Who killed Dawn Pasela?

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 06/11/2020 - 08:39.
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Who killed Dawn Pasela? - this story needs wider examination

- prosecutor misconduct and wrongful imprisonment #mortgagefraud #subprime

- how was community development

involved through CDCs land banks city+

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Strawbuyers and the LLC game -


Straw buyers are paid to quickly pick up the property and then it is quickly transferred to an LLC.  In some cases, especially on the east side, straw buyers were paid to take out an inflated subprime mortgage on the home and then to intentionally foreclose. 

On the west side, Jack Peterson bought home after home on Archwood Ave.  Then, defaulted on the mortgage and walked with some properties picked up by Aurora LLC then transferred to Brian Bobula* to Angel Bobula.  Somehow, Jack Peterson ended up "purchasing" a home on Holmden in the "Model Block" Tremont neighborhood...from HUD.

Look, especially at how the taxes are NOT paid on these flipped properties:  Also on my street--Beachwood landlord Lucky Ogor rented Section 8 properties for years and continued to collect rent, while never paying taxes on his properties. 

Believe me, our county treasurer knew of these loopholes for years and this special favor was conveniently overlooked at tax collection time.  I am hoping CMHA's George Phillips will sing on the HUD machine:  Lucky Ogor recently transferred his property to IKAN Associates, Inc. 

Consider these two major LOOPHOLES: Our former county treasurer Jim Rokakis and his buddy Gus Frangos had enough time to legislate the exclusive sale of tax liens to Plymouth Park and the creation of the unregulated quasi-government agency the "Land Bank,"  but OVERLOOKED 1.) the fact that properties in Ohio can transfer title without paying off existing tax liens and 2.) that landlords can continue to collect federal HUD Section 8 Voucher monies, while in tax foreclosure???



Tony Viola files charges against Cuyahoga County Land Bank

Federal lawsuit alleges Cuyahoga County Land Bank Unconstitutionally Seized Properties without Compensation


The Cuyahoga County Land Bank seized Tony Viola’s personal home without compensation, while the FBI claimed Tony’s house was subject to “forfeiture.”  However, no court ever issued any order allowing the seizure or ruled that the Land Bank was entitled to a free house. 

Multiple criminal defendants throughout Cuyahoga County were prosecuted by a multi-jurisdictional Mortgage Fraud Task Force and accused of duping banks including JP Morgan and Citigroup into making ‘no money down’ mortgage loans.  These individuals were pressured to surrender homes or commercial real estate to the Land Bank to resolve criminal cases, and many agreed.   However, Tony never pled guilty to any charges, never agreed to forfeit any property, and was never ordered by any court to forfeit any property.  Moreover, following a federal conviction, Tony was exonerated at a second trial using evidence not produced by Prosecutors Mark Bennett and Dan Kasaris prior to his first trial.  That evidence – including FBI interviews with bank executives, written underwriting approvals confirming banks knowingly approved all loan terms and internal bank documents proving lenders offered and promoted ‘no money down’ loans – is not specific to Tony’s case and likely undermines all convictions obtained by the Task Force.  Also, following Tony’s second trial, both the FBI and Department of Justice admitted making false statements about evidence in his case.


Following the second trial, an investigation into the collection and disbursement of restitution in criminal cases confirmed that the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office and the US Attorney in Cleveland collected over $15 million in restitution, while the Land Bank seized tens of millions of dollars in real estate.  But prosecutors never remitted one cent to crime victims and – according a ledger of restitution disbursements attached to the recent law suit -- utilized funds collected in mortgage fraud cases to pay for airline tickets, hotel rooms, laptop computers for prosecutors and even made payments to current Senior Assistant Ohio Attorney General Daniel Kasaris, listed as “KasDan” on the ledger. 


“We’re going to find out how the Land Bank took ownership of my house without paying one cent to anyone,” said Tony Viola.  “The government’s actions throughout my criminal case are a catalog of misconduct – hiding evidence, utilizing perjured testimony in federal court, a romantic relationship between Dan Kasaris and government witness Kathryn Clover, illegal voice recordings to obtain defense trial strategy information, the destruction of computers, Mark Bennett’s cover-up of the Kasaris-Clover affair, undisclosed payments to informants, and now, the diversion of restitution payments and seizing property without a court order.”


The lawsuit – and supporting documents mentioned in this blog -- was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Viola v. Cuyahoga County Land Bank, et. al., Case Number 1:21-cv-1196.   To view the lawsuit, kindly consult the federal court’s PACER system, or visit the FreeTonyViola.com Evidence Locker.


