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If you haven’t read part one of the Shrewsbury Sheisterino story published yesterday then catch up by reading here. Basically this woman named Amanda Sullivan, originally from Shrewsbury, started a fundraiser with an Amazon gift list for an alleged former Millbury resident who lost their home in a fire in an unknown location. We reverse Googled the image and found out the fire was in Wisconsin, and we reached out to the homeowner who lost everything, and he said he had no idea who Amanda was and had never even been to New England. From there we found out that she also has two “service dogs” that she claims she was training to help an unnamed Marine who never got out of the hospital. Coincidentally she just so happened to “need” two service dogs, that she now brings with her wherever she goes, including trips to the ER, and the dogs have over 10,000 Facebook followers and fundraise for her causes as well.
Now don’t get me wrong, some of her charities are legit. She participated in a fundraiser with BAAK to help a boy who was dying from cancer last year. But it seems like these are almost used as a smokescreen that she can throw in your face when she’s accused of something nefarious. Let’s check out some of her other fundraisers.
Last month she had another Amazon wish list for an “AMAZING young Marine Corps family” who she never named, which is a recurring theme in her fundraisers. And as usual, she says that the family never asked for this.
Notice the pictures are likely stock photos too. This doesn’t prove anything, but it’s a pattern. A very, very shady pattern.
As I mentioned before, she has done good work in the past. But when she does, she always says the name of the people she is actually helping.
Because then she gets credit for it, and it’s traceable who she is raising money for.
She started a list in April for art supplies for vets.
Coincidentally she recently moved to Gloucester and has an art studio in her house as well.
Here’s another one from May, which again doesn’t say any names, and only gives a vague explanation about some vets helping one of their brothers with PTSD by living with him.
When someone saw this fundraiser they had some questions, and her answers were straight out of a Disney movie.
I mean seriously? How cliche can you get? It’s always some heartbreaking sob story. Of course this Marine was a foster kid who joined the corps, and he happens to have two 23 year old friends in New Hampshire who took second jobs so that he can live with them for free. Because that makes sense. And it all goes through her. You just donate to her, and have faith that these unnamed 23 year olds will come and pick up the supplies and bring it to the wounded veteran who lives with them. Because Uncle Sam doesn’t help out wounded veterans. You have to rely on random women sharing Amazon wish lists on townie Facebook pages.
It’s just something about these people who come across as too good to be true, that makes me think they’re too good to be true. Like last year when she created another Amazon wish list for an unnamed Millbury senior citizen, who she claimed she was personally visiting on Christmas Day with gifts, because her family doesn’t love her enough to visit.
Here’s one in May for unnamed Gold Star mothers so they could get pampered with an Amazon wish list.
She tags dozens of people in some of her posts, urging them to donate, like this one where she’s selling t-shirts that she’s going to give to unnamed veterans. Notice the Booster campaign’s name.
It’s named after her dogs. It’s an account that she set up. So you’ll just kind of have to assume that the proceeds from this overpriced dog t-shirt will go to “the troops.”
But perhaps the shadiest of them all was this one.
First of all, why does everyone in need always “reach out” to her? Is she Beyonce or something? What does she actually do that’s that special besides spam some town pages with Amazon wish lists? So a teenager reached out on behalf of his buddy’s family who can’t turn the heat up because they’re so poor, and instead of paying for more gas or oil, they’re gonna raise money for space heaters? This of course would put the electric bill through the roof, because if heating your entire house with space heaters cost less money than filling up the oil tank, then everyone would do it.
Oh, and on top of that the oil company just gave them 100 free gallons, but it just so happens that “Mom” has been sick so they have mounting medical bills too.
Luckily “we’ve also connected them to services that will help with the medical.” Because she has contacts in the healthcare industry as well. Is there anything she can’t do by spamming townie Facebook pages?
The dogs’ Facebook pages are where the real fundraising begins. She seems to use these “service dogs” which were supposed to go to an unnamed Marine, as bait to get you to donate. Check out this post, and where she asks you to send donations to.
A $50 donation will help some random unnamed family so they can eat dinner. Are first responder’s families really struggling this much? Are they making less than minimum wage? And you can donate that money to the Gunnar and Scout PayPal account. Except those are dogs, so they don’t have a PayPal account, but she sure does.
Now, you would think this woman is some sort of high profile philanthropist. She’d certainly have to have a registered charity in her name. And she does – it’s called Valiant Veterans. They have a Facebook page, but their website brings you here and gives you advice on Blackjack strategies. Sounds legit.
Here she is with her friend Pastor Will Bard, who she often refers to as “Dad,” and State Senator Mike Moore.
Valiant Veterans advertises itself as a non-profit charity.
And they’re listed on a database for veterans groups.
Except they’re not listed as a registered non-profit with the Attorney General’s Office.
Nor are they listed on the Secretary of State’s website.
But for the amount of money she’s constantly soliciting, this would have to be registered with the state.
Nonetheless her work gets her on the field at Gillette Stadium, and her and Will are able to rub elbows with some pretty famous people.
And did I mention that Amanda is not certified to train service dogs? She readily admits that.
But she trains dogs for other people anyway.
But legally in Massachusetts you can train your own service dogs. It’s just debatable if she actually needs them, since she drags them everywhere. According to her she needs them in the grocery store to make sure no one runs over her foot, and they act as a “stranger alert.”
Notice in this article she says that the money goes to war veterans via her “non profit organization titled Live Life Center.” Except they’re not listed on the AG’s website either.
In this same article she claims the Marine who Gunnar was initially being trained for was her “best friend,” not just some random Marine.
And now these dogs are basically being used as bait for some major fundraisers for non-profits that don’t seem to be listed in the state’s database.
By the way, the dogs refer to her as “Mom” when she speaks for them on Facebook, and appear to have a bed adjacent to hers.
The dog’s call he friend Will Bard “Dad.”
We’ll get more into that in part 3, as I’m not done digging into him. But he’s a Shrewsbury megachurch pastor running a Stanley Brothers-esque cult in that town. Google him.
We did reach out to Amanda to answer some questions, and she only made things worse with her answers. When we accused her about lying in regards to the house fire from Wisconsin she immediately deflected and started ranting about all the legitimate charity she’s done.
And I don’t doubt she’s done many legitimate things. It doesn’t change the fact that many of these things also seem to be illegitimate.
But according to her she wasn’t lying about the house fire in Wisconsin because someone had reached out to her (they always do) and created a wish list for a guy who never heard of her. Who was the person that reached out to her then?
Again, she falls back on the legitimate charities to mask this seemingly illegitimate scam.
But what about the article calling her out for being a fraudulent dog trainer?
He’s a liar too I guess. Back to the legitimate charities…..
But what about only listing the first names of people she’s helping, or no names at all?
Notice she’s still insisting that someone reached out to her about the Wisconsin family. But she won’t say who. Keep in mind, she now knows that this man had no connections to Millbury, so whoever reached out to her was lying. But of course that’s probably a lie too. Although she claims she called the police on the person who gave her the bogus information about the fire.
She collects SSDI by the way.
Because of her alleged disability.
And she recently got a new house in Gloucester.
But what I wanna know is, who is the Marine “best friend” she was training Gunnar for?
“Tom.” But she can’t give a last name (to clear her name), and claims she never said Chris the fire victim was from Millbury.
Except she definitely did say he was from Millbury several times in an attempt to solicit Amazon gift cards.
Anyway, this has been exhausting researching this one. But what I really wanna know more about is the Church in Shrewsbury, and her past history with landlords. Because something doesn’t smell right, and a lot of people have reached out to us already, but we’d love to know more. Part 3 coming next week.