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District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe "That's made up."

Original post made by Michael G. Stogner on Oct 18, 2013

This is his official response to reports from SamTrans Whistleblower victims that they were told by Kevin Raffaelli that his office did not have the funds to investigate $millions in public funds fraud. So now he is calling the victims liars, this is on top of Mark Simon and Mike Scanlon describing them as disgruntled ex-employees and delusional. Mr. Wagstaffe says he is conducting an inquiry now NOT an investigation.

What do the Supervisors of San Mateo County think of his behavior? Is this honest?

Comments (18)

Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 18, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Honest? No. Typical? Yes.

Wagstaffe is just providing political cover. Don't expect the board to do a damn thing about it.


Posted by Lurker, a resident of another community
on Oct 18, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Did the whistleblowers record their conversation with Raffaelli ? Or, I thought I read that Raffaelli recorded the meeting. If so, we would find out who is making stuff up very quickly.


Posted by Lurker, a resident of another community
on Oct 18, 2013 at 4:30 pm

If the whistleblowers have recorded evidence of Raffaelli saying they had no money to pursue the case , then the whistleblowers should report Wagstaffe's comment to the California Bar. Basically, he's calling them liars.

See post earlier this week about Wagstaffe receiving a warning from the California Bar:

Web Link


Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Oct 18, 2013 at 4:34 pm

I asked one of the whistleblowers this morning if he/she would be willing to make that statement under oath. The answer came back.....YES


Posted by Lurker, a resident of another community
on Oct 18, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Michael:

I thought you wrote a comment somewhere, or maybe it was in the NBC story- that Raffaelli recorded their entire meeting.


Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Oct 18, 2013 at 8:33 pm

That is correct, there was a meeting in the DA's office with two former SamTrans employees lasted less than an hour was recorded by Kevin Raffaelli.

The ""NO Funds" statement happened on a phone call from Raffaelli to one of the whistleblowers at a later date. We are not discussing discussing a recording of that call because of laws. Now the good news and NBC 11 reported it today is Wagstaffe is on this case and waiting for the audit which is being conducted now. So now the question is what about the Service League of San Mateo County conflict of interest between CEO Mike Scanlon and Steve Wagstaffe.

This inquiry/investigation should be referred out of County.


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community
on Oct 18, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Hideous. Is Rafaelli trustworthy? I know little about him, just that various relatives of his have worked for the County in LEO positions & ADA, I think.


Posted by Lurker, a resident of another community
on Oct 21, 2013 at 7:28 am

Mercury News: August 5, 2010:

"Group Demands DA Reopen San Carlos Molestation Case"

Excerpt:


Wagstaffe said Sadek's ex-wife was "absolutely, unequivocally" told the district attorney's office planned to drop the case, adding that he was in his office down the hall from prosecutor Melissa McKowan when she informed the woman of the decision.

"I don't know what Ms. Salarno's talking about there," Wagstaffe said.

____

Wagstaffe's MO is to always say the other person is lying. He actually told a citizen in his office a few years ago that he had - and this is a direct quote "never lied in his 35 years of office."


Posted by Menlo Park, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 21, 2013 at 3:27 pm

what Wagstaffe meant to say was he had "never lied in his 35 years in office. At least any that could be proven."

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"a corrupt official"


Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Oct 22, 2013 at 10:27 am

A Single Point Data Base would help to put an end to this.


Posted by Lurker, a resident of another community
on Oct 23, 2013 at 7:17 am

Hey! The Redwood City Police Department is giving Steve Wagstaffe an award for his "outstanding job performance."

Web Link

Most notably, the Police Department will present a career legacy award to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe for his outstanding job performance and exceptional service to the local community.


Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Oct 29, 2013 at 10:08 am

To date not one reporter in all of San Mateo County has asked Kevin Rafaelli for a comment.


Posted by Lurker, a resident of another community
on Oct 29, 2013 at 10:22 am

Has the NBC team asked Rafaelli to comment?

I bet Wagstaffe won't let him talk to the press.


Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 29, 2013 at 7:25 pm

"I bet Wagstaffe won't let him talk to the press. "

ya think?


Posted by Lurker , a resident of another community
on Oct 30, 2013 at 3:40 pm

If anyone else knows of other instances where Mr. Wagstaffe has made false statements to the press, we would love to see them listed here.

One reporter who used to cover Wagstaffe six years ago told us that he used to routinely catch Wagstaffe making up stuff about cases... and it was always to make himself look better. The reporter said that even Wagstaffe's prosecutors said he made stuff up.

Our concern is that Wagstaffe did so at the expense of both criminal defendants AND crime victims.


Posted by Can the press enlighten us?, a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Apr 21, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Victim's advocate Michael Stogner has just learned that Ling La, a Whistleblower and former SamTrans accountant has filed a suit in Federal Court this last Wednesday naming as defendants CEO Michael Scanlon, Sheila Tioyao.

This suit is in addition to the criminal complaint filed with San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe 11 months ago. You will recall she was told that the DA's Office didn't have the funds to investigate this type of complicated crime. ( And then Wagstaffe told the press that this was "made up.") You would think this to be a newsworthy story for San Mateo County. Has any of the press besides NBC tried to find out what is going on with the DA's supposed investigation into this alleged fraud?

It's clear it's not going away.


Posted by Can the Press enlighten us?, a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Apr 21, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Mr. Stogner:

Do you know why the whistleblowers filed a lawsuit in federal court? Is it because they were tired of waiting for the DA's office to do something? Do you have the case number?

Has the DA's office been in touch with the whistleblowers since Wagstaffe told the press six months ago he was doing an "inquiry?"


Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Apr 21, 2014 at 3:21 pm

This is why I support:

Comprehensive Compliance Reviews and Audits of all departments including the Supervisors

To answer your question minimal contact from the DA's office to Ling La. I will post case number soon.


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