"This Guy Needs To Be Stopped"

As told to me by Dr. Joseph Resnick.

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About 2 months ago Stan Cottrell friended me on Facebook.

I couldn’t believe that he wanted to be my “friend” after everything he has done to me and my family. I sent him an irate message letting him know I was coming after him.

I had no idea he was trying to raise money for a worldwide run, or that he was taking money from unsuspecting women. I thought he was just involved in investment scams.

My involvement with him began about 8 years ago thru his affiliation with BICO, Inc. I owned 50% of one of the company’s subsidiaries. I also served as chief scientist and I developed new products for the company. Stan had been brought into BICO as a board member and then served as CEO after Fred Cooper stepped down.

I had $8 million invested in the company and lost it all through fraud that was perpetrated by Stan and others at the company. Fred Cooper was the only one who was convicted of a crime. And his sentence was essentially a slap on the wrist.

These people did more than take my money. They also stole from my children.

My children own the holding company that owns my patents, and through the actions of unscrupulous lawyers my patents got tied up in the courts when BICO’s lawyers filed for bankruptcy.

Stan’s job was to keep me at bay while they stole the patents. He participated in the theft of my technology.

I developed encapsulation technology that uses biological agents to encapsulate oil. I developed it for peaceful means, to help clean the environment. It was used to clean up oil from the Exxon Valdeze oil spill.

Those who stole my technology are still trying to sell my products. They are attempting to weaponize my technology and sell it to other countries – they want to use it to deploy biological weapons. I have begun legal action against them for illegally using my patents and attempting to illegally export my products.

I am willing to appear in any court  – anytime, anywhere – and testify to what Stan did to me and my family. I hope he sues me for libel and slander so I can stand up in court and testify about what he has done.

When I first met Stan he came under the guise of the Lord. He wanted to start business meetings at BICO with prayer. After I realized what he was really up to, that he spends lots of time thinking about how to separate people from their money, he told me, “If the Lord didn’t want them sheared, he wouldn’t have made them sheep.”

I worked hard for every penny I have ever had. I can’t believe Stan Cottrell thinks he is entitled to the money others have earned through their own hard work.

He has taken money from a lot of people, and it’s a shame that more of them are not willing to come forward about their experiences with him. It’s a shame this has gone on for so long. Please express to your mother-in-law my condolences for her involvement with this guy, and my admiration for her willingness to come forward.

This guy needs to be stopped.

Dr. Joseph Resnick                                                                                                                 September 2, 2010

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An Officer or a Gentleman?

Last weekend I read Stan Cottrell’s books, in which he describes his admission to college and his failure to become a military officer.

In “To Run and Not Be Weary” he writes on page 21, “I entered Western Kentucky University on a partial cross-country scholarship…I also joined the Marine Corps P.L.C. (Platoon Leader’s Class, the marine equivalent of Reserve Officers’ Training Corps). But my short fuse temper exploded one time too many. School fights cost me my chance of becoming an officer.”

On page 58 of “No Mountain Too High” he writes, “…Western Kentucky awarded me a scholarship to run cross-country…”

Beginning on page 60, “While in college, I joined the Marine officer training program and a year later the Marine Corps Reserves…College had many bad moments for me.  One time I got into a fight.  A big, tall, drunken student began yelling at me about marines, calling them jar-heads. He was egging me on to a fight.  I tried to get away, but he chased me.  My daddy had told me, ‘Son, never look for trouble, but be ready when it comes.’  This drunk student caught me, started pounding my chest, and knocked me against a soft drink machine.  Somehow I picked up an empty Coke bottle and smashed it against his face until he passed out.  Winning that fight by beating a guy nearly twice my size earned me a lot of respect….But it cost me.  A few days later I received a letter from the Marine Corps.  It contained my discharge for improper decorum and conduct unbecoming an officer.”

Mr. Cottrell’s daddy is not the only one who dispensed sage advice. My daddy – a career Air Force Master Sergeant with the Military Airlift Command, who served in two wars – told me, “If it doesn’t make sense, you can be pretty sure there’s something fishy going on.”

Mr. Cottrell’s story fails the smell test – it raises more questions than it answers.

If it were truly a case of self defense, why would he have been discharged by the Marines?

And why was Mr. Cottrell –  who claims to have been winning races and setting records since the age of 12, admitted to college on a track scholarship, a cross country athlete, and a marine officer candidate – unable to outrun a guy who chased him who was not only drunk, but big, tall, and almost twice his size?

Mr. Cottrell may or may not have been able to outrun a huge drunk guy, but he can’t outrun the truth.

The more I learn about him, the clearer it becomes that he is neither an officer nor a gentleman.

Stolen Valor

Our country is at war.

Many Americans hold a heightened sense of awareness of the great sacrifice of those who serve in harm’s way. Some of the men and women in who serve in our military have engaged in acts of selfless courage and bravery, and have been commended for their efforts.

