Monday, August 17, 2009

Head of Minutemen, Carmen Mercer, Scamming American Property Owners in multi-state Tax Reduction Scam!

Breaking News: The Minutemen have been caught scamming Americans in Arizona, California and Nevada via a Tax Reduction Scam. Attorney General Terry Goddard announced Friday that he has filed a lawsuit and obtained a temporary restraining order to stop the perpetrators of a fraud that claimed a homeowner's property qualified for a "property tax reduction review." The lawsuit names Property Tax Review Board, Inc., a Granada Hill, Calif.-based company; Property Tax Review Board's President and CEO Michael McConville, of Simi Valley, Calif., and Minuteman Leader Carmen Mercer, of Tombstone, owner of the Post Office box included in the solicitation. Goddard indicated the solicitation was an attempt to scam property owners who were looking to reduce their property taxes.

The solicitation, which requests a $189 processing fee, is not affiliated with any government entity, Goddard said. The document attempts to appear official and contains a “notice number” and deadline for prompt processing. Assessed valuations for 2009 cannot be changed since the appeals process for 2009 has ended, Goddard said. "In addition, there is no fee required to file a property valuation appeal with county treasurers’ or assessors’ offices in Arizona," he added. The letter was sent by a company called the Property Tax Review Board.

The lawsuit said the solicitations distributed by McConville and Property Tax Review Board are completely fraudulent and deceptive because the deadline for appealing 2009 property valuations has lapsed, Goddard said. The lawsuit also says the defendants led consumers to believe they were conducting a legitimate business when, in fact, they were accepting monies for services that they cannot perform, Goddard said.

On Friday, Minuteman President and CEO Carmen Mercer, who is a well-known activist for the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps., turned over to U.S. Postal Inspectors the Post Office box and the more than 1,000 responses she has received.

Chris Simcox, head of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corp, stepped down in July to challenge John McCain for his AZ Senate Seat. When he stepped down last month, Simcox said Carmen Mercer, a German immigrant and naturalized U.S. citizen who has been involved with MCDC since its inception, would succeed him as the group’s president and CEO.

Minutemen have been in the news recently for their schemes and scams to raise money for their causes. Most recently, Minutemen Leaders Shawna Forde and Gunny Bush, who were trained at MCDCs border camp, were arrested for murdering 9 year old Brisenia Flores and her Dad. Forde had grandiose schemes of stealing from border residents in order to build funds for her own Minuteman Border Patrol Camp.
Previously, both Simcox and Mercer were under scrutiny and accused of misappropriation of funds by their own members when hundreds of thousands of dollars of donations were unaccounted for. These funds were meant to build their unbuilt MM Border fence.
Suit Filed To End Property Tax Scam
Simcox, MM Leader Quits Group to Run for Senate
Minuteman Border Fence Scam

Note: Big Thanks to one of my Anonymous readers for passing this story on to me!


Lugomx1 said...


They are using their "patriotism" cover to gain sympathy and trust from their victims.

I spoke to an illegal immigrant who came here to work and send money to feed her mother and father who are too old to work. She told me of the dead bodies scattered throughout the desert, (some died of gunshot wounds), how she was cautioned to be careful because the minutemen were snipers and would shoot you if they saw you. It wasn't so much of not getting caught by border patrol, it was not getting murdered by these "cockroach hunters."

We have to put an end to this!!!

Dee said...

Lugo, I agree!

BTW, the minutemen must have scammed millions from innocent Americans through the Tax Fraud scam.

With this investigation, the Post Office collected 1000 letters from Mercer's PO Box.
1000 @$189 a letter = $189,000

I heard, via one of the comments, that this scam in one of the AZ newspapers that this scam has been going on for over a year!!

Mercer needs to go to PRISON for this and pay back the poor innocent families they scammed!

So much for their LIE that they believe in RULE OF LAW!

pcorn54 said...

Actually, this is a good federal case since it involves using the US mail and also crosses state lines.

I'm wondering if the Feebles are in on it yet

Dee said...

Update: Looks like MM Mercer's has a long, long history of Scamming American Taxpayers:

Sean McConville, Michael McConville, Property Tax Reassessment and Property Tax Adjustment Services Sued to Block Costly Property Tax Rip-Off
May 12th, 2009 by Staff.
Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today filed suit against two brothers who “ripped off homeowners” seeking help in reducing their property tax assessments.

The brothers billed tens of thousands of homeowners throughout California nearly $200 each for property tax reassessment services that were almost never performed and are available free of charge from local tax assessors.

Dee said...

Look at this huge scam from 2008:

Enforcement Actions: Civil Actions, Desist & Refrain Orders Case Number: 603-D477, BC397083

Date of Initial Action: 04/16/08

Defendants/Respondents: ALG Capital, Inc., Crystal Lynn Palomino, Michael McConville, Sean McConville, Garret Holdridge, Joseph Nguyen, Alan Ruiz


Vicente Duque said...

Hal Turner, in Jail for writing "These judges deserve to be killed" - Frequent guest on Sean Hannity’s program and very close friend of Pat Buchanam

White Supremacist, Racist and Hater Hal Turner, he is in jail for death threats against three judges. Very grave ! ... this guy has appeared in many shows of Shawn Hannity and is an extremely close friend of Pat Buchanam, read on .....

