Monday, August 21, 2017

Another Congressional Chief Of Staff Busted In Espionage-Blackmail-IT Fraud

Image result for oops did i just say thatBoy, I bet it just really sucks when you are a Chief of Staff and get busted using your Congressional Member's Expense Account to purchase computer equipment, sneak it out the parking garage, to sell out the trunk of your vehicle, to IT foreign nationals who dope routers and set up thin clients to be strategically placed in Congressional offices, who are currently under federal indictment for banking fraud and espionage, to have them sell it back to your Congressional Member using the same account, when you are blinded by greed for a few shiny pennies to realize these same people you have been dealing with for years have massive dirt on you stealing from your Congressional Member's campaign funds by submitting false claims into FEC records, during work hours, and manipulating your Member's congressional voting record by providing false advise in order to sell the vote, change the vote, or flat out manipulate the congressional record for personal inurement.

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Democrat’s Office Approved $120k Write-off Linked To Awan Brothers

WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 09: Congressional Black Caucus members (R-L) Chair Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA); Rep. David Scott (D-GA), Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL), Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) hold a news conference about health care reform at the U.S. Capitol September 9, 2009 in Washington, DC. Lee said the caucus expects President Barack Obama to show support for a "robust" public option during his speech to Congress tonight. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A chief of staff of Democratic Rep. Yvette Clarke quietly agreed in early 2016 to sign away a $120,000 missing electronics problem on behalf of two former IT aides now suspected of stealing equipment from Congress, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.

Clarke’s chief of staff at the time effectively dismissed the loss and prevented it from coming up in future audits by signing a form removing the missing equipment from a House-wide tracking system after one of the Awan brothers alerted the office the equipment was gone. The Pakistani-born brothers are now at the center of an FBI investigation over their IT work with dozens of Congressional offices.

A senior House official with knowledge of the situation provided TheDCNF with new details about how exactly the brothers are suspected to have stolen the equipment and possibly data from Congress, raising questions about the members or staffers who were signing the checks on equipment purchases.

The $120,000 figure amounts to about a tenth of the office’s annual budget, or enough to hire four legislative assistants to handle the concerns of constituents in her New York district. Yet when one of the brothers alerted the office to the massive loss, the chief of staff signed a form that quietly reconciled the missing equipment in the office budget, the official told TheDCNF. Abid Awan remained employed by the office for months after the loss of the equipment was flagged.

The brothers are also suspected of orchestrating a different long-running fraud scheme that involved working with an employee of CDW Government Inc., one of the Hill’s largest technology providers, to alter invoices so that members’ offices could purchase items in a way that avoided triggering tracking by central House-wide administrators.

Separately, the brothers are suspected to have orchestrated a long-running fraud scheme in which the office would purchase equipment in a way that avoided tracking by central House-wide administrators. They’re suspected of working with an employee of CDW Government Inc. — one of the Hill’s largest technology providers — to alter invoices in order to avoid tracking. The result would be that no one outside the office would notice if the equipment disappeared, and investigators think the goal of the scheme was to remove and sell the equipment outside of Congress.

CDW spokeswoman Kelly Caraher told TheDCNF its cooperating with investigators, and has assurance from prosecutors its employees are not targets of the investigation. “CDW and its employees have cooperated fully with investigators and will continue to do so,” Caraher said. “The prosecutors directing this investigation have informed CDW and its coworkers that they are not subjects or targets of the investigation.”

Those fraud schemes are two major parts of the criminal case being built against Imran Awan, his wife Hina Alvi, his two brothers Abid and Jamal, and potentially others into their Capitol Hill IT work. Their work as IT aides gave them full access to all emails and files of dozens of members of Congress, and the law enforcement probe also includes a cybersecurity component.

According to the official who talked to TheDCNF, Clarke’s chief of staff did not alert authorities to the huge sum of missing money when it was brought to the attention of the office around February of 2016. A request to sign away that much lost equipment would have been “way outside any realm of normalcy,” the official said, but the office did not bring it to the attention of authorities until months later when House administrators told the office they were reviewing finances connected to the Awans.

The administrators informed the office that September they were independently looking into discrepancies surrounding the Awans, including a review of finances connected to the brothers in all the congressional offices that employed them. The House administrators asked Clarke’s chief of staff, LaDavia Drane, whether she had noticed any anomalies, and at that time she alerted them to the $120,000 write-off, the official told TheDCNF.

Drane took over for Shelley Davis as Clarke’s chief of staff in February, the same month one of the Awan brothers requested the massive write-off for the lost equipment. It’s not clear whether it was Davis or Drane who signed off on the form, but Drane knew it occurred since she notified House authorities of the write-off when they asked.

Salary records show Abid’s employment with Clarke ended in September, some six months after the discrepancy was acknowledged in the write-off and the same month Clarke’s office learned of the impending financial review. Since assuming office in 2007, the New York Democrat’s IT has been handled by, at various times, Imran, Hina, and most recently Abid.

Imran and his wife Hina were indicted this month for ancillary crimes relating to frantically gathering money to wire to Pakistan and attempting to leave the country, after learning that investigators were looking at the other behaviors. They began liquidating assets in earnest not long after that September call to their employers, real estate records show.

The current charges serve to keep Imran in the country by taking his passport, while the main case is built in earnest. Hina is already in Pakistan with some of the proceeds and could become a fugitive if she misses her arraignment.

The missing equipment tied to Clarke’s office included many iPhones and iPads, the official told TheDCNF. At $800 each, the written-off sum would be enough for 150 items in an office that, according to payroll records, only has 16 employees.

The equipment would have been billed under former chief of staff Davis, who led Clarke’s office from 2010 to February 11, 2016, at which point Drane took over. The request for the write-off came from the Awans around the time of that staffing change. Drane and the office’s spokeswoman, Christine L. Bennett, refused to tell TheDCNF which chief signed the form, and why they did not fire Abid at the time or alert authorities.

