Mayeda Caught Obstructing Justice in DEA Investigation

From my sister blog

The below email was sent by Marcia Mayeda to some of her staff instructing them to obstruct justice by not leaving a “paper trail” by deleting emails while under investigation by the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency regarding the Department’s non-compliance with state and federal euthanasia record keeping requirements and for not obtaining proper licenses.

US Code Title 18 § 1519 states:

Whoever knowingly alters, destroys, mutilates, conceals, covers up, falsifies, or makes a false entry in any record, document, or tangible object with the intent to impede, obstruct, or influence the investigation or proper administration of any matter within the jurisdiction of any department or agency of the United States or any case filed under title 11, or in relation to or contemplation of any such matter or case, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.

Marcia Mayeda not only violated Board of Supervisor Policy and Procedure, but she also violated federal law. You have continued to defend Marcia Mayeda through her lies over and over again and you can no longer continue to do so. If you do not fire her over this and seek criminal charges against her, you are just as guilty and liable as she is.

When I met with William Fujioka on 6/27/2008, I showed him this email. This was witnessed by Chief Deputy Sharon Harper, Deputy CEO Lari Sheehan, and three members of the public. As Mr. Fujioka was reading the email, he was asked by Sharon Harper if it really was an obstruction of justice email and he replied, “Yes” with a worried look on his face.

This appeared to be the first time Mr. Fujioka was made aware of this email. That was two weeks ago. If he has hid this email from you or not initiated any disciplinary action against Marcia Mayeda, he is just as guilty and liable as she is.

I’m blasting this email far and wide so the entire world can see how corrupt the Department of Animal Care and Control is and how the County of Los Angeles continues to keep employed and waste tax payers money on employees who continually and routinely break the law.

Ryan Olshan


From: Marcia Mayeda
Sent: Thursday, October 04, 2007 10:20 AM
To: Josie Zabala; Michelle Roache; Derek Brown; David Nelson
Cc: Marcia Mayeda
Subject: RE: DEA Crisis

Josie, thanks for your comments - i agree that everyone did an outstanding job on this matter! However, we do not need a paper trail on this. Everyone, please delete these emails from your computers and empty the trash files.

----Original Message----
From: "Josie Zabala"
To: "Michelle Roache" ; "Derek Brown" ; "David Nelson"
Cc: "Marcia Mayeda"
Sent: 10/4/2007 9:51 AM
Subject: DEA Crisis

Thank you for coming to the rescue.

Michelle, thanks for those contacts and we need to thank them some way. Please let me know.

Derek, thanks for calling the inspector. With your help, we can put this department in full compliance no matter how difficult it will be. I believe we will also educate the inspectors on shelter compliance.

David, thanks for staying calm and being the professional you are. Relaying my answers and explaining those "whys" and "how come", I am sure was hard under the situation.



Anonymous said...

It's redundant to use LAAS and the word corrupt in the same sentence. They are one in the same. I've seen in first hand from behind shelter doors to the front lines where reports are falsified and animal evidence is destroyed. What happened at Pierce College is a perfect example of that. You people know who you are and you know what you've done. Thanks to this blog, the rest of the world now knows it too.

Anonymous said...

So one of those five people saved the email and gave it to an outsider? How did the other blogger get ahold of it? Also, how did the blogger get a hold of security video camera footage from the shelter? Info act requests? I'm amazed county turned them over. City doesn't turn over info act request material.

Anonymous said...

Not to mention - Mayeda makes approximately 192K of our money with perks and she's too stupid to realize that emptying your trash doesn't eliminate the email?

Hard to believe she's not working in the White House.

At any rate, I think this is certainly something we should all shrea with our local Supervisor's office - today!

Anonymous said...

A reliable source in the L.A. Department of Animal Control says that on any given day, the total number of animals in all six county shelters is only around 200. If that is the total number of animals in their entire shelter system, then why is there so much drug ordering, storage and use?! And why a budget of over $20 million dollars?! There are a number of shelters and sanctuaries around that have 2-5 times as many animals on any given day, running on a fraction of that budget!

Also, the rendering piles at D & D Rendering are easily photographed and in comparing photographs day after day, the piles of bodies sit there and rot, to the point where they just keep adding more bodies to the pile. If there was such a heavy volume, even just from L.C. Animal Control, besides from other sources, there would be no piles of dead rotting bodies because as fast as they come in, they’d be going on the conveyer belt. But that is not the case, so the one company that gets dead bodies aren’t getting as many as everyone thinks.

Anonymous said...

Don't know if you saw this yet, but there was an article on this today in the Daily Breeze -