Monday, January 15, 2018

Loveland Walkthrough Detroit Property Tax Foreclosures 2018

Jerry Paffendorf walks through the Year In Detroit Tax Foreclosures.

On a side note, the Grand Bargin, spearheaded by Rip "the Ripoff" Rapson,  of the Kresge Foundation leveraged and stole our art.

Watch this video to find out how not to steal properties like the "Legal Geniuses" (trademark pending) of the Detroit Land Bank Authority, et al, did.


January Green Screen Video and Data Update
Jan 15 at 10:31am
Hot off the presses, it's a brand new green screen video summarizing what's happening with Detroit tax foreclosure in January, and thinking about the rest of the year now.

How will we use the July Right of First Refusal (RoR) period, when homes can be purchased before the auction, to get to zero occupied homes at the auction? Planning and fundraising should be happening now, not in May and June. July is almost here.

If you're brand new to The Year In Detroit Tax Foreclosure project, read about it here and consider becoming a patron — small monthly contributions power our tax foreclosure work across the course of the year as we try to keep people clearly informed and advocate for zero occupied homes in the fall auction: patreon.com/makeloveland.

Links to the map and raw data:
*****IMPORTANT NOTE: The map and the raw spreadsheet linked below currently show 32,000 out of what should be 36,000 addresses, which is how we received it; Wayne County is re-sending the complete data shortly and we'll update it here. The summary data is complete.*****

• Complete summary spreadsheet of foreclosure, redemption, and occupancy statuses as of 1/8/18: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1JikW3xRkDD8s-RAHtb4iEy-R_sHXTp3kz8FqAoLif-Y/edit?usp=sharing

• Map of January foreclosure statuses as of 1/8/18 (NOTE it currently shows 32,000 out of approximately 36,000 properties): https://taxforeclosure.sitecontrol.us/m/january-2018-tax-foreclosure-risk

• Raw spreadsheet of January foreclosure statuses as of 1/8/18 (NOTE it currently shows 32,000 out of approximately 36,000 properties):  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1aJSfjEnWKyZEIqfrohbJv82j-0MdxghwL22nEfUOreI/edit?usp=sharing

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Day 87.3. Get Ready For Congressional CYA


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A Few Plausible Explanations Why Trey Gowdy Resigned From Ethics

On January 10, 2018, U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy effectively resigned from the Committee on Ethics.

On December 7, 2017, U.S. Representatives Susan Brooks and Ted Deutch stated that the Committee on Ethics could not conduct investigations on sexual harassment settlements due to the strict confidentiality rules with the Office of Compliance.

On December 12, 2017, it was reported that Omar Ashmawy, who overseas Congressional Ethics investigations was wrapped up in sexual assault lawsuits.

On November 8, 2015, it was reported that the head of the Ethics Committee received money from groups linked to the Azervaijan probe of Congressional Members who took overseas trips, stopping in Turkey, funded through organizations of Fethullah Gulen and Israel.

House Ethics dropped the probe in December 2015 and referred the matter to the DOJ, detailed in the article, below.

That means the congressional probe has met the benchmark of being criminal.

So, why would Trey resign from House Ethics?

Well, it might be because he is the Chaiman of House Oversight and is busy with the next phase of the investigation in dealing with Michigan and the Clinton Foundation because they are part and parcel of what is being investigated.

Or, it could also be the fact that these Ethics investigations, which are still, as I type, ongoing, are connected to child welfare fraud.

Or, it could be the fact that he is just a damn good litigator who has mastery of the subject matter of child welfare fraud, which, of course, includes the trafficking of tiny humans to fund political campaigns.




But hey, what do I know?
Head of US House Ethics Committee received money from group linked to Azerbaijan probe

When and how did Kemal Oksuz turn into such a greedy bastard?

He came to the USA full of bright hopes and dreams as a faithful representative of Hizmet.  Only to be involved with Shady Dealings in the Solidarity Construction firm, getting the Harmony School's million dollar construction contracts without ANY construction experience.

Kemal Oksuz
Kemal Oksuz then started Hizment NGOs (Non Governmental Organizations aka Non-Profits)
Turquoise council for Ameriasians
Assembly of Friends of Azerbaijan
What happened to this once honest person, how did he become so corrupt with greed?

The House Ethics Committee has dropped its probe into 10 members of Congress who traveled to Baku, Azerbaijan in May 2013 with oil industry money, according to a Friday afternoon press release. The panel passed a trove of documents it collected to the Justice Department for a possible review of actions by parties outside Ethics’ jurisdiction.
But even as the Ethics Committee investigated the matter, its chairman, Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), received political contributions from local individuals linked to the nonprofit network involved in the trips. The donations amounted to $8,000 and were given on a single day.

Earlier, the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) — an independent, nonpartisan body tasked with investigating matters for referral to the Ethics Committee — found “substantial reason to believe” the 10 members of Congress who traveled to Azerbaijan received illegal gifts. The House Ethics Committee on Friday, however, reported that Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas), Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), Rep. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.), Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-Texas), Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) and then-Rep. Steve Stockman, (R-Texas) all acted in “good faith” and didn’t break any rules by attending the lavish Eurasian oil conference.

Instead, the Ethics Committee assigns blame to a “criminal conspiracy” of unnamed third parties in its report.

“Both the Committee and Office of Congressional Ethics found evidence suggesting that a number of parties outside the House may have affirmatively lied to and/or withheld information from both the Committee and the House Members and staff who were invited,” the press release reads. The panel passed nearly 190,000 pages of material related to the probe on to the Justice Department, saying it was “referring the matter of third parties apparently engaging in a criminal conspiracy to lie to Congress” to DOJ “for such further action as it deems appropriate.”

