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Ilhan Omar's husband accused of defrauding investor in connection with short-lived wine company

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The husband of Rep. Ilhan Omar, a far-left Democrat who represents Minneapolis and some of its suburbs, has been accused of failing to honor the terms of an investment contract he and a business associate made with a restaurant owner, according to a shocking report from the Minnesota Reformer earlier this month.

Mynett claimed that he left political consulting after 'MAGA extremists' continually harassed him for his marriage to Omar.

In March 2020, Omar married her third husband, Tim Mynett, a political consultant well-connected within Minnesota Democrat circles.

At the time, Omar paid nearly $3 million to E Street Group, a political consulting firm owned by Mynett and Will Hailer, for her 2020 campaign. Because of the apparent impropriety of the arrangement, Omar announced later that year that she would no longer use E Street Group.

'A snapshot of new trends': Mynett joins forces with restauranteur

About a year later, Mynett and Hailer convinced Naeem Mohd, who owns a restaurant in the D.C.-area, to invest $300,000 in their nascent wine company called eStCru. In exchange, Mynett and Hailer promised Mohd that he would receive his original investment plus a 200% return — a total of $900,000 — in just 18 short months. Should Mynett and Hailer default, they would tack 10% interest each month on any outstanding balance.

The terms of the contract may seem outrageous, but Mynett and Hailer were apparently in dire straits. A former client had paid them in grapes, and they were desperate to turn those grapes into wine, the Reformer reported. To that end, they hired Erica Stancliff, described by the Reformer as "a well-respected Sonoma winemaker," to head eStCru.

At first, eStCru seemed to be doing well. It began offering a line of wines with names like Blockchain, Overt, and The Devil’s Lie, and was even featured among Wine Business Monthly's list of "Hot Brands" of 2022. However, W. Blake Gray, editor of online wine outlet Wine-Searcher, noted that such accolades are not necessarily indicative of "business success."

"It's more a snapshot of new trends in the wine industry," Gray wrote.

That seems to have been the case with eStCru, which quickly turned sour after that short burst of success. Revenue at the company was so limited by early 2023 that Stancliff even reportedly worked for months without pay before ultimately resigning.

"It happened very abruptly," Stancliff said, according to the Reformer. "I couldn’t even tell you exactly how it happened other than we hit a wall and the reserve was no longer there."

The dramatic changes in revenue at eStCru are reflected in Omar's tax filings. She declared between $65,000 and $150,000 in spousal income from eStCru in 2021 and 2022 but no more than $1,000 from it in 2023.

As tight as money was, Mynett and Hailer did manage to pay back Mohd's original $300,000 investment, though they allegedly did so about a month late. They also reportedly never paid any of the promised interest.

Mohd later sued, claiming that Mynett and Hailer "fraudulently misrepresented ... that estCru, LLC was a legitimate company." He is seeking $780,000.

Mynett and Hailer are still trying to sell the "intellectual property and trademarks" associated with eStCru, the Reporter said.

In an email, Hailer told the Reformer that "ESTCRU LLC like many wineries is living invoice to invoice, sale to sale to stay afloat given the economic conditions of the industry." He also admitted that eStCru may owe Stancliff backpay.

Mynett claimed that he left political consulting after "MAGA extremists" continually harassed him for his marriage to Omar. He also insisted that he and Hailer have since become "incredibly successful" at digital advertising and targeting, the Reformer said.

Attorneys Mark Thomson and Andy Phillips, who represent Mynett and Hailer, added: "Any suggestion that Will or Tim deliberately defrauded investors or otherwise consciously conspired to rip people off would be false and defamatory."

'Deception': Controversy carries over to Omar's 2024 campaign

Omar has not responded to the Reformer's request for comment. There are no reports that she was personally involved in the financial agreement between Mynett, Hailer, and Mohd.

Still, her opponent in the 2024 election has made her husband's seemingly shady business deals a campaign issue. At a press conference on June 6, Don Samuels, a Democrat former Minneapolis city councilman, accused Omar of engaging in "deception."

"Representative Omar has used her time for three terms in Congress — what many would consider the opportunity and honor of a lifetime — to divide our community and enrich herself in the process," Samuels said.

