Monthly Archives: October 2005

READ THEM AND WEEP

Two stories you MUST read from the LA Times. This one is about the MS 13 abusing the immigration laws to import their law breaking ways. Find it here.
Then, a sad post script to the crazy McMartin Pre School phony allegations from the 1980’s. One of the “victims” now acknowledges what we’ve already figured out: he LIED.

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CRACK DOWN ON PERVS

This was sent to me tonight on the issue of cracking down on child pedophiles (hereafter known as PERVERTS).

Oregon’s Child Protection Initiative Update – now it’s called Ballot Measure #90.

From Sec. of State, 10/20/05:

Initiative #69 (increasing mandatory minimum sentence for sex crimesagainst child victims) was withdrawn.
We received initiative #90 (increasing mandatory minimum sentence forsex crimes against child victims); the draft ballot title is due fromthe Attorney General on October 26 and written public comments are dueNovember 9.
http://www.sos.state.or.us/elections/irr/2006/090text.pdf

Nina

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This is a DEFENSE? Immigration Fraud/Racketeering Case: 80,000 Phony ID’s

The defense began today in the case of Miguel Robleto. Attorney Natchigal began with a whimper by bringing in a woman who worked with Robleto at the now defunct Forest Grove DMV office back ‘in the day’ in the 1980’s. She testified Robleto was a nice guy and testified about how the DMV handles licensing paperwork. An interesting nugget was her revelation that the DMV suggested to people without ID that they mail an envelope to themselves to provide a key piece of ID. That is actually part of Robleto’s alleged scam (see yesterday’s blog for deets), answering the question of where he got the idea! Hey, he got it at work! The DMV reportedly no longer offers this helpful advice to wanna be ODL rip offs.

Thanks to the prosecutor we found out the woman had been SUBPOENAED BY THE DEFENSE and took credit for suggesting to Miguel that he try to get himself a DMV driving test franchise. Good advice. He did. And made a loooooooooooot of money.

The now former employee of the DMV works for a third party company that gives driving tests. Sound familiar? That’s exactly what Miguel Robleto did before he got busted (he’s now simply running a driving school. Guess the bust was bad for business and all…).

Problem solved. She tests some of Robleto’s customers for him. In fact, they saw each other just last week!

Trial resumes Tuesday at 9 with another defense witness and at least one prosecution rebuttal witness.

The Oregonian devoted three whole paragraphs to the story today. This for a story they describe as the BIGGEST IMMIGRATION FRAUD CASE IN STATE HISTORY.

NEWS UPDATE
Friday, October 28, 2005
— Holly Danks
Defense will begin
in racketeering case
The case: Miguel F. Robleto, 47, was charged with racketeering involving 189 counts of money laundering, first-degree forgery, tampering with public records and other crimes prosecutors say were related to the Drive Master Education third-party driver’s testing business he ran on Southwest Walnut Street in Hillsboro. Authorities say Robleto and seven others were involved in a scheme that helped thousands of illegal immigrants from across the country get Oregon driver’s licenses, making it the biggest immigration fraud in state history.

Update: Prosecutors dropped 30 counts against Robleto, who has been on trial since Oct. 5 in Washington County Circuit Court before Judge Steven L. Price. On Thursday, Price denied defense motions to dismiss the case.

What’s next: Fred C. Nachtigal, a court-appointed attorney, will open Robleto’s defense today. From his cross-examination of prosecution witnesses, Nachtigal is trying to show that Robleto did not know people were buying fake documents in his parking lot, falsifying driver’s license applications and getting licenses without taking driving tests.

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This is a DEFENSE? Immigration Fraud/Racketeering Case: 80,000 Phony ID’s

The defense began today in the case of Miguel Robleto. Attorney Natchigal began with a whimper by bringing in a woman who worked with Robleto at the now defunct Forest Grove DMV office back ‘in the day’ in the 1980’s. She testified Robleto was a nice guy and testified about how the DMV handles licensing paperwork. An interesting nugget was her revelation that the DMV suggested to people without ID that they mail an envelope to themselves to provide a key piece of ID. That is actually part of Robleto’s alleged scam (see yesterday’s blog for deets), answering the question of where he got the idea! Hey, he got it at work! The DMV reportedly no longer offers this helpful advice to wanna be ODL rip offs.

Thanks to the prosecutor we found out the woman had been SUBPOENAED BY THE DEFENSE and took credit for suggesting to Miguel that he try to get himself a DMV driving test franchise. Good advice. He did. And made a loooooooooooot of money.

The now former employee of the DMV works for a third party company that gives driving tests. Sound familiar? That’s exactly what Miguel Robleto did before he got busted (he’s now simply running a driving school. Guess the bust was bad for business and all…).

Problem solved. She tests some of Robleto’s customers for him. In fact, they saw each other just last week!

Trial resumes Tuesday at 9 with another defense witness and at least one prosecution rebuttal witness.

