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Walnut Creek Real Estate Investor Indicted for Fraud

Walnut Creek Real Estate Investor Indicted for Fraud

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeMarch 28, 2014
  • Northern District of California(415) 436-7200

OAKLAND—A federal grand jury in Oakland yesterday returned a two-count indictment charging Benny Chetcuti, Jr. with wire fraud, stemming from Chetcuti’s Walnut Creek, California-based real estate investment business, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson.

According to the indictment, as early as October 2002 and continuing through June 2010, Chetcuti allegedly defrauded private investors who loaned money to him and his business, Chetcuti & Associates. Chetcuti started Chetcuti & Associates in 1998 for the purpose of purchasing homes, renovating them, and selling them within a short time period. Chetcuti financed his business, in part, by obtaining loans from private investors in exchange for promissory notes that were supposed to be secured by interests in real properties. The indictment alleges that Chetcuti defrauded investors by misrepresenting how much debt was already secured by the properties, falsely promising to record deeds of trust that would have secured the investors’ interests in the properties, directing others to impersonate lenders or title company officers in telephone calls, and forging letters purportedly written by lenders and title company officers.

A summons was issued upon filing of the indictment. Chetcuti is scheduled to make his initial appearance on April 2, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. before the Honorable Kandis A. Westmore, United States Magistrate Court Judge in Oakland.

The maximum statutory penalty for each count of wire fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1343 is 20 years’ imprisonment and a fine of $250,000, or twice the gross loss or gain resulting from the offenses, plus restitution and forfeiture, if appropriate. However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court only after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.

Andrew S. Huang is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Vanessa Quant. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Please note, an indictment contains only allegations against a defendant, and, as with all defendants, Benny Chetcuti, Jr. must be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Trump Ukraine Conspirator Thought Going Public Might Help Him in Court. He Was Wrong. – Mother Jones

The Convictions roll in

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He was just convicted of six felonies.

Lev Parnas and his lawyer, Joseph Bondy, leave federal court in New York after Parnas' guilty verdict.John Lamparski/Sipa USA via AP

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Looking back, following the Michael Cohen model might not have been a great approach for Lev Parnas.

Parnas, the former friend, client, and globetrotting assistant to Rudy Giuliani, was convicted Friday afternoon on six felony counts related to campaign finance schemes aimed at buying influence with Republican lawmakers, including former President Donald Trump. Those charges were not directly related to the actions for which Parnas, a US citizen born in Ukraine, is best known. He’s best known, of course, for helping Giuliani, then Trump’s lawyer, solicit allegations from the Ukrainians that could be used to smear then-candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter during the 2020 presidential race. Trump’s pressuring of Ukraine’s president to announce an investigation related to these bogus allegations is what led to his first impeachment. (Parnas, whose sentencing date is not set, faces another trial on fraud charges.)

Parnas and his pal Igor Fruman were arrested two years ago at DC’s Dulles International Airport holding one-way tickets to Vienna. Fruman followed a standard course for a high-profile federal criminal defendant, staying quiet and then, last month, pleading guilty. But Parnas opted for publicity, turning on Trumpworld, cooperating with the House’s impeachment investigation, and eventually appearing on the Rachel Maddow Show, where he laid out varied allegations about Trump and his advisers. 

With that approach, Parnas followed in the footsteps of Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer, who, after he was hit with tax and campaign finance charges (also levied by prosecutors in the Southern District of New York), famously turned on Trump and denounced him in a congressional hearing, even as he negotiated with prosecutors.

The tactical overlap between Parnas and Cohen was no coincidence. Lanny Davis, Cohen’s attorney, told me last year that Parnas’ lawyer had expressed admiration for his handling of the Cohen case, and said he “learned a lot” from it. That lawyer, Joseph Bondy, confirmed the conversation, but downplayed similarities between the two cases. One key similarity is that both clients went public with details of alleged criminality by Trump and his associates before securing a cooperation arrangement with prosecutors.

Southern District prosecutors famously frown on that. They don’t like working with publicity hounds. Also, by going public with allegations about Giuliani, who is under investigation by the same office, Parnas may have given away some of his leverage to negotiate a plea bargain. “I wouldn’t even attempt to explain what Mr. Bondy is doing,” said an attorney involved in the case. Davis, meanwhile, told me that media attention might help improve Parnas’ “credibility [and] his reputation, but it doesn’t help him get a deal.” 

