Beach Bear Scam Returns After Jungwirth Release

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Following his release from jail after having the FBI charges against him dropped and pleading guilty to two unrelated misdemeanor charges, Craig Jungwirth is back his old tricks online.

Over the last few weeks Jungwirth has begun creating several new Facebook profiles in order to friend members of the LGBTQ community and encourage them to buy tickets to the Beach Bear Weekend event he essentially stole (more on that here if you missed it).  Many of those profiles have already been reported to Facebook and subsequently been deleted.

He’s able to do this unhindered because he only received one year of probation in addition to being ordered to undergo a mental health assessment.

South Florida Gay News additionally noted commenting on the misdemeanor sentencing:

Additionally, the court ordered Jungwirth to have no contact with any of the businesses in person, via the internet or any means of social media. “You understand,” Judge Lerner-Wren told the defendant, “this is a critical part of this plea?” He answered, “Yes.” Weighing significantly less than the 280 pounds he had months ago, Jungwirth remained stoic and silent throughout the hearing, except to change his plea, admitting he was guilty, competent, and understood the terms and conditions of his sentence.

Despite the admission he understood the terms of his probation, Jungwirth has been online advertising his event with links to the Beach Bear Website across Facebook and gay social apps. We’ve been in receipt of messages from at least two of his profiles (click the thumbnails for full size photos):

We’ve spoken to several members of the LGBTQ community who have not only been in receipt of similar marketing efforts to promote the fake event, but also harassment. Here are some screenshots those we’ve spoken to (and some we’ve obtained from sources) have taken (click the thumbnails for full size photos):

You’ll note in some of the screenshots Jungwirth advertises a different event. That’s one of his most recent harassment tactics.

As we reported last year, Jungwirth has a penchant for harassing and intimidating other LGBTQ events in the Ft. Lauderdale area. One of the newer events that filled the vacuum when Beach Bear Weekend went from legitimate event to scam is BearSurrection.

Jungwirth not only registered a website name similar to the existing event (Bearsurrections.com – do not go there as it’s liable to contain malware), he also created social media pages and ticket purchase sites to siphon money and attendees from the actual, legitimate event.

In a January 23, 2017 post to their official Facebook page, the actual owners of BearSurrection said:

ATTENTION PLEASE BE ADVISED NO PACKAGE TICKETS ARE BEING SOLD AT THIS MOMENT. Any links OTHER than our direct website are false. We have been informed there are many profiles on social media claiming direct sales.

We are diligently working with the support of the city of Fort Lauderdale and beaches, small and independent businesses, staple bars and nightclubs as well as a team of professional event producers who are booking world class talent and solid productions as Well as major sponsors to ensure a memorable and entertaining event with longevity for years to come.

We need your SUPPORT! If you see something fake or suspicious REPORT AND BLOCK THE USER.

We in no way shape or form have any relation to any prior beach / bear weekend / weeklong event.

Whereas the actual BearSurrection event website was registered in November 2016, Jungwirth’s similarly named site was registered on January 25, 2017 as a part of his ongoing attempts to sabotage the BearSurrection April event.

His original scam – Beach Bear Weekend – is running simultaneously asking people to front $199 for unspecified events in the Ft. Lauderdale area. As Unicorn Booty noted when they investigated the event:

The website reads, “Join bears from around the world April 13th to 16th, 2017 in the hottest town for bears on the planet: Fort Lauderdale!” Tickets are being sold through here at $199 a pop. We hope nobody falls for this scam, as there are no hotels or events actually listed on the website.

If these Facebook accounts are really him, Jungwirth may have already violated his probation through this communication. SFGN reports that part of his probation was “to have no contact with any of the businesses in person, via the internet or any means of social media.”

And because this can’t just be a run-of-the-mill ‘FBI ignores obvious illegal financial fraud being committed against members of the LGBTQ community yet again’ Jungwirth story, there’s one more tidbit we haven’t mentioned. Jungwirth is apparently now running to become Mayor of Wilton Manors, Florida.

If you’ve been contacted, threatened, or otherwise scammed/harmed by Craig Jungwirth, please contact us so we may put you in contact with his probation officer Charmin Gilbert. Your name will not be published.

If you have been affected and live in the Ft. Lauderdale area, you can take immediate action.

Jungwirth’s probation officer requested anyone that’s been harassed or financially defrauded by Jungwirth please file an affidavit immediately. Jungwirth has a hearing on March 7, 2017 at 11 AM. You can contact his probation officer, Charmin Gilbert, for additional information at 954-765-5127.

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Tim Peacock is the Managing Editor and founder of Peacock Panache and has worked as a civil rights advocate for over twenty years. During that time he's worn several hats including leading on campus LGBT advocacy in the University of Missouri campus system, interning with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and volunteering at advocacy organizations. You can learn more about him at his personal website.

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