The Oregonian devoted three whole paragraphs to the story today. This for a story they describe as the BIGGEST IMMIGRATION FRAUD CASE IN STATE HISTORY.

NEWS UPDATE
Friday, October 28, 2005
— Holly Danks
Defense will begin
in racketeering case
The case: Miguel F. Robleto, 47, was charged with racketeering involving 189 counts of money laundering, first-degree forgery, tampering with public records and other crimes prosecutors say were related to the Drive Master Education third-party driver’s testing business he ran on Southwest Walnut Street in Hillsboro. Authorities say Robleto and seven others were involved in a scheme that helped thousands of illegal immigrants from across the country get Oregon driver’s licenses, making it the biggest immigration fraud in state history.

Update: Prosecutors dropped 30 counts against Robleto, who has been on trial since Oct. 5 in Washington County Circuit Court before Judge Steven L. Price. On Thursday, Price denied defense motions to dismiss the case.

What’s next: Fred C. Nachtigal, a court-appointed attorney, will open Robleto’s defense today. From his cross-examination of prosecution witnesses, Nachtigal is trying to show that Robleto did not know people were buying fake documents in his parking lot, falsifying driver’s license applications and getting licenses without taking driving tests.

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DENIED: Defense Motion for Dismissal in case of 80,000 Illegal Aliens Getting Phony ID’s for ODL

Judge Steven Price today DENIED the motion for dismissal filed by Miguel Robleto’s attorney Fred Natchigal (see yesterday’s post for deets). The Victoria Taft Show Courtroom mole 🙂 reports the Judge appeared not to buy the defense’s story that the former DMV worker-turned-entrepreneur had nothing to do with the mysterious jailed Tanya’s enterprise of coming up with phony ID for the 80,000 illegal aliens who appeared in Oregon and who within days received an Oregon Driver’s License through the help of Robleto’s DME (Drive Masters). In addition, the judge made an interesting comment about the records of giving 80,000 driving tests that Robleto didn’t bother to keep. The judge said those documents appear to be public records because they were being kept by a DMV sanctioned driving school and hence were official DMV documents. Where are they Mr. Robleto?

Nachtigal appeared to be so happy about his arguments made in court yesterday that he was singing as he left the courtroom. His good humor, alas, went void when the judge ruled against him. In fact, because he apparently thought he’d win the dismissal Natchigal didn’t bother to come prepared with witnesses and opening statements to begin the defense’s case. He’s on tomorrow at 9am in the Washington County Courthouse in Hillsboro.

Mr. Robleto, who speaks perfect, fluent English (since he worked in the DMV for years), will be provided with a taxpayer provided interpreter for tomorrow’s proceedings.

Interesting case, huh? The Oregonian doesn’t think so. The newspaper of record (HA!) has carried one story on the case. One. That was before the trial started.

BTW: here’s how the scam worked:

Illegal aliens would be carted to Oregon from points around the US where they would stay in the Dunes Motel and other nearby hotels in Hillsboro. They’d be provided (for a fee of course) residency “ID” (yes, using the hotel/motel addresses) which was in the form of a postmarked envelope. Tanya is convicted of having sent those envelopes to herself by the dozens (the addressee would be written in pencil), whereupon receipt she would erase the pencil and fill in the names of her “clients.” According to testimony by an investigator during the trial, Tanya and her people would also provide VOTER IDENTIFICATION CARDS as ID! They’d take their driving training at the DME, most often using Robleto’s car, and then take their written exams at the DMV.

It’s a shame Mr. Robleto didn’t keep any records. Bummer. I would like to have filed a FOIA request to get a look at those babies and cross reference those names with the voters list.

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Oregon Supreme Court Candidate (we hope) Jack Roberts Responds to Recalls, Initiatives

Jack Roberts wrote to the Victoria Taft blog today about my rant pertaining to M 37 and judicial activism in Oregon. See the previous post here.

Jack wrote: Victoria, your history is a little rusty. The courts overturned a measure setting campaign contribution limits passed in 1994 by a margin of 851,014 to 324,224. They also overturned Measure 62, a hodgepodee of campaign rules put together by public employee unions that passed in 1998 by 721,448 to 347,112.

Both those measures could fairly be characterized as initatives supported by the left, yet the court threw them out. I’m not defending the decade-long record of judicial activism by the Oregon Supreme Court, but I think we should be careful about characterizing this as a simple left-right split.

I also think the worst thing we can do is start recalling judges whose decisions we disagree with. I agree with those who believe recall should be limited to true corruption and malfeasance, not policy disagreements.Judicial elections are another thing. There we as voters have the right to choose judges whose reasoning and values we respect.

