List of victims for Tate Publishing finalized

By TERRY GROOVER
[email protected]

The Oklahoma attorney general’s office is preparing a final restitution plan that could help bring to a close the case against the owners of a former Mustang-based vanity book publishing company.
Alex Gerszewski, a spokesman for Attorney General Mike Hunter, said the restitution plan against Ryan and Richard Tate of Tate Publishing is expected to be filed in Canadian County District Court in September.
He said 500 people have been confirmed as victims of the Tate’s scheme to embezzle funds and materials. The total restitution is expected to be around $900,000.
That amount is
higher than the original total to which the Tates agreed when they entered their no-contest pleas in December.
The pair pleaded guilty to 44 counts that included embezzlement, attempted extortion, conspiracy and a pattern of criminal behavior.
They were sentenced to 20 years in prison. The sentence, however, was suspended.
In addition, they were ordered to immediately pay $109,000.
The total restitution was to be determined after all claims had been filed.
The deadline was June 15.
The attorney general’s office filed the final restitution total document with the court at the end of June.
The restitution plan is expected to be filed with the court on Sept. 5 at the Tates’ next court date.
Gerszewski said the restitution is based on the amount that officials could confirm was owed to the authors through receipts, credit card payments, checks and other financial documents.
Things like future earnings could not be confirmed, thus were not included in the restitution.
Originally, then-
Special Judge Jack McCurdy had ordered the Tates to repay $825,895.22 to their customers. That number, Gerszewski said, increased as more victims filed claims against the publishers.
More then 2,200 complaints were filed against the company.
The embezzlement charges accused the Tates of taking money from authors for the publication of their material but failing to do so. They also did not return the artists’ money.
The attempted extortion charges relate to requiring the artists to pay the company a $50 processing fee for the return of their materials, otherwise, they said the material would be destroyed.
In November, the pair agreed to relinquish their rights to the material, which includes books, music, videos and other materials.
That allows victims to retrieve their materials and have the option of finding another publisher.
The investigation into the company began in June 2015 after the attorney general’s consumer product unit began receiving complaints against Tate Publishing and Enterprises LLC and Tate Music Group LLC.
The complaints included failure to deliver products, failure to pay royalty earnings and of making threats to destroy files unless the artist paid a processing fee for the return of the artists’ files.
The affidavit that was filed with the case states that a review of bank records showed that monies produced by the sale of publishing or music production services were deposited into business checking accounts and then transferred to the personal checking accounts of Ryan and Christy Tate as well as Richard and Rita Tate.
Court records also indicated that the processing fees were initially deposited into the company’s accounts, but later transferred into personal checking accounts, and were used for personal transactions including dining and entertainment expenses at casinos.
The company closed in January 2017 after losing court cases that had been filed by Tennessee-based Lightning Source and Xerox.
A federal judge ordered the company to pay Lightning Source more than $2 million for money paid to Tate Publishing for the distribution and printing of 5.5 million books during a five-year contract.
Xerox was awarded $1,446,070.67 by a Canadian County judge.
Later that year, the Tates sent out an email stating that it planned to restart the business.
That notice prompted the attorney general to move forward with charges against the father and son.

79 Comments

  1. Linda Duncan on September 9, 2019 at 11:07 am

    It is so sad that so may people will not
    receive even a fraction of what was invested in their project with Ta⁵
    Is there any kind of target date for restitution?

    Thank you!
    Linda Duncan,

    • L.S Weir on January 10, 2020 at 1:27 pm

      I was duped by tater. They bamboozled $5000 out of me for my children’s flip book, “The Amazing Dancing Fleas/Hooray Hooray. Not only were my books a lost cause, I never received royalties, I ended up homeless, and I was humiliated! I feel really stupid for believing in this company.

