Excellent news

Victoria Straus reports that Martha Ivery is going to jail.



Alphabet said...

Five years? Come on. And the woman is obviously ill. It's good that she was prosecuted, but really, that is a punitive sentence for someone who is really one of life's losers, and deserves pity as much as contempt.

Virginia Miss said...

About time, after bilking so many naive writers. Thanks for sharing the good news.

Cara said...

That is great news to wake up to AND to start the weekend. Nice to know some of these freaks get their asses caught!

inherwritemind1 said...

Isn't it interesting how some people "turn to religion" just as they feel the noose around their neck?

cm allison said...

Kudos to V & A, and all of you who worked so hard for this!

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Ryan Field said...

Been following this for a while, and it's good to see an end to it.

Sha'el, Princess of Pixies said...

Bill E. Goat: ... But I like Ivy. I have since I was a kid ... Someone wrote a song about that once. Goats like Ivy.

Me: Bill, it's Ivery. Martha Ivery. She did bad things...

Bill: Ivy's not bad. For you it'd be an acquired taste, but...

Me: Bill, you're not listening....

Bill: Tell me later. I see that cute French Alpine, and we've got more self-publishing to do ... [Shouts as he happily skips off] ... Try some Ivy; you'll like it!

Anonymous said...

Hell's not half full.

katiesandwich said...

Now this is what I call a great holiday gift for all the people this woman scammed. I read the link that Victoria provided. Sheesh!

pooks said...

About damn time.

The Writers Beware folks deserve medals.

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And you'll see! Congrats!

Sha'el, Princess of Pixies said...

Dear Alphabet,

The woman owes $728,248.10 in restitution. The court found her competent to know right from wrong. Tell me why bad behavior should be rewarded simply because she has other problems.

Her mental health issues didn't make her into a criminal. She made that choice. And she defrauded hapless authors of almost a million dollars.

Also, the five years is the maximum sentence, isn't it? Almost no one serves the maximum for this kind of fraud.

Personally, I think she should have to work it off in perpetual servitude until she repays the money. At say minimum wage.... Or, maybe she could go on tour and sing duets with a famous cabaret singer. I could recommend someone to her.

Laura(southernxyl) said...

I suspect that the sentence was meant to be punitive. Most sentences probably are. Hard to think of a reason why they should be anything else.

Anonymous said...

This is far too excessive. I feel so sorry for her. I've been scammed before but it is only money and money can be replaced, someone losing years of their life in prison cannot be undone. This is a sad day.

Ray Goldensundrop said...

sustance abuse

Heh, even though a typo, seems to fit.

Darn close to sustenance abuse, the taking of people's money and giving zippo in return or even taking something away.

Knock knock . . .


Hello God, remember me?

Oh yes, Martha. How are you? Haven't heard from you since, oh, you were five, weren't you?

Yes. You never answered.

But I did.

I didn't hear you.


Well, I'm back.


I'm in trouble.

K. I know.

Will you help me?

[the door remains open]

[will she walk over the threshold?]

[or will it be yet another fake spiritual awakening meant to scam people out of their sustenance?]

[either way, there's no fooling God]

Came across this idea in a current best-selling novel:

Each person has two dogs within, the good one and the evil one. Each person decides which dog to feed.

Seems to fit.

Word ver: yckip

That's spooky.

Anonymous said...

You might get a slap on the wrist if you steal a little money. $700,000 plus is a lot of money, and warrants a long sentence. But even the 5 years she received doesn't begin to address the cruel way she treated her victims.

Anonymous said...

anonymous: This is far too excessive. I feel so sorry for her.

Yes, by all means, pity her. She is mentally ill. (Did you, by any chance, read about the letters she sent to Ann and Victoria regarding their mangled corpses?) She is, however, capable of telling right from wrong, and she chose to do wrong. There are consequences for such behavior.

I've been scammed before but it is only money and money can be replaced, someone losing years of their life in prison cannot be undone.

The time it took those people to legitimately earn that money she scammed from them cannot be "undone," either. The life time of her victims is not worth less than hers.


Anonymous said...

Stealing money is one thing, but she threatened people with bodily harm for standing against her. I would have had second thoughts going after someone like that. What was there to stop her from finding anyone from Writer Beware and doing violence?

Theft and making threats are bad enough, but she destroyed dreams.

I would have been totally crushed if I'd paid out in good faith to get published, then realized my agent was nothing more than a low-down dirty thief.

It would have taken me a long time to get over such a betrayal. My friends and family would have had to deal with me, and it spreads out from there.

Multiply that by the 100's of others she's stolen from and betrayed and that's a lot of grief making the world a sad and bitter place.

There are worse crimes and worse punishments, but I think she got off lightly for the harm she's caused to so many.

Ms. Strauss, Crispin, Agent Paul Silver, Miss Snark, and all of AW--THANK YOU.

Anonymous said...

In actual fact, she got off light. She was facing 35 years in prison.

From the DOJ news release:

"IVERY faces a maximum term of up to 20 years in prison for mail fraud, 10 years for fraud in connection with an access device and 5 years for bankruptcy fraud. IVERY is also subject to up to 3 years supervised release, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and an order of restitution to pay defrauded victims."

She ripped off people for years, with 300 documented victims, and over $700,000 stolen. I think the sentence sounds extremely fair.

Dave Kuzminski said...

The idea of giving out harsh sentences is meant as a deterrent in order to convince more people not to commit crimes. If the deterrent isn't high enough, then it becomes profitable to commit crimes.

She didn't get a harsh enough sentence.

Manic Mom said...

Yay! Another Martha in prison.

Jelly said...

I love it when bad people get theirs.