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LOS ANGELES COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE HOLLY FUJIE ACCUSED OF MISAPPROPRIATION OF FUNDS

A former partner of Los Angeles-based Buchalter Nemer — who California Governor Jerry Brown appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court bench under questionable circumstances involving his cousin, former California Public Utility Commissioner Geoff Brown — is accused in federal court of committing myriad financial crimes and acts of fraud.

Documents filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia reveal that Holly Fujie of Los Angeles allegedly engaged in predicate acts of racketeering through and by means of money laundering, mail and bank fraud, as well as conversion of funds.

The lawsuit, filed as a civil-racketeering action by Marina Del Rey-based community activist Daniel Dydzak, also names as a defendant Bet Tzedek Legal Services of Los Angeles and Eric George — the son of the controversial former chief justice of California, Ronald George.

Both Holly Fujie and Eric George were directors of Bet Tzedek, an entity which obtained millions of dollars from the various trusts funds maintained and operated by the State Bar of California, as well as funds from the California Bar Foundation, where Holly Fujie presently serves as the vice-president.

Both the State Bar of California and the California Bar Foundation are under the direct control of the California Supreme Court.

The various legal trust funds maintained by the State Bar of California are overseen by the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission where, coincidentally, Holly Fujie also served as director.

Heading the commission is David Lash of O’Melveny & Myers, another lawyer who is a director of Bet Tzedek, and Bonnie Rubin of 1st Century Bank — a bank owned by former president of the State Bar of California Alan Rothenberg. Coincidentally, Eric George is part owner of 1st Century Bank.

Dydzak alleges in his lawsuits that part of the millions originated from the State Bar of California and its foundation headed to Bet Tzedek were embezzled by the various actors and were siphoned to off shore bank accounts.

Bet Tzedek is headed by CEO Sandor “Sandy” Samuels — former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — who according to Dydzak was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

According to confidential sources familiar with the situation, Dydzak filed the suit in Washington DC, because he is extremely concerned that given the caliber of the defendants and the fact that they are in control of the justice system in California, they will seek to injure him in various ways, including in seeking to somehow derail the suit.

Please continue/see source @:

http://www.onlineprnews.com/news/274891-1350951852-los-angeles-county-superio…

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Eric George (Son of Ronald George — Former Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court) Hereby Asked to Admit or Deny Re: Judicial Council, Bet Tzedek, Holly Fujie, Bonnie Rubin, 1st Century Bank, Mike Feuer, Rex Heinke, Judge David Lampe — Part 1

Admit that your name is Eric Marc George.

Admit that you are the son of Ronald Marc George and Barbara George.

Admit that Ronald Marc George served as the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court.

Admit that you are part owner of Los Angeles-based 1st Century Bank.

Admit that 1st Century Bank is largely owned by Alan Rothenberg, former president of the State Bar of California.

Admit that you are a director of Los Angeles-based Bet Tzedek Legal Services.

Admit that up until very recently, Holly Fujie was a director of Bet Tzedek Legal Services.

Admit that Holly Fujie served as president of the State Bar of California.

Admit that the State Bar of California is an “arm” of the California Supreme Court.

Admit that the State Bar of California funnels around $300,000.00 per annum to Bet Tzedek Legal Services.

Admit that Bonnie Rubin is Senior-Vice-President of 1st Century Bank.

Admit that Bonnie Rubin is a member of State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund Commission.

Admit that Holly Fujie is a member of State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund Commission

Admit that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order to show cause why Thomas Girardi should not be sanctioned, suspended or disbarred.

Admit that very shortly after said order was issued, then Chief Justice Ronald George appointed Thomas Girardi as member of the Judicial Council.

Admit that Rex Heinke of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP served as a of the Judicial Council.

Admit that Rex Heinke of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP serves as  director of Bet Tzedek Legal Services.

Admit that Bet Tzedek was established by a Rabbi.

Admit that Bet Tzedek operate pursuant to a biblical commandment.

Admit that The Leslie Brodie Report similarly operates pursuant to the same said commandment.

Admit that Bet Tzedek discriminates on the basis of religion, on its face and as applied.

Admit that Bet Tzedek engages in fraud.

Admit that Bet Tzedek falsely advertises that it offers free legal services.

Admit that Bet Tzedek is in a contractual relationship with the County of Los Angeles by which Bet Tzedek  obtains payments for offering those “free” legal services.

Admit that some of Bet Tzedek services are offered exclusively to members of the Jewish faith.

Admit that Bet Tzedek current CEO is Sandor Samuels.

Admit that Sandor Samuels is AKA Sandy Samuels.

Admit that Sandor Samuels served as in-house chief legal counsel to embattled Countywide Financial Services.

Admit that a RICO action is currently pending against Bet Tzedek Legal Services.

Admit that Holly Fujie is the Vice-President of the Foundation of the State Bar of California AKA California Bar Foundation.

Admit that similar to the State Bar of California, the California Bar Foundation also funnels funds to Bet Tzedek.

Admit the fact that Holly Fujie concurrently served as member of all 4 entities  (State Bar of California Board of Governors, California Bar Foundation, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund Commission) doesn’t pass the smell test.

TO BE CONTINUED.

Darrell Issa Takes on Countrywide Financial’s Crony Capitalism (TLR Note:It Appears Joe Zernik and Dan Dydzak Were Correct to Point Finger at Countrywide, Sandor Samuels and Jewish Operatives at Bet Tzedek Hiding Behind Buchalter Nemer’s Holly Fujie)

Most people don’t talk about it anymore, but the current economic crisis is rooted in the corruption of the mortgage market, particularly in instruments known as “sub-prime loans” and in the Democrats stonewalling of Republican efforts to force reform on the lending giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. The whole business stinks like fish left out too long in the hot sun, not that anything has really been done about it.

Hopefully that may change now that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a new report following the committee’s three year investigation into the activities of Countrywide Financial Corporation—which was acquired by Bank of America in 2008. It’s a frightening account, documenting the company’s use of what the committee called “discounted mortgages to influential Washington policy figures” to win friends and influence people.

“Countrywide used its VIP Program to aid its lobbying efforts as well as to strengthen its relationship with taxpayer backed Fannie Mae. Countrywide partnered with Fannie Mae in a strategic business alliance that also included joint lobbying efforts,” said a committee release.

According to committee chair Darrell Issa, the investigation determined that “Countrywide lobbyists and CEO Angelo Mozilo used discounted loans as a tool to ingratiate itself with policymakers in an effort to benefit the company’s business interests.”

“A former lobbyist for Countrywide testified that Members of Congress, staff, and other government officials were directed to the company’s VIP program as part of an effort to create a favorable impression of the company on Capitol Hill. This preferential treatment—that varied depending on the influence of the borrower—was not routinely offered to the public,” Issa said in a release.

Please continue @:

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/peter-roff/2012/07/06/corrupt-mortgage-ma…

 

As previously reported, using a law originally enacted to combat the mafia, a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar recently took the rare step of suing “Bet Tzedek,” a Los Angeles-based Jewish non-profit entity, under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (“RICO”).

Also named as part of the alleged racketeering enterprise were banker Alan Rothenberg, David Pasternak, Sandor Samuels, Ronald George, and his son Eric George (who serves as a member of Bet Tzedek’s Board of Directors).

RICO is a federal law that authorizes a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. RICO focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows for the leaders of a syndicate to be held civilly liable for the crimes that they ordered others to commit or which they assisted in committing.

The lawsuit alleges that various defendants misused Bet Tzedek as vehicle for the purpose of bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax-evasion with the intended outcome of siphoning the money into off-shore accounts. According to sources, the various accounts are located in Switzerland and at the Vatican.

Specifically, and in connection with some of Bet Tzedek’s alleged racketeering activities, the suit maintains that Sandor Samuels — CEO and President of Bet Tzedek and former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

The suit also asserts that other individuals engaged in racketeering activities, including David Pasternak — a Los-Angeles based “receiver,” as well as an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — who allegedly used Bet Tzedek as forum to meet, collude, and otherwise bribe various judges and lawyers for the purpose of further appointing Pasternak as “receiver.”

The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.

As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like. Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator — to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements.

According to sources, Layton is part of an ongoing “ambulance chasing” scheme that the Girardi Syndicate operates in San Bernardino County vis-a-vis a satellite office located in San Bernardino and managed by Thomas Girardi’s son-in-law, David Lira.

Additionally, and per the sources, Layton has been previously utilized by the Girardi Syndicate to “assist” Sharon Major Lewis in selecting the names of nominees to be appointed as judges by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to garner the support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in endorsing judicial candidate the Girardi Syndicate deemed worthy of such an endorsement.

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Bet Tzedek is based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1974, and is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Bet Tzedek is the exclusive provider of free legal services to low-income seniors through contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles.

