Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S, fraud, forgery and false filings, perjury and constructively disbarred from NY State and admitted to practice law in Washington State

Attorney Shannon Ragonesi, an attorney at Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S, was constructively disbarred from the State of New York (NY). In New York, unlike Washington State Bar Association, is operated by NY State’s Board of Examiners, a state licensing agency. With no surprise, Ms. Ragonesi was a dear friend of Attorney General Bob Ferguson while they both attended NY Law School; and both participated in the helping the Catholic Church cover up hundreds of sexual abuse cases here in the Pacific Northwest.

When a complainant files a bar complaint in NY State, the lawyer is giving a copy of the complaint and a copy is filed with the State of NY’s Judiciary Here in Washington State, when a person files a Washington State Bar Association complaint, such complaints are filed with an alleged private association.

Using the word “alleged” means “not proven.” In the case of the Washington State Bar Association, we discovered three important features through various public records requests to the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, (1) the Washington Attorney General is illegally running the private Washington State Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education classes,, (3) the Washington Attorney General is illegally hosting the Washington State Bar Association’s email server, (3) The Washington Attorney General is illegally running is providing free rent to the Washington State Bar Association at two publicly owned buildings, one in Olympia and one in Seattle on 4th Ave, and The Washington Attorney General is illegally funneling millions of public money to several law firms that defend the Washington State Bar Association such as Pacifica Law Group, Keating Buckling and McCormack ( and NY disbarred attorney Shannon Ragonesi), Kenyon Disend PLLC, and Gordon Rees and illegally using the AG’s risk management division also known as Department of Enterprise Services to provide legal services to the Washington State Bar Association, and (6) the Washington State Bar Association is stealing public money from the Washington State Public Retirement System (PERS).

If the Washington State Bar Association is not a public agency, then why are the taxpayers of Washington State allowing Washington State Bar employees Doug Ende, Kara Ralph, Felice Congalton, Scott Busby, and Allison Sato to collecting a state funded paid retirement from the taxpayers? Is this a welfare program given to alleged private associations?

Shannon Ragonesi, after being constructively disbarred from NY State, called a good friend of hers here in Washington State, Bob Ferguson who personally authorized Shannon Ragonesi to commit the same crimes against taxpayers as she did in NY State. Ms. Ragonesi’s crimes include false filings, perjury, harassment of public records requesters, forgery, fraud, theft of public money, and defamation. But she had a lot of help from other Special Assistant Attorney Generals like King County Superior Court and SAAG Judges such as Michael Scott ( Hillis Clarke, Martin and Peterson), Jim Rogers (Fox Rothchilds), Julie Spector (Lane & Powell), and Joseph Genster ( Hillis Clarke, Martin & Peterson).

Here’s the Washington State Attorney General’s Office case fixing scam works. SAAGs like disbarred NY State Attorney Shannon Ragonesi is paid millions via a fraudulent scam titled the Special Attorney General contracts. The Washington State Attorney General makes judicial appointments and the Governor simply rubber stamps the request. Since Governor Inslee has been in office, we could find only one judicial appointment in the whole state that was not a SAAG on contract with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office to provide a legal defense to public agencies. This means when a person is charged with a crime, or perhaps brings a lawsuit for access to public records, the agency, as was the case in Gold Bar Washington, is defended 100 % by the Washington State Attorney General’s contractors aslo known as SAAGs, and the Judge, like Michael Scott ( King County), Marybeth Dingledy (former employee of King County and City of Everett), Bruce Weiss (labeled a SAAG by AG’s list), Cindy Larsen (labeled a SAAG by AG’s list),, Julie Spector (SAAG law firm at Lane & Powell), and Jim Rogers ( King County SAAG while employed at Fox Rothchild) hear and decide your case. This in spite of the fact that the Washington Court of Appeals Div. I held in Ann Gonzales v WA State that a SAAG attorney cannot be have a SAAG Judge hear and decide any part of their case, or in the words of the Gonzales Court, the right to a fair and impartial judge is constitutional right . . . if a judge was a SAAG, and the Defense counsel was SAAG, disclosure isn’t enough, a judge must recuse themselves from the cases.”

If having a SAAG Judge hearing and deciding cases involving other attorneys such as SAAG law firms like Keating, Buckling and McCormack, or worse, US Federal District Court Judge Richard Jones, Ronald Leighton, Benjamin Settles, and Ricardo Martinez ( all SAAGs while employed with WA State), is this not case fixing at the highest level in the state? In Block v WSBA et al ,S Federal District Court Judge Ricardo Martinez, and local Snohomish County District Court Judge Douglas Fair, we obtained telephone records from SAAG attorney, Special Snohomish County Deputy Prosecutor at Hillis Clarke, Martin & Peterson confirming beyond any doubt that Snohomish County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney (SAP/SAAG) Joseph Genster openly engaged in exparte communication via public telephone records with judges.

In Block v Gold Bar, SAAG/SAP Shannon Ragonesi openly brags of her case fixing scam using King County Superior Court Judge ( also a SAAG at Hillis Clarke Martin & Peterson) Michael Scott to SLAPP public requesters down from trying to file lawsuits for access to public records. A case the US Court of Appeals 9th Circuit just agreed hear in Block v WSBA et al, can a judge who was a SAAG, as Ricardo Martinez was with WA State Attorney General’s Office, hear and decide cases when SAAGs Gordon Rees, Leslie Seffren and Shannon Ragonesi are representing the defendants? Under Ann Gonzales v Washington State, our state courts have already held ” NO” and that recusal was mandatory to preserve a litigant’s constitutional right to a fair and impartial judge.

Sorry SAAG/SAP/AWC contractors, the cat is out of the bag. If every defendant filed a disqualification against every judge that had SAAG/SAP contracts with Judges like Jim Rogers, Julie Spector, Bruce Wiess, Cindy Larsen, or Michael Scott, how many cases would be overturned for not recusing themselves ensuring that a litigant should have a fair and impartial judge? Washingtonians have a Constitutional right to access to courts, and a right to unlimited public records. and should never be faced with a judicial plant sent by the AG’s office to fix cases as “risk management.”

