Feb 16 2017 at 11:00 PM Updated Feb 16 2017 at 11:00 PM
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Nationals fume as One Nation wins rural bank inquiry
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Senator Pauline Hanson has won a deal for a Senate inquiry into rural banks.
Senator Pauline Hanson has won a deal for a Senate inquiry into rural banks. Andrew Meares
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The federal Nationals are fuming over a deal in which Pauline Hanson's One Nation will chair a parliamentary inquiry into the lending practices of banks to farmers.
The Nationals lashed out on Thursday, saying they were sick of being traded off against other third parties without consultation, as they were with the Palmer UnitedParty in the last term of Parliament.
The Senate Select Committee into Lending to Primary Production Customers was promised to Senator Hanson when she and her team first met Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in July last year.
Senator Hanson had demanded a royal commission into the banks but Mr Turnbull talked her out of it, saying a Senate inquiry would be quicker.
A One Nation spokesman insisted the promise was not in return for the minor party's support for any piece of legislation.
He said either Senator Hanson or Senator Malcolm Roberts will chair the committee, which will seek to call bank executives.
High bank discontent
Senator Roberts is no friend of the banks. He belonged to the international Galileo Movement and contends that international bankers are surreptitiously trying to gain global control through environmentalism.
The Nationals, who are under threat from One Nation, especially in rural Queensland where discontent with the banks is high, feel they have been undercut by their Coalition colleagues in their own constituency.
When the Senate voted on Thursday to establish the select committee, Queensland Liberal-National Senator Barry O'Sullivan boycotted the vote.
He, like his colleagues, believes One Nation will use the committee to steal the credit for the work that has already been done by the Nationals.
"The National Party has made no secret of the fact that we have been working long and hard on the issues surrounding debt loads and banking regulations in the rural sector," he told The Australian Financial Review.
"I consider this matter to be one of our most important 'bread and butter' issues we deal with in this Parliament. Good public policy takes time and there is significant work that goes on behind closed doors.
"I do not believe my government should support a new inquiry that allows the crossbench to jeopardise the work of the National Party."
Mr O'Sullivan suggested One Nation was given the committee in return for passing legislation, saying there was no problem with Mr Turnbull "reaching sensible agreements" to secure the passage of bills.
"But I believe Liberal Party ministers should first consult the National Party Senate team before doing any deals with the crossbench on issues that are traditional, National Party heartland matters," he said.
NSW Nationals senator John Williams, who has devoted his political career to hounding the banks, is believed to be similarly aggrieved. He intents to sit on the committee and fly the flag for hs party.
The banking industry, under constant threat of a royal commission and ever-increasing government regulation, is watching the inquiry nervously.
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Banking Royal Commission a Shorten ‘tyre pumping’ exercise
16 February 2017by Mike Taylor | 0 Comments
The Federal Treasurer claims the major beneficiary of a Royal Commission into the banking and financial services industry would be Federal Opposition leader, Bill Shorten.
The Federal Treasurer, Scott Morrison has continued to deflect calls for a Royal Commission into the banking and financial services industry claiming it would only serve to "pump up the tyres" of Federal Opposition leader, Bill Shorten.
Speaking on television, Morrison argued that the Government's responses in the form of a Parliamentary Committee review, better resourcing of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and the involvement of the Small Business Commissioner were more effective than a Royal Commission.
"I think we have already seen from the Government's response, which has been significant, we have increased the resources for ASIC, we have increased the powers for ASIC, we have ensured that there is a greater transparency and accountability through the process with the House of Representatives Standing Committee," he said.
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Morrison said the Government also already had underway a review about more cost effective, affordable dispute resolution for bank customers along with the Small Business Commissioner working over many problematic cases.
"Now, why have I gone through all of that? Because that is actually getting outcomes for the concerns of people who have genuine issues with the banking sector," the Treasurer said.
"What a Royal Commission does is pump Bill Shorten's tyres up but doesn't give anybody anything if at all for years. So, that is a political exercise for a political hack."
"What we are doing is focusing on delivering real changes and on top of that we have seen banks respond themselves with their six points which they have been working through," the Treasurer said.
Will IRS investigate Australia’s donations to Clinton Foundation?
July 28, 2016
Will IRS investigate Australia’s donations to Clinton Foundation?
