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You are here: > News > Tilley Coverage > Fraud

Carl Tilley is a Professional Con Man

Major scam involving stolen technology, inflated claims of free energy, excessive investors, demo fraud, delayed delivery.

Page Contents:
Exposé • Documentation • Video Documentation • Recovery Resources (for victims) • Editor Comment • See also • Contacts


  • Tilley skips town, shareholders up in arms - "Tilley Charger" in his circuit is actually nothing but a GM 120-amp alternator.  Self-running system alleged to work, but not to the extent claimed.  Court order requires Tilley to prove his technology by middle of Nov. or he goes to jail. (PESN; Nov. 2, 2006)
  • Tilley Plans Week-Long Home Power Test for Free-Energy Generator - At least six qualified energy professionals will go to a remotely located modular home and garage that are powered exclusively by the Tilley Home Power system, to test the system for at least seven days, to verify that the fuelless technology works as claimed. (PESN; Sept. 30, 2006)
  • Independent investigation questions invention - The state hired Dr. Saeed Foroudastan, an MTSU civil and mechanical engineer, to do an analysis of the Tilley technology. The DeLorean traveled only 18 miles before stopping. The "magic box" that Tilley claimed could power his house and shop died after just 64 minutes. Tilley pled guilty to Felony. (I-Team; WSMV 4 News; May 11, 2006)
  • James Woods the Ideal Actor to Play Carl Tilley - persona and appearance of James Wood cast as Byron De La Beckwith the man who got away with murder for 30 years, bears haunting resemblance to Tilley, who is still running a sophisticated free energy con operation. (Aug. 6, 2004)
  • GM Says They've Not Heard of Tilley - Carl Tilley shows the Pontiac Bonneville on his site and calls it a "Tilley Electric Vehicle" saying it will go for sale this year. General Motors says they have never heard of Tilley. (PESN; Sept. 16, 2005)

Documentation of Claims

In addition and supplemental to the information provided in the above links.

Many of the following documents are in PDF
[Click here for PDF reader]

I. (Overview) Webb/Kibbey List of Grievances

II. Tilley's Criminal Record

  • Wyoming Sentence for Tilley's Fraud by Check - July 2, 1996.  Three counts of 'fraud by check'; pleading: 'no contest'; sentence: jail for (1) three consecutive 6-months, (2) 18 months unsupervised probation upon fulfillment of terms specified . . .
  • WY Bench Warrant for Tilley's Arrest - Nov. 7, 1997; Criminal No: CR-9605-0005.  Tilley was ordered to appear Nov. 4, 1997, 'whereabouts unknown.'
  • Additional Criminal History - White male, 5'7", 130-145 lbs., Brown, Blue, med. skin.
    • '83: warrant felony theft, Bushnell SD Florida; '
    • '83: flight-escape felony theft, Sumpter Co SD, Florida;
    • '83: larceny, Mesa Co SD, Colorado;
    • '77: unlawful issuance of blank check; Bellingham SD Washington. 
  • (1 of 2 locator services)
    Tilley's Former Addresses Documented
    - 15 different addresses in 7 states: TN, NV, WY, ID, CO, FL, NC.Document includes Carl's Social Security Number [which has a 666 in it (for what it's worth)]
  • (2 of 2 locator services)
    Tilley's Former Addresses Documented
    - 16 different addresses in 7 states: TN, NV, WY, ID, CO, FL, NC.

III. Proof of Kibbey Involvement in Invention

When I first interviewed Tilley in August 2002, to report on his Foundation, he portrayed himself as the sole inventor of the TEV technology.  Webb and Kibbey report that this is how Tilley portrayed himself to the shareholders as well.

-- Sterling D. Allan (Jan. 29, 2003)

The following documents Kibbey's involvement.

IV. Tilley Foundation Documents

  • Tilley claims endless power capability - Dec. 30, 2001 letter states, "...We can continuously charge battery bank systems... This will eliminate the need to stop and recharge anything."
    [Letter includes Kibbey's name in the "from" line, but only has Tilley's name on signature line.  Kibbey refutes the claim of endless power.]
  • Proof of Stock Issuance > Stock Transfer Certificate - Ed Anderson's letter certifying sell of his $50,000 stock shares to three + existing stock holders.  Jan. 20, 2003.
  • Proof of Promised Refund > Promise of Refund Within a Year for Inadequate Stock Performance (blank) - Began to be issued January 2002: "Seller agrees that if a reasonable return is not obtained in one year, funds will be returned upon written notice to the buyer."
  • Proof of Technology Proposed Sale Amount > Brazilian interest in technology purchase for 5 billion - Feb. 6, 2002 letter from board member (then and now) *** to Walt regarding Paul Gaiser of Brazil.  [They came, tested, shook their heads, left, no deal.]
  • Tilley Foundation Dec. 2002 Newsletter - includes letter from *** stating (4th par. from end) that no "convincing third party confirmation of the reality of the technology."  Lists parties of purported interest in buying technology.  Tilley says "something will be in, at least a down payment, by the end of the year."  Mentions lawsuit.
  • Expense Report Jan. 1 Through Nov. 30 2002 - reports "0" for "electricity" expense [contradicts electric company invoice of ~$130/month].  Documents Walter Webb receiving $42,000 in commissions.  Purports "0" commission/wages to Carl.  Total: 551,150.58
  • Tilley Foundation Board of Directors - commencing May 4, 2002: Carl Tilley, Zack Griffith (resigned), Walter Webb (resigned), Charles Sherlock, Larry Praiter, Bob Gaither, Anothy [sic? Tony] Ratliff (resigned).

