Michael Force & Mary Dee cut off from Digital Altitude victim funds
Following some to and fro, the FTC’s request that Michael Force and Mary Dee be cut off from victim funds has been approved.
As per the Digital Altitude preliminary injunction granted back in March, Michael Force and Mary Dee were permitted to request an allowance for living expenses.
Since March both Force and Dee had been receiving a monthly living expense, paid for by Digital Altitude victims.
Cumulatively, Force has been paid $47,367 and Dee $53,505. And that’s on top of around $10,000 in Receivership fees to ‘evaluate and implement the release of frozen assets‘ over the past six months.
Citing “significant changed circumstances”, on August 31st the FTC filed a motion requesting Force and Dee’s monthly payments stop.
Based on the FTC’s, Michael Force’s and Mary Dee’s respective arguments, the court found;
For approximately eight months, Force and Dee have been aware of the asset freeze and the expectation that each would pursue work and other sources of funding.
There is no evidence that either has made substantial efforts to do so.
Indeed, there is evidence that Dee has spent a substantial amount of time on comfortable world travel.
Although there is no similar evidence as to Force, there is also no evidence as to how he has spent his time.
Accordingly, the facts underlying the exception to the asset freeze have changed substantially, and sufficiently to warrant a change in the terms of the preliminary injunction.
Further distributions to these parties are not justified and will not serve the public interest.
On September 19th the court approved modification of the preliminary injunction order, cutting Force and Dee off from seized funds.