by Timothy Charles Holmseth
The Minnesota city of East Grand Forks, which is under investigation after an audit revealed disaster relief money was being laundered through well placed public officials in a scandal known as ‘Boardwalk Enterprises’, has been connected to the infamous Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein, and a biofuels company that was supposed to bring in a $231 Million back-door government contract through connections to former Florida governor Charlie Crist.
The revelations are found in Amended Complaint recently filed in Holmseth v. City of East Grand Forks et al, Minnesota District Court case number 14-CV-2970 (DWF/LIB).
The Complaint sets forth facts regarding a biofuels company, Alternative Biofuels Technologies Inc., which was listed amongst the seizures during the federal RICO investigation of Scott Rothstein.
Holmseth’s lawsuit describes how the East Grand Forks Police Department and city attorney, Ronald Galstad, conspired with Rothstein associates to concoct an ‘Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence’ through a Florida divorce court, using a person he had never met, upon which they would later arrest Holmseth for (legally) publishing (true) facts.
Holmseth was told by William Staubs (a.k.a. Cobra the Bounty Hunter) he would be murdered if he attened the court hearing in Broward County, Florida and defended himself. When Holmseth attempted to obtain police records to send to the Florida judge, the EGFPD refused him the records three times.
Holmseth possesses an email from Rothstein, Rosenfeldt, & Adler attorney, Pedro Dijols, making a statment of representation – – – as the attorney he would be representing a kidnapping suspect that had been contacting the East Grand Forks Police Department – attempting to have Holmseth muzzled by local police.
The Complaint alleges city officials conspired with a public defender to have Holmseth, an award-winning news reporter, falsely convicted and (planned to have him) placed in St. Cloud State prison.
Michael LaCoursiere, a Minnesota public defender that is now the prosector for Red lake County, Minnesota, told Holmseth there was a plot by the police and Sheriff’s Office to have him put in prison.
Holmseth became the target of the Defendant(s) while conducting interviews with key figures in Florida that were suspects in the HaLeigh Cummings kidnapping and Casey Anthony child murder case. The interviews led to intricate detailed information about Scott Rothstein, Charlie Crist, and a $231 Million biofuel deal.
Holmseth also learned about a money-laundering scheme that involved EGF City Attorney Ronald Galstad and EDHA Director James Richter. Holmseth reported the City to the Minnesota State Auditor and the City was subsequently caught in the scheme.
An audio recording of the $231 Million back-door Charlie Crist biofuel deal being discussed is in public record evidence in the Roseau Court in Roseau, Minnesota, where it was part of another case.
The City of East Grand Forks defendants are being represented by Iverson Reuvers Condon, Bloomington, Minnesota.
The Minnesota County of Polk defendants are being represented Carlson & Associates, Vadnais Heights, Minnesota.
EGF City Attorney Ronald Galstad is being represented by Maring Williams, Fargo, North Dakota.
Federal defendant Jeannette Ringuette is being represented by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Read the preliminary statement:
This 42 U.S.C. 1983 Deprivation of Rights case has been brought in the fullness of time.
Facts and circumstances set forth herein show that in 2008, Timothy Charles Holmseth (hereby referred to as Plaintiff or Holmseth), a respected and law abiding citizen, un-wittingly re-located into an area that was infested with corruption, of which he soon became the target.
In 1999, the East Grand Forks Economic Development and Housing Authority (EDHA) loaned a company called Boardwalk Enterprises LLP $510,000 at zero percent interest for a post-flood building project. Annual $30,000 payments were scheduled to begin in 2003 and finish in 2019. The mortgage was never filed and no payments were ever made on the loan. The building in question was owned by the Mayor’s brother; and two city attorneys had been quietly involved in the conspiracy of silence as a small group of public officials were quietly running out the statute of limitations on the fraud and money laundering scheme.
In 2008, Plaintiff, an award-winning news reporter re-located to East Grand Forks, Minnesota from Breckenridge, Minnesota where he had been the Minnesota Government Reporter for the Wahpeton Daily News. He began a freelance writing service, and in 2009 he established media agreements with legal professionals in Florida involved in the search for a missing child named HaLeigh Cummings. SEE EXHIBIT A
Soon thereafter, Plaintiff learned he had interviewed law enforcement’s suspects in the HaLeigh Cummings kidnapping; as well as parties/witnesses involved in the Casey Anthony murder trial. The missing child HaLeigh Cummings’ mother’s REDACTED, REDACTED REDACTED, had been questioned by law enforcement per their belief REDACTED transported HaLeigh across state lines.