Members can be personally liable for money or equipment that is lost from their taxpayer-funded office. But the write-off process exists through the House Chief Administrative Officer to square the books in cases of minor, unintentional discrepancies, such as a years-old Blackberry being misplaced.
Clarke’s chief called a House help desk to inquire about the write-off process and was told the forms are submitted routinely, but did not convey the highly unusual scale of the dollar figure, the official said.

The missing $120,000 covers only Clarke’s office. Imran and his relatives worked for more than 40 current House members when they were banned from the House network in February, and have together worked for dozens more in past years. Not all of the offices’ books have been audited for similar patterns.

In addition to the apparent write-off scheme, the family is suspected of funneling money from other congressional offices using the invoicing scheme that authorities believe involved cooperation from within CDW Government Inc.

Equipment purchased by members’ offices is normally tracked closely by central House-wide administrators, but House rules allow micropurchases under $500 to be treated more informally. In offices where the Awans worked, CDW invoices routinely showed high-priced items falsely billed at just under that cutoff point, the official told TheDCNF. The low figure on the high-priced equipment would keep it off the tracking radar of central House authorities. The difference in the actual price was then made up by inflating the cost of a service plan, and the equipment was shipped to Imran’s house, the source said.

A member or high-level staffer with financial responsibility in the office would still have to sign a voucher for each such purchase, however, raising the question of how the office wouldn’t have noticed equipment was being purchased that never actually materialized at the office, and in quantities an office might not plausibly need.

Missing money involving write-offs, like the $120,000 written off by Clarke’s office, would be a concern for authorities in addition to equipment that disappeared following the service-plan maneuvering. The suspected write-off scheme aimed at removing items from tracking inventories, while the suspected service-plan maneuvering aimed at keeping the items from being added to the inventories in the first place.

Davis, Clarke’s prior longtime chief of staff, avoided calls from TheDCNF after learning of the story.

Davis previously worked for Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas and for Rev. Jesse Jackson’s nonprofit. Public records indicate Davis had money problems. He faced eviction from a Northeast Washington, D.C., apartment in 2011, according to D.C. court records.

Despite earning $160,000 a year on Capitol Hill, Abid simultaneously ran a car dealership in Virginia and filed for bankruptcy in 2010 to discharge hundreds of thousands in debts. Court records show the dealership took $100,000 from an Iranian who also served as a politician in Iraq and who is wanted by the Department of Justice. Abid’s business partner testified that the dealership’s financial books were inscrutable.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Real Life House of Cards: Insider Deals, Murder & Espionage- The Clintons, Seth Rich & Awans!’

Due to popular demand Newsbud.com has released this full video to the public. The trailer was initially released on August 5th 2017. To get full access to videos like this and more, be sure to join the Newsbud Activist Community! Follow the saga of the Clinton’s in this unique time line starting with the race for the White House with all of the major scandals leading up to present day including Russia gate, Seth Rich, the Awan’s and much more only available at Newsbud.com 



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Friday, August 18, 2017

CONYERS: Bannon's Removal Doesn't Address Trump's Support Of White Supremacy & Racism

Conyers: We Must Boldly Condemn Racist Un-American Ideals

Detroit, MI– House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) today released the following statement in response to the news that Steve Bannon will no longer serve as White House Chief Strategist:

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“As I said in November, Steve Bannon is the standard-bearer for the worst instincts in American society.  Whether Bannon personally trades in violence, racism, and bigotry - he allowed Brietbart - his media organization - to become a platform for white nationalism, misogyny, anti-Semitism, and anti-immigrant sentiment of the worst kind. 

“I am pleased that he is no longer serving in the White House, he should have never been appointed. However, his removal will not undo the damage that has already been done and it will not reconcile the hate-filled agenda of the Trump Administration.

“President Donald Trump has shown us his true colors. He sided with un-American white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and all those who give racism and hatred a voice. Trump's failure to reflect on his dangerous rhetoric continues to embolden these groups and ideals.

“This administration must reverse its pattern of discriminatory positions in notable areas including voting rights, policing, immigration, and affirmative action. Beyond wringing our hands, we must use this opportunity to enact meaningful change.”


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LinkedIn Arrived In Detroit, Then Blocked My Account

LinkedIn announces search for Detroit office location, employees

Senior vice president Mike Gamson announced LinkedIn is searching for a Detroit office space August 18, and said the new office would be the first opened by the company in ten years.

A few moments later, I was banned from LinkedIn.

Of course, I decided to go through the reaffirmation/appeal process to reclaim my account I have had for years, containing historical documentation of Conyers' work, and this is what I encountered in the next screen:


LinkedIn wants my personal identification.

Like that is going to happen.

I say this is borderline criminal as they do not tell you what they will do with your information.

Looks like a potential fraud scheme to me.

Well, not bemoaning the fact that being kicked out of numerous Democratic groups, blocked from C SPAN, my websites shut down, and now, banned from LinkedIn, it looks like I am on the right track.

LinkedIn is a member of the Meanies.

I should send Mike Gamson and Bill Gates t-shirts for showing how a private corporation can suppress free speech.

DETROIT, MI - Job recruitment and social networking website LinkedIn is opening a Detroit office and looking to hire employees to offer talent and staff solutions in Motor City.

Senior vice president Mike Gamson announced the news in a blog post published fittingly enough on the LinkedIn website on August 18, and said the Detroit office would be the first opened by the company in ten years.

"Why Detroit? After evaluating more than 10 U.S. cities, we chose Detroit because we believe the Motor City presents a unique opportunity for LinkedIn to hire top talent and be a part of an exciting economic turnaround story," Gamson said. "This new office gives us a chance to marry LinkedIn's uniquely powerful culture with Detroit's dynamic talent to create economic opportunity for our employees, the city and our company."

