Thursday, October 18, 2018

Form Michigan To Illinois To Texas To Tennessee - The MSU Nassar Case Expands

Slowly the cloak reveals the horrors of child welfare in the United States.

Steve Penny, former USA Gymnastics president, arrested for allegedly tampering with evidence in Larry Nassar case

Steve Penny, former president of USA Gymnastics, was arrested Wednesday night for allegedly tampering with evidence in the case of disgraced team doctor Larry Nassar.

Penny was arrested by the U.S. Marshals service in Tennessee on a warrant issued by the state of Texas. He was indicted by a grand jury on a charge of tampering with evidence, a felony, on Sept. 28.

He allegedly removed documents from the Karolyi Ranch, the U.S. gymnastics' training facility in Huntsville, Texas, related to Nassar's activity at the gym.

I bet those were financial docs of what they were doing with the tiny humans.

"The indictment further alleges that the removal of the documents was done for the purpose of impairing the ongoing investigation by destroying or hiding the documents," the U.S. Marshals said in a press release. He allegedly ordered the documents be sent to him at USA Gymnastics headquarters in Indianapolis. Those documents have never been recovered, authorities said.


PHOTO: The U.S. Marshals Service shared a photo of former USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny being arrested in Gatlinburg, Tenn., on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, for allegedly tampering with evidence in the Larry Nassar case.U.S. Marshals Service ~ Nice modernization of the perp walk.
The U.S. Marshals Service shared a photo of former USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny being arrested in Gatlinburg, Tenn., on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, for allegedly tampering with evidence in the Larry Nassar case.+


Penny was taken into custody at a cabin in rural Gatlinburg, Tennessee, by the U.S. Marshals and Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force, according to authorities. He is awaiting extradition to Texas.
He faces up to 10 years in prison, if convicted.

The Karolyi Ranch was operated by Bela Karolyi and wife Marta Karolyi, the two people tasked with selecting and developing athletes for the U.S. national team. It served as the national team's training facility from 2001 until earlier this year. Nassar worked at the facility and several of his accusers said they were abused by him at the facility.

Penny resigned as USA Gymnastics president in March 2017 amid allegations of sexual abuse against Nassar. Nassar pleaded guilty to seven counts of child molestation, but more than 130 women and girls, including Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman, have accused him of assaulting them. Many of those accusers testified at a hearing in January when he was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison. He pleaded guilty in two other cases — one pertaining to assault and another possession of child pornography — as well.

Rhonda Faehn, Penny's former deputy, testified to the Senate in June that she brought up allegations of misconduct to him and she was told to keep quiet. Penny, who appeared before the same committee, chose to plead the Fifth and not testify.



PHOTO: Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar stands in Ingham County Circuit Court on Nov. 22, 2017 in Lansing, Mich.AFP/Getty Images, FILE
Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar stands in Ingham County Circuit Court on Nov. 22, 2017 in Lansing, Mich.
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In a statement, USA Gymnastics said that it had "learned of the charges filed against its former CEO Steve Penny, who resigned in March 2017. We support law enforcement's efforts and have fully cooperated with the investigations by the Texas Rangers, Congress and others, and will continue to do so to help the survivors and our community heal from this tragedy."

USA Gymnastics has been in near-constant turmoil since the Indianapolis Star broke the story in September 2016 of Nassar's abuse of gymnasts under his care, both with the U.S. national team, where he was the team doctor, and at Michigan State University, where he was a faculty member. Nassar had been dismissed from his job with the U.S. national team in 2015, but only said it was done due to "athlete concerns."

After Penny's departure in March 2017, he was replaced by Kerry Perry in November 2017. But Perry's tenure was marked by consistent criticism over the handling of the Nassar scandal as well. She resigned less than a year after being named as Penny's replacement.

Perry was criticized by stars, like Raisman, over her lack of transparency about how the organization planned to protect athletes going forward. She resigned days after she hired Mary Lee Tracy, in part to replace the Karolyis, as the sport's top coach. The hiring of Tracy received condemnation from athletes because she supported Nassar in the immediate wake of accusations against him.



PHOTO: In this Tuesday, June 5, 2018 photo, former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny invokes his right not to answer questions in a Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
In this Tuesday, June 5, 2018 photo, former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny invokes his right not to answer questions in a Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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But the neverending parade of presidents didn't end with Perry's ouster.

Just this week, former Congresswoman Mary Bono, who was tasked with replacing Perry as interim president of USA Gymnastics, was forced out for a pair of scandals -- less than a week since her hiring. A day after her hiring, Biles criticized Bono, a Republican, for a photo posted on Twitter in which she was shown blacking out a Nike logo over the company's hiring of Colin Kaepernick as spokesperson. She publicly apologized for the photo.

A few days later, Raisman joined calls for Bono's ouster after discovering that Bono worked for the same law firm that worked with USA Gymnastics during the Nassar scandal and crafted excuses for his absences.

Bono was not directly involved in the law firm's representation of USA Gymnastics, but she stepped down nonetheless on Tuesday.

Penny is one of at least three people arrested in connection with the handling of the Nassar scandal. Debbie Van Horn, a trainer who worked with Nassar, was arrested last month in Walker County, Texas. She has denied charges, according to her lawyer, who spoke to the Houston Chronicle.

William Strampel, the former dean of Michigan State University's osteopathic medical school and boss of Larry Nassar while he was a sports doctor there, was charged March 27 with neglect of duty and criminal sexual conduct. His case will go to trial at a yet-to-be-scheduled date.

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Illinois Catholic Trafficking Of Tiny Humans Is Coming To Michigan

Michigan is next.

This will all lead to the trafficking of tiny humans, in the name of the tax exempt god.

#Time2AuditGod

All Illinois Catholic dioceses targeted in sex abuse lawsuit

All Illinois Catholic dioceses targeted in sex abuse lawsuitCHICAGO (AP) — Three men and one woman who say they were sexually abused by priests decades ago filed a lawsuit Thursday against every diocese in Illinois for an alleged ongoing scheme to cover up sexual assault by priests.

The lawsuit was filed in Chicago by attorney Jeff Anderson, who has represented clergy abuse victims across the country, and seeks to compel dioceses throughout Illinois to provide the names of all their priests accused of child molestation.

"Defendants have, for decades, and continue to adopt policies and practices of covering up criminal activity...(that) have endangered numerous children in the past and these practices will continue to put children at risk in the future," reads the lawsuit against all six dioceses in Illinois, as well as the Catholic Conference of Illinois.

While the lawsuit does seek damages and only claims instances of abuse against children in three dioceses — Rockford, Peoria and Springfield — all of them have been and continue to cover up clergy sexual abuse, Anderson said.

He added that a key goal of the suit is to force each diocese to make public the names of all priests, living and dead, accused of child molestation. He pointed to a similar lawsuit filed in Minnesota that eventually forced the Archdiocese of St. Paul to add dozens of names to the list of credibly accused priests.

