Judicial Tyrrany


Attorney General John Ashcroft

Attorney General John Ashcroft

Attorney General John Ashcroft’s remarks to the Hague Global Forum on Corruption

“Bankruptcy court corruption is not just a matter of bankruptcy trustees in collusion with corrupt bankruptcy judges. The corruption is supported, and justice hindered by high ranking officials in the United States Trustee Program. The corruption has advanced to punishing any and all who mention the criminal acts of trustees and organized crime operating through the United States Bankruptcy Courts. As though greed is not enough, the trustees, in collusion with others, intentionally go forth to destroy lives. Exemptions provided by law are denied debtors. Cases are intentionally, and unreasonably kept open for years. Parties in cases are sanctioned to discourage them from pursuing justice. Contempt of court powers are misused to coerce litigants into agreeing with extortion demands. This does not ensure integrity and restore public confidence.”

“Our courts should not be collection agencies for crooks.”
The American public, victimized and held hostage by bankruptcy court corruption, have no where to turn.”

Now, can this really be emphasized enough? The Attorney General of the United States of America, has gone on the public record as stating that there are:

  • Corrupt bankruptcy judges
  • Bankruptcy trustees in collusion with corrupt bankruptcy judges
  • Justice hindered by high ranking officials in the United States Trustee Program
  • Corruption has advanced to punishing any and all who mention the criminal acts
  • Organized crime operating through the United States Bankruptcy Courts
  • [U.S.] trustees, in collusion with others, intentionally go forth to destroy lives.
  • Cases are intentionally, and unreasonably kept open for years.
  • Parties in cases are sanctioned to discourage them from pursuing justice.
  • Contempt of court powers are misused to coerce litigants
  • [Corrupt’s] coerce litigants into agreeing with extortion demands
  • American public, victimized and held hostage by bankruptcy court corruption,
  • held hostage by bankruptcy court corruption, have no where to turn

“If experience demands a presumption that a judge will seize every opportunity presented to him in the course of his official conduct to line his pockets, no canon of ethics or statute regarding disqualification can save our judicial system.”Justice William Rehnquist



Finding of Fact dated April 28, 2011.

(A Gross Misstatement of Fact.!!!)

Judge Stewart M Bernstein: “I conclude that Lefkowitz has carried his burden of showing that his decision to continue the Debtor’s occupancy of the Property was both fair and reasonable. The Property was valuable and the Debtor’s Contract rights were a significant asset. While in the hands of Helen-May, the Property had deteriorated and further deterioration threatened to reduce its value.”

WHAT CONTRACT RIGHTS? Not only were any purported contract rights based on a major fraud, (and a non-existent entity) but they were terminated with the pre-filing issuance of a false instrument. (a bad check!) The fact is that the property was not under the control of the owner/creditor; it was under the control of the debtor/defendant, the trustee, the court and the debtor’s congregation! That is when the deterioration of the property occurred. (Attorney Letter To Judge Re: Damages.) Judge Stewart M. Bernstein failed to acknowledge that the court itself prohibited the owners (us!) from even inspecting the property during the defendant’s outrageous “rent free” four years of occupancy enforced by bankruptcy stay.

Judge Stewart M Bernstein also ignored the existence of pictures, video and sworn statements as to the pristine condition of the property at the time that the debtor/defendants entered into a contract to purchase the property. (Subsequently, the debtor/defendants entered into an occupancy agreement until such time as they would close on the purchase of the property.) The terms of the agreement expressly forbid any alterations to the property whatsoever! Yet, the debtor arrogantly ignored no fewer than seven letters from the owner’s attorney ordering them to cease and desist their demolition, destruction and vandalism of the property. An inspection was finally permitted by the court, however, and as the foregoing “statement of facts” reflects that the court once again chose to ignore the evidence thus gathered-link. (Conference Denial re damages-link)

Judge Bernstein’s “Finding Of Fact” continues:

“protecting the Debtor’s asset and future development plans. Although many of these expenditures also benefitted the camp, they maintained and enhanced the value of the Debtor’s investment. Furthermore, there was a substantial question, at least until the end of February 2007, whether the Debtor would ever have to pay the accruing Adequate Protection Payments, and the Debtor was still challenging the order denying the settlement’s enforcement as late as July 31, 2007, the end of the period covered by the Judgment. Hence, the decision to continue to occupy the Property through July 2007 was fair and reasonable when made, and the Trustee has not sustained his burden of ultimate persuasion that Lefkowitz breached his fiduciary duty in deciding to continue the Debtor’s occupancy.”

