Pacific County, WA – When the creek that provided water to James O’Hagan’s cranberry farm was reportedly illegally diverted by county officials in 1994, O’Hagan could not have known that the act would eventually lead to an alleged bankruptcy fraud scheme that would involve several state and federal judges, at least two federal trustees, and a number of private attorneys.
Although there are currently no statistics on the prevalence of bankruptcy fraud, the crime generally takes four basic forms:
1. A debtor will conceal or attempt to conceal assets to avoid losing them.
2. A debtor will intentionally provide false or incomplete information concerning their assets.
3. A debtor will file multiple times using either false or real information in more than one state.
4. The debtor will use bribery to coerce a court-appointed trustee.
In the alleged bankruptcy fraud scheme involving James O’Hagan, all four methods were reportedly used and with the help of the individuals listed at the end of this article.
As a result of the “illegal diversion” of Deer Creek, O’Hagan sued those involved, which included county officials and his neighbor, Kenyon Kelly, now deceased, who was also complicit as his farm benefitted from the diversion. However, prior to trial, all the county officials were suspiciously dismissed from the suit and O’Hagan was left with Kelly as the sole defendant.
In 2000, O’Hagan won his suit against Kelley along with a judgment for $213,014.37 plus damages that at the time would have been calculated to be an additional $900,000.00. Kelley allegedly began working with his attorneys to devise a way to keep from paying the judgment, which led to the concealment and diversion of his assets prior to filing for bankruptcy protection.
When Kelley first attempted to hide his considerable assets in bankruptcy court [when this first attempt failed he allegedly tried three more times with different judges], Federal Bankruptcy Judge Paul B. Snyder denied it on all counts and went on record to say that Kelley “… was a debtor engaged in a substantial farming operation who, immediately prior to filing bankruptcy and after the entry of an adverse judgment, worked with consultants and attorneys to judgment-proof his estate so that creditors [O’Hagan] could get little or no benefit from his assets.” These assets amounted to approximately $700,000.00. Judge Snyder went on to identify Kelley to be an “absconding debtor,” a ruling that was mysteriously ignored by subsequent bankruptcy judges.
According to O’Hagan there are two readily identifiable amounts of Kelly’s money that were in the hands of attorney Gregory Ursich and Trustee Russell Garrett – one for $97,327.57 and another for $150,000.00. The whereabouts of neither amount has been satisfactorily accounted for, but the latter amount appears to have made it back to Kenyon Kelly, but was never reported to the bankruptcy court.
In 2011, after over 11 years of obfuscations by Kelley, other state and federal judges, and court-appointed trustees, Judge McCauley made this subsequent conclusion of law: “When I ordered this property [belonging to Kelley] sold and then there was a lot of delay for – to my mind, unknown reasons. Still, nothing seems to get done down there… whatever efforts that have been made at farming down there I think is not in good faith to truly farm that land, it’s to avoid paying the debt to Mr. O’Hagan.”
According to O’Hagan, “What both Judge Snyder and Judge McCauley have exposed is an ongoing, blatant bankruptcy fraud scheme involving multiple public and private individuals that demands an official investigation!”
U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington State, Jenny Durkan
In March, 2013, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington State, Jenny Durkan, was notified by the US~Observer as to the facts and allegations in O’Hagan’s case, but at the time of this writing, neither O’Hagan nor the US~Observer have heard back from Ms. Durkan or her office.
In recent developments, Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson and Pacific County Prosecutor Mark McClain may finally be taking O’Hagan’s evidence and allegations seriously and we at the US~Observer hope that appropriate actions and investigations will soon be forthcoming. WA State Reps Brian Blake and Dean Takko have also been made aware of the issues regarding O’Hagan’s cranberry farm and the allegations dealt with in this article. However, Ms. Durkan is the highest level official in Washington State to investigate and prosecute this case and we at the US~Observer want her to know that we will not accept no action or participation from her or her office in this matter, but will continue to expose her inaction should she continue to ignore O’Hagan’s allegations.
It is O’Hagan’s contention that the individuals implicated by Judge Snyder are attorneys: Gregory Ursich, George Benson, and Thomas Linde, along with consultants: Carsten von Borstel of Fields Unlimited and David Poor of Northwest Farm Credit Services. Also, according to O’Hagan, Pacific County Judge Michael Sullivan, Federal Bankruptcy Judge Philip H. Brandt, and Federal Bankruptcy Judge Brain D. Lynch are also involved in covering up the fraud scheme, as are U.S. Bankruptcy Court trustees, Russell Garrett and Brian Budsberg.
