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Security National VP once embodied irony

A senior vice president at Security National Corp. was indicted for tax fraud in 1995 — while working as a special investigator for the IRS.

From a September 20, 1995 San Francisco Chronicle article:

IRS Special Agent Joni Lynn Yorks, 40, filed 1992 and 1993 tax returns listing fictitious dependents with fake Social Security numbers, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco.

A 14-year-veteran of the IRS, Yorks understated her income in the returns and claimed that she had two daughters living with her full time, according to the indictment. In fact, she has only one daughter, who does not live with her.

Yorks was also charged with filing a false claim for a refund of more than $3,000 on behalf of her daughter.

At the time Yorks was a special agent enforcing special tax laws.

Nowadays, Yorks is the Senior Vice President of Default Administration for Security National. She joined SN in 1997. From BNet:

Joni Yorks joined SN Servicing Corporation in October 1997 as an Asset Manager in our collections department. She was soon promoted to Senior Vice President of Default Administration and is responsible for all aspects of collection and default administration. Ms. Yorks has more than 20 years of collections experience as a Special Agent for the Internal Revenue Service on both the civil and criminal side.

Ha!  We’ll say.

The Yorks story was so full of irony that several publications ran the story among similar twisted tales of woe.  Reason Magazine put it in the same column that featured an anger management instructor who beat to death one of his court-mandated charges for showing up drunk.

At the time of the indictment Yorks’ attorney said, “[s]he’s a very nice lady who the grand jury has chosen to indict, and we’re going to resolve the case in a timely fashion.” And apparently they did — results of the indictment are MIA from Google.

  1. High Finance
    July 14, 2010 at 10:27 am

    What a mean-spirited & irrelevant post. Whats next Heraldo, are you going to go through the garbage cans of all Security National employees to see who you can smear next?

    Shame on you.

  2. July 14, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Was the Grand Jury also guilty of a “smear”?

  3. July 14, 2010 at 10:37 am

    I like the sayings:

    “If you’re not cheating, you are not trying.”

    “It is only cheating if you get caught.”

    SN should have hired a person who did not get caught.

    As to the point of this post, there really is not one. There is a man playing football in the NFL who was convicted of Manslaughter after killing a motorist while drunk driving. He still plays in the league.

    If a killer is good enough for the NFL, then a tax cheat is good enough for SN.

    So yeah, big deal.

  4. Mitch
    July 14, 2010 at 10:38 am


    How irrelevant! It’s not as though tax fraud is something you’d worry about in a banker. Hey, that Tad sure is awful, huh?

  5. Anonymous
    July 14, 2010 at 10:57 am

    18 years ago- is it still relevant? I guess so if this blog occupies your waking hours. There’s other shit bothers me way more though.

  6. Titan
    July 14, 2010 at 11:10 am

    That a company doing business with the city has an employee previously indicted for fraud on their payroll is pretty darn relevant, especially since said company has delayed payments owed to the city in the past. What would make it irrelevant is if people like HiFi volunteered to pay for any monetary losses the city might suffer in their dealings with SN, instead of the taxpayer.

  7. Mitsy
    July 14, 2010 at 11:35 am

    High Finance – Heraldo will have to get in line at the garbage cans because Arkley’s already in there. He has often looked for dirt on his staff and hasn’t been shy about using it. Don’t put it past him to have anonymously leaked this story to Heraldo. If I were Joni Lynn Yorks, I’d be updating my resume just in case.

  8. Anonymous
    July 14, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Kind of like Frank Abagnale being hired to detect security breaches and check fraud. An expert on these topics are often former criminals. I wonder if this was an intentional hire or they didn’t know about this?

  9. Anonymous
    July 14, 2010 at 11:43 am

    This person’s 18 year old conviction has no legal relevancy to whatever SN owes the City. It’s good for hand wringing on a slow news day but legally there’s no connection. Unless of course you’re alleging the person is currently committing crimes that directly affect the City right now. That would be another matter altogether.

  10. July 14, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    You need a 12-step program to get over your obsession with SN and the Arkleys.

  11. Anonymous
    July 14, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    You planning to run any future campaigns into the ground Crawford?

  12. Plain Jane
    July 14, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    It’s incredible that any financial institution would hire someone indicted (convicted?) of any sort of fraud. That she committed tax fraud while working for the IRS is probably why Arkley hired her. Rich people love tax cheats.

  13. Humboldt Politico
    July 14, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    I wonder if she declared this incident when she was hired???

    If she didn’t she needs to be fired immediately. If she did, I guess you can read into that RA’s view of criminal misdeeds.

