A Fort Lauderdale man, Patric Ian Henn pleaded guilty in court yesterday to lying to collect 9/11 benefits offered by organizations in New York and
Broward County. Henn concocted a story claiming his partner died in the World Trade Center 9/11 disaster and managed to collect $68,000 in benefits
from the American Red Cross. His scam fell apart when he tried to get a local Gay & Lesbian newspaper to run a sympathetic story on his "story". The
newspaper exposed holes in his story and Henn fled the state. He was arrested in 2003 and again in 2004 after he failed to report to court.
Henn, 29, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a grand theft charge, admitting he concocted a tale of heartbreak so he could bilk the nonprofit
His plea came without a deal in place with prosecutors. Henn's decision means it will be up to Broward Circuit Court Judge Marc Gold to determine his
sentence at a Jan. 19 hearing. He could face up to 15 years in prison.
During Wednesday's five-minute appearance, Henn told Gold that he thought pleading guilty to the charge was the right thing to do. There was no
discussion about what happened to the money, and no American Red Cross representatives attended the hearing.
He had claimed his domestic partner of four years, Jeff John Anderson, was in a meeting at a World Trade Center brokerage house the morning of the
9-11 attack. Henn filed a missing-persons report for Anderson with the New York City Police Department two days after the twin towers fell and began
trying to get death benefits in New York and Broward County.
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I have wondered about frauds surrounding 9/11 in which families rightfully entitled to benefits were perhaps being cheated by others who fraudently
made claims, this is the first story I have found that proved that even in tragedy the worst of humans can still be found. I hope the judge throws
the book at this guy and put him away for a long time and demands him to payback the Red Cross.
I'm sure there is a ton of fraud. the 9/11 tradegy made instant millionares out of many people who, let's be frank, did not deserve the amount of
money they got. Of course its too politically incorrect to bring up. Loss of loved ones is sad but people lose relatives everyday due to unfortunate
events. Many of the 9/11 "victims" made out like bandits.
sadly Apoc, I do believe you're right. I have always thought it, but seeing proof helps. Unfortunately most of the "victims" will not be
investigated, or will they? I hope there are enough checks and balances in place to eventually catch up with the frauds.
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