GILBERT, AZ – A man in Arizona has been accused of faking a disability to trick caregivers into scrubbing his genitals.

Something stinks in the state of Arizona. Just ask Paul Anthony Menchaca.

You see, Menchaca is a 30-year-old with Down Syndrome. Sometimes he soils himself. He can’t help it.

And when he has an accident, he needs help cleaning up. And bathing his genitals. And some discipline.

He’s what they call a “special needs adult.”

Feeling bad for Menchaca yet? Well, don’t.

An individual named Amy, who represented herself as Menchaca’s mother, hired a caregiver off of CareLinx.com in early May to give the Gilbert, Arizona man the help that he needed.

Communicating only by text, Amy arranged for the caregiver to assist Menchaca on 30 separate occasions at various locations in Gilbert and nearby Chandler, but (tellingly) never at his home.

The caregiver was always paid in cash by Menchaca.

Amy also instructed the caregiver to punish Menchaca when he had an accident “by putting him in timeout and taking away his privileges.”

And those genitals had to be squeaky-clean.…

Brandi Weaver-GatesBELLEFONTE, PA – Brandi Weaver-Gates, the 2015 winner of a Miss Pennsylvania offshoot pageant, is facing felony charges after lying about having cancer and raking in thousands of dollars in donations.

Weaver-Gates, 23, has been charged with theft by deception and receiving stolen property after investigators say she took money raised from events on her behalf to help pay for her medical bills as she battled chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

However, the state police investigator said Weaver-Gates never had the disease and called her efforts to make people believe she did “an elaborate scheme.” He’s not joking, either.

On top of having relatives drive her to John Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore and make them wait in the lobby for hours as she went to another part of the hospital to pretend to have treatment, she would also shave her head to appear as a cancer patient.

These relatives may also include her own parents. In one interview she described telling her parents about her diagnosis was one of the most difficult things she’s ever had to do.…

David VanzoPLYMOUTH, MN – Police say David Vanzo took his dead mother on a taxi ride to the bank so he could withdraw cash from her bank account.

David Vanzo took his 90-year-old mother, Caryl Vanzo, to the bank to take $850 out of her account for himself. Seven hours later he called police to report her death. When police arrived they were overwhelmed by the stench of urine and feces. Caryl Vanzo’s body was found in her bed, wearing a robe with a fur coat over it. She was also wearing boots that were covered in shit.

Bank employees reported that the visit to the bank by Vanzo and his mother was unsettling. Employees could not tell if the woman was breathing and noticed that when she was pushed in her wheelchair her feet dragged on the floor under her.

It was also noted that she did not make single move during the entire transaction. A neighbor who saw the pair leaving in the taxi also thinks there’s a good possibility the woman was dead before they left the house.…

Nicholas StewartBlackpool, England – Nicholas Stewart, 35, was arrested after he was caught selling imitation bottles of whiskey and vodka that only consisted of watered-down urine and feces.

Stewart mainly targeted tourists at a slot machine complex in Blackpool, charging them $15 a bottle. According to Blackpool Council prosecutor Victoria Cartmell, a lab analysis of the bottles contents showed that the bottles were nothing more than water colored by mother nature’s home-brewed food coloring; shit and piss.

“They were purported to contain whiskey and vodka, but they were water laced with urine and feces — probably to give the so-called whiskey color. They were totally unsuitable for public consumption — they were hazardous and contained dangerous e-coli bacteria.”

Stewart’s ingenuity, he claims, was only an attempt to get money to feed himself. He pled guilty to a charge of fraud and was sentenced to a jail term of 70 days suspended for a 12 month period. He will serve no time behind bars, though he was deemed “a danger to public health.”

Authorities are seeking to get a Criminal Anti-Social Behavior Order that would prevent Stewart from being able to sell anything in Blackpool ever again…including newspapers.…

Janet PoseyJACKSON, MS – Earlier this month we reported on Jessica Chambers, the 19-year-old who died after someone burned her alive, now a woman has been arrested for trying to scam people with a fundraiser.

Police have charged 39-year-old Janet Posey with one count of attempted false pretense and one count of communications fraud after she allegedly started an effort to raise money based on the burning death of Jessica Chambers.

Chambers was found earlier this month near her burning car on a rural road after someone doused her with a flammable liquid and set her on fire. She would die the next day after being airlifted to the hospital. Her death is still being investigated and no one has been charged.

Posey was pretending to be a family member orchestrating a fundraiser to raise money for Chambers’ family, according to Attorney General Jim Hood.

“Family members and friends of the family brought their concerns about the site to our attention,” he said. “Because we will be prosecuting the case, we cannot discuss any details of our case at this time.…

Rose MarksWest Palm Beach, FL – A jury found a 62-year-old psychic guilty of 14 fraud-related charges, and now she’s facing a maximum punishment of around 250 years behind bars.

Rose Marks, along with her daughters-in-law and her granddaughter, were accused of taking advantage of their clients’ duress and spiritual beliefs to fleece them out of their money and amass a $25 million fortune – $20 million of that fortune coming from best-selling romance novelist Jude Deveraux, who’d given the money to Marks “to cleanse.”

After a four week trial, the jury found Marks guilty of fraud and money-laundering conspiracies, mail and wire fraud, money-laundering and filing false tax returns. After the guilty verdicts were read, the trial judge ordered Marks taken into custody immediately. She will remain behind bars until her sentencing on Dec. 9.

Marks’ relatives were in the courtroom and didn’t react well to the verdict. Some cried loudly while another threw a Bible on the ground.

