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Friendly City fumbled fraud case

Southern Humboldt blogger Kym Kemp looks at an under-reported story:

Tomorrow, Delores Reeves and her husband, Glenn stand in a Humboldt County courtroom. They are there to begin the process of answering allegations that they perpetrated one of the biggest frauds in recent Humboldt history. And, there has been almost no coverage of this story.

Full story.

  1. Anonymous
    June 26, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Are you for real? This is on the DA. A DA who is incidentally in bed with the “jansen” Needham law firm. Let’s just see how “justice for all” pans out. Kym, sohum has its pot so quit niveling. You got what you wanted. .

  2. June 26, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    You are suggesting Fortuna PD failed to act because of Gallegos? That’s nutty.

  3. June 26, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Anon 7:24

    Am I understanding you right? Is Paul Gallego’s re-election somehow to blame for Delores Reeves’ alleged defrauding of at least one rather nice woman? And, I must be understanding you, but it appears you are saying that Gallego’s alleged good relationship with the victim’s lawyer will somehow keep the victim from getting justice?

    Sorry, sometimes I’m a bit dense. Could you explain this in small words to me? I’m confused.

  4. Anonymous
    June 26, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    No get a grip. The man has his investigators on heavy equipment looking for anything (dead bodies Kym) to prop him up but for the reality go figure. Why is it that this woman suffers and the lawyers aren’t responsible? Guess I am just stupid. Its FOpd fault. You have to be kidding me especially when dip shit takes responsibility for ??????

  5. What Now
    June 26, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Anonymous, apparently you have neither a grip or a clue.
    Get some counseling.

  6. tra
    June 26, 2011 at 8:51 pm


    It’s actually quite simple: Anything related to law enforcement that goes wrong is automatically Gallegos’ fault. Anything related to law enforcement that goes right is credited to somebody, anybody else. Just follow those two simple rules and you will no longer be surprised by the opinons of folks like Anon 7:24/8:25, no matter how illogical those opinions may be. Now do you understand?

  7. June 26, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    The anons will try to blame everything on Gallegos. What’s next?

  8. Anonymous
    June 26, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    It is also interesting to note that Delores Reeves and her husband were heavily involved in the election campaigns of both Clif Clendenen and Fortuna City Council woman Sue Long. They are heavily entrenched in the Fortuna movers and shakers crowd and are most definitely getting special treatment. Chief Kitna sat on the information when he had an obligation to arrest the Reeves and everyone in town knows it. Fortuna is a town of many secrets and only those who are not connected face penalties. Keep on digging and you will find more surprises…

  9. Anonymous
    June 26, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Pot rules! Ganja is king.

  10. p@gmail.com
    June 26, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    So, wait a minute…

    From the Kym’s story, the Reeves ARE being prosecuted. So how exactly did Chief Kitna sit “on the information when he had an obligation to arrest the Reeves”?

    How is the DA dropping the ball if this case is in court now?

    How exactly did the “Friendly City Fumble Fraud Case”? Again the Reeves are now facing fraud charges.

  11. June 26, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    No arrest was made for a month allowing destruction of evidence.

  12. tra
    June 26, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    It seems pretty clear that this fraud case was, at best, grossly mishandled by the Fortuna Police Department, and at worst (which, sadly, seems quite likely) the perpetrator’s attempts to cover up and escape responsibility for her crimes was actually facilitated by the Fortuna PD’s gross negligence. (Actually, it may be even worse than that, since it is possible that this negligence was actually intended to allow the attempted cover-up and the attempt to escape responsibility.)

    According to Kym’s reporting, one of the victims reported the case to the Fortuna PD, including showing them a letter in which the perpetrator of the fraud has confessed, yet no arrest was made, or evidence secured, for nearly a month — allowing the perpetrator plenty of time to destroy incriminating documents and computer files.

    The only way in which this case relates to the District Attorney’s office is it might well have gone much better if the victims had taken their concerns directly to the DA, in addition to reporting it to the Fortuna PD. I’m not blaming them for failing to do so, since ordinarily you’re supposed to be able to trust the local police to quickly follow up on a reported crime, to gather evidence and make an arrest, and then turn over that evidence to the DA — rather than the local PD bungling the case — or, worse yet, running interference for the perpetrator.

    Unfortunately, due to the stunning lack of media attention to this massive fraud, and a circle-the-wagons mentality within the good-ol’-boys-‘n-girls-club in Fortuna, most people there still probably do not know that they can’t trust the Fortuna PD to act appropriately and in a timely matter, so most people may still not realize that they may need to take additional measures to ensure that their report of a crime is actually followed up on appropriately.

    I don’t know for sure why the Fortuna PD delayed so long and failed to secure evidence or make an arrest for nearly a month, even though they had a letter of confession in hand, but I’ll tell you what it looks like, based on the story of the woman quoted in Kym’s post: It looks like the Fortuna PD showed extreme favoritism toward a longtime local, an “insider” who had all the right friends, and that they cared little for the victim because she was a “newcomer” and “not from ’round these parts.”

    As Kym so aptly summarized the situation: “ The shiny red apple of their town’s reputation has a worm in it….they’d rather pretend the worm isn’t there.

  13. Anonymous
    June 26, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    tra, excellent analysis. Spot on. Kitna sat on the info because he is in the circle with the Reeves. She absolutely did receive special treatment and she is not the exception. Word on the streets in Fortuna is that Kitna is in big trouble with this one. Unfortunately, this is not the only embezzlement case that has been buried or not acted upon by the FPD. Fortuna is full of embezzlers, some who have done it in several organizations.

  14. tra
    June 26, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Given the media-blackout on this story, and Fortuna’s reputation for an unhealthy tendency to defer to traditional authority figures no matter what they do (and especially to those with guns and badges), I very much doubt the Fortuna Police Chief will face any consequences for so royally screwing up this case.

    But in the highly unlikely event that he was to lose his job because of this case, he could probably apply for the job of Chief of Police in Eureka and stand a good chance of success.

    After all, favoring the interests of an incestuous little clique of well-connected insiders instead of protecting the public interest –apparently that is considered a major “plus” by City Mismanager Tyson and the retrograde majority on the Eureka City Council.

  15. Anonymous
    June 26, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Last I heard the Chief was slated to retire in June….

  16. June 26, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    This is all Garr Nielsen’s fault, tra. If people only knew…

    Garr Nielsen was once seen in Fortuna. I rest my case.

  17. Anonymous
    June 26, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Who made the decision to promote Kitna to Chief of Police in the first place? That was a crime in and of itelf, IMHO.

  18. skippy
    June 26, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Ms. Kemp did a great job of reporting– first and foremost. Tra, as usual, nailed it.
    Thank you for conveying it here, as well.

  19. Anonymous
    June 26, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    This is what happens when a DA investigator is on your city council. Chief Kitna is good friends with Fortuna Councilmember Mike Losey. So, do the math. The ultimate question will be whether these two conferred about what to do with the Reeves confession and whether a DA investigator was complicit in suppressing information in order to keep his represented city “Friendly.”

  20. tra
    June 26, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    This is what happens when a DA investigator is on your city council. Chief Kitna is good friends with Fortuna Councilmember Mike Losey. So, do the math

    What math? 2+2 = aardvark squared?

  21. Anonymous
    June 27, 2011 at 12:08 am

    To think anyone still uses that infantile word Gags – it’s revolting.

  22. Not an Expert
    June 27, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Sounds an awful lot like the fraudulent Texas doctor and the nurses who were arrested for reporting him that was featured on This American Life recently.

  23. tra
    June 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Fortuna: The Fraudly City.

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