2. Fraud: This is the intentional perversion of truth in order to induce a person to part with something of value or give up his or her legal rights.
3. Racketeering: This is organized crime which involves extorting money through intimidation, violence, or other illegal methods. It includes a pattern of illegal activity such as bribery, extortion, fraud, and murder carried out as a larger conspiracy, etc. Pennsylvania attorney Danielle Ross of Lackawanna County served as a GAL paid to represent the best interests of the child in family and juvenile court cases and make custody recommendations. She was paid by court and family. The Court would order her to be appointed and forced parents to pay her hundreds and thousands. Then at the same time, the county paid her a $38,000 salary and if parents couldn’t pay earned $50 per hour in those cases. She was earning $400,000 per year. However, it turned out she had billed the court and the family for services, double billed and did not report her billing to the IRS; this represented a form of racketeering.
However, putting children in harm’s way is more profitable for family court professionals. Thus, GALs and family court professionals get less money if kids are safe; they get more money if they knowingly leave children in a position where they can get hurt and then earn money investigating the injuries that resulted from their inaction or improper actions.
Corrupt GALs have no incentive to close cases. This is fraud, because the services would not be needed if not for the trouble caused by these service providers. In order to discredit the victims of these scams, the victims are falsely diagnosed with mental illness or deliberately traumatized so they appear irrational and incoherent. Violent and dangerous offenders are allowed to get away with their crimes, and victims end up being told they are making it all up.
The parents had a state auditors report which I had located through freedom of information act requests showing that significant money and resources were missing from the coffers of the family services. They also had evidence that the AFCC affiliated vendor CT Resources Group had double billed clients and improperly billed health insurance companies for services.
In Susan Skipp’s case the psychologist billed the insurance company with a coding that indicating that the child had major depression, but in court he said the child was fine. It was clear that AFCC affiliation resulted in policies that protected vendors, attorneys, and providers, but not consumers. Judges made decisions based on business interests.
The problem with the AFCC: it was inbred, and funded with tax dollars and private donations. The AFCC is a trade association founded by family court judges, court administrators, and professionals who appear before these judges. This could be a court vendor hired to run vital services, conduct studies, for example mediation, dv screening, etc.
CT Resources Group also came up as a problem. This was a private practice of mental health evaluators who ran the GAL certification program, and conducted private evaluations of litigants, Parents provided invoices from this group indicating billing irregularities. Meanwhile through the FOI there was evidence in emails that providers were having private conversations with judges.
What did parents do right? They focused on the billing not the right and wrong of their cases.
Currently, there is a federal law enforcement agency investigation into corrupt public officials in CT.
Buzz Phrases. Use sympathetic terms. For example, instead of domestic abuse talk about violent crime, instead of father’s rights groups, talk about male offender advocacy groups, instead of judicial corruption, talk about extortion rings, organized crime, operating within the justice system. Talk about abusers getting custody, and professionals who deliberately place children in dangerous homes for profit.
When you meet with a journalist, be sure to appear credible, dress appropriately, i.e. dress like Arianna Huffington, clean, simple, no frills. When it comes to things to bring with you to a meeting, include a cheat sheet, and agenda. Bring your invoices, bills, contracts, vendor names, and evidence of financial fraud to illustrate your point.
In order to obtain information on the corruption make Public Record Requests to the judicial branch, to the public defender’s office, state controller, etc. seeking copies of communications, invoices, contracts, bids, etc. IRS filings are available via Guidestart, plus there is the Secretary of State’s Office Business filings.