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Texas realtor charged over Capitol riots is booted off PayPal

Texas real estate broker facing federal charges for storming the US Capitol has been booted off PayPal after she asked her supporters to send money via the online payment system to help cover her legal fees.  

Jennifer ‘Jenna’ Ryan, 50, of Frisco, is facing charges of knowingly entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct after she flew on a private jet to Washington DC ahead of the siege on January 6.  

Despite flying in style, it appears Ryan does not have cash to splash on court costs, and turned to PayPal on Thursday to help raise funds. 

‘I am accepting donations to pay legal fees and losses due to my arrest and charges by the FBI for protesting at the US Capitol. Thank you for your support. Any amount helps,’ Ryan tweeted along with a link to her PayPal account. 

‘I have to go to trial in Washington DC for this misdemeanor. I believe I was wrongfully arrested and charged and we have to fight for my freedom and [clear] my name.’

‘I am being surrounded by hateful people who are calling me a racist and asking for me to go to prison for 10 or 20 years and saying all sorts of horrible mean things about me. They don’t even know me. They want my business destroyed. I need help patriots.’

By Thursday evening, Ryan’s bid to raise funds were thwarted when PayPayl kicked her off the platform. 

‘PayPal has a policy to allow fundraising for legal defense purposes,’ a PayPal spokesperson told CBS News. 

“PayPal thoroughly reviews accounts, and if we learn that funds are used for anything other than legal defense, the account will be subject to immediate closure. We can confirm that the account in question has been closed.’

Jennifer ‘Jenna’ Ryan, 50, has been booted off PayPal after she asked her supporters to send money through the online payment system to help cover legal fees for charges relating to the Capitol riots on January 6 

 

It appears Ryan does not have cash to splash on court costs and, on Thursday, she turned to PayPal to help raise funds. The online payment system promptly closed her account

It appears Ryan does not have cash to splash on court costs and, on Thursday, she turned to PayPal to help raise funds. The online payment system promptly closed her account 

Ryan soon acknowledged that she had been booted off PayPal, but appeared to brush it off. 

‘Shucky darn I can’t do business with PayPal anymore. What am I gonna do with myself? I think I will survive. Seems like some people want to cancel me because I’m trying to get donations from PayPal. Big Woop,’ she reportedly wrote in a tweet which she has since been deleted. 

Ryan may not have been bothered by being blocked by PayPal because few people had donated to her cause. She had reportedly received less than $1,000 before her account was cancelled.

The outspoken blonde has fiercely maintained her innocence in the Capitol riots in multiple media interviews this week, including one where she claimed she only went to DC because a ‘very cute guy’ invited her.

She said she made the decision on a whim after receiving a Facebook message from a handsome stranger looking for people to join him at the rally Trump was holding at the White House. 

‘He was adorable,’ the single realtor – who said she loves Trump, firmly believes his unfounded claims of voter fraud and has always wanted to attend one of his rallies – told NBC News on Monday. ‘So I said: ‘Heck yeah, let’s go.’ I mean, who wouldn’t go and get on a private jet?’

But unfortunately for Ryan, the pairing wasn’t meant to be. 

‘There was another adorable girl there, too, and they ended up getting together, darn it,’ she said. 

Earlier this week Ryan revealed that she decided to go to DC on a whim after receiving a Facebook message from a handsome stranger looking for people to join him at the rally Trump was holding at the White House. Pictured: Ryan (left) with the new friends she joined on the jet. She did not identify her crush by name but he is presumed to be one of the three men above

Earlier this week Ryan revealed that she decided to go to DC on a whim after receiving a Facebook message from a handsome stranger looking for people to join him at the rally Trump was holding at the White House. Pictured: Ryan (left) with the new friends she joined on the jet. She did not identify her crush by name but he is presumed to be one of the three men above

Ryan is seen posing next to the private jet which whisked her to Washington DC, where she allegedly participated in the siege of the Capitol

Ryan is seen posing next to the private jet which whisked her to Washington DC, where she allegedly participated in the siege of the Capitol 

Two days after the insurrection Ryan realized she had much bigger problems than the failed romance, as the FBI identified her as a person of interest and shared grabs of a livestream she filmed of herself storming the Capitol. 

Ryan didn’t identify her crush by name, but he is believed to be one of two men she and another woman were photographed with next to the private jet before their flight to the capital.  

Three of the people in the photo have been identified but the two others remain a mystery. 

One of the men, seen right next to Ryan, is her friend and fellow realtor Brian Miller. On the other side of Miller is Katie Schwab, another realtor who was reportedly terminated from her job at Century 21 over her involvement in the insurrection. 

Ryan owns her own realty brokerage.  She is the only member of the group facing charges. 

Ryan posted this photo inside the cabin of the plane on Facebook and said the group spent the flight getting to know each other while drinking and bonding over their mutual love for Trump

Ryan posted this photo inside the cabin of the plane on Facebook and said the group spent the flight getting to know each other while drinking and bonding over their mutual love for Trump

Ryan also posted a photo of a broken window on Twitter, writing: 'Window at The capital. And if the news doesn't stop lying about us we're going to come after their studios next'

Ryan also posted a photo of a broken window on Twitter, writing: ‘Window at The capital. And if the news doesn’t stop lying about us we’re going to come after their studios next’ 

She turned herself in on Friday morning, but has maintained that she did nothing wrong and has no regrets.  

‘I have no guilt in my heart,’ Ryan told NBC News. 

‘My intention was not to have a riot. I did not want to have a riot. I was documenting what was going on in the environment I was in.’

‘I’m glad I was there, because I witnessed history,’ she added later. ‘I’ll never get the chance to do that again. No one will probably ever be able to go near [the Capitol] again.’ 

Ryan is among 125 people who have been arrested so far on charges related to the violent insurrection led by Trump supporters at the Capitol. Charges range from curfew violations to serious federal felonies related to theft and weapons possession.

In total five people were killed during the siege, including one US Capitol Police officer who was struck in the head with a fire extinguisher.

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies continue to search for the identities of several other individuals who were photographed rioting in the Capitol. 

The FBI released video of Ryan inside the Capitol prior to her arrest last week

The FBI released video of Ryan inside the Capitol prior to her arrest last week 


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