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Sci-Fi JumpCon Manager In Trouble

I know it's not an anime con, but geek con problems can affect all of us in the long run

I know this isn't an anime-specific convention, but a lot of anime fans are sci-fi fans or attend sci-fi events, and besides which, sci-fi cons and anime cons have a lot of crossover in the fan convention world, so this is probably worth knowing.

Last night I came upon a brief article in the Nashua Telegraph reporting that Shane Senter, the organizer of JumpCon, a series of sci-fi conventions that took place (was to have taken place?) in various locations, has been indicted for consumer fraud after having cancelled the Boston event back in July.

The article said it would offer more information today, so I waited on posting, and the site delivered: Senter has officially been indicted on two charges of theft and four counts of unfair or deceptive business practices.

I wouldn't want this guy and the Attorney General on MY case.
I wouldn't want this guy and the Attorney General on MY case.
You Battlestar Galactica fans might already be familiar with the case, since actor Edward James Olmos (who was supposed to be a guest at the event-- oh, and plays Admiral Adama, if you're unfamiliar with BSG) came down hard on Senter during a panel at last year's Dragon Con.

Olmos says he's working with the Attorney General of New Hampshire, Senter's home state, to try and ensure that all of the would-have-been-attendees get their money back, in the midst of many fans saying that they have been unable to receive their refunds.

As for Senter's side of the story, the Nashua Telegraph hasn't been able to find a working telephone number for him, so we'll have to use his words from the official JumpCon website to represent him for the time being (bearing in mind that they are from when the Boston event was cancelled-- I don't believe anyone's been able to reach him for comment after his indictment, which was last week):

“I'm working to get refunds out to everyone as quickly as possible.  I'm more or less alone now in all of this, so please bare[sic] with me a little...This has never been a scheme, and was never about money for me.  I hope when the refunds have all been issued, people will accept that truth.  Some people that I've spoken to already do, and it's appreciated.  Others, I hope will change their minds when all is said and done.  I've got a lot of work ahead of me, but it will get done.  If anyone has any questions or concerns, I'll do my very best to answer them as quickly as I can.”

Of course, given the aforementioned reports that many have not gotten their refunds, it's difficult to take this very seriously now.

Still, I wonder: is this a guy with malicious intent? Or a fan who had everything collapse on him and so he chose to try and get away from it with silence instead of owning up? What do you think?
Nikoon April 28, 2009 at 9:16 a.m.
I don't really know enough about the guy to judge whether he did this on purpose or by accident. I hope it's the latter and everyone gets their money back and he gets no jail time. If it's the former though, throw the book at him.

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