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Bail Denied For Gordillo Morales, The Mexican SNTE Teachers Union Leader

Gordillo Morales and three of assistants were denied bail on Wednesday. They allegedly embezzled $200M dollars of union funds to pay off personal bills totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars for plastic surgeries, credit cards, luxury homes, jet plane service, several foreign companies and a Neiman Marcus store account, according to the criminal complaint.

By H. Nelson Goodson
February 28, 2013

Mexico City, Mexico – On Wednesday, Elba Esther Gordillo Morales, 68, aka, “La Maestra, Teacher” and three of her administrative aids appeared at a Mexican federal court hearing where a judge denied bail for all of them. Gordillo Morales was taken into custody on Tuesday by Mexican federal authorities for embezzling an estimated $200M U.S. dollars ($2K million pesos) from an account of the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE). The Mexican teachers union has about 1.5M members. Gordillo Morales took over the teachers syndicate union in 1989.
Gordillo Morales and three of her administrative aids allegedly transferred $200M dollars from the teachers union bank account to her personal accounts, according to the criminal complaint. Gordillo Morales, including her administrative aids, Nora Guadalupe Ugarte Ramírez, Isaías Gallardo Chávez and José Manuel Díaz Flores were charged the following federal offenses for embezzling and organized crime. Ramírez, Chávez and Flores allegedly between 2008 to 2012 handled the union accounts without legal authority and transferred union funds to three personal accounts, which they managed.
Ramírez between March 2009 to January 2012 made 22 transfers (payments) to pay off store bills from Neiman Marcus totaling $2,000,100 U.S. dollars ($27,000,267 pesos).
Also, Chávez made payments totaling $900K U.S. dollars ($12,000,255 pesos) to Gordillo Morales’ personal Neiman Marcus credit card number 047970004041. The funds to pay for the Nieman Marcus credit card expenses came from the teachers union funds totaling about $3M U.S. dollars or $40M pesos.
Two bank accounts totaling $2M dollars were traced to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, which two companies were established with the teachers union funds. One of the businesses, Gordillo Morales deceased mother owned 99 percent of the stock.
Gordillo Morales used one of those companies to buy several luxury homes in Coronado island in San Diego, California.
The criminal complaint states, that between July 2011 to January 2012, Ramírez transferred four payments totaling $17,000,263.29 dollars to a clinic in California and other clinics the U.S. to pay for Gordillo Morales multiple plastic surgeries and reconstruction of her face that she had.
Payments of up to $3.5M dollars were made to a private jet company that provided a personal private jet used by Gordillo Morales when she traveled.
Other payments were also made to an American Express credit card, which Gordillo Morales used for personal use.
The arrest of Gordillo Morales came a day after Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed into law a bill reforming the teachers union that under Gordillo Morales, teacher positions were bought or inherited. The SNTE is considered one of the strongest syndicated unions in Mexico, which teachers became poll workers during elections.

Elba Esther Gordillo Morales

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Intoxicated Wrongway Driver Gets 18 Months In Prison For Off-duty Officer Injury Case

Salmon gets 18 months behind jail for wrongway crash that left an off-duty Milwaukee policer officer seriously injured.

By H. Nelson Goodson
February 27, 2013

Milwaukee, WI – On Wednesday, Erin M. Salmon, 23, was sentenced to 42 months in prison, but will only do 18 months of confinement and two years of probation for the wrong way collision along I-94 with a vehicle driven by an off-duty officer heading home. She was convicted after pleading guilty to one felony count for injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle. Under the plea agreement, two other felony counts, 2nd-degree reckless endangering safety and injury by use of a vehicle with Prohibited Alcohol Concentration (PAC) were dismissed.
Salmon also pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors for hit-and-run when she crashed into two vehicles before getting on the freeway and crashing into Albert. She was sentenced to 60 days in confinement to be served concurrently with the other conviction.
On September 5, off-duty Milwaukee Police Officer Joshua Albert, 31, was injured when Salmon crashed into Albert on I-94. Officer Albert had just finished his shift and was heading home after midnight along I-94 near the 35th Street exit when Salmon going the wrong way on the freeway without headlights struck Albert’s vehicle head-on.

Erin M. Salmon and Joshua Albert

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Rosa Parks Bronze Statue Unveiled At The National Statuary Hall 

Parks’ nine foot bronze statue unveiled.

