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Fake cancer charity founder goes to jail for scholarship scheme

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A Colorado man previously reported to be the head of a ficticious breast cancer charity was sent to jail for two weeks after being caught running a scam involving fake college scholarships.

The Denver Post reported on Friday that Adam Cole Shryock was ordered by a Denver judge to begin his 14-day sentence on account of violating a court order barring him from conducting promotional activities for alleged charities.

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Shryrock was found to have used $36,000 from a frozen bank account to make t-shirts promoting “I Heart This Bar,” which he claimed was a fundraiser for college scholarships. The shirts were then sold in stadium parking lots by promotional models contracted by Shryrock.

“In reality, the ‘scholarship fund’ was nothing more than a cash bonus for the promotional managers and the entire scheme ran afoul of the court’s orders,” state Attorney General John Suthers (R) told the Post.

As Boing Boing reported in 2012, Shryrock was investigated by the Illinois Attorney General’s office for activities related to “Boobies Rock!,” which he claimed raised money for “breast cancer awareness” by selling merchandise at sporting events and bars, with proceeds going to other groups.

But the organizations working with Shryrock’s group complained that they were under-compensated, or not paid at all, for use of their names or logos. His assets were subsequently frozen. Prosecutors in Colorado said he tried to get around the court order by having money raised by “I Love This Bar” sent to his home.

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“The court was incensed that he would even try to access those accounts,” deputy attorney general Jan Zavislan told the Post.

[Image via “Events with Boobie Rocks!” Facebook page]

[h/t Boing Boing]

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Trump refusing to pay for New Mexico security and barricades — while trying to change the state from blue to red

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President Donald Trump thinks he will win New Mexico. He's repeated the factoid multiple times, including to a group of oil and gas workers and executives Wednesday at a conference in Pittsburgh, PA. But he also made two significant mistakes to put that support in jeopardy.

First, the president indicated he was building his "wall" on the border of Colorado, which is north of New Mexico. It would mean that New Mexico was now part of Mexico.

Second, it was reported by the Albuquerque Journal that their city is yet another one Trump's campaign is refusing to pay for security costs.

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Intel Committee has ‘recent evidence’ Ukraine witnesses are working together to ‘coordinate’ their stories

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House investigators have "recent evidence" of witnesses working to coordinate their testimony before Congress, a Democratic congressman revealed on MSNBC on Wednesday.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who sits on the Intelligence and Judicial committees, was interviewed by MSNBC Chris Hayes.

"Final question, what is the timeline here?" Hayes asked. "There is some transparency argument that at some point this can’t be behind closed doors, the American people, all of us, Republicans, Democrats, citizens and journalists have to hear what’s happening."

"You’re absolutely right and there will be a public phase," Swalwell replied.

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Rudy Giuliani is looking for a lawyer — after saying he didn’t need one: report

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On Wednesday, CNN reported that President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani is looking for a defense attorney to represent him.

This report comes after Giuliani said last week that he would not seek legal representation unless he believed he needed it.

Giuliani is currently under criminal investigation for the scheme he apparently helped facilitate in the Ukraine, where Trump withheld military aid in the fight against Russia while demanding their leaders investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee.

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