World Trade Center Fraudsters, Scam Artists, Con Artists, False Victims & Sickos
The following false victim stories and scams are from 9/11. They provide just a few examples from over 500 cases, which have become public. If these scams, cons and lies materialized from the World Trade Center disaster, expect the same types of actions, to be unearthed from the 7/7 London Bombings and other global disasters. Great Britain has yet to publicize and charge ALL 7/7 Scam Artists and Sickos!
How Much Cash did 9/11 Con Artists Try To Pocket?
Con artists cashed in on $5.8M from 9/11 tragedy
BY THOMAS ZAMBITO - DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER - Sunday, September 9th 2007
539 thieves, fraudsters and schemers tried to siphon out of the millions of dollars in aid that flooded into the city after the attacks. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2007/09/09/2007-09-09_con_artists_cashed_in_on_58m_from_911_tr.html
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SUSAN ARROYO of Tennessee lied about the 9/11 death of her sister. She later explained that she did so in order to help re-establish ties with her brother.
JEROME BRANDL pretended to be a volunteer firefighter from Milwaukee. Brandl spent a few days at Engine Co. 39 on East 67th Street in Manhattan. The Queens district attorney's office has charged Brandl, a native New Yorker with a long criminal record, with scamming the Fire Department and city residents out of food, lodging, a ticket to Shea Stadium, money and other items following the terror attack.
Queens Woman Angry Over Phony Firefighter
ALAN BRAKER of Orange, N.J., who has been charged with filing a false report, told stories about nonexistent, missing children. Braker's made-up daughter, Mya, was a 6-year-old supposedly visiting his former wife, who worked on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C07EFDD1F3AF93BA1575AC0A9679C8B63&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
ANGELA CESTERO, from Philadelphia charged for false application for death certificate.
A Florida woman, MAE CHRISTIAN, who reported that a niece had perished in the attacks. In fact, the "niece" was not even related to CHRISTIAN and had actually died in June, 2000. CHRISTIAN received $3,300 from Safe Horizon.
MAUREEN CURRY of Surrey, British Columbia, used the disaster to scam money from her employers and a member of the British Columbia legislature. She claimed her daughter had died in the tragedy and that she needed to be at her grieving grand children's side in this the hour of their loss but lacked the funds to travel to Winnipeg. She was provided with $2,400 to assist her. Curry's daughter, Carolyn Burdz, is alive and living in Winnipeg. She has never been to New York City, and thus dismisses all claims that she died there. Maureen Curry has since disappeared.
A Michigan man, DANIEL DJORO, who reported that his brother, Daniel Zagbre, had been at the World Trade Center for a business meeting. Daniel Zagbre was in fact a fictitious name the defendant himself had used. DJORO obtained $272,800 from the Red Cross and Safe Horizon.
A Florida man, ARIQUE DROSS, who claimed that his nephew worked in the World Trade Center and died in the attacks. The investigation revealed that the nephew was alive and living in Brooklyn. DROSS received $41,761 from the Red Cross.
WALDO FERNANDEZ of Miami stunned that town with his tale of unspeakable tragedy on 20 September 2001. Fernandez had only recently discovered he had a son and had made plans to travel to New York City to meet 34-year-old Eduardo Edmundo Raidel, his now-grown child who worked as a trader in one of the doomed towers. Days before the jubilant dad was to arrive, he heard that his son had died in the collapse of the WTC. The young man's mother and Fernandez's lost love, Dr. Sara Galloso, had also perished in the same tragedy, as had her husband, who was the father of her other children. According to Fernandez, all three bodies had been recovered and given a Christian burial. The reporter who originally broke the story in Miami thought to check further. None of the names provided appeared on the recovered bodies list. An examination of New York medical licences failed to turn up one in the name of Sara Galloso. The phone numbers Fernandez provided for Galloso's surviving children didn't work. Despite Fernandez's claim of having imminent travel plans to reach New York, he could not provide the date or the flight number, nor name the address in that city where he would have been staying. The reporter now believes he was hoaxed.
A Utah man, RICARDO FRUTOS, who claimed that a brother, niece and nephew died at the World Trade Center. The investigation revealed that the people reported had never existed, which was confirmed by other family members. FRUTOS received $47,257 from the Red Cross.