“Protecting The Debtor’s Asset?” When did our property become the debtor’s asset? Which legally executed document conveyed our property to the debtor? Answer: None! There were no legally executed documents by these debtor/criminals. This was not the debtor’s asset.  What a convolution of facts, semantics and logic. Furthermore, as provided for by law, did the trustee ever approve any expenditures on the property? Did the trustee witness such expenditures on the property? The debtor claimed to have spent $2,000,000.00 in improvements to the property…unauthorized by the trustee. Did the trustee ever witness said improvements? Why is it that the property appraised for considerably less after the debtors supposed $2,000,000.00 of improvements and four year occupancy, than it did at the time of their initial occupancy in June of 2004? Together, the trustee and our attorneys witnessed first hand the destruction left behind by this debtor/defendant. A subsequent letter was written to Judge Bernstein and pictures were made available to him.

Judge Bernstein’s “finding of fact” goes on to state: “Occupancy permitted Lefkowitz to spend substantial funds of his own to upgrade the infrastructure of the Property,”

The occupancy agreement expressly forbid any and all alterations whatsoever to the property barring written permission from the owner, Helen-May Holdings, LLC (Irene Griffin sole member) who, through her attorney sent seven letters demanding that the debtor/occupier “cease and desist” what amounted to demolition and destruction of our property! The debtor/defendant was clearly paving his way for his future development plans for our property…Before he owned the property!

Post bankruptcy filing, all debtor expenditures were required to have been approved and administered to by the trustee. The trustee never authorized any of these purported upgrades. Neither did the trustee authorize the debtor to settle with their “insider creditors!” The trustee had an obligation to ensure that the property was maintained during the term of the bankruptcy stay. Instead, the trustee continued to litigate against the creditor/owner regarding purported equitable interests that the debtor might hold in the creditor/owner’s property. This hostile action by the trustee effectively deprived the creditor/owner of any efforts to sell their own property.

The debtor/defendant has demonstrated a complete lack of respect for the court while the court bows to the debtor’s superior arrogance. Evidently, court orders are meaningless. As we know and “the facts” firmly reflect; the debtor/defendant lived defiantly and rent-free on our property for nearly four years. As to the debtor challenging the order declaring an unauthorized settlement, the decision was reaffirmed in an appeals court. Illogically, Judge Bernstein has stated: that while they were litigating and appealing this issue, (nearly six years by the time of his “Finding of Facts”) and while they remained on our property under the guise of a bankruptcy stay, the question was “whether the debtor would ever have to pay the accruing Adequate Protection Payment” Use & Occupancy, Lis Pendens, Contract Violations, Fraud, Damages, Etc.! With the assistance of the court and in an obvious strategy designed to deplete the creditor’s ability to survive their onslaught of frivolous and fraudulent litigation, the debtor/defendant has continued to kick the can down the road.

We are left with the impression that we were simply prey for the beast and carrion for the marauding scavengers. They made certain that they had picked the carcass clean before they swept the scat out of the door. After forty-two years of marriage, entrepreneurial endeavors and hard work, we have been depleted of everything…including our home, our savings and our investment property. Making matters even worse, the mortgage lender on the property is a close business associate of the debtors and a member of the same religious community that has mounted a biased, scorched earth campaign against me and my wife. We are being sued by the lender for two million dollars. ($2,000,000.00)

Hiding behind corporate law is bad enough, but hiding a non-existent entity behind a corporate veil is criminal fraud! There’s nobody there! Voila. An “Immaculate Deception.” Our very first response filing to Judge Cornelius Blackshear, ten years ago stated, “This entity does not exist as filed!” We sought a declaratory judgment to determine their identity and to lift the bankruptcy stay since they did not legally exist. We were denied! The debtor filed yet another fraudulent notice of bankruptcy and the court turned a blind eye. The court had an obligation Under The Law and yet, the courts knowingly allowed the bankruptcy case to proceed for ten years and even rendered determinations in favor of this non-existent entity! This “non-existent entity” has remained immune to “The Fruit of the Poisoned Tree” while it devours “The Fruits Of Our Labors!” Absolutely masterful! Seemingly, the fruit continues to grow sweeter for this debtor/defendant.nevergivup

