- Report: #979219
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Complaint Review: Lee Stranahan
Lee Stranahan13824 Methuen Green St Dallas, Texas United States of America
Lee Stranahan Using Pay Pal to Raise Money Under False Pretenses Dallas, Texas
So he turned to his blog readers and asked them to send him money through his Pay Pal account (email@example.com).
He got several other widely-read bloggers, such as Michelle Malkin and others, to relay this imminent threat against his family and himself, and they joined him in asking people to donate for his emergency relocation.
This went on for weeks. Then, just as suddenly, he stopped talking and writing about it. His Pay Pal account still exists with the title "To help stop the harassment of my family" or words to that effect.
On the day Lee Stranahan announced this deadly threat to his readers on Twitter (@stranahan), Sept. 1, he lived at the address entered on the form earlier. Six days after being told by the police in Howard County, Maryland and Dallas that there was never a credible threat against him or his family, he began using Twitter to solicit these Pay Pal donations for this "emergency relocation."
I have no idea how much he raised. But with high-traffic bloggers like Michelle Malkin and others assisting him, including the National Bloggers Club, and given the fact that he has no job and gets no money other than what he scams from his readers, I assume he raised quite a pretty penny. (His current Twitter pages show him enjoying some fine dining at an upper class Dallas hotel). http://www.breitbartunmasked.com/the-stranahans/take-heart-fools-stranahan-is-spending-your-money-wisely/
But I do know for a fact that he did not move.
On November 26, he made another 911 call. It was his third since June. Someone else had "threatened" him, requiring more fund raising to "protect" him and to raise money for a reward to "find" this individual. I got a copy of the 911 report from the Dallas police -- and it lists the same address on Nov. 26 as it did when he claimed he needed people to pay for his "emergency relocation."
I did some checking, and it seems that raising money over the internet under false pretenses is a violation of federal law. I imagine it is also against Texas state law and Dallas municipal law.
This man continues to blog and laugh at all attempts to hold him accountable for his actions. I have filed a report with the Dallas PD and have heard nothing. The Dallas office of the FBI suggested I contact the Internet Crime Center, which I did. Now I am filing with you in the hopes that someone, somewhere will look into this matter and get to the truth.
I am available for questions, comment or for any other purpose that will help you put this man where he belongs. He has a long history of scams running back at least a decade, including (and this can be proven as well) acting as a pimp for his own wife. He is homeschooling several unkempt, dirty-looking children and he needs to be taken off the street.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 12/07/2012 02:48 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Lee-Stranahan/Dallas-Texas-75240/Lee-Stranahan-Using-Pay-Pal-to-Raise-Money-Under-False-Pretenses-Dallas-Texas-979219. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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