Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Test Lab Says Inventor Faked Results, Letter

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Test Lab Says Inventor Faked Results, Letter

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Byline: Matthew I. Pinzur, Times-Union staff writer

A Northeast Florida inventor being investigated for scamming millions of dollars from investors is facing new allegations of deceit, this time from a technology testing lab that alleges he fabricated test results on the lab's stationery and forged signatures of its engineers.

Lawyers for the company, Intertek Testing Services, discounted almost every aspect of a three-page letter that appears to validate an invention that sends high-speed data over electrical power lines. The letter is addressed to Madison Priest, a St. Augustine man whose disputed communications technologies were the subject of a sweeping Times-Union investigation this year.

Priest's lawyer did not return calls yesterday seeking comment.

The disputed letter claims that Priest and three Intertek engineers ran successful tests of the equipment in Palatka and Welaka on Nov. 1, 2001, and it appears to be signed by the engineers and their team leader.

But Intertek lawyers said the test was never performed, that no authentic letter was ever sent, and that the signatures are forgeries. Two of the supposed signatures are labeled from technicians who were not employed by Intertek when the test was allegedly held on Nov. 1, 2001. A third is attributed to an engineer who had worked with Priest in the past, but whose signature the lawyers said is also forged. The fourth is a supposed Intertek supervisor, but lawyers said no one with that name has ever worked there.

"Our investigation is continuing as to the use of this letter since, if it was used to sell the product or raise money, it . . . would entitle [Intertek] to damages, among other things," said a letter from Intertek lawyer Richard Thaler.

The questionable letter lists Priest as a representative of a company called Best Holdings, and the technology is referred to as Best Holdings Power Line Carrier. No company by that name could be located by the Times-Union.

Intertek has a history with Priest stretching back to 1998. Late that year one of Priest's former partners, a Naples businessman named Mark Strong, hired the lab to examine an earlier Priest invention, which purported to transmit data at exceptionally high speeds over traditional telephone lines. …

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