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I believe it is now time to remind people that John Wuo said he would talk to Steve Chen about the "unauthorized use" of his image to peddle GemCoins and amber mines. That stuff is still out there. Did John and Steve have their little talk? If so, it didn't work. Councilmember Wuo is still all over the internet, babbling on GemCoin websites.
However, and thanks to an alert Tattler reader, we have now become aware of a more serious side to this story. That being the ruthless exploitation of child labor by organized crime elements within the amber trade. The following comes to us from a site called SanDiegoRed.com, and can be linked to here.
While the Arcadia headquartered organization known as USFIA (or "US Fine Arts Investment" - link), which is also responsible for the crypto-currency known as GemCoins, claims to own its amber mine elsewhere, it apparently also markets amber from Chiapas, Mexico. Here is a screen shot that appears to establish that (link).
Certainly there is nothing within the SanDiegoRed.com article that establishes any proven links between any Arcadia-based amber/crypto-currency outfit and ruthlessly exploiting child labor in Mexico. But I think it would be remiss of us to not ask questions or look for possible answers.
Have you seen this?
Link here. Doesn't it seem odd that the Sierra Madre PD should be completely off-line for an hour, while only informing the citizenry via a Facebook post that in an emergency they need to contact the Monrovia PD? Shouldn't there have been some procedures here?
This is what was available on the City of Sierra Madre Facebook page at around 5:30 PM last evening.
Note that the above screenshot describes this event as being an "Ongoing Investigation." Usually that is SMPD code for "We're never going tell you what really happened." Hopefully there will be some additional news. We'll post it here if any comes our way.
The following comes to us from the Sierra Madre Patch, of all places. While it appears that the SMPD wasn't talking, the Sheriffs had no problem sharing some of the details. Link here.
Must have been quite a panic there at the cop shop. I wonder how long it took for the Sheriffs to answer the SMPD's "request for service?"