By reputation and allegation, Parnas is something of a confidence man. He got people like Giuliani to trust him, and rich people to loan him money. In 2011, a Florida couple sued Parnas for stiffing them on a $350,000 loan he claimed was for a movie deal. He convinced wealthy businessmen around the world to finance his travel activities and, allegedly, political contributions that gave Parnas direct access to top Republican officials.

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With his publicity spree, Parnas appeared to be trying to charm the anti-Trump resistance in the hope that his new status as a whistleblower would help him in count. His lawyer had articulated a plan of sorts: Bondy said he hoped House Democrats would grant Parnas immunity for statements he made in potential congressional testimony. Bondy also has said he hoped his client would win a reduced sentence due to helping a congressional inquiry.

But Congress didn’t grant him immunity. Democrats declined even to accept his offer to testify last year, apparently fearing that Parnas lacked credibility. He never cut any deal with the federal prosecutors, either.

With today’s conviction, his ploy appears to have failed. We’ll see just how badly when he is sentenced.


California Software Company Executives Charged In Conspiracy To Defraud The Tennessee Valley Authority

Meet The Lakers

Kobe Bryant

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Pete Bennett met Kobe Bryand at Sieberlich Accountancy while giving his friend the receptionist for lunch. Nicest guy ever, was not signed as he was just out of high school and considering his options.

The Murderous Billionaire

Southern Pacific Chairman

Pete Bennett sued Philip Anschutz in 1987 but lost when witnesses vanished before trial. Years married a non-practicing Mormon who unknown to Bennett was raised by members of Alamo 1st Ward but unknown element was she raised by the same Mormon Attorney that ordered the murder on 1990.

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Meet the Witness Killers

Southern Pacific Chairman

Pete Bennett sued Philip Anschutz in 1987 but lost when witnesses vanished before trial. Years married a non-practicing Mormon who unknown to Bennett was raised by members of Alamo 1st Ward but unknown element was she raised by the same Mormon Attorney that ordered the murder on 1990.


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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Tennessee

Monday, September 13, 2021

California Software Company Executives Charged In Conspiracy To Defraud The Tennessee Valley Authority

Company Allegedly Sought More Than $300,000 in Fraudulent Incentive Payments from TVA Through Software Installation in Rutherford County Schools

NASHVILLE – A seven-count indictment unsealed Friday charged two Danville, California men with conspiracy to defraud the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) of more than $300,000, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Mary Jane Stewart for the Middle District of Tennessee. 

Anthony Gigliotti, 74, the CEO of Autonomic Software, Inc., (Autonomic) was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, three counts of mail fraud, and three counts of wire fraud.  Alexander Gigliotti, 36, the Vice President of Autonomic, was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud.  Both were arrested by U.S. Marshals in Danville, California on Friday and will appear in the Middle District of Tennessee at a later date for further proceedings. 

According to the indictment, Autonomic was a software company located in Danville, California, which provided a variety of software to private and public sector organizations.  In 2016, Autonomic installed power management software in Rutherford County school systems, in connection with TVA’s EnergyRight program, an incentive-based program designed to save energy and reduce costs through the installation of energy-saving software.  To be eligible for the energy conservation funds, customers were required to pay a portion of the software materials costs.

Instead of following the program requirements, Autonomic represented to the Rutherford County School District that schools would not incur any costs associated with the software installation.  Following the installation of the software, Autonomic submitted 47 invoices, totaling $588,240 to Lockheed Martin, the contract administrator of the EnergyRight program.  The invoices were made out to Rutherford County Schools and represented that each school incurred costs associated with Autonomic’s software installation.

Alexander Gigliotti also sent an email to a Lockheed Martin representative in support of seeking the incentive payments from TVA, with a breakdown of an invoice regarding purported costs incurred by Rutherford County Schools, claiming that the school paid $22 per computer related to software and $8 per computer related to support.  In fact, Rutherford County Schools did not incur any costs associated with any invoice from Autonomic.  Lockheed Martin then mailed incentive payments to Autonomic that corresponded to each invoice.

