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Friday, April 21, 2017

Kerrville Councilmen Stork, Fine, Andrew and Fine Get Down at Kerrville 4th on the River

Gary Stork and his friends on city council had a grand old time at last year's July 4th celebration at Louise Hayes Park. Here's a screen grab from his Facebook page:

Stork is dead, Gene Allen resigned, and Glenn Andrew is not running for another term. That leaves Stephen Fine, standing next to Stork in the photo. 

Meanwhile, Zeke MacCormack has an article at mysanantonio.com (the San Antonio Express) titled 'Late Kerrville councilman faced more than one sex complaint.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Another Texas Lawyer in Trouble with the Feds - DWI Dude Jamie Balagia

FBI charges S.A. 'DWI Dude' lawyer in alleged plot that scammed $1.2 million from clients

The San Antonio lawyer known as the "DWI Dude" and "420 Dude" for his defense of clients charged with drunken-driving or marijuana possession has been charged by the FBI with conspiracy to commit money laundering and obstruction of justice in an alleged plot that scammed about $1.2 million from Colombian clients.

Jamie Balagia, a former Austin cop who ran for Texas Attorney General in 2014, was arrested late last week in McKinney, near Dallas, and is being held without bond near there pending a bail hearing Thursday.

And here's a headline I wouldn't want to see my name in:

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Perry Cortese Partner in Crime Convicted of Murder for Hire

Former Kerrville lawyer Perry Don Cortese is waiting to be sentenced by a federal judge on a multi-count conviction for wire fraud and money laundering. Meanwhile, his co-defendant just got convicted for trying to hire a hit man to kill a witness against her and Cortese.

Killeen woman convicted of murder-for-hire plot in Florida

A federal jury in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday found a Killeen woman guilty of murder-for-hire, retaliating against witnesses and conspiring to create counterfeit securities.

Priscilla Ann Ellis, 52, could be sentenced up to 30 years in federal prison. Her sentencing isn’t yet scheduled, a U.S. Department of Justice news release said.

This conviction added to her October conviction for international money laundering and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Perry Don Cortese, 53, a Bell County lawyer who worked in Little River-Academy, was convicted along with Ellis and Ellis’ daughter, Kenietta Rayshawn Johnson, 35, of Kansas....

While the plans were made, Ellis contacted a Nigerian-based counterfeiter to create counterfeit cashiers’ check images, steal bank customer information to open new accounts and email the images to other conspirators in the United States to print and cash or deposit into new accounts. Those funds were to be wired into yet other accounts the conspirators controlled or cashed, the release said.

Part of the reason for the elaborate scheme was to pay for the two contract murders. The intended loss of the scheme was several million dollars.

Investigating the case was the FBI and the Austin Police Department.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Update on Perry Don Cortese Criminal Conspiracy Case

In October, 2016, after a three week jury trial, Perry Don Cortese was convicted of money laundering, mail fraud and related offenses in Case 15-CR-00320 in the U.S. District Court in Tampa, Florida. He asked to be free on bail pending sentencing. The Government vigorously objected that he was a "danger to the community" and a high flight risk. The Government stated:
"Cortese, a licensed attorney in Texas, was the 'company lawyer' for a sophisticated organized crime group that defrauded dozens of victims throughout the United States, via numerous fraud schemes, and then laundered the victims' money to avoid detection."
Cortese was the "consigliere in this international criminal enterprise."
Cortese conspired with other criminals in Canada, Africa and elsewhere, in particular with one Ikechuwu Derek Amai.
Cortese and his co-conspirators' frauds, counterfeiting, forgeries and other crimes robbed victims of millions of dollars.
The Government estimates his sentence guidelines range at 135-168 months in prison, and possibly the maximum of 20 years depending on the intended loss amount proven at sentencing.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Secret Importation of Somalis to USA ??

Here's an open letter I've sent to President Trump about what I observed flying from Germany to the US this week:

January 20, 2017

President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC NW 20500

Re:       Illegal Immigration from N. Africa

Dear President Trump,

 On Wednesday Jan. 18, 2017 my wife and I flew back to the USA from Italy. We were routed through Frankfurt, Germany and flew from there on a Lufthansa flight that arrived in Houston about 3:00 p.m. CDT.  The waiting area was full of people who from their dress, complexion and facial features appeared to be Somalis. They had thrown food wrappers on the floor.

The plane was an Airbus and it was almost full. A flight attendant told me that 80% of the passengers in the lower level were refugees that Germany was sending to the US.  She also said that the lower level looked like a bomb had gone off, with trash and food strewn in the aisles. My wife went to the restroom on the lower level and saw shoe prints on the toilet lid, and where the Somalis had missed the toilet. They stand on the toilet seat then squat. It also appeared that some had just squatted on the floor.  There was also blood in a sink and on the wall.  The attendant told us that usually the German government tells Lufthansa when a bunch of refugees were coming, but that didn’t happen this time.

In Florence, which is one of the most cultured and civilized cities in the world, and birthplace of the Renaissance, I saw a sign in a bathroom showing a figure squatting on a toilet (feet on lid) with a red line crossing it diagonally.  When we landed in Houston, none of the ‘refugees’ went through immigration or customs, nor did they get their baggage like all the others had to do.

I suspect that the governments of Germany and the USA tried to hide the importation of at least 250 ‘refugees.’  Further, that they bypassed customs and immigration and were turned loose. Many German and French cities have been under assault from Islam, and there have been reports of harassment of women, even gang rapes. It seems that Europe is now trying to foist its problems on us.

                                                                        Sincerely yours,

                                                                        /s/ Richard L. Ellison

Cc:       Sen. John Cornyn

              Sen. Ted Cruz

              Rep. Lamar Smith

              Rep. John Culberson