IBS published this deansguide article June 17, 2008 for the Greensboro Winston-Salem, North Carolina NBC affiliate
Editor’s Correction: The RICO lawsuit filed by Anita Hunter against Ed Okun was actually filed in May of 2007 not May of 2008 as originally reported. Apologies to all parties involved. In May of 2007, I was just beginning to report on the Ed Okun 1031 Advance connection and the overall scheme of his 1031 Tax Group actions. I missed this very noteworthy item as my focus had not shifted to the 1031 scandals rocking our country until later on in the summer of 2007
The fact of the matter still remains that Ms. Hunter is the only victim to attempt this action to our knowledge.
Ed Okun was sued in May 2007 by victim Anita Hunter under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act aka RICO. RICO was the major weapon wielded by Rudy Guiliani in his fight with the Mob in New York.
Analysis: It looks like somebody was calling this crime exactly what it is and what it was during it’s commission–a conspiracy. With all of the government’s power, money, and time, it still took a Okun victim to drop the hammer with the one law he should have been charged with in the beginning-RICO.
RICO Act and the Department of Justice:
“It is unlawful for anyone employed by or associated with any enterprise engaged in, or the activities of which affect, interstate or foreign commerce, to conduct or participate, directly or indirectly, in the conduct of such enterprise’s affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity or collection of unlawful debt”
1. Plantiff Anita Hunter is suing Defendant Ed Okun, Okun Holdings, Inc., Investment Propertities of America, LLC and Richard B Simring 2. Cases Filed In: Northern California Federal District Court 3. Case: #5:2007cv02795 4. Filed: May 30, 2007 (correction) 5. Office: San Jose 6. County: Santa Clara County 7. Presiding Judge: Magistrate Richard Seeborg 8. Presiding Judge: Hon. James Ware 9. Referring Judge: Magistrate Richard Seeborg 10. Nature of Suit: RICO other statutes 11. Cause: 18:1962 Racketeering (RICO) Act 12. Jurisdiction: Federal Question 13. Jury Demanded By: Plaintiff
The list of stories about Ed Okun just increased by one with the following candid and eye opening comment left on deansguide. The comment by, Alden Chevlan, a man who was being wooed by Okun’s organization for a position in their legal department is all too familiar. Tons of money thrown around, no business sense, a suspicious lack of business acumen and a sad case of spending other people’s money for fun.
“I am not surprized to read of the demise of IPofA. I interviewed with the company for the number two legal spot in 2006. After a brief visit (less than two hours)I returned to the airport and my home. Shortly thereafter I was offered a position by the HR director, without ever meeting my future CEO (a former paralegal who had worked with Okun’s outside law firm), or Okun. When I inquired about a second interview, my wife and I were flown to Richmond, put up in a lavish hotel, etc, with no expenses spared. The strange thing was that no interview time had been set and the CEO had not taken the time to review my travle schedule. I did meet with her, with barely enough time to return the rental car and catch my flight. She met me in a “poodle skirt” wearing “Queen Bee” fluffy slippers and spent the entire hour on the phone with Okun who was frantic over the disappearnace of his poodle. MY wife met the office staff, which consisted of two of the CEO’s sisters and a handful of seemingly nice people. I never heard from them again and my wife was quite relieved after learning of the CEO’s paralegal background and her staff of siblings. I did get a nice gift bag with a T-shirt, hat, coffee mug, calculator, sunscreen and other objetcs all advertising his Indy racing team.”
California has long had the reputation as a driving mecca where the culture demands and honors the automobile. No place on earth was this more true than Los Angeles where citizen take their driving and love of cars to a new level.
In either case the nation was introduced to“road rage” the newest form of anger on the road. No longer was it good enough to flip some _sshole off or tailgate them into the guardrail. Now people were actually pulling out guns and attempting to kill the “offending” driver.
Latest Arrest: Tale of Road Rage
Today a unnamed, as of yet, 19 year old El Cerrito man wasarrested on suspicion of shooting Hells Angel William McLean on Highway 101 near Corte Madera according to local rag the Marin Independent Journal. Earlier in the week, Jessica Andrea Gordon, 20 years old, of Mill Valley was arrested for the murder and held under tight security at the Marin County Jail.
