Friday, October 20, 2017

Detroit Land Bank Authority Sounds Exactly Like DOJ San Juan Capistrano Businesswoman Who Stole more than $1.5 Million from Clients Sentenced to over 5 Years in Federal Prison


Related imageWait just a property pickin' minute.....

Hey.....

This sounds like the Detroit Land Bank Authority fraud schemes.

I shall prove it...in the spirit of fuchsia. 

San Juan Capistrano Businesswoman Who Stole more than $1.5 Million from Clients Sentenced to over 5 Years in Federal Prison

          SANTA ANA, California – The owner and operator of a financial services company that provided accounting, tax and bookkeeping services to small businesses was sentenced today to 63 months in federal prison for embezzling more than $1.5 million from her clients.

The Detroit Land Bank Authority offers referrals to other banking institutions to secure mortgages, utilizing the fake quit claim deeds they have generated because most do not have the proper legal addresses, plot numbers, or even identify the fact that it is not even incorporated, yet publicly claims that it is incorporated.
          Elizabeth Jane Mulder, who also goes by “Lizzie,” a 34-year-old resident of San Juan Capistrano, was sentenced this morning by United States District Judge David O. Carter. Noting that Mulder used the money for “personal aggrandizement,” Judge Carter said the victims in this case represented “a vulnerable section of society because small business is the backbone of our country.”
          Mulder, who was the owner of Mulder Financial Consulting, pleaded guilty in June to wire fraud and subscribing to a false income tax return for failing to report the misappropriated funds to the Internal Revenue Service.

Detroit Land Bank Authority, since it is not incorporated by any state, has to use the corporation tax information for the Detroit Land Bank Community Development Corporation, so it always generates false reporting to the IRS as it claims to be a 501(c)3 for the purposes which have nothing to do with real property transfers or sales.
          According to documents filed in United States District Court, from July 2009 until this past spring, Mulder obtained money from small business clients by gaining the trust of their owners, some of whom allowed her to control their financial accounts.

Detroit Land Bank Authority has this online auction domain called, "BuildingDetroit.org", and it also uses this "BuildingDetroit.org" as a description in all online action deposits, which is not the real name of the account as it is not incorporated, which means it does not properly report to the IRS.
          Mulder convinced nearly all of her victims to make checks payable to “Income Tax Payments” with false promises that the money would be used to satisfy the clients’ past and future tax obligations. Mulder then deposited these checks into the bank account of a fictitious business she created called “Income Tax Payments” and converted the funds for her own personal use.

Detroit Land Bank Authority is far more sophisticated as it instructs its real property purchasers to makae their checks out to "Title Source, Inc." because Title Source has a bank account because it is incorporated.
          Mulder, who was personal friends with most of the victims, used a variety of means to defraud the victims, including creating false personas and fraudulent bank accounts. Using fictitious email accounts, Mulder posed as a potential buyer for one business, obtained a power-of-attorney over that business’ accounts and emptied the business’ accounts claiming the funds were being used for expenses associated with the sale of the company. In reality, Mulder had used the business’ money for her own personal expenses.

Detroit Land Bank Authority, being promoted by and through the Office of the Mayor of the City of Detroit, Mike Duggan, does not have to create false personas and fraudulent bank accounts as it simply uses Title Source, Inc. to levy delinquent property taxes in its closing documents on behalf of the Detroit Land Bank Authority because there are no delinquent property taxes as their was a judgment of quiet title issued, which wipes out any delinquent, and current, for that matter, property taxes, in order for Title Source, Inc.  to issue a "portion" of these faslely levied property taxes to the City of Detroit, which functions as a money laundering operation, where the money, at that point, just...just....is never declared to the IRS, for lack of any other proper descriptive.
          Mulder’s fraudulent scheme resulted in the theft of approximately $1,538,771 from several Orange County-based businesses, including JAC Wines in San Clemente, Kurtz-Ahlers & Associates in San Juan Capistrano and Andra Builders, Inc. in Costa Mesa.

Detroit Land Bank Authority's fraudulent scheme resulted in the theft of Detroit properties from the people of Detroit using federal funds specifically to help the people of Detroit through the Hardest Hit Funds and Making Home Affordable Programs.
          Mulder used the money obtained from her fraudulent scheme for a variety of personal expenses, including a rental home in Laguna Beach, cosmetic surgery, vacations and an Arabian horse.

Detroit Land Bank Authority used the money to pay more employees to move into Detroit & register to vote, give away properties to elected officials on City Council, Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, and other political, community supporters,  to "look the other way", and stuff like take out mortgages through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 Funds, then file quiet title to wipe out the mortgage, then take out a second mortgage through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 Funds, then file another quiet title to wipe out the mortgage, and funnel money through NGOs to political campaigns.

