Thursday, June 4, 2020

The Legal Geniuses Of House Judiciary & Senate Homeland Security Are Still Trying To Figure Out How The Mueller Probe All Started

Whilst Jim Jordan and his merry band of "Legal Geniuses" (trademark pending) in the U.S. House Judiciary Committee struggles with the understanding that they already know the origins of the Mueller investigation, the Senate Homeland Security is about to subpoena all your favorite, outlandish characters, and a few who are not, like My Memo Man, who shall commence to bearing false witness, under sworn oaths, in the public record, but, hey, what do I know?

I know Mittens knows.

Why not tell Lil' Jim how it all started.


Senate Republicans approve subpoenas for ex-Obama officials on Russia probe origins

Democrats are decrying the investigation as election-year politics meant to rewrite the narrative of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

WASHINGTON – The Senate Homeland Security Committee on Thursday authorized the issuing of nearly three dozen subpoenas of Obama administration officials as part of Senate Republicans' investigation into the origins of the FBI and special counsel probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign.

The Judiciary Committee, meanwhile, met to consider more than 50 additional subpoenas, but postponed action until next week.

Republicans on the panels are looking into flaws in FISA application process, the “unmasking” of Trump campaign and transition officials, including ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn, and the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign more broadly — actions that President Donald Trump has collectively dubbed “Obamagate” and dismissed as a "hoax" and a "witch hunt."

“There are times when extraordinary situations require action whether or not we all agree,” Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., said. “The conduct we know that occurred during the transition should concern everyone and absolutely warrants further investigation.”

Democrats are decrying the investigation as election-year politics meant to rewrite the narrative of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, which concluded that while the Trump campaign did not conspire with the Russians, it had numerous contacts with Russians and, in some cases, welcomed their assistance.

“I’m disappointed that our committee is once again meeting to discuss a partisan investigation,” said Homeland Security ranking Democrat Gary Peters of Michigan. “I’m concerned about the timing of this investigation that did not become a priority until we entered into an election year.”

Tom Carper, D-Del., said in a statement that he refused to attend the meeting out of frustration that the committee is “trying to score political points and help a president in an election year.”

While 35 subpoenas were authorized by the Homeland Security Committee along party lines, Republican Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio and Mitt Romney of Utah expressed reservations. Romney said he continues “to be concerned that this is politically motivated.”

The Homeland Security and Judiciary committees are considering issuing subpoenas for former CIA Director John Brennan, ex-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former FBI Director James Comey, former Obama chief of staff Dennis McDonough, former national security adviser Susan Rice and ex-FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

The Judiciary panel is also considering subpoenas for current FBI Director Christopher Wray and former Justice Department officials, including former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

Judiciary member Ted Cruz, R-Texas, asked Democrats on the panel to consider how they would feel if the situation were reversed and the Trump administration were looking into the former Vice President Joe Biden's presidential campaign.

"Pause for a second and imagine how you would feel if Donald J Trump was doing exactly what Barack Obama and Joe Biden did," Cruz said. "So right now, are you guys copacetic with Trump putting wiretaps on the Joe Biden presidential campaign? Everything cool if Trump has the FBI send in agents wearing wires to the Joe Biden campaign? That's all good?"

On Wednesday, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified before the Judiciary Committee as part of its probe. He said in hindsight he would not have approved a FISA warrant for Trump campaign official Carter Page, but continued to defend the Mueller probe

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Tales Of The New Crown: Why Hop Cat - Barfly Ventures If Filing Bankruptcy - Körperwelten, Detroit Land Bank Authority & Medicaid Fraud In Child Welfare - Parental Rights Of Plastinized Tiny Humans

Do you know why these "gentrification" small businesses are going belly up by getting denied that Precious Payroll Protection Plan?

Well, it is because these people got these properties illegally, like the Detroit Land Bank Authority, through fake ass quiet titles, through fake ass LLCs, mostly in TARP regions with land banks, because they cannot make their multiple mortgage payments, because the banking system is falling internationally like dominoes.