      • Eugenia La Deaux Pang on March 3, 2020 at 10:39 pm

        My book Katies Kittens is Out there being Sold .I have never seen any royalties on My Book My First Book I wrote…I’ve seen it on sale in the U .K.online and in Italy I’m sure it’s All Over.How is it My Book Being Sold and I’m Not seeing a Penny on it.katies’s Kittens is My First Book and Has alot of Meaning in our Home.My Grandaughter Picture is on the Cover
        The story is a story I was telling her at Bedtime and I finally finished it and Wrote the Book…I have other Stories that I have Written But I won’t send them out.From being burned By Tate Publishing..
        Eugenia La Deaux Pang

        • Dr.Raymond Rippenkroeger on April 1, 2020 at 4:10 pm

          I too, had been not seen any royalties from my book sales. I inquired about copies being ordered and I was told they would get back with me.
          I know several family and friends ordered, copies, but Tate publishing denied it.
          I did my own sales viaa Book signings; I sold 350 copies and they couldn’t even sell one.
          I was sent to secondary Book Distributors that they sceduled. I had Barns and Noble and Powells Book specifically desiring to have a Book Signing, and to have the book on their shelves; Tate Never contacted them.
          My book is nw being sold on Amazon by Tate Publising for $122.50 to $155.20.
          They have to be shutter down.

        • Judy Bright-English on April 3, 2020 at 10:56 pm

          They are still selling “The Pass Around Bowl”. I have never even been told how many copies have been sold either.

    • sherry todd on January 19, 2020 at 1:57 pm

      What about the music artists that are just now finding out? I have a CD called Shalee”The phone doesn’t ring”, I have been with Tate for 9 years and have only received $1.44 in royalties! I didn’t cash them, the checks were are a slap in my face! I just filled out my complaint form and am mailing it Monday. My songs for my belated Mother were in top 20 in Germany. I also am on Pandora but now every site my CD is on is locked and I can not download nor buy or listen to my own works, what a disaster and HUGE disappointment! HELP, I need a new publisher!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Bonni Dance on April 30, 2020 at 2:46 pm

        I’m in the same boat, Sherry. I flew to Oklahoma and recorded some of the songs on my CD at their studio and they released the CD. Since the release and subsequent downfall of their company, my CD has been been removed from YouTube, Amazon and everywhere else it was posted. I couldn’t even share one of the songs I had co-written with a producer friend with HIM on SoundCloud because the publishing was under TMG and it’s OUR song! Can we still submit a claim after all this time? It’s almost May 2020. I think I remember receiving a royalty report a few years ago, but there was next to no money on it and I’ve NEVER received a royalty check from them. I made more selling the CDs to friends and family, than I did with TMG.

    • Nathan Dominguez on March 3, 2020 at 1:23 pm

      I didnt get anything. I had a book published and I cant rven sell it or buy myself a copy because of this.

    • Maria E. Rygiel on March 21, 2020 at 2:44 pm

      Right. I lost 3,000$ a lot of money for me.

    • Teresa Larry-King on April 3, 2020 at 1:34 pm

      They promised me so many things, took my money that I had to struggle to acquire and went out of business. I had been trying to publish my book for almost 18 years. How do I find out it my name is included with the people they took advantage of?

  2. Etta Miller warner on September 16, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Tate published 4 children’s books for me. A Fish Named Max, Max has the Hiccups, Max’s Wish and Max’s Crises.
    I would like to get ALL my files. Art work and test. Please let me know what I have to do to get them. please let me hear asap as I need to move forward with my writings, Thanks
    Blessings
    Etta M Warner

    • Carolyn Williams on September 17, 2019 at 1:05 pm

      Sorry for your loss, looks like we both have suffered loss due to Closing of Tate Publishing. I am willing to share what I learn and ask if you would mind doing the same?

      • Jerry Ingram on October 1, 2019 at 6:28 am

        Horrible people, the Tate’s and what they have done to us. Posing as a Christian Company they were able to take advantage of us because of our faith…

        If I find any information, I to will share it. There has been no mention of the 500 consumers who will be getting a proceed of their money back.

        Blessings
        Min. Jerry Ingram,

  3. Carolyn Williams on September 17, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Looking to recover my ISBN, electronic file and art work on Mystery In The Pines, published 2011. What recourse do I have to recover the above? Please help with any response.

    • Tom Geyer on October 7, 2019 at 11:50 pm

      Hi Carolyn,
      I was wondering if you ever found out anything about how to retrieve your file. I too was a Tate author, and would like to get my file and isbn. Would you let me know if you find anything out. Thanks, Tom

      • Darlene Cash on January 11, 2020 at 5:12 pm

        I also published a book with tate republishing, and because of what happen, lost money from this company. I would love to be able to get my ISBN. Anyone with any information please contact me.

