Gold Bar’s trash fraud exposed by Washington State Auditor

Ever heard the old saying “trash is valuable”?  Perhaps many of my readers have not, but Gold Bar’s former Mayors Joe Beavers and Linda Loen sure have as they both frauded hundreds of thousands of Gold Bar residents out of hard earned money.

Why? To hide criminal racketeering crimes disseminated into email by the 2009 Gold Bar governing body, Lonn Turner, Joe Beavers, Crystal Hill ( nee Berg, convicted of bank fraud, 2005) Dorothy Croshaw,  and Richard Norris and terminated Snohomish County director of emergency management John E Pennington.

The armadillo has a hard shell

The Honorable Justice Scalia said in Doe v Reed (Referedum 71) ” Democracy requires a certain amount of civic courage.” Of course it does because public participation requires a person to debate an issue that the message receiver may or not may agree with, some deep heated issues, often involving politics, religion and race and ethic issues.

I, an activist journalist, can spur much hate mail as much as much fan mail. I often do. Why is simple: doing so triggers debate, and debate triggers change.

In 2008, I requested access to Gold Bar’s Mayor Crystal Hill’s email communication because public records revealed that a city worker sabotaged s the city’s water system, but instead of reporting his acts of domestic terrorism, she covered it up and bribed the worker  with taxpayers money to remain silent. Silent about what he knew about her check frauding scheme of stealing taxpayer monies, misusing the city’s credit cards, stealing petty cash, stealing federal emergency relief money and aiding John Pennington with forging Redmond Distrcit Court records after he violently assaulted a 3rd trimester pregnant Duvall council member.

What my readers and 43 Oso mudslide victims know all too well is John Pennington is an extremely dangerous man with major health issues; and the City of Gold Bar taxpayers having expanded over $1,500,000,000 for the city to hide John Pennington, Crystal Hill, Lonn Turner and Joe Beavers criminal conduct of conspiring to harm a citizen placed into public emails.

For years the State Auditor’s Office, including State Auditor Brian Sontag, assisted the City of Gold Bar with hiding criminal conduct by conducting sloppy audits, and at least one auditor Tiffany Lindsey even tipped Crystal Hill off after a special audit request was filed by emailing Ms. Hill in February 2009 saying ” Crystal call me! ”

I’m not sure my readers but any public official that refers to another public official in first name is a friend. Sadly for Gold Bar, Washington State Auditor Tiffany Lindsey’s tipping Crystal Hill off that she was under investigation for fraud is the main reason why Gold Bar is now officially bankrupt and Association of Washington Cities (AWC) has now taken over daily operations of the City.

To say only the State Auditor is at fault for the City’s financial malfeasance places blame only on one, when in fact the blame for theft of public funds includes Associaiton of Washington Cities  (who had a plan to go after the public records requester instead of turning over the emails) , and Snohomish County Prosecutor  Mark Roe ( who covered up Crystal Hill many bank frauds and viooently assulaitjg a nd brushing a six year old child as a political favor to Aaron Reardon).

Had the political fools not disseminated their racketeering conduct inside Gold Bar’s public emails, the City would not be floating in a sinking boat. A boat that because of the Public Records Act, allowed us to uncover Mayor Joe Beavaers and Linda Loen’s fraudulent scheme to steal from Paul to pay Peter.

Ponzi Schemes always fail

In 2010, Gold Bar’s Mayor Joe Beavers unilaterally decided to dump Waste Managment in favor of Republic Services. Waste Management billed the taxpayers directly, while Republic Services billed the City and then the city would bill residents.   When I learned this fact, I started investigating how much money the city contracted with Republic for, and soon learned that Joe Beavers was up charging residents for trash and recycle costs.

The numbers didn’t match, first clue; imagine you get a bill for $15,0000.00 but the city changes the bill to say you really owe $16,800.00. This is an up charge.  But the real question is is It legal?

Our source said “No. not only is it not legal it’s out right fraud upon the taxpayers. As a city cannot make a profit. ”  But that’s exactly what Joe Beavers was doing, robbing Paul to pay Peter.

Mayor Joe Beavers’s up charge ( fraud) on trash pickup misspropriated taxpayer money to fund legal litigation to hide John Pennington, Lonn Turner, and Crystal Hill’s racketeering crimes. Crimes they were stupid enough to disseminate into public emails. ️Emails the city is hiding at Kenyon Disend’s Law office in Issaquah Washington in violation of Washington States Public Records Act.

