McCormack, Former LA County Registrar, Subject of $1 Million Corruption Suit

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Lawsuit alleges corruption of Conny McCormack, former elections chief

McCormack has been the subject of corruption investigations before, in Dallas County TX, where the state attorney general was investigating charges of election-rigging by shorting ballots in Black districts. She moved out of state to take a position in San Diego, from an election official who had been indicted. Neither McCormack's Texas investigation nor the San Diego official's corruption investigation stuck, but she's back under fire again now with this lawsuit. McCormack abruptly resigned last year.

The Associated Press - March 16, 2009

LA County board considers $1.1M settlement

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider a proposal to pay $1.1 million to settle a lawsuit alleging corruption among former senior county employees.

The proposed settlement was approved Monday by a county claims board, sending the measure to supervisors for final consideration.

The lawsuit filed in February 2007 alleges former county Registrar Conny McCormack discriminated against elderly and nonwhite employees and provided favors for friends.

The plaintiffs include Alvarez Lecesne, his wife Desnee, and their co-worker, Kristen Heffron, who all formerly worked for McCormack's office.

The lawsuit alleges McCormack discriminated against elderly and nonwhite employees and managed the department by "dispensing favors; helping friends, often at the public's expense; and circumventing established procedures and rules, rather than serving the public good."

Lecesne alleges McCormack tried to persuade him to boost test scores for a friend's promotion and to participate in an attempt to defraud an insurance company on behalf of another friend, then retaliated against him when he refused.

McCormack retired at the end of 2007 following a battle with Secretary of State Debra Bowen over electronic voting machines. The state had decided to temporarily pull the plug on electronic voting machines that McCormack helped place in 5,000 precincts.

The county's former chief administrative officer, David Janssen, is also a defendant in the lawsuit.

Bev Harris comments:

"And guess who gets to pay the million dollar settlement? Not McCormack who, due to the settlement, will never appear in court, but the taxpayers--the same people who thought they were voting for people who would represent them.

Although I have no evidence of any such thing, it would seem likely that if anyone on the Board of Supervisors had been fraudulently elected with a little help from McCormack, they would probably find it preferable to bilk the taxpayers of a million bucks rather than risk the possibility of McCormack being cross-examined under oath in a court of law.

By the way, I learned many years ago that federal Civil Service test scores are frequently manipulated and I see no reason it would be any different at the State level.

One can find on this site scattered instances that would add up to an instructive list of cases where folk hired for illegal functions whose investigations are derailed, as well as those convicted of crimes, then get hired elsewhere for the same function they were so adeptly illegal about. It's in fact a long-standing, much used, US political and bizness tradition."