2010 — 1st Century Bank Alan Rothenberg cites potential conflicts re California Pizza Kitchen in quitting Los Angeles Airport Commission (TLR Note: Resemble conflicts re Holly Fujie, Bonnie Rubin, Eric George, Bet Tzedek, Latham & Watkins ‘s David Lash)

The president of the Los Angeles airport commission resigned Thursday, saying his ties to a popular restaurant chain have complicated efforts to transform the dining and shopping experience for travelers at Los Angeles International Airport.

Alan Rothenberg, an attorney and investment banker in Century City, sent a letter to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announcing his departure from the Board of Airport Commissioners, where he has served for five years.

City lawyers concluded that Rothenberg had potential conflicts of interest because he serves on the board and owns about $1 million of stock in California Pizza Kitchen, a restaurant chain directly and indirectly involved in bids for concession contracts. Rothenberg requested the review.

 

Please continue @:

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/dec/03/local/la-me-resigned-20101203

JusticeCalifornia Assails Unsettling Tactics by Top Leadership of AOC, Judicial Council; Criticism of Barbara George Abound; Dan Dydzak Avers Retaliation by Howard Rice, Alan Rothenberg (TLR Note: See below)

Lending significant support to calls for an examination of corruption in the AOC, Judicial Council, and the California Supreme Court, a sharply-worded comment was posted by JusticeCalifornia on Judicial Council Watcher.

According to JusticeCalifornia: “Top leadership has used cleaners, expensive perks, public relations experts, grim retaliatory tactics, awards and whitewash by the boatloads to perpetuate and cover up the conduct described in the SEC report — all at public expense. The regular posters here have seen what can only be described as blatant waste, corruption and/or brutality at the highest levels of the branch– firsthand — and write about it, sometimes indelicately. So what? This is a blog, for heaven’s sake, not a Rose Garden presidential event!

Neither AOC Watcher nor JCW have been/are “politically correct” but they have been calling out bad behavior and posting very serious factually correct information for three years now — and it is ever so ironic to see that what those whom Ron George called “bloggers in jammies” reported is now being echoed in the press and in EVERY SINGLE investigation that has taken place.

It is nice and sweet that Barbara George apparently donated her time and energy to do an art exhibit. . . . .but really, it would have been much more meaningful for her husband to be awake at the wheel and protective of the branch and the public with respect to CCMS, courthouse construction and maintenance, AOC bloat and corruption. . . .etc. etc. etc.

And priorities are the point right?

Let’s see– should top leadership throw more money at the CCMS boondoggle and the most expensive courthouses in the country and a mismanaged wildly overstaffed and overpaid administrative body. . . .or keep courthouses open and staffed and serving the public? The answer seems pretty obvious but it wasn’t obvious to George or Sakauye. George had to get out and Sakauye had to be schooled by the legislature.

Tonight the national press did a high-profile piece on the ninth circuit’s jaunts to Hawaii on the public dime. Two national lawmakers commented on how the branch is complaining about budget cuts and how that affects the public, at the same time it is sending 500 people to Hawaii for a conference. The lawmakers suggested that perhaps the ninth circuit should re-think its priorities.”

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As to Mrs. Barbara George, a separate commentator stated:

” Barbara George was anointed Chair of the Supreme Court Art Selection Committee. It doesn’t pass the “smell test.” It doesn’t “hit my ear right.” It smacks of incest within the judicial branch. It’s nepotism at its finest. Regardless whether Mrs. George is paid through the AOC (that would stink!) or it is pro bono, it’s wrong. What happened to people who cared about even the appearance of impropriety? I’m sure there are other people in the whole state of California that could fill that position … oh, wait. Maybe in these dire economic times we should forego a Supreme Court Art Selection Committee. I loved the slideshow of the historic courthouses, the history, the architecture, but I bet there are other ways to find those pictures and the history. Right now, and for the past several years as the AOC fiddled and swilled down Grey Goose martinis, the point should have been to keep the trial courts open to the public! The motto, “We are here for the people we serve,” that is just bull-roar, right? The AOC should and must be disbanded.”

 

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Replying to criticism by a fellow commentator, Marina Del Ray-based Dan Dyzdak wrote:

“In response to reality chick, you must be a friend of the Georges and Alan Rothenbeg. Please remind Eric M. George, who engaged in RICO activities that his DEFAULT has been requested in the pending lawsuit because he failed to timely respond to the lawsuit. In addition, should he fail to appear at his deposition, a certificate of nonappearance will be taken.

Judicial Council Watcher lets me post my views as is my First Amendment Right. Others make comments which I do not control in any manner.

Two, the State Bar Court deliberately misstated facts, fabricated evidence and made false, misleading statements about my bar record. Major misstatements. The record is too substantial and consumes approximately 7 volumes and post-appeal proceeedings to try to remedy the State Bar Journal and State Bar Court’s major misrrepresentation of the facts and evidence.

In addition, the State Bar Journal often distorts facts in stories and is a propoganda vehicle for the Bar. Where is, for example, any story by the Journal of the misappropriation of monies of some $ 780,000 by California All–involving, among others, the present executive director of the Bar, Joe Dunn? Where is any story by the State Bar Journal that the State Bar refuses to even process a bar complaint against Joe Dunn or that he practices law regularly in Newport Beach and Santa Ana, even though he is presently a government employee–clearly an ethical violation? Where is any story about Judy Johnson and her misappropriation of funds to her personal use?

State Bar Judge Miles had improper ex parte communications with Howard Rice partners before putting me on inactive status. The State Bar prosecutor acknowledged that my prosecution was political and that I was targeted because I had sued former State Bar President Alan Rothenberg for clients, who it turns out was alllowing Ronald M. George to be part owner with his son, Eric M. George in his bank. This is a definite conflict of interest.
The State Bar prosecutor stated that he would file charges against me on any client complaint, even if it was meritless. Drexel was in effect “fired” for abusing his position.

Former Chief Trial Counsel Scott Drexel met regularly and illegally with
Beth Jay, George’s attorney, and had improper ex parte communications as to who to knock off. I was on their enemies list as were certain judges. To cite but one example of the distortion of facts, I was written up for alleged unauthorized practice of law when I was in federal court, in good standing with that court, and was never cited for unauthorized practice by that court. Judge Remke and others illegally invaded federal jurisdiction. Remke and others refused to disqualify Miles and set aside his decision although Miles had improper conflicts of interest. Miles had done work for Charles Schwab and the latter also used his influence with his Bar-connected attorneys to get me prosecuted. Schwab is also being sued in my lawsuit and has been served.

Three, a former AOC employee and others have given me evidence of major misappropriation of AOC funds. That is why my lawsuit is VERIFIED. I have been informed by various sources that Ronald M. George with Vickrey and Overholt used government funds time and again for their personal use. Ronald M. George can explain in deposition how he managed to make so much money and his extravagant lifestyle.

If Ronald M. George, Eric George and others can produce discovery that all sums were legitimately earned, they are free to do so. Given their “STALL” tactics to date in responding to the lawsuit, I doubt very much that they will meet that burden. As well, the son of Matthew Werdegar has been sued and served. He can explain in deposition how his mother, Kathryn Werdegar, can justify why she and George did not disqualify themselves, due to their financial conflicts of interests with respectively Charles Schwab and First Century Bank.

Many of the comments posted by Judicial Council commentators are corroborating and expanding upon much of the allegations in my verified lawsuit. I take extremely seriously the filing of any lawsuit and have a reasonable basis in fact and law for my allegations.

I knew Melvin Belli, one of the greatest attorneys of this state, and the Bar officials tried to get him disbarred twice–once over a scotch ad. Mr. Belli would have been appalled that the former Chief Justice George is accused of financial improprieties and the conversion of state funds.

It would be nice to see a honest Plaintiff’s attorney on the Judicial Council but I doubt that will happen.”

 

Please see sources @:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/06/17/the-strategic-evaluati…

 

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TLR Note:

Dydzak clearly neglected to mention:

Enmenshment between Ronald George, Eric George, Thomas Girardi (of Ninth Circuit matter of In Re Girardi) and Howard Rice. 

For benefits Thomas Girardi had bestowed on Ronald George vis a-vis Eric George, please see @:

 

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/12/06/amended-class-action-complaint-hori…

AND @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/12/05/in-re-toyota-motor-corp-unintended-…

 

Singer Paul Anka serenades Former California Chief Justice Ronald George courtesy of Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese. (Image: courtesy of LA Lawyers Phil. )

 

Howard Rice and Eric George in honey worth billions matter of Winnie the Pooh, please see @:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com//?s=Winnie+the+pooh

 

Unsettling circumstances relating to Bet Tzedek, Holly Fujie, Mike Feuer, Alan Rothenberg, Eric George, and Bonnie Rubin, please see @:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/category/bonnie-rubin/

AND @:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/tag/bet-tzedek-legal-services-of-los-angeles/

 

 

Howard Rice’s Jerome Falk (defense lawyer who was chosen to act as special prosecutor against his clients Thomas Girardi and Walter Lack)  in the matter of In Re Girardi, please see @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/12/08/jerome-b-falk-of-howard-rice-state-…

 

 

Skadden Arps colludes with Girardi & Keese in the matter of Fogel vs. Farmers Group, Inc. to the detriment of 14 million Americans, please see @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/04/05/ethics-complaint-filed-with-califor…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amid Unsettling Revelations Concerning Bet Tzedek, Holly Fujie, Eric George, Thomas Girardi, Alan Rothenberg, and Bonnie Rubin — Ronald George Will Be Asked to Explain Source of Funds to Purchase Estate in Beverly Hills and Nob Hill Condominium

Ronald Marc George — the former Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court who stand accused of embezzling funds — will be asked to produce documentation relating to his ownership of an estate in Beverly Hills, as well as his ownership of a condominium located in the Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco.