Court of Appeals hears Oral Arguments about Prosecutor's Romantic Relationship with Witness

Court of Appeals hears Oral Arguments

 about Prosecutor's Romantic Relationship with Witness 

Senior Assistant Ohio Attorney General Daniel Kasaris' affair with government witness Kathryn Clover and his use of a private email account to communicate with her was the subject of oral arguments in the Ohio Court of Appeals on Wednesday, July 21st.  View the proceedings below and, as always, your comments and suggestions are welcome and appreciated!



Tony Viola and the racket



Richard speaks with a former real estate broker recently released from federal prison who blows the whistle on corrupt state and federal prosecutors who suppressed exculpatory evidence in his case.

GUEST: Tony Viola is a former real estate broker who was indicted three times and tried twice on identical charges by a multi-jurisdictional mortgage fraud task force. Prosecutors alleged Tony duped banks like JP Morgan into making 'no money down' mortgage loans that the bank didn't permit. Tony was convicted in federal court and sentenced to 12 1/2 years in jail. But from jail, and without an attorney, he proved his innocence at a second trial on the same charges using evidence the Justice Department hid before the first trial. Prosecutors possessed evidence proving Tony's innocence all along but never provided it to the defence.

It is inconceivable to me that Tony Viola was set up to take the fall for mortgage fraud on east side and served 10 years while it is still happening and the mastermind of mortgage fraud, Gus Frangos, still helms the Cuyahoga County Land Bank and through his tentacles at City Hall - affects tax abatement, housing prices and development dollars.


Following threats to imprison journalists and bloggers, a First Amendment suit was filed against Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Senior Assistant Ohio Attorney General Daniel Kasaris, Viola v. Yost, et. al., Case No. 2:21-cv-3088, S.D. Ohio.  During the litigation, documents obtained from the Department of Justice and the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office evidenced a well-orchestrated campaign by Kasaris to imprison Tony Viola and others, based on statements made on Blogs and in the news media detailing Kasaris’ sexual relationship with government Kathryn Clover, and his own cousin, Kelly Connors.

Sam Allard - https://www.freetonyviola.com/blog/federal-judge-sets-hearing-on-request-to-refer-dan-kasaris-and-mark-bennett-for-criminal-prosecution

SEE: http://realneo.us/content/village-capital-corporation-aka-cleveland-neighborhood-progress-inc-600k-mortgage-loan-sv-r-0

From Lily Miller's research:

Meanwhile, Gus Frangos - President of the County Land Bank - has engaged in very suspicious activity regarding real estate in Cuyahoga County.  It is my opinion that Gus Frangos has engaged in MORTGAGE FRAUD.

Gus Frangos has purchased property in his own name, transferred the property into numerous self-created LLCs, received large sums of money via mortgages, failed to pay his property taxes, collected rent money, and then he failed to pay the mortgage.    I believe that Gus Frangos had no intention of ever paying the mortgage and hid the property behind the self-created LLC while collecting rent money.

Gus Frangos has  several foreclosure cases filed against him and his self-created LLCs.   One property tax foreclosure regarding property located at 1158 East 61st Street and owned by Gus Frangos' self-created LLC ( 1158 East 61 LLC) was recently foreclosed upon and will soon go to sheriff foreclosure sale.

It is interesting to note that the mortgage in the amount of $175,000 (documented below) was never released by National City Bank.  I searched high and low to find the mortgage release relative to this property and came up empty handed.  National City Bank was also served a copy of the foreclosure decision- which backs up my research since National City was served court documents- meaning they have an interest in this property- the loan was NOT repaid:

Dan Kasaris aka Rydarowicz- is a Youngstown mobster

 Danny knows how to play the name game just like Frangos' good ole boy George Michael Riley:


