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St. Louis Today: Linuxgruven.com founder is arrested on 2-year-old fraud charge

Apr 20, 2001, 14:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Shinkle)

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An enterprising reporter tracks down James Hibbits, co-founder of LinuxGruven.com, just before his arrest on unrelated fraud charges. As you might expect, he denies that any wrongdoing went on at LinuxGruven.com:

"Wearing shorts and a T-shirt bearing the logo of slashdot.com, a computer news Web site that has carried sometimes harsh accounts of his company's demise, Hibbits denied wrongdoing at Linuxgruven. The company has faced accusations from the Better Business Bureau and others that it lured students through misleading ads promising $45,000-a-year jobs...."

"'Obviously, we expanded a little too fast, and just like every other tech company out there, we were working toward getting a round of financing,' Hibbits said...."

"Hibbits declined to comment specifically on the cases over bounced checks [at LinuxGruven] and the students seeking refunds, though he did say, 'I think all the obligations that are outstanding are going to be met and the company is going to go forward.'"

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