Check out how many are christian businesses shuttering.

They all run those tiny humans trust fund schemes through lots of christian trafficking tiny humans trust funds like Catholic Charities through the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Stealin' The Children, Land & Votes - The Michigan Health Endowment Fund, Detroit Land Bank Authority & Detroit Economic Club

Michigan Medicaid Fraud To Be Discussed In Appropriations

I wonder what Gretchen Whitmer has to say about this, considering the fact that Blue Cross Blue Shield has the best financial interests in the children.

Barfly Ventures helping feed the hungry

The Will Play For Food Foundation was created specifically to assist and enable communities to End Childhood Hunger, by creating Awareness of hunger issues, help to create and share Solutions to hunger, and to connect recipients, donors, orgs, and businesses to achieve measurable results.

 They are associated with St. Jude's Children's Hospital through the
Children's Hospital Miracle Network
Feeding America

Summary for:  WILL PLAY FOR FOOD FOUNDATION              
Identification Number: 800941599 Old ID Number: 71382X
Date of Incorporation in Michigan:   07/10/2013


Term: Perpetual
Most Recent Annual Report: 2018 Most Recent Annual Report with Officers & Directors:   2018
The name and address of the Resident Agent:
Resident Agent Name: DALE RIETBERG
Street Address: 333 BRIDGE ST NW
City: GRAND RAPIDS State: MI Zip Code: 49504
Registered Office Mailing address:
P.O. Box or Street Address: PO BOX 352
City: GRAND RAPIDS State: MI Zip Code: 49501

The Officers and Directors of the Corporation:
Title Name Address
Act Formed Under:   162-1982 Nonprofit Corporation Act
The corporation is formed on a Membership basis.

Written Consent

Jay Riggs, the CEO for Will Play For Food, the tiny humans trust fund for Barfly Ventures, is partnered with JRG Partners, but it is inactive.

ID Number: 801537162      
Summary for:  BARFLY VENTURES, LLC           
Identification Number: 801537162 Old ID Number: D3898Q
Date of Organization in Michigan:   02/01/2010

Purpose: All Purpose Clause

Term: Perpetual
The name and address of the Resident Agent:
Resident Agent Name: MARK A SELLERS III
Street Address: 35 OAKES ST SW STE 400
City: GRAND RAPIDS State: MI Zip Code: 49503
Registered Office Mailing address:
P.O. Box or Street Address:
City: State: Zip Code:

Act Formed Under:   023-1993 Michigan Limited Liability Company Act

He has UCC liens.
As does Barfly Ventures, LLC.

It seems his liens lapsed due to the fact that he was probably busted doing that Corporate Shape Shifter thing, they like to do, all the time, or rather, stealin' the children, land & vote, more intuitively recognized in the legal parlay as gerrymandering.

His credit shot and he got busted, that is why he is filing for bankruptcy.

HopCat, BarFly Ventures file for bankruptcy

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Barfly Ventures, the parent company of HopCat, Stella’s Lounge and Grand Rapids Brewing Co., has filed for bankruptcy to restructure its debt and better position the company for long-term growth.

Mark Sellers, the company’s founder and chairmen of its board, said the company’s debt, which totals more than $30 million, has become untenable because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has shuttered dine-in service for bars and restaurants across the state.

“We were doing okay. We were paying our bills,” Sellers said. “And then COVID hit, and it just sent us over a cliff.”

Despite the filing, a press release issued by the company says it plans to reopen its Michigan restaurants on June 13, and that HopCat locations in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Indianapolis, Indiana, are expected to reopen on June 22. BarFly’s other out-of-state HopCat locations will be opening in phases with dates to be announced soon,” the company said.

“It’s been a rough few months, but we’re excited to welcome our team and local community members back into our restaurants,” Sellers said. “We’re following all CDC guidelines and taking extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of our staff and guests.”

Sellers said the bankruptcy won’t affect day-to-day operations at BarFly’s restaurants.