A suit filed in the Orange County Superior Court alleges that George, unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.

Map image of 1333 Jones St #706, San Francisco CA 94109
Pictured above is the building at Nob Hill, where sources maintain Ronald George owns a condominium.  The actual address is 1333 Jones St #706 San Francisco, CA 94109 (Image:courtesy photo)

As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like. Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator — to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements.

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Ronald George at a bondage club party. Also present was the dancer Monique Jenkinson with her drag queen alter ego,Fauxnique; along with a potpourri of BYPS (beautiful young people) and “guests in all manner of costumed finery, wearing mysterious masks to hide their identities.”During the party, a semi-nude woman was dancing in the shower. (Image:courtesy photos)

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Separately, TLR has learned that an examination is still underway relating to the relationship between Eric George and the San Francisco based law firm of Howard Rice Nemerovsky Canday Falk and Rabkin in matters relating to multimillion dollar litigation against the Walt Disney Company regarding unpaid royalties involving fictional character Winnie the Pooh.

Demurring Carlos Moreno Asked Court to Dismiss Suit

Attorneys for controversial former associate-justice of the California Supreme Court Carlos Moreno asked a court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar.

The attack on the suit — which has become the talk of Los Angeles legal community, where lawyers avidly debate its merits — came in the form of a motion for demurrer by Moreno’s attorneys claiming the defendant is entitled to judicial immunity.

Sources familiar with the situation, however,  expressed skepticism over Moreno’s request as the suit does not seek to impose any monetary liability on the errant Moreno.

The suit came after alleged financial irregularities were discovered implicating, among others, Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — who allegedly engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

The suit also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.

As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like. Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator — to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements.

According to sources, Layton is part of an ongoing “ambulance chasing” scheme that the Girardi Syndicate operates in San Bernardino County vis-a-vis a satellite office located in San Bernardino and managed by Thomas Girardi’s son-in-law, David Lira.

As an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, Justice Moreno gained famed as the only  justice who voted against Prop 8 and believed the rights of minorities should never be enshrined in the constitution by a simple majority vote.

Following his retirement from the California Supreme Court, Carlos Moreno assumed an of-counsel position with Los Angeles-based Irell & Manella.

Neil J. Gillespie of Ocala, Florida Comments on RICO, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act

Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2012 12:16:08 -0400

From: Neil Gillespie

Hello Everyone,

RICO, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, may be a remedy for the lawlessness that is sweeping our courts and nation. Last week I moved for reconsideration in the U.S. Court of Appeals under RICO, as set forth below.

We owe a debt of gratitude to Florida attorney Mary Alice Gwynn who sued The Florida Bar under RICO in April 2008, see Lanson v. The Florida Bar, case no. 9:08-cv-80422-WJZ, U.S. District Court, S.D. of Florida. Although the case was voluntarily dismissed, it was a brave first step. Ms. Gwynn was recently suspended from practice by the Florida Bar in retaliation. But since Ms. Gwynn sounded the alarm in 2008, Florida attorney Scott Rothstein was prosecuted for a $1.2 billion ponzi scheme under RICO, and Florida attorney David J. Stern improperly dumped 100,000 foreclosure cases on the courts, points made in my motion for reconsideration in the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Some of you reading this may also have a civil cause of action under RICO, see the links below.

On May 22, 2012 the Florida Supreme court denied without comment my motion for reconsideration in case SC11-1622. That ended any hope that the Florida courts would lawfully adjudicate this matter. The order and motion are on Scribd at the link. http://www.scribd.com/doc/96198449

On May 7, 2012 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in a related case denied my motions to consolidate two related appeals, denied leave to proceed in forma pauperis, denied appointment of counsel, etc. The order in C.A.11, 12-11028-B is on Scribd at the link http://www.scribd.com/doc/96197551

In response to the above, I moved for reconsideration in the U.S. Court of Appeals May 30, 2012 arguing that the federal courts have jurisdiction under the RICO act, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations. The motion is on Scribd here http://www.scribd.com/doc/95369974

A related notice of May 31, 2012 as to in forma pauperis is on Scribd here http://www.scribd.com/doc/95571084

All told there are 18 related cases in the matter of Gillespie v Barker, Rodems and Cook PA. A list of the cases is on Scribd here http://www.scribd.com/doc/95369691

As set forth in my motion for reconsideration (paragraph 9), governmental units, such as the New York City Civil Court, may be “enterprises” within the meaning of RICO. United States v. Angelilli, 660 F. 2d 23 (C.A.2 1981). A court may be an enterprise within the meaning of RICO. United States v. Bacheler, 611 F.2d 443, 450 (3dCir.1979) (Philadelphia Traffic Court). Judges and lawyers may be “enterprises” within the meaning of RICO. U.S. v. Limas, 1:11-cr-00296, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, Brownsville (Indictment of Judge Abel C. Limas March 29, 2011). http://www.scribd.com/doc/95369974/

I encourage anyone interested to read about RICO on Wikipedia, and the Cornell Legal Information Institute site. Again, some of you reading this may have a civil cause of action under RICO. Here are some highlights.

According to Wikipedia, “RICO provides for criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for racketeering acts performed as part of an ongoing enterprise.” “Under RICO, a person who is a member of an enterprise that has committed any two of 35 crimes – 27 federal crimes and 8 state crimes – within a 10-year period can be charged with racketeering.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racketeer_Influenced_and_Corrupt_Organizations_Act

According to Wikipedia, “RICO-related charge is considered easy to prove in court, as it focuses on patterns of behavior as opposed to criminal acts.”

According to Wikipedia, “There is also a provision for private parties to sue. A “person damaged in his business or property” can sue one or more “racketeers”.” “Both the federal and civil components allow for the recovery of treble damages (damages in triple the amount of actual/compensatory damages).”

The Cornell Legal Information Institute has the hyperlinked text of RICO here http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/part-I/chapter-96

Attorney George Robert Blakey originally drafted RICO, and he is currently a law professor at Notre Dame. According to Wikipedia, “G. Robert Blakey remains an expert on RICO” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G._Robert_Blakey

Here is a link to Professor Blakey�s page at Notre Dame. Last week I emailed Professor Blakey with a link to my motion to reconsider under RICO but he did not reply. http://law.nd.edu/people/faculty-and-administration/teaching-and-research-faculty/g-robert-blakey/

Under 18 USC � 1965(a), a RICO civil action or proceeding against any person may be instituted in the district court of the United States for any district in which such person resides, is found, has an agent, or transacts his affairs. As I argued to the U.S. Court of Appeals, the ends of justice in this matter may require RICO civil proceedings instituted in a venue outside Florida and the Eleventh Circuit.

As of the time of this email, both my cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals are active, and no decision has been made as to a cause of action under RICO. The cases are appeal number 12-11028-B, and appeal number 12-11213-C.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Neil J. Gillespie
8092 SW 115th Loop
Ocala, Florida 34481
Telephone: (352) 854-7807
email: neilgillespie@mfi.net
Justice Network website: http://yousue.org/
Scribd: http://www.scribd.com/ngillespie

 

Please see source @:

http://www.liveleak.com/e/a7a_1339236641

Separately, and was reported here earlier, using a law originally enacted to combat the mafia, a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar recently took the rare step of suing “Bet Tzedek,” a Los Angeles-based Jewish non-profit entity, under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (“RICO”).

Also named as part of the alleged racketeering enterprise were banker Alan Rothenberg, David Pasternak, Sandor Samuels, Ronald George, and his son Eric George (who serves as a member of Bet Tzedek’s Board of Directors).

RICO is a federal law that authorizes a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. RICO focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows for the leaders of a syndicate to be held civilly liable for the crimes that they ordered others to commit or which they assisted in committing.

The lawsuit alleges that various defendants misused Bet Tzedek as vehicle for the purpose of bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax-evasion with the intended outcome of siphoning the money into off-shore accounts. According to sources, the various accounts are located in Switzerland and at the Vatican.

Specifically, and in connection with some of Bet Tzedek’s alleged racketeering activities, the suit maintains that Sandor Samuels — CEO and President of Bet Tzedek and former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

The suit also asserts that other individuals engaged in racketeering activities, including David Pasternak — a Los-Angeles based “receiver,” as well as an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — who allegedly used Bet Tzedek as forum to meet, collude, and otherwise bribe various judges and lawyers for the purpose of further appointing Pasternak as “receiver.”

