Manti Te'o Girlfriend Hoax: Could Alleged Scammer Be Charged?

Dan Abrams discusses what, if any, legal action could be taken against alleged hoaxster.
1:42 | 01/23/13

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Transcript for Manti Te'o Girlfriend Hoax: Could Alleged Scammer Be Charged?
I guess the question is, victim of a crime. In the state of california, as in some other states, it's a crime to impersonate someone online. The rob is two-fold. Was this a real person? The impersonation wasn't actually of someone who existed. It was taking a photo and making up a name and a personality. As a result, that's a problem in any proe tenl prosecution. Number two, cow still need to have the intent to harm, defraud, threaten. Intimidate, et cetera. In this case, they might say, this wasn't our intent. It was supposed to be a joke. Not to harm. This is just a misdemeanor, too. Not a serious crime. I guess you could imagine he might have a civil case. He produced a receipt of flowers he sent to the funeral home. If this was aeal investigation of a real crime, that would be significant. The authorities would say, this backs up his account. We should be looking at others involved, not him. As practical matter, what this does is it similarly backs up his story. Backs up his account that he believed that she was real. It certainly helps him in the court of public opinion. Hard to believe we'll see any charges. Hard to believe we don't learn new details. We have learned very little new since the story broke a week ago. We'll learn a lot more tomorrow on "katie." Now to a murder mystery brewing in philadelphia. A well-respected young pediatrician found dead in her

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