Anderson also filed a similar lawsuit in California earlier this month.

The lawsuit contends that while some dioceses have turned over information about certain priests accused of sexually molesting children, others refuse to make the names public. The Belleville and Rockford dioceses, the suit said, have not named a combined 53 priests accused of child molestation since 1950.

"All of them have covered up and continue to cover up, are guilty of withholding their files and we are seeking to force the bishops to come clean, to require that all of them disclose fully the names of all the offenders they know who have violated children... in their diocese," Anderson said.

The Archdiocese of Chicago said in a statement that while officials had not reviewed the lawsuit, the diocese has in recent years taken significant steps to address the issue, including posting the names of priests who have been credibly accused of child sexual abuse on its website.

The Chicago diocese has implemented a "stringent monitoring program of clergy with substantiated cases of sexual abuse against them," the statement said.

The Diocese of Joliet disputed any suggestion that it's withholding information. In a statement, the diocese said that since 2006 it has kept on its website a list of "living and deceased diocesan priests who have been credibly accused of child sexual abuse."

In Peoria, the diocese in a statement defended its handling of allegations against two priests named in the lawsuit. In one case, the diocese said that upon learning of the allegations it immediately placed the priest on leave and reported the allegation to police. Only after the police concluded its investigation, and the Diocesan Review commission found the allegation unsubstantiated, was the priest reinstated in ministry.

The other priest, according to the Peoria diocese, was removed from all public ministry in 2002.
Other dioceses did not immediately return calls for comment.

The specific allegations against five priests across Illinois cited in the lawsuit, three of whom are still alive and in the priesthood, contain similar details.

Darin Buckman, one of the three named plaintiffs, said in the suit that when he was an altar boy at a Peoria church starting around 1979, a priest sexually abused him at a time when his "inappropriate conduct with children was known" to the diocese.

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Cocktails & Popcorn: Did Gilchrist Snitch On Detroit Absentee Ballot Fraud Or Did He Sell Out

Oh my, look what I have stumbled across.

"GG, the tech guru"  could qualify as a whistleblower, or just flip if there is legal momentum when it comes to all the election fraud, particularly with those absentee ballots coming out of Detroit Land Bank Authority houses.

As a matter of fact, "GG, the tech guru" is aware of the 2016 Primary Absentee Ballot issues, but hey, what do I know?


I wonder if there were any "hush deeds" of real property involved.

"GG. the tech guru" looks like a fall guy, but again, what do I know.

I know I need more cocktail mix.



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DOJ: Former FBI Agent Sentenced for Leaking Classified Information Then Tries To Claim They Are A Whistleblower

I just love my transposable models.

If an FBI agent, former, mind you, can be successfully prosecuted for leaking classified information, that means former staffers can be prosecuted for leaking classified information, and lying, and stealin' and selling community donated Thanksgiving turkeys in a federal building while posing as an IRS agent, generating fake congressional missives, forging the name of a congressional member of congress then selling those "official" letters, or getting federal grants for personal businesses, or changing a vote of a member of congress, or just generating your own as a job recommendation....

I believe you catch my drift.
 To be clear, this was not whistleblower activity. Albury made no attempts to engage in any of the legitimate whistleblower processes available to him, and instead chose to betray his oath and his colleagues by leaking classified national defense information to the press. said U.S. Attorney Terwilliger. 
Simply put, if you do not report fraud, you cannot self-proclaim a safe harbor for yourself as being a whistleblower because it is outside the rule of law.

Someone should check in on the Cerno.


Terry J. Albury, 39, a former Special Agent of the FBI, was sentenced today to 48 months in the District of Minnesota in connection with his unauthorized disclosure and retention of classified national defense information.

The announcement was made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, FBI Director Chris Wray, Assistant Director in Charge of the Washington Field Office Nancy McNamara, and U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger for the Eastern District of Virginia, after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright.

"We are conducting perhaps the most aggressive campaign against leaks in Department history," said Attorney General Sessions. "Crimes like the one committed by the defendant in this case will not be tolerated—they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and punished. I want to thank Assistant Attorney General Demers, U.S. Attorney Terwilliger, and their attorneys for their hard work in prosecuting this important case. Today's sentence should be a warning to every would-be leaker in the federal government that if they disclose classified information, they will pay a high price."

"Every FBI agent has a solemn obligation to protect classified information from unauthorized disclosure to safeguard our national security. Terry Albury betrayed that responsibility, and he betrayed the trust bestowed on him by the American people," said FBI Director Christopher Wray. "His sentencing today demonstrates those who violate the law by disclosing classified information will be held responsible for their reckless and illegal actions."

“Leaking classified national defense information to the media is a crime that damages our national security,” said U.S. Attorney Terwilliger. “Albury transmitted classified information not just to one hostile foreign power, but to every hostile foreign power with the ability to pick up a newspaper or access the Internet. To be clear, this was not whistleblower activity. Albury made no attempts to engage in any of the legitimate whistleblower processes available to him, and instead chose to betray his oath and his colleagues by leaking classified national defense information to the press. This case should send a message to anyone considering violating the public’s trust and compromising our national security by disclosing classified information. We will remain steadfast and dogged in pursuit of these challenging but critical national security cases.”

"Terry Albury willingly disclosed classified information that he had taken an oath to protect, for his own purposes," said Assistant Director in Charge Nancy McNamara. "He violated the trust that was placed in him by willfully providing information that could endanger national security to individuals not authorized to receive it and lied to the FBI about his actions. Albury violated the trust that was placed in him and his attempt to leverage national security information for his own reasons brought him to this sentence today. The FBI will continue to take all necessary and appropriate steps to thoroughly investigate individuals, no matter their position, who undermine the integrity of our justice system by lying to federal investigators."

According to court documents, Albury worked as an FBI Special Agent in the Minneapolis field office at the time of the disclosures, held a Top Secret//Sensitive Compartmented Information security clearance, and his daily duties provided him access to sensitive and classified FBI and other U.S. government information.

According to court documents, beginning in 2016 and continuing through August 2017, Albury knowingly and willfully disclosed national defense information, classified at the Secret level, to a reporter. Albury employed methods to avoid detection, including printing documents that he created by cutting and pasting portions of an original document into a new document so as to avoid leaving a record of having printed the original, classified document. Albury also accessed documents on a classified computer and took pictures of the computer screen in order to photograph certain classified documents. Those additional classified documents were recovered on an electronic storage device found during a search of his home.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Danya E. Atiyeh of the Eastern District of Virginia, and Trial Attorneys Patrick T. Murphy and David C. Recker of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section prosecuted the case.

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Betsy DeVos Is Winning In Michigan K12 Privatization

Michigan Court of Appeals approves the first Type III transfer of public funding to private corporations.