The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.

As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like. Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator — to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements.

According to sources, Layton is part of an ongoing “ambulance chasing” scheme that the Girardi Syndicate operates in San Bernardino County vis-a-vis a satellite office located in San Bernardino and managed by Thomas Girardi’s son-in-law, David Lira.

Additionally, and per the sources, Layton has been previously utilized by the Girardi Syndicate to “assist” Sharon Major Lewis in selecting the names of nominees to be appointed as judges by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to garner the support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in endorsing judicial candidate the Girardi Syndicate deemed worthy of such an endorsement.

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Bet Tzedek is based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1974, and is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Bet Tzedek is the exclusive provider of free legal services to low-income seniors through contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles.

 

 

Neil J. Gillespie of Ocala, Florida Comments on RICO, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act

Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2012 12:16:08 -0400

From: Neil Gillespie

Hello Everyone,

RICO, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, may be a remedy for the lawlessness that is sweeping our courts and nation. Last week I moved for reconsideration in the U.S. Court of Appeals under RICO, as set forth below.

We owe a debt of gratitude to Florida attorney Mary Alice Gwynn who sued The Florida Bar under RICO in April 2008, see Lanson v. The Florida Bar, case no. 9:08-cv-80422-WJZ, U.S. District Court, S.D. of Florida. Although the case was voluntarily dismissed, it was a brave first step. Ms. Gwynn was recently suspended from practice by the Florida Bar in retaliation. But since Ms. Gwynn sounded the alarm in 2008, Florida attorney Scott Rothstein was prosecuted for a $1.2 billion ponzi scheme under RICO, and Florida attorney David J. Stern improperly dumped 100,000 foreclosure cases on the courts, points made in my motion for reconsideration in the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Some of you reading this may also have a civil cause of action under RICO, see the links below.

On May 22, 2012 the Florida Supreme court denied without comment my motion for reconsideration in case SC11-1622. That ended any hope that the Florida courts would lawfully adjudicate this matter. The order and motion are on Scribd at the link. http://www.scribd.com/doc/96198449

On May 7, 2012 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in a related case denied my motions to consolidate two related appeals, denied leave to proceed in forma pauperis, denied appointment of counsel, etc. The order in C.A.11, 12-11028-B is on Scribd at the link http://www.scribd.com/doc/96197551

In response to the above, I moved for reconsideration in the U.S. Court of Appeals May 30, 2012 arguing that the federal courts have jurisdiction under the RICO act, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations. The motion is on Scribd here http://www.scribd.com/doc/95369974

A related notice of May 31, 2012 as to in forma pauperis is on Scribd here http://www.scribd.com/doc/95571084

All told there are 18 related cases in the matter of Gillespie v Barker, Rodems and Cook PA. A list of the cases is on Scribd here http://www.scribd.com/doc/95369691

As set forth in my motion for reconsideration (paragraph 9), governmental units, such as the New York City Civil Court, may be “enterprises” within the meaning of RICO. United States v. Angelilli, 660 F. 2d 23 (C.A.2 1981). A court may be an enterprise within the meaning of RICO. United States v. Bacheler, 611 F.2d 443, 450 (3dCir.1979) (Philadelphia Traffic Court). Judges and lawyers may be “enterprises” within the meaning of RICO. U.S. v. Limas, 1:11-cr-00296, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, Brownsville (Indictment of Judge Abel C. Limas March 29, 2011). http://www.scribd.com/doc/95369974/

I encourage anyone interested to read about RICO on Wikipedia, and the Cornell Legal Information Institute site. Again, some of you reading this may have a civil cause of action under RICO. Here are some highlights.

According to Wikipedia, “RICO provides for criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for racketeering acts performed as part of an ongoing enterprise.” “Under RICO, a person who is a member of an enterprise that has committed any two of 35 crimes – 27 federal crimes and 8 state crimes – within a 10-year period can be charged with racketeering.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racketeer_Influenced_and_Corrupt_Organizations_Act

According to Wikipedia, “RICO-related charge is considered easy to prove in court, as it focuses on patterns of behavior as opposed to criminal acts.”

According to Wikipedia, “There is also a provision for private parties to sue. A “person damaged in his business or property” can sue one or more “racketeers”.” “Both the federal and civil components allow for the recovery of treble damages (damages in triple the amount of actual/compensatory damages).”

The Cornell Legal Information Institute has the hyperlinked text of RICO here http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/part-I/chapter-96

Attorney George Robert Blakey originally drafted RICO, and he is currently a law professor at Notre Dame. According to Wikipedia, “G. Robert Blakey remains an expert on RICO” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G._Robert_Blakey

Here is a link to Professor Blakey�s page at Notre Dame. Last week I emailed Professor Blakey with a link to my motion to reconsider under RICO but he did not reply. http://law.nd.edu/people/faculty-and-administration/teaching-and-research-faculty/g-robert-blakey/

Under 18 USC � 1965(a), a RICO civil action or proceeding against any person may be instituted in the district court of the United States for any district in which such person resides, is found, has an agent, or transacts his affairs. As I argued to the U.S. Court of Appeals, the ends of justice in this matter may require RICO civil proceedings instituted in a venue outside Florida and the Eleventh Circuit.

As of the time of this email, both my cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals are active, and no decision has been made as to a cause of action under RICO. The cases are appeal number 12-11028-B, and appeal number 12-11213-C.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Neil J. Gillespie
8092 SW 115th Loop
Ocala, Florida 34481
Telephone: (352) 854-7807
email: neilgillespie@mfi.net
Justice Network website: http://yousue.org/
Scribd: http://www.scribd.com/ngillespie

 

Please see source @:

http://www.liveleak.com/e/a7a_1339236641

Separately, and was reported here earlier, using a law originally enacted to combat the mafia, a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar recently took the rare step of suing “Bet Tzedek,” a Los Angeles-based Jewish non-profit entity, under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (“RICO”).

Also named as part of the alleged racketeering enterprise were banker Alan Rothenberg, David Pasternak, Sandor Samuels, Ronald George, and his son Eric George (who serves as a member of Bet Tzedek’s Board of Directors).

RICO is a federal law that authorizes a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. RICO focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows for the leaders of a syndicate to be held civilly liable for the crimes that they ordered others to commit or which they assisted in committing.

The lawsuit alleges that various defendants misused Bet Tzedek as vehicle for the purpose of bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax-evasion with the intended outcome of siphoning the money into off-shore accounts. According to sources, the various accounts are located in Switzerland and at the Vatican.

Specifically, and in connection with some of Bet Tzedek’s alleged racketeering activities, the suit maintains that Sandor Samuels — CEO and President of Bet Tzedek and former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

The suit also asserts that other individuals engaged in racketeering activities, including David Pasternak — a Los-Angeles based “receiver,” as well as an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — who allegedly used Bet Tzedek as forum to meet, collude, and otherwise bribe various judges and lawyers for the purpose of further appointing Pasternak as “receiver.”

The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.

As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like. Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator — to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements.

According to sources, Layton is part of an ongoing “ambulance chasing” scheme that the Girardi Syndicate operates in San Bernardino County vis-a-vis a satellite office located in San Bernardino and managed by Thomas Girardi’s son-in-law, David Lira.

Additionally, and per the sources, Layton has been previously utilized by the Girardi Syndicate to “assist” Sharon Major Lewis in selecting the names of nominees to be appointed as judges by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to garner the support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in endorsing judicial candidate the Girardi Syndicate deemed worthy of such an endorsement.

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Bet Tzedek is based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1974, and is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Bet Tzedek is the exclusive provider of free legal services to low-income seniors through contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles.

 

 

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) has promoted Scott Packman — Board Member of Controversial Bet Tzedek — to Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

MGM Scott Packman

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) has promoted Scott Packman to Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary and appointed Cheryl Rodman as Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel. The announcement was made today by Ken Schapiro, Chief Operating Officer of MGM.

Prior to joining MGM’s legal affairs department, Packman served as General Counsel, EVP of Business and Legal Affairs, and Corporate Secretary with entertainment software company Creative Planet, Inc. where he was a member of a five-person Executive Committee responsible for making all major business and strategic decisions for the company. Previously, Packman was with the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers, LLP, where he was responsible for negotiating and drafting agreements ranging from motion picture, television and video game distribution, intellectual property, Internet and product placement, to executive employment contracts.

Packman began his career at the law firm of Rogers & Wells in New York. He holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. He currently serves as Board Member and Secretary of Bet Tzedek, a pro bono legal services organization, is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Honors Business Program at The University of Texas at Austin, and a member of the Steering Committee for the UCLA School of Law’s Annual Entertainment Law Symposium.

