Above you see two men. One is Pedro Martinez*, rehabbing pitcher for the New York Mets. The other is obviously not Pedro Martinez*. He is Kenneth Day, who passed himself off as Pedro Martinez* on a date with a chiropractor in January, 2005, in Florida. The chiropractor, Rhonda Schroeder, continued the relationship via the internet with another man, who continued to let Schroeder think she was dating Martinez.
This was all set up by Shirley Gordon, who apparently is a con woman. (Not that she really had to use her 'A' material here.) Now, the kicker is, the chiropractor, Schroeder, apparently spent about $1 million in order to keep "Pedro" happy. And she bought engagement rings for herself and "Pedro". (Thanks to the New York Daily News for all this information....although Dave Goldiner, the writer, actually says, "Day, who has not been charged in the case, bears a resemblance to the eight-time All Star pitcher, although he has a scar above his left eye [according to the St. Petersburg Times]. Martinez has no such mark." Yeah. It's the scar that really sets them apart. Otherwise I could understand the confusion.)
I understand Schroeder's desire to get her million dollars back. But I have a few issues with Schroeder here, and needless to say, I don't want her chiropractoring on me or anyone I care about...she doesn't seem like the swiftest bat in the bat rack, if you catch my drift.
Let's set aside, for a moment, that the guy she went on a date with looks nothing like Pedro Martinez*. Let's instead focus on why Schroeder would pay a million dollars to a guy who was a multi-millionaire.
The article isn't 100% clear on how this worked, but the con woman had her ex-boyfriend carrying on the internet relationship...and I guess Schroeder sent him money, which went to the con woman. So the things Schroeder paid for were:
- $20,000 for jewelry and a tummy tuck (!)
- $45,000 lease on a Cadillac Escalade
- $150,000 on furnishings, including a fountain
- a waterfront mansion worth $449,000 in Tampa
It's really not clear if Schroeder bought these things for the con woman in gratitude for setting her up with "Pedro", or if she bought them directly for "Pedro". Either way, what the heck was this woman thinking? What does a professional ballplayer who plays in New York City need a waterfront mansion for? A tummy tuck?! If it impressed this woman so much that she was dating Pedro Martinez, you'd think she'd know a little more about the situation she was getting herself into. Bottom line - the con woman certainly picked a good target to swindle.
And Rhonda, if you're reading this...I should let you know, Pedro* has a brother that I could probably set you up with....and he likes cash. His name is Ramon, and you can ontact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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