To those who know him, Creaghan A. Harry is a wonderful father, caring son and prominent businessman.
But what they don’t know is that Harry has been harboring a deep, dark secret that has only recently surfaced and been brought to the public’s attention. He is considered to be one of the top 10 spammers in the world, according to MSNBC, and is currently being sued by the Federal Trade Commission for allegedly sending millions of illegal spam messages. Harry is also accused of selling bogus human growth hormone products over the Internet.
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The news not only saddens those who know him, but comes as a complete shock also.
“I really don’t know what to say. It’s very hard to believe,” said Wagner Alves, manager of the Rogers House Condominium in East Boca.
Alves met Harry in April 2003, when the alleged spammer bought his parents condominium No. 7, unit 24, located at 850 N.E. Spanish River Blvd., for $240,000. Only when he bought the property, it was under one of the many aliases he uses, “Harry Creaghan.”
It was only two weeks ago that Alves last saw him, and that was when Harry came to fix the apartment up for his parents before they moved to Boca from New Jersey in the next few weeks.
“The little I know about them, they are all very nice people. I met his parents last time they came down and stayed with him, and I met his brother and his brother’s family. They used to park here and walk over to the beach. And Creaghan’s little boy is such a sweet kid,” said Alves.
Another friend and neighbor said that she is shocked and appalled that a man who is considered to be one of the top 10 spammers in the world has been living right next to her and her family on Bel Lido Isle in Highland Beach, in a $2.4 million dollar home that sits right on the water, since Aug. 2002.
“To think that he might have made his money to buy his home, to buy his Hummer, to buy everything he owns from people who have sent their hard-earned money to him… I just can’t even fathom it. I hope it is just a case of mistaken identity because he is such a good man,” she said.
Nothing real about
Harry, who also goes by the name “Carl Henderson,” currently has five local businesses that are using fictitious names, according to the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations. Those companies are Infomart, Shark Data Technologies, Ultimate Health, Grow Lean and Hitech Marketing. The address given for these companies was 2234 N. Federal Highway, No. 469, Boca Raton. Although that address does exist, it turned out to be a Pak Mail and the number represents a P.O. Box.
Steven Wernikoff, staff attorney for the FTC’s Midwest Region, Chicago, said that he believes that under Florida law, Harry can do business under more than one name, though he isn’t quite sure.
The FTC is a civil agency that tries to get money back to consumers who were defrauded, and that also tries to immediately stop deceptive advertising and illegal marketing through spam.
In January, a new federal e-mail statute came into effect, Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003, or CAN-SPAM Act, and the FTC has been aggressively attempting to enforce this statute.
FTC officials stumbled upon Harry when they were rerouting spam through their database and info line in an attempt to investigate targets.
“There are a number of Web sites that are out there that are advertising HGH products. These sites made product claims that they could stop or reverse the aging process. Consumers who purchased the products, their money went into an account that was controlled by [Harry] and that was how we were able to target him,” said Wernikoff.
“The Web sites themselves were marketed through e-mail messages by spam. We were also able to find some information about him because he purchased the products that he was selling through a supplier and he also paid for the fulfillment of those products, so he paid to have them shipped to those consumers by a third party company.”
The investigation, which started in January, went on for several months, according to Wernikoff. From January to May, a number of these products were often advertised through spam, so the FTC went back through their spam database to determine how many e-mails were forwarded to them that were attributing to these products. What they found was that approximately 40,000 were originally sent by Harry.
“That is a high volume with respect to one person. We may have even missed some, but we had done our best to try and get them all,” said Wernikoff.
“We certainly believe that this was a high-volume spam operation. At this point he is the sole defendant, but that doesn’t mean that by the end of the investigation that would still be the case.”
As of July 27, Harry’s assets have been frozen, according to the FTC. And though he might have many accounts out there that were created in another name, ones that the FTC doesn’t know about yet, they said that it is only a matter of time before they locate and freeze them.
When a call was placed to Harry about the charges against him, he said he wasn’t able to comment. However, Doug Meyer, an expert in the herbal vitamin industry did send an e-mail on behalf of Harry.
The e-mail provided information to support Harry’s defense against many of the claims that were issued against him in the court order.
The first claim was that the products do not give the results that are professed.
While the FTC said that there wasn’t any convincing scientific evidence that the products work based on the findings of two medical experts who reviewed the products claims and the ingredients, they determined that the claims were false and that the products wouldn’t have any discernable effect on the body.
But many vitamin encyclopedias show that the ingredients contained in these products are used to help stimulate the body into naturally producing HGH.
As for the spam, Harry’s e-mail defends that he didn’t produce anywhere near the 40,000 spams that the FTC alleges. He referred the Boca News to an Internet site that lists spam complaints, but claimed many of the complaints are from the same individuals.