Saturday, September 19, 2015

Johnny "GemCoins" Wuo Is Rapidly Losing Important Political Support In The Chinese Community

Steve "GemCoin" Chen, two fake badges and a gun.
The myth being put out by some of the usual suspects states that those concerned about John Wuo's GemCoins corruption woes are mostly Caucasians whose actual concern here is stopping mansionization in Arcadia. The rest of this canard claims that Johnny GemCoins continues to enjoy solid support in the Chinese community because of mansionization and a deep regard for his ethnic identity. And while this nonsense serves the political ends of such iffy places as the Arcadia Association of Realtors, it couldn't be much farther from the truth.

Arcadia's Chinese residents are just as opposed to government corruption as everybody else, and to suggest that they might automatically overlook John Wuo's vast ethical failings due to some sort of racial group-think is little more than a product of intolerant and supercilious ethnocentric assumptions. I am pretty sure you know its source and exactly who it benefits.

There are two big indications that support in the Chinese community for the now embarrassing John Wuo is rapidly falling away in Arcadia. The first is a rather stunning and perhaps unexpected Facebook post that first appeared earlier this week.


Who is Kin Hui you might be asking? As far as business affairs in Arcadia go he is perhaps the most influential man in town. His holdings, particularly in real estate and finance, are immense. Politically his support can make or break a candidate, particularly in the Asian community. And at election time his approval is heavily sought after, and carries a lot of weight.

For those of you who might not be aware, here is how Kin Hui's biography reads:

Owner and manager of the Singpoli Group, which specializes in real estate investment and development, Kin Hui believes in networking. Each member of the Singpoli Group benefits from the sharing of ideas and experiences across their varying disciplines which, in turn, creates better results for all.

The son of a structural engineer and an architect, Mr. Hui obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Woodbury University and holds a California General Contractor’s license. Led by Mr. Hui, Singpoli Group companies specialize in real estate investment and development, general construction, property management, architecture and building design. The group has a stake in several successful real estate development ventures throughout the United States.

Singpoli projects include the 5 Beekman Street development project in New York’s Lower Manhattan; Colorado at Lake and 2 North Lake Tower in Pasadena; Marriott Courtyard and Residence Inn by the Sea in Marina Del Rey; and Milpitas Landmark Tower in the heart of Silicon Valley.

The latest development, Landmark Tower, is a joint venture between Singpoli and Shanghai Bading Group. Located in the heart of Milpitas, California and slated to open in 2018, Landmark Tower will be an 18-story, mixed-use facility with up to 760,000 square feet of office, retail, and residential condominium units.

Mr. Hui’s charitable contributions are quite notable. Founder of the Kin Hui Charity, he is devoted to helping orphaned special needs children. Additionally Mr. Hui and Singpoli have supported a variety of regional nonprofits affiliated with prestigious local institutions including the Pasadena Symphony and Pops, the American Cancer Society, California Institute of Technology, Huntington Library, Pasadena City College, and University of California, Irvine. He is the honorary chairman of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles.

National and regional leaders including U.S. Rep. Judy Chu, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, state Sen. Carol Liu, Controller John Chiang, Assemblyman Ed Chau and the communities of Alhambra, Arcadia, Pasadena and San Marino all have recognized Mr. Hui’s contributions to Southern California. He has also been honored by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Boy Scouts of America and the Overseas Chinese Business Exchange.

Spearheaded by Mr. Hui’s desire to reach out to the community, Singpoli has sponsored award winning floats in Pasadena’s annual Tournament of Roses Parade. The 2014 entry titled “Connecting Cultures, Delivering Dreams” won the parade’s Extraordinaire Trophy. Singpoli’s entry for 2015, “A Bright Future”, won the Grand Marshal’s Award for excellence in concept and design. Plans are underway for another spectacular entry in 2016.

Being asked to resign from office on Facebook by an individual with these kinds of credentials and influence could not have been received as good news by John Wuo.

The other indication that John Wuo is being unceremoniously thrown under the bus is the following article that appeared in the newspaper Chinese Daily USA. This publication is owned by Arcadia City Councilman Sho Tay. Until recently Johnny GemCoins could do no wrong as far as this paper goes, but that has now changed, and perhaps radically so.

Please note that the following is a Google translation, and some of the terminology found here is a bit dicey. As examples, "Treasure Currency" is actually GemCoins, and Hubei Zhi-chao is John Wuo.



