Here’s What Happened When Instagram playboy is also the vice-president 1 day ago   06:04

Jamie Mosley is a successful entrepreneur, who started a company, and made a lot of money, selling a product you might not have realized there was a market for: E-cigarettes that are safe for jails.

Specifically, for his jail — or at least, that's how it started.

Mosley, a former state police officer who moonlights as a NASCAR driver, was elected Jailer of Laurel County Kentucky in 2012. Without the option to sell tobacco in his commissary, the jail saw a new set of problems emerge, like withdrawal issues, more inmate fighting, and an increase in black market trade of tobacco. Furthermore, Mosley found that corrections staff had one less thing to take away from inmates to discourage bad behavior.

"When I developed the product. It was really not with the intention of starting a company I was just trying to solve a problem within my own facility." Mosley told VICE News. So he got the idea to introduce a vape option to his jail, but all of the ones on the market were too easily turned into weapons. So he invented a solution.

"Everything out there had a metal casing or was a very very hard plastic, and could be hammered down into a shank," Mosley said, "We also wanted something with a very low voltage so that you couldn't utilize it for an ignition source to start a fire with."

Crossbar, as Mosley calls his product, is now in some 33 prisons and jails across the country, and is expected to do $3.5 million in sales this year.

It sells to prisons and jails for about $2 to $3, and the jails, in turn, sell it to inmates for between $10-15. One Crossbar e-cig is said to be the equivalent of about two packs of cigarettes, but inmates say they are still essentially luxury items. And while Mosley sells the ecigs to his own jail at cost, it’s not hard to see the excellent profit margins that would be attractive to other facilities. This additional revenue source is one of the main marketing points for Crossbar.

And while the e-cig trade has made Mosley a fairly wealthy man, he insists he has no plans to give up the job he loves: working at the jail.

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Crossbar, as Mosley calls his product, is now in some 33 prisons and jails across the county, and is expected to do $3.5 million in sales this year.
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drugs, heroine. Aren't they the same?
Ryan Bevins
What this doesn’t tell you is the jailor is now in federal prison😂
Sarah Purcell
Vaping is turning the younger generation into drug addicts
Jared Lapierre
Lame Vice, you should've covered the price of this product to black market packs of cigarettes in prisons and looked into if it undermined the market sufficiently. An e-cig tank could easily contain the same amount of nicotine as a pack of cigarettes without many health downsides.
Jared Lapierre
That Vice reporter's last question was unnecessary, if you really wanted to know, why didn't you just ask about prison employees who re-sell the products are a rate marked up several times and if he was concerned about that sort of exploitation? Very backward and rude, maybe you should ask about the data.
Kyle Davis
So nobody seems to see the issue and the scam ? Okay okay okay just remember now where he is from and how corrupt their county and prison systems are throughout the entire state.
Bordasfuck What you doing
Does the company owner profit or just the jails ??
You missed a question to ask: "Would you welcome competitors into your closed market if other companies made an ecig that qualifies under the same specifications?"
planet_ dope
inmates should be allowed to pump darts
Demetri Corcovelos
I think that this product should be in every jail & prison just because it would make life safer & easier all around
Aegon I Targaryen
Good man
somethings fishy about this warden and his business....
Look, VICE, I know you just wanted to cover all grounds, but you could've approached this differently. There's nothing wrong with asking if he's capitalising on the prisoners, but at least do it without coming off being accusatory. I mean, Christ, this man came up with a brilliant nicotine-related solution to hopefully aid in rehabilitating them. This man deserved a big pat on the back, not an accusation.
Sefrioui Amine
Who u kidding
Andrew Staal
If this guy wasnt honest he wouldnt still be a jailer. He would have taken the money and ran.
UE bloopet
prisoners start smoking. :(
take away ciggarets. : /
make vapes that could be made into weapons for prisoners. :)
This is amazing actually 🙏
Moving forward
Richard Calalang
So heroin isn't considered a drug in Klantucky?
Ricky bernabeu
Did y’all hear Laurel hill Kentucky or xanny hill Kentucky?
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Instagram playboy is also the vice-president Here’s What Happened When 1 day ago   05:24

Equatorial Guinea’s vice-president records his lavish lifestyle on Instagram, but it is unclear where his money comes from. He is currently being tried for embezzlement and money-laundering in France, where a verdict will be announced this week.

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Meet one of Instagram's most famous playboys. He tours the world, driving fast cars and eating at the world's finest restaurants. He even gets hip-hop stars like Wyclef Jean to play at his lavish parties posting his exploits on his Instagram account. But this isn't your typical Instagram star.

He's the vice-president of a country, Equatorial Guinea. A small country in west Africa with a lot of oil.

Teodoro Nguema Obiang is the second-most-powerful man in the country. His father is the world's longest serving president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema. The Obiang family has amassed a fortune running into the hundreds of millions of dollars. But how have they made their money?

Equatorial Guinea has some of the most opaque national accounts in the world. Per head it is the richest country in Africa, yet people live in plastic-shack poverty. The most recent figures available from the World Bank suggest that three-quarters of the population live below the poverty line. But the presidential family seem oblivious to the poverty.

If the country is so wealthy, where is all the money going?

Tutu Alicante is a lawyer from Equatorial Guinea who is in exile in the United States. He runs an organisation that is trying to tackle corruption in his homeland. He knows first hand how the massive theft of public money has left little behind to fund public services.

While most of the population live in squalid conditions, Teddy splashes the cash, showing off his wealth on his Instagram account. Often using the hashtag luxury living he reveals a life of privilege and excess. Court papers say he amassed around $300m worldwide between 2000 and 2011, despite having an official government salary of less than $100,000 a year.

The Department of Justice alleged that Teddy embezzled millions of dollars from the public purse as cabinet minister. The Department of Justice agreed a settlement of around $30m with Teddy.

This year Teddy has found himself on trial again. This time in a separate case in France charged with embezzlement and money-laundering. After being unsuccessful in claiming diplomatic immunity he failed to show up to any of the court hearings. Instead, he posted videos on Instagram of himself on safari near Victoria Falls.

The French court valued his assets in France at around €100m, including a large property bought for €25m in Paris. The French public prosecutor has asked for a three-year jail sentence, €30m fine, and all of Teddy's assets in France to be seized.

The vice-president denies the charges.

The future for Equatorial Guinea looks bleak. The president is ageing and his son is preparing to take over. The spendthrift strongmen of Equatorial Guinea are not the only presidential family in Africa who are under investigation for embezzling from the public purse. The presidents of Gabon and the Republic of Congo are also being investigated by judges in France.

But Teddy's had a busy time of late posting from the beaches of Brazil to the Great Wall of China. There are plenty of countries where regulators turn a blind eye to despots who want to hide their ill-gotten gains. But their secrets are increasingly being leaked and it helps if the autocrats themselves do the leaking, via Instagram.

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