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Ex-convict charged with pretending to be long-missing boy

Ex-convict charged with pretending to be long-missing boyCINCINNATI (AP) — A 23-year-old ex-convict accused of pulling a cruel hoax by pretending to be a long-missing Illinois boy was charged Friday with making false statements to federal authorities.



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Timmothy Pitzen: Ex-convict charged with pretending to be long-missing boy

Timmothy Pitzen: Ex-convict charged with pretending to be long-missing boyA former convict accused of pulling a cruel hoax by pretending pretended to be a missing boy from Illinois has been charged with making false statements.Brian Rini, 23, had claimed he was 14-year-old Timmothy Pitzen, who went missing in 2011 after his mother killed herself when he was six-years-old. He said he had escaped from an eight-year ordeal at the hands of sex traffickers.But Mr Rini’s claims were debunked earlier this week after DNA tests confirmed he was not the long-lost boy.The FBI said Mr Rini had made false claims twice before, also portraying himself as a juvenile sex-trafficking victim.“Law enforcement confronted him with the DNA results, and at that point the person immediately stated that he was not Timmothy Pitzen, and of course law enforcement knew by virtue of the DNA analysis that he was in fact Brian Rini,” said US attorney Benjamin Glassman.The charge should send a message about the damage such false claims can do, he said, adding: ”It’s not okay to do it because of the harm that it causes, the pain, for the family of that missing child."After confessing he was not Mr Pitzen, Mr Rini told federal agents he had heard about the missing boy’s case on the ABC television program 20/20 and wanted to get away from his own family, according to court documents.“When questioned further, Rini stated that he wished he had a father like Timmothy’s because if he went missing, his father would just keep drinking,” FBI agent Mary Braun wrote. Mr Rini is being held without bail until his detention hearing on Tuesday after a brief appearance in federal court. He faces up to eight years in prison if found guilty, Mr Glassman said.Mr Pitzen’s case has stumped authorities since May 2011. The boy was last seen with his mother, who pulled him out of school and took him on a trip to a zoo and a water park, then took her own life in a motel room, leaving behind a cryptic note about her son’s whereabouts.“Tim is somewhere safe with people who love him and will care for him,” she wrote in the note. “You will never find him.”



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Golden State Killer Case: Is Suspect Joseph James DeAngelo Pretending to Be Sickly Old Man?

Golden State Killer Case: Is Suspect Joseph James DeAngelo Pretending to Be Sickly Old Man?Police believe DeAngelo is acting in a bid for sympathy from the court.



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Russia accuses U.S. of pretending to fight Islamic State in Syria, Iraq

Russia accuses U.S. of pretending to fight Islamic State in Syria, IraqRussia accused the United States on Tuesday of pretending to fight Islamic State and of deliberately reducing its air strikes in Iraq to allow the group’s militants to stream into Syria to slow the Russian-backed advance of the Syrian army. In the latest sign of rising tensions between Moscow and Washington, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that the U.S.-led coalition had sharply reduced its air strikes in Iraq in September when Syrian forces, backed by Russian air power, had started to retake Deir al-Zor Province. “Everyone sees that the U.S.-led coalition is pretending to fight Islamic State, above all in Iraq, but continuing to allegedly fight Islamic State in Syria actively for some reason,” said Major-General Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for Russia’s defense ministry.



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Anthony Scaramucci duped into email argument with prankster pretending to be fired Reince Priebus

Anthony Scaramucci duped into email argument with prankster pretending to be fired Reince PriebusTop White House officials including Anthony Scaramucci have been duped into email exchanges with a British prankster posing as administration insiders such as Jared Kushner. Mr Scaramucci, former White House director of communications, embarked on an electronic war of words with a man he believed to be former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.



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