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Housewife Charged In Sex-For-Security Scam

gonaads

Beware the G-Man
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#1
You thought the Hamster ordeal was weird, this one is twisted. You'll never look at your significant other the same way again. :D

AKRON, OH—Area resident Helen Crandall, 44, was arrested by Akron police Sunday, charged with conducting an elaborate "sex for security" scam in which she allegedly defrauded husband Russell Crandall out of nearly $230,000 in cash, food, clothing and housing over the past 19 years using periodic offers of sexual intercourse.

"It's the biggest scam of its kind I've ever seen," Akron police chief Thomas Agee said. "We're talking coats, dishwashers, jewelry, sewing machines, bathroom cleansers—you name it."

According to Agee, undercover agents spotted Crandall's husband handing her $50 in cash at approximately 4 p.m., just 30 minutes after the two had sex. Crandall then drove off in her car, returning home two hours later with five bags of groceries.

"That's when we made the arrest," Agee said. "After tracking her for years, we finally had proof that she was buying all those goods with dirty money."

During the arrest, Akron police officials entered the Crandall household and seized more than 150 items Mrs. Crandall had received from her husband over the last 19 years, including a four-speed adjustable food processor, 12 pairs of earrings, a matching sofa and loveseat, a box of two-ply kitchen garbage bags, and a portable radio.

In exchange for these items, Agee said, Crandall's husband received sex an estimated 950 times—most frequently in the master bedroom, but also in the downstairs den three times, and once on the floor of the sewing room.

In addition to physical evidence, Akron police have collected considerable eyewitness testimony. More than 250 Akron residents have come forward to report seeing Helen and Russell Crandall together, and several said they witnessed Mr. Crandall flagrantly purchasing items for his wife.

"Sure, they'd come in here," said Ray Greene of Greene's House and Home. "I think the last time they got one of those box fans with the three settings."

Perhaps the most damaging testimony has come from Mr. Crandall himself, who on Tuesday told police that while the couple was dating in 1977, Mrs. Crandall—then known as Helen Steuben—demanded that he buy her a ring worth over $1,000 before he could have sex with her. The first sexual liaison took place some six months later at Bob's Honeymooner Hotel during an all-expenses-paid trip to Niagara Falls.

It was also in 1977, Mr. Crandall said, that his wife quit her job at Shippee Shoes in downtown Akron.

"Clearly," Summit County prosecutor Andrew Dravecky said, "after quitting her job, the accused began receiving money under the table from some other source: How else could she have afforded to not work? It's now pretty apparent that at that point she began supporting herself by providing a certain service to Mr. Crandall."

Crandall's mother, Bernice Steuben, a resident of the Valley View Senior Home in Yuma, AZ, is being sought for questioning in connection to the case: Police suspect that Steuben may have introduced her daughter to the sex-for-security scam after having used it herself from 1932 to 1971.

But for all the evidence collected against Crandall, Dravecky said the case will likely be difficult to prosecute. "Helen was very careful to cover her tracks," he said. "She even got her husband to put her name on the bank accounts and credit cards."

The Crandall case is not an isolated incident, said criminologist John Ohlmeyer, who said there are "literally millions" of such cases across the U.S. each year that never come to court.

"This kind of thing isn't as uncommon as we'd all like to think," Ohlmeyer said. "A woman finds herself in a situation where she isn't employable. Or maybe she has interests like child-rearing, cooking and home-maintenance that keep her from getting a job. So what does she do? She cooks up a scheme to entrap a man using her body as the bait. It's frightening, but it happens every day in this country."
Nothing is FREE. But he sure looks happy.

Above:
A 1993 photo of alleged "sex for security" scam artist Helen Crandall.
Police suspect the groceries she is holding were paid for by her victim,
husband David Crandall (right).




Another wild one straight from the onion.

:p
 
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Tittles

Dabba Dooba
Political User
#3
At first i was like whats wrong with her getting money after sex 30 min later? Then i read more and was like lol.

I love these stories :p
 

falconguard

Carbon based lifeform
Political User
#4
does this mean they are married? :laugh:

can see it now, a wave of arrests nationwide...the scourge of the community
 
#6
Umm, HOW DID THE POLICE KNOW he was handing her the $50 right after sex? Video bugs, listening at the window, sniffing police dogs?

This sounds like invasion of privacy to me and unauthorized surveilance. They should both counter sue the police department for oh, say at least $244,000 plus court costs and legal fees...

PS Do you think I've been living in the USA too long?
 

vern

Dominus
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#7
I don't get it. Whats wrong about your husband buying and giving the woman money? ... or am I not following this right?
 

falconguard

Carbon based lifeform
Political User
#12
it's called marriage, although if you are single and still doing the same thing, then you have a girlfriend, just an expensive one.
 

gonaads

Beware the G-Man
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#15
mlakrid said:
so let me get this straight

Marriage = prostitution = Sex-For-Security SCAM??? :eek:

Actually no... ya see it is only one, not many. Ya don't go out lookin for variety. Well the faithful ones don't anyway. If ya want variety, there's always wigs, sexy clothing, closing yer eyes and fantasizing, toys... errrr, nevermind. :p
 
#16
gonaads said:
Actually no... ya see it is only one, not many. Ya don't go out lookin for variety. Well the faithful ones don't anyway. If ya want variety, there's always wigs, sexy clothing, closing yer eyes and fantasizing, toys... errrr, nevermind. :p

So your wearing wigs, sexy clothing etc gives your wife the feeling she has variety in partners?

Last time I did that my wife bitched at me for 20 minutes for wearing her clothes.
 

falconguard

Carbon based lifeform
Political User
#17
LeeJend said:
So your wearing wigs, sexy clothing etc gives your wife the feeling she has variety in partners?

Last time I did that my wife bitched at me for 20 minutes for wearing her clothes.
too funny...secret life there Gonaads? Is there a Gonaads in lace pic, like EP's? err...I better shut up now, before my wife wonders why I'm laughing too hard at this thread.
 

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