Monday, July 20, 2015

Amber/GemCoin Connection: Was it Built on the Backs of Child Labor? (Plus) "Emergency Situation" Causes SMPD to Shut Down

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We have been covering the John Wuo/GemCoin/USFIA Amber Mines connection a lot lately. There have been some essentially hilarious revelations over the past few weeks, and who are we to resist? The kicker being Arcadia Councilmember John Wuo's public proclamation that he knew nothing about what has been labeled an Arcadia-based ponzi scheme by some informed observers, all while a train load's worth of videos, photos and news articles tells us a completely different story.

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.

SMPD Update

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?"

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65 comments:

  1. You know, if we had the Sheriffs there wouldn't have had to be any request for service. The LASD would have already been there.

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    1. Bomb Squad would have deployed even more quickly - No delay for an inter-agency response.

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    2. Time for the horn! Or would it have scared children and grannies in Kersting Court?

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    3. It might have scared the SMPD.

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    4. No, where do you think the sheriff would have to come from once they got a call for assistance. There would not have been a bomb squad waiting at the SMPD station, in fact, there would not be a station if the sheriff dept. takes over.

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    5. Civilians ! Any ex-military or 8 year-old who watches movies knows this situation.
      This is a grenade,not a bomb.The grenade is harmless unless the old lady showed them how it worked by pulling the ".pin".
      God help us in a real emergency ! And as others have noted, you can disable the entire Police Dept with the simplest ploy.

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    6. Another Scattler moron, pulling the pin does not in and of itself make the grenade dangerous, pulling the pin and releasing the grasp is what makes it dangerous, God won't help you in a real emergency, that's why we have police departments, the level of stupidity on your blog is astounding, sterling journalism Sparky.

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    7. It was a disarmed WWII era grenade, ya idiot. A souvineer over 75 years old.

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    8. and for one hour we had a qualified police department

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  2. Mod,
    Perhaps LASD Information Bureau Deputy Amber Smith could be assigned to the GemCoin investigation. Get it?

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  3. So when this lady walked in with the grenade, did they all run out the back door?

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    1. Officer Amos waited till she was walking out the door and shot her in the back

      oh wait, I forgot he got promoted to Detective

      Detective Amos shot her in the back

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  4. THE AMBER TRAIL: MINING IN CHIAPAS
    http://unitedexplanations.org/english/2014/01/29/the-amber-trail/

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  5. How embarrassing, these guys are still the keystone cops. Shutting down the entire PD for a contained situation is ridicules. Guess they are trying to build some stats to show they do dangerous work. These guys have got to go, they cost too much and they don't know how to handle their jobs. This is totally unacceptable kind of work that is an embarrassment to those of us in the profession.

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    1. How embarrassing that you think that is embarrassing. A contained situation? A potential bomb? use your heads, guys.

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    2. The way the situation was handled was the same as every other police agency would have handled it. Not to mention that almost every other nearby municipal agency uses the Sheriff's Department for bomb squad related incidents. So for you to say "This is totally unacceptable kind of work that is an embarrassment to those of us in the profession." clearly shows that you are not in the profession and don't really know any about the profession.

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    3. Wow Mr. Mod, seems like a lot of POA trolls on today. And a grumpy bunch they are.

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    4. Now why would they care about what people on a blog say?

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    6. Mr. "Rake 'Em and Stake 'Em" is cursing a blue streak tonight.

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    7. I hope he doesn't kiss his mother with that mouth!

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    1. Call the Sheriffs! They'll know what to do!

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    2. That's what SMPD did.

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  7. This is just one of many examples why we need a professional police force here in town. If I wanted to rob the place I could take a phoney pipe bomb into the place and run and the entire force would be shut down, what a joke, cant imagine how they would handle a real problem.

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    1. if you wanted to rob two banks in SM, all you gotta do is stage two minor accidents up on Grandview and every cop in town would be up there

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  8. I passed a traffic stop in town. The police had pulled over a lady that may have been in her 60's. The policeman had his hand on his gun and was standing behind her so that she had to turn around. That picture was so uncomfortable for me and I didn't know what to do. I couldn't call the police so who would I have called? I didn't think that lady or car looked suspicious but I bet she was sure scared.

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  9. If the SMPD would have outsourced dispatch as proposed under the earlier City Council, SMPD service and 911 Service would have continued unimpeded. This is an example where "Local Control" just end up shooting one in the *ss.