The Marietta Register
Launched in September 2006, The Marietta Register attempts to bring honest, conventional journalism to the small towns of Marietta, Devola, Reno, and Belpre, Ohio and Williamstown and Vienna, WV.

WEB EXTRA: OpEd: Civility and Respect in Discourse
Written by OpEd:
August 19, 2009

WEB EXTRA: OpEd: Civility and Respect in Discourse

Some excerpts :

Which brings us to the two things that are troubling us this week: commentator Hal Turner, a right-wing Internet radio host and previously unsuccessful candidate for Congress and the ongoing debate on health care reform. Both Turner and the debate as presented this month are disturbing in the extreme to us and, we hope, to all thoughtful Americans.

Turner, as some of you may know, is an Internet radio host and one time frequent guest on Sean Hannity’s program. Known for his extreme views on several topics and his outspoken nature Turner has been popular with the fringe for several years and had parlayed that into some political jobs including work on campaigns for such players as Patrick Buchanan.

Turner is also currently under arrest and incarcerated in New Jersey for threatening several United States judges. Turner used his media celebrity to discuss the assassination of a panel of judges who ruled in a gun control case in a way in which he disagreed. Turner discussed the names of the judges online and further posted photographs of them and maps to their locations of work. Turner has claimed that he meant no harm when he wrote ‘Let me be the first to say this plainly: These judges deserve to be killed.’

Vicente Duque

Vicente Duque said...

This story is somewhat old but it offers glimpses into the Racism and Hatred of Sean Hannity, and its old relationships with NeoNazis. Now that his extremely close friend and ally Hal Turner is in jail for death threats against judges, the story becomes more interesting.

There is no doubt about the strong ties, friendships and sympathies of Sean Hannity for White Supremacists, Racist Haters and NeoNazis

Hal Turner : Sean Hannity's Soul-Mate of Hate - Hannity's Strong History of Relationships with Neo Nazis like Hal Turner and Bob Grant

The Nation
Hannity's Soul-Mate of Hate
By Max Blumenthal
June 3, 2005

Hannity's Soul-Mate of Hate

Some excerpts :

This year a man named Hal Turner sat before his computer at his suburban home in North Bergen, New Jersey, posting bomb-making tips on his website, hailing the firebombing of an apartment containing "Savage Negroes" and calling for the murder of immigrants. "When enough illegal aliens get killed they will stop coming to the country!" Turner wrote.

Turner was once a prominent activist in New Jersey's Republican Party. To area conservatives, he was best known by his moniker for call-ins to the Sean Hannity Show, "Hal from North Bergen." For years, Hannity offered his top-rated radio show as a regular forum for Turner's occasionally racist, always over-the-top rants.

Hannity also chatted with him off-air, allegedly offering encouragement to Turner as he struggled to overcome a cocaine habit and homosexual leanings. Turner has boasted that Hannity once invited Turner and his son on to the set of Fox News's Hannity and Colmes. Today, Turner lurks on the fringes of the far right, spouting hate-laced tirades on his webcast radio show. Hannity, meanwhile, remains mum about his former alliance with the neo-Nazi, homing in instead on the supposed racism of black and Latino Democrats.

A former moving company manager and real estate agent, Turner cut his teeth as the Northern New Jersey coordinator for Pat Buchanan's quixotic 1992 presidential campaign. He was an aggressive self-promoter who found a platform for his views on the radio show of Bob Grant, which was broadcast by ABC's flagship station, New York City's WABC.

Grant was a pioneer of right-wing radio and, incidentally, a hysterical racist. In March 1995, according to the media watchdog FAIR, Grant entertained the call of a promoter for the neo-Nazi group National Alliance who billed his mission as the "support of European males." "I don't have a problem with the National Alliance!" Grant twice declared. Less than one month later, the Oklahoma City Federal Building was blown up by a white supremacist who said he was influenced by the plot of National Alliance founder William Pierce's pulp novel, The Turner Diaries. Grant insisted on his show for days afterward that Arabs were responsible for the bombing.

"I'd grown up listening to Bob of the most entertaining hosts I'd ever heard," Hannity wrote in his 2002 book, Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty Over Liberalism.

Vicente Duque

Vicente Duque said...

This is an old story, but very interesting now that Hal Turner is in jail for threatening the lives of three judges. This is very important in the Racist and Hater Career of Sean Hannity.

Hal Turner, extremely close ally and soul-mate of Sean Hannity and Death Threats against the life of President Obama

Death Threats against Obama in the blog of White Supremacist Hal Turner, close friend of Sean Hannity, one man that Sean Hannity has received in his shows. These guys are dangerous Wackos or Madmen.
November 13, 2008

Some excerpts :

Calls to Violence: While making no direct threats against the president-elect, some white supremacists expressed a hope that Obama would be killed or die while in office. One racist referred to a recent alleged plot by neo-Nazi skinheads to kill Obama and minorities, expressing a hope that someone else would carry out an assassination attempt: "... hopefully he'll get assassinated before he gets into office. Just don't be (expletive) idiots about it like those skinheads were," wrote "Trellen R." An anonymous poster on white supremacist Hal Turner's blog went further: "Someone will kill him! And I will celebrate! It's just a matter of time."

Vicente Duque

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