Please share a fundraiser for Peter Beagle, and oppose false sale of his work to fight him.

Would you buy the work of a creator you love, if it funds an abuser’s fight to grab his rights – to financially crush him into submission, steal his creative time, make him lose sleep, punish people he loves, and delay aid and solutions?

How would you feel if your goodwill was misused that way without your knowledge- because the seller hid the creator’s objections?

This is happening with sales of Peter Beagle’s work at Conlan Press. It enriches owner Connor Cochran while he battles Peter in court, and Peter is living as “close to the bone” as possible.

Here’s a good way to get books without guilt, and help him eat and live.  “All proceeds go directly to Peter. There is no middleman.”  Please share: 

A Fundraiser for Peter and A Lot of Damn Fine Reading as Well!

Consumer rights abuse is only part of the problem with Conlan Press.  There’s something very wrong with the misuse of goodwill. Well-intentioned fans are paying without being informed about Peter’s lawsuit against Cochran for Elder Abuse and Fraud.  Their money funds Cochran’s vexatious attack back at Peter.

Cochran’s appeals for money won’t mention any lawsuit – in his “Raven” newsletter, his web store, his ebooks at Amazon.com, and his exploitation of the Last Unicorn movie rights and licensing.  DON’T BUY ANY OF IT! He’s doing “sleazy money and intellectual property grabs using Peter as bait without Peter’s permission or benefit.”

He’s milking Peter’s name like there’s no tomorrow – because there isn’t one for his business while Peter’s lawsuit moves forward.

Cochran wormed his way into Peter’s life by selling snake-oil about a better deal. He pushed out previous exploiters to take their place.  But this fundraiser isn’t like his “crisis for poor Peter!” tearjerkers he did to exploit goodwill. It’s not promoting another false savior. It’s simply dealing with the results of Cochran’s scamming, that hit so many others who need relief too.

Didn’t get your book, just excuses?

So, you’re one of countless deceived fans who paid Conlan Press without knowing about Peter’s lawsuit or Cochran’s 11 years of withholding goods.  Please notice his new strategy to delay timely delivery, put off complaints, and sweep scamming under the rug.  (And to hide violation of the FTC’s 30-day rule.)  He recently enlisted a Crisis Manager to make the excuses look good.

Read about Cochran’s PR manipulation in our extra-super-detailed post.

DON’T LET HIM GET AWAY WITH IT.  Silence makes more harm.

If your money was taken deceptively, or if you got nothing – demand refunds now. Take NO excuses. Keep pressure going. Don’t hold hope after years of lies. Don’t let your money fund attacks at Peter instead of what you paid for.

No refund? File a Credit Charge Dispute.

(Non-lawyer tips to use at your own judgement. Read more at Credit.com.)

Never pay cash to a shady seller. A card brings important protection.

If ONE refund request to the company isn’t honored, find the transaction in your statement and ask the bank for a charge dispute. It can be done online in a minute, or call them.  They’re rarely fought.  Watch time limits (often 120 days.)  The bank takes the money back and credits your account, then reviews if the decision is final.

If you got no item, the refund is yours.  If something did arrive, you may mail it back (ideally, postage due) and keep the tracking number.  If the bank follows up to ask for proof, share the tracking number and the refund is yours.

If the company delivered something different than you paid for, delivered more than 30 days late, didn’t answer your request, refused to accept a return, or there was any problem with return address, tell them and the refund is yours.

Banks make money from providing this service – they’re strongly on the side of consumers. Also, they review accounts that receive many disputes.  Too many and the account may be cancelled.

We’ve seen cheated victims of Conlan Press go empty-handed without knowing about this protection.  Knowledge is Power – use it today.

Conlan Press gets Crisis Manager instead of delivering goods promised now. Fake “pre sales” are continuing since 2005. Meet the new Human Shield for fraud.

Conlan Press is crashing and burning with multiple lawsuits for over $50 million and a fraud scandal.  That includes 11 YEARS of fake “pre sales” for TWO HEARTS.  Most recently, the lying delivery promises were for October… then November… then February… “Spring 2016″… and then all dates were removed from the sale page:

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(- Conlan Press).  See bottom for more outrageously slimy excuses for why this isn’t happening.

The lies have been so consistent and intentional that they need special tracking to list them all.  We started in 2014. (Another site has a Lie List too). The public is fed up:ten

Complaints keep piling up about Kubo art prints, Last Unicorn Blu-ray movies, “Better Beagle Bundles”, THE LAST UNICORN expanded graphic novel, and THE LAST UNICORN worldwide screening tour edition. From 2/17/2016:

(Facebook post by G.N.) I consider myself to be a rather intelligent and cautious man when it comes to scammers and those who choose to take advantage of others for the sake of a dollar… the reason I am posting this… is to draw attention to Connor Cochran of Conlan Press and expose him to the world as the crook that he truly is. I also wish to express my deepest sympathy to Peter S Beagle and his family who have all been taken advantage of by such a disgusting and self-serving lowlife. I may never see my $120.00 again or ever receive my merchandise, but I refuse to stand by and let the legacy and beauty that is “The Last Unicorn” be tarnished and desecrated in such a manner…

Here’s what owner Connor Cochran delivers, instead of what you paid for.

Mr. Reece Mack has publicly announced getting the Crisis Manager role for the “Last Unicorn Movie” page on Facebook.  Months afterwards, that is.  On LinkedIn, he says it happened in September 2015. (Was it timed in advance of Peter’s lawsuit?)

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A deleted comment by Mia S.: “So… By happy place do you mean deleting all mentions of bad business on the part of the publishing company?” 

 

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Mr. Mack’s LinkedIn profile publicly presents his Crisis Management role. It shows a talented, wholesome-looking guy, making sympathy about a good person damaged by association with Connor Cochran. (Below, read a professional’s advice to get distance.)

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Connor Cochran gave this role to Mr. Mack while he’s in school near Vancouver for a PR degree.  Using a student has benefits for a manipulator. They may be passionate and exploitable – until they’re burnt out and disposed. (See how Cochran exploited a cancer patient until they collapsed.)  

Why would Cochran want a Vancouver connection? It’s a center for animation industry with lots of international investment and tax breaks. And don’t forget refuge from legal jurisdiction. In 2015, he fled California after calls for investigation, and moved to Bellingham WA, 15 minutes from Canada’s border.  He was chasing $125 million from Chinese movie investors – until they saw Peter Beagle’s lawsuit.

September 2015 was an interesting date to engage Mr. Mack’s service.  Cochran had already done a few months of calculated deception about Peter’s health. (See the doctor’s report about good health in Peter’s lawsuit).  That was to spread distraction, because Peter refused to shield Cochran’s fraud any longer.

So Cochran reeled in a crisis manager.  We sympathize for Mr. Mack about being strategically put in the line of fire. It sucks to be a Human Shield – and if it comes down to it, a scapegoat like many before him.