Those who know me, probably can guess that I am planning to file the largest class action suit against the City of Gold Bar for fraud and to have Beavaers, John Pennington, Lonn Turner and Crystal Hill Pennington behind bars regardless  of how long it takes.

We guesstimate that Beavers and Loen’s theft of Gold Bar trash funds exceeds $ 100,000.00 and we are looking at other funds for the same fraudulent activity. Remember the City declared in a very public way in August 2012 that it s broke, but then managed to fund litigation since totaling over $1,500,000.00 with taxpayer monies. Money that did not fall out of the sky or grow on trees.

The Gold Bar Reporter intends to shine much needed sunlight on the City of Gold Bar’s fraud even if it takes another thirty years.

City of Gold Bar’s governing body stealing water monies to hide crimes inside public records

Update: The City of Gold Bar’s Mayor Lee Hodo urged the Gold Bar council to misappropriate public monies to pay two more attorneys, making the grand total number of attorneys representing the City of Gold Bar to five (5).

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According to Gold Bar’s Mayor Lee Hodo, Shannon Ragonesi and Amanda Butler are  “trial” attorneys. Public records confirm that the two lawyers are being paid $585 per hour ( two lawyers) and the City’s current law firm Kenyon Disend gets paid $750 per hour.

In total, the City of Gold Bar is paying $1235.00 per hour, making September 2016 ‘ s warrant pay out at $125,000.00. The total annual budget for the City of Gold Bar is only $550,000.00.

Council member Ken Ware asked why isn’t Kenyon Disend representing the City, and Mayor Lee Hodo lied stating ” Kenyon Disend are too busy.” Ken Ware then suggested that the City hire a new law firm.

What Mayor Hodo didn’t disclose to the public is: the City is hiding public records at the Kenyon Disend’s office in Issaquah Washington. A felony in Washington State to hide conceal or remove public records from the City.  Hence why the City cannot be represented by Kenyon Disend.  Instead Mayor Lee Hodo lied to residents claiming that Kenyon Disend was too busy.

Earlier this year, the City Council voted to increase Gold Bar’s water rates by 271 % because former Mayors Joe Beavers, Crystal Hill Pennington (convicted of bank fraud in 2005, 2000 using two aliases, Berg and Chris Hill) and Linda Loen were stealing from the City’s water fund to fund legal litigation.  A felony in Washington State, amounting to racketeering.

Joe Beavers is being sued for racketeering and gross 1983 violations with trial to start in late 2017.

In August 2012, the City of Gold Bar claimed it was bankrupt and needed residents to pass a new tax levy to fund litigation.  The voters rejected the City’s tax hike, leaving the City to either turn over public records its been hiding or steal from the City’s water fund.

Mayor Lee Hodo, and council members Ken Ware, J Dawson, Davi Martin ( who is also being sued for racketeering after public records confirm she was writing on John and Crystal Hill Pennington’s Sky Valley Chronicle website; a site they set up to criminally harass their opponents), and Brian Diaz chose to continue the stealing Gold Bar residents water funds to hide racketeering crimes.

Joe Beavers said  ” if these records are released the City is gone. I was also threatened by Association of Washington Cities (AWC) that if I turned over the records, AWC would cancel the City’s insurance policy.”

According to the Washington State Auditor, “there’s $200,000.00 missing and not one person can explain where it went.”

In attempt to cover up Mayor Hodo’s misappropriation of public monies,  the City hired disgraced former Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon’s attorneys below.

Not one single Gold Bar council member asked ” why does the city need a trial attorney? Did we commit crimes? Is there someone going to trial, prison, and for what? ”

Mayor Lee Hodo admitted that AWC has rejected the City’s cost in all public records matters, leaving the City to pay $1235.00 per hour to hide criminal racketeering crimes Beavers, Hill, Pennington, Kelly, and Lonn Turner  ( former council member, 2009) disseminated inside email communication.

With more lawsuits expected to be filed by others, Mayor Hodo should hope that the federal government doesn’t find out that the City is stealing public water funds, otherwise the USDA may call in its water tower loan.

With more lawsuits on the way by others, perhaps the City will double the number lawyers in 2017


UPDATE:  Seattle attorney Shannon Ragonesi sends threatening emails to Gold Bar Reporter after we report that Shannon Ragonesi filed a false instrument with King County Superior Court ORDERING the Gold Bar Reporters not to contact our public officials. Not only does is Ms. Ragonesi committing fraud on the taxpayers of Gold Bar, she is also trying to unilaterally rewrite the First Amendment.

