From paypal to movie producer once again Lee Stranahan is back to his old ways doing what ever it takes to make a buck. Only this time he is endorsing a case that has already been settled out of court. In his latest post via twitter Lee is promoting the Attempted to Farmer Act, to which he is promising to teach you how to cheat the Government out of $50,000 in just 5 easy steps.
As we are all aware the case, Pigford v. Glickman (1999) was a class action lawsuit against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), alleging racial discrimination in its allocation of farm loans and assistance between 1983 and 1997. The lawsuit ended with a settlement on April 14, 1999, by Judge Paul L. Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Although the Attempted to Farm was primarily aimed towards minorities between 1983-1997 Lee advises all his supporters to participate in the illegal fraudulent act to receive these benefits.
Lee has also been identifying himself as Dr. Lee Stranahan.
It’s not illegal to lie for the sole purpose to impress people, like when trying to get romantic dates, or to make friends at the local bar (pathetic, BUT legal)
It’s also legal to use the titles as a name or nickname: Dr Dre (rapper, music producer)
Now, when you start making a monetary profit, then you are committing fraud. For example it would be illegal to get a job based on false qualifications, or to get a loan claiming you work for a law firm. Or to give out advice and take on the role of the presumed label.
It also would be illegal to ACT the part. For example it’s legal to say you are a lawyer or doctor, BUT is illegal to give legal or medical advice while pretending to be a licensed lawyer or doctor. Even worst if you charge for the professional advice.
Texas State laws:
§ 32.52. FRAUDULENT, SUBSTANDARD, OR FICTITIOUS
DEGREE. (a) In this section, “fraudulent or substandard degree”
has the meaning assigned by Section 61.302, Education Code.
(b) A person commits an offense if the person:
(1) uses or claims to hold a postsecondary degree that
the person knows:
(A) is a fraudulent or substandard degree;
(B) is fictitious or has otherwise not been
granted to the person; or
(C) has been revoked; and
(2) uses or claims to hold that degree:
(A) in a written or oral advertisement or other
promotion of a business; or
(B) with the intent to:
(i) obtain employment;
(ii) obtain a license or certificate to
practice a trade, profession, or occupation;
(iii) obtain a promotion, a compensation or
other benefit, or an increase in compensation or other benefit, in
employment or in the practice of a trade, profession, or
(iv) obtain admission to an educational
program in this state; or
(v) gain a position in government with
authority over another person, regardless of whether the actor
receives compensation for the position.
(c) An offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor.
(d) If conduct that constitutes an offense under this
section also constitutes an offense under any other law, the actor
may be prosecuted under this section or the other law.
Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., ch. 1039, § 8, eff. Sept. 1, 2005.
(a) A person commits an offense if he:
(1) impersonates a public servant with intent to induce another to submit to his pretended official authority or to rely on his pretended official acts; or
(2) knowingly purports to exercise any function of a public servant or of a public office, including that of a judge and court, and the position or office through which he purports to exercise a function of a public servant or public office has no lawful existence under the constitution or laws of this state or of the United States.
(b) An offense under this section is a felony of the third degree.
Acts 1973, 63rd Leg., p. 883, ch. 399, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1974. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 900, Sec. 1.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1994; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 189, Sec. 7, eff. May 21, 1997.