We’ve been respecting Mr. Mack’s prudent silence about this, until he belatedly announced and named himself on Facebook, to soothe customer anger about fake “pre sales” and delivery lies by Cochran.

It’s a shitty job, but nobody has to do it.  Let Cochran face justice with no more delay.

Mr. Mack, it’s time to stop excusing fraud and be honest to all – including yourself.

Years of consistent complaints aren’t “negative rumours.”

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It’s not a rumor that Connor Cochran has been sued many times for scamming.

  • Penguin Group (usa) Inc. couldn’t get Cochran to pay his $3,000 bill until they sued. We received a report that they won with damages: San Mateo Superior Court, case #CLJ511166 (2012) – A writ of execution was issued in the amount of $6001.28. The judgment was finally satisfied in early 2015. 
  • Baker & Taylor Incorporated sued for $6,000 of DVD’s after Cochran broke their contract, and pretended to have other terms that didn’t exist.
  • Sydney Clemens had $25,000 stolen when Cochran promised to publish her, broke the contract, forced her to sue, and gamed the system to run up her bills.
  • The Last Unicorn Tour investors are suing him for misappropriating hundreds of thousands of dollars.
  • New grounds to sue keep coming, because Cochran treats contracts like disposable wrapping paper on presents to himself.

Mr. Mack, what this site exposed in 2014 wasn’t rumor. It was prediction long before Peter’s lawsuit gave so much more evidence. See a letter we put out to your predecessor, Chris Rickert, and wonder if she saw it coming.

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Mr. Mack, please read advice about Cochran from one publishing professional to another one, who was disgraced for supporting him:

Dude, I don’t know how far back you go with Cochran, but some friendly advice having known and worked with someone just like Cochran… don’t go to bat for him. I’m a casual observer, I know maybe a smattering of the details, and everything I see is red flags.

Seriously. What’s more likely: he’s the innocent victim of a decade of bad luck and poor project management, along with a duplicitous client and an internet-wide smear campaign lasting ten years, masterminded by angry fans and a former employee using a bunch of sock puppet accounts to sully the name of somebody trying to preserve a beloved author’s career… or the more realistic version?

Honestly, just take a step back from all this. Do it for your own good. I worked for a small publisher in my area for a couple of months, and he fed me a line of bullshit just like Cochran’s about a few projects we were doing… Seriously, just get distance and don’t look back.

Mr. Mack, please don’t underestimate how much worse it will get with the sad thing you’re carrying on.  Think about whether a disgraceful fraud scandal belongs on your resume. Get on the right side with the victims, and support consumer rights and Peter Beagle.  We wish you the best in getting distance from Cochran’s damage.

For anyone else, if you don’t feel like you’re being scammed by Cochran’s PR manipulation – YOU ALREADY ARE.

Even more outrageously slimy excuses with one Human Shield after another.

“The Raven, January 8, 2016 – This is a free email newsletter from Conlan Press regarding Peter S. Beagle’s work” (A slimy way to exploit Peter more without permission.)

“EXTENDED PRE-ORDER DISCOUNTS ON NEW LAST UNICORN BOOKS (Linda Robertson’s loss is your gain)”

Last October Linda Robertson, our freelance book designer, was in a car accident while taking her father on a much-delayed vacation. Linda and her dad came out of it all right, thank goodness, but the same could not be said for the car, which was totaled. So Linda asked us to share this note with all of you:

“Hi everyone. I’m Linda, the book designer working on the tour edition of The Last Unicorn and the exciting Two Hearts hardback. I’m thrilled to be working on both of these books and I hope you’ll love the finished volumes.

“If you’ve ever worked in publishing you’ll know that delays are almost a given. After 40 years in publishing I could tell you stories that would make your eyes cross and head spin. At my end a recent auto accident has taken up a lot of time. Though none of my family was hurt, I am left dealing with insurance companies and an attempt to find a replacement car.

“So please don’t think the books are on the back burner and that you’ll never see them…

DOWNSIDE OF THE ACCIDENT: We wanted The Last Unicorn Worldwide Screening Tour hardcover and the illustrated Two Hearts hardcover to be out by now, but obviously that’s not happening. This delay also pushed back our schedule on the new expanded Regular and Deluxe hardcover editions of The Last Unicorn graphic novel.

UPSIDE OF THE ACCIDENT: (a) Linda’s loss is your gain, assuming you’d like to save money. Our pre-order discount on these titles was supposed to end in October, but because of the accident we are extending it until the books go to press. In addition, (b) the additional time made it possible to add a section to the tour hardcover commemorating Lula Coe, the amazing Idaho girl whose terminal cancer prompted us to bring a screening…

See again the victim report of how Connor Cochran exploited another cancer patient.

And a car accident last October is his amazing BS excuse now after 11 years of fraud. That’s how gullible he thinks you are when he uses others to promote himself.

Getting a crisis manager can keep the excuses coming.  It can’t fix the ownership of the company.  For real solution, see CALL FOR INVESTIGATION in the sidebar.

Deceptive art print sales reveal new fraud by Connor Cochran – a warning to avoid Conlan Press.

We’re letting everyone know about the below post to the Peter S. Beagle Facebook page. (Thanks to Kevin for the tip.)

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The deleted post was here.  Here’s others about Frank’s animation collector website, and a blog post from 2010, showing that he is indeed who he said he is.

Peter Beagle’s Facebook page is controlled by his abusive ex-manager, Connor Cochran. Many grievances have been scrubbed away from the page to hide wrongdoing, depriving Peter of his voice and his connection to fans.

But the internet is forever, and Connor has no power to delete anything we share.

This post adds evidence about the same fraud revealed by many other lawsuits against Connor and Conlan Press. (See sidebar.) There’s strong public need to know about this ongoing pattern of abuse.

The Conlan Press web store offers a few dozen items for sale that reprint other people’s work. (It has long operated as a signature factory and false front for “pre sales” of goods that are never produced.)  Seven Kubo fine art prints are being sold for hundreds of dollars. (Are they really “limited edition”?)

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Cochran has bragged about handling 300,000 sales. The prints have a prominent place at the top of his store. Consider if 5,000 prints were sold at $100 each. A half million dollar take would give excellent grounds for a lawsuit for falsely withholding commissions. You see the scale of theft blithely committed by Cochran while he claims to do “Good Things For Good Reasons” – Conlan Press’s fork-tongued motto.

Fans Against Fraud has already shared many complaints about these expensive prints being withheld from confused and angry customers. From The Last Unicorn Facebook page:

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Connor has since removed all such comments from his own site, but we helpfully saved them for you.

Jessie Dias June 14, 2015 at 5:27 pm

Hi my mom and i ordered a bunch of stuff when u guys were on tour in Houston TX but we havent gotten anything we ordered yet and were not sure why are u guys waiting till the tour is totally over or are u just backed up on orders?

Sold in April 2015 – STILL undelivered in Feb 2016 (breaking the FTC’s 30-day rule):

These are just some of countless scam victims who should be warned about the consumer rights abuse we have documented.

