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Cold Case Posse gets a pass

In a move that’s leaving this writer’s head shaking, the Arizona Corporation Commission has confirmed that the Cold Case Posse is now in good standing with the Commission, and that it’s corporate filings now conform with statutory requirements (even though that hardly seems possible).

A copy of the following email was forwarded to me:

Thank you for the additional information regarding the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Cold Case Posse.  We have reviewed the recent submissions relating to this entity and can accurately state that all approved filings are in compliance with applicable statutes.  The entity record has been updated to reflect those approved filings.

Thank you again for the information.

Sincerely,

Tanya M. Gibson, Deputy Director

I will refrain from saying something catty at this point.

Update:

Some folks have gone over the CCP filing in detail and have concluded that the letter of the law has been followed, if perhaps not the intent. What we see here is the continued program of hiding and non-disclosure from the Cold Case Posse that I think is in appropriate for an organization that gets a tax exemption from the government.

Flash: Cold Case Posse in good standing. Why?

Updates to the Arizona Corporation Commission web site show the Cold Case Posse now in good standing. I said it would be simple to fix. What is strange is that the corporation’s address remains the address of a post office and the Agent physical address a FORMER location of the Sheriff’s Office, where we confirmed that the Cold Case Posse and Mike Zullo do not have an office.

Stay tuned.

Update:

Some folks have gone over the CCP filing in detail and have concluded that the letter of the law has been followed, if perhaps not the intent. What we see here is the continued program of hiding and non-disclosure from the Cold Case Posse that I think is in appropriate for an organization that gets a tax exemption from the government.

Cold Case Posse officer guilty of perjury?

False statement on corporate filing

We’ve all been having our little laugh about the antics of the Cold Case Posse and their inability to fix a simple corporate registration in Arizona. It should be a simple fix, but if they don’t get on the stick, their little enterprise may get dissolved in about 52 days.

However, something a little more serious has surfaced in the Posse’s 2014 Annual Report with the Arizona Corporations Commission, filed this past June 16, and signed by Mike Kowalski (bearing the title “Other Officer” whatever that is). The signature on the form, in this case electronic, is given under this text:

I further declare under penalty of perjury that I (we) have examined this report and the certificate, including any attachments, and to the best of my (our) knowledge and belief they are true, correct and complete.

Let’s examine one item on the annual report:

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That is not true and it is not correct.

Given the significant publicity accompanying the move of the Sheriff’s Office to new facilities at 550 West Jackson Street over 6 months ago, it is hard to excuse anyone in one of the posses not knowing there the Sheriff’s Office is, and that it is no longer at 100 W. Washington, the address filed with the Arizona Corporations Commission for Mike Zullo a scant 10 days ago.

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Some speculated that perhaps the Sheriff’s Office still maintains a presence in the old building, and that Zullo can be reached at that address. Not so, according to the property manager as confirmed today by Lori Brown:

I am responding on behalf of Danny Ischy as he is traveling this week.  I have confirmed with our Property Manager that everyone from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office vacated the Wells Fargo building in December 2013 and Mr. Zullo no longer has an office at 100 W. Washington St.

Thanks to individuals who provided information for this story.

Breaking: Arizona Corporations Commission responds to complaint against Cold Case Posse

Dissolution threatened

Today the Arizona Corporations Commission issued a letter to Arizona resident Brian Reilly, containing this statement:

We have received your complaint regarding the above company. In these situations, our process is to send a letter to The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Cold Case Posse, in care of their statutory agent, informing them that we have information that they have been without a valid statutory agent and/or known place of business address, or that they have failed to notify us of a change in one or both of those addresses.

If we do not receive a response back within the specified time period, we will begin the administrative dissolution process. If we do receive a response from The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Cold Case Posse, or if they change their statutory agent and/or known place of business addresses in our records, we will act accordingly, based on the information they provide.

The time allotted for a response is 15 days.

Listen to Brian Reilly discuss the letter on Reality Check Radio. For background on the story, see my article: “Cold Case Posse plays fast and loose with the law.”

Cold Case Posse plays fast and loose with the law

Despite dubious claims of being “law enforcement,” the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Cold Case Posse doesn’t act like law enforcement, but more like someone trying to evade the law.

Case in point is their obligation under federal law to provide certain information regarding their IRS tax-exempt status. When I asked for the legally required information in a registered letter, they refused delivery (didn’t sign for the letter at their PO Box) and when they finally responded to someone else, they redacted parts of the filing, not complying fully with the law. Here are some of the redactions:

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At least two complaints have been filed with the IRS regarding the CCP tax exempt status, one documenting that their primary activity is political, and one filed by me that their independent status conflicts with their exemption from filing financial disclosure forms.

A second matter is the recent discovery that those county government “G” license plates on Posse cars are not registered to the county, but to the Posse itself. Irregularities with the Posse and it’s vehicles have been referred to the state auditor.

Now a third complaint has been filed with the Arizona Corporation Commission. The full story appears in an April 22 article at Arizona’s Politics. The complaint was filed by former Posse member Brian Reilly, well-known to readers of this blog. Reilly alleges that filings with the Corporation Commission were altered around the time the Posse went into the Evil Obama business (my phrase) to obscure the current addresses of those who run the Posse.

Arizona law requires the street address be provided for a corporate address, and the 2011 filing does contain a street address of sorts (and the same address is listed for all corporate officers and directors).

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Here’s what is located at that street address:

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It’s the Daisy Mountain post office at 44047 N 43rd Ave.

The only real address on the form is the “physical address” of Mike Zullo, in his capacity as registered agent, and that address belongs to the Sheriff’s Office, where Zullo has box where he can pick up mail without signing for it. It appears that this exercise in obstruction might be to prevent delivery of registered mail to him, or maybe Zullo is acting paranoid.

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