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Trump's Acting AG Advised Firm Accused of Scamming Consumers

  • Promotion-marketing scheme was shut down by FTC last year
  • Whitaker had praised company’s products and leadership team
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Matthew Whitaker, the Justice Department lawyer who was named acting attorney general by President Donald Trump, sat on an advisory board of a company that was accused by U.S. regulators last year of bilking consumers out of millions of dollars.

The Federal Trade Commission won a court order halting an invention-promotion scheme run by a Florida-based company called World Patent Marketing that the agency said falsely promised to patent and market people’s inventions for fees. The company then threatened people with legal action when they complained about its practices, according to the agency.