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Say What Now? Man Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison for Scamming Women out of Thousands of Dollars Through Online Dating Sites

Daylon G. Pierce, who also goes by the name of Daylon Jung, was sentenced to nearly 16 years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to two counts of fraudulent schemes and artifices.

Daylon had several profiles on various dating websites — Match.com, PlentyofFIsh.com, Tinder, and a few others — and convinced women he met on the sites to invest thousands of dollars in his fraudulent schemes.

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Pierce between 2013 and 2016 told the women he sparked romances with that he was licensed stockbroker. Instead of investing their funds, however, he’d use the money at casinos, nightclubs and strip clubs, according to officials.

There is no record indicating he is a licensed stockbroker.

Tara DeGrazia, one of his victims, said he asked her questions relating to her credit, like if she was financially capable of buying a house or a car. He said he’d help her invest so that she’d be able to pay off her student loans.

“I had just gotten a divorce,” she told ABC 15. “I was vulnerable and he ‘wowed’ me.” 

Another victim, who wished to remain anonymous described Pierce as “very charming,” but quickly learned he was only searching for women with “a good credit score.”

One of his victims invested $ 240,000, which included a portion of her 401K funds. Another gave Pierce a $ 100,000 loan. A restitution hearing will be scheduled on a later date.

Pierce in 2013 was released from prison after a 13-year prison sentence for theft, trafficking theft, and gang activity, according to the news station.

Now, Daylon was wrong — but these women should have known better.

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt last week said he would seek to bolster the agency’s lagging Superfund program, after the release of a report recommending ways to expedite the cleanup of the nation’s most egregious toxic waste sites.

A Superfund Task Force, created by Pruitt in May, tendered 42 suggestions on Tuesday to streamline the remediation of more than 1,300 Superfund sites, many of which have remained unaddressed for years.

While Albert Kelly, who chairs the task force and is a senior adviser to Pruitt, said the plan would increase efficiencies, environmental advocates contest that it could protect the very industries behind the environmental problems in the first place, while emphasizing redevelopment and hurried fixes over sound remediation practices. More than 1,100 Superfund sites are privately owned.

The pace of remediation at sites on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List has slowed to a crawl recently amid funding shortages, bureaucratic blockades, bankrupt businesses and decades-long court battles with companies deemed responsible for the pollution.

The number of remediated Superfund sites dropped from 85 in 2003 to eight last year, according to the environmental advocacy group Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ). In 2016, 53 million people in the United States lived within 3 miles of a Superfund site, leaving them in danger of potential health risks.

Kelly told NewsHour the EPA would move to work with the companies liable for the hazardous waste, called “responsible parties.” The agency wants to develop quicker solutions for remediating the sites and to avoid lengthy litigation and feasibility studies that can add years to clean-ups, Kelly said.

“This administrator’s view is the responsible parties will step up and do what they’re supposed to do and we will work with them in all the ways that we can to minimize their costs,” Kelly said. “The less time that we can spend with them in court, delaying things for a decade in some cases, the more time we can spend remediating the site.”

Among the task force’s five goals are spurring private investment, enticing redevelopment of the sites by working with lenders and offering financial incentives to the responsible companies, and communicating with surrounding communities on Superfund issues. Some of those actions would be put into play within 60 days, Kelly said.

“The whole thing has so little to do with the core missions, which is protecting citizens and the environment we live in.” said Lois Gibbs, founder of the Virginia-based CHEJ. “It really is like a blueprint for redevelopment and investors, not ‘how do we protect the environment, how how do we make responsible parties pay.’”

Gibbs pointed a section in the report that cites encouraging private investment as an example of this redevelopment blueprint, indicating it does not lay out how companies that were already reticent to get involved with clean-ups would change their minds, particularly with the Trump administration’s proposal to slash the Superfund budget that could hamper federal enforcement.

“Why is company X suddenly going to play differently than they played in the past?” Gibbs said. “There is no money to use as leverage.”

