Yesterday I received an email from a Carlos Sanchez, Lieutenant of Investigations, Criminal Division of the San Francisco District Attorney’s office, asking that I respect the confidentiality of criminal investigations as regards an individual connected with EmpireKred.
With Nance Larson confirming the prior existence of a “goon squad” yet trying to deny it’s existence in 2014, times are crazy at EmpireKred (owned by Kred), formerly Empire Avenue.
We continue to recommend avoiding EmpireKred.
Obviously no one suspected a formal “goon squad” at Empire Avenue, the term was used by Chris Voss to describe actions by players and customers of Empire Avenue that were highly abusive and not stopped, just like occurred in 2014 and continuing by Nance Larson, Chris Sandys, Gareth Davies, et al.
Next week I intend to contact the San Francisco District Attorney’s office and confirm the contents of the letter.
I had no idea of any pending criminal investigation against anyone I have written about in connection with the “goon squad” of Empire Avenue (now EmpireKred), however this seems to be confirmation as to the seriousness the San Francisco DA’s office attaches to the matter.
I am also unaware of the full scope of the investigation.
Lieutenant Sanchez has confirmed that his office (the consumer mediation department) opened files, and assisted with my issue with twitter.
That issue arose from utterly reprehensible and abusive conduct by the Empire Avenue “goon squad”.
A file was opened in November of 2014, and again in January 2015 subsequent to Keith Gill’s very strange report to Twitter that caused an unjust suspension.
The CA DoJ also opened a file (x-ref 615640) and the matters were generally resolved to my satisfaction with Twitter unsuspending myself and announcing changes to their “abuse policy”.
Changes with Ethel Newlin of the SF DA’s office credited blogging by this blogger with helping change by documenting the incredible abuse by these people of their own customers on Twitter.
Steven Krohn corroborated the changes to Twitter’s “abuse policy”, also of EmpireKred, in a phone call to Ethel Newlin on 2/5/2015, one day after Dick Costolo’s internal discussion on Twitter’s internal forums which was published on The Verge on 2/2/2015.
Conversation is archived on Facebook:
Obviously Gareth Davies doesn’t believe his reprehensible and highly abusive conduct can cause any repercussions.
They may be far more serious than he knew.
I have no idea why any company would abuse it’s customers so extensively that they cause policy changes and investigation by regulatory agencies, whether at a civil level, or criminal.
I only know that the “goon squad” of Empire Avenue (now EmpireKred) has done so.
And Chris Sandys wanted that abuse kept “off the record.”
These animals clearly do not value their customers or consumers. They are best avoided until Kred cleans house.
As my concern is and has been protecting consumers from these animals I shall continue to blog about EmpireKred and their “goon squad.”
This will be my last reference to the SF DA’s office in connection with the matter.
If anyone asks what’s going on, I shall simply refer them to this post.