Your DWP at Work: They Drink, Go to Sex Clubs and Steal Your Money
Shocked and amazed — that’s the official position of the Department of Water and Power over revelations that its employees are accused of running a six-year, $3 million scam with the utility’s credit cards.
“We are outraged by these alleged crimes and will seek to
recover at least $3 million that was stolen over a six-year period,” DWP spokesman Joe Ramallo told the LA Times.
Prosecutors filed one felony count of conflict of interest, one
felony count of misappropriation of public funds and two felony
conspiracy counts against Anthony Carone, 49, and Akbar Fonooni, 55.
They allegedly used about a dozen DWP to buy at least $3 million in products — including
Four felony charges also were filed against Troy Mitchell Holt, 45,
whom investigators described as a friend of Carone. At least $1.4
million in purchases were routed through J.J. & R. Sales, a company
set up by Holt, authorities said.
Assemblyman Gatto Squelches Mayor Sam – What’s He Afraid of?
The most viewed and emailed story at dailynews.com today is “Mike Gatto forces blogger to remove postings.”
Kevin Modesti tells the story on the front page off how the San Fernando Valley are Democrat, elected in a special election in June and facing Sunder Ramani again on Tuesday, has his lawyer threat Mayor Sam’s mastermind Michael Higby with a cease and desist letter and threats of a libel suit.
Like most bloggers, Higby didn’t have the money to fight and took down the five items about Gatto written by Scott “Red Spot” Johnson.
“If he was in fact libeled, he’s entitled to use “If (Gatto) is going to threaten lawsuits every time somebody posts something he doesn’t like or may be false and
the courts just like anybody else,” said Peter Scheer, executive
director of the San Rafael-based First Amendment Coalition. “But he
needs to remember he’s now a public official, and public officials have
to have thick skins.
defamatory, he’s going to spend all of his time in court and none of his
time being an effective assemblyman.”
“If he was in fact libeled, he’s entitled to use
“If (Gatto) is going to threaten lawsuits every time somebody posts something he doesn’t like or may be false and