HINT:  A charity is an NGO.  The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation is a registered charity in Michigan and the Michigan Attorney General Charity Division is allowing it to operate as a public charity even though its original filings, and some international filings, have its purposes as a "presidential library".

Oh, and the Michigan Attorney General, Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is allowing the Detroit Land Bank Community Development Corporation operate without any form of real estate licensing, and allowing, neigh, defending, the Detroit Land Bank Authority to continue to operate in the state, despite the fact it ignores constitutency requests in reporting illegal financial activities, with supporting documents. 
          “By developing and continuing personal friendships with the victims, [Mulder] was able to assume responsibilities for their small business accounting needs and then proceeded to steal from them,” prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum filed with the court. “[Mulder]’s conduct resulted in various levels of financial loss and emotional distress to the victims, many of whom were required to drain their personal bank accounts or retirement funds in an attempt to avoid bankruptcy.”

By going around telling everyone that the Detroit Land Bank Authority is the City of Detroit, the people of Detroit, including the local media, believe that the Detroit Land Bank Authority is not stealing from the people of Detroit.

Detroit Land Bank Authority's conduct results in various levels of financial loss and emotions distress to the victims who purchased properties from Detroit Land Bank Authority, online under a different name, providing personal credit card information to a mysterious end user with only a descriptive found on a bank statement of being "BuildingDetroit.org" which is not a corporation, then being instructed to write a check to Title Source, Inc., only to find out they cannot secure a mortgage, line of credit, or even find a legitimate contractor due to the bogus quitclaim deeds, which allows the Detroit Land Bank Authority to turn around and snatch back the property and do the same fraud scheme, again, reporting the transactions to the IRS as $1.00 sales under the corporation tax number of the Detroit Land Bank Community Development Corporation.

          In addition to the prison term, Judge Carter ordered Mulder to pay $1,538,781 in restitution to seven victims, including the IRS.

          This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; IRS Criminal Investigation; and the Laguna Beach Police Department, Investigations Division.

          The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Scott Tenley and Paul C. LeBlanc of the Santa Ana Branch Office.

And this proves why the Detroit Land Bank Authority sounds exactly like this case the DOJ Central District of California U.S. Attorney's Office is prosecuting.

The best part of all of this is that Kwame Kilpatrick was the original creator of the Detroit Land Bank Authority and Janice Winfrey thought she had magical powers to declare it "incorporated", in the public record.

Stay tuned...

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Another DOJ Collaborative Conjugation Busts Wide Range In $12 Million Child Welfare Frauds

It all links to child welfare fraud, because no one cares about the child, well, perhaps the DOJ has started to listen to me because it the models all started in Detroit.

In this particular case, you have a myriad of frauds in which the range includes:

  • Voter;
  • Income tax;
  • Immigration;
  • Mail;
  • Bank.
This was a multi-jurisdictional, collaborative conjugation with the FBI, IRS, State and Local Police of Alabama.


Nigerian Citizen Sentenced to 6 ½ Years in Prison for $12 Million Tax Refund Fraud, Voter Fraud, and Illegal Reentry

Stole Public School Employees’ IDs

A Nigerian citizen, who resided in St. Louis, Missouri, was sentenced to 78 months in prison for mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, voter fraud, and re-entering the United States after having been removed, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Carrie Costantin for the Eastern District of Missouri.


According to documents filed with the court, Kevin Kunlay Williams, a.k.a. Kunlay Sodipo, 56, and others stole public school employees’ IDs from a payroll company and used them to electronically file more than 2,000 fraudulent federal income tax returns seeking more than $12 million in refunds. 

He also stole several return preparer’s Electronic Filing Identification Numbers (EFINs) and used them to secure tax-related bank products and services that facilitated the issuance of tax refunds, to include blank check stock and debit cards. Williams used the blank stock to print checks funded by the fraudulent refunds and directed some of the refunds onto debit cards.
Williams previously entered the United States from Nigeria under the name Kunlay Sodipo, but was deported in 1995. In 1999, Williams illegally returned to the United States from Nigeria using the last name Williams. In 2012, Williams registered to vote in federal, state and local elections by falsely claiming that he was a U.S. citizen and voted in the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections.
In addition to the term of prison imposed, Chief U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sippel ordered Williams to pay restitution of $889,712 to the Internal Revenue Service, in addition to forfeiture of money orders totaling $10,810 seized during the investigation.  Williams is in custody and also faces deportation.
Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Goldberg and Acting U.S. Attorney Costantin commended special agents of IRS Criminal Investigation, FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service as well as the Dothan, Alabama Police Department and Alexander City, Alabama Police Department, who conducted the investigation, and Trial Attorneys Michael C. Boteler and Charles M. Edgar, Jr. of the Tax Division, who prosecuted this case with assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the Eastern District of Missouri and Middle District of Alabama.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

The 2017 Detroit Mayoral Election Campaign Has Officially Launched

Oh my, I guess the Detroit Mayoral Campaign for the 2017 General Election has officially launched.

