Ashley Bemis, the San Clemente lady thought of fraudulently collecting contributions for California firefighters, previously devised a “web of lies” entailing the fatality of three “kids” that she never ever really had, according to some of her supposed targets.
In one peculiar episode, Emily Strickland of Objective Viejo streamed video clip of her 20-month-old boy to confirm to others he was still alive after Bemis, 28, declared the child was hers which he had been eliminated in an auto accident.
“It was an entire brand-new degree of insane,” Strickland claimed.
The lady had worked with Bemis as a nanny in 2010 via an on the internet solution that matches households with day-care providers. Around 14 months later on, Bemis informed Strickland she was expecting.
Quickly, Strickland can see Bemis’ stubborn belly growing. Nevertheless, one night Strickland claimed she saw Bemis remove a cushion from her clothes and also later realized she had not been pregnant. “It sort of started my uncertainties,” she stated.
In September 2011, Bemis started taking Strickland’s boy to Gymboree in Goal Viejo, a shop focusing on youngsters’s’ apparel as well as accessories,. where she made pals with parents. She likewise began telling people the kid was hers and also uploaded photos of him on 2 Facebook pages she kept, Strickland claimed.
On one page, Bemis once again declared the child was her boy and also on one more she dressed him up as a woman, acting he was actually her daughter, Cheyanne, Strickland claimed.
Strickland discovered the Facebook images and also right away terminated Bemis.
Nonetheless, not long after that, Bemis, in an obvious effort to cover her tracks, informed close friends through social media sites, her son had been eliminated in an auto accident by an intoxicated driver as well as the baby she asserted to be lugging had actually passed away previously, Strickland said.
Bemis’ article drew sympathy from various Facebook good friends. “This is just one of one of the most heartbreaking stories I have actually ever listened to!” one lady wrote. “In the previous nine months Ashley and her partner have lost two infants!”
Bemis appeared comforted by the lady’s comment. “No words could discuss the pain of shedding a youngster!” she responded on Facebook. “Blake and also Shailynn (whom she claimed were the names of her youngsters that had died) will certainly be in our hearts for life.”
She additionally asserted her third youngster, Cheyanne, had died from a heart defect.
For Strickland, the deception was greater than she could bare, motivating her to include her son in a video conversation with Joe and Katie Vanderwende, a couple with a young child whom Bemis had actually met at Gymboree.
“I intended to verify he was still to life,” Strickland claimed.
Katie Vanderwende, who lives in Rancho Santa Margarita, was stunned when she saw the video clip and also understood the kid was not dead and in fact belonged to Strickland, not Bemis. “I was simply relieved he was still to life and also safe with his actual mommy and terrified there was a woman around producing this internet of lies,” she added
Strickland, that obtained a restraining order against Bemis, reported her previous baby-sitter to the Orange Area Constable’s Division. “They informed me it was ethically incorrect,” she claimed. “They said it was weird however it’s not a criminal offense to be insane.”
Years previously, in 2008, Bemis left her job with Wags as well as Wiggles Pet Daycare & & Training Facilities in Rancho Santa Margarita after she submitted a counterfeit ultrasound as evidence of her maternity as component of her employment records, claimed Laurie Zurborg, that owns the organisation.
“We found it did not have her name and also was something she downloaded and install from the net,” Zurborg claimed. “She enabled numerous individuals as well as our staff members to offer her baby showers, presents, cash. She wore a fake baby bump to her task for lots of weeks.”
Last week, Sheriff’s Department authorities said they are investigating the fraud where Bemis presumably produced a missing hubby to bilk excellent Samaritans from a minimum of $11,000 in contributions she declared would certainly help firemens during the current Divine fire.
The investigation began Aug. 17, when Sheriff’s Division investigators were notified that Bemis had published on her Facebook page and an additional coming from a group named San Clemente Life that she was married to a Cal Fire firefighter called Shane Goodman and was accumulating contributions because her husband and also his staff were not obtaining the products they needed.
Detectives used a national database to identify no such firefighter existed with that name at Cal Fire or any various other fire department in the United States. Moreover, Bemis isn’t married and does not have any type of children, stated Carrie Braun, a spokesperson for the Constable’s Department.
Although Bemis took a couple of contributed products to the Holy fire command message, investigators discovered numerous extra products worth a minimum of $11,000 in a garage at her house as well as a “secret stockpile” in a second garage.
Bemis has not been apprehended as well as is accepting the examination, Braun claimed. She can not be reached for comment.
Nonetheless, Bemis excused her string of deceptions in a letter sent out June 2012 to longtime previous friend Lorie Christman of San Clemente.
“No words appear to be excellent enough to reveal just how totally sorry I understanding of the pain and also dissatisfaction and also feeling of being conned I have created you,” Bemis created. “And I recognize to you all this may just be words, but I am honest when I state I am so sorry, and also that I have gotten and also continue to obtain aid through a therapist.”
An intention for the suspected Holy fire fraud has not been revealed. However, some targets speculate Bemis might have been marketing the contributed items.
At the very least a dozen people, some from as far away as Arizona and San Diego, have actually told investigators they gave away items to Bemis, Braun claimed.
Anyone who gave away things or money to Bemis is asked to come by the San Clemente Authorities Solutions Terminal, 100 Avenida Presidio, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday to fill in a short set of questions to recognize their things.