The identity of the third parties remains unclear. But Houston businessman Kemal Oksuz and several others linked to a nationwide Turkic group signed the travel forms for the members of Congress in 2013, affirming that their nonprofit groups were the sole sponsors of the trip. To send a large contingent of House staffers and 10 members cost more than $270,000, according to a Houston Chronicle report on the trip.

But the money actually came from the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan, according to Washington Post account of a leaked OCE report in May.

In the most recent report, released Friday, Oksuz “invoked his Fifth Amendment right to refuse to testify,” the Ethics Committee wrote, calling him “in many respects the central witness to most of the substantive allegations in question.” Other potential witnesses were beyond the committee’s reach, in Azerbaijan and elsewhere. The Committee, which said the Washington Post story “impeded” its probe, concluded it couldn’t determine conclusively who paid the travel bills and resolved to let the 10 lawmakers in question off the hook.

Oksuz serves a constellation of nonprofit organizations that claim to promote Turkic-American civil life in a number of roles and was president of the two groups that organized the 2013 conference, according to the Houston Chronicle report. That year, he was also a board member for the Turkish American Alliance, an umbrella group for six nonprofit federations that promote the philosophy of Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish scholar living in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania. Many in that network are avid political givers — Oksuz and his family alone gave $26,200 to four of the ten lawmakers who traveled to Azerbaijan in 2013. Other lawmakers who went on the junket received similar contributions from employees of nonprofits and charter schools in the network.

During his investigation, the chair of the Ethics Committee did, too. Dent received $8,000 from five individuals linked to the nonprofit network on May 1, 2015, campaign finance records and other documents show.

According to FEC records, one donor who gave $1,000 is an imam at the Cosmos Foundation, an organization that once contracted with Oksuz to build its headquarters. Three donors, who together gave Dent $5,000, list the Lehigh Dialogue Center, or LDC, a nonprofit in Pennsylvania, as their employer. One other donor — who gave Dent $2,000 — served as LDC’s treasurer in 2013. The LDC is affiliated with the Turkic American Alliance, which itself paid travel expenses for 11 House staffers to the Baku conference in May 2013.

Gulen is a political opponent of Turkish President Recep Erdogan, who has accused him of treason. Gulen’s Saylorsburg, Pa., address, where he has a 26-acre compound, abuts Dent’s district.

Meredith McGehee, policy director at the Campaign Legal Center in Washington, D.C. and an expert in congressional ethics, explained that conflicts of interest are bound to arise at times simply because lawmakers on the Ethics Committee, just like their colleagues who are not on the panel, need to raise funds. Still, she said, the contributions raise flags.

“How someone who is adjudicating something involving these parties accepts contributions from a party that’s involved in this seems totally inappropriate,” McGehee said. “You kind of have all the components you need to create a very glaring conflict here.”


Drew Kent, Dent’s chief of staff, disputed a substantive connection between the donors and the two Houston-based non-profits explicitly named in the Ethics Committee’s probe in an emailed statement.

“The Congressman has a long-standing relationship with the Turkish-American community in his district, has participated in events at the Lehigh Dialogue Center to promote inter-faith understanding and Turkish-American relations,” Kent said.

Kent added, “Any insinuation of impropriety by [Dent] or the local individuals who supported the Congressman is preposterous and not based in truth or fact.”
Representatives for the Turkic American Alliance could not be reached for comment by phone or email.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

A Day of Peace 2018

Each year, I celebrate the anniversary of this day for very special reasons, but something tells me that  I may have to explain myself quite soon.

In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and in honor of the gentle spirit who authored John Conyers, Jr., I present this piece, again, to pray for all to recognize that we, as humans, are many in body, but may only become united under the universal care for the peaceful health of society.
this legislation,

The issues surrounding unruly town hall meetings and angry mobs were addressed over 200 years ago in the Federalist Papers, specifically #9, Hamilton and #10 Madison.

Hamilton #9The utility of a Confederacy, as well to suppress faction and to guard the internal tranquillity of States, as to increase their external force and security, is in reality not a new idea. It has been practiced upon in different countries and ages, and has received the sanction of the most approved writers on the subject of politics.

What Hamilton basically says is that an insurgent faction disrupts consolidation and consensus of groups, better known as a republic. This idea was expounded and refined in Madison #10.

Madison identified the "inner tranquility" of the consolidation and consensus of groups as the "majority".  He further spoke of the futility of non-peaceful protests as they disregarded established legislative processes, having elected government representatives.

"Men of factious tempers, of local prejudices, or of sinister designs, may, by intrigue, by corruption, or by other means, first obtain the suffrages, and then betray the interests, of the people."

Historically, civil disobedience only works when functioning under the policy of peace. These protests are not peaceful in language or activities, an early presentation of failure of the insurgence.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise therof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.The Bill of Rights: First Amendment

The key word is "peace". Once this tenet of the First Amendment is violated, peace, the government is empowered to protect the people, pursuant to the General Welfare Clause in the U.S. Constitution. The following is an excerpt of Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution of the United States, called the General Welfare Clause:

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

Violence, be it verbal, emotional, physical, or economic, becomes grounds for government intervention, or rather the calling of the police to maintain the peace. When this happens you have an insurrection, pursuant to the General Welfare Clause. Under this light, health care as commerce, or rather Universal Health Care, is seen as a "provision for the common defense social disease, meaning maintainability of individual and social health, becoming interchangeable with the temporal terminology of General Welfare.

