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Cross Country Walker Using Humor To Raise Money For Cancer Rese...

There are 36 comments on the Mountain Mail/STPNS story from May 17, 2007, titled Cross Country Walker Using Humor To Raise Money For Cancer Rese.... In it, Mountain Mail/STPNS reports that:

Highway 60 continues to be a popular route for cross-county walkers, horse-back riders, bicyclists, lawnmower drivers and even skateboarders, and this season is no different.Alec Mario Waclawski - otherwise ...

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Marie

San Diego, CA

#1 May 20, 2007
Be wary of what this man is trying to do. I have emailed other editors/writers who wrote articles about this man the following:
Dear Sir,
I know the man featured in your article, Alec Mario Waclawski, a.k.a Famous Benny Chaplin. I have known him and have been associated with him for a few years. I primarily developed and maintained his website ( www.famousbennychaplinwalk-a-thon.com ) which I took down. I took it down because it became clear to me that he would not be compensating me for my time and efforts which he had promised he would do. I know for a fact that he had gambled contributions given to him by an Indian tribe which owns a casino in Pinetop , AZ. This was during several nights of free lodging given to him by the casino owner(s). He also managed to talk owners of a motel in Magdalena , NM into giving him several nights of lodging for free. Rich and Dana, their website is http://web.mac.com/hicountry/iWeb/Site%202/WE... , were mislead by Mr. Waclawski into thinking he would be buying the motel they have been trying to sell for a while. I talked to Rich and he said he observed that all that time Mr. Waclawski stayed with them, all he could talk about was how he could buy the motel with my help and hardly mentioned anything about his walk and cause for cancer research.
Furthermore, he has not yet filed with the IRS to become a legitimate nonprofit organization. I therefore believe he is illegally representing himself as nonprofit.
So I implore you to please take down this article before any more innocent people are mislead by this ‘charlatan’.
Thank you for your time and attention.
Billie Anderson

Phoenix, AZ

#2 May 28, 2007
this guit is a phoney. He has tried to steal money for a fake charity too many times. Please stop paying attention to him.
Marie

United States

#5 May 31, 2007
If you feel you have been taken by this individual, the Federal Trade Commission would like to know about it. Please follow the link below to their webpage the bottom of which shows instructions on how to file a complaint: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/tmarkg/ch...
The following link will display the report filed with the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center: http://www.geocities.com/marie_vi @sbcglobal.net/I07052415502471 82.pdf
You can also file a complaint with the FBI office in San Diego, CA where this man is from.
Marie

United States

#6 May 31, 2007
If you feel you have been taken by this individual, the Federal Trade Commission would like to know about it. Please follow the link below to their webpage the bottom of which shows instructions on how to file a complaint: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/tmarkg/ch...
The following link will display the report filed with the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center: http://www.geocities.com/marie_vi @sbcglobal.net/I07052415502471 82.pdf
You can also file a complaint with the FBI office in San Diego, CA where this man is from.
Bob Boldt

United States

#7 Aug 22, 2007
Over a month ago I had the pleasure of breaking bread with Mario Waclawski at an outdoor café in Jefferson City, Missouri. If you wish more details of our luncheon and his long-distance walk across America, you can visit my blog at myspace.com/bboldt2 .

I have reason to believe that Marie Brockway may be spreading unsubstantiated rumors about Mr. Waclawski. She claims that she was defrauded by Mario for work she did in good faith as part of providing a website for him. I was contacted by her this past week via my myspace webpage concerning her assertion that this “shyster” had duped me and many others. She also asserted that he was soliciting and misappropriating funds for the American Cancer Society. She also cited several other examples of his misrepresentations and fraud.

I read Ms. Brockway’s bill of particulars with interest and, in my response, politely asked her for some evidence of her accusations in the form of documentation of her charges validated by some party or witnesses other than herself. I said that, even if I believed her, I would need some valid documentation of her claims. I told her I wanted to see some correspondence TO her from the FBI, the American Cancer Society, IRS, or any of the supposedly aggrieved parties that might back up her claims. I was rewarded for my efforts only by having Ms. Brockway accusing me in a rather nasty way of willing blindness to Mario’s scams.