You see, this is Detroit.

No one does politics like Detroit.

Detroit is on the international map.

Detroit has a long and sorrid history when it comes to public corruption and complex fraud schemes.

As Alexis Wiley, Mayor Duggan's chief of staff, considers this ad as false, I have provided, below, the actual SIGTARP subpoena, issued on my birthday and have also embedded links to the articles from the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, and MLive, for futher discrimination and/or verifications of the "assertions" about incumbant Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's activities with the Detroit Land Bank Authority made by the Save Our City Super PAC in support of Coleman Young, II's candidacy for Mayor of Detroit.




I would be remiss in failing to mention the "conjugally collaborative" ongoing federal investigations of Wayne County and the State of Michigan.

But, hey, what do I know?

Stay tuned.  The election is November 7, 2017.

Video: Young's Campaign Spot Rips Duggan, Compares Him to Corrupt Kwame Kilpatrick


Update: Tuesday, 5:05 p.m. -- Alexis Wiley, Mayor Duggan's chief of staff, issued a statement in response to the ad:
"This ad is totally false. This is the kind of vile stuff we've come to expect from this campaign. We are disgusted by it but not surprised."
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From Earlier this Afternoon
State Sen. Coleman A. Young II, considered an underdog in his election bid for mayor of Detroit, has produced a scathing 30-second commercial with only weeks to go in the campaign, comparing his opponent Mayor Mike Duggan to the corrupt ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who is serving 28 years in prison for public corruption.
"Kwame Kilpatrick went to prison for rigging city contracts," the commercial begins. "So what's the difference between him and Mike Duggan who also admitted to rigging city contracts? A federal grand jury in Detroit has subpoenaed records and officials from the Detroit Land Bank Authority and from the city housing demolition program. A former high ranking police official also has been indicted for taking bribes from tow truck owners.  
When will the corruption stop? 
Why does Duggan get a pass while Kwame Kilpatrick goes to jail for 28 years?
It's as simple as black and white.
It's Young's first campaign ad, which he plans to run on Fox 2, WADL-TV, WHPK-TV and on cable.
Federal authorities investigating city hall, to date, have not accused Duggan of any wrongdoing.
The ad is paid for by "Save Our City Super PAC." 

Young and Duggan are set to debate Oct. 25. The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 7.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Special Needs Educational Video For Law Enforcement In Schools

The following video should be used as an industrial training video for law enforcement in public schools.

U.S. House Judiciary refuses to address the reality of child welfare so the issue has been addressed by the States.

If you think this is bad, you should see what they do to kids who are raped in foster care.

No one cares about the children.

Why?

Because children of "The Poors" (always said with clinched teeth) are just federal billable commodities.



Oh, and if you talk about it as an elected official, you will not be re-elected, ever again.

Even though U.S. District Judge of Kentucky, William Bertelsman ruled against this behavior by a school and law enforcement, there is nothing to stop the torture of children, because there are no civil rights in child welfare.

Besides, chemical contraints (drugging kids) is so much more fashionable...and profitable.

Carry on.

Federal Judge Rules Handcuffing Little Kids Above Their Elbows Is Unconstitutional




WASHINGTON ― A school resource officer in Kentucky who handcuffed young children acted unreasonably and violated the children’s constitutional rights, a federal judge ruled this week.

Two children, ages 8 and 9, were handcuffed by Kevin Sumner, a school resource officer with Covington Independent Public Schools. They were cuffed behind their backs, and the cuffs were placed above their elbows because the restraints would have slipped off their wrists.

Video of the handcuffing of the 8-year-old went viral after it was made public by the American Civil Liberties Union in 2015.

“Oh, God. Ow, that hurts,” the young boy said as Sumner applied the cuffs, which pulled the child’s shoulders back tightly. The officer told the boy he would “suffer the consequences” if he didn’t do as he was asked.

U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman of the Eastern District of Kentucky ruled Wednesday that the method Sumner used to handcuff the children was “unreasonable and constituted excessive force as a matter of law.” The judge wrote in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU that “the video belies” Sumner’s claim that the cuffs’ chain was as wide as the young boy’s torso and that the court had to adopt the video as fact over the word of the officer.

When the 8-year-old cried out, Bertelsman wrote, it should have been “immediately apparent that this method ... was causing pain.” But the boy was left in that position, crying and squirming, for 15 minutes.

The judge noted that a handcuffing expert had testified he did not know of any police instructor in the U.S. who would allow the elbow cuffing of children and that the defense’s own handcuffing expert conceded he had never trained law enforcement to use handcuffs above the elbow.

