Early morning on April 27, I am tooling down the 101 on my way to the “Stanley.” Traffic is light, I have my buddy Lisa Stanley of KRTH on the radio, I am enjoying my first cup of coffee and life is good.
…As I am parking my Hummer in my $20 parking space, who do I spot out of the corner of my eye, Thomas Mesereau, Lawyer. This guy for my money is one of the best defense attorneys in the United States, having successfully defended Michael Jackson and a host of other high-profile cases. Not too hard to miss, that long flowing white hair, just like I am not hard to miss either I guess. He too is at the Stanley…that is interesting I wonder why, that thought will be answered shortly.
Lining up to get into the courthouse who else do I see, none other than one of my pals, Ira Friedman, Lawyer and one of the funniest people you will meet. Here is an Ira moment in my life, sent to me in the form of an e-mail: “John do you know how bored I am?” – “No, Ira why?“ – “I am reading DESPERATEEXES” – “Thanks Ira!’…
…Making it through the security detail, I make my usual rounds and as in most days I either end up in Judge Trent Lewis’s, Judge Scott Gordon’s or Judge Fredrick Schaller’s courts. As I approach Department 88 who do I see, Thomas Mesereau, Ira Friedman, Larry Ginsburg, David Pasternak, and 7 or 8 other lawyers. Scattered in the group were several others and, not to be missed, a very well-dressed female, when I say well-dressed, what I am trying to convey is the “look.” I find out later she is the U.S. Attorney and is sitting and listening, sure listening in such a way that you know at some point she is going to drop a net on someone.
As I bounced around the Stanley I had just walked in on Salim Karimi of ADI fame, ADI in the course of several years got millions from cities to build housing for low income. In Glendale alone he got upwards of $33,000,000…well it was obvious now why a U.S. Attorney was sitting and listening. There are other cities in the “show me the money” line such as Los Angeles.
Guess what? This all came to light during a DIVORCE proceeding! Salim Karimi v Jannki Mithawaila…I often reflect on the old song by Johnnie Taylor, “ Cheaper to Keep Her”. Please, Mr. Karimi as you sit in India safely and out of reach of the authorities here in the United States…
…Karimi’s wife is represented by Larry Ginsburg, who did a stellar job of making my friend David Pasternak, the court-appointed receiver, feel like a pinata. The point that was being screamed (however quietly) was that Mr. Ginsburg wanted his client to have access to the $44,000,000 that Pasternak the receiver had in his accounts, as well as $600,000 in bullion. Larry Ginsburg was relentless and knew the law and was on target most of the time (Ginsburg did a great job in presenting his case as his client was moving around trying to avoid the inevitable). And a great deal more in property and business enterprises. …My thought was this, upon that money being released it will be in India in nano-seconds, or some other country less friendly to the U.S. and its concerns.
…Mr. Pasterank, release that money and now.” The pieces are now fitting together, Thomas Mesereau, criminal defense lawyer is representing Salim Karimi. His wife it is reported was being hidden away by bodyguards…Note: Sweetie you cannot hide from the Feds, bodyguards or not you will be bagged if the desire strikes that very well-dressed lady sitting in Dept. 88 (also I thought I saw at least one FBI agent in the audience). Judge Gordon makes it very clear that he is not going to be letting Mr. Pasternak continue as the divorce is off, good, now maybe everyone will stop taking swipes at Pasternak. Judge Gordon also made it clear that there would be procedures to follow and loose ends to tie up before he ordered Mr. Pasternak to do anything. It came out in court that numerous lawsuits were filed against Mr. Pasternak in the performance of his duties. Judge Scott Gordon in his very special way made it clear, very clear I thought, that Pasternak the receiver could be sued only if Judge Gordon said it was “OK” to sue him. Pasternak laid it all out, “no general ledgers,“ the other word David used was “Extraordinary” in reference to what Mr. Karimi and Co. had done. Another funny comment made by someone in court was that Mr. Karimi’s relatives were destroying records…”Noooooooo“…Once again, typical behavior of innocent people.
David Pasternak never lost focus and made it clear that Salim Karimi was not sitting in the poorhouse as he made off with $25,000,000 to his native India. It was also made very clear that a great deal of criminal activity had taken place (Mesereau) & (U.S. Attorney). Millions of dollars given to do good ended up in the hands of people not worthy of the trust that went with that assignment. It was also revealed very little if any taxes were paid! No real surprises in this story or the legal proceedings that will surely follow, and the best part, Mr. Salim Karimi was on a large screen, “Live” from India…
…Mr. Karimi the interesting thing is this, as I recall my time in India as a young man, if you in fact did any or ….
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April 30, 2011
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