THIS COULD BE YOU!
Corruption Exposed – Victims In Our Community
Under Cover Surveillance of Political Opponents At Taxpayer
There are dozens of clubs and organizations representing wholesome
recreational activities and popular
hobbies meeting regularly throughout El Dorado County.
Several host candidate forums during election
years. In 2010 the Modified Motorcycle Association, a
statewide organization comprising individual
recreational motorcycle clubs hosted two candidates forums to hear the
views and stances of six and later
two candidates for the important office of County Sheriff.
Their first forum was held during the June
Primary Election and four of the six candidates participated.
Their second forum was held during a runoff
election between Sheriff’s Captain Craig Therkildsen, who was strongly
backed by both District Attorney
Vern Pierson and County Auditor Controller Joe Harn, and John
D’Agostini who was an outsider to El
Dorado County government at that time. Candidate D’Agostini
accepted the local club’s offer and spoke
Therkildsen, with DA Pierson’s blessing, sent an undercover
of officers to secretly
record D’Agostini. Edited excerpts of the surveillance recordings were
leaked to the news media
in an attempt to damage D’Agostini’s campaign.
Shortly following the leak of the Therkildsen/Pierson undercover
surveillance recording to the news media,
representatives of the victimized local motorcycle clubs and
D’Agostini’s campaign consultant attended the
El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting to request a formal
investigation. During that meeting
they presented the Board with Code Sections in State Law they believed
had been violated and formally
asked the County and the District Attorney (who was present) to
investigate this incident. Instead,
District Attorney, Vern
Pierson, chose to do nothing and cover-up the matter to protect the
candidate he was backing.
Several weeks later D’Agostini was elected County Sheriff.
Creating a Climate of Fear and Intimidation With County Employees
I am a CPA, was a Scout Master for the Boy Scouts and a
previous employee of El Dorado County. I
El Dorado County. What I am about to describe about Joe Harn is based on my own experience.
One of my duties at the county made it necessary that I work
with a woman in Joe Harn’s office on budgets (her name
is withheld to protect a
victim). While doing this work I found
some strange and unusual things
had happened in this budget area in the past. After working on this issue for a few weeks
suddenly could no longer get the woman to return my calls. Since I just worked across the street,
walked over to find out why she was not taking my calls. The woman told me Joe
had instructed her that
I could no longer talk with her. She had
been told by Joe Harn that if I came to her
office, she was to call him.
Joe Harn (dressed in his usual morning sweats) came right
down from his office upstairs and started
yelling at me about a variety of
nonsense none of which was true. While
yelling he came
closer and closer pointing a finger in my face. I had never had a conversation with him
before this. I was
shocked and surprised
by this very unprofessional behavior. It
was then I realized that the stories might
be true that Joe Harn had had a
sexual relationship with this woman. I
could only guess that he
was giving me a message not to mess with his
“lady”. My suspicions were confirmed as
I found out that this
woman had taken a temporary assignment with the Tax
Collector’s office during a cooling off period after the relationship
Harn went bad. By the way, this woman
was one of the highest paid employees of Joe Harn’s and still is. There
have been other women in Joe Harn’s office
with whom he has forced a relationship.
They are victims. Joe might argue
their choice, but what do you do when your boss makes you choose between
feeding your family and doing what you
would never want to do. It is a real shame. In describing this yelling incident to
others, I found out that Joe had done the same
thing to more than a few people
as a way to intimidate them. Also, after
this incident, Joe Harn instructed his staff that they
were no longer to
communicate with me and that I had to go through him personally for all
work. When I tried to work directly
Joe, he refused to respond and tried to pressure my boss to fire me, which my
boss refused to do. Joe also had a
yelling session with my boss to try to intimidate him.
While working at El Dorado County I had many experiences
where Joe Harn directed his staff to waste taxpayer’s money by
and over items that were less than $5.00 and re-writing contracts to change one
word at the cost of thousands
of dollars to us taxpayers. Joe Harn has instructed his staff not to help
any other department in financial matters so
that he can look like a hero when
things fall apart in the various departments so that Joe can claim that he
uncovered the problems when in reality he has helped cause the problem by not
doing his job to help the departments with
training and mentoring.
