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Napa Police Announce Investigation Into Kylie Kirkpatrick For Fraudulent Fundraising, New Allegations Of Filing False Police Report Arise

 

This afternoon the Napa Police Department issued a vague press release announcing that they were looking into “allegations of potential fraudulent fundraising” involving the school district’s school lunch program. Although they don’t specifically state the name Kylie Kirkpatrick, it’s pretty obvious who they’re talking about. (       of this series for context.)

Napa police are asking anyone with any information on allegations of possible fraudulent fundraising related to the lunch program at the Napa Valley Unified School District to assist them in an investigation.

“Napa PD is investigating the allegations and asks anyone with information to contact School Resource Officer Darlene Elia at 707-258-7880, extension 5211 or DElia@CityOfNapa.org,” the department said in a brief news release late Friday afternoon.

A department spokesman declined to say whether the request for information was in connection with the controversy over Kylie Kirkpatrick, 43, a Napa mother who gained national fame last summer after telling media outlets, including the Register, that her son Ryan Kyote, then 9, used his own money to pay off the lunch debt of his third-grade class at his Napa elementary school.

The stories resulted in appearances in national media outlets such as People magazine, Access Hollywood and the Ellen show. Gov. Gavin Newsom invited the youngster to the signing ceremony of a law banning school districts from denying students lunches because of outstanding debt, a practice known as “lunch shaming.” Almost immediately, however, other parents and those who knew Kirkpatrick began to raise questions about the story, pointing out that she had posted a GoFundMe account dedicated to paying off lunch debt prior to Kyote’s payment. They suggested that she had fabricated the story in order to garner fame and possibly profit off the publicity.

Kirkpatrick has consistently denied any wrongdoing. While the department declined to say specifically why it was issuing the press release, it concluded by advising “Both the Napa Police Department and Napa Valley Unified School District encourage those wishing to make charitable donations to any cause to research the organization to which they wish to give.”

The Napa Valley Register completely failed at their only job – report on local news. They only wrote this story because the police issues a press release. This is sadly what journalism has become today – a collection of police press releases and regurgitated AP stories.

As we will see in part 7, the NVR knew that Kylie was lying about where the money came from since June. They claim that they didn’t write about it because there wasn’t enough proof, which is not true. The real reason they didn’t write about it was because they preferred the first version of the story more.

Their story became the basis for bigger newspapers, since the media always trusts the media. This caught the attention of Governor Newsom who use the lie to pass legislation, and in doing so brought threats and smears on the Napa Valley Unified School District, and West Park Elementary in particular. A school that loves their students, and rallies around them in times of need.

The NVR didn’t care about them, because for the first time they were being cited and linked by much larger media outlets, and got millions of clicks that they monetized with ad revenue. Because of their negligent reporting Time Magazine named Ryan one of the most influential people of the year. Kylie would use this to bully people later on.

The NVR liked having an American Greta Thunberg in their backyard, and they liked being the media outlet that first told his story. They liked the story of a biracial kid being raised by a single mother, pushing for progressive legislation that Newsom, Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Ilhan Omar, Bernie Sanders, and countless others would then go on to use for their political campaigns.

They have made no effort to correct their mistake whatsoever. In last week’s Friday news dump they wrote a one sided story that only interviewed Kylie, after allegedly trying to contact me (they obviously put a lot of effort into that, considering the people who send me death threats on a regular basis have no problem finding my phone number or email).

When I spoke with Sean Scully earlier in the week there were 2 things he said that shocked me:

  1. That they didn’t have time to investigate her background because Napa County has 160,000 people, and his staff only has 5 full time employees.
  2. That there was no proof that the $74.80 Ryan gave to the school district for lunch debt came from a GoFundMe and not his allowance. While I conceded that this was true, I pointed out that if it was, it would mean that Kylie still hadn’t accounted for the $100 raised with the GFM. His response to that was, “It’s just $100.”

Newsflash – Turtleboy and TB Daily News needed just 2 weeks to investigate this entire story. I live 3,000 miles away. I write a blog that averages 3 million page views a month, and generally covers a metropolitan area of 10-15 million people (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut). I produce and host three live shows a week, I have one full time employee (me), Bristol, and a rabidly loyal following that helps me obtain evidence because they know that Turtleboy is the only media outlet that can be trusted to actually report the news anymore. I can’t even have bloggers on my staff anymore because I keep getting sued by people like Kylie Kirkpatrick every time they write a good blog.

Yet I still managed to report on this story. The NVR could’ve done this, but they were a little tied up writing about fruit.

The fact that I was told that it was “just $100” is even more sad. It’s not the number that matters here. It’s the fact that a little boy was being coached to lie by a mother who has a long and documented history of fraud and larceny. It wasn’t done for him, it was done for her. She benefitted off of this. She harassed and terrorized a community and used fear to to silence them. She went after people’s jobs and livelihoods, which is easy to do when you don’t have either. It might’ve started off with pocketing just $100, but it led to tens of thousands of dollars (if not hundreds of thousands) in profit, in the form of plane tickets, hotels, vacations, game tickets, random people sending them checks, more GoFundMe’s, selling donated goods online, etc.

One thing I haven’t reported on yet because it just came to my attention today was the fact that she filed a false police report after her eviction in 2017. Her landlord found her door like this after her son kicked it in:

Instead of taking responsibility for her out of control son’s behavior, Kylie contacted the police and made a false report that her apartment was broken into. After police investigated it and concluded that Ryan did it, Kylie wrote this arrogant, condescending email to the responding officer.

And now she’s pretending that her dog, which defecated all over the apartment, is a “federally protected service animal.” That email is what a ratchet sounds like when she tries to sound intelligent.

This is what the apartment looked like when Kylie left it.

The police officer responded back and made it very clear that they knew she was lying.

Filing a false police report is also a crime. There are others now reaching out to me as I write this telling me she has filed false police reports against them as well. This woman is a bully, a menace, a pathological liar, and a career criminal, and the Napa Valley Register legitimized her while ignoring her victims.

Thank you to the NPD for taking this seriously. Easily the most proactive I’ve ever seen a police department react to a blog series we’ve published.

 

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