Money is the root of all evil.
Man Tries To Extort Girl Scouts Out Of $2 Million
You have to be a special type of lowlife to try and steal from the Girl Scouts.
According to The NY Daily News
A street performer who once was arrested while shouting anti-Semitic rants in an Elmo costume bizarrely defended his efforts Wednesday to extort $2 million from the Girl Scouts, saying his actions were just a “protest” against the organization ties to the pharmaceutical industry.
Dan Sandler, 49, said he was accepting his punishment of one year in jail because he had broken the law — but he had a good reason for doing it.
“This was not a case of some one in the back room or front office trying to embezzle. This was more of a protest, like lying in an intersection,” Sander told Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Robert Stoltz.
“I am not in any way sorry to the Girl Scouts organization because I believe they are a very corrupt organization because of their relationship to the pharmaceutical industry,” Sandler explained.
Sandler said that even before his arrest, he has protested the use of “off-label marketing” — using drugs for different reasons than they are approved for — of pharmaceutical products to children and he said his actions were a protest of the Scouts’ engaging in that kind of activity for the industry.
What a loser.
Outside court, Sandler’s lawyer, Lori Cohen, rolled her eyes and shrugged when asked what her client was talking about.
Sandler was arrested last May in San Francisco where he was living in a car and brought to New York on attempted grand larceny, aggravated harassment and stalking charges.
Prosecutors said he had a seemingly ceaseless stream of communication with Girl Scout staff in New York, sending “alarming” and “bizarre” emails starting in July 2012.
They said that Sandler, who did some temp work for the Scouts until 2008, told staff that he would falsely accuse the organization in public of arranging sex between men and young girls at their camps.
Sandler pleaded guilty to attempted grand larceny after the judge agreed to give him a year at Rikers Island.
Part of his sentencing deal is that he has to stay away from the Girl Scout officials who were the latest targets of his irate emails.
Sandler had also pleaded guilty to attempted grand larceny and stalking charges and was sentenced to on year on each count to run concurrently.
In an earlier case, Sandler — dressed as the beloved “Sesame Street” character — was nabbed in September 2012, for blocking traffic and resisting arrest at W. 44th St. and Broadway, while shouting: “The Jews are responsible for everything that’s wrong with the world! I hate the Jews!”
He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was sentenced to community service.
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