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"They rape, ... They rape a 100 white women a day, ... that's FBI statistic from 2005."
-- Dylann Roof, explaining to FBI Agents why he entered Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17, 2015 and killed nine members of the black congregation attending a Bible study inside.
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Posted: MARCH 7, 2018 / 5:09 PM / ~ Updated: MARCH 17, 2018 / 5:09 PM /
Clockwise from top left: Keila Ravelo, Jeffrey Wertkin, Robert Schulman and Walter “Chet” Little
San Francisco, CA -- Jeffrey Wertkin, 41, is a former partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. LLP. The firm is a major U.S. law firm. Wertkin admitted to trying to sell stolen copies of sealed whistleblower lawsuits against corporations. He obtained access and copies of the lawsuits while working at the Justice Department. Prosecutors said Wertkin also sought to use the 40 lawsuits he stole to drum up business once he joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP., in Washington D.C., in 2016.
Wertkin worked in a DOJ division that handles lawsuits filed by whistleblowers before joining Akin Gump in April 2016. The whistleblowers suits were filed against companies on the government’s behalf to recover taxpayer funds paid out based on fraudulent claims. Those lawsuits are filed pursuant to the False Claims Act. They are filed under seal to allow the government to determine whether it wants to join the cases. Whistleblowers can receive a cut of any settlement or verdict.
Prosecutors said that before leaving the Justice Department Wertkin began making electronic copies of lawsuits. They said he would also sneak into his boss’s office at night to copy complaints he found there. Once at Akin Gump, Wertkin pitched his services to companies he knew were under investigation. He would later to try to sell some of complaints to corporations the government was probing. Wertkin using the alias of “Dan” used a burner phone to offer an employee at one targeted a copy of a lawsuit in exchange for a “consulting fee.” That employee reported “Dan” to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The employee negotiated to have a colleague, who was actually an undercover FBI agent, deliver $310,000 to Wertkin in exchange for the lawsuit.
Wertkin was arrested in January 2017 trying to sell an undercover federal agent one of the lawsuits. He wore a wig as a disguise during the meeting with the undercover federal agent. A disguised Wertkin was arrested at a Cupertino, California hotel trying sell a copy of the lawsuit to the agent. After his arrest, Wertkin returned to Akin Gump to destroy evidence and stage his office to falsely implicate other Justice Department officials as the source of the complaints, prosecutors said.
He pleaded guilty in November to charges of obstruction of justice and interstate transportation of stolen goods. His lawyers argued his “aberrant” conduct stemmed from anxiety and depression. Prosecutors sought 34 months for Wertkin. Wertkin was sentenced on Wednesday to 30 months in prison. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney in San Francisco.
•» Former Willkie Farr & Gallagher partner Keila Ravelo pleaded guilty on Nov. 20 to using bogus litigation support companies to obtain millions of dollars from Willkie and her prior firm, Hunton & Williams—money that went toward personal expenses and a luxurious lifestyle.
•» Jeffrey Wertkin, a former Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld partner, has been accused of trying to sell two confidential whistleblower complaints. He plans to plead guilty, his lead defense lawyer told ALM earlier this month.
At least two recent cases against Big Law partners stemmed from insider trading schemes.
•» Former Arent Fox partner Robert Schulman was convicted in March on charges that he passed on an insider trading tip to an investment adviser.
•» Walter “Chet” Little, a former Foley & Lardner partner arrested on insider trading charges after he left that firm, was accused of using his position at Foley & Lardner to access confidential information for personal gain. He admitted to conspiracy to commit securities fraud in Manhattan federal court this month.
In other cases this year, attorneys have been charged with conspiring with their clients to commit crimes and have not been convicted. For instance, prosecutors allege Evan Greebel, a former partner at Kaye Scholer and Katten Muchin Rosenman, agreed to help Martin Shkreli, the convicted former CEO of Retrophin Inc., steal money. Greebel, who has pleaded not guilty, started trial last month in Brooklyn federal court.
Posted: January 17, 2018 @6:00 AM ~ Updated: March 17, 2018 @12:34 AM
Staten Island, NY -- In the month since prominent Staten Island attorney Richard Luthmann was arrested on federal kidnapping, wire fraud, and extortion charges,clients have been receiving emails like this:
"We will be winding down the law firm," it says. "As such, you will need to represent yourself...or retain a new attorney."
The impending shutdown reflects the seriousness of the charges and practical considerations.
Luthmann remains in jail, too dangerous, the government says, to be out on bail.
“There are allegations in there that have to be addressed," says attorney Joe Sorrentino.
Luthmann is accused of selling shipping containers packed with "cheap filler material" to businesses wanting to buy scrap metal. The feds also say he plotted to have a partner held at gunpoint to collect a debt.
The accusations stunned the political establishment on Staten Island, where Luthmann, formerly the lawyer for the state Reform Party, is close with many elected officials.