    • You need to call Oklahoma City General office Hurry .Eva Gutierrez. Their getting our money for us on November 7, 2019 at 12:11 pm

      God bless you .mention you were scammed by tatepublishers

    • Mary Steves on December 5, 2019 at 4:28 pm

      Please call at 408.212.7921

      • Walterine Pickett on December 27, 2019 at 6:58 pm

        I am one of the authors affected by this fraudulent company. My book entitled, From Misery to Ministry: My Journey to Forgiveness has not received any compensation. They could at least repay our deposits and relinquish our ISBN# and send our original manuscripts in text/copy ready.

  4. Susanne Wold on September 22, 2019 at 11:53 am

    We, the little guys will, in all likelihood, get nothing for what we sacrificially paid in good faith (not to mentioned unreturned artwork). Two big companies, Lightning Source and Xerox, make out okay. Typical. And the felons who deliberately scammed and stole from us have to repay only a pittance of their theft and have their 20 year sentence suspended and you can bet they’ve hidden money so they’ll resume their lavish lifestyle. The American “justice” system once again at work. I’ve learned one thing – crime does pay and pay big. I’m glad that there will be ultimate justice for these phony “CHRISTIANS” who wouldn’t know the truth if it hit them in the heads.

  5. Margaret Keathley on October 11, 2019 at 7:42 am

    I have two books published with Tate—“The Color Story” and “Star’s Angel”. I was not one of the lucky ones who had their files returned. I did file a complaint with the OK Attorney General’s office though. I have two books that are no longer available and have found out they cannot be republished as is. I am getting emails/calls from other vanity publishers but do not trust anyone at this point. I just hope I can get at least some part of my money back. Good luck to everyone who was betrayed. I am sure the Tate family will enjoy the comforts of the 9th circle when their times comes.

  6. Hank Niceley on October 14, 2019 at 5:37 am

    I had five childrens’ books in production stage. No information about the location of these. They were paid for along with some payment for future services. I also had work in the music division. What happened to the music division and Don Johnson. I filed all papers asked for by the court and I have heard nothing from them ever. I have tried to contact the court for information with no response. Does anyone know how to get information about the present state of this case? I have several thousand dollare lost here.

    • Maria E. Rygiel on November 17, 2019 at 8:42 am

      I hear you! I never received information regarding closing. Lost 3,000$ to them for my little book. Not sure , but could swear received calls last year regarding ordering posters etc. to “promote “ book. They took advantage of so many people!

  7. Dale Piggott on October 18, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Hi, I published a book via Tate about 4 years ago. Also, I just learned about this debacle today! My question is do I now have full rights to my work (I do have copies)? So, is “Tate” out of my publishing life at this point, even though I didn’t get notification to file anything?

    Thanks, Dale Piggott

  8. Pastor Dwain Tingle on October 20, 2019 at 12:07 am

    I wasn’t even aware that I could file. Funny the big companies knew.
    Anyway, I’ve been contacted by many companies wanting to publish my book. Of course, they want me to pay for it. I’m not going to risk being scammed again. I’ve told them if they really believe in my book, they can pay for the publishing. That’s when they back off. BEWARE OF THE SCAMS!!!

    • Dan Wright on January 18, 2020 at 6:04 pm

      Be sure you know if you are talking with a traditional publisher, a self-publisher, or a hybrid publisher. Everyone’s contract is different, and the cost/profit model can vary widely from company to company. I hope you can get to the other side of all this soon, and begin enjoying selling and marketing your book.

  9. Sarah T Espinosa on October 22, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Tate published “a tribute to mommies” for me. I would like the copies and proofs for my book. How would I go about getting these?

  10. D. E. Rider on October 29, 2019 at 2:53 am

    I am another one of the “victims’ of the Tate serpant.

  11. Kristie Thomas on November 3, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Same questions….how do I get the rights to my book? Can I go to a print shop and make copies? Don’t forget to whiteout Tate Publishing and their verse from the a bible . Makes me choke.

    • Mary Steves on December 5, 2019 at 2:59 pm

      Hi Kristie , you can call this number 408.2127921

    • Dan Wright on January 18, 2020 at 6:01 pm

      Maybe we can help you salvage a bad situation. Did you get your production files back? The cover file too?

  12. Linda Duncan on November 10, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    It is so absolutely sickening that Alex Gerszewski, Spokesman for AG Hunter alluded to the fact that the AG’s office needs to confer with the Tates regarding the restitution process. WHY??? Why should they have any say-so? Truth be known, they most likely have funds in faraway places….the money from their victims. Also, they will never serve another day in a jail cell for what they did. How utterly pathetic to note that CRIME DOES PAY!