Please see source @:

http://www.deadline.com/2012/05/mgm-promotions-general-counsel-scott-packman-…

 

Separately, and was reported here earlier, using a law originally enacted to combat the mafia, a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar recently took the rare step of suing “Bet Tzedek,” a Los Angeles-based Jewish non-profit entity, under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (“RICO”).

Also named as part of the alleged racketeering enterprise were banker Alan Rothenberg, David Pasternak, Sandor Samuels, Ronald George, and his son Eric George (who serves as a member of Bet Tzedek’s Board of Directors).

RICO is a federal law that authorizes a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. RICO focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows for the leaders of a syndicate to be held civilly liable for the crimes that they ordered others to commit or which they assisted in committing.

The lawsuit alleges that various defendants misused Bet Tzedek as vehicle for the purpose of bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax-evasion with the intended outcome of siphoning the money into off-shore accounts. According to sources, the various accounts are located in Switzerland and at the Vatican.

Specifically, and in connection with some of Bet Tzedek’s alleged racketeering activities, the suit maintains that Sandor Samuels — CEO and President of Bet Tzedek and former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

The suit also asserts that other individuals engaged in racketeering activities, including David Pasternak — a Los-Angeles based “receiver,” as well as an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — who allegedly used Bet Tzedek as forum to meet, collude, and otherwise bribe various judges and lawyers for the purpose of further appointing Pasternak as “receiver.”

The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.

As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like. Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator — to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements.

According to sources, Layton is part of an ongoing “ambulance chasing” scheme that the Girardi Syndicate operates in San Bernardino County vis-a-vis a satellite office located in San Bernardino and managed by Thomas Girardi’s son-in-law, David Lira.

Additionally, and per the sources, Layton has been previously utilized by the Girardi Syndicate to “assist” Sharon Major Lewis in selecting the names of nominees to be appointed as judges by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to garner the support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in endorsing judicial candidate the Girardi Syndicate deemed worthy of such an endorsement.

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Bet Tzedek is based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1974, and is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Bet Tzedek is the exclusive provider of free legal services to low-income seniors through contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles.

Yolande Erickson, a Bet Tzedek attorney: “It’s a nasty world out there, and there’s always a new scam.”

Yolande Erickson, a Bet Tzedek attorney, said that developmentally disabled adults can easily become targets of scams and abuse without their families’ continued protection.

Erickson noted cases in which families discovered that their adult children had signed contracts for cellphones and even car purchases. Others have been approached with marriage offers by suitors wanting legal immigration status or have been taken to hotels and sexually abused.

And without the ability to make sound medical decisions, disabled adults can at times endanger their health.

 

Please continue @:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-conservator-20120521,0,3229651.story

 

Seperatly, and as was reported earlier, a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar recently took the rare step of suing “Bet Tzedek,” a Los Angeles-based Jewish non-profit entity, under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (“RICO”).

Also named as part of the alleged racketeering enterprise were banker Alan Rothenberg, David Pasternak, Sandor Samuels, Ronald George, and his son Eric George (who serves as a member of Bet Tzedek’s Board of Directors).

RICO is a federal law that authorizes a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. RICO focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows for the leaders of a syndicate to be held civilly liable for the crimes that they ordered others to commit or which they assisted in committing.

The lawsuit alleges that various defendants misused Bet Tzedek as vehicle for the purpose of bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax-evasion with the intended outcome of siphoning the money into off-shore accounts. According to sources, the various accounts are located in Switzerland and at the Vatican.

Specifically, and in connection with some of Bet Tzedek’s alleged racketeering activities, the suit maintains that Sandor Samuels — CEO and President of Bet Tzedek and former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

The suit also asserts that other individuals engaged in racketeering activities, including David Pasternak — a Los-Angeles based “receiver,” as well as an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — who allegedly used Bet Tzedek as forum to meet, collude, and otherwise bribe various judges and lawyers for the purpose of further appointing Pasternak as “receiver.”

The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.

As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like. Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator — to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements.

According to sources, Layton is part of an ongoing “ambulance chasing” scheme that the Girardi Syndicate operates in San Bernardino County vis-a-vis a satellite office located in San Bernardino and managed by Thomas Girardi’s son-in-law, David Lira.

Additionally, and per the sources, Layton has been previously utilized by the Girardi Syndicate to “assist” Sharon Major Lewis in selecting the names of nominees to be appointed as judges by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to garner the support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in endorsing judicial candidate the Girardi Syndicate deemed worthy of such an endorsement.

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Bet Tzedek is based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1974, and is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Bet Tzedek is the exclusive provider of free legal services to low-income seniors through contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles.

State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund Commission Roster Which Includes Holly Fujie, Alen Rothenberg’s 1st Century’s Bonnie Rubin, and AOC’s Donna Hershkowitz

LSTF_ROSTER.pdf Download this file

 

As was previously reported, using a law originally enacted to combat the mafia, a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar recently took the rare step of suing “Bet Tzedek,” a Los Angeles-based Jewish non-profit entity, under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (“RICO”).

Also named as part of the alleged racketeering enterprise were banker Alan Rothenberg, David Pasternak, Sandor Samuels, Ronald George, and his son Eric George (who serves as a member of Bet Tzedek’s Board of Directors).

RICO is a federal law that authorizes a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. RICO focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows for the leaders of a syndicate to be held civilly liable for the crimes that they ordered others to commit or which they assisted in committing.

The lawsuit alleges that various defendants misused Bet Tzedek as vehicle for the purpose of bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax-evasion with the intended outcome of siphoning the money into off-shore accounts. According to sources, the various accounts are located in Switzerland and at the Vatican.

Specifically, and in connection with some of Bet Tzedek’s alleged racketeering activities, the suit maintains that Sandor Samuels — CEO and President of Bet Tzedek and former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

The suit also asserts that other individuals engaged in racketeering activities, including David Pasternak — a Los-Angeles based “receiver,” as well as an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — who allegedly used Bet Tzedek as forum to meet, collude, and otherwise bribe various judges and lawyers for the purpose of further appointing Pasternak as “receiver.”

The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.

As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like. Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator — to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements.

According to sources, Layton is part of an ongoing “ambulance chasing” scheme that the Girardi Syndicate operates in San Bernardino County vis-a-vis a satellite office located in San Bernardino and managed by Thomas Girardi’s son-in-law, David Lira.

Additionally, and per the sources, Layton has been previously utilized by the Girardi Syndicate to “assist” Sharon Major Lewis in selecting the names of nominees to be appointed as judges by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to garner the support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in endorsing judicial candidate the Girardi Syndicate deemed worthy of such an endorsement.

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Bet Tzedek is based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1974, and is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Bet Tzedek is the exclusive provider of free legal services to low-income seniors through contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles.

Amazon Defense Coalition’s Karen Hinton Hereby Asked to Opine on Rico Suit Filed Against Bet Tzedek of Los Angeles — Entity Joined at the Hip with Scott Edelman of Gibson Dunn, Nemesis of Stephen Donziger

Amazon Defense Coalition’s Karen Hinton is hereby asked to comment on alleged racketeering activities at the Los Angeles-based Bet Tzedek Legal Services.

As was previously reported, using a law originally enacted to combat the mafia, a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar recently took the rare step of suing “Bet Tzedek,” a Los Angeles-based Jewish non-profit entity, under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (“RICO”).

Also named as part of the alleged racketeering enterprise were banker Alan Rothenberg, David Pasternak, Sandor Samuels, Ronald George, and his son Eric George (who serves as a member of Bet Tzedek’s Board of Directors).

RICO is a federal law that authorizes a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. RICO focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows for the leaders of a syndicate to be held civilly liable for the crimes that they ordered others to commit or which they assisted in committing.

The lawsuit alleges that various defendants misused Bet Tzedek as vehicle for the purpose of bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax-evasion with the intended outcome of siphoning the money into off-shore accounts. According to sources, the various accounts are located in Switzerland and at the Vatican.

Specifically, and in connection with some of Bet Tzedek’s alleged racketeering activities, the suit maintains that Sandor Samuels — CEO and President of Bet Tzedek and former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

The suit also asserts that other individuals engaged in racketeering activities, including David Pasternak — a Los-Angeles based “receiver,” as well as an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — who allegedly used Bet Tzedek as forum to meet, collude, and otherwise bribe various judges and lawyers for the purpose of further appointing Pasternak as “receiver.”

The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.

As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like. Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator — to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements.

According to sources, Layton is part of an ongoing “ambulance chasing” scheme that the Girardi Syndicate operates in San Bernardino County vis-a-vis a satellite office located in San Bernardino and managed by Thomas Girardi’s son-in-law, David Lira.

Additionally, and per the sources, Layton has been previously utilized by the Girardi Syndicate to “assist” Sharon Major Lewis in selecting the names of nominees to be appointed as judges by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to garner the support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in endorsing judicial candidate the Girardi Syndicate deemed worthy of such an endorsement.

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Bet Tzedek is based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1974, and is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Bet Tzedek is the exclusive provider of free legal services to low-income seniors through contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles.

