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Woman accused of lying about firefighter husband to collect $11K in donations: Police

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Police are investigating a Southern California woman who allegedly exploited last month’s Holy Fire by posing as a fireman’s wife in a scheme to bilk $11,000 from unwitting donors, authorities said.Ashley Bemis, 28, allegedly posted on a community page on Facebook saying that her husband was fighting the fire that scorched over 23,000 acres in Orange and Riverside counties and requested donations in his honor, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.“My Shane works for Cal Fire and is out on the Holy Fire right now,” she allegedly wrote on the page, according to court documents. “I also have two other family members and many friends out on this fire and other fires burning here in California. I received a text today from Shane saying it’s pretty much a living hell out there battling the unpredictable ‘Holy Hell Fire.’”“I wanted to put it out there to everyone and say I will happily meet you and pick up any donation to the firefighters and first responders that are on the front lines right now,” the post allegedly added.The Facebook post has since been deleted. Bemis had not been charged or arrested as of early Tuesday morning and did not immediately respond to an ABC News request for comment.When sheriffs showed up at Bemis’ apartment and garage with a search warrant they found over $11,000 in cash and gifts — all allegedly scammed out of charitable neighbors.“We believe [she collected these items] knowing she was not taking them to benefit the firefighters,” Carrie Braun, a spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said.“We took this very seriously because we know that people were donating out of the good of their hearts to a cause that they believed was really going to be going to the people they were donating to. Unfortunately this seemed to be well planned, well organized fraud case,” Braun told ABC News.Investigators said they were tipped off by suspicious social media users who claimed Bemis had a “long history” of misrepresenting herself to “obtain free items from caring people by making them feel sorry for her,” according to a search warrant obtained by the Orange County sheriff.“Once she received those items she turned around and sold those items to make a profit from them,” an investigator wrote in the warrant application. “The postings referred to Ashley as a scammer. In less than a week the donations sites all stopped taking items for Ashley because of the alleged fraud.”One investigator said he spoke with Cal Fire Capt. Tina Brady, who found no record of a firefighter by the name of Shane Goodman in California or anywhere else in the U.S.She said Bemis’ list included items that firefighters would “never use.” Brady also told police that firefighters deployed to battle the Holy Fire were given “everything they needed,” slept in hotels and they do not take baths using bottled water — as Bemis allegedly claimed in her posts.No charges have been filed yet against Bemis. Authorities are now asking the public come forward and fill out a questionnaire, detailing anything they may have donated in response to Bemis’ alleged requests for those battling the Holy Fire.Investigators say they will try to match those questionnaires to the thousands of dollars’ worth of items they found in a garage at her apartment during the search warrant, and present that as evidence to the District Attorney’s office.“She was really taking advantage of individuals that were coming from a good place … preying on people’s willingness to help so we really want to do everything we can to hold her accountable for the things that she’s done,” Braun said.The focus of the investigation is on the Holy Fire Donations — but investigators said they spoke with Bemis and several witnesses who claimed they’d been duped by Bemis in the past.One woman told police that Bemis once faked a pregnancy and told her that her husband had left the county to take care of sick mother, leaving her alone with no help.“My first experience with Ashley was in 2012, when she faked a pregnancy by wearing graduating pregnancy suits for 9 months, claiming that her husband Shane had died of a terminal illness, and that her first 2-year-old child had died of a heart defect,” the witness posted on Facebook, according to court documents.“She was all alone so we all rallied around her, and the ladies even threw her a baby shower, where she gladly accepted our gifts.”The witness said she eventually got Bemis to “admit that it was all a hoax and that she had been wearing a pregnancy suit the whole time,” but she refused to return the donations.Another woman named in the search warrant affidavit tells ABC News she hired Bemis as a nanny for her son in 2011. Less than a year later, “I came across a photo of my son, dressed up as a girl and her claiming that it was her daughter… I was horrified,” Emily Strickland told ABC News.Strickland told authorities about the ordeal, and says she obtained a restraining order against Bemis, fearing her son would be kidnapped.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Ten facts about Jurgen Klopp

first_img:: Klopp’s middle name is Norbert.:: He spent his entire playing career at Mainz, initially as a striker before converting to right-back. He then took over as manager of the club after retiring and guided the club into the Bundesliga for the first time in their history.:: He spent seven years managing Borussia Dortmund, winning six trophies – two Bundesliga titles, the DFB-Pokal, and three German Supercups before leaving at the end of last season. That betters the number of trophies won during Ottmar Hitzfeld’s successful reign between 1991 and 1997.:: Klopp had a hair transplant in 2013 and is unashamedly proud of the results. “Yes, it’s true. I underwent a hair transplant. I think the results are really cool, don’t you?”:: An animated figure on the touchline, he once tore a muscle during one over-enthusiastic celebration.:: Klopp loves long walks. He often strolls home after matches and even wrote a thesis ‘Walking – Inventory and evaluation of a sport for all’ while obtaining a diploma in sports science :: His methods are both innovative and unorthodox – for last year’s Champions League tie against Arsenal he held Dortmund’s final training session in Regent’s Park.:: Klopp is a committed Christian and often discusses his faith in public.:: He is such a popular figure in Germany he is credited with turning around the fortunes of car manufacturer Opel after becoming an ambassador for the firm, after which sales of its Insignia model were boosted by 35 per cent in 2014.:: Klopp’s popularity has also spread to the world of music, where eccentric media personality Matze Knop has released two songs in tribute to the coach called ‘I Wanna Be Like Jurgen Klopp’ and ‘Kloppo You Rockstar’.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

An emotional Mike Trout addresses Angels teammates, fans for first time since signing extension

first_img Angels sign Mike Trout to 12-year extension Trout, 27, was originally taken with the 25th overall pick in the 2009 draft.He has slashed .307/.416/.573 in eight seasons with the club while hitting 240 home runs, stealing 189 bases and driving in 648 runs. The ink is only a few days dry on Mike Trout’s colossal contract, but he’s already eager to bring a championship back to Los Angeles.Trout gave an emotional address in front of his teammates and Angels fans Sunday. It was the first press conference since the center fielder’s 12-year, $426.5 million extension made him the highest-paid player in MLB history.   “I want to bring a championship back to Anaheim. Let’s go, baby!” he said.Mike Trout is an Angel for life pic.twitter.com/S0DX0404oo— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) March 24, 2019Trout has earned two MVP awards and made seven All-Star teams with the Angels and was in the second-to-last year of a six-year, $144 million deal he signed with Los Angeles in 2014.​ “I know there was a lot of talk about going back East, but I enjoy every minute being here,” Trout said. “This is my home. I love it. I think the direction of the franchise, if it was going the other way, I would have had to consider going. But it never crossed my mind. I was going to be an Angel for life, sure.”Trout thanked everyone from his agent to fans that have endured a four-year playoff drought. Related Newslast_img read more