Copyright Robert Paisola 2009
Western Capital Multimedia
Salt Lake City, Utah
January 7, 2008
9:36 PM MST
As many of our readers know, we have been following the Rick Koerber and Franklin Squires Matters for over 2 years at www.FranklinSquiresLawsuit.com. We are the ones who broke the Story Confirming the Official Investigation by The Utah Division of Securities Director Wayne Klein, into Franklin Squires and Claude Rick Koerber. We , again, present you with this recording of the conversation between Robert Paisola and Wayne Klein.
Here is the Audio Link
Since that time, We receive hundreds if not thousands of comments regarding Koerber, and most of them have been shelved as a matter of non-interest and simply because we do not care. It is not news worthy and therefore not something we would release.
However the following is a live post, currently, on the Free Capitalist Daily Web Site that is authored by Mr. Rick Koerber, and it is VERY STRANGE and confirms information that we have been receiving lately and consistently from former Franklin Squires Employees about "subpoena's being issued".
This article, authored by Rick Koerber, clearly presents Koerber on the offensive in preparation for a showdown. However, the showdown will doubtfully in the media, but in a Federal Court.
This, along with the issues surrounding the comments we have been receiving from you regarding a very eminent statement by the Feds, has made cause for this public comment.
Again, we are simply stating the facts in a long and complicated story that is now coming together. We are not standing in judgment of Mr. Koerber, as there are many issues that the public has yet to hear that will mitigate this matter, and some were completely beyond Ricks Control.
We are also working diligently to confirm more information for you on Mr. Gabe Joseph, who we have verified is now living in Las Vegas, Nevada.
We are going to Las Vegas to talk to him about the current allegations, The Utah Foreclosure on his home, as well as the groundswell of talk regarding "the impending legal process"
This is a post that now appears on Mr. Koerbers site:
On Monday January 5, Utah County businessman and talk radio host C Rick Koerber announced that he will begin releasing to the public a mountain of evidence implicating several government employees and officers. The evidence is in the form of secret audio recordings, photographs, recordings of telephone conversations and printed documents authored by Utah officials. Beginning Friday January 9, 2008 Koerber has announced his plan to publish in a series information releases including web links to audio files and .pdf documents.
“Given the current climate and the behavior of these people I just decided that it wasn’t worth letting things continue with business as usual,” said Koerber. “I think its best for everyone if the truth was revealed and everyone can see how things are done by some of Utah’s top ranking bureaucrats. A few key individuals seem to enjoy ruining the reputations of sincere, hard working men and women and its costing normal every day citizens their jobs, their retirement, and in some cases their life savings. I bet not a single one of them has ever created a real job and several of them seem to think they are above the law.”
The evidence being released implicates several Department of Commerce personnel including Utah Securities Division Enforcement Director Michael Hines, Enforcement Analyst Jennifer Korb, Licensing examiner A. Gary Bowen, former Division Director Wayne Klien and former Division of Real Estate officer John Brown. Among the more then fifty recorded segments and documents in Koerber’s possession government employees are revealed lying, admitting conspiracy, misstating the law, admitting coercion, threatening witnesses, leaking protected information, bragging about excessive power and discretion and in at least one instance possible violations of a federal court rule prohibiting certain disclosures related to a grand jury proceeding.
Koerber is part of a growing number of Utah businessmen turning to State lawmakers and to the courts in an effort to reign in the alleged abuses by appointees, staff and employees in Gov. Huntsman’s Department of Commerce.
Henry S. Brock, a Utah based CPA associated with Americans for Civil Rights, is another local businessmen who is fed up with the Utah Department of Commerce and has created a laundry list of documented abuses on the ACR website where a petition is being circulated to pressure lawmakers to take action. “Whether you are a doctor, contractor, realtor, or financial advisor, we all have similar concerns,” writes Brock, who uses the recently released State Audit of one division inside the Department to call attention to what he calls widespread abuse.
In what is becoming increasingly discussed nationally, Utah’s state officials, under Gov. Huntsman’s tenure, are now ranked, according to a recent study published by the New York Times, as one of the top 15 most corrupt States in the union.
In December of 2007 lawmakers approved a State audit of the Department’s Division of Securities which uncovered an array of problems including impropriety, internal conflict, coercion, violations of due process, and numerous other failures in its official 43-page report released in July of 2008.
“The audit only uncovered the tip of the iceberg” claims Utah businessman James Claybourn. “If you read the audit carefully you’ll notice that it only looked at a few cases, and that it also describes the need for much further investigation.”
Claybourn, Brock and Koerber are part of a growing business community increasingly disillusioned by the lack of attention and scrutiny being directed at the widely reported abuses by the Department which operates under the sole elective oversight of Huntsman and his appointee Department of Commerce Director Francine Giani.
