July 7, 2018

They’re Off to See the Prison …

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: — Bill @ 6:45 am

DBSIBack in 2014 OpenCdA ran a series of posts about the DBSI financial scandal headquartered in Meridian, Idaho.

The DBSI fraud had at least ten victims in northern Idaho.  It had victims in 34 states and millions of dollars in losses to victims.  Yet neither of our area skews papers (Coeur d’Alene Press or The Spokesman-Review) followed and reported on this very significant financial crime operating out of Idaho and financially damaging residents in our area.

The Idaho Statesman reported on Friday that former DBSI executives Douglas Swenson, Mark Ellison, Jeremy Swenson and David Swenson will appear before US Magistrate Candy Dale in Boise on Monday.

Their appeals have been rejected by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the US Supreme Court, so Magistrate Dale can either order them taken immediately into custody to begin serving their sentences or she can allow them to remain free on bail until their prison assignments have been finalized.


  1. Unbelievable, that this has taken this long to be resolved. I had completely forgotten about it until now. I remember that FBI agent that all of sudden committed suicide. Then, locally, we have the Isenberg case that smells greater than raw sewage. All of that money!! Just a pittance of it might have financed me a new trailer. Then, I read, that Lori Isenberg fired the accountant and the Directors all had this special trust in her. Gag me with a spoon. Well, of course she did not show up to her hearing(s)! I am so disgusted with this stuff, you do not even know. We went to the Trump rally. We are one of the few that will admit we were played, waiting five hours in the hot sun to take the chance that we were the last 10 percent to get in the door with close to 20 thousand behind us. Well, we saw the doors, and that was about it. I still support our President, but I won’t be showing up to any of his future rallies. I am so disenchanted, I have decided to lean on the Constitutionalist side of things and learn more about the Convention of States. I would go full blown Libertarian, but we need a set of rules to guide us. Judges need term limits, too. Pius dictators that think they can legislate from the bench. I am sick of it. I want term limits for the feds and I would like them for Idaho but, nope … those elected yahoos consider term limits unconstitutional. So, I now consider democrats, communist pigs and the republicans are just slave drivers. All of that new urban renewal development in CDA also makes me sick. It is nothing but communism and certainly not constitutional and it just gets bigger and more powerful. Yes, I will pay my taxes, after all, look what happened to Phil Hart.

    Comment by Stebbijo — July 7, 2018 @ 1:52 pm

  2. Stebbijo,

    When I read the 2014 Statesman story reporting the suicide of FBI SA Rebekah Morse, my first reaction back then was, “What in her FBI training and career supervision told her it was okay to even have a cellphone on in a federal courtroom, let alone use it?” It was just one early indication of how the FBI’s standards had fallen. That was followed by 2016 and the Comey/Strzok/Page/FISA/Lynch/Schultz/Awan fiasco …

    As far as Isenberg is concerned, people might reasonably begin to question if some of our elected and appointed officials, particularly those in the criminal justice system, might not be hoping that she is never found and extradited to Kootenai County for trial. Along the same lines, it’s been quite a while since we’ve heard any more about the wrongful death lawsuit Reggie Nault’s family filed. As Federal District Judge Damon Keith wrote in a 6th Circuit government secrecy/illegal federal wiretap case over 40 years ago, “Democracy dies in the dark.” Ironic, isn’t it, that Bezos & Bozos at the Washington Post have adopted a variation of that as its masthead slogan “Democracy Dies in Darkness.”

    Walk-in specators hoping to get a glimpse of a sitting president at a political rally is likely to be unsatisfying, particularly in locations and with prospective audiences favorable to the president. More than one political advance man will tell you that it is far preferable to have the skews media report that some hopeful spectators had to be turned away disappointed than to have video on Eyewitless Skews at 5, 6, and 11 showing empty seats. Both major parties are guilty of trying to pack the house even if it violates fire regulations and endangers audience members.

    Comment by Bill — July 8, 2018 @ 7:43 am

  3. I agree, my only criticism is that with all those people the President might have considered coming out to a packed outside area for a few minutes before turning us all away. He should certainly consider that in the future with necessary security if needed.

    The FBI did not have the right to carry a cell phone into the courtroom but I still speculate if she actually committed suicide.

    I certainly entertain the possibility that Lori will not be found, on purpose, and it is a sad shame that innocent people and their families need to carry the burden of our corrupt justice system and connected cronies. There is so much of it even in this area, that it has become epidemic but normal. Makes me nauseous because there is really nothing we can do about it. It would be nice to get term limits on Judges but that is a long shot, too. Urban renewal might take a back seat some day, but not until the entire riverfront is developed and the rest of Sherman with more gloating artwork and cracker box construction. We were never going to win that recall, we were never going to keep our public access to the lake by the resort, we were never going to stop the park from happening and we will not stop anything else.

