Q. Can the President Obstruct Justice?
A. Oh yeah...
They say, 'not yet', try April 2018. Case is submitted tomorrow
I've got loads of good formatting, exhibits (not shown)
TESTIMONY OF MICHAEL STILLMAN
When a prospective tenant calls the Management Office at Coronado Springs Apartments, an answering machine greeting replies:
‘Our Commitment to Excellence and Resident Satisfaction is Our Top Priority’
I will present evidence to the contrary, that establishes a pattern of deliberate wrong doing by Management and exposes minor fraudulent schemes. These lead by inference, to the extraordinary conclusion that Coronado Springs is nothing more than a ‘Phony Storefront’, staffed by Swindlers, who from September 2010 thru August 2017 , were running a full blown ‘Unqualified Applicant Banking Scam’, that must have been utilizing counterfeit bank accounts to bolster applicant credit ratings, and other questionable documents, such as income statements, and vouchers.
The scheme utilizes surplus cars to fill up the residents and visitors parking lots, and a well maintained outside look, to fool Casual Observers, the Real Applicant, Sheriff, Police, Seattle Housing, and HUD authorities that all is well.
On closer inspection, the few real tenants discover that Management is deliberately not repairing the Security access device, the lobby elevators, and the laundry machines, and periodically shutting off the apartment electricity and water as unplanned outages, to make off with some of the Utility and Building Funds.
The majority of tenants who enter the building are nothing more than trespassers, who lack security FOBS, and enter the building through the act of ‘Tailgating’. These are young people, many single mothers with small children who do not speak English, and are not US Nationals or possess immigration eligibility to obtain vouchers. These ‘tenants’ remain in the building all day and thus, do not work. These ‘Low Income’ or ‘Affordable Income’ tenants own or lease 1 or more cars, yet the average income of voucher recipients is $14,000 a year, according to 2016 4Q HUD data.
There were two Management companies from 2010-2018. The first, LM CoronadoSprings Management represented ownership from September 2010, when I arrived, through June 2016. I don’t know why the ownership changed hands in 2016. The second owner, Bridge Housing and FPI Management continued the schemes using the same techniques from July 2016 through August 2017. After that, there were less cars in the parking lot, though the swindles remain.
The real tenants felt physically intimidated and suffered serious mental and emotional distress. This case provides me a venue as a ‘Whistleblower’ to bring the schemes to light, and the right to ask for monetary compensation and damages for Owner violations of the Apartment Lease, violations of the Washington State Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RCW 59.18) and US Law, 18 U.S Code 1341 Frauds and Swindles.
My Court Presentation will expose the defendants as criminals, by their own testimony. I have divided the case into Components. Each Component is a part of my claim. I will present each Component, and then ask the defendants to refute my charges. I expect that the defendants will be unable to explain their conduct except as criminal, if they answer at all.
Coronado Springs so-called professionals, failed to respond to serious allegations contained in a certified letter, written more than 10-months ago. The letter was addressed to the FPI Regional Manager in Lynwood Washington, and a copy of the letter was also delivered by Certified Mail to the onsite managers. They are Nicole Tormozo, Community Director and Frank Magana, Assistant Community Director.
The fact that FPI Management failed to dispute or respond to my allegations, which amount to 3rd Degree theft and lying, points to their guilt in the matter. Their 10 month silence is an affirmative of my claims. This also sheds doubt on any further testimony the two may provide in today’s Court appearance.
The dispute arose, after I moved apartments because of the long-term effects of the odors and chemicals emanating from the Laundry Room 4 floors below me. The back of the building is built in a bowl, so the aerosols emitted linger at the bottom of the Bowl and rise up gradually to the floors above. The fumes from the Laundry Room rendered the apartment uninhabitable. I suffered a stroke, and had to be hospitalized in the Spring of 2016. This was before FPI arrived. Highline Hospital picked up the majority of the hospital bills when I applied for Assistance.
The Laundry Room was not retrofitted with up-to-date Washers and Dryers until 10 Months after I moved out. I do not know whether FPI Sales Staff disclosed the hazard to the next tenant of Apartment 404.
