(At the writing of this post I have been out of touch with Michael Scott Ioane for two weeks, going on three. He informed me that the govt. was trying hard to put him back in prison due to certain apparent violations of his house arrest order. I have not heard from him, or his family. I do not know what has happened to him. And I fear the worst. This post is one I wrote shortly after speaking with Ioane through emails. It may be the last post I do if I cannot find out any more pertinent information about this case. As it stands it looks as though he’s been railroaded once again. Send out your prayers to him and his family.)
Recent developments in Michael Ioane’s case have been darkened by yet more conspiracies between the IRS and the Federal court at Fresno and specifically, Judge Lawrence J. O’Neil.
Ioane and his attorneys asked for some leniency on the house arrest restrictions so that Ioane could practice real estate and business management and at least make enough money to pay for his Federal GPS monitoring bracelet. Once the motion was filed for leniency with the court of appeals, showing that Mr. Ioane was not a threat to anyone, nor that he would run away, the US Government filed a motion that said Ioane was in “violation” of his house arrest because he had “posted information on his web site that promoted his business of helping people with their trusts. Also that he had written a book which also helped people with trust information and could be used to hide money from the IRS.
The IRS neglected to inform the court that the book was written in 2009, prior to Ioane’s conviction. It is also owned by the Acacia corporation. And it was Acacia corporate staff that posted the information (articles made up from various chapters of the book), not Ioane himself. According to Michael Ioane he “doesn’t even know how to post things on a website.” Michael Ioane never told them to post these articles and the Acacia corporation thought they were doing something in good faith and well within their 1st Amendment Rights.
It all started when Mike Ioane was to show up for the motion hearing regarding his restrictions being loosened. His lawyer asked him how he would get to court and if he would eat before the court convened? Mike innocently said “I usually eat at the cafeteria.” His attorney then said “What if Judge O’Neil sees you eating?” Mike said jokingly: “He’d probably throw me back in jail.” So his attorney then had to caution him strongly to NOT eat at the court cafeteria, to go to the bathroom BEFORE he came to court, and to only come into the courtroom and go through the process and leave…as the attorney was positive that the judge would see anything else as a violation of the arrest order!
When I was informed of all of this I had to laugh. Then things went from bad to worse as the Govt. filed a motion of violation of the arrest order the very same day Ioane was to file his appeal motion! That trumped the appeal. As long as there is some idea that a violation had been committed, that case must come first. Of course. Judge O’Neil knew that. He was playing chess with Ioane’s life.
Even though the Preliminary Appeal court suggested on Ioane’s behalf that he have some of his work restrictions loosened, Judge O’Neil went on the attack telling the govt. to find cause for him to toss Ioane back into prison on some trumped up violation! Apparently the heat is on O’Neil. Had Ioane been granted his motion the Fresno District Court under O’Neil would have had no more jurisdiction over Ioane’s case, finally freeing him of this judge’s vindictive and selective prosecution, and his heavy handed judgments. Making Judge O’Neil look like the conspirator and corruptor he truly is.
Upon reading the motion of violation, which claimed he was a financial risk to the community, I told Mike Ioane this:
“First of all how can you be a “financial risk” to your community??? You weren’t convicted of defrauding anyone for money! You were convicted of showing the IRS securities which they considered to be fake. And of helping Booth form “Sham trusts.” No one has lost any money! It was just that the IRS couldn’t take properties from Booth! You aren’t like that guy Bernie Madhoff they caught with the billion dollar Ponzi Scheme! He’s a financial risk. He could bilk some folks out of money if allowed to do his financial business. But I think your opposition motion to the govt. is correct. You don’t have to do anyone’s taxes or do any trust work. They should be allowing you to work to pay your bills. If not, then, just like in prison THEY pay all expenses for cells, food, clothing, etc. Expecting a man to pay for something when they won’t allow you to make a wage is a crime. Plus it is illogical. Hell they’d make you work in prison… AND give you a stipend! So where’s the logic in declaring that you might “help someone form a corporation which is “perilously close” to what you did with Booth? What hogwash!
“And seriously, no one is a risk for “financial misdeeds!” A cat-burglar, set free, might go burgle a house. A killer might kill someone. But I’ve never heard of any financial law-breaker going out on parole and creating some scam to make money off the IRS! Idiotic! Someone needs to make sure this is written plainly in your oppositions. POPPY COCK! is exactly what the IRS is bringing to bear. Stupidity made into law! It’s laughable that you would go out and form some more “sham trusts” because geez, wasn’t that just the best idea you ever had in the first place? Didn’t that get you right where you wanted to be? (satire!) Why not give forming sham trusts another try while you await an appeal! Duh!
“As for the whole cafeteria thing…you are too much like me. You ask all the right questions! In this case you should have just gone, eaten at the cafeteria and if someone said you were in violation, you plead ignorance. Now you’ve made it hard for yourself to even eat or pee! Because your attorney put it all in writing. So you’re sunk. However I don’t think anyone would send you back to jail for eating lunch.
“Man we need to get you out of this. We need someone like Eric Holder to look into all this from outside, I think then your troubles would be over. These criminals and corrupt judge can hide in Fresno beneath the Stars and Stripes, telling everyone they are just serving the public trust. Until someone from D.C. says “What the heck are you people up to!? We’re getting heat from all over the country because you are being a-holes!”
“Like one commentator on the blog said, “we should be smelling and investigation by now…” I can’t believe how cruel and officious this O’Neil is! Some judges think way to highly of their own opinions. And you should tell the government, “You want to keep me penned in and unable to work, then you get no payment from me for your precious bracelet!” I mean if they think you are being a bastard and not being remorseful, you USE THAT TO THE HILT! Because an INNOCENT MAN NEED NOT FEEL REMORSE. Just because a man is sentenced to prison DOES NOT MAKE HIM GUILTY OF A CRIME! (We find that to be thecase over and over again these days!) They cannot victimize you any more than they have already. They can lock you up in prison, or at home, but that’s no reason for you to act guilty. Maintain your rights. Only an innocent man would fight them so hard! And they know it! So to them, show no remorse. It’s your only hope. If you keep being a victim they will destroy you.”
As of the date of this writing, Michael Scott Ioane is once again in the clutches of Judge O’Neil, a “hanging judge” if ever there was one. He is in danger of being thrown back into prison, again for something he did not do. This investigator wonders when justice will truly be served. Meanwhile Michael Ioane and his attorney have worked out a possible solution to all the civil cases still extant which would clear up much of the problems with the Booth trusts and monies owed to the IRS, etc. We can only hope someone, somewhere will listen to reason.
Tom Horne, Investigator.