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(Tampa Bay Times)   Florida man pretended to be CIA operative to steal $4 million in scheme, was about to reel in $4 billion payday when he got caught   (tampabay.com) divider line
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2020-10-28 6:17:19 PM  
a fella could go pretty far with $4 Trillion dollars...
 
2020-10-28 8:49:59 PM  
How much scheme will $4 million buy?
 
2020-10-28 9:35:38 PM  
Uh... why would a CIA operative need donations? The government gives them all the money they need.
 
2020-10-29 2:21:22 AM  

bingethinker: Uh... why would a CIA operative need donations? The government gives them all the money they need.


Yeah, and if they're running short typically they hold a telethon.

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2020-10-29 2:28:11 AM  
This guy gonna be a recidivist.
 
2020-10-29 2:28:41 AM  
The Pentagon's Bottomless Money Pit
When the Defense Department flunked its first-ever fiscal review, one of our government's greatest mysteries was exposed: Where does the DoD's $700 billion annual budget go?
by Matt Taibbi

"A retired Air Force auditor - we'll call him Andy - tells a story about a thing that happened at Ogden Air Force Base, Utah. Sometime in early 2001, something went wrong with a base inventory order. Andy thinks it was a simple data-entry error. "Someone ordered five of something," he says, "and it came out as an order for 999,000." He laughs. "It was probably just something the machine defaulted to. Type in an order for a part the wrong way, and it comes out all frickin' nines in every field." Nobody actually delivered a monster load of parts. But the faulty transaction - the paper trail for a phantom inventory adjustment never made - started moving through the Air Force's maze of internal accounting systems anyway. A junior-level logistics officer caught it before it went out of house. Andy remembers the incident because, as a souvenir, he kept the June 28th, 2001, email that circulated about it in the Air Force accounting world, in which the dollar value of the error was discussed.

'Wanted to keep you all informed of the massive inventory adjustment processed at [Ogden] on Wednesday of this week. It isn't as bad as we first thought ($8.5 trillion). The hit...$3.9 trillion instead of the $8.5 trillion as we first thought.'"

"The Air Force, which had an $85 billion budget that year, nearly created in one stroke an accounting error more than a third the size of the U.S. GDP, which was just over $10 trillion in 2001. Nobody lost money. It was just a paper error, one that was caught."
...
 
2020-10-29 2:34:49 AM  
First thing I would tell someone who just divulged to me that they were a covert operative.

"Ok, you're not a very good one."

True or not, I wouldn't trust another word they said, ever.
 
2020-10-29 2:36:14 AM  
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2020-10-29 2:37:19 AM  
 
2020-10-29 2:41:31 AM  
"He lied and lied and lied."
O'Grady said it was clear to him that Courtney was motivated by greed as well as "the need to feel important".
"The arrogance you demonstrated is everywhere."

Sounds like another Florida resident we all know.

Although the guy was a crooked schemer, those who fell for his Ponzi-esque "I'm in the CIA" GoFundMe scam were pretty foolish indeed.
 
2020-10-29 2:42:36 AM  
Ha! I made more money than that just by getting a selfie with Trump and some Soviet pee girls.
 
2020-10-29 2:42:47 AM  
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What are we talking about?
 
2020-10-29 2:51:48 AM  

Russ1642: [Fark user image image 425x177]


You win. By seven minutes.
I shouldn't have taken a detour through the Jamie Lee Curtis dance gifs.
But it was worth it.
 
2020-10-29 3:01:27 AM  
Jeez, again! Looks like both of these men were once working with the DEA, maybe they should better vet their employees.

Oh, it's a repeat you say? Carry on.
 
2020-10-29 3:05:44 AM  
Before Courtney, 44, of Tampa, worked at the DEA, he served as a spokesman for Florida Republican congresswoman Katherine Harris.

Way to bury the lede there.
 
2020-10-29 3:16:42 AM  

bingethinker: Uh... why would a CIA operative need donations? The government gives them all the money they need.


Black Ops?
I mean, ethically, it beats running guns into Mexico.
 