But at the time of his arrest, Luthmann also was being hounded by angry clients.
NY1 has learned at least 11 people filed complaints against him last year with the state Grievance Committee, a professional disciplinary board.
"He's just taking the money and not doing anybody's work," said Justine Campanelli, a former client.
Campanelli hired Luthmann to resolve a family dispute over a Greenpoint, Brooklyn home. One year later, in August, she filed a grievance against him.
"No paperwork, no nothing to prove that he actually did work for us," she said.
Peter Libutti needed a lawyer to save a home from foreclosure. He found Luthmann through Google.
"Let me see who's the best lawyer on Staten Island for foreclosures," Libutti said.
Libutti paid a $3,500 retainer. But two years later, the house is still in foreclosure, and Luthmann is suing him for $16,000 in unpaid legal fees.
"Most of the times that, when we go there and they put the case over for six months, we don't speak or see him for six months, and he keep billing and billing and billing," says Raskumarie Libutti, a former client.
Another complainant is identified as "John Doe 1" in a memo by prosecutors in arguing against bail for Luthmann. The client claims Luthmann threatened to hire someone to shoot him and then had the client arrested for trying to leave the office with his legal files. Luthmann also had a restraining order placed against the client.
Nine of 11 grievances filed between June and November have been dismissed. Complainants were told their complaints should be handled by a fee arbitration committee. Two other complaints are still under investigation.
Luthmann's attorney is traveling overseas and could not be reached for comment. An employee at Luthmann's firm blames the grievances on clients who didn't want to pay for Luthmann's services.
Posted: August 20, 2016 ~ Updated: August 21, 2016
Tuscaloosa, AL -- Tuscaloosa defense attorney John Fisher Jr., 48 (pictured above, center-left) was arrested Friday and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine. Fisher and Christopher Shane Rushing, 42 (pictured above, center-left-right) of Northport, were found in possession of two active "one-pot" meth labs on Friday.
The investigation began when agents were informed that a suspect dropped off a backpack containing items believed to be components of a methamphetamine lab. Police have not released information regarding the location. Agents observed a second man arrive at the location and then exit carrying the backpack. The second man was followed by police to an office located in the 1600 block of Greensboro Avenue in Tuscaloosa. Fisher's law office is located at 1609 Greensboro Avenue. Officers continued to conduct surveillance at the law office. They saw the first suspect arrive at the office and later walk out carrying the same backpack.
Both suspects, Fisher and Rushing, were then taken into custody by officers. During a search of one of the suspect's vehicles, agents found an active "one-pot" meth lab. Tuscaloosa police say Agents with the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force seized 369 grams of meth oil during the investigation. Fisher was released from jail after posting $250,000 bond. Rushing remains in jail on $250,000 bond.
August 10, 2011
September 25, 2010 SACRAMENTO, CA -- An East Bay attorney was one of three attorneys who were sentenced in U.S. District Court on Thursday to several years in prison for taking part in a scheme to defraud the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services by filing hundreds of false asylum claims. Manjit Kaur Rai, 33, of Discovery Bay and formerly of Antioch, was sentenced to 30 months in prison. Rai will have to serve at least 85 percent of that time behind bars and face deportation afterward because he is not a U.S. citizen. In addition to Rai, Jagprit Singh Sekhon, 39, of Westminster, was sentenced to 9 years in prison. His brother, 42-year-old Salida resident Jagdip Singh Sekhon, was sentenced to 5 years. Rai was given three weeks to surrender to the designated prison. A law office interpreter, 43-year-old Iosif Caza, of Sacramento, has not been sentenced yet. Interpreter Luciana Harmath, 29, of Glendale, Ariz., was sentenced to four months in prison in June. All five defendants were convicted in June of charges related to a scheme to defraud the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services by filing hundreds of false asylum claims between 2000 and 2004. All five were convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud. Jagprit Sekhon, Rai, Caza, and Harmath were also convicted of a separate conspiracy to submit a false asylum claim and of making false statements and asylum fraud counts relating to specific asylum claims.
August 9, 2010 (Attorney Lynn Swank, pictured above, charged with forging judges signatures on adoption papers terminating parental claims.) Georgia Bureau of Investigations have arrested A Stockbridge Attorney for forging a Fulton County Judge signature on several court orders. Lynn swank has been charged by authorities with four counts of forgery, two counts of perjury, and one count of theft by deception. Swank is also accused of lying to a judge when she said her former husband forged the signatures. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Gail Tusan requested the GBI investigate in January. The judge said she found four orders terminating parental claims that were forged with her signature. GBI spokesman John Bankhead said the documents concerned adoptions.
