I recently worked with an individual doing research in an unpaid capacity, and gradually observed oddities for a person who he claimed to be, a retired university professor in a state with great retirement benefits. He was chronically broke and within a month of two of knowing him he was trying to hit me up. It wasn't money for the project. The first time I was caught off guard when he asked, so I did loan him a small amount which was repaid. After that I refused because I just don't have it. He was initially quite nice and pleasant albeit secretive, but over time got he developed a certain churlishness and I noticed things that didn't quite sit well with me, so I ended my work with him. After I ended it, I did an internet search and found why the oddities, secretiveness and money fixations. It turns out that he is a fraudster. He tried to file bankruptcies when he had assets, tried to hide assets, may have moved to a different state to avoid creditors, perjured himself under oath, made fantastical "out there" statements in his deposition, lied to his own lawyers to the point that he made them look bad, etc. Oh yeah, and he had two social security numbers and claimed one of them was a different person when it was plainly obvious it was him. The bankruptcy court reamed him and forwarded his file to the DoJ for criminal investigation. This was five years ago and I don't know what came of that. I've observed him trying to get involved in the community. He is a member of a foundation board here in town and he clearly relishes rubbing elbows with people whom he sees as "important." The project he was working on needed funding and he held a fundraiser at his church which has a rather affluent congregation. I don't how much he raised. Incidentally, he's only been in town for a couple of years. What should I do? I don't know if he's actively grifted individuals. He made bad business and financial decisions at one point and tried to lie and worm his way out of them. I don't think he'll actively try to defraud folks, but I don't know. What he'd likely do is find someone who will give him a large loan that will never be repaid.
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