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Michael George Thevis Jr.

Wrong Michael George Thevis Jr.?
 
Background

Employment History

  • Global Industries , Inc.
  • President
    Pendulum
  • Officer
    Book Bin , Inc.
  • Peachtree News

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Pendulum
Web References
Ginn Music Group Presents Rare Soul Music and Bluegrass
www.ginnmusicgroup.com, 17 Feb 2006 [cached]
In the beginning, there was Mike Thevis.It was 1974, and Thevis was the country's biggest pornographer.He ran a smut empire that stretched from Times Square to Pasadena, Calif., all from his offices on Peachtree Street.Thevis was the kingpin for a booming peep-show machine business.It was through his porn distributions that he became friendly with the Gambino crime family.
On the more legitimate side, Thevis owned General Recording Corporation.
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Mike ThevisThevis was sent to prison in 1976 for distribution of obscene material and ordering the arson of a competitor's business.
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While Thevis was in prison, the the indictments began piling up: tax evasion, racketeering, bombing, extortion, attempted murder of a government witness and the murder of another Atlanta pornographer, Kenneth "Jap" Hanna.
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GRC's studio had been standing empty for months when Thevis' former business associates ask Ginn to come aboard, blow the dust off the speakers and make records.
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Then, in April 1978, Thevis broke out of prison and became one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.
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If Ginn was down on his luck, Thevis was generating his own bad karma.
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Thevis was arrested and while in a federal prison confessed to his cellmate that he commited the murders and was later convicted.
That same year, the RICO act, now famous in drug-dealer circles, gave the government the green light for confiscating anything that belonged to Thevis that could be linked to his illegal activities.The studio was seized and an IRS team moved in to mark, catalog and trace the origins of everything in it.Some recording were returned to their owners when it had been determined that they had only been made at the studio but weren't owned by Thevis or GRC.But 400 master tapes -heavy, cumbersome reels- were deemed the property of GRC, which the IRS and the FBI already had determined to be supported by porn and racketeering money.
Finally, in 1981, the IRS put everything Thevis owned up for auction.His jewelry collection was sold at Christy's in New York.Two houses in Sandy Springs and a rambling northwest Atlanta mansion were also auctioned.
The recording studio and its contents were sold on a hot, June afternoon at the Simpson Street property.
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Unfortunately for Ginn, a lot of songs and their rights were sold to different companies during the topsy-turvy time after Thevis' first imprisonment, while his businesses were in the name of his secretary.
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Global Industries Inc., in which the government determined that Thevis' sale of Global Industries to Fidelity Equipment Leasing Corp. (the company set up under the name of Thevis' secretary Laverne Bowden) was, according to court documents, "a sham contrived by Thevis and Bowden to hide the formers continued control and ownership of Global Industries Inc."
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With that in mind Ginn filed a newly fashioned lawsuit against Thevis and "co-conspirators" in May 1999 claiming he was damaged by Thevis' racketeering.He claimed he was swindled out of song rights, that he suffered sleepless nights and heartache resulting from the machinations of the Thevis empire, which he believes is still being run by former Thevis employees on the West Coast.Last summer, Ginn's motion to transfer the case from the courtroom of Federal District Court Judge Willis B. Hunt to the courtroom of Judge Harold B. Murphy - because Murphy heard the original charges against Thevis 20 years ago - was denied.
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The defendant, Thevis ( who did not respond to requests to be interviewed for this story), is after all, serving a life sentence, and then some) in Oak Park Heights Correctional Facility, a sprawling , entirely underground institution outside Minneapolis.
Organized Crime and Pornography
www.porn-report.com [cached]
One of the largest pornographers in the United States during the 1970's was Michael George Thevis, who headed Peachtree News in Atlanta, Georgia, and 106 other corporations. [1176] In October, 1979 Thevis was convicted in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) violations including murder, arson, and extortion. [1177]
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Michael Thevis, once a major distributor of pornography in the South, told a meeting of organized crime family members and associates that he owned ninety percent of the movie viewmatic machines in the United States.
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Michael Thevis has been involved in the publication and distribution of pornographic material since the early 1960'x. He has been arrested numerous times by the Atlanta police Department, but his attorneys were successful in keeping him out of prison until Federal authorities began investigating him in 1970. United States Attorneys in Jacksonville, Atlanta and New Orleans obtained four separate convictions of Thevis.
A check of court records on October 30, 1972 indicated a Federal Grand Jury returned 17 indictments against Michael G. Thevis, Jr., and his wife, Joan C. Thevis.
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According to a press release on June 23, 1971, Michael G. Thevis was convicted on 12 counts of shipping obscene material across a state line. On June 25, 1971, Thevis was sentenced to five years in prison and fined $5,000 on each 12 counts of shipping obscene material.
