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Monday, January 17, 2011

Darrell Issa Gets Probation While Others are Incarcerated for Concealed Weapon and Car Theft Charges

Darrell Issa's attack on Pres. Obama
 Many politicians have committed indiscretions in earlier years: maybe they had an affair or hired an illegal immigrant as a nanny. Darrell Issa, it turned out, had, among other things, been indicted for stealing a car, arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, and accused by former associates of burning down a building.  Issa, the new Republican
chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform now wants to waste taxpayer money on a witch hunt against President Obama's administration.

Issa stole Jay Bergey's car, a yellow Dodge Charger. "Bergey confronted Issa in 1998. He got in his face and threatened to kill him, and magically the car reappeared the next day, abandoned on the turnpike." On March 15, 1972, three months after Issa allegedly stole Jay Bergey's car and one month after he left the Army for the first time, Ohio police arrested Issa and his older brother, William, and charged them with stealing a red Maserati from a Cleveland showroom. The judge eventually dismissed the case. While the Maserati case was pending, Issa went to college, and was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon. Issa pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of possession of an unregistered gun. He paid a small fine and was sentenced to six months' probation.

Issa started his car-alarm empire by acquiring the Steal Stopper brand in what was essentially a hostile takeover. A man named Joey B Adkins owned the company, and Issa loaned him sixty thousand dollars. When Adkins was late on a payment, Issa went to court and foreclosed on the loan. Two days later, Issa called and said that he wanted Adkins to come visit him at his new office. He gave Adkins the address of Steal Stopper. "I just took your company," Adkins recalled him saying.  It's alledged that Issa set this building on fire.  Read more.  

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