SEATTLE’S EPSTEIN

Time Is Running Out for Lloyd’s of London’s, Washington State RICO Unit

Part Five of Ten

By J.P. Zenger

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On March 8, 2022, at 11:18 a.m., the offices of Snohomish County, Washington government seemed the same as any other morning. There were two exceptions. In the main reception area, the unseasonal smell of freshly cut grass drifted in through the partially open window on an unusually clear and sunny 46-degree day for early March. Nothing remotely suggested that a metaphoric F5 storm loomed just over the horizon.

The second exception to routine was the presence of a federal agent serving a subpoena. Compelling records about members of the largest RICO in the history of Washington State. The subpoena is expected to be the first of many. Over the next few months, dozens of local and state government offices, public officials, and private law firms are predicted by legal experts to be next. The storm with the power to eviscerate the RICO and the lives of its members thus announced its imminent arrival in Washington State.

After 15 years of effort by Washington State’s Gold Bar Reporter, together with its growing network of 13 volunteer attorneys, 86 victims and their families, hundreds of public records requests, and a lengthy investigation by federal law enforcement, the Washington State unit of what is now proven to be a massive global RICO operated by Lloyd’s of London appears to be rapidly nearing its end, according to voluminous evidence and insider testimony.

The RICO was deconstructed by the Gold Bar Reporter after retaliation by RICO member John E. Pennington, Jr., as chronicled in this series, “Seattle’s Epstein.” As explained earlier in the series, one of several cogs in Lloyd’s complex RICO machine is estate, probate and guardianship fraud involving billions of dollars. “We really lucked out,” said John Scannell, an appellate attorney in the 9th Circuit. “At the end of over a decade’s work, when choosing model RICO cases to bring to national attention, we found what is alleged to be a model case of estate fraud.” Luck may have little to do with the extended public interest group’s ongoing success.

For his part, Mr. Scannell is clearly a remarkable person. One of the few people in the history of the state to get a perfect SAT Score, he has a degree in physics from the University of Washington, is an accomplished chess champion, and has a decades-long history of public interest litigation with hundreds of millions of dollars of impact. He has rarely charged for his work and has a national reputation as “The Wizard of Laws.”

Mr. Scannell’s associate Anne Block, J.D., is equally remarkable. She worked through law school as a machinist while raising her infant daughter as a single mother. An award-winning investigative journalist, she inherited from her social activist New England parents a 163 IQ, their tireless Yankee work ethic, a blunt Boston bravado, and instilled in her an obligation to actively challenge corruption – regardless of the time or cost required. “They considered our historic Bostonian civic duty sacred,’ she said. “So do I.”

Luck may also have little to do with how the group’s associates discovered their model estate fraud case. In 2019, a guardianship victims’ relative, semi-retired major media journalist Mr. Greenwald joined the Gold Bar Reporter network. He acquired state-of-the-art fraud detection software, and began to process Washington State records. “We now discover patterns of fraud and relationships in seconds that until a couple of years ago would have taken thousands of hours and was only used by the NSA and CIA,” he said.

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Openly Corrupt King County Commissioner Carlos aka “Crazy Carlos” Velategui is a Key Member of a Vast Washington State RICO

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“It’s hard to overstate the significance of the new fraud analysis software. It’s like we are dealing with 19 century bank robbers who have no idea what a computer is. The software uses artificial intelligence and ‘Big Data’ in such complex and sophisticated ways that it really is science fiction come true. We have the next best thing to a brain scanner. After we find the patterns and cases, the same judges, attorneys, and public officials appear. We then contact the victims and their heirs.

The model case that the group discovered is the estate of the late Robert Cannon. “It’s the perfect fraud case,” said Mr. Greenwald. “We have an openly corrupt commissioner, Carlos aka ‘Crazy Carlos’ Velategui, and a plaintiff, Henry Cannon, who was an employee of King County and a friend of several judges. It couldn’t be better,” he stated. “This is our dream case. Velategui was already on our short list of the most corrupt judges in the state before his initial retirement two years ago. We are also reviewing all of the cases of Hanis Irvine Prothero.

“Known to be one of the most openly corrupt King County, Washington judges for his entire career, Velategui continues to fraudulently exhume himself from retirement like a crypt keeper of public corruption whose rotting hand clutching a fistful of stolen dollars rises from the grave in a “B” movie. But he couldn’t do it without the help of his friends in King County government,” said Mr. Greenwald. “They know who he is and what he does.”

Upon discovery of the Cannon estate case, the group reached out to an estate creditor with their evidence. The effort to elevate public attention about Velategui, other colluding public officials, and the firm Hanis Irvine includes two websites focused on Velategui and Hanis Irvine to assist victims with the automation of filing federal criminal complaints, to function as central repositories for evidence, and to collect and package evidence for a civil class action. “We have large national firms interested before the sites are fully live on May 15,” said Mr. Greenwald.

Patrick M. Hanis, the Law Firm Hanis Irvine Prothero and its staff are the subject of a RICO Investigation.

“It’s all about focus. In addition to Pennington, who really revealed the entire RICO, we are focusing on a relatively small number of public officials and attorneys. Our greatest asset is their arrogance. We will keep packaging evidence and sending it to federal authorities in D.C. We know how much collusion there is between the RICO members and public officials in the Western District,” said Anne Block, Publisher of the Gold Bar Reporter.

For his part, Patrick Hanis is a key subject of the Gold Bar Reporter investigation.  In addition to his involvement in probate and guardianship cases of interest, Mr. Hanis has acted as a Commissioner for King County Water District #111 since February 2004, which serves the areas of Meridian Valley and Lake Meridian in Kent. During that time, he and his law firm have represented clients with water rights issues.

Charles Wilson is Being Investigated for His Decisions Involving Clients of Hanis Irvine

Gary G. Cline is Being Investigated for His Decisions Involving Clients of Hanis Irvine

“We are examining every case of record and alleged conflicts of interest between Water District 111, Mr. Hanis, Hanis Irvine, and its staff, clients, Mr. Charles Wilson, and Mr. Gary G. Cline,” said Ms. Block. “Beyond that, I can no longer comment.”

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