  13. John & Patricia P Cromwell on November 16, 2019 at 10:17 am

    I would like to know if we can get the printing setup so we can have my wife’s book reprinted by some else.

    • Dan Wright on January 18, 2020 at 5:56 pm

      I haven’t reached out to anyone yet who has suffered through all this. But its possible (I can’t commit without more info) we can help you with some printing. Of course, if you’re just going to use print on demand, that shouldn’t be too complicated. I feel so bad for the people on this page. 2,000 authors is a massive number.

  14. Joyce Nealy on November 16, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    how do I file a claim Sparky and the Pond

  15. Richard Wood on November 17, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    These crooks published my book “Deep Creek Canyon” a few years ago and made it appear as though they were selling well, so I believed my substantial investment seemed worthwhile until I happened upon a news report about their fraudulent practices. I now wonder how many of my books were sold and why I can still find them available on other websites like Amazon and Ebay. I wonder how many royalities I failed to received before the investigations started. I learned about this incredible mess after the deadline to file a claim had passed so I am out of luck I guess. The only contact I received was an offer to let me get the electronic file back from them, for a fee of course, so I could get my book printed elsewhere. I also found they kept these fees and never sent the files out to the Authors. Christians?? Hah!!

    • Pamela Spears on January 3, 2020 at 9:46 am

      I published with Tate one title There is a light, we were working on another title. I paid the money and they were working on my manuscript when they closed. I never received a check from them. I did not received a refund for the book they did not complete. This was a awful thing to do to people.

  16. Natalie Hardiman on November 18, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    It was so very exciting to publish my first children’s book with Tate Publishers. Nothing will erase that experience, however the fact that they are not in jail is deeply disturbing. They paid a high priced lawyer not to be incarcerated with the author’s money. The legal system now defends the criminal not
    The victim. Justice doesn’t seem to matter anymore.

    • Dan Wright on January 18, 2020 at 5:57 pm

      Were you able to get your production files? We do some children’s books, and could possibly help you with some printing.

  17. more? Bowser on December 6, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    I am amazed at the number of authors that are just finding out about this…how involved were you in regards to your investment? Most of us that were able to file claims with the AG received the emails from Tate and moved immediately to file. Most of us expect nothing, have completed what was done to republish with whatever means we have been able to snd have moved on. I am sorry that you were not aware. The deadlines have long passed for filing. Some of life’s lessons are learned from extreme situations. I guess this is yours.

  18. Joy Bowser on December 6, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    I am amazed at the number of authors that are just finding out about this…how involved were you in regards to your investment? Most of us that were able to file claims with the AG received the emails from Tate and moved immediately to file. Most of us expect nothing, have completed what was done to republish with whatever means we have been able to snd have moved on. I am sorry that you were not aware. The deadlines have long passed for filing. Some of life’s lessons are learned from extreme situations. I guess this is yours.

    • Allison Kay on March 1, 2020 at 10:37 pm

      I had/have an Album out with Tate, and here is why I did not know this was happening:

      **********
      Tate Publishing is experiencing a transition period and we are no longer accepting any new authors or artists. All authors and artists will be contacted directly within the next few weeks about the status of your production and your options for completing your projects.

      Alternatively, if you wish to terminate your relationship with us before this transition is complete, please fill out and return the appropriate form for each title:
      If your book or album HAS been released, click here.
      If your book or album HAS NOT been released, click here.
      If you do not wish to terminate your agreement and continue with the transition process, no action is required and you may disregard this message.

      If you have already returned cancellation and/or file request documents, you may disregard this message.

      For the latest updates, please visit http://www.TatePublishing.com.
      ************

      Between the asterisks is the only email communication I received. Due to some medical issues, I was not performing regularly, so I wasn’t really working on my Album during that month, or the few months around it. Therefore, them not being able to help me “during their transition” really wasn’t a problem. I suppose transitioning from a business to being in a court was a big change………….. And, of course, now it is too late.

  19. Alicia Clark on December 13, 2019 at 8:00 am

    I poured my heart and soul into telling my story of having a special needs baby born which was to help other parents in their journey and for my own personal healing and then to only find out that my good intentions were taken advantage of by these malicious owners, the TATES. “MY ANGEL KISS” was so important to write.

