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Was Navy Sailor Kyle Antonacci's Death Suicide or Murder?

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Was Navy Sailor Kyle Antonacci's Death Suicide or Murder?

Friday, November 25, 2011

Was Navy Sailor Kyle Antonacci's Death Suicide or Murder?

Editor's note: Please read comments below article. Kyle, you will not be forgotten! Lucius Verenus, Schoolmaster,

Navy sailor Kyle Antonacci was found hanged last year while he was covertly helping an investigation that cleared another sailor of a rape accusation brought by a female Marine. Antonacci's family, however, doesn't believe he committed suicide and fear he may have been murdered for his role in the investigation. They also raised questions about how the Navy treated his death. The family says the Navy initially told them that Antonacci died in a car crash, and failed to tell them about injuries...Full Story

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Betrayed by those you served-no bigger injustice. Our military leaders are not much different than our political ones-they lie to save themselves. It makes me SICK...Posted by:

liessocommon Oct-27

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This is an interesting case. I'm more intrigued on the fact that the second autopsy reveled the removal of the hyoid bone since that would revel wether the victim was purposely strangled to death. The blue eye and scratches on his hands can also testify to a possible struggle in defending himself. Curious to know wether there were any fingernail scrapings done and the possibility of DNA testing to collaborate a possible homicide. Hope to read more on the development of this case and its outcome. Posted by:

WeShouldReason Oct-27

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All branches of military have gotten very good at covering up incidences involving their servicemen and women. I know first-hand because I brought a case to CID and MPs only to be told, after months, that there was not enough evidence to pursue charges. Enough evidence...five brain surgeries, four months of intense rehad to learn to walk, talk, etc., several statements stating who the attacker was isn't enough evidence? Eight months later, no charges...and the attacker still walks free.Posted by:

momofmy3angels Oct-26

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Now the lawyers are pulling another fast one. What is an RE4? What happens if you place that on someones HONORABLE DISCHARGE papers? These lawyers never stop trying to give Seaman Pineda a bad time. They must have something to hide. Posted by:

served ice cold Oct-25

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remember Pat Tillman? need any more be said..Posted by:

oralcitrate Oct-25

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Well some people in the Navy certainly blew this case. I feel sorry for the family and to find out on Face Book how he reallty died heartbreaking. I hope the people responsible for this young man's death are brought to justice.Posted by:

betty wyren Oct-25

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What a disgrace to the uniform and all those that wear it. What an injustice!Posted by:

NightFox in CA Oct-25

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Stun gun burns were also found on Kyle's body. The Navy Admiral who pushed the rape case forward was not interested in any testimony that might lead to an acquittal. The testimony of one of Pineda's commanders was on field manuevers when called to testify. He was not given enough time to change to dress uniform and was not allowed to testify in his field clothes. I, personally, would like to see an investigation of the persons in charge of the trial and the lawyers assigned to "defend" Pineda. The photos, hyoid bone and other evidence should be located or it should be detemined whether or not there is gross negligence in the handling of critical evidences. Our servicemen and women are at great risk when those who are sworn to uphold the law are wantonly twisting it to further their own careers.Posted by:

61concerned79 Oct-25

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I don't trust some results of suicide especially when it takes such a short time to get the results back. Sometimes the authorities will state a suicide because they don't want to have to investigate any further.Posted by:

nara04 Oct-25

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Questions:Where is the Hyoid bone?Where are the autopsy photos?Where are all the documents?Posted by:

served ice cold Oct-25

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The statement of Kyle Antonacci in Sept. 09, speaks of the marine and the girl going down to Kyle's room at 4:30am in the morning. The girl went into Kyle's room, woke him up argued with him ran out of the room when Kyle went into the hallway there was the marine waiting for him. The marine in his document of Jan. 2010 tells the same story only he adds, Kyle began to slur his words and shake. The marine told Kyle if he changed his story it would go bad for him. Kyle's document tells of two knives one in the marines hand the other on his belt. Both docucments Kyle's and the marine's say the lawyers showed the marine the case files. Posted by:

served ice cold Oct-25

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Typical military thinking--cover your ass--truth is the first sacrifice

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Spat over Vanderbilt mansion gets nasty; even descendant Anderson Cooper isn't spared

Spat over Vanderbilt mansion gets nasty; even descendant Anderson Cooper isn't spared

The Vanderbilt family has fallen into a full-blown public spat with the nonprofit organization that now owns their spectacular Rhode Island mansion called The Breakers.
The conflict includes intimations that the Preservation Society of Newport County might sue or that it might evict the two Vanderbilts who still summer rent-free on the third floor of The Breakers.
Even family member Anderson Cooper has not been spared from the fray. His cousin says he was snubbed after she arranged for him to deliver a lecture at the mansion last summer.
The disagreement centers a plan to build a visitors center on The Breakers grounds to serve the hundreds of thousands of people who visit the mansion annually. Twenty-one members of the family publicly oppose it.


