He paid people – people who never even read his books – to write fake reviews, reviews that spoke glowingly about his work.
Amazon will only display those books that get many high reviews. This gaming of the system prevented books in his genre that may be better quality from being seen. Authors who actually worked on bettering their craft were penalized as a result.
A few years ago we got a black eye thanks to James Fry (he made a work of fiction about living on the street and lied, claiming it to be the truth). Now this.
To say that I’m disgusted is an understatement.