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THE LOOTING OF WBAI AND PACIFICA

March 8, 2015

Edward Manfredonia
8337 St. James Avenue
Apt. 4B
Elmhurst, NY 11373
4 March 2015
Ms. Margy Wilkinson
Executive Director
Pacifica Foundation
1925 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

Dear Ms. Wilkinson:

This letter will briefly discuss the illegal hire of Andrea Katz as WBAI’s Development Director and the fictitious loan, which Stephen M Brown, member of the WBAI Local Station Board, leader of the Stephen M Brown Group and currently a member of the Pacifica National Board, which controls the WBAI Local Station Board. Brown used his controlling position as leader of the Stephen M Brown Group, sometimes referred to as ACE, and as a member of the WBAI Local Station Board to illegally accrue a benefit to himself- specifically the hire of Andrea Katz.

Jim Dingeman, Chair of the WBAI Local Station Board, has stated publicly at meetings of the WBAI Community Board that the hiring of Andrea Katz was pre-ordained and has justified this violation of Not for Profit law by stating that “there has always been nepotism at WBAI.” Dingeman even related that he had been involved in the hiring process of a WBAI employee and that the woman had been preordained to be hired for the position.

My disagreement with WBAI began when, after R Paul Martin, Chair of the WBAI Finance Committee, member of the WBAI Local Station Board, Treasurer of the WBAI LSB and member of the Pacifica National Finance Committee, e-mailed me some pseudo-babble involving his misuse of words. I dismissed Martin’s complaints by stating that he was a pervert because he was a Pedophile, who liked 10 year old boys. Carolyn Birden, member of the WBAI Local Station Board and a member of the Pacifica National Board, took it upon herself to defend R Paul Martin’s revolting Pedophilia by attacking me in an e-mail, which is partially reproduced below. (Birden’s reference to sexual crimes specifically refers to R Paul Martin’s Pedophilia.) I find it disgusting and contrary to all morality for Birden to defend the Pedophilia desires of a 65 year old male for 10 year old boys. But that is what WBAI has become- a haven for sex perverts.

Mitchel Cohen, former Chair of the WBAI Local Station Board, has attacked me for reporting violations of federal law to the Internal Revenue Service and to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Mitchel Cohen despises me because I had gone to the FBI with information concerning crime on Wall Street. But it must be remembered that it was Carolyn Birden, in her capacity as a member of the WBAI Local Station Board, who stated:

If you are accusing someone of crimes whether sexual or financial and not reporting them to the authorities, you are liable under the law for not having done so. Of course if your reports are incoherent, they will not be taken seriously. If they are malicious, they will be addressed as they, and you, deserve.
Furthermore, R Paul Martin following Birden’s gambit taunted me to report violations of federal law to the federal government and mimicked some of the same language as Birden, thus revealing his intellectual limitations.

But let us examine just one of Berthold Reimer’s violations of federal law: The illegal hire of Andrea Katz.

At numerous meetings of the WBAI Finance Committee, Berthold Reimers stated that Stephen M Brown had loaned $30,000 to WBAI to enable WBAI to hire Andrea Katz for the position of Development Director. The alleged $30,000 loan was never entered into the financial records of WBAI, ergo it never existed. Furthermore approximately 6 months later, Berthold Reimers stated that the loan had been repaid; but, the payment of the loan had never been made and, therefore, had not been entered into the financial records. Berthold, how could a loan be repaid- a loan, which had in fact never been made?

Mitchel Cohen, former Chair of the WBAI Local Station Board, and Jim Dingeman, Chair of the WBAI Community Advisory Board, have told me on several occasions that there was no loan and that Berthold had hired Andrea Katz because Steve Brown wanted Andrea Katz hired. (Andrea Katz had a mental meltdown on Heidie Klum’s show, Project Runway, and needed health insurance.)

Thus, Stephen M Brown utilized his position on the Board of the WBAI Local Station Board to accrue a benefit to himself. Note: Not For Profit Law specifically states that for the benefit to be illegal, the benefit does not have to accrue to the member of the Board of the Not for Profit; it is sufficient that the benefit accrue to the friend of the Board member. The benefit did in fact accrue to Stephen M Brown’s friend- specifically, Andrea Katz.

Furthermore Berthold violated another federal law- the Equal Employment Opportunity Act because the position of Development Director had not been publicly advertised. A notice for Development Director had been posted on the Pacifica website but, Andrea Katz was listed as Development Director. But there was no public advertising- and an EEO Report was not filed.

How could the EEO Report be filed? The position of Development Director had not been advertised- even though Berthold lied to members of the WBAI Finance Committee and stated that the position had been advertised. Berthold lied because he never provided a record of the advertisements as is required by law.

Far worse was Mitchel Cohen’s statement to me that Stephen M Brown never made this $30,000 loan. Jim Dingeman later informed me that the $30,000 was the cost to Stephen M Brown of his takeover of the WBAI Local Station Board. Dingeman also elaborated that Stephen M Brown’s goal was to take over the Pacifica National Board.

Mitchel Cohen at one time a close associate of Stephen M Brown told me that Steve Brown had taken over the WBAI Local Station Board because Brown had viewed WBAI as being anti-Semitic.

I hope that everyone can understand the importance of Mitchel Cohen’s statement. According to Cohen and Dingeman, Stephen M Brown sought to be reimbursed for the cost of taking over the WBAI Local Station Board- and with the takeover of the WBAI Local Station Board; Brown knew that he could take over the Pacifica National Board. This Brown accomplished and then set about to have Summer Reese, an anti-tax advocate, be appointed as Executive Director of Pacifica.

Note: Stephen M Brown owns a direct mail company. It has never been stated if Steve Brown personally paid for the Direct Mail takeover of WBAI; or if Steve Brown had reimbursed his direct mail company of course at a preferential rate, which would be illegal.

Stephen M Brown has a legal right to finance a campaign, via e-mail and direct mail, that will have the Stephen M Brown Group takeover the WBAI Local Station Board; but, it is illegal, a violation of federal law, for Stephen M Brown to accrue a benefit to himself. The law states that the benefit does not have to accrue to Stephen M Brown himself, it is sufficient that the benefit accrues either to a friend or to a relative. In this particular instance the benefit accrued to his personal friend, Andrea Katz.

Far worse is the accounting fraud, which was involved in this fictitious loan in the amount of $30,000-as I have related above.

But why would I mention this hiring of Andrea Katz a second time. Because the illegal hiring of Andrea Katz is a significant violation of Not for Profit law; and Stephen M Brown, Berthold Reimers, R Paul Martin, and several other individuals can be removed and can be banned from serving on the WBAI Local Station Board, the Pacifica National Board, the WBAI Finance Committee, etc. and be banned from WBAI and Pacifica Foundation Radio (or any division thereof) for violating federal law and the laws of California- the laws, which regulate Not for Profits. Their removal must be done to preserve the integrity, or what little integrity remains, of Pacifica and WBAI.

Ergo, Margy Wilkinson it is your mandate to take legal action and remove Stephen M Brown, R Paul Martin, Berthold Reimers and any other individuals, who have participated in either the illegal loan of $30,000 or the illegal hiring of Andrea Katz.

I hope that this missive will compel Pacifica to hire an attorney to remove the alleged miscreants from Pacifica and from any of its radio stations.

Sincerely,

Edward Manfredonia

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