Outside Audits Demanded of National Employment Security Candidate

Claims of “Nigerian Fraud” Questioned as Cause of Record Losses

Part Two of Five – By The Gold Bar Reporter

Former Washington State Employment Security Commissioner LeVine (R) is Responsible For the Largest Loss from Fraud in her State’s History. She is Alleged to Have Actively Engaged in a Coverup of Massive Internal Fraud and Negligence.

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Seattle, Washington State Feb. 12, 2021. When Sage Wilson of Working Washington heard former State Employment Security (ESD) Department Commissioner LeVine – and current National Employment Security appointee – quote a $650 million dollar loss from ‘Nigerian’ fraud while claiming not to know how many claims the losses related to, the red flags went up.

“How can anyone give a loss figure without knowing the number of claims involved? Something’s really wrong here,” he said. Other state’s employment security departments that have released dollar figures from fraud, in fact, have also released the number of associated false claims. “How can you know one without the other?” asked a prominent employment lawyer. “Isn’t it just simple math?”

The highly regarded Ninth Circuit public interest attorney John Scannell has his own equation: “If former Commissioner LeVine had no idea what numbers were associated with the losses, how on earth did she immediately conclude that it was ‘Nigerian Fraud’?” he said. “Add that fact to LeVine’s obstruction of the Washington State Auditor’s staff. Doesn’t that equal probable cause of internal fraud?” he added.

Like the number of unresolved unemployment claims, the chorus of voices that had called for Ms. LeVine’s resignation had been escalating at the same rate as the current questions of her qualifications being asked regarding her pending federal appointment. “We’re talking about a person who is a patronage appointment with absolutely zero qualifications, and who has demonstrated total incompetence. The people who are some of our most vulnerable in Washington state have paid a high price for obvious political patronage – should the entire nation?” said Mr. Scannell.

“It’s just inconceivable that a demonstrably incompetent employment security director in history, who lied to state auditors, who is the sole person responsible for killing the new software that could have prevented the fraud just months before COVID-19,” said an ESD staffer.

Ms. LeVine’s background includes a position in a luxury travel subsidiary of a software business and  fundraising for the Democratic party. With no experience she was given a foreign position in the State Department by the Obama Administration. After her $17,500 donation to Washington Governor Inslee, she was then appointed by him as Commissioner of Employment Security.

“This is the worst conceivable caricature of a patronage appointment. We’re talking about someone whose resume is absent any relevant government experience whatsoever, and a person who is completely disconnected from the reality of the unemployed,” said Mr. Scannell. “If someone really deems it necessary to give someone a patronage appointment, why hand a job caring for the unemployed to an unqualified multi-multi-millionaire who has demonstrated contempt for the unemployed?”

Ms. LeVine may in fact be less than directly impacted by the suffering caused by her mismanagement. With her husband Eric, Ms. LeVine lives in a $3.5 million-dollar 7,200 sq. ft. Seattle mansion. They own a multimillion-dollar software company that tracks wine collections for the world’s wealthiest people. The State of Washington paid her substantially over $200,000 including benefits and allowances.

Meanwhile, Ms. LeVine’s disconnection from the pain and suffering caused by her historic mismanagement appears to have coincided with what is being calling “an utterly sadistic negligence of her responsibility to have cared for the unemployed,” according to a prominent employment law attorney. “Ms. LeVine cynically used several of the same fraudulent tactics to deny claims that she used to obstruct audits,” she said.

According to the employment law attorney, the tactics deployed against claimants and auditors alike include feigning confusion, shuffling people between ESD employees, refusing to release information, destroying documents, and simply not responding to inquiries. “Federal crimes have been committed here. Why are there no federal charges? These are criminal acts.” said the attorney who has shared notes with colleagues. “Where is the federal investigation?”

“The conclusion that we’ve all come to is, if it was really ‘Nigerian fraud’ as Ms. LeVine has claimed in Washington state, why did she obstruct the audits?” said the employment law attorney. “Why aren’t all the records being posted online after an outside GAAP equivalent audit? Isn’t this a lot of the public’s hard-earned money? What business could possibly run without accounting for where the money is going?” she said.

Meanwhile, for her part, with her only accomplishments in government being the greatest loss to fraud in the history of Washington State, insiders express incredulity of her current pending appointment, “this is utterly the worst conceivable candidate for the person responsible for some of our nation’s most vulnerable, the unemployed. It is inconceivable to even consider this person for the appointment,” stated attorney Mr. Scannell.

Ms. LeVine, who contrary to federal law accepted $9000 worth of gifted luxury wine tasting functions in Luxembourg while working in her political patronage appointed State Department job in Switzerland and living in a government provided $25 million dollar mansion, asked the unemployed and the taxpayers of Washington State to trust her. Now she asks the nation.

When asked exactly how much money had been taken from the unemployed of the State of Washington, and exactly how it happened, her response was, “trust me, I want to know. I asked every single day,” although she had direct and unlimited access to all accounting and transaction information.

Ms. LeVine’s business philosophy may be of little consolation to Washington’s unemployed and taxpayers: “fail fast, and fail cheaply,” said Ms. LeVine. The “North star” for her personal moral compass, she says, is the Jewish expression “tikkun olam” which means “repair the world.”

“Perhaps Ms. LeVine could repair an important part of the world by assuming responsibility for the results of a comprehensive outside audit of the mess she left in Washington State,” said attorney Mr. Scannell. “The best thing she could do for all of us is to decline the patronage appointment and not doing any more damage.”

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National Employment Security Appointee

Suzan LeVine Retaliated Against Claimants, Whistleblowers claim

Washington State ESD Commissioner LeVine is Responsible for the Largest State Loss from Fraud in U.S. History

Seattle, Washington State Jan. 5, 2021. When 21-year-old ‘Sonya L.’ applied for unemployment benefits in Washington State, she filled out every form and complied with every law. Nothing happened for months. And months. And months.

While employment security offices (ESD) across the country are having challenges ranging from fraud to backlogs, Washington State has stood out among all others for several reasons, according to claimants, lawyers, and government insiders.

At the center of the dysfunction, they say, was Suzan LeVine, a state political appointee who is now nominated to be responsible for the nation’s entire employment security system following a $400,000 donation to the Biden campaign. Sonya’s L.’s Washington state experience, however, may cause the U.S. Senate to take a closer look before confirming LeVine.

