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Buy an Alibi

By Suzanne Boyd - bio | email

(WFLX) - Thomas Jefferson once wrote, "He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do a second and a third time".

While some might find the lying part easy -- not getting caught is a little more difficult.

Now, there is a business that says it can help you cover up any deception you want for a price.

"I did not have sexual relations with that woman... Ms. Lewinski," said former president Bill Clinton.

"Enron stock is as strong as ever," said Chairman Ken Lay.

"I am not a crook!" said former president Richard Nixon.

Those are some of the more famous lies, but what about the daily lies told by everyday people?

That's where comes into play.

Reporter: "So so you all are professional liars?"

"We see ourselves as consultants but yeah," said AlibiNetwork spokesperson Michael DeMarco. "We create perception and perpetuate prevarication. In other words, we help you lie."

For the right price, he says, AlibiNetwork will help you lie to skip out on work, escape a meeting or a date, or fake a job reference.

But more than half their clients want just one thing: to cover up an affair.

Using the latest in technology, AlibiNetwork can create fake plane itineraries, hotel reservations and anything else you'll need to convince your spouse you're at a conference while you're actually on a weekend tryst.

They can also intercept calls pretending to be the hotel's front desk, and either say you're unavailable or patch the call through to your cell phone if you're not busy.

The AlibiNetwork once even sent actors to a client's home posing as friends taking him on a fishing trip.

While he cheated, the AlibiNetowrk went fishing with his stuff. He came home with dirty clothes, a hand full of fish, and the perfect alibi.

Amazingly, DeMarco says, he's not hurting marriages. He's saving them. "The hope is as long as that couple is still together, there is hope for that couple. So, in certain respects, a certain percentage of the time, we probably do save some relationships."

"I don't think they would ever win the 'Citizen of the Year' award on the basis of that defense," said Dr. Michael Cunningham, a professor that studies lying.

He says, whether they admit it or not, the AlibiNetwork helps destroy lives. "If you are ever the personal victim of one of their scams, and, for all practical purposes that's what they are selling, they are selling a scam, clearly your personal society, your personal well being, has suffered from it."

However, DeMarco says he is just a businessman. "We didn't invent the lie."

Reporter responded, "You're just profiting off it?"

DeMarco, "Yes we are."

Hoping not the truth, but a lie, is golden. "We fill a niche of an existing market. And we don't have to encourage lying or infidelity any more than we have to encourage the sun to come up tomorrow, and bet your bottom dollar, there will be sun."

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