Sunday, January 31, 2010
Pamela Geller's Pretty Hate Machine With Links to Used Car Scam and Murder at Universal Auto World in Lawrence Where Muslim Straw Buyers Like Nazeem Mohamed Were Used.
Huff-Po Piece...Pamela Geller's Pretty Hate Machine ...Newsmax has had a bad run of late with its columnists (like Pamela Geller).
Longtime writer John L. Perry penned a column advocating a military coup against President Obama; Newsmax removed it after a public outcry, and Perry hasn't written for Newsmax since. After giving Bernard Kerik a column and spending months trying to rehabilitate his reputation amid corruption allegations, quietly put him aside after he pleaded guilty to several of those charges.
Then Pat Boone, in a Nov. 2 column, described Obama and his administration as "political voracious varmints" who must be dealt with, "figuratively, but in a very real way," by "tenting" the White House the way one does with a house infested by rodents; Newsmax had to pull that one too, though Boone has continued as a columnist. (WorldNetDaily, meanwhile, does not object to Boone's eliminationist rhetoric, as the column still resides there.)
So who's next? I nominate Pamela Geller as the next Newsmax columnist most likely to have a claim quietly retracted.
Newsmax officially added Geller as a columnist in August 2009. Her bio claims that at her regular blog, Atlas Shrugs, she is "bringing you the news you will not hear from the mainstream media, covering little-reported events of great import." But of course, there's no attention given to the wacky extremist views she holds.
Geller -- a former associate publisher of the New York Observer formerly married to a New York car dealer, (MICHAEL H. OSHRY who has since died of a heart attack) that owned a dealership linked not only to an alleged fraud scam but the killing of two police officers (the dealership is listed as partly owned by Geller, who has denied any knowledge of or involvement in the alleged scam) -- is rabidly anti-Obama, anti-Islam and pro-birther.
UNIVERSAL AUTO WORLD LONG ISLAND NY LINKED TO MURDER OF COLLIN THOMAS, SEE INVESTIGATIVE REPORT ON THE UNIVERSAL AUTO MURDER WHICH ACCORDING TO THE NY POST PAMELA GELLER IS PART OWNER, CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO..
She has also had dalliances with European fascists and promoted the far-right British National Party. (Geller doesn't think these folks are "neofascist," apparently feeling that their anti-Islamic activism excuses their political leanings.) Geller's Newsmax columns reflect these views.
Indeed, Geller -- who once notoriously published a video blog of herself in a bikini -- is one pretty hate machine. In just a few short months, she has hurled vicious attacks at President Obama, embraced birtherism, and blown far out of proportion the case of an Ohio teen (Rifqa Bary) who claims her Muslim parents want to kill her for converting to Christianity, making baseless claims and ignoring inconvenient facts.
Rice & Cops: 11 Arrested in Car Dealership Scam at Universal Auto Sales, LLC DBA Universal Auto World, located at 711 Burnside Avenue in Lawrence LI.
Detectives investigating January 2007 homicide work with prosecutors to uncover massive financial fraud ring operating out of Five Towns car dealerships
MINEOLA, NY – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice and members of the Nassau County Police Department’s Homicide, 4th Precinct and Crimes Against Property Squads, assisted by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, announced today the results of a year-and-a-half-long investigation into two Five Towns used car dealerships. The investigation began as a homicide investigation and eventually uncovered a tangled web of financial schemes that have resulted in stolen identities and dozens of ‘mystery’ owners driving high-end automobiles on New York streets and fraud against used car customers.
Rice said that the investigation has resulted in the arrest of 11 individuals and a corporation, now-defunct Universal Auto World in Lawrence. Two former employees of Universal have been arrested, along with three employees of nearby Victory Toyota, also on Burnside Avenue in Lawrence. Six other non-employees have been arrested and accused of participating in the financial schemes taking place at the dealerships.
