Two Women Arrested For Allegedly Running Romance Scam That Deceived Over A Dozen Elderly Men Out Of $7 Million

Two women fooled at least 16 vulnerable elderly men and stole over $7 million in a “romance scam” that lasted for several years, reports the NY Post.

Two women fooled at least 16 vulnerable elderly men and stole over $7 million in a “romance scam” that lasted for several years, reports the NY Post. Rosanna Lisa Stanley and Gina Guy allegedly used deceptive stories about medical procedures and fake business opportunities to manipulate their victims.  The scam finally came to an end when the two culprits were arrested last month. The con women reeled their victims in through “in-person meetings, phone calls, text messages, and an online dating platform,” according to court documents.  Stanley, 48, deceived a man by pretending to be a fortune teller. She convinced him that his money was contaminated and promised to cleanse it. The victim believed her and sent her money transfers and checks for over a decade. He thought she could help him achieve his desired life.  Another victim fell in love with Stanley during a meeting in February 2023. He believed they were in an exclusive romantic relationship. As a result, he paid her rent and living expenses and gave her access to his online banking and credit card. Stanley changed his password, refused to share it, and spent thousands of dollars on his behalf. She also tricked him into investing in a fake catering business in Florida.  In total, Stanley swindled at least $555,000 from the senior, using some of the money to pay off loans for a boat and luxury car. Guy, aged 37, conned four men out of over $900,000 by claiming she needed money for kidney transplants. Stanley was arrested in Miami Beach, while Guy was apprehended in New York City. Both women are facing charges of money laundering, wire fraud, and conspiracy. They have been released on a $250,000 bond each, and the case is currently ongoing. #Clique, what are your thoughts?

Florida Social Worker Terminated Following An Investigation That Discovered Her Wife Impersonated Her and Provided Patient Care

A social worker in Florida gave up her license after her wife pretended to be her and provided therapy to patients through an online mental health platform.

A social worker in Florida gave up her license after her wife pretended to be her and provided therapy to patients through an online mental health platform. The investigation was conducted by the Florida Department of Health, per USA Today.  Records show that Peggy A. Randolph was a licensed clinical social worker in Ellenton. According to online records and documents filed with the Tennessee Board of Social Worker Licensure, Randolph was also licensed as a social worker in Tennessee. During her employment at Brightside Health, an online mental health platform, from January 2021 to February 2023, Randolph offered therapy services to numerous clients through video calls.  After the passing of her wife, Tammy G. Heath-Randolph, Randolph took bereavement leave. It was during this period that a patient reported being treated by Randolph’s deceased wife instead of Randolph herself. The patient provided evidence, including a photo of herself interacting with Randolph’s wife during a session. When confronted by Brightside Health during their investigation, Randolph denied that her wife had treated the patient. Eventually, Randolph confessed that the person in the photo treating the patient was indeed her wife. She explained that her wife had an “uncontrolled bipolar condition” which may have caused her to see patients without Randolph’s knowledge.  However, during  Brightside Health’s investigation, they discovered that Randolph’s wife had been seeing patients for quite some time. “This was a coordinated effort so Randolph could provide services to patients in person while (her wife) provided services over the phone,” the report read. Randolph’s contract with the company has since been terminated and her access to the company’s systems has been revoked. #Clique, what are your thoughts?

Attorney Claims Julie Chrisley’s Resentencing Could Reduce Prison Term by 1-2 Years, ‘Its A Big Deal’

Reality star, Julie Chrisley of Chrisley Knows Best, may avoid serving a lengthy prison term.

Reality star, Julie Chrisley of Chrisley Knows Best, may avoid serving a lengthy prison term. As previously reported, a panel of three judges from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned Chrisley’s sentence for tax evasion and bank fraud. The judges determined that the original judge in her 2022 case made errors in the decision-making process. PEOPLE, who obtained the court documents, reports that the judges concluded that while Chrisley was “indeed connected” to the bank fraud scheme, there was insufficient evidence to prove her involvement before 2007. As a result, Chrisley will now face resentencing by a lower court. Although an official ruling has yet to be made, her lawyer, Jay Surgent, has hope that Julie’s sentence may be “significantly knocked off by 1-2 years” and she could even be home as early as “next spring or summer.” In June 2022, Julie Chrisley and Todd Chrisley, her husband, were convicted of engaging in fraudulent activities. They were found guilty of artificially inflating their net worth and obtaining loans from smaller banks with less stringent vetting processes. They managed to acquire over $30 million in fraudulent funds, reports note. Additionally, Julie was also convicted of obstruction of justice and wire fraud. Their former accountant, Peter Tarantino, was also found guilty of filing false tax returns. “We’re pleased that the Court agreed that Julie’s sentence was improper, but we’re obviously disappointed that it rejected Todd’s appeal,” Alex Little, the Chrisleys’ other attorney, told EW in a statement. “With this step behind us, we can now challenge the couple’s convictions based on the illegal search that started the case.” #Clique, what are your thoughts?

