Is Crowdfunding Under False Pretenses A Crime?

Is crowdfunding under false pretenses a crime?

According to news reports, a young black woman tweeting under the name “reformed republican” tweeted her support for President Trump.


Shortly thereafter, she tweeted: “After seeing this tweet, my parents cut me off and refused to pay my university tuition. So if you find it in your hearts to help this young black republican pay for school, it would be appreciated.” Through GoFundMe, she supposedly raised about $100,000.

Five days later she tweeted that Trump is a “racist, homophobic, transphobic bigot…” and worse. Then posted: “Any black person can put on that ugly ass hat and say #MAGA and yall will instantly be up their ass cuz you wanna prove so hard you’re not racist.” and “Girl i can afford my tuition, rent, and 17 iphones now,” the woman later posted in a tweet.”

While some on social media praised her for duping GOP supporters, I wonder…

About JeffKoeppel

I am a corporate/securities attorney in the Washington, DC area. Prior to joining the firm, I was a Senior Attorney Advisor in the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. I am a member of the Bars of the States of Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia. You can also follow this blog on LinkedIn at:
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