LeVine’s critics responded to political appointment by highlighting problems at the ESD under her leadership, in which Nigerians create a fraud scheme that stole $600 million in unemployment funds, and months of delays in unemployment payments to eligible claimants during the pandemic.

In contrast to Sonya L’s experience with unemployment benefits, career criminal Austin Schwahn, whose street alias is “Austin ‘Rockstrom,” filed false claims while using drugs. He promptly received a check in full from Ms. LeVine’s office. Although a written fraud claim was officially filed by a highly credible witness months before, the convicted heroin dealer continued to receive unemployment benefits from Washington State Employment Security Commissioner Suzan LeVine’s office.

Meanwhile, over a period of six months, Sonya L. made dozens of calls to the Employment Security Department (ESD), spent over 20 hours on hold and sent several emails to the State for her unemployment claims. She finally began receiving a weekly check. But while her past due claims had been approved – which would have been enough to pay for a place to live – they failed to come through.

Finally, after continuous efforts produced no results, the former journalism student reached out to friends in the media. They gave her the personal email address of then ESD Commissioner Suzan LeVine. After sending an email to former Commissioner LeVine, it got a reaction, but not the one she expected. “Rather than helping resolve the claim,” Sonya L. said, “former Commissioner LeVine immediately retaliated against me.”

Within hours of reaching out to the former Commissioner, in fact, Sonya L. received a response from ‘Agent #644.’ “At first I was really encouraged to have received such a fast reply after so much time and effort to resolve the claim,” she said. “I guess I shouldn’t have had so much faith after all that’s happened, and everything that’s been covered in the media.”

A lot has, indeed, been covered in the media. Former Commissioner LeVine had become the national symbol of government dysfunction. Articles in the local, regional, and national press referred to Ms. LeVine as being solely responsible for allowing the greatest single social services fraud in the history of her state to occur as a result of her negligence. LeVine then, according to Washington State’s Auditor, concealed the losses.

Regardless of the press coverage, when ‘Agent #644’ again asked for the same information that Sonya L. had previously provided, she wasn’t initially concerned. “At first I thought, ‘well, since they’re getting back to me so quickly, at least they’re trying to take care of this.’ It was really naïve of me. Later it seemed clear that the delays are a calculated process by the State to illegally deny claims.”

When Sonya L. reached out to friends in the press who had previously covered government stories, her feelings were confirmed – she learned of a pattern of practices the State employs to deny benefits claims. “It’s a four-part process,” one journalist explained to her, “The first step is simply ignoring claimants. If people are persistent, the second step is ‘case shuffling,’ it’s where the case is moved from agent to agent to wear you down.”

That was exactly what Sonya L. experienced. “After again giving all the required information to agent #644, I then received a message from ‘Lisa C.,’ who asked for documents that aren’t even required by law,” stated Sonya L. “This is exactly what insiders said would be the third step.” Before she even had a chance to respond to ‘Lisa C.,’ the case was ‘shuffled’ again. This time to a ‘Case Investigator.’

“This is the fourth step in the process of denying valid claims,” her journalist friend told her. “Taking the offensive. Starting a pretext ‘investigation’ when the claim is perfectly valid. Basically, it’s an intimidation tactic.” Joseph Nessinger, referring to himself as a ‘Case Investigator,’ as Sonya’s journalists friends predicted, sent an email to Sonya L. requesting a call. Joseph Nessinger is, in fact, a private investigator who is alleged to be fraudulently licensed as a result of his unreported prior conviction by the IRS for unpaid taxes.

In response to private investigator Nessinger’s emails, which clearly and falsely implied he was a state employee, on the advice of her journalist friends Sonya L. began looking for legal counsel. She sent an email to Nessinger asking for an extension of Lisa C.’s three-day deadline asking for documents not required by law. She explained that she needed time to find an attorney. Sonya L. also cited the law that doesn’t require her to provide the documents they demanded.

Lisa C. responded by offering a two-day extension to Sonya L., but ignored her request for a written response – required under the law – as to why her benefits were illegally suspended pending the conclusion of an ‘investigation,’ why there is an ‘investigation’ when she complied with all  requirements, and why she is being asked for documents that are not stipulated by law.

Meanwhile, throughout the greatest crisis and need for unemployment security in State history, Ms. LaVine, “earned substantially more than $200,000 a year in salary, benefits, and expense accounts, was taking vacations, and was often absent from the office,” according to insiders. There have been countless public demands by the press and politicians for her resignation. Multiple law firms have started class action suits.

“I just keep thinking, ‘If this could happen to me, I can’t imagine the amount of real-world pain and suffering that this mess at the State’s Unemployment office is causing to single mothers in rural areas, children who are going hungry, the elderly and people with illnesses,’” said Sonya L.. “It’s hard to imagine how much suffering could have been relieved by the money that was allowed to be stolen.”

“Let’s be clear about this,” said an employment law attorney who asked not to be named, “People need to figure out another approach to deal with Employment Security management,” he said. “These are illegal acts. People need to start filing public records requests and federal criminal complaints under USC 1983 civil rights violations against senior ESD staff . Something has got to change.”

Several hundred thousand unemployed Washingtonians would likely agree. Victims are now proposing public rallies – like the rallies being held to advocate for the defunding of police departments. “The management of ESD needs to be held personally accountable,” said another employment law attorney.

“One would think that there are many people immediately effected by the illegal withholding of their money. I think a strategically located rally would have a big impact. Like WTO.” Clearly, something has got to change. Perhaps if it’s likely to change anywhere, it’s likely to change in Seattle.

It is likely that Austin “Rockstrom” was hoping things wouldn’t change – in addition to nearly $10,000 in unemployment benefits, he received a $2,000 bonus payment from Ms. LeVine’s former office that was promptly spent on street drugs, courtesy of you, the Washington State taxpayer. The people of the state have financed both his ‘drug store’ and his heroin addiction.

Mr. “Rockstrom,” a convicted career criminal, has never even looked for a job once in his life, according to the official sworn fraud complaint filed with Ms. LeVine’s former office. The complaint regarding Mr. “Rockstrom” that was filed several months ago was only acted on recently after several follow up complaints with ESD.

