Originally Posted by Glashub
The amount of the money is what stands out to me....it's not much. In my opinion, if the man was the great Satan that many are trying making him out to be it would have been a scam of much greater proportions. My take is that he started out trying to do the right things and probably got in over his head and then ebgan to rationalize certain actions with the caveat t hat he'd make it right as soon as....
He stole 83% of the funds that were meant to go to charities. One of those charities was a family whose father was a well-known member of AV123 Forum's membership and whose daughter was facing significant medical issues. Dozens
of people gave money to help keep that family afloat in the face of mounting medical bills. They raised over $30,000 over the course of four separate raffles. Mark kept all but a couple thousand of that money, and even now - years after the last raffle ended - still has failed to deliver the rest. As a result, that family had to clear out retirement funds, sell off belongings, and make other sacrifices. All because of one man's greed, and all in spite of
the generosity of others. You may not consider that a lot of money, but I consider it both a significant amount of money and
a significantly unacceptable act.
Did he start out trying to do the right thing? The research done last year (before it was largely handed off to the authorities) indicated that the very first raffle
was never paid out to the charity. That was back in 2004 - the economy was much better than today, his company was doing extremely well, and he was buying fancy cars and watches for his personal enjoyment (and chatting about those purchases in his forum). Dozens of raffles followed, and that first raffle's money remained undelivered. I've looked at this long and hard, and I've done so with an eye to finding a rational explanation for how someone could have done these things while still having good intentions at heart. I never found one. I don't need to walk on water to feel perfectly comfortable with my very negative opinion of the man.