Lemonbrat Has Filed Suit Against Former Employee (and Con-Runner) Corey Wood

In a series of events that has left many of us shocked, frequent convention vendor Lemonbrat has filed a lawsuit against their former financial manager Corey Wood. The case (2018-CH-14309) was filed back on the 15th of November, though Lemonbrat did not publicly acknowledge Wood was no longer with the company until a Facebook post yesterday:

While we haven’t seen the original filings, according to the Cook County Record Plaintiffs Lemonbrat and Barbara Staples are alleging

…they discovered Wood established separate Square accounts for Lemonbrat and its predecessor that diverted credit card payments that belonging to the plaintiffs to Wood personally. The plaintiffs allege Wood diverted more than $40,000 to himself via his false Square account or accounts and has written more than $15,000 in bogus checks.

If any of this is true, it’s a pretty serious situation. What makes it even more important though is Wood’s prominence in the con running community. Wood is the convention chair for Anime Milwaukee (Wisconsin’s largest anime convention), and owns and operates other events including the upcoming furry convention Aquatifur.

Nerd & Tie reached out to both Wood and Lemonbrat for comment while writing this piece. Wood responded that he and Lemonbrat “…are handling all of this on a civil level and none of the conventions I manage have been or will be affected by these allegations and issues.” We have yet to receive a response from Lemonbrat on the matter. Lemonbrat has opted not to comment.

Update (12/4/18 4:00pm): Anime Milwaukee has announced that Wood has stepped down as Convention Chair.

Final Update: This case appears to have been settled out of court in May of 2019.

Trae Dorn

Trae Dorn has been staffing conventions for over twenty years, and is a co-founder of Wisconsin’s longest running Anime convention No Brand Con. Trae also writes and draws the webcomics UnCONventional and The Chronicles of Crosarth, which leads many to ask when the hell they have time to actually do anything anymore. Trae says they have the time because they “do it all quite poorly.”

4 thoughts on “Lemonbrat Has Filed Suit Against Former Employee (and Con-Runner) Corey Wood

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    • October 27, 2019 at 1:31 pm
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      Funny because treble is in the pdfc2019 staff picture….
      He also says on his Twitter he is still the CEO of the cons he owns

      https://twitter.com/RykerHusky/status/1092264344316870656?s=19 (treble is the person with a beard in front of the blue shirt guy)

      Check out Treble Vandoren @F2 (@TrebleVandoren): https://twitter.com/TrebleVandoren?s=09

      Treble’s profile with a bio reflecting that he is still running the cons.

      It’s all a scam, do not support these conventions, the staff are pre banning people and lying to our faces to defend a thief

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      • October 27, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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        Corey is still very much involved with the operation and finances of the “Corgi Events” cons. Corgi Events LLC is a Wisconsin Limited Liability Corporation and he remains the proprietor. The “announcements” from the conventions are meaningless and only exist to confuse and obscure his continued involvement in these conventions.

        Corgi Events continues to claim it runs Anime Milwaukee. Anime Milwaukee claims it is a nonprofit corporation called “Entertainment and Culture Promotional Society”. The IRS reports “Entertainment and Culture Promotional Society” had its nonprofit status revoked years ago for never filing the necessary paperwork. Look it up, it’ll take a few minutes but it’s all online.

        this man is a scam artist, and it would not surprise me if these conventions become the furry community’s own fyre festival.

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