The following is the personal account of one of the aggrieved parties, David Garner of Cas
The following is the personal account of one of the
aggrieved parties, David Garner of Cascade Electronics.
I personally met John in August or September of 1987 at a
meeting of Minneapolis computer users that meets Saturdays for
lunch. We did some trading of computer hardware with no cash
involved (trading for equal value) until the end of December
1987. At that time John stated that he could get 200 floppy disk
drives for $14.00 each. These were used drives that might need
repair. I paid for these drives in December of 1987.
The drives did not arrive and in March of 1988 a refund was
given to me in the form of a credit. From January to the present
John has purchased $9640.00 in merchandise from me. I gave P.C.
Information Exchange checks for a total of $16,684.40 from
January of 1988 to the present.
During the first part of April 1988 John stated that he had
a request for a quote from the Minneapolis Public Library for 20
AT computers. He said that he had all his money tied up in memory
chip purchases and that he wanted to purchase the hardware from
me (Cascade Electronics) and pay me when he got paid by the
library (NET 30 terms). I supplied the hardware to him between
the 18 of April and the 25 of April as I received the hardware
from my suppliers. As part of the bid from the library John said
that all systems must be installed by May 1 1988. Total value of
the hardware for the 20 systems was $48,700.00
In this same time frame John asked if I would want to buy
some 41256-12 memory chips. I agreed to purchase 3000 chips at
$6.50 each. Delivery was to be made by May. 2 at the latest.
Payment was made for the memory in the form of cash and hardware
for a total of $19,500.00
John was at the users group meeting on April 30. He said the
chips would arrive Monday by Emery. He also said that all 20
systems were delivered and installed at the library. He also took
delivery of two XT cases and 2 XT Power Supplies. No payment was
made. Total value was $170.00
On Sunday John called Don Seiford and said that he had an
offer for his house in Boston and had to fly there Sunday but
would return on monday morning.
PC Information Exchange was a local and national hub for the
FIDONET network. The system went down sometime that Sunday.
All 8 lines were busy.
PC Information Exchange was a subscription service supplied
by John. People were asked to pay $20.00 for the use of his
bulletin board. John asked for payment by mailing out statements
to the people that used the PC Information system.
By May 4 myself, Don Seiford, and Steve Sherwick were
starting to worry about John. He never let his system go down and
he had not talked to anyone that we know of. On May 5 Don Seiford
talked to some people at John's condo unit and they said that
they last saw John putting his computer hardware into his truck
on Sunday (May 1)
On May 5 and 6 The following was determined :
HONEYWELL (Where John claimed to work) had no record of him.
This was confirmed with personnel and security.
The local Airforce base had no record of him. Also no F-14's
(which he claimed to fly) are stationed here.
The Minneapolis Public Library was contacted and reported,
the library system is in the process of purchasing the hardware
that was sold to John. PC Information Exchange was asked to
quote on the hardware but had not responded. The P.O. for the
library system hardware had not been issued as of May 6,1988.
On checking John's Condo no one had seen John since Sunday
April 30 1988.
John also sold 15,000 memory chips to another Minneapolis
distributor. They paid 15% down on the order with delivery
promised by May 2, 1988. No delivery was made. John also
purchased about $5,000.00 of hardware from the same company on
Friday April 29 1988. The check was returned marked insufficient
funds. Total loss to that company is about $20,000. A report has
been made to the Eden Prairie, MN. Police Dept. (Case #88005145)
It was also noted that John applied a trailer hitch to his
truck April 23. Later investigation confirmed he had acquired a
trailer to carry considerable goods.
CASCADE ELECTRONICS INC.
ROUTE 1 BOX 8
RANDOLPH MN 55065
If you have information concerning this subject or would care to
call in confidence please call the above number collect after 5
P.M. Central Time. Specify to the operator that the subject of
the call is the John Aleshe affair.
Police report filed on May 9 1988 with the Goodhue County Sheriff
ROBERT DISSELL INVESTIGATOR 612-388-8261
The following are serial numbers of some of the stolen hardware:
Monitors: Color EGA
MODEL PB1431EG (PACKARD BELL)
SN 80300770 80300773
MODEL MBM4175 (GOLD STAR)
SN 70602265 70602618
MODEL ST251 (SEAGATE 40 MEG HARD DRIVE)
SN 7202 0212 1797 2715
8674 6599 5915 2425
0957 9599 7126 0322
7886 6591 7858
MODEL MF353B (MITSUBISHI 3.5" FLOPPY)
SN 8941-8950 AND 7821-7830
MODEL MF504B (MITSUBISHI 5" 1.2 FLOPPY)
SN 6021-6030 AND 6081-6090
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