A Personal Apology

I want to personally apologize to all our readers and folks who have submitted to Four Ties Lit Review for Issue VII. I have not been able to devote the time I thought I would to the magazine over the last 3 weeks. We should be finished and announcing who has been accepted for publication. However, my wife and I have just moved from Norfolk VA to Fort Collins CO. In the process of that move, we’ve been the victims of fraud. Fraud perpetrated upon us by our moving company. The company was “adjusting” the price of clients moves after signing binding contracts with those clients, extorting money from those clients if they wanted to get their shipment delivered. This is a form of racketeering. A federal grand jury indicted 12 company employees on July 31st and at least 5 of them have been arrested. Authorities have identified at least 900 victims to date.

From the details we’ve been able to glean, mostly from the press, our belongings, including 26 years of accumulated memories in the form of scrapbooks, Christmas ornaments and other personal effects along with all of our furniture and household goods are likely in a warehouse in Ohio being held as evidence by the FBI and DOT. Returning our lives to some semblance of normal from scratch has been emotional and time-consuming (not to mention expensive) therefore I have not been able to devote the time to 4Ties that our readers and those who have submitted to the magazine deserve. I am truly sorry. As things finally round into shape, for now, I will soon be able to return my attention to 4ties and while the delay has caused many of our favorited pieces to be withdrawn from the issue we will forge ahead with publishing Issue VII. Thank you in advance for your understanding and support.

Matthew W Larrimore

Editor-in-Chief

https://www.nbc4i.com/news/local-news/twelve-charged-in-moving-company-scams/1340887833

https://www.gofundme.com/help-for-matt-amp-jude

 

 

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7 Responses to A Personal Apology

  1. robert okaji says:

    I am so sorry to hear this, Matt. How horrible.

  2. robert okaji says:

    Reblogged this on O at the Edges and commented:
    Please remember that editors have lives, too. Matt Larrimore, editor-in-chief of Four Ties Lit Review, apologizes to his readers and submitters for the delay in publication of the next issue. Read why, and help out if you can (there’s a go fund me link).

  3. Cate says:

    This is a classy and candid communication, which speaks well of you and your publication. I’m sorry for your misfortune; moving is stressful enough without such shenanigans. I hope your mementoes and belongings find their way safely back to you. And, welcome to Colorado — I’m right down the road in Manitou Springs. May your time here be much happier than your trip.

  4. ivor20 says:

    Robert brought these events to my attention, My heart goes out to you, and your resilience to continue on with your magazine despite the horrible setbacks, is both both courageous and heartwarming. Your efforts are truly commendable and I sincerely appreciate your determination in moving forward.. well done. . Ivor , Geelong . Australia.

  5. lisazmfa says:

    Dear Matt, I’m so sorry this happened to you. I pray that your belongings are returned to you. I have friends who lost homes in the Colorado fires a few years ago but this feels worse because it’s terrible human beings who have robbed you, not Nature. Let me know if there is anything I can do. Best, Lisa Zimmerman

  6. Jeffrey David Boldt says:

    So very sorry to hear about this! Best of luck in your family’s recovery from this crime. Sincerely, Jeffrey Boldt

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