Please observe that, rather than contacting Amazon Defense Coalition’s Karen Hinton  directly, the query is being delivered publicly, here and now.

Any  comments, opinion or observation can be sent to lesliebrodie@gmx.com

BREAKING NEWS: 1st Century Bank’s Bonnie Rubin and California Administration Office of the Court’s Donna Hershkowitz Under Scrutiny

B R E A K I N G….. N E W S…………D E V E L O P I N G………..

*The Leslie Brodie Report (TLR) urges the readers to exercise caution and not jump to conclusions regarding misconduct by anyone.

We are carefully following a major developing story out of California relating to Bet Tzedek, 1st Century Bank, Ronald George, Eric George, Holly Fujie, Countrywide’s Sandor Samuels, and  Administration Office of the Court.

Bonnie Rubin 1st Century Bank

 

Sources close to the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity, maintain the multi-prong, multi-parties probes are rapidly expanding and encompasses broader inquiries than had been acknowledged, with “major breakthroughs” the sources describe as “alarming.”

Specifically, per the sources, a red flag has been raised over Bonnie Rubin —  Senior Vice President at 1st Century Bank and member of the State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund Commission — due to the overall circumstances surrounding Alan Rothenberg, Ronald George, Eric George, Holly Fujie, and Bet Tzedek.

Similarly, AOC’s Donna Hershkowitz, also a member of the State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund Commission, is viewed with “piqued curiosity,” per the sources.

As was previously reported, using a law originally enacted to combat the mafia, a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar recently took the rare step of suing “Bet Tzedek,” a Los Angeles-based Jewish non-profit entity, under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (“RICO”).

Also named as part of the alleged racketeering enterprise were banker Alan Rothenberg, David Pasternak, Sandor Samuels, Ronald George, and his son Eric George (who serves as a member of Bet Tzedek’s Board of Directors).

RICO is a federal law that authorizes a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. RICO focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows for the leaders of a syndicate to be held civilly liable for the crimes that they ordered others to commit or which they assisted in committing.

The lawsuit alleges that various defendants misused Bet Tzedek as vehicle for the purpose of bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax-evasion with the intended outcome of siphoning the money into off-shore accounts. According to sources, the various accounts are located in Switzerland and at the Vatican.

Specifically, and in connection with some of Bet Tzedek’s alleged racketeering activities, the suit maintains that Sandor Samuels — CEO and President of Bet Tzedek and former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

The suit also asserts that other individuals engaged in racketeering activities, including David Pasternak — a Los-Angeles based “receiver,” as well as an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — who allegedly used Bet Tzedek as forum to meet, collude, and otherwise bribe various judges and lawyers for the purpose of further appointing Pasternak as “receiver.”

The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.

As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like. Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator — to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements.

According to sources, Layton is part of an ongoing “ambulance chasing” scheme that the Girardi Syndicate operates in San Bernardino County vis-a-vis a satellite office located in San Bernardino and managed by Thomas Girardi’s son-in-law, David Lira.

Additionally, and per the sources, Layton has been previously utilized by the Girardi Syndicate to “assist” Sharon Major Lewis in selecting the names of nominees to be appointed as judges by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to garner the support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in endorsing judicial candidate the Girardi Syndicate deemed worthy of such an endorsement.

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Bet Tzedek is based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1974, and is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Bet Tzedek is the exclusive provider of free legal services to low-income seniors through contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles.

 

 

Dr. Joseph Zernik M.D. Ph.D — Hereby Asked to Comment on Matters Relating to O’Melveny & Myers ‘ David Lash in Connection with Bet Tzedek, Holly Fujie, Sandor Samuels, State Bar of California

Consistent with The Leslie Brodie Report’s commitment to integrity and adherence to the highest level of ethical journalism, and in order to report on both sides of the story, Joseph Zernik is hereby asked to comment on unsettling circiumstances sorroundingO’Melveny & Myers’ David Lash, Bet Tzedek, Holly Fujie, and the State Bar of California.

David Lash is a counsel in O’Melveny’s Los Angeles and Century City offices. He serves as Managing Counsel of the Firm’s public interest and pro bono services, helping the pro bono program become one of the most acclaimed in the country.

David’s experience includes representing and counseling clients on a wide range of issues relating to complex business litigation, including trial and appellate representation, real estate matters, corporate governance, board relations, labor and employment, and all areas of public policy and community relations.

Prior to joining O’Melveny, David was Executive Director of Bet Tzedek.

Board Member,  Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCO); co-chair of the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission of the California State Bar

Community Service,  Bet Tzedek, Board of Directors; State Bar Legal Services Trust Fund Commission; Public Counsel; ACLU Foundation of Southern California; Harriett Buhai Center; UCLA Moot Court Program; member, Jewish Federation Council, Council of Agency and Federation Executives (1994-2003); Jewish Community Relations Committee; Board of Directors, Fairfax LANI (Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative) (1995-2002); Los Angeles Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (1994-2003); Los Angeles County Bar Association, Board of Trustees (2005-2007); Jewish Federation Counsel, Caring for the Needy Committee, Community Involvement Committee; Adjunct Professor of Law, Stanford University School of Law, University of California Irvine School of Law;

 

As was previously reported, using a law originally enacted to combat the mafia, a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar recently took the rare step of suing “Bet Tzedek,” a Los Angeles-based Jewish non-profit entity, under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (“RICO”).

Also named as part of the alleged racketeering enterprise were banker Alan Rothenberg, David Pasternak, Sandor Samuels, Ronald George, and his son Eric George (who serves as a member of Bet Tzedek’s Board of Directors).

RICO is a federal law that authorizes a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. RICO focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows for the leaders of a syndicate to be held civilly liable for the crimes that they ordered others to commit or which they assisted in committing.

The lawsuit alleges that various defendants misused Bet Tzedek as vehicle for the purpose of bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax-evasion with the intended outcome of siphoning the money into off-shore accounts. According to sources, the various accounts are located in Switzerland and at the Vatican.

Specifically, and in connection with some of Bet Tzedek’s alleged racketeering activities, the suit maintains that Sandor Samuels — CEO and President of Bet Tzedek and former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

The suit also asserts that other individuals engaged in racketeering activities, including David Pasternak — a Los-Angeles based “receiver,” as well as an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — who allegedly used Bet Tzedek as forum to meet, collude, and otherwise bribe various judges and lawyers for the purpose of further appointing Pasternak as “receiver.”

The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.

As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like. Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator — to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements.

According to sources, Layton is part of an ongoing “ambulance chasing” scheme that the Girardi Syndicate operates in San Bernardino County vis-a-vis a satellite office located in San Bernardino and managed by Thomas Girardi’s son-in-law, David Lira.

Additionally, and per the sources, Layton has been previously utilized by the Girardi Syndicate to “assist” Sharon Major Lewis in selecting the names of nominees to be appointed as judges by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to garner the support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in endorsing judicial candidate the Girardi Syndicate deemed worthy of such an endorsement.

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Bet Tzedek is based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1974, and is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Bet Tzedek is the exclusive provider of free legal services to low-income seniors through contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles.

Please observe that, rather than contacting Zenick directly, the query is being delivered publicly, here and now.

Any  comments, opinion or observation can be sent to lesliebrodie@gmx.com

 

Addendum to Judge David Lampe Allegations Against AOC Give Credence to RICO Suit Against Ronald George, Eric George, Bet Tzedek, and Non-Rico Defendant Holly Fujie

“We note that the AOC has over 100 attorneys on staff, at least some of whom are allowed to telecommute to work — one, we have learned, from Switzerland. We note that the AOC, which rarely if ever sends lawyers to court, prefers to contract for outside counsel.” (emphasis added)

See source @:

http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/05/14/46494.htm

 

Separately, and as we reported earlier this week, using a law originally enacted to combat the mafia, a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar recently took the rare step of suing “Bet Tzedek,” a Los Angeles-based Jewish non-profit entity, under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (“RICO”).

Also named as part of the alleged racketeering enterprise were banker Alan Rothenberg, David Pasternak, Sandor Samuels, Ronald George, and his son Eric George (who serves as a member of Bet Tzedek’s Board of Directors).

RICO is a federal law that authorizes a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. RICO focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows for the leaders of a syndicate to be held civilly liable for the crimes that they ordered others to commit or which they assisted in committing.

The lawsuit alleges that various defendants misused Bet Tzedek as vehicle for the purpose of bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax-evasion with the intended outcome of siphoning the money into off-shore accounts. According to sources, the various accounts are located in Switzerland and at the Vatican.

Specifically, and in connection with some of Bet Tzedek’s alleged racketeering activities, the suit maintains that Sandor Samuels — CEO and President of Bet Tzedek and former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

The suit also asserts that other individuals engaged in racketeering activities, including David Pasternak — a Los-Angeles based “receiver,” as well as an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — who allegedly used Bet Tzedek as forum to meet, collude, and otherwise bribe various judges and lawyers for the purpose of further appointing Pasternak as “receiver.”