“From a customer standpoint, it will be no different,” he said. “From a company standpoint, we’ll have more flexibility to grow again in a smart way.”

BarFly is best known for HopCat, the popular restaurant and craft beer bar that started in Grand Rapids in 2008 and expanded rapidly over the past six years.

The first HopCat restaurant outside of Grand Rapids opened in East Lansing in August 2013. The following year, another location opened in Indianapolis, Indiana. Sellers said 14 additional HopCats, including a location in Port St. Lucie, Florida, were opened from August 2014 and 2019.

At its peak, there were 17 HopCats, Sellers said. Today, there are 14, half of which are in Michigan.

Sellers said his company financed the expansion through debt, so it could grow more quickly, rather than relying on “cash flow.” He said the strategy was working fine until some HopCat locations, primarily Chicago, Port St. Lucie and Chicago, started losing money. Those locations have since closed.

“Then when COVID hit, that just put it over the edge,” he said. “We were servicing the debt up until COVID.”

HopCat briefly attempted to offer takeout service after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on March 16 temporarily suspended dine-in service at Michigan bars and restaurants to reduce spread of the coronavirus. However, the company was losing money in the process, and Sellers decided to close his restaurants to conserve cash and wait-out the pandemic.

He said there was a time in March when he wasn’t sure he was ever going to be able to reopen HopCat. He said he’s hopeful that Hopcat can recover from this, but that the coronavirus has presented a very challenging situation for bars and restaurants.

“My personal net worth is completely decimated by this,” he said. “My stock in BarFly is going to be worthless.”

He added, “This is personally just a very bad situation for me. I just want to see the company that I started survive. That’s really all I care about right now.”


Grand Rapids bar owner Mark Sellers is man behind 'Bodies Revealed' and Titanic remains

Mark Sellers
Mark Sellers, owner of Premier Exhibitions, the company that brought Bodies Revealed to the Grand Rapids Public Museum, stands in Hopcat, the brew pub he owns at 25 Ionia Ave. SW.

GRAND RAPIDS — A Chicago hedge fund, a nasty proxy battle, a string of downtown pubs, human remains, the future of the Titanic — mix them together and it’s a recipe for a pulp novel.

As it turns out, they're components of a nonfiction corporate epic whose latest chapter is being written as the Bodies Revealed exhibit opens at the Public Museum of Grand Rapids.

Once upon a time Mark Sellers — who with his wife co-owns the downtown Grand Rapids bars Hopcat, Stella's Lounge and Viceroy — made a risky investment in Premier Exhibitions Inc., which owns the Bodies exhibit that features plasticized human remains.

Today the 42-year-old West Michigan native is chairman of the board of the publicly held company, a title he never wanted.

Three years ago, Atlanta-based Premier was riding high on the success of the sometimes controversial Bodies Revealed exhibit of preserved human bodies and body parts.

The company also had a valuable collection of items from the Titanic shipwreck, along with what it said were exclusive salvage rights to the famed ocean liner.


Parents with young kids examine a sitting body in the Bodies Revealed exhibit
Grand Rapids Public Museum - Bodies

"It takes a village, then pillages its most precious treasures."

Teach them young to carry on the christian traditions in the residuals of the peculiar institution in modern day human trafficking, for that is the body of a youth, one of those R&D "whoops" tiny humans lab rats.
After nearly a decade, Bodies Revealed has returned to the GRPM. This exhibition features real, whole and partial body specimens that have been preserved through an innovative process, giving visitors the opportunity to view the complexity of their own organs and systems like never before.

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At the time, Sellers also was riding high, managing more than $300 million in assets for clients nationwide via his Chicago-based Sellers Capital Management Inc.

Sellers’ strategy for his hedge fund was simple: Bet big on carefully researched, undervalued companies and reap big profits for himself and his investors.

Sellers attended an investment conference and heard an analyst characterize Premier as a favorite stock in 2007.

“At that time the stock was about $11 a share,” he said. “I did my own research, thought it seemed like a good deal and started to take a position in my fund, buying at $10 or $11.”