IRS investigators should dig into the millions of dollars of unresolved reporting disparities on exactly how much money Australian government agencies shoveled into the Clinton Foundation, Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee tells The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Clinton Foundation listings include contributions from the Commonwealth of Australia and the Australian Agency for International Development in a range between totals of $20 million and $50 million. The foundation does not provide the date of the contributions.
Even with the highest number — $50 million — in the range, however, there is a disparity of as much as $39 million with reports from the Australian government. Using the foundation’s lowest number of $20 million, the disparity could be as much as $68 million.
A September 22, 2014, statement by Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop said that “since 2006, Australia has contributed $88 million to [the Clinton Health Access Initiative] and its sister organization, the Clinton Foundation.”The $88 million figure Bishop claimed was contradicted earlier this week when Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade released documents under that nation’s Freedom of Information laws. The documents included a listing of 11 separate grants to the Clinton Foundation, its HIV/AIDS, CHAI and a “China Clinton Foundation” that totaled almost $71 million.
The disparity prompted Blackburn, vice-chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, to tell TheDCNF that “reports have shown that the Clinton Foundation has failed to accurately report tens of millions of dollars in foreign government grants, including some while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.”
Blackburn said she first raised the issue with the IRS in a May 2015 letter to the federal tax agency’s chief, John Koskinen. Earlier this week, Koskinen told Blackburn that he had asked the IRS exempt organizations division to determine whether the Clinton Foundation uses a “pay-to-play” strategy in its operations.
Koskinen was responding to a July 15, 2016, letter carrying the signatures of Blackburn and 64 other Republican members of the House of Representatives.“This should be troubling to all Americans as it gives the appearance that there could be a pay-to-play arrangement between the Clintons and foreign governments while the interests of the American people were pushed aside. The tax-exempt status of the foundation should be reviewed immediately,” Blackburn told TheDCNF.
A variety of factors complicate resolving disparities, including the lack of precise dates and amounts in the Foundation’s published donor tallies, the variability in the official exchange rate between U.S. and Australian currency and uncertainty about the reliability of the foundation’s tax returns and consolidated financial statements.Further complicating efforts to resolve multi-million dollar disparities is the foundation’s longstanding failure to observe ‘good governance’ practices recommended by non-profit experts.A related issue concerns whether the Clinton Foundation complied with longstanding tax rules that require an exempt non-profit to get prior approval from the IRS for changes in its charitable purpose. The foundation was granted IRS exemption for the purpose of building and operating former President Bill Clinton’s presidential library in Arkansas.
Charles Oretel, a non-profit accounting expert, contends the foundation lacks IRS approval for overseas activities.
“The Clinton Foundation provides no credible evidence on its website (principle interface w the public) that it lawfully obtained clearance from the IRS to pursue international activities of any kind,” Oretel told TheDCNF.
“It also provides no consistent evidence concerning the extent of its foreign operations, or the financial consequences of these activities.
“Regarding Australia, the Clinton Foundation does not explain how much money it sourced from the Australian government, how it spent these sums, whether it registered lawfully to solicit inside Australia, and whether it registered in nations including China, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Papua New Guinea, to deploy donations from Australia and other donors in these places.”
A spokesman for the Clinton Foundation did not respond to a request for comment by TheDCNF.
Almost 4500 alleged abuse in Catholic institutions over 35 years, royal commission told
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The extent of alleged paedophilia in Catholic institutions has been laid bare for the first time with a royal commission hearing that almost 4500 people have made claims of child sexual abuse over the past 35 years.
Data gathered by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse show certain Catholic orders had a high proportion of alleged abusers, including the Christian Brothers, the Marist Brothers and St John of God.
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A royal commission hearing has been told that almost 4500 people have made claims of child sexual abuse in Catholic institutions over the past 35 years. Vision courtesy ABC News 24.
Francis Sullivan, chief executive of the Catholic Church's Truth, Justice and Healing Council, which assisted the royal commission's analysis of alleged abuse, became emotional as he addressed the packed public hearing before Justice Peter McClellan.
"These numbers are shocking," he said. "They are tragic and they are indefensible. Each entry in this data ... represents a child who suffered at the hands of someone who should have cared for and protected them."
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Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council.
Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council. Photo: Jeremy Piper
The commission heard between 1980 and 2015, 4444 people alleged they were abused as children in more than 1000 Catholic institutions however the true number of victims may never be known as many do not come forward.
"This data . . . can only be interpreted for what it is: a massive failure on the part the Catholic Church in Australia to protect children from abusers and predators, a misguided determination by leaders at the time to put the interests of the Church ahead of the most vulnerable and, a corruption of the Gospel the Church seeks to profess," Mr Sullivan said. "As Catholics we hang our heads in shame."
The average age of female victims at the time of the alleged abuse was 10, while the average age for alleged male victims was 11, the commission heard. The data showed it took an average of 33 years for victims to come forward.
Counsel assisting the commission Gail Furness SC said 1880 alleged perpetrators were identified in claims of child sexual abuse. Of the 1880, 32 per cent were religious brothers, 30 per cent were priests, 29 per cent were lay people and 5 per cent were sisters.
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Royal commission chairman Justice Peter McClellan.
Royal commission chairman Justice Peter McClellan. Photo: Jeremy Piper
The research examined 75 Catholic authorities over a 60-year period between 1950 and 2010, determining that, overall, 7 per cent of priests were alleged perpetrators.
Of religious orders with only religious brother members, the highest proportion of alleged perpetrators were members of St John of God (40.4 per cent), the Christian Brothers (22 per cent), the Salesians of Don Bosco (21.9 per cent), Marist Brothers (20.4 per cent) and the De La Salle Brothers (13.4 per cent).
The dioceses of Lismore, Wollongong, Port Pirie, Sandhurst and Sale had the highest proportion of allegations of abuse.
The royal commission will spend the next three weeks examining allegations of child sexual abuse within Catholic institutions at a public inquiry to hear from more than 70 witnesses, including five archbishops.
Over the past four years, the commission's private sessions have taken testimony from more than 2400 people who were allegedly abused in Catholic institutions.
Fifteen public hearings have been conducted into Catholic authorities since the commission started in 2013, with evidence from more than 260 witnesses including Australia's most senior Catholic figure, Cardinal George Pell.
Ms Furness described the testimony of survivors as "harrowing".
"The accounts were depressingly familiar," she said. "Children were ignored or worse, punished. Allegations were not investigated. Priests ... were moved. The parishes and communities to which they moved knew nothing of their past. Documents were not kept or they were destroyed. Secrecy prevailed as did cover-ups.
"Many children suffered and continue as adults to suffer from their experiences in some Catholic institutions."
The royal commission has made 309 referrals to police around Australia involving alleged child abuse in Catholic institutions, with 27 prosecutions resulting.
Dr Michael Whelan, a Marist priest and director of the Aquinas Academy, told the hearing verbal apologies for past abuse were meaningless without action.
"The most powerful apology we can make is to change," he said.
It was 20 years ago that McGarvie Senior and Jeff Kennett told Cardinel Pell he better fix the pedo problem or Jeff would. The Church - and its enablers - must be sweating.
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Australian Catholic Church warns congregation ahead of final 'grim' royal commission hearing
By Philippa McDonald
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YouTube: Archbishop Mark Coleridge's message
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Catholic Church leaders throughout Australia are warning church-goers and school parents about the release of data on Monday at the child sex abuse royal commission, describing it as an "horrific portrait of appalling abuse".
Archbishop of Brisbane Mark Coleridge was so concerned about the impact of the statistics relating to the extent of reported abuse within the Catholic Church, he emailed a video message to tens of thousands of Catholic school parents.
"The royal commission is about to hold its final hearing into the Catholic Church which will be a very challenging time," he said in the video.
"My sincere hope is that all the blood, sweat and tears will produce justice and healing and ensure that the future is much safer for the young than the past has been."
Archbishop Coleridge's video message will be played in more than 200 churches in the Brisbane diocese throughout the weekend.
The Townsville diocese will also play the message in each of its parishes for this weekend's masses.
The 68-year-old archbishop said in his message there would be some "grim moments and some shocks" in the royal commission's final hearing into the Catholic Church.
"We have to shift the culture and that's a far more difficult thing to do," Archbishop Coleridge said.