Court records were also checked on April 8, 1975, and they showed that Michael Thevis was also sentenced in Lexington, Kentucky. Thevis was found guilty on 12 counts and will serve three years on each count to run concurrently and he was fined $45,000. Thevis is quoted as saying "I rode the boom to its crest and I made a lot of money. I'm not sorry for it. Although Thevis testified that he had sold all of his pornography businesses to Laverne Bowden, a corporate officer in several of Thevis' pornography businesses, Federal agents posing as pornography dealers in New Orleans were told that Thevis is still in control. Although Thevis testified that he had sold all of his pornography businesses to Laverne Bowden, a corporate officer in several of Thevis' pornography businesses, Federal agents posing as pornography dealers in New Orleans were told that Thevis is still in control.
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Thevis has admitted that he still owns buildings in which pornography operations are being conducted. Michael Thevis is recorded as the president of Global Industries, Inc., and a director for-General Recording Corp., and was the former president of Pendulum Book, Inc., and a former officer of Book Bin, Inc. Thevis was arrested by the F.B.I. for violation of the Escape and Rescue Statute, Mail Fraud, Conspiracy, Obstruction of Criminal Investigation and Obstruction of Justice.
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Michael Thevis and his wife, Joan, signed the lease for the property where the bookstores were located.
BAD MAGS
www.badmags.com, 17 April 2006 [cached]
Pendulum was established by Michael Thevis in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1967, and was by far the most prolific of the three publishers.
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Calga, the third publisher in the Pendulum/Gallery/Calga triumvirate, took their name from a combination of California (Cal) and Georgia (Ga) as it was a co-venture of Bernie Bloom and Michael Thevis.
FBI
americanfraud.com, 14 Dec 2008 [cached]
One of the largest pornographers in the United States during the 1970's was Michael George Thevis, who headed Peachtree News in Atlanta, Georgia, and 106 other corporations.[1176]Â In October, 1979 Thevis was convicted in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) violations including murder, arson, and extortion.[1177]
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Michael Thevis, once a major distributor of pornography in the South, told a meeting of organized crime family members and associates that he owned ninety percent of the movie viewmatic machines in the United States. Michael was interrupted by Robert DiBernardo, a person alleged to be a member of the Gambino (and/or DeCalvalcante)[1212]organized crime family, who reminded him that though he might have "proprietary rights" the machines were owned by "the family."[1213]
Ginn Music Group Presents Rare Soul Music and Bluegrass
www.ginnmusicgroup.com, 26 Feb 2005 [cached]
These corporations and assets were formerly owned by renowned criminal Michael Thevis.
...
In the beginning, there was Mike Thevis. It was 1974, and Thevis was the country's biggest pornographer. He ran a smut empire that stretched from Times Square to Pasadena, Calif., all from his offices on Peachtree Street. Thevis was the kingpin for a booming peep-show machine business. It was through his porn distributions that he became friendly with the Gambino crime family.
On the more legitimate side, Thevis owned General Recording Corporation.
...
Thevis was sent to prison in 1976 for distribution of obscene material and ordering the arson of a competitor's business.
...
Mike Thevis While Thevis was in prison, the the indictments began piling up: tax evasion, racketeering, bombing, extortion, attempted murder of a government witness and the murder of another Atlanta pornographer, Kenneth "Jap" Hanna.
...
GRC's studio had been standing empty for months when Thevis' former business associates ask Ginn to come aboard, blow the dust off the speakers and make records.
...
Then, in April 1978, Thevis broke out of prison and became one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.
Michael Thevis
...
If Ginn was down on his luck, Thevis was generating his own bad karma.
...
Thevis was arrested and while in a federal prison confessed to his cellmate that he commited the murders and was later convicted.
That same year, the RICO act, now famous in drug-dealer circles, gave the government the green light for confiscating anything that belonged to Thevis that could be linked to his illegal activities. The studio was seized and an IRS team moved in to mark, catalog and trace the origins of everything in it. Some recording were returned to their owners when it had been determined that they had only been made at the studio but weren't owned by Thevis or GRC. But 400 master tapes -heavy, cumbersome reels- were deemed the property of GRC, which the IRS and the FBI already had determined to be supported by porn and racketeering money.
Finally, in 1981, the IRS put everything Thevis owned up for auction. His jewelry collection was sold at Christy's in New York. Two houses in Sandy Springs and a rambling northwest Atlanta mansion were also auctioned.
The recording studio and its contents were sold on a hot, June afternoon at the Simpson Street property.
...
Unfortunately for Ginn, a lot of songs and their rights were sold to different companies during the topsy-turvy time after Thevis' first imprisonment, while his businesses were in the name of his secretary.
...
Global Industries Inc., in which the government determined that Thevis' sale of Global Industries to Fidelity Equipment Leasing Corp. (the company set up under the name of Thevis' secretary Laverne Bowden) was, according to court documents, "a sham contrived by Thevis and Bowden to hide the formers continued control and ownership of Global Industries Inc."
...
With that in mind Ginn filed a newly fashioned lawsuit against Thevis and "co-conspirators" in May 1999 claiming he was damaged by Thevis' racketeering. He claimed he was swindled out of song rights, that he suffered sleepless nights and heartache resulting from the machinations of the Thevis empire, which he believes is still being run by former Thevis employees on the West Coast. Last summer, Ginn's motion to transfer the case from the courtroom of Federal District Court Judge Willis B. Hunt to the courtroom of Judge Harold B. Murphy - because Murphy heard the original charges against Thevis 20 years ago - was denied.
...
The defendant, Thevis ( who did not respond to requests to be interviewed for this story), is after all, serving a life sentence, and then some) in Oak Park Heights Correctional Facility, a sprawling , entirely underground institution outside Minneapolis.
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