Cochran broke the promises that were part of sales both coming and going.  He has been sued by publishers for taking stock without paying. Then he takes sales money without delivering.  In essence, he steals twice – from providers, and from buyers who are shortchanged.

Come up with your own words for the way this slimy cartoon villain has inserted himself in the middle of this business.

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Reports are coming in with higher volume than we can cover. Look for more soon.  Please share, and visit Peter Beagle’s support page in the top corner of this site.  Keep the faith that the more this truth comes out, the faster Cochran’s fraud operation will crumble, until there is fairness for Peter and the victims.

Report: Connor Cochran pushed cancer patient and Last Unicorn Tour volunteer to work until she vomited – and her family was cheated after her passing.

It is with sorrow that we share the following story about a movie tour volunteer and her family, reported by her friend.

In respect for the dignity of the departed, we ask readers to pay a moment of thought for her as a generous person, as many fans of Peter Beagle are.

Giving from the heart is the quality that Connor Cochran targeted for his own greedy gain. His profit came from exploiting fan generosity as a continual source for enrichment that he would never repay.

As deplorable as this is, the report may not surprise you if you’re caught up with updates here. For a wealth of supporting evidence, start with the introduction to Cochran’s history – item 1) in the side bar.

We want this reporter to take heart in knowing that it helps other victims to share.  We asked approval to post this, and she answered: “Thank you for giving me a voice to express not only my anger but the truth of Cochran’s behavior.”

Below, read her most recent message sent directly to Cochran, regarding cheating of her friend’s family and 13-year-old son in their time of grief.

Then, read her experience of volunteering for the Last Unicorn Tour.  She sent it to Peter Beagle’s lawyer, to add even more evidence about Cochran’s history.

Names are removed here, but already submitted for legal use as appropriate, exclusively and solely by the reporter. We’re grateful to have the second look.

Message to Connor Cochran

Mr. Cochran,

You have put off, lied and manipulated for years now. This year before Christmas you wanted me to ask H____’s family for their address to have a package sent to her son (now a men’s medium!). Knowing you had no intention of actually resolving this I was lucky enough to have saved every email from you and your cohorts where I had given it (H____’s address) to you years previously.

And, like I thought, NOTHING came to fruition.

What kind of man are you? The lying kind. The kind that will tell anyone whatever he thinks will get them off of his back for a period of time. A man who would have had me get a 13 year old boy excited for a gift which in his eyes would be from his mother – (not you) – who died less than a year before.

You not only did not get it sent to him for Christmas, you didn’t have it sent by mid January for his birthday, which was hard enough for him since his mother passed on the day after his birthday the year before.

You are truly a deplorable person and someone who can not be trusted. Your morals and values need to be put in check, you need to stop lying to the world and start being honest.

It must feel very upsetting to you to know how the public views you.

I have contacted Mr. Beagle’s lawyer, Mrs. Hunt and gave her a write up of my account volunteering under your Tour (it was yours wasn’t it?) and forwarded all emails sent back and forth between the two of us.

Hope this brings you a lot of shame because you deserve nothing less.

Mr. Beagle deserved better than you and so did the people you manipulated to volunteer under false pretenses.

Thanks you very much, I see no reason to further contact you for the packages as it is obvious after three years you have never had intention to mail them out.

Sincerely,
E____

While reporting here, she added:

“Hopefully this wil help support the claims being made by Beagle and give a clear and very depressing look at how much Cochran values his volunteers and humans in general… Purely a man out for the buck with no ascertation of how to be a good, caring human.” 

“My depression is strong and missing my best friend has drastically changed my life and attitude towards life. It is difficult for me to remember times like this as I would much prefer to concentrate on the good days H____ and I had. Still, I did get this done.”

Movie Tour Volunteer Experience

E____’s account of working for The Last Unicorn Tour.

It was in April of 2014 I believe. My best friend and I signed up to help with the tour. At this point in time H____ had just finished chemo and radiation for cancer.

Sadly a few weeks before the show she found out the cancer was back (note here that H____ didn’t tell me the cancer had returned until after the show), though that did not stop her from participating and wanting to carry on.

We showed up early and went in to the theater. We were told no one from the show had arrived. After waiting around for an hour we decided to walk to Denny’s (a few stores down) and grab a bite to eat. Afterwards, we went straight back to the theater. Still no one had arrived. H____ and I walked around and window shopped for a good amount of time and made it back again to the theater and still no word from anyone from The Last Unicorn.

Finally, Connor Cochran and Peter Beagle drove up in a tiny van. Cochran said his wife was sick and she stayed behind (somewhere). It was just the three of us getting things ready while Beagle, looking exhausted, rightfully took some time to himself. Beagle appeared tired and a little melancholy, sat at a table with a drink and read a book.

Cochran was working us more than double time. I knew it was too much for H___ and took him aside and told him about her situation (she would never have wanted anyone to know).

I had brought up that my father who was paying to attend the screening lived close (at the time) and could help us set up. Cochran said that would be great and that he would also make sure my Dad got one of the packages for the volunteers. My father was in his mid 60’s at the time. H____ and I had known each other since 9 years old and my Father knew her situation well and came up to the theater quickly (we were all like a big family).

H____ needed to take breaks but it didn’t seem like Cochran had any compassion. H____ mentioned to me Cochran made her feel badly for not being able to keep up with the rest of us.

During our setting up, my father, R____, mentioned that Beagle had been sitting alone for a long time, Cochran was noticeably not paying any attention to Beagle even to make sure he was doing okay.

At that point I encouraged my Dad to go and say hello to him and talk about The Lord of The Rings. My father recalls Peter Beagle being on point, having no issues with a confused mind and someone who was quite intelligent. They continued to chat while we set up the trinkets. Afterwards my Dad was pretty happy getting to have the opportunity to pick Beagle’s brain. My father later said while discussing the lawsuit that Beagle seemed on point and not confused, most importantly very sober.

So, the show went on. The crowd filled the seats, Cochran took to the stage first. Talking skittishly to the audience.

In the middle of the show I had noticed H____ had left her seat for an extended period of time which seemed odd because of her love for The Last Unicorn. Sadly, I found her sitting on the ground in the bathroom and she was throwing up. The work was too much and she had clearly over did it.

After the show ended and all questions taken we headed out to sell merchandise. This part my Father did not participate in. It was H____, myself, Cochran and Beagle at the end of the table talking to a huge amount of fans all wanting a chance to speak with the beloved author.

We sold merchandise for a few hours, the line dwindled and so did Beagle’s energy. Not once did I see or hear Cochran ask Beagle how he was holding up and if the mass of fans was too much for him. It would have been for me, I really don’t know how Beagle handled all of that as it must have been difficult as he was already very tired, especially without a bathroom break after the show and through all of the fans purchasing items.