Letters from the senior Archbishop read across the country
Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart leads worshippers
Photo: Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart leading a service. (Joe Castro: AAP)
One of the nation's most senior Catholic leaders, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Archbishop Denis Hart, has written to 42 bishops throughout the country.
The letter is set to be read out in masses around the country, including the larger archdioceses of Melbourne and Sydney.
"For the victims and survivors, for the Catholic community and for many in the wider Australian community, this hearing may be a difficult and even distressing time … deeply mindful of the hurt and pain caused by abuse, I once again offer my apology on behalf of the Catholic Church."
Archbishop Hart quoted Pope Francis, writing: "It is the sin that shames us."
A spokeswoman for the Archbishop of Sydney told the ABC that priests had been asked to read out Archbishop Hart's letter, to make themselves available for questions from concerned church-goers and to refer anyone with specific concerns to the church's Safeguarding Children office.
Executive Director of Sydney Catholic Schools Dr Dan White has written to school principals and every school parent, promising a "total commitment to respond to the recommendations of the royal commission in a proactive and positive way".
In the letter to tens of thousands of parents attending Sydney's Catholic schools, Dr White included a link to a new online child protection resource.
The hearing will run for approximately three weeks in Sydney from Monday.
Was Michael McGarvie's ethics board "spying" with Gas Lighting on what the IRS and Treasury Office of Foreign Asset Control might know from the SEC Protected Disclosers before Mastercard's lawyer Clinton's IT expert Pulier and CBA IT Managers were arrested?
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Blog/2016 U.S. Presidential Election Posted Nov 4, 2016 by Martin Armstrong
Wikileaks has also revealed that the Clinton Foundation, which is the closest thing to a Racketeering Organized Crime Family, is being investigated by the IRS. However, sources also say that the FBI investigation of the Clinton Foundation is far more serious than did she have classified info on private emails.
The internal war we have warned is unfolding with Intelligence and Law Enforcement standing against Obama and the corrupt DOJ under Lynch is really heating up. The FBI realizes that Lynch’s DOJ will protect Hillary at all costs and will never allow her to be criminally charged. They have no choice now but to leak everything they can to show the corruption going on in the Department of Justice (see Daily Mail).
There are 650,000+ emails on Weiner’s laptop. Meanwhile, Huma Abedin is preparing for her own criminal charges of obstruction of justice. She did not turn over that laptop when ordered to do so. She is now crying “she doesn’t know how her emails wound up on her husband’s computer” according to the Washington Post. She is saying that and it is not plausible. She had to be using that computer. Oh she may try to claim that her husband hacked her emails to escape the criminal charges. But that will get really messy. It would also mean there was a MAJOR breach of security.
Now the FBI is letting the press know that Clinton’s server was hacked by at least five foreign intelligence agencies. There are now also two additional investigations into Hillary on that score. State Department has revealed there were 10 attempts to hack Hillary in just 2 days. Let’s face it, if Hillary is elected, she will most likely be IMPEACHED as was her husband, but this time she would be removed. This is not a Monica deal.
This election is going down in history as the tipping point for the United States. It has revealed how corrupt Congress really is. We have even former Bush Sr saying he will vote for Hillary. He just lost all my respect for he has chosen the status quo to save the politicians rather than his country. This is just over the top. Even Podesta began a lobbying firm with his brother, which now collects $120,000 PER MONTH in a fee from Saudi Arabia.
Hillary has tried to slander Assange saying all these hacks came from Russia. Assange has come out and bluntly said the hacked Clinton emails didn’t come from the Russian government. They may be coming from sources inside the USA. Do not forget, to my surprise, there is one source that has EVERYTHING. Hello – NSA! Anyone remember they are storing everyone’s emails, text messages, and phone calls? Nobody wants to order the NSA to turn it all over because it will reveal treason, where Hillary took money from foreign government and they approved arms deals. It would also confirm Snowden was right.
If Hillary is elected, it will be by rigging the election. Our computer has NEVER been wrong on this score. So if she takes office, this will be the worst administration in history and may very will set in motion the phase transition where capital flees to bonds and we see a significant rise in civil unrest. The capital will shift from PUBLIC to PRIVATE. Watch the stock market after January.
