Oprah’s Suit Says Justin Jackson Posed As Her Assistant To Con People Out Of Gifts & Jobs
Oprah Winfrey scored a legal victory against an alleged con artist – who used her name and her OWN network’s to obtain employment, concert tickets and various other valuable gifts – with a federal court judge granting the media mogul a permanent injunction against the man.
Back in April, Oprah’s company OWN LLC, along with former college basketball player Reggie Love and OWN exec Scott Garner sued Justin Jackson for impersonating OWN employees in an effort to gain employment and things of value. He also claimed he was Oprah’s nephew and on another occasion he presented himself as Oprah’s former personal assistant.
The lawsuit explained that Jackson is a con artist who once posed as Madonna’s manager and stole $2.4 million in jewelry. The docs said that he is a convicted criminal who has been impersonating Reggie Love (who doesn’t work for OWN) and Scott Garner along with various other employees of OWN.
In court papers, Oprah detailed a laundry list of Jackson’s attempts to gain by trading on her name:
• Oprah said Jackson offered to have the TV host make a personal appearance at a hotel he was attempting to get a job with.
• Worse, Oprah said in 2013, Jackson contacted a real estate agent in Miami and claimed he was Scott Garner from OWN and was scouting homes for Oprah. The complaint said he was able to defraud the property homes through using OWN and Garner’s name.
• That same year, the fraudster sent a letter – written on fake OWN stationary – to Perry Ellis International in an attempt to get a job. OWN claimed this was trademark infringement and they never authorized the use of their logo.
• Jackson also reached out to various companies, writing letters pretending to be Oprah and soliciting gifts for a alleged holiday special on the OWN Network. He reached out to PR firms, clothing brands and even jewelry companies.
Incredibly, Jackson continued his web of cons by attempting to reach out to OWN and get tickets to a performance Oprah gave in Florida last year. The lawsuit said he called the OWN offices and pretended to be Johnny Depp and asked for four tickets for his girlfriend and her family.
Oprah’s OWN LLC and the two men sued Jackson for civil conspiracy, trademark infringement and for impersonating Oprah and her employees. They demanded an injunction against Jackson from continuing to use their names and trademarks.
Then on Oct. 22nd, a federal court judge granted Oprah’s motion for a default judgment against the alleged con artist. The judgment was entered due to Jackson blowing off the case despite being served with the legal papers.
The order stated that a permanent injunction is granted to Oprah, her company and the OWN employees. The alleged fraudster has been ordered to cease and desist any present or future use of OWN’s trademark and trade names – and stop using the plaintiffs name to gain employment or things of value.
The case was closed the same day.