The Type III transfer started in 1965 for the purposes of establishing new departments, commissions & boards, and, for dissolution of departments, commissions & boards.

Privatization of infrastructure came into fashion and launched the first, of many, complex financial fraud schemes to line to pockets and campaigns of politicians through child welfare because no one cares about children.

But somewhere under the Engler administration, his Buddy Bush got him to let Michigan to be the first state to diffuse the privatized trafficking of tiny humans model, starting with foster care and adoption, which automatically captures Target Case Management Medicaid funding for Special Needs, for which these private, christian charter schools, including the contained environment schools of residential institutions (i.e. juvenile justice, mental health) to invest in real estate through stuff like the Michigan Children's Trust Fund, a foreign corporate operation that funds political campaigns, and more.

I would not fault the Appeals Court judges who voted in support of privatization, for the simple fact that they do not know anything about the subject matter of child welfare.

Judges must rely upon their clerks, who only do internet searches of "pre-existing" opinions from other judges who have no clue, or just had their opinions written for them by special interest think tanks.

As for the religious interference, there is not much anyone is going to do to enforce the ruling or even for anyone to blow the whistle because are looking at the first building blocks of more stealin' in the name of the tax exempt god.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention that no one can look at child educational records in foster care and adoption because of privacy laws.

Gotta love that Betsy!

Michigan court approves public funding for private school mandates

Lansing — Michigan lawmakers can provide public funding to private schools to cover the “actual costs” of mandates that do not directly support student education, a divided Court of Appeals panel ruled Tuesday in a closely watched case.

In a 2-1 decision, judges William Murphy and Anica Letica ruled state funding to reimburse private schools for complying with health and safety laws is not inherently unconstitutional despite a ban on public aid for private education.

The funding must be “incidental” to teaching and providing educational services, cannot support a “primary” function critical to the school's existence and must not involve or result in “excessive religious entanglement,” they said in devising a new three-part test.

Any state law concerning student health, safety or welfare is “almost by definition” incidental to teaching, the judges said.

Public school advocates sued the state in 2017 after the Republican-led Legislature approved a budget with $2.5 million to reimburse private schools for fire drills, inspections and other state requirements. Plaintiffs, who have argued the funding is a "slippery slope," are considering a possible appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court.

Court of Appeals Judge Elizabeth Gleicher on Tuesday accused her colleagues of “hijacking” the concept of incidental aid to create a new exception to the “plain language’ in the state Constitution that prohibits direct or indirect aid to non-public schools.

“The public money directly and indirectly assists nonpublic schools in keeping their doors open and meeting their payroll,” Gleicher wrote in a spirited dissent. “It is unconstitutional for that simple reason.”

Michigan Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens ruled on similar grounds in April when she found the budget appropriations were unconstitutional. The legal battle has prevented the state from providing the funding to non-public schools, but lawmakers approved another $2.5 million for fiscal year 2018 and $250,000 for 2019.



Murphy and Letica said Stephens' blanket ruling was an overreach. While some of the mandates may not pass their test, the Court of Appeals judges said funding for compliance with laws regarding criminal background checks, instrument disposal and epinephrine auto injectors is constitutionally permissible.

Criminal background checks for teachers are required by state law and conducted  “for the purpose of ensuring and advancing the safety and welfare of its students, weeding out prospective teachers and other school personnel who might pose a risk of harm to students,” they wrote.

A background check is “merely incidental to teaching and providing educational services to private school students. It does not constitute a primary function or element necessary for a nonpublic school’s existence, operation, and survival, and it does not involve or result in excessive religious entanglement.”

The panel sent the case back down to the Court of Claims to consider the constitutionality of each mandate individually. Should the court conclude a specific cost or action is unconstitutional, it may only strike or preclude that reimbursement without invalidating the entire statute, the majority ruled.
Plaintiffs are considering their next steps in the legal battle after the appeals court panel "gave its blessing" to diverting public funding away from public schools, said Daniel Korobkin, deputy legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan.

"This is a law that the Legislature intentionally passed to direct millions of dollars into the bank accounts of private schools," Korobkin said.

But state Rep. Tim Kelly, a Saginaw Township Republican who chairs the K-12 budget subcommittee and pushed to include the funding in recent budgets, said he was "thrilled" by Tuesday's ruling but expects opponents will appeal.

"There's some sanity that's crept into the court here," he said. "Even though this fight isn't over, I think it's clearly headed in the right direction."

Reimbursing private schools for state mandates is "the right thing to do," Kelly argued. 
"You're not wrapped up in religiosity or whatever," he said. "This is clearly not trying to influence kids other than just trying to pay the costs."

The Michigan Constitution prohibits the state from appropriating public monies or property to "directly or indirectly to aid or maintain any private, denominational or other nonpublic, pre-elementary, elementary, or secondary school." Courts have interpreted the amendment to bar state support for general educational programs unless the main effect is to further a “substantial” governmental purpose.

Tuesday's ruling "flies in the face of our state Constitution," said Chris Wigent of the Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators. “This is a clear attack on public education by special interests that want to funnel taxpayers’ money away from public school classrooms."
The three-judge appeals court panel that upheld the Republican appropriation included two Democratic appointees. Letica was picked for the court by GOP Gov. Rick Snyder in June. Murphy was appointed by former Gov. Jim Blanchard and Gleicher was picked by former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, both Democrats.

Michigan voters approved a general ban on public funding for private education in 1970. The so-called Blaine Amendment to the Michigan Constitution allows the state to provide student transportation to any school but holds that public funding cannot be used "to support the attendance of any student or the employment of any person at any such nonpublic school."

In 2000, state voters defeated by 69-31 percent a ballot proposal to let parents in some struggling school districts use up to $3,100 in public money to pay for their child’s tuition at a private or religious school. The effort was led by Grand Rapids area school choice advocate Betsy DeVos, who became President Donald Trump’s education secretary in 2017.

Voters overwhelmingly defeated a similar voucher proposal in 1978.

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Michigan Is The First State To Debate Foster Care In A Political Campaign

For the first time, in the history of the United States has the issue of Foster Care made the center stage, far removed for any political party state platform, in a political campaign.

Welcome to Michigan, where it all started.
Ricky Holland

I was wondering why my stats were going off the charts.

Now, I am going to need everyone to send me everything.

