Blow back, blow out and a lot of hot air around state-funded insurance plans

Since state-funded insurance plans are a big money maker for the insurance industry and a deep money pit for the states, it will be interesting to see how this trouble in paradise plays out.

Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the state’s insurer of last resort, should be abolished, the Commission on Streamlining Government said Tuesday. Our friend Jim Brown was there.

Brown called Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance “the biggest financial disaster in history. “If the old system had been in place, you and I wouldn’t be paying off a $1.5 billion bond issue” that bailed out Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance”.

What a blow back!  Meanwhile in neighboring Texas, the general manager of the the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association had a blow out: Continue reading “Blow back, blow out and a lot of hot air around state-funded insurance plans”

Perdigao’s case goes to trial in 27 days

Got your calendar handy?  Here’s today’s docket entry in USA v Perdigao:

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Louis Moore, Jr:Arraignment as to James G Perdigao (1) Count 1ss-63ss held on 10/31/2008. Defendant remanded. Pretrial Conference set for 11/13/2008 01:30 PM before Judge Eldon E. Fallon. Jury Trial set for 12/1/2008 08:30 AM before Judge Eldon E. Fallon. (Court Reporter Magistrate Clerical.) (dno, ) (Entered: 11/03/2008)

At this point, he faces all 63 counts of the second superseding indictment – including the 30 he entered a guilty plea to last Friday.

With the pre-trial conference set 10 days from now, it’s a good time to mention there are a number of pending  motions before Judge Fallon.  We’ll be posting decisions as the information becomes available.

A “man in the middle” of electronic voting?

Sop will readily agree that I have a very basic understanding of technology – something slightly above “on” and “off”.  It troubles me so at times that I’ve even expressed a desire for my spirit to leave this earthly world by wire so I can see how fax machines, lazer printers, and so forth work.  Just fax me to Jesus.

As you might imagine, my trust level of electronic voting systems is pretty low and I just found a post on Raw Story that can explain my concern.

Information technology expert Stephen Spoonamore believes this architecture could have made possible a KingPin or “Man in the Middle” (MIM) attack — a well-defined criminal methodology in which a computer is inserted into the network of a bank or credit card processor to intercept and modify transactions before they reach a central computer.

In what I call my “read around” that followed, I linked to black box voting, a site that reassures me that people who do understand technology are at least paying attention to this security of the upcoming vote – leaving me, however, without the assurance that those who might tamper with the vote are not one step ahead of those working to keep it secure. Continue reading “A “man in the middle” of electronic voting?”

Perdigao's Puzzle – Plea on all hallows eve with all saints to follow (Sop Updated) (Nowdy updated, again Friday)

No one could make this stuff up; so, adding to the Perdigao Puzzle, are four new items on the docket – including the Second Superseding Indictment that NAAS mentioned in comment – along with this from the ABA Journal: Ex-Partner May Plead in Fraud Case Over Alleged $30M La Law Firm Theft.

A news agency is reporting that James Perdigao…is expected to plead guilty.”Court records show that former Adams and Reese law partner James Perdigao has a change-of-plea hearing scheduled for Friday,” reports the Associated Press. However, his legal counsel and a spokesman for the local U.S. Attorney, Jim Letten, did not comment…

At a hearing Monday, an FBI agent testified that Perdigao has continued accessing the Adams and Reese system ever since he was fired in 2004. He filed a racketeering suit against Adams and Reese earlier this year which the law firm says is baseless. It contends that the firm trumped up the theft claim after he refused to go along with unsavory practices.

Meanwhile, a federal magistrate revoked Perdigao’s $2 million bond on Monday, based in part on new claims that he hacked into the law firm’s computers earlier this month…Those claims resulted in a grand jury indictment yesterday, the AP notes…I

In that case, Perdigao is accused of stealing confidential correspondence between the firm, prosecutors and the FBI, as well as bills and records… (emphasis added)

The irony of scheduling Perdigao’s change of plea hearing on October 31st, is not lost – Perdigao versus the saints starting at 11:00am tomorrow before Judge Fallon. Continue reading “Perdigao's Puzzle – Plea on all hallows eve with all saints to follow (Sop Updated) (Nowdy updated, again Friday)”

Perdigao’s Puzzle – Plea on all hallows eve with all saints to follow (Sop Updated) (Nowdy updated, again Friday)

No one could make this stuff up; so, adding to the Perdigao Puzzle, are four new items on the docket – including the Second Superseding Indictment that NAAS mentioned in comment – along with this from the ABA Journal: Ex-Partner May Plead in Fraud Case Over Alleged $30M La Law Firm Theft.

A news agency is reporting that James Perdigao…is expected to plead guilty.”Court records show that former Adams and Reese law partner James Perdigao has a change-of-plea hearing scheduled for Friday,” reports the Associated Press. However, his legal counsel and a spokesman for the local U.S. Attorney, Jim Letten, did not comment…

At a hearing Monday, an FBI agent testified that Perdigao has continued accessing the Adams and Reese system ever since he was fired in 2004. He filed a racketeering suit against Adams and Reese earlier this year which the law firm says is baseless. It contends that the firm trumped up the theft claim after he refused to go along with unsavory practices.