JANET GOODWIN, 48, of 320 Post Avenue, in Westbury, NY were charged after she filed for an expedited death certificate for the father of Goodwin's children, Giovanni Davi, claiming that he had died in the WTC attacks. Davi was living in Italy, on September 11, 2001. The charges include: Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, an E Felony; Perjury in the Second Degree, an E Felony; Making an Apparently Sworn False Statement in the First Degree, an E Felony; Falsifying Business Records in Second Degree.
EMMA GREEN, from Queens, charged for false application for death certificate.
A Bronx woman, MARY GUERRIDO, who claimed that her daughter died in the attacks. In fact, GUERRIDO had been estranged from her daughter for over a decade before she died in 1994. GUERRIDO received $4,000 from Safe Horizon.
TANIA HEAD was formerly the president of the World Trade Center Survivors' Network. She claimed to have been in the South Tower of the World Trade Center at the time of the September 11 attacks in 2001, and to have had a fiance or husband who was killed in the North Tower. A New York Times story in September 2007 threw her claims into doubt, prompting the Survivor's Network to dismiss her.
In a 9/11 Survival Tale, the Pieces Just Don’t Fit - September 27, 2007
SARA HEKRIY of Toronto went to a center for victims' families and submitted a notarized document saying her husband had been inside one of the towers. After her document and story were questioned, Hekriy allegedly admitted she was lying. On 26 September 2001, she was arrested and charged with perjury. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C07EFDD1F3AF93BA1575AC0A9679C8B63&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
A Queens man, CYRIL KENDALL, who reported that his 13th child had accompanied him to a job interview at the World Trade Center and had perished in the attack. The investigation revealed that the child never existed, a fact confirmed by other family members. KENDALL received a total of $190,867 from the Red Cross and Safe Horizon.
A Chinese man, ZHINGANG MA, who reported that his wife went to the World Trade Center on the 11th to meet friends for breakfast. The investigation revealed that his wife was alive and living in Japan. MA received $10,000 from Safe Horizon.
A Queens woman, LEEVICY MAUPIN, who claimed that her estranged husband had been a window washer at the World Trade Center. The investigation revealed that her husband was actually alive and living on Long Island. MAUPIN was assisted in the fraud by her sisters, one of whom, YVONNE PRESCOTT, notarized forged documents, while the other, ROSEANN NEBBLETT, falsely claimed that the husband had lived at her home. Both sisters have also been arrested. MAUPIN obtained a total of $89,599 from the Red Cross, Safe Horizon and FEMA.
DANIEL MCCARTHY told people at a resort casino in Lake Tahoe where he was getting married that he was an ex-NYC policeman who had been trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center for 79 hours after he tried to carry a pregnant woman on his back out of the building. He said his partner, Dominick Impertore, died at his side. The NYC Police denied he had ever been employed by them.
SUGEIL MEJIA of New Jersey appeared dressed in surgical scrubs at a local police station two days after the attack, saying her husband had called on a cell phone to tell her he was buried alive with other police officers. Rescuers flew into a frenzy, redoubling their efforts to reach the trapped men, invigorated by the news that there were still survivors. Authorities checked out Mejia's story and discovered a problem: The officer didn't exist, nor had her cell phone registered any incoming calls. They quickly arrested her on charges of reckless endangerment, falsely reporting an incident, and interfering with fire operations. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9401E2D7113BF937A15752C0A9649C8B63
Federal authorities in Missouri charged Cassaundrea Montgomery of St. Joseph with creating a younger brother so convincing that she collected more than $63,000 in aid on the pretense that he had died in the trade center collapse.
SEPARATING FAKES FROM 9/11 VICTIMS - December 31, 2002 http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9905E7D7153FF932A05751C1A9649C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all
LUZ MORALES-COTTO, 52 of Plaza Carolina Station, Puerto Rico, was arrested in Puerto Rico on March 18 and faces an extradition hearing on March 21. The charges were filed after Cotto collected $15,250 from the Red Cross, $1,500 from Safe Horizons and $5,375 from Social Security in survivor’s benefits. The complaint alleges that the defendant filed for an expedited death certificate claiming that her daughter had a job interview at the WTC on September 11, and was among the missing. Investigators found that the daughter is alive and is currently living in Puerto Rico. The defendant was charged with Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a D felony; Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, an E Felony; Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, an E Felony and Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, an E Felony.
CASEY OSHAY, from Parkway City, Arizona charged for false application for death certificate.
A Brooklyn man, GERARD RINALDI, who reported that his estranged wife was working at the World Trade Center and died on the 11th. The investigation revealed that his wife was alive and well, as RINALDI knew. RINALDI obtained $13,500 from Safe Horizon.