December 16, 2009
Aaron F. Biber
Aaron Biber is a "danger to the community" and had "groomed" his victim to be raped.-- County prosecutor Judy Johnston A fuller picture of Jew Aaron F. Biber's (pictured left) alleged rape of a teenage boy came to light Tuesday in the prominent Jew attorney's first court appearance: He "groomed" the child for a sexual attack for at least a year, had an explosive temper and behaved in a way that suggested "compulsive" behavior, said assistant Hennepin County attorney Judy Johnston. Shortly after midnight, Jew Biber posted $500,000 bail, with the assistance of Jew co-conspirators and was released from the county jail. His next court appearance was set for Jan. 19, 2009. Citing concerns that Jew Biber might flee, the judge set bail at $500,000 for the prominent Twin Cities Jew attorney (who has wealthy Jew friends and stands) accused of raping a teenage boy. Hennepin County District Court Jew Judge Karen Janisch also ordered Biber, 46, to surrender his passport, stay at least a mile away from the alleged victim's house and have no contact with any minors except his own two children. If he wants bail without conditions, the amount will be $1.5 million, Jew Janisch ordered. Jew Biber, trea$urer of the Minnesota State Bar Association, appeared for the hearing wearing an orange Hennepin County Jail jumpsuit and standing behind security glass in a dock for defendants in custody. Spectators appeared to include his Jew wife and Jew colleagues from the area legal community, one of whom stood and gestured to Jew Biber as if to make him aware he had Jew supporters in the courtroom. Jew Biber nodded back. Jew Biber, of Shorewood, was charged Monday with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and solicitation of a child to engage in sexual activity, both felonies. Police alleged that Jew Biber raped the teenager after plying him with alcohol and then arranged in a phone call to meet the boy for more sex, unaware that the boy had told someone and that police were listening. County prosecutor Judy Johnston urged the judge to impose a high bail, alleging that Jew Biber exploited the child with more than a year of "grooming behavior" before sexually assaulting him. She said there's evidence that Jew Biber called the boy and convinced him to cruise the same pornographic web site Jew Biber was visiting at the same time. She argued that Jew Biber is "impulsive" and has a volatile temper, and she said the victim is afraid of him. She said Jew Biber, if convicted, could face 12 years in prison. Jew Biber’s Jew Defense attorney responded that Jew Biber has "lived an exemplary life for 46 years." She said many people have called her to say, ```We know this man; We've know this man for years, and we support him.'
December 24, 2008 Kevin Anthony Mills Attorney at Law State of California State Bar Number 148483 (Practice located in San Francisco). Racist, Corrupt, Dishonest Attorney Address: Burgess, Mills & Ring 1 Maritime Plaza, Ste 1600 San Francisco, CA, 94111 In a court case initiated in the Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa, against (Defendants) St. Mary's College of California (a catholic school) and John F. Kennedy University (a catholic school) (JFKU), Mr. Mills represented the St. Mary's College (SMC) Defendants. The case was presided over by Judge David Bernard Flinn. The Plaintiff, an African-American male alleged racial discrimination and racial harassment against the Defendants (SMC & JFKU). Note: SMC & JFKU are located in Contra Costa County. On several occasions, In open court, Mr. Mills referred to the African-American Plaintiff as "Nigger". Mr. Mills conducted himself in this manner in open court, with the complete acquiescence, approval and ratification of the trial court judge (David B. Flinn). Mr. Mills' blatant racist conduct was later ratified on appeal, by the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (Justice William McGuiness, Justice Douglas E. Swager, Justice Martin Jenkins (Uncle Tom) and Presiding Justice James J. Marchiano). See Also: Judges of the Regents of the University of California. Note: St. Mary's and JFKU as catholic entities have a justice sitting on the California Court of Appeals. The justice, William McGuiness (Profile Pending), a catholic and former Alameda County prosecutor now serves as a "presiding" justice on the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco. He received his law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law, a Catholic School in 1972. His brother Robert McGuiness was recently appointed Judge in Alameda County. Their father, the late Judge William McGuiness, presided over the Alameda County Superior Court from 1966 to 1991. He graduated from St. Mary's College of Law. To give a little history, St. Mary's College has a long history of racial discrimination against African-Americans and a very long (and recent) history of sexual abuse as well as sexual predation upon its student body by faculty, staff and school administrators. In April 2008, "[C]oncerned about "the appearance of racism and discrimination" at St. Mary's College, accreditors have threatened to sanction the school if it does not reduce incivility on campus. Accreditors were alarmed by the school's lack of progress on racial issues, the president of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges said in a letter to St. Mary's leaders made public this week. The commission first asked St. Mary's to improve in 1990 and emphasized its concerns in 2004. "After some two decades of discussion and planning ... the commission is deeply concerned that there is so little evidence of tangible results," Ralph Wolff wrote to Brother Ronald Gallagher, the president of St. Mary's College. The racial harassment and discrimination suit initiated against SMC was brought well before the publication date of the above article.