Today in irony: AOL sues former employee for billing them for crappy services they didn’t want, need
AOL is suing its former Director of Studio Technology, Johnathon Woods, for fraudulently billing the company for over a million dollars through a front company he secretly controlled.
According to legal filings, embedded below, Woods created Twelve28 Media and then contracted the company to provide AOL with $1,032,741.30 in consultancy services. In every case, AOL argues, these were services that Woods was already paid to do through his day job.
To the extent Twelve28 provided any Unnecessary Services to AOL, AOL had no need for them, as they fell within Woods’ job requirements. Through this scheme, Woods was paid twice to perform his duties at AOL: (i) once through his salary, and (ii) again when he outsourced his responsibilities to Twelve28.
Because of the nature of the deception, including wire fraud across state lines, the suit also includes Woods of violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Conspiracy (RICO) Act.
For that reason alone, it’s hard to overestimate the seriousness of the allegations against Woods. And there is certainly — absolutely, definitely not — anything hilariously ironic about AOL suing a guy for getting rich by billing for services nobody wanted and nobody needed.
Or, in other words, for AOLing AOL.