This website is dedicated to making the public aware of Michael Todd Osborn aka Michael Osborn Ison. In the past, Osborn has performed cons under the guise of Commissum Universes, LP; Principal Capital Group, Inc., Legacy Capital Group, Inc,,,,,, and Currently, he runs his confidence schemes under Commify Technology Corp. Here, you will enter the world of this confidence man and gain insight into his scams. Hopefully, some of Osborn's future targets will benefit from the experience of others.

Harold Gregg, Virgil Williams, Corey Engelen, Jehu Hand, Aniko Kaye, Anthony Hruska, Michael Porter, Christopher Laursen, Clinton Greyling, Thomas Parilla, Alexandre Scheer

SCAMS MICHAEL HAS PARTICIPATED IN:, Fortitude Group, Inc. (FRTD), ThePumpTracker Fund, Victory Capital Holdings Corporation, Principal Capital Group, Inc., Virtual Gaming Enterprises, Commissum Universes, LP, Las Vegas Airlines

MICHAEL'S CURRENT SCAMS : Commify Technology Corp., Genesis Gives, VW Win Century, Inc. (OTC Pink: VWIN), Star Alliance International Corp. (OTC Pink: STAL), Inbit Corp. (OTC Pink: INBT)

KNOWN ALIASES: Jerry Lambert, Michael Lamont, Tom Furlong

Friday, July 23, 2010


Over 8 long years ago, I was introduced to a man who was characterized as a shrewd businessman, a money machine and one of the brightest investment minds this side of Wall St.

Today, all because this man lied to the wrong guy, he was sentenced to 32 months in prison.

Michael Osborn aka Michael Osborn Ison was sentenced to a total of 32 months in prison today for his conviction of 2 counts of automobile theft, 2 counts of intent to defraud and 2 counts of writing bad checks. He received a 2 year sentence for each count of automobile theft and check fraud. Three of those two year sentences will run concurrently while 1/3 of one of the check convictions will run consecutively. This means that Michael has been sentenced to a total stay at the county's expense to 2 years and 8 months. Were I to guess, I would say he will serve about a year. That is assuming that the current FBI and SEC investigations don't bring new charges.

Prior to pronouncing sentence, both Michael and his wife Shanney addressed the court. Their performance as a husband and wife comedy team was worthy of Lucy and Desi, George Burns and Gracie Allen, or Sonny and Cher.

First came Shanney. Those who were employed by the Osborns' ill-fated scam, Principal Capital Group, Inc, will tell you that Shanney was not the know-nothing, husband-trusting bystander that she would have all believe. She was an authority in the office to be reckoned with and, in fact, she listed herself as a corporate officer with the City of Fullerton Chamber of Commerce. These people will also find it laughable when they hear that Shanney offered that it was not beneath her to clean houses for a living.

But on this day, Shanney played the helpless mouse. First she blamed Michael's upbringing and went as far as to incriminate his mother whom, "made him watch cartoons all day, when they weren't homeless and sleeping in churches". Shanney claimed that Michael was taught by his grandmother to, "Fake it until you make it". Then she claimed that Mike is a wonderful husband and father. She told the judge that her children cry for Michael and tried to tug at hearts with the line, "When is DaDa coming home?" What is amusing here, is that not 5 minutes earlier, the judge had announced that he reviewed several submissions to the Probation Office including one from Mike's ex-wife. They had also created two children and Kristen's submission painted Mike as a dead-beat Dad who had had several warrants out for his arrest for failure to pay child support and, in fact, was once arrested on such a warrant while he was in court on the auto theft charges. Kristen painted a picture of a belligerent, abusive alcoholic, who could not provide a stable home or secure environment for his family. Note to Shanney: Michael is (was) around for your kids because you are together. Ask his previous wives what happens once the marriage is over.

Equally funny, as you will see below, was Shanney's claims that Mike had taken ownership of his "mistakes". She also took the blame for creating the situation under which he moved to San Diego (to live with a fellow con-man and pal) and took the stolen cars with him.

Finally and irrelevantly, she cried to the judge as she claimed that I had made their lives miserable and she could not believe that what I was doing was even legal. I'll answer that claim to Shanney right here:


Then came Mike's contribution to the show. First, he generously admitted that he has made multiple mistakes. But then he claimed that he was only guilty of owing money and that "the last time I checked, there is no debtor's prison". He also boasted of restitution being made to Car Max and the receiver of one of the bad checks. Well yeah, but that was the day before trial. Gee, I wonder what his motivation was there.

Michael attempted to sell his bad check habits as a disease with statements like, "Giving me a checkbook is like giving an alcoholic a bottle of booze" and "I let my pride write checks that my body couldn't cash". He offered several guarantees (like we haven't all heard any of those before) including, "I promise not to work in the finance industry again" and "I promise I will never own another business or personal checking account". In a shallow attempt to show remorse, Michael recognized that he had humiliated himself, his family and the court. But then, he tossed in the ol', "It's George Sharp's fault" gambit. Although he "didn't want to dignify my actions", he joined Shanney in criticizing the methods which led to his ultimate demise.

