I agree that our society(ies) tends to be very quick to judge others and to label them as 'bad' while ignoring their 'virtues, I don't think that one can offset skill/talent against scamming people out of their hard-earned, which is a moral judgement and pretty much black-and-white, IMO.
If proven, I personally would say that these charges would 'label' RG as having done a 'bad thing', and, if done consistently over a long period, he'd be a 'bad person' (while allowing that he probably has some 'virtues')!
Who would disagree?
I get a feeling that's something like what reedsplinter was implying... I'm sure he'll say if I've read him incorrectly.
However, I also think that some of us are rather quick to make 'public' judgements on the behaviour of others ...... RG hasn't taken any of my money and his actions don't really touch me to any real degree, so I don't much care about him.
But I have bought several mouthpieces from 'remote' suppliers, so it's useful, IMO, to be reminded that there are some 'bad people' out there, and that we just need to be careful.