NY POST ARTICLE Last Updated: 5:00 AM, July 15, 2007...As part of the homicide probe, Nassau County police raided the dealership, owned by auto czar Michael H. Oshry (who has since died of a heart attack in October 2008 he had five children with Pamela Oshry Geller), and Oshry's Hewlett Harbor home and seized business records. Cops found banking records were sent to the house, though the state requires such files be kept at businesses, according to court papers filed in a civil forfeiture action by the Nassau district attorney. "The dealership knew what was going on," an investigator said.
Oshry's lawyer, William Petrillo, said his client "has not engaged in any criminal activity." His ex-wife, Pamela Geller, former associate publisher of the New York Observer and a conservative blogger (atlas shrugs), burst into tears when told her ex is under criminal investigation. Although listed in business records as a Universal co-owner, she denied it. "I have nothing to do with this," Pamela Geller said.
Thomas' fiancée, Cindy Heron, 21, said he was popular and successful. "All his customers loved him," she said. Universal shut its doors June 22, 2007 and liquidated its assets. Cops say Bostic and Ellis were in a BMW SUV that Bostic had taken from the Mitsubishi lot when they fired at Officers Herman Yan and Russel Timoshenko (killed in action) on Monday.
Detectives are investigating the January 2007 homicide at Universal Auto World in Lawrence and then raid the home of Michael H. Oshry.
From public records of political contributions it appears that Pamela Geller (Oshry) was living in the same house that was raided by the cops in early 2007, see below, she gave $2,500 to Rudy Giuliani in his 2007 campaign and others in 2006 from the same address where she linked her blog ATLAS SHRUGS, sometimes misspelling the name of the blog. In 2005 Pamela Geller refered to herself in another political campaign contribution as Mrs. Michael H. Oshry Self employed/Auto dealer.
Pamela Geller Updated Q1/ 2007 Rudy Giuliani $2,300 1195 HARBOR RD Hewlett Harbor NY 11557
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Oshry, Michael H Mrs. Hewlett, NY 11557, Self-Employed/Auto Dealer
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Cops found banking records were sent to the house (in early 2007), though the state requires such files be kept at businesses, according to court papers filed in a civil forfeiture action by the Nassau district attorney. “The dealership knew what was going on,” an investigator said.
“Through a multi-agency investigation, today we have crushed the fraud, the financial mismanagement, the identity theft and the outright stealing that have been commonplace at these two auto dealerships,” Rice said Wednesday. “This investigation started with a murder and eventually led the police department and my office into a tangled web of financial schemes and bogus identities. Detectives and prosecutors simply followed the money.”
Rice said that the investigation into the two dealerships began with the January 11, 2007 murder of Collin Thomas, a 27-year-old salesman at Universal Auto World. Thomas was shot in the back while standing outside Universal’s offices late on a Thursday night. The subsequent investigation by the Nassau County Police Department’s Homicide Squad uncovered numerous instances of potential financial fraud at the dealership. A joint investigation with the DA’s Economic Crimes Bureau, the Police Department’s Crimes Against Property Squad and detectives from the department’s Fourth Precinct and NYS DMV, has now revealed numerous instances of alleged financial impropriety, including the filing of bogus financial paperwork, identify theft and grand larceny.
Rice said that two men, William White and Rajmohan Autar, acting as middle men, allegedly used stolen identities to purchase luxury vehicles from Universal Auto World. The identity thieves would then give the vehicles to a third party for use and for their payments on the car loan. By using stolen identities and a middle man to broker the purchase, the eventual ‘owner’ of the vehicle would avoid identification as long as they paid the car loan on-time and in full. In one instance, the identity of an unsuspecting 75-year-old Suffolk County woman was used to purchase more than $250,000 in automobiles, including a 2005 Maserati, a 2007 Jaguar and a 2006 BMW. White was arrested while driving a second 2005 Maserati that was purchased using the stolen identity of a 53-year-old West Hempstead man. Rice said there were a total of ten instances in which stolen identities were used to facilitate this type of fraudulent purchase.
