Where is Anthony Strangis Now? Latest Information!
Where is Anthony Strangis Now: Recently released on Netflix is “Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives,” a crime documentary that investigates one of New York City’s worst fraud scandals. Sarma Melngailis and Anthony Strangis, lovers-turned-business partners who defrauded investors and stole more than $1 million from Melngailis’ renowned raw vegan restaurant Pure Food & Wine, are the focus of the documentary.
In 2016, police caught Melngailis and Strangis, putting an end to their criminal rampage. Melngailis went to jail for four months, but what happened to her accomplice Strangis? Learn more about Anthony Strangis’ current whereabouts below.
Who is Antony Strangis?
According to an article in Vanity Fair, Anthony Strangis had a difficult childhood. He allegedly witnessed his parents’ violent arguments and was shuttled back and forth between his parents’ homes after they divorced. Strangis met Stacy Avery when they were both young adults, and they eventually got married.
Before abandoning Avery and their newborn boy, Avery claims that Strangis told her he was “expected to inherit $5 million from an aunt” and pawned all of her jewelry and devices when he found out about the pregnancy. Before meeting Sarma Melngailis, Strangis reportedly did time for impersonating a police officer and big theft, as reported by The New York Post.
Where is Anthony Strangis Now?
Forbes reported that in March of 2017 Anthony Strangis admitted to “four counts of grand larceny in the fourth degree.” A total of $844,000 was stolen from investors, and $40,000 was owed to 84 employees, according to the charges. After serving a year for his actions, Strangis was freed from New York’s Rikers prison in May 2017, and given a five-year probationary period. This is according to the New York Daily News.
Melngailis has been out of sight since the story broke when he filed for divorce from Strangis. He will finish his five-year trial period in May 2022.
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Learn more about the documentary “Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives” by watching the preview it has provided below, and then stream it on Netflix right now.
When/how/why did Anthony Strangis get caught?
Strangis’ involvement with Pure Food & Wine grew. Vanity Fair claims that when Melngailis wasn’t present, he handled the restaurant like a boss. None of Strangis’s purported assurances that he would pay up Melngailis’ obligations materialized. In the end, the two would steal around $2 million from Pure Food & Wine (including the salary of their employees) and blow it on casino vacations, five-star hotels, and luxury timepieces.
Both Melngailis and Strangis were threatened with extradition for unpaid salaries, grand larceny, and tax fraud when Pure Food & Wine shut down in 2015. The pair fled the scene rather than face the consequences of their actions. In May of 2016, they have apprehended in Tennessee thanks to the information provided by a Domino’s pizza delivery.
Sarma Melngailis and Anthony Strangis first meet?
Strangis and Melngailis, according to “Bad Vegan,” started talking to a Twitter user named “Shane Fox” in 2011. Melngailis fell in love with the person she had been texting and playing Words with for months before they finally spoke on the phone. In reality, Shane Fox was actually impersonating Strangis. By November, Strangis and Melngailis had started dating.
Vanity Fair reports that throughout their relationship, Strangis told Melngailis a variation of the same lies he told his ex-wife, Stacy Avery, including that he had a large number of assets stowed away and would pay off the debts she had accumulated while opening her restaurant. Despite their ups and downs, Melngailis and Strangis tied the knot in December 2012, by which time Strangis had infiltrated every part of Melngailis’ life, including her inboxes, phones, and bank accounts (though Strangis denies these claims).