Coghill The Con

Thomas Coghill, Jr. - Con Man, Convict, Conspirator

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Bad Day in Florida

Hi Don,

A small victory in the scheme of things but it has to hurt that empty soul Coghill more than his stay at Club Fed that someone, or something, could reach out and touch him like VISA did. His merchant account is light by $899 today.

I hope you and yours are doing fine and living well. It is the best revenge. Thank you for creating this site and I will be checking back time to time.

Added by Joe Linder on April 10, 2013 at 11:42am — 4 Comments

Never buy a bike from a con-artist

I found this site as a result of trying to learn something about Fat Sand Bikes in Florida. I wanted to find out what I could about FSB because I was jacked around after initiating a transaction to purchase a $899 bicycle from them. I have cancelled that transaction and have lodged a Transaction Dispute with VISA. I have documented emails and phone calls pertaining to the incident and in short, this is the story:

While on the Oregon coast a couple weeks ago we saw a gentleman riding…


Added by Joe Linder on April 8, 2013 at 3:33pm — 3 Comments


     In a rambling, disconnected 10 page letter to your author, Coghill declares his service to God, ("I have decided to serve God and his wants and needs and not mine") and revealing that he has now read the Bible "going on three times".  In the letter he lays out his plans for the future, including:

     - Vowing to set up a web site to document his future good deeds, including a 2000 mile bike ride to raise money…


Added by Don Melcher on June 20, 2011 at 9:29am — No Comments

Coghill Letter posted, with two page reply from Melcher

Review Coghill's 10 pages of nonsense in the photo section... and my reply.

Added by Don Melcher on June 17, 2011 at 4:47pm — No Comments

A Book for Hungry Children?

How about hungry investors who were duped by this conman? What is the title - How I Screwed My Best Friends and their Families ! This is totally sickening - I hope you, Don, can get him another sentence that keeps in jail. He should be forced to pay restitution for the rest of his life to all the people who lost so much needed money. I almost feel sorry for his family members, if there were any, who lost out also.

Added by Mary Alice Wentworth on May 10, 2011 at 11:54am — 4 Comments

Tommy the Charitable Author!

Well, our boy is now planning on publishing a book!  I have been contacted by a publisher he solicited, who did a little research on Junior, and thought I might be interested in knowing that he is attempting to publish a book.   He has apparently written a book for would-be inventors, giving them the benefit of his real life experience.  In his opening letter to publishers, he states:

If you review my Biography you will see that… Continue

Added by Don Melcher on March 22, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

A New Home for Tommy

Finally.... Our boy has landed! A nice sunny cubicle at FCI Coleman Low, located in Coleman, Florida. Isn't it nice that he is close enough for Mommy and Daddy to come visit their poor little misunderstood thief?

In the middle of the state, Coleman is south of Gainesville and north of Tampa, St. Pete... right in the middle of nowhere.. just like Junior. Close enough for some of his buddies from the St. Augustine, Villano Beach area to stop in for a visit. CTC wonders if Junior will be… Continue

Added by Don Melcher on March 3, 2010 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Documents From Sentencing and News article Posted

The Sentencing and Judgment Documents are now available in the photo section. By now our boy is securely ensconced in the Federal Prison nearest Virginia Beach... (so that mommy and daddy can visit their little thief) and I suppose he is going through some some serious mental and physical hell... detox is not fun (well, for me it is... I enjoy thinking that he is suffering). Interesting that the Judge ordered alcohol treatment, drug treatment, and mental health treatment. We know he needs… Continue

Added by Don Melcher on January 12, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Great News!

Happy to hear Tommy went away.I hope he gets a cell with a large, horny HIV positive gentlemen.

Added by Paul M on January 9, 2010 at 11:18pm — No Comments

Coghill JAILED!!


Junior was sentenced to another 30 months in

Federal Prison yesterday afternoon, and was taken directly from the courtroom to jail. Judge Moon expressed his disgust with Coghill when he said "I give no credence to anything you have to say, Mr. Coghill. I see con men in here all the time, and they just keep conning and conning." (I'm paraphrasing here, will have the exact quote when I get the transcript of the hearing)

The hearing… Continue

Added by Don Melcher on January 9, 2010 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Today's outcome

Has anyone heard about the sentencing today for Tommy Boy? I can think of lots of things for him to do if he was sentenced and is going back to da jail. But I'm afraid I can't publish them !

