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Friday, July 10, 2015

Remnant ROCOR Blog Co-Administrator Commits Act of False Impersonation


JTO has confirmed that Minas Michael Christie, co-administrator with Father Gregory Williams and Joanna Higginbotham of the Remnant ROCOR blog, has falsely impersonated an Orthodox Clergyman on-line. Christie, who has been the subject of several recent JTO articles exposing his criminal background, multiple civil infractions, copyright infringement, and vile on-line gay chat, created a false Google ID using the initials and last name of Deacon Joseph Suaiden. Suaiden, a deacon in the Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of North and South America and the British Isles, is the administrator of NFTU.net, an Orthodox news source that lists itself as "True Orthodox and Ecumenical News".

JTO first learned of Christie's deceitful act when he used the false Google ID in an attempt to post a comment on the JTO blog. 


The comment, that was not published, was from a D.J. Suaiden read: 
"Greetings Reader Nathan. Please visit my brand new blog and let me know what you think. I hope you will consider providing a link to it on JTO. I think it's important to get this information out to all True Orthodox. That said, I'd like you to know that I'm working on a JTO posting for it pending your approval. Perhaps you'll consider co-authoring the article with me. Thanks. http://nf-tu.blogspot.com."
The comment was not from Deacon Joseph Suaiden. It was from Minas Michael Christie posing as the deacon. The fake "D.J. Suaiden" was designed by Christie to falsely impersonate the deacon.  The comment, apparently intended for JTO administrator Nathan Lee Lewis, led Lewis to believe it was from the actual deacon. This caused Lewis to click on the link. The nf-tu blog or Nates From The Underground, contained mocking memes and other derogatory content. The nf-tu.blogspot.com address was a blog created by Christie to mislead by mimicking the NFTU.net that Deacon Suaiden operates. However, it is Christie's criminal use of the false personal ID that most clearly meets the following definition:

"False personation is the crime of falsely assuming the personal identity of another person to gain a benefit or to cause harm to the other person. Hence, the offense of false personation requires a deliberate effort to pass oneself off as another. It is also called false impersonation. “False personation is punishable as either a felony or a misdemeanor.”[ People v. Chardon, 77 Cal. App. 4th 205 (Cal. Ct. App. 1999)]."

Christie's potentially felonious act prompted the real Deacon Joseph Suaiden to issue a warning:
"Anything coming from this Google account:
https://plus.google.com/103770769386703450234/
It’s not me. It’s Minas Christie with a fake Google account (I have no personal Google account, or email.)"

As of this posting, the false Google ID is still active, and has been since at least August of 2014.

Christie's nf-tu blog, using the actual logo of the NFTU.net, disappeared within a few days of its creation, but was replaced soon after by a new blog called KFTU or Journey To Knuckleheads From The Underworld. Christie's use of stolen photos on the KFTU blog has prompted pending legal action for copyright infringement.

Christie's nf-tu blog was briefly linked on the Remnant ROCOR blog. His KFTU blog is currently linked on Remnant ROCOR as a "Member Blog". Father Gregory Williams and Joanna Higginbotham who co-administer the Remnant ROCOR blog with Christie, are members of the Russian Church Abroad under Bishop Agafangel of Odessa, Ukraine. Minas Michael Christie, who also uses the on-line alias, MRXRISTIDIS, and the name Michael M Christie, is a member of a Genuine Orthodox Church in Florida.

JTO has confirmed that Christie's GOC priest is aware of his on-line conduct but has been unable to curtail Christie's illegal activity. It is unclear as to whether or not any official ecclesiastical action has occurred or is planned regarding Christie. What is clear, however, is that Father Gregory Williams and Joanna Higginbotham, co-administrators with Christie on the Remnant ROCOR blog, are aware of Christie's past and present criminal conduct but have yet to disassociate themselves from him. 

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