    (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

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    1. "A claim against the police department has also been filed by Jason Jensen, who was shot by Officer Amos after he was found sleeping in the back of a SUV suspected of being stolen. No charges were filed against Jensen."

      http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20090823/sierra-madres-tiny-police-department-leads-many-others-in-pending-lawsuits

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    2. With apologies to Forrest Gump

      Q: "Where did the officer shoot you, Mr. Jensen?"

      A: "In the buttocks."

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    3. If the PD had outsourced the dispatch the call would have gone to another city thus taking much longer for the response. You guys are a bunch of yahoos Andrew don't know what you are talking about.

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    4. 11:09 your stupid is showing. SM Volunteer Fire has had the dispatch outsourced for over 10 years. No delay at all. Doh!!!

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    5. 11:09 Keep Andrew out of it.

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    6. What do you think, the dispatch calls the sheriff department to respond. other wise, they call the dispatch who then calls the sheriff department. What's this about dispatch anyway, the dispatch person is the least paid person in the department and does a great job. doh!!!

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  10. Was the widder wearin' a burkha?

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  11. From the same Star-News article of 08/23/2009:
    "The cost of litigation is a factor in considering whether or not to contract out services, said Councilman Joe Mosca."

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  12. Don't laugh too much. Chances are they make twice what you do.

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    1. I know they have one helluva Platinum Pension plan.

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  13. Yes it is pathetic. But when/how are we going to replace these fools ?

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    1. Let the UUT sunset. That will get the City Council to finally focus on cost effectiveness.

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  14. The Queen better call the Sheriffs or we'll be calling for god to save the Queen.

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  15. Currently the top news story on the City of Sierra Madre website is 'Summer Fun at the Library.'

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    1. The library closed after the UUT failed. Gene Goss said it would.

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    2. Maybe that is why the police station closed.

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    3. 10:04 - The library is only open for Gene's invisible residents.

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    4. That's perfect. They'll be really quiet in the library, too.

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  16. I heard that bruce inman will be teaching gun control to all sierra madre middle school students!

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    1. Pictures or it didn't happen

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    2. Bruce hasn't heard any complaints about his aim.

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    3. Can't...he has a leaky barrel.

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    4. He needs to plug it.

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  17. How nice it would be to get the facts before sounding off. The proper procedure if an extreme emergency is to route calls to the Monrovia PD. One didn't have to call the Monrovia Police to get assistance, the call went there automatically. It was an extreme emergency to have a bomb sitting on the desk at the police department. If you would like to volunteer next time to sit at the desk and take calls while sitting next to a potential bomb, be my guest. The bomb squad arrived in record time, (faster than it would have taken for an outside agency to make the call),

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    1. Great post 11:51. Thanks.

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    2. Was she wearing a burkah?

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    3. 12:02, unfortunately cra-cra is universal and she could just as well have been wearing a tennis outfit.

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    4. She is the widow of a veteran. Are you Donald Trump?

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  18. A 60 year old grenade could be called a bomb, bet those cops are still shaking in their boots, or, they could be laughing their tails off. What ever, we're paying for this fine service. City council, are you learning anything?

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  19. 11:51, who's bomb squad?

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  20. 11.11 bruce does not possess the credentials for the job he is hired to do as a public work director. I would not belief that bruce has any credentials to put on a gun safety course for sierra madre students, especially when school is not in session! its all a matter of an illusion....

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  21. Do you think the yellow Sierra Madre water is making people more crazy?

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  23. we have some mighty stupid city employees getting paid a lot of money!

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  24. Dear SMT,

    Turns out USFIA may own a mine in Mexico after all!

    "Chen Yan’s sharing 陈岩– VP USFIA. Gem Specialist
    • Frequent travel to 2 factories in Dominican Rep & Mexico (4hr drive from LA)
    • 3 types of Amber: 1. Sea Amber (Baltic – Poland/ Russia)
    2. Ground Amber (Mexico, Burma) – Horizontal Mines
    * Limited production in Mexico 700kg/yr. The Village
    has 200 people, can only dig 200 holes for mining.
    3. Mine Amber (Dominican Republic) – Vertical Mines"

    http://www.investgemcoin.com/wp-content/uploads/usfia.pdf

    Chen Yan is Steve Chen's brother.

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  25. More about the Chinese involvement in the the Chiapas Amber trade: it used to be a labor problem, until the coyotes got involved... then the Chinese sided with the coyotes:

    Link is in Spanish

    http://miradasur.com/index.php/noticias/relevantes/581-las-esferas-de-ambar-nueva-disputa-del-comercio-chino-en-simojovel

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