“While [the boy] kicked a teacher and [the girl] tried to and/or did hit a teacher, these are very young children, and their conduct does not call to mind the type of ‘assault’ which would warrant criminal prosecution,” Bertelsman wrote. “While Sumner testified that [the boy] swung his elbow towards Sumner, such can hardly be considered a serious physical threat from an unarmed, 54-pound eight-year-old child.”

The judge also found that Kenton County was liable for the officer’s actions because officials had testified that the handcuffing method was consistent with the policies of the sheriff’s office. Sumner was assigned as a school resource officer by the sheriff’s office.

Although both children had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the judge held that no reasonable jury could have found that they would not have been handcuffed had it not been for their ADHD. Consequently, he tossed out the claim that Sumner’s actions violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, under then-President Barack Obama, had gotten involved in the lawsuit, arguing that it might not be “objectively reasonable” for a “fully grown man” to handcuff a third-grade boy.

DOJ had suggested that the court consider whether the handcuffing was “punitive, rather than necessary to ensure safety,” pointing out that the officer had told the child “to behave the way you’re supposed to or you suffer the consequences.”

Claudia Center, senior staff attorney for the ACLU’s Disability Rights Program, said in a statement that they were gratified by the judge’s decision.

“We knew this was unconstitutional behavior,” Center said. “Anyone who viewed the video could see it was tantamount to torture.” 

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Monday, October 16, 2017

A Public Service Announcement To Detroit Land Bank Authority

When conducting business in the United States, as a federally monitored sub-recipient, it is always wise to make sure to incorporate.

Such a shame the Detroit Land Bank Authority never incorporated.


This message is a public service announcement to the "Legal Geniuses" (trademark pending) over there at the Detroit Land Bank Authority.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Michigan Legislature Has An Aversion To Admitting Child Welfare Fraud

"The Elected Ones" of the State of Michigan possess a severe aversion to the term "fraud", particularly in child welfare.

Education is child welfare.

In a nutshell, without having to repost relevant evidence to support my statement, as I have been doing this for almost 20 years, so you can either google it or go through my archives, Michigan privatized to allow for NGOs to swoop in, set up shop, and commence to the filings of false claims, funnels the money into political campaigns, to make sure "The Elected Ones" never mention the word "fraud".

Many of "The Detroit Elected Ones" are too busy doing selfie fashion shows or unreported weekend caberet fundraisers so they can buy a new outfit for church, rather than to risk the possibility of losing those campaign funds, political backing of their fraudfeasing colleagues, and the chance of being a political sychophant for another office upon term limits.

Oh, and it happens on both sides of the political aisle.

But I keep faith in the U.S. Department of Justice and in my many other #Superfans.

Much love to Russ Bellant for sharing the pain and the passion of calling out these political fraudfeasors and child welfare fraud.


STOP GUBERNATORIAL TAKEOVER OF PUBLIC EDUCATION IN MICHIGAN

Long-time Detroit Parent Activist, Public Education Advocate, President of the Detroit Library Commission, Workers' Rights Organizer, Public Political Scientist, Statesman of the People, and our Warrior Brother Russ Bellant 's Tour de Force takedown of Rep Tim Kelly's latest takeover proposal in Michigan.

Call, write, email Tim Kelly's office and your own state reps...PH: 517-373-0837

EMAIL:TimKelly@house.mi.gov

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CONYERS: CBC, Ranking Members Request Meeting With FBI About "Black Identity Extremists" Assessment


CBC, Ranking Members to FBI: “As you are no doubt aware, the FBI has a troubling history of utilizing its broad investigatory powers to target black citizens.”

WASHINGTON – the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and Ranking Members for three House committees requested a meeting with the FBI about its August 3, 2017 intelligence assessment titled, “Black Identity Extremists Likely Motivated to Target Law Enforcement Officers.” In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, CBC Chairman Cedric L. Richmond and Ranking Members John Conyers, Jr. (Judiciary), Bennie G. Thompson (Homeland Security), and Elijah E. Cummings (Oversight) requested to meet about the origins of the assessment and how it will be used, and expressed concern about the assessment given the FBI’s “troubling history” of targeting black citizens, including Martin Luther King, Jr., and other civil rights leaders.
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CONYERS Condemns Trump Efforts To Sabotage Obamacare; Strip Health Care From Millions Of Americans

Washington, D.C. – President Donald Trump announced that he will be cutting off the Cost-Sharing Reduction payments required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to reduce health insurance payments for millions of Americans.  He also issued an executive order that will limit access to care for millions of Americans.

Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (MI-13) released the following statement in response:

Dean of the U.S. House
of Representatives
John Conyers, Jr.
“President Trump and Republicans in Congress have repeatedly tried to dismantle the Affordable Care Act since its passage and implementation. After many failed attempts to repeal ACA at the congressional level, President Trump has turned to using the presidency to chip away at the ACA’s critical protections.

