blank masthead

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Dec 28, 2012 -- 10:12am


BEST GENIUS AWARDS OF 2012 . . . . . . .
FROM JUNE 2012 .....
    Shawna Hosmer, a 24-year-old Vermont woman, who brought her kids with her when she robbed a house. She parked her child's stroller outside the home, then broke in and stole a wallet. Unfortunately for Hosmer, the homeowner was home and called police, providing a description of the woman and her children. It's not easy to make a quick getaway with a two-year-old, a four-year-old and a stroller. Police spotted her in the area and arrested her.

FROM AUGUST 2012 ....
    Humza Bajwa, 19, who used a fake gun and fake money to buy pretend coins for a computer game character, and is now looking at real jail time. Bajwa put a BB gun to the head of a classmate and demanded that 4.7 billion Runescape coins (worth about $3,000 in real world money) be transferred to his game character. Bajwa first tried to buy the Runescape currency with what appeared to be counterfeit money. When Bajwa was told his money was counterfeit, he whipped out a pellet and put it to the seller's head. Now the real life Bajwa is facing up to 15 years in the slammer.

    Barry Brooks, 49, who claimed hundreds of thousands of dollars in worker's comp, but then let someone post online pictures of him jumping off the diving board at a pool party. Brooks had claimed to be confined to a wheelchair, and used the money he received to buy three Jaguars, high performance motorcycles, a high-value wine collection and a new kitchen. Brooks was ordered to stand in court as he was sentenced to eight years in prison.

FROM OCTOBER 2012 .....
    Vivek Shah, 25, a struggling actor, who tried to extort $123 million from seven wealthy folks, including Harvey Weinstein and the owner of the Buffalo Sabres. This genius mailed Weinstein and five other victims letters actually entitled "Extortion Notice." The letters included a demand for a specific sum of money, a deadline for payment and wiring instructions. He was indicted on ample evidence.

Return to: Genius Award Blog