Friday, September 6, 2019

Cocktails & Popcorn: The Tale Of The Bribery Of The Michigan Attorney General Campaign - Ukrainian Hackers, Dana Nessel & MDP Legal Geniuses

The Celestial Goddess of the Woodshed graciously genuflects in the presence of Dana Nessel, for this is pure, unadulterated art.

Wherever did these gentlemen came up with the idea of buying up campaign domains, in advance, then selling them to the campaign?

I know someone else who bought up campaign domains, but I am pretty sure it was done as super secret way of just identifying the Meanies who were mean to my Sweetie because everyone was stealin'.

Back in the day, many, many moons ago, the Negro Spirituals used to contain encrypted messages of justice.

Many, many more moons ago, there was the Rood.

Hidden messages have always been contained in public speech when you are not allowed to freely speak to each other.

In the age of technology, where no one cares, one must perfect their art in order to make the heavens fall, one parked GoDaddy domain at a time.

It seems we are dealing with "Legal Geniuses" (trademark pending), as it takes a keen mind to execute a bribery operation where the target was the campaign of the Michigan Attorney General.

Dana has been busy, busy, busy!

Lawsuit: Nessel campaign consultant accused of extortion

A text message photo sent by Dmitry Movsesyan in 2019 shows him driving Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, which her office said happened in 2017.
A text message photo sent by Dmitry Movsesyan in 2019 shows
him driving Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel,
which her office said happened in 2017.
Lansing — An explosive new federal lawsuit accuses a former campaign consultant for Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel of attempting to extort a company that Nessel’s office is fighting over consumer complaints.

Dmitriy Movsesyan of Oakland County, who disputes the claims, allegedly cited his relationship with Nessel while offering his assistance to Executive Car Rental, intervened in the dispute without the company’s authorization and demanded $9,500 from owner Maher Waad.

In a series of texts that stretched several months, Movsesyan sent Waad a picture of Nessel in his car, boasted of his relationship with the attorney general, contacted her office purporting to represent the company and said he had discussed the business with Nessel, according to court filings.

The suit filed by Waad also accuses Movsesyan of hijacking Executive Car Rental’s Google business pages after boasting of his connection to an “underworld network” of Ukranian computer hackers, who he claimed had manipulated email accounts during the 2018 election to benefit Nessel.

Attorney general spokeswoman Kelly Rossman-McKinney called the alleged campaign email manipulation claim “horseshit” with no basis in truth. Nessel has not seen Movsesyan since she was elected or discussed with him “any matter” the Department of Attorney General is handling, she said in a subsequent statement.

“We are deeply concerned that Movsesyan apparently tried to use his brief encounters with AG Nessel to persuade Executive Car Rental that he could have any impact on the department’s investigation of the company," Rossman-McKinney said.

Dana Nessel & William Isaac *Fat Ass* Robinson,
the inspiration of "Legal Geniuses" (trademark pending)
Reached by email Friday morning, Movsesyan told The Detroit News “there is no ‘extortion’” and said Waad “refuses to pay money owed for work performed.”

“Zero of this is true, especially any involvement of the AG,” Movsesyan said, calling Waad a “crook” who is trying to “dance around the complaints his customers filed against him.”

Movsesyan said he helped Waad “restructure his company, and he didn’t pay me once I realized that I will not attempt to influence the AG office in any way. I don't have that power, nor have I seen Dana Nessel since election night.”

Attorney Steven Haney, who is representing Waad and Executive Car Rental, said Mosesyan’s claims are not true.

“The evidence speaks for itself,” Haney said, pointing to the text messages filed in federal court. “They pretty much tell the story. Outright extortion on a level I don’t know if I’ve seen in 20 years as a lawyer.”

How controversy began

Judge dismissed fraud, racketeering case against Warren business owner
The Attorney General’s office in January accused Executive Car Rental of violating the Michigan Consumer Protection Act and misleading customers, citing more than 400 complaints against the company and allegations it had withheld or delayed return of damage deposits.

The firm agreed to a voluntary assurance agreement with the Attorney General’s office in March that required it to take certain steps, but Nessel’s office in August alleged the company violated the agreement and served it with a notice of an intended lawsuit.

“The timing of the notice of suit creates a question of fact that defendant Movsesyan was correct in characterizing his conversation with Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel,” Waad’s attorney claims in the suit.

Movsesyan worked for Nessel’s campaign as a contract information technology consultant in 2017 from roughly September through December and again in April 2018, Rossman-McKinney said.

“Attorney General Nessel has not seen Movsesyan since she was elected nor has the Attorney General discussed with Movsesyan any matter the Department of the Attorney General is handling,” she said.

Waad founded Executive Car Rental in 2012 and now operates 16 locations in Michigan and Florida. It is one of the country’s largest independent car rental firms, according to the legal complaint, renting out more than 100,000 vehicles a year.

Movsesyan knew Waad from a past sales job, according to the suit, and texted the businessman in February. He sent a photo of himself wearing a Dana Nessel campaign T-shirt and told Waad to call him because “I may be helpful to you.”

The texts continued as Executive Car Rental attempted to resolve the consumer complaint dispute with the Attorney General’s office. In May, Movsesyan sent Waad a picture of himself in a car with Nessel, saying “oh look, it’s your favorite attorney general in my backseat.”

While the text appeared to suggest Movsesyan was with Nessel at the time, the photo was actually taken in the fall of 2017, said Rossman-McKinney. Movsesyan had driven Nessel to an event at Grand Valley State University because he wanted to take pictures to post on campaign social media accounts he had set up, she said.

The texts continued in June, when Movsesyan told Waad he was going to see Nessel. In July, Movsesyan sent an email to Assistant Attorney General Darrin Fowler describing himself as a chief marketing officer of the car rental company.

Tale of the texts

“Just spoke with my girl,” Movsesyan told Waad in a July 16 text message. “She is excited about (Executive Car Rental’s) commitment to deliver an honorable service to the residents of our great state.”

“Now you’re stuck with me,” he told Waad.

The lawsuit contends that any contact Movsesyan had with the Attorney General’s office was “without authorization and unbeknownst” to the company.

“At no time relevant was (Movsesyan) employed in any such capacity or authorized to make representations on behalf of the company,” Haney said in the filing.

But Movsesyan allegedly felt the company owed him money and was demanding a $9,500 payment, according to the suit.

“I will consider helping you navigate through the settlement you have made with the state as soon as the invoice is paid in full,” Movsesyan said in one text. “Better hope they don’t call me to testify.”

Waad's attorney told The News that Movsesyan was doing some "very minor" social media and marketing work for the company. Waad ended up paying him $3,000 “under duress and the threat of continued economic harm to the company," the suit claims.

Executive Car Rental accuses either Movsesyan or related hackers of taking over the firm’s business pages on Google, making “disparaging responses to consumer complaints” that appear to come from the owner and directing consumers to file complaints with Nessel’s office.

“Movsesyan engaged in systematic extortion of the plaintiffs, which culminated with him alleging to enlist the hacking services of the same Ukranians he suggested were involved in manipulating email accounts during the 2018 Michigan Attorney General Election for the benefit of Dana Nessel.”

Movsesyan told The News he had hired a friend in Ukraine to build a new website for Executive Car Rental.

"He is a Wordpress website designer and (couldn't) hack his way out of a paper bag," he said. "This whole suit is a joke."

The lawsuit requests a jury trial and seeks “compensatory damages” from Movsesyan, along with an order he relinquish all control over company domains and password protected accounts.

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