From the blue yarns tucked in a woven basket to the earth-tone carpeting and the solidity of the stone fireplace, every detail of the Crittenton Hospital Cancer Center's waiting room helps anxious patients feel embraced by warmth and comfort. Even the vaulted ceiling, crafted of gleaming cherry wood, suggests a religious sanctuary, not a medical clinic.
Two years ago, before St. John Health System acquired it, this was the foyer to Dr. Farid Fata's clinic, a tasteful yet grand reception area linking his private clinic to the hospital. It was an arrangement that lent Fata seemingly special status and enhanced his reputation with patients.
Yet at 10 a.m. on July 1, 2013, Monica Flagg felt dread as she entered this space, a full year after a routine urine test showed an M protein spike that led her physician to refer her to Fata, a well-known oncologist and hematologist. She was 51, the executive director of a state-licensed nonprofit — a competent woman facing the stress of a life-threatening illness.
She would wait close to two hours before being called for this, her first chemotherapy session.
A nurse opened the door for her. "Monica."
Inside the clinic, the designer surroundings faded as human chaos seeped in. The infusion nurses argued among themselves, uncertain about whether to deliver the treatment by injection or a slow drip. In the end, Flagg was given a single shot. By the time she returned home, she was exhausted and upset.
Later that day, she and her husband Stephen retreated to the deck outside their Rochester home, trying to relax. When a few raindrops splattered, she went upstairs to close the bedroom window. Turning back around, Flagg stumbled and fell on an open suitcase she had been unpacking.
Almost two years later, she still recalls the crunch of bone and her own anguish as she began to cry.
Internal alarm goes off
By 2013, Dr. Farid Fata operated Michigan’s largest
By 2013, Dr. Farid Fata operated Michigan’s largest private cancer practice, with seven clinics and 1,700 patients. He now awaits sentencing for fraud and a kickback scheme with a hospice.
(Photo: Michigan Hematology Oncology)
That sweltering Fourth of July week, Dr. Soe Maunglay, then 41, a Burmese-born oncologist newly settled in southeastern Michigan, was making hospital rounds for Fata, his employer. Soft-spoken and meticulous, Maunglay was wearing a suit jacket rather than a white lab coat, a habit he'd adopted from a Mayo Clinic-trained mentor.
An accident of timing, personal history, and incredible luck — good and bad — was about to unfold in Flagg's hospital room. The result would save lives and unleash a federal investigation into a long-esteemed physician, collapsing his elaborate medical empire, even as details about who uncovered the doctor's web of deceit, fraud and suffering remained unexplained.
Next month, before Fata is sentenced in a Detroit federal courtroom, Fata victims will describe the toll of being prescribed toxic medication and testing they didn't need. They will explain how their misplaced trust in a doctor they once revered tore apart their families, cost them the power to make choices about living or dying, and created lingering mental anguish and illness.
But it was Flagg's stumble over a suitcase, and Soe Maunglay's determined follow-through over the next weeks, that precipitated Fata's own fall.
Making Fata's rounds that July day, Maunglay checked for the first time on Flagg, hospitalized with two fractures in her left leg. Because Maunglay is a cancer doctor, he paid heed to her multiple myeloma diagnosis, the Velcade injection, and the medical record before him. It all triggered an internal alarm. .
"Who told you that you have cancer?" he asked her.
Clinics in seven cities
Fata's Michigan Hematology and Oncology Inc. (MHO) was the state's largest private cancer practice in 2013, with clinics in seven cities, its own pharmacy and diagnostic center, and 1,700 patients, virtually all of them assigned to Fata, the tireless physician. Those who needed proof of Fata's dedication could look to the doctor's work ethic — he often labored past midnight — or to the Swan for Life Foundation, a charity Fata established to help cancer patients and their families.
Today, MHO is gone and Fata is behind bars, awaiting sentencing for at least $34 million in fraudulent Medicare billings and a kickback scheme with a hospice. The criminal counts only hint at the human suffering behind the financial damages and raise questions about how Fata's schemes could go undetected so long, despite his many contacts, doctors, and huge roster of patients. As Brian McKeen, the malpractice lawyer now representing Flagg, says with outrage: "The one place a person should be safe is a hospital or doctor's office.
Dr. Soe Maunglay, an oncologist working for Dr. Farid
Dr. Soe Maunglay, an oncologist working for Dr. Farid Fata, discovered his employer was giving chemotherapy to a patient who was not sick and became a whistle-blower in the medical fraud case which brought down Fata's Michigan Hematology and Oncology practice and landed Fata behind bars, awaiting sentencing.
(Photo: Elizabeth Conley, The Detroit News)
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Maunglay alone among Fata's former associates is willing or ready to speak publicly, while at least two dozen lawsuits target professionals associated with the practice.
Fata had a reputation for hiring doctors who superficially seemed like Maunglay — younger, with fledgling practices, often foreign-born, with few Michigan connections. "It was like 'The Firm,' " says Dr. Gary Salem, vice president for medical affairs at McLaren-Lapeer Regional Hospital, where Maunglay now works — recalling the sinister law firm in the John Grisham novel that sought out young, vulnerable lawyers.
After a lifetime of geographic dislocation and family tragedy, Maunglay might have seemed ideally cast for the role of a high-performing associate unlikely to cause trouble.
Yet in truth, his life had schooled him in professional integrity and high-stakes drama: His parents, a physician and nurse, had given Maunglay and his three brothers a blissful childhood in Rangoon, Burma, now known as Yangon, Myanmar. For a time, his father had been a United Nations volunteer in Sri Lanka, a role he took pride in, and both parents were outspoken opponents of the military government in control. Their boys were expected to become doctors: A family photo shows a smiling four-year-old Soe with a stethoscope around his neck.
That comfortable, principled and striving world collapsed in 1989, when Maunglay's father, a vibrant 52-year-old man, got sick. After a diagnosis of brain cancer, the illness progressed swiftly, taking his life three months later. Maunglay's life became an epic journey, marked by repeated tragedies and obstacles to his success and survival.
Soe Maunglay, left, at age 3, had a blissful childhood in Burma with his physician father Tin Maung, mother Khin Myint Swe, a nurse, and three brothers. Then tragedy struck.
(Photo: Soe Maunglay family photo)
A younger brother collapsed on the college soccer field and died in 1993. The regime closed the medical school in Rangoon, over and over again.
Determined to support her surviving sons through medical school, Maunglay's mother won political asylum in the U.S., moving to northern California alone, studying for her R.N. certification, while working as a nanny and in home health care jobs at night.
Her schedule was relentless and surely exhausting. In 1994, she swerved off the road at 7 a.m. into a concrete fence, and died in the crash. "We were a family of six," Maunglay says, eyes clouding with sudden tears. "Then we were three."
Maunglay was tempted to quit but instead drew strength from his mother's example: He worked into the midnight sun at an Alaskan salmon cannery every summer, amassing 100-hour weeks to pay his medical school tuition and expenses in Istanbul.
Eventually, he made his way back to the United States, where he completed his internship, residency and an oncology fellowship, and married his wife Mary. After she began a residency in radiology in Michigan, he took a position with Fata, proud to be associated with Michigan's most successful oncology practice, one headed by a physician who had trained at the elite Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. When he walked into Monica Flagg's hospital room on July 4, he had worked in the practice for 11 months.
Maunglay has had enough
Doctors rotated through Fata's practice, perhaps staying long enough to find evidence of disorganization and dysfunction, rather than proof of ill intent. But by July 4, 2013, when Maunglay first looked in on Fata's patient, he was well-situated to uncover deeper wrongs: He had caught Fata in an outright lie a few months before, when Fata had insisted the clinics were enrolled in a professional quality program.
Maunglay's growing distrust and disenchantment with his employer had led him a few weeks earlier to give notice of his resignation, effective Aug. 9 — enough time to help patients move to new doctors, to transfer records, without disturbing their lives or disrupting the practice.
During that window of waiting, he encountered Flagg. That July 4 evening, after seeing Fata's patient at Crittenton in Rochester Hills, he shared the case fundamentals with his wife.
“ How could a doctor do this? My father died of cancer. For most of us, cancer is personal.”
Even if she hadn't been eight months pregnant and tired, she would have been baffled by her husband's description of the patient's condition and treatment. He ticked off the notes from the patient's chart — all normal readings — and then the cancer diagnosis, the chemotherapy drug used to treat multiple myeloma.
"Are you trying to trick me?" his wife asked, confused.
Flagg talked that night to her husband, Steve Flagg, too, explaining that the doctor who'd visited her asked a lot of questions about her diagnosis. "It was as if he didn't think I had cancer," she confided, with hope in her voice.
'You don't have cancer'
Maunglay was stunned by what the hospital chart suggested. A cancer-free patient being given chemotherapy wasn't negligence; it was an atrocity. "It's oh my God, if he can do this to a person who has nothing. ..." he said one recent Saturday afternoon. "For me, one case like this was enough. How could a doctor do this? My father died of cancer. For most of us" — he waved his arms — "cancer is personal."
As a cancer specialist, he had a special understanding of the horror he was witnessing, its cruelty. Fata's choice of myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells in bone marrow, bespoke a certain shrewdness, because of the subjectivity of diagnosis. It was a clever niche for false doctoring. "You cannot fake lung cancer," he says. "You cannot fake a tumor ..." But with this disease, a malevolent doctor could plausibly use the treatment itself as a smokescreen to obscure future questions.
Myeloma's early "smoldering" stage is signaled by relatively minor changes in blood chemistry. Maunglay and Dr. Craig Cole, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Michigan and myeloma specialist, say someone with an elevated M protein level is properly monitored through blood and urine testing. Flagg's was high enough to qualify as MGUS — an entry-level condition that can be precancerous, but often is not.
Patient Monica Flagg had her first chemotherapy treatment, then broke her leg on the same day. Maunglay, making hospital rounds for Fata, was shocked by her medical chart.
(Photo: Todd McInturf / The Detroit News)
Flagg was instead diagnosed for the more serious smoldering myeloma and singled out for Fata's brand of aggressive, unorthodox — and very expensive — treatment: she was subjected to three bone marrow biopsies and prescribed monthly intravenous immunoglobin injections (IVIG) that cost $4,000 each. Flagg despaired before every test, even fighting the diagnosis. "People would ask me how I was feeling. I felt fine. I had no symptoms!" she said.
When she complained to Fata about the invasive testing, he shrugged. She was angry about her diagnosis, he said, prescribing 25 doses of Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug. Ten months after their first appointment, Fata recalibrated the diagnosis to multiple myeloma — an incurable, often deadly cancer of the plasma in bone marrow — while preparing her for lifelong treatment. She was busy at work, reluctant to push back too strongly. Perhaps she was just upset. "My sister had breast cancer. My brother died of lung cancer. I've seen what it does to people," she says.
Flagg was younger and healthier than most multiple myeloma patients, Maunglay knew. Her bone marrow plasma cells — cells that become malignant in actual multiple myeloma cases — were being treated to receive insurance reimbursement. The money stream could flow for as long as Flagg survived.
That's what Maunglay saw, what he felt — something worse than he had ever imagined. Maunglay knew he had to act but he also had to be certain he was right.
