Trading places II

Have you seen this man at your open house?

Have you seen this man at your open house?

Switching residences, anyway.

Crook sentenced to year in prison for defrauding Home Depot in $363,000 scam. What makes this interesting, at least to me and  friend of mine, is that the same guy just recently made an offer on my friend’s property here in Greenwich. Since he’ d pled guilty to this scam in January and was awaiting sentencing, what was he up to “shopping” for real estate in Greenwich? Nothing good, certainly.

An Upper West Side man was sentenced yesterday to one year in jail for tricking Home Depot into giving him $363,000 worth of free renovations to his apartment.

David Chass, 35, pulled off the scam using his marketing firm, Velocity Sports & Entertainment, which had performed publicity work for Home Depot in the past. In April 2004, he sent the huge conglomerate an invoice for $363,000, payable to the contractor who worked on his apartment. The invoice falsely claimed that the renovation was part of a marketing campaign his company had conducted for the opening of a new Home Depot in Manhattan.

Taking Home Depot’s slogan, “You can do it, we can help,” to a new level, Chass also had a chandelier hung in the dining room and a flat screen television installed in the living room – all courtesy of the home-improvement giant.

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Collin Davis, a/k/a "Agent Orange"

Cornelius Davis, a/k/a “Agent Orange”

Fake Army hero confronted by real Marines.

Two U.S. Marines called out a man they said they believed was pretending to be a decorated veteran at a Florida funeral — and they caught the tense exchange on tape.

The alleged sham veteran — identified as 44-year-old Cornelius Davis — said he was a sergeant major in the U.S. Army. But the Marines apparently thought Davis’ uniform looked odd. They didn’t recognize several of his medals, so they stopped Davis and grilled him on his service, his uniform and his abundance of awards ….

The video, taped in a West Palm Beach parking lot apparently after the funeral, was posted on an Army humor Facebook page. The exchange was friendly at first. The first man asked about one, a bronze medal with a “V” on it. “What you get it for?” he asked. “Saving lives,” the man replied.

The Marines explained the type of sunglasses he wore usually wouldn’t be allowed. He also mixed medals and ribbons, another uniform faux pas.

“What’s the Army uniform regulation?” one of the Marines asked. “What’s the code?”

Davis replied, “Do my best to do my duty to serve my county.”

“Are you sure it’s not AR 670-1?” the Marine fired back.

When the man claimed to be a military policeman, the Marines asked to see his badge. He said it was in his car.

“You can get out my face right now,” he said before he stormed away and drove off.

You can click on the link above to catch the video but in fact, you probably saw it years ago

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Your tax dollars at work

Leonardo, r0 on his jet pack. Toy, yacht, and Mr. DiCaprio himself are all powered by natural gas

Leonardo, r, on his jet pack. Toy, yacht, and Mr. DiCaprio himself are doubtless all powered by natural gas

Leonardo DiCaprio, whose charitable organization claims to be dedicated to fighting global warming, throws a party in St. Tropez. Guests arrived by private yachts and jets, of course.

The event is set to take place on the French Riviera at the Domain Bertraud Belieu vineyard, at the heart of the St. Tropez peninsula and will raise funds to protect our planet’s last remaining wild areas. Proceeds from the Gala will support global conservation efforts that protect our oceans, forests, wild lands and endangered species.

‘We are facing a tipping point of environmental crisis unprecedented in human history. Our forests, which clean our air, purify our water, and are our best natural defence against climate change, are being clear-cut at alarming rates,’ said Leo.

‘In our oceans we have already lost 25 per cent of the coral reefs and 90 per cent of the large fish, including sharks. It’s high time we acknowledged that our very survival depends on protecting the ecosystems that sustain life. The Gala in Saint-Tropez is a fundraiser to support organizations and initiatives dedicated to securing a sustainable future for our planet.’

Said to be one of the ‘most glamorous, talked-about and exclusive’ events of the summer, the gala is set in a beautiful location and sponsored by Chopard Jewellery

 

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Obama broken promise no. 697

“I will restore America’s standing in the world.”