By Lorne Dey
Dancing With The Stars looks like it may welcome some different faces to the
judges table. Len Goodman and Carrie Ann Inaba may be saying goodbye. Look for
only Bruno Tonioli to return. This along with the Dancing being cut down to one
show a week (two hours on Monday) is all part of the plan to head off declining
That’s the same reason for the major changes are coming to American
Idol. The past season despite good talent, Idol had disappointing ratings. Now,
a new panel of judges is being sought. Out are Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj,
Mariah Carey and Keith Urban. I hear producers may bring back former contestants
like Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert to be the new
judges. Do you think this would work? Meanwhile, original Idol Judge Simon
Cowell has revealed changes for his singing reality show The X-Factor. New
judges Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio are replacing Britney Spears and L.A.
Reid. The new season of The X-Factor kicks off this fall on FOX.
Freezing ‘summer’ temperatures in France mean that ski slopes are set to open for the first time ever in June.
At a time when most people are normally planning a trip to the beach, the resort of Porte Puymorens in the Pyrenees will be operating this weekend.
‘It’s in response to the current bad weather,’ said a spokesman for the ski station, where mountains peaks rise to 9,275 ft.
Skiers who thought their time on the slopes was up are flocking back to resorts thanks to the unseasonably cold weather
The spokesman said that the slopes were shut at the end of the official season in April, but because there was so much snow left there would be an ‘exceptional opening between June 1st and June 2nd’.
An icy spring means that the mountains between France and Spain are still covered in snow, with Eric Charre, the resort’s director, saying people should ‘take advantage of all the snow that has not melted’.
There were heavy falls across the Pyrenees throughout April and May, leading to regular avalanche alerts. Stations in fact had to shut down at one point during the winter because there was too much snow.
Mr Charre said that slopes running between 1600m and 2500m in altitude ‘have as much snow as there was in winter’.
He added: ‘From 2,100m upwards, everything is still pristine without any tracts of earth showing through at all.
‘The snow is on average 70cm to 80cm thick and in some places there are still drifts of up to five metres deep’. Temperatures at the ski station reached a maximum of 1°C this week, said Mr Charre.
Mr Charre said only 600 skiers would be allowed up in the resort’s cable cars at the weekend, so as to avoid overcrowding.
In total, four pistes will be open to skiers on Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 1pm, after which the snow will become too slushy for skiing.
It has been the coldest Spring in France for more than 25 years in some parts of the country, meaning snow which should have melted weeks ago is still in place. While glacier skiing is common across France in May, June skiing is normally associated with countries like Sweden.
Amazon Orders Five Original TV Series, Including John Goodman’s ‘Alpha House’
has revealed its pick of shows which get full season orders. After screening 14 original pilots to viewers, the online giant eventually gives a go to two comedies and three children’s series.
Among the greenlit shows is “Alpha House” from Academy Award nominee Garry Trudeau. It stars John Goodman, Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy and Mark Consuelos as four “misfit senators” who share a rented house in Washington.
The other comedy is “Betas” written by Evan Endicott and Josh Stoddard. It follows four friends in Silicon Valley who try to get rich quick by launching a social-networking app. Ed Begley Jr. and Jon Daly are among the cast.
For kids to watch are “Annebots” about a young scientist named Anne who builds three robot helpers in her father’s junkyard, “Creative Galaxy” which is an “animated interactive art adventure series” designed to help kids flex their creative brains through arts and crafts, and stop-motion series animated “Tumbleleaf” about a blue fox named Fig.
“We are thrilled at the enthusiastic customer response to our first original pilots,” says Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios. “We built Amazon Studios so that customers could help decide which stories would make the very best movies and TV shows. It’s exciting to see the process in motion, doing exactly what we set out to do. The success of this first set of pilots has given us the push to try this approach with even more shows — this is just the beginning.”
These five shows will be available on Amazon’s Prime Instant Video either later this year or in early 2014. The company previously let viewers determine which ones of the 14 original pilots should move forward. A supposed TV adaptation of “Zombieland” movie, unfortunately, doesn’t make the cut.