Unable to pay her rent, Sonya L., however, was evicted and became homeless for the first time in her life. Mr. Rockstrom, his ‘business’ boosted by a windfall of taxpayer money, is now doing better than ever. Although she notified ESD in writing that she had been employed for a two week period to correct her original unemployment claim, Ms. LeVine’s office filed fraud charges against ‘Sonya L.’

The Senate will now decide if the entire nation’s unemployed, in the worst unemployment environment since the great depression, will have to rely on Ms. LeVine for their survival.

Just as Donald Trump appointed Mitch McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, to an office she was not qualified for, Joe Biden appears to be taken a punt from Trump’s playbook by hiring political infiltrators like Elaine Chao whose simply contributed money in exchange for a political appointment.

The Washington State Auditor’s Office confirmed that there were six whistleblower complaints filed by state employees who were threatened by Suzan Levine. Very disappointed in President Biden, who one time said ” the most patriotic thing an American can do is fight corruption.”

King County Superior Court Judge Johanna Bender, guilty of racketeering, case fixing, and refusing to disclose pecuniary interest with Attorney General

Donald Trump, the greatest threat to America’s National Security

Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump

In the last days of his presidency, Donald Trump has incited violence, and has engaged a deliberate campaign of terrorism aimed at dividing Americans, like myself, who opposed him politically. As a result, Donald Trump has become the greatest threat to America’s National Security that America shall ever see.

But why, why is the so called leader of the free World engaging in such terroristic acts and inciting violence in the last days of his administration?

I believe the answer is simple: Donald Trump, and his children, are facing criminal charges in several states for money laundering and racketeering. Once Trump leaves office, a prediction that criminal charges will follow and his attempts to overthrow the will of the voters is nothing more than his attempt to save himself.

In late 2018, Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen turned over mounds of files to the FBI. So much so that the FBI raided Trump’s tax lawyers offices in downtown Chicago. From that investigation, New York state attorney General’s Office started investigating ” The Trump Foundation” for racketeering. Michael Cohen gave the state of New York a treasure trove of files implicating Trump and his children in a massive money laundering scam called ” The Trump Foundation.”

Trump is using a tactic known as “stochastic terrorism,” says Juliette Kayyem, former assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security. Similar tactics that Adolph Hitler used to instigate hatred against mainly German Jews, political foes and gays. This method provokes acts of extremist violence against people who do not share the same opinion. This type of rhetoric incites others to commit violent acts in their name.

According to a 1990 Vanity Fair interview, Ivana Trump told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that Trump kept a book of Hitler’s speeches near his bed, reading excerpts every night before bed. This statement alone supports a position taken by many, including myself, that Trump is purposefully inciting violence and should be arrested without delay.

The bigger question that seems to slide by most Americans is simple: Why is Trump ramping things up lately? Bob Woodward once said to me ” Anne, follow the money.” I believe he was right.

Last month, Deutsche Bank announced it was calling in Trump’s $340,000,000 loan for failure to pay. Follow the money might be understatement here. During the summer of 2020, Trump misused taxpayer money in an attempt to block a valid congressional subpoena seeking access to his banking records. Other banks Trump has loans with are also closing in to collect. Some argue: Why should Trump have to turn over his banking records? Simply put, most treasonous acts committed against America involve a transfer of money. Without access to banking records of public officials, America’s National Security is at great risk of having foreign governments straggle our so called democracy.

The Nation had it right when it published The Family That Grifts Together. Soon after this story was published, leaks came from the State of New York that Trump’s children have been stealing from the Trump’s non-profit foundation. After a court found Trump guilty of theft from the non-profit, he paid back over $2,000,000 of stolen funds. According to our counsel, “just because Trump paid back what he stole as a civil penalty, does not mean he is out of the woods on the criminal charges. In fact, by paying back what he stole from the non-profit, he almost made an admission to the State of New York that he misappropriated non-profit money to benefit himself and his children.”

When Trump’s son Eric was subpoenaed to testify in a Grand Jury New York state inquiry, he fought the subpoena. His lawyers stated that Eric has a 5th Amendment right not to testify against himself. But the truth is, New York State seated Grand Jury, and the only plausible reason for doing so to pursue criminal charges.

Trump’s recent rhetoric is nothing more than an attempt to save himself from criminal prosecution and his 7th Bankruptcy.

My readers probably guessed that I never was never nor ever will be a Trumpster, for many reasons, including the fact that he was a draft dodger, marries like its just another day at the office, treats women with utmost disrespect, tramples on the civil liberties of Americans, obstructs women’s rights, and failed at every business dealings he ever participated in. These failures are not signs of a great leader or great business man, they signs of a failure and a con artist.

My father served in World War II, never filed bankruptcy, was a dedicated federal government employee, and was married to my mother for 36 years. He set the example of how a good American male should be behave, similar attributes that have served me in my own relationships.

Adolph Hitler convinced millions of German’s to support him with this slogan ” MAKE GERMANY GREAT AGAIN.

In 2016 a friend said to me ” I voted for Donald Trump because I wanted to drain the swamp” and my response was ” I too want to drain the swamp, the problem is, Donald Trump is the swamp.”

Trump’s last four years of chaos should not be the normal for how we Americans treat one another because we are different, but an example of how not to treat people who we disagree with or are from different ethnic backgrounds. After all, we are all immigrants; violence never solved anything, and inciting violence toward others, is just common thuggery and as unamerican as fireworks.

My hope is that America will survive Donald Trump’s Adolph Hitler like tactics. I love America more than any other country on this planet. It’s my home, and I treasure the Constitution as the greatest gift Thomas Jefferson brought back with him from Europe. Erode it, or allow anyone to trample on it, America will be abolished.

My activism belongs to no political party. Our founders implemented the First Amendment to the US Constitutional with one purpose ” Citizens are the checks and balances in forcing change where change is so desperately needed, not any one government official or office.”

“I am not apt to follow blindly the lead of other men” ― Charles Darwin

King County, Washington, confirmed that Crystal Hill Pennington has been terminated for filing fraudulent application to obtain employment

Seattle: August 28, 2020,

A King County insider told the Gold Bar Reporter that ” Crystal was fired for gross misrepresentations on her application for employment.