  1. I want interviews with people in attendance, outside, and on stage.
  2. I want pics, soundbytes, campaign material pics, play-by-play, from the time you pull up in the parking lot to the time they start freaking out when someone screams about child trafficking in foster care and adoption.
  3. Ask them about poverty being codified as the crime of child abuse and neglect for failure to provide for the necessary needs of the child.
  4. Ask them about Termination of Parental Rights and Due Process.
  5. I want to see the sweat and hear the stutters of these people trying to parrot and distort my work when they try and claim that the fraud in child welfare does not fund political campaigns.
  6. I want livestream of when these people claim that these Child Placing Agencies are and administrations are not foreign corporations participating in exfiltrating HUMIT and asset forfeiture of Michigan's Children who eventually grow up to be adults.
  7. I want to experience across the social media cybersphere their faces when you ask them about the fraudulent foreclosures in Detroit and Flint which forced the migration of children, leading to gerrymandering of the congressional districts.
The reason I want the people to do it is because the only place these political and community leaders can turn to reconstruct the rights to a civil society is me.

Make them say my name because, not once, has anyone attempted to contact me, which means they are about to spout a bunch of crap they know absolutely nothing about.

Whatever they say, upon posting to my blog, will be entered into the official, public record, through a court of law.

If, and when they lie, it will be recorded.

Make them say Ricky Holland.

Chant it.

I  will accept and respect any candidate who defers to ignorance.

Travel is out of my price range at the moment, besides, it is not yet time for the Celestial Goddess of the Woodshed to emerge.

Just a self-preservation kind of thing.

Top of the ticket candidates to appear at Oakland University town hall on foster care

Bill Schuette, Garlin Gilchrist Jr., and John James are just a few of the candidates that will appear at a Thursday forum on foster care.

Oakland University will play host to the 7 p.m. public candidate forum sponsored by Michigan's Children, a statewide, independent organization working to ensure public policies are made in the best interest of children and their families, as well as 25 other non-profits and agencies.

The forum will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., 318 Meadow Brook Road, and will include a full panel of candidates running in various State House and State Senate races. Schuette, Gilchrist and James will open the event with some remarks, which will be followed by the question and answer forum. 
“Unfortunately, our state currently fails many of its youngest citizens,’’ said Matt Gillard, President and CEO of Michigan’s Children. “Data in the annual Kids Count reports shows us that Michigan ranks at or near the bottom third of states in a range of child well-being indicators, from low reading and math test scores to rising abuse and neglect rates to the sixth-highest rate of children living in high-poverty neighborhoods in the country.

The list of confirmed candidates appearing at the forum include:
  • 12th Senate: Michael McCready (R) and Jeff Pittel (Lib)
  • 13th Senate: Marty Knollenbergand (R) and Mallory McMorrow (D)
  • 40th State House: David Wolkinson (R) and Mari Manoogian (D)
  • 41st State House: Doug Tietz (R) and Padma Kuppa (D)
  • 45th State House: Michael Webber (R) and Kyle Cooper (D)

There was a mother who sacrificed her two little boys for this report to be generated, so read it.

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The Detroit Free Press Forgot To Opine About SIGTARP & The Detroit Land Bank Authority Relationship With Gilchrist & Schuette

Guess what?

I have an opinion, too.

Here are my 2 cents:

If this writer is going to have a tizzy about Bill not having a similar law enforcement moment when it comes to corporate blight, then how come he does not go after Bill for not doing anything about the Detroit Land Bank Authority?

Wait, I know why.

The Detroit Land Bank Authority is having some SIGTARP issues and The Detroit Free Press is sitting on the big reveal.

Just keeping it real, Nancy.

Schuette slams Detroit Dem for blight, OKs it for billionaire investor | Opinion

GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette is appalled by the condition of an apartment building owned by Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Garlin Gilchrist II in Detroit's North End. The property on Marston Street, Schuette says, is so disgraceful, and Gilchrist's failure to rehabilitate it so egregious, that Gilchrist, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer's running mate, should resign from the race.

Hey Bill, do me a favor and send one of your Detroit Assistants down to the Wayne County Register of Deeds and pull the history of the property.  That action is a bit out of my economic range for existence having to fix my own house up, all by myself because you keep making me do your job.

The North End apartment building is in bad shape, no doubt. Despite the money Gilchrist has poured into the building, it's not yet inhabitable, and the neighbors on Marston Street have justifiable complaints. Blight is one of Detroit's most intractable problems, and there's no denying the physical and psychological toll it takes.

I recall this Public Private Partnership in Detroit that received millions upon millions to address the blight in Detroit. I vaguely remember that work organization being called the Detroit Land Bank Authority, but considering the fact that when I searched for its corporate instrument of authority filed under a responsibility of Bill and I could not find it, I would need to have my memory refreshed. Perhaps, Nancy can do an opinion piece on what happened to all that TARP money for blight.

But when Schuette slams Gilchrist's ownership of a blighted, vacant building, he's not just reducing a complicated story about land ownership and barriers to property rehabilitation in this city to a political jab. He's tacitly acknowledging a double standard many longtime Detroiters recognize: All too often, Detroiters are held to one standard, while billionaire investors get carte blanche.

Maybe Bill can give us some clarification on the land ownership issue by explaining how the Detroit Congressional Districts were gerrymandered from severe questionable breaks in the chain of command with these deeds.  He can start by investigating the Wayne County Property Deed Fraud Unit if SIGTARP is not already investigating him.  Ask Bill, Nancy.

As Michigan's attorney general, Schuette effectively signed off on generous public subsidies for the construction of the Ilitch family's $864 million Little Caesars Arena, issuing a 2014 opinion that OK'd the Detroit's Downtown Development Authority collection of Detroit school taxes to fund the private development, a public benefit of $324 million.

Yea, Bill, how come you granted powers of taxation to the working group Detroit Downtown Development Authority, which has never been audited because is not incorporated in the State of Michigan to levy taxes? Bill is not a king because that title of nobility was granted to the Emergency Managers.  And while you are at it, Nancy, go ask Bill how come he lets the Detroit Land Bank Authority levy taxes that do not exist and how come there is state law allowing state public school taxes to be levied across the state then split, 50/50 with the Detroit Land Bank Authority, and the rest going to the Detroit Downtown Development Authority.  Ask Bill if this is one of those Social Impact Bond Schemes.  I did an SEC snitch, you know.

The Ilitches have a track record of property ownership that's rife with blight on a vast scale. They pursued a 15-year strategy to acquire property in the arena's footprint, often leaving some structures in disrepair. Ilitch-owned properties continued to rack up blight tickets as recently as this summer.

Everyone knew about the Ilitch demolition plans. You just let the natural elements tear up the building so you can file insurance and not have to pay for asbestos containment and removal.


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"I’m not, I’m not going to comment, nor am I agreeing, you’re charging the Ilitches have a shoddy, spotty, whatever it is, record," Schuette said. "... My point is that I’m not commenting on the Ilitches’ blighted property record, I think that, frankly, Ilitch plus Penske plus Gilbert and a whole bunch of private investments have caused a rebirth in Detroit, and quite frankly, I think that is significant. And I want to encourage more of that."

Of course Bill is not going to comment on the fraudulent foreign operations funding his campaign.