Quintessentially, Universal Health Care is one in the same with the Common Defense and General Welfare of the people of the United States of America. Here is a visual model for greater understanding:




There is a lack of organization and understanding, as the insurrections constantly demonstrate a significant failure in mastering a rudimentary education of the social mobilization.


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Phase 4: DOJ Reveals Child Welfare Fraud In Haiti

I believe on January 15, 2017, Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, the world will finally begin to listen.

Below, is the next reveal of the residuals of the peculiar institution, done in the name of the tax exempt god.

This is child welfare fraud.

Look at it.  This is foster care and adoption.  This is the trafficking of tiny humans and they do it all over the world.

It started in the U.S.

Former Missionary Sentenced for Sexually Exploiting Children in Haiti

            Daniel John Pye, 36, an Ashdown, Arkansas, resident was sentenced to 40 years of imprisonment, to be followed by 25 years of supervised release, for traveling in foreign commerce with the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor, also known as child sex tourism. 

            Benjamin G. Greenberg, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Mark Selby, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI), Miami Field Office, made the announcement.

            Pye, originally of Bradenton, Florida, was convicted in November 2017, after a week-long trial before U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro, of three counts of traveling in foreign commerce with the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2423(b). 

            According to court records and the evidence presented at trial, Pye was a missionary who operated an orphanage in Jacmel, Haiti, from the years of 2006 through 2012.  The orphanage provided shelter, clothing, food, and school tuition to children without families and to children whose families could not afford to feed or otherwise support their children.  Pye obtained financial support for the orphanage through his connections with numerous religious organizations and other nonprofit groups in the United States.  During his time operating the orphanage, Pye would regularly sexually abuse the female residents of his orphanage, including girls as young as six years old.  As described by the Haitian victims during trial, Pye routinely sexually abuse his victims both at the orphanage and while at the beach.

            Since leaving Haiti, Pye resided in the Liberty Hill, Texas, Texarkana, Texas, and Ashdown, Arkansas, areas.  Prior to arriving in Haiti, Pye resided in the Bradenton and Fort Lauderdale areas of Florida.

            Mr. Greenberg commended the investigative efforts of ICE-HSI.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ben Widlanski and Ilham Hosseini.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov
 or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

Florida Man Mysteriously Imprisoned in Haiti for Months With No Charges, Wife Says

Leann and Daniel Pye sit with their 4-year-old daughter Riann in front of their orphanage in Jacmel, Haiti.
Leann and Daniel Pye sit with their 4-year-old daughter Riann in front of their orphanage in Jacmel, Haiti.  (Leann Pye)

A Florida woman is pleading for help to free her missionary husband, who has been imprisoned in Haiti for five months without charge.

Leann Pye, 27, says her husband Daniel, 29, was mysteriously detained in October when the couple, who have operated an orphanage in Jacmel, Haiti, for the past seven years, went before a judge to divide assets with an organization they had previously worked for. But once an agreement was reached, the judge in the case, Jean Samedy, had Pye arrested.

The reason, according to at least one legal expert: Samedy was apparently angry over getting bumped from a hotel room by a relief organization in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake.

“Daniel Pye helped an organization rent the place, a hotel or guest house, and he (the judge) was living in the place and the judge at that time was forced to leave,” Osner Fevry, a Haitian legal expert assisting in the Pye case pro bono, told FoxNews.com. “I heard that from the prosecutor personally.”

Others have suggested the U.S.-based non-profit organization involved in the hearing with Pye, Joy in Hope, was behind the arrest. “Two judges wouldn’t even take their case … but they finally found their third judge and I will tell you that there are reports that the judge was paid money to follow through on that and that the judge was subsequently paid more money to re-arrest him,” said a source who wished to remain anonymous told FoxNews.com.

Daniel himself says in a video taken last week that it was a “fellow American” that “stabbed him in the back and put him in jail.”

Leann Pye, who is currently in Bradenton with her mother, said the whole situation has been very difficult to piece together, especially since they had already resolved their civil dispute with Joy in Hope when Daniel was arrested.

“We agreed to sign everything over to the organization and at that point my husband was handcuffed, and he was led out,” said Leann, who is nearly nine months pregnant with the couple's second child. “No one seemed to know what was happening.”

With no explanation given for the arrest, her lawyer suggested it might be a pressure tactic to ensure they followed through with their agreement. A few days later, they officially signed over all of the disputed assets. But Daniel was not released.

“That’s when I found out that the judge was refusing to sign the release papers and that he was allowed to hold somebody for up to 90 days while he investigated, ” Leann said.

But Samedy refused to tell Leann why he was investigating Daniel. Joy in Hope, which denies any involvement in Daniel’s detention, says he wouldn’t tell them either.

“When he was handcuffed none of us understood why,” said Brian Williams, director of Joy in Hope, the non-profit that was negotiating assets with the Pyes. “I looked at the director on the ground and I said, ‘Why is he being handcuffed, we just settled all of this?’ and we were literally told it was time to go.”

Williams told FoxNews.com that the organization was subsequently told “it wasn’t a Joy in Hope issue anymore.”

Roughly two months later, the couple’s lawyer secured Daniel’s release with an appeal arguing Samedy had no grounds for his investigation. “The Dean of the Court ordered he be released immediately because the arrest was illegal,” said Fevry.

But just minutes after being released on Christmas Eve, Daniel was re-arrested.

“We were literally maybe 10 feet out of the prison and we were approached by the police officer for the judge and Danny was handed a piece of paper that was in French,” Leann said. “He handed it to me and we were like ‘What’s this?’ and the police officer just said, ‘Read the paper,’ then turned my husband around and handcuffed him again, took the paper out of my hands.”

