The World Patent Marketing scam pulled in a reported $26 million by lying to prospective inventors that they could and would help market and shepherd their projects into financial viability. One of the company’s promotional sales pitches included promoting how incredible their advisory board was and name-checking Whitaker. In May of 2018, WPM settled with the FTC for $25,987,192 and was banned from ever working in the world of invention again.
When it was announced that Whitaker would become the acting attorney general, some Trump supporters who had been scammed by Whitaker were unable to handle the contradictory feelings. Brenda Wilcox told the Miami New Times that she was very disappointed and “concerned” that Trump would choose someone like scam artist Whitaker for such an important legal position. She said she still supported Trump. Wilcox lost $13,000 to Whitaker and friends in the scam. According to the FTC’s release, they are giving out “5,503 refunds averaging about $185 each to victims of the scheme.” MAGA!