Now I am making no assertion of the guilt or innocence concerning Mr. Waclawski in this matter. I also have no idea of what has inspired Ms. Brockway to want to do him in by spreading such apparent libel. All I am saying is that absent any evidence of guilt other than Ms. Brockway’s seemingly malicious say-so, we must presume innocence. I hope all will agree and withhold further judgment until substantial evidence is presented to you.

Incidentally, by my own witness and the numerous news accounts I have read of Mario’s travels I have found no evidence that he has ever represented himself as an agent of the American Cancer Society or solicited funds on their behalf.

I found Mario to be a guileless, charming, if naďve, fellow and I wish him Godspeed on his way. I completely support him in his mission. That said, I am only interested that justice be done to all parties.

Bob Boldt
Jefferson City, MO
Marie

San Diego, CA

#8 Aug 23, 2007
I've sent all the documentation and evidence that I am in contact with the IRS to Mr Boldt but for some reason he is still blindly believing in this man. In addition, Waclawski is being sued by ASCAP for not having the proper music licensing for his other business here in San Diego, CA where this man is from. A church group in Missouri paid for Mr. Waclawski's lodging and now they feel they have been taken by this man. So please be careful. If anybody wants me to share with them evidence of my allegations just email me at [email protected] and I will forward you my report to the FBI, IRS and American Cancer Society. By the way, Mr. Boldt's opinion is not shared by most of the people I spoke to who have dealt with this man in one way or another.
Marie

San Diego, CA

#9 Aug 23, 2007
By the way, why in the heck would the American Cancer Society bother with hiring one of their lawyers to write to Mr. Waclawski a warning letter to not use their name and to forward any contrubutions to them collected so far?! Because I presented evidence that Waclawski fraudulently alleged he is associated with the society in the past. Go to this link and search for the term
"American Cancer Society":
mmm-yoso.typepad.com/mmmyoso/2006/12/hancock_...
t_.html
The author wrote that Waclawski told him he is doing this "to raise money for the American Cancer Society".
Marie

San Diego, CA

#10 Aug 23, 2007
The link was mistyped previously. Here is the link in its proper form:

http://mmm-yoso.typepad.com/mmmyoso/2006/12/h...

Copy and paste the string of characters above on your browser. It should be a continuous string of characters with NO SPACES in between the characters for it to work.
Marie

San Diego, CA

#11 Aug 23, 2007
I have just spoken to the IRS. Their position with regards to this man, unlike the FBI, is to investigate and penalize him appropriately if he is found to be mishandling contributions given to him, no matter the size of the contributions or the size of his organization. The IRS needs for anyone to report to them any knowledge of this man's behavior and operation which might seem to go against what is expected of a tax-exempt organization. I highly encourage for you to do so, especially if you thought your contributions to this man would go towards a worthy cause.
The IRS can, atleast, make sure that happens for us. By the way, my IRS contact is Joseph Belpulsi (badge no. 11-01708) who reassured me that the IRS will take action so don't think that this effort is all in vain. Thank you and I hope you will decide to take action before another so-called charity gets away with taking from people for only its/his/her benefit.
Here is their mailing address for any correspondence:
Internal Revenue Service
EO Classification, MS 4910 DAL
1100 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75242
Marie

San Diego, CA

#12 Aug 23, 2007
Click on this link:
http://mmm-yoso.typepad.com/mmmyoso/2006/12/h...

This is my evidence to the American Cancer Society that Mr. Waclawski had alleged to be doing this for them. Search for the following term in the article "to raise money for the American Cancer Society".
The ACS hired a lawyer based on this evidence to write a letter to Mr. Waclawski warning him to not use the society's name and to forward all contributions collected to them.
Marie

San Diego, CA

#13 Aug 23, 2007
Click on this link:
http://mmm-yoso.typepad.com/mmmyoso/2006/12/h ...

This is my evidence to the American Cancer Society that Mr. Waclawski had alleged to be doing this for them. Search for the following term in the article "to raise money for the American Cancer Society".
The ACS hired a lawyer based on this evidence to write a letter to Mr. Waclawski warning him to not use the society's name and to forward all contributions collected to them.