Koerber hopes that by announcing the systematic release of the recordings and documents he’s been gathering over the last several years that a more thorough investigation of the Department will be conducted and that the State legislature will not take only small, token efforts at reform.
“Look, the situation in the Department of Commerce is out of control. They brag about being able to break the law, about ruining people’s lives and they regularly demonize small businessmen who are supposed to be treated as innocent until proven guilty,” extols Koerber. “In today’s financial climate bureaucrats should not be freely spreading lies and acting like they are above the law, forgetting that small businessmen and women are citizens deserving of equal protection under the law. It’s just plain wrong.”
In fact, the Department has had to drop fraud charges and issue public apologies in the past for erroneously accusing businessmen of fraud and misconduct using punitive premature media, for example its March 30, 2007 release related to Gary W. Teran and Carl A. Page of First Western Advisors.
The Department has been gaining a growing number of critics that extends beyond the business community. Over the last year, several government insiders, including at least one former Executive Director and one former Division of Securities Director, have suggested that a “changing of the guard” is urgently needed along with several substantial reforms.
The Utah legislature has also begun addressing the reported impropriety, however, several prominent Utahans, are concerned that the gravity of the situation is not being fully appreciated by lawmakers.
“The bills [being proposed] are grossly inadequate and do not go far enough to protect the constitutional and civil rights of all licensees under the Department of Commerce, including the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, the Division of Real Estate, and the Division of Securities,” says Brock. “Regulators are not above the law, and are accountable for their acts in relation to the public trust reposed in them…the Legislative Auditor’s Official Report said that employees within the agency themselves fear to speak-up due to reprisals, and the licensees are certainly fearful of retribution; hence, an unwillingness to speak out on legislation such as this. I have no doubt there may be reprisals against me for speaking up.”
One disturbing example of such reprisals involves State Representative Carl Wimmer who began looking into potential abuses by Huntsman’s Department in 2007. After learning of Wimmer’s inquiry, then Securities Division Director Wayne Klein fired off an email to State Attorney General Mark Shurtleff suggesting that Wimmer should not be trusted and that his efforts be downplayed because he was an investor in one of the companies being investigated by Klien. Wimmer, however turned out not to be an investor in any company being investigated by the Division.
“A government bureaucrat, trying to sabotage a State legislator to protect his territory- this is exactly what they do.” said Koerber. “If you accuse them of wrong doing they line up a row of supposed victims of fraud-never mind that the story of fraud might be entirely made up by the regulators-and suggest that by attacking the government you are somehow harming or being insensitive to potential victims.”
In one of the audio recordings yet to be released by Koerber, Klien can be heard justifying his division’s targeting of Koerber himself because of statements made about Klein on Koerber’s his talk radio program and because of legislative scrutiny being brought on the Department by Rep. Wimmer and his colleague Rep. Jim Bird, pressure which Klein seems to attribute to Koerber.
–Partial Transcript-KLEIN: Part of the problem is that I’ve been painted in a corner because you’re client has gone on the radio and publicly accused us of stuff. He’s got legislators out there trying to cut our powers because what we’re doing as if he’s entirely right in what he’s doing and government is unfairly coming after him. So ordinarily we have more flexibility but where I’ve got public attacks coming in saying we’re being accused of being unfair…[interrupted].
Within a month of the announcement of last year’s audit and amidst a storm of controversy Klein resigned from his position as Securities Director. But in commentary released after the release of the official audit, Audit Manager Tim Osterstock immediately preempted any suggestion that Klein’s resignation would solve the problem. “It’s not just a director, it’s an organization,” Osterstock said.
One Department of Commerce insider, who requested to remain unnamed for fear of reprisal, confided about the Department and actions taken by Executive Director Francine Giani, “You have no idea how crazy this place is. Its all about territory, power and egos. Once the audit came out Francine put on a happy face but things around here got put on lock down. Quite frankly, so long as Francine and people like Michael Hines have free reign, I would hate to be a business owner in Utah.”
Regarding Koerber’s January 5th announcement that these recordings will be released to the public, this same insider remarked, “This is extraordinary evidence, I hope it starts to get the kind of attention it deserves.”
Huntsman who has been Utah Governor since 2004, appointed Giani to her present position in 2005, and has remained silent since the scandal started brewing in 2007. Several businessmen, lawmakers, citizens organizations and government insiders now appear committed to making sure his Department doesn’t escape legitimate scrutiny and reform.
[Note: C. Rick Koerber is the Founder and President of FreeCapitalist Enterprises, LLC that parent company in charge of operations for FreeCapitalist Daily]Again, Here is the link to our conversation one year ago with Mr. Wayne Kline, The then Director of Securities for the State of Utah on Koerber and Franklin Squires.
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