When it was time to pack up Cochran was there to make sure all inventory was in boxes. Then seemed to take off when it was time to put tables away and pack the van up. H____ again over did it, Dad tried to help as much as possible but I felt like most of the work fell on my shoulders and was angry that Cochran didn’t care about H____’s health or my father’s for that matter doing all this heavy lifting. During this time Beagle sat again at the table exhausted.

It wasn’t until the very end of the night that we asked about the packages for volunteers. Cochran said they would be mailed out to us quickly and drove off.

From that time on, I had sent numerous emails to Cochran asking about the packages as more about H____’s health was revealed. When we learned that she would not survive she asked me to email and request the package be made up for her son rather than for herself. Again, Cochran agreed to this and said once the red tape was “cut” he would be sending out the packages.

Now it is 2016, my best friend of over 20 years is gone and there have been no packages sent out to us, or, any Canadian volunteers as far as I have been able to find out.

This past December 2015, I had been discussing Cochran’s behavior online and my experience working the tour.

On the 14th of December 2015, Cochran messaged me asking for the address to mail out the packages. As we talked about before they were to all be mailed to one address and handed out to make it easier. Though that was not good enough for Cochran who would have had me message H____’s Mother for her address (I am still close with H____’s family and luckily did not have to bother them with this as I knew it wasn’t going to amount to anything) to have the package mailed.

On New Years Eve Day I emailed back asking for the shipping information because if he had mailed it they should have been in Canada by then. Cochran had explained to me because it was Christmas that the packages were not mailed out. He mentioned that he was being nice to us by putting in a shirt, where I had reminded him that the people working the tour were to receive special shirts saying we worked it, and have heard nothing back since.

I will forward you the emails between Cochran and myself so you can read how he talks to his volunteers and manipulates people.

Cochran did not make a good impression on me or anyone that night. He only cared about money and that still seems to be what he is doing now. Asking me to contact H____’s family a year after her death to get an address that was told to me previously that was already recorded. Then, to not even mail out the package to H____’s kid, who was waiting… Well, I think that gives an exceptional example of what his morals and values are.

We must emphasize that Connor Cochran would sue to shut her up, if he could.

Fans Against Fraud offers rock solid support to make your voice heard.  (Use “Report” link in the sidebar.)

The reporter speaks against resistance that has kept many silent. If false promises fail to manipulate victims, then comes Connor’s threats and abuse of the legal system. We hold many such reports in confidence.

Methods to cheat the system come from Cochran’s disgraced partner, Charles E. Petit, an unlicensed ex-lawyer who can’t work a real job.  The luxury of such free and dirty service has been used against many victims – including Peter Beagle now.

For Cochran’s attack against Beagle, his “official” lawyer also represents Harlan Ellison.  Charles Petit’s former client was Harlan Ellison.  You put two and two together.

Dishonest litigation is Cochran’s real business. He inserted himself between Peter Beagle and fans by seizing other people’s work that way.

The corruption revealed by these stories makes it so important to tell them. We’ll share the truth because every victim deserves it. Please share, and visit Peter Beagle’s support site in the sidebar.

Conlan Press Facebook page has new reports from rip-off victims.

Please share these reports to protect fellow humans at risk, or if you’re a victim of Connor Cochran’s decade of scamming.  A recent comment to this site reports Cochran’s mistreatment of movie tour volunteers (more details soon.)  And new reports are coming out about his predatory business practices.

See Conlan Press reviews on Facebook.

1 STAR – “Nearly a year now I have been waiting for an item I ordered at an event. Too late for a refund from my credit card company, it becomes clear that Conlan never had any intention to mail the items I ordered. Buyer beware: odds are pretty good you’ll never get your books/prints/etc.”

1 STAR – “So many excuses for not delivering items their customers have paid for. Very disappointing.”

1 STAR – “THE LAST UNICORN Unabridged Audiobook, CD Edition – Two Hearts – Special Sequel to THE LAST UNICORN. Ordered in July of 2006 – almost TEN years ago! Still have not received the CDs or the hardcover copy of TWO HEARTS. There has been nothing but excuse after excuse after excuse… And the delays are always someone else’s fault. Went to their “new” website on 12/23/15 and sent an email to everyone listed from Connor on down asking for updates. On 12/26/15, received a reply from… “Customer Relations Goddess” (her signature) – which said the same old thing. I responded to her on 12/27/15 and have heard nothing since.”

The below complaint recently filed with the Better Business Bureau echoes the history of run-around, denial, and deliberate withholding of goods and money.

It was over 9 months in this case.  This customer is lucky not to have a 10-year wait, and ONLY lose the cost of a DVD… while others are suing Cochran for millions!

Complaint

Sent payment for pre-order in March for item to be shipped in June. It’s now November and never received item. Given run-around for receiving refund.
Placed order (#XXXXX)on 3/6/2015 for a signed copy of THE LAST UNICORN – 2015 “Enchanted Edition” Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack pre-order that would be shipped June 2015. Purchased item from http://conlanpress.com/ and paid $19.19 VIA PayPal account (Transaction ID: 7GXXXXXXRXXXXXXXN).

First notified in July that there would be a delay in shipment do to the author having medical problems. Received email on 9/11/15 stating they finally received stock of item, that the item would not be signed due to author’s medical condition, and unsigned items would be sent out in mid-October. Was also given choice to receive a refund and provided with Customer Relations contact ****** Keefer (******@conlanpress.com). Emailed back a forth with ****** a few times to figure situation and options out. Sent email to ****** on 10/6/15 stating that I would like to request a refund for the item. Received email from ****** on 10/7/15 confirming my request and saying she forward my request to ****** ******* to process refund and was told to allow 4 weeks for refund to arrive by check. Received email from ****** on 11/3/15 saying:

“Status of your refund:
When the money came in at the end of the summer from the European shows that did not get cancelled, it ended up being less than one quarter of the initial estimate. That, along with other expenses and lack of revenue means that refunds are not going out as we had anticipated that they would be.

There are some new and exciting things happening (like the sales of the ebooks on Amazon right now) and potential other deals that will bring in money so that we can issue refunds. At this time there is literally not enough money in the bank to issue refunds.

We have an accurate, up to date, current list of customers who have asked for refunds and where to send the check. I do not have a firm date right now when the checks will be sent out. However, you are not forgotten and we remain committed to issuing you a refund as you have requested. We appreciate your continued patience and understanding as we work through this very difficult time.”

Emailed ****** on 11/7/15 saying: Thank you for keeping everyone updated during this confusing time and I appreciate everyone’s effort to amend the situation. However, I believe I have been extremely patient. I sent payment in March for an item that should have been shipped in June. It’s now November. Unless a refund can be issued and proven in the next week, I will begin disputing the charge with my bank and/or Paypal.”

Received no indication of refund or further communication from ****** over the next week.

Sent follow up email to ****** today (11/17/15). Have yet to hear back.

The Last Unicorn Tour investors are suing Connor Cochran because they were treated just as deceptively as the above customers.  