“The cost-sharing reduction payments that Trump plans to end were required by the ACA in order to help millions of Americans access quality, affordable care. Trump’s childish and cold-hearted maneuver to end these subsidies will cause premiums to rise for many hard working American families and cause insurers to leave the marketplace.

“When Democrats regain a majority it's imperative that we pass and implement a single payer, Medicare for All system that covers all Americans and cannot be tampered with by a petulant president. In the meantime, Republicans in Congress must join Democrats in their efforts to protect and build on the Affordable Care Act’s progress.”

According to the Congressional Budget Office, premiums will increase 25 percent by 2020 without cost-sharing reduction payments.

Read more about the Trump ACA executive order below.

The Trump executive order to sabotage ACA will:

Limit access to comprehensive health coverage, threatening coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

·         The ACA requires that most health insurance sold to individuals and small employers be comprehensive and include coverage for essential health benefits; the executive order could unravel these guaranteed benefits.

·         Without guaranteed coverage for needed benefits, such as maternity care, mental health treatment and substance use treatment, people may be left with skimpy and inadequate coverage that doesn’t give them access to the care they need and that does not offer adequate financial protection against serious medical conditions.

Undermine health insurance markets and increase costs for consumers.

·         Both proposals in the executive order will create an unleveled playing field by allowing certain insurance plans – “short-term” plans and association health plans – to play by different rules.

·         As healthier and lower cost consumers get cheap junk plans with skimpy benefits that may not meet their health needs, older, sicker, and higher cost consumers will be left behind with skyrocketing costs for the same coverage.

·         The individual and small group insurance markets could spiral into chaos and consumers may be left without any access to affordable insurance options.

Leave consumers in the lurch, allowing back-door discrimination based on pre-existing conditions.

·         By expanding short-term coverage, we will return to the days of charging sick people more than healthy people and leaving people with pre-existing conditions without affordable coverage options.

·         Both short-term plans and AHPs are not held to the same standards as other insurance. This means consumers may have little recourse for problems or complaints, and no guarantee that they will have the coverage they need when they need it.

·         The nonpartisan National Association of Insurance Commissioners has consistently opposed proposals to expand AHPs because they undermine states’ abilities to protect their consumers.

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Redacted Tonight On JP Morgan Chase Detroit Foreclosure Fraud


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It Is Not Nice To Lie To The Court, Detroit Land Bank Authority

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Na zdrowie, Kevin, Dziękuję Ci.
Sometimes, in the still of the night, one can realize just how small the world is.

Yes, I had forgotten all about those "Legal Geniuses" (trademark pending) over at the Detroit Land Bank Authority.

It is absolutely amazing just how small the world is.

Ousted Detroit Land Bank director was drunk on job, stalked employee

Kevin Simowski, the recently ousted head of the Detroit Land Bank and a longtime friend and political ally of Mayor Mike Duggan, was fired after coming to work drunk and threatening and stalking an upper-management employee for six months, Motor City Muckraker has learned.






Carrie Lewand-Monroe
Carrie Lewand-Monroe

Carrie Lewand-Monroe, who was then the principal director of the Land Bank, filed a personal protection order against her boss on Oct. 8, the same day he was fired as the director.

“He told me on one instance he owned a weapon and would kill himself because I stopped being his friend and would not have lunch with him,” Lewand, 38, wrote in the PPO. “Based on his actions, I am fearful and feel threatened.”

She now runs the Land Bank, which has razed about 7,000 vacant houses under Duggan. But the agency has come under fire for increased demolitions costs, which the mayor has defended.


Kevin Simowski
Kevin Simowski

For months, Land Bank employees were complaining that Simowski, 58, of Plymouth, was showing up to work drunk and was belligerent and disruptive.

Yet Simowski, who previously worked for Duggan at the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and then the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), was allowed to stay on the job.

“On September 1st, 2015, the Board of the Detroit Land Bank placed Kevin Simowski on medical leave,” Erica Ward Gerson, board chairwoman for the Detroit Land Bank Authority, said in a statement to Motor City Muckraker. “He has not been on the premises since that date and was instructed by me to not to contact any Land Bank employees during that leave.”

But according to Lewand-Monroe, Simowski continued to harass her by phone and by showing up to her Ann Arbor home.

“Since April of 2015, Kevin has constantly harassed and displayed aggressive behavior. After six months, he showed up at my home uninvited,” Lewand-Monroe wrote in the PPO.

Land Bank officials insist they had no idea that Simowski was harassing her until shortly before she filed the PPO.

“Based on information provided me by an employee of the Land Bank relative to an incident on October 7th, the Land Bank terminated Simowski on October 8th,” Gerson said. “Simowski was terminated for cause, and no severance was paid.”