  20. Stanley Davis on December 17, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Yep! Just found out about this, is it still open to get my work back, book (Hot leads and Cold cases).

    Thanks God Bless

  21. Eric Irvin on December 19, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Are they paying out from the law suite. My music was every where. Never got a penny.. no royalties..

    • Will Tommy Jones on January 6, 2020 at 5:06 pm

      Same situation w/ me Eric. If you find an answer I would appreciate a heads up. I filed a complaint then never heard a word back from the attorney general’s office. Tate broke our contract on 6 separate occasions.

      • Sue H on January 17, 2020 at 1:29 pm

        Did anyone work with Mark Mingle? He is now at Trilogy

        • Joanne on April 21, 2020 at 9:02 am

          I just signed a contract with Mark Mingle with Trilogy & paid thousands to have book edited & published and now I’m reading these comments and I’m a little concerned and I’m wondering if I heard God correctly about this whole thing! I pray in Jesus name that God has my back on this and I lay it at His feet because I don’t know what else to do but Trust God!

  22. Cynthia Jones on December 27, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    I had a music contract with tate music group a division of Tate publishing & Enterprises. I am just finding out about the law suit. It’s been years and I paid a good sum of money as well. Will someone please update me on the status of things by reply or by email. Thank you so very much.
    God Bless,
    Cynthia

  23. Jan Sydnam on December 29, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    I went with TATE PUBLISHING because they claimed to be “a Christian company” These scammers LIED to me about my book sales, claiming “only a few were sold. If that was the case then why have so many readers from a variety of states left 5 star reviews on various book review sites? All these of people purchased my book, “Oh For God’s Sakej” yet the only check I received was for $1.36 in royalties.
    I spoke several times on the phone with “Pa Tate” and was told how “honored” they were to have such “a hard to put down book,” that would promote their business.?The Tate’s may think they’ve gotten away with their scam but remember, there’s a Judge, far greater than any earthly judge, who will hold them accountable. They stole from many of God’s beloved children. I too, no longer trust vanity publishers.
    I requested my MS back but all I got were crickets & empty promises. I’m still waiting!!
    Writing/Public Speaking are two important God given talents. Without them, I can’t meet expenses. Satan has spit on my talent with help from the Tates AND the Criminal Justice System. It IS “justice” for the Criminal/s.
    The Tates are to be pitied…but I still want what’s legally mine.

  24. Bruce Koehn on December 30, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Who can I contact to see if I can get my file from Tate so I can go with another publisher to get books printed?

    • Will Tommy Jones on January 6, 2020 at 5:02 pm

      I am having the same issue myself Bruce. I have searched high and low online trying to find out the status lof my complaint and to hopefully find a way to get my files returned to me. It has been a nightmare.

  25. Pamela Spears on January 3, 2020 at 9:51 am

    This was a disappointing journey. I received the e-mail that they were closing. But I was not aware of how to file. There was no information regarding a class action law suit. What is the status of the Tate’s fate?

  26. Will Tommy Jones on January 6, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    I have tried to no avail to get an answer back from the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office concerning the complaint I filed with them against Tate Music Group. They broke my contract on 6 different occasions and after filing my complaint I never heard a word back from Mike Hunt’s office in Oklahoma. Can someone please help me find a list or a way to get the status of the filed complaint? Thanks. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  27. Diana Wilcox on January 7, 2020 at 1:20 am

    Tate Publishing hijacked my book and music cd!!! I got a couple of royalty checks for 4 cents and that was it. My book and music cd were the product of great effort, and here I only a couple copies of my book and cd that they published! And these people say they are Christian!

  28. Justin Weaver on January 7, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    I’ve been following this to see how it turned out for other authors. I am so disgusted with them. The Tates are nothing but a couple of crooks. I gave up on getting my money back two years ago. After making major changes to the story I republished it under a new title. I used New Book Authors Publishing because they don’t take any of your royalties, you own your ISBN and your publishing rights, and they did an excellent job on my book.

  29. Judy Bright-English on January 9, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    I am the author of The Pass Around Bowl. It is still for sale and I would like to find out how many copies sold at least But those snake lickers are getting away with breaking so many ten of the ten commandments it isn”t funny. How do they sleep at night? I would like my story back too.