Their lawsuit reveals fraudulent misuse of hundreds of thousands of their dollars.  Read it and take one guess for why Conlan Press has “literally not enough money in the bank to issue refunds:”

Upon information and belief, the Company Defendants are and were extremely undercapitalized as all, or most, of the revenues and monies yielded from the Company Defendants’ business were and have been drained from the Company Defendants and transferred to Defendant Cochran… for his own personal use…

Defendants completely failed to maintain the books and record… and, instead, simply converted all such funds Plaintiffs remitted for personal use.

Defendants have completely failed and/or refused to account for the use of Plaintiffs’ funds and have completely failed and/or refused to return any of Plaintiffs’ funds. Instead, to satisfy their personal debts and/or living expenses, Defendants wrongfully and unlawfully intentionally converted Plaintiffs’ funds for Defendants’ personal use…

Defendants… made material misrepresentations and false assurances to Plaintiffs, including, without limitation, the promise that… Defendants would not convert such funds for Defendants’ personal use.

Defendants’ misrepresentations and assurances in this regard were designed to entice Plaintiffs, at Plaintiffs’ significant detriment and expense, to pay Defendants… such representations and promises were false and, in addition, Defendants had no intention of fully performing under the terms of the parties’ Joint Venture Agreement, and knew that all such representations were false when made.

Connor Cochran has refused to make any response to the investor lawsuit.  It happened independently and simultaneously with Peter Beagle’s.  

Instead of taking responsibility for cheating, Cochran has chosen to frivolously countersue Peter’s 17-year life partner and his lawyer, for making the same consistent reports as many other victims…  Or more accurately, to punish Peter for leaving him.

And he’s deceptively scamming customers to fund his abuse – every time he takes your money for merch that you’ll likely never get.  His company newsletter even now begs you to buy Unicorn stuff without mentioning any lawsuit.

Place your bets about how soon bankruptcy is coming for Conlan Press – an “extremely undercapitalized” false-front company, hit with multiple lawsuits for over $50 million.

Last Unicorn Tour investors sue Connor Cochran for fraud, sending a one-two punch after Peter Beagle’s lawsuit.

Here’s the latest complaints for millions in damages: 

  • Conversion
  • breach of agreement
  • breach of fiduciary duties
  • unjust enrichment
  • fraud

And that’s just for this month! Kidding… this has really been a long time coming.

Are the lawsuits ever going to stop?  Let’s hope not. After 10 years of abusing fans for greed, it’s time to put this predator down for the count.

Details of the lawsuit by The Last Unicorn Tour investors:

  • Connor Cochran used a shell corporation as a personal piggy bank.  The funds were supposed to be scrupulously managed only for narrow purposes, but he helped himself to hundreds of thousands in his care.
  • He kept no records of how the funds were used, and refused to give accounting.  He drained them entirely until he can’t pay them back.
  • He’s still exploiting the Last Unicorn movie (and Peter’s name and work) for his own enrichment, while everyone goes empty-handed.

They’re suing Cochran for return of a $300,000 investment, interest and compensation to recover it; punitive damages for fraud; and all costs of trial.

Connor Cochran scammed people without limits, to fund a greedy fantasy of bootstrapping himself up to the Hollywood level. No scam was too big or too small.  He’d screw a fan buying a christmas present, a grandfatherly hero of fairy tale lovers, or movie investors all the same.

It was a power trip behind a front of supposed noble intentions. He loved taking credit for Peter Beagle’s work. But this newest lawsuit is evidence that he’s never even had the financial responsibility to run a popsicle stand, let alone properly manage a career.

Peter Beagle is left blameless. All of the wrongdoing has a single source.

Are you still on a wait list for Conlan Press goods? Send refund requests now, but expect things are up in smoke.  Take heart in victories of principle.

Fairness for fans is our goal.  You deserve to love and support beautiful art without predators.  Sympathy goes to everyone who didn’t know about this ugliness, and every small fan who endured years of harm without power to stop it.

PDF: Last Unicorn Tour investors sue Cochran

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Fans manipulated by Connor Cochran: he’s calling them to oppose this fraud expose – but they’re supporting it instead.

WELCOME, new readers and previous victims who are just learning the extent of fraud and abuse by Connor Cochran and Conlan Press. We’re on your side.

Cochran is very fearful of this expose, and about engaging the evidence it documents.  His “rebuttals” were forced down from the Conlan Press website because they were too deceptive to keep in public view.  He has made many claims about having this site shut down.  As you can see, he lied every time.

Denial hasn’t worked.  Public spin has confirmed dishonesty.  Peter Beagle has abandoned him as a shield and brought much wider publicity about the fraud.  

Now Cochran is desperately manipulating customers personally.  He’s sticking to private phone calls, and avoiding written documents.  It helps him to stay evasive, dodge facts and misuse emotional ploys. 

Here’s what the manipulation looks like – and how it’s backfiring.  This expose is convincing his targets, and winning their support for truth and fairness.

“Hi,

I was directed to this website by Connor Cochran of Conlan Press, who suggested that I look at it. This was a phone call from him back in November 2015, and I was asked to make a rebuttal to comments against him and his company.

Here’s my story:

I had attended a Last Unicorn event and had enjoyed it very much. I followed the tour on Facebook for updates, and I became aware of Conlan Press. I fancied a piece of art on that site, and decided to buy it–this was mid-Oct 2015. I paid for the item and shipping cost, immediately debited from my bank account.

I became worried that the package had been lost by the post office in November. The standard delivery time is two weeks in the United States. I was also planning to relocate, so I contacted Conlan Press via email. I received no response. Near the end of November, I remembered the order and contacted Conlan Press again, explaining that this was my second message and to contact me via phone or email.  I believe it was that night I got a phone call.

He introduced himself as Connor and was a very polite, friendly man. I remembered him from the event. He’s very, very talkative. I had expected a customer service rep or volunteer to call and was surprised to learn that he alone was running the show. This was his reason for running behind in shipment. (Why continue to accept money for items when you are that far behind? Or why not get help selling them?)

He explained that author Peter Beagle had been giving him some trouble due to a decline in his mental stability. He also told me that an online stalker had been spreading lies about him and had asked me to rebut any negative comments. He suggested that I check out FansAgainstFraud.com. He also insisted that I would receive my order within the week.

Honestly, when I hung up, I had felt really guilty for bothering him about a silly print while he, Peter, and his family were going through hell.  I decided to check out “Fans Against Fraud” to defend Connor against the rants of an online stalker. But then I actually read this website, which I found wasn’t just endless ranting from one entity, but a collection of reviews from customers who had a similar experience to myself. And why would I rebut anything when I had yet to receive my item?

Of course, it wasn’t until December that I received it. During which, I had learned, Peter was pressing charges against his business manager….