The question that needs to be asked now is this. Besides Steve Chen, who exactly supports Councilman Wuo anymore? Or isn't calling for his resignation? It could be there is now nobody left in the Johnny GemCoins political camp.

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43 comments:

  1. Someone needs to do a public records act request to check if the Arcadia police have issued a concealed carry permit to Chen. The application requires a character witness and if it's Wuo you got him especially if he also pressured the police to issue.

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    1. Arcadia police dept. does not not issue CCW permits, they are only issued by the Sheriff's Dept. for all cities within LA County.

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    2. That's false.The LASD handles applications for some cities but not all. For instance, the Pasadena police process their own CCW permits as do many other cities. Both police chiefs and the sheriff have the statutory authority to issue permits.

      For instance, this report shows that Arcadia PD in 2013 had issued 2 CCW permits.

      2013 CARRY LICENSE STATISTICS

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    3. Are there any special regulations for lunatic GemCoin ponzi peddlers?

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  2. Steve Chen and his bodyguard John Bao Ping Zhang have firearm permits as they are certified as security guards through Great Wall training of San Gabriel

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    1. Security guard might be beyond their skill set.

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    2. Did they graduate?

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    3. I know for fact that Wuo and Chen are very busy - they destroy all evidence of crime. Burn documents, erase computers. Police need to stop.

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    4. Arcadia Police are currently investigating. Which is cop code for doing nothing.

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    5. "We cannot discuss an ongoing investigation."

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    6. Another laowei Alert.

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  3. How come the Arcadia City council hash;t censured this guy? Or are they putting it all on the FBI? An organization whose law enforcement record on local SGV governments is spotty at best?

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  4. NPR actually had this news about the brewing scandal yesterday. Let's not forget the focus, though, of trying to stop the mansionization of Arcadia, spilling over into Sierra Madre. Kim Hui sounds like the guy who is behind the destruction of neighborhoods and privacy. He's building an 18 story "mixed use" building. Good grief! Stop him before he builds again. Let's not forget Sho Tay and Roger Chandler, the Council members who are all for the property rights of developers, and not residents. There is a proposed 8000 square foot house to be built on Hacienda in Arcadia. If you don't know the street, it consists of beautiful large homes on large wooded properties, but here we go again.

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    1. If Wuo gets kicked off the Arcadia City Council the balance of power will likely shift to those who want to preserve what is left of that town. Remember, your enemy's enemy is your friend.

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    2. That's a very optomistic take on things, 7:46. Remember, the mayor sets the agenda, and that will be Chandler. In the years (2? 3? or maybe the absurd amount of time it took us, 6) that it takes to fix the zoning and the codes, how many more streets become mansionized?

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    3. Maybe Hui is getting to run for next year. His platform will be the honest Asian candidate who needs no donations from developers because he IS the developer.

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  5. National FOXNEWS online news app is now carrying story on John Wuo. Arcadia is famous !

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    1. Arcadia must be as proud as a peacock.

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    2. Not bad for a story that started on a couple of blogs.

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    3. This has now become a national story. Arcadia is becoming famous or should I say infamous as a mecca for crime. I can't say they don't have it coming to them. As Jeremiah Wright once said, "The chickens have come home to roost."

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    4. It will only get bigger. This story has all the ingredients for going nash.

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  6. My favorite adage, the bigger they are the harder they fall. My the wind always be at his back to guide him to the ground faster.

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  7. I'm sick of hearing about this guy! The FEDS can move faster then this, The Arcadia police need to be investigated as well.

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    1. Should have been handled a long time ago.

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  8. Mod, two fake badges, a gun, and what about the patches on his sleeve? What a clown.

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    1. Chen tells "investors" just off the boat that he has extralegal powers given to him by the Federal govt because of his important work with GemCoins.

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  9. Councilmember Sho Tay and Kin Hui knew about Wuo and Gemcoin months before the first article was published in the Arcadia Weekly in July. Tay had published an article in his newspaper in May 2015 singing the praises of Steve Chen and the Gemcoin bunch. The page was splattered with advertising for Kin Hui's companies. Now that the mainstream public has found out about it, Tay and Hui are trying to appear appalled? Tay sells for Amway. He is just trying to knock out his "MLM" (multilevel marketing) competition.

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  10. People need to remember Sho Tay owns the ChineseDailyUSA site, which previously was very fond of it's Gemcoin reporting prior to pulling everything about it once they realized people were starting to pay attention.

    Is support for Wuo starting to fall, absolutely - but what does Sho's gun shop (where many security guards practice, qualify and purchase their gear) have to do with all of this? More than has been released to the public so far..