Fortunately, the Judge was not buying any of this. He told Mike that there would have to be a consequence and that while it was in his power to grant the probation that Michael requested, the schemes that were in play were far too sophisticated. He cited Michael's history of bad checks but also seemed to try and justify some leniency by pointing out that Michael was not guilty of violent crimes and that some restitution had been made.

I expect to have the transcript of today's hearing within a week and will post it at that time.

Now I'm going to Vegas for some well-earned fun. Who's buying?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Shanney Osborn Files for Bankruptcy

Attorney Evan Ginsburg announced today that Shanney Osborn aka Shanney Gallegos has filed for bankruptcy. The announcement came one day before Shanney was due to appear in Orange County Superior Court for a court ordered Judgment Debtor Examination. While the filing stays her appearance for the examination, its timing is dubious at best. Shanney has done whatever she can to avoid this examination.

The filing also comes days before her husband, Michael Osborn, is scheduled to be sentenced for his conviction of multiple counts of automobile theft, intent to defraud, and check fraud. It is thought that he may face as much as 10 years in prison.

Shanney's BK filing will be opposed because it comes in relation to my judgment for fraud conducted by Michael and she will be carefully examined in Bankrputcy Court to ascertain whether any ill-gotten goods were funneled to her. Although Shanney was not a party to the original fraud that Michael conducted against me, she did agree to become a responsible party on one of Michael's payoff agreements. Furthermore, as she is Michael's spouse, the laws of community property apply so she will not be able to relieve herself of the responsibility to pay me.

Shanney may have also filed because there are bound to be multiple lawsuits resulting from Michael's incarceration. Victims continue to come forward with tales of lost fortunes due to Michael's recent schemes. In fact, Michael's most recent associates, Anthony Hruska and convicted felon Corey Engelen, now also claim to be victims of Michael. This is laughable, of course, since these gentlemen had ample warning of with whom they were jumping into the proverbial bed. In fact, in an email to me on March 30, 2010, Mr. Hruska stated that he was more than satisfied with his dealings with Michael. Well I guess some people have to be hit over the head 10 or 20 times before it hurts.

More details to come and the bankruptcy filing will be posted shortly.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

District Attorney/Probation Dept. Ask for Comments!

The District Attorney is asking for comments on Michael's activities to be submitted to the Probation Department for consideration during Michael's sentencing hearing on July 21, 2010.

Here is a copy of the email I received today from Deputy District Attorney Renee Jones:

Mr. Sharp,
In preparation for sentencing, the probation department is preparing a sentencing report, wherein they are requesting written comments from interested parties to the case. The court will read and consider the written probation report, in determining an appropriate sentence. Please forward any information you would like to be considered to the assigned probation officer, Kristen Blunt, at the following address:
Orange County Probation Department
P.O. Box 10260
Santa Ana, CA 92711
I would suggest that comments be submitted within the next week in order to give plenty of time for their consideration prior to the hearing. Include complete details of your experience, any stories that Michael has told you, and the losses you incurred. Please assume that the readers are not investment experts and make your submission clear and concise. Include all of your contact information. Mail your submission to the address above, and email a copy to me at I will forward your submission to Ms. Jones. Please let me know if you do not wish me to publicize your story. I honor all such requests.

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Friday, July 2, 2010


After deliberating for 7 days, a jury today found Michael Osborn guilty of 2 counts of automobile theft, 2 counts of intent to defraud and 2 counts of check fraud. Michael was immediately taken into custody and held without bail, pending a sentencing hearing on July 21, 2010. He is expected to be sentenced to a term of up to 10 years in prison.

Hopefully, this will provide some comfort to the people he has hurt over the last 15 years.

Jury Deliberates Michael's Immediate Future

It looks like Mike is going to spend the long weekend sweating, as the jury in his car theft and check fraud case enters its second week of deliberations.

Apparently, the panel is carefully weighing the evidence presented to them by Deputy District Attorney Renee Jones, who has been quoted as saying she expects Mike to be convicted on all counts and be sentenced to up to ten years in prison. Mike did get a bit of a break when the judge reduced four of the infractions to misdemeanors from felonies, but things are not looking good for him.

Amongst the evidence heard, was that the credit application signed by Mike listed his old Fullerton address on Catlin Avenue as his current address. As submitted into evidence, Mike had actually long been evicted from that home, under an Unlawful Detainer action brought by the landlady for non-payment of rent. The deputy DA used this fact to try and show that Mike had every intention to defraud Car Max out of the two cars in question.

Even more damning was the evidence of Mike's history of bad check writing, testified to by other recipients of bad checks. Mike had used bad checks as deposits for the two vehicles acquired from Car Max, further calling into question the honorableness of his intention.

Unbelievably, Mike is still able to collect investments for his newest schemes, courtesy of a network of brokers providing him with eager clients who are mesmerized by his pie-in-the-sky, too-good-to-be-true stories of lavish returns. I still get regular phone calls about his 10X Oscillator Fund.