    Comment by Stebbijo — July 8, 2018 @ 9:44 am

  4. Stebbijo,

    In the past when the political or staff advance people expected overflow crowds at a presidential event, whether it was a campaign event or an official one, the PAM/SAM might arrange for a crowd overflow area. Audio and sometimes both audio and video from the inside of the event were piped to the overflow crowd so at least they could hear the remarks. As for the President making an impromptu stop at the crowd overflow area, that is his choice, but it is very unlikely to happen. The overflow area is not inside the security perimeter, so it has not been searched and no one inside it has been screened. It is a public area.

    Comment by Bill — July 9, 2018 @ 6:37 am

  5. I have heard that all politicians deliberately overbook, but we sure hadn’t. This was paid for by President Trump, came right off his website for advance free tickets that at least 20000 plus folks received and the arena was only good for around 6700. His people knew that but we did not. It was hot, it was unsafe, there were no porta potties and we stood out there for 4 to 5 hrs. No one could see the end of the line or the front, so you always thought you were close. Our clue was when the guy that was with it heard from the press inside that it was 90% booked, we should have left but we stuck it out hoping we were the lucky 10%. We found out that most of the area was VIP seating. The conditions were unsafe, one little girl right by us passed out which resulted in a 911 call, she came out of okay, however. My point is we still support President Trump, but overbooking his rallies like this can hardly work in his favor. He loudly praises his great crowds but the free tickets feel disingenuous. We called the Whitehouse, our complaint may go somewhere, it may not. By the time we got to the front the USA gear was gone, but folks that preyed off the long line, sold hats from China and bottles of water for $2.50. However, this really taught me something, only those who can pay their way into the arena got the front seat, the rest of us were nothing but “show.” The protesters, however, were a joke. They deserved no press at all, they were that pathetic, barely 200 showed up for a short time, maybe 7 left at closing time. I still support our President, there are many things he is doing exactly right, but this stunt was just plain wrong.

    Comment by Stebbijo — July 10, 2018 @ 4:02 pm

  6. sorry about the errors, but you get the point. Folks are telling us, now that politicians overbook on purpose, now. We did not know this before we registered for tickets.

    Comment by Stebbijo — July 10, 2018 @ 4:15 pm

  7. Stebbijo,

    Rather than stop with a phone call, I’d suggest you send a letter to the White House, Attn: Office of Presidential Advance. Under the Trump Administration, the Advance Office may be known by a different name, but by whatever name it is known, that office has the responsibitility for coordinating every component of the President’s visit to Upper Trashcanistan or wherever he’s going. I’ll see if I can come up with the exact name of the office.

    The comment you left at 4:02 pm has exactly the kind information you should include in it. You might also include where you came from to get to wherever the visit was. The time and expense of driving from Whizzininthecan to Trashcanistan to see the President does matter.

    If I were writing the letter, I’d cc: the major skews networks including ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN International, Fox News, and RT (okay, just kidding about RT). I’d also cc: your three CoDel members (Risch, Crapo, and Labrador). The reason for copying the skews media is that contrary to what President Trump might say publicly about the press, his Press Office does not want to see him getting bad press associated with poor trip planning and logistics. The reason for cc’ing Huey, Dewey, and Louie is that in the unlikely event that el Jefe visits Idaho, the aforementioned threesome and their staffs just might take a greater interest in getting Idaho voters inside (of course, a large donation with several zeroes between the integer and the decimal point would go a lot further, but …). I understand the Mayor of Weippe has invited him, but don’t hold your breath.

    Comment by Bill — July 10, 2018 @ 4:55 pm

  8. I will consider you suggestion, seriously, on the possibility that President Trump does not exactly know how his massive crowds are being created … and I would not feel like a manipulated schmuck.

    Comment by Stebbijo — July 10, 2018 @ 6:46 pm

  9. Stebbijo,

    It’s almost certain that President Trump, like other presidents, gives the responsibility for crowd turnout to his White House political/staff advance office. It unlikely that his White House political/staff advance people really care that some voters might drive over 5-1/2 hours from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to Great Falls, MT, in hopes of seeing the President at a political rally intended to generate support for a Republican US Senate candidate in MT. His visit to Great Falls lasted less than three hours according to the local skews paper in GF. It was a political rally intended to contribute to the defeat of MT Senator John Tester in November. In the pecking order to gain VIP admission, the big-bucks donors and the Grand Imperial Wizards of the MT Republican Party would have been at the tippy-top of the list. Next down might be invited guests like state elected officials, the local mayor, etc. At the bottom of the pecking order would be the stand-in-line-for-hours-in-the-heat people who hoped for a chance to get a glimpse of the President of the United States.

