Monthly Archives: July 2013

Thanks to Jerry, Henry and Margaret!

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I love the movie, Jerry Maguire. He’s a sports agent, and he begins to realize that the industry that he is working in is deservedly having the reputation for dishonesty. He writes a “mission statement”, and circulates it to his co-workers in order to urge them to join him in getting back to the heart of the business (and by default, restore faith to it). He was fired, but went on to start his own agency that would operate with the principles in his mission statement. Hard-going at first, I suspect, because people were used to the way things were established by that point. Change is hard for us humans to decide to do, and even harder to actually do. In the end, due to his perseverance and insistence that “we’ll stay afloat” (things were financially tight with only one client), Jerry is able to help instill change in his client, in the perceptions of the fans (for a game), in the team owner renegotiating his client’s contract, and even in surrounding athletes who realize they are missing something with their representation. Love it, because I too believe as Margaret Mead did, that “Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

To my friends, and the new ones I’ve met through this site, I so appreciate all of your contributions to the site. Moreover, I appreciate your ideas to create and formulate this site, your time spent in actually creating it, and your dedication in helping to spread awareness of activities that need to change and end.

As many of you have heard me say, the circumstances that I have found myself in for the past two years are not ones that I would have chosen for myself. They chose me. Just as my business partner chose the actions that she did, I too had a choice as to how to respond. Through her attorneys, Darlyn R. McLaughlin and David B. Shapiro in Baltimore, MD, offers were made to me to “settle” the case. In each instance, I needed no time to think about it and simply waited for them to finish offering so that I could clearly tell them “there will be NO settlement”. What people don’t understand is that settling doesn’t actually make the issue go away. It only makes it not go forward in court. Our society has gotten used to taking the perceived easy way out, the path of least resistance, and the road where you get as much as you can while doing the least amount of work. While some of my friends were of the same mindset as me (“no way, you won’t settle. you’ve done nothing wrong.”), others were growing tired of hearing of the antics and, wishing for me to get on with my life, urged me to “give her what she wants”. My views are more in line with Henry David Thoreau: “The path of least resistance leads to crooked rivers and crooked men.” Had I settled, the things shown on this site (and the other issues that have yet to appear) would have likely forever been hidden. Not settling was not easy, but it WAS the best thing ultimately.

I have a son. Parents have the job of trying their best to raise their kids so that they will be best-equipped to handle “life” as each of us experience it. More important than the words that come out of my mouth, are the ACTIONS that he sees me do. He is watching me, whether I realize it or not, and he has been learning from me how he could (if he chooses to) maneuver in his life in the future. I have always taken that responsibility seriously. It means that I don’t just make my decisions for my own benefit, but for his future benefit as well. Life is not going to be easy for him. And the things that he will truly value, will be those things that he will find he had to work hard for (with the exception of my love, hopefully). My son will do great things in the world, because I encourage him not to take that path of least resistance. And he doesn’t see me taking it either. Not only does HE deserve that from me, but it’s also my contribution to the change I want to see in the world.

Do we live in a perfect world, with perfect people? Far from it. I’m certainly not perfect either, and have my flaws. I have been fortunate to have the family background that I had, that led me to have the strong convictions that I do about living with integrity and being a person of character who DOES SOMETHING about “wrong” when I encounter it. The personal integrity of the people featured on this website is their own to go to sleep with each night. While some talk of “Karma”, I prefer to think simply that “what goes around comes around”, and that “what has been done in the dark will be brought to the light”. To the extent that issues come that directly affect me, as the actions of my business partner, her various legal counsels and many other people yet to be featured on this site have, I have felt compelled to share the information with my friends (old and new) so that together, we can help make the change that Margaret Meade wrote about. From the comments on this site, it would appear that people are understanding that this “story” is not just mine, but belongs to you also since it ultimately is affecting you. Craftsmanship, and doing one’s job with integrity (caring enough to do so), extends far beyond the one-on-one encounter between the two initial parties of any transaction. Short cuts create inferior products. Doing just enough to get by, breeds an entitlement mentality, which leads to greed. We all end up paying more than was necessary when that happen. This site showcases that. It happens with bankruptcy fraud, tax evasion, mortgage fraud, military BAH fraud, disability fraud, false statements under penalty of perjury, witness tampering, voter registration fraud, and even marriage fraud in the “Sin City” of Vegas. There is more, thanks to all of YOUR efforts, but this list is long enough!

A girl can dream. That craftsmanship, integrity, ethics, good character, honesty and plain-old “doing the right thing even when no one else is looking”, will be the rule instead of the exception. I hope that in my son’s lifetime, he will live in a world where you don’t have to “trust but verify” in order to protect yourself. As one person commented: with patience and persistence, anything can be done. Thanks for the reminder.

In the meantime, Thoreau had it right.

A link to Jerry Maguire’s “mission statement” is HERE.

Apparently, it was inspired by a letter written by the (then-head of Disney) Jeffrey Katzenberg to his fellow execs. He left Disney 3 years later, and started Dreamworks with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen. Read HERE. It is long.

Avoiding Maryland Taxes With Fraud

State taxes. Many of us have them. We try to minimize them as best we can, to keep as much money as the law will allow in our pockets. There are many ways that a person can legally write-off expenses and deductions to change AMOUNT DUE to REFUND DUE. We all pay our fair-share of these taxes, so that the streets can be paved, schools can be kept open so that kids can thrive, and community services can be maintained. These services require tax money in order to operate, and without it, budgets are cut (with services therefore cut).