"Based on the Reformer story, it looks like there’s very little money in the recorded entities that are on disclosures, and potentially millions of dollars in the underlying entities that are not exposed," one of Samuels' campaign associates added.

Omar, Mynett, and several 'marijuana entrepreneurs'

The Reformer also noted that other companies founded by Hailer and Mynett are currently embroiled in a separate alleged fraud controversy in connection with several "marijuana entrepreneurs" in South Dakota. In April 2023, these companies — eSt Ventures, Badlands Fund GP, and Badlands Ventures — agreed to pay the investors $1.7 million to settle a lawsuit for alleged breach of contract.

However, only $500,000 has been paid. Last fall, Hailer signed a confession of judgment, admitting that the companies still owed the entrepreneurs $1.2 million.

Mynett was named in the lawsuit but not as a defendant. He separated from eSt Ventures in early 2022, telling the Reformer that he was not "active in any of the work (securing investment, placing investment or even structure)." The company is now listed as "inactive" since it owes fees to the state of Nebraska.

Omar did not list eSt Ventures on any tax filings but did list a company called "EstVenture LLC." She claimed between $5,001 and $15,000 in spousal income associated with EstVenture LLC in 2021 and between $15,001 and $50,000 in 2022. She did not list the LLC in her 2023 filing.

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Mexican cartels are scamming American timeshare owners, FBI warns: ‘Devastating consequences’

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Mexican drug cartels are targeting wealthy, senior Americans with timeshares, according to a recentnews release from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The FBI reported last week that it has witnessed an uptick in timeshare scams against part-time owners. The scams are relatively complex and typically involve three phases, the bureau said.

'Robust network of fake company websites'

Assistant Special Agent in Charge Paul Roberts stated, “Timeshare fraudsters aim to suck their victims dry, with devastating consequences to victims’ financial futures, relationships, and physical and emotional health.”

“As the cartels further cement their control of this space, it’s especially critical that the FBI take the lead in addressing this threat to American seniors,” Roberts added.

He noted that the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, the Gulf Cartel, and the Sinaloa Cartel have operated these fraud schemes for over a decade.

“Timeshare fraud has low overhead costs and minimal reinvestment, needing only a rental of small space, telecom setup, and English-speaking employees with access to resort databases,” Roberts explained. “There is lower perceived risk of prosecution and extradition for timeshare fraud but easy cash flow that goes directly into the Mexican banking system and obfuscates funds to facilitate money laundering activities.”

The FBI reported that the scammers involved in the fraud scheme “do extensive research on their potential victims,” creating fraudulent documents and impersonating a number of individuals. The fraudsters deploy “high-pressure sales tactics and cyber-enabled fraud strategies” to trick their victims into believing they are from a trustworthy institution. One such tactic includes “mimicking legitimate entities’ email addresses and forging official documents,” Roberts noted.

Roberts detailed the cartel’s three-step process.

“In these initial communications with victims, the scammers often pretend to be U.S.- or Mexican-based third-party timeshare brokers or sales representatives in the timeshare, real estate, travel, or financial services industry,” he said.

The scammers pressure victims to either exit their timeshare, rent it out, or invest in share certificates. They push the owners to pay upfront charges and taxes.

“The scammers also leverage a robust network of fake company websites, business names and addresses, and registrations with government officials and trade groups to bolster their credibility,” Roberts remarked.

Step one of the scheme concludes once the victim runs out of funds or becomes aware they have been defrauded.

After some time, the scammers will contact the victims again, this time pretending to be an employee of a law firm that wants to help them recoup their losses.

“The scammers often claim the initial scammers have been either charged with fraud or held civilly liable in a U.S.- or Mexico-based lawsuit, and that the victims are owed restitution in the settlement,” Roberts continued. “However, in order to access that restitution money, the victims are told they must pay legal or court fees to the law firms. The scammers then defraud the victims of a series of advance fees related to the settlement, again using fake documents to bolster their credibility.”

In the final phase of their scam, fraudsters will impersonate government officials, including those from the United States Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, Mexico’s Financial Intelligence Unit, or Interpol, the FBI stated.

“Government impersonators claim that they’re contacting victims because they have access to criminal settlements and want to help them recoup their lost money,” the FBI wrote. “Or, impersonators try to scare victims into giving up even more cash. They do this by telling victims that their initial payments to timeshare fraudsters were deemed suspicious.”