It’s not the first time Simowski has been accused of wrongdoing in Duggan’s administration. In January 2003, he and then-Wayne County Prosecutor Duggan were sued in a whistleblower lawsuit by an intern who alleged retaliation at her job for reporting that Duggan’s staff was using county resources for political work. She also claimed that Duggan’s staff was coaching her on misleading the FBI regarding the political work.

At the time, Simowski was serving as Duggan’s chief of operations and blasted the intern for fabricating the story. But the intern, who was being interviewed by the FBI, provided strong evidence that she was ordered to do political work at her county job, prompting Duggan to fire one of his top staff members.


Mayor Duggan
Mayor Duggan

Duggan’s office declined to comment on Simowski or explain how he was qualified to oversee one of the largest municipal demolition projects in U.S. history. He had no experience in real estate or demolitions.

Simowski, a graduate of Wayne State University Law School, served in top positions for Duggan when the mayor was head of DMC. He also served as chief of the criminal justice bureau in the Michigan Attorney General’s department under Mike Cox.

Wiener also had no experience with Land Bank issues.

Lewand-Monroe, whose brother is Tom Lewand Jr., president of the Detroit Lions, previously served as the director of policy of Detroit Future City and executive director of the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority. She also was a project manager and attorney for Wayne County.
According to the PPO:

Week of Sept. 21: “Kevin called me on my direct office phone. He told me about his current employment status and I advised him not to contact me as he was told by the employer. Over a period of months prior to the call, there were numerous unwanted verbal contact.”

Oct. 2: “Kevin called my direct office phone. I saw his number on my caller ID and did not answer. This call was after he was told not to contact me at all. I notified my employer.”

Oct. 7: Simowski “parked outside my home and waited for me to come home from work. My husband went up to his vehicle and asked why he was there. He mumbled something and then drove.”
Lewand-Monroe added: “Kevin has continued his behavior after he was threatened by his employer to lose his job and severance pay. The unwanted contact and phone calls originated at my place of employment in the city of Detroit. It came to a head when he showed up at my home.”

UPDATE: 10-14-2017

Due to the unprecedented ability of the "Legal Geniuses" (trademark pending) over at the Detroit Land Bank Authority, to wipe bios of Richard Wiener from Michigan State University and other sites, I have taken the opportunity, once again, to preserve the annals of history.

SPOLIATION NOTICE: If, in fact, the Detroit Land Bank Authority claims to be a public entity, then it needs to stop destroying public records...and stop generating false recordings of public documents.

Richard Wiener resigns from Detroit Land Bank; Kevin Simowski takes over as director

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Richard Wiener has resigned as executive director of the Detroit Land Bank Authority. Wiener resigned Oct. 31 and was replaced by Kevin Simowski, according to Craig Fahle, director of public affairs for the land bank, which auctions and demolishes vacant, abandoned and foreclosed properties.

Wiener started as the land bank’s executive director in January. Simowski was most recently the land bank’s general counsel, a position he took in February, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Prior to that, he was attorney and COO of Flood Law PLLC in Royal Oak and vice president of operations for the Cardiovascular Institute at the Detroit Medical Center between 2012 and 2013.e is also the former vice president of customer service and programs for the DMC, a position he held 2005-12.

He was also chief of the criminal justice bureau in the Michigan Attorney General’s department during former Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s administration, and worked for 22 years in the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. Simowski is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University Law School. Wiener, a graduate of Wayne State University and the Michigan State University College of Law, is the founder of Wiener Associates, a governmental affairs law firm in Lansing, and served as Granholm’s chief of staff for three years 2003-05, according to his LinkedIn profile.

He has also worked in the and for U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, former Gov. James Blanchard and former U.S. Rep. William Brodhead, according to his biography on the Wiener Associates website.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

CONYERS: Statement For "Forum on “Addressing the Long-Term Effects of Sports-Related Brain Injury”


I am pleased to join my colleague, Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, in sponsoring this important event.

Today’s Forum brings together some of the Nation’s leading experts from the medical research and athletic communities to review the causes, effects, and treatments of concussions and other head trauma. 

In particular, the Forum examines what is known about brain injuries, what gaps exist in the scientific literature, and what is being done to address those gaps. 

Image may contain: 6 people, people smiling, people standingIt will also feature first-hand accounts from individuals who suffered from subconcussive trauma or have witnessed its long-term effects on their loved-ones.
                       
When I was Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, we held a hearing on football head injuries in 2009, which was prompted by the mounting scientific evidence connecting head injuries in football and cognitive problems later in life.

During that hearing, the National Football League refused to acknowledge a connection between head injuries on the football field and the subsequent development of brain diseases.

The following year, the Judiciary Committee held a hearing in Detroit, Michigan followed by forums in Houston and New York City as part of our ongoing commitment to calling attention to this problem and examining ways to prevent head injuries in youth, high school, and college football.

This brings us to today’s Forum, where our medical panelists will discuss their recently published study examining the brains of 111 deceased NFL players, which found that an astounding 110 of them had chronic traumatic encephalopathy also known as “CTE”.