Added by Mary Alice Wentworth on January 8, 2010 at 6:59pm — No Comments

Virginian-Pilot Newspaper Runs Coghill Story

Today's issue of the Virginian-Pilot has published and posted online the following story about our boy:

Donald Melcher says he lost nearly everything after loaning Thomas E. Coghill Jr. money for his homebuilding business. The Charlottesville businessman claims he was out more than $527,000 after helping Coghill build houses in the Charlottesville area during the 1990s.

To get financing from Melcher and others, Coghill claimed houses had been completed or were being built… Continue

Added by Don Melcher on January 8, 2010 at 9:38am — No Comments

Motion DENIED!

In a tersely worded response to the Motion for Continuance of Hearing requested on December 30th by Coghill attorney John Edwards, Judge Moon denied the motion.

Sentencing of Junior is scheduled for 2 PM on Friday in Lynchburg. What fun!

Note to Tommy.... pack your toothbrush, your going back! And when you are free again, you can expect more of the same. CTC is determined to cause you as much pain as you have caused us. Restitution would be nice, but this is much more fun.… Continue

Added by Don Melcher on January 4, 2010 at 11:17am — No Comments

Copy of Motion Posted

The Motion For continuance of Sentencing Hearing has been posted under photos. Of particular interest is point 3. which states:

A continuance is needed so that the defendant can receive the bargained for

benefits of his plea agreement, namely, to have an opportunity to provide substantial assistance.

Furthermore, the FBI agent involved has expressed a keen interest at obtaining further

information and assistance from the defendant regarding an on going investigation.… Continue

Added by Don Melcher on December 31, 2009 at 9:47am — No Comments

Continuance of Sentencing Hearing Requested

Coghill was scheduled to be sentenced on January 8th, but his attorney has filed a motion for continuance, asking that the sentencing be delayed for 30 days.

In his motion, attorney John Edwards cites the reasons for requesting the continuance, including paragraph 3. "A continuance is needed so that the defendant can receive the bargained for

benefits of his plea agreement, namely, to have an opportunity to provide substantial assistance.

Furthermore, the FBI agent involved… Continue

Added by Don Melcher on December 30, 2009 at 5:29pm — No Comments

Sentencing Postponed

Coghill was scheduled to be sentenced for Obstruction of Justice on November 23rd., but the sentencing has been postponed until January 8th. CTC does not know the reason for the delay, but we will be writing to Judge Moon prior to sentencing, and may have a chance to speak as a victim at the hearing. Junior gets to spend the Holidays with Mommy and Daddy, but the good news is that he also gets to think about how long he will get and where he will be jailed... and CTC hopes that thinking about… Continue

Added by Don Melcher on November 20, 2009 at 3:46pm — No Comments

Coghill Pleads Guilty to Obstruction

I went to the hearing yesterday thinking there would be some interesting legal wrangling, the trial might be postponed a few weeks, but eventually there would be a trial. Justice came swiftly in the form of a plea agreement, reached just prior to the hearing. Junior plead guilty to one count of obstruction, and the perjury charge was dropped. Sentencing is scheduled for November 23rd. I do not know what the "Guidelines" referred to in court call for in the way of prison time, but I suspect that… Continue

Added by Don Melcher on August 12, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

Coghill Criminal Trial 2009 Comes Closer

I have been contacted about testifying as a witness for the prosecution in Lynchburg, any day now.

To help folks read the indictment more easily I have posted a single .pdf file of all 11 pages online at this address:

What I find particularly interesting in this indictment is the almost incoherent anger with which Tommy describes the power and money and wealth he has at… Continue

Added by AL on August 11, 2009 at 2:48pm — 1 Comment

Motion to Compel by Coghill

Coghill's attorney has filed a Motion to Compel, asking the Court to direct the Government to turn over documents, records, names and addresses etc. relating to the case. He was arraigned on April 13th, folks. You would think that on April 14th, there would have been a request from the defense for all of these records and documents. Seems pretty basic to me.... show us your stuff, so we can prepare. It is less than a week until the trial, and they are just now asking for discovery.… Continue

Added by Don Melcher on August 7, 2009 at 10:18am — No Comments

Motion Denied! Trial to begin on the 13th.

This morning Judge Norman Moon denied Coghill's motion for a continuance. In a tersely worded Order, the Judge pointed out that Coghill had plenty of time to hire an attorney, and the fact that he did not is no reason to delay the trial. (Whoopie!!) (See photos of the Judge's Order)

In my recent letter to Judge Moon I made the same point, and asked the Judge if he was going to continue to let Coghill play him. I guess not! In reading the Order (which I will post shortly) it seems… Continue

Added by Don Melcher on August 5, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments



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