The 2014 opinion, Schuette said, was "a sound, solid decision, and I’m not going to make any apologies on that."

Is Bill compromised?  Drop that video!

Nor would Schuette discuss whether, as governor, he would find it appropriate to offer public tax subsidies to other private land owners who oversee blighted properties, or who owe back taxes, as the Ilitch family did during arena deal negotiations.

If I am not mistaken, these corporations are tax exempt.

"I'm not going to get into the blighted issue," he said. "I want Detroit to grow. Detroit is a city of 138 square miles. We’ve seen a huge renaissance, and the issue is how do you help build that out, and I want to help build that out. Frankly, I’m Detroit’s best hope. You may disagree with that."

Whether Bill is the best choice for governor or not is just as a sanguine decision for a kid who has survived foster care of whether to be raped or turn a trick to eat for the day.

When it comes to Gilchrist, Schuette isn't quite as forgiving.

It is called a public distraction, or a LARP.  SIGTARP is watching.

Garlin and Ellen Gilchrist aren't deep-pocketed developers or billionaire business owners.

The Gilchrists' bought the Marston Street building, a multi-family property rare for a Detroit Land Bank Authority auction, back in 2016, for $13,500, half of the $27,000 auction price. Because Gilchrist was a city employee, he was eligible for a 50 percent discount.

Nancy, can you pull that payment and see to whom the check was made out to, who cashed it, and any other financial transactions.  Bill is more than likely too busy preparing for the foster care public debate.

"We are not real estate developers so much as people who though, t we could bring this building back to life in a part of the city that has meaning to us," said Gilchrist, who played Police Athleltic League basketball as a child at the former Considine Rec Center on Woodward Avenue in the North End, told me this week.

The building was badly damaged, and Gilchrist and wife Ellen borrowed against their home to start work. He says they spent around $200,000 on cleanup of the interior, repairing or removing parts of the structure, leveling the foundation, replacing some windows, fixing the porch and the roof, and on architectural plans and surveys required for the full renovation of the building.

Then the Gilchrists ran out of cash.

So, you mean to tell me "GG, the tech guru" did not even have a sequence of events schedule based upon a complete price estimate before starting anything? That is probably the reason he cannot find any funding.  He had no clue on what to do.

Gilchrist left the city shortly after buying the Marston Street property to run for Detroit City Clerk in 2017.

Duggan and the MDP had to make sure to split the vote to keep Janice Winfrey in office since she jacked up their own plans to throw the 2016 election cycle. "Legal Geniuses" (trademark pending).

"We've been to a lot of different lenders and had a lot of fits and starts," Gilchrist said. "There are still challenges to get some renovation financing."

It is called organization.

The Gilchrists aren't alone. Detroit has no shortage of housing, or buildings in need of rehab. But funds to complete those rehabs can be difficult to obtain. 

Funding is difficult based, mostly, upon jacked up deeds.

Lenders still view Detroit rehabilitation loans as high-risk, with some justification, said Mac Farr, executive director of the Villages Community Development Corporation on Detroit's east side.

The loans are high risk because you never know when the Detroit Land Bank Authority might just swoop in and file another quiet title action without notification, of course, because they have no legal authority to exist which is why they use other operations to cash checks.

"It’s still a touch-and-go activity," he said. "If it works out, it works out very well. If not, it’s disastrous."

If you are in the clique, all you have to do is let the "Legal Geniuses" (trademark pending) get you some funding through the New York Bank of Mellon with a fake LLC, then file bankruptcy so the Detroit Land Bank Authority takes back the home and all the debt is wiped out, which is disastrous for the taxpayers who paid this all through TARP.

A would-be borrower without a track record of completing successful rehabs, Farr said, is at a deep disadvantage: "In the neighborhoods, it's still bootstrappy mom-and-pop (rehabbers) this stuff."

It is called survival.

Gilchrist's North End property is an eyesore. And there's no question about that, or that Gilchrist, who bought the eight-unit apartment building back in 2016, should have done better.

He is just lazy.

That's something Gilchrist himself acknowledges, saying he's dissatisfied with the progress he's made: "We’re still trying to work to get financing. This has been a two-year process, and we are committed to still trying to figure this out. This is something that is important to Ellen and I. We started it and we want to finish it."

Nancy, would you be a love and let Bill know as soon as GG the tech guru gets financing. 

It's an explanation that's unlikely to sway Schuette. Maybe Gilchrist should have asked for a multi-million-dollar subsidy, instead?

His handlers already did.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Bethany Christian Has A Few DeVos Issues Beyond Trafficking Tiny Humans

DeVos is behind the stealin' of the children, the land, and the votes.

What you will read is just one ratline of child welfare.

The States are just handed the chattel, with no chain of command because parental rights are just terminated under abandoment laws in child welfare, yet no politician will speak upon this because that is how their campaigns are funded.

They fund our campaigns; we fund their campaigns.

Deported parents may lose kids to adoption, AP investigation finds

An AP investigation identified holes in the system that allow judges to grant custody of migrant children to American families — without notifying their parents.

As the deportees were led off the plane onto the steamy San Salvador tarmac, an anguished Araceli Ramos Bonilla burst into tears, her face contorted with pain: "They want to steal my daughter!"

It had been 10 weeks since Ramos had last held her 2-year-old, Alexa. Ten weeks since she was arrested crossing the border into Texas and U.S. immigration authorities seized her daughter and told her she would never see the girl again.

What followed — one foster family's initially successful attempt to win full custody of Alexa — reveals what could happen to some of the infants, children and teens taken from their families at the border under a Trump administration policy earlier this year. The "zero-tolerance" crackdown ended in June, but hundreds of children remain in detention, shelters or foster care and U.S. officials say more than 200 are not eligible for reunification or release.

Federal officials insist they are reuniting families and will continue to do so. But an Associated Press investigation drawing on hundreds of court documents, immigration records and interviews in the U.S. and Central America identified holes in the system that allow state court judges to grant custody of migrant children to American families — without notifying their parents.

And today, with hundreds of those mothers and fathers deported thousands of miles away, the risk has grown exponentially.

States usually seal child custody cases, and the federal agencies overseeing the migrant children don't track how often state court judges allow these kids to be given up for adoption. But by providing a child's name and birthdate to the specific district, probate or circuit court involved, the AP found that it's sometimes possible to track these children.

Alexa's case began in November 2015 under the Obama administration, years before Trump's family-separation policy rolled out. Her 15-month separation from her mother exposes the fragile legal standing of children under the care of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement and a flawed, piecemeal system that can change the course of a child's life

It took 28 minutes for a judge in a rural courthouse near Lake Michigan to grant Alexa's foster parents, Sherri and Kory Barr, temporary guardianship. Alexa's mother and the little girl's immigration attorney were not even notified about the proceedings.