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The task force’s announcement comes as the Trump administration has proposed 30 percent cuts to the Superfund program and the EPA, and worked to undo environmental policies — such as clean air and clean water regulations — put into place during former President Obama’s two terms, even as many Republicans say they would not support those cuts.

This month, the House Appropriations Committee reduced Trump’s budget cuts for the EPA from $ 2.6 billion to $ 528 million, stating that it would “rein in harmful and unnecessary regulations at the EPA and other agencies.”

John O’Grady, the president of the EPA’s largest union and a former project manager for Superfund sites across six states from 1994 to 2004, said he worries that other portions of the report suggest the potential for reduced liability to responsible parties. One recommendation in the report would allow third parties to assume liability from the responsible party, potentially protecting the latter from legal action.

“It’s not all bad, but I think it’s inherently flawed,” O’Grady said of the report. “They’re going to clean up the site their way and they’re going to ask for a limitation on liability. So if there’s a problem with the site after they clean it up, guess who’s on the hook? The American citizen.”

Kelly said the transfer of liability for Superfund sites was a “very unique thing and can really only apply to properties that have value after the fact.”

Richard L. Revesz, Lawrence King Professor of Law and director of Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University, said while he is encouraged by the EPA’s move to address Superfund sites, the report did not clearly describe how the agency would work with responsible parties.

“The proposed EPA budget would significantly reduce the amount for enforcement, and without enforcement is might be harder to get companies responsible for the pollution to participate in cleanups and pay remediation costs,” Revesz said. “So there’s somewhat of a schizophrenic message being sent about the report. It purports to actually accelerate the pace of of Superfund cleanups, but with budget requests that don’t seem to back that up.”

Kelly gave few specific details on how the EPA would work with potential responsible parties to orchestrate the expedited clean-ups of Superfund sites.

“This administrator has high expectations of the goodness of the actions that the responsible parties are going to take,” Kelly said. “If they’re not going to take those, then we will take those actions for them, and we will then proceed and pursue them as hard as we can. However, that won’t be our first resort, our first resort will be dialogue.”

Since his appointment as chair of the task force, Kelly has come under fire for his background as a banker and because he has no experience working with the Superfund program.

“Given the enormous business influence on the administration and the fact that people that Pruitt has brought to this and other environmental tasks are coming from the unregulated sector, one worries about how the streamlining ends up working out in the ways that are inconsistent to the public interest,” Revesz said.

When asked about those criticisms, Kelly dismissed them.

“My job was to run the process, my job was not to come up with, ‘Well, this is the scientific reason to do this,’” Kelly said. “My background and experience allowed me a fairly high level of management experience, a fairly high level of working with a lot of people. And that’s what I bring to this.”

The report also recommended creating a “Top 10 list” of the sites most in need of remediation. Pruitt has said he would personally oversee any Superfund site costing more than $ 50 million to remediate.

Last week, Pruitt indicated the West Lake Landfill in St. Louis County, Missouri may be a potential target for the list. Filled with noxious fumes, radioactive waste and refuse, some dating back to the nuclear tests of WWII, the landfill was declared a Superfund site in 1990 and has yet to be remediated.

Dawn Chapman, who lives less than 2 miles from the site, co-founded the group “Just Moms STL” three years ago, to push for action. The group’s Facebook page has more than 3,700 followers and hosts monthly meetings at a local church.

Chapman said she’s met and spoken with Kelly during the last several months, but still remains skeptical, especially over the report’s suggestion that the EPA minimize the costs for some responsible parties and in light of the proposed EPA cuts she believes would lead to more delays.

“Scott Pruitt is making some pretty strong promises, and I really hope he understands that minimal fixes at these sites — coming in on these sites with these little top-10 lists and putting a Band-Aid on these sites and trying to minimize the costs of the responsible parties — that’s just not going to fly,” Chapman said.

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