Joe Arpaio's Investigating Federal Judge G. Murray Snow, DOJ, Sources Say, and Using a Seattle Scammer To Do It

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Riverside County Sheriff's Department
Dennis Montgomery, in a mugshot from a 2009 arrest

My sources -- one of whom is a former detective with the MCSO's Special Investigations Division and is well-acquainted with SID and those in it -- say Anglin and Mackiewicz were involved in an odd investigation dating back to October 2013.

Moreover, they say, the deputies have used as a confidential informant a notorious scammer in the Seattle area.

What have they been investigating? According to my sources, Mackiewicz, Anglin, and the informant are focused on U.S. District Court Judge G. Murray Snow, the Justice Department, and a bizarre conspiracy theory that the DOJ and Snow have conspired to somehow "get" Joe Arpaio.

The person who purportedly convinced Arapio of this paranoid fantasy, the sources say, is computer fraudster Dennis L. Montgomery, the subject of a 2010 Playboy exposé titled "The Man Who Conned the Pentagon."

In that article, investigative reporter Aram Roston detailed how, in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, Montgomery snookered the CIA, the White House, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Air Force into believing he had software that could decode secret messages to terrorists, supposedly embedded in broadcasts of the Al Jazeera Media Network.

As crazy as this now sounds, Roston, using unsealed court documents, reported that eTreppid Technologies, the Nevada software company Montgomery co-owned, scored multimillion-dollar contracts for computer software touted by Montgomery.

In fact, Roston wrote, the United States went to Code Orange, the DHS' second-highest terror alert, in 2003 based on data supplied to the CIA by Montgomery.

International flights were delayed, sometimes canceled, because of Montgomery's work. Based on Montgomery's "intelligence gathering," Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge told reporters at the time about the threat of "near-term attacks" that could "rival or exceed" those of 9/11.

"Montgomery calls the work he was doing noise filtering," Roston wrote. "He was churning out reams of data he called output. It consisted of latitudes and longitudes and flight numbers."

This data was given to then-CIA Director George Tenet, according to Roston, and "eventually ended up in the White House."

There was one big problem, Roston reported: "The communications Montgomery said he was decrypting apparently didn't exist."

Roston wrote that Montgomery's eTreppid colleagues questioned his computer skills. Company employees also claimed that Montgomery had faked demonstrations of weapons-recognition software for representatives of the U.S. military.

With the help of a "branch of the French intelligence services," the CIA finally got wise to Montgomery, realizing that there were no secret messages to bad guys in the Al Jazeera broadcasts.

Montgomery left eTreppid, wrote Roston, and went on to work for software companies backed by a wealthy heiress; to accuse Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons of taking a bribe (Gibbons later was cleared of wrongdoing); to lose big at a Rancho Mirage, California casino ($422,000 in one day); and to declare bankruptcy.

Now, Montgomery lives in Yarrow Point, Washington, a short drive from downtown Seattle.
My sources report that MCSO detectives Anglin and Mackiewicz have spent a lot of time this year in Seattle with Montgomery, who, the sources say, has convinced the sheriff that he has information suggesting an anti-Arpaio conspiracy between Judge Snow and the DOJ.

These sources say there is no report number assigned to the case, that Arpaio himself is running it, and that the investigation has been financed with funds for confidential informants, RICO funds.

Montgomery has been assigned a "confidential informant number" or "control number," the identity of which is known only to Arpaio, a few MCSO brass, and those in Special Investigations, according to my sources, who claim Montgomery has been paid about $100,000 to date by the MCSO.

The situation gives Arpaio and the MCSO a degree of deniability because the department is allowed to keep the identities of confidential informants secret in most instances.
Though there should be MCSO paperwork associated with such payments, it would show a payment to a control number, not a name.

The MCSO's official policy on "informant management" states that control numbers must be maintained in a confidential-informant log "monitored by the [Special Investigations Division] commander or his designee."

It further states that all informant files be kept in a "secured area within the SID."
The policy notes that the MCSO "will protect these sources through all available and reasonable legal means."

Such "informant files" are retained as "permanent records" of SID, "unless the division commander determines that the records may be purged."

My sources say Mackiewicz has received, to date, $50,000 in overtime pay and Zullo has gotten about $5,000 in payments.

Zullo's role is unclear, though he currently is involved in the investigation, according to these sources, as well as the perpetual birther probe.

Additionally, they say the MCSO made about a $50,000 purchase of computer equipment for Montgomery sometime this year from a store in Washington state.

According to the MCSO's policy regarding "Undercover and Investigative Funds Accountability," an expenditure of up to $6,000 for undercover and investigative work can be approved by a division commander.