He said Detroit is a place where LinkedIn believes it can hire "great people," and where talent is already present.

LinkedIn is in the final stages of securing a temporary office space in downtown Detroit in order to get operations running as soon as possible, while also searching for a permanent location.

"Our goal is to have our first employees in that office within the next few months, and as such, we are actively searching for incredible sales professionals at all levels," Gamson said.

He also detailed what LinkedIn is looking for when it comes to employees: people who dream big and know how to have fun.

"If you're in the Detroit area or know someone who may be looking for a way into a new opportunity, we're looking for motivated candidates interested in transforming themselves, the company they work for and the world," Gamson said.

LinkedIn already has five positions posted online for the Detroit office, including employees who would work in social and talent solutions and small business relationship managers.

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Two Former Wasserman Schultz IT Aides Indicted For Conspiracy Against US

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Bill Clinton & Imran Awan
A federal grand jury Thursday indicted two former information technology (IT) aides of Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz — Pakistani-born Imran Awan and his wife Hina Alvi — on four counts of conspiracy in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The FBI arrested Awan at Dulles International Airport July 24 as he was preparing to board a flight to Pakistan. When his wife Alvi left the U.S. for Pakistan in March, federal authorities found more than $12,000 in cash hidden in a suitcase. She had withdrawn the couple’s three children from local schools and does not intend to return to the U.S., according to the FBI.

“Defendants AWAN and ALVI did unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly conspire, combine, confederate, and agree with each other to commit offenses against the United States,” including bank fraud, false statements, and unlawful monetary transactions, the indictment said.

An arraignment date has not yet been set, and a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group’s question about when Hina Alvi would become a fugitive if she does not return to the U.S. voluntarily, or whether officials would seek to extradite her from Pakistan.

In addition to lying on multiple mortgage disclosures, as an affidavit alleged at the time of Imran’s arrest, the indictment claims Hina lied by claiming medical hardship in order to withdraw hundreds of thousands of dollars from a retirement program.

The Awans, three of their relatives and a close friend are the targets of an FBI and U.S. Capitol Police criminal investigation into allegations they committed congressional cybersecurity violations and large-scale theft of congressional property in a scheme that may have begun more than a decade ago.

The crew worked as shared IT aides for dozens of House Democrats, including many who were members of the intelligence, foreign affairs and homeland security committees. Most of the Democrats fired them when the Capitol Police investigation became public in February, and their access to the congressional IT system was terminated.

However, Wasserman Schultz kept Alvi on her payroll until March and Awan until the day after his arrest. Authorities arrested Awan on the bank fraud charges in order to take his passport and prevent his leaving the U.S. as the investigation into their Capitol Hill activities continues.

Awan retained Chris Gowen, a longtime aide to former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to represent him shortly after his arrest. Gowen has claimed in media interviews that Alvi left the country with the children only because of lost jobs and the high cost of living in the nation’s capital. Gowen told the Associated Press that the family lives “in squalor” in Pakistan.

Gowen also told The New York Times that the Awans wired series of large sums of U.S. dollars to Pakistan as part of a long-time plan to buy property there. The couple had a combined income of $360,000 a year and owned four properties in the Washington, D.C. area, public records show.
In January, Imran — while impersonating his wife, according to the FBI — wired $283,000 from the Wright Patman Congressional Federal Credit Union.

“The wire transfer specialist asked AWAN for the reason for the wire transfer, and AWAN stated that it was for ‘funeral arrangements,'” the arrest indictment said. “The wire transfer specialist questioned whether ‘funeral arrangements’ was a sufficient reason for such a large transfer. AWAN then changed his reason to ‘purchasing property.’ The wire transfer specialist then initiated the $283,000 wire from the United States to two individuals in Faisalabad, Pakistan.”

Even after Awan’s arrest in July, it is possible more money flowed to Pakistan. On Aug. 3, he sold a home for $617,000, according to public records. Gowen declined to say if the proceeds were wired to Pakistan.

Politico reported that the Awan couple has a “friendly personal relationship” with Wasserman Schultz, who is a Florida Democrat, and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). They are also reportedly close to another Democrat, Rep. Gregory Meeks of New York.

Wasserman Schultz resigned from the DNC in July 2016 when Wikileaks released hacked committee emails. She has defended keeping Awan on her payroll even after she was aware he was suspected of, as she described it, “data transfer violations.” She claimed she had “racial and ethnic profiling concerns” and “would do it [keep Awan] again.”

In addition to allegations of fraud and the criminal investigation, other family members have been accused of fraud and worse by Muslim acquaintances and relatives in civil court.

Awan is currently involved in a civil case against his stepmother, Samina Gilani. Awan wanted his stepmother to sign a power of attorney document giving him access to money in Pakistan that was stored in his recently-deceased father’s name. Their stepmother has become homeless while the children — with a combined income of hundreds of thousands per year — are fighting her over a $50,000 life insurance policy.

She claims that Awan used his IT skills to wiretap her and his government connections to intimidate her. Gilani also said Awan told her he had the power to have people kidnapped.

Imran Awan’s brothers Jamal and Abid also were on the House payroll at chief-of-staff level salaries, and Jamal filed a death certificate for his father that falsely said he was divorced. Abid changed the beneficiary of their father’s life insurance policy from the wife to himself after his death, Gilani’s lawyer said.

“Imran Awan threatened that he is very powerful and if I ever call the police again, [he] will … kidnap my family members back in Pakistan,” Gilani claimed in the documents filed in Fairfax County, Va.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Michigan & Texas Profit Millions In Educational Neglect & Abuse In Medicaid Fraud

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General just presented its audit findings for the State of Texas Medicaid Reimbursement for School-Based Health Services and it found over $18 million dollars in fraud.

Now, here is the background.

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"Your goal is to generate profits for the LLC."
Fairbanks, LLC is the state privatized company that has the contract for Texas schools special needs billing programs.

