DID THIS PASTOR EMBEZZLE 1 MILLION DOLLARS?

I saw the story that is below online the other day and I meant to share it with you. These kinds of stories are getting more prevalent. Some would say that we are living in the last days but I really can’t make that prediction because the WORD says that no man knows the day nor the hour… At any rate check out this story of betrayal and embezzlement by this church pastor. I must add that the pastor has only been accused of this crime and not yet convicted. Persons are assumed innocent… until proven guilty.
By Ian Silver
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TULSA, Okla. —
A local pastor was charged in federal court Wednesday in the embezzlement of almost a million dollars from a community center his church built.

Rev. Willard Jones, a pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church, faces three counts of wire fraud and one count of tax fraud.

FOX23 learned a community center the church built was the vision of Jones. He helped design it and raised funds to build it.

The U.S. attorney said he was also stealing a lot of those funds and living an expensive life, instead of serving this high-poverty area.

FOX23 was there when Jones broke ground on the community center and when it opened in September 2011.

U.S. Attorney Danny Williams said the executive board of the community center did an internal audit in 2013 when Jones said there weren’t enough operating funds.

“About $500,000 was missing. Reverend Jones would not cooperate with that audit, and subsequently the FBI was contacted,” said Williams.

An investigation by the FBI found jones had taken more than $933,000 in all.

“When in fact, he was spending the stolen funds on hotels, restaurants, gambling at casinos, liquor, automobiles and luxury items including a Rolex watch and a monogrammed mink fur coat with matching hat and gloves,” said Williams.

According to court documents, he also used money to pay for work on his house.

“Based on our investigation, there are no funds left,” said Williams.

IRS Special Agent Damon Rowe told FOX23 Jones also lied on his taxes and did not report close to $400,000.

“Our agents are committed to making sure that we follow the money to the end, and we’ll leave no stone unturned,” said Rowe.

Jones stepped down from his post as executive director of the community center, but remains pastor at Cornerstone Baptist Church.

Williams said the crimes he’s accused of committing against the community center affect a lot more people.

“Mr. Jones failed to honor the trust of the community, which needed revitalization,” said Williams.

Jones is scheduled for his first appearance in court next Friday.

FREE MAN LOCKED UP FOR DECADES

This is one of those stories that makes me sick. It is a huge miscarriage of justice and someone needs to pay. How can you really compensate someone for taking their life away? I won’t comment further but I wanted you to see this story that I found on Yahoo.
Lawyers: Free man wrongfully locked up for decades
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By MICHAEL GRACZYK
This March 15, 1980 proclamation by then Texas Governor Mark White commutes Jerry Hartsfield’s death …
BAY CITY, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for a Texas man who was kept in prison for more than three decades after his murder conviction was overturned have asked a court to free him so he can get on with his life, saying he’s suffered enough from the mishandling of his case and that key trial evidence has gone missing.
Attorney Jeffrey Newberry wrote in a recent court petition that the state clearly violated Jerry Hartfield’s right to a speedy trial by waiting decades to retry him for the 1976 death of Eunice Lowe, who was beaten to death at the Bay City bus station where she worked as a ticket agent.
“The most serious prejudice a defendant can suffer in being denied a right to a speedy trial is to have his defense possibly impaired,” Newberry wrote. He urged State District Judge Craig Estlinbaum to free Hartsfield “with prejudice,” meaning the state couldn’t retry him on the same charges.
Hartfield, 57, was convicted in 1977 of killing Lowe and sentenced to death, but that conviction was overturned three years later. After prosecutors unsuccessfully appealed that ruling, then-Gov. Mark White commuted Hartfield’s sentence to life in prison in 1983.
Hartfield, who is described in court documents as an illiterate fifth-grade dropout with an IQ of 51, didn’t challenge his continued detention until 2006, when a fellow prisoner pointed out that once his conviction was overturned, there was no sentence to commute. Appeals courts agreed and ordered Hartfield freed or retried. Hartfield is scheduled to stand trial again in April for Lowe’s slaying.
In a court filing, Matagorda County District Attorney Steven Reis rejected the assertion that Hartfield should go free. While acknowledging that the state “may be partially responsible” for the delay in retrying Hartfield, Reis argued that prosecutors didn’t act in bad faith and that Hartfield bears some responsibility.

