Report: Fred Thompson In Promo Flap
July 6, 2007 at 5:44 AM (PT)
All-but-declared GOP presidential candidate and ABC RADIO commentator FRED THOMPSON is shilling for a company whose co-founder was accused of secretly tapping into people's bank accounts, reports THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS.
The ex-"Law & Order" actor is airing a one-minute radio spot around the country for LIFELOCK, an identity-protection company co-founded by ROBERT MAYNARD. "It's part of his contract at ABC RADIO NETWORKS," said THOMPSON spokesman MARK CORALLO. "Like the other on-air talent, they are contractually obligated to do some commercials."
As first reported in the LOS ANGELES TIMES, the FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION alleged in 1996 that MAYNARD got account numbers from consumers by peddling himself as a credit-repair expert who would clean up their credit reports. MAYNARD settled the case without admitting to the charge, though he did agree to get out of the credit-fixing business.
ABC RADIO NETWORKS and THOMPSON's spokesman said LIFELOCK is a legitimate company and that THOMPSON will continue to promote it. MAYNARD resigned last month as LIFELOCK's marketing director when his past was revealed, but he remains a consultant and shareholder.
"The company seems to be fine," said CORALLO. "It's currently giving away its services to soldiers and vets."
ABC RADIO NETWORKS added, "Identity theft is a real issue that LIFELOCK addresses -- and we have every expectation that we will continue our relationship with them."