Although scientific evidence clearly links head injuries in football to cognitive problems later in life,   between 1.6 and 3.8 million sports and recreation related concussions occur each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The extent of injury is particularly problematic for our youth as most brains are not fully developed until age 25.  As a result, a concussion is more dangerous for a youth than for an adult.

I hope the panelists today will provide guidance on how we can better protect all athletes, especially our young athletes.
             
I would be remiss if I did not briefly comment concerning President Trump’s recent series of statements concerning our nation’s professional football players.  At his rally in Alabama on September 22, he mocked the National Football League’s efforts to prevent brain injuries, declaring: “Two guys, just really, beautiful tackle. Boom! 15 yards. The referee goes on television, his wife’s so proud of him. They’re ruining the game! They’re ruining the game.”

The President of the United States then went on to use the power of his and the Vice-President’s bully pulpits and Twitter feeds to rail against the right of private citizens to express their views and right to protest as guaranteed by the First Amendment’s free speech protection.

Ironically, Mr. Trump has not uttered a single word about the actual underlying issue -- the glaring disparities in how African-Americans are dealt with under our criminal justice system and their treatment by law enforcement officers, which have often had deadly consequences. 

These are problems, by the way, which have gotten worse, not better, under the Trump Administration and Sessions Justice Department.

Today’s forum will allow us to return to the actual facts and evidence, and consider how we can best protect football players at all levels in an incredibly violent sport.

I thank all the panelists and Members for being here today.


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CONYERS: At Judiciary Committee Markup, Conyers Calls On Committee To Address Gun Violence




Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) called on the House Judiciary Committee Majority to investigate gun violence in America.

Ranking Member Conyers delivered the following remarks during the Judiciary Committee markup:

Before addressing the bill before us, I want to begin my remarks today by extending my condolences to the family and friends of the 58 individuals killed in the shooting in Las Vegas, and expressing my hopes for the recovery of the nearly 500 people injured. 

Congress has a responsibility to find a way to help prevent tragedies like this, as well as the daily incidence of gun violence in our communities.  I am disappointed that this Committee has not addressed this issue at all this Congress. 

In fact, when legislation weakening our laws on silencers and armor piercing ammunition was being prepared for floor consideration, this Committee waived jurisdiction.  We were prepared to let it go – without a hearing or markup – as if it didn’t merit our time or attention. 

Of course, I opposed those provisions because I believed they would take us in the wrong direction by making us more vulnerable to gun violence.  I am glad the Speaker has now indicated that he has no plans to bring that bill to the floor. 

In light of the Las Vegas shooting, and the daily toll of gun violence that impacts all of our communities, it is time for the Committee to take action. 

While I’m sure our staff members will benefit from the briefing on so-called “bump stocks” that the ATF will conduct for them on Friday, it is long overdue for us to conduct hearings on the issue of gun violence, and to adopt legislation intended to strengthen our gun laws. 

With respect to “bump stocks,” Speaker Ryan has said that he thinks a regulator approach by the ATF is the appropriate way to address them, but we have not even had a hearing here in this Committee for us to hear about and discuss different approaches. 

Our overall objective on these issues must be to protect our citizens from becoming victims, whether it is from a mass attack or any other, sadly more common act of gun violence. 

Indeed, we do not need mass attacks to remind us of the urgency of the issue, as each day’s news in communities across our country should tell us. 

Every day of inaction is a lost opportunity to do something about this. 

And so, as we prepare to consider the bills scheduled for this markup session today, I hope that the Committee will take up the issue of gun violence as soon as possible. 

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CONYERS: Statement of the Honorable John Conyers, Jr. for the Markup of H.R. 2228, the “Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017”

Dean of the U.S. House
of Representatives
John Conyers, Jr.
I am proud to cosponsor H.R. 2228, the “Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017.”  This bill would provide support for law enforcement agencies to protect the mental health and well-being of law enforcement officers. 

At the outset, we must recognize that law enforcement officers have a special role in our communities, with exceptional responsibilities to serve and protect.  In the performance of these duties, they see, encounter, and experience events that the rest of us would run from, but they do not. 

Law enforcement officers respond to horrendous situations that are both dangerous and stressful, and oftentimes life-threatening, as they find themselves in harm’s way while protecting the communities they serve.

For example, some recent tragedies which law enforcement officers have responded to include in June 2016 when 49 people were killed and 53 others wounded by a gunman at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida; one month later when a gunman killed five officers and wounded another nine officers along with two civilians in Dallas, Texas; and just this month when a gunman in Las Vegas killed 58 innocent citizens and injured nearly 500 others.

And, of course, law enforcement officers must respond to the calls related to violence of many kinds in our communities every day. 

