Authors Say They Paid But Never Had Books Published
6:04 AM, Aug 6, 2010
A former Indiana congressman said he is among those taken advantage of by an Indianapolis-based publisher.Several aspiring authors from across the country claim David Caswell and his company, New Century Publishing, took their money but failed to ever publish their work.Former U.S. Rep. Andy Jacobs Jr. told 6News' Rafael Sanchez that Caswell said he would pay to publish his book, "The 1600 Killers," and even offered to arrange an interview on CNN's "Larry King Live."Jacobs said he was surprised to find out later that the printer on his book was never paid, and said he picked up the bill for $12,500."All the time I was in public office, all the time I was in combat in the Marine Corps, I never met such a skillful liar as David Caswell," Jacobs said. "He's a con man. He cons people."Jacobs said he warned First Lady Cheri Daniels, who was writing a children's book at the time, about Caswell's business practices."I don't think he has a conscience at all," Jacobs said. "I don't have any trouble confessing that I was fooled by the best liar I know."6News visited the office of New Century Publishing at 1040 E. 86th St. on Thursday, but the door was locked, while Caswell did not answer the door at his home on Friday.Caswell has had problems with the state in the past.In 2005, 6News exposed his involvement in a career services company that was misleading people about jobs. A lawsuit from the attorney general's office resulted in a judgment that Caswell make $60,000 in refunds.In June 1990, Caswell was slapped with separate court judgment of more than $39,000.Officials with the Attorney General's office told 6News there is no record that Caswell paid anything on the 1990 judgment. The office confirms he paid $600 on the 2008 judgment and setup a payment plan, but then defaulted on his payments.Caswell, responded to 6News' request for an interview on Thursday via Facebook."Neither my attorney nor I are responding to media inquiries until we have more to say, but it is our hope that we will soon be able to offer the few authors who still have pending projects, the choice of their books, or receiving a full refund," he wrote.