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Washington State attorneys Amanda Butler ( left) and Shannon Ragonesi

Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S ( Seattle Washington)


I generally sway away from writing articles on lawyers ( probably because I feel most are just doing their job), until I have concrete evidence of fraud or gross misconduct. Such is the case with Amanda Butler and Shannon Ragonesi.

Amanda Butler, and Shannon Ragonesi are two lawyers who are not only guilty of fraud and gross legal misconduct, but who are also guilty of fleecing the taxpayers of Gold Bar Washington out of thousands of taxpayer dollars.  Both are employees with Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S ( Seattle Washington).

Amanda Butler and Shannon Ragonesi aren’t stealing from the taxpayers with the assistance of the Washington State Bar. My dedicated readers may remember that the Washington State Bar Association publically voted this summer to drop the word “Association” from its name.

Why, because the Washington State Bar Association has been hijacked by criminals like Everett attorney Geoffrey Gibbs ( convicted of fraud in the 1990s, having his lobbying license permanently revoked for stealing client’s money and is now a high ranking member of the Washington State Bar Association)  in attempt to shift millions of dollars of racketeering liability off on the Washington State taxpayers. This after at least six lawsuits for Sherman Anti-Trust and RICO violations were filed in U.S. Federal District Court against the Bar.

With no surprise, Shannon Ragonesi is a former government official who gets enormous financial contracts with Snohomish County as a result ( totaling over $1 Million dollars last year alone), and Ms. Butler well she claims to be a ” senior” attorney who appears to have failed Ethics or simply believes that since her partner Shannon Ragonesi is a personal and dear friend Snohomish County Prosecutor Seth Fine and a former member of the Washington State Bar Association’s Rules Committee thus not accountable to we the people.

In December 2014, the US Supreme Court held in North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners Case that the Bar Boards can be held personally liable for Sherman Anti-Trust violations. One reason why the Washington State Bar dropped the word Association, her firm, Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S ( Seattle Washington) reaps the benefits of those “free market participants associations.”


 

Gold Bar Washington has been cited for four years for misappropriation of public funds. In the 2013 Special Audit Washington State Auditor wrote ” there’s $200,000.00 missing and not one city employee can state where it went.”

The Gold Bar Reporters know where it went; into the pockets of unethical lawyers like Amanda Butler, Shannon Ragonesi, Michael Kenyon, Margaret King and Ann Marie Soto.  Why, to hide terminated and disgraced Snohomish County’s political appointee John Pennington, and former Gold Bar Mayors Joe Beavers, Crystal Hill Pennington (bank fraud, once in Snohomish County 2005, and once in North Carolina using an alias of Chris Hill in 2000) criminal racketeering and HIPPA crimes they disseminated into email communication.

Those of my readers should note that Snohomish County Washington hired Shannon Ragonesi on behalf of disgraced former Executive Aaron Reardon after our investigation lead to Aaron Reardon’s early retirement on tribal land in Southern California. A house Aaron Reardon paid 1/5 of the fair market price for, and an issue the federal government should have an interest in.  Aaron Reardon is being sued for racketeering in US Federal District Court.


 

A side note to the FBI. Perhaps a subpoena for former Snohomish County employee Christopher Schwartzen’s emails as it relates to transfer of public land in Marysville Washington from March to May 2011 should be sought ( within a month, Aaron Reardon has a piece of property in Indigo California)?  YES, tit for tat.

If Snohomish County claims it doesn’t exist, please email the Gold Bar Reporter and will do our best to get that to the FBI as soon as possible.


 


 

In late December 2015, Gold Bar Reporter filed a racketeering,  and several civil rights complaints in US Federal Court, Seattle. Instead of recusing himself, Judge Ricardo Martinez as mandated the 9th Circuit, He  did what any unethical and corrupt judge would do, he kept himself on the case because several of his friends at the Washington State Bar Association are defendants. Block v WSBA, et al.

Washington State attorneys Amanda Butler and Shannon Ragonesi from the law firm of Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S entered a notice of appearance on behalf of the City of Gold Bar and its former Mayors Linda Loen, Crystal Hill Pennington, and Joe Beavers. 

Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S also entered a notice of appearance for Snohomish County’s public officials, Jon Rudicil and Aaron Reardon after both were caught committing racketeering offenses as outlined by Snohomish County reporters Scott North and Noah Haglund.

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Washington State Professional Responsibility. As members of a profession and officers of the court, lawyers are obligated to act in a professional manner, obey the law, avoid conflicts of interest, and to put the interests of clients ahead of their own interests. 

