Monday, July 25, 2005

DOES IT COUNT AS A VICTIMLESS CRIME WHEN THE VICTIMS ARE STUPID?

Try as we might, we find it really difficult to feel sorry for the poor companies scammed by a New Jersey woman who pretended she was Jessica Simpson's PA. She sent a number of emails and faxes to companies claiming that Jessica was interested in their products. And, company after company dutifully sent off free stuff. Now, of course the woman, Courtney Handel was lying, and she had no connection with Simpson at all. But if companies are happy to shovel loads of products across without even bothering to doublecheck who they're sending to... well, is it really a crime?

It's not known if any company replied with the question "well, why doesn't the rich girl go to a shop and buy our product, then?"

Meanwhile, police are rumoured to be investigating another woman believed to be trying to make money out of Jessica Simpson's name. The suspect - known as Ashlee - is believed to be passing herself off as a singer and a relative.


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