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Your Laugh for the Day: Man Claims He's Found bin Laden - at FOX Entertainment Group!

Reported by Marie Therese - June 7, 2007 -

This morning on ABC's blog The Blotter, Justin Rood wrote: "An Ohio man says he has located Osama bin Laden in the United States and wants to claim the U.S. government's $25 million reward. Using an online person search built from phone directories and other public records, Thomas Potter of Olmsted Falls, Ohio, turned up three listings for "Usama bin Laden." The first listing put the al Qaeda leader at the California headquarters of media giant FOX Entertainment Group. The second placed bin Laden in the office of a Bethesda, Md., Internet firm owned by the son of a former Defense Department official. And the third pinpointed bin Laden's secret hideout as an unidentified location in Hermitage, Tenn."

From The Blotter:

"I understand that the FBI is offering $25 million," Potter wrote in an e-mail to the Department of Justice, alerting them to his findings. "I would like to know if the reward is tax free and if I could please receive it in cash."

Calls to FOX and the Bethesda Internet firm failed to turn up America's most wanted terrorist.

"There's no Osama that works here. Obviously, this is some sort of a prank," FOX spokesman Scott Grogan told the Blotter on ABCNews.com.

"Unfortunately, I don't" have Osama bin Laden on the payroll, Phil Schmitz of Bethesda Interactive Solutions told ABCNews.com. "I'm sure you wouldn't be the first person to call me if I did."

Schmitz confirmed his father, Joseph, was the top Pentagon watchdog from 2002 to 2005. Joseph Schmitz then joined the Prince Group, which owns the private security contractor Blackwater USA.

"I promise you this has no relation to that," Schmitz said of his father's activities.

Somehow, the name "Usama bin Laden" wound up with the three corporate listings in the online people directory, whitepages.com.


We wish Mr. Potter all the best in recovering the $25 million, but if I were him, I wouldn't buy that mansion just yet!!