Editors Note from Joz:
After the initial news broke about Minh Nguyen’s arrest, PEOPLE reported that Nguyen was not a co-founder of Plaxo:
For years, Nguyen had claimed he co-founded Plaxo, an online address book and social networking service, with Napster billionaire Sean Parker that was acquired by Comcast in 2008 for a reported $170 million.
Suddenly, the story was about more than a senseless, brutal murder. It was about a high-rolling tech visionary who had gone bad.
It now turns out, however, that Nguyen “never set foot inside the doors of Plaxo or did a single day of work there,” John McCrea, the company’s former head of marketing, tells PEOPLE. McCrea and other execs at the company had known about Nguyen for years after he repeatedly edited Plaxo’s Wikipedia page, listing himself as a co-founder.
“It sort of became a wrestling match,” McCrea recalls. “As soon as we’d edit the page [and remove Minh’s name], he’d go back and put his name back in. It happened dozens of times over multiple years. Eventually, we gave up out of frustration.”