Lawyer Tied to Ex-Willkie Partner's NJ Fraud Case Speaks Out
Christine Simmons, New York Law Journal
November 30, 2016 | 1 Comments
After court documents pointed to New York attorney Gary B. Friedman as a "possible co-conspirator" with Keila Ravelo, a former law firm partner charged in a fraud scheme, Friedman is speaking out, stating he is not a suspect in any crime and he expects to testify at Ravelo's upcoming criminal trial.
"I certainly feel like I got thrown in the middle of this whole shit-pot of criminal activity … not having bargained for it," he said in an interview Wednesday. "It's a real betrayal, I was used in a terrible way."
In response, Ravelo's attorney, Steven Sadow, special counsel at the Atlanta-based firm Schulten Ward Turner & Weiss, said Friedman is making "self-serving statements" and he looks forward to the opportunity to examine Friedman in court.
Friedman was head of his own firm, Friedman Law Group, made up of about six attorneys. He was plaintiffs counsel in two massive antitrust cases, one against American Express, In re American Express Anti-Steering Rules Antitrust Litigation, 11-MD-2221, and another against Visa and MasterCard and various banks, In re Payment Card Interchange Fee And Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation, 05-MD-01720.
While she was a partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Ravelo was among the defense counsel for MasterCard in Interchange.
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In December 2014, the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey charged Ravelo and her husband, Melvin Feliz. The government alleges she engaged in a scheme that used phony litigation support vendors to fraudulently obtain $7.8 million from two law firms where she was a partner—Willkie and Hunton & Williams—and from her client, MasterCard.
According to federal prosecutors, from 2008 through July 2014, Ravelo and Feliz had two companies that purported to offer litigation support for Hunton and Willkie but provided no actual services. Ravelo, as a partner at both firms, approved payments to the vendors, prosecutors said.
She has pleaded not guilty.
When the U.S. Attorney's Office subpoenaed Willkie for documents and the firm conducted an internal review, the law firm found communications between Ravelo and Friedman regarding the antitrust cases and notified the parties. After the communications were revealed, they led to Eastern District Judge Nicholas Garaufis rejecting a far-reaching settlement in the American Express case, citing "egregious conduct" by Friedman, according to an August 2015 opinion in that case.
Friedman was forced to withdraw from both cases, and he said his law firm dissolved.
The extent of Friedman's role in Ravelo's criminal case was not extensively known until New Jersey U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty's decision Tuesday that outlined testimony by federal agents.
In his ruling denying Ravelo's request to suppress evidence recovered from her cellphone, McNulty outlines testimony from a federal agent who had identified Friedman as a "possible co-conspirator" of Ravelo.
According to McNults ruling outlining her testimony, IRS special agent Cheryl Matejicka was aware that fabricated documents submitted by Ravelo in support of fraudulent invoices originated with Friedman's law firm.
The agent was also aware that at least two payments had "flowed from Ms. Ravelo's companies"—the vendors—to Friedman, McNulty said in the opinion.
There's no federal anti corruption commission and No Royal Commission into the CBA Bank's Spy Scandal, the CBA Bank bribery scandal, banks, lawyers, receivers and brokers either, hmmm. (Hopefully Trey Gowdry finds out what Podesta's pals like Cardinel Pell's friends McGarvie were trying to learn about the arrests of Clinton & Gore's IT experts like Pulier.
Jennie Pakula, wife of Victoria's Legal Services' Attorney General Martin Pakula, said the same thing about IBAC , except wasn't it the FBI who arrested the Bankers and Clinton's supporters Eric Pulier and Keila Ravelo?
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How many antitrust cases with Amex Mastercard Visa, crime rings and Sham Litigation Supprt Services does he have in 2014 that "all came true". As bankreformnow advised Parliament's PJC, the cover ups by the VLSB are extraordinary. Who'd you believe the Feds and McGarvie's customers and Judges, or a Board that owes victims of its privacy breaches a fortune?
Tina Stagliano, Clare McCubbin, Clare Marshall, Howard Bowles, Jeannie Pakula, Michael Mcgarvie and Jessica Phillips, Shirley Joseph and Parisi Baker-Jones probably imperilled the undercover agents and auditors of the scam litigation services firms they backed in 2014. Glenn Jones threatened to sue them for scapegoating him in a cover up of their role as "spies" for the underworld criminals in cases like this, and like the arrests of donors to Podesta's foundation, like Keila Ravelo and former Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Liberal Julie Bishop. What sort of 'legal ethics instrumentality' uses pretences to find out what its very own staff blew whistles about?
