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Interesting piece in the Minnesota Star Tribune in which it notes that while Pay By Touch, the biometric payment company that filed for bankruptcy last month, got a lot of attention for its futuristic notion that people could pay for groceries using their fingerprints as a payment tool, what got less attention was that the company's founder, John P. Rogers, had a questionable resume.

"Rogers, who did not return phone calls for comment, has filed for bankruptcy, as has Pay by Touch," the paper writes. "Investor lawsuits claim his mismanagement was the reason the company burned through $300 million in financing while building a network of 3,000 locations and 3.6 million customers, striking agreements with Discover Card Services, Citigroup and Supervalu along the way." Rogers has left in his wake "a trail of tax liens and civil and criminal judgments," the story says, and had a "history of criminal offenses in Minneapolis (that) included traffic violations, misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and domestic assault. He also faced civil judgments for unpaid bills, including liens in 1992 and 1996 of $23,198 and $7,382 for unpaid state taxes and about $12,000 from three separate judgments between 1992 and 2001."

And, Rogers "first came to prominence in Minnesota as a whistle-blower in one of the largest tax fraud cases and insider-trading rings ever prosecuted in Minnesota."

KC's View:
Just curious. If someone had Googled this guy's name when he was starting up the company and looking for investors, would they have found out this information? I'm guessing that at least some of it had to be available…