On July 5, 2013, Maunglay took a deep dive into the patient's records. In the privacy of the MHO Clarkston office, he pored through the file, recorded on computer and in handwritten notes, seeking some justification for Fata's course of treatment. But every test result in the medical history confirmed his original reaction in the hospital: Flagg was being deliberately treated with high-risk drugs for a disease she did not have.
“You don't have cancer. Don't ever go back to Dr. Fata.”
If the patient actually had this pernicious disease, Maunglay knew, the myeloma cells couldn't possibly be vanquished by a single dose of chemotherapy. But they were nonexistent in Flagg. Her abnormalities were so slight, Maunglay thinks, that she likely wouldn't need treatment before she was 100 years old. Three percent of people 50 and over have this condition — and 5 to 7 percent over 70 — but only 1 percent of those cases will progress to cancer in a year. "This is a patient he has been following for a long period of time," he says. "This is not an error. It is intentional."
His visit to Flagg in the hospital represented a small miracle of timing: In two or three months, a visiting oncologist would have expected to find her blood counts normal, her cancer in remission.
Maunglay returned to Flagg's hospital room at Crittenton over the weekend, insisting she get a second opinion.
He was forceful and clear, determined that she would listen. But his own crisis, he realized, was just beginning.
Fata caught in a lie
In his first months at MHO, Maunglay had tried to understand and accommodate his strange employer, Fata. From the beginning, MHO wasn't like other practices where Maunglay had worked. First, there'd been an awkward job offer dance, with Fata extending the offer in February 2012, and then delaying the start date after Maunglay had already left his previous position in Pensacola, Fla.
Once he'd arrived, Maunglay saw Fata was very busy, with a huge caseload of patients, attributing confusion to simple disorganization. He could help improve the practice, he decided. He designed new patient consent forms that conformed to a professional standard.
An email from his first week at work documents his request for a staff meeting and a change in practice. He'd insisted that a physician be present in every office where chemotherapy was being given. "That was just good practice, the way I had learned it," he says. Fata acquiesced, but also moved Maunglay to the Lapeer and Clarkston offices, where neither their hours nor their patients overlapped. Fata was so protective of his patients — secretive, in fact — that he carried a pager with no backup, answering all calls himself. Maunglay asked him to carry a cellphone, like other doctors, "but he would always say, 'Let's work on it.' "
Maunglay next offered to help MHO win credentials from QOPI, a consortium that certifies oncology practices with high professional standards. Fata stalled, perhaps because approval is contingent on providing detailed case records. But after Maunglay persisted in a series of emails, Fata emailed the staff: "MHO has been QOPI certified for 3 consecutive years with high scores ... Let's hold off."
It was, Maunglay knew, a flat-out lie. "I see that he has no ethics, no professionalism. I started looking very quickly for other options," Maunglay recalls. A stream of young doctors interviewed for the position — "always young fresh-faced graduates, never anyone with experience."
Dr. Farid Fata speaks at a September 2011 fundraising event for his Swan For Life Cancer Foundation, which he established to provide support and resources for cancer patients, survivors and their family and friends.
(Photo: Courtesy of CBS Detroit and Barbara Nelson)
When Maunglay decided to resign, Fata tried to dissuade him. He promised Maunglay's wife a job when she completed her residency and then, when that proved unsuccessful, brandished a non-compete clause in Maunglay's contract: If Maunglay's next job wasn't at least two hours away, Fata would sue.
"I cannot work with this guy," he decided. He was so intent on leaving that he and his wife put a down payment on a house in Monroe; he accepted a position with the Case Western Reserve University Cancer Center in Sandusky, Ohio. That way, he and his wife would each commute roughly an hour each way.
Now, stunned by Flagg's case and almost out the door at the time of this horrifying discovery, Soe Maunglay recognized Fata's advantage: The senior doctor's network of associations, his Memorial Sloan-Kettering training, and lengthy patient roster had impressed him initially, too. Some staff members, nurses and nurse practitioners, had worked there for years. Why would people believe him?
Maunglay couldn't sleep. Although he had intervened in Flagg's case, he suspected her treatment might "be the tip of the iceberg." How would he find out? It was hardly paranoid to imagine a scenario where Fata covers his own crimes, then concocts stories about the oncologist who quit. Who knew what a doctor capable of diagnosing fake cancer might do?
Looking for evidence
Flagg's case wasn't enough to shut down Fata. He was certain of that. So over the 4th of July weekend, Maunglay realized he needed to find "very solid, very objective" evidence of wrongdoing, an anomaly that even a layperson might understand readily. But he worried, too: "What if this takes six months? What if I can't find it?
“If a physician truly believed his own protocol is helping his patients, he would never discontinue a treatment just because another physician and staff objects. We caught him in the act.”
Hindsight may be laser-sharp, but Fata had withstood auditing from insurance companies, at least one malpractice lawsuit, state regulators and the scrutiny of other doctors in and outside his practice for a decade. He had dispensed cruelty as casually as Tylenol, without anyone catching him. Maunglay had witnessed some of his techniques: He had been kept from Fata's patients entirely, except for cursory interactions. "If a patient has a cough that worries him, he would have the patient drive 30 minutes to his office instead of coming to me in five minutes," says Maunglay.
Over the next several days, Maunglay's search of the records enabled him to find obvious breaches of professional ethics and likely fraud: He noticed a protocol for treating non-Hodgkins lymphoma with rituximab, a targeted cancer drug. He researched the use of intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIG), discovering that, as he suspected, they were being prescribed excessively, and without any apparent medical basis, on a large number of patients.
Knowing that he needed allies, he described his concerns to an infusion nurse and a nurse practitioner, sharing details about the excessive use of IVIG, and persuading them to intervene (The nurses would not comment for this story.) At least one of them confronted Fata directly, before resigning. "At that point, Fata is kind of caught," says Maunglay, saying Fata agreed to stop using IVIG except in cases where there were clearly accepted medical reasons for doing so. To Maunglay, that in itself was further proof of Fata's deceit.
"If a physician truly believed his own protocol is helping his patients, he would never discontinue a treatment just because another physician and staff objects. We caught him in the act," says Maunglay.
Even then, though, there was no clear way forward: Maunglay had reported some of his concerns to George Karadsheh, the practice manager, who was not a doctor. After the IVIG treatments stopped, he and Karadsheh met again in the Clarkston office. Together, they looked at a month of patient records, everyone who had IVIG, pulling up the records on Maunglay's computer monitor. "It was, 'Look at this. Some patients are correct then, look, this one does not meet the criteria. Look, this is Medicare fraud.' "
"He was convinced and revealed to me that he had experience reporting Medicare insurance fraud ... and he understands the seriousness of the fraud and abuse," Maunglay wrote, in a recent email. Karadsheh had, in 1996, uncovered fraud at Detroit's Lafayette Clinic and reported it under the False Claims Act, the federal whistle-blower law.
Karadsheh did not respond to repeated telephone calls and emails from The Detroit News. What he did do, according to Maunglay and information in federal documents, was assume the role of whistle-blower, as he and Maunglay agreed. It was Karadsheh who first spoke to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday, August 2, 2013.
At 8 p.m. Aug. 5, Maunglay arrived home from work to find his wife introducing him to visitors: two federal agents, one from the FBI, another from the federal department of Health and Human Services.
"I've been waiting for you guys," he said, with a slight smile.
That evening, he laid out, as specifically as he could, results of his research over the previous few weeks. The excessive drug treatments, unusually aggressive treatment for terminally ill and old patients, protocols that didn't meet any accepted criteria. The agents took notes. Maunglay thought: Finally. Something is finally going to happen.
He didn't expect what happened next.
Fata arrested next day
At 7 a.m. on Aug. 6 — not even 12 hours later — agents arrested Fata in his Chevy SUV. By the time Crittenton Cancer Center staff arrived at work, federal agents already were swarming the office. "They did not let another drop of chemo go into anyone. They just pulled the plug," Maunglay says.
Despite Maunglay's belief that Fata likely treated other healthy patients for cancer, only two are known: Flagg and another patient, who sought a second opinion after Fata's arrest in 2013. The Flaggs are suing Fata (but not Maunglay) for malpractice.
"Hers is one of the glaring examples of people being abused by his out and out greed. He let greed cloud his clinical judgment," says Flagg's lawyer, Brian McKeen. "I have been doing this for 30 years and this is some of the most evil conduct I have ever seen."
Christine Lewis of Pontiac wipes a tear during a support meeting at the ConCorde Inn in Rochester Hills in August 2013. She was a patient of Dr. Farid Fata’s for seven years.
(Photo: Special to The Detroit News / Mark Bialek)
On Sept. 16, 2014, Fata pleaded guilty to multiple counts of Medicare and insurance fraud, money laundering, and soliciting kickbacks, while publicly admitting that he'd prescribed treatments that were medically unnecessary. His assets were auctioned, and his wife and three children were allowed to leave the country. Fata is being held at the federal detention center in Milan, awaiting his court appearance July 6. Federal prosecutors are seeking a life sentence. Fata's lawyer has steadfastly declined comment but is expected to file a response under seal next week.
But the burden of association with Fata weighs heavily on Maunglay. Although his reputation as a doctor enabled him to secure a position at McLaren-Lapeer/Karmanos Cancer Center, he worries that, no matter how ethical or excellent a doctor he may be, he is forever linked to Fata and one of the nation's most horrific medical schemes. Once again, the future is uncertain and almost certainly difficult. "The person who speaks out is never OK," he says with a sigh.
Geraldine Parkin, who heads Patients and Families Treated by Dr. Fata, an advocacy group, voices the concerns of many who are appalled by how long Fata's crimes escaped detection. How could the other physicians not have known something?
"They say that he (Maunglay) is the whistle-blower, but I am still suspicious. His name is all over the charts," says Parkin, whose husband was a Fata patient.
Maunglay, though, had little access to Fata's patients. Because Maunglay had insisted that a physician always be present in the clinic during any chemotherapy, he signed charts, as all the doctors did. Fata's willingness to work 20 hours a day seemed exemplary, rather than a desperate strategy to avoid suspicion.
"It was just not that easy to know," Maunglay says.
Bart Buxton, the CEO at McLaren-Lapeer Regional Hospital, where Maunglay now works, had met Maunglay a year earlier, recognizing him as an unusually empathetic physician, and offered him a job closer to his wife's work, beginning that August. "He saved people's lives," he says. "It goes to the fiber and testament of the man. He's a hero."
Despite their life-changing encounter at Crittenton Hospital, Maunglay and Flagg have not spoken since. Flagg has tried to put the incident behind her and never reached out to Maunglay, the doctor who warned her about Fata. Yet their brief meetings had profound and lasting consequences — a potent combination of circumstance and personality coalescing at the right moment.
If it had not been for Flagg's broken leg, on the very first day of what was supposed to be a lifetime of chemotherapy, Fata might be practicing still. If Maunglay had been less observant, or perhaps less suspicious of Fata, he would have left the practice as he had planned, exiting quietly as so many had before.
No matter what lies ahead, Maunglay does not regret his decision to alert Monica Flagg and build a case against Fata. In a life that has been shattered by death, displacement and an ongoing medical horror story, he is resolute.
To explain, he sends a picture of Daniel, his 18 month-old son, standing in his socks with a Lego in his hand and a lopsided smile.
"You want to live the right way," he says.

