According to Courthouse News Service, Richard Dawkins, founder of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science and the author of The Selfish Gene (my personal favourite) and a multitude of other books, is suing his aide for embezzlement. Josh Timonen, to whom the book “The Greatest Show on Earth” is dedicated, is alleged to have stolen $375,000 over three years from the online store that Timonen ran. This is in addition to the salary of $272,750 over three years that was paid out to Mr. Timonen.
Edit: In the RDF.net-forums-in-exile (now entitled Rational Skepticism), it appears as if someone has dug up the actual legal complaint, if you’re so inclined to check it out. Looks like the L.A. Superior Courts will be handling the case?
Obviously, nothing’s been proven as of yet, but it will be rather interesting to see how this plays out. Josh Timonen is perhaps best well known (and a bit infamous) for his role within the scrapping of the RDF forums and the non-communicative way that the transition was handled. I don’t have first hand knowledge regarding the particulars of the transition to the current forum format at RDF, but however it was done left a sour taste in many of the regulars of the forums. Perhaps there will be changes afoot with the relieving of Josh Timonen from a position of authority.
On a more personal note, I know that I’ve spent money at the RDF store; this makes me wonder if my money got to where it was meant to go. If there has been embezzlement, I’ll be happy to see it back to the RDF to further their cause of education in science and reason.