Anything over $6,000 must be approved by a bureau commander.

As for funds specifically paid to confidential informants, the reins are even tighter.

Payments to a CI of more than $300 must be approved by a division commander "prior to the expenditure of the funds," according to the MCSO's informant-management policy.
The amount of money involved in detectives Anglin and Mackeiwicz's Seattle quest has raised red flags with MCSO accountants, I've been told.

These same MCSO accountants reportedly have expressed concern internally about the procurement of the computer equipment, excessive CI payments, the amount of overtime involved, and the money spent on airfare and stays in Seattle.

In several broadly worded public-records requests sent to the MCSO in February, I asked for any and all e-mails traded among the players involved, as well as any and all records regarding MCSO employees' trips to Seattle, payments of informant funds to Dennis Montgomery, and Mackiewicz's overtime requests.

In each case, I was advised by MCSO spokesman Jones that "this is an ongoing investigation . . . no records can be released at this time."

In March, I called Zullo at his home phone number. I asked him about the work he was said to be doing with Montgomery.

He claimed not to know what I was talking about. When I pressed him, he said all such inquiries should go through the MCSO.

"I have no comment to make, especially to the New Times," he told me before hanging up.

The opportunity to question Arpaio about the Montgomery caper came as he munched on cheese at a recent fundraiser for embattled Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne at the University Club in Phoenix.

I asked the sheriff about Montgomery and the work that my sources tell me he has done for the MCSO.

At first, he played dumb, asking if I meant County Attorney Bill Montgomery.


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mollidew
mollidew

What's funny is Obama doesn't need to be born in Hawaii anyway. There was never any question as to his Mother's citizenship and only one parent must be an American citizen regardless of where he was born for him to be a citizen of the US.

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

GOP trolling for LATINOS, "Surprise ,Surprise , Surprise " - starting to feel sorry for   GOP, almost like Roscoe Arbuckle ...

realitycheck1776
realitycheck1776

I know that Mike Zullo (or is it Joe Mannix?) reads here. I hope that blogger NBC's and my work showing that you clowns at the CCP had identified a Xerox WorkCentre as a forger led you to get hoodwinked by a con man like Montgomery. That would be such sweet irony.

Leilah Publications
Leilah Publications

Jeff Guymon - don't wish him dead - just out of office. I'm a small business owner who travels frequently and he brings negative image to AZ and Phoenix.

Sladjan Kovacevic
Sladjan Kovacevic

Joe love you your Herzegovians...give us 100 semis more of cocaine per week in Arizona...we appreciate it sir.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Now that the US Attorney is involved in the racial profiling rulings, maybe, just maybe, he can reopen the federal grand jury looking at the old man for criminal abuse of power.

Jeff Guymon
Jeff Guymon

Yeah you're So fucking brilliant and mature! Go back to your hole!

Jesse Adams
Jesse Adams

Sane minded voters like us our outnumbered by old racist snowbirds.

Jeff Guymon
Jeff Guymon

Man all you people are so twisted it's not even funny! Wishing an old man dead? Really? One day you too will be old and it won't be so funny for you then. The man is just doing the job with what little freedoms he has. Nowadays it's so unpopular to be a respectful, law abiding, citizen that he gets the hammer thrown at him by the likes of people like you (for self pride and glory), all the illegal immigrants (for a free ride), the organized crime families (for ease of crime), the media (for stories), all the street gangs (for status and notoriety), and the list goes on! We live in dire times in this country because of liberals and others who think and act like you and the above mentioned anti-Joe types! This country's days are numbered! The mass mentality of a country is the glue that keeps it's fundamentals together. The same thing that solidifies it's values and culture, and we have none of those left because of people like you! Mark my words "very soon the divides will soon get to a climactic threshold where no one can tolerate their neighbors any longer, and their will be another civil war! I guarantee it! I served 16 years in the military and have seen the way certain ethnicities, countries, and cultures just before they exploded into chaos, and we are at that same threshold!"

Jesse Adams
Jesse Adams

why isn't he trying to get publicity about doing something with the illegals being dumped off at bus stops here?

RobertGraham29
RobertGraham29

Does Phoenix New Times know they are being investigated?

Jim Naumann
Jim Naumann

A Really "MUST READ" article....WOW !!

Chey Tor
Chey Tor

Jeff - we already are. There's a reason why people outside of Arizona look at us and laugh.

Chey Tor
Chey Tor

Never ... I've come to the realization that he will be in office for the rest of his life and there's nothing you or I can do about it unless one of us has big fat bank account and can bankroll a viable candidate to replace him. It will take tens of millions of dollars and an aggressive nasty TV campaign to unseat him. That's the only way to beat him in the next election.