Based on their experiences with Alexa, the Barrs had become convinced that Alexa's mom was a bad mother and that the little girl would be abused if she were reunited with her.

"My wife and I are sick over this," Kory Barr told the judge, who wished him good luck as he granted the foster parents' request two days after Christmas.

The federal system that had custody of Alexa says the state courts never should have allowed foster parents to get that far, no matter how good their intentions. But each state court system, from New York to California, runs wardship and adoption proceedings differently — and sometimes there are even variations between counties.

In Missouri, an American couple managed to permanently adopt a baby whose Guatemalan mother had been picked up in an immigration raid. That seven-year legal battle terminating the mother's parental rights ended in 2014. In Nebraska, another Guatemalan mother prevailed and got her kids back, but it took five years and over $1 million in donated legal work.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement and Bethany Christian Services, the agency that placed Alexa in foster care, would not comment on her case. But Bethany said foster parents are informed they're not allowed to adopt migrant children.

Since the 1980s, however, Bethany acknowledged that nine of the 500 migrant children assigned to its foster program have been adopted by American families. The children, ages 3 to 18, were adopted after it was determined it wouldn't be safe or possible for them to go back to their families; at least one asked to be adopted by his foster parents, and another was a trafficking victim, Bethany said.
"We never want families to be separated," Bethany CEO Chris Palusky said. "That's what we're about, is bringing families together."

John Sandweg, who headed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement under the Obama administration, said he worries that many more migrant children recently taken from their families may never see them again.

"We have the kids in the U.S. and the parents down in Central America, and now they'll bring all these child welfare agencies into play," Sandweg said. "It's just a recipe for disaster."
In Ramos' darkest days, she would lay on her bed, stare at the ceiling and sob, her hand on her stomach.

"This girl, she was here, in my womb," she said. "We are meant to be together. Always."
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Alexa's mother was born in the middle of a bloody civil war in El Salvador that gave way to violent street crime. She was pregnant at 13; that daughter was raised by grandparents.
Starting at age 19, Ramos had four sons with another man over the course of a decade, followed by the arrival of Alexa in 2013. She and her daughter looked alike — both bright-eyed, with dark hair framing their smooth skin.

It was after the children's father found another woman that the abuse began, Ramos said.

"The worst time was when he kicked me so hard it left a bruise and it never went away," she later told an asylum officer. Without makeup, a dent in the center of her forehead is apparent.

Ramos went to a shelter, but said she became increasingly convinced that her former partner would track her down and kill her. She applied for a U.S. visa, she said, but got nowhere.

During a custody battle in their home city of San Miguel, Ramos said her children's father filed false police reports, including one alleging that she encouraged a 17-year-old girl to have sex with an adult. With the help of his own mother, who told authorities her son had made up the accusations, she successfully cleared her name and the cases were dropped.

Yet it was that information — later deemed "outdated and unsubstantiated" by the U.S. Justice Department — that was used in a Michigan court as support for the argument that Alexa should be permanently separated from her mother.

More than two weeks after their separation, ICE agents moved Ramos seven hours away to a rural Louisiana facility surrounded by high fences topped with coiled razor wire. While Alexa and her foster family decorated a Christmas tree, Ramos slept in a pod of bunkbeds.

Two months after her arrival there, Ramos used a translator to speak on the phone with an asylum officer who asked about her family, why she left El Salvador and what her children's father might do if she went back. Alexa was safe, Ramos told the officer, but "I think he will kill me."

The next day, Ramos got word that she had "demonstrated a credible fear of persecution or torture," according to the asylum supervisor at the Department of Homeland Security.

Her case was assigned to Oakdale Immigration Court in Louisiana, where the three judges had denied 95 percent of all asylum requests that year, compared to the national average of about 50 percent. She said she called the list of pro bono lawyers she was provided, to no avail.

Without a lawyer, her chance at asylum slipped away. Like everyone else around her, she was being deported.

The federal government offers all deported parents the chance to take their children with them, but Ramos said she was ordered to sign a waiver to leave Alexa behind. "The agent put his hand on mine, he held my hand, he forced me to sign," she said.

Immigration agents then handcuffed Ramos and put her on a plane south, soaring over the volcanos and jungles of Central America.

At the time, it was unusual for parents to be deported while their children remained behind in federal foster care, but that occurred again and again this summer. More than 300 parents were deported to Central America without their children this summer, many of whom allege they were coerced into signing paperwork they didn't understand, affecting their rights to reunify with their children. Some parents also contended that U.S. officials told them their children would be given up for adoption.
"And the reality is that for every parent who is not located, there will be a permanent orphaned child, and that is 100 percent the responsibility of the administration," U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw said in August while overseeing a lawsuit to stop family separations.

The AP asked the State Department, as well as embassy officials in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, whether they were working with deported parents to find their children in the U.S.

The State Department deferred to the Department of Homeland Security, which said in a statement: "DHS is not aware of anyone contacting embassy or consulate in a foreign country to be reunified with a child. This is unsurprising given the fact that these parents made a knowing decision to leave their child in a foreign country."
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By April 2016, Alexa was transferred to the care of Bethany Christian Services, one of the nation's largest adoption agencies. As thousands more Central American children crossed the border alone during President Barack Obama's second term, the nonprofit agency's work providing temporary and long-term foster care to unaccompanied children had begun to grow.

Over the years, the Michigan-based agency has received support from local donors that include Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her family members, who have contributed more than $3.1 million. One DeVos relative worked for Bethany, and another served on its board.

As the agency started receiving more Central American children, several former Bethany social workers said they were encouraged to recruit new foster families at the agency's traditional base, the Christian Reformed Church, and other local churches.

"All of a sudden when we had these younger kids to place, everyone was really excited about that," said Sarah Zuidema, a former Bethany supervisor who grew up within the denomination. "They just felt that if these kids could know Jesus, everything would be OK."

Among the families who stepped up to help were the Barrs — Kory, a physical therapist at a nearby rehabilitation hospital, and his wife, Sherri, who ran a home-organization business. The Barrs had three daughters who were raised in a devout home and already had fostered two Salvadoran sisters in 2013.

Bethany's outreach to local families was part of a rising Christian movement to mobilize support to address what Bethany has called the "global refugee crisis." The movement emphasizes that fostering is aligned with spiritual beliefs, and urges families to approach the role with open hearts.

When Bethany placed Alexa in the Barrs' home, the couple signed a form promising they would not try to seek custody because the Office of Refugee Resettlement was legally responsible for the child. But eight months later, fearing for the girl's safety, that is exactly what they did.

On June 5, 2016, Alexa celebrated her third birthday 3,000 miles away from her mother. The next month, a social worker sent Ramos Facebook photos showing Alexa wearing an American flag tank dress, drawing outside in the Michigan sunlight. In another shot, the girl appears at the Barrs' front door clad in a hot pink ensemble, next to a little red wagon and the family dog.