  14. Not A Native
    July 14, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Many people in HumCo have disreputable pasts, both those born here and immigrants. A good number haven’t forsaken their pasts, they just absconded and maintain shady presents as well. Been that way since gold rush that was comprised primarily of neer-do-wells. And like this woman, they are also brought in because like attracts like.

    The isolation and distance of HumCo from civilized places creats a shield of local ignorance that people relied on to hide their personal histories. That’s the most beloved function of The Redwood Curtain. As one wit here posted, ‘the missing people here don’t want to be found’. Thankfully, the internet is changing that, somewhat.

  15. High Finance
    July 14, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    I just found out that Heraldo was accused of cheating on his sixth grade exit exam 30 years ago.

    How dare he show his face in town? He is not fit for any employment anywhere at any time. No forgiveness for any transgression no matter how long ago no matter what the circumstances were. Let us try to publicly destroy him, get him fired. No redemption ever. Doesn’t matter, nobody can ever reform.

  16. Not A Native
    July 14, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Say Hi Fi, I missed the facts where this woman expressed contrition and acknowledged her crime.

    BTW, H. expressed remorse for cheating on that exam, was grounded for a week, and retook it fairly and passed.

  17. Plain Jane
    July 14, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    To set the record straight, she was hired by SN 2 years after she was indicted for tax fraud. Leave it to HiFi to try to minimize a serious felony by comparing it to a child cheating on a test, but on another thread justifying Tad’s arrest for not leaving the podium fast enough at a BOS meeting. Is he incapable of recognizing his hypocrisy?

  18. by the numbers
    July 14, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    HiFi…..your a republican in a democratic blog….why do you hang around? for the abuse i suppose.

  19. July 14, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Also, I wasn’t the special agent enforcing exam rules when I *allegedly* cheated on my 6th grade exam. HiFi is the master of meaningless analogy.

    As for the rest of your dramatic nonsense, save it for your diary.

  20. Not A Native
    July 14, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    numbers, Hi Fi doesn’t represent Republicans. He’s assumed the role of an agent provocateur, a front person whose role is to discover weaknesses in the “enemy’s” doctrine that can be used to undermine and divide them.

    Unfortunately for Hi Fi’s ambitions, there is no “enemy” here to defeat, just a ragtag assortment of ordinary folks with opinions based on their personal experiences, knowledge, prejudices, and personalities. That’s why Hi Fi’s posts are welcome here. No one is afraid that he will find out anything that can harm them, not even the most bizarre like BF and HOJ.

  21. Jeff B.
    July 14, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Get off of Arkley. I get it. You don’t like him and think he’s a dirty businessman. Do you really think stories about a former employee committing tax fraud over 15 years ago are in any way pertinent. Sounds like his business is doing poorly and he’s probably leaving the area. Will this be good for Eureka? What will you all talk about? Here’s an idea: get off of your computers and venture outside and see if you can help improve our community in some way. I get on the computer and check this site every couple of weeks and PJ, Heraldo, and Not a Native (aka guy from So Cal) say the same shit over and over. Don’t you guys get bored agreeing with each other and bashing the same guy relentlessly?

  22. Anonymous
    July 14, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    thank you

  23. anonymous
    July 14, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Not a “former” employee – at least wasn’t.

    Is this post relevant? I don’t see how. The most interesting aspect is it appears to have come from someone within the ranks of SN – and someone privvy to a confidential/detailed information – and possibly someone who has or had a problem with Ms. Yorks.

  24. A-Nony-Mouse
    July 14, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    HiFi was found guilty of murdering the english language. Should it make a difference?

  25. Decline to State
    July 14, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    How depressing.

    Government employees who betray the public trust should simply be hanged and avoid the possibility that their despicable behavior will be rewarded with senior vice presidencies.

  26. July 14, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    it appears to have come from someone … privvy to a confidential/detailed information

    It’s not confidential as shown by the links. The indictment was widely reported.

  27. Julie Timmons
    July 14, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Delicious, just delicious. Thank you, Heraldo.

  28. @&$^*(&
    July 14, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Oh, come on. If we are talking about a developer that is in neck deep into the most substantial development project in Eureka, who also happens to be in the BANKING industry, who also happens to be waging a campaign in the legislative, regulatory, and public opinion arenas, and who is trying to gain the public’s trust to support his ambitions, and who happens to owe a fairly large amount of money locally, to both public and private parties….

    Then yes, the fact that a CURRENT vice president of his company has been indicted for violation of the public trust while serving the public as a guardian of that trust and that she was hired less than two years after the offense is the very definition of RELEVANT, PERTINENT, GERMAIN, SPOT ON, IN YOUR FACE, OBNOXIOUS, TELLING, etc.

    Not only that but it serves grandly the stated purpose of this blog: to provoke Humboldt.