Leann, who speaks Creole but not French, said she could see the arrest order was signed by Samedy.
Fevry said the second arrest also was illegal, because Samedy did not seek the legal consideration of the prosecutor, as required by Haitian law, and because the warrant was written only in French. “It is clearly established by the constitution that all warrants must be written into both French and Creole, period,” he said.

Leann later discovered her husband was accused of being in “possession of a false document” for an ID card he was carrying, which only created more confusion.

“From what the American Embassy and my lawyer have told me, the ID card that we got is legal, I mean we went to the immigration office in Port Au Prince, the only place you can get it,” she said. “…every missionary that I’ve talked to has one because to put things in your name, like to buy a new vehicle, you have to have it.”

Leann said the U.S. Embassy also told her in January that the judge had an extra 30 days to either file official charges against Daniel or sign his release papers. But Pye remains in prison, and isn’t eligible for Haiti’s equivalent of bail because he hasn’t been charged.

“At least five very difficult complex facts are impeding Daniel to be released from prison: the prosecutor has been fired, the former dean passed away, there is a strike of the deputy prosecutors… and the judge is now sick,” Fevry said Friday. “… I asked the new dean last night why she can’t appoint a new judge and she said people will accuse her of trying to be partisan to Daniel Pye.”

Leann, who has since returned to the U.S. on doctor’s orders, said she’s now left with more open-ended questions than answers. And while she’s still not sure whether to believe the hotel bump explanation, it now seems to “have the most validations behind it.”

“After the earthquake we helped a lot of organizations … one organization wanted to rent a hotel to put their teams in, they had teams coming in back to back, so Danny helped them find a lawyer, get the lease agreement written up, get it notarized, pretty much get everything done. People have since told me that the judge was one of the tenants that lived in the hotel and one of the stipulations of the agreement was that the judge had to go.”

Fevry said that rumor was confirmed by the former prosecutor in the case, Vladimir Yayo, who suggested directly to him Samedy was still angry.

“Only a judge with personal interest in a matter would do what Judge Samedy is doing in this case … and the judge is not supposed to investigate the case of someone with whom he had in the past those kind of relationships, whether they were bad or good.”

A State Department official would not discuss details of the case, but told FoxNews.com learned that the department is monitoring the case closely and providing all appropriate counselor assistance.

“Our last counselor visit to him was on March 1; the deputy chief of mission and the consul general held a productive meeting with the Haitian minister of justice in which they reiterated our desire to see Mr. Pye afforded due process as soon as possible.”

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DOJ Busts $131 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme, But Where Did All The Money Go?

Now, the $131 million dollar question is: "Where did all the money go?"

Michigan Clinic Office Manager Pleads Guilty to $131 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme Involving Unnecessary Prescription of Controlled Substances

A Michigan clinic office manager pleaded guilty today for his role in a health care fraud scheme that involved the unnecessary prescription of controlled substances and that resulted in a $131 million loss to Medicare.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider of the Eastern District of Michigan, Special Agent in Charge David P. Gelios of the FBI’s Detroit Division, Special Agent in Charge Lamont Pugh III of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s (HHS-OIG) Chicago Regional Office and Special Agent in Charge Manny Muriel of Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) made the announcement.
Yasser Mozeb, 35, of Oakland County, Michigan, the office manager of the Tri-County Network, based in Detroit, Michigan, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and pay and receive health care kickbacks, before U.S. District Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.  Sentencing has been scheduled for May 31 at 2 pm EST before Judge Hood. 
“With one American dying of a drug overdose every nine minutes, we are facing the deadliest drug crisis in American history,” said Attorney General Sessions. “Sadly, some have chosen to take advantage of this crisis and exploit vulnerable patients for profit. At the Department of Justice we’ve taken a number of new steps this past year to fight opioid-related fraud. Today we have won another victory in this fight and I want to thank our FBI agents, DOJ attorneys, and everyone else who helped us bring the defendant to justice.” 

“Prescribing unneeded drugs in exchange for kickbacks are not just crimes of greed, they are crimes that make Michigan’s opioid crisis even worse — and that is why our office will relentlessly pursue these cases,” said U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider.

“Healthcare fraud schemes involving the prescribing of unnecessary prescription drugs, performing of extraneous medical procedures, and fraudulent billing practices continue to plague southeastern Michigan communities,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Gelios.  “Today’s guilty plea underscores the level of commitment that the FBI and its federal partners devote in holding accountable those responsible, along with their co-conspirators.”

“It is unconscionable that Mozeb and his coconspirators would put patients’ health at risk and potentially exacerbate the opioid epidemic,” said HHS-OIG Special Agent in Charge Pugh. “We, along with our law enforcement partners, will work tirelessly to hold these criminals accountable.”

