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Woman accused of lying about firefighter husband to collect $11K in donations

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Police are investigating a Southern California woman who allegedly exploited last month's Holy Fire by posing as a fireman’s wife in a scheme to bilk $11,000 from unwitting donors, authorities said.


Ashley Bemis, 28, allegedly posted on a community page on Facebook saying that her husband was fighting the fire that scorched over 23,000 acres in Orange and Riverside counties and requested donations in his honor, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.


“My Shane works for Cal Fire and is out on the Holy Fire right now," she allegedly wrote on the page, according to court documents. “I also have two other family members and many friends out on this fire and other fires burning here in California. I received a text today from Shane saying it’s pretty much a living hell out there battling the unpredictable ‘Holy Hell Fire.  I wanted to put it out there to everyone and say I will happily meet you and pick up any donation to the firefighters and first responders that are on the front lines right now.”


When sheriffs showed up at Bemis' apartment and garage with a search warrant they found over $11,000 in cash and gifts -- all allegedly scammed out of charitable neighbors.






Turns out the firefighter she claimed to be her husband doesn't even exist.  She made up the name and everything.







Edited by Denali

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people really shouldnt even live in 90% of california. its a fucking desert.


wildfires should be let to burn. its a natural thing. 


build those mansions underground



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