The Autonomic software failed to function as initially represented and approximately one year after the installation, Rutherford County Schools purchased energy saving software that could effectively quantify energy savings and which cost substantially less than Autonomic’s total purported materials costs.

The indictment also alleges that Anthony Gigliotti lied to TVA agents by falsely stating that Alexander Gigliotti was not involved in any of the previous TVA or school system work. 

If convicted, the defendants face up to 20 years in prison.

This case was investigated by the TVA Office of Inspector General and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Beth Myers.

An indictment is merely an accusation.  The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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Thieves connected to Federal Reserve

Pete Bennett was contracted to SBCGlobal during 9/11 in September 2001. Originally his 9 a.m. meeting on 9/11 was postponed because the planes hit the building before he left the house possibly slightly out time with the rest of the story came in a week later and told management he had a virus one that was destroying computers around the world but nobody knew what it was.

Bennett also noted with management but ignored was his group policy object was completely incorrect where he was seeing upwards of two to three thousand servers after a couple of hours of being log on they begin to propagate.

The key to exploiting millions of servers was using a traversal exploit involving internet information server and a well known to the CIA later Exposed on WikiLeaks.

The most probable developer is or was someone close to the CIA.

To support it Bennett also knows CIA director Uber cost from Sanibel Island long before he was a Director of National Intelligence.

The linkage between district attorney Mark Peterson this is Mormon brother Michael Peterson, police officers arrested in the Scandal links to the Peterson Family Trust and the connections between that lead into SBCGlobal in San Ramon California who managed to get Bennett entangled in a murder investigation involving the Downing of World Trade Centers and the controlled demolition of Building 7.

Since fanwick suit Southern Pacific The Logical transition of Southern Pacific became Enron Corporation and then became Kinder Morgan.

Think of these people as the masters of disaster and mass casualties where they set things up people end up getting killed some cases by the boatload.

 everyone around these companies had a vested interest where Enron Corporation would not be indicted so the third building is the truth of poop 911 and the main two buildings are linked to helping Larry Silverstein volume down two buildings and get paid for terrorism insurance.

The one in the trillion odds that it wouldn't happen but yet it did leads to attorneys in San Ramon California and there are murders next to the those attorneys and those attorneys are near my murders so therefore I throw you in the same bucket hope that you rot in jail.


Indian Corporation Pays Record Amount To Settle Allegations Of Systemic Visa Fraud And Abuse Of Immigration Processes

Bennett Customer

Founders Indicted

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Pete Bennett met Kobe Bryand at Sieberlich Accountancy while giving his friend the receptionist for lunch. Nicest guy ever, was not signed as he was just out of high school and considering his options.

Indian Corporation Pays Record Amount To Settle Allegations Of Systemic Visa Fraud And Abuse Of Immigration Processes

Pete Bennett knows how it feels, he knows that numerous InfoSys Executives resided in Danville when little things like his F-250 Explodes into a ball of fire on NB-680 during August 2004.  This trip to Walnut Creek for a meeting that was staged by parties connected to the Contra Costa Narcotics Enforcement Taskforce arrested by the FBI starting in 2011.  

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Bay Area Homeless
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Senator Mike Lee 
The Senator is likely unaware of events connected to Pete Bennett mostly orbiting around the Mormon Community located in the San Francisco East Bay

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Exporting America 
Pete Bennett was first interviewed by CNNNext with reporter James Hattori by 2004 his truck exploded, his peers killed or murdered and his family destroyed. 

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Mitt Romney - Bain Capital - the ultimate outsourcer 
One of biggest donors to the Romney objective leads to Bechtel, Fremont Group and Southern Pacific to East Bay Attorney Rick Kopf.  Things were simple in 1989 as in the Matter of Bennett v. Southern Pacific a 21 year old Walnut Creek resident was murdered in Concord CA.  That was a witness that vanished in 1989 but hidden by Contra Costa Law Enforcement until Bennett uncovered that incident plus others.  

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Nate Greenan

The fate of Nate Greenan is highly suspicious but occurred just weeks after Walnut Creek / Concord resident John Newman was beaten to death on March 30th, 2012 which parallels the attempt on Bennett at the County Jail under the command of Commander Chris Wenzel. 