As part of his guilty plea, Mozeb admitted that he conspired with the owner of the Tri-County Network, Mashiyat Rashid, to pay illegal kickbacks and bribes to Medicare beneficiaries, co-conspirator patient recruiters and others, in order to obtain patients for the Tri-County Network.  Mozeb also admitted that he participated in a scheme with Rashid and other co-conspirators to prescribe medically unnecessary controlled substances, which allegedly included oxycodone, hydrocodone and oxymorphone,  to Medicare beneficiaries, many of whom were addicted to narcotics.  He admitted that in furtherance of the conspiracy, coconspirators also directed physicians to require Medicare beneficiaries to undergo medically unnecessary facet joint injections if the beneficiaries wished to obtain prescriptions for controlled substances. 
Mozeb admitted that he and Rashid conspired with physicians in the Tri-County Network to refer Medicare beneficiaries to specific third party home health agencies, laboratories and diagnostic providers in exchange for illegal kickbacks and bribes even though those referrals were medically unnecessary. 
Mozeb was part of a conspiracy that submitted or caused the submission of false and fraudulent claims to Medicare in excess of $131 million, he admitted. 
Mozeb is the fifth defendant who has pleaded guilty in connection with the Tri-County investigation.  Mozeb was charged along with Mashiyat Rashid, 37, of West Bloomfield, Michigan; Spilios Pappas, 61, of Monclova, Ohio; Abdul Haq, 72, of Ypsilanti, Michigan; Joseph Betro, 57, of Novi, Michigan; Tariq Omar, 61, of West Bloomfield, Michigan; and Mohammed Zahoor, 51 of Novi, Michigan, in an indictment unsealed on July 6, 2017.  Rashid, Pappas, Betro, Omar and Zahoor are awaiting trial.  
An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. 
This case was investigated by the FBI, HHS-OIG and IRS-CI.  Trial Attorney Jacob Foster of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section is prosecuting the case. 
The Fraud Section leads the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, which is part of a joint initiative between the Department of Justice and HHS to focus their efforts to prevent and deter fraud and enforce current anti-fraud laws around the country.  The Medicare Fraud Strike Force operates in nine locations nationwide.  Since its inception in March 2007, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force has charged over 3,500 defendants who collectively have falsely billed the Medicare program for over $12.5 billion. 

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Did Teresa Manning Get Walked Out HHS For Leaking Child Welfare Data To Israel?

Why was Teresa Manning formally escorted from HHS?

I am going to go with my final answer: fraud.

I do not believe she had any hands on the Title X grant decisions or was even there long enough to masterfully navigate the Department, but I bet your bottom dollar she was "leaking" data to her special buddy Tony Perkins.

Yes, that Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, the same one who was the largest political campaign contributor to Mike Pence's gubernatorial campaigns.

The same Mike Pence who has an interesting background in trafficking tiny humans.

I bet she made some backdoor lobbying money leaking human data to be transferred to private, foreign corporate interests, like Israel, through a so-called child welfare NGO,  but hey, what do I know?

Anti-birth control official who led Title X departs HHS

Jury rejects conservative's bias suit against UI dean
Teresa Manning
Teresa Manning, the controversial official in charge of the Title X federal family planning program, was escorted from HHS premises on Friday.

Two sources with knowledge of Manning's departure tell POLITICO that she was fired by HHS. An HHS spokesperson disputed that account, saying that Manning resigned.

"HHS is very grateful for her service," the spokesperson said. "Her departure after resignation was not unusual in any way."

Manning could not be reached for comment.

Manning, who previously worked for anti-abortion groups including the Family Research Council and National Right to Life, had been serving as deputy assistant secretary for HHS' Office of Population Affairs. In that role, she was responsible for helping set national policy around family planning, contraception and teen pregnancy — a development that alarmed abortion-rights groups worried about Manning's history of statements and actions opposing birth control and abortion.

Manning stated in a 2003 public radio interview that "contraception doesn't work." She also has separately suggested a link between abortion and breast cancer, which has not been proven, and helped craft state legislation to limit access to abortion.

Manning's name was removed from OPA's leadership page on Friday night. She had been tapped in May 2017 to lead the office, which has been criticized by state officials in recent months. OPA's process to allow states to apply for family-planning grants is running more than two months behind schedule.

Valerie Huber, who had been serving as chief of staff for the HHS' assistant secretary of health, was named acting deputy assistant security of OPA. Huber is an advocate for abstinence education who joined HHS in June 2017.

A source with knowledge of Manning's dismissal said that staff were told to leave the floor of the HHS building and to take their computers, in order to ensure that no one witnessed her being escorted out.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Michigan Auditor General Sues For Adoption Records, Has No Clue About MCI Or The Trust Funds

Well, it seems Judge William Collette is enjoying another does of Tran, or at least I am pretty sure the matter is in his court.

It seems Doug Ringler has had just about enough of the games over there at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

I know Tom McTavish, the former Michigan Auditor General got sick of the crap and so did I.

October 2010 - AmpliVox Sound Systems Blog
How can you get adoption info
when you do not even know
about Michigan Children's Insitute, silly!?!
Heck, I even tried to show him some love by drafting legisilation, below, to expand the powers of his office so he could go after those so dearly embraced, Public-Private Partnerships, that like pilfer the public coffers of the children's trust funds.

Speaking of trust funds, the Auditor General wants information on adoptions in Michigan.

You have no idea how hilarious that statement was for me to even type.

To begin, in order to go after adoption information, you must first identify who is over adoptions.

That would be Bruce Hoffman, the Superintendent of the Michigan Children's Institute, the legal guardian for over 8,000 children in Michigan and it has never been audited.

It used to be Bill Johnson.

I despise Bill Johnson ~ just a skin crawling creepy human.

It just so happens that I had set up my own database http://michiganchildrensinstitute.blogspot.com for such an auspicious occassion as the Auditor General of Michigan crossing over into the court to do his job of protecting "the best interests of the children".

Here is a link to almost everything I have ever done on the Michigan Children's Institute, the state section of the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services no one seems to talk about, more than likely due to the fact that no one knows about MCI or its contracts, or its organizational structure, or its fraud schemes, or its generation of fraudulent documentation to the court, to the feds, public & the friends and relatives who witnessed the trafficking of their tiny human.


Just for a bit of fun, I am including the investigative report on Ricky Holland, one of three little boys who did not make it out of Michigan's child welfare system alive.

Ricky Holland was one of the lucky ones.

