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Attention, Denver! Please keep your wallet in your front pocket at all times, shred all documents, and ask your girlfriend for two forms of ID before you let her in your apartment. Because apparently it's Really Brazen But Not All That Clever Scam Week.
First, of course, it was reported that Shawn Merriman, a former Mormon Bishop, has for 15 years been snaking his friends' money in a Ponzi scheme that would make the horns on Bernie Madoff's head stand on end. With the SEC now out of its decade-long hibernation, Merriman's no-doubt tacky belongings are being seized, but the Post is reporting that his victims won't likely get much money back.
And today, police are accusing a really nice-looking lady of faking cancer -- and stealing $15,000-plus from generous donors in the process. If the accusations against Gunnison's Tausha Marshare are true -- her Facebook wall-writers sure don't think they are -- that's pretty low. You can only hope Marshare invested her loot in an aggressive, sure-fire investment portfolio of Rembrandts, classic cars and stuffed African game. Oh, and Mitt Romney donations, of course.