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A Donald Trump supporter who donated $2.5 million to a group trying to find evidence of voter fraud in November’s presidential election is asking for his money back. A lawsuit was filed against Houston-based True the Vote Inc. on Wednesday for breach of contract and “conversion,” which is a misuse of someone else’s property.

Bloomberg reported on the lawsuit filed by North Carolina money manager Fred Eshelman. Eshelman sent $2 million on November 5, just two days after the election. According to the suit, True To Vote Inc. promised to “investigate, litigate, and expose suspected illegal balloting and fraud in the 2020 general election.” A week after the election, Eshelman sent another $500,000 at the group’s president’s request.

Eshelman “regularly and repeatedly” asked for updates on how the group was using his money and that he was looking for “specific and actionable updates” about True the Vote’s “purported investigation, litigation, and communication efforts in key states.”

But according to the suit, he was “consistently met with vague responses, platitudes, and empty promises of follow-up that never occurred.”

By November 17, the group announced that it was dropping its lawsuits in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

When it became clear to Eshelman that the group could not deliver what was promised, he asked for his money back. True the Vote Inc. offered to refund him $1 million if he agreed not to sue. 




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‘Impossible to trace.’ Tech savvy dad may be holding daughter captive in WA, cops say

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A father accused of kidnapping his teenage daughter 17 months ago could be holding her captive in Washington, but his technology skills are making it hard for authorities to find him, officials say.

Authorities say John Oliver Westbrook kidnapped his daughter, Daphne Westbrook, 17, in October 2019 from Chattanooga, Tennessee, according to a news release posted on Facebook by the Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office in Tennessee.

Investigators say Westbrook is holding Daphne against her will and they’re struggling to locate them because he is “an IT expert specializing in security, block chain technology and bitcoin.”

Brooke WolfordFri, March 5, 2021, 5:41 AM