C1.1 – Disposition of Security Deposit January 31 2017
C1.2 – Return My Security Deposit Certified Letter February 16 2017
C1.3 - Washington Residential Landlord-Tenant Agreement Excerpt
The South Wing of the 6th floor hallway was completely soiled with Dog Urine, for 6 months (February 2017 thru September 2017)
The Lease Animal Addendum, section 5C states ’Animals are to be taken off the community grounds to defecate in order to avoid health and safety problems.’
The Carpets were completely stained (and remain so) even in the North Wing, with tears in the carpeting. Because of this the entire 6th Floor South Wing was not in a Rentable Condition during this time.
Residents who walked their garbage to the Garbage Chute in the South Corridor were subjected to fumes, which endangered resident’s health.
A lawful Management firm would have professionally cleaned or replaced the stained carpets within a week, as well as evicting the Dog owners.
This is a part of a campaign to drive tenants from the apartments, so that Management can continue illegal schemes, without scrutiny from within the building. If other 6th floor tenants complained, Coronado Springs ignored them as well. This ongoing condition supports my supposition that most of the tenants are fictitious and must be considered part of a huge fraud, and the legal tenants on that floor are illegal immigrants or other vulnerable populations that Coronado Springs is preying upon.
Bridge Housing raised the monthly dog rent from $15 to $30 sometime after they assumed ownership. Did the mega-company Bridge put the dog-rent money ahead of tenants health?
I complained to Nicole Tormozo on May 3 2016. She told me she was aware of the problem since February 2016, and that it was a ‘Special Situation’
C2.1 – Lease Animal Addendum
City Light of Seattle posted a 7-Day Notice to shut off power to the Apartment Common Area on February 16, 2016 or thereabouts, because of non-payment by Bridge Housing. The Notice was posted on the main door.
Coronado Springs Apartment is a multi-million dollar facility. This outrageous event points to a criminal scheme of Graft. The scheme involves major and minor facilities breakdowns between 2010 Thru 2017 to reduce the electric bills, so that Management and/or Owners could surreptitiously thieve funds from the Building Utilities and Maintenance Accounts.
2010-2014 1 of 2 Main Lobby Elevators Turned Off/Unrepaired for 4 Years
2010-2017 1/3 Of the Laundry Machines Turned Off/Unreparied for 7 years
The elevators were replaced in 2014. In August 2016, the elevators were again out of service for 30 days, only 1 month after FPI Management became responsible. Since then, elevator outages, or unexplained stoppages on a floor for 1-2 days have become a monthly occurance.
FPI Management should have repaired broken laundry machines once and for all in July 2016. Instead they waited for 15 months to begin the laundry room refit. The machines were decrepit.
SECURITY ACCESS DEVICE
The Security Access Device was broken for months, during 2017.
These Management practices are illegal as defined in the Washington State Residential Landlord-Tenant Act, which states
‘Keep the Facilities in Reasonably Good Repair, so as to be Usable’.
I recommend Bridge Housing and FPI Management be charged under the Act, to warn other landlords that Washington State will not tolerate this behavior.
The Videos I made below in 2017, will illustrate the following:
• A lengthy Laundry Room Retrofit, with No Results.
• Garbage left in the Common Area Lobby and Elevators
• A Broken Security Access Call-Box
• An Act of ‘Tailgating’ By an Unknown Party, through the front door
C3.1 - December 15, 2016 – Laundry Room
C3.2 - King County Evidence – Laundry Room Refit Pt 1
C3.3 - King County Evidence – Laundry Room Refit Pt 2
C3.4 - King County Evidence – Laundry Room Refit Pt 3
C3.5 – Laundry Room Refit Memo September 9 2017
The videos of the lobby did not include film of the one-way glass in the Maintenance Office which looks out onto the main entrance, or a 24-hour surveillance camera on the lobby ceiling, looking towards the front doors
Management should have have utilized the cameras, and lobby office to stop trespassers within the week. Instead owners deliberately looked the other way.
Kicking out the trespassers would have endangered their major fraudulent scheme, which was loading the building up with illegal tenants, or making empty apartments appear occupied.
During my residency, typically 5 loiterers waited outside for a real tenant, so they could tailgate. This practice occurred day and night and would be plainly evident to Management, Maintenance, and the Security Patrol.
