Remember the utterly and reprehensibly racist nightclub task force convened by CD13’s Daniel Halden for the express purpose of shutting down minority-serving nightclubs on Hollywood Boulevard at the white supremacist whim of Ms. Kerry Morrison? Well, if not, you can read all about it over here. And it’s to be expected that all of the participants in such a morally bankrupt enterprise are themselves morally bankrupt individuals. But nevertheless it’s still surprising when one of them actually gets indicted by the federal government for actual criminal corruption.
And yet that’s just what happened last month to Will Salao, former head of the Los Angeles office of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and former cheerfully enthusiastic member of the Hollywood Nightclub Task Force. Basically the guy teamed up with a former colleague named Scott Seo to take bribes from Koreatown bar owners to overlook violations, warn them that LAPD was going to raid their bars, send them photos of undercover vice officers, and on the other side, to pressure them to sell their bars by hitting them repeatedly with violations.
And all this at the same time, 2015 and 2016, that he was helping Kerry Morrison carry out her puritanical racial cleansing of Hollywood Boulevard. She’s so freaking focused on driving out the darkies that she’ll work with any kind of criminal at all. I really wonder if he was getting paid under the table for that too. After all, he drove bars out of business, and that’s worth money to the competition. Why wouldn’t the competition pay him for it? You can read the primary sources on this whole brouhaha here on Archive.Org.
The L.A Times published a story on Salao’s indictment a couple weeks ago, and it’s really informative and so on, but man, there are a lot of really lurid details that they just didn’t see fit to put in there, and that’s where we come in! I’m collecting all the paper here on Archive.Org. First of all, here’s a copy of the actual indictment.1 And there are endless goodies in there! The words I put in Will Salao’s mouth in the cartoon up top are direct quotes from his off-the-chain text messages to his co-conspirator, and there is a lot more where that came from! And you’ll find transcriptions of the best of it after the break!
Anyway, he seems to be out on $20,000 bail and not allowed to leave the state and to have surrendered his passport. And according to the government in the joint discovery report there is a ton of additional evidence, including video and audio. Probably we’re not going to get to see most of it, but we can always hope! The trial is presently set for December 11, 2018, but the parties have stipulated that none of them will be ready by then, so I imagine it’ll be reset.
And now, what you know you’ve been waiting for! Turn the page for the most amazing selections from the indictment, showing just what kind of fleas Ms. Kerry Morrison has exposed herself to by lying down with dogs such as Will Salao for no better purpose than closing down hip-hop nightclubs on Hollywood Boulevard!
“Asian Persuasion Control,” “Asian Persuasion Coalition,” “APC” and “AP” were informal names defendant SEO and defendant SALAO used to refer to themselves and their schemes to use defendant SALAO’s official position at ABC to benefit defendant SEO in exchange for money.
Beginning on an unknown date but no later than December 9, 2011, and continuing until on or about May 3, 2016, in Los Angeles County, within the Central District of California, and elsewhere, defendant SEO and defendant SALAO, together with others known and unknown to the Grand Jury, knowingly combined, conspired, and agreed with each other to knowingly and intentionally commit offenses against the United States, namely: (1) Bribery Concerning Programs Receiving Federal Funds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 666; (2) Honest Services Fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1341, 1343, and 1346; and (3) Extortion under Color of Official Right, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951.
In exchange for receiving bribes and kickbacks from defendant SEO, defendant SALAO would perform at least the following official acts in his capacity as an ABC District Administrator:
i. directing ABC enforcement operations and disciplinary actions against targeted businesses defendant SEO selected;
ii. altering official ABC documents at the direction of defendant SEO, including modifying diagrams and operating conditions;
iii. sharing non-public information with defendant SEO to benefit defendant SEO and his clients;
iv. expediting the licensing process for defendant
On January 9, 2015, defendant SEO and defendant SALAO had a text message conversation regarding their scheme. During this conversation, defendant SEO wrote to defendant SALAO: “Remember [Asian Persuasion] accusation cases you have to find a way to go [letter of warning] or reduce penalty. They have to see value to retain me. Or else they have to pay [petition] and our fees which will be difficult to justify.” Defendant SALAO responded: “Oh of course. That’s why we have operation knock & notice.”
Later that same day, on January 9, 2015, defendant SALAO wrote: “So my plan for the b-girl places is this: I go in with a partner in uniform. We inspect the place. We [field interview] a few girls, take photos, go over what conditions they are violating & leave. I get back to the office and send a 309 letter a week or two later. If they are represented by [Asian Persuasion], I will conditions, asking for stiff penalty. We do the same song & dance and they get [letter of warning] due to your expertise as former abc. If they aren’t represented by [Asian Persuasion] and another consultant or attorney calls me, I yell at them for violating their conditions and tell them to knock it off. Then we make a real case against them.” Defendant SEO responded: “Good plan. I like it.
On December 18, 2014, defendant SEO sent an e-mail to defendant SALAO with an attachment titled “Koreatown Karaoke List.” The attachment listed various establishments to target in an upcoming ABC enforcement operation, including Business 2, listing potential violations at each establishment, such as “afterhours,” “Dowoomi,” “B-girls,” and noting that seven of the targets “will most likely NOT retain me so make sure you put some fear into them!! This will be a great start to Operation K-Town.
