#1572 Aug 3, 2013
You could even be a Nazi and still cash in with "WE"
MINNEAPOLIS - At least 10 suspected Nazi war criminals ordered deported by the United States never left the country, according to an Associated Press review of Justice Department data - and four are living in the United States today. All remained eligible for public benefits such as Social Security until they exhausted appeals, and in one case even beyond.
Quiet American legal limbo was the fate of all 10 men uncovered in the AP review. The reason: While the U.S. wanted them out, no other country was willing to take them in.
That's currently the case of Vladas Zajanckauskas in Sutton, Massachusetts. It's the case of Theodor Szehinskyj in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Of Jakiw Palij in New York City. And of John Kalymon in Troy, Michigan.
All have been in the same areas for years, stripped of citizenship and ordered deported, yet able to carry out their lives in familiar surroundings. Dozens of other Nazi war crimes suspects in the U.S. were also entitled to Social Security and other public benefits for years as they fought deportation.
The United States can deport people over evidence of involvement in Nazi war crimes, but cannot put such people on trial because the alleged crimes did not take place on American soil. The responsibility to prosecute would lie with the countries where the crimes were committed or ordered - if the suspects ever end up there.
In the 34 years since the Justice Department created an office to find and deport Nazi suspects, the agency has initiated legal proceedings against 137 people. Less than half - at least 66 - have been removed by deportation, extradition or voluntary departure.
At least 20 died while their cases were pending. In at least 20 other cases, U.S. officials agreed not to pursue or enforce deportation orders, often because of poor health, according to a 2008 report by the Justice Department. In some cases, the U.S. government agreed not to file deportation proceedings in exchange for cooperation in other investigations, the report said.
But the key stumbling block has been the lack of political will by countries in Europe to accept those ordered to leave.
#1573 Aug 3, 2013
Justice VS "WE"
The Brooklyn pervert who convinced a federal judge to toss out the child pornography evidence against him because of a defective search warrant isn't in the clear just yet.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Sam Nitze said Tuesday that the government needs two weeks to decide whether to appeal Judge Kiyo Matsumoto's decision.
"The government's view is the case was wrongly decided," Nitze bluntly informed the judge in Brooklyn Federal Court.
The judge tossed out more than 100 kiddie porn videos recovered from Yuri Bershchansky's home computer because the wrong apartment number in the creep's building was listed on the search warrant.
Nitze added that even if the judge's ruling stands, there is evidence of Bershchansky accessing Internet account containing child pornography that was not obtained in the search. But defense lawyer Gary Farrell expressed doubt that the case could go forward.
For Homeland Security special agent Robert Raab, court paper show it was the second botched search warrant in a kiddie porn case that resulted in the suppression of evidence.
Raab had applied for a search warrant in 2009 for the first floor of a two-story Bronx apartment building. But suspect Andrei Voustianiouk actually lived on the second floor.
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan dismissed the criminal case against Voustianiouk.
In both cases Raab had obtained erroneous apartment numbers from the suspects' Internet service providers.
Bershchansky, 29, remains free on $60,000 bail but must wear an electronic ankle bracelet to monitor his whereabouts.
#1574 Aug 3, 2013
The Bangkok dead dumb drunk clan
BANGKOK — An American tourist who insisted on singing with the band in a bar in a beach town in Thailand was killed by one of the musicians, police said Wednesday.
Bobby Ray Carter Jr., 51, died at a hospital of a stab wound in his chest after a brawl broke out early Wednesday at the bar at Ao Nang beach in Krabi province, police Lt. Col. Jongrak Pimthong said.
He said Carter, a Texas native, was intoxicated, began singing with the band and refused to leave the stage to let other customers sing.
"Witnesses said Carter got angry when the band played `Hotel California' instead of the song he requested, and he refused to step down," Krabi city police chief Col. Taksin Pochakorn said.
Police said the band then stopped playing and Carter and his 27-year-old son got into a furious argument with the musicians.
Jongrak said Carter was stabbed in his chest with an iron rod during the fight outside the bar and his son was injured in the head.
The three band members were arrested and face charges of causing death by physical attack.
Ao Nang is a popular spot for foreign tourists on Thailand's west coast.
#1575 Aug 3, 2013
Brian Callahan, one of two Long Island men accused Thursday in a $96 million Ponzi scheme, had a strike on his investment advisory record as early as 2006.
