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Imminent Catastrophe

    for you Twitterers out there, Charlie Engle is tweeting from prison, they are pretty interesting and sometimes funny. @charlieengle

    I don't know much about what he did to end up there but if you can not pay taxes and still end up as Secretary of the Treasury, well, what a country!

    "Able to function despite imminent catastrophe"

     "To obtain the air that angels breathe you must come to Tahoe"--Mark Twain

    "The most common question from potential entrants is 'I do not know if I can do this' to which I usually answer, 'that's the whole point'.--Paul Charteris, Tarawera Ultramarathon RD.

     

    √ Tahoe Rim Trail 100M 20/21 July 2013

    Boston Marathon 21 April 2014

    Tahoe Rim Trail 100M 19/20 July 2014

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      Interestingly (to me), at first he was also facebook status-ing from prison for a few days.  Either I'm filtering this out, or he gave that aspect up.

       

      Anyway, I have very mixed emotions about Charlie.

       

      (side note, the previous secretary of the treasury was Henry Paulson.  He is, apparently, related to ape banana wacky shit crazy maniac, Neil Paulson, aka bandito aka nice guy.  For real)

       


      A Dance with Monkeys

        Cripes. I just chipped a tooth.

          Ultramarathoner gets 21 months for mortgage fraud
          By Tim McGlone
          The Virginian-Pilot
          January 11, 2011

          Ultramarathon runner Charlie Engle ran his last foot race Sunday for
          at least 21 months.

          U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Friedman on Monday sentenced Engle to 21
          months in federal prison after a jury in the fall found Engle guilty
          of 12 counts of bank, mail and wire fraud in an Eastern Shore real
          estate scam.

          Citing Engle's clean record and 18 years of sobriety and charitable
          work, the judge granted his request for leniency. A federal prosecutor
          walked into court seeking a prison term more than double what Engle
          got, claiming his deceit even after his arrest and his perjury at
          trial warranted a harsh penalty.

          Afterward, Engle praised the judge, saying he knew he would receive a
          fair sentence.

          "Obviously, I would prefer not to be in this situation at all," he
          said. "Considering the worst possible scenario, I'm grateful."

          Engle, surrounded by more than 40 friends and family members, received
          hugs as he left court. The judge allowed Engle to turn himself in to a
          designated federal prison by Feb. 14.

          Engle, 48, of Greensboro, N.C., gained some notoriety in the past
          decade for his fundraising run across the Sahara Desert and a similar
          effort to run across America. He's also a motivational speaker. On
          Sunday, Engle met supporters in his hometown for a 5K run.

          Friends, relatives and fellow marathoners filed around 120 letters of
          support with the court. Some letter writers said they hadn't even met
          Engle but were inspired by his athletics and motivational speeches.

          The judge cited those letters as well, saying he has never received so
          many in one case. And it was also the first case the judge said he had
          that went viral, with websites and blogs set up to support Engle.

          Engle also gave a long speech to the judge, noting that he had been
          "foolish enough to think I can change the world." While he did not
          address the charges the jury convicted him of, he said at times he
          "can be careless."

          "I can say with confidence that I can turn negatives into positives,"
          he told the judge. "I have no doubt I will make the best of this."

          A jury in October found Engle guilty of 12 felonies, finding that he
          bilked banks out of $150,000 in an Eastern Shore mortgage fraud
          scheme.

          Evidence showed that Engle obtained $1.055 million from four loans,
          causing $404,000 in alleged losses to the banks after Engle stopped
          making payments and the homes in Cape Charles were foreclosed on.

          Prosecutors have said that Engle used proceeds from the fraud to fund
          his lifestyle around the time of his 4,300-mile run across the Sahara
          four years ago. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Kosky said Engle needed
          money for the 111-day run. The run was documented in "Running the
          Sahara," narrated by film star Matt Damon.

          Kosky initially pushed for a sentence between four and five years in
          prison, citing bank losses of $404,000. But after hearing arguments
          Monday, the judge lowered the loss amount to $265,500, which also
          lowered the recommended federal guideline sentence from a maximum of
          57 months to a maximum of 46 months.

          Friedman then went even lower but denied Engle's request for a
          sentence of probation.

          "He has to be punished for what he did," Friedman said. "I believe he
          knew what he was doing was wrong."

          Engle argued at trial that he was duped by unscrupulous mortgage
          brokers and real estate agents, some of whom he said forged his
          signature and made up his inflated income numbers to get the loans.

          But Kosky presented undercover tape recordings where Engle is heard
          saying of mortgage fraud that "everyone was doing it." Then after
          being arrested, Engle told Internal Revenue Service agents that he
          knew what he did was part of the nationwide mortgage crisis that led
          to the recession. Engle denies ever saying that.

          Since his arrest, Engle has been a prolific writer on the Internet, at
          his website, 
          www.charlieengle.com and on Facebook, where he has just
          under 5,000 friends.

          "I convince myself that this is just another adventure," he wrote in a
          recent blog. "But I wonder if I am delusional. Maybe I am just denying
          the catastrophe that my life has become."

          The judge also sentenced Engle to 100 hours of community service and
          five years of probation and ordered him to repay $265,500 to the
          lenders.

          Live the Adventure. Enjoy the Journey. Be Kind. Have Faith!

          HoosierDaddy


            Interestingly (to me), at first he was also facebook status-ing from prison for a few days.  Either I'm filtering this out, or he gave that aspect up.

             

            Anyway, I have very mixed emotions about Charlie.

             

            (side note, the previous secretary of the treasury was Henry Paulson.  He is, apparently, related to ape banana wacky shit crazy maniac, Neil Paulson, aka bandito aka nice guy.  For real)

            He's still on FB, too.


            Doughboy

              Here' an update from The New York Times' Joe Nocera on Charlie Engle.

              Interesting perspective.