Mr. Integrity

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This story weaves a plot of deceit, lies, fraud, and betrayal. Meet Michael Steven Russell, a clever, fast-talking Carlsbad, CA man who lied and cheated his way to filming national Harley-Davidson event videos. A self-proclaimed Catholic, he swindled the motorcycle industry and numerous businesses. Shortly after filming the 2001 Laughlin River Run, he married Janet Northrop, a wealthy Catholic heiress he met a few months prior. (Her grandfather founded Northrop Grumman Corporation.) Pursued by the Carlsbad ...

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Overview

This story weaves a plot of deceit, lies, fraud, and betrayal. Meet Michael Steven Russell, a clever, fast-talking Carlsbad, CA man who lied and cheated his way to filming national Harley-Davidson event videos. A self-proclaimed Catholic, he swindled the motorcycle industry and numerous businesses. Shortly after filming the 2001 Laughlin River Run, he married Janet Northrop, a wealthy Catholic heiress he met a few months prior. (Her grandfather founded Northrop Grumman Corporation.) Pursued by the Carlsbad creditors, they sneaked off to Colorado Springs. In a Patty Hearst-like fashion, Janet became his accomplice. There, they got contracts to haul U.S. Mail, adding a long-time friend as a partner. They kept the money, swindled the partner, boldly came back to the Carlsbad area, and abandoned trucks owned by an Iowa company.

Since this publishing, numerous other businesses were started by the couple. They filed bankruptcy, later deemed fraud by the courts. Yet, no legal action was subsequently taken, and they continue their scams. Michael was working under the table for a Carlsbad, CA. Keller Williams Real Estate broker. The validity of Michael's real estate license seems questionable, however, since he has difficulty reading. He testified in court at a back child support hearing, that he received no monies from the broker, yet worked there for some time. As of 2007, Michael currently owed over $500,000 from back child support, dozens of unpaid court judgments, back taxes, and liens.

He used other people's names, different Social Security numbers, numerous driver's licenses, different bank accounts, different middle name spelling, family members, and unsuspecting friends. This candid book shows how easy it is to be conned, and how to prevent it. Discover how a sociopath thinks and manipulates others, and learn why they don't get caught. Maybe it's because, as Michael Russell always said, he "walks with Jesus. "

I wrote this book by recalling and piecing together the bizarre events that occurred during my relationship with a con artist who proclaimed to be a devout Catholic. The book was designed to make people aware of sociopaths like Michael Russell, and to help them prevent involvement with con artists. We must all evaluate our own relationships, and in doing so, see through the many disguises of con artists. Michael owed in excess of $500,000, a debt accrued over many years' time, involving many people. From the time this book was published, until August of 2010, Michael continued his scams. He started several trucking companies (T&R Transport, Bundy Trucking, and Bartholomew Trucking, to mention a few). He got contracts from the U.S. Post Office to haul mail, always convincing others to be the legal owners so he wouldn't have to be responsible for his actions. He cheated his employees by not paying in Social Security, Disability, and state and federal tax money he collected from their checks. He was rumored to have sold worthless stock certificates in his companies.

Sociopaths will continue to cause havoc in the lives of others, unless we become aware of their tactics in advance, and take precautions to prevent our involvement with them.

In August of 2010, Michael Russell was found dead on a pier on Oakland, CA due to a gunshot wound.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403383129
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 11/13/2002
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 0.61 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Wow, this author gave a very detailed description of this con ar

    Wow, this author gave a very detailed description of this con artist, and valuable information on how to
    avoid people like this.  I bought this book because I lived in the San Diego area and heard many things
     about this man and how he cheated so many people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.  
    Apparently he also mistreated his employees, didn't pay their taxes, and yet never got caught... heard his 
    scams continued on up until he died in 2010. People like this are all around and it’s important to heed the advice
    about sociopaths and their behavior. Well done book! 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2010

    This is true

    At this very moment my husband works for him and he has not been paid and all the drivers are getting really freaked out. Its a outsider company working for post office called bundy trucking. Poeple at the offices have been rumoring of his fraud and con artistness and saying all these things were true until now none drivers were sure who to belive. I am going to find out how to contact fbi today.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2007

    Great insight to a huge REAL problem ......