“The scammers then tell victims that the authorities determined their payments to timeshare fraudsters were ‘linked to money laundering or terrorist operations.’ They then threaten to either subpoena victims or send them to prison if they don’t pay additional money to ensure their payments are released and their names are cleared,” the agency explained.

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Brazilian woman caught on camera puppeteering dead man to sign for a loan: 'Uncle, are you listening?'

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A woman was arrested Tuesday after wheeling a corpse into a South American bank and attempting to take out a loan in the decedent's name.

Brazilian police indicated 68-year-old Paulo Robert Braga had long been dead when Érika de Souza Vieira Nunes, 42, rolled him into a Rio de Janeiro bank in a wheelchair, talked to him as though he were still among the living, then attempted to puppeteer a signature out of him for a $3,234 loan.

According to the Brazilian news outlet G1, bank employees quickly became suspicious of Nunes' behavior. There were, after all, a few dead giveaways that something was amiss.

In footage of the incident captured by bank employees, Nunes can be seen attempting to keep Braga's head upright and engaging in a clearly one-sided conversation.

"Uncle, are you listening? You need to sign. If you don't sign it, there's no way," Nunes can be heard saying in her native tongue. "I can't sign it for you. I'll do what I can do."

"You hold your chair very strong there," Nunes says to the corpse. She proceeds to ask one of the tellers, "Didn't he hold the door there just now?"

Feigning frustration with Braga's lack of cooperation, Nunes says, "Sign so you don't give me any more headaches. I can't take it anymore."

According to a translation provided by USA Today, one teller says in the video, "I don't think this is legal. He doesn't look well. He's very pale."

Nunes, who claimed to be the dead man's niece, says, "He is like this."

The grim borrower then suggests to Braga, whose mouth is wide open and eyes are glassy, "If you are not well, you will go to the hospital."

Bank attendants ultimately called the police who promptly detained Nunes.

Police chief Fábio Souza of the 34th Police Station confirmed to CNN Brazil that Nunes was charged with attempted theft by fraud and abuse of a corpse. If convicted of the latter, then Nunes could face up to three years in prison and a fine.

Nunes reportedly expressed no remorse in her interviews with police and told officials that Braga had expired while in the bank. Police are not buying her story in part because medical examiners found indications the elderly man had been dead for at least two hours prior to his posthumous banking experience.

Authorities are reportedly still waiting to confirm Braga's cause of death, indicating they will open a homicide investigation if they suspect foul play.

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Trevor Bauer Accuser Criminally Indicted On Fraud, Extortion Charges

'At what point do I get to go back to work and continue earning a living?' asks former MLB pitcher Trevor Bauer.

Trevor Bauer sexual assault accuser just got indicted for fraud, theft by extortion against Bauer and another person

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A woman who accused ex-Major League Baseball star pitcher Trevor Bauer of sexual assault was just indicted for fraud and theft by extortion against Bauer and another individual.

What are the details?

The grand jury indictment dated March 19 and filed Monday in the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County indicates that Darcy Adanna Esemonu "knowingly did obtain a benefit from ... Trevor Anthony Bauer by means of fraudulent pretenses, representation, promises, or material omissions" and "knowingly did obtain or sought to obtain property or services ... by means of a threat to in the future expose a secret or an asserted fact in a social media message or in any other manner" involving another individual, ESPN reported.

Bauer's attorney told EPSN the other individual is not associated with Bauer.

The sports network said Esemonu didn't respond to messages seeking comment, and the prosecutor listed on the indictment could not be reached for comment late Tuesday.

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An arraignment hearing in the case is scheduled for April 26 in Maricopa County. Esemonu filed a lawsuit against Bauer in 2022, later updated in 2023, alleging he sexually assaulted her in 2020, which led to an "unplanned pregnancy." In court filings, Bauer's attorneys described the situation as "a single sexual encounter" that "was consensual." Bauer countersued Esemonu for fraud, saying she was attempting to harass and extort money from him in the wake of similar allegations made by three other women.

In a statement provided to ESPN by his lawyers, Bauer said Esemonu demanded $3.6 million from him and "claimed I forced her to have an abortion" and "when I refused to pay her the $3.6 million she was asking for, she made up a bogus sexual assault claim and filed a civil suit against me."

