Former NFL Player,Brian Carpenter Pleads Guilty to Fraud

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A former National Football League (NFL) player pleaded guilty today to orchestrating a conspiracy to defraud the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) of over $300,000. 

Brian Carpenter, 59, of Centreville, played for the Washington Redskins, New York Giants, and Buffalo Bills in the early 1980s. According to court documents, Carpenter was the owner and operator of a Leesburg company called the Flintstone Group which facilitated the sale and distribution of janitorial products, including products that were specifically labeled and created from his time in the NFL, including an enzyme solvent named “Blitz” and degreaser citrus solvent called “DG-28.”

Carpenter established a relationship with at least two employees of WMATA who were assigned WMATA-issued credit cards as part of their roles as assistant superintendents for WMATA’s maintenance and custodial services division. Carpenter devised a scheme whereby the WMATA employees permitted him to charge their credit cards for supplies that were never in fact delivered. In these instances, Carpenter would retain a substantial portion of the amount charged from the sales for his own personal benefit and the employees received cash payments in exchange for permitting Carpenter to charge their cards. To make it appear that Carpenter ran a wholly legitimate business and to circumvent WMATA’s internal credit card controls, he used at least 10 different companies to process transactions from the credit cards, most of whom were not in the janitorial supply business and had never met the WMATA employees whose cards they charged. Carpenter then provided the WMATA employees with fake and fraudulent invoices representing that WMATA paid for and received all of the products it ordered.

When WMATA-Office of Inspector General began investigating the case, Carpenter provided investigators with altered invoices to make it appear that he had ordered or substituted all of the products that were charged to WMATA. In total, WMATA spent at least $310,000 on products that were never delivered.

Carpenter pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when sentenced on December 15.

Good Wine, Great Gin, Less Calories?!

Do you ever feel guilty about sipping away a bottle of wine in the evening while reading your favourite true crime book, or when you go out for a few gin and tonics with the girls? I usually even avoid thinking about the number of calories I drank and end up skipping meals to make up for it. Only in the summer though, I just love pizza too much.

Turns out, there is an actual solution to the problem! SkinnyBooze is a company which sell lower-calorie (but not lower quality) wine, beer, champaign and gin!

They have a couple of exciting options, whether you are just looking for options with less calories than your usual wine or a gluten-free beer, maybe some vegan friendly alcohol. They even have free delivery and a subscription service as well, so here are my favourite options!

Vegan-Friendly Ciders and Vegan-Friendly Beers

The ciders have 36% less calorie than your usual cider and cost less than £3/bottle! They come in Blueberries and Apple, Cranberries & Limes (sounds awesome, can’t wait till it gets here!) and Raspberries and Pomegranates. 

Their beer sounds similarly amazing – 36% fewer calories, vegan and gluten-free and a case of 24 is only £32.95!

All sounds perfect for a summer BBQ.

Price for the cider: A case (12 x 500ml) for £33.98

Skinny White Wines

One of the other things I love in the summer is a cold glas of rosé or white wine and they have an impressive selection of that too. Usually these wines have more sugar than the red wines but SkinnyBooze has options with 30% less calories than usual.

They have a pretty impressive selection with surprisingly good prices. I wanted to order a case of 6 rosé, but unfortunately, they were out. Still, a case of 6 costs around £60 which is cheaper than most wines I’d buy in the supermarket.

It’s Always Gin’o Clock at Mine

Is there anything better than sitting in a garden and sipping G&T’s and soaking up the sunshine? No, didn’t think so. I have 2 or 3 types of gin and countless different types of tonic at home at any given time (I really should get a bar cart for my hobby of drinking) but never came across the options with less calories in the gin! Sue me, but slimline tonic just doesn’t taste the same.

Their own brand has 28% fewer calories in it than most brands, however, it doesn’t actually classify as a gin with its lower alcohol content, but if the taste is right, I won’t mind the difference. You can get the gin here. Unfortunately, they are out of the pink gin at the moment.

Essentials For The Perfect Night In With Your Favourite True Crime Documentaries

In the last couple of weeks, we all spent more time on the couch than we thought it’s even possible and unfortunately the end is still far away. So it’s time to face it – we all need to turn our flats into the perfect place for a comfortable night in with your favourite documentary. The Danish already perfected Hygge, it is our turn now! 