    Well...... this is probably more fact than fiction ! This author shows passion and need for justice ! She's got him pegged now and documents his actions step by step ... very exciting book and inspires the GOOD to stand up against CON people like this guy ! Way to go !!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2003

    I have had boyfriends like this!

    Is this fiction? I thought this was a very bizarre story! Good book--easy, quick reading! I really think everything in this book happened just as she said, even though the book has a fiction disclaimer in it. Maybe, despite her not so smart decision to trust this guy, the author was clearly smart enough to avoid any legal troubles! I have met people like him, and they are really convincing! People don't understand how easy it is to believe them and get sucked in! He should not go around telling people he is Catholic--I think someone like that would disgrace the Catholic church. The thing I liked is that the writer is willing to share her money from the book with the other people that got scammed. That's pretty cool! The heiress lady that this guy married is probably in for some real surprises, especially after she finds out that he is ...! I have to admit, I was really surprised when I found out who the heiress was. That company that her family started is so well known, and they probably helped us win the war in Iraq. The writer also gives some pretty good advice as to what to watch out for in a relationship partner; things I think most people might not think of. Kudos to her and touche to the con man!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2003

    What a Great Comeback!!

    I read this book in several hours! Hats off to this creative, strong woman for having the guts to tell it like it is, admit her mistakes, and do something about the losses this guy caused. Anyone who would do all that work to write a book, get published, and then share the book proceeds with the other people cheated by this guy, gets my vote for the true definition of having real integrity! This well-written story is bizarre, and it's shocking that one man was capable of so much deception. This is kind of similar to ¿Catch Me if You Can¿ in that a guy cheats people out of money, but different in that the main character in this story is Catholic and acts so almighty while he is cheating people. Plus, this guy targets mostly women. I sort of feel sorry for that Northrop Grumman heiress he married, because now she¿s stuck with him and this book must be scandalizing to such a prestigious family. It seems like the author is pretty smart, so I¿m a bit surprised she didn¿t see through this shady character sooner. She sounds like a nice person who put her trust into the wrong man! But like she said, she indeed made lemonade out of a lemon! Good for her!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2002

    Which tastes better? Overcoming decet or the Payback?

    Kudos to the author for taking a stand against these types of twisted criminals! Against all odds, including, but not limited to his sexuality issues, lies, and fraud, she managed to maintain her own dignity. This story's as amazing as the movie "Catch Me If You Can", here's to hoping they'll make a film out of this book. Quick, easy read, intriguing, you won't want to put it down! Good, solid information for screening your next potential love interest. And how wonderful it is to know the proceeds are going to be shared with the other creditors. A must read for all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2002

    Quite a captivating and life- altering Book!

    The auothor of this book Wendy Quirk is quite compelling in her story of fraud and betrayal by a " Con Man" profile. Whie it provides a strong message to single women, men would benefit as well. We are a society based on a " Victim Vibration" and this book reveals how to prevent it! Kuddos to Wendy Quirk for standing up and speaking out against this type of behavior! The tips and insights in this book are quite profound and have given me great tools to continue on my journey to be a free spirit! I highly recommend this book to those who wish to seek their truth! if you desire to give something of great value to those you love and wish to protect... Give them the gift of reading this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2002

    CRIME DOES PAY

    "MR. INTEGRITY" IS A MUST READ FOR ALL SINGLE WOMEN. THIS BOOK IS SO WELL WRITTEN THE READER WON'T WANT TO PUT THE BOOK DOWN. THEY SAY CRIME DOESN'T PAY,WELL "MR.INTEGERITY"PROVES THIS SAYING IS INCORRECT. THIS BOOK WOULD BE A GREAT GIFT FOR TRUE CRIME BUFFS.

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