Bauer said he paid $8,761 for expenses he believed to be related to the woman’s reported pregnancy and its subsequent termination, the Associated Press reported.

The sports network said attorneys listed for Esemonu in her lawsuit didn't respond to messages seeking comment.

ESPN said Esemonu reported the alleged assault to the Scottsdale Police Department in December 2022, one week after she filed the suit against Bauer.

Following Esemonu's allegation, a detective interviewed her, and police reports ESPN obtained indicate she "initially stated she had a miscarriage, but later referred to the miscarriage as an abortion." The sports network, citing the reports, noted that Esemonu later told the detective she didn't have an abortion but miscarried prior to going to a clinic in another state. The detective stated that the medical records Esemonu provided "do not indicate" if she "was in fact pregnant," ESPN reported.

One of Bauer's attorneys, Anne Chapman, contacted the Scottsdale Police Department in January 2023 to file a criminal complaint accusing Esemonu of "theft by extortion," the sports network added. In that complaint, Chapman told police Esemonu "had demanded financial compensation from her client for a pregnancy and abortion that was alleged to be false," ESPN noted.

Remember when?

Last fall, Bauer revealed damning texts reportedly from a different woman who accused him of sexual assault after he and the woman dropped their lawsuits against each other.

Some of those texts:

  • "Next victim. Star pitcher for the dodgers."
  • "Net worth is 51 mil"
  • "Im going to his house wednesday. I already have my hooks in. You know how I roll."
  • "need daddy to choke me out"
  • "Being an absolute WHORE to get in on his 51 million."

'What else do I have to do?'

The AP said Bauer has been trying to revive his MLB career after serving a suspension for violating the league’s domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse policy in connection with sexual abuse accusations, which he denied.

The Los Angeles Dodgers released the Cy Young award winner in January 2023; Bauer played last year with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars of Japan’s Pacific League, the AP said, adding that he signed a deal to pitch five games for Mexico’s Diablos Rojos this spring and made his first appearance in an exhibition against the New York Yankees.

“What else do I have to do to prove that this entire situation has been a massive lie? This is insane,” Bauer said in a recorded video statement released Tuesday. “At what point do I get to go back to work and continue earning a living?”

Criminal Charges Brought Against Trevor Bauer's Accuser

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Black Lives Matter activist on trial for fraud; accused of using George Floyd's death to buy real estate, guns, and luxuries

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Tyree Conyers-Page, a middling 35-year-old albino actor who calls himself Sir Maejor Page, appears to be another Black Lives Matter activist who realized that George Floyd's death could be exploited as something more than just an excuse for wanton destruction — it could also serve as a means to self-enrichment.

Page, previously arrested on multiple occasions for impersonating a police officer, decided to impersonate a philanthropist in 2020, "fraudulently utilizing a Black Lives Matter non-profit organization by way of misrepresentations," according to the FBI.

Although based in Toledo, Ohio, Page created a Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta fundraising campaign, bringing in hundreds of thousands of dollars. He allegedly used that cash to live the high life, buying himself tailored suits, guns, a security system, and a "new cribo-o" that Page's defense lawyer suggests might have been opened to battered women.

The BLM activist went on trial this week, and it quickly became clear that his defense lawyer faces an uphill battle.

High life

The FBI Cleveland Division announced Page's arrest on Sept. 25, 2020. The bureau indicated that investigators were alerted by a complaint to the social media page for Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta, which had been set up by Page as a nonprofit organization.

Contrary to Page's suggestions online, BLMGA lost its tax-exempt status as a charity in May 2019. The IRS revoked its status on account of Page's failure to submit IRS Form 990 for three consecutive years.

Page allegedly failed to notify Facebook of this change, such that the social media company continued to list BLMGA as a nonprofit organization with a donation button until September 2020. BLMGA was also listed as a nonprofit with GoFundMe.

A bank account named "Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta, Inc." was reportedly opened in 2018 with Page being the only signatory on the account. There was little activity in the account until the weeks immediately following George Floyd's death in May 2020. By June, BLMGA had received more than $36,493 in donations. By July 2020, it had brought in well over $370,000.

