From: Anglen, Robert
Date: Sun, Sep 28, 2014 at 9:40 AM
Subject: Story on camelback consign
To: Glenn Michaels
Story is in today's paper. Your blog is mentioned prominently in the story. Thanks for all of your help. Here is a link:
Can You Squeeze Blood From A Stone?
Can Arizona Squeeze Money From a Consignment Vampire?
What About His Partner, Justin Burns?
Somehow, Michael S. Burns arranged to move thousands and thousands of pounds of stuff- antiques, paintings, furniture, you name it - into and out of his place of business. All by himself.
Just because he was approximately 60 years old and a chain smoker, doesn't mean he wasn't up to a task worthy of Hercules. Haven't you heard? Sixty is the new 40!
Michael S. Burns made that stuff disappear off his books. Then it vanished into a black hole from whence nothing ever returns, not even light. All by himself.
At least, that's what one gathers from the AG's civil suit against Michael S. Burns. After all, Michael S. Burns is the only individual referenced in the court filing, despite the partnership of his son, Justin.
Michael S. Burns has also managed to evade criminal charges from the Attorney General's Office... All by himself. Because, really, nothing was actually stolen. He served as his own attorney. (Tell me this isn't a demonically gifted guy.)
In the course of doing business, all those pieces of furniture, those antiques, collectibles, paintings, sculpture... what have you, were simply lost. It's awfully difficult to keep track of inventory, you know. So a certain amount of human error just has to be accepted. It's inevitable.
That must be the working theory, don't you think?
So Michael S. Burns won't serve time in a prison. Paradoxically, there are undoubtedly plenty of thieves doing hard time in Arizona for making items of far, far less value disappear. And probably just as many who just tried to make them disappear... and failed.
True, Michael S. Burns is, according to the Superior and Justice Court systems, liable for about $700,000 in judgments. (See below) But can you imagine someone as clever as this man actually paying those judgments? In this lifetime, I mean?
Beware of bad karma, I say. It seems like just a year ago that Mike met with me, promised to pay up and told me that he wanted to clean up his karma because he had been diagnosed with cancer. Wait. It was a year ago: January and February of 2014.
It's also true that someone, apparently, tried to roast Michael S. Burns alive by setting his rental unit and car on fire. But it seems he escaped unharmed, thank goodness.
The vehicle he drove, the one not in his name, may have been ruined, according to various reports. But he was, presumably, insured. Unlike me or many of his other victims.
According to a private investigator who looked into the matter long before the Attorney General did, Michael S. Burns owned no assets in his own name. See: Comprehensive Asset Report: Mike Burns, Camelback Consign & Design
I've said it before, I'll say it again. Michael S. Burns is impressive. Not a very nice man. But durned if Mr. Consignment Vampire hasn't suckered and outsmarted a whole bunch of smart people and the Arizona "justice" system... such as it is.
Of course, I would be delighted to be proved wrong. Grateful, in fact. If you can demonstrate that I am wrong about all this, my retraction will appear promptly.