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Colonies Case adds Intrigue and Spying allegations

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David Bauman/The Press-Enterprise: From left, developer Jeff Burum; Mark Kirk, former chief of staff to Supervisor Gary Ovitt; former assistant assessor Jim Erwin; and former supervisor Paul Biane, in a 2011 court appearance.

San Bernardino, Ca.,- The Colonies case continues to take many twists and turns.  Many of our local readers have tuned out to most of the stories posted here unless they are about Jeff Burum and connected to Yucca Valley CORE Renaissance Senior Housing and the unpopular fired ex-manager Mark Nuaimi.  Story>LINK

In the recent story by the SB Sun, they are reporting a private investigation firm spied on Colonies case witnesses:

SB Sun.com-A private investigation firm was hired by a defense attorney in the Colonies corruption case to spy on a key witness, court documents show.

District attorney’s Investigator Eric Bremner and San Bernardino County prosecutors were investigating the alleged illegal hacking of a mobile phone belonging to former county Assessor and Colonies witness Bill Postmus when they raided the offices of El Segundo-based Thomas Dale & Associates, or TDA, on Jan. 31, 2013.

TDA is a high-end global investigative and security firm with an impressive roster of clients, including NBC, CNN, and the film industry, according to the company’s website.


The defense attorney, Stephen Larson, is alleging investigators “invaded the defense camp” by seizing hundreds of pages of attorney-client privileged documents during the raid.

Larson, who represents Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum in the Colonies case, said in a dismissal motion filed in San Bernardino Superior Court and unsealed Wednesday that the seizure of the documents violated Burum’s constitutional rights and that the criminal case against him alleging bribery of county officials should therefore be dismissed.

For the rest of this story by Joe Nelson, SB Sun>LINK

Other links you might enjoy:

For a complete review of Colonies Stories on Cactus Thorns>LINK

For a complete review of Colonies Stories on SB Sun>LINK

For Opinion and posts by IePolitics/Sharon Gilbert>LINK

For Colonies Posts and comments by Inland Politics/Jim Erwin>LINK

Colonies Settlement Series>LINK

Colonies Criminal Case Court Filings>LINK


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Margo Sturges

Yucca Valley Editor

Note: Margo Sturges has written many articles for Cactus Thorns and is the founder of Citizens4Change.info. Email contact: MargoSturgesYV(at)aol.com "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."- George Orwell

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