Many of us are now looking for viable ways to make money from home. One way is by self-publishing a book. During my research I came across a fascinating self-publishing book scam every crooked politician would be proud of.
I’m assuming that the more dire the economy gets the more scams there will be. The same thing goes with the more free stimulus money that gets pumped into the economy. When desperation increases, it’s just human nature to do shady things.
However, right before the pandemic began, there was this fascinating self-publishing book scam I came across. On February 27, 2020, ex-Baltimore Mayor Pugh was sentenced to three years in federal prison and three years of probation for a fraud scheme involving a children’s book series.
Trouble for Pugh began when The Baltimore Sun reported the University of Maryland Medical System bought 100,000 copies of Pugh’s book, Healthy Holly for $500,000.
100,000 is quite a lot of copies for a children’s book. The University of Maryland Medical System would need to have 1,000,000 young students to potentially justify a 100,000 buy.
If I sold 100,000 copies of How to Engineer Your Layoff in one tranche, I’d use some of the $9.7 million in gross profits to charter a Gulfstream 700 to Hawaii to see my family. We’d rent a beachfront mansion and live the good life until an effective vaccine ever becomes available.
OK, enough fantasizing for now. Let’s go back to the self-publishing book scam.