Hatted Tim Brown (aka Aaron Timmer Brown) in Catalonia
There is a new app called Wine.Pop now doing the rounds. It aims to sign up wineries/producers for an annual fee to bring visitors to them. With the growth of oenotourism this is a sensible idea. Unfortunately, however, there is a massive obstacle to its success – fraudster Aaron Timmer Brown.
Let me explain. This is a story that starts with cycling and ends for the moment in wine. 44-year-old Aaron Timmer Brown was born in Canada. He blagged his way into cycle journalism claiming to have done some racing, although there is apparently no evidence to support this claim.
Brown became involved with a new biking website called Cyclismas with Lesli Cohen as business partner. In 2012 Paul Kimmage, an ex-pro rider and now outspoken cycle racing journalist, was threatened with a libel action by fellow Irishman Pat McQuaid, then president of the Union Cycliste Internationale, Hein Verbruggen, McQuaid’s predecessor at the UCI, and the UCI itself.
Cyclismas rapidly organised a defence fund for Kimmage. This proved to be a very popular cause and some $92,000 was raised from many donors – myself included. Unfortunately Aaron Brown got sole control of this fund. He did pay out $23,164 to Paul Kimmage for legal expenses but the remaining $69,935 stayed either firmly stuck to Brown’s pockets or was used to support him in Spain where he moved in early 2013.
Lesli Cohen successfully brought a legal action against Aaron Brown in Massachusetts to both dissolve the business partnership and raise the disappearance of the Paul Kimmage Fund. Aaron Brown failed to attend the court claiming that it lacked legitimacy! The reality appears to be that his lawyer despaired of getting any straight and truthful answers out of Brown as well as being convinced that she would not be paid.
In early 2015 the court judged that Lesli Cohen shall recover $46,862.06 plus post judgment interest from Brown and that Bill Hue, one of the Kimmage donors who joined the action was entitled to $84,580.25 with post judgment interest – $27.92 a day. As far as I know Brown has yet to pay a cent of this judgment, so that he now owes well in excess to $100,000. A strong incentive to remain in Spain and not venture back to the USA.
Aaron Timmer Brown is also wary of returning to his native Canada, where he owes at least $77,031 to Jennifer Brown in maintenance/child support. He is due to pay $1700 a month but over the period 17.6.2009 to 22.6.2011 forked out only $248.