It was around that time that Sellers, a 1986 East Kentwood High School graduate, and his wife, Michele, had moved back to Grand Rapids — the hometown his younger self had sworn off.

“I never wanted to come back here,” he said. “In fact, I told myself I never would come back here. But then my wife and I looked at houses and real estate prices and the quality of life here, and it’s just a really nice, nice place.”

Trouble revealed

Premier’s stock did well at first, trading above $17 in July 2007.

Then a series of poor quarterly earnings reports started a precipitous decline. Sellers continued buying all the way down — $8 a share, $5 a share, then $2.

“At $1.98 we bought a ton,” he said. “We owned about 16 percent of the company by the end of 2008.”

That's when he decided to take action. Sellers had accumulated enough stock to launch an effort to oust management, whom he said took a promising company to the brink of bankruptcy.

On Nov. 6, 2008, Sellers issued a press release demanding the resignation of Premier’s CEO Arnie Geller, lambasting him for taking $1.2 million in compensation even as the shareholders saw their investment values plunge.

When Geller refused, a proxy battle erupted with Sellers’ firm nominating its own slate of directors in what amounted to a hostile takeover.

By January 2009, Sellers decisively won the battle, was appointed as unpaid, non-executive chairman and fired Geller.

“The company would have almost certainly had to file bankruptcy back in January or February of 2009 if we hadn’t taken control,” said Chris Davino, the CEO and turnaround specialist who took the helm of the company after the proxy fight.

Not long after the takeover, Sellers Capital helped pump another $12 million into the company while working with the new management team to restructure. Among the first things to go: an ill-conceived $20 million deal for Premier to invest in a permanent Times Square exhibition space in New York City.

“In retrospect, I wish I hadn’t ever gotten involved in the company,” Sellers said. “If I can get out of it and break even or better, I’d have to say that’s a big victory.”

But it’s not that simple. At Friday’s closing price, $1.92, Premier’s market capitalization was about $89 million — far less than the appraised value of its Titanic holdings, which Sellers said is more than $145 million. Sellers said his fund’s investment in Premier is almost at break even.

But liquidating all that stock — the rough equivalent of about a year’s worth of trading volume — isn’t an option, since it would drive the price lower.

Key to Premier’s future and Sellers’ eventual exit from the company: monetize the Titanic.

With the 100th anniversary of the storied liner’s 1912 sinking coming up, timing is key. A well-publicized expedition to the wreck site in August helped stoke interest. A federal court ruling in August also provided some assurance that Premier couldn’t simply be stripped of its salvage rights to Titanic without a payment of about $110 million from the U.S. government.

“My plan is to make sure that the Titanic assets are well taken care of,” he said. “Whether they are held by Premier or held by someone else, I feel as though it’s almost a larger duty that I have. It’s an international treasure. I don’t want someone to piece them out and sell them on eBay or put them in a private collection never to be seen again by the general public.

“So I’m going to stay involved until there is some certainty about what is going to happen with those Titanic assets.”

Today, Sellers Capital controls 46 percent of Premier shares, representing the hedge fund’s only current investments. Once the Premier investment is sold off — Sellers makes no bones that selling the stock at a profit is his end game — Sellers Capital will cease to exist.

Mark and Michele Sellers have moved on to making bets of a different kind.

Shortly after moving back to Grand Rapids, he read a story in The Press about the Sierra Room closing in downtown Grand Rapids. Within a week, he slapped down a non-refundable $10,000 deposit on the space.

His wife, a self-described lover of bar culture, was opposed at first.

“She was against it, but I didn’t want to be one of those people who, 10 years later, regretted not trying,” he said.

They opened Hopcat, a craft-beer lover’s mecca with its 48 taps and in-house brewery, at 25 Ionia Ave. SW in early 2008.

“The day we opened, we had a line down the street, and it’s been awesome,” he said. “We never slowed down.”

Since then, Hopcat has been voted one of the world’s best beer bars. The couple also were the lead investors in Old Town Social, a popular Chicago pub opened in 2009.

