Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been accused by Sandy Hook families of hiding millions of dollars in shell companies to avoid paying them after they won a defamation lawsuit against him.
In a lawsuit filed Wednesday against the InfoWars Texas host, families of those killed in the 2012 mass shooting of a Connecticut elementary school allege he withheld his company fortune to make it appear he was almost bankrupt.
The families were joined in the filing by another man, who is suing Jones for falsely accusing him of orchestrating the 2018 Parkland shooting. The filing was first posted online by Courthouse News.
Jones, who is being sued by 13 of the families of Sandy Hook victims, has criticized them, saying they have been used as pawns by Democrats in the past.
Late last month, he offered most to pay each family $120,000 to settle out of court, an offer the families ultimately declined.
Free Speech Systems, InfoWars’ parent company, has consistently lost money every year, even though Jones continued to wire large amounts of money to the company.
Alex Jones has criticized the families of Sandy Hook’s victims, saying they are being used as pawns by Democrats trying to put on his show in an April 6, 2022 interview as he exits a Bridgeport, Connecticut, law firm
Free Speech Systems, LLC, a broadcast media production and distribution company based in Austin, Texas. The company handles Alex Jones’ Infowars
Families of victims of the Newtown shooting and attorneys listen during a news conference in Trumbull, Connectic, February 15, 2022
Undated photos from various memorial sites show the victims of the December 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut
The first lawsuit, launched after the families sued him in 2018, prompted Jones to withdraw a total of $18 million from Free Speech Systems’ bank account every three years.
Jones also earned an annual salary of $600,000.
The case movement also revealed that most Suspicious transfers involve a mysterious company called PQPR, also owned by Jones and which the Sandy Hook families claim is controlled by Jones and his family members.
For example, PQPR claimed Free Speech Systems owed him $54 million, or nearly all of InfoWars’ assets, around the same time Jones lost his last appeal to block the case.
The filing then alleges that Free Speech Systems began transferring funds to PQPR, which in turn transferred the funds to a series of shell companies controlled by Jones’ family members.
So far, PQPR has made no attempt to collect the debt, which is now seven years old and amounts to tens of millions of dollars
The Sandy Hook families believe this was all an incentive to protect InfoWar assets in an “alphabet soup of shell units.”
Jones, the founder of right-wing media group Infowars, speaks to a crowd of pro-Trump protesters after they stormed the Capitol Building compound on January 6, 2021
Neil Heslin, father of six-year-old Jesse Lewis, who was shot dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School, wipes away tears as he testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in 2013
Veronique De La Rosa, mother of Noah Pozner, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, wipes away tears during a news conference in Trumbull, Connecticut February 15, 2022
“These are transfers designed to siphon [Jones’] assets to make them sound judgements,” claim the lawyers.
Payments accelerated following a pretrial decision by a Texas judge after he lost his case. Plaintiffs alleged that Free Speech Systems paid PQPR between $11,000 per day and $11,000 per week, along with more than 80 percent of InfoWars’ sales revenue.
The attorneys defending the Sandy Hook families described the payments in the court filing as “staggering.”
Jones has suffered several legal setbacks lately as the Sandy Hook lawsuits go to trial later this month.
So far, he’s lost cases in Texas and Connecticut by default, meaning upcoming court cases will only serve to determine how much he has to pay families.
Meanwhile, a Connecticut judge in late March ordered him to pay $25,000 a day pending testimony after claiming he had a surprise illness.