Records from financial industry regulators indicate that Callahan was no longer registered as an investment adviser or a broker as of September 2006, after clients at his old employer alleged that he had falsified documents and forged signatures.
In 2009, he consented to be barred from the securities industry as part of a settlement with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or FINRA, which regulates brokers.Yet Callahan managed to attract money from investors through 2012 as an investment adviser; such investment professionals are generally regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, not FINRA. According to an indictment unsealed Thursday in federal court in Central Islip, Callahan raised more than $118 million from more than 40 investors between December 2006 and February 2012 for four investment funds.
Instead of investing the money in hedge funds, as Callahan had told investors, it was funneled to his brother-in-law Adam Manson's real estate project in Montauk, among other places, the lawsuit said.
Many investors do not know that disciplinary records of financial industry professionals are public, said Barbara Roper, director of investor protection at the nonprofit Consumer Federation of America. Such records can be checked at the SEC and FINRA websites.
"One of the few things you can do to insure that you're looking out for your interest is check the background of the people who're running the investment," she said.
The SEC, which typically regulates investment advisory firms with more than $100 million in assets under management, filed a lawsuit against Callahan and Manson in 2012.
#1576 Aug 5, 2013
Mia Farrow's brother, John Charles Villiers-Farrow, has been jailed in Maryland on charges of sexually abusing two boys for years.
Villiers-Farrow, 66, who lives in Edgewood, Md., is charged with sexual abuse of a minor, perverted practice and child abuse stemming from incidents that took place from 2000 to 2008, police said. He is accused of sexually abusing two men who at the time of the abuse, were "between the ages of eight until their early teens," according to a media release put out by the Anne Arundel Police Department.
The Baltimore Sun reports that one of the men said Villiers-Farrow "showed him and the other boy pornographic videos about a dozen times before he began regularly molesting them over a period of five to six years."
The other man told police that when the sexual abuse began, in 2000, "in the beginning the other boy was there, but then it occurred when the other boy was not with him," according to The Sun -- which also reports that the charging documents allege that Villiers-Farrow showed the victims photos of him having sex.
According to the police statement, the investigation began in August, 2012, when "members of the Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division Child Abuse Unit received information that a subject sexually abused several children in the Edgewater area of Anne Arundel County."
#1577 Aug 5, 2013
The pervert got his WE.
#1578 Aug 6, 2013
Why did you jack my "WE"
William P. Stewart III, great-grandson of the founder of MetLife Insurance, took his father William P. Stewart, Jr., to court, claiming Dad siphoned money out of Stewart younger's trust fund. His mom was thrown off the account for taking millions from it without Stewart younger's consent.
William P. Stewart III--who goes by Tres--has had his $100 million trust fund looted by his parents to support their tastes for private jets and boats named Scheherazade.
Tres sued his father to produce accounting of what he spent all that money on. The elder Stewart only appeared after he was threatened with contempt of court. The ledger showed millions spent on personal luxuries, expensive trips, and vacation homes.
The elder Stewart sits on the throne of MetLife Insurance, the company his grandfather founded. The insurance giant which turned a $5.6 billion profit in 2012. So why he was using his son's trust fund as a piggy bank is anyone's guess, but he was liberally withdrawing from the account, taking out as much as $9 million in 2011 alone.
This isn't the first time Tres has taken his folks to court over money. In 2006, as the elder Stewart and his wife were going through a divorce, Tres wanted them both thrown off the account for stealing from it, but only succeeded in tossing him mom.
Even with all the money spent on homes in Maine, mansions in Bermuda, the Swiss ski chalet, Tres is left with over $37 million in the bank.
#1579 Aug 6, 2013
No additional WE for he.
#1580 Aug 6, 2013
The WE for him is expiring?
#1581 Aug 6, 2013
He has an expiration date.
#1582 Aug 7, 2013
When Your "WE" Expires
A woman's emotional plea for a trooper to let her rush to her father's deathbed was, in fact, a lie to avoid a ticket, police say.
Carley Williams, 28, was slapped with a speeding ticket and charged with driving with a suspended registration, WMUR reports. The Nashua woman told the New Hampshire state trooper who pulled her over around 9 p.m., Friday, that she was hurrying to be with her sick father, who actually died five years ago, authorities later learned.