The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.

As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like. Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator — to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements.

According to sources, Layton is part of an ongoing “ambulance chasing” scheme that the Girardi Syndicate operates in San Bernardino County vis-a-vis a satellite office located in San Bernardino and managed by Thomas Girardi’s son-in-law, David Lira.

Additionally, and per the sources, Layton has been previously utilized by the Girardi Syndicate to “assist” Sharon Major Lewis in selecting the names of nominees to be appointed as judges by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to garner the support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in endorsing judicial candidate the Girardi Syndicate deemed worthy of such an endorsement.

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Bet Tzedek is based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1974, and is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Bet Tzedek is the exclusive provider of free legal services to low-income seniors through contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles.

 

Kern County Superior Court Judge David Lampe — Founding Director of the Alliance of California Judges — Assails California’s AOC (TLR Note: Allegations Give Credence to RICO Suit Against Ronald George, Eric George, Holly Fujie, Bet Tzedek)

 “We note that the AOC still employs a well paid “scholar in residence” (who resides in Virginia) and, since 2006, a “Judge in Residence.” We note that the education division is still running at full strength with over 100 employees, and that 21 council members are flown into San Francisco for council meetings, and their room and board is an additional expense.

We understand that the AOC still pays the National Center for State Courts an annual fee — well over $800,000 so far this year. As of last week, the 30 highest paid AOC executives were still contributing nothing toward their retirement.

AB 1208 must become law. The recovery of CCMS expenditures must be investigated. The Legislature must make a direct allocation of available funds to the trial and appellate courts so that the AOC is reduced only to functions mandated by law and to services which trial courts are willing to purchase from their own budgets.

There is a place for the basic functions of the AOC, but the Legislature must directly cut the AOC’s budget allocation very substantially and redirect the money to the courts themselves. The AOC legal department, education department, public relations and government affairs department, IT department, as well as its executive program, need to be substantially eliminated.”

 

Source @:

http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/05/14/46494.htm

 

Separately, and as we reported earlier this week, using a law originally enacted to combat the mafia, a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar recently took the rare step of suing “Bet Tzedek,” a Los Angeles-based Jewish non-profit entity, under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (“RICO”).

Also named as part of the alleged racketeering enterprise were banker Alan Rothenberg, David Pasternak, Sandor Samuels, Ronald George, and his son Eric George (who serves as a member of Bet Tzedek’s Board of Directors).

RICO is a federal law that authorizes a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. RICO focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows for the leaders of a syndicate to be held civilly liable for the crimes that they ordered others to commit or which they assisted in committing.

The lawsuit alleges that various defendants misused Bet Tzedek as vehicle for the purpose of bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax-evasion with the intended outcome of siphoning the money into off-shore accounts. According to sources, the various accounts are located in Switzerland and at the Vatican.

Specifically, and in connection with some of Bet Tzedek’s alleged racketeering activities, the suit maintains that Sandor Samuels — CEO and President of Bet Tzedek and former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

The suit also asserts that other individuals engaged in racketeering activities, including David Pasternak — a Los-Angeles based “receiver,” as well as an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — who allegedly used Bet Tzedek as forum to meet, collude, and otherwise bribe various judges and lawyers for the purpose of further appointing Pasternak as “receiver.”

The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.

As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like. Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator — to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements.

According to sources, Layton is part of an ongoing “ambulance chasing” scheme that the Girardi Syndicate operates in San Bernardino County vis-a-vis a satellite office located in San Bernardino and managed by Thomas Girardi’s son-in-law, David Lira.

Additionally, and per the sources, Layton has been previously utilized by the Girardi Syndicate to “assist” Sharon Major Lewis in selecting the names of nominees to be appointed as judges by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to garner the support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in endorsing judicial candidate the Girardi Syndicate deemed worthy of such an endorsement.

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Bet Tzedek is based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1974, and is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Bet Tzedek is the exclusive provider of free legal services to low-income seniors through contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles.

 

Kern County Superior Court David Lampe — Founding Director of the Alliance of California Judges — Assails California’s AOC (TLR Note: Allegations give credence to RICO Suit against Ronald George, Eric George, Holly Fujie, Bet Tzedek)

“We note that the AOC still employs a well paid “scholar in residence” (who resides in Virginia) and, since 2006, a “Judge in Residence.” We note that the education division is still running at full strength with over 100 employees, and that 21 council members are flown into San Francisco for council meetings, and their room and board is an additional expense.

We understand that the AOC still pays the National Center for State Courts an annual fee — well over $800,000 so far this year. As of last week, the 30 highest paid AOC executives were still contributing nothing toward their retirement.

AB 1208 must become law. The recovery of CCMS expenditures must be investigated. The Legislature must make a direct allocation of available funds to the trial and appellate courts so that the AOC is reduced only to functions mandated by law and to services which trial courts are willing to purchase from their own budgets.

There is a place for the basic functions of the AOC, but the Legislature must directly cut the AOC’s budget allocation very substantially and redirect the money to the courts themselves. The AOC legal department, education department, public relations and government affairs department, IT department, as well as its executive program, need to be substantially eliminated.”

 

Source @:

http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/05/14/46494.htm

 

Separately, and as we reported earlier this week, using a law originally enacted to combat the mafia, a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar recently took the rare step of suing “Bet Tzedek,” a Los Angeles-based Jewish non-profit entity, under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (“RICO”).

Also named as part of the alleged racketeering enterprise were banker Alan Rothenberg, David Pasternak, Sandor Samuels, Ronald George, and his son Eric George (who serves as a member of Bet Tzedek’s Board of Directors).

RICO is a federal law that authorizes a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. RICO focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows for the leaders of a syndicate to be held civilly liable for the crimes that they ordered others to commit or which they assisted in committing.

The lawsuit alleges that various defendants misused Bet Tzedek as vehicle for the purpose of bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax-evasion with the intended outcome of siphoning the money into off-shore accounts. According to sources, the various accounts are located in Switzerland and at the Vatican.

Specifically, and in connection with some of Bet Tzedek’s alleged racketeering activities, the suit maintains that Sandor Samuels — CEO and President of Bet Tzedek and former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

The suit also asserts that other individuals engaged in racketeering activities, including David Pasternak — a Los-Angeles based “receiver,” as well as an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — who allegedly used Bet Tzedek as forum to meet, collude, and otherwise bribe various judges and lawyers for the purpose of further appointing Pasternak as “receiver.”

The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.

As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like. Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator — to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements.

According to sources, Layton is part of an ongoing “ambulance chasing” scheme that the Girardi Syndicate operates in San Bernardino County vis-a-vis a satellite office located in San Bernardino and managed by Thomas Girardi’s son-in-law, David Lira.

Additionally, and per the sources, Layton has been previously utilized by the Girardi Syndicate to “assist” Sharon Major Lewis in selecting the names of nominees to be appointed as judges by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to garner the support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in endorsing judicial candidate the Girardi Syndicate deemed worthy of such an endorsement.

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Bet Tzedek is based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1974, and is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Bet Tzedek is the exclusive provider of free legal services to low-income seniors through contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles.

 

Manatt Phelps & Phillips’ Rabbi Stan Levy, Co-Founder of Bet Tzedek, Hereby Asked to Comment on Allegations in RICO Suit Filed Against Bet Tzedek, Sandor Samuels, and Non-Rico Defendant Holly Fujie

Consistent with The Leslie Brodie Report’s commitment to integrity and adherence to the highest level of ethical journalism, and in order to report on both sides of the story, Bet Tzedek BOD member and co-founder Manatt Phelps & Phillips’ Rabbi Stan Levy is hereby asked to comment on alleged racketeering activities at the Los Angeles-based Bet Tzedek Legal Services.

As was previously reported, using a law originally enacted to combat the mafia, a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar recently took the rare step of suing “Bet Tzedek,” a Los Angeles-based Jewish non-profit entity, under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (“RICO”).

Also named as part of the alleged racketeering enterprise were banker Alan Rothenberg, David Pasternak, Sandor Samuels, Ronald George, and his son Eric George (who serves as a member of Bet Tzedek’s Board of Directors).

RICO is a federal law that authorizes a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. RICO focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows for the leaders of a syndicate to be held civilly liable for the crimes that they ordered others to commit or which they assisted in committing.

The lawsuit alleges that various defendants misused Bet Tzedek as vehicle for the purpose of bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax-evasion with the intended outcome of siphoning the money into off-shore accounts. According to sources, the various accounts are located in Switzerland and at the Vatican.

Specifically, and in connection with some of Bet Tzedek’s alleged racketeering activities, the suit maintains that Sandor Samuels — CEO and President of Bet Tzedek and former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

The suit also asserts that other individuals engaged in racketeering activities, including David Pasternak — a Los-Angeles based “receiver,” as well as an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — who allegedly used Bet Tzedek as forum to meet, collude, and otherwise bribe various judges and lawyers for the purpose of further appointing Pasternak as “receiver.”