WSDOT has awarded a Renton-based contractor the contract to remove debris and repair the Skagit River bridge after it collapsed into the river May 23, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.
The Washington State Department of Transportation has awarded an emergency contract to Atkinson Construction, which is one of three WSDOT pre-approved emergency contractors, has already begun removing the debris from the river, said WSDOT spokesman Noel Brady on Sunday.
The company will clean up debris and start repairs on the I-5 bridge over the Skagit River.
The bridge was struck by an oversized truck and collapsed into the river May 23.
The National Transportation Safety Board is currently conducting an investigation into the cause of the collapse.
Putting their differences aside, Republicans and Democrats teamed up in Texas late last week to defeat a controversial measure which sought to expand gun rights for lawmakers in the Lone Star State.
The provision, which was tacked onto a bill that initially garnered widespread legislative support, would have given prosecuting attorneys and lawmakers – but not the general public – the freedom to carry a gun anywhere within the state of Texas.
State law currently restricts concealed handgun license holders from taking their weapons into schools, bars, sporting events and federal buildings.
On Sunday, the measure was defeated by a vote of 103 to 38.
“I’m very sad that we took a bill that I supported and did this to it,” said Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford.
But supporters of the bill, such as Democratic state Rep. Ryan Guillen of Rio Grande City, said lawmakers should have the right to protect themselves, especially following the violent assassination attempt of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords back in 2011.
“In light of Gabrielle Giffords and others, those in the public eye need to protect themselves,” Guillen said on the House floor Sunday.
Former officers v. NAACP re Racketeering
A coalition of concerned former members and officers of the NAACP, including twenty-two former branch presidents, are filing a lawsuit against the NAACP. We are charging the organization with racketeering under the R.I.C.O. ACT. PLEASE JOIN US. The real crime is the NAACP’s false claims, outrageous policies and destructive actions [toward the very people it supposedly represents].
Do you really believe that the NAACP is a non-partisan organization? Most people with an I.Q. above 100 know that the National Association for the Advancement of “Some” Colored People is an arm of the Democratic Party. The only people who are blinded to the facts are people who are confused enough to still support the NAACP.
The NAACP is considered a non-profit organization only because they are called a non-profit. The NAACP get to enjoy benefits of being tax-exempt. There is an IRS provision that non-profits must follow. A tax exempt organization must be non-political. That mean that nonprofit organizations cannot align themselves with a political party. They must be neutral. It looks like the NAACP has tipped its hand and exposed itself as being a partisan organization.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT Rev Edward Pinkney 269-925-0001 email@example.com
See an example in the news report below: “Ex-NAACP official arrested on theft charges” http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/ex-naacp-official-arrested-on-theft-charges/nQbsC/
practice is longstanding. Republican and Democrat administrations use the IRS
During the Coolidge administration, Republican Senator James
Couzens investigated the IRS’ predecessor – the Bureau of Internal Revenue
Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon sued him. University of Virginia
Law Professor George Yin called doing so the “greatest tax suit in the history
of the world.” At issue was political intrigue, backstabbing, and unintended
Franklin Roosevelt targeted William Randolph Hearst,
Louisiana Governor Huey Long, and anti-administration critic/popular radio host
Father John Coughlin. IRS officials investigated their finances.
1940s and 1950s, hundreds of IRS employees were sacked and/or indicted for
involvement in widespread corruption and bribery.
The Kennedy administration created an Ideological
Organizations Audit Project. It did so to investigate conservative groups. It
challenged their tax exempt status. Targets included the American Enterprise Institute and Christian Anti-Communist Crusade.
to be active in their opposition to our Administration; stated a bit more
bluntly – how we (could) use the available federal machinery to screw our
In the 1990s, the Senate Finance Committee accused
the IRS of “Gestapo-like” conduct. In 1998, the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act
followed. At issue was curbing IRS enforcement powers. Little more than doing so
nominally was achieved.
Shortly before the 1992 election, the Binghamton,
NY Branch Ministries ran full-page newspaper ads. They claimed Clinton promoted
policies “in rebellion to God’s laws.”
Doing so was illegal. Tax law
prohibits 501c 3 organizations from engaging in electoral politics.
In 2001, statistical evidence showed voters in key electoral districts experience
disproportionately fewer election year audits.