Peter Strzok’s wife Melissa Hodgman at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been targeting companies linked to China for criminal prosecutions, engendering accusations of racism against her.
Hodgman’s civil fraud prosecution of Japanese-American businessman William Uchimoto fell apart, prompting a lawsuit from Uchimoto against the SEC. Meanwhile, the SEC worked on a massive prosecution of Benjamin Wey, a Chinese-born American citizen and Wall Street financier, which likewise fell through. Wey is now alleging that NASDAQ lied to SEC authorities to bring about his prosecution.
Why are Hodgman and her colleagues at SEC waging legal warfare against Chinese-linked businessmen in a series of cases that are being disputed and discredited?
William Uchimoto’s company CleanTech, a wind and renewable energy company, filed suit in 2012 against NASDAQ for racial discrimination, claiming that Chinese companies were being discriminated against, according to a press release. Former senator Arlen Specter represented CleanTech at the time.
The fraud charges against Uchimoto were dismissed. Uchimoto remained understandably angry about the prosecution, stating, “They gerrymandered what they wanted to look at.”
ABA Journal reported: “A former BigLaw partner says the Securities and Exchange Commission went beyond overzealous enforcement when it filed a civil suit against him that was tossed on Monday by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel in his opinion (PDF) dismissed civil securities fraud and aiding and abetting claims against William Uchimoto of Pennsylvania, the New York Law Journal (sub. req.) reports. Uchimoto is a former partner at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, at Saul Ewing and at Stevens & Lee. The SEC had alleged that Uchimoto misled Nasdaq about whether two companies had satisfied shareholder requirements to be listed on the exchange. He was a partner at Buchanan Ingersoll at the time of the alleged misrepresentation. Castel said the SEC complaint failed to allege that Uchimoto obtained money or property as a result of the alleged misrepresentation.”
Benjamin Wey likewise believes that he was wrongfully targeted by the SEC during Hodgman’s tenure at the enforcement agency, when Wey was prosecuted for fraud. The charges were recently dismissed.
Forbes reported: “Wall Street financier Benjamin Wey filed a civil lawsuit in New York Supreme Court against Nasdaq. He alleges that Nasdaq mislead federal authorities with false information that wrongly led to his prosecution. He is seeking $650 million in damages.”
On April 9, 2018, the SEC voluntarily dismissed fraud charges against Benjamin Wey, issuing a press release about the dismissal.
Heavy reported: “U.S. securities regulators…moved to drop their fraud case against Wall Street financier Benjamin Wey, about a month after prosecutors dropped a related criminal case after a judge threw out some evidence,” Reuters reported. According to Reuters, “The criminal case against Wey collapsed in June, when U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan ruled that a huge cache of materials seized from Wey’s home and offices could not be used because they were obtained with overly broad search warrants that violated Wey’s constitutional rights…The article continued, “Nathan said the seizure of items such as children’s school records, family photos and X-rays at minimum reflected ‘grossly negligent or reckless disregard’ of the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable search and seizure.”
Hodgman was eventually promoted at SEC by Barack Obama in 2016, shortly before the presidential election and in the midst of her husband’s Operation Crossfire Hurricane plot to target President Donald Trump and excuse Hillary Clinton of crimes.
Hodgman’s history raises serious questions about her credibility, and could open new avenues of information in the effort to expose the full scope of Peter Strzok’s dealings in the U.S. intelligence agencies. Are intelligence agencies coordinating with law enforcement on selective prosecutions?
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Leaked Amazon Memo Shows How the Globalist Company Demonizes Their Own Workers
Bezos has been bad!
A leaked memo from Amazon showed how the company’s CEO Jeff Bezos attended a recent meeting in which Amazon executives plotted ways to demonize a top labor organizer.
Notes from the meeting indicate that the Amazon executives are plotting a campaign to destroy the reputation of former warehouse employee Christian Smalls, an organizer who has been trying to rally Amazon workers for better wages and more benefits. They said that Smalls was “not smart or articulate,” and they hoped to make him “the face of the entire union/organizing movement.”
“He’s not smart, or articulate, and to the extent the press wants to focus on us versus him, we will be in a much stronger PR position than simply explaining for the umpteenth time how we’re trying to protect workers,” wrote Amazon General Counsel David Zapolsky in meeting notes that were circulated throughout forwarded widely within the company.
This was apparently discussed during a daily meeting that was meant to be centered around coordinating a response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We go over the update on what’s happening around the world with our employees and with our customers and our businesses. We also spend a significant amount of time just brainstorming about what else we can do [about coronavirus],” Amazon SVP of Global Corporate Affairs Jay Carney said to describe the meeting while appearing on CNN.
But apparently their coronavirus meeting was diverted into plotting new ways to punish workers during the crisis. Amazon terminated Smalls last week after he led a protest at a Staten Island distribution facility in which several workers walked out on the job to send a message. Amazon is claiming that Smalls was fired for violating a mandatory 14-day quarantine after coming in contact with an employee who tested positive for coronavirus.
Smalls disputes the story that is being spread by Amazon about why he was fired. He is saying that his firing had nothing to do with alleged contact with an employee who tested positive for coronavirus. He claims he was fired because of concerns that he brought up with management regarding sanitation standards at the warehouse. Smalls also believes that Amazon is not being truthful about the number of workers who have been infected with coronavirus.
Other notes from the meeting lay out Amazon’s devious plan to target Smalls and make him the focal point of any response to public concerns regarding worker safety.
“We should spend the first part of our response strongly laying out the case for why the organizer’s conduct was immoral, unacceptable, and arguably illegal, in detail, and only then follow with our usual talking points about worker safety,” wrote Zapolsky in his notes from the meeting.
“Make him the most interesting part of the story, and if possible make him the face of the entire union/organizing movement,” he added.
Zapolsky attempted to rationalize his anti-worker sentiments in a groveling statement issued to VICE News after realizing his notes went public.
“I was frustrated and upset that an Amazon employee would endanger the health and safety of other Amazonians by repeatedly returning to the premises after having been warned to quarantine himself after exposure to virus Covid-19,” he said. “I let my emotions draft my words and get the better of me.”
Bezos’ brand of globalism does not put American workers first, and the coronavirus pandemic is seen by Amazon as just another excuse for the billionaire technocrat to put the squeeze on labor.
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