The man who introduced Barack Obama in Poland on Friday was found by a judge to have violated “trade secrets” from a previous employer and owes $515,218 to that company.
Daniel Potkanowicz of Poland described himself as a once unemployed mill worker who now works for Summer Garden Food Manufacturing in Boardman.
Potkanowicz along with Michael Angelilli, a former partner, and their company, Michael Daniel Corp., have not paid any money to Clearview Window & Door of Youngstown despite the Feb. 3, 2009, decision by visiting Judge Thomas P. Curran of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.
Angelilli’s bankruptcy filing in June 2010 halted any payment by him, Potkanowicz and their company, which went out of business shortly after the court ruling.
Potkanowicz told The Vindicator on Friday that Michael Daniel Corp. went out of business in 2009 because “we sort of ran out of money,” and not because of the successful Clearview lawsuit.
Potkanowicz were fired from one window manufacturing operation, so they opened their own and used all the techniques they learned while working at Clearview.
Now they owe half a million dollars for their theft and someone in the Obama campaign thought it would be a great idea if this guy, a thief, introduced the President of the United States.
Birds of a feather, I guess.