I’ve been too busy working on other people’s sites to post anything so here’s an antelope chewing.
Daniel Bongino’s experience as a Secret Service investigator may make him uniquely qualified to help “drain the swamp” that is the U.S. Senate.
Conservatives in Maryland have been following the recently announced U.S. Senate candidacy of Daniel Bongino with great interest. Formerly a Secret Service agent in Baltimore, Bongino was involved in busting a major fraud ring. According to ABC 2 News in Baltimore back in March of 2011, the case involved serial fraudster Lomondes Williams.
BALTIMORE – Federal authorities arrested a Maryland man and woman, one was the subject of an ABC2 News investigation more than a year ago.
51-year-old Lamondes Williams, of Baltimore, and 28-year-old Erica Brown, of Laurel were indicted on federal wire fraud charges for a car rental scheme that duped more than 1,500 people.
Federal authorities say they targeted people with bad or no credit. The couple would get people to sign what they thought were long term rent-to-own leases for cars. In reality, the victims were signing contracts that were only good for a few days.
Days later, the rental car company would hunt the car down. The victims would try to call Williams and Brown, but they wouldn’t return the calls, sticking the victims with the late fees.
ABC2 investigated Williams in 2009 for a similar scheme with apartments. We caught Williams renting upscale apartments at discounted rates in exchange for referalls.
But his apartment victims were evicted by landlords, because the rent was never paid.
You can read more of the original investigation, by clicking here .
In 2010, Channel 2 reported on Williams’ earlier scam operations.
It’s an ABC2 News Exclusive. Back in November we told you about an extensive rental scam happening in the Baltimore area. It cost hundreds of people money and left dozens of them without a place to live. The man at the center of that scandal is now getting a stern message from Maryland’s Attorney General. ABC2 News Investigator Joce Sterman explains.We first told you about Lamondes Williams last fall, after we heard complaints from members of his so-called business, Diversified Marketing Concepts and Digital Zone Electronics Warehouse. They claimed he offered apartments in upscale areas in exchange for referrals. Some of the people we spoke with paid thousands for those apartments and later got evicted because Williams never paid the rent.
According to the Attorney General’s office, Williams stiffed several complexes in Columbia, Owings Mills and other locations. And Doug Gansler tells ABC2, Williams signed up as many as 500 people in a detailed pyramid scheme, with each person paying $99 to join as well as additional monthly fees.
Gansler has issued a cease and desist order for Williams, charging him with securities violations and investment fraud. But as we reported last fall, this isn’t Williams’s first brush with the law. He was previously convicted and served jail time for running a similar scheme in Prince George’s County several years ago. Gansler says, “People get into this line of work. Some people are lawyers, some people are teachers, some people are doctors. This guy’s a scam artist. He’s getting right back into his profession. He did it once. It’s part of doing business. When you get caught you pay a fine and go to jail. He’s back at it clearly and now there’s a cease and desist order put upon him.”
The Attorney General says this is just the first step in the process. He’s hoping this order will help the state seize Williams’ assets so that Marylanders tangled up in his web may eventually get some of their money back.
Pyramid schemes? Setting people up with debt they can’t afford? Heck, this Lamondes Williams guy is exactly the sort of character Bongino will run up against in Washington!
Just when you think a Democrat couldn’t possibly surprise you with their insanity comes San Pedro city councilwoman Janice Hahn who put Los Angeles gang members on the payroll in order to have them convince other gang members not to be gang members. Or something.
So thanks to this genius some of the funding intended to reduce gang activity actually paid gang members to continue engaging in criminal activities.
Thankfully some people are taking action to prevent this lunatic from possibly joining her fellow lunatics in Washington DC as a member of congress. Turn Right USA is a PAC formed “to expose and lampoon the typical politico’s microscopic brain through cutting-edge viral videos with guts and humor!” Check out http://www.hahnshomeboyz.org/.
They enlisted filmmaker, Ladd Ehlinger to make the parody video of Hahn. You may know that Ehlinger also created the greatest political ad of all time: Dale Peterson for Alabama Agriculture Commissioner.