John Steele & Paul Hansmeier (Steele|Hansmeier, AKA: Prenda Law) Arrested – December 2016

Merry X-mas All!

prenda_idiots2From the Star Tribune, 16 Dec 2016 “Authorities arrested Paul Hansmeier, of Woodbury, and John L. Steele, an attorney in Illinois who was a former classmate of Hansmeier’s at the University of Minnesota, shortly before U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger announced charges Friday morning. Hansmeier was arrested in the Twin Cities; Steele, who has lived off and on in Florida, was arrested in Ft. Lauderdale.”

More to come on this.  😉  Enjoy the read – Grand Jury Indictment, 0:16-cv-00334 (MN), 14 Dec 16

prenda_indictment3From a quick read of the indictment, it appears the Feds were able to ‘turn’ Mark Lutz and Peter Hansmeier and obtain additional evidence (1 & 2) that made it very easy to get a grand jury to indict Steele and Hansmeier with multiple charges of fraud (18 U.S. Code § 1341, 1343, &1349), racketeering/money laundering (18 U.S. Code § 1956), conspiracy (18 U.S. Code § 371), and principles (18 U.S. Code § 2). I can see both of these dirt bags  (my opinion) going to prison for a few years at least, as well as forfeiting any/all assets. Allegedly John Steele plans to fight this – well, talk is cheap. I expect that eventually a plea barging will be reached with both Defendants. As much as I would love to see the trial of these jerks, even John Steele’s super ego is going to come to the realization that he is just plain “fucked.” Too much evidence (direct and circumstantial) is out there. John Steele wasn’t as smart as he thought he was. Plus John Steele also knows that if he tries to fight this, Paul Hansmeier may just turn on him for a lighter sentence. Not that I think the Feds will need Paul Hansmeier to cooperate; BUT if John Steele starts to act like a turd, they may have to make an example of him. “Now this is the Big Leagues.”

Popehat coverage of Prenda is HERE.  For a good list of articles and sites talking about this, please visit

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8 Responses to John Steele & Paul Hansmeier (Steele|Hansmeier, AKA: Prenda Law) Arrested – December 2016

  1. no-one says:

    Made my day…

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  3. WDS says:

    What a Christmas present!

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  7. Dark Moe says:

    I don’t know what to say. I’m speechless. Cooper finally got vindicated and a surprise (to me) was the bar complaint that had been filed against Gibbs. I knew they had planned on it, but didn’t know they had the balls to carry it out.

    I wonder how the “intake” went. I wonder how many threats Steele made as they were commanding him to strip down. I wonder what the bail was set at. But most of all, I wonder how many innocent does are finally getting their pound of flesh.

    By the way, Mr. Cooper – if you are seeing this. I believed you all along. You’re a good man, and a strong man to stand up to these two pieces of gutter scum dung.

  8. Doe72 says:

    Someone should pay to have a billboard put up that says: “Suck it, Steele!”

    It would be preferable to have it where he can see it from his prison window. XD

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