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  11. we discovered hundreds of millions of defrauded America investors and Trillions of dollars laundered over 100 years,
    we presented the facts to multiple FBI offices, DOJ Eric Holder and the SEC Inspector General David Kotz
    only to find that we were told
    THIS ISSUE IS TO BIG FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO HANDLE
    CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN
    and further instructed to hire an attorney

    This Johnny Gem coins is potatoes chips compared to what we uncovered
    It is my believe that the FBI & DOJ & SEC office(s) will not take any action

    Cheers

    We were further told that 90% of their resources were spent on illegals, not PONZI Schemes


    were told by the SEC Inspector General & Washington DOJ that

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  12. They may have set up that security company as a way of obtaining guns at wholesale prices and then shipping them overseas. That 50 cal sniper rifle Chen is pictured with is illegal to possess in California except for law enforcement and gun dealers that sell to them. There is something more going on here then amber and ponzu schemes.

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    1. It is organized crime, plain and simple. They're into all kinds of things. Done while Arcadia City Hall looks the other way and whistles.

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    2. There are many of the rifle pictured with Chen which are fully legal in California.

      Chen and his henchman carrying and having any firearm is rather disturbing though. Many of the immigrants and visitors whom he is in front of believe he has some authority. His authority even with a guard card is no higher than the average citizen. It's obvious he is not endorsed for concealed carry and likely only has a guard card which allows him to carry a firearm in public while dressed in obvious security guard uniform.

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  13. Here's a better translation for you, SMT...

    TITLE: Gemcoin Incident Continues to Ferment / Residents Lambast John Wuo at City Council Meeting
    Source: Chinese Daily USA

    [Chinese Daily USA staff] Arcadia city council meeting commenced at 9/17 7PM in city council chambers. Over 200 citizens, along with mayor and all city councilmen.

    At the citizen's speaking time, various Arcadia citizens of white, Latino, and Asian ancetry continued to lambast councilman John Wuo regarding the Gemcoin incident.

    Shixiong Wang, Arcadia citizen from Taiwan, stated "I ask for resignation of John Wuo". Wang criticized Wuo for forcing "Big Times Requires Big City" movement onto Arcadia, a small town, and used his position to gain reputation and profit. Wang said, he knew Wuo for 20+ years, knew Wuo quite well. Wuo's abuse of authority is a matter of record, such as veto city government candidates at key votes. There's also closing roads, with public resources, to welcome "celebrities" from China. Wuo also denigrated some Chinese teachers, allegedly said "You're just a few women from Taiwan, how could you know how to teach. I know how the system works (here), you'll fail and I'll be right."

    Wang said that he felt he can no longer stand by and say nothing, and accuse this "rotten apple". Since July, when the Gemcoin incident surface, Wuo has expressed no sense of contriteness, but instead tried to distance himself and whitewash himself. He even tried to get the city attorney's office to announced his proclanation of innocence. This is disgusting, Wang said. While the investigation is ongoing, this has had has a severe negative effect. Ponzi scheme involving millions of dollars hosted in city of Arcadia has put a black mark on the city, shame on the city.

    Wang asked Wuo to resign quickly and soon, and ask city of Arcadia to do what it needs to do to protect its reputation and dignity. Wang said, Wuo is hardly an innocent and naive man, shook hands with the wrong set of people, cut the wrong ribbons, kept the wrong friends, but instead, is a calculating man who leaves no stone unturned for profit. If people are still doubting, and fail to see the real Wuo, they will be exclaiming "Why didn't we see this?" like the 50 protesting victims of Gemcoin.

    Citizen Eric also criticized Wuo's endorsement of Gemcoin and USFIA both as mayor and as city councilman. he said, investors from China, Singapore, hong kong, due to language barrier, trusted Wuo, who spoke both Chinese and English with full fluency, and Wuo took advantage of the trust. Many people said that they invested because Wuo expressed approval. Wuo even expressed that this investment is linked to city of Arcadia and even the US goernment. The victims, due to language barrier, and being strangers in a strange land, or perhaps under threat and cannot speak to the media, did not contact the police. Others contacted police a year ago, but perhaps due to language problems, did not further pursue the complaint. He also said, one reaps what was sown, one will be responsible for what one had done.

    A white older gentleman criticized Wuo for getting money from the real estate developers, then transfered it to Roger Chandler as election funds, hope FBI will get to the truth. If the lies continue during investigation, this may involve perjury (obstruction of justice? evidence tampering?) also cited Thomas Jefferson, "When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny."

