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Over the previous few weeks, we have been piecing a narrative collectively concerning the newest $100,000 Coco Berthmann fundraising marketing campaign. Since her arrest on suspected fraud, it seems to be like a brand new one is within the works. Despite the fact that it’s such a twisted and heartbreaking story- mild, hope and braveness finally comes from of this.
Coco Berthmann’s ruse is up. Not solely did she fabricate her sensational Lifetime film community human trafficking survivor story however fabricated and tried to fundraise for a bogus most cancers prognosis.
Only one factor I’d wish to say with in the present day’s developments.
The true heroes and the sunshine in all this insanity are the victims of Coco Berthmann. Her mom and sister. The households she stayed with that she leached off of and scammed. People who have been sucked into her human trafficking rip-off that was destroyed by Lynn Packer and now her bogus most cancers prognosis. Final month she was panhandling on social media for funds to undertake a canine.
In the end, these individuals with loving hearts who within the midst of a pandemic put up their hard-earned money to assist somebody in want. Individuals who believed that one other suffered a lot in life after which was identified with most cancers. Usually, victims of fraud are in denial, which is why they may put up extra money as a result of it’s one thing they now should consider in- they’re invested in it. Then as soon as they understand they’ve been scammed, they’re simply too embarrassed and ashamed to talk up. The previous few weeks I’ve bought to listen to a few of their tales concerning Coco Berthmann and one other human trafficking survivor fraud case I’m engaged on. Previous to that, it was those that had donated and really feel they have been misled and lied to by Tim Ballard and Operation Underground Railroad.There may be nothing to be ashamed of. Your kindness and love in your fellow human being is the sunshine, the redeeming issue within the midst of a disgusting rip-off. Your braveness to come back ahead to inform your story, whether or not it’s simply to get it off your chest in confidence, to inform the world or coming ahead to legislation enforcement is inspiring. It reveals others that there’s nothing to be ashamed of.
They’ve completed nothing flawed.
My hope is that Coco Berthmann’s arrest doesn’t discourage them. There are legit individuals in want. The world wants extra individuals on the planet prepared to step up like this ultimately.
Yesterday I had a strive 1 with a producer desirous about getting the message out to guard a big viewers. Our worry was, that Berthmann would go on for years as a result of not solely is it troublesome to show, however these getting scammed are so invested they’re in denial or too ashamed to come back ahead. We examined related circumstances and a few scams went on for years, one with practically a complete church congregation and lots of others nonetheless donating after she was arrested. It had became a significant conspiracy concept that dragged out.
The South Jordan Police Division and Salt Lake County District Legal professional wasted no time in placing an finish to Coco Berthmann’s newest charade.
Berthmann is only one of many rip-off artists that’s exploiting the human intercourse trafficking craze. I wouldn’t be shocked if it’s not “one of many quickest rising types of fraud”. Not solely do you might have these skilled “victims” reminiscent of Berthmann and Elizabeth Fraiser, however these militant anti-human intercourse trafficking organizations like Operation Underground Railroad, which I’ve been overlaying over two years.
The clock is ticking.