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'Laptop' Mag Caught Lying About Circulation

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The honesty in circulation crackdown the federal government launched has nabbed yet another lying publisher. Edward D. Brown, president and publisher of Bedford Communications, publisher of Laptop magazine, and Director of Circulation John Jay Annis were caught dumping 15,000 copies of Laptop on a distributor that would never distribute them. That's because the distributor was actually an undercover operation set up by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey just to catch crooked publishers. Brown told the distributor he didn't care what happened to the 15,000 magazines as long as there was a paper trail that would make everything look legal. Arrest warrants have been issued for Brown and Annis.

Written by Steve Hall    Comments (1)     File: Magazine, Policy, Publishing     Oct-27-05  

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How is this a crime exactly? Is it under a general law against fraud or is there a specific law about this?

Posted by: Sam on October 27, 2005 12:59 PM

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