This is its mission statement:
Our goal is not the maximization of what a client can claim from Medicaid.
Seriously.

The mission is not to maximize revenues from the submission of Medicaid cost reimbursements, but to generate profit for Fairbanks through the submission of fraudulent billing to Medicaid to generate "fees".

Yes, it is all about the fees for those for-profit privatized human service agencies, particularly when dealing in child welfare, because, as always, those records are secured through privacy laws, in the "best interests of the child", literally.

Medicaid fraud in child welfare is a multi-billion dollar industry.

The "leadership" of Fairbanks, LLC hails from Deloitte.

Deloitte sucks because it is the same company which set up Michigan's BRIDGES IT system, where, there the system is so horrible, it will cut, confiscate, severe and omit remittance of federal program assistance payments to "The Poors" (SNAP, Medicaid) due to its horrific internal 3 month audit reset mechanism, which generates more fees, and your basic, poorly constructed online application and case management services, of which I aver was intentional for purposes of up-billing.

This is taken directly from the Michigan-Deloitte microcontract:
Effective 5/8/2017, this Contract is increased by $8,980,640.00 for Design, Construction, Testing, and Implementation of the Universal Case Load (UCL) portion of the Integrated Service Delivery (ISD) Project. All other terms, conditions, specifications, and pricing remain the same. Per Contractor and Agency agreement, DTMB Procurement approval, and State Administrative Board approval on 1/24/2017.
This is now the aggregated contract value:  $163,587,804.00

Basically, for doing a half-ass IT job, causing extreme hardship for the residents of the State of Michigan, Deloitte got a bonus, and I bet it comes from fraudulent billing to Medicaid, and switcho-chango federal funding shuffles the state calls "gaming the system".

I have always speculated that the Michigan allows its privatized contractual arms to secure kickbacks to fund political campaigns.

That is correct, Deloitte has a FEC Political Action Committee.

And Deloitte has its dirty little hands all up in Fairbanks, LLC down in the Texas school system in ripping off those special needs students who deserve these services, but hey, do not let me interfere in a tried and true business model of maximizing profits for a privatized, state contracted corporation.
Not all of the direct medical service costs that the State agency claimed for Medicaid SHARS were reasonable, adequately supported, and otherwise allowable in accordance with applicable Federal and State requirements. Specifically, the Contractor coded random moments incorrectly. Of the 3,161 random moments coded as an IEP-covered direct medical service, 274 were coded incorrectly. As a result of these errors, the State agency received $18,925,853 in unallowable Federal reimbursement for the Medicaid SHARS program during the period October 1, 2010, through September 30, 2011.



See, Texas and Michigan have the same mission in educating students of the State: Profit by abuse and neglect.

See, these children who do not receive proper educational services, do not learn and eventually will grow up to become adults who rely upon more Medicaid services, ultimately, furthering diffusing this Medicaid fraud model of "gaming the system", from state, to state to eventually other nations.

Always remember, it is in the best interests of the child to generate a profit!

Snyder's attorneys say DPS students have no right to literacy

In federal court today, attorneys responding to a suit naming Gov. Rick Snyder as a defendant argued that the state of Michigan, which has been so intimately involved with Detroit Public Schools for almost 20 years, has no responsibility to ensure students in the district are able to learn to read.

The suit, brought by seven Detroit schoolchildren in September of last year, charged Gov. Snyder, the members of the Michigan Board of Education, and various other state officials with failing to provide an opportunity to learn.

Now, before you out-county city-bashers erupt in unanimous invective about inner-city pathologies, children who don't want to learn, and babies having babies, read on and decide if any child could learn under the circumstances outlined in the lawsuit. The lawsuit describes classrooms without books, teachers, or even functioning climate control, where temperatures can exceed 90 degrees in the summer and drop to 32 degrees in the winter. The lawsuit describes vermin and nonfunctioning restrooms. The lawyers associated with the case describes an environment where since no books exist no homework can be assigned. Students are essentially warehoused in a building for several hours a day. Yes, in such conditions, even Brad and Ashley from the prosperous precincts of Independence Township might find it a challenge to learn.

What's more, before the state of Michigan intervened, the district had a surplus of $93 million, healthy enrollment and test scores that were on the rise. After the state's "rescue" in 1999, and then under the ensuing succession of emergency managers, little remained of those promising figures. In 2015, as Curt Guyette reported, enrollment had plummeted by nearly 50 percent, the number of schools cut in half, and a tide of red ink annually amounted to tens of millions of dollars, and sometimes hundreds of millions of dollars.

But this afternoon, with a straight face, Deputy Attorney General Timothy Haynes argued before Judge Stephen J. Murphy III that the state of Michigan didn't agree that state officials had any responsibility to provide DPS students with literacy. They also challenged that the state has controlled Detroit Public Schools since 1999. The Bill of Rights, Haynes argued, mentions no specific right to literacy. Instead, counsel pointed to the charter operators, authorizers, boards, and intermediaries as possible culprits. The courtroom gallery was dense with a cross-section of inner-city students, teachers, and their families, who showed remarkable restraint to sit in polite silence through this effort to explain away the grotesque barriers to education that prevail at many of their schools.

Then Mark D. Rosenbaum addressed the judge on why the suit should not be dismissed. Never in his life had he imagined he would stand before a court in the year 2017 arguing that the state had an obligation to provide students with textbooks, teachers, and a building in which they could learn without being distracted by the sweltering heat or having to put on a second jacket to stay warm. As the judge and the attorney brought up the fine points in the relevant case law, the discussion was probably heady for even those fine legal minds holding down their side of the bar. At the end of the hearing, Judge Murphy declared he'd issue a decision, though it would likely take longer than the usual 30 days.