Ex-Willkie partner’s lawyer: Blame husband for false billing scheme
By Alison Frankel
August 26, 2015
(Reuters) – On Tuesday, the U.S. attorney in New Jersey announced a plea deal with Melvin Feliz, an accused drug trafficker and financial schemer from Englewood Cliffs. Feliz is the estranged husband of Keila Ravelo, a onetime antitrust partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher and Hunton & Williams who was arrested alongside Feliz last December. He pleaded guilty to tax evasion and to conspiring with Ravelo to defraud her former law firms by submitting phony invoices for litigation support services. In all, according to the statement, the two skimmed at least $7.8 million from the firms between 2008 and 2014.
Ravelo has admitted no such thing. After Feliz’s deal was announced, her defense lawyer, Steven Sadow of Schulten Ward & Turner, issued a very unusual statement, asserting that whatever Ravelo did, it was to appease Feliz. “Ms. Ravelo acted as Feliz coercively demanded – not freely, voluntarily or with criminal intent,” the statement said. “As the government has now seen fit to use its tremendous power to intimidate Feliz rather than seek real justice, Ms. Ravelo and her children will continue to suffer for his sins of abuse and pay dearly for his deceit, self-destruction and the interpersonal trauma he has caused.”
Ravelo’s case, as you know, has had unimaginable repercussions. After the government filed its criminal complaint against her, Willkie conducted an internal investigation of her files. The investigation revealed that antitrust class action lawyer Gary Friedman – an old friend of Ravelo’s who worked with her decades ago when she defended Feliz as a pro bono client – shared confidential information with Ravelo as the two litigated on opposite sides of a giant case pitting merchants against MasterCard and Visa. (Ravelo represented MasterCard.) Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis of Brooklyn rejected the merchants’ $79 million settlement with American Express in a parallel case in which Friedman represented the class. A different Brooklyn judge is considering motions by dissenting merchants to reverse court approval of the $5.8 billion MasterCard and Visa settlement.
Ravelo’s side of this complicated story has not been told. Unlike Friedman, she filed no brief in the proceeding over the documents he shared with her and has not publicly addressed the criminal charges against her. So after I read Sadow’s statement last night, I reached out to see what more he could tell me about a woman whose downfall has been painfully public. A caveat: This is a one-sided account from the lawyer for a woman scrambling for a way out of terrible trouble. I called Feliz’s defense lawyer, Jason Orlando of Murphy Orlando, to ask about Sadow’s accusations against Ravelo’s estranged husband. Orlando declined to comment. And obviously, it is in Ravelo’s interest to pin responsibility for the $7.8 million fraud on Feliz.
That said, Sadow depicted Feliz as a bully who stole from Ravelo’s law firms in order to fund his secret life as a drug trafficker – and to support a secret second family. According to Sadow, Feliz established an apparently legitimate litigation support company years before the alleged criminal fraud. Ravelo, he said, was not involved with the finances of Feliz’s business. Nor was she permitted to handle the family finances, according to Sadow: “Her estranged husband controlled every aspect of the family, made every decision involving money.”
After Feliz and Ravelo were arrested, Ravelo was granted release. Feliz remained imprisoned. Ravelo returned to their New Jersey house and began going through his papers. Only then, according to Sadow, did she find out that Feliz had been involved for at least five years with another woman and was supporting her and their child. Sadow said Ravelo was further undone when Feliz pleaded guilty in February to a conspiracy to smuggle cocaine into New Jersey. Ravelo, according to her lawyer, had trusted Feliz’s assurances that those charges were false.
The government has portrayed the phony invoice scheme as a way for Feliz and Ravelo to spend money on themselves and their investments. When the Bergen Record reported on the case in December, it cited Ravelo’s supposed fondness for expensive jewelry and handbags. Sadow rejected that account. “Keila’s conduct was not motivated in any way by money or greed,” he said. “She was making a substantial living working for the law firms.” It was Feliz, not Ravelo, who needed to gin up fake profits, according to Sadow.
