Real Housewives of New Jersey ex-cast member, Kim Granatell now writes a weekly tribble for celebritymagnet.com. This week she’s writing a first-hand account about a scammer ‘acquaintance’ of hers… but it’s so obvious that she’s writing about Treetrunk Joo-dice.
So, here’s the question: Why is she writing this now? This is such old news… about two years old, at least. Everyone knows this is how Tree rolls and we all know about how she and Juicy built their marble mausoleum. So why now??? And why the secrecy? Why not just come out and name names? And, really Kim, is this all you got about Tree and Juicy??? How about answering the question about who TaraD is??? Now that would be some interesting stuff!!! The best person to have any say whatsoever about the Joo-dice’s marble mansion would be Joe Mastropole, the guy they ripped off to build their place…
BY KIM GRANATELL
KEEPIN’ IT REAL WITH KIM G
I so often talk about this subject and wonder about two things:
1) How does one sleep at night and
2) How do they get away with it?
I took the title, “Catch Me If You Can,” from a real life story of a man who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars from people by posing as a Pam American pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer. His primary crime was check fraud; he was so good at it that eventually the FBI turned to him for his help to catch other check forgers. The movie’s worth watching if you haven’t seen it!
I have, throughout my life, been surrounded by people who have committed fraud and scammed others. Not that these people were my friends, but people I have known and come across. I actually was approached by a guy to invest in a business that I found out later never existed. He was just so convincing. I saw the lifestyle he had: several homes in all the right zip codes, a private jet, a fleet of luxury cars in a parking lot the size of a mini mall… (and all with other peoples hard earned money). But I was too smart and way ahead of his game, playing him like he was playing others.
These people want what other people have. They basically do not want to work for it or do not have a strong business sense to succeed on their own. Instead of being happy in their own skin, they desire to excel, but at the expense of others…and get away with it!!!
They are Pros. They have a lot of self confidence and feel they are above the law. In many recent conversations with my girlfriend, who is a high powered attorney, I have discussed this topic with her. Some people skirt the law with their actions… often worse than morally bankrupt. They are morally empty.
The example(s) I am about to cite are true and committed by basically one family or person. I have left out the names to protect the Not-So-Innocent individual’s family. The story may be familiar to you. So, here’s how it goes.
It starts with the little things. In one instance, this person went into a local boutique and took (I can’t say bought) hundreds of dollars of clothing for her children, and said “oh I will be back to pay you,” and never went back. She did this on several occasions throughout many boutiques in the area, not just for the children but for herself also.
Pay ya later…
From there she graduated on to bigger and better things. She had “wild” spending on credit cards, racking up hundreds of thousands of dollars without a thought in mind to ever pay them. She built an add-on million dollar house (of course not in the right zip code) and bragged about how many more millions it was worth and that it was, indeed, brand new. So not true. It was built on swamp land with a major highway in the backyard.
Further information states that “privacy and tranquility reigns” at the Joo-dice digs but we have to wonder how much tranquility there really can be at a property that backs up to I-287, an extremely bizzy, 4-lane highway out in the middle of nowhere. She gave minimal deposits to all the contractors on the job and when the time came to make the final payment after the jobs were completed, these guys were “you know what” out of luck.
Can you hear the echo???
Like herself and so many others, she felt a sense of entitlement with her brazen ways and personality, not ever thinking about the people she scammed and the consequences of her actions. In her eyes, she did no wrong and continued to shove it in people’s faces by driving around in brand new cars, designer clothes, etc. etc. without a conscience or any kind of remorse.
In the eyes of the victims and so many others, they look at her and some say “crime pays”. She got away with it and will continue to until the law finally catches up and does something. And that may take years. Or it may be sooner than she thinks.
In the meantime, she continues to cruise around like “I did nothing wrong”, continuing to be something that she never was. Something she will never be.
NOTE: Tree and Juicy’s bankruptcy case continues in July. Judge Morris Stern has done a great job so far of seeing through these two scammers and, hopefully, will continue to do so…