For the men and women in our armed forces who legitimately claim to be domiciled in or residents of States that do not have State income tax, ‘good for you’ that you get to take advantage of this benefit. Examples of such States are:

  • Alaska
  • Florida
  • Nevada
  • South Dakota
  • Washington

For this post, we are strictly going to talk about Maryland. According to the Comptroller of Maryland website (found HERE), a person is a “resident” if:

“Your permanent home is or was in Maryland (the law refers to this as your domicile). OR your permanent home is outside of Maryland, but you maintained a place of abode (that is, a place to live) in Maryland for more than six months of the tax year. If this applies to you and you were physically present in the state for 183 days or more, you must file a full-year resident return.”

The issue of “domicile” comes into play, and fortunately, the State of Maryland issued an Administrative Release that covers the matter thoroughly. You can find that writeup by clicking HERE or by reading the PDF below:

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In the military, a person can have a legal residence, which can be different than their ‘home of record’. Home of record is where they were when they enlisted or re-enlisted, and legal residence is where they conduct business and intend to live when they retire or leave the service. It is their permanent home, demonstrated by the activities they have already conducted and continue to conduct.

According to the linked website, a person can change their legal residence by completing a DD Form 2058. On that form is that all-too-familiar wording: “I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, I have met all the requirements for legal residence or domicile in the state claimed above and that information provided is correct. I understand that the tax authorities of my former state of legal residence or domicile will be notified of this certificate.” Hmmm.

Supposedly, the military is REQUIRED to make sure that a servicemember isn’t changing their legal residence in order to avoid taxation. There are people whose jobs it is to answer such questions, when/if asked. You can see that written HERE. We found an Air Force writeup on legal residence, written by 1st Lt. Nicole Naeser that can be found HERE.

INTENT means everything, and one of the strongest ways to show it is with where you actually live and by where you register to VOTE. For those in the military, the Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act allows them to do all of their residency things in the place where they have legal residence, as opposed to where they may be stationed (since that may frequently change).

So what would be the chances that 3 or more people who have ALL worked on the same Air Force base in Maryland, would ALL be registered to vote in the SAME Florida county for years? What if ALL of them owned houses in DC or Maryland, had cars registered there also, lived and worked in DC/MD, had spouses residing in DC/MD, and had DC or MD driver’s licenses the entire time?

Maryland tax evasion is a fraud of another sort, but one that will be explored via this site as additional information is obtained. Finding legitimate ways to lower your taxes is fine. CREATING a fictitious life to try to justify having NO taxes, is FRAUD (and greedy). Do YOU have information that can help? You know who we’re looking for, and you know where to cast your line if you know something that can help: fishy(at)tocatchafish.net

It is a CRIME, after all

It is a CRIME, after all

Mystery of “the husband” has been solved!

We thought it fitting that today, July 3rd, be the day to announce that we have concluded the search for the extremely elusive Christopher Anthony Black. Initially and according to reports, there was allegedly a person with that name born in South Carolina on July 3, 1953 with parents named “Charlie” and “Ijetta”. We have to thank the two people who really came through for us and did an exhaustive search for this man who allegedly professed his love to his bride at the Little White Chapel in Vegas back in February of 1994 (and supposedly lived in Temple Hills, MD with her while she did her thing nearby at Andrews AFB).

Turns out that there are some people of note that share that same birthday. A few:

Bob Carrington played in the NBA for the Clippers

Richard Michelson is a poet and children’s book author

The bassist Chubby Jackson had a son, Duffy Jackson, who was a drummer for Count Basie

NY Appellate Court Judge James McGuire

 

Our search for the name “Saulters” in South Carolina initially proved disappointing. There are 10 of them, according to whitepages.com:

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“Ijetta” is, as it turns out, an extremely RARE first name. Doing a Google.com search yields this one: CLICK HERE

 

But when a very helpful and resourceful person started REALLY digging, she found that low and behold there IS actually an “Ijetta Saulters” who walked the face of the Earth! And guess what? She DID have a son who was born on July 3, 1953! And that’s not all. She DOES have a husband named “Charlie”! AND, they all spent some time in South Carolina! Unfortunately, her son’s name was NOT Christopher Anthony Black. But she does have a son whose first name IS Christopher. And the best news is, she is STILL living, right in our Nation’s capitol! What luck!

Wasn’t it written somewhere else on this website that within every great lie is a shred of truth?

The person who really is “Christopher Anthony Black” was contacted, a few times in fact, in the hopes that he would come forward with the truth, or at least act surprised that his identity seems to have been utilized to perpetrate fraud against multiple levels of government and people. There are now a few agencies that have been made aware of this issue, along with the supporting documentation to go along with it. Those watching this site already know WHO the “husband” is. On this, his 60th birthday, he has the ability to make his hands clean with this matter and make ‘right’, what has been wrong for far too long. There are at least 3 people who appear to be involved with this mess, all previously working on Andrews AFB, but that number may possibly rise with the continuing investigation. There are far more people looking to uncover the extent of this sham, than there are those trying to keep it hidden. As was promised with the launch of this site: the TRUTH will be set free!

Happy Birthday to ALL who were born on this day! Especially you, “Christopher”!

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