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.,iStock/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

M62 locomotive rebuilding framework agreement

first_imgUKRAINE: A fra­me­work agre­ement for co-ope­ra­tion in the potential modernisation of Type M62 diesel locomotives for the Ukrianian market was signed by Newag, Ski­nest Rail Ukra­ine and Latvia’s Dau­ga­vpils Rol­ling Stock Repair Plant at a Polish Busi­ness Day held in Kyiv on November 26. Newag estimates current demand at potentially 150 to 200 locomotives.Newag said it has drawn on its experience of previous projects including the modernisation of 1 520 mm gauge locomotives for PKP LHS and Kolprem to develop the design concept. A new modu­lar body would house a new engine and gene­ra­tor with modern con­trol and dia­gno­stic sys­tems, designed to offer improved relia­bi­lity with reduced fuel con­sump­tion and exhaust emis­sions. The cabs would have ergo­no­mic con­trol panels and ‘addi­tio­nal ame­ni­ties’ for driver com­fort.Finance could come from Polish export funds and com­mer­cial banks. ‘The design and tech­no­logy works have prac­ti­cally been com­ple­ted,’ said Newag CEO Zbi­gniew Konie­czek. ‘Ukra­ine may rece­ive seve­ral dozen moder­ni­sed die­sel loco­mo­ti­ves as early as next year.’last_img read more

Presiden Jokowi Resmikan Terminal Eksekutif Sosoro-Merak dan Anjungan Agung-Bakauheni

first_imgLalu, Terminal Eksekutif Merak diberi nama Sosoro yang berarti rumah besar adat Badui, dan Banten dimana Sosoro merupakan bagian utama rumah sebagai tempat bersantai dan bermusyawarah. Dari masing-masing pengertian Rumah Adat tersebut, penamaan yang diberikan memiliki makna mendalam, bahwa terminal eksekutif merupakan rumah besar bagi seluruh pengguna jasa penyeberangan baik di Merak maupun Bakauheni.Direktur Utama PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry (Persero) Ira Puspadewi mengapresiasi dukungan Pemerintah dalam menghadirkan infrastruktur yang andal serta modern. “Proyek dermaga, terminal serta kapal eksekutif merupakan wujud dari komitmen peningkatan layanan penyeberangan Merak-Bakauheni dengan adanya percepatan waktu tempuh pelayaran dari 2,5 jam (reguler) menjadi 1 jam dengan kapal eksekutif.Berdasarkan rencana induk, terminal eksekutif yang dibangun di Merak dan Bakauheni dengan konsep smart building yang modern, diharapkan dapat memberikan experience yang berbeda dan menjadi momen yang tidak terlupakan bagi setiap pengunjung terminal, baik yang ingin menyeberang atau tidak. Di dalam terminal eksekutif, kini telah hadir tenant ritel dan restoran dengan desain interior yang megah dan memanjakan setiap pengunjung yang datang.PT ASDP terus meningkatkan layanan penjualan tiket dengan sistem pembayaran non tunai (cashless). Pengguna jasa, khususnya penumpang pejalan kini dapat menggunakan layanan uang elektronik saat membayar tiket penyeberangan, melalui uang elektronik Brizzi (BRI), Tap Cash (BNI), E-Money (Mandiri), serta BLink (BTN). Kini juga tersedia pembayaran tiket ferry menggunakan aplikasi Link Aja!Terminal Eksekutif Merak yang dibangun di dekat dermaga VI (enam) Pelabuhan Merak memiliki luas site development sebesar 42.505 m2. Sedangkan Terminal Eksekutif Bakauheni yang dibangun di dekat dermaga VII (tujuh) Bakauheni memiliki luas bangunan 38.709 m2. Kini, pengguna jasa yang telah membeli tiket ferry dengan layanan eksekutif melalui online ticketing via website maupun mobile apps, dapat mengakses Terminal Eksekutif Merak melalui koridor jalan masuk yang disiapkan dari Terminal Terpadu Merak (TTM).Baca juga: Spesifikasi KMP Port Link, Kapal Ferry Teranyar dan Terbesar PT ASDP juga menghadirkan layanan kapal eksekutif melalui 4 kapal yang beroperasi di Merak-Bakauheni diantaranya, KMP Sebuku, KMP Batumandi, KMP Portlink dan KMP Portlink III. Keempat armada tersebut telah diremajakan menjadi kapal yang memiliki nuansa berbeda dengan kapal ferry pada umumnya, baik dari segi fasilitas maupun kenyamanan yang lebih baik sehingga membuat pengguna jasa merasa lebih aman, nyaman dan menyenangkan ketika berada di atas kapal.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Related Presiden Joko Widodo hari ini (8/3) meresmikan terminal dan dermaga eksekutif Merak dan Bakauheni yang telah diuji coba operasi pada angkutan Natal dan Tahun Baru 2019 lalu. Dalam kunjungan kerjanya ke Lampung, Jokowi meresmikan sejumlah proyek infrastruktur diantaranya bandar udara, jalan tol, dermaga serta terminal eksekutif Pelabuhan Merak dan Bakauheni.Baca juga: PT ASDP Berencana Buka Layanan Penyeberangan ke Timor Leste dan Malaysia Penamaan terminal eksekutif dipilih dari nama rumah adat masing-masing daerah pelabuhan sehingga memiliki kekhasan serta budaya daerah yang kental. Adapun Terminal Eksekutif Bakauheni, Lampung diberi nama Anjungan Agung yang merupakan rumah adat Lampung yang berarti rumah besar atau agung.last_img read more