Later Thursday afternoon, officials of the American Federation of Teachers blasted the state's motion to dismiss the suit. “The state created these poor learning conditions," their statement read, "and now Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette are further abdicating their responsibility to the children of Detroit by moving to dismiss this case. All these children and families are asking for is what we owe all families — great, well-resourced public schools where parents want to send their kids, teachers want to teach, and children are engaged.”

After the plaintiffs and lawyers streamed out onto Lafayette Boulevard, they spoke to media about the barriers they've faced. Many of them were excited to speak to reporters, to share their stories on camera. Catching a bit of shade in front of the courthouse, it was tempting to dwell on the irony of students being denied everything the Brads and Ashleys of our world take for granted — and ending up fighting the system in the company of legal wizards and well-spoken activists. Talk about gaining an education!

In about 30 or so days, we'll begin to see if the state gets taught a lesson too.



Privatization cannot thrive nor can corporations generate profit, unless the children fail in schools.



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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

LK Report for 8/16/17 - Suing CPS and More...



LINCOLN, Neb. - Four reports from Omaha and one from Holdrege have been received regarding a woman posing as a child protective services employee seeking admission into homes, the Department of Health and Human Services said.
More >> Woman posing as Child Protective Services worker tries to enter homes
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While she sought custody of her newborn son during her treatment for methamphetamine addiction and mental health counseling, she got to raise him herself.
More >> Can giving babies back sooner to parents in drug treatment be best? A court is trying it.
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As the nation's opioid crisis has deepened, the number of drug treatment centers for pregnant women has grown. But experts and advocates say there aren't enough services for pregnant women to meet the demand, and many don't offer the drugs doctors would normally use to treat addiction because they are concerned about the effects they might have on a fetus. And some laws requiring that babies going through withdrawal be removed from their mother's care can be a deterrent to seeking help, they said.
More >> Pregnant women addicted to opioids face tough choices
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A SOCIAL worker has been struck off after he allegedly told a highly vulnerable child to self harm.
David Steare was alleged to have told the youngster to ‘only cut’ herself on alternate days at set times, with her mother there to treat her wounds.
More >> Social worker struck off after allegedly telling vulnerable child to self-harm
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South Africa’s child protection system is failing its children‚ says World Vision South Africa.
“Despite comprehensive law and policy regulations‚ the lack of inter-sectoral collaboration has led to very low cross-referrals between social services and the SAPS‚” the humanitarian and child advocacy organisation said on Wednesday.
More >> SA child protection system failing its children – World Vision SA
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Raising the minimum wage by $1 per hour would result in a substantial decrease in the number of reported cases of child neglect, according to a new study co-authored by an Indiana University researcher.
More >> Raising the minimum wage would reduce child neglect cases
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DES MOINES, IOWA  --  Iowa jurors awarded Heidi and Rachel McFarland $3.25 million, saying they believe Des Moines adoption attorney Jason Reiper failed to file crucial adoption paperwork in a timely fashion, which ultimately led to the loss of their child.
More >> Ankeny Couple Awarded Millions in Adoption Malpractice Lawsuit
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ASHLEY — A local mother filed a federal lawsuit Monday alleging Luzerne County Children and Youth Services put her two children into a home where they were physically and sexually abused by an adopted child.
More >> Woman says CYS put her children in abusive home
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A 19-year-old who says she suffered years of abuse at the hands of her adoptive mother filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging assault, battery, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress and outrageous conduct.

More >> Iowa teen files civil suit against mother convicted of abuse
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TOPEKA (TNS) — Kansas is asking that reports of child abuse and neglect be made by phone for now because of computer problems.

More >> DCF taking reports by phone due to computer issues
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The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the state's child welfare agency cannot vaccinate children placed temporarily in its custody when the parents object.

More >> Court: State can't vaccinate kids in temporary custody


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The British Columbia Court of Appeal has determined that a child’s Indigenous heritage does not attract a “super-weight” over other factors in adoption in a decision the birth mother plans to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.

More >> B.C. court rules Indigenous heritage doesn’t override child’s best interest in adoption
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Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea holds a very strong opinion in regards to removing music education from schools. The bassist sat down with Rolling Stone to give his thoughts on politicians looking to cut funding for such programs, stating: "It's child abuse. It's just plain wrong."

More >> RHCP’s Flea says removing music education from schools is “child abuse”
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A SENIOR Catholic priest has argued lifting the seal of confession and forcing clergy to report admissions of child sex abuse would make children more vulnerable.

More >> Senior priest claims breaking confessional seal could make children more vulnerable

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When Will Juicy Joon Kim Give Us Those 175 Names?

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Well, pretty much, no one can ever say Prime Partners was not a willing participant.

The Southern District of New York (SDNY) has always held a special place in my heart as a major part of my epic romance.

SDNY is the first Division, in the history of this nation, to take on the task of financial crimes in child welfare.

In this situation, these financial crimes are international.

SDNY is where I first fell for my Pretty Preet Bharara, but now we have a Joon Kim who has come back to join the ranks of my army, to take these nefarious individuals of child welfare fraud out of circulation.

No one is reporting on the drama in the Justice Department, and from what I see,  the old school legal soldiers are coming back out, doing those conjugal collaborations, listening to the experts, or rather the whistleblowers.

I find it extremely interesting that there has yet to be appointments to Attorney General District positions as it comes across, to me, as a form of autonomy, away from the, oh, let us just coin it at this time as a culture of pro forma, at this point of the investigation (snicker).

Much love to Prime Partners SA for "enthusiastically" cooperating with the investigation by turning over those 175 client accounts.

Now, what are those 175 names?

This is so juicy...Juicy Joon, that is!

"Get em, my babies!"

