According to an excellent report by the Daily Beast's Justin Rohrlich, a Colorado man who had been ripping off student loan holders was taken into custody by the FBI for wire fraud and money laundering because he launched a series of racist attacks and death threats against a woman working at a bank after she told him his account had been suspended.
Based on documents the FBI posted online, Jalon Carlos Torres was arrested after FBI agents showed up at his Colorado Springs home with a warrant related to cyberstalking, only to have agents discover his student loan criminal enterprise.
What set in motion the arrest of Torres was a campaign he waged against an unidentified fraud investigator at a local bank who called him up to inform him about suspicions she had about his checking account
The furious Torres demanded the woman's last name -- which she refused to give -- but he still managed to not only get her personal cell phone number but also the number of her husband which led to both phones being flooded with racist texts and death threats,
According to Rohrlich, "On July 16, the feds say, Torres sent at least six text messages to the husband from different phone numbers and area codes. One read: 'PICKUP [sic] THE PHONE [N-WORD] I GOT SOMETHING YOUR [sic] GONNA WANNA HEAR!'" with the journalist adding, "A minute later, a second text came in, which included the couple's home address. A minute after that, a third arrived. 'F*CK U [N-WORDS],' it said. Three more texts immediately followed, with photographs of the bank employee, her husband, and various relatives of theirs. 'UGLY F*CKING COUPLE,' said one, which accompanied a picture of the bank employee and her husband. 'ILL [sic] F*CK THE ONE IN THE MIDDLE,' said another, which was attached to a photo of three female relatives of the bank employee's husband. Shortly after midnight, the husband received yet another threatening text, which followed a series of pornographic images. 'BLACK DICKS MATTER,' the text said. 'F*CK BLACK LIVES MATTER!!' said another one sent 13 minutes later. 'THESE DUMB [N-WORDS]!'"
According to the report, the bank provided personal security for their employee and her family before referring the matter to the FBI.
The Beast report notes that Torres, after he was taken into custody, has been accused of preying on people swamped by student loan payments after he pitched the services of his "Student Resolution Center" to them.
"Torres allegedly cold-called debtors to get them to enlist the Student Resolution Center's services, which he claimed would 'reduce or eliminate' their student loans after a few small payments," Rohrlich wrote. "The unsuspecting clients would then sign contracts that contained personal information such as names, addresses, bank account numbers, and so forth. Torres would then print bogus checks with the victims' account information and deposit them into various accounts he controlled, prosecutors allege."
When the FBI showed up at his home on the cyberstalking charges he wasn't home, but his girlfriend was and agents "found a check printer, a telephone voice changer, check stock, bank records from multiple institutions, a telephone script, multiple hard drives, and ID cards not associated with anyone living in the house."
Damning information against Torres was also found on his girlfriend's phone where he instructed her on how to deposit checks so banks would not uncover his scheme, with the report stating that he is accused of ripping off student loan holders of "roughly $50,000 a year."
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President Joe Biden, played by James Austin Johnson, delivered a message about COVID-19 in Saturday Night Live's Cold Open on Saturday.
"As I keep saying every chance I get, we're in the middle of a cold, dark winter. This winter is so dark Republicans don't think it should vote," Johnson's Biden said.
"This virus has disrupted our lives," he added. "It's canceled holidays, weddings, quinceañeras, gender-reveal parties, wildfires that started as gender-reveal parties, and whatever the hell is happening with Novak Djokovic."
"I know you're retired of getting emails from your kid's school late at night saying, 'OK, come in tomorrow, we're feeling lucky,'" he said. "I know every time a stranger breathes on you, you think, 'That's it, I'm dead.'
"America, I'm here to tell you, there's one simple thing you can do to make this whole virus go away: Stop seeing 'Spiderman'!"
Former president Donald Trump on Saturday complained that the "fake news" media never reports on the size of the crowd at his Jan. 6 "Stop the Steal" rally prior to the Capitol insurrection.
"They talk about the people that walked down to the Capitol," Trump told the crowd at his MAGA rally in Arizona. "They don't talk about the size of that crowd. I believe it was the largest crowd I've ever spoken before, and they were there to protest the election."
Trump also promoted a false-flag conspiracy theory that the FBI — which he indirectly controlled at the time through the executive branch — was somehow behind the insurrection.
"Exactly how many of those present at the Capitol complex on Jan. 6 were FBI confidential informants, agents, or otherwise working directly or indirectly with an agency of the United States government?" Trump said.
"How about the one guy (who said) 'go in, go in, get in there everybody' — Epps — 'get in there, go, go, go,'" Trump said, referring to Jan. 6 protester Ray Epps.
This week, the House Select Committee investigating the insurrection debunked the conspiracy theory about Epps, which has been pushed by others including Fox News' Tucker Carlson, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).
"Nothing happens to him," Trump said of Epps. "What happened with him? Nothing happens. Did any of these individuals play any role whatsoever in facilitating the events at the Capitol? That's what we want to know."
Trump on January 6th: They don\u2019t talk about the size of that crowd\u2026 I think it was largest I ever, and the fake news never talks about itpic.twitter.com/FkAIR3NY7b— Acyn (@Acyn) 1642302352
The crowd at former president Donald Trump's rally in Arizona on Saturday repeatedly chanted "lock him up" when speakers, including Trump himself, mentioned Dr. Anthony Fauci's name.
Some speakers also spewed dangerous rhetoric about Fauci, including Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ).
"When we’re back in the majority, I’ll get to see Anthony Fauci and ask him some important questions because that man has been a destroyer," Biggs said of Fauci. After the crowd chanted "lock him up," Biggs added: "Let’s see what happens to Dr. Fauci."
Another speaker, Trump-backed Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, told the crowd: "I want to lock somebody down, and it's that liar Dr. Fauci."
After the crowd chanted "lock him up," Lake called Fauci "bad news" and said she also wants to imprison "anybody who was involved in that corrupt shady, shoddy election of 2020. Lock them up."
The crowd also erupted into a "lock him up" chant during Trump's speech, after the former president said Fauci is "like the king."
Biggs: When we\u2019re back in the majority, I\u2019ll get to see Anthony Fauci and ask him some important questions because that man has been a destroyer\nCrowd: *chants lock him up*\nBiggs: Let\u2019s see what happens to Dr. Faucipic.twitter.com/K8SD9zpASb— Acyn (@Acyn) 1642292876
Trump-endorsed AZ gov. candidate @KariLake\u00a0spews dangerous rhetoric listing off who she wants to lock up:\n\n"I want to lock somebody down, and it's that liar Dr.Fauci" and "anybody who was involved in that corrupt shady, shoddy election of 2020. Lock them up."pic.twitter.com/GkxsRys6Ef— The Republican Accountability Project (@The Republican Accountability Project) 1642296821