Secretary of State Kerry screened for weapons by Egyptians 

CAIRO – Egyptian security officers checked U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his top aides with a metal detector as they arrived for a meeting on Tuesday with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, an unusual screening for a senior State Department official.

Foreign officials usually extend every courtesy to Washington’s top diplomat.

Footage taken at the Egyptian presidential palace and seen by Reuters showed an official briefly raising a handheld metal-detecting wand to the lower part of Kerry’s jacket before waving him through for the meeting, which is to discuss how to stop the two-week conflict between Hamas and Israel in the Gaza Strip.

More than 500 people, the vast majority Palestinians, have died in the fighting.

Kerry appeared for only a few seconds in the footage, which showed his senior aides walking through a stationary metal detector and being checked with a handheld wand.

At least one was asked to empty his pockets.

The president is golfing in California and cannot be reached for comment at this time – maybe Monday.

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Move Montana back into red state territory

 

Deer in the headlights

Deer in the headlights

The Democrat-appointed senator for Monatana, John Walsh, has been outed by the NYT.

Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., plagiarized a portion of a research paper required for his master’s degree, according to a New York Times report published Wednesday.

The NYT story says its review of Walsh’s 2007 paper for the U.S. Army War College “indicates the senator appropriated at least a quarter of his thesis on American Middle East policy from other authors’ works, with no attribution.”

The story also says that the recommendations Walsh outlined are “taken nearly word-for-word without attribution from a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace document” on the same topic. Portions also appear to be taken from an essay written by a scholar at a Harvard research institute …..

Walsh, a former adjutant general of the Montana National Guard, was appointed in February to replace Democrat Max Baucus, who resigned to become U.S. ambassador to China. The appointment by Gov. Steve Bullock was viewed as a boost to Walsh, who had already declared his candidacy for the Senate seat. He is locked in a tight race with Republican Rep. Steve Daines in a conservative state where President Obama is unpopular.

I like this part:

Justin Barasky, a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, called on Daines to denounce what he called “these latest smears” on Walsh’s military record.

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Oops! Another price cut I overlooked

404 Round Hill Rd

404 Round Hill Rd

Only because it came back on as a new listing under a different broker. 404 Round Hill Road is now priced at $4.695 million, a slight discount from the $5 million the owners paid for it in December, 2010, and well below the $5.750 the first broker tried for. It still has its six acres, the house is still lovely, but so far, despite the “complete renovations” performed on it in 2011-2012, no one’s bit.

UPDATE: Maybe it’s the photography? I just flipped through the pictures posted of this house and there’s not one that shows the promised “charm” lovingly purred over in the written text. Did the sellers strip out all of that original beauty, or did the photographer miss the boat? My guess – I haven’t seen this house post-renovation, is that he captured what he saw. Too bad.

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Department of Silly Cuts

 

 

Gulag Archipelago

Gulag Archipelago

45 Farwell Lane, way up in the northwest corner, has dropped its price again and now would like to get $6.5 million. If history is a guide, the owner will still have a long wait.  This sold in 2002 for $5.1 million and the happy buyer, piling good money after bad, added on an additional 2,000 sq. ft. to the existing 7, all of it in a unique Russian style, the charm of which has so far eluded buyers. $9.150 million didn’t work in 2012 and now, two years on, $6.5 may not either.

 

105 Dingletown - there are better pictures of the place, but why would anyone include this one?

105 Dingletown – there are better pictures of the place, but why would anyone include this one?

105 Dingletown, on the other hand, is finally approaching a reasonable price – $3.1 million, after starting off at $7.750 million in 2008. I’m not quite sure what two acres of land on Dingletown with some salvageable, mature plantings is worth, but it’s obviously closer to $3 million than to $8. There’s a lovely old – 1919 – home on it that must have been grand when it was surrounded by more land and in an era when no one expected or demanded electricity and working plumbing but now, …start your bulldozers.

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