Earlier this year, the Sellerses opened Stella's Lounge and The Viceroy at 53 Commerce Ave. SW. In October, they also took over management of McFadden's Restaurant and Pub, 58 Ionia Ave. SW. Early next year, they will open Pyramid Scheme, a music venue and bar, in partnership with fellow bar owners Jeff and Tami VandenBerg at 68 Commerce Ave. SW.

Mark Sellers said he looks forward to the day when the bars are the only businesses he needs to manage.

“The restaurant-bar business is a lot more fun,” he said, sitting down for lunch last week at Hopcat. “It’s not the day-to-day volatility and stress of managing other peoples’ money. This seems like a walk in the park to me after doing that.”

Despite what one might think, Sellers said his position as chairman had nothing to do with Premier’s Bodies Revealed exhibition now under way in Grand Rapids.

“Just a weird coincidence,” he said. “I knew before they booked it that they were talking to the Grand Rapids museum; but I don’t really get involved in the day-to-day stuff like that.”

Still, he’s happy to see a piece of a company he essentially controls exhibit in his hometown.

“It’s an excellent exhibit, and I’m happy to be associated with it,” he said. “I’m proud it’s here. It’s pretty neat.”

As for whether Premier’s Titanic exhibit will ever surface in Grand Rapids, Sellers said he put in a good word, but that’s not his decision to make.

“I know the museum is trying to bring Titanic to Grand Rapids in 2012, but I’m not sure if they’ve been able to strike a deal on that or not,” he said.

Then, this happened....

Bodies dipped in plastic, hundreds of human organs coming to Grand Rapids

A man taking look at a piece that's a part of the "Bodies Revealed" exhibition toured by Premier Exhibitions, Inc. The exhibition will open at the Grand Rapids Public Museum on November 16, 2019.A man taking look at a piece that's a part of the "Bodies Revealed" exhibition toured by Premier Exhibitions, Inc. The exhibition will open at the Grand Rapids Public Museum on November 16, 2019.

A popular traveling exhibit that uses real human bodies dipped in plastic to teach anatomy and life science is returning to Michigan this fall.

The "Bodies Revealed" exhibit, which opens at the Grand Rapids Public Museum on Nov. 16, features preserved "real, whole and partial body specimens." Tickets are expected to go on sale in the fall.

It will be the first time the exhibit has returned to Grand Rapids in nearly a decade.

Kate Kocienski, the vice president of marketing and public relations at the museum, told the Free Press that "Bodies Revealed" is on tour by a company called Premier Exhibitions, Inc and the bodies have been maintained via a "polymer preservation process."

The museum's page for the exhibit said that more than a dozen full human bodies and hundreds of organs will be "respectfully displayed to tell the story of the miraculous systems at work within each of us."

The "Bodies Revealed" exhibition will open at the Grand Rapids Public Museum on November 16, 2019."Bodies Revealed allows people to learn about their own bodies and, ultimately, teach how to take better care of one’s own health and make positive lifestyle choices," the site said.

The "Bodies Revealed" exhibition will open at the Grand Rapids Public Museum on November 16, 2019.

The museum said people of all ages are welcome to observe the skeletal, muscular, nervous, digestive, respiratory, reproductive and circulatory systems, and added that many of the specimens will be in "vivid athletic poses" that offer an understanding of "everyday motions and activities."

Other body specimens on-site will illustrate that damage that can be caused by habits, like overeating, smoking and lacking exercise, the site said.

In the past, similar displays have generated controversy, as reported by news outlets from around the world — including, the Irish Times, BBC, The New York Times, NPR and more — largely because of questions about how these individuals died and whether or not the bodies were used with consent.

The bodies that will be on display at the Grand Rapids Public Museum in the fall were donated with consent for the remains to be used for medical research, including public education, Kocienski said. She added that the bodies have come from universities in China, primarily from Nanjing Medical University.

This is also not the first time exhibitions like this have come to Michigan museums to drum up interest in science, anatomy and health.

