I want to start this email by saying, I do not want any money from Susan Prater. I simply want her to get the help she so desperately needs and to not hurt others like she has my family.
I met "Sue Bee"on a website for rape victims. I am not a rape victim but a close family member of mine is. It is a daily struggle for us to deal with the pain that rape has caused. In our case, the rapist is spending the rest of his life in prison. The damage he left behind can not be repaired. "Sue Bee" became a regular in a chat room I frequent. We started chatting privately and then would have group conversations, that included my relative(that suffered the rape). Sue Bee's story seemed so horrific. She had been the victim of a sexual assault that was then covered up by the people that were supposed to protect her.
She had a blog, http://www.myoakislandadventure.blogspot.com/ that she recounted all of her "struggles." We were suckers and believed it to be true. She made it known to us that she was having financial difficulties and asked if we could help her out. We did with 1,000 dollars. We never asked it to be paid back, it was a gift to a sexual assault victim that was trying to get back on her feet. As her trial approached, her story began to come a little unwound. We noticed some inconsistencies but we just accepted it as pre-trial jitters.
Out of the blue one day, she starts a chat saying she's found the perfect solution to her problems. She has found a former Federal Prosecutor that is now practicing privately. He has agreed to represent her and planned to seek 5 million dollars from the State of North Carolina. She explained, he would work on a contingency but she had to cover, travel expenses, court costs, and for his intestigator. That came to 2,000 dollars. She promised a full return on the investment once her case settled. Reluctantly, we did it and sent her 2,000 via Western Union. Again, there was never a set time frame on repayment, we only asked it go towards her legal fund.
As her trial date came, she disappeared from the chat rooms. We tried emailing her, sending private messages and contacted her via her cell phone but never received a response. We finally read online that her alleged rapists had been found Not-Guilty. We felt so bad for Sue, we were worried about her health. To the point, we contacted her attorney to see if he could relay a message to her. His receptionist told us "we can not give out client information but I don't think Ms. Prater is a client, let me transfer you." So we speak to Mr. (no reason to name him) and he tells us he had spoken to Ms. Prater and anything he told her is between her and him but at no point did he agree to represent her for any fee.
Our suspicions became confirmed. Soon after, her website, a constant source of information, changed dramatically. She began making accusations about another person. A quick Google Search will show that this person is another Business Owner. We then realized we had been had. Had by a woman using rape to take money. We started to wonder how many others she had done this to. We put a few feelers out in the chat room and to date (March 20, 2013) we have found 3 others who have given a total of 5,421.00 to a Judicial Fund for Susan Prater.
All the individuals involved have been either a victim or have a close relative that has suffered a sexual assault.
We discussed going to law enforcement. What good would it do? We gave money to someone we thought was a victim and was using to help hire an attorney. How many others did she do this? That is what we want to know.
We read the this site (Rip Off Report) is great at flushing out these con-artists and that is what we are trying to do here. Flush out Ms. Prater and hopefully find all her victims. Some probably don't even realize that Ms. Prater was never actually a victim, only praying on victims for a quick buck.
Susan, if you read this, I hope you one day get the help you deserve and live the life you deserve to live. Somewhere inside of you is a good person. We just need got to meet that Sue Bee.