A Question of Identity

Which accused LA crime figure is a friend of a friend of ex-Los Angeles DA Steve Cooley?

But Sam Dordulian, a former Los Angeles County deputy district attorney and Solakyan's personal lawyer, is most incredulous. "I am dismayed at the level of unprofessionalism, utter disregard for the truth, logic and even reasoning," Dordulian wrote in an April 1 affidavit. "It seems the quest to 'win' at all cost is on full display by [Tristan] . . . To label my client a 'target' now simply because he had the audacity to offer his properties as a surety for an old family friend is an inappropriate use of authority."

U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Nakazato declared on March 27 that Tristan's filings to block Gambaryan's bail are so far mostly based on "unsubstantiated" assertions and are "a disgrace " because the prosecutor's briefs contain "numerous typographical, formatting, grammatical and spelling errors."

The 16-year judge, normally a favorite of prosecutors, hasn't hidden his contempt for Tristan's "disorganization." Yet Nakazato, whose parents suffered internment during World War II, is no sucker. He too has his suspicions about Solakyan, writing in an order of his "amazement" that someone so young could have obtained his "apparent wealth."

During a heated April 9 hearing inside Santa Ana's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse, Tristan renewed his contentions that Solakyan's wealth is derived from "illegitimate" funds. Reed exploded at the sloppiness of the government's case–even declaring he will "rip open the chest" of the IRS agent on the case, Michael J. Walfield, when he lands on the witness stand. Nevertheless, Nakazato refused to grant Gambaryan's $3.55 million bail after noting the strength of Tristan's overall case. He ordered an April 22 hearing to resolve the issue of Solakyan's credibility, and he issued a warning to the prosecutor.

"You've painted Mr. Solakyan as part of the [criminal] operation as a straw man or a money launderer," the judge told Tristan. "If so, charge him accordingly. But if he turns out to be a solid citizen, then there will be hell to pay."

(This exclusive article first appeared online at 3 p.m. on April 10, 2013.)

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Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

More benefits of diversity! It's funny how this alt weekly is willing to go after the Armenians (one of the few plausibly white groups allowed to immigrate) but ignores Vietnamese, Mexican, Chinese, etc scams.

pencesix
pencesix

It is a shame that Cooley got suckered into this guy's scheme.  These are the guys Cooley was hired to take down. Hopefully Cooley will realize who he is dealing with and recuse himself.  Let that Geragos guy who likes being the mouthpiece for blatantly guilty crooks take his place.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Since the entire Orange County law enforcement community is a criminal fraud, I'm left to investigate my own case and to post these questions on the OC Weekly blog. Sort of a civil rights travesty/living history experiment. 

On several occasions (before the Garden Grove city council and before the Anaheim city council with police Chief Welter and OC DA Tony R present), I've asked the question of how I could be convicted of "using a false name and/or Date of Birth and not know about it until I received a "terms of probation" letter from the OC Superior court. Been asking the question since September. 2011 - no answer. I thought 3 years probation for traffic tickets was excessive but then I read that and said WTF? By the way, this doesn't do much for someone trying to further an engineering career. 