According to the Huffington Post, a traveling exhibit that also featured preserved human bodies, called "Bodies Human," came to the Michigan Science Center in 2012. It was one of the special exhibits promoted as marking the re-opening of the science center, which the Huffington Post reported, was formerly known as the Detroit Science Center and closed in 2011 because of financial issues.

For more information about "Bodies Revealed," coming to Grand Rapids, go to:

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China Organ Harvest Research Center

Gunther von Hagens' Plastination Technique

Russians charged over body parts

Body Worlds exhibition
The exhibition has receive mixed reviews

 Gunther von Hagens
Russian prosecutors have charged two medical officials in Siberia in connection with a shipment of 56 bodies to an institute run by the German anatomist, Gunther von Hagens, the organiser of a controversial exhibition displaying corpses and body parts.

The two men are accused of violating a law governing the treatment of corpses, by taking the bodies without the permission of relatives, the Russian daily Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports.

I did the most I could do to ensure those specimens were received in good order according to the laws of the Russian republic

Professor Gunther von Hagens
Mr von Hagens - whose exhibition Body Worlds is currently showing in London - says he has not used any body parts from Russia illegally.

Professor von Hagens said he had agreed with the University of Novosibirsk to treat the bodies in his institute in the German city of Heidelberg using a special technique for preservation, and to return them to Siberia so that they could be used for medical research.

'Nothing wrong'

The paper said the two Russian doctors were charged after an investigation that began last year when customs officials stopped the shipment heading to Mr von Hagens' Institute for Plastination.

Body Worlds... Naked
What the Pro Life Propaganda Movement
is covering up
Dr Gunther von Hagens
Prof von Hagens says his work is art
The consignment allegedly included the remains of convicts and homeless and mentally ill Russians.

Fourteen medical officials were reportedly put under investigation over the shipment sent by the Novosibirsk State Medical Academy, but only two were charged.

Investigators suspected that some of the bodies were taken without the permission of relatives, the paper quoted Natalya Markasova, senior aide to the chief regional prosecutor, as saying.

Mr von Hagens denies using any body parts from Russia illegally. None of the Russian specimens - said to include 56 corpses and more than 400 brain parts - was included in his London exhibition, he said.

"I did the most I could do to ensure those specimens were received in good order according to the laws of the Russian republic," he said. "Those people on display gave their agreement."

A Pregnant Woman | Bodies exhibit, Anatomy for artists, Drawing people
Corporate Parental Rights
owns the chattel
through the SES status of
the mother, the host,
the acquired goods through
human asset forfeiture of
"The Poors"
(always said with clinched teeth).

Professor von Hagens uses a special technique called plastination to preserve bodies in a lifelike way.

He then places them in poses, which graphically show internal body parts and organs.

The Body Worlds exhibition has provoked criticism as sensational and voyeuristic. Soon after opening in March, one of the displays was attacked.

But its creator says his work is educational and artistic because "when you can see beneath your skin you can see how fragile you are.

"You can see healthy organs compared to diseased organs like smokers' lungs," he says.

I know what these people do to the children in the Child Welfare System.

I am the original source.

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Prelude To Detroit: Obama Speaks

Listen to him.

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Tales Of The New Crown: DOJ Charges Detroit Procurement Consortia Task Force Small Business Wire Fraud Scheme - But Not Sherry The Sleuth - Yet

I wonder when I shall read a MIED presser on all the glorious things Sherry "The Sleuth" Gay Dagnogo has done for the children of Detroit because we already knows what she does for herself.