Williams was traveling 82 mph in a 65-mph zone, but police initially bought the story.
"The trooper, using his best roadside discretion was looking to maintain public safety but at the same time appealing to the emotional needs of Miss Williams," Lt. Christopher Wagner told the station. "He took down the basic information, and he sent her on her way."
#1583 Aug 7, 2013
Will Joe get more "WE"?
ALBANY — A federal appeals court has rejected former state Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno’s bid to avoid another trial on corruption charges.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled the federal government’s latest indictment of Bruno on bribery charges does not constitute double jeopardy.
Bruno was convicted on two counts of fraud in 2009, but the convictions were later tossed by the Court of Appeals. The government brought a new indictment last year accusing the 84-year-old Republican of accepting bribes.
Bruno, in a statement, said he would “fully explore all legal options,” including further appeals.
#1584 Aug 9, 2013
The NYPD, The IRS and "WE"
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Toni Weirauch, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (“IRS-CI”), and Thomas H. Mattox, the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (“DTF”), announced today the arrest of Jonathan Wally, an NYPD Police Officer, for tax fraud and identity theft offenses. WALLY was arrested yesterday in Bronx, New York, and presented in Manhattan federal court yesterday before U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. Francis IV.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said:“As alleged, Jonathan Wally was enforcing the law by day, and breaking it at night. Identity theft and tax fraud are urgent and widespread problems, and it is especially troubling when they are crimes committed by those entrusted with enforcing the law, as is alleged here.”
IRS Special Agent-in-Charge Toni Weirauch said:“IRS-Criminal Investigation is involved in this investigation for two reasons. First, IRS Criminal Investigation has made investigating stolen identity refund fraud a top priority. The filing of fraudulent tax returns using stolen identities can cause significant financial harm to the victims of ID theft, as well as a monetary loss for the U.S. Treasury. Secondly, no law enforcement officer is above any law; we have the same duty to pay our fair share of taxes as any other American citizen. IRS-Criminal Investigation is committed to ensuring that everyone pays their fair share.”
DTF Commissioner Thomas H. Mattox said:“I commend U.S. Attorney Bharara for his ongoing diligence in identifying and prosecuting tax fraud. It is particularly egregious when a police officer, whom we trust to enforce the law, is alleged to have used stolen identities to steal tax dollars for himself and his clients. Tax preparers are critical to the financial well-being of their clients, and we remind all taxpayers to be vigilant when selecting a tax professional.”
According to the Complaint unsealed yesterday in Manhattan federal court and statements made yesterday in court:
WALLY has been employed by the NYPD as a Police Officer assigned to the 34th Precinct located in the Washington Heights/Inwood section of New York, New York since 2003. Since at least 2008, WALLY also served as a tax preparer for individuals. Although the NYPD requires its Police Officers to obtain written authorization to engage in off-duty employment, WALLY never sought or obtained such authorization to work as a tax preparer.
From 2010 through April 2012, WALLY defrauded the IRS by causing it to issue tax refunds to other individuals based on fraudulent and false U.S. individual income tax returns (“tax returns”) prepared and filed by WALLY on behalf of those taxpayers.
During that time period and continuing through January 2013, WALLY further defrauded the IRS by preparing and filing fraudulent and false tax returns on his own behalf that failed to declare certain income, causing him to receive tax refunds to which he was not entitled.
In connection with the fraudulent tax return scheme, WALLY obtained personal identifying information of children and Social Security cards in the names of other children that he used to declare them as dependents on false and fraudulent tax returns he prepared and filed on behalf of others and himself.
#1585 Aug 9, 2013
WEST VALLEY CITY — More than nine months after a woman was gunned down in a parking lot by two West Valley City police officers, the district attorney has determined the shooting was not legally justified.
Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill on Thursday announced his conclusions in the fatal officer-involved shooting of Danielle Willard, 21. After reviewing 3,800 pages of reports and interviews, Gill concluded the evidence and witness statements do not match the accounts of detectives Shaun Cowley and Kevin Salmon of how the incident unfolded on Nov. 2, 2012.
Cowley told investigators he fired after Willard struck him with her vehicle when she backed it up and he believed she had run over his partner, Salmon. But Gill said that was not true.
