Aug 05, 2022
Alex Jones Begs Followers to Buy Infowars Products After $4.1 Million Judgment
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Infowars owner Alex Jones begged his followers to buy InfoWars products after a jury ordered him to pay $4.1 million in compensatory damages to the parents of a 6-year-old murdered in the Sandy Hook shooting.
Jones repeatedly spread conspiracy theories about the shooting that left 20 children dead, calling the massacre a hoax and its victims and their families “crisis actors.” The parents in this case, Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, testified about being threatened and harassed thanks to those conspiracies.
Jones has since admitted his claims about Sandy Hook were not true.
“I admitted I was wrong,” said Jones in a video posted to InfoWars’ website on Thursday following the judgement. “I admitted I made a mistake. I admitted that I followed disinformation, but not on purpose. I apologized to the families.”
“And the jury understood that. What I did to those families is wrong but I didn’t do it on purpose,” he said.
The Infowars host made sure to blast the judge in the case, complaining that she repeatedly told the jury during the trial that he was guilty. That’s because he was. Jones had already been found guilty of defamation in a trial last year. The two week lawsuit that concludes this week was held to determine damages.
Jones said the judgment is “more money than my company and I personally have. But we are going to work on trying to make restitution there.”
Jones said Infowars is “in bankruptcy right now. We’re maxed out. We can barely keep the crew employed. We are fighting hard for your First Amendment, your Second Amendment, your 10th Amendment, your sovereignty.”
Then, Jones made an appeal to his followers for cash.
InfoWars has “a plan to stay on air through this bankruptcy. We have a reorganization plan,” Jones said, before warning “if you don’t fund us, if you don’t buy products at infowarsstore.com, we will shut down.”
During the trial, lawyers for the Sandy Hook parents questioned Jones’s claims about his dire financial straits. They obtained documents showing Infowars has made more than $800,000 per day from merchandise ranging from dietary supplements to survivalist gear.
On Friday, during the punitive damages phase of the trial, the parents’ lawyers argued Infowars made even more money after being deplatformed by Twitter and Facebook in 2018.
“We are so broke that I’m not even worried about that [$4.1] million,” said Jones. “I’m worried about our bankruptcy to emergency stabilize Infowars and we have a plan. But to do that, we need support.”
Jones concluded by saying he will give Lewis his number and “gladly” invite her to be on his show next week and will raise money for her nonprofit organization, Choose Love.
Watch above, via InfoWars.
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Dozen PA Residents Charged In Federal $1 Million Social Security Fraud Case
The charges stem from a targeted investigation to catch those who steal a dead beneficiary's social security payments, United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero said on Monday, Oct. 3.
In total, the fraud loss in these 12 cases amounts to nearly $1 million.
The following individuals have been charged:
- Sloan Carter, 59, of Philadelphia; charged by Information on Aug. 2, with theft of government funds; pleaded guilty on Sept. 7.
- Marcus Ecks, 38, of Langhorne; charged by Information on June 28, with theft of government funds; pleaded guilty on Sept. 8.
- Anthony Percell, 54, of Philadelphia; charged by Indictment on Aug. 9, with social security fraud, passport fraud, identity theft, and related charges; scheduled for trial early next year.
- Angel Guilbe, Jr., 53, of Philadelphia; charged by Information on Aug. 17, 2022, with theft of government funds; pleaded guilty on Sept. 19.
- Stephanie Rudnick, 52, of Plymouth Meeting; charged by Information on May 19, with theft of government funds; pleaded guilty on June 7.
- Lilian Rogers, 58, of Glenolden; charged by Information on March 4, with theft of government funds; pleaded guilty on April 27.
- Dana Douglas-Rodriguez, 40, of Philadelphia; charged by Indictment on April 6, 2021, with wire fraud and social security fraud; pleaded guilty to social security fraud on May 3, 2022.
- Paulette Tamburro, 55, of Collingswood Heights, New Jersey; charged by Information on December 15, 2021, with theft of government funds; pleaded guilty on May 4, 2022.
- Michael Smith, 62, of Tobyhanna; charged by Information on Sept. 2, 2022, with theft of government funds.
- Aracelis Quinones-Martinez, 52, of Lebanon; charged by Information on Aug. 24 with theft of government funds.
- Ivan Wallace, 60, of Philadelphia; charged by Indictment on Sept. 16, 2021, with wire fraud and social security fraud; pleaded guilty to social security fraud on Sept. 28, 2022.
- Christopher Miller, 59, of Wernersville; charged by Information on Sept. 20, with theft of government funds.
“Social Security benefits are intended to help Americans who have worked hard and need some extra help making ends meet,” said U.S. Attorney Romero.
“Thieves who take these funds fraudulently are taking advantage of American workers and taxpayers who fund these programs. Thanks to our partnership with SSA, our Office has dedicated prosecutors who are making a difference bringing these fraudsters to justice.”
These cases were investigated by the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General, and are being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorneys Laura Bradbury and Megan Curran.