Man Accused Of Marrying Steve Harvey’s Radio Co-Host In Scheme To Defraud 25 Victims, Primarily Women, Of Over $750K

A Georgia man is accused of tricking Steve Harvey's radio show co-host, Shirley Strawberry, into marrying him and then using her fame to cheat at least 25 people out of over $750,000.

A Georgia man is accused of tricking Steve Harvey‘s radio show co-host, Shirley Strawberry, into marrying him and then using her fame to cheat at least 25 people out of over $750,000. On April 23, a Fulton County Grand Jury charged Earnest Williams, 57, with 39 counts of fraud, according to court documents per the NY Post.  Williams presented himself as a successful businessman, stealing hundreds of thousands from his victims, including “personal vehicles, motorcycles, coach buses, trailers, automotive parts, and other various services and property.” Williams would target primarily women, and “often used the illusion of romantic or close personal relationships with those victims to manipulate them and to steal from them,” according to the documents. The documents allege he — the co-host of “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” and used her “high-profile celebrity” to convince his victims of his legitimacy as a businessman. The couple got married in January 2015. “We believe she met a man, fell in love, and married him, and the truth is, at the time, he was already married to someone else,” Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis told WSBTV.  The well-known radio host filed for divorce on April 17th. However, according to court documents, they had been living apart since March 2022. Williams is also accused of recruiting multiple “co-conspirators,” his main accomplice being Erica King. Williams allegedly “solicited King to fraudulently assume the identities of multiple attorneys licensed to practice law in Georgia to deceive law enforcement and the courts, including by appearing in court and by falsely and fraudulently representing Williams in hearings.”  Williams and King were arrested in October 2023. He has been indicted on multiple charges and his public defender has filed a plea agreement on his behalf. If found guilty, Williams could face a prison sentence ranging from one to 20 years. Additionally, if he is found guilty of filing a false marriage license in Georgia, he could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $10,000. #Clique, what are your thoughts?

Florida Man Purchases Porsche 911 Turbo Using Homemade Check, Police Say

A Florida man named Casey William Kelley is facing serious charges after allegedly using a fake banknote to buy a Porsche worth $140,000 from a dealership, as reported by Yahoo News.

A Florida man named Casey William Kelley is facing serious charges after allegedly using a fake banknote to buy a Porsche worth $140,000 from a dealership, as reported by Yahoo News. The 42-year-old reportedly used his own computer and printer to create a very realistic-looking cashier’s check. However, his plan didn’t go as expected. The dealership in Destin, Florida initially had no idea that the check Kelley provided was fake. He happily drove away with the car and title in hand, thinking he had successfully pulled off the fraud. But when the dealership discovered the truth, they immediately contacted the police. Kelley felt so confident about his scheme that he went to a jeweler in Miramar Beach and tried to use another fake check, this time for $61,521, to buy three Rolex watches. Luckily, the jeweler was suspicious and decided to keep the watches until the check cleared. It turned out to be worthless, and the police were able to track down Kelley and arrest him. #Clique, what are your thoughts?

Airbnb Host Sent Fake Police Report To Scam Money For ‘Deep Cleaning Service,’ Police Say

Airbnb host Katherine Jensen is facing serious charges after allegedly filing a false police report, per WSBTV.

Airbnb host Katherine Jensen is facing serious charges after allegedly filing a false police report, per WSBTV. According to the Newnan Police, Jensen owned the property at 11 Melson Street.  The police department received an email from one of Jensen’s Airbnb guests, accusing Jensen of attempting to deceive Airbnb by submitting a fake complaint along with a fabricated police report.  In addition, she allegedly sent a bogus cleaning invoice to the platform to obtain reimbursement for a deep clean from another guest.  Jensen was arrested on June 6, 2023, and has been charged with two counts of forgery in the second degree, theft by deception, and criminal attempt at theft by deception. She has since been released on bail after being booked into the Coweta County Jail.  The Newnan officials have stated that this is an ongoing investigation, and more charges may be filed as the detectives work to gather information from Airbnb to identify any other potential victims. #Clique, what are your thoughts?

Boyfriend Arrested After He Was Caught Cross-Dressing To Take Girlfriend’s Career Exam

A 26-year-old man named Angrez Singh was arrested for reportedly posing as his girlfriend to take an exam on her behalf, reports the NY Post.

A 26-year-old man named Angrez Singh was arrested for reportedly posing as his girlfriend to take an exam on her behalf, reports the NY Post. This incident gained viral attention after photos of the incident were circulated on the internet. “He tried to enter the examination hall by changing his appearance,” police spokesperson, Manoj Kumar, told Jam Press.  Singh took a recruitment test on behalf of his girlfriend, Paramjit Kaur, at the DAV Public School in Kotkapura Punjab. Kaur had previously failed the exam, which was a crucial step in her becoming a healthcare worker. To fool the test officials, Singh shaved his facial hair, wore makeup, and dressed in women’s clothing to resemble Kaur.  He even went as far as forging Kaur’s voter card, ID card, and Aadhaar card – a 12-digit unique identity number – to make the scheme foolproof. However, Singh’s was caught by exam officials who noticed that his face did not match Kaur’s photo on the application form. Sadly, Singh did not pass the exam. The fraudster was arrested. Police also accused Kaur of working with her boyfriend because he couldn’t have done it without her help, they said. The couple are now facing many charges and the police are investigating how Singh faked the documents. #Clique, what are your thoughts?