“How are you feeling now, Charlie? You did a good job?” one grandson asked retired Fort Lauderdale Detective Charlie Stack, who began investigating Marks in 2008.…

Jessie AlexanderPALM BEACH, FL — I’m all about full transparency, so let me be completely clear when I admit that I’m only writing this one up to help combat DD’s severe lack of side-boob action.

A loopy bird in Florida has been accused of posing as a television show producer and scamming thousands of dollars from businesses who believed they would be featured on a Fox television show.

According to police, Jessie Alexander contacted several Palm Beach businesses to let them know that for the low, low price of $3,500, they could have their business featured on a new show on FOX 29 titled “Best of the Palm Beaches”.

In return, the publicity would garner the business $47,000 of publicity after it aired on May 19. One of these business owners, Linda Gary, ponied up the cash to have her Worth Avenue real estate firm featured, but called police when the show never aired and Alexander would not return her phone calls.

Police investigated and quickly found out that Alexander was not affiliated with FOX 29 and did not have permission to use the station’s logo, which was on the agreements Alexendar had her victims sign.…

hoaxHARDIN, TX – Two years ago we reported on the couple who had police and media descend on their home after an anonymous caller told police said they had a mass grave on their property. That claim turned out to be false and the anonymous caller, self-described psychic Presley “Rhonda” Gridley, has been ordered to pay the couple $6.8 million.

A Dallas County judge issued the judgment against Gridley after the couple, Joe Bankston and Gena Charlton, filed a lawsuit against her one year after Gridley called the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and falsely claimed that 25 to 30 dismembered bodies were buried in a mass grave at the plaintiffs’ residence. “Whether it will be collectible, we’re going to pursue that,” said Dallas attorney Andrew Sommerman.

Judge Carl Ginsberg found that Gridley made defamatory statements about Bankson and Charlton when she volunteered false information to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, claiming that a mass grave containing dismembered bodies was at their home. He agreed that the false statement injured the plaintiffs’ reputation and exposed them to public hatred, contempt, ridicule and financial injury.…

psychoRedford Township, MI – Police have arrested 64-year-old Dennis McCauley after it was discovered that he had been living with the corpse of 72-year-old Ann Marquis since November.

Dennis McCauley had been living with Mrs. Marquis in her mobile home at Long’s Mobile Home Court just outside of Detroit for about three years.  When her rent hadn’t been paid for 6 months, the manager came to her home to evict her.  When he knocked on the door, Dennis McCauley answered, and was apparently pretty nonchalant considering there was a rotting corpse laid out on the pull out sofa within easy view of the front door.

McCauley let an officer into the trailer and “the officer noted a pungent smell of decay and observed a corpse in the room immediately to the right of the front door,” states Redford Township Sgt. Kevin Crittenden.  “The corpse had obviously been deceased for some time and was partially dried out.”  I can’t help but imagine a comically short conversation between the officer and McCauley.  Is that a dead body on the couch? …

Calgary –– A man accused of faking brain cancer and scamming money from a fundraiser will probably need another fundraiser to help pay for the very real medical bills he’s currently accumulating after getting his ass beat in jail.

After 28-year-old Kristopher Cook told people he had been diagnosed with the same type of brain cancer that had killed his sister, local musicians gathered together and held a fundraiser to help pay for his treatments. The “Kristopher C’s Cancer Smasher Benefit Bash” was held last July at the Broken City bar and raised $7,500.

But when people took notice of Cook’s unusual spending habits, including being seen with a new Macbook Pro the day after the event, they wondered if he was using the raised money to pay for cancer treatments, or if Cook had cancer at all.

The resulting fraud investigation revealed that not only did Cook not have a sister that died from cancer, he didn’t have any siblings at all. On top of that, he was not a registered patient at any of the area hospitals.…

Las Vegas, NV – Elizabeth DeMaria, 46, jumped to her death from the 35 story window of the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on June 26th, just as criminal investigators were entering her room to arrest her.

DeMaria, who was arrested on eleven counts each of theft and fraud in 2010, failed to show up for her court-mandated status check on May 10th; the same day she began renting a room at the MGM Grand using the name Lisa Victoria.  She had been accused of collecting $200,000 from nine investors for a fictional media company called “The Vegas Channel.”  She is believed to have spent that money on luxury items for herself.

It took investigators over a month to track her down.  When they eventually did, they knocked on the door and announced their intent to serve a bench warrant for her failure to appear on May 10th.  They heard a female voice inside, but no one was answering the door.  They then forced entry into the room to witness DeMaria tossing a laptop computer off the balcony. …

Salem, OR – An Oregon woman was charged after allegedly using a Visa debit card with a $2.1 million balance issued to her after her fraudulent electronic 2011 tax return was approved by the Oregon Department of Revenue. The ruse came to an end only after the woman reportedly lost the card and applied for a replacement.

Authorities allege Krystle Marie Reyes, 25, used the tax preparation software Turbo Tax to file a faked 2011 income tax return with the state in which she reported earnings of $3 million and claimed a refund of $2.1 million. Due to the high dollar amount, the return had to go through a manual review process at the Oregon Department of Revenue in which ‘multiple reviewers’ would need to approve the refund. Oddly, they all did. Once the refund was approved, Turbo Tax issued Reyes a Visa debit card with a $2.1M balance.

“We do not have that many $2.1 million refund claims,” Derrick Gasperini, a Revenue Department spokesman, said. “It absolutely should have been caught and was not.”

What transpired immediately after is what you would likely expect from a person holding a Visa debit card with a $2.1 million balance.…


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