Wounded Warrior Fund scammers arrested

| March 16, 2018 | 28 Comments

Bert sends us a link to CNN which reports that four people were arrested in New Albany, Indiana for scamming well-meaning folks with their phony charity named the Wounded Warrior Fund (not the better-known Wounded Warrior Project) out of over $150,000. The four are Joanie Watson, Thomas Johnson and Amy Lou Bennett led by 44-year-old James Linville;

Linville worked with three associates to defraud more than 1,000 victims and collect more than $150,000 in traceable donations over six years, according to investigators. The indictment alleges they told donors 100% of their contributions would go to veterans and their families. Investigators say no money went toward veterans.

The Justice Department publicly announced the charges Friday morning. “The acts of these fraudsters have eroded the trust and good will of those who want to contribute to legitimate fundraising organizations, including those that support our veterans,” US Attorney Josh Minkler said in a statement on Friday. “Our American veterans have dutifully served this country through many wars and deserve better than to be deprived of donations from giving donors,” Minkler said.

The four are suspected of using aliases to make cold calls and flyers and to seek business donations to help veterans and active-duty service members and their families in need — payable in cash, checks, gift cards or in-kind donations, according to law enforcement.

The Secret Service told CNN that none of the four had ever served in the military, even though Linville made cold calls identifying himself as “Sergeant Bob Davis”. They each face 20 years for 227 counts of wire fraud, mail fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

They are also accused of calling local businesses to have food, hotels and services “comped” for veterans. “The free hotel rooms were often used for members of the conspiracy and others to engage in drug activity,” a law enforcement source with knowledge of the case tells CNN.

Those non-cash donations added up, said Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel. “This organization — this fake organization — was asking people for food donations, for hotel rooms for veterans, for donations from different businesses that would be raffled or organized off for this, what people thought was a legitimate organization,” he said.

Linville, who has a criminal history that includes drugs, check fraud and domestic battery, left threatening messages for investigators;

In July 2017, Linville told the detective, “You’ve got some problems coming, bud…you’ve got major problems…put me in jail, I dare you.”

Linville did not stop. “I’ll make a mockery of your court. I’m a sovereign citizen, mother***er. American born sovereign citizen.

Your f*****g state laws don’t apply to me in any way,” Linville told the detective on his recorded voicemail. “I will make a mockery of your f*****g court. And I’ll destroy the sheriff’s department.”

I wonder how he’s getting along with LEOs today.


Category: Phony Vet Charities

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  1. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    “I wonder how he’s getting along with LEOs today.”

    More like ” I wonder how he’s getting along with Bubba, Thor, Julio and ‘Mr’. Tiny today”

  2. Wireman 611 says:

    Hang them by their test tickles.

  3. Combat Historian says:

    Hope these four fuckers enjoy their time in the graybar motel…

  4. NHSparky says:

    Another 3 percenter/sovereign citizen fucktard.

    Have fun in jail, dickhead.

  5. AW1Ed says:

    “Your f*****g state laws don’t apply to me in any way.”

    Seems the state of Indiana disagrees, Linville.

  6. Mason says:

    They should just set up an actual charity. It’s even more lucrative and perfectly legal.

  7. Deckie says:

    Wow…… what a retarded mutant.

  8. Graybeard says:

    Take one each: rod, pole, rope, scammer.
    Using rope, tie scammer to pole.
    Using rod, beat the scammer 29 times.

    Then take one rail, one 5-gallon bucket roofing tar, and sufficient feathers to cover scammer. Tie scammer to rail, apply tar and feathers. Tie rail to a passing train.

    Repeat until supply of scammers is exhausted.

    • Claw says:

      And since it’s my home state of Indiana, it would be appropriate if the passing train(s) was from the Monon line. (if they were still in business)

      But Alas, not even the Peanut Farm (State Farm) at Putnamville is not what it used to be 50/60 years ago. Even that fine institution has been pussified by today’s SJW crowd.

  9. AZtoVA says:

    “put me in jail, I dare you.”

    Challenge accepted.

  10. Atkron says:

    This turd is why we can’t have nice things.

  11. RGR 4-78 says:

    I wonder how many people used their donations as a tax deduction and then got audited?

    F#<king a$$ clowns, have fun in jail.

  12. Yef says:

    That reminds me, did the wounded warrior project clean their act?

  13. USAF RET says:

    He’s in for years of sovereign ass-pounding sessions

  14. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    That “Sovereign Citizen” needs to get used to hearing the phrase “PICK UP THAT SOAP, BITCH!”.

  15. HMC Ret says:

    Mother of God, how I despise white collar scumbag criminals. Every dollar they got was a dollar diverted from a valid organization. Fuck. Them.

  16. HMC Ret says:

    The scumbag pictured above has the droopy eyelids of a high-functioning retard. Fucking trash.

  17. Nastyleg says:

    Sovereign citizen bingo!!! Clear out the week of opening arguments and of the testimony. Whoo goo this is gonna be one helluva party!!!!

  18. stephen mccartney says:

    Disgusting pieces of garbage.
    I have really become careful of who, or what I donate to. I also worry about the spending priorities of some of the more visible legacy veterans organizations. Won’t mention them as I don’t want to generalize BUT between local, State and National requests for money …I seem to see a lot of travel, hotels and bar bills being paid as they shake hands and pose with Cheshire cat smiles with neo-Bolshevik anti-POTUS Congressmen.
    Many of the serving VSO (veteran service officers) are not adept at really helping anyone. Time passed them by and they hold the jobs because no one else will. I have talked to many counsellors and social workers (on/off base) and they quietly say the VSO’s oftentimes screw things up and confuse things. Make phone calls before you cut loose of your money to those who want to “help our veterans”. Caveat Emptor
    CAPT Bones USN (ret)

  19. Antonio says:

    Here we are desperately just trying to raise $3000 for homeless veterans in our area, and maybe God willing, the nation, and someone like this guy and his friends comes along and cheats us all. I am a Veteran. There are charities like ours who are legitimate 501(c)(3) organizations who reply solely on the kindness of strangers and then someone like this comes along and makes it even harder for us to help others? Is prison enough? Why don’t they put these individuals on the front line in Afghanistan. Then send four (4) veterans home that have already done their time. That is what they should do with them. gofundme.com/e4vets2

  20. E4 Mafia For Life. says:

    A great charity to consider is Fisher House and/or Gary Sinise Foundation.
    That dude is solid.
    You can check on the ratings and background of charities by going here:
    The site rates charities on their actual output, reputation and how their income is divided.
    I recall in the past certain organizations with 90+% administrative/overhead costs.
    We all found out several years ago that Wounded Warrior was absolutely horrible.
    Mostly, I give to one-off Go Fund Me accounts once I’ve verified the validity.
    And usually it’s for a veteran.
    And I learn of the situation from a credible source.

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