If you have any trusted friends
working at the county who have interaction with Joe Harn, ask them what they
Joe. You will be surprised that
most people see Joe as a major source of wasted money and ineffective
while he forces his agenda on the other leaders and employees of the
county. Having spent most
of my career
in private industry, I was very disappointed that all this was going on in my
Chris McCaffree, CPA
Former El Dorado County Employee
Fiscal Administrative Manager
Fraudulently Using The Grand Jury To Destroy Political
Between 2008 and 2010 a local political consultant, Dan Dellinger,
worked on three campaigns for
candidates strongly opposed by both District Attorney Vern Pierson and
County Auditor-Controller Joe
Harn. Despite the best efforts of Pearson and Harn to elect their
chosen candidates, all three of Dellinger’s
clients won election -
2008 Coalition Building Consultant for
Congressional Candidate Tom McClintock
2008 Principal Consultant for Supervisorial
Candidate Ray Nutting
2010 Principal Consultant for Sheriff candidate
In early 2011 Dellinger project partnered with another local
consultant, Cris Alarcon, to help the cash
strapped Pioneer Fire Protection District educate their constituents
about the District’s looming financial
crisis, assist the District with election related legal filings and
procedure compliance, and advise them on
passing a parcel tax requiring a 66.67% vote. Due to PFPD’s financial
hardships, Dellinger and Alarcon
agreed to receive 45% of their fee in late 2011 and the remaining 55%
when the new parcel tax revenue
would be collected in early 2013. PFPD has an administration services
contract with the El Dorado County
Auditor-Controller’s Office. Several months into their work for PFPD
Auditor-Controller Joe Harn held
up their payments due and demanded that Dellinger and Alarcon’s
contract with PFPD be re-written. With
Harn’s active collaboration, Dellinger, Alarcon, and the PFPD Board
re-wrote the contract and Harn issued
the two checks due the consultants in 2011. Dellinger and
Alarcon successfully completed their work
California State law prohibits government organizations and agencies
from spending tax money to expressly
advocate for or against candidates or ballot measures. To ensure
compliance with State Law, prominent
community members formed a Political Action Committee with the Fair
Political Practices Commission and
raised private money from community donations to pay for election
related advocacy. In November 2011,
PFPD’s Measure F passed with nearly 77% of the
In early 2012 Dellinger began working on the election campaign of
superior court judge candidate Warren
Stracener and soon began appearing as the information contact on
official news releases. Sometime in or
around March, 2012 both DA Pearson and A-C Harn publically endorsed
Stracener’s opponent, Joseph
Hoffman and began actively campaigning on Hoffman’s behalf
Fully aware of Dellinger’s success record
against their political friends, Pierson and Harn try to create a
scandal to discredit Dellinger and his clients.
In April, 2012 Harn and Person bring allegations against Dellinger
before the Civil Grand Jury and threaten
to sue, with the unlimited resources of County Government, both
Dellinger and his business partner on the
project for all of the money they earned in 2011 and the balance of
PFPD’s debt owed them in 2013 unless
he forfeits his money still owed and lie about violating the law.
Dellinger refused their unjust demands.
With great publicity, DA Vern Person filed a civil suit against
Dellinger and Alarcon alleging that they (who
were the recipients of District money) had somehow expended District
funds for advocacy, funds that can only
by dispersed by Auditor-Controller Joe Harn. In addition, DA Pierson
strategically chose to bring this
unjust lawsuit under a State Code Section that prevents victims of
false litigation from recovering their legal
expenses - even if they prevail over the District Attorney in court.
Judge Stracener was elected in November 2012. Person and Harn’s
manufactured scandal plan did not elect
their political friend but it has proved exceptionally costly for
Dellinger to continue his legal defense.
Arbitrary And Capricious Treatment Of Local Agencies -
Abusing The Grand Jury For Publicity
At the insistence of Auditor/Controller Joe Harn I agreed to accept a
seat on a fire district board that no
one else would fill. Unfortunately, Mr. Harn made my four year term
For whatever reason, he had developed a
dislike for the district and its staff. During my term,
disagreements with Mr.Harn and his staff became almost a weekly
occurrence. The parameters of his
antagonism stretched from a $32 pair of shoes that were part of a
clothing allowance to an effort to
withhold $131,000 of Aid to Fire funds. This effort followed an
overreaching misinterpretation, on the
auditor’s part, of an internal district contract. This game of
one-upmanship, on the auditor’s part, created
havoc with our budget and set in motion the termination of two
paramedic/firefighters, putting the lives
and property of our citizens in jeopardy.
The district became accustomed to late
or insufficient pay checks, following never ending inquiries and
holdups while contracts, that in fact were none of the auditors
business, were picked over. Inquiries and
clarification of out-of-the-blue changes in the auditors policies and
procedures, which applied only to our
district, were often answered with, “if you don’t like it, do it
yourself” or “ask Joe”.
All this foolishness allowed the
auditor’s office to shirk some of the services they were required
to provide us, not to mention our increased cost to do business with
each other. This was, and is, an
unnecessary drain of taxpayer’s funds and services.
Mr. Harn saw to it that many of his
vindictive issues became fodder for the press and television news
requiring many of our board and staff members having to appear multiple
times before the Grand
Jury. Eventually all these issues were resolved and everyone was paid.