On this day: Millwall 1-2 City

first_imgMillwall 1-2 Bristol CityWednesday, April 30th 2019Sky Bet ChampionshipThe DenScorers: Paterson 71, Diédhiou 81 Attendance: 12,261Lee Gregory had volleyed the hosts into a first-half lead but their push for a second goal proved unsuccessful, with the post coming to City’s aid before young Max O’Leary’s save from a Shaun Williams penalty.That proved to be the turning point as Lee Johnson’s side equalised through Jamie Paterson’s exquisite free kick only four minutes later, before Famara Diédhiou pounced to hit the winner less than ten minutes from the end.The result meant City will end the season in the top nine, with their fight for the final play-off spot still very much alive ahead of Derby County’s clash with Swansea City.last_img read more

Men’s college basketball: BPCC’s Parrish, Tech’s Bracey share LSWA Player of the Week honors

first_imgStaff [email protected] and Parrish split the votes among the six nominees. It’s also the second consecutive week Bracey has received the honor.Parrish nearly averaged a triple-double in both of Bossier Parish’s games this past week. Parrish had 30 points, six rebounds and eight assists in the Cavaliers 105-86 win over Delgado on Dec. 10. The sophomore from Houston followed that performance with a triple-double on the road in Dallas against Mountain View College. Parrish scored 16 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and dished out 12 assists to help lead Cavaliers to an 87-70 win over the MVC Lions.BPCC’s Eric ParrishThrough 11 games, Parrish has registered seven double-doubles and four triple-doubles. He is among the NJCAA leaders in points (No. 32, 20.5 ppg), rebounds (No. 18, 10.0 rpg) and assists (No. 11, 7.9 apg). Parrish led BPCC get off to its best start at 11-0 since before the 2002-03 season.Bracey averaged 20 points, six assists and two steals in helping Louisiana Tech pick up two victories in week six, and extend the Bulldogs winning streak to five. On Dec. 11 against Mississippi Valley State, he posted a season-high 24 points to go along with a season-high eight assists, while committing zero turnovers.The junior from Baltimore, Md., followed that performance up on Dec. 15 by recording a team-high 16 points despite only playing 25 minutes due to foul trouble. Bracey helped the Bulldogs rout the defending Sun Belt Conference champion Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns, 83-62, in Lafayette. UL had won 21 of its last 22 games in the Cajundome, and suffered its worst home loss in nearly 12 years. Bracey recorded multiple steals in both games and was a key factor in limiting the Ragin’ Cajuns 15th-ranked scoring offense to a season-low 62 points.Perfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more