January 30, 2014–SAN DIEGO, CA–Today California Coalition for Families and Children calls for an investigation and arrest of San Diego Divorce Industry leaders. The Coalition delivered their demand letter to Ms. Daphne Hearn, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Ms. Laura Duffy, United States Attorney for the Southern District of California, detailing the San Diego Family Court racketeering allegations, and providing thousands of pages of evidence. The letter identifies numerous violations of federal criminal law including 18 U.S.C. §§ 242, 241, and 371 (civil rights crimes and fraud against the United States government) as well as racketeering charges under 18 U.S.C. § 1962 for mail and wire fraud, honest services fraud, extortion, bribery, and obstruction of justice by divorce lawyers, the City Attorney’s Office, and the Family Courts.
The crimes we’ve uncovered are very serious, and include violations of equal protection of the laws against parents and children by predatory divorce lawyers and their co-conspirators in the City Attorney’s Office and Family Court.” Says Colbern Stuart, President of the California Coalition. “We’ve been in contact with Ms. Hearn and Ms. Duffy previously on similar matters. This demand package contains evidence and allegations which they had previously indicated was missing.”
California Coalition Calls For Investigation and Arrest of Accused Defendants
In August, 2013 California Coalition and its Presient, Colbern Stuart, JD, filed a lawsuit in United States District Court for the Southern District of California naming dozens of divorce lawyers and the San Diego County Bar Association for racketeering crimes defrauding and extorting parents, then attacking parents who protested the abuse. Their First Amended Complaint was filed in January, 2014, and expanded those allegations to include San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, Assistant City Attorney Emily Garson, Family Court Judge Michael Groch, and San Diego Superior Court Counsel Kristine Nesthus for obstruction of justice, false arrest, and malicious prosecution.
The Coalition’s amended complaint also added the San Diego County Bar Association’s insurer, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, which handled the Coalition’s claim for damages after the bar association shut down a protest by parents in 2010.
We found that Chubb was using its leverage as the insurer of many of the defendants to undermine our claim for damages against the SDCBA for obstruction of justice. As an insurer, they have no authority to act as a criminal prosecutor or investigator. But once we presented our claim to the SDCBA, Chubb took an extremely aggressive posture, threatening parents with criminal prosecution for trespassing and stalking judges by holding the protest in front of the County Bar Association building” says Stuart. “Wealthy, connected insurers are menacing enough by themselves. Now we see how terrifying they can be when they team up with cops, judges, and prosecutors to protect their own insureds running a criminal fraud ring devouring families and children. It’s an outrageous abuse of power and wealth, and it’s going to stop” says Stuart.
A hearing for California Coalition’s racketeering complaint is scheduled before Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo on February 26, 2014 in United States District Court for the Southern District of California.