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Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Agreement with Swiss Asset Management Firm to Resolve Criminal Tax Investigation

Prime Partners SA Will Pay $5 Million in Forfeiture and Restitution; Receives Non-Prosecution Agreement As a Result of its Extraordinary Cooperation

Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Stuart M. Goldberg, Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, and James D. Robnett, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (“IRS-CI”), announced today that Prime Partners SA (“Prime Partners”) entered into a non-prosecution agreement (“NPA”) with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and agreed to pay $5 million to the United States for assisting U.S. taxpayer-clients in opening and maintaining undeclared foreign bank accounts from 2001 through 2010. The NPA was based on Prime Partners’ extraordinary cooperation, including its voluntary production of approximately 175 client files for non-compliant U.S. taxpayer-clients, and provides that Prime Partners will not be criminally prosecuted. The NPA requires Prime Partners to forfeit $4.32 million to the United States, representing certain fees that it earned by assisting its U.S. taxpayer-clients in opening and maintaining these undeclared accounts, and to pay $680,000 in restitution to the IRS, representing the approximate unpaid taxes arising from the tax evasion by Prime Partners’ U.S. taxpayer-clients.

Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said: “Prime Partners admits to helping its clients conceal their ownership of foreign bank accounts to avoid their U.S. tax obligations. They created sham entities and even counseled their clients to use pay phones and prepaid debit cards to avoid detection of their tax fraud scheme. The resolution of this matter through a non-prosecution agreement, along with forfeiture and restitution, reflects the extraordinary cooperation provided by Prime Partners to our investigation. It should serve as proof that cooperation has tangible benefits. We will continue to pursue financial services firms around the world that help their clients evade U.S. taxes.”

Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg said: “The message is clear to those using foreign bank accounts to engage in schemes to evade U.S. taxes – you can no longer assume your ‘secret’ accounts will remain concealed, no matter where they are located. In our ongoing investigations, we will continue to draw on information from a variety of sources and to provide substantial credit to those around the globe who provide full and timely cooperation regarding the identity of U.S. tax cheats and the phony trusts and shell companies they seek to hide behind.”

IRS-CI Special Agent in Charge James D. Robnett said: “Today’s NPA signals the continued erosion of the tax secrecy safe havens that helped facilitate this criminal activity at a significant cost to the US taxpayer. IRS-CI is focused on tracking funds of individuals hiding income offshore and will continue to investigate international tax evasion.”

As part of the NPA, Prime Partners admitted various facts concerning its wrongful conduct and the remedial measures that it took to cease that conduct. Specifically, Prime Partners admitted that it knew certain U.S. taxpayers were maintaining undeclared foreign bank accounts with the assistance of Prime Partners in order to evade their U.S. tax obligations, in violation of U.S. law. Prime Partners acknowledged that it helped certain U.S. taxpayer-clients conceal from the IRS their beneficial ownership of undeclared assets maintained in foreign bank accounts by, among other things: (i) creating sham entities, which had no business purpose, that served as the nominal account holders for the accounts; (ii) advising U.S. taxpayer-clients not to retain their account statements, to call Prime Partners collect from pay phones, and to destroy any faxes they received from Prime Partners; (iii) providing U.S. taxpayer-clients with prepaid debit cards, which were funded with money from the clients’ undeclared accounts; and (iv) facilitating cash transfers in the United States between U.S. taxpayer-clients with undeclared accounts.

The NPA recognizes that, in early 2009, Prime Partners voluntarily implemented a series of remedial measures to stop assisting U.S. taxpayers in evading federal income taxes. The NPA further recognizes the extraordinary cooperation of Prime Partners, including its voluntary production of approximately 175 client files for non-compliant U.S. taxpayers, which included the identities of those U.S. taxpayers.

As part of the NPA, Prime Partners has agreed to forfeit $4.32 million to the United States, representing a portion of the gross revenues from services that it provided to U.S. taxpayers with undeclared foreign bank accounts from 2001 through 2010. In connection with this forfeiture, Prime Partners has agreed not to contest a civil forfeiture action to be filed by the United States.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office entered into the NPA based on factors including:
  • Prime Partners’ voluntary and extraordinary cooperation, including its voluntary production of account files containing the identities of U.S. taxpayer-clients;
  • Prime Partners’ voluntary implementation of various remedial measures beginning in or around early 2009, before the investigation of its conduct began;
  • Prime Partners’ willingness to continue to cooperate to the extent permitted by applicable law; and
  • Prime Partners’ representation – based on an investigation by outside counsel, the results of which have been reviewed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Tax Division – that the misconduct under investigation did not, and does not, extend beyond that described in the Statement of Facts.
The NPA requires Prime Partners to continue to cooperate with the United States for at least three years from the date of the agreement. In the event that Prime Partners violates the NPA, the U.S. Attorney’s Office may prosecute Prime Partners.

Mr. Kim thanked the IRS for its outstanding work in the investigation of this matter and the Tax Division of the Department of Justice for its assistance in the investigation.

This investigation is being overseen by the Office’s Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarah E. Paul and Kiersten A. Fletcher are in charge of the matter.


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Monday, August 14, 2017

LK Report for 8/14/17 - Poor CPS, Overworked and Underfunded. Waaaaaa! Boo hoo...





Note: Waaaaa!

TAMPA — If Florida's overburdened child welfare system has an epicenter, it's Hillsborough County.

An average of 3,600 children were in foster care in the county during 2016, the most in Florida. Hillsborough also has among the highest number of child abuse investigations and removal rates.

More >> Hillsborough loses big as state fails to divide child welfare money by need
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BATON ROUGE - Auditors examining the Department of Children and Family Services’ oversight of its Foster Care Program found that the Department struggles with high caseloads and staff turnover, which affects employees’ ability to ensure the safety and well-being of children in foster care, the Legislative Auditor said in a report released today. In addition, auditors found that the Department did not ensure required background checks were performed for prospective foster care providers and that some foster care providers had previous valid cases of abuse or neglect.

More >> Report: DCFS high caseloads hamper ability to operate foster care program
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Australia - Priests who fail to tell police about suspected child sexual abuse should face criminal charges, even when they learn of abuse during a confidential religious confession, Australia's most powerful investigative authority recommended on Monday.

