Bloomberg’s Illegal Mayors Adds A New Member

Rochester, New York Mayor Lovely Warren was indicted today on two felony counts of campaign fraud. The charges were announced by Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley. Warren is a member of Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle:

The first charge is for first-degree scheme to defraud; the second is an election law offense for illegally coordinating activities and expenditures.

The grand jury indictment is connected to Warren’s 2017 mayoral re-election campaign. Warren has adamantly refused any wrongdoing in the matter.

Warren and two campaign associates also indicted Friday will be arraigned at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, in front of Cayuga County Judge Thomas Leone in Monroe County. 

If convicted of the felony charges, Warren would be removed from office under state law. The maximum sentence would be 16 months to four years in prison, but Warren would be unlikely to be incarcerated. Her pension could be forfeited, however, if the matter is determined to be a crime related to public office, and she also could lose her law license.

Albert Jones, her campaign treasurer, and Rosalind Brooks-Harris, treasurer of her PAC and the city’s finance director, were also indicted.

Warren is claiming any transfers between her campaign and her political action committee that broke the law were “unintentional errors”. However, according to former lobbyist Robert Scott Gaddy, he and a campaign finance lawyer alerted her to the illegality issue and she “intentionally disregarded the advice.”

I’ve lost count of the number of mayors who belong to Bloomberg’s group that have been indicted. I’m sure the tally is high enough to make even the most jaded politician blush.

Below is DA Doorley’s press conference announcing the charges:

Another Illegal Bloomberg Mayor

Yet another member of Mayor Bloomberg’s Illegal Mayors has been arrested. Muncie, Indiana Mayor Dennis Tyler was arrested by the FBI on Monday for accepting a $5,000 bribe to steer a public works contract.

From the Muncie Star-Press:

The 76-year-old Tyler was indicted last Wednesday by a U.S. District Court grand jury on a count of theft of public funds. The indictment was then sealed, setting the stage for the mayor’s arrest by FBI agents Monday morning at his northside Muncie home.

“Public officials are entrusted to perform a public service and to legitimately conduct business in the best interest of the community that they represent,” U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler said Monday. “Tyler not only betrayed the trust of his community, but violated federal law, and all in an effort to serve his own personal interests.

“My office intends to prosecute Tyler to the full extent of the law.”

The FBI has been investigating corruption in the Muncie mayor’s office and the sanitation department since 2016. Seven others have been indicted since them for taking bribes, kickbacks, wire fraud, and other Federal charges.

As a side note, you would have had to wait until the 29th and final paragraph in the story to learn that Tyler was a Democrat.

Indictment In Brian Terry Murder Unsealed

The Justice Department today unsealed the indictment for the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. The FBI also announced a $1 million reward for information leading to the four men who were indicted that are not in custody. Two others are already in Federal custody and have been for some time.

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When asked about the unsealing of the indictment, Chairman Issa applauded the unsealing of it but questioned the timing of it. He thought the release of it now was an effort to divert attention from the House’s contempt citation of Attorney General Eric Holder.

From the Fox News report by William LaJeunesse and Megyn Kelly:

The 11-count indictment, originally handed up by a grand jury in November 2011, implicates five defendants in the killing. A sixth suspect has also been charged in a related incident.

The two men in custody are Manuel Osario Arellanes — who was wounded in the foot the night of the firefight — and his brother Rito. Rito, who was arrested two nights before the Terry shooting, allegedly helped provide weapons to the criminal gang used in the shooting. All six men named in the indictment are either related or friends.

The other four are believed to be hiding out in Mexico, and the U.S. is now offering a reward of up to $1 million for information leading to their arrest. They are: Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga; Ivan Soto-Barraza; Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes; and Lionel Portillo-Meza.

The indictment charges Manuel Osario-Arellanes, Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga, Ivan Soto-Barraza, Heraclio Orsorio-Arellanes, and Lionel Portillo-Meza with 1st Degree Murder, 2nd Degree Murder, Robbery, four counts of Assault on a Federal Officer, and Using and Carrying a Firearm during a Crime of Violence.

The indictment names all of the five men above plus Rito Orsorio-Arellanes with Conspiracy to Interfere with Commerce by Robbery. The indictment also charges Manuel Osario-Arellanes with two counts of a Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Finally, the indictment seeks forfeiture of the two AKs that have been linked to Operation Fast and Furious plus ammunition. The ammo to be forfeited includes boxes of 7.62×39 as might be expected plus a box of .45 ACP and two boxes of .223. You have to wonder if any of the firearms that used the latter were part of Operation Fast and Furious.

I have embedded the full unsealed indictment below:

USA v. Manuel Osario Arellanes et al