And the magic number is . . .

Posted April 12th, 2008 by Joe Kaiser

Me thinks your office purposely waited until after your legislation was signed because you knew those records would expose it for the hoax it is.

Dear Rob,

I asked your office for copies of all complaints you’ve received regarding foreclosure rescue scams.

You know, cases where someone “handed over” his home, to use your words, to an investor with the understanding he’d be able to lease it and later buy it back, but ultimately couldn’t make the rent payments and was evicted.

Those are the cases said to be on the rise, so much so your office asked for new legislation to address the so-called problem.

Sorry, getting ahead of myself here.

Public Records Delayed

Yes, you successfully created the hype needed to get legislators to fall in line and support HB2791, and the Governor ended up signing it into law March 31, 2008.

I found it interesting your office, after nearly a two month wait, sent a letter dated March 31, 2008 to let me know the records I’d requested under the Public Records Act were finally ready.

Why the two month wait, and why let me know the very day it was signed into law?

Me thinks your office purposely waited until after your legislation was signed because you knew those records would expose it for the hoax it is.

Grand total?

It doesn’t surprise me, but I’m certain it will surprise the Governor (as well as the legislators conned into believing there was a need for this sort of legislation).

In the last five years, the Office of the Washington State Attorney General, including all 12 offices located throughout the state, has received a grand total of exactly four (yes, 4) actual foreclosure rescue scam complaints.

Sure, I see there’s a dozen or so complaints in the package of docs, but most have nothing to do with sale/leasebacks.


Not a misprint.

Throughout the entire state, just four complaints have been registered with the your office from people supposedly “scammed” out of their homes doing foreclosure sale/leaseback rescues.

And, of the four complaints, from my review, at least three appear to be bogus.

“All of the Abuse”

More Huey . . .


AAG David W. Huey

The leaseback rescue deal . . . is the only one targeted under this legislation because that’s the one where we’re seeing all of the abuse. — AAG David W. Huey
Sold Out


All of the abuse?


Is there anything coming out of your office that’s genuine or has at least some semblance of reality?

Apparently, no.

We don’t know

From the recent article, Sold Out, in the Seattle Weekly, we’ve learned . . .

The attorney general’s office doesn’t have numbers on how widely used the schemes are. — The Seattle Weekly

Well, shouldn’t someone have taken the time to check before telling the legislature this “problem” meant a massive overhaul of our foreclosure laws was needed without delay?

Wouldn’t that have been the prudent thing to do?

Again, apparently, no.

Good grief

I took the time to get it sorted out for you, Rob, and you’ll be happy to know “all of the abuse” David mentioned comes from just four complaints having what appear to be little merit, if that.

And the foreclosure rescue scam “epidemic” sweeping the state of Washington and putting homeowners in foreclosure out on the street?

It’s a hoax.

You just made it all up, exactly as predicted . . .

Please tell me this new legislation isn’t just some cockamamie scheme to garner political juice for Rob “The Scambuster” McKenna.

Which, btw, I’m confident is the real story here. — Joe Kaiser
I doubt it, Rob
January 17th, 2008


Now, I’m certain there are foreclosure rescue scams happening that don’t get reported to you (I read about them in the paper every now and then), and your office may have missed one or a dozen when gathering the records I requested.

That’s to be expected.

But to come to the legislature with nothing more than a trumped up story about the business we did (which the new law doesn’t even address) and the hokum from Melissa Huelsman (she’s “swamped” like I’m thin), is reprehensible.

We now have the worst, most onerous foreclosure laws on the books. Laws, I’m certain, will cost people their homes.

And why?

Because it’s an election year.

Thankfully, from your perspective, Rob, the Governor signed off on it before she had the facts that would have shown it’s a problem only in the minds of you and your staff.


It’s a hoax.

You fooled her good.

In the arena,

Joe Kaiser

7 Responses to: “And the magic number is . . .”

  1. GBK responds:
    Posted: April 13th, 2008 at 5:50 am

    This post should be on the front page of every newspaper in WA. How can the AG and his office be allowed to get away with such deceit? How about a class action suit by all the good foreclosure folks ??