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  1. Wendell Harper says:

    I am a victim of corruption in the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Court in Oakland. A “Notice of Possible Dividend” was issued to Deutsche Bank National Trust Company by the standing trustee. Tax Refunds were seized by the Trustee in our case (10-48255) by John T. Kendall. But not so strangely, the refunds never were distributed to creditors because not one of them filed a Proof of Claim. This even though the Internal Revenue Service and Franchise Tax Board board filed Notices of Determination that we owed them money. And, while no fees were retrieved by the court or the trustees, not one dime has been turned over to my spouse and me, as debtors in the case.

    The Trustee has admitted that he made a turnover request and got tax refunds based on the 1040x Amended Tax Returns we were ordered to turn over to him at a “341 Meeting of Creditors”.. He then issued a NOTICE OF POSSIBLE DIVIDENDS on April 19. 2011; and, two days later, the Court ordered me to make sure that creditor Deutsche Bank got a copy of the Notice and a Proof of Claim Form, or , our discharge could be a dismissal instead. Even though we followed hi order, the bank did not file a claim, nor did the taxing agencies; and, the ouft and the trustees declined to take administrative expenses.

    What’s even worse, .We have a a valid Deed of Reconveyance, (Clear Title) released to us by Bank of America and we have several Satisfaction of Mortgage Letters and Notices of Release of Lien given to us by Mortgagees. None of this matters, because the court does not address them. The Trustee(s) refuses to answer questions or to respond to my demand for full disclosure. The story is ongoing on my website, and I continue to grapple with these frauds legally. I am having some success. I have managed to learn that they got money for my payoff of the mortgage(s), which are the basis for my tax returns being turned into refunds by the IRS and given to the Trustee. I have a sworn declaration from Kendall on the tax refunds issue, and the dividend notice.. I will keep you posted. Read more onmy website.

    • Richard rinard says:

      Wendell we may start a class action lawsuit on bankruptcy corruption my name is Jana hickler and Richard Renard are phone number is 909-269-9367 we are in Rancho Cucamonga California that’s Central District Riverside California

    • mary davis says:

      I have experience with bankruptcy fraud and want to speak with you and the other individuals that commented on your posting. It would be great if we could coordinate a large effort to attack those injustices. One idea is to start a nationwide petition through MOVEON or some other internet media. In my opinion it would be futile if not impossible to get the justice department involved as someone suggests.

      I finally saw that the court in which I am trapped is part of a long ongoing RICO enterprise set up to (among other crimes) launder stolen property, as it is trying to do in my case. The court is trying to launder $30M that I am owed by Wells Fargo & Co.Reading your web page, I see that blatant frauds must be a part of every bankruptcy court. My phone no. is 919-787-9339 (Raleigh NC) Please call me if you believe we might coordinate something helpful. Mary Davis

      • Paul says:

        Judicial Corruption in Our Bankruptcy Courts: is worse than the abusive government seizure laws which have gained some media exposure lately. Instead of simply seizing our assets, we are forced to sit there and observe the convoluted and corrupted “process” in slow motion. For ten years, Irene and I were helplessly restrained by court room protocols to mitigate the obvious fraud and collusion between all of the courtroom jesters and especially the nefarious charade between the judge and trustee as they wantonly seized our properties. Representing forty-five years of hard work and a dollar value of $4.2M, they will feed upon the carcass of our labors for years to come. Jeff Sessions Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001, 202-514-2000, Re: Judicial Corruption

        • Tj says:

          i’m going through it now as we speak, I’m disabled and they gave more money to the secured predatory lender and included another couple of more hundreds to his balance sheet and all compounded at mid double digit interest rate. my counsel refused to object and now they wipec out the equity by underlisting it after they got the aproval of the court and droping listing price to exactly what is owed wiping out my disability homestead and I don’t have any help. I was ready to close a deal pay the predatory lender and the few unsecured creditor before my own attorney pushed me into 7 liquidation and now because the trustee agreement, I have no control they are going to put me out on the street and my attorney keeps telling me I have no right and he is not going to contest anything. No new attorney will step in without a subtantial retainer which obviously I don’t have and No Diability Consumer Advocate has responded to my plea. They are litteraly robbing me and I’m watching it happen and have a list prior home owners they pulled the same stunt about reducing listing price and only bringing one offer while claiming no collusion and due diligence and stealing people’s homestead! I so want 20/20 to shine a light on this and bust them and prosecute them for emotion torment and abuse of power!