From Tony Viola on FB

Senior Assistant Ohio Attorney General Dan Kasaris sent erotic emails describing “hand jobs we got from co-workers” and bragged about “banging a female co-worker … in the car,” from his private email account affixed with his official signature as a prosecutor. These emails, from DanielJKasaris [at] yahoo [dot] com, were sent to government witness Kathryn Clover, who testified in dozens of criminal cases and grand jury proceedings, and who had a years-long sexual relationship with Prosecutor Kasaris. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Bennett stated in court filings that Clover committed perjury, triggering a legal obligation to correct or withdraw false testimony. Instead, Kasaris and Bennett did the opposite – and continued utilizing her fabricated evidence to secure indictments and convictions while also providing Clover with undisclosed financial benefits, cash payments and scholarships, while fighting for years to prevent the release of these emails.
The FreeTonyViola.com investigative team has argued that emails between a prosecutor and government witness constitute public records, especially since taxpayer funds were utilized to pay Ms. Clover. According to the Ohio Sunshine Law, government-related emails – particularly those containing official government signatures – are considered public records, even if they were sent from a private account. Nevertheless, the Attorney General’s Office and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office have refused to search this Yahoo e mailbox for communications between a prosecutor and a government witness. Now, however, the Ohio Court of Claims is deciding whether ALL of the Kasaris-Clover e mails in question must be made public, and whether the Ohio Attorney General and other government agencies are required to search this and other Kasaris accounts for these lewd emails, Ohio Court of Claims Case # 2020-00477-PQ.
“Dozens of prosecutors are aware that Dan Kasaris had a long-term romantic relationship with the government’s lead witness in criminal trials prosecuted by Kasaris,” said Tony Viola. “Still, no one in the Attorney General’s Office or the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cleveland will do the right thing. While pretending to be an upstanding family man, Dan Kasaris used government funds to take Clover to baseball games, bars, restaurants and to his own apartment for sexual rendezvous. At the same time, many American citizens were locked in jail cells based on Clover’s false testimony. We are hoping the Ohio Court of Claims will order the release of all Kasaris-Clover emails, and that every single criminal case where Clover testified will re-opened without further delay.”
For additional information about how Tony Viola proved his innocence at a second trial using evidence prosecutors Bennett and Kasaris said didn’t exist, or to view Kasaris-Clover mails obtained by our investigative team, or to read Prosecutor Bennett’s admission that Clover committed perjury in federal court, please visit the www.FreeTonyViola.com Evidence Locker.


Shakedown - Northeast Ohio Mortgage Fraud Task Force

The Northeast Ohio Mortgage Fraud Task Force was nothing more than a shakedown operation - Tony Viola didn't play.

With funding from the Ohio Attorney General's Office and the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, the Task Force was formed in December 2007. The Task Force is comprised of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. The director of the Task Force is a Sergeant of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office.

The investigation was led by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, Ohio Attorney General's Office, Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office, Beachwood Police Department, Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI), and the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission (OOCIC).


The Northeast Ohio Mortgage Task Force identified easy marks - players in the real estate industry who might roll over on the big players and PAY to make the indictments go away.  Tony Viola would not go along with the ploy.  He REFUSED to plead guilty and pay out.  

What happened to the settlement monies payed out by other marks like Lash and Greenberg? 

Where does the restitution money Tony Viola is forced to pay END UP? 

A savvy media person might inquire. 

Read Eric J. Brewer:



Ex-US Attorney Herdman needed mortgage fraud felon Darryl Moore’s


$2.8 million in restitution; so the USDOJ said nothing while he stole it


from East Cleveland in no bid HUD demolition contracts with King’s




Lawyers operating in the US Attorney's office for the Northern District of Ohio should be criminally investigated by HUD and the FBI's inspector generals for allowing an "excluded" felon to steal block grant funds from the already impoverished city of East Cleveland


CLEVELAND, OH – When Richmond Heights resident Brandon King usurped the office of East Cleveland mayor as a non-resident of the city on January 1, 2018, his friend, Darryl Moore, had only made $3400 in restitution payments to the United States government through the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Ohio.

Moore had been indicted on August 16, 2007 with Leon S. Heard, Steven I. Helfgott, Robert McNair, Mark C. Olds along with other defendants involved in a mortgage fraud, securities fraud, money laundering, wire fraud, interstate transportation of stolen property and conspiracy to acquire millions in dollars from investors without a securities license. They then diverted the proceeds of the dollars they’d stolen from investors to their own personal uses.  Big houses, expensive cars, swanky restaurants, tailored suits and lavish lifestyles.  The case number is 1:07 CR319.  Look it up on PACER.  Moore was “making money moves.”


The U.S. Attorneys prosecuting the organized crime gang under ex-U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman at the time were John E. Patterson, Christian H. Stickan, Richard J. French, Robert J. Patton, Alex Rokakis* and Bridget M. Brennan.  Brennan is currently the acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio as Herdman’s replacement until President Joseph Robinette Biden’s nominee is confirmed by the United States Senate.

*Alex Rokakis is Jim Rokakis' brother