2020-10-29 3:19:54 AM  

drayno76: First thing I would tell someone who just divulged to me that they were a covert operative.

"Ok, you're not a very good one."

True or not, I wouldn't trust another word they said, ever.


One situation I can think of is if they want to recruit/turn you?
They have to tell you something.

Or if you're really hot.
 
2020-10-29 3:28:19 AM  
"If you're brazen enough and diabolical enough, there's a lot you can get away with," Terwilliger said.

Such inspiring words, I'll do my best!
 
2020-10-29 3:33:13 AM  

felching pen: Russ1642: [Fark user image image 425x177]

You win. By seven minutes.
I shouldn't have taken a detour through the Jamie Lee Curtis dance gifs.
But it was worth it.


Prove it.
 
2020-10-29 3:40:28 AM  
The problem with these covert organizations is that they are such breeding grounds for misuse, corruption and ultimately cause the downfall of nations.

I recall working in an entity that was obtusely connected to government and I had a decent relationship with the HR guy.
He was telling me that a bona fide agency guy had called him up and requested someone specific be hired into the company. It was large enough, so no big issues. I also understand that certain organizations might need someone on the inside to make sure everything is ticking well.
HR guy complained to me that all instructions were verbal, no paper trail.
I told him that I understand, but that approach can be misused. He said: you know so and so in x department? I said yes (nice lady, but it was obvious her heart wasn't in the job). He said she shares the same last name as the guy giving instructions from the agency.
It's not like he could push back. He just goes to the CEO and says that they've been given instructions to hire a certain person into a certain department.
I'm just realizing now as I type this that even the HR guy could have misused the the system and hired whomever he wanted.

Again, stuff like this is why these things can and do get corrupted. If you've seen The Recruit you get that people can be manipulated when you have the right credentials. This is probably how moles get to high positions in agencies you think would be impenetrable. Doubly so if other moles already exist to give them an indirect leg up.
 
2020-10-29 3:46:15 AM  
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2020-10-29 3:51:34 AM  
This is a repeat
https://www.thedailybeast.com/fake-cia​-spy-garrison-courtney-almost-scammed-​his-way-into-immunity?ref=home&utm_sou​rce=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_conten​t=link&ICID=ref_fark
 
2020-10-29 3:56:37 AM  
How much is that in Parscales?
 
2020-10-29 4:30:50 AM  
Who can pretend to be the CIA?

Farkin' A man
Flor-i-da man...

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2020-10-29 4:44:34 AM  
Ultimately, though, Courtney did not get away with it, Terwilliger said, crediting an investigation that coordinated efforts from 10 different federal agencies.

Ah, no, actually he did get a away with 4 million that  won't be paid back.
 
2020-10-29 4:50:39 AM  
...Dad always said, "If you look like you know what you're doing, you can get away with anything."
 
2020-10-29 5:21:01 AM  

AtlanticCoast63: ...Dad always said, "If you look like you know what you're doing, you can get away with anything."


"if you don't know what you're doing, walk quickly and carry a clipboard."
 
2020-10-29 5:42:40 AM  
Was it this guy?

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2020-10-29 6:40:52 AM  
Once when the DEA (or the former Federal Narcotics Bureau) mixed with the CIA you got Operation Midnight Climax, part of Project MK Ultra.
 
2020-10-29 7:21:16 AM  

Monty_Zoncolan: a fella could go pretty far with $4 Trillion dollars...


You could have a pretty good weekend in BUY Las Vegas...

FTFM
 
2020-10-29 8:21:49 AM  
When you're impersonating a CIA agent, you need a team to confirm your credibility.   An ex-Navy Seal who reports on you to the FBI; a trigger-happy ex-girlfriend; family ... if you're desperate.
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2020-10-29 10:59:02 AM  
""If you're brazen enough and diabolical enough, there's a lot you can get away with," Terwilliger said."

You could even become President
 
2020-10-29 7:14:58 PM  
Well, Trump is a resident now... so yeah, he is Florida man, so checks out.

But he hasn't been caught yet so...

/conflicted
 
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