Honestly, they don't really arrest people for things like this in America -- not unless they have solid proof that he intended to defraud his backers from the very start of the effort; otherwise it was just bad financial mismanagement, and they would have to build up a case proving financial malfeasance before they arrested him. Since he actually DID send out a couple of hundred copies of things, the deliberate fraud would be difficult to prove anyway. Plus, even the process of proving subsequent financial shenanigans would take at least a year, unless maybe he was kiting bad checks or something (which, come to think of it, sounds like it might be right up his alley if he was in bad enough financial shape that he had to steal our money...). But overall I find it unlikely that this has anything to do with us or the Kickstarter; we've been actually complaining for what, about eight months? And it was January before anyone actually started any process...
What I suspect is that he got picked up for something else entirely (though it was interesting -- and a little frightening -- that the announcement appeared under a lede of "child pornography," even though I couldn't see any direct tie-in from the way the (poorly written) article was written).
I do agree it's highly unlikely it's anyone other than our man; his name isn't that common.
Unless they had some reason to think that his Kickstarter activity constitutes "theft by deception" or something like that, I agree: it's unlikely the arrest is connected to the Kickstarter, and the person mentioned in the article about the arrest was probably arrested for something completely different.
Curiously, when I was searching around for more information about the arrest when I first saw that article posted, I believe I saw the name and city of Salem connected in some way with fashion photography. Is it the same person, and/or is this photographer related in some way to that article's vague reference to pornography? (it would be too easy to read something sinister into the photographer's strangely specific disclaimer, "I'm not even a weirdo!") I don't know - there's really not much info to go on. There is a picture of the photographer on his... interesting Flickr page... (which, for whatever it's worth, does happen to contain photos of gaming-related stuff....)
Still, I'm going to err on the side of caution and assume these are all different people, unless someone is able to prove otherwise. (It wouldn't be the only case of such a seemingly strange coincidence: I myself have an unusual name, but as a kid my family moved down the street from someone almost the same age, with almost the same address, and we had almost identical names, while our fathers' names were very similar - there was confusion between us all the time, I used to get threatening calls meant for him, police would call me in for questioning over things he'd done, my family got sympathy cards when he passed away, etc....)
Edited by yronimoswhateley, 26 May 2016 - 01:21 PM.