27 October, 2005 07:41



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DENIED: Defense Motion for Dismissal in case of 80,000 Illegal Aliens Getting Phony ID’s for ODL

Judge Steven Price today DENIED the motion for dismissal filed by Miguel Robleto’s attorney Fred Natchigal (see yesterday’s post for deets). The Victoria Taft Show Courtroom mole 🙂 reports the Judge appeared not to buy the defense’s story that the former DMV worker-turned-entrepreneur had nothing to do with the mysterious jailed Tanya’s enterprise of coming up with phony ID for the 80,000 illegal aliens who appeared in Oregon and who within days received an Oregon Driver’s License through the help of Robleto’s DME (Drive Masters). In addition, the judge made an interesting comment about the records of giving 80,000 driving tests that Robleto didn’t bother to keep. The judge said those documents appear to be public records because they were being kept by a DMV sanctioned driving school and hence were official DMV documents. Where are they Mr. Robleto?

Nachtigal appeared to be so happy about his arguments made in court yesterday that he was singing as he left the courtroom. His good humor, alas, went void when the judge ruled against him. In fact, because he apparently thought he’d win the dismissal Natchigal didn’t bother to come prepared with witnesses and opening statements to begin the defense’s case. He’s on tomorrow at 9am in the Washington County Courthouse in Hillsboro.

Mr. Robleto, who speaks perfect, fluent English (since he worked in the DMV for years), will be provided with a taxpayer provided interpreter for tomorrow’s proceedings.

Interesting case, huh? The Oregonian doesn’t think so. The newspaper of record (HA!) has carried one story on the case. One. That was before the trial started.

BTW: here’s how the scam worked:

Illegal aliens would be carted to Oregon from points around the US where they would stay in the Dunes Motel and other nearby hotels in Hillsboro. They’d be provided (for a fee of course) residency “ID” (yes, using the hotel/motel addresses) which was in the form of a postmarked envelope. Tanya is convicted of having sent those envelopes to herself by the dozens (the addressee would be written in pencil), whereupon receipt she would erase the pencil and fill in the names of her “clients.” According to testimony by an investigator during the trial, Tanya and her people would also provide VOTER IDENTIFICATION CARDS as ID! They’d take their driving training at the DME, most often using Robleto’s car, and then take their written exams at the DMV.

It’s a shame Mr. Robleto didn’t keep any records. Bummer. I would like to have filed a FOIA request to get a look at those babies and cross reference those names with the voters list.

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Oregon Supreme Court Candidate (we hope) Jack Roberts Responds to Recalls, Initiatives

Jack Roberts wrote to the Victoria Taft blog today about my rant pertaining to M 37 and judicial activism in Oregon. See the previous post here.

Jack wrote: Victoria, your history is a little rusty. The courts overturned a measure setting campaign contribution limits passed in 1994 by a margin of 851,014 to 324,224. They also overturned Measure 62, a hodgepodee of campaign rules put together by public employee unions that passed in 1998 by 721,448 to 347,112.

Both those measures could fairly be characterized as initatives supported by the left, yet the court threw them out. I’m not defending the decade-long record of judicial activism by the Oregon Supreme Court, but I think we should be careful about characterizing this as a simple left-right split.

I also think the worst thing we can do is start recalling judges whose decisions we disagree with. I agree with those who believe recall should be limited to true corruption and malfeasance, not policy disagreements.Judicial elections are another thing. There we as voters have the right to choose judges whose reasoning and values we respect.

27 October, 2005 07:41



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80,000 DRIVER’S LICENSES TO KNOWN ILLEGAL ALIENS Ain’t this a great country? The Trial Continues

The prosecution rests and the defense immediately moves for a dismissal in the bizarre case of the DMV worker who strikes out on his own to provide Driving Tests for illegal aliens in his own DMV subsidiary known as a DME.

As previously noted in this blog, isn’t it interesting that after all the calls to privatize the DMV during the past ten years that they choose to do it with an Hispanic former employee whose sole reason for existing is to give Driving Tests to illegal aliens? Political correctness run amok. Malfeasance? Bad management?
Contact Bruce Warner, the former head of ODOT, now with the PDC about that. His lieutenant, Lorna Youngs, who was in charge of the DMV at the time of these allegations in 2003 is now acting director of ODOT. She’s the one who fired the Linn County official I told you about yesterday. Trackback here. Small world, isn’t it?

Anyhoo, The Victoria Taft Show court observer thinks today’s motion for dismissal by the defense particularly disturbing.

Miguel Robleto’s attorney argued that:

The $465,000 found in Robleto’s safe couldn’t have been used in a laundering scheme because it hadn’t been taken to a bank. That leaves $140,000 that in fact was taken to the bank from the proceeds of the rather lucrative business.

Robleto couldn’t be found guilty of forgery because the envelopes used to fulfill Oregon’s laughable ‘residency’ requirements had been, in fact, phonied up by someone else (who’s now, it should be noted, in the slammer).

Robleto did nothing wrong by offering Driving Tests to 80,000 illegal aliens imported from other parts of the country because as he accurately noted, it’s not illegal in the state of Oregon to give a Driver’s License to an illegal alien.

We’ll have our courtroom observer there tomorrow to bring us the 411 on what’s going on in Hillboro.

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