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I am in Virginia visiting for Thanksgiving, and a local story in the town ultraconservative rag amused me.  From the  Daily News-Record of Harrisonburg, comes a story of a small-time grifter at a big campus

HARRISONBURG - A Broadway man accused of duping James Madison University students into believing he was a fellow Duke and then stealing their credit cards is facing new charges in connection with the alleged thefts. Andrew Lewis Jones, 18, was arrested Nov. 10 at his home and charged with 33 felony counts of credit card fraud and forgery. On Friday, Harrisonburg police added 15 felony and misdemeanor charges of obtaining money by false pretenses and credit card fraud,...

Now here's the amusing part, below the orange event horizon.

JMU police say Jones posed as a student and attended College Republicans meetings.

Kinda heart-warming, no?  When young grifters-in-training want to better themselves, what is more effective than associating with the people who will be ripping off the country in years to come?  Though the news report doesn't say, I am sorta hoping that those students he ripped off at JMU were these selfsame junior Republicans.

Slim little diary for a petite amuse bouche on a holiday weekend.

Originally posted to triplepoint on Sat Nov 27, 2010 at 06:53 AM PST.

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