According to the Gold Bar Reporter’s counsel ” it’s a felony to file false statements and false educational credentials to obtain government employment.”

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Crystal Hill Pennington, a twice convicted bank frauder

Fraud, forgery and lies on job applications, Crystal Hill Pennington bringing in the new year, the Pennington family way

John Edward Pennington Jr., and Crystal Daniel Hill Pennington (nee Berg) never cease to amaze me with the level of fraud both have perpetuated upon the taxpayers of Washington State.

From domestic terrorism, fraud, forgery, harassment, and now filing false academic and employment credentials to entice King County in hiring Ms. Hill Pennington for a position she has no educational or employment experience.

But what’s new for the Penningtons’ rein of criminal conduct the Gold Bar Reporter has uncovered and reported on for 15 years here in Washington State.


Between 2015 to 2017, Crystal Hill Pennington ( nee Berg) along with John Edward Pennington Jr. attempted to obtain countless “restraining orders” against Anne Block, the Gold Bar Reporter. The reason was simple: Ms. Hill Pennington filed countless criminal complaints claiming that she was unable to find employment as a result of our news reports on her extensive criminal history.

In Pierce County, on April 27, 2017, a Washington State Judge held a 3.5 hour hearing, at which time, the Gold Bar Reporter presented copies of Ms. Hill Pennington criminal history records documenting that she is a twice convicted bank frauder, once in North Carolina where she served time in jail, and once in Snohomish County Washington where she plead guilty.

Ms. Hill Pennington uses several aliases, and aka as Crystal Berg and Crystal Pieneiche.

For over ten years, Ms. Hill Pennington ( nee Berg) and John Edward Pennington Jr. operated a foe website titled the ” Sky Valley Chronicle.” Public records confirm John E Pennington Jr did this right from his office inside Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management. Pennington was fired for his criminal harassment in late 2016.

Crystal Hill Pennington was unemployed from February 2010, to April 2020. She was fired from every job she ever held which included Snohomish County Community Transit, and attorney Mark Weiss’s office. Inside Community Transit Ms. Hill Pennington was caught stealing ( excess of $300) and lying on her job application. Because Ms. Hill Pennington’s mother was a long term employee at Community Transit, they agreed not to criminally prosecute in 2002.

In 2010, Ms. Hill Pennington was also fired from attorney Mark Weiss’s office after he caught her practicing law without a license, writing and serving divorce motions for her new lover, John E Pennington Jr, in King County Washington, Laughlin v Pennington.

After Attorney Mark Wiess fired Crystal Hill for the crime of practicing law without a license, she applied for unemployment benefits lying about the reason why she was fired. The WA Security Division received a fraud report from another resident, and after a 90 day investigation, Ms. Hill Pennington was found to have falsely filed for unemployment benefits and court ordered to pay back over $6000.00 she stole. The State’s court filed in King County where Ms. Hill Pennington resides.

After Ms. Hill Pennington (nee Berg) plead guilty to bank fraud in Snohomish County, she was appointed as a Gold Bar city council member by another fraudster, Colleen Hawkins. Ms. Hawkins had her owns problems of using her husband’s security clearance inside Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office to run illegal background checks on citizens. Ms. Hawkins used her husband, a Sheriff Officer, to run illegal backgrounds on her opponents just before the election. What Ms. Hawkins found was a juvenile criminal conviction of her opponent from another state, and then disseminated the illegally obtained information via Gold Bar city emails. The only problem for Ms. Hawkins was that the criminal history she illegally gathered on her opponent was from a state that “seals” juvenile records.

As a twice convicted criminal, Ms. Hill Pennington ( nee Berg) was compromised, thus an ally to shady people like Coleen Hawkins. People who should be in prison for their crimes. Instead, Ms. Hill changed her name from Crystal Berg to Crystal Hill and ran for Mayor.

According to the Washington State Auditor’s 2012 Report, during Ms. Hill Pennington’s tenor as Mayor there is ” $200,000 missing from the City, and not employee can tell me where it went.”

In July 2008, Ms. Hill and a water employee named Karl Majerle were caught illegally using the City’s gas card for their personal vehicles. Majerle was the only prosecuted for the theft, because Ms. Hill Pennington’s past criminal history of bank fraud convictions, Association of Washington Cities was unable to bond her thus they had every incentive to cover up her crimes. Mr. Majerle knew about Ms. Hill Pennington’s criminal bank fraud convictions and extorted her into not pursuing criminal charges.

But then along came the Gold Bar Reporter, who has written extensively on Ms. Hill Pennington’s fraud; so much so that Ms. Hill Pennington filed a criminal complaint against the Gold Bar Reporter in 2016 claiming ” I cant find work because of Ms. Block’s blog.”

Joe Beavers became Mayor after Ms. Hill Pennington’s lengthy five year extra-martial affair with a forth time married man, John Edward Pennington Jr. For four years, Crystal Hill harassed his wife Ann, and in one extramarital affair with a married man, Fleshman Cooper ( the father of Hill’s child), Ms. Hill was found guilty of criminal harassment and ordered to stay away from Mr. Cooper, his wife and their child.

Fleshman Cooper’s ex-wife said ” Crystal Hill Pennington was abusing my child. I found bruises on my child, and brought charges against Crystal for criminal harassment . . . ” What Ms. Cooper didn’t know is that Crystal Hill was sleeping with several Snohomish County Sheriff’s Officers, one county Judge Joe Wilson, and three county prosecutors.

After siting by watching countless extra marital affairs committed by John E Pennington, with whores and prostitutes, John E Pennington’s marriage ended, and his mistress, Crystal Hill, who Gold Bar’s Mayor Joe Beavers said ” Crystal Hill is a whore! ” three times in Executive Session, moved in with John E Pennington in 2009.

At the time, Crystal Hill moved in with Pennington, her house was foreclosed on for failing to make a single house payment, and John E. Pennington Jr. was still married to Ann when Ms. Hill Pennington moved in with him.

“Birds of the same feathers flock together as do pigs and swine.’