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This handout image provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Jerry Hartsfield. Hart …
Hartfield “failed to proffer any evidence that he wanted a speedy trial during this period,” Reis wrote. No evidence supports a finding that Hartfield “actually wanted a new and speedy trial,” that he did anything before 2007 to assert that his right to a speedy trial had been violated, or that the state deliberately acted to delay a retrial, Reis contends.
Newberry contends that the state was solely responsible for the retrial delay.
“Had the state carried out the (appeals court) mandate, Hartfield would not have needed to file the documents that he began filing,” he wrote. “Mr. Hartfield has affirmatively demonstrated that his ability to present a defense has been prejudiced by the delay.”
Newberry also says authorities haven’t been able to find some evidence used to convict Hartfield, including a pickaxe used in the attack or Lowe’s car, which was stolen and later recovered. Furthermore, a Texas Ranger who was a key witness for the prosecution at Hartfield’s 1977 trial has since died, he wrote.
Estlinbaum asked both sides to address some legal questions before he rules on the matter.

PICTURE THIS…***UPDATE***

I realize I am a day late on this but here is the information that I promised on a previous post. You be the judge as to what is going on and please make wise decisions accordingly.
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One of the loyal readers of this blog contacted me to look into her situation involving Georgia Farm Bureau. I was really not prepared for what I found. I initially thought that this was a case where the reader had been overlooked and the situation would easily be resolved. Boy was I wrong. For the sake of her confidentially, I am not going to list her name just yet. Here’s what I know. Mrs. Smith (not her real name) returned to her home from California to find that her ceiling was leaking in several places in her home. As a 10 year customer of Georgia Farm Bureau, she called them to file a claim. As a matter of fact, instead of me paraphrasing, I will let you read the email that she recently sent to them:

Greetings Georgia Farm Bureau,

My name is____________. My home at ______________ is insured by your company (Georgia
Farm Bureau) Policy #__________. Over the past couple of years, there have been numerous communications between your company and me. My complaint for repairs to the aforementioned
home address, has essentially been ignored (yes, I said ignored!!!). This has taken a toll on an individual
who prides herself in paying all of her bills on time, including insurance premiums to your company, over the last ten years. One of the proudest moments of my life was when I purchased my home. After I made this investment, I wanted to find the best insurance company possible to protect my investment. I chose Georgia Farm Bureau. However, that decision has turned out to be a huge mistake. This is where I’ll start. At this point, I am so frustrated with the service that I have received from your company that I almost sent a complaint letter to the Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner at 2 Martin Luther
King, Jr. Drive Atlanta, GA 30334, and the Better Business Bureau 503 Oak Place, Suite 590 Atlanta, GA
30349. With your company, I have been dealing with a claims representative by the name of Earl
Cunningham. Instead of immediately filing a complaint against you, I have decided to give you one last opportunity to resolve my issue before I go there… and elsewhere. I WILL NOT BE THE VICTIM!
I have been a loyal customer with this company for over a decade, have never filed a single complaint, and have always paid my premiums on time. I’m sure your records can confirm the same.

There is substantial damage to my roof. In the spring of 2012 you were initially contacted regarding roof damage and leakage (with apparent water spots in my ceiling). You did nothing. Then on March 18,
2013, you were notified that we had a class 4-5 hail storm (baseball-sized hail) which caused much damage to the terra cotta roofs in our entire subdivision. You then sent out a group from Macon, GA, Custard, in the spring of 2013. Their recommendation put a small bandage on a major cut. The water spots have grown exponentially. Mr. Cunningham has witnessed the new spots and the old ones that have bled through once again. Several contractors have been out and declared that my roof need to be replaced. Several estimates have been submitted to your office (including one from Clear Skies) all to no avail. There have been a number of storms since that time, most recent was a snow/ice storm, and no repairs have been done to my home (my investment). I will not sit on the sidelines any longer while my investment is rapidly depreciating in value. If my complaint is not resolved to my satisfaction by February 10,2014, my next letter will go to the Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner, the Better Business Bureau, and elsewhere.
PLEASE RESOLVE THIS ISSUE! YOU’VE HAD ADEQUATE TIME!

