BREAKING NEWS: RICO Summons Reissued To Bowdoin, Busby, Garner; Reader Says Busby Missing For Months
UPDATED 7:49 P.M. EDT (U.S.A.) ASD President Andy Bowdoin, ASD attorney Robert Garner and Golden Panda Ad Builder President Clarence Busby never responded to a racketering lawsuit filed against them in January and the summons has been reissued.
No attorney has entered an appearance notice for any of the three men.
Bank of America also is a defendant in the case, though not a RICO defendant. BOA was accused of aiding and abettingÂ Bowdoin, Busby and Garner. The bank is being represented by Michael B. Roberts of Reed Smith in Washington, D.C.
Reed Smith specializes in complex litigation.
The case was brought by Mike Collins of Savage, Minn.; Frank Greene of Washington, D.C.;Â and Natures Discount of Aventura, Fla., all former ASD members. It was filed as a class-action and has been assigned to Judge Rosemary Collyer, the same judge hearing the ASD civil-forfeiture case filed by federal prosecutors in August and a second forfeiture case against ASD assets seized in December.
Bowdoin, Busby and Robert Garner were accused of conspiring with unnamed parties in organized efforts to defraud.
The complaint alleged the men were involved in â€œotherâ€ schemes beyond ASD, Golden Panda and LaFuenteDinero, and have â€œcommitted or aided and abetted in the commission of countless acts of racketeering activity,â€ including indictable offenses.
â€œThe ASD Enterprise provides the RICO Defendants and other unnamed co-conspirators with a system by which to operate fraudulent schemes such as ASD, to hide the fraudulent nature of the schemes, and to profit from such schemes,â€ the plaintiffs alleged. â€œEach RICO Defendant agreed to perform services of a kind which facilitated the operation of the ASD Enterprise and facilitated the RICO Defendants and others in the operation of various fraudulent schemes, including ASD.â€
Why the men did not respond to the RICO complaint is unclear. Bowdoin said he fired his attorneys in a civil-forfeiture case filed in August against proceeds linked to ASD. The U.S. Secret Service has seized nearly $100 million in the case, and Bowdoin now is acting as his own attorney.
Bowdoin has filed several motions in the past few weeks.
A Blog reader who described himself as having engaged Busby in a real-estate deal said he could not locate Busby for months. The reader added that he finally secured a phone number for Busby, spoke with him briefly yesterday and that Busby hurried him off the phone.
“We had to go through a long list of people to get a GOOD phone number,” the reader said. “Oddly, we spoke with him just today. Not sure where he is and we didnâ€™t ask. He basicaly told us we had not tried to contact him, would not let us get a word in and was in a hurry.”
Garner once advertised offshore legal services in an online magazine known as â€œEscape From America Magazine.â€
Garner identified himself a â€œ[f]ormer General Counsel forÂ major Miami-based securities firm with Latin and South AmericanÂ focus,â€ according to his ad. He listed the URL for his law office in Greensboro, North Carolina, saying he also specialized in â€œ[r]ecoveries from scam.â€
Garner’s North Carolina law license was updated March 14 by the North Carolina State Bar. Garner’s license is active, and he is in good standing with the Bar.