    The final disposition would also be very relevant, and perhaps make the indictment itself less so, but we don’t know that yet.

    HiFi and the others who don’t think this is of interest could find the dismissal of the charges to help there case. If there is no such dismissal, then we are back to very relevant.

    Seriously…and an EIR isn’t relevant to cleaning up a brown field either…

  29. @&$^*(&
    July 14, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    “their case”…

    Dang it, that is one of my pet peeves, too…

    It is right up there with “somewhat unique” or “myriad of.”

  30. High Finance
    July 14, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    So, in the absurd world of anti everything RA zealots, it is OK for you lefties to try & destroy the life of Joni Yorks? Somebody who never did anything against any of you, but you want her fired and never allowed to ever hold a decent job for the rest of her life?

    For something that she did 18 years ago ?

    This is such a despicable attack on a very nice person that I am filled with disgust at all of you participating.

    And “By the Numbers” and for the rest of you that constantly get this wrong, IT IS NOT “your a Republican”, it IS “you’re a Republican”.

  31. July 14, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    To be fair, Joni destroyed her own life when she got caught.

    Oh, and trying to monitor the spelling on blog threads? You are better off trying to stop that oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.

  32. Heraldo
    July 14, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    you want her fired and never allowed to ever hold a decent job for the rest of her life?

    You are the only one saying that. You think Rob didn’t know until now? Give the man some credit.

  33. The Janitor
    July 14, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    A wolf in charge of the hen house? A person who stole from the public while being paid handsomely to serve the public? Jeez H, quit nit-picking! Now, back to Tad. I don’t agree with him. I propose we continue to spend lots of money we don’t have persecuting him. (tongue firmly in cheek).

  34. Not A Native
    July 14, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Gee Hi Fi, I just recently heard again about the personal history of Tim Stoen, who isn’t even currently in HumCo. Mr. Stoen’s past was brought up as a good reason to now not trust the judgement or ability of the person who hired him.

    And Mr. Stoen’s past wasn’t a criminal indictment but a professional relationship that he acknowledged and publically explained. The get ‘er done HumCo zealots like to throw fake Stoens but cry foul when real ones come at them.

  35. @&$^*(&
    July 14, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    I don’t know the woman, and certainly do not want to “destroy” her life. I haven’t heard anyone else on here call for her to be destroyed. One for firing, but you can’t say that that is destroying one’s life. After all, anyone who wants to pick themselves up by their boot straps can just go get another job, this whole “there’s a recession and I can’t find work” whining is just so much liberal hogwash, right HiFi?

    Destroyed…no. I don’t want that. I don’t even want or care if she is fired. I don’t want Arkely do be destroyed either. I don’t want him run out of town. I don’t want him to go broke.

    I do want there to be jobs and reasonable development in the Humboldt. And good jobs, at that.


    It would be appreciated if Arkely would play by the rules that you (HiFi) feel are so necessary (refer to Tad thread), and if he would pay his debts, and I do want the very reasonable, though sometimes expensive, laws protecting the public trust to be followed. It is that simple, for me anyway.

    If he insists on trying to short circuit the process for appropriately dealing with the balloon track, then it is completely fair to shed light on the cast of characters that he surrounds himself with.

    Now, let me address your statement that she has “never did anything against any of you.” Some of us are tax payers. She was indicted for fraud against the American taxpayer, sir. For clarity’s sake, let’s put it this way, she stole at least $3,000 dollars fro the General fund, from which I have a right to benefit in the form of all things Federal. Now, I understand that the conservative upwelling tht we are all witnessing these days in the form of the Tea Party and such are largely concerned with the use and misuse of tax revenues. I would hold that the stealing of tax dollars for one’s personal gain is a misuse. Add to that the fact that it was done by someone that was sworn to defend the tax payers from those that would so cheat them.

    For the above, I contend that she has, in fact, done something to me.

    Let me here add the obligatory “alleged.” If it turns out she was acquitted, I am sure that Heraldo will so update the post and I for one will be done with the topic that will have become relevant. Until then, I say it is relevant.

    So, I don’t want to destroy her. I don’t even want to hurt her feelings. I do want the citizens that are trying to decide what sort of weight to give the positions of the people and organizations who are throwing elbows in local politics.

  36. Not A Native
    July 14, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    BTW, when Mr. Stoen was hired in HumCo, Hi Fi’s sympathizers were calling for Mr. Stoen to be summarily fired. It seems the right wing has no moral compunction against ruining the careers and lives of those who disagree with them.

  37. Anonymous
    July 14, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    blah, blah, blah… Have anyone noticed that you lefties and you righties blame each other for the same shit that both sides are doing? maybe if you could get past leftie/ rightie you might start looking at right and wrong. or you could continue this boring diatribe until Heraldo gets something better to do.

