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Timeline of the Federal Tax Fraud Scheme used to Railbank the East Lake Sammamish BNSF Right-of-Way.

by John Rasmussen

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A timeline of the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme:

         The East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme was probably conceived in the early or mid 1990's with quiet phone calls and private communications. The crime was committed in 1996-1997. The cover-up of the crime involved years of dishonesty by many powerful people, the most significant being Federal and State judges. The following is a timeline of significant events in the crime and its cover-up. Each event is a hyperlink which will take the reader to documentation of that event. My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions in these timeline events are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.

      1997 The fraudulent ELS railbanking transaction was completed by BNSF, TLC (staffed with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy lawyers), and King County. The tax fraud scheme generated a $40 million illegal tax write-off for BNSF.

      1997 Norm Maleng, the King county Prosecutor, knew that he could be prosecuted for his participation in the tax fraud scheme. To hide his crime, Maleng altered public documents and manufactured a dishonest legal argument.

      2000 "Whistle blower" email sent to the leadership of King County after I discovered the ELS federal tax fraud scheme. No member of the King County leadership responded.

      2000 "Whistle blower" email sent to Senator John McCain, Chairman, Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, United States Senate. McCain did not respond.

      2000 After enduring months of stonewalling by the County, I expressed my willingness to defend my property and rights with a shotgun, unless King County would explain its illegal actions against my family.

      2000 King County Executive Ron Sims responded to my stand against King County's corruption by threatening me with false felony prosecution.

      2000 King County filed suit against me. King County Superior Court Judge Haley then issued a preliminary injunction against me based on lies by the Prosecutor and perjurious declarations. Haley ignored my description of the ELS tax fraud scheme. We moved the lawsuit to federal court to avoid dealing with Haley.

      2001 Federal District Judge Barbara Rothstein issued a completely dishonest opinion which covered-up the ELS tax fraud scheme. She violated my constitutional rights, misapplied the law, and manufactured facts in order to justify her predetermined outcome. Her opinion is a crime from the bench and identifies Rothstein as an active participant in the ELS federal tax fraud scheme.

      2002 "Whistle blower" report of the ELS tax fraud scheme filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS Form 211).

      2002 "Whistle blower" presentation made to U.S. Prosecutor Jeff Sullivan. Sullivan refused to prosecute King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng. Later, Maleng supported Sullivan's appointment to U.S. Attorney in Seattle. After Maleng unexpectedly died, Chief U.S. District Judge Lasnik appointed Sullivan to U.S. Attorney. Lasnik previously served as Maleng's chief of staff and was close personal friends with Maleng.

      2002 Senior Circuit Judge Betty Fletcher issued an opinion which mirrored every significant dishonest finding in King County v. Rasmussen (2001). Fletcher protected her fellow federal judge, Rothstein, from being exposed as a participant in the tax fraud scheme.

      2002 En banc appeal of King County v. Rasmussen (2002) was denied by the full Ninth Circuit Court.

      2003 Appeal of King County v. Rasmussen (2002) was denied by the United States Supreme Court.

      2004 I filed a Complaint of Judicial Misconduct with the Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit. I described the criminal activity of Judges Rothstein and Fletcher. The complaint was dismissed.

      2004 In Ray v. King County (2004), Chief Judge Ronald Cox, Washington State Court of Appeals, Division 1, issued a completely dishonest opinion which mirrored the dishonest opinions by Federal Judges Rothstein and Fletcher.

      2004 With its denial of the Ray v. King County appeal, the Washington State Supreme Court betrayed the people of Washington by hiding the East Lake Sammamish federal tax fraud scheme and protecting the participants in the crime.

      2008 This website was established in order to inform the public of the corruption and dishonesty in King County government, and in the Federal and State courts of Washington.

      My statements describing wrongdoing or criminal actions in these timeline events are a First Amendment expression of my opinion.