More >> Australian inquiry: Priests should report abuse confessions
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ROYAL COMMISSION RECOMMENDS: Making failure to report child sexual abuse in institutions a criminal offence.

More >> Abuse inquiry's failure to report offence
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Oklahoma - A thief wiped out a warehouse full of donations for foster children. Luggage With Love, a nonprofit, had just put in a warehouse in Pottawatomie County to serve even more kids.

More >> Burglar Steals $4,000 Worth Of Donations For Oklahoma Foster Children
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NEWPORT, RI—A story about abuse and exploitation of children inside Rhode Island group homes included a recent incident at a home for girls on Girard Avenue. According to the Providence Journal, an employee allegedly enticed two 15-year-old girls to go outside and fight. When they did, a female arrived and assaulted them, as the employee had pre-arranged. He since has quit his job with Child and Family Services. The girls suffered minor injuries, and police are investigating, the Journal said.

More >> Newport Group Home Employee Arranged Fight, Assault On Two 15-Year-Old Girls
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SACRAMENTO — State officials have ordered Sacramento County to shut down its foster care intake office by the end of next month, calling for an end to an illegal operation where abused and neglected children are poorly supervised, sleep on the floor, and are often preyed upon by human traffickers.

More >> State orders troubled Sacramento foster care office to close
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RACINE — The grandmother of the 3-year-old Racine boy shot to death last month is pleading with the county to return his two young brothers to her after removing them from her home last week.

More >> Grandmother fights to keep brothers of shot 3-year-old together
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Centralia’s Kiwanis Vocational Home, open from 1979 to 1994, was intended to be a safe place for wayward boys, a state-licensed foster home where 11- to 17-year-olds could get an education and job skills in a “family atmosphere,” according to a 1986 Chronicle article.

More >> Sexual Abuse, Fraud and Negligence Alleged at Closed Centralia Home for Boys
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NSW - A foster carer admitted pulling an eight-year-old boy's hair, tying his hands with a skipping rope, then strapping him to a pole while he was "squealing like a pig".

More >> Foster carer banned for tying up boy with skipping rope while he squealed 'like a pig'

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

LK Report for 8/12/17 - Our Foster Care Journey and More...



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A video from a brand new foster parent who just got her first stolen child.   

HE IS HERE | Our Foster Care Journey



Know thy enemy people.  They think they're doing God's work.  They get that warm fuzzy feeling. They believe everything that the nice social worker tells them.

Then they get the rug ripped out from under them.  This just hasn't happened to her yet.

BTW, this is one of the most interesting types of foster care providers.  A child may have been abused, and she smiles because he's in her care.  A child was ripped away from his parents and she smiles because he is like a new pet.  She will hug him and hold him and love him and squeeze him and call him George...

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The great-grandparents of three children are suing Wayne County Children and Youth Services, alleging they were wrongly denied adoption subsidies because they adopted the siblings through a private arrangement.

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A gag order in the case of a Hawaii island toddler who died while in foster care goes against protecting the child and the family.

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A mother refused to allow social workers to interview her young children and had suggested they were racist, the Dublin District Child Care Court heard on Friday.

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Saskatoon, Canada - Jacqueline Maurice's book The Lost Children: A Nation's Shame chronicles her struggle as a victim of the Sixties Scoop, the practice of removing Indigenous children from their families.

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McDONOUGH — Jennifer and Joseph Rosenbaum now face 39 total criminal charges in the death of 2-year-old foster child Laila Daniel, up from their original seven-count indictment.

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A 7-year-old Gwinnett County girl was mistakenly pulled out of class Tuesday afternoon and driven to the state Division of Family and Children Services office in Rockdale County after a name mix-up, the district said.

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The 50-year-old Sugar Grove man convicted of sexually assaulting his foster son suggests Kane County Judge D.J. Tegeler issued an "excessive" 45-year prison sentence as punishment for the crime, according to court documents.

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Spanking isn’t abuse if there isn’t evidence that a child was harmed, the Utah Supreme Court says.
The court’s ruling, released Wednesday, reversed an earlier finding by a juvenile court, which said that hitting a child with “any object” constituted abuse. 

A couple — who weren‘t identified in the case — had spanked their four children with belts, and the state put the children into custody of the Division of Child and Family Services in February 2016.

More >> Spanking a child isn’t abuse unless there’s proof of harm, Utah Supreme Court says




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During the past few years, foster parents around the country have come forward to say they were told to give up their guns—or give up carrying them on their person for self-defense—as a way of complying with the foster care requirements for their particular state.

More >> Foster Families Torn Apart By Anti-Second Amendment Regulations

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Detroit Land Bank Authority Rumors: Judge Columbo, Mortgage Fraud & Voting Rights, 8-12-2017

What?

Voter packing in Detroit?

An issue with absentee ballots with the City Clerk's Office?

The Detroit Land Bank involved in voter fraud?

Nooooooooo.....I find this hard to believe..... (extreme sarcasm intended).

Election challenger: Detroit’s votes may be poisoned

Detroit — A registered election challenger is asking a Wayne County Circuit judge to throw out all city absentee ballots from Tuesday’s primary on claims they are tainted.

Like that is going to happen.  The City and the County are going to argue that it is too late, too much money, blah, blah, blah.

How do I know?

Been there, done that, bought the rhinestone t-shirt.

IMG_0648Anita Belle of Detroit filed an emergency complaint Wednesday asking Chief Judge Robert Colombo Jr. to stop the Detroit Election Commission from using the results of all absentee ballots after she contends challenges sought were unfairly denied and Belle herself was forced out of the absentee counting room inside Cobo Hall.

Chief Judge Robert Columbo, Jr.?

ROFLMAO!!!!

Hold on, I need a personal moment, here.