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The WHOLE WORLD should read this!

The  WHOLE WORLD should read this!
Auschwitz - 
        The following is a copy of an article written by Spanish
Writer Sebastian Vilar Rodriguez and published in a Spanish newspaper
On Jan. 15, 2008. It doesn't take much imagination to extrapolate the
Message to the rest of Europe - and possibly to the rest of the world.

Date: Tue. 15 January 2008
        ALL EUROPEAN LIFE DIED IN AUSCHWITZ By Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez

        I walked down the street in Barcelona , and suddenly
Discovered a terrible truth - Europe died in Auschwitz ... We killed
Six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In
Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. We
Destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great
And wonderful people who changed the world.

        The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life:
Science, art, international trade, and above all,  as the conscience
Of the world. These are the people we burned.

        And under the pretense of tolerance, and because we wanted  to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty, due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride.

        They have blown up our trains and turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime.

        Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the
Government, they plan the murder and destruction of their naive hosts.

        And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for
Fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence
for backwardness and superstition.

        We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their talent for a better future for their children, their
determined clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children and theirs.

        What a terrible mistake was made  by miserable Europe
        The Global Islamic population is approximately 1,200,000,000; that is ONE BILLION TWO HUNDRED MILLION or 20% of the world's population. They have received the following NobelPrizes:

        1988 - Najib Mahfooz

        1978 - Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat
        1990 - Elias James Corey
        1994 - Yaser Arafat:
        1999 - Ahmed Zewai



        1960 - Peter Brian Medawar
        1998 - Ferid Mourad

        TOTAL: 7 SEVEN

        The Global Jewish population is approximately 14,000,000; that is FOURTEEN MILLION or about 0.02% of the world's population. They have received the following Nobel Prizes:

        1910 - Paul Heyse
        1927 - Henri Bergson
        1958 - Boris Pasternak
        1966 - Shmuel Yosef Agnon
        1966 - Nelly Sachs
        1976 - Saul Bellow
        1978 - Isaac Bashevis Singer
        1981 - Elias Canetti
        1987 - Joseph Brodsky
        1991 - Nadine Gordimer World

        1911 - Alfred Fried
        1911 - Tobias Mi chae l Carel Asser
        1968 - Rene Cassin
        1973 - Henry Kissinger
        1978 - Menachem Begin
        1986 - Elie Wiesel
        1994 - Shimon Peres
        1994 - Yitzhak Rabin

        1905 - Adolph Von Baeyer
        1906 - Henri Moissan
        1907 - Albert Abraham Michelson
        1908 - Gabriel Lippmann
        1910 - Otto Wallach
        1915 - Richard Willstaetter
        1918 - Fritz Haber
        1921 - Albert Einstein
        1922 - Niels Bohr
        1925 - James Franck
        1925 - Gustav Hertz
        1943 - Gustav Stern
        1943 - George Charles de Hevesy
        1944 - Isidor Issac Rabi
        1952 - Felix Bloch
        1954 - Max Born
        1958 - Igor Tamm
        1959 - Emilio Segre
        1960 - Donald A. Glaser
        1961 - Robert Hofstadter
        1961 - Melvin Calvin
        1962 - Lev Davidovich Landau
        1962 - Max Ferdinand Perutz
        1965 - Richard Phillips Feynman
        1965 - Julian Schwinger
        1969 - Murray Gell-Mann
        1971 - Dennis Gabor
        1972 - William Howard Stein
        1973 - Brian David Josephson
        1975 - Benjamin Mottleson
        1976 - Burton Richter
        1977 - Ilya Prigogine
        1978 - Arno Allan Penzias
        1978 - Peter L Kapitza
        1979 - Stephen Weinberg
        1979 - Sheldon Glashow
        1979 - Herbert Charles Brown
        1980 - Paul Berg
        1980 - Walter Gilbert
        1981 - Roald Hoffmann
        1982 - Aaron Klug
        1985 - Albert A. Hauptman
        1985 - Jerome Karle
        1986 - Dudley R. Herschbach
        1988 - Robert Huber
        1988 - Leon Lederman
        1988 - Melvin Schwartz
        1988 - Jack Steinberger
        1989 - Sidney Altman
        1990 - Jerome Friedman
        1992 - Rudolph Marcus
        1995 - Martin Perl
        2000 - Alan J. Heeger

        1970 - Paul Anthony Samuelson
        1971 - Simon Kuznets
        1972 - Kenneth Joseph Arrow
        1975 - Leonid Kantorovich
        1976 - Milton Friedman
        1978 - Herbert A. Simon
        1980 - Lawrence Robert Klein
        1985 - Franco Modigliani
        1987 - Robert M. Solow
        1990 - Harry Markowitz
        1990 - Merton Miller
        1992 - Gary Becker
        1993 - Robert Fogel

        1908 - Elie Metchnikoff
        1908 - Paul Erlich
        1914 - Robert Barany
        1922 - Otto Meyerhof
        1930 - Karl Landsteiner
        1931 - Otto Warburg
        1936 - Otto Loewi
        1944 - Joseph Erlanger
        1944 - Herbert Spencer Gasser
        1945 - Ernst Boris Chain
        1946 - Hermann Joseph Muller
        1950 - Tadeus Reichstein
        1952 - Selman Abraham Waksman
        1953 - Hans Krebs
        1953 - Fritz Albert Lipmann
        1958 - Joshua Lederberg
        1959 - Arthur Kornberg
        1964 - Konrad Bloch
        1965 - Francois Jacob
        1965 - Andre Lwoff
        1967 - George Wald
        1968 - Marshall W. Nirenberg
        1969 - Salvador Luria
        1970 - Julius Axelrod
        1970 - Sir Bernard Katz
        1972 - Gerald Maurice Edelman
        1975 - Howard Martin Temin
        1976 - Baruch S. Blumberg
        1977 - Roselyn Sussman Yalow
        1978 - Daniel Nathans
        1980 - Baruj Benacerraf
        1984 - Cesar Milstein
        1985 - Mi chae l Stuart Brown
        1985 - Joseph L. Goldstein
        1986 - Stanley Cohen [& Rita Levi-Montalcini]
        1988 - Gertrude Elion
        1989 - Harold Varmus
        1991 - Erwin Neher
        1991 - Bert Sakmann
        1993 - Richard J. Roberts
        1993 - Phillip Sharp
        1994 - Alfred Gilman
        1995 - Edward B. Lewis
        1996- Lu RoseIacovino
        TOTAL: 129!