A Detroit resident was charged in a criminal complaint for his alleged role in a scheme to obtain $590,900 from the Payroll Protection Program for a non-functioning business, announced United States Attorney Matthew Schneider.
Joining in the announcement was Special Agent in Charge Steven M. D’Antuono, Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Charged is Darrell Baker, 51, of Detroit, Michigan.
As alleged in the complaint, Baker applied for and obtained a $590,000 Payroll Protection Program Loan on behalf of a purported business that he owns, called “Motorcity Solar Energy, Inc.” The Paycheck Protection Program is a program managed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) that provides loans to help businesses keep their workforces employed during the Covid-19 crisis. The SBA will forgive the loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. The Payroll Protection Act loans are funded from participating banks, in this case Customers Bank in Pennsylvania.
The complaint further alleges that Baker submitted paperwork with his loan application representing that Motorcity Solar Energy Inc. had 68 employees and, in 2019 paid wages, tips, and other compensation totaling $2.8 million. In fact, the state of Michigan had dissolved Motorcity Solar Energy Inc.’s status as a corporation in July 2019. All of Motorcity’s purported business locations were either empty suites or single-family residences, with no evidence of business activity. And Motorcity never established any account with the State of Michigan’s unemployment insurance program, which is a prerequisite for any valid employer in the state. 
The complaint further alleges that, in the two days after the loan was funded, Baker purchased four cashiers checks and withdraw an additional $60,000 in cash. None of these cashier’s checks went to payroll or other business expenses. Indeed, Baker used the four cashiers checks to purchase two Cadillac Escalades, a Dodge Charger, and a Hummer.  According to the complaint, Baker purchased one of vehicles for his brother-in-law and one for his sister; the remaining two vehicles Baker kept for his own use and enjoyment.
United States Attorney Schneider stated “Defendant Baker is charged with lying to obtain money that was supposed to help small businesses struggling with their payroll and expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Defrauding banks to obtain loans is never acceptable, and doing so during our current national emergency is unconscionable.  This prosecution is yet another example of our office’s commitment to holding accountable anyone who would exploit the COVID-19 crisis for their own greedy desires.” 
“The Paycheck Protection Program is designed as a lifeline to businesses struggling to survive this current crisis. Instead of using these loans to salvage a legitimate business, the defendant allegedly bought expensive personal items for himself and his family,” said SAC D’Antuono. “These actions harmed hard-working Americans and deserving small businesses. The FBI is committed to investigating anyone who seeks to take advantage of a global pandemic to line their own pockets at the expense of American taxpayers.”
A complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  Trial cannot be held on felony charges in a complaint.  When the investigation is completed a determination will be made whether to seek a felony indictment.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John K. Neal. The investigation is being conducted by the FBI. 

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Prelude To Detroit: Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison To Handle Investigation Into George Floyd & Police

There is so much more to this story the media refuses to cover.


Attorney General Keith Ellison upgrade charges against officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck; charged other 3 involved

Ellison took over case on Sunday.

Attorney General Keith Ellison's office on Wednesday upgraded charges against the former Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck and charged the other three officers at the scene with aiding and abetting murder.

Ellison held a news conference Wednesday to discuss the charges.

"We strongly believe these developments are in the interest of justice for Mr. Floyd, his family, this community and our state," he said. "George Floyd mattered. He was loved, his family was important and his life had value," Ellison said. "We will seek justice for him and for you and we will find it."

However, he acknowledged, "I don't believe one successful prosecution can reflect the hurt and loss that people feel."

Former officer Derek Chauvin, who recorded on video kneeling on Floyd's neck as he begged for air on May 25, now faces the more serious charge of second-degree murder, in addition to the original charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter with culpable negligence.

The amended complaint filed against Chauvin stated that "Police are trained that this type of restraint with a subject in a prone position is inherently dangerous. … Officer Chauvin's restraint of Mr. Floyd in this manner for a prolonged period was a substantial factor in Mr. Floyd losing consciousness, constituting substantial bodily harm, and Mr. Floyd's death as well."

During a rally at 38th St. and Chicago Av. in south Minneapolis on Wednesday, Ireland McAbee of Eau Claire, Wis., raised her fist in celebration of the news that Attorney General Keith Ellison had upgraded charges in the death of George Floyd.

Chauvin was originally charged by the Hennepin County Attorney's Office last week with one count each of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Don Lewis, special prosecutor in the case against Jeronimo Yanez, the former St. Anthony police officer who killed Philando Castile in 2016, said the nearly 9-minute recording of the moments before Floyd died showed ample evidence of intent to kill on Chauvin's part.

