Merry X-mas All!
From 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
From 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.”