Former Oregon Republican chairman, gubernatorial candidate, Florida financier, and creepy little fraud Craig Berkman was arrested for (allegedly) “bilking investors out of millions in a scheme to sell fake Facebook shares, ” per Newser.
He was claiming he had access to Facebook shares which was a big fat lie. And he managed to rake in $8 million by telling that big fat lie.
And this wasn’t the first time. He pulled the same kind of scams over at LinkedIn and other social media sites, but got nabbed for those, too.
Craig Berkman (born about 1943) is a longtime venture capitalist and was an influential Republican politician in the U.S. state of Oregon. He was known as a big donor in national Republican circles. He chaired the Oregon Republican Party in the early 1990s, opposing the far right Oregon Citizens Alliance. He ran for chairman of the Republican National Committee in 1993 and for Governor of Oregon in 1996, losing the former race to Haley Barbour and the latter to Denny Smith in the primary election.
Oregonlive.com described him this way in 2008:
“He was the hope of the old Republican moderate establishment.”
And check out Meet Craig Berkman, crooked McCain fundraiser.
Maybe this was his version of “outreach.” Another family values Republican bites the dust.