Federal Indictments Against LWWG Owners

socal_annJanuary 18, 2009

I don't know how many of you remember the eBay seller "Look What We Got (LWWG)" from 2003/2004. Their eBay site sold high-end kitchen applicances - SubZero, Wolf. There were many threads posted here discussing whether they were legit or not. Hubby and I completed our DIY kitchen that year and I posted about our near-miss with them after ordering and then canceling a purchase for a Wolfe rangetop. Well, guess what - I just received a notification last week from the US Dept of Justice in Reno NV that Jennifer Lynn French and Darin Jerome French (aka LWWG owners on eBay) are scheduled for a federal trial to face criminal charges - the two are charged with 21 counts of mail fraud, 63 counts of wire fraud, and aiding and abetting.

So there may be justice after all. Trial is scheduled for 7 April 2009 in Reno. Here's an excerpt from the notification I received:

"Please be aware that not all cases proceed to trial and there is a possibility that this case will be resolved through a plea agreement. If you would like to confer with the Assistance United States Attorney prosecuting this case regarding a plea agreement, you must contact the Assistance US Attorney prior to the date of the change of plea or no later than two weeks from the date of this letter."

I can post DOJ contact information if you had dealings with LWWG as well

Here is a link that might be useful: Headlines From 2008 Arrest

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homepro01

Socal_Ann,
I remember those threads. I hope the victims get some sense of vindication at the end of this. Their money is gone unfortunately but these crooks needed to be stopped. I remember they started another business too after LWWG.

Glad you escaped this experience!

    Bookmark   January 20, 2009 at 6:34PM
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KarenintheUK

I remember those threads aswell. You definitely had a lucky escape!

Seems to have taken forever to come to court and it's not even over yet.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2009 at 6:41PM
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reno_fan

WOW. I remember that as well. Unreal.

I wonder if the "wayback machine" would have the threads from Gweb about the fraud?

    Bookmark   February 12, 2009 at 6:14PM
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golddust

Yikes! Incline Village is about an hour away from my house! It's up the hill where the Olympics was hosted many years ago. That is about the time we were re-doing our kitchen. Guess I'm lucky we had very few options for sizes. Hope they pay, big time!

    Bookmark   February 27, 2009 at 10:50PM
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lisakp_centurytel_net

This is finally going to trial and I am headed out there on Sunday, as a Witness. Yes, I was scammed and will hopefully finally see justice! Seven years later.....

    Bookmark   February 11, 2011 at 7:33PM
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socal_ann

Lisa

Keep us posted. It has been a long time and I don't understand how the court dates continued to be postponed. I hope this court date sticks.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   February 20, 2011 at 10:32AM
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socal_ann

Well, there is justice. Here's the notification I received this week:

U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney's Office
District of Nevada in Reno
100 W. Liberty St
Ste. 600
Reno, NV 89501
Phone: (775) 784-5438
Fax: (775) 784-5181

February 24, 2011

RE: United States v. Defendant(s) Darin Jerome French, Jennifer Lynn French
Case Number 2004R01594 and Court Docket Number 08-CR-00006

The United States Department of Justice believes it is important to keep victims of federal crime informed of court proceedings. This notice provides information about the above-referenced criminal case.

On February 18, 2011, a jury returned the following verdict(s) involving the defendant, Darin Jerome French:

Number of Charges Description of Charges Disposition
----------------- ---------------------- -----------
22 Mail Fraud - Frauds and swindles Guilty
3 Laundering of monetary instruments Guilty
10 Mail Fraud - Frauds and swindles Not Guilty
11 Fraud by wire, radio, or television Guilty
1 Laundering of monetary instruments Not Guilty
37 Fraud by wire, radio, or television Not Guilty

On February 18, 2011, a jury returned the following verdict(s) involving the defendant, Jennifer Lynn French:

Number of Charges Description of Charges Disposition
----------------- ---------------------- -----------
14 Mail Fraud - Frauds and swindles Guilty
2 Laundering of monetary instruments Guilty
18 Mail Fraud - Frauds and swindles Not Guilty
6 Fraud by wire, radio, or television Guilty
2 Laundering of monetary instruments Not Guilty
42 Fraud by wire, radio, or television Not Guilty

The sentencing hearing for defendant(s), Darin Jerome French, Jennifer Lynn French, has been set for May 23, 2011, 10:00 AM at Reno Courtroom 5, Bruce R. Thompson Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse, 400 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89501 before Judge Larry Hicks.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2011 at 11:58AM
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flwrs_n_co

It will be interesting to see what their sentences are. I hope you'll let us know, Socal_Ann.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2011 at 12:11AM
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socal_ann

Notification about sentencing for Darin Jerome French - justice does prevail - 8 or 9 years later but that's okay;

U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney's Office
District of Nevada in Reno
100 W. Liberty St
Ste. 600
Reno, NV 89501
Phone: (775) 784-5438
Fax: (775) 784-5181

June 13, 2011

RE: United States v. Defendant(s) DARIN JEROME FRENCH
Case Number 2004R01594 and Court Docket Number 08-CR-00006

The United States Department of Justice believes it is important to keep victims of federal crime informed of court proceedings. This notice provides information about the above-referenced criminal case.

Defendant DARIN JEROME FRENCH has been sentenced by the Court. The Court ordered the defendant to the following:

Incarceration of 12 years 6 months

Followed by Supervised Release of 3 years

Special Assessment of $3,600

    Bookmark   June 19, 2011 at 7:28PM
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deee_gw

Here is the 5/2011 press release about the eBay fraud case. They ripped off over 250 people!

Thanks for the update.

Here is a link that might be useful: LWWG sentence

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 7:06PM
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