Tony Rackauckas and Larry Agran's Cash-Corruption Connection

[Moxley Confidential] The Orange County DA owed the Irvine mayor's political machine $25,000, said no crime in the city

The affair got fishier. Neither Rackauckas nor Forde nor Agran publicly disclosed the arrangement in a timely fashion. In violation of California law, the DA waited 10 months to reveal he owed the Forde/Agran slate $25,000, mislabeled the reason for the cost and post-dated the deal by at least five months. Forde and Agran were mum for an entire year.

Fishy turned odorous. According to dozens of reviewed campaign-finance-disclosure reports housed at the Orange County Registrar of Voters and the California Secretary of State's office, Forde and Agran did another huge favor for the DA. They let him wait until December 2006—a whopping near-five years—to fully repay them for the February 2002 campaign expense.

Odorous then turned toxic. Records of alleged payments from Rackauckas to the slate mailer don't match. Forde reported he took $4,000 from the DA between Jan. 20 and March 13, 2006. Rackauckas' campaign reports show he paid just $3,000 during the period.

Rackin' his mind for an excuse
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Rackin' his mind for an excuse

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Between March 18 and May 20 of that year, the DA claims he gave Forde $2,000. The slate mailer records no payments for that period.

Then, Forde reported he took $3,000 from Rackauckas on June 19, an alleged transaction that never appears in the DA's disclosure filings.

Finally, Rackauckas reported in January 2007 that he paid the slate mailer $5,000 from July 1 to Dec. 31, 2006, and owed no more cash. Forde reported he received $1,000 less during the period but also said the debt was satisfied.

Innocent mistakes or not, something else happened in 2006 when the DA was in debt to Agran/Forde. I discovered a record that proves Agran violated state law on independent campaign expenditures. That document, an election mailer, was supposed to have no tie to the Irvine Democrat, but it contained Agran's handwritten editing marks as well as signature.

Simple curiosity might have driven an independent prosecutor to ask questions after the revelation. Six years and seven months have passed. Rackauckas never asked to see a copy of the smoking gun.

This column appeared in print as "The Trouble With Tony: DA Tony Rackauckas owed Larry Agran's political machine $25,000 when he said he saw no corruption in Irvine."

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fixithair
fixithair

TRUTH.The whole truth and nothing but the truth is what we need to look closely at when considering re-electing Mr. Tony Rackauckas.There is a time for all good men to step aside and let another attorney that has shown himself capable to take over.

I have a fondness for sports but even I would consider it cruel to put an old horse that was once a grand champion on a race track.I'm not calling Mr. Rackauckas an old hag just that there are better choices to be had.

A possible reason Tony had no opponents in the past is because of the respect his colleagues have for the man (not a bad thing).In sports time demands retirement like that of Michael Jordan to whom many hated to see leave the COURT (basketball court that is).I'm sure that can also be true of the OCDA.

Think about it...even our county supervisors have to leave their seats after a couple of terms.Tony's had a good long run.Now is a good time to put the old war-horse out to pasture so we need not experience more of his lost competency and sound judgment.TRUTH

goldencody
goldencody

Most folks do not realize just how much corruption exists in Orange County Law Enforcement. When I hear words like hero used or applauding certain police actions it makes me think hard about just how dirty OC Cops can be. You actually have criminals wearing a badge and enforcing laws in the OC.  The rise of corruption in rank and file is very very disturbing on so many different levels.

ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

Yea, Rackauckas was watching Agran very closely.  What a load of crap this is.  If that was the case why did the District Attorney allow Agran to skate on the case where his housekeeper was arrested for a felony white collar crime and Agran had her unarrested, the case never filed with the District Attorney and the report buried in the Internal Affairs file of the Police Department where the media could not get to it.  When  the material was sent to the Special Investigation Unit of the D.A.'s Office by concerned Officers at the Police Department, they refused to investigate it.

At minimum in this case there was a felony crime that went unpunished and a possible Obstruction of Justice by Agran.  At worst, the Police Report was changed without the originating Officer doing it, there was no follow up investigation and the case was never submitted to the District Attorney for review and filing.  In my thirty five years in law enforcement, I have never seen a case hadled as poorly as this one, and all for the sake of political power.  If that was watching Larry Agran, Mr. Rackauckas, I'd hate to think what people you aren't watching might be doing.  It is time for a new D.A. in Orange County.

thepotstirer
thepotstirer

Another great job!  Isn't anybody except the OC Weekly doing investigative reporting in Orange County any more?  This is a very disturbing story...

allenw2001
allenw2001

Wow!  How rotten can you get for not accurately reporting on FPPC Form 460 under Section F Accrued Expenses (Unpaid bills) is clearly violation of California Campaign finance laws??!!

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

@gtwest OC Weekly seems to be the only publication with a good handle on the corruption and criminality in this County. As for the law enforcement corruption here: think worse than Bernie Madoff; at least Madoff never tried to kill his victims to keep his trailer trash life going. 

 
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