I was physically threatened, when I personally tried to stop a ‘tailgater’ from entering the lobby. I telephoned Management December 9 2013 from outside the main entrance, when a ‘tailgater’ refused to show me ID, but on-site managers refused to walk across the parking lot, on a day, when 3 managers were in the office. From that day- on, I was forced to acquiesce, and I began letting trespassers, many who seemed arrogant, enter the building behind me. This made me an unwilling participant in these criminal acts. I was and remain humiliated.
The tailgating practice is another violation of the Washington State Residential Landlord-Tenant Act, which orders Landlords to curb any conditions, ‘if such conditions endangers or impairs the health or safety of the tenant’.
CS Management has deliberately exacerbated this situation by ignoring the Keys, Permits, and Access Device Addendum in their Lease which states ‘Residents acknowledge that they have been provided with keys and access devices’. According to their memo regarding the installation of a new Access Device,
They say FOBS will only be handed out to lease holders, not all residents. This brings to my mind the speculation
i. CS Management recognizes and allows possible criminality in residents
ii. All non-lease holding residents are illegally inconvenienced by Management through the new FOB policy
iii. CS Management has diverted Access Device funds which accounts for a smaller number of FOBS available.
C4.1 Entry System Memo October 9, 2017
C4.2 Lease, Key, Permits and Access Device Addendum
The following event led me to believe that there are ‘Empty Apartments’ that management was somehow billing out illegally.
One day during the first half of 2017 (my camera says February 22, but the date might have been set wrong) I witnessed 4-Moving Trucks parked in front of the complex, stacked with old apartment belongings and junk.
I did not see which 1-bedroom or 2-bedroom apartments or how many units were involved, but I suspected a substantial number were emptied that day.
What legitimate reason would Bridge or FPI Owners have for storing ‘junk’ in an apartment that could have been earning revenue? Why wasn’t empty apartment remains courted away when a tenant moved out? The owner have 3 Full or Part Time staff on duty.
As troubling, you can see that many Grocery Store Carts from Super Saver Food SAARS a block away are being carted away as junk. These would be considered ‘stolen property’ by SAARS, yet Coronado Springs Management and Maintenance harbored these stolen items, and let tenants come and go with them to their apartments. This shows that Ownership, Maintenance, and Phony Tenants have no regard for the law.
It is possible that 4 truckloads of junk were from the Coronado Springs basement, but again, what apartments did the stuff originate from? There is no reason to let this accumulate. Mostly, when a single tenant was kicked out, the furniture would be removed within a week.
This is another instance where I as a Tenant, felt a victim to something underhanded by the Coronado Springs Management.
I ask that further actions be taken to find out the underlying facts.
On two occasions, once in 2015, and another 2017, residents cars remained in the residents parking lot after they were told to move.
LMCoronadoSprings Management distributed a memo to all residents, telling them to move their cars by 7:30am on August 13, 2015 for restriping of the parking lines.
At 7:30 am, no cars had moved. I went out and made videos of the remaining cars and license plates, which I would like to show the court.
The same disturbing thing happened this year, under FPI Management. Firefighters woke us at 6:30 am on October 23, 2017 and told us to evacuate the building. I packed an overnight bag, and left the apartment at 7:00am. The residents parking lot and the visitors parking lot was still partially full. I thought perhaps residents had walked to the bus stop a block away, but I didn’t see a soul there.
Though FPI was not responsible during 2015, some of the cars filmed that day were still parked after July 2016. I would ask that someone in power review the occupancy turnover rate and compare it to the parking lot turnover rate.
I would have expected a multi-million dollar apartment complex involved in affordable housing and problematic residents to maintain 24-hour security camera surveillance of all parking lots, but this is not the case.
When I filmed the parking lot in 2015, I could not figure out, how the tenants, who mostly didn’t work, could afford cars. It was only in 2016, when a story broke that Wells Fargo had created 1.5 million fraudulent checking accounts and had issued a half a million fraudulent credit cards,, that I realized that Wells Fargo Fraud is likely linked to the situation at Coronado Springs.
