As he tries to change the truth of shedding the 2020 election, President Donald Trump is counting on high-tech sleight-of-hand artist and former Nevada businessman Dennis Montgomery to assist unfold misinformation about widespread voter fraud.

As first reported in The Day by day Beast, Montgomery is enjoying an integral function in selling Trump’s narrative of a grand conspiracy by the Democratic Social gathering to disclaim him a second time period by means of the underhanded use of secret laptop software program referred to as “Hammer” and “Scorecard.”

In the event that they’re something like a few of Montgomery’s earlier claims, it ought to be referred to as  “bullshit.”

Some might recall Montgomery’s function with the Reno-based software program firm eTreppid, which managed to land greater than $20 million in contracts with the federal authorities, together with the CIA, within the post-9/11 battle on terror. Montgomery developed laptop codes he claimed might detect al Qaeda terrorist plots in Al Jazeera community broadcasts. He additionally claimed his software program might establish terrorists from Predator drone movies and enemy submarines as properly. 

Montgomery’s malarkey was so persuasive that President George W. Bush as soon as rotated business jetliners from Britain, France, and Mexico. His different “intelligence” manufacturing resulted in lifeless ends and wasted efforts. The CIA ultimately decided that his software program was pretend and really quietly ended its affiliation with him.

When Montgomery’s laptop software program was uncovered as a rip-off, The New York Instances reported in 2011, the CIA sought to cowl up its embarrassing affiliation. “The federal government knew this expertise was bogus, however these guys acquired paid tens of millions for it,” Montgomery’s former lawyer Michael Flynn informed the Instances. An ex-intelligence official added, “We acquired performed.”

In Nevada, Montgomery’s notoriety spiked throughout the 2006 gubernatorial marketing campaign when he accused then-candidate Jim Gibbons, a two-term Congressman, of accepting $100,000 in money and a lavish cruise in trade for his assist in securing authorities contracts. An investigation ultimately cleared Gibbons of wrongdoing.

By then, Montgomery’s former co-workers had been telling the FBI brokers that he had typically modified his software program’s take a look at outcomes previous to displays for presidency officers. His supposedly subtle experience was revealing itself as a profitable deception, and it was unraveling. The FBI investigation into stolen delicate authorities expertise was short-circuited when a decide tossed the search warrant.

Montgomery’s relationship with eTreppid co-founder Warren Trepp, a rich former junk bond salesman, collapsed in a vicious litigation. Throughout the civil trial, a federal decide in April 2009 ordered Montgomery’s attorneys to pay fines and sanctions of greater than $300,000 after they had been caught discussion board buying. Montgomery was personally hit with $61,323 in court docket sanctions for perjury. Montgomery’s earlier lawyer Flynn referred to as him a “con man.”

Nowadays we will name him a “pal of the President.”

That is additionally the identical Montgomery whose high-rolling blackjack play at Caesars Palace and the Palazzo resulted in $1.eight million in money owed and a six-count felony indictment in 2010 in Las Vegas for unhealthy checks and acquiring cash below false pretenses.

In line with court docket paperwork, the case stays pending greater than a decade after the indictment. A September standing listening to produced a be aware within the court docket file indicating Montgomery had been instructed by his physician to not journey. The matter was continued for one more six months. 

Montgomery busted out in Las Vegas and ultimately declared chapter, however he wasn’t completed enjoying. He turned a well-paid confidential informant for the Arizona legislation enforcement paragon and right-wing icon, Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Montgomery claimed he possessed software program that might show the federal decide in Arpaio’s racial profiling case was colluding with the prosecution. Montgomery separated from “America’s Sheriff” after his software program hustle was uncovered, however not earlier than separating $124,000 from the division’s snitch fund. Arpaio was convicted, however later pardoned by Trump.

As The Day by day Beast reported, Montgomery tapped into Trump supporters angered on the intelligence group and former FBI Director James Comey over their investigation into Trump’s marketing campaign, and “Montgomery reinvented himself as an aggrieved intelligence whistleblower.” Represented by right-wing firebrand Larry Klayman—himself no stranger to Nevada politics—Montgomery sued President Barack Obama, Comey and different officers.  He claimed partly that Montgomery had possessed 47 onerous drives stuffed with proof linking the federal government to an unlawful surveillance program at an Military base that victimized each Klayman and Montgomery.

Simply days earlier than the election, Montgomery was linked to misinformation floated on The American Report, a conspiracy principle web site, that declared, “Biden Utilizing SCORECARD and THE HAMMER to Steal One other U.S. Presidential Election.” Montgomery was credited with “inventing” the software program, which he claimed was misappropriated by the Obama administration to repair the election.

The specious story has now ricocheted by means of the Web and gone from obscurity into the speaking factors of Trumplandia insiders.

And Dennis Montgomery is in the midst of his grandest deception of all.

John L. Smith is an creator and longtime columnist. He was born in Henderson and his household’s Nevada roots return to 1881. His tales have appeared in Time, Readers Digest, The Day by day Beast, Reuters, Ruralite and Desert Companion, amongst others. He additionally gives weekly commentary on Nevada Public Radio station KNPR. His latest e-book—a biography of iconic Nevada civil rights and political chief, Joe Neal — “Westside Slugger: Joe Neal’s Lifelong Struggle for Social Justice” is printed by College of Nevada Press and is out there at Contact him at [email protected] On Twitter: @jlnevadasmith