The Stolen Valor Act makes it illegal to wear military medals that were never earned. It is an issue that transcends politics.  An amendment to the act passed handily in Congress in 2006, receiving a unanimous  “yea” vote in the Senate.

This issue has recently hit very close to home. Last month a prominent local public official in my community resigned after he made false claims about serving in the military. An investigation concluded that Mickey Lloyd, Director of Public Safety for Cobb County, Georgia, lied about his military service and awards he received while serving in Vietnam.

The resume he had submitted to the county showed that he had been a Navy SEAL, and that he had been awarded the Bronze Star and Silver Star. When arranging for speaking engagements, Mr. Lloyd provided biographical information that stated he had received a Purple Heart. These awards and service are not reflected on Mr. Lloyd’s official military record.

Both my father and brother served our nation with careers in the Air Force, each one retiring after over 20 years of service. My father served in two theaters of war – Korea and Vietnam. My brother served in the First Gulf War.

Why would someone claim to hold a military rank they have never held? Why would someone claim to have received medals they were never awarded?

According to StolenValor.com, “It starts off simple enough. A casual mention of military service. And, oh by the way, a Purple Heart and a few other honors earned. How can you not trust a man who served his country so gallantly? From there, confidence builds, one story weaves into even more glorious tales until, at some point, the fabrication is woven so tightly you begin to suspect…How can one person achieve so much in such a short time? It’s almost too good to be true.”

Doug Sterner, a Vietnam veteran whose efforts led to the passing of the Stolen Valor Act, says, “(I)n the vast majority of these cases there is always underlying fraud.”

Here’s a clue – if someone shows you a military uniform full of medals, claims it is his, and claims he can never be photographed wearing it and can never wear it in public, it probably means he hasn’t earned the honor of wearing it.

Those who falsely portray themselves as serving in the military and as having been awarded military commendations are living a lie. If you wish to report someone who has engaged in this behavior, you can do so here.

Real heroes live their convictions. They act in ways that are worthy of honor.

They don’t steal valor from others.

Legal Action Threatened – Part 3

After my mother-in-law, Peggy Smith, confirmed her suspicions that she was being deceived by Stan Cottrell, she began contacting others who have business or personal relationships with him to alert them about the deception.  Some revealed that they, too, had been deceived.

She learned that Mr. Cottrell is associated with Platinum Business Group, so she contacted them on Friday, July 30, 2010 to alert them, as well.

The following Monday she received a response from the President and CEO of the firm, who claimed that a preliminary investigation had been completed – over the weekend.

The response also contained unfounded accusations besmirching my mother-in-law’s character, without revealing the source of the accusations. It also indicated the firm had “turned this matter over to our corporate legal counsel.”

It has been two weeks since the false accusations were made against my mother-in-law. I wonder what their investigation has turned up so far? I wonder how long it takes lawyers to initiate legal action?

The response also said they “expect to receive a complete retraction of your email and its implications.”

You can’t retract the truth.

I can’t wait for all this to get to court so I can swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

The Uncomfortable Truth

Have you ever noticed that when you tell an uncomfortable truth that some people attempt to portray it as gossip?

I received an email today from a person who asked my opinion on how to respond to someone who had sent her a letter about gossip. My response is below.

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I don’t know what you have heard from others about Stan, but I know that what he said and did to me and my family is the truth,  not gossip.

I will swear to it on a stack of Bibles.

Karen

Christmas with Our Family

One of my sisters-in-law lives in another state. She and her family celebrate Christmas with her husband’s family in December, and they come to Georgia in January to celebrate with us. This past Christmas we gathered the first Saturday in January at my mother-in-law Peggy Smith’s home. We were expecting a full house – one dog, 6 children, and 9 adults.

One of the adults was the new man in my mother-in-law’s life – Stan Cottrell.

Mr. Cottrell had told her several months before that he was separated from his wife, Carol, he had agreed to her demands to give her all his assets, and that the divorce papers were with the lawyers.

He had pledged his love for my mother-in-law and invited her to accompany him on a trip around the world when he would run 66 miles in 66 countries in 66 weeks. At the time she had no idea that none of this was true. She was glad that he was planning to join us for our family Christmas celebration.

My niece, two nephews and I took the dog for a walk around the neighborhood. By the time we returned all the family members had arrived. We all gathered in the kitchen and held hands while my 12 year old niece said the blessing. After we ate dinner together we played Apples to Apples, and some of the children and adults played hide and seek. Then we all gathered in the living room to take turns opening gifts.

Mr. Cottrell arrived about half way through the gift exchange.

Among the gifts he received from my family were a Yorkie poster, several shirts, a Christmas picture frame with pictures of Peggy’s grandchildren, and dog snuggies for his dogs, Sir Winston and Lady Katherine.

My 84 year old mother gave him a blanket she had made herself.

I wonder where the gifts are now? I wonder what he told his family about where he got them?