In late 2012, Block v City of Gold Bar, then Gold Bar Mayor Joe Beavers was deposed and in that deposition we learned that Joe Beavers was a convicted felon from Arlington Texas. Joe Beavers sexually assaulted a female inside a bar and when a man tried to defend her, a drunkin fight broke out. Joe Beavers plead guilty to assault and was sentenced to 10 days in jail, ordered into anger management classes, and served 3 years probation.

Joe Beavers application to become a Professional Engineer was declined as a result of his felony conviction.

In late 2016, John E Pennington Jr. was fired from Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management after he was caught moonlighting on the county’s dime ( operating his own company and not paying WA State business tax) , operating and having the County taxpayers pay the Penningtons’ blog titled the Sky Valley Chronicle, and after his dereliction of his official county duties resulted in the deaths of 43 residents in the Oso mudslides.

In 2009, Dr. Hedricks from King County Washington labeled John Edward Pennington Jr. “a sociopath with no empathy for human life.” John Pennington was hospitalized at Oregon State hospital after he violently assaulted his prior fiancé in Oregon. As part of his plea deal, claiming he had a mental defect i.e. autism, John Edward Pennington Jr. would undergo mental health confinement at Oregon State Hospital instead of serving time in prison.

For six months John E Pennington Jr. filed false claims that the Gold Bar Reporter was anonymously cyber-stalking him and his family, when in fact, the Gold Bar Reporter has openly posted and appeared inside the press as Anne Block.

Fact is, the Penningtons were cyber-stalking on behalf of Snohomish County Prosecutors’ Office on a foe website titled ” The Sky Valley Chronicle” and once Attorney General Bob Fergusson learned about this – after a lawsuit was filed against the Sky Valley Chronicle – he shut them down by saying ” If you don’t stop harassing’s Block on the Chronicle, we are going to let her proceed for defamation against you.”

For years, John Pennington bragged that he was a member of an organization that vowed to protect him if he were ever sued. At the time, we had no idea that Association of Washington Cities has been covering up for pedophiles inside our government offices. Public officials have known to have trafficked underage girls and/or boys for sex include Court of Appeals Justice Marlin Applewick, King County Superior Court Judge Michael Scott, Washington State Bar Association Lead Counsel Doug Ende, and Snohomish County Commissioner G. Geoffrey Gibbs.

After the Judge held that Anne Block was a member of the press, denying the Penningtons’ request to stop our news reports on their fraud and harassment, Crystal Hill Pennington teared up, putting on a very poor acting stunt, trying to get the Judge to reconsider his decision. The Judge DENIED Ms. Hill Pennington’s attempts to restrain the Gold Bar Reporter as “Unconstitutional Restraint against Free Speech and the Free Press.”

The real reason why Pierce County denied the restraining order because the Penningtons’ were caught forging court records. Both were found liable for whiting out court service documents, and successfully sued as a result in Block v Penningtons, March 2017, King County Superior Court.

In late 2016, Ms. Hill Pennington filed a police report with Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office claiming she couldn’t find work as a result the Gold Bar Reporter’s news reports. So, as you can imagine, we were quite surprised that a twice convicted bank frauder, a person who filed fraudulent unemployment claims, was in fact found liable for not paying business tax ( King County against the Penningtons Education Services Inc.), and who was also found liable of forgery ( March 2017, Block v Pennington, King County), would be receiving any kind of government job. Especially since we already know Ms. Hill Pennington’s bank fraud convictions make her ineligible for King County, state and federal employment.

In April 2020, acting on false information Ms. Hill Pennington submitted in her job application and resume, King County hired her. This caused us to request public records involving Ms. Hill Pennington ( nee Berg) from King County. Late last week, we got some answers back learning that Ms. Hill Pennington is guilty of fraud once again, but this time in King County Washington.

Ms. Hill Pennington falsely claimed on a King County job application that she was in a Juris Doctorate ( JD Law) program ( she was DENIED entrance into an accredited JD law program because she lied on her application), she worked for various states including Maryland ( during time period where she filed a criminal complaint against the Gold Bar Reporter claiming she couldn’t find work because of our news reports on her crimes), she failed to disclose her criminal history of bank fraud convictions, and she also lied claiming that she was the City Manager for the City of Gold Bar.

According to City of Gold Bar Mayor Bill Clem, the City has never had a city manager.

Criminal complaints against Ms. Hill Pennington are pending and King County employee told the Gold Bar Reporter that Ms. Hill Pennington is being postured for lying on her job application.

Ms. Hill Pennington has never sued the Gold Bar Reporter, but we did sue her and John E Pennington Jr. for harassment, abuse of the process, and forgery. ( Block v Penningtons, King County Superior Court, March 2017) Ms. Hill Pennington and John Edward Pennington Jr. were found liable for committing forgery, abuse of the process, and harassment against the Gold Bar Reporter for reporting the truth on their rein of terror for the last decade.

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For Snohomish County government note this report was published from outside the State of Washington. This is mentioned because a source called the Gold Bar Reporter and said ” Ms . Hill Pennington was placed on administrative leave pending a criminal investigation into her false filings via electronic means ( according to our counsel amounts to racketeering), by a non-state investigator. She was steaming and threatening Snohomish County prosecutors and Sheriff’s Office to exposé all of them if they didn’t do something.”

The source who we labeled ” fed up” told the Gold Bar Reporter that Crystal Hill also slept with Prosecutors Adam Cornell, Sean Reay, and Mark Roe. In fact, the source said ” everyone knew Crystal Hill Pennington was having gang banging parties with many county employees for years.” It’s no wonder why former Gold Bar Mayor Joe Beavers declared in Executive Session ” Crystal Hill is whore! Crystal Hill is a whore! Crystal Hill is a whore!” and former Gold Bar council member Jay Prueher said ” Crystal Hill was a party girl.”

The Gold Bar Reporter is an award winning journalist and has been reporting on government officers corruption for a decade. What is happening in Minnesota as well as major cities throughout America is just a symptom of why persons like Crystal Hill Pennington and John Edward Pennington Jr. who have extensive criminal history are placed inside government offices like the officer who murdered George Floyd.