By H. Nelson Goodson
February 27, 2013

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, a full-size bronze statue of Rosa Louis McCauley Parks of Tuskegee, Alabama was unveiled by President Barack H. Obama (D-IL) at the National Statuary Hall in the Washington, DC. Capitol Building in her honor. The statue is close to nine feet tall and depicts Rosa Parks in bronze wearing the same clothes she wore on the day she was arrested. The monument consisting of both her statue and the granite pedestal on which it rests weighs 2,100 pounds.
At the unveiling ceremony were Sheila Keys, niece of Rosa Parks; Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, (D-Nev.); House Speaker John Boehner, (R-Ohio); House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, (D-Calif.); Assistant Democratic Leader Rep. James Clyburn, (D-S.C.); and Elaine Eason Keys.
Parks, an African-American civil rights activist on December 1, 1955 refused an order by Montgomery, Alabama bus driver James F. Blake to move back of the bus from the colored section and give up her seat to a white passenger after the white seating section was filled.
She was arrested and sparked a major civil rights movement against segregation and a boycott of the Montgomery bus company.
Parks actions led to her termination as a seamstress from a local department store. She then moved to Detroit and found a similar job.
Between 1965 to 1988, Parks worked as a secretary and receptionist for former U.S. Representative John Conyers, an African-American.
Parks passed away on October 24, 2005 at the age of 92. She became the first woman and second non-government official to lie in honor at the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C.

Rosa Louis McCauley Parks statue

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Mexican Teachers Union Leader Arrested For Embezzling $200M Dollars

Gordillo Morales with the aid of other assistants moved union funds to personal accounts to pay off bills totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars for plastic surgeries, credit cards, luxury homes, jet plane service, several foreign companies and a Neiman Marcus store account, according to the criminal complaint.

By H. Nelson Goodson
February 27, 2013

Mexico City, Mexico – On Tuesday, Elba Esther Gordillo Morales, 68, aka, “La Maestra, Teacher” was taken into custody by Mexican federal authorities for embezzling an estimated $200M dollars ($2K million pesos) from an account of the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE). The Mexican teachers union has about 1.5M members. Gordillo Morales took over the teachers syndicate union in 1989.
Gordillo Morales allegedly transferred $200M dollars from the teachers union bank account to her personal accounts, according to the criminal complaint. Also facing charges were Nora Guadalupe Ugarte Ramírez, Isaías Gallardo Chávez and José Manuel Díaz Flores who allegedly between 2008 to 2012 handled the union accounts without legal authority and transferred union funds to three personal accounts, which they managed, according to Mexican Federal Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam.
Ramírez between March 2009 to January 2012 made 22 transfers (payments) to pay off store bills from Neiman Marcus totaling $2,000,100 U.S. ($27,000,267 pesos).
Also, Chávez made payments totaling $900K U.S. ($12,000,255 pesos) to Gordillo Morales’ personal Neiman Marcus credit card number 047970004041. The funds to pay for the Nieman Marcus credit card expenses came from the teachers union funds totaling about $3M U.S. or $40M pesos, Karam reported in a news conference.
Two bank accounts totaling $2M dollars were traced to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, which two companies were established with the teachers union funds. One of the businesses, Gordillo Morales deceased mother owned 99 percent of the stock.
Gordillo Morales used one of those companies to buy several luxury homes in Coronado island in San Diego, California.
Karam said, that between July 2011 to January 2012, Ramírez transferred four payments totaling $17,263.29 U.S. dollars to a clinic in California and other clinics the U.S. to pay for Gordillo Morales multiple plastic surgeries and reconstruction of her face that she had.
Payments of up to $3.5M U.S. were made to a private jet company that provided a personal private jet used by Gordillo Morales when she traveled.
Other payments were also made to an American Express credit card, which Gordillo Morales used for personal use.
The arrest of Gordillo Morales came a day after Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed into law a bill reforming the teachers union that under Gordillo Morales, teacher positions were bought or inherited. The SNTE is considered one of the strongest syndicated unions in Mexico, which teachers became poll workers during elections.

Elba Esther Gordillo Morales

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U.S. Employers Exploit Immigrant Low-wage Workers Study Found

Some employers tend to use the broken immigration system to exploit workers, according to newly released NELP study.

By H. Nelson Goodson
February 26, 2013

Milwaukee, WI- On Tuesday, a co-released a 38-page study by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) and Voces de la Frontera (VDLF) reports that some employers used the broken down immigration system to ignore laws, tend to hire illegal immigrants and then exploits them. These employers and a health insurance company engaged in reporting illegal workers to police in an attempt to avoid paying worker’s compensation insurance or earned wages. Another company, Palermo Villa Inc., a Milwaukee pizza making company fired 75 employees after attempting to form a union and advocating for better working conditions and wages. Palermo Pizza accused the employees of failing to reverify their work status shortly after Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) suspended a workers job I-9 verification audit at the plant when the employees in question went on strike in June.
The report entitled “Workers’ Rights on ICE: How Immigration Reform Can Stop Retaliation and Advance Labor Rights” includes cases in which some identified employers retaliated against alleged illegal workers by reporting them to police and making false charges against them to avoid paying their wages. ICE was also called by dubious employers to help them eliminate any threat of legal challenges by illegal workers attemping to collect earned wages. Most illegal workers face at least one type of pay-related work place violation, the study indicates.
In 2010, the civilian work force in the U.S. was composed of 23.1M foreign-born workers, including 8M illegal workers who made up about 5.2 percent of the country’s labor force.
In 2012, ICE deported a record 409,849 undocumented immigrants (workers) and in President Barack H. Obama’s first four year term, more than 1.5M were deported, according to ICE. No deported numbers were released or have been made available showing what percentage of those deported were turned in to ICE by employers to avoid paying them workers insurance compensation or earned wages.
The study also provides recommendations to prevent the exploitation of illegal workers, the NELP study reported.