Around this time, Alexa began meeting with a play therapist and, based on their observations of the girl, the Barrs became deeply suspicious that she had been exposed to abuse before she reached their home. Ramos said they then began limiting her phone contact with her daughter.

The foster program notified the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, which opened an investigation but decided the complaint lacked sufficient evidence.

Ramos had cried when social workers approached her about the abuse allegations and insisted that Alexa had always been safe in her care. Because Alexa had spent nearly a third of her life away from her mother, she then grew distressed at the thought that her daughter might have been harmed during their separation.

In August, the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights, which has a federal contract to advocate for the best interests of immigrant children navigating the legal system, began investigating whether Alexa could safely be returned to her mother. An evaluator repeatedly visited Ramos and interviewed her family, neighbors and employer.

Meanwhile, Salvadoran diplomatic officials began making periodic visits to Grand Rapids to check on Alexa and advocate for her release.

"The foster family started putting up barrier after barrier to delay her departure," said Patricia Maza-Pittsford, El Salvador's consul general in Chicago.

Finally, the girl's immigration attorney, the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. immigration courts all reached agreement: It was past time for Alexa to be back with her mother.
Just days before Christmas 2016, a federal immigration judge ordered her deported. The Barrs were told to pack up Alexa's things and have her ready to go at a moment's notice.

Alexa had learned to speak English, bonded with her foster sisters and captured their hearts. The Barrs were certain she had been abused and remain so to this day. So they hired a lawyer and went to court.

"The Office of Refugee Resettlement is planning to put Alexa on a plane back to her abuser," the couple said in a handwritten application seeking guardianship. Alexa's mother, they wrote, "has not owned her crimes, not been rehabilitated."

During an emergency hearing, Kory Barr pounded on the judge's bench as he begged him to help them keep the girl in Michigan and insisted that child-welfare experts needed more time to investigate.

"Every day they are telling us this could happen very fast," he said. "We have her bags packed."
Judge Mark Feyen confessed he wasn't familiar with the federal agencies involved, saying, "This is kind of hard to pin down exactly who the interested parties are."

Responding to their concerns that Alexa's life could be in danger, Feyen granted the Barrs temporary custody after their attorney, Joshua Mikrut, asserted he had a "loose understanding" that a prior order had been issued suspending Ramos' parental rights, though he didn't know where. The judge asked him to return with proof, and also scheduled a full guardianship hearing for a few weeks later.
"Every time I get one of these, I learn a little more," the judge said.

Within days, a federal immigration judge granted an emergency motion to stay Alexa's departure.
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When state courts gain control of a child being detained by the federal government, that child can become invisible in the system. Alexa and her mother were held in federal custody. But states — not the federal government — typically run child-welfare systems.

Alexa's mom didn't know where to turn, and she didn't have the money to hire an attorney. But she did have Facebook.

In El Salvador, in the days surrounding the Michigan guardianship hearing, she posted a series of increasingly desperate videos — which went viral in Central America and in one case attracted 2.5 million views — speaking directly to the Barrs, to her daughter, to anyone who might help her get Alexa back.

"I'm the girl's mother. You aren't anything to her — you just met her because I traveled with her," she sobbed in one video, her voice breaking as she addressed the Barrs. "Look inside your hearts. . I had her in my belly for nine months. I'm the mother and I'm waiting for her."

In another video, she cried as she displayed dolls modeled on the Disney movie "Frozen" that she bought to give Alexa for Christmas.

Outraged and sympathetic comments poured in and word reached Salvadoran government officials in El Salvador and the Chicago consul's office. Pressure mounted.

A month after the Barrs were granted guardianship of Alexa, the Justice Department weighed in sharply.

"The Barrs obtained their temporary guardianship order in violation of federal law," U.S. prosecutors argued. The Barrs' attorney and the Michigan judge also violated federal law by seeking and granting guardianship, and failed to inform Ramos or Alexa's lawyers about the proceedings, they wrote.

More than a month after they had petitioned to keep Alexa, Sherri and Kory Barr despairingly gave up. The federal government, they wrote the judge, "seems to have us painted into a corner with no way out."

While Mikrut acknowledges the Barrs sometimes were blinded by their passion, he said the federal system should allow challenges to its decisions about the welfare of children in its care.

A few days later, the Barrs sent Alexa home with a huge bag of toys and clothes and a letter from "Papa Foster," as Kory Barr called himself.

"Mi querida Alexa," he began, or "my dear Alexa." He wrote about how she loved her first snow, how they pretended to hold wrestling matches, how he cried at the thought of life without the "baby" of their family.

"I hope this is not the last time we see you, but if it is, I want you to know that I will keep you in my heart forever," he wrote.
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Alexa was stunned when she landed in El Salvador in February 2017. Her mother sobbed and clung to her, but the girl barely recognized this woman who called herself Mama. When could she go home to "Mama Foster, Papa Foster" and her three blonde, blue-eyed sisters? And what was this woman saying?

Alexa had lost all her Spanish and spoke English to her mother, using words like "water" and "chicken." Ramos, who spoke almost no English herself, had to point to pictures or call friends to translate.

The Ramos' small brick home, shared with two of Alexa's brothers, is on a quiet dirt street a few blocks from the main drag, a colorful and chaotic mix of shops and services.

Alexa pined for her house in suburban Grand Rapids, its green lawn, her pink room. She rarely giggled and didn't want to play or eat.

Children traumatically separated from their parents are more likely to suffer from emotional problems throughout their lives, according to decades of scientific research. And some more recent studies have found that separation can damage a child's memory.

Ramos showed Alexa baby pictures to help her relearn their relationship.

"I am your mother. I love you so very much," she told her in Spanish, over and over.

Slowly, over time, Alexa began to smile and understand her native tongue. She bonded again with her mother and brothers. Bright and energetic, she now often winds her small arms around her mother's waist and neck. When she wants attention, she whispers in her mother's ear.

Ramos still struggles with the pain of the separation, and to support her family on the few dollars a day she earns at a pizzeria. She often posts Facebook photos and videos of herself with her daughter, a visual assertion of their bond.

She fears for parents who were separated from their children under the zero-tolerance policy and has taken to Facebook to urge them to fight to get their kids back.

"If they give our children up for adoption without our permission, that isn't justice," she said during a recent interview in a park. "They are our children, not theirs."

For months after she came home, Alexa asked if she could talk to the Barrs but Ramos wasn't ready. She had a change of heart when she learned Sherri Barr was ill and now lets them talk every so often.
"I do not feel resentment for them because they also love her and because the family is going through a bad time," Ramos said. "We all deserve an opportunity."

The Barrs worry about Alexa's safety in El Salvador, but say they also worry about Ramos' well-being. They now consider their relationship with mother and daughter part of God's plan.

"No one wins in this one," Sherri Barr said.