National Public Radio recently did a story about how the insurance company is still insuring bad state actors, covering up liability they created and allowing them to keep their jobs. Minnesota, like WA State, also uses Lloyds of London as it primary insurer of public employee’s civil and criminal misconduct.

The only issue I take with NPR story is they forgot to mention that Lloyds of London syndicates like Association of Washington Cities and Counties are insuring these people with no regard for citizens.

Three boys make allegations of child sexual abuse against King County Superior Court Judge Michael Scott

Over the last few months three victims contacted the Gold Bar Reporter, alleging that King County Superior Court Judge Michael Scott sexually abused them while he served as a Deacon Grace Episcopal Church , located in Bainbridge Island, Washington.

From 1999 to 2005, three boys claimed that King County Superior Court Judge Michael Scott would groom them by buying them gifts, like candy and pornographic magazines, and often would supply marijuana and booze.

All three boys were underage at the time Michael Scott sexually assaulted them, and all three were members of the same church where Michael Scott heavily influenced that parish.

Michael Scott came under our radar as corrupt after public records reveal that he served as a Special Assistant Prosecutor for King and Snohomish County, received over 22 Million from Lloyds of London syndicates at Association of Washington Cities, worked as a Special Assistant Attorney General (SAAG) and was a paid speaker for the Washington State Bar Association without disclosing his pecuniary interests with the State of Washington and the County governments before making decisions on hundreds of cases involving his contractors (AG, Counties, AWC, WSBA).

In 2018, King County Superior Court Judge Michael Scott also heard and decide a case against a few young activist, siding with his former employer, the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, in

https://crosscut.com/2018/08/young-climate-activists-will-take-suit-higher-court

Our counsel stated that under Gonzales ruling which was handed down from the Washington Court of Appeals Division One, no judge can hear or decide a case who served as an AG, SAP, or AWC contractor when the Judge’s former employer i.e. the Counties, State of Washington, WSBA, and/or AWC are representing any party.

In civil and criminal cases, Judge Michael Scott made decisions 198 cases involving his employer/ contractor King and Snohomish Counties, AWC, AG’s Office, and the WSBA.

With no surprise, Judge Michael Scott nor his church denies that Scott molested three boys while he served as a Deacon at Grace Episcopal Church.

Is this the best that Governor Inslee could do by assigning a child molester to an open Superior Court seat?

Judge Michael Scott was contacted for comment but refused.

Snohomish County, WA, prosecutors personal meetings with judges to fix cases

A few months ago, the Gold Bar Reporter reported on the same prosecutor, Joseph Genster, fixing cases with US Federal Judge Ricardo Martinez, in the following story,

Snohomish County Prosecutor has direct line to US Federal Court Judge

A couple of months ago, we noticed that someone from Mercedes, Texas came onto the Gold Bar Reporter at the exact same time, looking at the same articles, as someone from Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office.

A few years ago, we started researching several judges, including United State Federal District Court, Seattle, Ricardo Martinez, and noticed that he still has family in Mercedes Texas.

What should be noted is that the Gold Bar Reporter has two pending lawsuits in Western Washington Federal District Court, Seattle Division.  Judge Ricardo Martinez has self assigned himself to each and every case involving Gold Bar Reporter Anne Block.

Anne Block is not the only litigant suing the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) that Judge Ricardo Martinez has self assigned himself to, Attorney Steve Eugster sued the WSBA, and Judge Martinez also self assigned himself to his case.

Noticing Mercedes Texas and Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office on the Gold Bar Reporter on the same day at the same time, looking at exactly the same article, these facts resulted in a public records request to Snohomish County government seeking three prosecutors’ telephone records, Joseph Genster, Jason Cummings,  and Snohomish County’s newest racketeering thug, Adam Cornell.

We really didn’t believe that we’d get anything. But we did – and our hunch was correct, Judge Ricardo Martinez and Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office has been engaging in direct exparte communication.

Judge Martinez’s telephone number is 206-370-8999 and is posted below.  

Click to see Snohomish County Prosecutor Joseph Genster and US Federal Court Judge Ricardo Martinez’s caught in exparte communication.caputured in public records.

Judge Ricardo Martinez even left a two minute voice message that the County has refused to turned over.  Why,  can best be explained as major corruption i.e case fixing and exparte communication.  As such, Snohomish County was notified that a lawsuit will be filed forcing disclosure of our telephone records.

Why hasn’t the Chief Judge of the 9th Circuit, Judge Sidney Thomas, investigated US Federal Court Judge Ricardo Martinez for corruption?

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Now, public records also confirm Snohomish County Prosecutor Joseph Genster is once again caught via public records having exparte meetings with Judge Fair, a judge inside Snohomish County District Court who has been assigned to maliciously prosecute another reporter

Douglas Fair, Snohomish County District Court, public records confirm Judge having exparte meetings with County Prosecutor Joseph Genster, who according to our counsel violates the Separation of Powers Doctrine.

Click on the audio below received via RCW 42.56, seeking all of Snohomish County Prosecutor Joseph Genster’s telephone messages and text messages

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Separation of powers is a political doctrine originating in the writings of Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu in The Spirit of the Laws, in which he argued for a constitutional government with three separate branches, each of which would have defined abilities to check the powers of the others. This philosophy heavily influenced the writing of the United States Constitution, according to which the LegislativeExecutive, and Judicial branches of the United States government are kept distinct in order to prevent abuse of power. This United States form of separation of powers is associated with a system of checks and balances.

Source Wikipedia

Take away prosecutorial and police immunity, and malicious prosecutions will end

Why should Prosecutors  get immunity for deliberate misconduct?

The policy of absolute prosecutorial immunity comes not from Congress but from the Supreme Court, which took 42 U.S.C. § 1983’s command that “every person” who, acting under color of law, violates the rights of another, “shall be liable to the party injured,” and added “except for prosecutors.”

Does this mean that if a prosecutor deliberately withholds exculpatory evidence in violation of professional ethics and a defendant’s constitutional rights, and this willful misconduct results in an innocent person spending decades behind bars for a crime of which they are subsequently exonerated—the prosecutor remains immune from civil liability.

As the Gold Bar Reporter reported several times over the last ten years, such is the case time after time here in Snohomish County, Washington.