  30. Arthur Taylor on January 18, 2020 at 9:22 am

    I sent in documents to the States Attorney when this happened and no one ever contacted me from that office regarding the civil action. I have no information at all. That office is just as inefficient as Tate. I’m very angry at both

  31. Mary Oberkrom on January 24, 2020 at 1:06 am

    I to have just found out about Tate I have not heard from them a little over 9 yrs tried calling sent emails nothing my CD is still being sold on the internet, My name is Mary Oberkrom CD Every time I hear your name, I want my music back and my royalty checks, and time lost through them holding my rights to my CD, for all these years just so they could make money, when I could have been selling them myself

  32. Ron Clark on January 24, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    This was a criminal activity at its worst. The Tates kept all of the money, shut down operations without notice, and put all of the company funds into their personal accounts. Try and stop the sales of your product and the sales company will tell you that only Tate can give them that order.

    This is a copy of the letter sent to me by the OK Attorney General. What a joke!
    Office of Attorney General
    State of Oklahoma

    January 24, 2020

    Ronald Clark
    2056 Sundance Parkway 2220
    New Braunfels, TX 78130

    RE: Restitution in State v. Ryan Tate, Canadian County District Court Case No. CF-2017-387
    and State v. Richard Tate, Canadian County District Court Case No. CF-2017-388

    Dear Mr. Clark:

    This letter is in regard to the status of your restitution claim against the Defendants, Ryan and Richard Tate. All verifiable restitution claims have been presented to the Court and included in the final restitution amount ordered to be paid as a condition of the Defendants’ probation.

    Enclosed, you will find a Restitution Recovery Form, which requests specific information necessary to finalize and process your payments. In order for your claim to be paid, state law requires that you provide your name, updated and complete contact information, and Social Security number. The form should be returned to our office at 313 NE 21st Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73105 no later than February 14, 2020, to avoid delays in your payments. Please note that failure to return the form with the requested information will preclude our office from processing your restitution claim, and you will not be able to receive any payments until our office receives the necessary information.

    The Court has ordered the Defendants to pay over $900,000 in restitution in monthly installments over the next 20 years. Your restitution claim has been reviewed and $665.00 was approved by the Court. Beginning no later than March 11, 2020, you will receive annual payments toward your total approved claim until your restitution claim is paid in full.

    Due to the large number of affected consumers in this case, and in order to provide individualized support and assistance, our office has created a dedicated resource for future correspondence. Please direct all questions or concerns to our office by email at [email protected].

    We thank you for your attention and patience in this matter.

    Office of the Oklahoma Attorney General
    Consumer Protection Unit

    That works out to about $30.00 year. That’s a payment of $665.00 for a fraudulent theft or nearly $3000.00.

    The AG should be ashamed of himself.

    • Dee on January 29, 2020 at 5:27 am

      $900,000/500 people equals $1800. This still wrong, but it’s more than $30 a year. I wonder how much the AG office is getting paid off?

  33. My name is Sherry Lewis Henry on January 28, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    I published my book with Tate, in 2009, If Someone is Killed and the Officials Refuse to Investigate, IS IT STILL MURDER? I lost contact with Tate Publishers, but saw my book was on Amazon all these years. I have no idea where the royalties for sales went to. I wish I had known about this lawsuit. I tried contacting Tate and also Amazon, unsuccessfully.
    I’m trying to get the book reprinted now and is becoming costly. Is there any possibility of retrieving records, etc. etc. or joining the ‘group’ now??
    Thanks, Sherry Lewis (Published as) and my adult children, Cecelia A Maurer and Aubrey J Harness

  34. Dee on January 29, 2020 at 5:16 am

    This world is truly wicked and Christianity is something to hide behind. Can you not see true colors coming through for all of these fake people and their fake religions created by men, not The Creator. What religion did The Most High create? Not Christianity. Not Churchanity. Not Relgiosity. Not Catholicism. Not Any of these. These Tates are a prime example of many Christian organizations who are full of treachery, discrimination, and lust for power, fame and money. If the Atty General’s Office and the Tates would be clean of heart and restore what they’ve stolen from everyone, there’s a chance they could be redeemed. Since they remain greedy, hateful and narcissistic, they’re showing who their soul belong to and it’s not the Creator. Righteousness is not in them or the people sending out letters saying they’re going to pay clients back $5, $10, $90 etc. a year for 20 years. Evil supports evil. The whole world is operating under the system of the Beast. Please seek the Creator and His Holy Name with all of your heart for those who call upon His Name shall be saved. This is how hard it is right now to know and call His rightful name. Study the OT, but beware of anything that does not sound like The Most High. There is nothing the Beast System hasn’t tampered with….Nothing! He’s raising up his beastly head. Don’t fear. Don’t fret. Seek His Holy Name and Call on HIM. May every victim of this fakery be blessed 100-fold!

