The new story of a true crime from Netflix Bad vegan: fame. Fraud. fugitives it just crashed and is already getting a lot of buzz. The story follows the rise and fall of Sarma Melngailis, a famous New York City restaurateur and owner of the famed Pure Food and Wine venue.
The documentary explains how Sarma fell in love with a man named Anthony Strangis, married him and allegedly was subjected to psychological abuse and blackmail. Sarma and Anthony ended up scamming around $ 2 million from his employees and investors and escaped for a year before being caught by authorities when they ordered non-vegan Domino pizza from a Tennessee motel.
The story is wild and features some truly amazing twists. But who exactly is Anthony Strangis? Here’s what you need to know.
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Puts Sarma on Twitter.
The details are a bit confusing. But apparently, Anthony met his future wife on Twitter around 2011. They started dating soon after and got married not long after, according to The sun. This was her second marriage and, second, she also has a child from her previous relationship The sun.
He reportedly abused Sarma.
Anthony, also known as Shane Fox, was accused in court by Sarma’s attorney Jeffrey Lichtman of being a “complete maniac”.
“She has been mistreated and controlled by a predator and a scammer all her life,” Lichtman said, for the New York post.
bad veganexecutive producer Ryann Fraser said Women’s health there was no doubt in his mind that Anthony had been abusing Sarma. “I absolutely think he gassed her. I think it was mental, verbal abuse. Many types of abuse. I mean, it’s pretty extensive. And it’s terrible, “she said.
He promised to make Sarma and her dog immortal.
Sarma is famously in love with her dog, Leon. And Anthony convinced her that he could make Sarma and Leon immortal if she did whatever he said.
TO Vanity Fair The article detailed how Anthony once told Sarma that he and his brother were always watching her and if she didn’t pass the “tests” he had arranged for her, he would come looking for her. Anthony would also tell Sarma that Leon had been her dog in a previous life and if he did as he said, “Leon would also be immortal and safe to be by my side for eternity,” according to Sarma.
He has a criminal past.
Anthony had been in trouble with the law before he met Sarma, second People: He was arrested on suspicion of theft and trafficking of the identity of a police officer.
The director of the series Chris Smith said so WH that Anthony was the driving force behind the scam, not Sarma. She didn’t even want to marry him, she explained: “She had talked to her accountant him about how she could [Anthony] transfer this money to her? And the accountant said, ‘Well, why don’t you marry him?’ “He said.” Then they went to get the marriage certificate. “
Smith added that “Sarma herself, we don’t believe she would ever end up resorting to criminal behavior on her own. She was a very dedicated person to this restaurant and its success and put under a lot of stress and pressure trying to make it work.”
“If Anthony hadn’t come into her life, we just think nothing of the kind would have happened.”
He went to jail on a slew of charges.
In 2017, Anthony pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated theft, criminal tax fraud and a plan to defraud, according to The sun. He was sentenced to five years’ probation for stealing $ 1 million from investors and employees of Sarma’s restaurant. Before that, he served a year in prison on Riker’s Island.
He is no longer married to Sarma.
Sarma filed for divorce from Anthony in May 2018, on New York post relationships.
Smith and Fraser both said Anthony hasn’t contacted them since bad vegan It was released. And Sarma wrote on her website that she is no longer in contact with him.
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