BP#11: Georgia Man Gets 5 Years in Prison for Debt Collection Fraud


Source: The Wall Street Journal | Georgia Man Gets 5 Years in Prison for Debt Collection Fraud | November ,10 2016 | http://www.wsj.com/articles/AP3ce2da3324f646d2a290f21774c80271

A 50-year-old man in Georgia, John Todd Williams, was sentenced to five years in prison for a debt collection fraud by federal Judge Richard Sullivan. He must also pay over $3.9 million in restitution to his victims. He cheated 6,000 victims nationwide out of millions of dollars through his Georgia based company called Williams, Scott & Associates. From 2009 to May 2014, Williams and his employees tricked victims into making payments to his debt collection company by making false threats and telling lies.

Based on William’s actions, most people would agree that he lacks integrity. According to Calhoun, a person with integrity stands for something and not by something, which requires intent and action. Also, he believes that standing for something is answering the question, “what do I need to do in order to be right?,  for yourself, as well as for everyone else. Standing for something is figuring out the truth about right or wrong for everyone and figuring out how to navigate our moral lives as members of a society. He believes that people with integrity treat their own endorsements as ones that matter, or ought to matter, to fellow deliberators or members of a society. Most people in society would agree that a person with integrity should be honest with others. Williams was not honest with the victims who he scammed. He tricked them and lied to them in order to get their money. Therefore, Williams is a person who lacks integrity due to his actions.


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