In many cases, these traumatic situations remain with officers long after the threats are reduced and the communities they serve have gained a renewed since of safety.

However, members of law enforcement are left to face the continued trauma from their daily work, which can be difficult to process and impossible to forget.

That is why this bill is necessary. 

H.R. 2228 seeks to help create and improve mental health and wellness services for law enforcement officers.

The bill provides support for law enforcement agencies by requiring reports on mental health practices and services that can be adopted by law enforcement agencies and establishes peer mentoring mental health and wellness pilot programs within law enforcement agencies.

H.R. 2228 would also provide support for mental health programs by developing educational resources for mental health providers regarding the culture of law enforcement agencies and therapies for mental health issues common to law enforcement.

This measure would also provide support for law enforcement officers by reviewing existing crisis hotlines, recommending improvements regarding these crisis hotlines, and researching the effectiveness of annual mental health checks for law enforcement officers.

With this legislation, we in Congress can help better provide for and protect the mental health, safety, and wellness of all law enforcement officers as they unselfishly protect each of us daily.

For these reasons, I support this bill and ask that my colleagues join me in doing so today.

115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2228

To provide support for law enforcement agency efforts to protect the mental health and well-being of law enforcement officers, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 28, 2017
Mrs. Brooks of Indiana (for herself, Mrs. Demings, Mr. Collins of Georgia, Mr. Pascrell, and Mr. Reichert) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL
To provide support for law enforcement agency efforts to protect the mental health and well-being of law enforcement officers, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the “Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017”.
SEC. 2. SUPPORT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES.

(a) Interagency Collaboration.—The Attorney General shall consult with the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to Congress a report, which shall be made publicly available, on Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs mental health practices and services that could be adopted by Federal, State, local, or tribal law enforcement agencies.

(b) Case Studies.—The Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services shall submit to Congress a report—
(1) that is similar to the report entitled “Health, Safety, and Wellness Program Case Studies in Law Enforcement” published by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services in 2015; and

(2) that focuses on case studies of programs designed primarily to address officer psychological health and well-being.

(c) Peer Mentoring Pilot Program.—Section 1701(b) of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796dd(b)) is amended—
(1) in paragraph (21), by striking “; and” and inserting a semicolon;

(2) in paragraph (22), by striking the period at the end and inserting “; and”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following:
“(23) to establish peer mentoring mental health and wellness pilot programs within State, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies.”.
SEC. 3. SUPPORT FOR MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS.
The Attorney General, in coordination with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, shall develop resources to educate mental health providers about the culture of Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies and evidence-based therapies for mental health issues common to Federal, State, local, and tribal law enforcement officers.
SEC. 4. SUPPORT FOR OFFICERS.
The Attorney General shall—

(1) in consultation with Federal, State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies—
(A) identify and review the effectiveness of any existing crisis hotlines for law enforcement officers;

(B) provide recommendations to Congress on whether Federal support for existing crisis hotlines or the creation of an alternative hotline would improve the effectiveness or use of the hotline; and

(C) conduct research into the efficacy of an annual mental health check for law enforcement officers;

(2) in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security and the head of other Federal agencies that employ law enforcement officers, examine the mental health and wellness needs of Federal law enforcement officers, including the efficacy of expanding peer mentoring programs for law enforcement officers at each Federal agency; and

(3) ensure that any recommendations, resources, or programs provided under this Act protect the privacy of participating law enforcement officers.

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Maryanne Godboldo Made Her Transition Into The Annals Of Civil Rights History: 10-10-17

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Maryanne Godboldo, Marygrove University
Dance Instructor and Social Justice Leader of
Hartford Memorial Baptist Church
Debbie Williams, of Families & Children's Justice has announced the transition of Maryanne Godboldo.

Now, all we have to do is await for Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to drop the charges she continues to bringforth.

Maryanne suffered a stroke and has been in a coma for quite some time.

As difficult as it was, her daughter was kept out the child welfare system.

The stress of being prosecuted, over, and over, and over, and over, I believe at least 5 times Worthy has brought back charges after being dismissed, against Godboldo, for the discharge of her gun, in her home, under utter fear of the unknown when her house was surrounded by SWAT teams of police when a child welfare worker reported her to Child Protective Services for not allowing her daughter to be put on cocktails of psychotropic medications.

Judge sides with Godboldo, won't reinstate criminal charges

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Maryanne Godboldo was the first in the nation to stand up and speak out on the use of military force to remove a child by Child Protective Services.


Maryanne Godboldo was the first in the nation, whether she realized it or not, to speak out against the privatization of police.

Michigan, being the nation's policy think tank on child welfare policies of privatization, now wants to privatize police.

Child Protective Services is nothing but a private police force.

If the state can do this to a child and a parent, think of what a private police force can do to the rest of the population.

Just remember, there are no civil rights in privatization.
I made a promise to Maryanne.

On a mission...

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