Meanwhile, a federal magistrate revoked Perdigao’s $2 million bond on Monday, based in part on new claims that he hacked into the law firm’s computers earlier this month…Those claims resulted in a grand jury indictment yesterday, the AP notes…I

In that case, Perdigao is accused of stealing confidential correspondence between the firm, prosecutors and the FBI, as well as bills and records… (emphasis added)

The irony of scheduling Perdigao’s change of plea hearing on October 31st, is not lost – Perdigao versus the saints starting at 11:00am tomorrow before Judge Fallon. Continue reading “Perdigao’s Puzzle – Plea on all hallows eve with all saints to follow (Sop Updated) (Nowdy updated, again Friday)”

Perdigao's Puzzle – do the pieces fit?

As a “welcome back” to SLABBED reader and Saint’s Fan AKA you-can’t-trick-Rick, I’m tossing a few pieces of Perdigao’s Puzzle on the table at the Do Slab Inn and BYO Pub.

1st Piece: Unsealed – an I shaved my legs for this? moment

While some were in “jolly old…” cheering the Saints, the USA’s office was cleaning house – literally – searching for the office copy of Perdigao’s appearance bond – and no more successful that I’ve been at finding my other silver earring.  I’m still looking for my earring; but the USA filed a Motion to unseal and copy that Judge Fallon granted (surely with a smile) and today I noticed this entry on the docked.

11/02/2004 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Louis Moore, Jr: Bond Hearing as to James G Perdigao held on 11/2/2004. (Court Reporter Magistrate Clerical.) (Attachments: # 1 Appearance Bonds) (dno, ) (Entered: 10/24/2008)

There’s a pretty big gap between what non-lawyer me expected to see as “conditions” that he violated by allegedly hacking and swapping and the conditions stated in the appearance bond posted on the docket – hence my reference to an “I shaved my legs for this?” moment.

2nd Piece: The Do Shack Inn and Internet Cafe or a secret hideaway?

Continue reading “Perdigao's Puzzle – do the pieces fit?”

Perdigao’s Puzzle – do the pieces fit?

As a “welcome back” to SLABBED reader and Saint’s Fan AKA you-can’t-trick-Rick, I’m tossing a few pieces of Perdigao’s Puzzle on the table at the Do Slab Inn and BYO Pub.

1st Piece: Unsealed – an I shaved my legs for this? moment

While some were in “jolly old…” cheering the Saints, the USA’s office was cleaning house – literally – searching for the office copy of Perdigao’s appearance bond – and no more successful that I’ve been at finding my other silver earring.  I’m still looking for my earring; but the USA filed a Motion to unseal and copy that Judge Fallon granted (surely with a smile) and today I noticed this entry on the docked.

11/02/2004 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Louis Moore, Jr: Bond Hearing as to James G Perdigao held on 11/2/2004. (Court Reporter Magistrate Clerical.) (Attachments: # 1 Appearance Bonds) (dno, ) (Entered: 10/24/2008)

There’s a pretty big gap between what non-lawyer me expected to see as “conditions” that he violated by allegedly hacking and swapping and the conditions stated in the appearance bond posted on the docket – hence my reference to an “I shaved my legs for this?” moment.

2nd Piece: The Do Shack Inn and Internet Cafe or a secret hideaway?

Continue reading “Perdigao’s Puzzle – do the pieces fit?”

Perdigao and the itch he had to scratch

One way of thinking about the allegations about Perdigao’s Walmart “swapping” is that the behavior is consistent with his banking of A&R fees – or what some would describe as “an itch he just had to scratch.”

Maybe so but not only am I withholding judgment until there’s more information, that’s not the “itch” I had in mind when selecting the title of this post.

Perdigao was arrested on Wednesday, the 15th, and made an initial appearance before Judge Moore on the 16th at which time, Judge Moore issued an order for medical treatment – for poison ivy.

...late at night when you’re sleeping
Poison ivy comes a creeping all around

While nothing in the record provided any additional information about his condition, it’s been my experience that when poison ivy starts creeping, there’s no more sleeping.  Consequently, I was shocked by the Continue reading “Perdigao and the itch he had to scratch”

Judge Moore issues order granting Perdigao's motion to continue

Since yesterday’s update mentioned Perdigao’s motion to continue was unopposed, Judge Moore’s Order is not “breaking news” in this newly filed case – but it’s linked for your review and here’s the information from the docket.

ORDER granting Motion to Continue as to James G Perdigao (1). Bond Revocation Hearing continued to 10/27/2008 02:00 PM before Magistrate Judge Louis Moore Jr.. Detention Hearing continued to 10/27/2008 02:00 PM before Magistrate Judge Louis Moore Jr.. Preliminary Examination continued to 10/31/2008 10:00 AM before Magistrate Judge Louis Moore Jr.. Signed by Magistrate Judge Louis Moore, Jr on 10/20/08. (gec, ) (Entered: 10/21/2008)

Judge Moore issues order granting Perdigao’s motion to continue

Since yesterday’s update mentioned Perdigao’s motion to continue was unopposed, Judge Moore’s Order is not “breaking news” in this newly filed case – but it’s linked for your review and here’s the information from the docket.

ORDER granting Motion to Continue as to James G Perdigao (1). Bond Revocation Hearing continued to 10/27/2008 02:00 PM before Magistrate Judge Louis Moore Jr.. Detention Hearing continued to 10/27/2008 02:00 PM before Magistrate Judge Louis Moore Jr.. Preliminary Examination continued to 10/31/2008 10:00 AM before Magistrate Judge Louis Moore Jr.. Signed by Magistrate Judge Louis Moore, Jr on 10/20/08. (gec, ) (Entered: 10/21/2008)