    Comment by Bill — July 11, 2018 @ 7:06 am

  10. Yep. He should not bother with handing out free tickets. That is a scam and to think he is the President of the “people” for the working folks who wanted a fair shake at livable wage slave positions. It gives the impression of sincerity, which we obviously know is not in the cards unless you can pay up. This false outreach and manipulation of the “people” is pathetic. Pretty disgusting but true, and this applies to all politicians. I will just deal with the fact, that I was duped, I think that was the excuse our own Idaho politicians used when they legalized slots for horseracing and wanted it overturned, here… and now they are going to reconsider their dupeiness this fall. I Want a recommendation to that commission. I wonder if Pamela Jordan might give me one? LOL. Idaho found that term limits were unconstitutional. I would be very surprised if anything after that stab in the back could possibly be considered constitutionally valid.

    Comment by Stebbijo — July 11, 2018 @ 6:32 pm

  11. …one more last detail of the rally. As you reached the arena doors, people were ‘roped’ off with crime scene plastic and herded in like cattle. Yep.

    Comment by Stebbijo — July 12, 2018 @ 6:28 pm

  12. Stebbijo,

    Ropes and water- or sand-filled barrels, theatre ropes, and sometimes plain ol’ crime scene tape are used to delineate walking paths and areas. It is (or used to be) a staff function to have staff people there to ensure people didn’t inadvertently go into the wrong area.

    Comment by Bill — July 12, 2018 @ 8:29 pm

  13. Sorry Bill, I am one of the most staunch Trump supporters, I still think he is on the right path, but I am cautiously less optimistic. You had to be there to understand the myriad of so many people waiting in the hot sun to see this man and then turned away. It was wrong.

    Comment by Stebbijo — July 13, 2018 @ 5:09 pm

  14. Stebbijo,

    I completely agree that it was wrong, not just now but whenever politicians use the voters, the public, as props for photo ops with the press. The Trump advance office ought to be ashamed, but I can absolutely assure you they are not. Neither were the Obamster advance office and the Shrub advance offices.

    It isn’t limited to the President. State and local officials are responsive primarily to big campaign donors including state and local political party organizations, then to a lesser extent smaller donors, then finally to the voters.

    Comment by Bill — July 13, 2018 @ 7:09 pm

  15. … on a sidenote, I found this, this a.m. It is a national story, now ..

    Comment by Stebbijo — July 14, 2018 @ 6:28 am

  16. Stebbijo,

    This “clarification” was in the Coeur d’Alene Press today.

    Both the Press and KXLY stories yesterday made statements that the Coroner stated 7100 nanograms of diphenhydramine was “lethal” and had been found in Larry Isenberg’s body. Those stories are examples of why fewer and fewer people are willing to trust the skews media. The skews media information was accurate — as far as it went — but it was horrendously and deceptively incomplete. The information in today’s “clarification” should have been in the original stories. It’s an example of reporters not knowing their subject matter well enough to write complete stories and editors being too lazy or too ignorant to question details in stories from reporters.

    Rather than having reporters inexpertly and incompletely cherry-picking information from official reports (e.g., search and arrest warrants, toxicology report, autopsy reports, etc.) I wish the skews media would put the entire reports on their websites with suitable warnings about graphic content. Alternatively, the skews media need to hire reporters and editors who have sufficient subject matter knowledge and are competent to do their jobs.

    Comment by Bill — July 14, 2018 @ 6:46 am

  17. Wow… then this one shows up at the local skews media. Prior articles stated the directors trusted her after she fired the accountant and this one states the directors did not know she hired her daughter as her assistant. Geesh,those directors do not know much. What a great way to handle our money. They all need to be removed, every last one of them.

    Comment by Stebbijo — July 14, 2018 @ 11:26 am

  18. the link does not work. oops

    Comment by Stebbijo — July 14, 2018 @ 11:27 am

  19. Looks like some have already been replaced.

    Comment by Stebbijo — July 14, 2018 @ 11:29 am

  20. I mean the board needs to go, their oversight is worthless.

    Comment by Stebbijo — July 14, 2018 @ 11:32 am

  21. Stebbijo,

    Too many directors on boards for charities in our area simply do not take their duties and responsibilities seriously, particularly their fiduciary duties. In many cases, too many cases, those directors completely lack the knowledge, skills, abilities, and will to adjust to the demands of the job and to perform their duties.

    If the charity happens to be affiliated with one of the largest Christian denominations in the area, it will enjoy the blind support of a City Council even if it means the Council will be asked to forgive tens of thousands of dollars in debt contractually owed on rental properties owned by the city. Those are your tax dollars effectively being given to the charity by a majority (though not unanimous) vote of the City Council.

    Comment by Bill — July 14, 2018 @ 11:46 am

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