I wouldn’t order anything from that store again. It isn’t exactly Amazon.com :P”

The customer read more evidence, commented on a post, and sent followup:

“At the event, folks were giving Connor the “side eye” because he was holding up the line to meet Peter with his non-stop rambling. I remember thinking “This guy doesn’t talk *to* people, or talk *with* people, he talks *at* them with endless monologues.” But, at the time, I didn’t think him a con, but, rather, a bit crazy and dominating (Peter hardly got a word in).

Connor exhibited that same behavior when I spoke to him over the phone. He wants to talk forever and it’s hard to hang up with him. It’s difficult to recall everything he said to me, but I did comment on your website about the “make Peter a rich man” bit, because it struck me, even when I was believing his story, I had a major pause when he said that, because 1) It’s tacky to bring up an artist’s financial goals to fans of their art, and 2) The numbers of years he said the film, musical, etc would take puts Peter too far into his senior years.

I have a special loathing for cons who prey on the elderly. Not to mention bully and manipulate them, and to try to isolate them from friends and family. Nothing lower, so you bet I’ll keep an eye on the site.

Connor tried to scam me.  Kudos on the site–very thorough and well documented.”

SUPPORT PETER BEAGLE at the official site for his legal fight.  Complain to the California Attorney General and the Washington Attorney General. Report suspicious financial activity to the IRS.  Report Federal Mail Fraud to the US Post.  Document abuse at Ripoff Report, and send your story to fansagainstfraud@gmail.com.

‘Last Unicorn’ author slaps Connor Cochran and Conlan Press with $52 million lawsuit for Elder Abuse and Fraud. Go Peter!

“This was a long time coming” – first comment from public.

For a year, this site has spoken against resistance to expose a history of abuse by Connor Cochran and Conlan Press. It caused consternation among many fans who didn’t want to believe their eyes. Some would Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil about ten years of scam victim complaints. “We need more evidence!”

It was just as Cochran planned. Smart people set their judgement aside out of love for Peter Beagle. Peter was manipulated as a shield, while they were misled by a fog of excuses, deceptive charm, movie tour hype, and oily PR.

Cochran’s properties grew behind the false front.  From small publishing scams, he rose to seducing investors for millions with a sham corporation (Avicenna).  There were no limits to his calculated greed, or what he would do to hide it. It is sociopathic abuse (details below- “Gaslighting The Victims.”)

But independent victim reports kept coming, despite denial.  This site holds documents in confidence that could make you cry.  You can tell how important they are by how hard he tries to bury the expose.

Countless customers are complaining across the internet, with reports of being cheated and misled by a con artist.  Former employees won’t put Conlan Press on their resume, with abuse exposed by Cochran’s own blundering. (Whistleblowing by Michael Bolger was unknown until Cochran attacked him and exposed it himself.)

Now comes hard evidence of elder abuse for gain. Until now, it was only hinted by Cochran’s shady behavior, but we predicted this.

Peter Beagle has no communication with us. His report is independent. It ties many threads together, bringing major publicity that the fraud has needed for a long time.

We delivered the first sustained expose. Now respected news sources, world class authors, true fans, and Peter Beagle are spreading the call for fairness against fraud.

Putting FRAUD in headlines is a major victory. Abuse can’t stand against consumer rights and fairness. The tide is turning and the expose is relentless. Remember our promise a year ago:

Despite Connor Cochran’s cockiness about courts… if you see this site live, he doesn’t have a thing to do about it. If he can’t get this site taken down, take it as a firm clue that Connor Cochran is lying. This site reveals the truth of the scandal he caused. We won’t be silent until fairness is won. We PROMISE.

Cochran broke his promises for 10 years. We deliver ours. The story is way bigger now and it won’t go away. The emperor’s clothes are gone. Cochran’s false front is “in tatters”, because Peter won’t be a shield any more.

Read Peter’s lawsuit in full.

All 48 pages are worth reading. Don’t skip it. It hits hard with a compelling story, clear timeline and convincing support. It’s sad and shameful to see the cheating Cochran did, but opens a better future for Peter and his work.

Beagle is earning love and support from true fans and the top of his profession. His story is spreading through prominent fellow authors like Neil Gaiman, Wendy Pini, and Charles De Lint. Their professional inside experience validates the story.

Hundreds of shares show that there’s nothing “frivolous” about this. Across a worldwide audience, Cochran is consistently being called out as a villain, abuser and fraud. One of countless scam victims confronts him:

What better evidence would I need to be convinced that you’re a crook than to have been personally cheated by you myself?

Peter’s report corroborates 1o years of previous complaints. Could there be any more powerful support? It independently confirms fraud.

Our expose was accurate against disbelief. So please pay careful attention to what we share from this point on.

We know worse than what’s been told so far. We’ve seen hurt beyond any you could suspect by hearing the Conlan Press excuses. Anyone who clings to Cochran’s sinking ship is in for a terrible trip. If you still keep a shred of sympathy, don’t – back away.

Get on the right side – believe the victims. 

A small core of misled followers are still unsure about Cochran.  But even cult brainwashing victims can come to their senses. Others should know better and are shamefully complicit. If you hear anyone dispute Beagle, look for how they benefit.

There’s no conclusion except shame to see Cochran break up Beagle’s family. Beagle’s kids went months without seeing him face to face, and didn’t accompany him on the movie tour where abuse happened. They degrade themselves by associating with Cochran now. This is common in tabloid stories. When Hollywood money is involved, children aren’t above betraying elders.

Damage is deepened by others who couldn’t possibly be witness to abuse, but still help Cochran blow smoke with fluff quotes of inconsistent time and place.

Questionable ties and silence make an issue itself, involving sources like BoingBoing editor Cory Doctorow and the File 770 Sci Fi fan blog. These SFWA associates should know better than to deal with Cochran in his sordid partnership with disgraced ex-SFWA lawyer Charlie Petit.  Then there’s the abuse-enabling blogger who gets severe criticism from his own readers for violating ethics others won’t – by dishonestly “reporting” Cochran’s PR without question, until it continually fails and has to be “updated” with reversals. (Exhibit ‘A’ for what journalists don’t do).

All of that is harming the victims.

Some of these followers are troubled by cognitive dissonance.  They’re desperate for a villain besides Cochran to blame. That’s another fake distraction. Cochran’s first defense was spuriously attacking Peter for “undue influence” – with none to name, because he has to concoct excuses now.

For everyone else who was shocked to learn the truth, remember that even Peter was conned while dependent. Don’t beat yourself up for trusting him before.

This expose has consistently maintained that Connor Cochran is the center of the scandal.  His wrongdoing is separate from Peter Beagle.  Any questions about Peter “looking the other way” are answered with his lawsuit. He had everything to lose by risking his career for fairness.  That’s a sacrifice for principle.  Go Peter!

Support Peter Beagle now.

Direct support isn’t the only thing fans can do.  If you want to buy Peter’s work, buy from publishers he isn’t suing (like Tachyon) or buy used.

DO NOT BUY ANY EBOOKS or unauthorized goods.