Numerous instances of “straw” purchases were also discovered. In these cases, White and Autar would set up “straw” buyers at the request of Universal. Rice said defendants Damian Cole, Nazeem Mohamed, Haimraj Prashad, and Maurice Coleman, acting as straw buyers, would receive checks or cash from Universal Auto World for allowing their identities and credit to be used to purchase high-end vehicles that they would never possess and for allowing their signatures and personal information to be used to apply for loans which they never had any intention of paying. This was done to conceal the identities of the real buyers who wanted to remain off state records. At least 20 luxury vehicles, including BMWs, Range Rovers and Infinitis were purchased under this scheme.
In both schemes, Rice said that the loan payments were made by the third parties to ensure the scheme was not discovered. The payments were always made in the names of the victims of identity theft and in the names of the straw buyers. In all, 30 cars were purchased by ‘mystery’ buyers at Universal Auto World. These cars have since been repossessed by the lending institutions or Universal has been forced by the lending institutions to repurchase and pay off the loans on these cars.
Rice said that authorities may never know for certain why the drivers of these vehicles might want to distort their identity. “I can think of a lot of reasons why someone wouldn’t want their name on the books of a automobile, and none of them are good,” said Rice.
Universal Auto World has been charged as a corporation and will face up to $80,000 in fines.
The investigation eventually expanded to include Victory Toyota, Rice said, when witnesses in the Universal case told investigators that similar practices were occurring at Victory, and that salesmen often switched from one dealership to another. An examination of consumer complaints raised red flags and investigators uncovered a variety of financial scams and theft occurring at the dealership.
Rice said that Victory’s former finance director George Buzzetta, acting alone and with co-defendant Anne Edgar Lockhart, would tell prospective buyers that in order to get a used car loan, it was necessary to purchase thousands of dollars of anti-theft devices and extended warranties for the vehicles, which was not true. This was done to increase the purchase price of the vehicle, as well as the sales commission. Buzzetta also had a financial interest in the anti-theft device company.
The two defendants would also file loan applications containing false income information with lending institutions in order to push through auto loans, without the purchasers consent or permission. In several instances where customers gave cash deposits, the deposit was pocketed by the salesman and the amount of the deposit tacked on to the amount of the loan without the customer's knowledge. Customer signatures were also forged on applications for higher cost loans processed with lenders and at rates other than those the purchasers had originally agreed upon.
Another employee of Victory, Terrence Alford, was charged earlier this month with stealing a $5,000 down payment made by a customer to find a certain car. Rice said the customer was told the vehicle couldn’t be found and his check was destroyed. Alford, however, stole and cashed the check.
Rice said that the investigation uncovered 25 incidents in which Victory employees illegally adjusted rates or financial information, stole cash deposits, or tacked on extra items to increase their sales and pad their commissions. As a result of this investigation, Victory has allowed ripped off consumers to return the car and pay back the loan or keep the car and renegotiate the loan with the lending institution. Some refunds have also been made to consumers who were forced to buy non-essential add-ons like “LoJacks” or extended warranties.
“The criminal conduct of auto dealerships that fleece the public through outright theft, excessive interest rates, useless warrantees or products, and steal the identifications of unsuspecting citizens will not be tolerated,” New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner David J. Swarts said. “I applaud and support the cooperative efforts of Nassau County law enforcement agencies and the DMV's Department of Field Investigations to promote safety and deter criminal activity by eliminating dealerships that would take advantage of the motoring public.”
The investigation into the killing of Collin Thomas remains highly active.
Handling the case for the District Attorney’s office and the Police Department are Assistant District Attorney and Bureau Chief Diane Peress and ADA Brian Heid, of the DA’s Economic Crimes Bureau, Detective Robert Nill from the NCPD’s Fourth Precinct Squad and Detective Ronald Schepis from NCPD's Crimes Against Property Squad. The Police Department’s homicide investigation is being led by Detective Michael O’Leary. Supervising Investigator Gerard Harrison from NYS DMV's Field Investigations Unit assisted the NCPD and DA's office throughout the investigation.
