Here's one for the offbeat files. It seems that AOL has an interesting option to collect the money that's owed to them by a "renegade spammer" -- they want to dig up his family's property because they believe that there is gold, platinum, and possibly other precious metals buried there.
Davis H, the spammer, allegedly once told his now ex-girlfriend that he buried cash in the yards of his parents' and grandparents'. She also believes that gold and platinum bars are also buried. The judgement, which called for Davis to pay $12.8 million, has yet to be officially settled since AOL has been unable to collect the entire sum.The sticky issue is that it isn't Davis's property. It's his relatives', and they disagree that any such stuff is buried under their ground. "I don't care if they dig up the entire yard. They're just going to make fools of themselves," said Peggy Greenbaum, Hawke's mother. "There's absolutely no reason for them to think that Davis Hawke would be stupid enough to bury gold on our property. My son is long gone."
The legal backbone for AOL in this case is their proof that Davis bought a ton of gold and platinum bars, which they've been unable to find upon seizing Davis's assets, and has not been accounted for in terms of Davis possibly liquidating them.
"The dig isn't something out of "Treasure Island," AOL spokesman Nicholas Graham said. "This is a court-directed, judge-approved legal process that is simply aimed at responsibly recovering hidden assets." I hate to burst Graham's bubble, but this does kind of sound like something out of Teasure Island. I smell a made-for-TV movie about this story.
Report Published by: Mark Raby
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