The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.

As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like. Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator — to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements.

According to sources, Layton is part of an ongoing “ambulance chasing” scheme that the Girardi Syndicate operates in San Bernardino County vis-a-vis a satellite office located in San Bernardino and managed by Thomas Girardi’s son-in-law, David Lira.

Additionally, and per the sources, Layton has been previously utilized by the Girardi Syndicate to “assist” Sharon Major Lewis in selecting the names of nominees to be appointed as judges by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to garner the support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in endorsing judicial candidate the Girardi Syndicate deemed worthy of such an endorsement.

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Bet Tzedek is based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1974, and is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Bet Tzedek is the exclusive provider of free legal services to low-income seniors through contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles.

Please observe that, rather than contacting Manatt  Phelps & Phillips’ Rabbi Stan Levy directly, the query is being delivered publicly, here and now.

Any  comments, opinion or observation can be sent to lesliebrodie@gmx.com

Judicial Council Watcher Urges Public’s Help in Racketeering Suit Filed Against Ronald George, Browne George Ross’ Eric George, and Bet Tzedek Legal Services

Judicial Council Watcher is urging the public to assist Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar San Dydzak by providing “material support to underscore many of the allegations made therein. If you can add anything to the complaint, feel free to contact Mr. Dydzak.”

Please see @:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/more-reasons-to-fund-t…

The request comes in the aftermath of revelations of numerous scandals involving the integrity of several judges and executives of the State Bar of California, California Supreme Court, California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”), which came on the heels of a crisis of confidence in California’s Judicial Council leadership.

Recently, using a law originally enacted to combat the mafia, Dydzak took the rare step of suing “Bet Tzedek,” a Los Angeles-based Jewish non-profit entity, under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (“RICO”).

Also named as part of the alleged racketeering enterprise were banker Alan Rothenberg, David Pasternak, Sandor Samuels, Ronald George, and his son Eric George (who serves as a member of Bet Tzedek’s Board of Directors).

RICO is a federal law that authorizes a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. RICO focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows for the leaders of a syndicate to be held civilly liable for the crimes that they ordered others to commit or which they assisted in committing.

The lawsuit alleges that various defendants misused Bet Tzedek as vehicle for the purpose of bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax-evasion with the intended outcome of siphoning the money into off-shore accounts. According to sources, the various accounts are located in Switzerland and at the Vatican.

Specifically, and in connection with some of Bet Tzedek’s alleged racketeering activities, the suit maintains that Sandor Samuels — CEO and President of Bet Tzedek and former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

The suit also asserts that other individuals engaged in racketeering activities, including David Pasternak — a Los-Angeles based “receiver,” as well as an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — who allegedly used Bet Tzedek as forum to meet, collude, and otherwise bribe various judges and lawyers for the purpose of further appointing Pasternak as “receiver.”

The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.

As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like. Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator — to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements.

According to sources, Layton is part of an ongoing “ambulance chasing” scheme that the Girardi Syndicate operates in San Bernardino County vis-a-vis a satellite office located in San Bernardino and managed by Thomas Girardi’s son-in-law, David Lira.

Additionally, and per the sources, Layton has been previously utilized by the Girardi Syndicate to “assist” Sharon Major Lewis in selecting the names of nominees to be appointed as judges by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to garner the support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in endorsing judicial candidate the Girardi Syndicate deemed worthy of such an endorsement.

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Bet Tzedek is based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1974, and is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Bet Tzedek is the exclusive provider of free legal services to low-income seniors through contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s Rex Heinke Hereby Asked to Comment on RICO Suit Filed Against Bet Tzedek of Los Angeles

Consistent with The Leslie Brodie Report’s commitment to integrity and adherence to the highest level of ethical journalism, and in order to report on both sides of the story, Bet Tzedek BOD member Rex Heinke of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is hereby asked to comment on alleged racketeering activities at the Los Angeles-based Bet Tzedek Legal Services.

As was previously reported, using a law originally enacted to combat the mafia, a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar recently took the rare step of suing “Bet Tzedek,” a Los Angeles-based Jewish non-profit entity, under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (“RICO”).

Also named as part of the alleged racketeering enterprise were banker Alan Rothenberg, David Pasternak, Sandor Samuels, Ronald George, and his son Eric George (who serves as a member of Bet Tzedek’s Board of Directors).

RICO is a federal law that authorizes a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. RICO focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows for the leaders of a syndicate to be held civilly liable for the crimes that they ordered others to commit or which they assisted in committing.

The lawsuit alleges that various defendants misused Bet Tzedek as vehicle for the purpose of bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax-evasion with the intended outcome of siphoning the money into off-shore accounts. According to sources, the various accounts are located in Switzerland and at the Vatican.

Specifically, and in connection with some of Bet Tzedek’s alleged racketeering activities, the suit maintains that Sandor Samuels — CEO and President of Bet Tzedek and former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

The suit also asserts that other individuals engaged in racketeering activities, including David Pasternak — a Los-Angeles based “receiver,” as well as an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — who allegedly used Bet Tzedek as forum to meet, collude, and otherwise bribe various judges and lawyers for the purpose of further appointing Pasternak as “receiver.”

The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.

As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like. Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator — to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements.

According to sources, Layton is part of an ongoing “ambulance chasing” scheme that the Girardi Syndicate operates in San Bernardino County vis-a-vis a satellite office located in San Bernardino and managed by Thomas Girardi’s son-in-law, David Lira.

Additionally, and per the sources, Layton has been previously utilized by the Girardi Syndicate to “assist” Sharon Major Lewis in selecting the names of nominees to be appointed as judges by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to garner the support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in endorsing judicial candidate the Girardi Syndicate deemed worthy of such an endorsement.

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Bet Tzedek is based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1974, and is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Bet Tzedek is the exclusive provider of free legal services to low-income seniors through contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles.

Please observe that, rather than contacting Mr. Heike directly, the query is being delivered publicly, here and now.

Any  comments, opinion or observation can be sent to lesliebrodie@gmx.com

RICO Suit Filed Against Bet Tzedek Legal Services of Los Angeles

Using a law originally enacted to combat the mafia, a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar recently took the rare step of suing “Bet Tzedek,” a Los Angeles-based Jewish non-profit entity, under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (“RICO”).

Also named as part of the alleged racketeering enterprise were banker Alan Rothenberg, David Pasternak, Samuel Sanders, Ronald George, and his son Eric George (who serves as a member of Bet Tzedek’s Board of Directors).

RICO is a federal law that authorizes a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization.  RICO focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows for the leaders of a syndicate to be held civilly liable for the crimes that they ordered others to commit or which they assisted in committing.

The lawsuit alleges that various defendants misused Bet Tzedek as vehicle for the purpose of bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax-evasion with the intended outcome of siphoning the money into off-shore accounts.  According to sources, the various accounts are located in Switzerland and at the Vatican. 

Specifically, and in connection with some of Bet Tzedek’s alleged racketeering activities, the suit maintains that Sandor Samuel — CEO and President of Bet Tzedek and former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services —  was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes. 

The suit also asserts that other individuals engaged in racketeering activities, including David Pasternak —  a Los-Angeles based “receiver,” as well as an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — who allegedly used Bet Tzedek as forum to meet, collude, and otherwise bribe various judges and lawyers  for the purpose of further appointing Pasternak as “receiver.”

The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — unlawfully transferred  funds from  entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part.  Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.

As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like.  Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator —  to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements. 

According to sources, Layton is part of an ongoing “ambulance chasing” scheme that the Girardi Syndicate operates in San Bernardino County vis-a-vis a satellite office located in San Bernardino and managed by Thomas Girardi’s son-in-law, David Lira.   

Additionally, and per the sources, Layton has been previously utilized by the Girardi Syndicate to “assist” Sharon Major Lewis in selecting the names of nominees to be appointed as judges by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to garner the support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in endorsing judicial candidate the Girardi Syndicate deemed worthy of such an endorsement.

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie —  an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Bet Tzedek is based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1974, and  is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.  Bet Tzedek is the exclusive provider of free legal services to low-income seniors through contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles.

BREAKING NEWS: Eric George of Browne George Ross Named as Defendant in Suit as Scrutiny of Past Relationship Between Ronald George and Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese Grows

The Leslie Brodie Report (TLR) is carefully following a major developing story out of California relating to Eric George of Los Angeles-based Browne George Ross.

According to knowledgeable sources, Eric George – son of former California Chief Justice Ronald George – has been named as a defendant in a lawsuit.

As was previously addressed, the unsettling beneficial symbiotic relationship  between Ronald George and  Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese vis-a-vis Eric George, coupled with Eric George’s partial ownership of a bank (1st Century Bank) owned by former president of the  State Bar of California Alan Rothenberg, are sources of grave concern.

TLR is gathering and analyzing data concerning the suit, and will post further updates as they become available.

 

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