DCTech Executive and Mindshare Member Dede Haskins Succumbs to Brain Cancer

Dede Haskins, a fixture in the DC Tech community passed on August 8th at the Capital Caring Adler Center in Aldie, VA. Dede, succumbed to a four year battle with brain cancer. For over a decade Dede Haskins worked tirelessly to help build the technology ecosystem and concentrating her efforts on promoting women in technology. Dede was a member of the Mindshare Class of 2008. Mindshare is a DC Area organization of over 1,000 local tech CEOs.  Dede was the 2004 President of Women in Technology. Haskins served five years as the president of STEM for Her. She was a Director of the local chapter of The Founder Institute. Dede was a kind, thoughtful woman who was generous with her time. I will miss her counsel and she will be missed by the DC Tech community. She is survived by twin daughters, Morgan, and Shannon.  Ladies, please know that many of us loved your mother and mourn your loss. Jeff Payne who worked with Dede Haskins at Cigital, a company he founded posted, Words cannot describe the sadness I feel. Dede worked with me at Cigital for many years and we've been friends ever since. She had the unique ability to be a no nonsense...

Scammer Danny Boice Scammed by AdvisoryCloud

There's nothing more fitting than when a scammer is scammed. Let me set the Stage. Danny Boice is a well-documented perpetrator of fraud and embezzlement. He recently spent time in orange and white striped prison garb and leg shackles to explain to a judge why a guy who owned a $1.5 million home, a Tesla, had a chauffeur, maid, nanny, the groundskeeper was $50K in arrears on child support. Boice has allegedly scammed people of over $30 million dollars while embezzling the cash for personal use. So it's only fitting that this clown is now paying AdvisoryCloud to find paid advisory positions and AdvsoryCloud will work as hard for Danny's benefit as Danny worked for the benefit of his employees, vendors, customers, and investors when he was at Trustify. In other words, they're going to keep his money and laugh at him! Who is AdvisoryCloud? AdvisoryCloud is the F-rated Better Business Bueruea, 1-star Tust Pilot ranked, scam company that charges people who are too niave to be advisors as evidenced by the fact that they are not smart enough to check internet reviews before paying AdvisoryCloud to not get them an advisory position for which they are obviously not qualified. Here's how Danny Boice describes himself...

Clique CEO Andy Powers indicted on 8 criminal counts

Clique  CEO Andy Powers indicted on 8 criminal counts in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division on July 24, 2019. Clique's (AKA Communiclique) Andy Powers faces 4 counts of wire fraud, 1 count of mail fraud, 1 count of inducing interstate travel to defraud, and 2 counts of unlawful monetary transactions. Add these charges to a $10 million judgment against Powers in a Virginia Court just a year ago. Wire fraud, February 17, 2016 - $1,000,0011 Wire fraud, August 8, 2016 - $115,200 Wire fraud, September 6, 2017 - $100,005 Wire fraud, September 1, 2017 - $440,000  Mail fraud, April 4, 2017 Inducing interstate travel to defraud, November 29, 2016 Unlawful Monetary Transaction, September 21, 2015 - $75,308 to purchase a 2015 GMC Yukon Unlawful Monetary Transaction, September 25, 2015 - $157,050 to purchase a 2015 BMW i8 The indictment also mentions the bonehead move by Powers when he admitted in a posted he defrauded investors (he called it a little mistake) on his website. If this imbecile had consulted an attorney, he would have been advised to not address the case in a public forum. These words came back to bite him. "On or about October...

