A man from Faribault, Minnesota allegedly lied about having terminal cancer to collect donation money for “medical care.” Instead, he bought marijuana and the video game “Clash of Clans.” Investigators also claim he spent some of the $23,000 he received to pay down his credit card debt.
Last week, Jeremiah Jon Smith, 37, was charged with theft by swindle, according to CBS Minnesota. He pretended to have stage four cancer, with only months left to live, Fox59 reports.
“It is surprising,” said Rice County Attorney John Fossum. “I guess you don’t expect to see people pretend to have a disease to try and make money off of it.” The investigation into Smith’s theft began in May 2016 after police were tipped off about Smith’s fundraisers. He had several, including a GoFundMe page and a fundraiser held in a ballroom.
“I’m fairly confident that Mr. Smith was the only one that was
A criminology student who admitted to making up a story that she was raped by a cab driver has been sent to jail for 16 months.
Twenty-two-year-old Sophie Pointon, an aspiring police officer, originally told that she was sexually assaulted in the back of the cab after a night out in London, England back in April.
The driver was interviewed by police, who said Pointon was “extremely drunk” when she entered his car holding a kebab. He said Pointon threw money, covered in kebab oil, toward him for the ride. Because it was slathered in oil, the driver said he didn’t accept the form of payment. Pointon then reacted by running around the car and opening its doors, according to Yahoo UK. The driver said she became abusive.
A recording of a conversation between the driver and a phone operator at his taxi office backed up the driver’s recollection of the event.
A teen in Stockton, California was arrested in July for allegedly driving under the influence and causing a crash that killed her sister. Obdulia Sanchez, 18, live-streamed the crash on Instagram, which showed her beside her dead 14-year-old sister Jacqueline Sanchez. Jacqueline’s girlfriend was injured in the crash.
In the recording, Obdulia is seen singing along to music before the accident. The video then goes blurry as the car crashes. The sound of metal scratching can be heard.
California Highway Patrol officials reported that Sanchez was under the influence and that she rolled her car over, hitting a barbed-wire fence.
Right after the crash, Sanchez shot video of her next to her lifeless sister, stating, “Jacqueline, please wake up. I f***ing killed my sister, OK? I know I’m going to jail for life.” She continued to live-stream, as her sister’s girlfriend attempted to wave down cars for help, “I love my sister…
After a North Carolina man was arrested for allegedly leaving his five children alone while he went to work, the community decided to raise money to help him.
Victor King, 30, told ABCNews that a stranger bailed him out of jail after his Thursday arrest. King told a judge on Wednesday that his wife was recently diagnosed with stage four cancer. He claimed he left his children, who are all under the age of 8, in the care of a neighbor who in turn left the children alone.
King was charged with child abuse after going to his job at Chipotle. Yahoo reported that a woman called 911 after she noticed that the children were home alone for the second time. She claimed she told King she’d help him find a babysitter. He refused the offer. King was previously convicted for child cruelty in 2011.
February 23, 1991. Arizona businessman Dan Willoughby and his family were on vacation in Las Conchas, Mexico. Dan’s wife Trish stayed behind to take a nap, according to Snapped on Oxygen, while Dan and the kids spent the afternoon touring the coastal community. When Dan and his three children came back to the vacation home, the kids found their 43-year-old mom with her skull crushed and a butter knife sticking out of one of the fractures. She had been beaten and stabbed, and she was grasping for life. Not long after, she was dead.
Dan told Mexican police that over $400 in cash and two rings were missing from the scene. The crime scene appeared to be a robbery gone bad. This murder is the subject of this week’s Martinis Murder podcast.
The child of Mexican farm laborers, Yesenia Patino was 6 years old when her family immigrated to the
Helping the homeless or helping criminals? People in Charlotte, North Carolina have spotted twin sisters—who appear to be pregnant— panhandling on the streets but it could be a total scam. “They make really good money, it’s all cash, tax-free,” said Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer Andrew Innerfield, who cited both women with panhandling.
WSOCTVinvestigated and spotted one of the women panhandling at a crossection. She rubbed her belly, which indicated that she was pregnant. Neighbors claim the sisters aren’t homeless and have been faking pregnancies for months.
The sisters are 27-year-old Brittany and Meghan Penninger and they both have previous rap sheets. Brittany has a felony conviction for conspiracy to commit breaking and entering and has been arrested more than a dozen times. She was arrested for panhandling earlier this month. When she
A new profile on Chris Brown in Billboard makes some pretty wild allegations about his lifestyle, which is reportedly hampered by serious drug abuse that feeds his mood swings and anger issues. Billboard spoke with many members of Brown’s team, past and present, many of whom wanted to speak anonymously on the matter. They also spoke with several people who were happy to comment on Brown’s good side. Even with everything he’s done, it appears that Brown is capable of still making friends in some places.
“I don’t think he hates women,” one anonymous female former employee of Brown’s told Billboard. “He’s actually a very sweet, sensitive guy. But they’re an easy target and he’s a bully. It’s not just women — it’s everyone, and he can get away with it.”
So he targets women because they’re more susceptible to harassment and he just needs to harass.