4 charged in Torrance parks kickback scheme

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An alleged scheme involving the falsification of payroll records and kickbacks netted four former Torrance parks and recreation employees at least $53,000, the District Attorney's Office said Wednesday.
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john halladay-

Gardena, CA

#215 Mar 4, 2013
i can and have coached i do private lessons occasionally, but the energy that a group of kids provides is a miracle. i never was accused of abuse just heresy of drinking.
Wondering

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#216 Apr 3, 2013
john halladay- wrote:
i can and have coached i do private lessons occasionally, but the energy that a group of kids provides is a miracle. i never was accused of abuse just heresy of drinking.
So what if you drank - I heard that Maltz had too much wine at one of the team banquets. Wonder if anyone ever reported the directors and coaches to the NCAA for all of the infractions concerning their pride and joy swimmer.
Wondering

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#217 Apr 3, 2013
Also heard that the Board of Directors voted on whether or not to continue cheating (falsifying swimmers times) at their board meeting 1/2010. The craziest part was that Bettie Williams and the head coach were part of the Board of Review for Southern California Swimming. There were also two swim officials present.
victim

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#218 Apr 19, 2013
john halladay-evil destro wrote:
<quoted text>evil destroys good people dont fight for what is right so swimming is being compromised by dip noodles like bettie williams and mrs makuta, karen mayfield fools who know nothing about coaching or swimmers they destoy and talk with a dual purpose,
I agree - Bettie Williams does destroy and talk with a dual purpose. In 2010 she lied to get an athlete kicked off of the team because the athletes family knew that the new head coach Swim Torrance was hiring had been fired from his previous Head coaching job. Bettie didn't like the parent inquiring about why the coach was fired.

Bettie Williams is a LIAR - do not trust her.
Wondering

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#219 Apr 19, 2013
sand dollar wrote:
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Why can't you work with kids anymore? Bettie Williams is the one who should not be around kids. Bettie Williams abused my child and we have proof of the abuse. Just waiting for USA Swimming to step up and get rid of her ass.
USA Swimming will never get rid of Bettie. Bettie knows too much about the corrupt nature of the sport - these people all protect each other. Why do you suppose Swim Torrance was invited to time at the 2009 Mens Pac 10 Swimming Championships? A Swim Torrance parent who was timing said the time pads were unplugged during the time trials and when she questioned it she was told "it's better for the swimmers" (No - it's easier for the officials to falsify times). At a CIF semifinal meet, one swimmers time was altered by over three seconds so the swimmer could make the final.(This swimmers club coach is a swim official). A couple of years ago, Swim Torrance had a swimmer ranked #1 in the nation in a certain age group because of a switched relay position. Swim Torrance had a relay team ranked #3 in the nation because the results were submitted as long course meter instead of short course yards.

These people lie and cheat and go to extreme measures to get rid of people who challenge their unethical behavior.
seenitall

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#220 Apr 19, 2013
former SPPY swim mom wrote:
Here is one rumor that I know to be true: Only a few months before SPPY team dissolved in 2006, an annual swim-a-thon took place at the Plunge which brought in thousands of dollars for the team. Checks made out to SPPY were not cashed until the new team, Swim Torrance, was established. Those families who spoke out against Dan and corrupt board members contributed hundreds of dollars for the SPPYfundraiser and yet they were black balled from joining the newly formed team! Too bad that board members were too busy protecting Dan's swim legacy that they failed see their own moral legacy for their own children.
Some of the same people stay on the board year after year and continue the illegal, corrupt behavior. Is it a coincidence that a Swim Torrance coach won the raffle basket that she wanted? Raffle tickets were sold at a swim meet at the John Argue swim stadium hosted by Swim Torrance. There were 4 baskets raffled off each valued at least $500.00 - to about $1200.00. The coach was given free raffle tickets and won the basket she wanted.
It's a joke that Swim Torrance is a non-profit charitable organization. They didn't report the raffle as mandated by the State Attorney General's Office. They didn't file tax forms as mandated by the State Attorney General's Office. Recently, the Attorney General sent Swim Torrance a letter of intent to suspend or revoke their registration for failure to file paperwork.
This team and the recycled board members really need to be investigated.
victim

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#221 Apr 20, 2013
former SPPY swim mom wrote:
Here is one rumor that I know to be true: Only a few months before SPPY team dissolved in 2006, an annual swim-a-thon took place at the Plunge which brought in thousands of dollars for the team. Checks made out to SPPY were not cashed until the new team, Swim Torrance, was established. Those families who spoke out against Dan and corrupt board members contributed hundreds of dollars for the SPPYfundraiser and yet they were black balled from joining the newly formed team! Too bad that board members were too busy protecting Dan's swim legacy that they failed see their own moral legacy for their own children.
A continued problem with Swim Torrance is the unethical board members who recycle board positions year after year. Tina Maltz, Bettie Williams, Marzi Mistry, Rae Yan, lluvia Diaz, Ruben Diaz, and Debbi Nelson are all evil evil people who didn't think twice about hurting an innocent athlete. What they did was so nasty and illegal that they removed Marzi Mistry's name from the minutes so no one would know that he was a part of it.