The other two little boys will suffer for the rest of their lives to what was done to them, and no one cares, but the Michigan Auditor General.

These privatized foster care and adoption entities get away with murder, sell children and will generate fraudulent documentation to double-bill for it, all in the name of the tax exempt god.

I do not have data on how many children were removed from the home by CPS, placed in foster care and adopted out during the Flint Water Crisis or the Detroit Bankruptcy due to the fact that those data are dirty.

As for the federal court monitor, I have very little respect as he has never once identified the Michigan Children's Institute, its Trust Fund, or the fact that there has never been a referral to the Attorney General Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Now, we wait for the court order because I know it is coming.

I know it is coming because the federal investigations are finally drilling down to the state level.

I know it is coming because the time has come to end the trafficking of tiny humans and the fact that Ricky Holland, the two other boys who survived, and all their families need to be made whole again.

For the first time, the Michigan Auditor General sues administration to access records

LANSING – In what could be a first for the state, legislative auditors have asked a judge to declare that they can access confidential records in their efforts to hold the administration accountable.

The Michigan Auditor General on Wednesday sued the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services in the state Court of Claims, asking a judge to order Michigan's child welfare agency to hand over adoption records that auditors say they need to investigate whether Gov. Rick Snyder's administration is following rules in its handling of kids removed from their parents because of abuse or neglect.

Auditors, the Legislature's main oversight arm, are currently investigating the state's foster care and adoption program and say they're authorized to access otherwise confidential records because state law and the state constitution gives them auditing authority. But DHHS officials have refused some adoption records auditors sought as part of that investigation, saying state law forbids their release without a court order. Inappropriate release is a misdemeanor.

Ricky Holland
Murdered by Michigan
DHHS
Auditors – along with lawmakers and federal court monitors – also are investigating the caseloads of DHHS child welfare employees after a State Journal investigation last year revealed allegations that DHHS supervisors in at least seven counties – including Ingham – manipulated records to make the department appear in compliance with court-ordered caseload limits. DHHS has been under federal court supervision for a decade after an advocacy group sued the department over a string of child deaths, including Williamston's Ricky Holland.



Ricky Holland: Murdered By False Claims In Child Welfare


Auditors are unaware of any other instance where they've had to sue the administration for records, Kelly Miller, the Auditor General's state relations officer, said in an email to the State Journal on Friday.

Gongwer News first reported the suit on Thursday.

The lawsuit was filed after months of negotiations between auditors and DHHS officials fell apart. DHHS had offered to work with the Legislature on a change in state law that would grant auditors access, DHHS spokeswoman Geralyn Lasher said in an email to the State Journal on Friday.

"The department had been willing to work cooperatively with the Auditor General’s office as recently as this week," Lasher said, "but they have now made it clear with this filing that they have no interest in working in a cooperative fashion so we will simply respond through court filings at this point."   
DHHS Director Nick Lyon had refused to comply with a subpoena from auditors, and Miller said they want the judge to also order Lyon to comply.

Auditors are looking at caseloads as part of the review of child-placing agencies and the adoption records could help them do so, Miller said.

"The declaratory judgement that we requested could impact future audits in any state agency," she said.

DHHS officials have repeatedly said they've looked into allegations of caseload manipulation and found no evidence it had happened. Employees likely misunderstood how cases were being handled, officials said.

Two DHHS supervisors were reassigned following the State Journal's reports, though the department said one of those moves was not a disciplinary action and the department refused to confirm the other.



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Friday, January 12, 2018

Trey Gowdy Resigns From House Ethics Committee

Stay tuned.

Trey knows stuff.

RESIGNATION AS MEMBER OF COMMITTEE ON ETHICS

The SPEAKER pro tempore laid before the House the following resignation as a member of the Committee on Ethics:

CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, Washington, DC, January 10, 2018.

Hon. PAUL D. RYAN, Speaker, House of Representatives, Washington, DC.

DEAR SPEAKER RYAN:

Thank you for the privilege of serving for the past 5 years on the House Ethics Committee.

While few, if any, members seek this assignment, the collegiality of the members coupled with the seriousness of the jurisdiction have made it an experience I will treasure.

When I became Chairperson of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform I knew I would not be able to keep all other committee assignments to include Judiciary, Intelligence and Ethics.

Four committee assignments, including a Chairmanship, is a challenging workload.

I was happy to finish out the calendar year and conclude some matters then pending before the Committee.

Accordingly, I tender my resignation from the House Ethics Committee pending your designation of a replacement.

Thank you again for this opportunity and thank you to my colleagues on the Committee for their hard work and friendship.

Sincerely,

TREY GOWDY,
Member of Congress.

The SPEAKER pro tempore. Without objection, the resignation is accepted.

There was no objection.
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Phase 3: The Contracts - DOJ Indictments In Uranium One Russian Bribery, Fraud & Money Laundering


Phase 3: The Uranium One contracts.

Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation is not a Russian governmental entity because it is privatized, like the Detroit Land Bank Authority, except ROSATOM incorporated.

TENEX is a subsidiary of ROSATOM.

Another collaborative conjugation, but this time, let's all welcome the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Inspector General into the mix..


Former President of Maryland-Based Transportation Company Indicted on 11 Counts Related to Foreign Bribery, Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme

Executive Allegedly Paid Bribes to a Russian Official So His Company Could Win Highly Sensitive Nuclear Fuel Transportation Contracts

An indictment against a former co-president of a Maryland-based transportation company that provides services for the transportation of nuclear materials to customers in the United States and abroad, was unsealed today for his alleged role in a scheme that involved the bribery of an official at a subsidiary of Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation. 

Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen M. Schenning of the District of Maryland, Principal Deputy Inspector General April G. Stephenson of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General (DOE-OIG) and Assistant Director in Charge Andew W. Vale of the FBI’s Washington, D.C. Field Office made the announcement.

Mark Lambert, 54, of Mount Airy, Maryland, was charged in an 11-count indictment with one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and to commit wire fraud, seven counts of violating the FCPA, two counts of wire fraud and one count of international promotion money laundering.  The charges stem from an alleged scheme to bribe Vadim Mikerin, a Russian official at JSC Techsnabexport (TENEX), a subsidiary of Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation and the sole supplier and exporter of Russian Federation uranium and uranium enrichment services to nuclear power companies worldwide, in order to secure contracts with TENEX. 

The case against Lambert is assigned to U.S. District Court Judge Theodore D. Chuang of the District of Maryland. 

According to the indictment, beginning at least as early as 2009 and continuing until October 2014, Lambert conspired with others at “Transportation Corporation A” to make corrupt and fraudulent bribery and kickback payments to offshore bank accounts associated with shell companies, at the direction of, and for the benefit of, a Russian official, Vadim Mikerin, in order to secure improper business advantages and obtain and retain business with TENEX.   In order to effectuate and conceal the corrupt and fraudulent bribe payments, Lambert and others allegedly caused fake invoices to be prepared, purportedly from TENEX to Transportation Corporation A, that described services that were never provided, and then Lambert and others caused Transportation Corporation A to wire the corrupt payments for those purported services to shell companies in Latvia, Cyprus and Switzerland.  Lambert and others also allegedly used code words like “lucky figures,” “LF,” “lucky numbers,” and “cake” to describe the payments in emails to the Russian official at his personal email account.  The indictment also alleges that Lambert and others caused Transportation Corporation A to overbill TENEX by building the cost of the corrupt payments into their invoices, and TENEX thus overpaid for Transportation Corporation A’s services. 

In June 2015, Lambert’s former co-president, Daren Condrey, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the FCPA and commit wire fraud, and Vadim Mikerin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering involving violations of the FCPA.  Mikerin is currently serving a sentence of 48 months in prison and Condrey is awaiting sentencing.  The indictment includes allegations against Lambert based on his role in effectuating the criminal scheme with Condrey, Mikerin, and others. 

The charges in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case is being investigated by DOE-OIG and the FBI.  Assistant Chiefs Ephraim Wernick and Christopher J. Cestaro and Trial Attorney Derek J. Ettinger of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorneys David I. Salem and Michael T. Packard of the District of Maryland, are prosecuting the case.

The Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs has provided significant assistance in this matter.  The Department also thanks its law enforcement colleagues in Switzerland, Latvia and Cyprus for providing valuable assistance with the investigation and prosecution of the case.

The Criminal Division’s Fraud Section is responsible for investigating and prosecuting all FCPA matters.  Additional information about the Justice Department’s FCPA enforcement efforts can be found at www.justice.gov/criminal/fraud/fcpa.

Phase 4: The DOJ OIG Report - scheduled for release on Martain Luther King, Jr. Day, January 15, 2018.

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Remarks by President Trump at Signing of Proclamation to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


THE PRESIDENT: I want to thank Secretary Carson, along with Isaac Newton Farris, Jr., and the many distinguished guests joining us here today. It’s a great honor.

Earlier this week, I had the tremendous privilege to join Isaac and Alveda to sign into law legislation re-designating the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Park. The new law expands the area to protect it and historic sites for the future generations of Americans — are becoming. So important. And this is a great honor for us and a great honor to Dr. King.

Today, we gather in the White House to honor the memory of a great American hero, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He would go on to change the course of human history.

As a young man, King decided to follow the calling of his father and grandfather to become a Christian pastor. He would later write that it was “quite easy for me to think of a God of love, mainly because I grew up in a family where love was central.” That is what Reverend King preached all his life: love — love for each other, for neighbors, and for our fellow Americans.

Dr. King’s faith and his love for humanity led him and so many other heroes to courageously stand up for civil rights of African Americans. Through his bravery and sacrifice, Dr. King opened the eyes and lifted the conscience of our nation. He stirred the hearts of our people to recognize the dignity written in every human soul.

Today, we celebrate Dr. King for standing up for the self-evident truth Americans hold so dear, that no matter what the color of our skin or the place of our birth, we are all created equal by God.

This April, we will mark a half-century since Reverend King was so cruelly taken from us by an assassin’s bullet. But while Dr. King is no longer with us, his words and his vision only grow stronger through time. Today, we mourn his loss, we celebrate his legacy, and we pledge to fight for his dream of equality, freedom, justice, and peace.

I will now sign the proclamation making January 15, 2018 the Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday and encourage all Americans to observe this day with acts of civic work and community service in honor of Dr. King’s extraordinary life — and it was extraordinary indeed — and his great legacy.

Thank you. God bless you all. And God bless America.

And with that, I’d like to ask a great friend of mine, Secretary Carson, for remarks. Then we’re going to be signing the very important proclamation. Thank you very much.

Ben.

SECRETARY CARSON: Thank you, Mr. President. It’s an honor to be here today celebrating this solemn occasion. And I thank you for signing legislation to designate the birthplace, church, and tomb of Dr. Martin Luther King as a National Historic Park.

His monumental struggle for civil rights earned these places in his life, faith, and death the same honor as Mount Vernon and that famous humble log cabin in Illinois.

