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Comedian Clinton “Lazyboy” Catlin, 26, convinced the Birmingham, Ala., City Council — and a Birmingham lawyer — to give him $18,000 to fund a mentoring program — which Catlin called Class Clowns — for local school students. Students who “act out” in class could be channeled into becoming professional comedians, he said. It was all an elaborate fraud, prosecutors say. Catlin pleaded guilty to three first-degree theft of property charges, and was sentenced to pay restitution, and to 115 months in prison — just over 9-1/2 years. But because of the way he was sentenced, Catlin will be released on parole after serving just one year. (RC/Birmingham News) ...Who’s laughing now?
Original Publication Date: 10 May 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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