Florida Woman Arrested For Attempting To Use Her ‘Aunt’s Dog’ Urine To Cheat Court-Mandated Drug Test, Police Say

A woman in Florida is behind bars after attempting to trick authorities by handing them dog urine during a mandatory drug test, Law & Crime reported. 

A woman in Florida is behind bars after attempting to trick authorities by handing them dog urine during a mandatory drug test, Law & Crime reported.  Jessica Beatty, aged 42, was apprehended and charged with fraudulent practices related to urine testing. Court documents reveal that on January 11th, Beatty visited the Pinellas County Misdemeanor Probation Office in Highpoint, Florida for a required drug screening. Having a history of legal issues, Beatty was obligated to undergo random drug tests as part of her release conditions from previous offenses.  In an attempt to deceive the authorities, Beatty allegedly tried to pass off dog urine as her own. Eventually, she admitted to her failed ploy. “On today’s date, the defendant willfully admitted that she had a fraudulent urine sample that she intended to provide during testing,” the probable cause affidavit states. “The defendant readily admitted pre and post Miranda that she collected urine from her aunt’s dog.” After her failed attempt, Jessica Beatty eventually provided a legitimate urine sample, as confirmed by authorities. The affidavit does not provide any information on how Beatty managed to smuggle the dog’s urine into the facility.  According to OHS Health and Safety Services, using dog urine as a substitute for human urine in a drug test is immediately detected by any laboratory. #Clique, what are your thoughts?

Instagram Influencer Receives 5-Year Prison Sentence For Lavish Lifestyle and Travel Funded By Fraudulent COVID-19 Relief Loans

According to the US Attorney’s Office for Massachusetts, Instagram influencer Danielle Miller, 32, has been sentenced to a five-year prison term for committing fraud, per Insider.  Miller was found guilty of unlawfully acquiring “pandemic-related loans” and using the funds to support her lavish lifestyle. She reportedly utilized the personal information of more than 10 individuals, generating over $1 million in COVID loans from July 2020 to May 2021. To carry out her scheme, Miller employed forged driver’s licenses, featuring her own picture but bearing the names of her victims. “Ms. Miller isn’t an influencer, she is a convicted felon,” Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy said in the statement. “In a quest for fleeting social media stardom, Ms. Miller relied on fraud to fund a lavish lifestyle of private jets, luxury apartments, and other accouterments of wealth.” Levy emphasized that the sentencing must serve as a clear message that building an elite social media persona at the expense of  “hardworking taxpayers” is a “path to prison, not fleeting fame.” Miller’s Instagram following includes Anna Sorokin, a convicted fraudster who posed as a wealthy heiress to gain entry into elite New York social circles. In a previous interview, Miller admitted to being a “con artist” with a charm that allows her to manipulate people.  She was arrested in May 2021 and later pleaded guilty to charges of identity theft and wire fraud. District Court Chief Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV recently sentenced Miller to five years in prison, and three years of supervised release, and ordered her to pay restitution. Additionally, she was forced to surrender several luxury items she fraudulently obtained, and over $600,000 from her residence and bank accounts was seized by the US government. #Clique, what are your thoughts?

Fraudster Posing As Bank Official Scams Woman Of N2.8M

According To Punch, An Abuja-based businesswoman, Mrs Juliet Okpako, is currently devastated after losing N2.8m to a fraudster who posed as a bank official. The distraught woman said trouble started when a lady contacted her on the telephone and claimed to be calling from her bank. She said the caller, who identified herself as Ms. Joy, told her she called to warn her not to disclose her account details to anyone under any disguise. According to her, she did not suspect the caller because she kept warning her that if anybody asked for her Bank Verification Number or any of her bank details, she should not make the information available to the person.  Okpako said, “Somebody called me and she said she was calling from my bank. She said some people had been scamming some of their customers. She said they were trying to rectify something. She asked whether I had received any messages. I told him no. She said I should check my phone and send back the message they sent me to her“. I sent the number to her and I received another one. She said I was going to receive another message from the bank. And when I saw the message, it was from my bank. I did not suspect anything, as she kept on telling me that if anybody asked for my BVN and all that, I should not send it. Immediately after I sent that number, I started receiving debit alerts. That was how I knew I had been scammed. I rushed to my bank, but before I got there, all the N2.8m in my bank had been withdrawn. They transferred N200,000 multiple times to other accounts. “They also used N100,000 to recharge some telephone numbers. I opened the account just to save the money to start a new business.” She lamented that after all her efforts to block the account failed, the last money in her account was debited when she was asked to get a form before the account could be blocked. She added, They first directed me to go to court, and from there we went to the Police ‘A’ Division in Suleja to make a report. I gave up after going to court. The police and then the bank said they could not trace the numbers that all the money and airtime were sent. It was when I was trying to get a form that the last money was debited. Contacted, the FCT Police Public Relations Officer, Josephine Adeh, was not available for comment as of the time this report was filed.