Evidence: Leave It Around The House
Investigators have found the truck a red Dodge Durango and they recovered a 9mm handgun from the suspects residence in Richmond, California. The gun is being tested for ballistics and will surely come back as the murder weapon.
What we have are two babies being charged with a very adult crime for which either one or both will spend the remainder of their life behind bars paying for their crime. Douglas Horngrad the attorney representing Jessica Gordon is vehemently denying that she was the shooter stating:
“Under no construction of the facts here do police believe for one second that she’s the shooter,” Horngrad said. “I’m absolutely certain that she is not guilty of murder.”
The results are one innocent man murdered and two lives ruined for what? Somebody was cut off in traffic? Somebody was tailgating? Somebody made a gesture? Are any of these things even remotely worth the results?
And by the way, if you think for a moment that the 19 year old male suspect or Ms Gordon’s lives are worth a plug nickel if they somehow beat this case–think again. The “81″ will never forget.
Reuters.com news agency published this deansguide article May 31, 2008
In a very surprising development, and one that has many angles, a 20 year old Marin county woman was arrested for the murder of Hells Angel William Mclean in a drive-by shooting on bustling 101 Freeway this past week.
Law enforcement officials arrested the woman, “under tight secrecy”, last Thursday without releasing any information. She was charged with the murder on Friday. The suspect is being held at the Marin County jail under heavy guard in anticipation of retaliation by prisoners or outside forces.
No further details have been released and the investigation into the murder is ongoing.
New detailsabout the hit on a Hells Angel member have been released. The victim was William Crompton Maclean, the brother-in-law of Sonoma County chapter president, Raymond Foakes. Maclean, 25 years old, was shot and killed on Highway 101 north in Marin County.
Foakes was one of the participants in the now infamous Laughlin, Nevada brawl with the Mongols that killed 3 Hells Angels and 1 Mongol before order was restored.
In a spooky, if not ominous development, one of the newspaper writers covering the events surrounding this murder wrote a very short notice for a crime in Santa Rosa, California two days ago. A man was found shot to death in his truck while the passenger was allowed to walk away from the incident without a scratch. No names were printed in the article and no description was provided of the truck.
Although this is most likely a separate incident, it would interesting to know more details about the murder MO, the murder victim, and the vehicle he was found shot to death in.
Marin County Law Enforcement Officials
In a recent statement,officials said they are beefing up security for this weekend’s Hells Angel Poker Run which will begin from the Golden Gate Harley Davidson in Corte Madera with a final destination of Stafford Lake in Novato.
Show of Force
Officials predict that this ride will be a show of force with expectations of as many as 200 riders participating in the run. It will also be a ride of respect to honor their fallen Angel.
The latest news about the recent drive-by shooting death of a Hell’s Angel member, on crowded Highway 101 north, has begun to slowly come out. Here is what we know so far according to media sources.
Details So Far
1. The victim was shot while riding in a white Chevy truck; approximate time 8:15pm Saturday night
2. The Hells Angels were traveling to Sonoma County, up 101 north, after attending the funeral of Angel Julian Serrano in Daly City
3. The Shooter’s vehicle described as a red SUV may have been a Dodge Durango
Dodge Durango 2008
Dodge Durango First Generation body style courtesy of bankston.com
4. The shooting happened between Tiburon Blvd in Mill Valley and the Paradise Dr. exit in Corte Madera
5. The police are “pretending” (my words) that they don’t know whether this shooting was a random act of violence or a hit.
Commentary: Give me a freaking break! Anybody stupid enough to take a random shot at a group of Hells Angels riding in formation behind a truck is absolutely crazy. That is HIGHLY unlikely.
6. The Shooter’s vehicle exited 101 and escaped. . . IJ “It was unclear whether the other Hells Angels members chased the vehicle and obtained a license plate number, but none was provided to investigators.”