PABLO SANTIAGO, 66, of 801 West Park Avenue, Lindenwold, NJ. The defendant received $14,300 from the American Red Cross and he filed for an expedited death certificate, claiming that his nephew, Edgardo Amon died on September 11th. The defendant also submitted a false claim to Met Life for life insurance proceeds. The charges include: Insurance Fraud in the Second Degree, a C Felony: Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a D Felony; Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, an E Felony and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, E Felony.
SASHE, 55, of 21 Odell Avenue, Yonkers, NY was charged for filing for an expedited death certificate alleging that his estranged ex-wife, Michele LaCrete Sashe, died in the WTC attacks. The defendant’s ex-wife is alive and was not in New York City on September 11, 2001. Defendant collected Social Security survivor’s benefits on behalf of two of his children. The charges include: Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, an E Felony; four counts of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, an E Felony; four counts of Offering a False Instrument For Filing in the First Degree, an E Felony; two counts of Perjury in the Second Degree, an E Felony and two counts of Making an Apparently False Sworn Statement in the First Degree, an E Felony.
SCOTT SHIELDS, the West Windsor resident became famous because of his allegedly false stories about searching with his dog for victims of the World Trade Center collapse. He later pleaded guilty to defrauding the federal government of Sept. 11 relief funds. Shields falsely told the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross that he lived near the World Trade Center before the Sept. 11 attacks and as a result received $38,906 in rental assistance funds from FEMA and $10,553 from the Red Cross.
GHERI SWEETING, 57, of Jamaica, Queens was charged after filing for an expedited death certificate for her brother Raymond Sweeting. She claimed that her brother had died in the WTC on September 11th. It was later determined that Raymond Sweeting is alive. The defendant received $2,500 from Safe Horizons and $13,881 from the American Red Cross. The charges against Sweeting include: Grand Larceny in Third Degree. a D Felony; Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, an E Felony; Falsifying Business Records in the Second Degree and Perjury in the Third Degree.
PAMELA WALKER, from East Orange, New Jersey charged for false application for death certificate.
A Bronx woman, ROWENA WEST, who reported that she and her mother were visiting the World Trade Center, got separated in the chaos of the attacks, and her mother was killed. In fact, the investigation revealed that her mother had died and been cremated in 1998. WEST obtained a total of $31,000 from the Red Cross and Safe Horizon.
A Mississippi woman, ROSALYN WHITMARSH, who reported that her twin sister had died in the attacks. In fact, she had no twin sister. WHITMARSH received $4,000 from Safe Horizon.
NAMOR YOUNG concocted a story about a dead husband to defraud disaster-relief agencies. Detectives say that Ms. Young, 32, melded the descriptions of two ex-boyfriends to create a fictitious spouse -- and collected more than $53,000.
SEPARATING FAKES FROM 9/11 VICTIMS - December 31, 2002
SANAE ZAHANI, a 20-year-old woman from Morocco, gained national attention for the search for her sister who, so she said, had been working in a bond-trading firm inside the World Trade Center. She even told her story on the Rosie O'Donnell show. But Zahani never had a sister who lived in New York. Zahani disappeared when this awkward flaw in her story was discovered.
LINKS TO PEOPLE ABOVE AND FURTHER INFORMATION
New York State Insurance Department - ISSUED: 3/21/2002
TWENTY-TWO CHARGED IN WORLD TRADE CENTER FRAUD
New York State Insurance Department - ISSUED: 6/19/2002
SERIO ANNOUNCES WORLD TRADE CENTER INSURANCE FRAUD ARREST
False reports of loved ones lost in the attack on the World Trade Center have been filed by those looking for attention and sympathy.
Phony 9/11 Deaths
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CHINA WARNS OVER QUAKE CORRUPTION - 21 May 2008 - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7411921.stm
- Chinese regulators have warned that relief efforts for the Sichuan earthquake must be transparent, and say any corruption will be punished.
- The Communist Party's anti-corruption commission said any action that hampered progress or wasted supplies would be swiftly dealt with.
- In a circular, the Communist Party's graft watchdog told local agencies to deal "swiftly and severely" with any official corruption linked to relief work, Xinhua news agency reported.
- The source, destination and quantity of relief supplies should be made public, it said, and police should crack down on any fraudulent collection of donations for earthquake victims.
- There have already been reports of scam text messages calling for donations to help survivors.