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DOJ: FinCen & INTERPOL Are Being Purged Of Leakers Covering Up The Stealin' Of Children, Land & Votes

If the U.S. Department of Justice is proceeding with criminal referrals from conjugal collaborations of the U.S. Treasury OIG, who has tied up any loose ends, and the FBI, that means we have ourselves another one of those transposable models!

That is correct, law enforcement, which includes our Inspector Generals, are coming together to finally, go after stealin'.

In this particular situation, we have someone, with an oddly long name, who was taking pics of suspicious banking transactions (really it is money laundering but you cannot call it money laundering until there is a charge) and probably thought she was slick sending it out to reporters in a flash drive her handler gave to her.

I bet she did it as one of those patriot thangs.

But, then, I stepped back and took another look at this to see that, perhaps, this "Leaker With The Long Name", may have been set up as the fall gal, to distract the public attention away from the fact that she more than likely has a handler and there was more exfiltration, or leaking, whatever your preference of espionage, like making SARs 'disappear' the way the "other" Michael Cohen over there at Och-Ziff was caught all up in.

I wonder what encrypted app was used to intercept her pics and communications to the reporter?

Secret Finding: 60 Russian Payments "To Finance Election Campaign Of 2016"

Which one is Reporter 1?

I am going with Jason Leopold, but you can leave your comments, below.


BuzzFeed News Reporter

Anthony Cormier

BuzzFeed News Reporter
BuzzFeed News Reporter

Here Is The Money Trail From The Russian "Agent" And Her Republican Partner

GOP Operative Made "Suspicious" Cash Withdrawals During Pursuit Of Clinton Emails

Here's Why The FBI And Mueller Are Investigating "Suspicious" Transactions By Russian Diplomats


We have us a pool of suspects.

FUN FACT! You can encrypt a data in a pic?

I wonder if her handler was playing Call of Duty or PubG when it went down, which is a great way of sending encrypted data, you know.

The charges seemed a bit lenient considering we are in the midst of a major house cleaning investigation with INTERPOL, which is why I believe she is going to absolve herself by singing.

Singing is good for the soul when you realize you participated in the stealin' of children, land and votes.

Much love to the Public Corruption Units across the country!

Hey, has anyone checked on Michael Cernovich, lately?

Senior FinCen Employee Arrested And Charged With Unlawfully Disclosing SARs

Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards Illegally Photographed SARs and Other Sensitive Government Information and Transmitted Them To Reporter In Connection With Approximately 12 News Articles Over 1-Year Period

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and Eric M. Thorson, Inspector General for the Department of Treasury, announced today the filing of a criminal complaint charging NATALIE MAYFLOWER SOURS EDWARDS, a/k/a “Natalie Sours,” a/k/a “Natalie May Edwards,” a/k/a “May Edwards,” who is a Senior Advisor at the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”), with unlawfully disclosing Suspicious Activity Reports (“SARs”) and conspiracy to do the same.  EDWARDS was arrested yesterday and will be presented this afternoon in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior-level FinCEN employee, allegedly betrayed her position of trust by repeatedly disclosing highly sensitive information contained in Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) to an individual not authorized to receive them.  SARs, which are filed confidentially by banks and other financial institutions to alert law enforcement to potentially illegal transactions, are not public documents, and it is an independent federal crime to disclose them outside of one’s official duties.  We hope today’s charges remind those in positions of trust within government agencies that the unlawful sharing of sensitive documents will not be tolerated and will be met with swift justice by this Office.”
FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said:  “In her position, Edwards was entrusted with sensitive government information.  As we allege here today, Edwards violated that trust when she made several unauthorized disclosures to the media.  Today's action demonstrates that those who fail to protect the integrity of government information will be rightfully held accountable for their behavior.”
Treasury Department Inspector General Eric Thorson said:  “Our criminal investigators have been at the center of this investigation as a core part of our responsibility to detect and prevent threats to the integrity and efficiency of Treasury programs and operations.  We are committed to working with our law enforcement partners and with FinCEN and other Treasury officials, and appreciate their cooperation and support.”
Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker said:  “Protecting sensitive information is one of our most critical responsibilities, and it is a role that we take very seriously.  We have fully and proactively supported Treasury’s Office of Inspector General’s investigation of leaks of protected information, and thank them for their hard work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to hold accountable those responsible.”
According to the Complaint[1] filed today in Manhattan federal court:
The mission of FinCEN is to “safeguard the financial system from illicit use and combat money laundering and promote national security through the collection, analysis, and dissemination of financial intelligence and strategic use of financial authorities.”[2]  Among other things, FinCEN manages the collection and maintenance of SARs regarding potentially suspicious financial transactions, which, under the Bank Secrecy Act, U.S. financial institutions and other parties are required by law to generate and deliver to FinCEN.  Under the BSA and its implementing regulations, willful disclosure of a SAR or its contents by government employees or agents except as necessary to fulfill official duties is a felony.
Beginning in approximately October 2017, and lasting until the present, EDWARDS unlawfully disclosed numerous SARs to a reporter (“Reporter-1”), the substance of which were published over the course of approximately 12 articles by a news organization for which Reporter-1 wrote (“News Organization-1”).  The illegally disclosed SARs pertained to, among other things, Paul Manafort, Richard Gates, the Russian Embassy, Mariia Butina, and Prevezon Alexander.  EDWARDS had access to each of the pertinent SARs and saved them – along with thousands of other files containing sensitive government information – to a flash drive provided to her by FinCEN.  She transmitted the SARs to Reporter-1 by means that included taking photographs of them and texting the photographs to Reporter-1 over an encrypted application.  In addition to disseminating SARs to Reporter-1, EDWARDS sent Reporter-1 internal FinCEN emails appearing to relate to SARs or other information protected by the BSA, and FinCEN non-public memoranda, including Investigative Memos and Intelligence Assessments published by the FinCEN Intelligence Division, which contained confidential personal, business, and/or security threat assessments. 
At the time of EDWARDS’s arrest, she was in possession of a flash drive appearing to be the flash drive on which she saved the unlawfully disclosed SARs, and a cellphone containing numerous communications over an encrypted application in which she transmitted SARs and other sensitive government information to Reporter-1.
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EDWARDS, 40, of Quinton, Virginia, is charged with one count of unauthorized disclosures of suspicious activity reports and one count of conspiracy to make unauthorized disclosures of suspicious activity reports, both of which carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison.  The statutory maximum penalties are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencings of the defendants would be determined by the judge.
Mr. Berman praised the investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Treasury Department, and the Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General.  He also thanked the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia for its assistance with the investigation.
This case is being handled by the Office’s Public Corruption Unit.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kimberly J. Ravener and Daniel C. Richenthal are in charge of the prosecution.


[1] The charges contained in the Complaint are merely accusations, and EDWARDS is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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