On December 21, 2015, defendant SALAO, in a text message conversation, asked defendant SEO: “Wouldn’t it be nice if we could strong arm [Business 4] into selling Biz to [Asian Persuasion Coalition]?”
On January 21, 2016, defendant SEO and defendant SALAO, in a text message conversation, discussed Business 4 as a potential location for defendant SEO and defendant SALAO’s Koreatown establishment. During that conversation, defendant SEO told defendant SALAO: “[Business 4] will be APC location #1. Just have to scare [Victim] to convince his mom go sell or lease it out.” After defendant SALAO asked “What do you mean?”, defendant SEO explained: “I have a team ready to sub-lease or do per to per if [Victim] is scared enough to get out.” Defendant SEO later wrote: “We just need enough fear for [Victim] to convince his mom to get out. It’s his reputation on the line.”
On December 17, 2015, defendant SEO and defendant SALAO, in a text message conversation, discussed their condition modification scheme. During that conversation, defendant SALAO told defendant SEO: “That’s way too many for the conditions. We originally discussed the bar issue only. I can’t delete almost half of them. Pick one or two that he wants. Whole premise behind APC condition mod is that the LR fucked up and forgot one or two. To delete that many isn’t a mistake.” In response, defendant SEO suggested deleting conditions related to the bar, security guard, and bottles. Defendant SALAO responded: “Yeah that’s doable.”
On April 11, 2016, defendant SEO and defendant SALAO, in a text message conversation, discussed confidential identifying information regarding undercover LAPD officers conducting enforcement operations in Koreatown. During that conversation, defendant SALAO told defendant SEO: “When we do next ktown thing with LAPD I will get you photos of Korean officers.” Defendant SEO responded: “NICE!!!!!!!!!!!! Good thinking.” Defendant SALAO then sent a photograph of an officer, writing: “Here’s one of them.” Defendant SEO responded: “Nice. I will make sure he’s marked .”
On March 27, 2014, defendant SEO and defendant SALAO, in a text message conversation, discussed delaying the licensing process for certain targeted businesses. During that conversation, defendant SEO told defendant SALAO: “I will give you list of clients that just played me for free info and will file themselves or with cheap consultant. I need your help and make sure they hit many road bumps.” Defendant SALAO responded: “Fuck em. I’ll make it impossible for them without AP help.”
On March 18, 2016, defendant SEO and defendant SALAO, in a text message conversation, discussed delaying the licensing process for defendant SEO’s competitors. During that conversation, defendant SEO told defendant SALAO: The way to kill off [two competitors] is on your end. Scrutinize the shit out of their cases and delay is the key. And 309 find a way not to grant [a fine]. Give maximum penalty and make note of their clients and APC enforcement for second pop and raise the penalty. Then I send APC letter to them. LOL. We may not able to stop people from going to them the first time but we can steal them for the second violation. Defendant SALAO responded: “Ever moving parts to ktown dominance.”
On December 17, 2015, defendant SEO and defendant SALAO, in a text message conversation, discussed concealing their scheme to alter official ABC documents. During that conversation, defendant SALAO stated: “I’m still so paranoid though. I was checking ceiling tiles in the base file room to make sure there weren’t cameras.” Defendant SEO responded: “Paranoia is GOOD, that means you’re alert. Shit happens when you’re complacent.” Defendant SEO then wrote: “When you said you were paranoid about base file area I had a thought. It would [b]e funny to see base files shrink to half and you expand your garage for all APC files. Lol.” Defendant SALAO responded: “That would be great. More APC files the better the college the boys go to!” Defendant SEO then wrote: “LOL. Private.”
On August 11, 2015, defendant SEO and defendant SALAO, in a text message conversation, discussed their “ops plan,” During that conversation, defendant SEO told defendant SALAO that he found a complete list of Koreatown businesses in his Gmail account, and added “I’m slow this month so I will dedicate entire month to APC and membership to these fools. [An unindicted co-conspirator] offered to act as sales agent. Her looks will get her through the door.” Defendant SALAO responded: “Now slow down on [the unindicted co-conspirator] going door to door. We should pop them APC style first to lure them in. Then slam them with membership. Co-conspirator SALAO later wrote: “If they don’t sign we at least extort them for money. Correction. Extort is such a harsh word. Help them with their lack of compliance sounds better.” Defendant SEO responded: “I totally agree. When we meet Monday we need to seriously coordinate this APC.”
On October 6, 2014, defendant SEO and defendant SALAO, in a text message conversation, discussed a recent ABC violation at Business 5. During that conversation, defendant SALAO informed defendant SEO that Business 5 had “b-girl” violations from a recent ABC visit. Defendant SALAO told defendant SEO to advise the business “to cool it for the next couple of weeks,” but defendant SEO responded: “No let’s get them busted. Fuck it. Then we can do damage control .”
On December 19, 2014, defendant SEO and defendant SALAO, in a text message conversation, discussed the fee defendant SEO charged for his services. During that conversation, defendant SEO told defendant SALAO that he “[g]ot 3k last night” from the owner of Business 5. Defendant SALAO responded: “Damn! 3K [$3,000] just like that? We are gonna rape Ktown!” Later that day, defendant SEO told defendant SALAO: “When we meet I will have some plans ready like korean news media and how we can use them to pump fear into Ktown.” Defendant SALAO responded: “I’m open to whatever lines our wallets!”
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