‘Mercenary’ grifter scammed dozens in Seattle’s comic book and LGBTQ scene with lies about fake medical costs, prosecutors say

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An alleged Griefer has been charged with more than half a million dollars with false stories about dozens in Seattle’s comic book and LGBTQ scene having multiple sclerosis and needing help with school costs, prosecutors said. he said.

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Sabrina Taylor, 40, of Tacoma, Wash., was charged with four counts of wire fraud after defrauding several friends and acquaintances of more than $550,000 over a three-year period.

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“He blatantly exploited his hard-earned money — to satisfy his mercenary greed,” an FBI investigator wrote in a criminal complaint.

The message remaining with Taylor’s attorney was not immediately returned.

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,“I lied. I lied because I have a shopping addiction that I developed as a mechanism for coping with years of physical and emotional abuse.”,

– Messages Sabrina Taylor allegedly sent to a victim whom she had fraudulently sent to him, according to court documents.

Prosecutors say that between November 2016 and July 2019, Taylor contacted several people she met online through a shared interest in comics, anime, and video games. They say he defrauded several people into giving him money to buy medicine for his multiple sclerosis, pay for college tuition, and help get his brother out of prison.

Taylor told her alleged victims that she would be able to pay them back later when she received a bonus from her job at a cancer research center, or when she received a litigation settlement with a local bank or money from her parents. Will happen.

But investigators say Taylor did not have multiple sclerosis and that her school tuition was covered almost entirely through student loans and grants. He also said that his brother was never in jail.

Prosecutors said that in the end, Taylor never owed any money. Taylor later admitted to a victim that he had lied about his life story, according to court documents, citing messages sent to the man.

“I lied. I lied because I have a shopping addiction which I developed as a mechanism to cope with years of physical and emotional abuse,” the message purportedly read.

blog called Sabrina Taylor Scandal, which was written by a man who said he had been duped and also published the accounts of others who said he had been scammed in a similar way, said Taylor had abused many in Seattle’s LGBTQ community. targeted. At some point, the blog said that Taylor spent time in Japan, and allegedly took money from people living there.

A message sent to the author of the blog was not immediately returned.

After her first appearance in federal court in the Western District of Washington, the judge ordered Taylor to hand over her passport.

Prosecutors said Taylor could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.


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