they have nothing to do with Pet Pardons.

Concerned readers of this blog have also noted several apparent discrepancies between the amounts raised through Jeromie Williams’ ChipIn accounts, and the amounts he actually donated through Pet Pardons Canada. For example, a ChipIn account set up to assist puppy mill victims raised $3,544, but only $3,000 was donated:

A concerned citizen, who does not wish to be named given Mr. Williams’ recent threats, asked: “Where did the other $544 go?” Particularly given Mr. Williams’ promises that “This money will go directly to the animals and to the shelter they are currently housed in.”

In another case, Mr. Williams raised $2,777 for a certain dog through a ChipIn account, but may have donated as little as $1,600. Noting this discrepancy, Liz Schiavone asked that people donate directly to the Linda Blair World Heart Foundation, an organization dedicated to rescuing animals in California.

Concerns have been raised because of the notorious abuse of ChipIn accounts, which Jeromie himself has acknowledged:

  • WARNING: please be careful of fraud being committed online using ChipIn. Unless you see a ChipIn being promoted on a legitimate website for a legitimate charity, do not give them your money. There are many people who are circulating ChipIns on Facebook and saying it is for animal rescue when really it is just to make money preying on unsuspecting animal lovers. If a ChipIn is not connected to a legitimate charity, be careful!”
  • “Chip-In’s are the new scam of the internet predator, BUT not all chip-in’s are fraudulent, you must do your homework, donate ONLY to a trusted source or a 501(c)”
  • “As I have said before unless you know the rescue, or the chip in goes directly to a vet, it is never a good idea to donate, you never know who these people are and she is an example of the underbelly that seeks to steal your money, and let down these dogs! Very sad!”

Concerns have also been raised in light of Jeromie’s recent behaviour, which has been exposed on this site in the past week, including his history of fabricating events, people, and even witnesses in his articles for months in order to get on TV (for which Jeromie was fired from his position at the Examiner).

For example, given Jeromie’s many fake online profiles, concerns have been raised about whether profiles such as “Deborah”, who have urged others to donate to Jeromie’s ChipIn accounts (“Is there someone that we can trust to do the right thing with the donations to send it too? … Jeromie would be my pick.”) are, in fact, actual people, or merely “sock puppets” of Jeromie Williams.

Concerned citizens have also noted the irony that the Director of Operations for Pet Pardons Canada, which ordinarily saves animals from shelters, has also threatened the beloved pet dogs of the creator of this blog, Kim Johnston:

Until this investigation is completed, we urge concerned animal lovers to donate directly to legitimate animal charities, such as the Humane Society, and to avoid the ChipIn accounts of Jeromie Williams.

UPDATE: Jeromie also asks for donations through PayPal, using the e-mail address schlamobic@gmail.com. We ask that you avoid this as well.