Business Under the Influence , For Profit
Divorce attorney Tom Hogan was groomed by John Conway to expand an enterprise centered around cannabis related businesses in Santa Clara, Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties. Judges would benefit from shadow investments that poured cash into their pockets and homes.
San Joaquin County divorce lawyers Diane Butler and Lisa Theissen started a racket with Judge Robin Appel saw cops and reporters bribed to advance an underground enterprise that operated with the cover of the state's legal system and the immunity it afforded. Hogan would expand the racket to Stanislaus and Santa Clara with the help of John Conway and a paralegal- attorney network operating in family law matters.
The network modeled mob activity in and aorund divorce and probate cases. The enterprise uses paralegals and secretaries from mid and large law firms. Cheri Bell of the Daprile - Bell Family Law Firm brought in women to handle accounting and movement of cash drops to cops with Rebekah Frye and Tracey Duell Cazes. These lawyers operated a shadow economy that raised cash to bribe judges, cops and politicans in order to advance an enterprise flush with cash booze and weed. The money they took from families involved in divorce or probate matters acted as a bonus.
Tom Hogan reportedly had an affair with Rebecca Fleming , the new Santa Clara Court clerk and CEO . That affair paid off as Hogan handled judge investment money as an off shoot of John Conway's alcohol business. Conway, while handling a divorce case connected to a client with a busienss partner in the Santa Cruz O' Neil surf brand, gave the lawyers an "in" to surf, sea and weed related businesses in exchange for favorable court orders and judgments for his family law clients. Conway wanted to be a judge and worked overtime on judge shadow investments to get the job.
Conway worked with Stephen Kennedy, a known fan of the lettuce leaf and profits he could demand from his family law clients and partnership with Nicole Myers.
According to recordings of secret judge investment meetings, Hogan was to handle the San Joaquin Valley business. John Conway would handle the busienss in San Jose and on the coast. Kennedy would be a runner, with the added link to the Santa Clara DA's office. Hogan had corruption sewn up in Stanislaus. They would own bars and dispensaries and would get discounts in the local newspaper. They women backed them up by handling handle judge investments, where they eventually hooked into drug money and clients in San Joaquin County.
According to papers handled by family law and bankrupcy attorney Elise Mitchell, Conway wanted to be a judge. However, it was determined he was more valuable handling judge investments. Money moved through spouses and children to avoid detection from the IRS. Conway had clients who ran large scale dispensaries generated cash that could be laundered by purchasing cash cards, cryptocurrency and paying off second mortages on the homes of judges and their family members.
Conway reportedly had help from an insider in the California Attorney General's Office , Troy Overton, whose wife was a judge. Overton played lookout in the AG's office when complaints were lodged. Troy Overton could pressure rival businesses that diluted profits.
Hogan had help from Alan Cassidy who is now a family law judge with the Modesto Police in on the operation.