Was bored and remembered this scam so I caught up on the last 5 months...
Unfortunately there really has been no progress at all.
Someone confirmed that the police acknowledged he committed several crimes but have no interest in pursuing it.
Then someone with a legal background came in and explained that in this kind of situation requires time and time is money. They said the best chance was for a bunch of victims to start a class action so they can pool together resources for a lawyer and hope to get the attention of law enforcement. Even then they shouldn't expect to get their money back, it would be more about making the scammer's life hard and help prevent future scams.
His advice sounded really good until one of the more vocal victims, Odin, came in to explain that multiple lawyers had already been hired and they already confirmed the only assets under his name are a shit house and an old truck. Apparently the scammer has some sort of trust fund too but they were told it was untouchable.
Also it sounds like the scammer has started to make restitution with most victims. Only one or two appear to have been made 100% whole again but the rest have been made partially whole which means they are far less likely to pursue expensive legal solutions.
All done last year. I don't know if the guys who filed the suits and hired the attorneys stopped paying when it dead ended, or if they just couldn't get anywhere. I haven't talked to the main guy who hired the lawyer since last year. A lot (most) of the victims declined to participate in the lawyer fees because they just wanted to be over the whole thing and not put any more money into it.
Steven doesn't have any assets, he rented the shithole warehouse. His only assets on paper are a shithole old shack of a house that's not worth anything, and an old pickup truck. We have Steven's criminal records, almost 100 arrests/citations. Been in prison. Has nothing to take, lives on a trust fund that is certainly immune to a lawsuit over this.
I know everyone has ideas of what should have been done, and I'm saying we did it all. And that's precisely why, after months of wasting energy fighting Steven, pretty much everyone made a deal to take cash and/or games of a similar (but always lesser) value to the original purchase. Everyone saw enough evidence to know that Steven would NEVER be paying anyone back if they went legal. Our only chance of ever getting anything was to make the best deal we could, and as far as I know all but 1 person in our group was made mostly whole. And by that I mean we got money and/or games of approximate value of the original deal, only Steven always came out a little ahead on the deals. He basically got a 6 month interest free loan from us and then only had to pay back 75% of it because he sent out less desirable games.
People are still trying to chase him and Kris around the various forums calling them out for being scammers. It's apparently working to a degree since Steve has claimed to file a defamation suit for libel
Sounds like it's 99% confirmed Kris Donohoo is also involved in the scam since he's still selling games that were involved in the fire supposedly and never went out.
Someone also said Kris will wait on approving sale posts in groups he controls and then go sell the item in another group at a markup before approving the ad and buy it himself. Someone posted PMs from Kris admitting he is selling the same games that were used in the scam, sometimes to the very same victims of the original scam.