        The Jews are NOT promoting brain washing children in military training camps, teaching them how to blow themselves up and cause maximum deaths of Jews and other non Muslims. The Jews don't hijack planes, nor kill athletes at the Olympics, or blow themselves up in German restaurants. There is NOT one single Jew who has destroyed a church. There is NOT a single Jew who protests by killing people.

        The Jews don't traffic slaves, nor have leaders calling for
Jihad and death to all the Infidels.

        Perhaps the world's Muslims should consider investing more in standard education and less in blaming the Jews for all their problems.

        Muslims must ask 'what can they do for humankind' before they demand that humankind respects them.

        Regardless of your feelings about the crisis between Israel
and the Palestinians and Arab neighbors, even if you believe there is more culpability on Israel 's part, the following two sentences really say it all:

        "If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel ." Benjamin Netanyahu

        General Eisenhower warned us it is a matter of history that
when the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the death camps he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead.

        He did this because he said in words to this effect:

        'Get it all on record now - get the films - get the witnesses
- because somewhere down the road of history someone will get up and say that this never happened'

        Recently, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it 'offends' the Muslim population which claims it never occurred. It is not removed as yet. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving into it.

        It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended. This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the, 6 million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians, and 1,900 Catholic priests who were 'murdered, raped, burned, starved, beaten, experimented on and humiliated' while the German people looked the other way.

        Now, more than ever, with Iran , among others, claiming the Holocaust to be 'a myth,' it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.

        This e-mail is intended to reach 400 million people. Be a link in the memorial chain and help distribute this around the world.

        How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center 'NEVER HAPPENED' because it offends some Muslim in the United States ? Do not just delete this message; it will take only a minute to pass this along.

What if the associates ran the asylum?

Editor's note:  This Shark believes even the "older crooks" in the Probate Court of Cook County should start to worry.  Lucius Verenus, Schoolmaster,


What if the associates ran the asylum?

Max Karacz (left), of Hamburg, Germany, and Faisal Delawalla, a Chicago associate, talk during Bryan Cave’s two-day Business Academy for young associates. E-mail invitations sent to the associates read in part, “Are our clients trying to automate us out of existence? How do we lead the law firm of your future in an age of innovation and automation?” <em>Karen Elshout</em>
Max Karacz (left), of Hamburg, Germany, and Faisal Delawalla, a Chicago associate, talk during Bryan Cave’s two-day Business Academy for young associates. E-mail invitations sent to the associates read in part, “Are our clients trying to automate us out of existence? How do we lead the law firm of your future in an age of innovation and automation?” —Photo by Karen Elshout
July 1, 2015
Seated in a tight circle, six Bryan Cave associates exchanged answers to a hypothetical question.
Imagine that, years from now, our firm is the most innovative law firm around. What were the biggest challenges we overcame to get there?
The first answer came almost immediately.
Getting old partners to relinquish power.
Sixty-year-old lawyers are out of touch with technology and today’s legal market, another associate offered.
This was no coup perpetrated by disillusioned fourth-years.
The associates attended the Bryan Cave Business Academy, a two-day seminar in downtown St. Louis at a 160,000-square-foot shared office space called T-REX. One associate joked that the venue was appropriate: Our profession is a dinosaur, he said, and it is run by dinosaurs.
The firm flew in 100 associates from offices as far as London, Hamburg and Shanghai. In a rare behind-the-scenes look at a law firm’s internal communication, Chicago Lawyer was allowed to attend.
In a shared tech space not much different than Chicago’s 1871, the young lawyers were encouraged to take control of the firm’s future. The way to do that, they were told, was to find ways to use technology to cannibalize their partners’ business.
The firm’s chair, Therese Pritchard, kicked things off by telling associates to “push back” when partners stifle new ideas. Associates were given an in-depth look at where and how the firm’s $635 million in revenue came from last year. And they were told how, like at virtually every Am Law 100 firm, partners take home the year-end profit. (Prompting one nervous associate to ask if they had saved any money for a rainy day.)
The firm’s message was clear: These young associates are entering a business on the brink of profound change brought on by technology and shifting economics.
A consulting firm was hired to draw illustrations that captured key moments during the two-day meeting.
Photo by Karen Elshout.
The future depends on their ability to adapt. And partners need to learn to listen and empower them.
Toward that end, the firm held a “hack-a-thon” in which associate groups presented ideas for technologies that would aid their practice. The firm promised to spend $10,000 developing the winning idea.
Bruce MacEwen, a New York-based law firm consultant who writes the blog Adam Smith, Esq., was on hand to give a presentation titled “The Rise of the Machine.”
“I have never seen a firm do anything like this,” he said. “What I have never seen is an internally driven, ongoing training program that really invites associates to take the reins. This is Bryan Cave doing a little R&D in their future. It’s an experiment.”

Generation gap

Generational transition has vexed lawyers ever since they entered into partnerships. But the current and pending transference of power will present new challenges, all highlighted during the Bryan Cave associate seminar.
Firms are no longer competing with only one another. They are competing with the advent of technology that will eat portions of firm revenue — much as e-discovery has already freed associates from spending years in document caves.
Picking a Winner
John Alber and five other Bryan Cave leaders convene to pick a hack-a-thon winner. They selected an idea to use “smart tags” in bankruptcy litigation to automate updates for clients and to synthesize filings.
Photo by Karen Elshout.
Business may not be severely affected by the time today’s rainmakers retire. But the same likely can’t be said for midlevel associates or even new partners. And that creates a management problem.
Law firm consulting group Altman Weil highlighted the problem in a survey in which it asked managing partners: How would you rate your partners’ awareness of the challenges of the new legal market? More than 42 percent of responses said “low” with only 6 percent responding “high.”
When asked to rate partners’ adaptability to change, a mere 1 percent came back as “high” with more than half recorded as “low.” Meanwhile, managing partner confidence is plunging.
This year, 9 percent of respondents said they had a high level of confidence in their firm’s ability to adapt. The figure was nearly three times higher four years ago.
“Helping partners understand why change is needed and overcoming their natural resistance to change are two critical leadership imperatives,” the Altman Weil survey says.
This was not lost on the associates in St. Louis.

