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Apr 2014

James Strauss, The Fake TV Writer, Revealed as Convicted Swindler

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James-R-Straus_mugshot.400x800My public outing of fake TV writer James Strauss aka James R. Straus on my blog yesterday prompted several of my enterprising Facebook followers, especially John Hendricks, Barbara Early and Mary Batchellor, to dig into him… and discover his sleazy, criminal past as a conman who was sent to prison for his swindles in the late 90s.

Strauss plead guilty in 1998 to defrauding a teachers’ retirement fund out of $400,000 in an international swindle…but even before stepping into federal prison to serve his two year term for that crime, he was charged with another con, embezzeling $20,000 from a Santa Fe company.

You can see his mugshot and booking info here.

UPDATE JAN 28. 2015
Fake TV writer and convicted conman James Strauss is back…this time expressing on Facebook his happiness that his author page is finally creeping up to top of Google search results for his name as opposed to all the posts on the web about his swindles. What amuses me about this bizarre post is how he casts himself as a victim…as opposed to the many people that he deceived and defrauded.


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  • James Strauss and his Fake Writing Credits | Lee Goldberg

    April 24, 2014, pm30 7:10 PM

    […] UPDATE 4-24-2014 – James Strauss is a convicted conman. […]

  • Fake Screenwriter James Strauss Also Real Convicted Swindler | Bill Peschel

    April 25, 2014, am30 4:34 AM

    […] Holy jumping catfish: Turns out that James Strauss wasn’t some poor schlub living the dream claiming to be a Hollywood screenwriter. He also has a criminal record as a con man who stole more than $400,000. […]

  • Josh Holliday

    April 25, 2014, am30 8:15 AM

    This story would make a great screenplay. Oh, nevermind.

  • Sarah

    April 26, 2014, pm30 3:11 PM

    You know this is the same with everything in life.
    You’d think history teaches us anything, but no.
    Disagree if you will but the world changes, and we have no control over it.
    For instance, If only Obama had enough balls to put Vladimir to his place, but it seems like it’s never happening, welcome world war.
    A very deep post, thanks!

    • Lee Goldberg

      April 26, 2014, pm30 4:31 PM

      You get extra credit points for finding a way to twist the fakery of James Strauss into a slam on Obama.

    • Rick

      April 28, 2014, am30 10:50 AM

      Negative points for being a troll.

  • Fake TV Writer James Strauss and his Advisors | Lee Goldberg

    April 28, 2014, am30 10:32 AM

    […] when you thought the story of fake TV writer and convicted conman James Strauss aka James R. Straus couldn’t get any stranger or sleazier…it does. My relentless and intrepid Facebook friends, including Barbara Early and […]

  • Christine Merrill

    April 28, 2014, pm30 7:49 PM

    Did this all happen before or after he was in the CIA, taken prisoner and wrote a novel on scraps of paper which were smuggled out…

    I was on a library panel with him. Aside from the House credits, and the veiled references to the people who all have the same name and control Hollywood so he can’t get work, he talked a lot about his time in the CIA.

    It was a night to remember.

  • Theodore Druch

    May 2, 2014, pm31 1:16 PM

    I was the chairman for the Puerto Vallarta Writers Group’s 7th annual Writers Conference in 2012.
    I had hired James Strauss as a presenter on the basis of endorsements from other writers. It wasn’t too long before we were all scratching our heads about this guy.
    Suffice it to say, that we were not convinced about his bona fides about anything, and his presentations were less than satisfactory.
    This comes as no surprise, as we have received other notifications about him as well..
    Theodore P, Druch

    • richard lucinio

      February 14, 2017, pm28 3:21 PM

      looking for an email addr for ted (theodore p) druch. i knew him at millbrook and the arizona ashram. just finished his millbrook
      book and love his writing. just ordered “footprints”, looking forward to another good read.
      ted, remember “richie”? worked for ibm by day, lived at the big house by nite. friend of charlie hitchings, frank mastropasqua (i’m still in touch, just sent frank a copy of millbrook. after millbrook, bought a house in topanga canyon (still here!). if you get this,
      let me know: i’m about to turn 80, still vertical! your picture is like looking in a mirror!
      hope you’re well, god bless, richard lucinio 2/14/ 17 happy v-day!

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