Accusing Jones of funneling cash from his business to himself and others in order to give the guise of bankruptcy as he faced defamation lawsuits, lawyers for the families insisted that a bankruptcy trustee should assume command of Free Speech Systems, the parent company for his media empire, according to a court filing.
“Alex Jones is not financially bankrupt; he is morally bankrupt, which is becoming more and more clear as we discover his plots to hide money and evade responsibility,” Kyle Farrar, a lawyer for the families, said, per the New York Times. “He used lies to amass a fortune, and now he is using lies and fictions to shield his money.”
The families allege Jones transferred roughly $62 million from his media empire to various accounts for himself and his family starting back in 2018, when the Sandy Hook families sued him.
Jones has since been ordered to shell out roughly $50 million for various forms of damages after a jury sided with the parents of a child gunned down in the 2012 massacre that Jones falsely described the tragedy as a hoax. The InfoWars host recently conceded publicly that he believes the shooting was “100% real.”
Last month, Free Speech Systems filed a bankruptcy claim asserting that it owes $54 million to PQPR Holdings, which operates under the ownership of Jones, according to the New York Times. PQPR Holdings has “no services, has no employees and has no warehouse,” the Sandy Hook lawyers claimed.
Pointing to the identical ownership dynamic between the two companies, lawyers for the families have argued that Jones’s bankruptcy claims are merely a prevarication fabricated to shield Jones from paying Sandy Hook families their due.
“We will be filing a response soon,” one of Jones’s lawyers told the New York Times.
Jones is also under scrutiny from the House Jan. 6 committee. Earlier this month, the panel obtained a copy of his phone with records dating back two years. The panel obtained the copy after contacting a Sandy Hook lawyer who revealed in court that Jones’s attorney accidentally sent him the file.