When residents defy a Management or Uniformed Order, they place themselves above the law. It is possible that Management is just ‘winking’ and putting out the memo to fool real residents. Because of the nature of these acts, I call on the court to order an audit to match vehicle ownership to tenant leases, and to match vehicle license plates to the vehicles information contained in the Lease Addendum, called the ‘Parking / Storage/ Garage Addendum’.
Additional Scrutiny is called for on both the tenants and the corporations, to get to the bottom of this and root it out the entire operation, which should be prosecutable under Title 18 USC 1341 – Frauds and Swindles.:
i. Cash Payments of Rent
ii. Money Orders not traceable to Residents’ checking accounts ( listed on Annual Income Certification)
iii. Wells Fargo Accounts
iv. Wells Fargo Credit Cards
v. False Credit reports
vi. Criminal Background Checks
vii. Falsely Issued Vouchers
viii. Citizenship Documents
ix. Sudden drop in Occupancy in July/August 2017 (from parking lot, tailgating reduction seen then)
i. Reconcile Lease Agreement Monthly Totals to Actual Monthly deposits
ii. Check for Rent deposits into multiple accounts
iii. Cash Deposits
iv. Wells Fargo Corporate Checking Accounts
v. LMCoronado Springs Management/Coronado Springs Associates LLP Checking Account Records (2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016)
vi. FPI Management/Coronado Springs MLP Partners Checking Account Records (2016, 2017)
vii. Deposits and Withdrawals by corporate employees (skimming)
viii. Transfers of Account balances from Coronado Springs Associates LLP to Other entities
ix. Transfers of Account balances from MLP Partners to other entities controlled by Bridge Housing.
x. Entity Ownership linked to Public Officials
xi. Changes in Entity Ownership
C6.1 Resident Parking Lot Restriping Memo August 10, 2015
C6.2 Resident and Visitor Lot Diagram
C6.3 Resident Parking Lot (Video)
C6.4 Upper Parking Lot Evidence (Video)
C6.5 18 U.S Code 1341 – Frauds and swindles
C6.6 18 U.S Code 1346 – Definition of scheme or artifice to defraud
Bridge Housing advertises itself as a non-profit corporation, but the true owner of this apartment operates under Bridge as a Limited Liability Corporation Coronado Springs Associates LLC. Limited Liability Corporations are known as ‘tax havens’. These corporations utilize offshore bank accounts, have foreign ownership and are popularly associated with shady doings or criminal elements.
The presence of the LLC could likely account for Coronado Springs lawless doings which underneath hides a major Wells Fargo scam. Residents are deceived by Management into believing that the apartment is run by a caring provider ‘with over 30 years of stewardship in the communities they serve’. They never learn it is actually run merely as an investment for maximum profit, under the supervision of a Bridge Associate whose title is Portfolio Manager, whose name is Candace Perrin.
I and many residents have been subject to minor financial schemes designed to exacerbate Landlord Income.
FPI creates incidents or conditions designed to anger residents and cause an altercation which results in Eviction. Once tenants are evicted, they can be charged for an amount equal to the rest of their lease. Most leases contain a Mitigation clause stating that the company will take actions to rerent the apartment in a timely manner. FPI’s Lease refers to a Mitigation Clause, but doesn’t contain one. In practice, the Management could refurbish apartments within a week, with its large maintenance staff, but lets them languish for months. In the worst case, landlords will both re-rent the apartment and continue to bill the evicted tenant for the same apartment, which I term a ‘Double Billing Scam’.
Theft of Rent
I was a victim of a scheme, in which my rent mysteriously disappeared from the Management office, once in 2013 when I placed it in the mail slot, and in 2016, when I hand delivered it to an employee. In October 2017. I discovered ‘Stickum’ in the mail slot, put there by an unknown party. I thought back to 2013, and realized this scheme had not only not been acknowledged by Management, but that the ‘Stickum’ would have had to have been applied from inside the building, making Management or Maintenance culpable along with suspicious loiterers who park in the visitors lot with their engine running during the day and night daily for long periods of time, within feet of the Management Office. I reported the incident to Authorities. There are no video cameras covering the outside of the building including the mail slot and the visitors parking lot, which I term negligent, because the company does not lack funds to do this, and should have installed these cameras, a long time ago.