But just before that lovely event and 3 weeks after my father passed away, I was traveling to the Chase Branch on Chapman and Brookhurst  in order to start handling my dad's estate (08/24/10 approx. 12:00 PM) when I noticed that the entire Garden Grove police department came out to harass me en route to the bank. Considering my love affair with this law enforcement community, I was actually expecting it - I was going to legally recover significant monies.  It got even more strange when I arrived at the bank and found 3 GGPD vehicles parked in front (lic. plates:1261440, 1180859 and 1261441) with three male officers inside the bank including one just behind the front door as I entered. And here is where it gets interesting. In dealing with my father's estate I discovered that my name had somehow disappeared from the 1992 home loan for our Garden Grove property 12600 euclid street unit 5. A quick check of the recorders office clearly shows that I was a co-borrower on the loan with my parents (Deed of Trust)  and that I was a joint tenant (Grant Deed). Oh and it gets better - so I try to open up a checking account that day and the account rep informs me that the Social Security number that I gave her was under someone else's name. I had to suffer the humiliation of going to the Soc Sec. office to get a written confirmation that this was indeed my number. So a day or so later I go back, with written proof that I wasn't an IDENTITY thief and she quickly opened up my checking account - acting like everything is marvelous. But I'm like WTF? What about your comments from the other day? I think I need an explanation don't you? She eventually gives me the name that was mistakenly associated with my Social Security number and it turned out to be my mother's name. Anyhoo, Chase never gave me a consistent answer on my name disappearing and they never answered my question about the Social Security number screw up.  Considering that this institution was using your pension and 401K money as casino chips, I wasn't shocked at their attitude. But my exit question to the Garden Grove police department under the leadership of Joe Polisar: was your "extra" harassment that day just because it was an important financial matter day for me (in other words business as usual) or were you trying to help cover up this financial dog shit that I uncovered?

Exit question to the Orange County sheriffs department under the leadership of Sandra Hutchens: your timing in finding me for these traffic tickets was quite interesting: just after I started attending the Garden Grove city council meetings and right in the middle of another important estate matter - money I needed in order to continue paying for the mortgage on our home which was now my complete financial responsibility since my dad had just passed away. The comment/question of officer Wei were also quite interesting as well as the harassment action of a certain officer inside the "Facility" in which I found myself for 2 days. 

And this is just the G-rated stuff. Have a nice weekend Orange County. 




tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

 "he owes several hundred thousand dollars in income tax for his $3.5 million Global Holdings' pay in 2011 and he falsely represented himself "to be in law enforcement" when questioned by an IRS agent".

So what is he doing out on the streets busting people that are less criminal than him if he owes 3.5 Million owed to taxpayers. And this guy's prosecuting others?

Rabbi_Pedro_Goldstein
Rabbi_Pedro_Goldstein

The reason "Honest" Steve Cooley gets a pass from the L A Times is he is a hard core Catholic and helped Roger "Me So Horny" Mahoney escape prosecution for protecting a bunch of CHILD MOLESTERS. Screw Cooley -  he's a pile of shit, but you will NEVER hear that from the Times

justiceforcalifornia
justiceforcalifornia

Steve Cooley is and always will be a crime lord/slum lord.  He put together Randy Adams's contract.  That is why he didn't prosecute him.  He has to get his money now by creating the illusion of influence, when in fact no one cares about that washed out politician who had no respect from DAs.  Everyone in the DAs office is so glad he is out of there.  He gets others around him to tell him he is great just to publish it in the media.  He is so insecure about himself that he has to drag is media whoring friends around to create the illusion that he has a brain.  I would like to put him in a room with a pencil and a peice of paper and see if he can even write a sentence on his own.  Everyone has done everything for him for 15 years and he is a grotesque joke.  He never even sat as first prosecutor in a murder trial.  I'd like to see him give an opening statement, if he could even put together a serious of thoughts for himself without directly reading it off paper.  His serious of thoughts would include "I earned it," and "stupid jury".  Adios FB aka "I want to eat my baby".

Rabbi_Pedro_Goldstein
Rabbi_Pedro_Goldstein

Maybe they can hire another of Cooley's good buddies, crooked former Glendale and Bell police chief Randy Adams

Lajimmy
Lajimmy

Boo-hoo-hoo....................wah, wah, wah............

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Oops I forgot to ask the exit questions to the Sheriff - was your timing in 2010 as interesting for you as it was for me? Who asked this officer to ask me the question that he asked me? And who asked the officer at the "Facility" to harass me?

pencesix
pencesix

Since when has the left-leaning, socialist LA Times ever liked organized religion of any kind?  Being a mouth-piece for organized crime is a cafeteria, not a "hard-core," Catholic act.  They are against all religions.  All religious persons should be against organized crime. There is no doubt that this is a tip of an ice-berg.

 
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