"Those are moments to cause reflection on whether or not you're in the middle of a wrongful death here," Lewis said. "You have George Floyd begging for his life, right? 'I can't breathe.' This is a moment of potential reflection on Chauvin's part," Lewis said. "He had multiple opportunities to change course here and decided not to over the span of almost 10 minutes."

The other former three officers at the scene — Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane — were each charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder while committing a felony, and with aiding and abetting second-degree murder manslaughter with culpable negligence. Both charges are categorized as "unintentional" felonies.

Thao was recorded watching as Chauvin continued to press on Floyd's neck with his knee. Kueng was one of the first officers on the scene and helped pin Floyd down. Lane was detailed in earlier charges as pointing a gun at Floyd before handcuffing, and later asked whether officers should roll Floyd on his side as he was restrained.

The charges come just days after Gov. Tim Walz asked Ellison to take over the prosecution, which until Sunday had been led by the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.

The charges noted that Floyd was "calm" after he was first arrested and before Chauvin knelt on his neck. The complaint also noted three times that after Floyd was pinned to the pavement by three officers, none of them moved from their positions despite pleas from Floyd. Video of the incident showed that bystanders also pleaded with police.

Floyd had told the first two officers at the scene – Lane and Kueng – that he was not resisting arrest, but did not want to get into the back of their squad car because he is claustrophobic, the charges said.

Walz issued a statement after Ellison announced the new charges.

"I laid flowers at George Floyd's memorial this morning. As a former high school history teacher, I looked up at the mural of George's face painted above and I reflected on what his death will mean for future generations. What will our young people learn about this moment? Will his death be just another blip in a textbook? Or will it go down in history as when our country turned toward justice and change?

"It's on each of us to determine that answer," Walz said. "The charges announced by Attorney General Keith Ellison today are a meaningful step toward justice for George Floyd. But we must also recognize that the anguish driving protests around the world is about more than one tragic incident.

"George Floyd's death is the symptom of a disease. We will not wake up one day and have the disease of systemic racism cured for us. This is on each of us to solve together, and we have hard work ahead," he said. "We owe that much to George Floyd, and we owe that much to each other."

One of the attorneys representing George Floyd's family, Benjamin Crump, released a statement shortly after 1:15 p.m. Wednesday praising the arrest and charging of the other three officers and the upgrading of murder charges against Chauvin.

Crump's statement came before Ellison's office made any official announcements.

"This is a bittersweet moment for the family of George Floyd," said the joint statement by Floyd's family, Crump and the legal team. "We are deeply gratified that Attorney General Keith Ellison took decisive action in this case, arresting and charging all the officers involved in George Floyd's death and upgrading the charge against Derek Chauvin to felony second-degree murder."

Attorneys for the officers declined to comment or could not be immediately reached Wednesday afternoon.

"This is a significant step forward on the road to justice, and we are gratified that this important action was brought before George Floyd's body was laid to rest," the family's and Crump's statement said. "That is a source of peace for George's family in this painful time."

The statement urged Ellison to continue the investigation and upgrade the charges to first-degree murder, which carries a potential life sentence.

First-degree murder requires proof of planning out the crime.

"These officers knew they could act with impunity, given the Minneapolis Police Department's widespread and prolonged pattern and practice of violating people's constitutional rights," the statement said. "Therefore, we also demand permanent transparent police accountability at all levels and at all times."

The family and Crump thanked the "outpouring" of support they've received, which manifested in days of huge protests across the country and world.

"Our message to them: Find constructive and positive ways to keep the focus and pressure on," they said. "Don't let up on your demand for change."

The former officers' prosecution is the quickest in Minnesota history against officers who have killed civilians on the job, and is the first time more than one officer involved in such an incident has been criminally charged. Three officers have previously been charged with killing a civilian on the job; one, Mohamed Noor, was convicted at trial while two were acquitted.

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