What is it about Idaho and III Percenter thieves?

Thirty-six members of 3% of Idaho, many in leadership positions, announced their resignations Tuesday evening after they said $2,901 in donations earmarked for four Idaho men accused in the 2014 Bundy Ranch standoff in Nevada were improperly spent.

They claim Brandon Curtiss, the group’s president, spent the money on unauthorized car accessories, car washes, camping at an Idaho state park, iTunes music downloads, gasoline and food at restaurants, among other charges.

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21 Responses to What is it about Idaho and III Percenter thieves?

  1. James says:

    This does not look good but would like to see more info./follow up,will not judge a situation am literally 1000’s of miles from.This again shows that folks must stay local with local folks in endeavours,folks can if needed on a larger scale get together as they have hopefully proved themselves worthy of others trust at that point.

    • Wirecutter says:

      Sure, look at the charade that Sammy managed to pull off – all over the internet without any local support. To hear him tell it the III Percent Society is an empire when in reality they don’t even have enough members for a board of directors.
      If nothing else, he’s taught us that you can be anything you want – on the internet. Real life is a whole ‘nother story.

  2. Must be a protégé of Scammy.

    With all the info posted about Scammy I’m surprised no one has sued him yet.

    • Wirecutter says:

      Do you have any idea how difficult it is to sue somebody over internet bullshit? Sammy does and that’s why he did it that way. For one thing, the suit has to be filed in the county that the crime was committed. Most people contributed less than a thousand bucks – who wants to put out the money for an attorney plus travel expenses for less than what they would recover?
      Sammy knew exactly what he was doing.

      • I thought that a couple of people got taken for $25k? I wouldn’t bother over a grand or less.

        Did Scammy have an actual registered non-profit set up? If not and he was collecting funds under such a claim, the state AG might be very interested in pursuing that.

        If any of the ill gotten funds were solicited or collected via the US Mail that could be Postal Fraud and postal inspectors take that shit pretty seriously.

        The IRS and state tax revenue offices might be interested in investigating his ill gotten booty if you gave him funds via check or other electronic means they can trace.

        There’s more than one way to skin a Scambo!

        • Angel says:

          The initial start up amount for the III Arms was $25K, coming from several donors/investors. Problem is the Kerodins were the only people who knew who all the people were and how much each were in for. None of the investors knew the names of other investors unless we talked directly with each other, which was rare. We were kept apart and in the dark. Who knows how much they brought in and from whom?

  3. Elmo says:

    Hey, what’s more important- having a clean car or helping some people that are about to be railroaded by a bunch of ideological hacks on the payroll of an out of control federal government?

  4. Winston Smith says:

    If you are a joiner, you will experience this and worse.

    Old joke(?): How do you tell the fed informants in a patriot group?
    He’s the one with the paid up dues. (or more likey ‘they’ are)

    See John Ross.

    • warhorse says:

      we used to have what we called “botany problems”…fruits, nuts, or plants. they usually were the first ones to ask about explosives training and when we were going to start blowing stuff up. or they’d be the ones with the low paying jobs but the top-notch gear offering to get everyone same equipment (some of which was borderline or clearly illegal) as theirs dirt cheap.

      they got the heave-ho right quick.

  5. Andrew says:

    It is due to the close camaderie of the III% movement. We all yearn to trust someone, especially in troubled times. So when we join a group of supposedly likeminded individuals, it is natural for us to open up our hearts and trust the others of the group.

    Happens in every social group, from the IIIpers to a church group to a group at deer-camp to investors in a business. Social trust. It is what allows us to form groups that survive. It is also what usually destroys or damages those very groups.

    Unfortunately, there are predators, thieves and turds out there.

    Predators actively search out groups to control and use them to their own advantage.

    Thieves will steal anything from the group, from funds, supplies and equipment to even being the one who scarfs leftovers without permission.

    Turds are those useless people who ‘try’ to work for the group, but are so useless that their existence is a severe drain. Turds aren’t bad when they are low-level in the organization, but if a turd rises to the top, then the turd’s actions and lack of ability will cause destruction in an exponential amount to their wish to help.

    So, what can we do?

    Be aware of our environment. Ask questions. Stay informed. Anytime that something becomes ‘not now’ or ‘you don’t need to know’ or ‘I don’t have time for that’ about a subject that should be open to all means that something hinky is going on. Hinky means you need to either fix it now, or get out. Waffling will kill you (figuratively or literally.)

