Friday, December 07, 2007

I'm Proud of My Home Town

Monroe, Louisiana hits the AP News wires.

Man sentenced in bizarre diagnosing scam
Wed Dec 5, 9:54 PM ET

MONROE, La. - A man was sentenced to more than four years in prison for bilking friends and family out of more than $800,000 by convincing them that his wife was a government agent who could arrange to have their medical problems diagnosed by satellite imaging.

Brent Eric Finley, 38, of Rayville, was sentenced in federal court in Monroe to serve 51 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. His wife, Stacey Finley, was sentenced in August to spend 63 months in prison and both are ordered to jointly pay restitution in the amount of $873,786.94.

I have to hand it to the Finleys, when they wanted to scam some folks they came up with a doozy.

I've never been one to be overly impressed with my own intellect, especially after working around the guys I work with that are truly brilliant, but I'd like to think that I would have been smart enough to have not been hoodwinked by this scam.

I mean, I've read all kinds of spy novels and science fiction where the CIA is almost god-like in their abilities, but I personally don't think the CIA can find it's own butt using both hands.

I'm so proud of Louisiana, we've got Huey Long, David Duke, Ray Nagin, and now Mr. and Mrs. Finley in our comical list of famous folks from there.

If I were a good enough blogger, maybe I could be right up there with them all.


Hammer said...

I first read about that scam back in the 80's when there was a rumor that the CIA could use spy satellites like a long distance MRI.

Yep peoples be dum..

uberstrickenfrau said...

Its never to late to be famous.....

katherine. said...

they convinced enough people to get $800,000?

Babystepper said...

Not to be negative or anything, but...

Wow! There are some stupid people out there!

Qtpies7 said...

Dang, I hope I wouldn't have been stupid enought to be duped into that. Well, I wouldn't have been duped into giving money, because I am cheap and my health care wouldn't have covered it.