(Me laughing at the thought of a fair, unbiased adjudication of the issues with Detroit Land Bank Authority in front of Robert Columbo)

Belle said her certified group, the Voting Justice Committee, intended to challenge the eligibility of nearly 1,200 registered voters using addresses that were vacant lots owned by the Detroit Land Bank. But Belle said election workers denied the group.

Ok, here we go.

Chief Judge Robert Columbo, Jr. needs to voluntarily recuse himself from hearing the case because he has a long, quite long, and illustrious career issuing fraudulent rulings on behalf of Mike Duggan, Mayor Mike Duggan, and the Detroit Land Bank Authority, in quiet title actions.

As a matter of fact, the entire case needs to referred to the U.S. Department of Justice, Voting Rights Division, or the Affirmative Litigation Division, because, something tells me, that just might end up being the proper jurisdiction to investigate.

Whoops, looks like I just referred the matter. (snicker). #DOJ #FBI #votingrights 


Judge Robert J. Columbo, in his capacity of Chief Judge of the Third Judicial Circuit Court of Michigan, issued order for DOCKET DIRECTIVE 2014 – 26 on September 2, 2014, granting the Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA) special procedures in all civil actions for Expedited Quiet Title and Foreclosure Proceedings without requiring the DLBA to demonstrate it was “duly organized” or “validly existing” corporation “in good standing” in its state of incorporation to conduct business and “duly qualified” to conduct business with federal, state or local governments or to conduct business in other states.



What happened to my Michigan Judicial Tenure Grievance?

They told me I had to get an attorney because there was nothing they could do.

TRANSLATION: WE AIN'T GONNA TOUCH THIS ONE.  THE FEDS ARE ON IT.

Here is the place where the readers of disbelief, (a.k.a. Detroit Land Bank Authority defenders) will take great offense of my judicial allegations of fraud, so, just for moment of self-entertainment, I shall digress and tell the tale of Columbo and real estate fraud in Detroit, again.

Once upon a time, there was an attorney by the name of Vanessa Fluker who had a case pending before Columbo about fraudulent mortgage foreclosures.

To cut to the chase, Columbo, who had a mortgage with a defendant bank in one of Fluker's case, refused to recuse himself, and sanctioned her in this challenge for daring to even make such accusations into the public record as a "vexatious appeal" on eviction of her client. (notice the age and wheelchair of the client being evicted.)

Eventually, in appeal, the sanctions were lifted, but Columbo was then, put on public record of being baisedly friendly to those mortgage fraud schemes, including those NSP 2 mortgage fraud schemes of the then burgeoning Detroit Land Bank Authority.
Deutsche Bank and MortgageIT unit sued for mortgage fraud


“Supervisors with the Detroit City Clerk’s Office deprived me of the right to challenge the election by prohibiting challengers from being present when the signatures on the returned absentee ballots were compared against the signatures contained on the state’s Qualified Voter File,” Belle said during a news conference outside City Hall on Thursday evening.

“Supervisors with the Detroit City Clerk’s Office also deprived me of the right to challenge the election by claiming that any and all use of my cell phone — even to tell time or to talk to their own staff — was disruptive.”

Ultimately, Belle said supervisors with the clerk’s office and Detroit police removed her from the premises for using her phone to call the clerk’s office.

The lawsuit targets the city’s Election Commission — comprised of three members including Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey, Detroit Corporation Counsel Melvin Butch Hollowell and Council President Brenda Jones — as well as Winfrey independently as clerk and chair of the commission.
Reached Thursday, Winfrey said she was unaware of Belle’s complaint. Hollowell said the lawsuit had not been served to the city. If it is, the city will respond in court, he said.

Rumor has it Hollowell slides all cases dealing with Detroit Land Bank Authority to a special "out-box" for Clark Hill, the same Clark Hill law firm which handles the Detroit Bankruptcy case.

Golly geeze, I know a city where the entire ballot verification process, from state to finish, is done in complete secrecy, with some of the same familiar names involved, including Wayne County, but hey, what do I know?

Belle said the group intended to challenge the residency of registered voters, particularly absentee ballots mailed to such voters, “because ballots mailed to vacant lots most likely would not have a mailbox and would thus be returned to the City Clerk’s office as undeliverable.”

One would have to discover if those absentee ballots were even "mailed" or just picked up and returned by mail.

That would be mail fraud.  That would be a federal issue. #DOJ

Whoever the attorney is to be filing this original complaint on behalf of Belle, I hope sticks in a federal claim so these Detroit election officials will be forced to remove it.

I will try and secure a copy of the complaint and update.
Daniel L. Lemisch, Acting United States Attorney
Daniel Lemisch, Acting U.S. Attorney
Michigan Easter District

If not, I am sure my #Superfans will be monitoring, and, if not, I will be, oh, reporting on it, too, just to make their lives a bit more pleasurable!

I like making my #Superfans smile.

“Consequently, in the event that such ballots were found to be voted upon, the plaintiff intended to allege that employees of the city clerk, who had access to and custody of these ballots, violated numerous state and federal laws and thereby diluted the vote of the true residents of Detroit and thus rigged the election,” the lawsuit reads.

Yuppers, absolutely.  But then again, perhaps t'was not the employees, but an official.  

Sounds like another reason for federal intervention. #DOJ

“Because it is now possible that the well of absentee ballots is poisoned by as many as nearly 1,200 indistinguishable ballots cast by nonresidents, there is no repair but to ask Judge Colombo to throw out all of the absentee ballots,” Belle said Thursday. “... challengers are not pesky mosquitoes sucking the blood out of elections. We’re volunteers who make sure that the right vote is counted right.”

Belle is also asking the judge to refer the matter to the appropriate authorities for a criminal investigation, she said.


#DOJ #FBI

Anita Belle, meet Daniel Lemisch, Dan, meet Anita.


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