So my readers can assume that since Amanda Butler and Shannon Ragonesi entered notices of appearances on behalf of the City of Gold Bar. As a result, the Gold Bar Reporter requested a copy of any contract with the City of Gold Bar, and the City claims that there is none.

In Washington State Bar Association v. Bradley Marshall, the Washington State Supreme Court held that all agreements must be in writing, clearing stating to the clients all potential and actual conflicts of interests that are foreseeable.

So my readers can imagine that one a Washington State lawyer enters a Notice of Appearance, a contract for legal services must exist. But apparently, attorneys Amanda Butler and Shannon Ragonesi seem to be the exception or simply lack common sense.

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This gross unethical breach resulted in a public records request sent to the City of Gold Bar for all records sent or received by any employee from Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S and Crystal Hill Pennington, Linda Loen, Joe Beavers and any Gold Bar contractor or employee over the last year.

Because there was no contract that exist, the so called “senior” counsel from Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S records are now public records subject Washington State’s Public Records Act with more lawsuits expected to be filed in King County ( where the records are actually being concealed, a felony in Washington State) without redaction or exemptions.

Stupid is as stupid does.  One thing is clear, our readers can assume that University of Washington is not teaching common sense and Ethics is not a core requirement. Unless both lawyers failed ethics and somehow managed to escape law school requirement of at least a Grade Point Average of at least a 3.0 in every class to obtain a Juris Doctorate.


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I’d like for our readers to know that Shannon Ragonesi’s bio on the website of Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S states the following:

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Shannon is a shareholder and member of the Board of Directors of KBM. Her law practice encompasses civil rights litigation, employment litigation, labor law, school law, public records act litigation, and wrongful death and personal injury defense. She represents governmental agencies, schools, fire districts, police agencies, and their employees; as well as private corporations and citizens. Shannon has represented her clients in over 60 jury and bench trials in federal and state courts and labor arbitrations. She has also expertly represented her clients before the Washington state Court of Appeals and Supreme Court as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. As a further, integral part of her law practice, Shannon investigates potential claims and provides guidance to her clients on litigation avoidance strategies.

Prior to joining Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S., Shannon was a Captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corp where she served for over five years as a Senior Prosecuting Attorney, a Senior Torts Attorney, Chief of Military Justice, and a Military Magistrate.


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Ms. Amanda Buter’s bio states from Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S website states:

Amanda is a Senior Associate with Keating Bucklin & McCormack, Inc. P.S. Her practice involves all aspects of municipal and school defense litigation, including employment and labor law, law enforcement/civil rights, premises liability, personal injury, and land use.  She is also an expert in litigation avoidance strategies in order to best serve her clients.

Amanda successfully represents her clients in Washington State Superior Courts, the United States District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington, the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Prior to joining Keating Bucklin & McCormack, Amanda served as a law clerk for the Complex Litigation Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. She graduated cum laude from Seattle University School of Law and obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington.


 

After the Gold Bar Reporter requested a copy of any contract with the City of Gold Bar from Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S and/or its attorneys Amanda Butler and Shannon Ragonesi, the City of Gold Bar did what its be doing for years, covering up its criminal racketeering conduct by trying to get council approval at the next Gold Bar council meeting.

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For the City of Gold Bar taxpayers, this gets even worse since Amanda Butler and Shannon Ragonesi claim to have expended over $100,000.00 without a single contract, and they’ve already filed legal papers falsely certifying to several courts. This conduct amounts to fraud upon the courts.

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But wait, the City of Gold Bar claimed in Block v WSBA et al that its had thousands of dollars of legal fees with Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S and Amanda Butler and Shannon Ragonesi. Can legal fees be accessed without a fee agreement or contract?

Sadly, Amanda Butler and Shannon Ragonesi already filed notices in two cases claiming to the attorneys for Gold Bar, and even managed to get fees, falsely certifying that they had a fee agreement, thus a contract.

The Washington State Auditor’s said ” the city cannot engage a law firm without a contact and must place bid notices beforehand.”

A lawsuit against Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S and Amanda Butler and Shannon Ragonesi will be filed for fraud, Consumer Protection  etc.

Perhaps the University of Washington and Seattle University  Law Schools should have a special legal education class for lawyers titled ” Common Sense, 101″ because at least two of its “senior” lawyers failed or missed common sense and ethics classes.