  35. Georgia Flanagan on January 30, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    Well Ron, atleast you’re one of the 500 chosen out of the over 2 thousand of us who filed a complaint. I wonder how the AG’s office picked and chose who was deserving and who didn’t matter; I guess that I don’t matter to the AG because I have not heard anything, nothing, not even an acknowledgment that they received my paperwork; that’s ok, I was told a long time ago to never put my trust in man and now Tate and the AG have proven this to be true; God sees all and He knows that giving justice to only 500 is wrong and the better choice would have been for the Tates to be in prison.

  36. Saundra Greensfelder on January 31, 2020 at 9:52 am

    My address is :1137 Ariana Rd.
    San Marcos, California. 92069

    I am looking for my restitution of $4000.00 It was my originaI payment I paid in good faith. Not realizing the mess Tate would make of this situation, I never kept record of the royalties. I do know Amazon sold many of my children’s book, The Adventures of Too Hat Crow. I never received a penny. I know I kept my end of the contract. I sold well over 500 copies. I would like to see something.Due to Tate, my book is no longer available anywhere. I can no longer purchase to sell either. Help!

  37. Brette Pruitt on March 2, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    It’s surprising that vanity publishers like this are not yet extinct. They should be. Some suggestions: Once you get your rights back, sell your own books on eBay as PDFs or upload them to Amazon Kindle or another online publishing platform. You can have a digital version and/or a paperback version. Amazon has very good instructions and techies who are very helpful. Uploading a manuscript to Amazon costs NOTHING. If you want to pay Amazon to design a cover, edit the manuscript and upload it for you, they have that service, too, at fraction of what Tate probably charged. It’s possible for anybody who is halfway computer literate to upload a book at no cost. Good luck to all of you.

  38. Terri Haynes Roach on March 4, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    I spent 4 years in law suite and thousands of $$$. I won the judgement but 3 years later, still received $.00.
    Even the justice system takes your money, and doesn’t protect the victims…

  39. David Gray on March 19, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    Oh my goodness. I just learned about this. I never received any notice about any of this.

    My first late wife, Theresa (Terri) L. Gray published a book entitled “Of Fairy Tales and Happily Ever Afters: My Story of Breast Cancer” (ISBN 978-1598861044), through Tate Publishing & Enterprises. After she passed away, I continued to receive checks from the book sales for a while then payments stopped. I just assumed the book stop selling and I didn’t really worry about it.

    I have emailed the Oklahoma AG today. May be too late to do anything about it now.

  40. Ann Marie McKenzie-Caples on April 11, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    My name is Ann Marie McKenzie and I’m one of Tate Publishing Royalty Authors. My children’s book; The Four-Eyed Boy has been selling at Barnes & Noble, Family Christian, Books a million, amazon, eBay & several other online sites. I felt something was wrong because I’ve been trying to get in touch with my book marketing agent during December 2016 all through to March 2017 and could not which was highly unusual. I called and emailed with no reply. My book on bullying was just selected as one the children’s book to be featured on the Jamaica Library Service National reading competition 2017 and they need books. I sold all the books in my Possession to them and I didn’t have anymore. Tate hindered a record sale and promotion for my book that year more than ever. In the meantime I’ve been watching online where my book was still being sold online and I never got a cent since that time for royalty. Even when I learned of the court case against Tate my book was still on Amazon and Ebay selling. It was August 2018 before I saw a notice on Amazon about it not being available. Tate owed me a lot; the cost of my book $3990 plus the four years plus of Royalty monies and the halting of all promotion of my book. My book is still tied up in this court case and Tate still have my master files. And now what do I get for my loss and misfortune? I’m still waiting on the attorney general’s office and Mr. Mike Hunter to fight for us victims. I have been in liaison with them and I have submitted a copy of my book contract and filled out the form they sent me in the mail. Since then I haven’t heard anything more all they said was to wait and wait and wait…I’ll be sending the attorney general’s office another letter this week…

  41. Carolyn Myers on April 22, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    My husband published a book in 2014, “The Adventures of Willie Wonder” through Tate Publishing. We knew the book was selling but never received a dime. I went online and ordered a copy from Target. My husband contacted Tate, who stated only one book was sold and we received a royalty check for 40 cents! We read about the owners being arrested but never heard of a class action lawsuit. I just happened to check Google a few minutes ago to discover more than one company is selling my husband’s book through Amazon. Other companies, here and other countries, are also selling it. Guess we’re just screwed.