It's shocking that Parents would ban together to hurt and humiliate someone else's innocent child.
seenitall

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#222 Apr 23, 2013
Bettie Williams is on the Board of Directors of Swim Torrance and Southern California Swimming. Bettie Williams is a liar and should not be part of these Youth organizations. Swim Torrance website fails to list the board members because some people would not join the team if they knew Bettie was affililated with the team. I learned Bettie was part of the team six months after joining when a meeting was held and Bettie threatened all the parents that they would have to deal with her if they continued talking about free services (housing, club dues, meet fees, etc.) given to one athlete which could jeopardize NCAA eligibility. This is also a violation of a non-profits mission.

Bettie Williams controls the parents because it is known that she WILL retaliate against their kids.
wondering

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#223 May 4, 2013
Wondering wrote:
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USA Swimming will never get rid of Bettie. Bettie knows too much about the corrupt nature of the sport - these people all protect each other. Why do you suppose Swim Torrance was invited to time at the 2009 Mens Pac 10 Swimming Championships? A Swim Torrance parent who was timing said the time pads were unplugged during the time trials and when she questioned it she was told "it's better for the swimmers" (No - it's easier for the officials to falsify times). At a CIF semifinal meet, one swimmers time was altered by over three seconds so the swimmer could make the final.(This swimmers club coach is a swim official). A couple of years ago, Swim Torrance had a swimmer ranked #1 in the nation in a certain age group because of a switched relay position. Swim Torrance had a relay team ranked #3 in the nation because the results were submitted as long course meter instead of short course yards.
These people lie and cheat and go to extreme measures to get rid of people who challenge their unethical behavior.
The same computer person was listed on the meet information sheets for both the CIF meet and the PAC 12 meet. This person is involved with many many USA Swimming sanctioned meets in Southern California. How many other athletes have been screwed out of thier spots in a final?
Wub37

United States

#224 Aug 15, 2013
Bombanot wrote:
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Agreed.
Dan Halladay is a great guy, great father and a man who screwed up! I am very sure you're not perfect. He stole what didn't belong to him, made restitution and is doing his time like a man.. To say he should be in prison... Really... I can think if worse crimes that should be in prison. Ignorance is contagious...stop talking!!!! Oh and have a nice day.
Wub37

United States

#225 Aug 15, 2013
WAY More wrote:
I'm a little bummed by the half-truth in this article. Dan was doing this WAY before 1999, and the total amount he stole from taxpayers has to be well over $100,000. Where did they get 1999? I know kids he was conning into this scam back in 1984!
Where's the proof...??? And if you knew why not report it then?? I think you are full of " half truths".
reporter

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#226 Aug 21, 2013
Bettie Williams doesn't give a rats ass about the athletes. Families asked for a reduced rate so kids could swim the month of January (High school swimming started Feb-April). The four month period cost $500.00. Families couldn't afford $500.00 for one month. Dozens of families left the team. Bettie said, "Families come and go all the time". Months later when the COLA team in San Pedro was folding, I was told that Bettie offered those families half price dues for I believe 6 months if they wanted to join Swim Torrance.

Swim Torrance also co-hosted two swim meets with the COLA team in Los Angeles. Bettie made a deal that allowed the COLA team to run the food stand (both times) and keep the profits for the COLA team.

Her actions lead me to believe that she assumes that because families join Swim Torrance they have MONEY and should pony-up, but the COLA (City of Los Angeles) teams deserve a break.

I believe Bettie uses the families of Swim Torrance to further her own personal goals. She is involved with the LA84 Foundation. I heard a parent ask a coach, "Does Bettie not like white kids"?
jimmylil white kid

Redondo Beach, CA

#227 Sep 9, 2013
don't go there the whole team minus a few are white she as far as I know has never favored one or the other.
jimmylil white kid

Redondo Beach, CA

#228 Sep 9, 2013
Ilove swimming where have all the coaches gone.

WHERE HAVE ALL THE COACHES GONE

TOO OTHER PROFFESIONS, TOO MUCH RESTRAINT

TOO MANY RULES THAT TRY TO CONTROL EMOTIONS,

PARENTS RUN N RULE,
THE SPORT WILL FAIL,

WATCH

LOVE JIMMYLIL WHITE KID

I know
SSSSS

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

#229 Sep 10, 2013
jimmylil white kid wrote:
don't go there the whole team minus a few are white she as far as I know has never favored one or the other.
Actually - most are Asian!

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