DON’T buy t-shirts, prints, or any other goods benefiting Connor Cochran at Amazon or Conlan Press… if you even expect they’ll be produced when you pay. The sales will fund lawyers who fight Peter. Cochran will be desperate to fund the court fight he caused. Even if you don’t care who profits, you take the huge risk of going empty-handed when he loses a $52 million lawsuit and goes bankrupt.

NOW more than ever, demand refunds for undelivered goods. 

Take no excuses. Keep pressure going even if ignored. Don’t relent or hold out hope after years of fake promises. Hold Cochran accountable to help yourself and Peter. Keep funding to it’s promised purpose and away from Peter’s opponents. Conlan Press has consistently refused refunds, while mountains of the money pays for self-serving litigation – until they’re put under fire of public outrage.

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Cochran’s abuse isn’t stopping – it’s worse.

Until Beagle’s lawsuit, the cheating was all about greed. Now it’s desperation while Cochran struggles to fund court costs. Recent business dishonesty:

  • An ebook sale to supposedly benefit Peter Beagle in his “upcoming move” launched on December 3 – the day after Cochran was served with Peter’s lawsuit.  That reason was later deleted from the Conlan Press webstore. The “Last Unicorn” Facebook page owned by Cochran kept spreading the sale.
  • An unauthorized “Peter S. Beagle Fans” paid campaign appeared on a newly created Facebook page.  The timing is especially manipulative. On December 21, 2015, the desperate cash ploy advertised a shirt sale of a few short days. Among thousands of unaware “likes”, comments report not receiving previous shirts, and suspicion that the artist of the shirt isn’t aware of the sale. The artist confirmed that the art was taken without permission and requested removal.
  • ‘Two Hearts’ (falsely “pre-sold” since 2005) was last promised for publication in October, then November 2015.  The Conlan Press webstore now announces Spring 2016, with no explanation for the latest broken promises.

This exploits Peter’s name and work, to finance a fight against Peter“The irony is as obvious as it is nauseating” – (personal friend of Peter).

Cochran is obsessively exploiting Peter’s voice and putting words in his mouth:

  • He’s using other’s names to excuses elder abuse, as if a 77-year-old should tour like a young rock star:  “Peter liked to stay at people’s house on tour whenever he could for all the same reasons that Neil Gaiman’s wife, Amanda Palmer, liked to do it.”

Gaslighting the victims

Cochran’s manipulation shows calculated GASLIGHTING to spread doubt.

gas·light (verb):
  1. To manipulate someone by psychological means into questioning their own sanity.  “In the first episode, Karen Valentine is being gaslighted by her husband.”

Misinformation was spread against Peter well in advance of his lawsuit, to prime the public to receive Cochran’s side.  The lawsuit documents Cochran’s manipulation of Peter’s own doctors, to fake evidence of health problems and “alcoholism”. That’s a cold sociopath at work. We previously reported the same tactics used against Cochran’s former employees.

Memory problems? What problems? The lawsuit gives evidence that Peter is in fine health, while claims of “forgetting key people and events” are spurious.  Case in point – Peter’s rememberance of Christopher Lee in mid-2015.

There are other victims not revealed yet.  If you hear Connor Cochran attack the character of anyone – it’s reasonable to assume that they have reports of abuse he’s afraid you’ll hear.

The manipulation is utterly professionally calculated, with decades of practice (he was once a TV news correspondent). If you hear charm and seduction from Cochran, be aware that this site holds documents of extreme verbal abuse he has done to bully and silence some victims. They aren’t ready to share yet. Help them.

Keep asking questions and sharing news – and expect business collapse.

Cochran played Peter’s agent, personal life manager and publisher all at once – with breathtaking conflict of interest.  

“Publisher” is a term for companies that produce goods.  But for 10 years Conlan Press was just a signature factory with other publisher’s goods and one golden goose.  Meanwhile, Cochran’s real business was in court, suing to take other’s work and silence victims.  It made a house of cards.  Without Peter and his fans, this won’t last.

  • “Well, obviously they need to keep taking orders so they can refund the old orders. Nothing pyramid about this.” – link

As more and more disgrace comes out, Cochran is desperately using every song and dance he can to spin the story.  Across his network, he’s doing a frenzy of hour-long phone calls to lather people up with oily PR.  In his tales of deceptive charm, he only had noble goals without gain for himself.  He was Peter’s angel, beset by coincidence after coincidence, and a vast conspiracy of evil, crazy enemies.

It’s loaded with manipulative guilt about how he tried to “make Peter a wealthy man“, while bashing Peter for abandoning his “chance”.

That’s a hollow ploy, and here’s why.

There wasn’t going to be a new Last Unicorn movie that involved Connor Cochran. He was chasing $125 million from Chinese investors and Hollywood players – as if they would seal a deal with Avicenna Development, a sham corporation suspended for tax delinquency, partnered with disgraced ex-lawyer Charlie Petit.  They knew. Movie producers aren’t easy prey like small, powerless fans.

He puts on a big show, but knows his future is grim.  As soon as this expose came out advising victims to report to authorities, Cochran ditched his California business location and fled the state.  

Now, why does the focus of a fraud scandal and $52 million lawsuit move to Bellingham WA, 15 miles from the Canadian border?  Watch this point.

Latest Conlan Press excuse: 300,000 sales – but No Money In The Bank! Scam victim: “no one will be getting their refunds.”

In the history of scamming by owner Connor Cochran, Better Business Bureau complaints show customers waiting TEN YEARS for undelivered goods.  (2014: “This project is now nine years overdue”. Corroborating complaints across the internet make an inescapable conclusion: the lowest estimate starts around $100,000 in scam sales.

That’s tens of thousands paid for audiobooks, and hundreds of documented “Extra Deluxe” Last Unicorn books sold and never delivered to victims.  That’s only TWO among other titles, leaving much more unknown.  How much higher do victim losses go?  Take a guess when “The Last Unicorn did 2.5 million video sales” in 10 years and the “novel has sold 6.5 million copies.”

One scam victim has been documenting her ordeal with being deceived, concluding: “No one will be getting their refunds.” She is still getting the runaround after seven months (and counting). After persistently pleading for help, she’s left empty handed with nothing but sadness at being cheated.  Her ordeal began in April 2015:

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NO MONEY IN THE BANK?!!

A legitimate company would have no problem paying back a small sale of mere art prints to one person.  But not Conlan Press and it’s owner. No Money In The Bank is the official statement and Connor Cochran’s excuse (swear on his mother!)

Meanwhile, he boasts of spending $5 million to plump up his Golden Goose movie, soliciting $15 million from investors, licensing deals, “over 60,000” ticket sales for a movie tour, and “over 300,000” merch sales on his Last Unicorn Tour website.

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Your eyes are not deceiving you: Connor Cochran is simultaneously bragging of hundreds of thousands of sales and million dollar budgets for himself… and not a dime to repair hurt to a pleading, empty-handed buyer.