  2. Richard rinard says:

    Our bk is so corrupt even fraud is allowed! We are an asset case as they say and can’t get out of BK the attorneys and trustees make so much money from just letting things ride I have produced enough money to buy everybody out a hundred percent and we still can’t get out 6:10 bk50349 SC….. Judge Scott Clarkson is reckless and trustee Helen Frazer and Art Cisneros are legally raping our family…… we have been in bankruptcy longer than Donald Trump…….. my girlfriend is offering to purchase as a co-owner under 363 I law first right of refusal on property and they’re blocking us……. I really need to get the news involved 909 269 9367 my cell richard rinard…and janna hickler.. this involves Central District Riverside and Judge Scott Clarkson Santa Ana California

  3. Max Holmes says:

    I have experienced first hand the corruption of a bankruptcy trustee in St Joseph Couny the state of Michigan. The trustee is trying to make it look like my home is worth 80,000.00 to 90,000 dollars more than it is worth.

    • Peter Mergenthaler says:

      It’s just a shame that all these people can’t get help. It’s just such a disservice. Why do we have so many attorneys in this country? Certainly not to help the people who hire them. It’s a disgusting scam to steel from innocent good people. How do I know? The Bankruptcy trustee took everything but my kidneys. He even took my family’s money. And, they took my life and ran. I did not owe close to the 3 million dollars they stole. The accumulated until the well was dry. That’s why I want justice.

  4. Alizah says:

    I would like to know how this started, what payments were in default and by whom. How did each property (Jeffersonville and Fosterdale) get into debt? How did the Griffins lose BOTH properties? Who signed what in the first place. And why did attorney Carlebach file LATE for the Southern District court, thus leaving his clients vulnerable?

    • Paul says:

      Thank you for your keen interest in the details regarding our case. I believe the following (Memorandum of Law-pdf link) will satisfy all of your questions regarding contracts and motivations. (Under “Statement of Facts”)
      We fell into overwhelming debt due to the legal costs and the deprivation of income from our resort hotel. We were required to pay all costs: mortgage, taxes, insurance, etc. while they continued in occupancy of our property. When they were finally evicted after 3.5 years of litigation, they set out to vandalize and destroy our property. Our only means to carry on with this legal charade was to refinance our properties. Also, the intense distraction from our business. Your final question, why did “Carlebach file late” is a fitting question. I stayed on top of his due dates and notified him of his deadlines. I guess I’ll have to leave you to draw your own conclusion as to the reason for his failure to file in a timely manner. An important factor is that the court awarded us an interim adequate protection with a judgment for $250,000.00. The US Trustee (Robert Geltzer) then demanded (in chambers: pressured (extorted) in collusion with Judge Stewart M Bernstein) that we turn over such judgment to the trustee. We were the creditors in their bankruptcy! It should also be noted that in an attempt to close their bankruptcy case, the debtor admitted to all of our disclosures in the memorandum of law.

  5. Marlena Fearing says:

    I have gathered 17 years of. Evidence to prove the orruption taking place in our courts which l now believe that our courts are really a criminal enterprise to steal from the public.

  6. John says:

    Americans Against Foreclosures ( http://www.aaf.news ) have been receiving hundreds of complaints from home owners who have filed for Chapter 13 BK protection and have found that the Court rule in favor of the creditors 90% of the time and do not fine them for filing fake POCs. This is a felony and must be dealt with by arrests by the FBI.

  7. Joanne Schulter says:

    Mine is the saddest case of all.I am not very educated and my statement is in simple terms but… i was pushed into a bankruptcy case chapter 7 eastern district of brooklyn ny by my ever so stupid lawyer for a mere $37,000 because i was ill and couldn’t pay my creditors and only $17,000 in creditors came forward to collect and then my trustee Robert Geltzer sued my ex husband home that he was given in our divorce and after two years of fighting and trying to settle the same judge that discharged my bankruptcy case then sold my ex husbands 1.5 million dollar home for geltzer to keep all the profits saying he now hod over 300,00 in admin fees. Bevilacqua/Schulter case. I am still in turmoil and my ex husband is homeless due to this atrocity .

