ranuel (ranuel) wrote,

Truth is Stranger than Fiction

Cross posted between my blog, ULF, and WASIF.
I found a link to this story in an old blog entry by Neil Gaiman.
To quote:

On December 21, 2005, literary scammer Lisa Hackney (a.k.a. Melanie Mills, Elisabeth Von Hullessem, Roswitha Von Meerscheidt-Hullessem, and several others), lost her fight against extradition from Canada to the United States. She was wanted in Arkansas on multiple charges filed in 1999, including battery in the first degree, aggravated assault, theft, possession of stolen property, passing bad checks, forgery, and failure to attend court. Hackney also has multiple felony warrants in Missouri, and was under police investigation in North Carolina, where, as "Melanie Mills," she ran a fraudulent literary agency and engaged in a number of other scams.

She was delivered by US marshals to Arkansas from Vancouver, BC, and transported to Fayetteville, where she was officially booked into the Washington County Jail on Dec. 22, 2005 (her 51st birthday). She's being held on $750,000 bond on her failure to appear on the original charges.

We have a lot of strange stories in our scam archives, but the saga of Lisa Hackney is right up there at the top of the weird-o-meter.

And Victoria Strauss does not exaggerate. Hackney has been documented as running Ebay scams, real estate scams, and her literary agent scam all at the same time WHILE attempting to get her own book about her life published. I'd say that the woman is a certified nut case but she passed her psychiatric competency exam when she tried an insanity defense.

More juicy bits about her Canadian activities here.

If you scroll down a bit here you will find that SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE REST:

On February 10, 2006, she pleaded guilty to all six charges, and was sentenced to two prison terms in the Arkansas Department of Correction, one of 15 years and one of 10 years, to run concurrently. All but 23 months of the 15-year sentence was suspended, and all but 22 months of the 10-year sentence was suspended, and she was credited with the 23 months she served in Canadian jails awaiting extradition. She was deported back to Canada, where she holds citizenship--but there was nothing barring her from returning to the USA, which she quickly did.

She's now living on the West Coast and calling herself Roswitha Elisabeth Melanie (Remi) Mills-Hackney, and trying to market her memoirs. Scammers don't generally change their stripes; we expect we'll be hearing from her again.

I'd bet on it.

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