This points out that all this
unprofessionalism on the auditor’s part was nothing more than ongoing
harassment of our district and its
Now I watch the ongoing harassment from
Mr. Harn creep into other areas of the county. I could
describe in more detail many more antics produced by Mr. Harn, however,
this would require innumerable
pages. Suffice to say that when you consider that the auditor, while
filling the role of treasurer for our fire
districts, is required to work under the direction of these district
boards, I believe that Mr. Harn has neither
the temperament nor the aptitude to maintain this Auditor/Controller
We have seen, on the federal level, the
use of the IRS to run audit’s on those who do not toe the
sitting party line. That having been said, could it be that the
harassment and nitpicking, emanating from
the auditor’s office, is also being applied to those who have not
fallen in line with whatever agenda is on
the front burner. It is not required that the auditor, whose legal
staff is provided by we the taxpayers, be
victorious in his accusations, only that the target suffers a monetary
setback and a loss of respect among the
Mr. Harn’s costly effort to discredit
those involved with our “first responders” is a delusion
masquerading as a taxpayer’s crusader, when in fact Mr. Harn’s $250,000
income for creating tumult and
mistrust amongst our citizens is a taxpayer’s worst
Director, Garden Valley Fire Protection District (Ret.)
of Office – Failing to Investigate or Prosecute Crimes and Malfeasance
of personal and political friends, representitives of the Carson City
My name is Ty Robben. On October 18, 2012 I had three armed men break into my home
claiming to settle a civil dispute. The 3 men were bounty hunters who crossed state lines
from Nevada in South Tahoe California. I was not a fugitive. My front door was bashed in, I
was shot 3 times with taser guns and they slashed my car tires.
What happened to me was true assault, battery, home invasion, kidnapping, vandalism and
bounty hunters from Justin Brothers Bail Bonds acting as mercenaries and "state actors" on
behalf of the Carson City, Nevada Government.
I filed a report with the South Lake Tahoe police who were actually at the crime scene and
participated and aided the bounty hunters since the bounty hunters were acting on a
nonextraditable arrest warrant from Nevada. Since the bounty hunters used the "warrant" as an
excuse and used law enforcement in the process, they were "acting under the color of law"
and they crossed State lines making matter worse.
The South Lake Tahoe Police Department (SLTPD) initially tried to cover-up, white-wash
and stonewall the matter and would not release police reports, etc. I protested the SLTPD in
January 2013 and had the press file California public records demands for said police report.
Ultimately, with the pressure from the high profile outrage, SLTPD produced the police
report and the El Dorado County District Attorney did file charges against one of the four
perpetrators. However, the DA did not charge the main perpetrators who conspired and
participated in the crime. The DA also watered down the charges to misdemeanors and
offered a simple plea bargain to the one person, Douglas Lewis, whom they charged.
The DA Vern Pierson and his assistant became the defense counsel for the Justin Brothers
(Dennis and Richard Justin) and make up false reasons for not charging them including
stating they were not at the crime scene when Dennis Justin clearly admits in the deposition
he was in fact there.
I protested DA Vern Pierson’s office and filed a writ-of-mandate in the El Dorado County
Superior Court, South Lake Tahoe office. A hearing is scheduled for July 19, 2013.
Abuse of Office - Bullying
On October 17, 2008, I met with Mr. Joe Harn.
I initially believed this was a team
meeting to improveour relationship.
Upon meeting Mr. Harn sometime after
11:00 am, Joe asked me to follow
him out of the building.
thought this to
be unusual but continue on and followed him out to a bench in
the Veteran Memorial.
sitting down,Joe raised the issue of concern.
and my FAM, Chris McCaffree had not responded
back to one of Chris’s workers,
_______, who had sent an email stating that she did not believe that
Service FAM had sufficient resources to get the monthly EID bill paid on
believed that by stating this,
Chris or I would not be able to discipline her performance,
I told Mr. Harn that I had seen the email and
did not believe it was disrespectful
or unprofessional and therefore, did not
really warrant a response.
Joe was not
my response and became visibly agitated.
At that point, I did not say anything about
discussion continued and he
explained that he thought Mr. McCaffree was getting to close
to his staff and
would not be able to discipline them.
assured him this was not true.
Harn asked if I knew how Mr. McCaffree became the General Services FAM. I said
I did not.
explained to me that
he was asked to pick a new GS FAM, which I thought was strange.
He then said he
could have him fired.
I asked him who Mr. McCaffree worked for.
“Did he work for you, Joe.”
that he did not and that Mr. McCaffree worked for me.
I assured Mr. Harn that Chris
exceptional employee and that he would remain the GS FAM.
I don’t believe he liked my
Then, Mr. Harn asked me if I knew that he had worked the
media to force the BOS to fire
one of the past General Services Director.
I told him I did not.
He then proceeded to ask me to respond to
_______’s email telling her that we in fact had the resources to do the
He said it was inappropriate for
______ to put this in
continues on -- at least six more times he asked me to address this email.
even more agitated so that I had to
ask him why he was so visibly irritated.
He said he was
the interest of working together, I finally agreed that I would
have Mr. McCaffree
address the email as he wished.
explained that he was
now more comfortable that we would get the job done.
It has become clear to me that this was a carefully
orchestrated meeting of intimidation,
that I was a threat to him, this was a
power struggle and he was letting me know I would do his bidding, and if not
certainly had the ability to work the media to force the BOS to fire me. Mr. Harn
was trying to intimidate me and
wanted me to be fearful of him. He was
also threatening that he could
get me fired. This was both bizarre and crazy –
I would suggest that this man may be unbalanced.
I believe this to be totally unprofessional, against County
policy, and believe Mr. Harn should be
admonished for this behavior.