North Wales – December 11, 2011 – The newest scam straight from North Wales in the UK involves faux pregnant women using fake pregnant bellies to blackmail married men they had casual encounters with.
The way it work is they meet these men online through mainstream dating services. They have a one night fling and contact the ‘mark’ 6 months later after sending pregnancy pictures, they meet briefly in person and the men are encouraged to feel the belly where their baby-to-be is living. Then the women says she needs up to $35,000 for a dangerous late-term abortion or even more money so they don’t sue for child support and reveal the affair.
These artificial copies molded from real pregnant women’s bellies are made of silica gel, and are being sold on the Internet. The silica gel makes them take on a very natural quality, close to human skin texture. Some online shop owners have said that the fake bellies are highly comfortable and have a flesh color.
This ring was cracked last Thurs. after police from the North East Wales District picked up Betty Perkforde, this was her 5th arrest for prostitution and she agreed to turn in the ring leader and this pack of grifters.
We interviewed one of the arresting police officers involved in the case that did not want to be identified and he said;
“We were very impressed with the patience and organization this group of scammers exhibited”. “They had no problem siting back and waiting months to re-contact these men and then showed ruthlessness in squeezing as much money as possible out of them”. “This is a whole new twist to prostitution and blackmail”.
When their large Wrexham home was raided they police found detailed ledgers of all the money extorted. In all there was 149 victims over the course of 26 months with £5.7 million euros having changed hands. There was 10 women involved and each would get approximately £8,000 euros per victim with the balance paid to their business manager, AKA; pimp.
Canada’s Transportation Minister was quoted as saying; “Sure, talking on a cell phone while driving is dangerous but there are many other activities occurring that are just as dangerous if not more-so.” “For example the other day I was almost side-swiped by a man that was completely distracted while picking his nose, and I don’t mean just a nose scratch – he was in up to his knuckle”.
Toronto, Canada – December 5, 2011
For those of you not following the news over in the Great White North I will fill you in a little bit. Last year the ‘distracted driving’ law came into effect, where-as you are not able to talk on a cell phone while driving without the risk of incurring a fine of up to $500. It seems one Canadian politician wants to take it one step further!
Jim Bradlley (Ontario’s transportation minister) made this statement last Thursday after telling reporters he was proud of the new legislation he helped draft. As they walked away he mentioned his plans to make this law much more encompassing in the near future. He was quoted as saying; “Sure, talking on a cell phone while driving is dangerous but there are many other activities occurring during driving that are just as dangerous if not more-so.” “For example the other day I was almost side-swiped by a man that was completely distracted while picking his nose, and I don’t mean just a nose scratch – he was in up to his knuckle”.
He continued, “There has been testing done that has shown that picking your nose while driving is even more dangerous than using a cell phone because of the high occurrences of physical injury while conducting this type of behavior.” ” I would like to see all types of distractions lead to a hefty fine, my advice for this particular offense would be an $850 fine.”
At least one politician finds those comments worrying. “Everyone should realize there is no place this government will not go intruding into private lives,” Conservative MPP Randy Hillier said. He went on to say, “what is next? No eating broccoli with dinner due to the possibility of passing of gas into the atmosphere thereby increasing global warming?”
Experts have questioned the effectiveness of distracted driving laws. In other jurisdictions they have not always changed drivers’ habits. After an initial reduction in New York, for example, cellphone use was reportedly back to pre-ban rates within one year.
The insurance industry says the new law is a good first step in making distracted driving socially unacceptable. In fact Bill Crespen of Walden’s Insurance says, “personally we would like to see all distractions result in large fines, whether it is picking your nose, applying make-up or talking on a cell phone – they can all potentially kill you”.
Two trailer park residents in Dayton, Ohio are going to be battling this out in court over the next few months.
Tattoo artist, Ryan L. Fitzjerald was hit with a $100,000 lawsuit last week by his ex-girlfriend Rossie Brovent. She claims that her boyfriend was supposed to tattoo a scene from Narnia on her back but instead tattooed an image of a pile of excrement with flies buzzing around it.
Apparently Ryan found out that she had cheated with a long-time friend of his and this was his way of getting even. Originally Rossie tried to have Ryan charged with assault but it turns out this crafty tattoo artist got her to sign a consent form prior to the tattoo and it said that the design was ‘at the artists discretion’, she claims; “he tricked her by drinking a bottle of cheap wine with me and doing tequila shots before I signed it and got the tattoo”. “Actually I was passed out for most of the time, and woke up to this horrible image on my back.”
I ran across a wicked art show a couple of weeks back and there was some really cool necklaces for sale. These things are truly one-of-a-kind! The artist, Dustin Granofsky uses many vintage toys and other sentimental nick-knacks in producing these interesting and stylish pieces.