    Most of us can’t be hermits. We need to belong or identify with a group of like-minded folk. There is strength in numbers (like when Wirecutter’s ‘puter went tits up.) Just don’t be gullible. (To use the ‘puter issue, we trust Wirecutter so some of us who had funds helped him. Now, if we discovered that he got the kid down the street to fix his old one for free and used the funds to go on a drunken whore binge, then it is our duty to punish him (what would be left of him after Miss Lisa got done, of course.) (Sorry for using you as an example, Mr. Lane.)

    Trust, but verify. Good words for these times.

    Later, dudes.

    • Wirecutter says:

      The thing is (and most of us forget) is that trust, like respect, is earned.
      Over the years I’ve coordinated the donations of tens of thousands of dollars for those of us in need, whether it’s helping Patriots that have had deaths in their families or paying off IRS debts or helping those with housing needs. Most times it’s merely posting the need and the paypal address of those needing the funds, but many times I’ve provided my own mailing address to receive and then forwarded on checks, money orders and occasionally cash to those intended to get those funds.
      Not one time has anybody complained that they sent a check to me to be forwarded to somebody in X location, only to find out that it was cashed at any bank other than the intended recipients (As an aside, I’ve always hated to do the forwarding thing just because of something going wrong and somebody making a false accusation or even a mistaken assumption).
      But again, trust is earned. Apparently I’ve earned y’all’s trust and to me that is nothing less than sacred.

  6. bill says:

    I read about this in the local Bozeman newspaper. I laughed and thought of you!

  7. Charlie says:

    And the girlfriend is threatening legal action against anyone who tries to shine light on the financials.

  8. SemperFi, 0321 says:

    People are sheep, always looking for another flock to belong to.
    Being a groupie is a sure sign you don’t have your own ducks in a row, if you can’t feel confident in yourself, how can you be of any help to a group? You’re just another parasite looking for a host to feed off of.

  9. idaho bob says:

    I am sooooo glad that I never had anything to do with these ass clowns, even though I was asked to join them. Something smelled fishy from the get go.


  10. Sanders says:

    Damn, it’s just like the 90’s all over again.

    Here’s a novel suggestion: Before sending money to someone you don’t know, do a little research on them. You can find out some things with a google search or few. You can find out even more with some of those paid sites that look up public records for you.

    Not that exposing them will do you much good but earn the wrath of that person’s followers, like it did Vanderboegh.

    If you can’t find that person’s name in an internet search, there is a good chance they are hiding something.

    These jokers seem to have their own private Idaho.

    • Wirecutter says:

      Not that exposing them will do you much good but earn the wrath of that person’s followers, like it did Vanderboegh.

      Or like it did me, JC Dodge and Angel?
      Well, in a way it do some good besides earning us the wrath of both of Kerodin’s followers – it exposed him for the con man and li’l bitch he is and shut his shit down.

  11. Grandpa says:

    “The thing is (and most of us forget) is that trust, like respect, is earned.”
    In Scambo’s case, for a lot of folks – he was given the trust (not necessarily respect) – as well as given the benefit of the doubt; because; ‘we’ – having trust, honor, values, morals, (and yes, respect) as folks; simply figured he was ‘cut from the same cloth’ as other liberty minded folks. Well, fool us once, shame on you. There is no ‘fool us twice’ – that dog don’t hunt. I believe we’ve been taught “your sin will find you out”. For some, it is because God wants to cleanse you of it. For others, it is because He is revealing the truth to protect from the evil of the enemy. Scambo called it “IFF”; perhaps the only truth he inadvertently revealed. Before we really had to trust and depend on him, he was shown to be a liar, charlatan, and con artist.
    This situation here is the same. Before it went any further, this Curtiss fellow… well, his sin has found him out. Not without sin myself, I shall not cast the first stone. But like Scambo, he is reaping what he has sown. God is merciful, but will not be mocked.

  12. truthzzzz says:

    In a slightly different vein. The task I see for the next week is getting people of good thoughts registered in this small hope of an election we have before us. Many states close the voting rolls one month before an election. That is almost here.
    The county elections department is a place to register. Many city and county halls might have registration..
    A ballot is the tool we all have right in front of us now.

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