“RICO Henchman” Sinks The Bar By J.P. Zenger

Washington State Bar President Brian Tollefson is Alleged to be a Critical Component of Lloyd’s of London’s Washington State RICO


Brian Tollefson is predicted by legal experts to be “imminently criminally indicted” for his key role in the Washington State unit of Lloyd’s of London’s RICO.

“We have hundreds of pages of evidence, in addition to the testimony of insiders, that Mr. Tollefson has acted as a key henchman for Lloyd’s Washington State RICO,” said semi-retired major media journalist Mr. Greenwald. “He has personally buried the Bar and its members in billions of dollars of liability. All for personal gain.”

Mr. Tollefson has in fact reported directly to, and acted at the direction of, Washington State RICO director Peter King, the de facto CEO of AWC, and RICO co-director, Washington State Attorney General (AG) Bob Ferguson. Not only has Mr. Tollefson acted against the Bar’s public interest mandate, but he has acted against the people he has sworn to represent – the members of the Bar.

The recent exposure of Mr. Tollefson’s role in the RICO resulted from Lloyd’s rapidly unravelling criminal enterprise exposed by serial criminal and rapist John Pennington, Jr., as chronicled in this series, “Seattle’s Epstein.” Mr. Tollefson has personally orchestrated and covered up criminal acts of retaliation against members of the Bar.

“The retaliation happens routinely. Personal vendettas. Mostly for liability control for the RICO, which is its main purpose?

There is no possible way for the Bar to continue as it has. The Bar has continued and continued to accrue liability. They have all put their heads in the sand and pretended that the party would go on forever.

The exposure of Mr. Tollefson’s role in the RICO resulted from Lloyd’s rapidly unravelling criminal enterprise exposed by serial criminal and rapist John Pennington, Jr., as chronicled in this series, “Seattle’s Epstein.” After more than ten years of public records requests, “the Bar’s role in the RICO became crystal clear,” say attorneys close to the case.

“Fundamentally, the RICO exists for the purpose of liability control,” said the Ninth Circuit Appellate public interest Attorney John Scannell, “The Bar has, and continues to play, a key role in controlling the RICO’s liability.” the Jurist continued, “there are several ways that Mr. Tollefson, the Board of Governors, and Bar management do this.”

There are three ways that the Bar has buried members in liability,” said Mr. Greenwald. “First, they have ignored the Janus decision,” he said, referring to the SCOTUS decision that “anyone with an I.Q. bigger than their shoe size knows means the Bar must be bifurcated. The fact that the Bar ignored Janus has incurred massive liability for members.

“Second, the Bar’s members are exposed to liability from the public for the Bar’s theft of hundreds of millions of dollars from State taxpayers,” he stated. “The Beauregard decision determined that the Bar is a private organization, yet the staff of the Bar have been bleeding money from the public for decades. It’s now owed back,” said Greenwald.

“To start with, there is no rational or justifiable reason in the world that a private organization of any kind should be on the Washington State Public Employee Retirement SystemPERS,” stated Mr. Greenwald. “Could you imagine the staff of the National Rifle Association being on a Washington State’s public employee retirement system?”

Greenwald continued, “But that’s just a fraction of the Bar’s theft of public money that Bar members now owe back to the public. Next is tens of millions of dollars of free rent the Bar has been getting at the expense of the taxpayer, and millions of dollars of free legal services from the AG and its network of hundreds of SAAG contractors,” he said.

Counsel close to the case being developed against Bar members added, “The Bar’s theft of public money seems endless. The AG even provides IP hosting and email servers for the Bar at taxpayer expense. The AG schedules and hosts the Bar’s Continuing Legal Education (CLEs) at taxpayer expense, and the State Supreme Court has the AG’s DES provide free counsel to Bar staff.”

“For example,” said Counsel for the taxpayer’s multibillion dollar case against the Bar and its members, “Bar staff Kara Ralph filed a state tort form in relation to a harassment claim,” he said. “In a remarkable conflict of interest, and all at taxpayer expense, the State then provided her free counsel via Department of Enterprise Services (DES). Then state money to pay the claim.”

“But third, and by far the most significant way the Bar has buried its members in billions of dollars of liability is because of its role in the Lloyd’s of London RICO,” said the nationally recognized lawyer. “The main implication of Lloyd’s RICO is that the Bar has participated in the manipulation of the state’s legal system to control liability.”

“Lloyd’s RICO is directed by AWC, co-directed by the AG and DES, in collusion with the Bar. Here are three main ways the RICO controls the legal system:

  • Judicial corruption. Judges are given paid speaking engagements, directly bribed, and even federal judges are on the state public retirement system, PERS.
  1. SAAGs. SAAGS are Special Assistant AGs under contract and accountable only to the AG. They comprise hundreds of private attorneys and county prosecutors who are in an absolute conflict of interest and allow the AG to usurp police powers denied to the AG by the State Constitution,” he said. The SAAGs are routinely used to retaliate against any person or company that the RICO considers a financial risk.

“Tollefson is also known to act on behalf of Lloyd’s RICO by engaging in ex parte communication about cases that could result in liability exposure with known RICO judges on the federal bench, Ricardo aka “RICO” Martinez, and Richard Jones; and in the Ninth Circuit, Ronald Gould and Eric D. Miller, said Mr. Greenwald.  The Bar, together with AWC and the State, have a death grip on the legal system, extending to and including the Ninth Circuit Court.

  • The Bar’s power of the state. The Bar has been conferred the power of the state and its treasury, and used that power against anyone considered a financial risk to the RICO.

For example, in the absence of any legally based charge of wrongdoing, AG Bob Ferguson has directed the SAAGS to use SLAPP litigation, fraudulent Bar hearings, defamation, contract private security consults, and contract cybercriminals against one single member of the press, Anne Block, spending over $20 million of taxpayer money in the process.

Mr. Tollefson has personally orchestrated and covered up criminal acts of retaliation against members of the Bar. Mr. Tollefson has simply acted as a henchman for the Bar, which is completely controlled by the RICO.

Regardless of the evidence that the Bar is a public organization, spending hundreds of millions of taxpayer money and fully charged with the power of the State, by colluding with the State Supreme Court to declare themselves private, the Bar and the state successfully shifted liability from the state away from the Bar’s Board of Governors, the Bar management, and the state, to the members of the Bar.

This is the Central purpose of Lloyd’s RICO, the Washington State unit of which is AWC and the AG’s DES: liability control.  “The Board of Governors and management have done this in secret. Behind closed doors. Private meetings. Secret memos. Because once the Bar and Supreme Court declared the Bar private, the Bar was no longer subject to either the Public Records Act or the Open Meetings Act.

Will the entire Board of Governors continue to dance to Mr. Tollefson’s pied piper tune on the deck of the Titanic? Will they all continue to expose themselves to personal liability and end up destitute?

Will the Bar’s members finally have the integrity and at least act for self-preservation to demand the Bar stop burying its members in personal liability? Power concedes nothing without a demand.

It is a near certainly that the current Board and Management will present a complex Atlantic City boardwalk shell game to perpetuate its power and continue to expose Bar members to billions of dollars of liability.

It’s time for a vote of no confidence to clear the board and transitional management, get a new Board of Governors, open the meetings to the Bar members on any subject, and design a legitimately bifurcated Bar.

Anything less will continue to expose the members of the Washington State Bar to billions of dollars of personal liability,” he said.


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

Part Five of Ten

By J.P. Zenger

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


“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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