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Texas

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Indian Corporation Pays Record Amount To Settle Allegations Of Systemic Visa Fraud And Abuse Of Immigration Processes

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs
  PLANO, Texas – Infosys Corporation, an Indian company involved in consulting, technology, and outsourcing, has agreed to a civil settlement of allegations of systemic visa fraud and abuse of immigration processes by paying a record settlement amount and agreeing to enhanced corporate compliance measures, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.  The $34 million payment made by Infosys as a result of these allegations represents the largest payment ever levied in an immigration case.
        Infosys is located in thirty countries including the United States, and in 17 cities in the United States, including a location in Plano, Texas.  The Plano location is responsible for handling the immigration practices and procedures for the United States operations of Infosys.  Infosys brings foreign nationals into the United States in order to perform work and fulfill contracts with its customers under two visa classification programs relevant to this matter, H-1B and B-1.
        According to court documents, the government alleged instances of Infosys circumventing the requirements, limitations, and governmental oversight of the H-1B visa program by knowingly and unlawfully using B-1 visa holders to perform skilled labor in order to fill positions in the United States for employment that would otherwise be performed by United States citizens or require legitimate H-1B visa holders.  The government also alleges that Infosys did so in order to increase profits, minimize costs of securing visas, increase flexibility of employee movement, obtain an unfair advantage over competitors, and avoid tax liabilities.  Specific allegations include the following:
·       Infosys used B-1 visa holders to perform jobs that involved skilled labor that were instead required to be performed by United States citizens or required legitimate H-1B visa holders.
·       Infosys submitted “invitation letters” to U.S. Consular Officials that contained false statements regarding the true purpose of a B-1 visa holder’s travel in order to deceive U.S. Consular Officials and secure entry of the visa holder into the United States.  These letters often stated that the purpose of travel was for “meetings” or “discussions” when the true purpose was to engage in activities not authorized under a B-1 visa.
·       Infosys directed B-1 visa holders to deceive U.S. Consular Officials, including specific instructions to avoid certain terminology, to secure entry of the visa holder into the United States.  Infosys created a “Do’s and Don’ts” memorandum that it provided to foreign nationals entering the United States on a B-1 visa that included the following directions: “Do not mention activities like implementation, design & testing, consulting, etc., which sound like work”; “Also do not use words like, work, activity, etc., in the invitation letter”; and “Please do not mention anything about contract rates.”
·       Infosys told its foreign nationals to inform U.S. Consular Officials that their destination in the United States was the same as that provided in the Labor Condition Application, notwithstanding the fact that Infosys knew that the destinations had changed.
·        Infosys wrote and revised contracts with clients in order to conceal the fact that Infosys was providing B-1 visa holders to perform jobs that involved skilled or unskilled labor that were otherwise required to be performed by United States citizens or required legitimate H-1B visa holders.
·       Infosys concealed the fact that B-1 visa holders were performing jobs that involved skilled or unskilled labor that were otherwise required to be performed by United States citizens or required legitimate H-1B visa holders by billing clients for the use of off-shore resources when, in fact, work was being performed by B-1 visa holders in the United States.
·       Infosys failed to maintain I-9 records for many of its foreign nationals in the United States in 2010 and 2011 as required by law, including a widespread failure to update and re-verify the employment authorization status of a large percentage of its foreign national employees.
        The settlement agreement requires Infosys to make a payment to the United States of $34 million.  The agreement was largely predicated on Infosys’s cooperation with the United States during the investigation and on compliance measures taken by Infosys in the areas of B-1 and H-1B visas and I-9 documentation, both prior to and during the course of the investigation.  The settlement agreement requires additional auditing for I-9 forms; a reporting requirement for B-1 usage; an agreement to continue to use only detailed invitation letters, and the continued use of corporate disciplinary processes for employees that violate the immigration laws of the United States.
        “We will not tolerate actions that mislead the United States and circumvent lawful immigration processes, whether undertaken by a single individual or one of the largest corporations in the world,” said U.S. Attorney Bales.  “The H-1B and B-1 visa programs are designed and intended to protect the American worker; and we will vigorously enforce the requirements of those programs.”
David M. Marwell, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Dallas, concurred:  “This settlement against Infosys is the largest immigration fine on record.  The investigation indicated that Infosys manipulated the visa process and circumvented the requirements, limitations, and governmental oversight of the visa programs.  The investigation also showed that more than 80 percent of Infosys’s I-9 forms for 2010 and 2011 contained substantive violations.  Ultimately, these actions by Infosys cost American jobs and simultaneously financially hurt companies that sought to follow the laws of this nation.  Companies that misuse the visa process can expect to be scrutinized and held accountable.”
        The investigation and settlement also earned the praise of George M. Nutwell III, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Houston Field Office, Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Department of State, who said that “the Infosys investigation illustrates the unique role that DSS plays in investigating complex visa fraud cases that reach far beyond U.S. borders.  DSS collaborates with our law enforcement partners and is committed to investigating and bringing to justice those who violate the law.”
        This case was investigated and the settlement negotiated by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shamoil T. Shipchandler, Alan R. Jackson, and J. Kevin McClendon, and special agents and attorneys from the Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.


