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Former The Ataris Bassist Indicted on Conspiracy and Fraud Charges

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  1. Melody Bot

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    Tyler Hayden, writing for the Santa Barbra Independent:

    Michael Davenport, a Santa Barbara resident and former bassist for the punk rock band The Ataris, was indicted last month on federal conspiracy and fraud charges for allegedly operating a nationwide telemarketing real estate scam that cheated approximately 100,000 people out of $27 million between 2009 and 2016.

  2. cricketandclover

    Things have changed.

    That's a lot of money.
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  3. The Format


    How many Atari's can you buy with $27 Million?
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  4. thecobrakais


    "They each face more than 30 years in prison."

    They're screwed. As well, they should be. Shameful.
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  5. Iamhollywood315


    It does take a lot of money to live in Santa Barbara but holy shit that was some scheme
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  6. DandonTRJ

    ~~~ヾ(^∇^ Supporter

    WaPo had an astounding article on this general area last week.

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  7. iCarly Rae Jepsen

    run away with me Platinum

  8. alkalinexandy

    Trusted Supporter

    When I first read that headline all I saw was "Ataris... Conspiracy and Fraud..." and I immediately assumed that I had somehow missed a GoFundMe/Kickstarter thing for a new album like, five years and the fans were suing them because it was never released.

    (And I'm not joking. Anyway. That's a crazy news story...)
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  9. 246toothpicks


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  10. honkytonk

    Narcissism on narcotics

    Most successful member of The Ataris, go figure. Wish he'd financed the new album haha!
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  11. Ryan

    Might be Spider-Man...

    This is freaking unreal, you never really know people who are in bands you like.
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  12. Arry

    it was all a dream Prestigious

  13. ej1089


    Looks like he’ll be out before the release of The Graveyard Of The Atlantic.
  14. Selkies

    That guy looks familiar

    I feel like, at this point, everyone who's ever picked up an instrument has been in The Ataris. I think I may have been...
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  15. cricketandclover

    Things have changed.

    I laughed.
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  16. Serh

    Prestigious Prestigious

    Good god
  17. MrCon

    I was trying to describe myself to someone

    How does a scheme as clearly fraudulent as that manage to operate for so long?
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  18. SEANoftheDEAD


    Crazy. Was thinking the same thing about him funding their album. Then I looked and noticed he was like 1 of 20 members to ever be in the Ataris.
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  19. tobytobes


    The Ataris were one of, if not the most, defining band of my childhood.

    In my adulthood? Holy shit what a trainwreck of people, haha.
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  20. RobJGolde

    Wrecked 'em? Damn near killed 'em!

    I wonder if when people tried to hang up on him, he would say "If you JUST hold on, JUST hold ooonnnnn!"

    Edit: In all seriousness though, that's fucked up. This guy's screwed.
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  21. Jared Luttrell


    That is a hell of a scheme.