John Awesome's porn crime-spree busted
Maintenance worker games NYC bank account
Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate,
Nor set down aught in malice: then must you speak
Of one that loved not wisely, but too well
— Shakespeare, Othello: Act 5
A former New York city maintenance worker was arraigned Saturday for stealing thousands of dollars for internet pornography under the alias "John Awesome".
The Manhattan District prosecuting attorney's office has fingered* Duwinn McClelland, 43, for stealing more than $4,000 from the city comptroller's office over the course of three and a half years. Most of the money was spent on automatic electronic payments of $49.95 towards two sexually explicit websites using the nom de plume "John Awesome".
"Awesome" had previously worked for the city Correction Department and began receiving worker's compensation in 1993. Prosecutors claim "Awesome" somehow used the account number on the checks to arrange the monthly transfers to the porn sites. The payments were made from November 2003 to March 2007.
"Awesome" was arraigned on the charge of grand larceny and criminal possession of a forged instrument*.
McClelland's crime of self-passion was discovered in a probe* into the city's financial statements while trying to discover how another man used the same JPMorgan Chase account to allegedly steal a far greater sum. Tracy Ball was arrested just two days earlier and is accused of stealing more than $3.6m, which prosecutors say he spent on jewelry, electronics and other expensive personal items. Prosecutors are currently investigating whether the two crimes are related.
A judge set McClelland's bail at $2,500 (approx. two years of porn). ®
* Let's try to be adults about this, okay?
Do we want to know?
More to the point, what *kind* of porn was it? Given the preponderance of naked pictures on the internet, either you are simply not looking in the right place (google+free+porn?), or have some VERY exotic peccadilloes...
How disappointing. I was really looking forward to reading the immensely immature comments for this article.
Just wondering if he had to 'give back' the porn he stole, and if not can he not re-sell it .. or perhaps just sell his computer on eBay;
AMD Athlon 2.4ghz
160gb HDD (3gb remaining)
Yes, but what....
were the URL's? The pornsites were left out of the article. Worth stealing to pay for is the kind of referral we need!