The FBI Fraud Case connected to the Walnut Creek Downtown Business Association, Regional Parking, Former Mayor Gary Skrel, and the Diablo Magazine Article "The Setup"

The FBI Fraud Case connected Walnut Creek Downtown Business Association 

Former Walnut Creek Investor Sentenced to Over Four Years’ Imprisonment in Real Estate Fraud Scheme

OAKLAND, CA—Benny Chetcuti, Jr. was sentenced yesterday to 51 months in prison, and ordered to pay $21,823,526.10 in restitution, as well as forfeit $3,968,995 in proceeds obtained from a multi-year real estate investment fraud scheme, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson.
Mr. Chetcuti, 60, of Walnut Creek, California, pleaded guilty on October 21, 2014, to two counts of wire fraud. According to the plea agreement, Mr. Chetcuti admitted that between 2007 and 2010, he defrauded private investors who loaned him money under the belief that their loans were backed by equity in real property. In fact, Mr. Chetcuti misrepresented aspects of many of the loans including how much equity was available to secure the loans, the amounts and seniority of loans already tied to the properties, and how the loans were used. He also misled investors about whether their loans were recorded through deeds of trust.
Mr. Chetcuti, was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 27, 2014. According to the indictment, Mr. Chetcuti operated a real estate investment firm, Chetcuti & Associates, since 1998. Chetcuti & Associates was in the business of purchasing and flipping homes for resale after renovation and was funded in large part by loans from private individuals. To carry out his scheme, Mr. Chetcuti used a variety of tactics to misrepresent the equity that supposedly backed his loans. Among the tactics he used were forging deed recordings, forging letters supposedly written by institutional lenders and title company officers, and directing others to impersonate escrow officers. The indictment charged Mr. Chetcuti with two counts of wire fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1343.
The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Jeffrey S. White, U.S. District Judge. The Court found that Mr. Chetcuti’s fraudulent scheme caused more than $3.9 million in losses, attributable to 21 victims. In addition, the Court ordered Mr. Chetcuti to pay more than $21.8 million in restitution for the losses his real estate investment business caused. The Court also sentenced the defendant to a three-year period of supervised release and explicitly barred him from participating in any real estate, banking, or lending-related activities. The defendant was ordered to self-surrender to federal authorities on June 4, 2015, at which time he will begin serving the sentence.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew S. Huang is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Vanessa Quant and Yvette Baird. The prosecution is the result of a multi-year investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration also assisted with the investigation.
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Seeno FBI Probe came about because you fuck people over one person had bigger balls than you expected

Mr. Shahid, Consider yourself lucky, yor're still alive.

