Agriprocessors PR firm, outed here for impersonating Rabbi Morris Allen of Hechsher Tzedek and leaving many sockpuppet comments, is still at it.
The same IP address, 188.8.131.52, used to leave the fake Rabbi Allen comments here is also being used even now to make edits to 5WPR CEO Ronn Torossian's Wikipedia entry. This would appear to be a violation of Wikipedia's user guidelines and is certainly unethical.
The proof follows. Please click each image to enlarge.
The Wikipedia user contributions page for IP address 184.108.40.206:
More than that, these bogus edits were made six days after being caught impersonating Rabbi Morris Allen and leaving sockpuppet comments here that spanned months.
You can see that Wikipedia editors have flagged Torossian's entry for reading like a press release and for possible conflict of interest.
Here is a screenshot of Torossian's Wikipedia entry:
Here is IP address 220.127.116.11 used to illegally impersonate Rabbi Morris Allen and sockpuppet:
(You can see all the documents proving the 5WPR link to this IP here.)
And here is the registry of IP 18.104.22.168:
The owner of IP address 22.214.171.124 is 5W Public Relations. In other words, Torossian, Engelmayer & Company are still at it.
And Agriprocessors – and various arms of the Israeli government and Members of Knesset, along with Jewish organizations like the Zionist Organization of America, and starlets like Paris Hilton – are still employing them.
Here you can see a Wikipedia page dealing with the Torossian edits. On it, a Wikipedia contributor to the Torossian page uses what is thought to be a 5WPR-linked IP (this is not yet proven) claim "anti-religious" elements are out to get them:
And here is the Wikipedia history of that suspect IP address, 126.96.36.199. Note all edits seem to be on pages directly related to 5WPR or its clients:
UPDATE 7-16-08 11:10 CDT – GAWKER picks up this story and carries it a bit further. Here is one of 5WPR's edits of Torossian's Wikipedia entry. The text highlighted in yellow was deleted by 5WPR:
Here is what 5WPR deleted:
In July 2008, his firm 5WPR was proven to have impersonated critics of a client and to have made phony comments on a blog in other people's names. The firm at first denied the allegations, then blamed the phony comments on an intern it claimed was fired. It was soon proven that the phony comments were in fact made from the offices of 5WPR as well as from the home of a Senior Vice President for the firm named Juda Engelmayer. Engelmayer claimed that the alleged renegade intern operated from his home as well as the office without his knowledge. The coverup soon unraveled and Torossian issued a statement acknowledging his firm's unethical practices. At least one person who was impersonated by 5WPR has stated his intention to sue the firm. It remains to be seen whether any criminal charges can or will be brought against Engelmeyer, Torossian or anyone else at 5WPR. http://www.forward.com/articles/13759/
Ethical behavior does not seem to be a 5WPR strong suit.
The post that broke the story, part 2.
Agriprocessors / Rubashkin mistreatment of workers and related issues.
Rubashkin / Agriprocessors index page.
Previous 5W Scandal Posts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 14, 15, 16, 17 & 18.
[Hat Tip: Stephen Mendelson with a special mention to JWB for first posting his suspicions about 5WPR's Wikipedia edits in the comments section to another FailedMessiah.com post.]