In 2011, a maintenance worker surreptitiously created a huge puddle of water underneath my dryer to cause an incident. This naturally caused me to lose my temper. I was almost evicted for it. I believe Management utilizes a scheme to target tenants for eviction by accessing their Credit Reports to determine how much money is in a tenant’s bank account.
Thermostat Turned Up
In July-August 2017, maintenance deliberately turned up the temperature of the 6th floor hallway to 84 degrees, during the hottest week of the year. My apartment even at night during this time remained at 80 degrees and a potential health hazard (I purchased a Temperature Gun). I asked for a service request to simply turn down the thermostat. Frank wrote my service request down but did nothing within the 48-hour turnaround time. I had to ask him again a week later. The situation only resolved itself when the temperature came down naturally a month later. I conclude Coronado Springs and Bridge do not want or require real tenants, as they can make money just as well using fraudulent schemes.
A few days after I moved from Apartment 404 to Apartment 616, the outside temperature fell, and Substantial Window Leaks were detected in all Living Room and Bedroom Windows, which made the blinds flutter. I went to the Managers office and put in a service request. Nicole wrote the service request on a ‘stickie’ and put it on the computer.
I never heard back from Management in 10 months on this request. I concluded that Coronado Springs did not want to pay an outside contractor to do the needed work and I was on my own.
There is a general problem with window leakage with an unspecified number of apartments and airflow problems caused by unequal pressures inside and outside the building. Management and Maintenance are aware of this, and it would take a major investment to fix this. This could be a reason for Management’s ignoring the problem.
I installed masking tape on all windows, which made them inoperable. In July of 2017, I received a Home Electricity Report from Seattle City Light that my bills were 107% higher than my neighbors. If I hadn’t installed masking tape, the bills would have been 400% higher.
The Washington State Residential Landlord Tenant Act states that the landlord will at all times during the tenancy keep the premises fit for human habitation.
I reluctantly wrote Management again on October 19 2017, asking for a detailed project plan to be implemented and the work undertaken. Management did not respond to this written request within 48 or 72 hours or 10 business days. However, On November 7, I posted on a public website that I had mailed a Lawsuit Notification Letter to Coronado Springs. That afternoon, a notice from Coronado Springs arrived that a Window Contractor would come and provide an estimate. However, because Management did not respond in a timely manner, I decided to pull the work. Also, the laundry room refit and new Security Access Device Installation, both requiring outside assistance, had not been performed according to written memos issued by Management.
I now ask the Court that the Window Refit Work Order not be performed while Bridge/FPI remains as Landlord, as I believe their passive aggressive behavior towards residents would result in delays and my prolonged relocation to a hotel or another empty apartment, possibly at my expense.
Maintenance had a month to work on 616 while it was empty, and that’s when the work should have been done. I am outraged that they foisted this apartment condition on a tenant.
If Coronado Springs will not perform required maintenance on their facilities, without threat of a Court Action, then why not have Court Officials take over the Management of this facility.
C8.1 Resubmission of a Request to fix the Windows October 19, 2017
C8.2 Seattle City Light Home Electricity Report
C8.3 Washington Residential Landlord Tenant Act
Superior Court Asked For Gross Damages $20,000,000
( I did not file, see next section)
Component 1 $100
(Return of Security Deposit)
Component 2 $500
Component 3 $500
(common area condition)
Component 4 $1460
(4 tailgaters a day x 425 days x $1 doorman fee)
Component 5 $1
(no too much specific effect, just general unease)
Component 6 $1
(token damages, should be referred to prosecutors)
Component 7 $1060
(1 theft, 1 attempted theft, 60 days of health damages)
$500, $500, $60
Component 8 $1378
Extra Heating Cost $149,
Full years rent for substandard Apt ($809 X 12 months $9708)
For 5000 max $3622 + $149 = 3771, 5000-3771 = 1229,
Total Monetary Damages Asked For $5000
i. As low income, I could not afford the cost of private audits necessary to present my best case in Superior Court.
ii. I have presented considerable evidence which should lead to a sufficient belief on the part of the Judge so that he/she will refer this matter to State and Federal prosecutors for Investigation and subsequent Charging. This was my primary purpose for bringing this action.
iii. I can try this case later in Superior Court against the prior owners subsequent to findings, pleas.