near Pete Bennett former database developer for Albert D. Seeno has endured a long run of murdered witnesses.
Yes he fucked you like he fucks everyone but I fucked him better than anyone - he didn't pay so I gave all his legal records to the FBI. Fuck you all and fuck all your, plebes, partners and thugs.
I did something for everybody - when Seeno didn't pay I gave the FBI everything needed to raid their offices. 
List Dead Seeno Witnesses 
Last spring, months after Ayman Shahid agreed to assist the FBI in its probe of the Seeno family and a mortgage fraud scam, Shahid’s former best friend Albert Seeno III delivered a “chilling death threat,” according to newly filed court records providing the first glimpse as to why the prominent East Bay homebuilder was arrested.
“Hey (expletive). You’re going down! I’m going to kill you! (expletive) you!” Seeno III said, hanging up, but not before Shahid’s new boss heard the exchange, according to a sentencing memorandum filed last week. Shahid, his wife and others say they have been intimidated and threatened by Seeno family members after the former Discovery Sales vice president decided to testify against the company.
Shahid’s Thursday sentencing is the final loose end resulting from a 2010 federal investigation that has led to nine other people already pleading guilty and being sentenced in cases involving Discovery Sales mortgage fraud. In addition, Discovery Sales has pleaded guilty to bank fraud and was fined $8 million and ordered to pay $3 million in restitution.
While no individual Seeno family members have been charged in the mortgage fraud scam, Seeno III was charged over the summer for the June 8, 2016 phone threat. The witness intimidation charge was eventually dropped.
“All charges against Albert Seeno were dismissed, entirely dismissed on the government’s own motion,” Seeno III’s attorney Cris Arguedas said. “After the government investigated the allegation, the government dismissed the case.”
In the charging documents, which have been sealed but are included in part in Shahid’s court documents, a case agent explained probable cause.
“Some of the most significant evidence against (Discovery Sales) … was provided to the government by Shahid,” according to an excerpt included in Shahid’s sentencing memorandum written by federal prosecutor John Hemann. The document described how in the phone call Shahid and his new boss were on speaker phone when Seeno III “ranted that he was going to ‘kill’ Shahid and that Shahid was ‘going down.’ ”
There also was a letter sent to the new boss about Shahid, but the FBI was not able to determine who sent the letter, Hemann wrote.
“There is no evidence that Shahid was ever in any actual danger and, though totally and completely inappropriate and potentially retaliatory in nature, it appears that his former boss was venting anger rather than actually threatening death or harm to Shahid,” Hemann wrote. “The government was not able to establish proof beyond a reasonable doubt whether Shahid’s former employer was motivated by retaliation for Shahid’s cooperation or anger as to the damage Shahid’s criminal conduct did to the Discovery Sales business.”
Shahid’s attorney Steven Madison alleged in court documents that his family has lived in fear since a series of threats.
“Seeno III is a powerful, wealthy man with a history of threatening conduct, and an experienced sharpshooter who also somehow still holds a permit to carry a concealed handgun apparently,” Madison wrote. “Mr. Seeno apparently does not dispute that he said he would kill Mr. Shahid, he simply claims he was angry and did not really mean it.”
Shahid and his wife, in letters to the federal judge hearing his case, described how Shahid and Seeno III met at De La Salle High School in Concord and became friends. Initially there was support from the Seeno family after Shahid’s indictment, they wrote.
“The day of Ayman’s indictment, Albert Seeno III called me from Africa, and said, ‘As God is my witness, my father and I will stand by Ayman, and I will always defend my incentives!’ ” wrote Fatima Shahid. But a month before Shahid’s indictment, the elder Seeno Jr. told Shahid he would kill anyone who tried to bring down his family, which led to the Shahids moving to Southern California.
“Shortly after Ayman’s agreement to cooperate with the government, we received a threatening letter to our home saying awful things about Ayman, me and even (our daughter),” Fatima wrote. She alleged an incident inside a Nordstrom store where a Seeno family member “stalked” her and “chased” her out of the store.
Shahid wrote that he lived in fear.
Albert Seeno III — a violent, dangerous man … threatened to kill me last June, even though I had relocated myself and my family to Southern California to escape the threats and intimidation by the Seenos that was already occurring as a result of my cooperation with the government,” he wrote the judge.
It was not the first threat allegation against Seeno III.
In 2011, former Nevada lobbyist Harvey Whittemore claimed in a civil suit that Seeno III threatened to break his legs if he didn’t make a payment in a development deal, and that Seeno associates forcibly took jewelry, expensive clothing and other personal assets as payment from his house. A Nevada employee sued the Seenos claiming “corporate bullying,” and said Seeno III threatened him with dealing with people in the “Seeno Way.”

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