  38. Mr. Nice
    July 14, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Are we supposed to be outraged this person cheated on their taxes? Fuck taxes.

  39. Plain Jane
    July 14, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Not just because she cheated on her taxes, Mr. Nice. Her job was to catch other people who were cheating on their taxes. It’s like being a dirty cop who arrests others while committing the same crimes.

  40. the reasonable anonymous
    July 14, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    It’s a little disturbing that the term “indicted” is being thrown around by some commenters as if it were basically the same thing as “convicted.” It isn’t the same. Indicted = accused, not proof of guilt.

    If she WAS convicted of fraud and then only a couple of years later was hired by Arkley, then I think this certainly says something about Arkley. But if she was aquitted, or the charges were dropped, then this story doesn’t mean much to me.

  41. Decline to State
    July 14, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    I haven’t heard anyone else on here call for her to be destroyed.

    You missed my comment…I want her and all who betray the public trust hanged.

  42. Mr. Nice
    July 14, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    It’s like being a dirty cop who arrests others while committing the same crimes.

    What like “clean” cops are a good thing? Fuck the police.

  43. anonymous
    July 14, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    I would guess Arkley knew her background when she was hired and gave her an opportunity, for better or worse as far as his company was concerned. Also, I doubt she is any longer an officer in the company. I could be wrong, but if this was “widely reported” a year ago I think SN would have been smart enough to correct the situation to protect themselves. This seems like old news.

    Also, I’m surprised that if the facts were so “widely reported” previously that they only came to light on this blog now. I suspect that someone chose to share the story recently for personal reasons – whether those have to do with Joni Yorks, Arkley, or who knows what.

    None of this is to argue that it’s not risky or foolish to employ someone, especially in a high level position, with a criminal background. I just imagine the situation has been addressed by now.

  44. Ghost of Mabel
    July 14, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Mr. Nice,
    Are you really against ALL police? If so, then with all due respect, thou art an ass.

    Ghost of Mabel

  45. Anonymous
    July 15, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Shame on you Heraldo; your gratuitis cruelty will come back to you.

  46. Just Asking
    July 15, 2010 at 10:48 am

    So does anyone know – was the woman convicted of tax fraud or not? Just wondering if was acquited, convicted, tar and feathered, what?

  47. Anonymous
    July 15, 2010 at 11:12 am

    That doesn’t matter. Important thing is the issue was posted with the usual shrill outrage against anything Arkeley. Pretty much flogged this one to death. Next item please.

  48. Titan
    July 15, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Not sure how you get “shrill outrage” from H’s post, he only used 1 exclamation point!!!!!!!

  49. July 15, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Mr. Nice knows that a free society doesn’t extract taxes to offshore banks who print the currency, and doesn’t trust anyone who uses gun to get how much they want. I’m fairly certain he understands the wall of blue and how an enemy soldier can do no wrong in the eyes of his peers- the common Free Man is no friend of the enemy soldier and exists only to create wealth to transfer to the enemy.

    BTW- ya’ll spend way too much time on the hate for your hidden sexual agenda with Arkley- why not just form a drug grower bank and build your own project that will create jobs and enhance property value?

    Hippie drug growers are all greed and talk, no walk, and no values- hope the sky falls on them, hope the sky sounds like a chopper with a door gunner, too.

    Fuck the police! Their only job is to guard the federal reserve banks and force people from their land when some government shitbag wants to steal it. Nothing more than the mercs George Washington captured on the Delaware River.

  50. red flag that wingnut
    July 15, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    is this guy (gal?) black flag for real or are these simply the mad ramblings of someone with a very tenuous grasp on reality.

    I picture a very angry person for whom things just didn’t turn out the way they imagined and now the bitterness and bile of a disapointing life has left them more than a little cracked.

    how sad!

  51. the reasonable anonymous
    July 15, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Sometimes I suspect that Black Flag is actually just a caricature designed to reveal the idiocy of extreme libertarian ideology unencumbered with any real-world considerations, combined with right wing religious zealotry and mixed with a strong dose of sociopathic hatred and violent fantasies.

    If so, it’s a brilliant caricature of the ideal towards which today’s Tea Party Republicans are moving.

  52. Not a Native
    July 15, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Who let the dogs out ?

  53. Bolithio
    July 15, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Black Flag is just a crusty nihilist, just like Greg Ginn was. (No disrespect)

  54. High Finance
    July 15, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Is Mr Nice for real when he says F*ck the police ?

  55. Disturbed
    July 16, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    It’s disturbing to read what amounts to support for a bottom-line crook of the most deceptive kind working high among the ranks of a company that’s attempting to change the face of our county.

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