Plaintiff interviewed REDACTED REDACTED, and REDACTED advised that REDACTED REDACTED was legally represented by a Florida law firm, Rothstein, Rosenfeldt, & Adler. In 2010, Scott Rothstein, CEO of the law firm, having pled guilty to RICO charges was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Scott Rothstein operated the biggest Ponzi scheme in the history of Florida – $1.2 Billion.
REDACTED REDACTED told Plaintiff REDACTED was “coordinating” leads in the HaLeigh Cummings investigation and working closely with Putnam County Sheriff’s Office detectives including Captain Dominic Piscitello and Detective Peggy Cone. REDACTED told Plaintiff REDACTED team of “investigators” were working on the HaLeigh Cummings case. Plaintiff would soon discover REDACTED ‘team of investigators’ consisted of felons, pedophiles, and human traffickers.
William Staubs, a private investigator working for REDACTED REDACTED, told Plaintiff that REDACTED REDACTED and REDACTED, REDACTED REDACTED, were involved in a biofuels deal that guaranteed them a back-door government contract involving Scott Rothstein and (then) Florida Governor Charlie Christ, in the hundreds of millions of dollars. William Staubs sent Plaintiff an audio recording of REDACTED REDACTED talking to another kidnapping suspect, Jeremiah Regan, and telling him REDACTED had been promised $231 Million. Staubs told Dana Treen at the Jacksonville Times-Union that REDACTED REDACTED promised Jeremiah Regan $2 Million if he kept his mouth shut.
In June of 2009 REDACTED REDACTED and REDACTED associates began calling the East Grand Forks Police Department (EGFPD) in Minnesota and asking for special favors – particularly – they wanted the local police to circumvent the media contract that existed between Plaintiff and REDACTED REDACTED, and use law enforcement powers to prevent Plaintiff from writing about the kidnapping and stop him from cooperating with the FBI. The callers were using a paid media consultant, who sometimes appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, but was falsely identifying himself as a CNN reporter, to un-nerve the local police department and local newspaper.
The City of East Grand Forks and rogue elements of the judicial community lay siege to Plaintiff’s publication and utilized virtually every government and law enforcement resource available to them as they set out to violate Plaintiff’s rights. Plaintiff’s ability to thrive was completely and utterly decimated by the non-stop tyrannical activities of the corrupt officials that endeavored to destroy his reputation, business, and family.
Between 2009 and 2014, Plaintiff was stalked from job to job, forced to live on welfare; and defamed beyond comprehension. But he persevered. He continued operating his publication on a shoe-string budget, while independently investigating local officials, gathering information, and reporting the corrupt and illegal activities to state and federal law enforcement.
In December of 2013 Plaintiff reported the City of East Grand Forks to the Minnesota State Auditor and requested and audit and investigation.
In April of 2014 an audit exposed the tip of the ice-berg that Plaintiff was investigating when the Grand Forks Herald and WDAZ reported ‘$510,000 loan to EGF goes unpaid for 10 years’.
EDHA Director James Richter would soon retire under a cloud of suspicion. As an investigation into the ‘Boardwalk Enterprises’ scandal continued, EGF City Attorney Ronald Galstad would be replaced by an outside attorney where the investigation of ‘Boardwalk Enterprises’ was concerned.
An official public (closed door) meeting held on May 7, 2014, between EGF city officials and representatives of Boardwalk Enterprises at the private office of Ronald Galstad (Galstad, Jensen, and McCann). EGF Administrator David Murphy told WDAZ that city officials met with Boardwalk Enterprises and their “attorney”. When asked later, Brad Sinclair, the attorney representing the City, would not discuss who Boardwalk Enterprise’s attorney was at the May 7, 2014 meeting. The City would also not state whether or not Ronald Galstad represented the City at the meeting. Facts and circumstances indicate Ronald Galstad may have been the attorney for both Boardwalk Enterprises and the City at the same meeting.
On August 25, 2014, the Grand Forks Herald reported that Minnesota Open Meeting law expert, Attorney Mark Anfinson, determined EGF officials had violated the Minnesota Open Meeting Law on August 11, 2014, when they met behind closed doors with Boardwalk Enterprises.
It was clear City officials were/are attempting to cover-up and conceal the identity of all the players in the Boardwalk Enterprises money laundering scheme by holding illegal meetings not open to the public.
The City of East Grand Forks and the 9th Minnesota Judicial District is infested with corruption of rogue officials.
Set forth herein – evidence, records, facts, circumstances, testimony, and witnesses, reveal both James Richter and Ronald Galstad, along with the assistance of the EGFPD, other government employees, as well as judicial officers, began violating Plaintiff’s rights in 2009 and never stopped.