Chey Tor
Chey Tor

Arpaio will never go after the real criminals because there is no money and media attention there. As a businessman, I respect his savvy business skills.

Chey Tor
Chey Tor

I don't think the karma police will ever get to him. The man will die in office. As much as I despise him for not doing his job, he's very smart and he has developed a very strong and loyal base of blind followers.

Christina Williams
Christina Williams

New times..... Please stop giving this piece of crap a spot lite! Do you luv him or hate him?

Chuck Graf
Chuck Graf

Can't wait for folks to wake up and stop voting for this clown. Time to go, Joe.

Kari Brooks
Kari Brooks

Oh....so this is where all of Arizonas money is going. We can't pay our teachers, have grossly cut education funding, our wages are one of the lowest in the country, yet there always seems to be enuf cash to fund Joes retarded, paranoid, idiotic "investigations" The man is old, suffering from dementia. I predict his days are numbered. Watch out Joe, people are waking up... There will be a reckoning!

La Messa Qvo
La Messa Qvo

Its much better than investigating his crooked force. "LoneWolf" that no one noticed for years ..

Kenn Kanniff
Kenn Kanniff

Remember to thank the most stupid gullible naive generation of imbeciles who have ever inhabited this country for Arpaio; The Silent Generation and Baby Boomers.

Jim Grant
Jim Grant

People who are fooled by this old bigots swagger and lies are fools and probably racist as he is.

Jim Grant
Jim Grant

When is Phoenix and Maricopa County gonna WTFU and get rid of this PIG?

Jonathan Gionson
Jonathan Gionson

Um Arpaio is the face of corruption in AZ, jeff. Tries to" investigate" anyone who opposes him? Tell him to stop calling camera crews everytime he busts 70 year old women working at a factory. Let us know when he goes after all the gang bangers and people actually dangerous to society...

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@ConcernedCitizenAZ 

The first thing that needs to change is allowing prosecutors to become judges. That in itself is a conflict for real justice to take place. To much bias.

Point3r
Point3r

You know, Jeff, if you want people to know who the hell you're talking to there's that little blue word "reply" you can click on so that your comment actually is a reply to them. Otherwise, you're just an old man talking out loud to himself in the mall, scaring the little children.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Hey Jeff, liberals have been the ones thwarting terrorists.

Woodrow Wilson helped crush Germany once.

FDR helped defeat Adolf and Nazism.

JFK helped prevent nuclear war in 1961.

Obama helped crush Osama bin Laden and the Taliban (though he's an idiot for releasing 5 terrorists)

Gee, where's a Republican when you need one?

It should be noted that there have been more Republican presidents than Democratic Presidents.

arizonafavorite
arizonafavorite

Look jeff, he is so old he no longer drives the mighty sheriffs car, he prob too weak to even think about holding a steady pistol, and he is a corrupt thief, a violator a many many civil rights, and he makes huey long look like jesus....and besides all that the poor old fuck IS  too old. gimme a break what are you jaffy's afterbirth? dry up and blow away already.

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

Jeff - Joe is not targeted because he is old. Try doing a little research. 

Point3r
Point3r

Jeff.

Take a breath. Have a beer. Go watch a sunset. The sky is not falling.


The times we live in are no more dire than a dozen others I can point to across our history. We did okay then, too.

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

Because there's nothing he can do about it...?

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Hey Robert, I heard the postal inspection service is investigating you. For sending the pipe bomb and the powder to your hero.

Yes Robert, the post office can arrest your sorry ass. Sending bombs and toxic powder through the mail are federal crimes.

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

@arizonanewtimes.com ROTFLMFAO!  Oh, yeah. And I'm sure all of the PNT staff and everyone who reads/posts here are running scared!  Have you got Wilencheck and his phoney grand jury bullshit in hand, or is Tom Horne running another diversion? You're funny. Keep laying it out here. We all enjoy laughing at your stupidity.

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

I pray every night that he does not die - just has a massive stroke that leaves him in more of a vegetative state than he is already in...

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

More people and agencies than he is willing to admit!

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

I personally appreciate knowing what kind of bullshit the old codger is up to so that when I encounter a Joe-fan, I have the ammo to set them straight.

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

I am a "Boomer" as are most of my friends. We are not fans of this decrepit old fool!!

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

Not going to happen. Joe is scared of real criminals. And sidewalks. And stupid kids in Canada...

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Arizona, the only state containing the word Nazi Cozz.

Adolf and Nazism weren't crushed by FDR, Churchill and Stalin in 1945. It's alive and well, living in Maricopa County, Arizona.

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