How does this bridge fit?
Aaron Travis Beaird was probably not the financial advisor you wanted to get advice from, and you shouldn't have asked him to provide you with life insurance, either.
He sold insurance by lying about what the plans provided, then he stole part of his client's payments and gave them fake paperwork.
He told one client to pay $500,000 for a $2 million life insurance policy, saying it would grow in value and be safer than the stock market. Mr. Beaird did at least pay $200,000 for that client's policy, but the other $300,000 went missing.
He also said one of his clients had died so he could collect his $2 million in life insurance.
The man was not dead.
The "dead" man became suspicious when he received a letter of condolence from the insurance company.
All together, Mr. Beaird is alleged to have stolen $2 million from his clients.
When he was confronted about the fraud, Mr. Beaird went missing, his vehicle parked by a Washington state bridge.
He left a suicide note and wrote messages to his victims, saying he had committed fraud.
He also said he had jumped off the bridge.
He signed the note "Travis the scam man."
However, Mr. Beaird's death was also fake, and he was found and arrested.
The name of the place where he said he jumped?
Deception Pass Bridge.
That's a distorted image of Deception Pass Bridge in the photo above. It's a photograph of a bridge from the project Postcards from Google Earth by Clement Valla. He discovered photographic abberations when Google attempted to convert its two-dimensional map images to three dimensions.
You can see more distortions at Mr. Valla's site: Postcards from Google Earth, Clement Valla>>
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