Crime Man Who Raised $400,000 With Fake GoFundMe Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

23:20  06 august  2022
23:20  06 august  2022 Source:   thedailybeast.com

Man who phoned in threat to Rep. Matt Gaetz is sentenced to home confinement

  Man who phoned in threat to Rep. Matt Gaetz is sentenced to home confinement A California man who left a message threatening to kill Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz was sentenced to home confinement and fined $10,000 Thursday, prosecutors said. © Provided by NBC News Eugene Huelsman left the voicemail for Gaetz, R-Florida, on Jan. 9, 2021, three days after a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol. Huelsman, 59, of Thousand Oaks near Los Angeles, said in part, “I’m gonna put a bullet in you” and called Gaetz a “tyrant," according to court documents.

A New Jersey man who raised $400,000 on GoFundMe with a fake story about a homeless man has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Tim Tai/AP/Shutterstock © Provided by The Daily Beast Tim Tai/AP/Shutterstock

Mark D’Amico, who pled guilty to misapplication of entrusted property in 2019, will serve time in New Jersey state prison concurrent with his previous 27-month federal sentence, county prosecutors said Friday.

D’Amico, 43, was accused of concocting a fake story about a homeless man he and his girlfriend said they met in 2017. The couple started a GoFundMe saying the homeless man, Johnny Bobbitt, had used his last $20 to pay for her gas when she ran out near a Philadelphia interstate.

Man who stormed Capitol with gun gets longest prison term

  Man who stormed Capitol with gun gets longest prison term WASHINGTON (AP) — A Texas man convicted of storming the U.S. Capitol with a holstered handgun, helmet and body armor was sentenced Monday to more than seven years in prison, the longest sentence imposed so far among hundreds of Capitol riot cases. Prosecutors said Guy Reffitt told fellow members of the Texas Three Percenters militia group that he planned to drag House Speaker Nancy Pelosi out of the Capitol building by her ankles, “with her head hitting every step on the way down,” according to a court filing. Reffitt's prison sentence — seven years and three months — is two years more than the previous longest prison sentence for a Capitol riot defendant.

The GoFundMe they created purported to raise money for Bobbitt to get a car and an apartment. Instead, prosecutors said, the couple spent the funds on gambling, luxury cars, designer handbags, vacations, and a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon.

More than 14,000 people donated over $402,000 to the fabricated cause.

“People genuinely wanted to believe it was true,” Burlington County Prosecutor LaChia L. Bradshaw said in a statement. “But it was all a lie, and it was illegal. Our office is pleased to bring justice for the more than 14,000 kind-hearted people who thought they were helping someone who was living in a desperate situation.”

D’Amico’s girlfriend, Katelyn McClure, pled guilty to theft by deception in 2019, and is expected to serve a four-year term in state prison. (She claimed she participated in the scheme but was not the ringleader.) Bobbitt, who exposed the scheme by suing the couple in 2018 for allegedly withholding the funds, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit theft and entered a state rehabilitation program in lieu of jail time.

Ahmaud Arbery pursuer seeks leniency in hate crimes sentence

  Ahmaud Arbery pursuer seeks leniency in hate crimes sentence SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The white man who initiated the neighborhood chase that resulted in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery is asking a federal judge to show leniency when he's sentenced next week for a federal hate crime conviction. While Greg McMichael deserves “a substantial period of incarceration,” his defense attorney said in a legal filing, he should be spared a life sentence — though he has already been sentenced to life without parole on a separate murder conviction.

According to prosecutors, the trio did not meet at a gas station, but at a Pennsylvania casino. Prosecutors reviewed more than 60,000 messages between McClure and D’Amico that revealed their financial troubles and plan to use Bobbitt to raise funds. Bobbitt claimed in the lawsuit that he received just $75,000 of the resulting haul.

At the time, it was the largest scam ever perpetuated on GoFundMe. The platform reimbursed all of the donors, and the fraudsters were later ordered to make full restitution to the company by a federal judge.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Hong Kong protesters are leaving prison as pariahs under China's tight grip .
More than 10,000 Hong Kongers were arrested during the 2019 political unrest. As the mostly young people trickle out, their future remains uncertain in a city firmly under the grip of authoritarian China.When he was released last year, he stepped into a city that suddenly moved faster than he remembered. He had trouble hailing buses and taxis and ordering food from a menu. While his friends graduated and moved on with their lives, he was sent back to high school — a disenchanted 20-year-old rebel among teenagers busy with math problems and dating.

usr: 0
This is interesting!