I have just spoken to the IRS. Their position with regards to this man, unlike the FBI, is to investigate and penalize him appropriately if he is found to be mishandling contributions given to him, no matter the size of the contributions or the size of his organization. The IRS needs for anyone to report to them any knowledge of this man's behavior and operation which might seem to go against what is expected of a tax-exempt organization. I highly encourage for you to do so, especially if you thought your contributions to this man would go towards a worthy cause.
The IRS can, atleast, make sure that happens for us. By the way, my IRS contact is Joseph Belpulsi (badge no. 11-01708) who reassured me that the IRS will take action so don't think that this effort is all in vain. Thank you and I hope you will decide to take action before another so-called charity gets away with taking from people for only its/his/her benefit.
Here is their mailing address for any correspondence:
Internal Revenue Service
EO Classification, MS 4910 DAL
1100 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75242

Finally, I do not know why Bob Boldt (see previous comment) still believes in this man despite all the evidence and documents I forwarded him. Or did he even bother to check what I sent him? I believe he could not open a link or document so the bozo might be having technical difficulties with his internet connection or computer. If anybody wants to see my communication with the FBI, IRS, American Cancer Society and their response, please feel free to email me a request - [email protected]

Since: Aug 07

United States

#14 Aug 23, 2007


I quote:
“I've sent all the documentation and evidence that I am in contact with the IRS to Mr Boldt.”

Interesting wording. Ms. Brockway sent me copies of her letters TO the agencies repeating her undocumented claims. Anyone can write a letter. Unfortunately none of the agencies in question: IRS, American Cancer Society and FBI responded with any evidence of their own investigations - at least nothing she has shown me.

I don’t recall the claims that Ms. Brockway made to the IRS, but I do remember the letter she sent to the American Cancer Society claiming that Mario was misrepresenting himself as their representative. She presented no evidence to them and only made the same undocumented allegations we are familiar with from the reams of material she types up endlessly. If the ACS is “investigating” Mario based upon her “evidence” I’m sure it is merely a formality, as they have to attend to any and all complaints that come across their desks. I sent my own letter to Stephen Browning, Regional Vice-President The American Cancer Society Border Sierra Region California Division, stating that, in my humble opinion, her charges were completely unsubstantiated.

Brockway continues to make her endless list of claims which may or may not be true but has yet to produce one shred of anything to back up her charges.

I saw a UFO last night. The alien craft landed behind my building, three large lizard appearing creatures emerged and handed me this week’s winning Missouri Lottery ticket. When I got back to my house I noticed the lottery ticket had disappeared.

Now is there any more reason to believe me than there is to believe Brockway? Both our claims are rather outlandish and nether of us can produce any evidence: witnesses, photographs, affidavits, contracts, even corroborating second party statements. I hope it is not necessary to remind the reader of the classic legal, forensic and journalistic rules of evidence? These are rules Brockway has no regard for whatsoever.
Bob Boldt
Jefferson City, MO

Since: Aug 07

United States

#15 Aug 23, 2007
“…he is going to walk from San Diego to Washington, D.C., next year...doing 20 miles a day, leaving on April 1st and arriving on September 11, recording the walk...all while walking like Charlie Chaplain and playing his music along the way...(You know I could not make this up) to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Mario's wife died of cervical cancer 7 years ago.”

I think this is hardly represents ironclad evidence that Mario is illegally passing himself off as an agent of the ACS let alone evidence that he is actually receiving money under false pretenses. I have unofficially raised money for the ACS myself in articles I have written and in conversations that went something like this:“You know friend, we all have to find ways to end the scourge of cancer once and for all. You can put your money where your mouth is by sending a check to the American Cancer Society today!” I suppose Brockway should report me to the ACS for misrepresenting myself in such a way. Come to think of it, I can’t prove I didn’t receive money under false pretenses on behalf of the ACS myself. Boy am I in big trouble!

I think Brockway has had ample opportunity to demonstrate her case or lack of same in this venue. I hardly expect her to be able to add more to what she has already said. In good faith I have up to now dutifully read everything she has had to say (often in painful triplicate). I am at the end of my patience here and intent to no longer participate in this “dialogue.” I don’t know if anyone besides poor Billie from Atlanta is even paying attention.

