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    Well, I can't use the other word. Check this out.

    Man Says Wife Died In 9/11 Tragedy, But She Didn't
    UPDATED: 9:09 PM EST February 5, 2004

    BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The September 11th terrorist attacks killed many, many people. And, in a way, they took the life of a Brevard County woman who wasn't even there. This is a story of 9-11 fraud and deceit and someone trying to cheat the system.

    "It's great, Florida in the sunshine. We've been very, very, very happy," says Donna Laskowski.

    For Donna and her two sons, life was finally on the right track. They moved to Florida to get away and hide from an abusive father and ex-husband. Even years later, the boys don't want their faces shown. All was fine, until son Stephen got a strange phone call.

    The message was from Stephen's father and said the family had come into a large sum of money.

    "He was asking me all kinds of questions about how to deal with, invest the money. I had no clue what he was talking about," explains Stephen.

    Confused by the message, Stephen called his father back and, during the conversation, heard the name of the family's old insurance agent in Pennsylvania. So, Donna decided to call that office to find out what was going on. She got the receptionist.

    "'Oh dear, God. My God. Oh God, Donna,' she said, 'You're alive,'" explains Laskowski. "[She said,] 'I don't believe you're alive. Oh my God, your husband was here and said you were dead.'"

    Stephen Laskowski, Sr. had claimed Donna was working on the 12th floor of one of the towers of the World Trade Center when it came crashing down. He had turned in paperwork requesting more than a million dollars from the 9/11 Victim's Compensation Fund, just a week before the cut-off.

    Donna's name was even listed on the victim's compensation website as a victim.

    "That's when it hit me how bad this was," says Laskowski.

    But what he did didn't surprise Donna. The family says, when they left behind their home in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, they also left behind a conman, a dangerous, but bright, individual who was always looking for new ways to interfere in their lives.

    Channel 9 reporter Scott Thuman tracked down Stephen Laskowski, Sr. at his Pennsylvania home.

    "Yes, my wife, Donna Lee Laskowski, died in the World Trade Center [on] September 11th," he said.

    "See, what I have a hard time understanding is, I interviewed your wife last week," Thuman informed him.

    "You did? Where?" asked Laskowski, Sr.

    "You understand these papers that you filed with the government claim that she died in the towers. Your wife told me she never has been to New York, never been to the World Trade Center," Thuman said.

    "You sure you're talking about the right Donna Lee Laskowski?" he asked.

    "Yes," Thuman replied.

    To which Laskowski, Sr. said, "Well that changes everything, doesn't it?"

    He claimed it's all a misunderstanding, even though he had talked to his sons since 9/11 and, they say, never brought up that their mother might be dead.

    Laskowski now says, he would refuse the money. "My wife's alive. That's great," he said.

    Donna has since contacted multiple agencies, including the FBI and 9/11 compensation group, but has yet to see action. So she, and her boys, still, won't rest easy.

    "Maybe this one big thing that he did, if justice is served properly, he'll stop. This will be an ending point," Donna says.

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    I'm sorry. I looked at the title of the other thread and I thought it was about the Democratic primaries.

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    George.... I'll say it!

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    I'm sorry. I looked at the title of the other thread and I thought it was about the Democratic primaries.
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    Question Question For George............

    To GeorgeW....... I'm sure we see eye to eye on this one. But from a legal standpoint, can he get what he deserves? Insurance Fraud is a criminal offense, but would attempting to benefit from the victims fund constitute Insurance Fraud? (I am not conversant with where the money came from). Thanks, Stay Safe....
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    Originally posted by hwoods
    To GeorgeW....... I'm sure we see eye to eye on this one. But from a legal standpoint, can he get what he deserves? Insurance Fraud is a criminal offense, but would attempting to benefit from the victims fund constitute Insurance Fraud? (I am not conversant with where the money came from). Thanks, Stay Safe....
    The test here is: proof beyond a reasonable doubt. How many different ways could you prove it? It seems like quite a few. He purposely or knowingly filed a claim containing false material information. Presumably, he participated in the claims process. Presumably, he signed a sworn document that all his info was true. He GOT THE MONEY! (If you rob a bank, you still get charged evenif you give the money back).

    In NJ, there is a crime called Theft by Deception. I don't know if there is such a crime in NY or PA. But I would look for this case to be adjudicated federally. This moron used the mail system to perpetrate an interstate fraud. If he has a prior record, he will go to federal prison.

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    Post Thanks for the Info...............

    Thanks George, I'm sure we'll be hearing more on this as it unfolds. Stay Safe....
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    Originally posted by GeorgeWendtCFI
    I'm sorry. I looked at the title of the other thread and I thought it was about the Democratic primaries.