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Former Pop Star 2009 Latin American Idol Charged With Heroin Smuggling

Martha Heredía

Heredía facing 20 years in prison for attempting to smuggle 1.3 kilos of heroin into the U.S.

By H. Nelson Goodson
February 26, 2013

Santiago, Santo Domingo – Dominican authorities charged Martha Heredía, 22, aka, “La Baby” with drug trafficking for attempting to smuggle 1.3 kilos (2.9 pounds) of heroin from Santo Domingo to the U.S. Last Wednesday night, Heredía was busted at the Cibao International Airport before broading a Jet Blue flight to New York when airport security detected drugs inside her shoe heels that she was wearing and three other pair of shoes she had in her luggage.
She was taken into custody by the Dominican Republic National Drug Control Agency after an x-ray scan detected a substance believed to be heroin. Luisa Liranzo, a prosecutor confirmed, that Heredía is facing up to 20 years in prison, if convicted for trafficking heroin.
Heredía is originally from Santiago de los Caballeros and a former 2009 Latin American Idol winner. She resided in New York.

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Tamaulipas Main Stream Media Censored News Regarding Drug Cartels

Twitter and Facebook social media become main source of information about homicides, kidnappings, daily shootings, car jackings, road blocks by criminsls, extortion and drug cartel activity.

By H. Nelson Goodson
February 25, 2013

Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico – A social network administrator that operates “Valor Tamaulipas” on Twitter and “Valor por Tamaulipas” (VT) on Facebook has become the current internet impromptu journalist blogging hero for thousands of followers on the Internet. VT’s Twitter page has more than 26K followers and more than 166K Facebook followers.
A criminal organization in Tamualipas recently circulated flyers offering a $600K pesos ($47,200 U.S.) reward seeking information leading to the identity of VT. VT is a wanted man for posting information about homicides, kidnappings, daily shootings, car jackings, road blocks by cartels, extortion and drug cartel activity in the region on his independent social networks.
Other anonymous Twitters or bloggers from other states in Mexico haven’t experienced a hefty bounty for their heads or reward for information leading to their identity, so they can be eliminated (killed) by criminal organizations or drug cartels.
Those who circulated the bounty flyer, unkownly made VT the most famous Twitter from the state of Tamaulipas with a price on his head. Recently, VT informed his followers that he was forced to relocate his family to the U.S. after the flyers began circulating around February 13, requesting information about VT’s immediate family members.
VT in his latest posting claims, that the Tamaulipas main stream news agencies have censored any news or information about the criminal activities, murders and drug cartel atrocities in the region. He says, that the news network publish zero news about crimes perpetuated by drug cartels. The two main drug cartels who have taken control of the state of Tamaulipas and has put a tight noose (censor) of all main stream media regarding their crimes and activities are Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel. The lives of reporters, editors and publishers have been threatened or some reporters have been bought off (bribed) and snitch on coworkers that attempt to report crime news.
Now in the VT pages, Twitter followers and Facebook users are posting and discussing recent armed uprisings by other citizens who just became sick and tired of waiting for the state, Mexican authorities and the military to take action and cleanup their cities and towns of criminals, city corruption by police and public elected officials by deciding to take up arms and taking back control of their own cities.
In the state of Guerrero, multiple municipalities in a chain reaction led to an armed uprising by its own population by taking up arms and getting rid of local criminal organizations or cartels who exploited them for years. The population blocked main roads coming into their towns and managed to make major arrests of alleged corrupt police officers and elected political officials until the military arrived and took over.
The cry for Revolution between the law abiding population and criminal organizations, including ruling drug cartels has been ignited and seems to be spreading from town to town as a last resort to combat the proliferation of crime resulting in homicides attributed to drug activity, trafficking and feuding cartels attempting to control multi-million bordertown drug routes.
Also in a municipality of Michoacan, the population has risen and took back control of their town.
Currently, Tamaulipas is drowning in a crime proliferation bubble, which eventually is getting ready to burst. VT and his social network crime reporting activity of high risk areas could very well be the needle to burst that immense bubble.
Will the Tamualipas population follow in the footsteps of other cities and towns by taking up arms and take back control of their state from criminal organizations and drug cartels? The cry for Revolution against criminal organizations and drug cartels has been called and Mexican nationals are a humble and proud people, but when cornered, they will take action regardless of the consequences. ¡Viva Mexico!

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