Regards

Mrs. Smith (not her real name) was then contacted by her agent who indicated that her claims representative would call her. When the information was passed to me, I called the insurance Agent, Michelle Phillips who referred me to their claims department. I called the claims department and was referred to the claims adjuster, Earl Cunningham. I called and spoke with Cunningham who asked that I email him and he would respond. I have in fact emailed Cunningham with no response.
I went online to check out Georgia Farm Bureau and I found a plethora of complaints against this company for refusing to pay up. I also found the following petition:
Please look into the business practices of Georgia Farm Bureau Insurance
Petition by
Don DeRossett
Duluth, GA
Because of the ultimate protection that may be afforded the public after the Commissioner investigates Farm Bureau’s abandonment of myself, my 83 year old mom and our fire loss at the home she grew up in at 1014 Wilson Rd., Rossville, Ga. 30741.
As that story is more fully told in my petition letter to the Commissioner (which you may view by clicking on the “Petition Letter” tab just above), it is not all the Commissioner should consider when looking into Farm Bureau’s conduct.
Aside from the stories that will likely emerge from others when signing my petition, the Commissioner should also attempt to determine why Farm Bureau had its “Financial Strength Rating” (FSR) downgraded 3 times and its “Issuer Credit Rating” (ICR) 4 times since 2007 by AM Best (a Financial Analysis Firm) and why AM Best currently ranks Farm Bureau’s “Outlook/Implication” on both its FSR and ICR as “NEGATIVE”. That report shows the most recent downgrades as March 29, 2012 and is linked into the DOI website and may be reviewed by clicking on;
http://www.oci.ga.gov/Insurers/NewCompanySearchDetails.aspx?DI=107996&TYPE=PC .
Once in that site, you may see Farm Bureau’s downgrade history by AM Best by clicking on the “AM Best” small logo @ right, then the blue “Georgia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co.” link, and then the blue “News and Press Releases” link.
Then, after review of all the above, please consider signing my petition where you may add your own valuable comment particularly if you have a similar story of abandonment at the hands of Farm Bureau, which will be added to the “Petition Update” section (which is available after you sign) and forwarded to the Commissioner. Also, please note that you do not have to live in Georgia to sign.
Then, please consider forwarding my introductory e-mail w/ link to this site (with its pictorial attachment) or this petition site itself to those you know. Thanks and feel free to e-mail me, the organizer of this petition, at donderossett@comcast.net, if you like and I will respond as I am able.
Does this seem like an insurance company that you want to be involved with? You be the judge and stay tuned. There is certainly more to come…

I CAN’T STAND THESE KINDS OF PEOPLE

Today I received another email from Tyler Perry’s mailing list. The above title was how it came. I’m just going to let you read it for yourself:
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Hey TJ,

People who do this are some of the lowest in my book.

There are some scams going around the Internet asking people to pay money to have an audition for me. THAT IS NOT TRUE. You never have to pay for an audition. I, nor any professional company, will make you pay for an audition. DON’T GET SCAMMED.

Also, I DO NOT HAVE A SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. Do not let anyone tell you that I have a scholarship program that you have to pay to be a part of, ok? That’s NOT TRUE! I have put a lot of kids through college but it’s not something you can request or pay me for. They have been gifts, so don’t let these folks trick you.

Do not give anyone any money in my name. This is all a SCAM. I HOPE THESE PEOPLE GET CAUGHT.

Tyler

PHAEDRA, GO GET YOUR BOY…

A couple of people have asked me about this so I had to dig up the information and post it. For all of you Real Housewives of Atlanta fans, Apollo (Phaedra’s husband) has been arrested. Phaedra is an attorney. The plot has thickened and the drama unfolds… for real. Like my mom says, “if it don’t come out in the wash, it will come out in the rinse. Check out the article that I found online.

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According to Access Atlanta, Apollo was investigated by the Secret Service’s Counterfeit and U.S. Treasury Check Squad.

According to the site – who apparently obtained the complaint against the reality star – Apollo allegedly, ‘created fake companies, enabling him to access databases to find individuals to rip off’.
Apollo is currently on a $25,000 bond after receiving bail and will face a preliminary hearing February 12.
‘He opened fake bank accounts under those real names and funneled stolen U.S. Treasury checks and auto loan proceeds into those accounts.’

Apollo was allegedly named by the original target of the investigation, a woman identified as Gayla St. Julien, who was arrested in September last year and allegedly had $3 million in multiple bank accounts tied to her.

According Access Atlanta: ‘St. Julien ”described herself as Nida’s right hand b**** in executing the legwork of his fraud schemes.’

She allegedly told an investigator she received ‘scraps’ compared to what Apollo was earning.

According to the site: ‘Nida would allegedly steal real people’s identities and have St. Julien pretend to be them to open bank accounts.