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    I'm sorry. I looked at the title of the other thread and I thought it was about the Democratic primaries.
    Heck George. The title of this thread isn't any better. I've been thinking that you were over here posting about your FD getting a new station mascot or your PD getting a new member on its' K9 unit.
    Try not to be so vague next time.
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    Wife reported dead in 9/11 living; husband wants proof

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    A woman has accused her estranged husband of reporting her dead in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center two years ago in an effort to collect compensation from a victims fund.

    The husband demanded proof that she isn't dead.

    "Show me proof that she is alive," said Stephen Laskowski Sr., of New Kensington, Pa., when informed that his wife, Donna Lee Laskowski, of Florida, believed he was trying to collect money from the federal commission set up to compensate families of those who died in the 2001 terrorist attacks.

    Stephen Laskowski said in a telephone interview that his wife was a risk manager for a broker on the 12th floor of one of the World Trade towers, that he had not heard from her since the attacks and that he filed a claim for compensation on Dec. 22 of last year because of a federal deadline for families seeking death benefits.

    "There's no fraud here. I just extended the statute of limitations. Produce my wife and we'll see if she's alive," Laskowski said.

    Donna Laskowski, who left her husband in 1996 claiming he was abusive, told Orlando, Fla., television station WFTV that she learned her husband had reported her dead when he telephoned their son, Stephen Jr., to discuss how to invest a large sum of money he was about to receive.

    Mrs. Laskowksi told the station she telephoned the family's former insurance agent and that a receptionist there reacted with shock and told her she had been reported missing in the 9/11 attacks.

    "That's when it hit me how bad this was," Mrs. Laskowski told the station.

    Mrs. Laskowski and her son told the station they had gone to Florida to escape from Stephen Sr., whom she described as a con-man.

    Stephen Laskowski said he had been shown a tape of his wife but claimed it was five years old and that, while he had spoken with his sons since the 9/11 attacks, "they didn't say that she was alive, they didn't say that she was dead."

    Mrs. Laskowski told WFTV that she informed federal authorities of her suspicions that her estranged husband was attempting to defraud the government but that no action has been taken.

    "Maybe this one big thing that he did, if justice is served properly, he'll stop. This will be an ending point," she said.

    Stephen Laskowski Sr., though, insists he did nothing wrong and still believes his wife is dead.

    "I am feeling real grief over this. I've been feeling real grief over the last two years," he said.
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    on the flip side of that- A woman woke up that morning (9/11)
    turned on the tv and there she saw the towers(her husbands place of employment)crumbling down. She immediately call her husbands cell phone. When he answered the phone she heard a group of females in the background:

    Wife: Oh my god honey where are you at?
    Husband: oh I am at work.
    Wife: who are those voices in the background?
    Husband: they are just a few co-workers in my office.
    Wife: turn on the news and don't come home.
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    Wife in alleged hoax says she's 'dead forever' to husband

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - An Army Reserve sergeant whose husband is charged with concocting a story about her death said yesterday she "is dead forever" to her husband.

    Betsy Valentin, in an interview on CNN's "Paula Zahn Now," said she is "very, very angry" about the alleged fabrication by her husband of 16 years.

    "I'm still in shock and disbelief," she told Zahn. "I'm still trying to understand what would lead him to do something this despicable to his own children."

    "I don't want anything else to do with him," said Valentin, who returned home to Waterbury from Iraq Thursday night. "He's out of my life for good. He killed me once when he said that I was dead and to him I am dead forever."

    Valentin said her top priority now is to help her children cope. The couple have a 12-year-old daughter and two sons, aged 13 and 15.

    "I told them, look at me," she said of her first meeting with her children after she arrived home. "There's nothing wrong with me. I'm here and I'm well and alive."

    Edward Valentin was charged last week with falsely reporting an incident after telling reporters that the Defense Department called him on his cell phone to tell him his wife died in an explosion in Iraq. Police later inspected his phone records and alleged that Valentin made up the story.

    Valentin told authorities he hoped his story would prompt military officials to send his wife home early. She was scheduled to come home in July.

    Betsy Valentin, who returned home Thursday on an emergency two-week leave to be with her family, said she does not accept her husband's explanation.

    "I don't believe that at all," she said. "This was all due to another woman."

    Waterbury police say Edward Valentin told a woman he was allegedly pursuing that his wife had just been killed.

    Betsy Valentin said she was unsure of her homecoming. When she returned to her home in Waterbury, she met with family members and a police escort, the Republican-American of Waterbury reported yesterday.

    The escort was provided in case there was trouble between her and her husband, who is out on bond. No problems were reported.

    "I really didn't know what I was coming home to," Betsy Valentin said. "I didn't know what to expect."
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