This April, we will observe the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination. I remember so vividly that day, as a high school student in Detroit. Far from silencing his dream, death wrought him immortal in the American heart. His message of equality, justice, and the common dignity of man resounds today, urgently needed to heal the divisions of our age.

Today, we honor the legacy of the man who marched on Washington for jobs and freedom, achieving both for millions of Americans of all races and backgrounds. But his legacy also calls us to remember where these ideas — equality, freedom, liberty — get their power.

Our good efforts alone are not enough to lend them meaning. For by what shall I be called equal to another man? It cannot be by wealth, for there will always be one richer than me. It cannot be by strength, for there will always be one stronger than me. It cannot be by success or happiness or beauty or any other pieces of the human condition which are distributed through providence. So perhaps providence alone is the answer.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

With these familiar words, our Declaration of Independence recognizes the true author of our common dignity — one that is beyond every human law and institution. If we forget this source of our fundamental equality, then our fight to recognize it in our society will never be fulfilled.
This is a truth that Dr. King carried with him from Selma to Montgomery, from a pulpit in Atlanta to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, from a cell in Birmingham to the entire world.

This year, we will not remember his slaying as the ending but as a beginning — as a moment when his truth rose stronger than hatred, and his cause larger than death; as a moment when he called to new life with his Creator, before whom all men shall one day stand in equal rank bearing with them no riches but the content of their character.

If we keep this conviction at the center of our every word and action, if we look upon out countrymen as brothers with a shared home and a common destination, then instead of meaningless words rolling off of our tongue, we will truly create one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

And we’re going to have a word from Pastor Isaac Newton Farris, the nephew of Dr. Martin Luther King. (Applause.)

MR. FARRIS: President Trump, Vice President Pence, and to all assembled here: If my uncle were here today, the first thing he would say is, “What are we or what are you doing for others?” And that’s why it was so important that my aunt, Coretta Scott King, returned to the Congress, now about 10 years ago, and asked that the meaning of the holiday be changed.

We did not want the King holiday just to be a day of hero worship. As his nephew, I certainly think that he was one of the greatest Americans that we have produced. But it should not be a day of hero worship. And that’s why the Congress agreed with my aunt, and also made it a day of service so that we, on that day — as a matter of fact, at the King Center, we refer to it as “a day on, not a day off.”
It’s not a day to hang out in the park or pull out the barbeque grill. (Laughter.) It’s a day to do something to help someone else, and that can be as simple as delivering someone’s trash or picking up the newspaper for that elderly person who can’t get to the end of the driveway.

Bottom line: You’re doing something that benefits someone other than yourself. That’s the proper way to remember my uncle and the proper way to celebrate the King holiday.

So, President Trump, thank you for taking the time to acknowledge this day. Thank you for remembering that we’re all Americans and, on this day, we should be united and love for all Americans.

Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Mr. Vice President. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: This is a great and important day. Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday 2018, by the President of the United States of America, a proclamation. Congratulations to him and to everybody.

[The proclamation is signed.]

PARTICIPANT: Thank you, Mr. President. (Applause.)
END
11:50 A.M. EST

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Inspector General Report is to be released, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 15. 2018.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Day 83.4. Don’t Blame Me For MAVNI


FBI: Awans Security Clearances “Forged;” Granted Access to Congressional Intel Despite Falsified Vetting


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Day 83.3 MAVNI Update- OPM - DEATHS = MAVNI


Pentagon investigators find ‘security risks’ in government's immigrant recruitment program, ‘infiltration’ feared


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Day 83.2 Who Are the Trump Tower Russian Operatives?


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Day 83.1 Dossie Doe and Dossie Dossier


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NADLER WELCOMES NEW JUDICIARY DEMOCRAT & ANNOUNCES SUBCOMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS FOR SECOND SESSION OF 115TH CONGRESS



Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) welcomed Congresswoman Val Demings (FL-10) to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee and announced the new subcommittee structure for the second session of the 115th Congress. 

“I am pleased to welcome Congresswoman Val Demings to the House Judiciary Committee. Congresswoman Demings will bring invaluable real world experience to our committee, particularly as a member of the Crime Subcommittee, having served as Chief of Police of the Orlando Police Department,” said Ranking Member Nadler. “I look forward to working with my Democratic colleagues to hold the Trump Administration and our Republican colleagues accountable, to protect the rule of law, to strengthen our safety and security, to promote criminal and civil justice, to support consumer protection and address the many other critical issues that fall under this Committee’s jurisdiction.”

The House Judiciary Committee Democratic Structure for the 115th Congress:

Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law Subcommittee
David N. Cicilline (RI-01) – Ranking Member
Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr. (GA-04)
Eric Swalwell (CA-15)
Brad Schneider (IL-10)
Val Demings (FL-10)

The Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee
Steve Cohen (TN-09) – Ranking Member
Jamie Raskin (MD-08)
Ted Deutch (FL-22)

Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee
Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) – Ranking Member
Luis Gutierrez (IL-04)
Pramila Jayapal (WA-07)
Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)
Jamie Raskin (MD-08)

Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subcommittee
Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr. (GA-04) – Ranking Member
Ted Deutch (FL-22)
Karen Bass (CA-37)
Cedric Richmond (LA-02)
Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08)
Eric Swalwell (CA-15)
Ted Lieu (CA-33)
Brad Schneider (IL-10)
Zoe Lofgren (CA-19)
Steve Cohen (TN-09)
David N. Cicilline (RI-01)
Pramila Jayapal (WA-07)

Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee
Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18) – Ranking Member
Val Demings (FL-10)
Karen Bass (CA-37)
Cedric Richmond (LA-02)
Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08)
Ted Lieu (CA-33)
Jamie Raskin (MD-08)

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