The thinking-man’s computer presents a problem

The two-day seminar that began on the Thursday before Memorial Day was a follow-up to the first business academy held 18 months ago. Another will be scheduled, and the firm believes it will take five years to educate and empower associates to operate in the new business environment.
John Alber records a hack-a-thon presentation. Alber, who retired at the end of June, created teams of employees at the firm who help partners and associates use technology and a better understanding of law firm economics to improve their margins. He believes that law firms must embrace technology – and the efficiency it brings – to stay in business.
Photo by Karen Elshout.
The business academy at Bryan Cave — which has 60 lawyers in Chicago — is largely the brainchild of John Alber, who today is wearing a gray sport coat, white shirt, black jeans and sandals. Alber will retire at the end of June with plans to live with his wife on a houseboat. If he qualifies today as a “dinosaur,” he has never acted like one.
He began practicing at Bryan Cave as an associate in 1981 before leaving to build up and sell a technology-based transportation logistics business. Since returning to the firm in 1999 as a member of the firm’s management committee, he has helped develop an internal infrastructure to implement new technologies. His work has helped the firm win an award as the most innovative law firm of the year multiple times by the International Legal Technology Association.
He said the business academy is about “cultivating owners of the firm.”
“The business that you’re in needs to be treated very much like a start up because of the things we’re going to be talking about today,” he told the crowd. “What we’re talking about is inevitability.”
The threat to the associates in this room, he said, can be traced almost to a single metric: The number of calculations computers can perform for $1,000.
That number has been rising exponentially for years. Alber told the associates that, within their careers, a computer will have the processing power of the entire human race. The result (at the very least) is new abilities for computers.
IBM’s Watson, for instance, can beat the world’s best Jeopardy! contestants. That sort of “thinking” is what lawyers have always thought nobody else could do — just as pilots once thought a computer could never land a plane.
More and more revenue streams will be automated, he told associates. First, it was document discovery. Then legal research. Now, document automation — computerized legal writing — is making advances. Soon, computers will be able to write better documents, Alber said, by studying databases such as the Security and Exchange Commission’s EDGAR. He said the firm is investing in document automation, which is already “transforming certain practices.”
In an interview, he said: “If we focus on clinging to these revenue streams because we historically have done these things and failed to recognize what we fundamentally do at heart, I don’t think the future bodes well for law firms like that.”

From here to there

Using real-life business examples, Alber told the associates about a mindset that he believes can be the difference between success and failure when an industry faces upheaval.
The first attribute of “adaptive companies,” he said, is an ability to anticipate change. Then, they conclude that they won’t survive unless they disrupt their own business. They don’t watch their contemporary competition for cues. Change will come from outside businesses, he said. Think of what Apple did to music.
By way of example, he pointed to the diverging paths of Kodak and Fujifilm, two camera and filmmakers, in the wake of the digital revolution.
Against a backdrop of illustrations from the two-day conference, associates applaud a group’s hack-a-thon pitch. One illustration reads: “Rise of the MACHINE. ” Nearby, an associate daydreams at his desk: “What business are we actually in?”
Photo by Karen Elshout.
Kodak shrunk and eventually went bankrupt as sales of film and cameras dwindled. It has no long-term employees today. Fujifilm, meanwhile, thrived by diversifying. It applied its chemical knowledge to make products in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Today, its 31,000 employees even make ultrasound machines.
“Kodak thought they were in the paper and chemicals business,” Alber said.
“If we think we’re in the business of drafting documents and doing document discovery, we’re Kodak. We’re Kodak. So you have to ask the question: What business are you really in? What do you really do?”
Alber believes law firms are in the business of helping clients manage risk. But he readily admits managing risk is not a service that the firm (or others) charges clients for, tracks or measures to compensate its employees. Firms have been in the business of selling billable hours.
To operate like Fujifilm, he said the firm should consider purchasing complementary businesses, prioritizing practice areas where it already succeeds, teaching associates to use new technologies and investing in research and development the same way its clients do.
He ended his presentation with a slide that read “Get √.”
The associates — most of whom likely did not excel at math — were lost on the meaning: Get radical.
“It’s an introvert’s joke,” he said.
“But the point is, innovation is not just a buzzword for us. We won’t survive unless we get radically innovative.”

Pricing changes

Alber’s presentation made it quite clear the firm has at least one trait of an adaptive company — it is anticipating change.
But will the associates be able to apply what they’ve learned?
John James
Josh James, a Washington, D.C., associate, delivers a pitch during the hack-a-thon.
Photo by Karen Elshout.
Pritchard, the firm chair, acknowledged that upsetting the law firm hierarchy can be scary for an associate. But she told them to try anyway.
“Despite our best efforts, many of us are burdened by the way we have always done things in the past,” Pritchard said.
“I bet you have heard from partners in this firm: ‘That’s not the way we do it. This is the way we do it.’ You need to push back. You’re the ones who are not burdened by the way we have done things in the past. And you’re the ones we hope are going to come up with the innovative ideas that change the practice of law for us.”
One way associates practiced this new way of thinking was by experimenting with new pricing models.
Christian Zust, director of client technology, presented associates with four scenarios faced by real clients of the firm. The associates were asked to propose alternative pricing schemes.
In one scenario, a new CEO of a national restaurant chain reached out to a partner after realizing the company’s legal situation was “a nightmare.”
They had no guidelines for individual restaurants to follow when executing or renewing contracts, which led ones they wanted to keep to expire and others they wanted to expire to be automatically renewed.
As the associates brainstormed, Alber turned to Zust: “They are working better than I see a lot of partners working,” he said. “I’ve got goose bumps.”
Then the associates presented their ideas. They would handle the contracts on a flat fee. They would create protocols and guidelines for the company. And they would develop a tech solution to manage the contracts and alert the legal team to expiration dates.
The winning hack-a-thon team included Ali Ragsdale, (third from left). “The goal of this technology would be to save the client money and to provide an accessible format for the client to get automatic updates and automatic summaries of federal court filings,” she said, describing the winning idea.
Photo by Karen Elshout.
In real life, it turns out, that’s exactly what Zust and his team did.
The associates came up with close to the exact real-life solutions in each of the other three examples.
Zust said the four examples he showed associates all came from work he had done in the past seven days.
He said that more often than not, associates — not partners — come up with ideas to use technology to solve a problem in their practice.
The release this year of the firm’s “strategic plan,” which includes innovation as a core pillar, has encouraged associates to call his team more often, Zust said.
“It maybe didn’t invigorate the associate base, but it gave them a reason to go out and call us with their ideas,” he said. “I think they always had them, but they maybe weren’t always as vocal as they have been in the past few months.”

Now you try

Associates had mixed feelings coming out of the seminar.
“It’s refreshing that they care enough to tell us about this,” one Denver associate said. “But it’s also intimidating.”
The firm is asking associates to solve these problems, he added, but they had better be prepared to give them the power to implement those changes.
Tim Zhender, a Chicago associate, was in the seven-person group that won the “hack-a-thon” with an idea that would use “smart tags” on federal bankruptcy filings to update clients automatically on their case and provide brief summaries of each document.
He described the blunt presentation on the threats his profession is facing as “somewhat unsettling.”
“But it’s reassuring, one, to know that the firm is aware of this. And, two, that they are willing to communicate it,” he said. “Better that than to be blindsided.”
Ali Ragsdale, a St. Louis associate who was also in the winning hack-a-thon group, echoed Zhender’s comments. She was asked if she felt she could apply those ideas.
“Is it feasible? Yes. In small steps, absolutely,” she said. “And if we don’t do it, who’s going to?”
Associates were given two minutes to make pitches during the hack-a-thon. The teams were formed the day before, but it wasn’t all work and no play. More than 40 associates went to dinner at Rosalita’s Cantina in downtown St. Louis.
Photo by Karen Elshout.
One associate in whom Alber saw a bit of himself was Josh James, out of the Washington, D.C., office. The two discussed creating a free subscription service for legal advice delivered like the book-reading app Audible. Not an easy solution, they quickly determined.
Pressing on to another problem, James told Alber he had discussed with a partner whether the firm should purchase a consulting company to handle “bounty programs” for tech companies. Under the idea, companies pay hackers money to spot and fix holes in their software. A law firm could add some value in that area, James said, but there were already too many competitors.
When asked, James said that, yes, he had previously considered a lot of the things he heard in St. Louis.
“Once a computer can read, understand and do some rudimentary logic, I’d hope that a lot of the areas of law will open up to automation pretty easily,” he said.
“I don’t think the law should be something mystic and mythical that people can’t actually do.”
This reporter mentioned that the “mystic” nature of the law is the precise reason he is able to make money doing it.
“But if I could figure out a way to help everyone else do it, I’d probably make a whole lot more money than I can right now,” he said. “And if I can be the first one to do that, then I don’t have to worry about the law firm model anymore.”