I am only indulging this absurd waste of time because I think this woman should not be allowed to conduct her irrational vendetta un deterred. I do this only because I hate to see a good man defamed.

I would hope that Ms. Brockway is aware of the potential legal danger she is placing herself in by libeling Mr. Waclawski the way she has. Fortunately for her, Mario is not the vindictive sort and would likely not even press charges. I kind of think she is counting on that.

Bob Boldt
Jefferson City, MO

Since: Aug 07

Festus, MO

#16 Aug 23, 2007

I quote:
“I've sent all the documentation and evidence that I am in contact with the IRS to Mr Boldt.”

Interesting wording. Ms. Brockway sent me copies of her letters TO the agencies repeating her undocumented claims. Anyone can write a letter. Unfortunately none of the agencies in question: IRS, American Cancer Society and FBI responded with any evidence of their own investigations - at least nothing she has shown me.

I don’t recall the claims that Ms. Brockway made to the IRS, but I do remember the letter she sent to the American Cancer Society claiming that Mario was misrepresenting himself as their representative. She presented no evidence to them and only made the same undocumented allegations we are familiar with from the reams of material she types up endlessly. If the ACS is “investigating” Mario based upon her “evidence” I’m sure it is merely a formality, as they have to attend to any and all complaints that come across their desks. I sent my own letter to Stephen Browning, Regional Vice-President The American Cancer Society Border Sierra Region California Division, stating that, in my humble opinion, her charges were completely unsubstantiated.

Brockway continues to make her endless list of claims which may or may not be true but has yet to produce one shred of anything to back up her charges.

I saw a UFO last night. The alien craft landed behind my building, three large lizard appearing creatures emerged and handed me this week’s winning Missouri Lottery ticket. When I got back to my house I noticed the lottery ticket had disappeared.

Now is there any more reason to believe me than there is to believe Brockway? Both our claims are rather outlandish and nether of us can produce any evidence: witnesses, photographs, affidavits, contracts, even corroborating second party statements. I hope it is not necessary to remind the reader of the classic legal, forensic and journalistic rules of evidence? These are rules Brockway has no regard for whatsoever.

Bob Boldt
Jefferson City, MO
Marie

Laguna Beach, CA

#17 Aug 24, 2007
Mr. Boldt, I have witnesses who can testify that Mr. Waclawski was out speculating for property to purchase during this supposedly 'walk for cancer research and cure' of his, who can testify that he was staying at a casino around the time a sizable amount of money was given to him, and, an elderly World War II veteran in 29Palms, CA from whom he had taken a cash contribution and transportation to the Arizona border. Such behavior is contrary to a legitimate charity collecting for a cause. But I don't have to prove anything to you nor to anyone until I have my day in court!
Marie

Laguna Beach, CA

#18 Aug 24, 2007
Since Mr. Boldt is accusing me of coming up with stories from out of thin air to damage Mr. Waclawski's character, I've decided to post this link which proves my allegation that Mr. Waclawski is currently being sued by Warner Brothers for violating music copyright laws:
http://dockets.justia.com/docket/court-casdce...
I would not put my trust in a charity headed by a man in legal trouble. As the saying goes, "Once A Thief ..."
Marie

Laguna Beach, CA

#19 Aug 24, 2007
This link is to my blog about Mario Waclawski:
http://famousbennychaplinwalk-a-thon.blogspot...
Bob Boldt

United States

#20 Aug 24, 2007
Yada yada yada....
Refer to my above post.

Bob Boldt
Jefferson City, MO
Marie

San Diego, CA

#21 Aug 24, 2007
Mr. Boldt, it seems that it is you who has to get a life 'cuz all you can do is be a watchdog on my comments/posts and make sure you come up with a 'smart alek' response. ;-)

Since: Aug 07

Festus, MO

#22 Aug 24, 2007
My dear Marie,

As long as you persist in publishing unfounded defanations I will continue to watchdog your comments.

Get used to it.

Bob Boldt
Jefferson City

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