Jrue Holiday, wife Lauren, victims in $13 million scam for luxury goods and home renovations

  • April 20, 2023

Jrue and Lauren Holiday, as well as former NBA stars Chandler Parsons and Courtney Lee are amongst victims in a fraud scheme estimated at $13 million dollars. Four people were arrested on Thursday, according to Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

The individuals in question are: Brian Gilder, Darryl Cohen, Charles Briscoe, and Calvin Darden Jr., and they are all being hit with wire fraud charges.

Jrue Holiday, who signed a 4-year extension with the Milwaukee Bucks valued at $134.9 million in Sept. 2022, is the highest profile victim involved.

How scammers stole money from Holiday, Parsons and Lee

According to the DA’s report, in one of the schemes, “three players were allegedly persuaded to purchase more than $5 million worth of life insurance policies at an enormous markup”.

“In another, a fourth player spent $7 million to buy a women’s professional basketball team, but prosecutors said the money never went toward a purchase”, Draper explained. For this particular scam, Darden Jr. transferred $1 million to Charles Briscoe, $500k to a relative, and spent the rest on luxury goods and home renovations.

Jrue Holiday, point-guard of the Milwaukee Bucks, was one of the victims to a scam perpetrated by four individuals.

Jrue Holiday, point-guard of the Milwaukee Bucks, was one of the victims to a scam perpetrated by four individuals.

Finally, the District Attorney also revealed a third ploy, in which “a player spent $1 million to fund a player representation agency that never existed”.

The maximum jail sentence for the scammers is 20 years

The four alleged perpetrators could be charged with up to 20 years of jail time. Meanwhile, the four known victims of the crime have filed claims against Darryl Cohen with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Cohen was formerly employed by Morgan Stanley, but was fired in March of 2021.

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See Inside the $17.8 Million California Home Adele is Selling

  • October 19, 2022
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MERE MONTHS AFTER splashing out on an $87 million (US$58 million) mansion, Adele is selling off her other Californian property.

While the home may not be as palatial as her new pad, it is equally as luxurious, with an asking price of $17.8 million (US$12 million).

The chic Hamptons-style home boasts four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a powder room, complete with marble and stone finishes, hardwood floors and a fireplace in the master bedroom.

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Additionally, the 5,515 square-foot property includes a quaint library, a family room and combined dining and living room. French doors connect the home to the trellis-covered outdoor living area, which leads out onto a lush lawn and a pool. There is also a sports court with a basketball hoop and a chicken coop on the property.

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The tastefully-decorated pad is located in the exclusive Hidden Valley Estates community in the Beverly Hills neighbourhood, an exclusive neighbourhood where the likes of Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Lawrence also reside.

See inside Adele’s new mansion

Adele has traded this sweet California home for a luxurious new pad. Peek inside the freshly-purchased property below:

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Botanical Garden planning event center | News

  • October 5, 2022

The Western Kentucky Botanical Garden is in a major growth mode, hoping to attract more tourists.

Candance Castlen Brake, president of the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce, said, “It’s an amazing tool for economic development. People talk about The Garden as one of the places they like best in the community.”

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Conan O’Brien Buys Cape Cod Style Carpinteria Home for $23 Million

  • October 1, 2022

Late-night talk show host Conan O’Brien is swapping his longtime Carpinteria home for a new dwelling in the coastal California city. After seven years of ownership, the comedian listed his 2,142-square-foot beachside home with a $16.5 million ask earlier this summer. Dirt reports that O’Brien just shelled out $23 million to upgrade to a 3,476-square-foot abode with sweeping ocean and mountain vistas.

The four-bedroom, four-bathroom Cape Cod-style house was built in 1963, but has since been rebuilt and remodeled with modern touches. Situated on a lot slightly larger than an acre within the exclusive and private Sand Point community, the exterior of the split-level structure is sided with milky white wooden shingles complemented by sage-green trim. Dreamy rose gardens and other lush landscaping decorate the property and rustic stone steps lead directly to the beach.

Inside, the neutral color palette of the home’s exterior is continued with cream-hued walls and matching painted wood-beam ceilings set high above oak floors. French doors and an excess of windows invite plenty of natural light and blur the indoor spaces into their outdoor surroundings, which offer multiple patios, decks, and a fire pit. The owner’s suite in particular offers views of the ocean, mountains, and the Channel Islands with a private deck outfitted with a built-in spa. A walk-in closet and an ensuite bathroom with dual sinks and a sleek glass-walled shower complete the primary quarters. The three other bedrooms all enjoy their own recently refurbished ensuite bathrooms.

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The common spaces include a deluxe kitchen with a skylight and breakfast nook, a living room with a stone fireplace, a formal dining room, a family room, and an office. All are decked out in neutral but cozy trappings that utilize lots of natural materials like wood, stone, and rattan.


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Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens had a big year in 2021

  • July 21, 2022

Stepwise Data Research showed that Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens contributed $41.9 million to Maine’s economic growth in 2021.

BOOTHBAY, Maine — Visitors to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens poured nearly $42 million into Maine’s economy, according to an economic impact report done by Stepwise Data Research

The gardens have been open to visitors for 15 years, but the 336,400 visitors they saw in 2021 equated to a big year. 

“Literally every state in the country — I’m just looking at the map right now — has representation in terms of where people came from last year to visit the gardens,” CMBG CEO Gretchen Ostherr said. 

Ostherr added that the new report helps them better understand where visitors are coming from and what’s behind their visit. Part of the increase, she said, was more people exploring the outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many were also drawn to the gardens’ five large wooden trolls, created by artist and arts activist Thomas Dambo. 

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According to the study, visitors spent an estimated $5.8 million at Maine restaurants, $3.1 million on lodging, $2 million at retail stores, and $1.2 million on other recreational activities. In total, the report estimates that $15.2 million of direct visitor spending contributed to earnings and jobs in the Maine economy across various sectors. 

“It’s really informative in terms of helping us understand our impact here [and] also in terms of helping us project what we can expect in terms of future visitation, which then can help us quantify the kind of investments we want to make,” Ostherr explained.

Some of those investments include updating the cafeteria and food service through the winter and spring. Staff also hope to grow CMBG’s horticulture and research departments and add a conservatory.

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