 

Margaret Mead

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can 

change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Gold Bar council member resigns citing corruption

Another one bites the dust in Gold Bar Washington. Gold Bar council member Lee Hodo resigns, over what he considers massive corruption.

Last month the Gold Bar Reporters reported that Joe Beavers misappropriated over $ 1,000,000.00 hiding Snohomish County political bums emails, mainly involving child molesting and criminal assault of a pregnant woman in Duvall Washington, John E Pennington.

According to Duvall’s former police chief, Attorney Michael Kenyon agreed via email to quash criminal assault charges against John E. Pennington in Exchnage  for judicial favoritism from Judge Michael Downes ( Snohomish County) and Court of Appeals Judges Mary Kay Becker and Marlin Applewick.

Such conduct amounts to criminal Racketeering. John Pennington and Gold Bar’s former Joe Beavers are being sued in US Federal Court for racketeering. Hodo’s resignation comes after the City of Gold Bar’s former Mayors Joe Beavers and Crystal Hill Pennington ( Nee Berg Bank fraud 2005)  were caught stealing over $1,000,000.00 from the City water funds.

Our judiciary needs a hell of a lot of sunshine, and the sooner the better.

To cover up Beavers’s Hill Pennington’s criminal racketeering, Linda Loen is hiding public records with no end in sight.  The State Auditors Office again cited the city for misappriortion of public funds , stating that the City ‘s water rates must be increased by 271% to what we know is to pay back what Hill Pennington, Loen, and Beavers stole to covering up emails amounting to criminal racketeering.

Wait and see… Better question is will the Supreme Court cover up what we already know or will they reform the entire judiciary’s a a result ?
Reform is coming

Snohomish County and City of Gold Bar Officials sued under RICO

PRESS RELEASE

January 30th, 2015

Gold Bar Reporters

Contact Person

Anne Block

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Anne Block Makes her case for First Amendment Rights and RICO

Briefing wrapped up yesterday in the Anne Block Civil Rights Suit against various officials in Snohomish County and in Gold Bar Washington. The defendants filed a 13 page motion to dismiss while Block countered with a 24 page response, with a request to allow a 110 page RICO statement. Both sides were to have sent in reply briefs by yesterday, but only Block filed her response.

Anne Block has achieved a degree of notoriety in Snohomish County as the only reporter in Washington state to break a story involving corruption at the highest levels of government in Snohomish county. Chief Executive Reardan was forced to resign after a story published in the Gold Bar Reporter revealed that Reardan used taxpayer funds to finance affairs with two women employees.

According to the complaint, Anne Block even had receipts to show airline tickets purchases, hotel receipts and receipts for sex toys used in Europe during the affair. According to the complaint, before Reardan resigned, he assigned two employees to organize a “false flag” operation against Block, by having the employees pose as disinterested observers with aliases to organize a campaign to disbar Block. He had another employee destroy county records to hide the affair. That employee was eventually convicted of destroying evidence. As a result of the evidence being destroyed, an Island County prosecutor concluded that he did not have enough evidence to prosecute Reardan for misuse of public funds.

In enlisting support for the bar complaints, the false flag operation gained the support of two other Block targets. John Pennington had been attacked in the press by Anne Block and other newspapers such as the Seattle Times reporter Mike Carter as being unqualified to hold the position of emergency operations director of Snohomish County. According to a study conducted by the IRS, Pennington received his college degree from a diploma mill which sold the degrees at a flat rate. According to the RICO complaint, Block published stories how Reardan acted on Pennington’s advise in allowing houses to be built on the Oso mudslide site even though professional engineers described the site as unsafe. The mudslide that eventually occurred resulted in the deaths of 43 citizens.

Pennington could not sue directly because he is a public official, so he turned to the Washington State Bar Association in an attempt to have Block disbarred for doing the stories documenting Pennington’s incompetence. The false flag operation also enlisted the support of public officials in Gold Bar Washington who had their own problems with Block. Block had initiated a public disclosure suit when the town officials refused to turn over documents related to the theft of the towns funds.

According to the complaint, town officials illegally diverted approximate 20% of the town’s budget to finance a campaign to discredit Block. This included planting defamatory and false information in a friendly paper, physically assaulting, stalking, and intimidating Block supporters, assaulting and stalking two city council members until they resigned for supporting Block. Members of the RICO enterprise even published verbal threats in local newspapers to murder Block if she showed up at City Council meetings.