According to the FBI, all of these donations were transferred into the bank account for which Page was the only signatory.

Page allegedly told donors and other inquiring minds that the funds had been donated for use in the "fight for George Floyd" and that none of "the funds have been used for personal items."

In his supposed fight for George Floyd, Page allegedly lived luxuriously, treating himself to fine dining, tailor-made suits, new furniture, a home security system, and some new real state, according to the FBI. Page even allegedly transferred funds from the BLMGA account to his personal account to buy two rifles and a pistol.

Despite telling critics that everything was aboveboard, he reportedly bragged on social media about his exploits, showing off his new cuff links, $150 ties, and penthouse suite. In one instance, he even boasted about his "room way up at the top ... at the top top ... they put the bottom feeders on these floors."

The FBI suggested "Page has spent over $200,000 on personal items generated from donations received from the BLMGA social media page with no identifiable purchase or expenditure for social or racial justice."

Following the alleged fraudster's arrest, GoFundMe indicated it would refund donations.


A federal grand jury in Cleveland indicted Page with three counts of money laundering and one count of wire fraud in March 2021.

"These allegations involve fraudulent misrepresentations that the donations received would support Black Lives Matter (Atlanta, Georgia) when, as stated in the indictment, those funds were actually used by the defendant for personal expenses he incurred in Toledo and elsewhere," said U.S. District Judge Bridget Brennan, then the acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

"Page is accused of using unprecedented tensions and uncertainty due to widespread civil unrest and a global pandemic to fill his own bank account," said FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric Smith. "Page allegedly purchased homes, traveled, and spent other people's money to buy luxury items for himself, all on the backs of hardworking people believing they were donating to a worthy cause. The FBI will continue efforts to root out fraudsters who victimize our fellow citizens for personal gain."

Page was accused of defrauding roughly 1,000 donors collectively out of more than $467,000.


The Toledo Blade reported that during his testimony in Page's trial this week, FBI agent Matthew Desorbo detailed how Page had blown the donation money on himself. For instance, the agent claimed Page made multiple purchases at the Pyramid Lounge in Toledo, buying 16 blue suits using money transferred over from the BLMGA account.

Desorbo noted that Page's defunct charity received a great deal of money in the summer of 2020 and that its expenses in July included a $108,499.83 wire transfer to a Toledo title agency for the purchase of a house.

Page's defense lawyer Charles Boss claimed the house was not intended for his client's use but rather for charitable use as a BLM "community House," possibly for sheltering homeless people or as a battered women's shelter.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Melching greatly undermined that narrative by playing video of Page celebrating his new "crib-o" and luxury outfits, reported the Blade.

Other activists testified Wednesday, suggesting they had fallen for Page's con, reported the Blade.

"I assumed Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta was operating as part of Black Lives Matter," said Mike Johnston of Watsonville, California. "I assumed it was operating there and was a nonprofit."

The defense attempted to suggest that Page had not personally solicited charitable donations by way of advertising or direct contact. Desorbo noted that Page "did mislead donors by not providing answers to their questions" after they had coughed up money.

A pattern

Page is not the only leftist to have allegedly used BLM as a vehicle for self-enrichment.

In November, BLM activist Xahra Saleem was sentenced to more than two years in jail for similarly defrauding donors. She raised more than $40,000 in donations, promising to help BLM protesters and to send excess funds to a youth charity. Instead, she blew the money on herself.

Blaze News previously reported that BLM activists Monica Cannon-Grant and her husband, Clark Grant, were charged with 18 federal counts in connection to their nonprofit organization, Violence in Boston. They apparently raised more than $1 million but spent a significant portion on themselves, on everything from personal travel and hotel reservations to nail salon appointments. Cannon-Grant's trial is scheduled for Dec. 2 in Boston.

The National Desk reported last year that only 33% of the national Black Lives Matter group's donations ultimately went to charity: $22 million reportedly went to expenses; $1.6 million went to BLM cofounder Patrisse Cullors' father for security service; and $2.1 million went to BLM board member Shalomyah Bowers for consulting.

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New Government Report Shows Trump Is Right About ‘Cutting’ Medicare Fraud

The next time any politician lodges a silly attack over 'cutting' Medicare, point out the waste and ineffective bureaucracy in these programs.