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Silicon Valley Shakedown 

A con man feeds on fear and paranoia in the software business

Wednesday, Jan 12 2000
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But no others have come forward.

"There is no shortage of fraud out there, and there was no particular reason to target [only] Lawrence," says Leuthold, explaining why he thinks there are other victims. Seeking help from law enforcement agencies is counter to the culture of many immigrant business owners, he adds.

"It's a learning curve for foreign business people," he says. "I constantly tell my clients in business about the [justice] system -- badge and search warrant, if someone says they're the police, get their badge number, call your attorney, that kind of thing."

Meanwhile, Jou has found peace, Leuthold says, rebuilding his business, and having gained a swift education in federal law and the justice system.

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