I asked Sadow about Ravelo’s exchanges with Friedman, the class action lawyer on the other side of the MasterCard litigation. The emails recovered from Friedman and Ravelo’s files, as depicted in the ruling rejecting the Amex settlement, show Ravelo receiving information from Friedman, not passing MasterCard confidences to him. Sadow told me Ravelo always believed she was acting in the best interests of her client, MasterCard.
He also hinted that Ravelo’s criminal case may continue to impact the $5.8 billion class action settlement with Visa and MasterCard. A footnote in Judge Garaufis’ decision rejecting the Amex settlement refers to a 2012 report prepared for MasterCard by a litigation support vendor that had access to confidential Amex documents. The judge said that the evidence is not clear, but the report may indicate MasterCard benefited from documents Friedman improperly shared. According to Ravelo counsel Sadow, the litigation support business mentioned in Judge Garaufis’ footnote is Feliz’s company. (Government documents in the Feliz case do not name his businesses and I could not independently verify his connection to the company Garaufis named.)
Sadow said Ravelo has not seen Feliz, aside from court appearances, since their arrest. Her mainstay these days is their two teenaged sons. According to Sadow, the evidence will eventually show Feliz mistreated the entire family.
“Those facts will be made clear as time goes on,” he said.
(This story has been corrected. A previous version reported that Feliz had a 10-year relationship with another woman. Ravelo’s defense lawyer now says that relationship dates back at least five years.)
According to self-represented borrower Suzi Burge, this letter is an example of how banks and their lawyers silence allegations that the bank engaged in unconscionable conduct, misrepresentations or civil fraud. www.scribd.com/document/336636447/Suzi-B...larke-Gee#from_embed
Is it true that the CBA 'spied' on reformist political groups like Senator Bob Katter, Senator John "Whacka" Williams, and the Queensland Coalition of Integrity, and Democrats in Podesta's PAC like Keila Ravelo's case of collusion? Bob wanted these Australian tactics outlawed by a Royal Commission, probably because it seems evil to scare off lawyers for battlers like Suzi Burge. What's your stance on these costs orders? Suzi was up against a Queens Counsel and a mega law firm.
Matts films deal with Civil and Human Rights injustices. “Banked Up” is an example of this. Matt hopes that by educating Australians, the film will finally reveal the true nature of big banks building profits through deception and crime. Hopefully the film will help get enough attention to push for a Royal Commission into the banking system.
Wingman Pictures Films
“Salute” is a documentary film that tells the story of Olympic 200m Silver Medalist Peter Norman, during the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.
The Mental Patient (in development)
“The Mental Patient” is a documentary film that examines Mental Disease and the impact it has on those who suffer and society.
“The Writer” is a short feature film starring legendary Australian actor Kym Gyngell.
The Umbrella Men
“The Umbrella Men” is a film starring Damien Walshe-Howling (Blue Heelers) and Benjamin McNair (Neighbours), set during the Gallipoli war.
All the kings horses
“All the kings horses” stars legendary actors John Flaus and John Brumpton and deals with a son who has a terminal disease.
“Shank” is a film starring Rob Carlton and Matt Norman (who also wrote, directed and produced the film).
The Gary Oliver Story (in production)
“The Gary Oliver Story” is a documentary film about Martial artist, teacher and family man Gary Oliver.
1968 (in development)
“1968” is the full length feature film based on Matt Norman’s award winning documentary Salute.
"As we reported to you in October last year, The Clintons, Podesta and Soros have been at work trying to diminish Australia's sovereignty (particularly under the Abbott Government)".www.michaelsmithnews.com/2017/01/julie-b...ith-east-timor-.html
Is Howard Bowles allowed to 'spy' on pizza parlours, Democrats, elections, and what the FBI wanted from his customers like Jennie Pakula and Jessica Phillip's customers who offered to testify against McGarvie' board?
Transcript Of Speech - Dario Pappalardo & Dario For Rita Troiani
Dario's DollDario: I do not mind a speech because I think that I've got enough sitting in inside my guts for the last eight or nine years that I do not need a speech to be written.
I'm a National Australia Bank (of course) ... victim.
Back in 2008 to 9009 just like the Doctor during the peak of the GFC they decided to pull the pin on my building activity around Melbourne. Now I could well have swallowed that, I could have accepted that. The fact is that it involved my family; my mother, my father, my sister and my brother in law who went out and borrowed money to push into the business on the promise that the National Australia Bank would release the funds to complete my projects.