      • Joanne Schulter says:

        Is anything going on with this class action suit against geltzer ? We have written to almost every politician we can think of and no one has ever helped. Besides geltzer being a criminal what about the judge who awarded these things to him??? Shouldn’t the judges be held accountable too?

  8. Michael Lamothe says:

    I owned 650,000 she in LPHI, Waco, TX. The company was copmpliant and innocent. Multiple 10Ks and forensic audits all clean. Company is forced into chapter 11 by SEC, conflicted Chapter 13 U.S. Trustee chosen before Chapter 11 began.
    Secrect meeting held at Waco hotel 1 year before bankruptcy was even sought.
    $2.5 billion investor assets confiscated by trustee and lawyer at T&K. $1 billion of investor assets goes missing.
    This Government bankruptcy corruption is exactly as former AG Ashcroft outlined in Hague speech on same subject.
    I have pro se case in Ft Worth Dist Court demanding 2015 & 2016 SEC required audits for a public company.

    • Paul says:

      Michael Lamothe: Our Bankruptcy courts would certainly appear to be a massive criminal conspiracy. (RICO) Unfortunately, we are unlikely to see anything done unless and until the media shines the light. Here is a petition that I started several years ago; unfortunately, it didn’t seem to gain much momentum. Maybe that would be my own fault for not promoting it enough. I have reworked it and it is ready for signatures at:. https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-stop-judicial-corruption-in-our-bankruptcy-courts. Please Share!

      • Peter Mergenthaler says:

        Pls contact me. We have been raped by the bankruptcy court. It’s left us homeless and took everything but our live organs. It goes further then that it’s strategic organization of robbing innocent people looking for help. They left me with 000 dollars after I had over 3 million dollars in assets. Who ever is reading this and can help pls get in touch with me. Thank you

  9. Tom Daleworn says:

    Beware the WDPA Bankruptcy court. 20K for a simple c13 BR. Attorney colluded with Trustee. Not certain of the Judge however the clown who oversees the entire show is complicit also. If you file for ANY bankruptcy pay attention to every detail no matter how insignificant it may seem. Record the initial consultation (ask for permission) if denied record it on your cell phone recording app or get up and leave. The attorney if legit will agree to a recording so there are no denials later. Make absolutely certain what the entire costs are and if the attorney tells you don’t be concerned or there might be a few hundred extra run don’t walk out of the shark’s office.

  10. Jon says:

    Hi, There is a pending C11 case right now in a major BK Court in New York involving a business that was forced into bankruptcy by an malicious NY landlord and predatory nonprofit lender to recapture its undermarket leasehold after $3 million was invested into improving the property. One month before the business was ready to finally open and after a two years of interfering with the construction, bribing the GC, the landlord caused a pipe the burst which flooded the space and precipitating the Chapter 11. The flood triggered a substantial post petition insurance payment which the Wolfpack orchestrated to seize. The cabal of corruption involves a cast of bad actors, attorneys, and a court that that has made erroneous ruling contrary to the black letter of the law, code, and contracts to derail the repair of the space. The Wolfpack orchestrated a scheme to oust the CEO who was on top of their scheme by raising an oral motion to appoint a chapter 11 trustee behind closed doors during an unrelated hearing with no notice or hearing. The Trustee’s appointment and selection violated the provisions of the code. The Trustee confiscated the insurance payment and for 3 months did nothing. Just when the Covid 19 hit, the Trustee filed a motion to convert to a chapter 7 which the the Court recently granted through an improper telephonic hearing in which he interrupted cross examination of the trustee . The violation of due process and corruption of this case and the system speaks no boundaries. The bigger issue is finding a bankruptcy attorney who is not involved in the cabal. As a result I’ve moved in on the case pro se and filed a notice of appeal of court’s erroneous rulings with the district court. The mission is to reverse the rulings and bring this Wolfpack to justice and to bring immediate public awareness as a message that We the People is what gives the judiciary its power and not the other way around. The majority of Small businesses are about to get wiped out by this state sanctioned pandemic with property unlawfully confiscated and transferred to the corporate giant bank and landlords who will fall victim to this predatory process. New York is the epicenter. Will need all the help possible in this case. Please advise.

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