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‘Bad Vegan’: Anthony Strangis Has Bizarre Ties to the GOP


Former restaurant owner Sarma Melngailis walks in NYC while filming Bad Vegan

Anthony Strangis is perhaps one of the most collectively hated people in recent months — all thanks to the Netflix documentary. Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives followed restaurateur Sarma Melngailis‘s fall from fame and fortune and the man behind it all, Strangis.

Strangis managed to get away almost unscathed, as huge as his crimes were. Now, he is revealed to have bizarre ties to the GOP.

Anthony Strangis played a massive role in the downfall of Sarma Melngailis

Sarma Melngailis of Pure Food and Wine and now Bad Vegan fame | Netflix via Youtube

Melngailis was once the owner of a famous raw vegan restaurant called Pure Food and Wine. She also owned a subsidiary, One Lucky Duck Juice and Takeaway. However, things went awry when she met Strangis, who went by Shane Fox at the time.

By her account, Melngailis noticed him on Twitter via his frequent communications and mentions of actor Alec Baldwin. At the time, Strangis went by a string of account names, including Mr. Fox and Mr. LongBottoms.

Strangis tagged the raw vegan chef criticizing Rick Perry in one of his first tweets. The two began flirting and then dating. Then, Strangis started asking her for huge sums of money, explaining his career as an undercover agent. He also made her believe he could make her dog immortal and get her into a society that would make her wealthy and happy — only if she married him, which she did.

With such promise, Melngailis was sold. She began stealing money from her restaurant’s accounts to send Strangis, with the amounts adding up to a whopping $2 million in a short period. This diversion of funds eventually meant that Melngailis couldn’t afford to pay her workers, and they staged a public walkout.

The vegan chef took some time to regroup and raised enough funds to open. However, the staff left again after failing to pay them a second time. Her business, as a result, went under, closing in 2015. Melngailis and Strangis hit the road for about a year until police arrested the pair in a Tennessee hotel.

They were transferred to New York to answer for their crimes, each pleading guilty. Melngailis was charged with grand larceny, a scheme to defraud, and criminal tax fraud. She served four months in jail after taking a plea deal.

Strangis, on the other hand, was charged with four counts of fourth-degree grand larceny and was sentenced to five years’ probation. He was released two years early.

Anthony Strangis had strange ties with the GOP

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Strangis and Melngailis divorced in 2018. By 2019, they were still in contact with one another, but on Melngailis’s side, it was because she was watching out for her …read more

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet

      

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