The charges against the defendants are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Universal Defendants;Universal Auto Sales, LLC DBA Universal Auto World, located at 711 Burnside Avenue in Lawrence, is charged with Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, seven counts of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, and 16 counts of Falsification of Business Records in the First Degree. It is represented by Joseph Gentile, Esq.
Christ Tsiropoulos, 38, of Bellmore is the former general manager and co-owner of Universal Auto Sales, LLC. He was arrested in December 4, 2007 and charged with Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, seven counts of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, and 16 counts of Falsification of Business Records in the First Degree. He is represented by Steven Singer, Esq. He is facing a maximum of 15 years in prison if convicted.
Mark Harley, 30, of Far Rockaway is the former finance manager of Universal. He was arrested in December 3, 2007 and charged with Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, seven counts of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, six counts of Identity Theft in the First Degree and 22 counts of Falsification of Business Records in the First Degree. He is represented by Edward Galison, Esq. He is facing a maximum of 15 years in prison if convicted.
Rajmohan Autar, 33, of Queens Village was arrested in January 4, 2008 and charged with Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, seven counts of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, and 14 counts of Falsification of Business Records in the First Degree. He is represented by David Mirsky, Esq. He is facing a maximum of 15 years in prison if convicted.
William White, 28, of Bay Shore was arrested in July 3, 2007 and charged with Grand Larceny in the Second Degree. He is represented by Cornell Bouse, Esq. He is facing a maximum of 15 years in prison if convicted.
Damian Cole, 44, of Cambria Heights was arrested in December 5, 2007 and charged with Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, three counts of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, four counts of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, and seven counts of Falsification of Business Records in the First Degree. He is represented by Domonic Addabbo, Esq. He is facing a maximum of 15 years in prison if convicted.
Nazeem Mohamed, 43, of Richmond Hill was arrested in December 5, 2007 and charged with Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, two counts of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, three counts of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, and five counts of Falsification of Business Records in the First Degree. He is represented by Nick Marino Esq. He is facing a maximum of 15 years in prison if convicted.
Haimraj Prashad, 38, of Jamaica, Queens was arrested in December 5, 2007 and charged with Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, four counts of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, and four counts of Falsification of Business Records in the First Degree. He is represented by Rovshan Sharov, Esq. He is facing a maximum of seven years in prison if convicted.
Maurice Coleman, 22, of Elmont was arrested in December 20, 2007 and charged with Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, two counts of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, and two counts of Falsification of Business Records in the First Degree. He is represented by Paul Senzer, Esq. He is facing a maximum of seven years in prison if convicted.
Victory Toyota Defendants; George Buzzetta, 56, of Port Charlotte, Fla. is the former finance manager for Victory Toyota. He is charged with Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, two counts of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, two counts of Identity Theft in the First Degree and two counts of Falsification of Business Records in the First Degree. He is being extradited from Florida. He is facing a maximum of seven years in prison if convicted. Prior record for George Buzzetta;
BUZZETTA, GEORGE MALE 05/06/1954 RELEASED, EDGECOMBE
Anne Edgar Lockhart, 29, of Springfield Garden is the former sales manager of Victory Toyota and was arrested in August 14, 2007. She is charged with Identity Theft in the First Degree and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree. She is represented by William McDonald, Esq. She is facing a maximum of seven years in prison if convicted.
Terrence Alford, 47, of Elmont is a former salesman at Victory Toyota and was arrested in July 3, 2008. He is charged with Grand Larceny in the Third Degree and Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree. He is facing a maximum of seven years in prison if convicted.
Bill Warner Director of CSPI..Covert Surveillance by Private Investigators at WBI Inc.