Commentary: Are the cops kidding? Do they really think that if the Angels ran down a plate number they would hand it over to the cops?
“Did He Really Say That Quote of the Day” : IJ “We’re hoping that the members of the club (81) will be open and honest and provide as much information as possible.” Yes and I am hoping that Santa Claus will land on my roof and deliver a big bag of cash on Christmas Day.
7. An unnamed law enforcement agency confiscated the guest sign-in book at the funeral parlor and took surveillance photos of the funeral attendees
Perception is not always reality in this case or the most infamous case involving the “81″: Altamont
As first reported, new details have emerged about the drive-by shooting of a Hell’s Angel last night which resulted in the death of the victim. Originally thought to be riding a Harley in a pack of Angels heading north on Highway 101, the victim was actually riding in a white Chevrolet pickup truck that was leading the pack north.
Bikers have been known to use a war wagon that carries bike parts, “supplies”, and other equipment that the bikers do not have room to carry or do not want to carry on their person or bike.
Worse yet is the fact that these types of open executions are often followed by retaliation and the spark that ignites a full scale biker war. Northern California long the stronghold of the Hell’s Angels, has been invaded recently by the Angel’s most hated enemy the Mongols. The Mongols were the Angel’s adversary in the now legendary Laughlin, Nevada casino mayhem that included shooting and stabbing victims.
The details to this point are sketchy but local television news stations are reporting tonight that a member of the Hell’s Angels was shot and killed along a stretch of heavily traveled 101 freeway in Marin County. According to CHP spokesman, the biker was traveling north through Corte Madera when he was shot. The victim managed to hang on to his Harley as he exited the main Corte Madera exit off of 101.
Within a minute the rider was in the parking lot of the nearby CHP headquarters seeking assistance for his wounds. Not long after his arrival, the unnamed Hell’s Angel was pronounced dead in the parking lot.
Imagine you are a history scholar, young father and newly wed in your 30′s, pushing hard for your doctorate from one of the leading universities in the world–and then it happens. You read an old version of the bible and you are blown away.
The experience is life changing and the transformation you embark upon begins with you leaving your doctorate studies for a life preaching “the word.” You begin your journey by inviting homeless people to sleep on your apartment floor every night. Your wife can not agree with your vision and your marriage ends in divorce with your wife and baby moving back to the East Coast.
The culmination of your transformation is your decision to turn in your apartment keys, sell your belongings, and go live in a homeless encampment under a freeway overpass so that you can relate to your “congregation.”
This is no Harlequin novel but rather the real life story, a wonderful read by San Francisco Chronicle’s Kevin Fagan, of Vincent Pannizzo a New Jersey native who was working toward his doctorate in History at the University of California Berkeley before deciding to heed God’s calling and preach “the word.”
What Do You Think Of This Man?
Maybe instead of a never ending stream of headlines about Paris Hilton, our convoluted and corrupt political system, and the ongoing soulless news items we are force fed, maybe we should seek out and make example of stories like Vincent’s story.
Is it possible to change minds by simply changing what information you allow into your life? Tell me what you think.
This just in courtesy of the “mystery caller”: Ed Okun’s attempt to secure bail and his freedom was denied today at his bond hearing in Richmond, Virginia. The hearing, which ran from 2pm to 5pm EST, was previously postponed so that Okun could build a case for gaining bail. Okun charged with multiple counts in relationship to his “ponzi” like scheme which bilked investors out of $160 million, was denied bail as:
His court appointed attorney was present; and according to the “mystery caller” original Miami attorney Michael Rosen was also in attendance.
There is a very sad and ironic problem with keeping Ed Okun incarcerated. There is no way to force Okun to pay restitution if he is incarcerated. Not that Okun would have the ability, means, or method to legitimately pay back Train Wreck Victims.
But with Okun incarcerated, there is no hope at all in recovering anything that he may have hidden, if he hid anything at all, or forcing him to “work” for his victims.
Now it seems the only hope that victims of Ed Okun’s collapsed 1031 scheme have in recovering their monies is to go after the insurance companies involved in the transactions.