‘She would then deposit fraudulent auto loan checks, stolen U.S. Treasury checks, stolen retirement checks issued to Delta Airlines employees, and checks in the names of real people that were owed unclaimed property from various state and federal government agencies.’

The site also said the complaint against the star claimed he opened a fake auto dealership and applied for auto loans in the names of stolen identities.

Apollo has previously spent time in prison – from 2004 to 2009 – for auto title fraud.

The year he was released he married Phaedra, who is ironically an attorney. The couple have two children together Dylan, 10 months, and Ayden, 3.

Apollo is currently on a $25,000 bond and will face a preliminary hearing February 12.

THIS “BLIND” MAN HAD TO SEE THIS COMING

This is another one of those dumb stories where someone is trying to beat the system… and got caught. You’ll have to read this one.

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Check it out below:
According to JS Online
A Greendale man was sentenced to a year in federal prison Tuesday for fraudulently collecting $175,000 in Social Security benefits and lying on his taxes, after he claimed he was blind and couldn’t work, drive or read without help. In reality, Lawrence Popp could do all those things, according to federal agents who secretly recorded him. The 58-year-old man ran businesses while collecting government benefits and spent lavishly on trips and jewelry, records show. He could read small print on his phone and drive a car, a snowmobile and even a water-ski boat, according to surveillance video recorded and obtained by agents working for the Social Security Administration and the IRS. “The lies are just one after another,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Gordon Giampietro, who recommended two years in prison, said in court. “This is a cynical abuse of a program truly geared to those who need assistance.” Popp’s attorney, Raymond Dall’Osto, recommended probation, citing Popp’s continuing health problems. Dall’Osto said his client is guilty but noted the money he stole and the taxes he failed to pay would be repaid quickly.

MILLIONAIRE CAFETERIA WORKER

You’ve got to check this story out. I found it on AJC.com. How this woman managed to get away with this for so long is the most amazing thing. I heard someone once say “absolute power ruins”. That must be the case here. This lady thought that she had that absolute power but… someone was watching and ultimately she got caught. Well at least she knows what job she will probably be doing in prison.
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A former cafeteria manager for the Fulton County public school system was arrested and charged with allegedly embezzling more than $1 million from the school cafeteria where she worked, AJC.com reports.
Channel 2 investigative reporter Richard Belcher broke the story last spring when a former cafeteria worker leaked information about the embezzlement scheme to Channel 2 News.
Former cafeteria manager Brenda Watts is accused of running a cash only food line inside North Springs High School cafeteria in North Fulton County.
She allegedly pocketed $500 in cash per day from the cafeteria over 15 to 20 years.
Watts, who retired from her job one day after Belcher’s report ran, had worked for the school system for 26 years.
Belcher said the total amount of money possibly stolen over 15 years adds up to more than $1.3 million.
The whistleblower, Beth Walsh, provided Action News with video from inside the North Springs High School cafeteria. The video shows four food lines — all of which had cash registers to keep track of the money. But one food line stood alone — a blue cart that sold a-la-carte food items for cash only. There was no cash register to track the cash transactions.
Belcher asked Walsh how long the cafeteria manager operated the a-la-carte line. “At least 15 years. Up to maybe 20,” Walsh said.
Fulton County school police obtained 10 arrest warrants for Watts, who apparently spent some of her ill-gotten proceeds on a 5-bedroom, 5400 sq. ft. house in south DeKalb County.
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No one answered the door when Belcher stopped at the home for a comment on his news report. Moments later, the garage door opened and a Mercedes Benz pulled out and drove away from the residence.
Walsh, the whistleblower, was fired but she said she doesn’t regret turning in her former boss.
“You know, just, if you feel like something’s going on, look into it. You could be wrong. But if you’re right, you’re doing the right thing,” Walsh said.

FAKE DEVIL BABY

It’s amazing how some people can be so easily frightened. But by a baby???… This is no ordinary baby though. The marketing agency Thinkmodo came up with this crazy realistic remote-controlled doll to promote a new horror film called Devil’s Due. The abandoned baby and stroller are put out on the streets of New York and the fun begins.

SIGN LANGUAGE FAKER SPEAKS AGAIN

Do you remember the guy who faked like he was signing at Nelson Mandela’s memorial? Well, take a look at him now defending his honor, again. Even though his 15 minutes of “fame” are up, I don’t really think we’ve heard the last of him. Some people don’t know how to stop. It reminds me of the old saying: A fool’s name is like a fool’s face; always wants to be seen in a public place.