Patrick Swayze’s Family Is At War With His Widow — This Time, They’re Feuding Over His Estate

Patrick swayze family feud

Patrick Swayze’s
Family Is At War With
His Widow — This Time,
They’re Feuding Over
His Estate (REPORT)

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It’s been more than five years since Patrick Swayze passed away, but he still can’t rest peacefully — as his family and his widow, Lisa Niemi, are at war over the late actor’s ranch, Rancho Bizarro!
A new report by Radar Online alleges the Dirty Dancing actor’s family wanted to turn his beloved ranch into a museum to honor the actor’s legacy — but Lisa didn’t respect their wishes, and instead sold the property!
Patrick Swayze, Lisa Niemi
Patrick and Lisa (pictured in 2005) were married from 1975 until his death in 2009. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

“Lisa sold everything — including the Mercedes that [Patrick] bought her from his Road House [earnings],” his niece, Danielle Swayze, explains.
Danielle lived on the estate, located outside LA, with her father (Patrick’s brother Don) in the final year of her late uncle’s life. He passed away at age 57 on Sept. 14, 2009 after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer.
RELATED: Patrick Swayze’s Family Believes His WilL Was Forged
A family insider tells Radar just how hard the family is taking it, saying, “It’s a slap in the face to Patrick’s fans. And to not even give the Swayze family anything is just cold-hearted.”
The Swayze family tried their hardest to buy the property with last-minute offers, but Lisa wouldn’t budge.
Patrick Swayze ranch
Patrick’s beloved Rancho Bizarro, pictured, sat on the edge of LA. (Photo Credit: Splash)

Danielle says her former aunt wasn’t merely looking to cash out — as money isn’t an issue since she tied the knot with billionaire jeweler Albert De Prisco last year.
And it would appear the Swayzes lost their chance. The property now belongs to philanthropist Aileen Getty, who has no interest in turning the ranch into a museum.
RELATED: Take a Look Back at Patrick Swayze’s Most Memorable Roles
Getty’s attorney tells Radar that while she knew it belonged to the late actor, she was unaware of the family’s pursuit to buy the estate.
When asked if she would consider making the ranch a museum dedicated to Patrick’s legacy, her lawyer, John Ladner, remarked, “She’s not really looking for new commitments at the moment.”

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Finra files complaint against broker for trying to inherit $1.8M from client with Alzheimer’s

Editor's note: ...and this is one crook who got caught... What about all the crooks preying upon the unwary in the Probate Court of Cook County who have not been caught yet? 

Finra files complaint against broker for trying to inherit $1.8M from client with Alzheimer’s (AZ)

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has filed a complaint against a broker who allegedly took advantage of a client with Alzheimer’s disease in attempt to inherit nearly $2 million.
The regulator said that in 2009 John Waszolek, who was at UBS Wealth Management at the time, “took unfair advantage” of an 81-year-old client, identified only by the initials JL, by having her assign him the role of beneficiary for her trust — even though he knew she “lacked testamentary capacity” and was “completely unable to protect herself from exploitation.”
Most firms have rules against brokers being beneficiaries on clients’ estates in order to prevent possible conflicts of interest, according to an attorney, Marc S. Dobin of an eponymous firm.
“It makes firms nervous,” said Mr. Dobin, who was not involved in the case. “Eyebrows are raised and you wonder how much undue influence the broker used to get into the estate plan, and clearly this broker appeared to have used lots of influence.”
Mr. Waszolek, who now works at Raymond James & Associates Inc. in Scottsdale, Ariz., did not respond to requests for comment.
JL, a widow who lived alone in Arizona, had been a client of Mr. Waszolek since 1982, Finra said. Until 2007 he was “not close with JL” and would only visit her once a quarter to review her portfolio and twice a year for lunch, as he did with most of his clients, according to the complaint.
In 2008, however, as JL’s condition continued to decline, Mr. Waszolek drove her to a doctor’s appointment where she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. A month later, he met with an estate planning attorney to have himself named as JL’s agent and to give him power of attorney. In addition, her trust was to be amended to name him as a residual beneficiary, Finra said.
When the attorney declined because of JL’s capacity issue, Mr. Waszolek referred her to a second attorney to amend the trust and appoint him as a beneficiary. According to the amendment, around $1.3 million that was set to be split among four charities would go to Mr. Wasolek, Finra said. The value of that amount eventually rose to around $1.8 million.
The complaint alleged that the day after the amendment took effect, Mr. Waszolek resigned from UBS after 30 years at the firm and transferred his business to Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.
He did not inform Morgan Stanley or UBS that he had been named beneficiary, in violation of Finra rules and firm policy, according to Finra.
His role came to light in 2010 after JL died, Finra said. A bank that was set to distribute funds from the trust refused to do so unless Morgan Stanley approved the transfer of the assets from the trust account at Morgan Stanley to the broker.
Morgan Stanley denied the request, and reprimanded Mr. Waszolek, according to Finra. He was discharged from the firm in December 2011 for “concerns regarding failure to follow policies and disclosures regarding a client’s testamentary bequest to the adviser,” according to his U5.
Two months later, in February 2012, he was hired at Raymond James & Associates. He and his son together managed some $200 million in assets and generated $800,000 in annual revenue at the time, according to a press release from Raymond James announcing the move in March 2012.
“It’s an honor to welcome John and Eric to Raymond James,” Raymond James’ president Tash Elwyn said in the release. “They share our firm’s values of independence and conservative management and will enhance our ability to deliver excellent service and professional advice to our clients.”
Raymond James representatives did not return requests for comment about whether they knew of the allegations against Mr. Waszolek.
Mr. Waszolek ultimately did not receive any of the $1.8 million from the trust. After being denied by Morgan Stanley and the bank distributing the assets, Mr. Waszolek filed a petition in the Superior Court of the State of Arizona Maricopa County seeking to compel the bank and the charities to distribute his funds.
The action ultimately resulted in a settlement in which Mr. Waszolek received $50,000. Finra did not specify who paid the $50,000 but said that the funds did not come from JL’s estate. As part of the settlement, however, Mr. Waszolek agreed that the JL trust amendment was “invalid by reason of [JL's] incapacity.”
A Morgan Stanley spokeswoman, Christine Jockle, declined to comment, as did a spokesman for UBS, Gregg Rosenberg.
Finra files complaint against broker for trying to inherit $1.8M from client with Alzheimer’s
John Waszolek allegedly took advantage of the client’s lack of capacity to be named beneficiary of her estate, Finra said
Mason Braswell
June 12, 2015
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Allegations of Probate Court Abuse and Corruption in Cook County Probate Court in Chicago, Part 1

Allegations of Probate Court Abuse and Corruption in Cook County Probate Court in Chicago, Part 1