Now that was in April 2008. 22 months later I was still waiting for the bank to release the funds. at 21.4% default interest and 55 thousand dollars of interest per month. And that was the end of my business activity.
Alright, it led to bankruptcy ... in obviously 12 months of pain and negativity I could not get out of bed. You know, I made dreams, 25 years of work and obviously my ambition to become an established builder in Melbourne were all gone, thanks to the National Australia Bank.
Now, during those first 12 months, obviously, I thought we were an isolated case but thanks to the Internet, as we started doing research, I did find that we were not an isolated case. This was ... we could probably describe it as a cottage industry, where the banks ... and obviously the ... the ... as Professor Edmund Jones calls them, "the bottom feeders", recycle peoples assets. So by the Internet, by Facebook, I started to contact people and one of the first cases that obviously I found was Tony Rigg, of course, and Rita Troiani from from Bundaberg with her Wide Bay Brick operation. It was taken by the National Australia Bank.
So what I'll do, I'll call Rita up here as well ... I've only got 5 minutes so I will not bore you with days and events and etcetera but this is basically my story ... I will now tell Rita's story.
Rita, if you'd like to come up (applause)
Now Rita has been waiting for 20 years for some justice - 20 years - her business was probably valued at 50 million dollars back in the mid nineties. And the National Australia Bank ... colluding with ... Boral were able to take Rita's business down.
With her ... And Rita and her late husband ... okay, Rita's husband passed away in 2007 from a heart attack, alright, so this is some of the other consequences that obviously come along with these defaults, these closures and ...
Rita has been waiting 20 years for justice. So hopefully what we have started will give us enough momentum to get this Royal Commission up and running. The bankers may have started something but we are going to finish it off. (cheers & applause) We will finish it off.
Just say hello to everybody, Rita.
Rita: Hi everybody. I'm not really good at public speaking but I just want to thank everybody involved in trying to open this up and share what's actually happened to us Bank Victims and I hope one day that we will find justice. (cheers, applause)
Dario: The bankers thought we were not going to be here today you know five years ago or ten years ago - We're here, Do not give up, you know. Do not give up. They've started something. We will finish it.
NAB Destroys Wide Bay Bricks - Textbook Bank Bastardry
"Sante and Rita Troiani had built a fine business - Wide Bay Bricks - in Bundaberg. By 1993 their brick-works was the second largest private brick manufacturer in Australia.
NAB was keen to get the couple to bank with them - but getting their business was really part of an elaborate setup to steal the multi-million dollar assets that Sante had built up after decades of hard work. Once NAB had the opportunity it engineered a default. Using dodgy business practices and friendly - liquidators, lawyers & Courts NAB stripped the couple of all their assets.
Sante was left penniless by NAB and died after suffering a stroke in 2007. His widow Rita has had to struggle on a pension. Once the case was thoroughly investigated it became clear that right from the start NAB was actively working against Sante's interests and in fact was helping Sante's competitor Boral. It turned out that NAB and Boral had directors in common - including former NAB Managing Directors Nobby Clark and Don Argus.
BRN has put in submissions to various government inquiries advocating on behalf of Rita Troiani. What did the Senate do? They censored the names of the colourful characters involved in the scandal. The government is running a protection racket for the biggest organised crime ring in the nation. Government has done nothing up to now .... and will continue to do nothing in the future - while you continue to let them get away with it. It was Rita and Sante back then and it could be you today and your kids tomorrow."
"The NAB take-down of Wide Bay Bricks would have to constitute one of the most heinous of frauds against a family business in Australian banking history.
Read the letter sent by Rita Troiani to Queensland Chief Justice Paul de Jersey on 3 October 2013. Her husband died penniless after a lifetime of hard work.
This clearly shows the bastardry that banks has been involved in and it shows why we will not use the Courts in our fight for justice. With your help and support we will set our own precedent in our own way." - Dr Peter Brandson
Sante Troiani Campaign for Justice - Bank Victims Australiia
Sante Troiani Anti-Nab - Campaign for Justice - Bank Victims Australia
Dario Pappalardo & Rita Troiani Speak at #TTTRally Nov 2016
NAB And Its Treacherous Destruction Of Wide Bay Bricks
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