  42. Jeannie Murnette Smith on April 23, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Tom’s Angel and A Warriors path and Ranger Wade cost me over $6000.00 dollars, I got less than $20.00 in royalties in return. The last check for .69 cents.Have no idea how many were sold.

  43. Jeannie Murnette Smith on April 23, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    I had three books published by Tate’s and paid more than $6000.00.I got less than $20.00 in royalties in return.
    I would be happy just to get my money back. I am 80 rears old and very discouraged.

  44. Margaret Hosking on April 24, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    In 2016 Tate publishing accepted my manuscript and $4,000. They never did one thing towards publishing my book and after not being able to contact them in any form or receive a reply I looked on the net and found out just how many people had been scammed. In March I received a letter from the attorney general’s office that I would receive a check in the mail. I got a $200 check and will have to wait 20 years to recover what they stole.The check is only sent annually. I am 75 and will be dead and Tate will be off the hook. You can bet mr. Tate is not going without the comforts of home. The creeps should be in jail.

  45. Maria on April 30, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    I am just now learning about this information regarding a restitution for those involved with Tate. I sent a email today to see if I am on their list. I did not receive any royalties from Tate after they published and released my book July of 2015.In recent months I discovered third party sellers have doubled the price of my book and selling it on Amazon as a “novelty” item. I tried to list myself as a seller and was shut down because I did not get Amazon’s approval to list a “Novelty” item…who even knew ??? I am so thoroughly disgusted with this whole situation that moving forward I will only self publish through Book Locker! What really disappoints me the most most is that they professed themselves to be “Christian”. Thank God I now have more discernment ! These are the exact people the give Christ followers a bad name and I declare them to receive the Judgement of Jesus Christ for their deceptive actions.

  46. Nancy. Carol. Gibbon on May 2, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    I. Filed. A. Complaint. Two. Years ago with County Attorneys. Office. Got. A letter. From that office a year ago. Stating. It was being. Settled and they would be in. Touch. Have not. Heard anything since. AND. SINCE. I. AM. 85. YEARS OLD. I. DOUBT. I. WILL. EVER. BE. CONTACTED. I. DID. NOT. HAVE A. LAWYER Would. Appreciate. Any. Word. About. This. Case. TATE. PUBLISHING Thank you. Nancy. Gibbon

  47. Nancy. Carol. Gibbon on May 2, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    My. Husband. Died. 20. Years ago. I. Promised. Him. I. Would. Publish. The. Book. He. Wrote. I. Did. That. But. Tate. PUBLISHING. KILLED. THAT. PROMISE AND. DREAM!!!

  48. Rachaunn Gibson on May 5, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    I was taken by Tate Publishing, never received any royalties from then I go online and google my name only to find that my book is still being sold under a new book cover. But the story is mine it still shows up on the Amazon website. When take your savings and put out your book only to in trust in a publishing company that pulled you in, stating all the things they were going to do to get your name out there, your story. This was a horrible thing that happened, very hurtful in the long run.. Oddly now to see there sentence was dropped and only serving probation so not right. I will find a way to get my story back out there somehow

  49. Samuel Hurtado "Sh'muel Hur" on May 13, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    I also lost money invested in Tate Publishing. They were suppose to publish my book “The Calendar of God.”

    God will judge them for what they did to so many victims.

  50. Mark Taylor on May 23, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    We gave Dr Tate 3,000.00 dollars for the publishing of the book,Mark”s and I have seen the book on Amazon front page Tattered cover books and many others. we see no Royaltes Mark is being drugged for a few years and held in a group home.Mark was shot at Columbine 7 bullets and three surgery;S . this as bad as the shooting. We did the book for his healing.Then Tate cheated many. Mark could not do his book because he was locked up and drugged.He needs help I am praying for that. look up You Tube and click Mark Taylor and FDA Hearing. all is true on there.

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