According to court records and news media reports more than 39 individuals had successfully pleaded guilty in the HOA scandal case to avoid prison time and most likely none of them will spend more than a year behind bars; if they do, they will do their time at a fancy federal country club with access to internet and maybe a golf course. Some of them were high ranking police officers with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department with connections of their own and have already collected favors owed to them in return for their silence.
They all brag about being super macho men like police captain Frank Sutton, who enjoyed beating defenseless handcuffed women and now walks in the hallways of the federal court building like a little lamb hiding behind his daughter’s skirts, like any coward would do.
Michelle DeLuca, the office manager for big mouth Puerto Rican Leon Benzer’s Silver Lining Construction Company, was as arrogant and miserable as her boss was, but in court she cried like a baby to convince U.S. District Court Judge James Mahan that she deserved a break because of her “extensive help to the government,” who then ordered her to serve three years of supervised release and pay a share of $10,000 in restitution.
Don’t these judges and prosecutors realize that defendants who snitch do it because they are too chicken to do their time and not because they are repentant?
Judge Mahan is not the only softy judiciary that feels sorry for the defendants. who are only sorry that they got caught. Chief U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro sentenced Denise Keser, who ran a community management company Benzer set up to gain control of Chateau Nouveau, to three years of supervised release.
When Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer Chris Brady, a protégé of the police administration who bowed to Brady’s father, Detective Mike Brady, killed gang member Daniel Mendoza, he turned to the “coward law” and ran to snitch on an innocent man, Officer Ronald Mortensen who had no relation to Mendoza or any other gang member.
Officer Chris Brady is free to continue his criminal life and Officer Ronald Mortensen has not been able to be part of his daughter’s life because Officer Mortensen is doing life in prison for the murder that Brady committed.
When alleged Mob-connected Herbie Blitzstein was killed years ago,19 people were arrested in connection with that case and one by one all but two became cooperating witnesses and only the two who did not become rats or snitches did time for Herbie Blitzstein’s death.
If history teaches anyone anything, it teaches that when one commits a crime and hides the heist, one needs to walk into any law enforcement office and repent for their mistake, blame someone else for their crime and cry a little bit, or a lot if necessary, to touch the heart of these judges that are supposed to use the scales of justice and impose punishment accordingly for the crime and not for the amount of tears the defendants drop.
Prosecutors in the HOA scandal case and the judges hearing the cases or imposing sentence on those who became “sorry for their actions” and brought out the alligator tears need to think of the victims of these greedy people who had no qualms about hurting their victims; they need to think about those seniors who have lost all they had because of the
criminal actions of these individuals.
Most of them, police Captain Frank Sutton, Leon Benzer, his mistress Marcela Triana, and office manager Michelle DeLuca, cannot be sorry for their greedy actions and get away with the destruction of these people who became their victims.
What about all the others who lost their lives in the mist of all this? Do the people need to believe that those who lost their life while awaiting trial, like Nancy Quon and David Amesbury, really committed suicide?
The real culprits behind this financial disaster for many, yet a money-making opportunity for animals like Leon Benzer, Ralph Priola, Frank Sutton and the rest of the defendants, need to pay for their crimes with real time, real punishment, and real financial consequences.
When an arrest is made in drug trafficking where no senior is affected or no fraud is committed and money is held, the defendant loses that money; the same should have been applied here where there are more victims and many people were seriously affected by the commission of a crime.
An investigation should take place now and dig deeper into the financial status of these defendants and confiscate every penny they have stolen.