Christopher William Smith (nee Jacobson?) was a rag to riches
story. He went from a high school dropout to a net worth of $20
million. A Lamborghini in the garage of his million-dollar house.
Flooded The Internet With E-mails
As authorities turn the Smith investigation over to
prosecutors, they say he led a criminal conspiracy to illegally sell
prescription drugs over the Internet and launder millions of dollars
in profits, all while obstructing the government's investigation.
Witness Intimidation And Murder plots
The $20 million empire Smith's attempts to thwart the
investigation escalated to a murderous plot in March when he
allegedly tried to put out a hit on a witness while awaiting trial
in the Sherburne County jail.
Smith now faces a separate charge of witness tampering, but
prosecutors want to play the recorded jailhouse conversation during
the conspiracy trial.
Smith And Three Accomplices
Smith's trial on conspiracy charges begins Tuesday in federal
court in Minneapolis. His accountant, attorney and manager will
stand trial at the same time.
Federal prosecutors declined to discuss the case, but a former
federal prosecutor said it shows federal authorities are policing
Full Time Staff
Smith eventually hired
attorney Daniel Spivey Adkins, accountant Bruce Jordan Lieberman and
manager Darrell Arden Griepp to help run the expanding Web empire.
Smith also hired a New Jersey doctor, Philip Mach.
His Own Doctor
Smith also hired a New
Jersey doctor, Philip Mach, to authorize prescriptions over the
Internet. Mach filled 72,000 orders, pocketing $7 for every
prescription he filled, prosecutors allege.
That comes out to
Doctor Mach will testify
against Smith for leniency.
Armored trucks routinely delivered "mountains of cash" to the
office, according to prosecutors. He had numerous Swiss bank
accounts and failure to pay taxes.
He Was A little King
Witnesses describe the call centers as zoo-like, with Smith hiring
mostly young girls. Witnesses say he kept a stockpile of
prescription drugs at the office.
Some employees accused Smith of sexual harassment.