Andy Powers Communiclique Court Delay

It appears that Andy Powers is still negotiating his plea bargain. It appears that the courts are not pursuing charges against the company's former CFO Tim Lee and Chairman of the Board Ram Reddy.  That's a head-scratcher, how could the Chairman of the Board and CFO not know their company barely had any revenues? How could they not know that the company was hemorrhaging cash?  Communiclique(aka Clique or Clique API) clearly appears to be a $50  - $70 million Ponzi scheme. I don't know if Tim Lee or Ram Reddy are guilty of any crime. Based on paragraph 26 of the criminal complaint (see below), someone with the initials PR, likely Ram Ready whose legal name is, Parvathareddy Balarami Reddy claimed he just passed on information. He didn't verify the accuracy? 26. P.R. was interviewed by the FBI and advised that all of the information he passed along to investors came directly from POWERS. It appears PR asserted he passed on information that came directly from Powers and it infers that PR didn't know the information he passed on to investors included bold-faced lies. An attorney, John P. Rowley III of  SCHERTLER & ONORATO, LLP, who claims to represent Ram Reddy in which R. Rowley asserts in a letter to...

Andy Powers Communiclique (CliqueAPI) Criminal and Bankruptcy Court Update

According to Andy Medici of the Washington Business Journal, federal prosecutors are working with Andy Powers, CEO of Communiclique, AKA Clique API on a plea deal. The article which is behind a paywall states: “The parties in this case are exploring a pre-indictment guilty plea,” the joint motion reads. "The parties are working diligently, however, the investigation in this case covers a period of several years and the financial evidence is voluminous." The government is represented in the case by Federal Prosecutor, Jack Handy. Powers' requested a public defender, which is usually only supplied to indigent defendants. Powers is represented by Eugene Gorokhov of the white-collar criminal defense firm Burnham & Gorokhov. It is not clear if they Gorokhov was assigned the case as a public defender or if Powers is footing the bill (For more information about the case see this post). Whoever is footing the bill appears to be getting their money's worth as Powers has ceased many of his bonehead actions.  Powers has clammed up. He did not respond to Andy Medici's request for comment and he got rid of moronic blog posts in which he admitted his guilt. For instance, back in May of 2019, Andy Powers wrote a post, admitting...

Jennifer Mellon Generously Donates Stolen Money

Jennifer Mellon, the co-founder, former President and Board Member of Trustify, a company that was an elaborate Ponzi Scheme that bilked investors out of $18 million dollars. Investors in Trustify accuse Danny Boice and Jen Mellon of embezzling and defrauding investors out of millions of dollars. While the company had very little revenue, Jennifer Mellon and Danny Boice paid themselves $200K per year each. It is alleged that Mellon and Boice transferred $750 thousand from Trustify into another account. The couple allegedly used investor money to buy a $1.6 million home in Alexandria, Virginia and a million dollar vacation home in NJ. They traveled the world in a private NetJet, taking elaborate vacations with company money. Had a company paid, maid, nanny, groundskeepers, and chauffeur. Millions of investor cash evaporated into thin air thanks to Jen Mellon and Danny Boice. Jennifer generously donated investor money to charities like the Campagna Center. She leveraged those investments to develop a relationship with an active member of the Compagna team, Rebbeca Chatterjee. Then Jennifer Mellon leveraged that relationship to land a job with Ms. Chatterjee's husband, Neil Chatterjee, the commissioner of FERC. Mellon was generous with the money she stole from investors and she used...

LifeFuels Moonshot

In 1962, a young, charismatic President Kennedy announced an ambitious plan. "First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth." John F. Kennedy, September 12 1962 Seven years later, Kennedy was not with us to hear these famous words. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Niel Armstrong, July, 20 1969 It was an ambitious plan. In fact, to this day, ambitious plans are often called moon shots. By setting an ambitious goal, American scientists and engineers pushed the envelope of science. Kennedy's dream was realized. In 2014, a bombastic, charismatic, buffoonish "entrepreneur," Jonathon Perrelli announced his slightly less ambitious Moon Shot. "First, I beleive that this company should commit istelf to acheiving the goal, before this decade is out, of making a water bottle and avoid the hoots and howls of Mr. Cranky." Jonathon Perrelli, April Fools Day, 2014 More than Five years later, just nipping under the wire of the end of the decade, LifeFuels Announces, "We're kicking off our Pilot Program on June 12th." LifeFuels Yes according to an email from LifeFuels, Dear LifeFueler Subject: Pilot Program Details You will be provided with a Bottle,...