  2. Loya responds:
    Posted: April 13th, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    The State of WA just got “McKennafonged.” In other words Rob, you will do anything to get re-elected……You should be sued for giving false and misleading statements…..Oh, I see, you are above the law…

  3. DaveD responds:
    Posted: April 14th, 2008 at 5:43 am

    Crunch time. This is one of those defining, redeeming and revealing moments, isn’t it? There is an obvious question hanging here. So here is the $64,000 question: Were any of the four complaints against you?

    Remembering this whole lawsuit against you started because Rob, Melissa, et. al. have been “swamped” with complaints, and the settlement and ongoing lawsuit (with all those deprived county treasurers chiming in for good measure) was the basis for the new investor: bad legislation…

    Howzit again the governor and legislators got hoodwinked? I’m guessing they know even less about foreclosures and foreclosure investing than Rob and company? Now that is a scary thought. Protecting the consumer, eh? Against exactly what, again… with four complaints?

  4. Joe Kaiser responds:
    Posted: April 14th, 2008 at 6:38 am

    Of the four foreclosure rescue scam complaints, not a one addressed any transaction in which I was involved.

    There have never been any complaints against me or my companies, which doesn’t stop Rob from going on the radio saying otherwise.

    The whole thing is a hoax created for the sole purpose of being able to say, “Look what we’ve done to protect you from scam artists. Aren’t we wonderful?”

    No, Rob, you’re not.

    You and your staff make up stories and tell lies and feel justified in doing so because you believe it ultimately is for some greater good, and a non-discerning public won’t know the difference, anyway.

    You’ve under estimated us, Rob, We think, we see, we know.

  5. Drew Hitt responds:
    Posted: April 14th, 2008 at 10:00 am

    Sounds like a libel lawsuit is going to be necessary. Defamation of character. Open and shut case if you ask me, everything the government does can be requested, except aliens and “Secret” stuff. I hope your case is won hands down, and you counter sue for libel and defamation of character and overturn their foreclosure legislation.

    I’ll move to Washington to be on the jury!

  6. Bruce responds:
    Posted: April 15th, 2008 at 7:49 am

    FOUR COMPLAINTS???$#$##&#…are you kidding ? In the whole state of Washington?…..that is bizarre.

    Besides McKenna being the “Duper” how about the “Dupees” – the state legislature?….Are they all asleep at the switch? Do their staffs investigate ANYTHING before voting on new bills?

    This is like writing laws based on what happens to a handful of people. PERIOD. So, if me and few friends over the course of a year put quarters in a vending machine and the candy doesn’t come out, do we need new VENDING MACHINE FRAUD and ABUSE LAWS???

    ….at this rate, there will be specific statutes in Washington state FOR EACH PERSON INDIVIDUALLY -based on whatever perceived wrongs they personally have suffered. …A liberal Utopia – everybody gets their own laws!

    Is Washington State even in America?

  7. Davido responds:
    Posted: April 16th, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    The State laws are a preparetory tool for intended Federal foreclosure Legislation. Longterm planners in the Federal realm are manipulating passage of these laws because mass foreclosures lie ahead. (I’d guess starting after the election of 2012 and potentially lasting more than a decade.

    The effects of the law are intentional. Major US financial players do not want homeowners rescued. They want people to be forced out. The plan is for major banks to end up owning large blocks of land and recycleable resources while Govt ends up with massively more control over individuals and whole communities. I suspect, their plan is more about controlling people than about money.

    Often, people, like Mr. Eric Dunn, who publicly promote these laws are educated in controlled institutions and later manipulated by controlled foundations. They are almost universally unaware of the specifics of the U.S. Constitution or the long range plans of those criminals running our financial institutions and our country. The real driving forces behind these laws remain behind the scenes.

    Face it, our political system is contolled by corrupt powers. For an example of how high and extensive the corruption is see this excellent and surprisingly unembittered expose by former Assistant Secretary of HUD, Katherine Austin Fitts who upon being hired was warned, “HUD is a sewer.”

    For a fascinating take on how former NY Governor Spitzer’s plans to help homeowners were crushed- see reporter Greg Palast’s article;

    For a well written and well researched look at the historical record of the “money power’ s in the U.S., see the last half of Douglas V Gnazzo’s series titled, “Honest Money” available at;

    For an article describing the history of how education and foundations are manipulated by the ‘money power’ see; “The Future is Calling” in the ‘Issues’ section of G. Edward Griffin’s website;

    Best wishes to all. Joe -stay strong, In the broad arena, Davido

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