“But when the taxman comes to the door, Lord, the house looks like a rummage sale…”

It’s a policy of denial.  Let’s summarize this victim’s 7 month experience of the Conlan Press Attrition Process to block victims from refunds:

  • April: Victim pays for art prints. Conlan Press makes vague promises to deceive her about delivery in “approximately 4-6 weeks.” She orders a DVD too.
  • Delivery dates come and go with empty hands, and no communication.
  • Victim is forced to chase Cochran to beg for help, but gets ignored.
  • Victim persists.  Cochran stonewalls her pleas for written answers, stringing her along with vague, unwritten phone calls and no solution.
  • Victim persists. Further pleas are ignored.  She is forced to chase answers from a Conlan Press front person. (History shows that blaming the employee comes later.)
  • Finally, she’s told that since she patiently waited through vague delivery dates, it’s too late to get a direct credit (oh, really?)  But… the check’s in the mail.
  • Surprise, the check isn’t in the mail.
  • Forced to plead again, she gets a vague promise of a check in 4-6 weeks (again).
  • November: More pleas. Still no check.  History shows that Connor Cochran is more than willing to string victims along indefinitely.

The Conlan Press Attrition Process: watch with disgust as another victim’s refund claim persists through three house moves and EIGHT YEARS OF LYING by Connor Cochran… all that effort to deny their refund, instead of doing one drawing to get their book delivered.

This is clear – he doesn’t care who gets hurt, to reap profits for himself at any cost.

After a decade of stringing customers along, here’s more of Cochran’s excuses in a list longer than you can count:

  • Relocating to Washington in 2015 while fleeing scrutiny in California.
  • Beagle’s decline in health, which conveniently refreshes an oldie –
  • Cochran is still hiding behind Beagle’s mother’s death in 2006. The moldy “mom” excuse extended to 2014 and beyond. It was on the conlanpress.com “updates” page, forced down in 2015 by rising public outrage.

During all the excuses for all these years, Cochran was spending at least tens if not hundreds-of-thousands of dollars on lawyers (who cost hundreds an hour). He was diverting payments for goods (on top of fan donations) into legal manoeuvres to capture The Last Unicorn movie for his properties.

It was far from the only extravagant legal spending.  In 2012 he sent more attacks at his victim, Sydney Gurewitz Clemens, an elderly children’s teacher.  She paid him $25,000 to publish her book, but got nothing.  After breaching the contract, Cochran refused to return what he took, forced her to sue for help (PDF), and piled on abuse and heartache by dragging her through vicious court fighting.  At your expense.

Now he claims there’s no money.  Demand documented accounting for how your payments were really spent.  You’ll get non-answers like the above customers did.

When you wonder where the money went, remember: Peter Beagle doesn’t own Conlan Press.  All of the cheating feeds back to Connor Cochran.

Beyond consequences for scamming, Cochran has one thing to capitalize on by stringing everyone along.  When Beagle’s time runs out… it’s all in the bag.  And with such shamelessly venal behavior, death just makes a new excuse for non-delivery.

Complain to the California Attorney General and the Washington Attorney General. Report suspect financial activity to the IRS.  Report Federal Mail Fraud to the US Post. Document abuse at Ripoff Report, and send your story to fansagainstfraud@gmail.com.

Victim: “Conlan Press has no intention of refunding my money”. Feel hurt and cheated? We’ll give you a voice.

Conlan Press has no intention of refunding my money… I, along with many other Last Unicorn fans, have been scammed by Conlan Press… Never, ever, EVER buy anything directly from Conlan Press.”New victim report (9/30/15)

There is help:

See how the offender, Connor Cochran, struggles to reject accountability since this site exposed his ten year history of scamming customers:

  • Whistleblower employee Michael Bolger was trashed as a coverup – until Cochran’s story fell apart.  He was forced to renounce it and remove Bolger.
  • Public pressure forced Cochran to make a public refund promise to every cheated customer in December 2014.
  • Refund promises were broken again and again.  The scandal continues NOW.

More from September 30, 2015:  “CONLAN PRESS FRUSTRATIONS”

The show was this April (2015)… After the show we had Peter S. Beagle sign a few prints we purchased and we also pre-ordered a print.  At the time of purchase they told us that the delivery time would be approximately 4-6 weeks and that we would get updates via e-mail.  A few days later I ordered the new DVD on their website as well.  On June 19th we hadn’t heard anything, or received our print, so I sent an e-mail to them.  My first e-mail was ignored so I sent a follow-up email on July 3rd…

I was told that the items I had purchased would not be available and that I could get substitute items or a refund.  I opted for a refund and was then told that they would have to mail me a check since it had been more than 60 days since I placed my orders and that a check would be mailed out in a week.

I checked in today and am now being told that the checks aren’t really going to take a week, but four.  So now I am reasonably sure that Conlan Press has no intention of refunding my money.”

At the link, notice the very interesting detail that Cochran refused requests for email that could document promises in writing, using phone instead after being asked not to.

How many years ago did cheating and lying become a way of business? Newly reported to fansagainstfraud@gmail.com:

Hello!

I came across a link to your website documenting the troubles with Conlan Press and the old frustration and anger over this thing came right back.  The last time I brought it up was a discussion via another fan forum for perfume about a year ago. If another anecdote does you any good, you’re welcome to use it.

In 2005, I was still living at home, not yet married, working, and came across a blog post by Neil Gaiman talking about how Peter S. Beagle had found a place for his work at Conlan Press and that they were doing an audiobook deal with a first-look chance to get a copy of the novella Two Hearts.

None of this is remotely on Mr. Gaiman, but encouraged by this news I went to look at Conlan’s website and was one of, I don’t know, the first couple hundred to pre-order this specific edition at some fifty dollars.  This was to be a kind of birthday thing for myself, the initial release date lining up roughly over the summer.

Much of this doesn’t matter.  What matters is that now in 2015 nothing has ever come of this.  I’ve married the guy I was dating that summer, I’ve moved across the country, I’ve changed jobs several times, lost old emails, and the bank from which Connor Cochran took my then-costly fifty bucks has gone entirely out of business.  I’ve tried to contact them several times over the years and never heard back.

And I’ve still never read Two Hearts.  I’ve never had the heart to.

I’ve told a few people I feel like the whole situation was a little Molly Grue.  I moved on, but the story I loved so much now has some bitterness in every reading.  It’s a small thing, but The Last Unicorn was and is one of my favorite stories.  I hadn’t known how broad the theft conducted by Conlan Press was.  Now that I know, I’m that much more upset.  If there’s anything more I can do besides share yet another ‘we got screwed’ tale, let me know.  And again, you’re welcome to use this email.

Best, K

For as long as Connor Cochran refuses accountability and has anything to do with customers, this scandal won’t go away. Let’s make REAL solutions to stealing and lying. We’ll do everything possible to honor your sadness and frustration, by making your voices heard.  Send your story to fansagainstfraud@gmail.com.

One more tale of sadness from the Last Unicorn Tour website:

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