Cowley was not behind Willard's vehicle when she began to back out, but rather at the side of her car, Gill said. The detective was not hit by her car or knocked down, the report concluded. Also, even though Salmon was lightly brushed by Willard's vehicle, Cowley did not see him get hit, Gill said.
Because neither of the officers' lives were in imminent danger, Gill said the shooting was not justified.
"Ms. Willard's reversing vehicle was not traveling at detective Cowley and did not present any threat to either detective," Gill's report states. "Accordingly, detective Cowley and detective Salmon's contention that they believed Ms. Willard was going to reverse over detective Cowley was not reasonable."
But Lindsay Jarvis, Cowley's attorney, strongly disagrees with the report. She said her client was truthful with the DA's office and is upset with Gill's conclusions.
"I have the same 3,811 pages on my computer here. I don't understand this. My investigator doesn't understand this. The experts are on our side. The experts believe exactly what we say happened is what happened," Jarvis said.
A particular point of contention is whether Cowley was in imminent danger when he fired the shot that killed Willard and whether he was actually hit by her vehicle. Jarvis said her client did not fall down.
"He sees the vehicle coming at him, he instinctively grabs his gun, fires two rounds, and at that point is when he was struck by the vehicle," she said. "My client was not brushed by the vehicle. My client was hit by the vehicle. The question is whether he was hit by the tire or hit by the bumper. But he was clearly suffering from injuries.… To say he was just brushed is absolutely ridiculous."
Whether Cowley and Salmon were intentionally being deceitful in their stories was something Gill's office did not investigate.
#1586 Aug 9, 2013
So, her WE was terminated.
#1587 Aug 9, 2013
No WE for pigs?
Was it because the victim was a white female?
#1588 Aug 9, 2013
Looks as if someone's WE had a short shelf life.
#1589 Aug 23, 2013
The thieving SAVAGE gets his WE.
'Thieving son of Astor gets freed early'
"THE GREEDY octogenarian who ripped off his mother, the late philanthropist Brooke Astor, was sprung from the slammer Thursday due to his medical condition.
A parole board granted Anthony Marshall, 89, medical parole after he spent just two months in Fishkill Correctional Facility in upstate Beacon and under guard at an undisclosed hospital.
The Parkinson's disease stricken swindler began serving his one to three year sentence in June, after losing a near four year appeals battle for defrauding Astor of her $185 million fortune."
NY Daily News
#1590 Aug 23, 2013
The WE didn't come to be.
#1592 Aug 27, 2013
Did Donald's "WE" get Trumped?
Donald Trump Slapped With $40 Million Lawsuit; New York Attorney General Claims Trump University is a "Scam"
by Josh Grossberg Mon., Aug. 26, 2013 7:45 AM PDT
Donald Trump Youtube
If you ask New York authorities, folks attending Donald Trump's investment courses might as well be buying some swamp land down in Florida.
The real-estate mogul is facing a $40 million lawsuit filed on Saturday by the New York State attorney general alleging his for-profit, unlicensed Trump Entrepreneur Institute duped people out of their money by making "false promises" about what they were getting.
Per the lawsuit filed on Saturday in New York, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman accused Trump of an "elaborate bait and switch," in which the latter purportedly used his name and rep in a series of ads to mislead consumers into signing up for a three-day $1,500 seminar that claimed they would learn investment techniques "from Donald Trump's handpicked instructor" in order to get rich.
In actuality, the attorney general said a probe revealed Trump had "little or no role" in developing the curricula, let alone selecting instructors, and that many of the seminar's claims went unfulfilled.
Per the complaint, the Institute stated, among its many purported misrepresentations, that students would earn big bucks within the first 30 days of the seminar after learning Trump's real-estate strategies, and instructors would insinuate that Trump would make a personal appearance at the seminar. Instead, students were given an opportunity to take pictures with a life-size photo of the celebrity businessman.
Schneiderman alleged instructors also used the three-day classes to "upsell" consumers to pay anywhere from $10,000 to $35,000 to join costly "Trump Elite" mentorship programs, leaving many feeling like they had been victims of fraud.
And lastly, the school—which began operating in 2005—was forced to change its original name, "Trump University," in 2010 after lacking the appropriate charter under state law to call itself a university. It also was unlicensed as an educational institution.
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