In her 24 page response to the motion to dismiss, Block argued that each of her activities: filing suit against Gold Bar, publishing about the corrupt activities of public officials, making public disclosure requests etc, have long been held to be protected activity under the first amendment by federal courts including the United States Supreme Court. Block pointed out that each case, the defendants responded with illegal and sometimes criminal behavior, including defaming Block, stalking her and her supporters, and publishing veiled and overt threats in friendly newspapers. She argued that the responses were organized illegally in secret executive sessions of the Gold Bar City Council. Block charged that the defendants also enlisted the support of attorneys and officials connected with the Washington State Bar Association who illegally tapped police databases, accessed confidential bar records, and mental health records, and provided them to the Gold Bar City Council in violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct and the rules for enforcement of attorney discipline.

All of these actions, argued Block, established the existence of a criminal enterprise under RICO; that is, a conspiracy to commit illegal predicate acts over an extended period of time. In this case, Block argues that the defendants continue their illegal activity right through the presentation of their motions in federal court.

Attorneys for the defendants, who Block proposes to add to the suit at a later date, meanwhile argued that Block’s allegations are “incredible”, but offered no plausible alternatives to Block’s theory of the case. Block, in her complaint and in her Rico statement carefully documented numerous credible sources for her allegations, which she contends not only meets the complex pleading requirements of RICO, but as a matter of law, cannot be successfully defended.

Washington State Auditor cites City of Gold Bar for 4th year in a row

If someone said to me in 2008 that I would resign from the Washington State Bar citing criminal harassment and become a news reporter in Snohomish County, I would have laughed.  But I’m not laughing anymore.
 
As a taxpayer of Gold Bar, located in Snohomish County Washington, I give no pleasure in writing this post with a ” I told you so” message.
 
Over the past six years, I uncovered one of the largest racketeering scandals in Washington State history by simply requesting access to ” all records relating to Gold Bar’s water boy, Karl Marjerle, who tampered with the City’s water system.”
 
From a simple request for access to our public records under RCW 42.56, we are on our way to exposing one of the largest corruption scandals in Washington State’s history.   This involves covering up crimes, threats to murder me, threats to intimidate those who assoicate with me, damage to my reputation, damage to my property, and threats to extort me all disseminated inside public emails that involve Snohomish County public officials including John E. Pennington, Snohomish County Prosecutors Sean Reay and Margaret King, and several Gold Bar council members, Chris Wright, Florence Davi Martin, and former Gold Bar Mayors Joe Beavers and Crystal Hill Pennington.
But they didn’t do it alone, Washington State’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel members assisted the Enterprise. See January 2015 posts regarding this issue.
 
On January 20, 2015, Washington State’s Auditor (SAO) appeared at the Gold Bar city council meeting noting that there is $227,000.00 missing from four different funds between 2012 -2013.  The SAO basically complains that the City provided no explanation of where the money went.
 
From 2012 to 2013, Gold Bar’s Mayor, according to attorney Michael Kenyon, was the sole decider or as we correctly dub Joe Beavers ” Tricky Dick” Beavers.
 
According to the SAO, the City of Gold Bar updated its municipal code to align with its current practices; however, the city is not following the procedures outlines in the new code.
 
The new code the SAO is referring to was the City of Gold Bar’s handpicked Finance Committee, which is suppose to review all payments prior to Council approval.  Here the Auditor claims that one Gold Bar member who sat on the Finance Committee, Bob Strom, failed to ensure expenses were supported and were not in compliance with the City code and policies.
 
The SAO also cited that the City failed to use mandated Budget Accounting and Reporting System reporting.  A system that the City used in 2010 and 2011 stopped using since 2012.
 
One local resident says ”  Beavers knew he couldn’t hide his Ponzi scheme using BaRs, so he stopped to cover up his misconduct.”
 
The SAO further stated that the City spent $1,402,541.00 on items such as equipment, supplies, petty cash, reimbursements, and monthly credit cards bills for travel nd miscellaneous expenses. Noting that the same problems were brought to the City’s attention during its 2012 Audit, and failed to address any of the problems.
 
 
This is no laughing matter, and in fact in the next month I will be filing a criminal complaint against the City of Gold Bar’s former Mayor Joe Beavers and the Gold Bar city council member who sat on Gold Bar’s Finance Committee using Washington Court Rules to do so. 
With evidence that Snohomish County is involved in aiding and abetting Gold Bar public officials involved, we have no faith in Prosecutor Mark Roe.
 
The day I, a taxpayer in Snohomish County, sit back while public officials sworn in to uphold the laws of Washington break them, thus committing RICO violations against its citizens, is the day I
become a vegetable.  
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