In 2019, the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division One, issued a  scathing opinion against two Washington State Bar Association attorney guilty of prosecutorial misconduct ( more like criminal racketeering conduct), Sara DiVittorio.

But this was not the first go around for attorney Sara DiVittorio.  Sara DiVittorio  was sued for racketeering in U.S. Federal District Court in Seattle for the same criminal racketeering conduct described by the Washington Court of Appeals Division One in In re Dependency of AETH Snoho Superior behaving badly.  

Instead of being disbarred like any other common criminal should be, what did Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson do? They collectively appointed Sara DiVittorio to the Washington State Sunshine Committee, because we certainly need more criminals guilty of destroying and withholding evidence inside Washington State’s Sunshine Committee.

In 2019, Snohomish County Judge Anita Farris issued sanctions against  Snohomish County Prosecutor Michelle Rutherford In State of Washington v Keland Guinn. for willfully withholding evidence and destroying public records to insure a criminal conviction.

Instead of being terminated for violating the rights of accused, and causing injury to public record – a felony in Washington State- our newly elected Snohomish County Prosecutor Adam Cornell wrote and submitted a lengthy declaration ( declared under oath) into the court record attempting to justify Michelle Rutherford’s criminal conduct of tampering with public records and destroying evidence. Evidence that our Supreme Court held in Brady v Maryland must be turned over the defense.

Instead of reporting their misconduct to the Washington State Bar Association for immediate disbarment,  Judge Farris severely criticized Snohomish County Prosecutor Adam Cornell for defending Michelle Rutherford’s criminal conduct, stating that Cornell should have read the transcripts before defending Rutherford’s out right lies.  Judge Farris did however issue an order against Prosecutor Adam Cornell stating he ‘SHALL read the court’s entire decision…as an educational requirement.”

As of today, the Washington State Bar Association has refused to take any disciplinary action against Sara DiVittorio and Michelle Rutherford for felonious conduct of tampering with public records.

Earlier this year, the Gold Bar Reporter was the first to report ” Why is Washington State’s Risk Management being run by a foreign government.”  https://goldbarreporter.wordpress.com/2020/03/25/why-is-a-foreign-government-running-washington-states-risk-management/

The article addresses why Lloyds of London, a company owned and operated by a foreign government ( United Kingdom), has placed its people inside Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Olympia Office to run Washington State’s Risk Management Division, also known to Washingtonians as Association of Washington Cities.

What we didn’t know at the time was this wasn’t the first go around for Lloyds of London being accused of Racketeering. In 2017, a US Federal Court in New Jersey held that Lloyds of London’s practices outlined in a federal racketeering complaint (https://www.syndicatesettlement.com/Home/CourtDocs) amounted to RICO, conspiracy, and deceptive trade practices to conceal the lack of competition in the Lloyd’s Market.

What might shock the taxpayers is this fact: 50 % of Lloyds Market revolves around insuring agencies and states in the United States. This means that the UK government is dictating whether cases are settled, or criminal conduct of government officers is covered up to limit liability.

One such state being insured under the same fraudulent Lloyd’s scheme we have here in Washington State is the state of Minnesota.  Recently, a Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin,  was caught on video camera kneeling on George Floyd’s neck  which caused his death.  But this wasn’t the first time officer Chauvin had been alleged to have violated the rights of the accused, he was also involved in three police shootings during his 19 years on the job — and has been the subject of 18 misconduct complaints.

Lloyd’s, basically a 3rd party insurance company, runs Minnesota’s risk management system, as they do in Washington State.  Association of Washington Cities is a member or syndicate of Lloyds. Lloyd’s has no incentive to have its members, like Association of Washington Cities,  discipline public officers because being do so, the argument is, liability attaches.

When we heard what was going on in Minnesota, we investigated one simple question: What company insures police officer Chauvin’s criminal misconduct?

Lone and behold, Minnesota’s risk management is also being ran and operated by Lloyds of London syndicates. The same criminals fined 22 M dollars for racketeering, conspiracy to harm, and colluding to deny Americans honest services.

Once again, the Gold Bar Reporter was the first to report ” Why is Washington State’s Risk Management being run by a foreign government.”  https://goldbarreporter.wordpress.com/2020/03/25/why-is-a-foreign-government-running-washington-states-risk-management/

As Americans we expect that if public officials commit crimes, they get fired and prosecuted just like anyone else. Because of the way Lloyds of London has been allowed to dictate the delivery of legal and insurance services to agencies ( as well as states officers) and is employees, hiding criminal conduct of public officials like Derek Chauvin, is simply defined as “risk management” or in simpler terms, hiding misconduct of government officers to limit liability to the agencies.

Each and every judge in Washington State is insured by Lloyds of London, as are our prosecutors,  attorneys who help the Association of Washington Cities, public defenders, police officers, counties, cities, private law firms that help Association of Washington Cities like Kenyon Disend, Keating, Buckling, and McCormack, Ogden Murphy and Wallace, Pacifica Law Group, Perkins Coie, Preston Ellis and Gates, Bogle 7 Gates, Lane & Powell, agency employees, and the Washington State Bar Association.

Attorney Kevin Tarvin one time said ” Do you have any idea how big this is?” At the time, we did not, but we do now, and Lloyds case fixing scheme extends into the US Federal Courts and through the US Court of Appeals 9th Circuit.

For a few weeks, we likely not post much, because we are working on something very big. Once complete, we will post it.  It’s time to bring “justice and honor” back into our courts and exposé who is really operating Washington State.

Public officials misconduct will never end until the immunity shield is removed, or in the alternative, when public officials like DiVittorio, Rutherford, or Officer Chauvin commit crimes, they should be prosecuted for violations of the law just like any other common criminal.

With Lloyds of London hiding criminals conduct of agency employees like Rutherford, Chauvin, and DiVittorio, Lloyds and its syndicate like Association of Washington Cites ( California is in the same boat), Lloyd’s  created a Racketeering Organization, or as former Gold Bar Mayor Joe Beavers ( a convicted felon) and Attorney Jeffrey Myers bragged , Lloyds (AWC member) had a three step approach ” Out money, defame and harass, and when that doesn’t work, discredit.”

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