July 14, 2011 by 
The end of life has many challenges for the elderly. It can be a fast or a long goodbye and might involve a transition to assisted living, a nursing home, or a live-in caretaker.
There will always be opportunists who like vultures circle to claim flesh whether the person is dead or alive. Large sums of money are not always pre-requisites to the exploitation of the most vulnerable in our society, the elderly and disabled children. Abuse also bi-passes color, race or creed.
It is up to each one of us to expose elder abuse when it happens around us to a loved one or to a friend or acquaintance. Because Elder Abuse has in many ways become a national industry, the following website has been set up nationally To GUARD incompetent people from harming themselves, To CONSERVE their assets and property; and To PREVENT them from becoming a “public charge” (
An International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) has for the 6th successive year put together information, reports and resources for those who wish to participate in promoting Awareness to eh ‘silent epidemic’ of Elder Abuse. World Abuse Awareness Day 2011 was observed on June 15th (
Although the presence of wealth is more likely to bring out the worst in human kind, preying on the elderly can amount to little more than gaining access to an individual’s monthly Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Pensions or Veterans Disability payments.
Often it is a trusted lawyer that encourages their elderly clients to signs over control of their personal and financial transactions, many times without realizing what they are doing. These greedy and opportunistic lawyers then proceeds to charge for every minute of time spent talking and overcharging for every bill paid, while pretending to care for their elderly clients.
What I am about to relate, however, are allegations of abuse far more reaching and which further allege corruption in the Cook County Probate Court located on the 18th Floor of the Daley Center in Chicago, Illinois.
My first encounter with alleged corruption in Cook County’s Probate Court was through a weekly Highland Park, IL cable Comcast TV program, North Shore ‘Live’ Cooper’s Corner, hosted and produced by Beverly Cooper. Beverly Cooper is in her 30th year as producer of the show as a respected resident of Highland Park, Illinois.
On that occasion Beverly Cooper recounted her emotional and devastating encounters with the Cook County Probate Court System that took place over a period of years over the alleged abuse of her mother, Alice Gore.
According to the allegations made by Beverly Cooper, she was removed from her duly appointed, court-appointed guardianship; a Guardian ad Litem was appointed through deceptive measures by Probate Judge Lynne Kawamoto to replace Cooper; after which Beverly Cooper described how her court-appointed guardian working in collaboration with her lawyer Karen Bowes and her associate Bruce Lange, Judge Lynne Kawamoto, and the nursing home in which her mother was placed (owned by Morris Esformes and cousin to Miriam Solo), proceeded to drain the life savings from her mother’s account.
Beverly Cooper’s removal as her mother’s guardian was allegedly contrived through the manipulation of a court-documented, mentally disabled daughter (diagnosed with border-line personality disorder, psychotic behavior, suicidal ideations, and adjudicated as a threat to herself and others) by her trusted family lawyer of 27 years, Karen Bowes, in a plot where Cooper’s daughter was briefed to say in sworn testimony in front of Judge Lynne Kawamoto of the Cook County Probate Court, that her mother had appropriated funds from her grandmother estate, Alice Gore, a false accusation.
There are laws preventing a court-documented, mentally disabled individual from being appointed guardian. Alice Gore was 95 and bed ridden at the time her mentally disabled granddaughter was appointed guardian by Probate Judge Lynne Kawamoto to supercede her mother’s role.
By the time Alice Gore died in February of this year, an estate worth over a million dollars had been depleted. Annuity checks went missing, and an inventory and accounting of how and for what checks were written for the care of Alice Gore has yet to be addressed by the Cook County Probate Court, despite repeated requests made by Beverly Cooper.
Alice Gore died a pauper. She lay six days in a morgue before her body could be claimed. To add insult upon insult, the Coopers had to pay for the burial of Bev Cooper’s mother, Alice Gore.
In the aftermath of Beverly Cooper’s own hellish Cook County Probate Court experience with her mother, Alice Gore, she has featured ten individuals on her North Shore Live ‘Coopers’ Corner Comcast weekly TV program, all having similar stories to tell of alleged fraud and abuse experienced in their dealings with the Cook County Probate Court System.
These videotaped interviews have since been viewed all over Lake County, IL and surrounding collar counties on community public TV stations. In my hometown of Lake Bluff, IL, Beverly Cooper’s videotaped TV program is featured on Channel 19 — the community station for Lake Forest and Lake Bluff, IL — four times a week following its live Wednesday night production in Highland Park.
So far Beverly Cooper’s TV program has featured testimonials of alleged abuse and corruption from ten individuals, with another testimonial scheduled on Wednesday, July 20. DVD’s can be obtained by contactingBeverly Cooper.
Following are two of the most egregious of Bev Cooper’s videotaped testimonies alleging fraud and corruption in the Cook County Probate Court. Both had appointed Guardian ad Litems with the subsequent depletion of their estates.
Thomas Poll, a veteran, starting with nothing, worked his butt off ding manual labor, formed a successful company — Leedester Poll — and became quite successful. Bottom line: His entire estate was depleted throughout guardianship proceedings in the Cook County Probate Court. Driving home from Hines Veterans Hospital in Chicago, Thomas Pool claimed he was followed by Kevin Carter, an agent from Rehab Assist. Carter talked his way into Pool’s home and proceed to write out a report stating that he would see Thomas Poll in court in three days. The following week Thomas Poll was declare incompetent in front of Judge Kawamoto and a Guardian ad Litem was appointed. Thomas Pool’s daughter stated that all $13 million of her dad’s estate was taken prior and throughout her father’s guardianship proceedings.
In the case of 93-year-old Lydia Tyler, with an estate in excess of $12 million, it was to be bequeathed in equal amounts to her 12 nephews and nieces. One of the nephews, not satisfied with 1/12 of his aunt’s estate, manipulated his Aunt Lydia into signing her entire estate over to him. Taking his Auntie out for a drive from her Chicago condo residence at Lake Point Towers, he drove her directly to a nursing home where a drugged Auntie may have unknowingly changed her will. Auntie died within a week at the nursing home. A Guardian ad Litem assigned by the Cook County Probate Court is alleged to have been used as the tactic for looting Lydia Tyler’s $12 million plus estate. Additionally, all of Aunt Tyler’s valuable jewelry, pictures, and antique furniture disappeared from her Lake Point Towers condo.
Is it just coincidence that the Cook County Probate Court protocol, as experienced on the 18th floor of the Daley Building and which involved Beverly Cooper’s mother, Thomas Pool, Aunt Lydia, and others who volunteered testimony of alleged abuse of loved ones on Cooper’s weekly TV show, all came in contact with the same pool of judge — including Lynne Kawamoto; Guardian ad Litems Miriam Solo and David Martin; and nursing home facilities owned by Morris Esformes — which summarily appeared to act in consort through the rotation of judges and appointed court officials to remove a loved one from a caring relationship, resulting in the depletion of their estates.
Documentation exists that Mr. Morris Esformes has been under investigation by Lisa Madigan’s office in the past for allegedly placing homeless people into his public aid nursing homes. These placements were done without proper criminal investigations prior to the placement.
Regarding Probate Judge Lynne Kawamoto, an Associate Judge in Circuit Court, she was found not qualified in 1994 by the Chicago Council of Lawyers. Other individuals allegedly involved in the “mischief” within the Cook County Probate Court System can be found on “WANTED” lists at www and
Several months ago Beverly Cooper and her husband, Ken, set up the following website on which contacts have the opportunity to tell their stories on Beverly Cooper’s North Shore ‘Live’ Comcast TV show. (
Ken Cooper acts as the “school master” for, and can reached through this email web address to report alleged abuse and corruption:
ProbateSharks .com assists, educates and enlightens families of the dead, the dying, the disabled and the aged to better understand their rights in order to protect themselves from the excesses of the Cook County Probate Court.
As the site depends on networking, it invites you or someone you know to send stories that tell of probate abuse. Names are kept confidential if there is fear of retaliation against a loved one. The site postings reveal up-to-date incidences of alleged abuse in Cook County Probate Court.f the estate are raised to the court.
Appropriately named “Sharks” and “Sharketttes” do the investigative work for Through their diligence they have found that the Cook County Probate Court is proficient in the quick-sales of properties, 6 weeks on the average; placing of wards’ estates into OBRA Special Needs Pooled Trusts, resulting in public aid placement even for the rich; maintaining cases that are out of Cook County’s jurisdiction (Wards live in another county, yet funds are held hostage by the Office of Public Guardian.); spending down of disabled ward’s estates with guardian and legal fees; restricting family members from inquiring about their loved ones(s); and restricting family from visiting their lived one when concerns over the spending of the estate are raised to the court.
The level of proficiency of alleged abuse in the Cook County Probate Court System of Illinois to prey upon the most vulnerable should be of interest to the Chicago FBI. For starters: Just why is the First Nation Bank of Canada Manatoba Fiduciary being used for Chicago Probate Court funds? Is it just a coincidence that the First Nation Bank of Canada was chosen, seemingly as a ploy to deceive, in so far as its initials are identical to the First National Bank of Chicago?
As has been demonstrated, court-appointed Guardian ad Litems have the authority to make judgments about medical care, property, living arrangements, lifestyle and potentially all personal and financial decisions for high-risk adults with cognitive impairments and for disturbed and mentally challenged children who become threats to themselves and others. Absent the monitoring of court-appointed guardians, opportunities arise for abuse and malfeasance.
In interviewing Beverly Cooper for this article, I was informed that she has contacted the office of Attorney General of Illinois, Lisa Madigan, only to be told that her office does not handle Elder Abuse and that she should instead get in contact with the Department of Aging.
It is reprehensible that the inheritance due individuals might be disappearing into the pockets of those who serve as protectors of the public, especially the most vulnerable, the elderly and disabled children.
Please feel free to contact Beverly and Ken Cooper who first alerted me to the alleged Elder Care abuse and corruption in the Cook County Probate Court System. They have given me permission to release their contact websites nationwide, so abuse of the most vulnerable is brought out in the open by those with the authority to investigate and to prosecute those involved in this egregious behavior which is occurring nationwide. Beverly CooperKen Cooper.
Nancy J. Thorner is a Republican Precinct Committeeman in Lake County, Illinois. Click here to visit her website.