Weighted Blanket

We can all use something which helps ease our stress and anxiety and helps us fall asleep. Weighted blankets provide a sensation of being hugged which shown to increase the level of serotonin (happy hormones) and melatonin (hormone that regulates sleep-wake cycle), and also releases cortisol (stress hormone). 

Keep in mind when picking out the blanket that it has to be as heavy as 10% of your weight to be see the change in your sleep and anxiety. 

Price starts from £69.99 but the heavier the blanket you need, the priciew it gets.

Popcorn maker

What is a good movie night without some popcorn? I have one of the hot air corn poppers for years and I love it. It doesn’t require any fats so it’s a low calorie treat for the evenings.

A Favourite Wine Tumbler

I don’t know about you but I regularly manage to spill my bevarage on the couch while tryint to get cosy. Plus hugging my glass gets my wine warm too quickly, so having an insulated wine glass with a LID on saves quite a bit of washing and cleaning. It’s also great for picnics, the beach or in the office when you want to pretend that you are having coffee – not like would ever do that!

These unicorn styleinsulated wine tumblers only go for £12.99

Booze Scented Candles

Are you going alcohol free for the night? I commend you! But is there anything better than the smell of a lovely gin and tonic or a glass of wine? I thought so. Luckily there is a solution to have your cake and eat it too – Bottled Up wine scented candles!

These yummies start from £8.00

Mother’s Day Gifts for the Mum Who Loves Wine

Mother’s Day is upon us and this year it’s different. So what should you get for your mum, who loves wine if you can’t take her out for a Mother’s Day lunch this year? You might not even get to see her this year, so why not deliver something to her place.

Wine Bottle Glass

I mean, the only question is – why don’t I have one of these? Seems very practical for the time when you don’t want to get up for another glass of wine…

Wine Bottle Glass £12.00

A Fancy New Bar Cart

Now I know, this is a little expensive, but you did save money on not taking her out for a fancy lunch and you know your mum deserves something nice. Just think about how happy it will make her to look at it every time or tell her friends that she got it for Mother’s Day!

Vintage Style Bar Cart £74.95

Gift Vouchers, so she can stock up on wine

Sure, a voucher isn’t the most thoughtful gift, but we all fall into online shopping in the past few weeks, it would be nice to spend some credit. It fits every budget and she can finally stock up her wine selection to survive the next few weeks of crazy we are facing. Or gin selection, because sometimes you need something stronger.

Wine Tote Bag

I’ve talked about the tote bag before, but I think this is the perfect present for the whole family, including my mum who does enjoy a glass of wine in nature. It looks great, available in multiple colours and fits two bottles.

Insulated Wine Tote Carrier £19.99

nsulated Wine Tote Carrier - 2 Bottle Portable Padded Versatile Wine Cooler Bag for Travel, BYOB Restaurant, Wine Tasting, Party, Dinner, Great Wine Lover Gift, Khaki

Looking for more gift ideas to your loved ones? Check these out:

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3 Present Idea for Your Vinofil Best Friend

My best friend is obsessed with wine so for years now wine has been my go to inspiration when her birthday rolls around. Here are some awesome ideas which you can steal. Go ahead… I promise won’t tell anyone.

1) Shower Holder for Wine and Beer

Some of my friends say shower beers and wines are disgusting but I have to disagree with them. A hot shower and a cold drink is the best thing you can do at the end of a long day. Give the gift of having the most chilled evening.

SipCaddy Shower Portable Cupholder Caddy For Beer & Wine Suction Cup Drink Holder Clear £17.21

SipCaddy Shower Portable Cupholder Caddy For Beer & Wine Suction Cup Drink Holder Clear

2) Wine Decanter

Do you know that feeling that you wouldn’t buy something for yourself but you have been wanting one for years? Wine decanter is one of those things and a beautiful decanter isn’t just useful, it’s also a beautiful addition on the shelf.

Wine Decanter £29.99

3) Wine Tote Bag

Now you might say I’m being selfish with this item, but wouldn’t be nice if someone else would carry the wine for the picnick or to the beach becauste they have a designated wine bag? It also looks good an fits two bottles.

Insulated Wine Tote Carrier £19.99

nsulated Wine Tote Carrier - 2 Bottle Portable Padded Versatile Wine Cooler Bag for Travel, BYOB Restaurant, Wine Tasting, Party, Dinner, Great Wine Lover Gift, Khaki