V. Technology Claims Discounted

VI. Foundation Resignations Because of Scam

VII. Ensuing Litigation

  • Emergency Motion for Temporary Injunction Against Tilley - Sept. 26, 2002, Wilson Co. TN case 12383; enjoining Tilley et. al. "from transferring, encumbering, selling or otherwise disposing any property, equipment, technology, licenses, patents, accounts, certificates, stocks, bonds, funds, or assets..." Plaintiff: Robert Kibbey.
    [Tilley violated the injunction, claiming he never was served notice (proof to contrary given); He overturned the injunction by a subsequent hearing that he purposely did not inform Webb of, though claiming he did notify.]
  • Proof of Pivotal Lie >
    • Letter from Webb to GE - Jan. 14, 2003. Informs GE of statements made by Carl Tilley in May 2002 to a stockholder's meeting that GE had offered 2 billion dollars to buy the technology.
    • GE Legal Team Going After Tilley - Tilley told his stockholders in May "I spoke with a vice president of GE last night and he said they would pay $2 billion 'sight unseen' " (documented on video).  Jan. 28, 2003 GE confirmed by phone that they have never heard of Tilley, and they are commencing a "full tilt investigation" with possible legal action against Tilley.
  • Letter from Mrs. Kibbey to Tilley - basis of including Mrs. Kibbey in $1 million suit against Kibbey, Kibbey and Webb.

VIII. Tilley Foundation Still At It

  • Tilley's Request for Stock Validation - Jan. 2003 foundation newsletter requests stockholders to "verify your certificate to those on record of the Tilley Foundation."
    [Since when does a corporation request annual verification of stock?  Could it be an excuse to recover faulty record-keeping or inadvertent destruction of important documents?]
  • *** Gloating in Pending Offers - Letter dated Jan. 20, 2003 reporting on prospective buyers of technology, including an inquiry from "a major automobile manufacturer."


Recovery -- for the victims

  • Securities Attorneys - Description: Find securities attorneys or law firms specializing in securities litigation. Cases handled including securities fraud, internet securities fraud, stock fraud, bonds fraud, mutual funds fraud, investment fraud and churning scams.
  • Investor Recovery Center - How an investor who has a problem with a stock broker can file an NASD arbitration complaint to recover losses from stockbroker fraud, misrepresentations, bad advice, unsuitable investment, churning, unauthorized trades, and misconduct, with or without an attorney. By a securities lawyer formerly with the SEC.
  • Securities Arbitration and Investment Fraud Lawyer - Securities Arbitration and litigation. Claims against stockbrokers for securities fraud, churning, breach of fiduciary duty, sale of unsuitable investments. NASD/NYSE Arbitrations. National Practice. Free Consultation. Contingent Fee.
  • SecuritiesSleuth - Articles about securities fraud, stock fraud, broker fraud, pump and dump, scams, class action litigation, arbitration, and e-mail touts.

Editor's Comment

When I first heard about Tilley's electric vehicle driven by a mysterious charger that keeps the batteries perpetually topped, I wanted to believe it was for real, and a manifestation of the "free energy" that mankind is now learning to harness -- solar energy being the most obvious example of extracting energy from a virtually inexhaustible source.

I began this feature website of Tilley's technology with the intent of giving adequate coverage for this phenomenal development.

As time progressed and I had interaction with Carl Tilley and his associate ***, I began to see that they were less than ethical in their dealings with me.  I still remained hopeful that their technology was sound, even as I grew less confident that the technology was theirs originally to offer investors.

I still hope that they have something worth while in their black box, but I am skeptical enough of their ethics that I am willing to give voice on this forum for responsible claims of fraudulent activities by Carl Tilley.

Carl is encouraged to provide evidence to the contrary.

-- Sterling D. Allan, Dec. 3, 2002
Greater Things News Service

After writing the above, I put this exposé page on hold, pending hearing back from Robert Kibbey, but my requests for confirmation were not returned.

With Walter Webb blowing whistle on the Tilley Foundation, I can no longer withhold, but must contribute to the exposing of this for what it is:  a malicious scam operation by a professional con man.

-- Sterling D. Allan, Jan. 27, 2003
Greater Things News Service

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Page created by SDA Dec. 3, 2002
Last updated January 28, 2010



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