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  14. Arcadia citizen Huang Shang from Panyang, China said, he had been living in Arcadia for 17 years, and loved the city, but he's very disappointed at the developments in recent times, due to city councilman who's endorsement of Gemcoin USFIA aka American Mining, in Arcadia. He had invested 129000 since 18-NOV-2013 and got nothing. This affects 300000 people around the world, involving 3 billion dollars. He trusted this company because he's a resident, and his mayor and city councilman John Wuo trusted this company, according to the brochures handed out. He wants justice for all the victims involved.

    Citizen Lily expressed that she is representing many victims of Gemcoin to attend this city council meeting. She really believed in this and invested 20000, esp. because John Wuo had attended USFIA / American Mining / Gemcoin's various activities and ribbon cutting, and many company promos have John Wuo's photo, and Wuo said in public that Gemcoin has a lot of hidden potential as investment and economic development. She said she saw Wuo often appear at USFIA office. Only recently did she discover that FBI is investigating and felt that many victims are not brave enough to stand up and be counted, to face what they have lost in the scam.

    Lily was an emotional wreck, she choked out the final words, that she hoped Wuo will assist the victims to recover the money, because everybody believed Wuo was one of the principals in the company. She's five months pregnant, and she needs the money, and hope Wuo can return the money.

    Gemcoin victim's lawyer Long Z Liu said that he had communicated with more than ten victims, including both domestic and abroad. According to information he obtained, in the US there are more than 10000 victims involving 100 million dollars. Three thousand victims are in the (Greater) LA area, and 80000 more in China, more than 1 billion RMB. That makes this a huge crime involving loads of victims and huge amount of damages. Some of the victims have received threats, and victims have reported such to the police. Some victims claimed that someone was threatened with a heavy weapon (assault rifle?) in the USFIA offices. According the CA Code 422, criminal threat is punishable up to 4 years in jail. heavy weapons (Assault rifle?) requires special permit and up to 8 years prison for violations. As for pyramid scheme / endless chain, according to CA code 327 is punishable up to 3 years in prison. If guilty of all counts up to 15 years.

    Liu said, Wuo is not a US congressman, but the promo pamphlets identified him as such. He's not currently mayor, yet the pamphlets identified him as such. Liu said that Wuo is using such to scam investors, and this is a large fraud. Such behavior was already declared illegal in China, and over 20 had already been arrested in China. Based on their evidence, Wuo is intimately involved with this case, and Liu will launch class action lawsuit when ready, suing everybody involved. SEC, US Attorney's office, and FBI will be involved.

    Chinese American Equalization Association is also protesting at the city council. Chairman ZhenDong Tian said, he is representing the Gemcoin victims to help them protect their rights, and to inform everybody the victim's true circumstances. The victims have lawyer-letters and death threats and cannot appear. They came in the victim's place.

    Tian said Wuo repeatedly said he has no relations with USFIA, but search on Internet shows that company registration shows Wuo's name. Wuo registered a company with California SecState, proving there is a link between USFIA and John Wuo.

    Reporter tried to call John Wuo after the conclusion of the meeting requesting reactions to the various citizen's statements, but Wuo never answered.

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  15. missing message

    We were told that the city - state & federal governmental offices have No resources to defend these illegal activities

    Furthermore we were told that we did not live in the state where the contracts & money was laundered

    Furthermore, it only seems logical that since many of these unhappy, illegal defrauded Chinese people living here - will find that the Arcadia Police Dept. will file a complaint but will take no action because they only have ( ONE EMPLOYEE IN THE SPECIAL CRIME DEPT). Arcadia will not put all their eggs in one basket.

    You got to hire an attorney, use the media and embarrass the city, the state & federal government to take action!

    Furthermore, take a good look at Hillary,
    1) The federal government failed to get possession of Hillary's server for 12 months
    2) Hillary executed documents with the federal judge stating that she has no emails
    3) Only to find 5 days latter that she lied (the feds pick up her server & 2 thumb drives with 30,000 emails)
    4) Now the Feds gave Hillary 7 day to again provide copies of the 60,000 emails
    5) Hillary 7 days was up last Monday
    6) There is no mention that the feds got what they wanted, are the feds going to have to get down on there hands & knees and beg for the email documents
    7) If this happen to you or I, We would be in jail months ago
    8) Why is Hillary being given special privileges?

    9) Johnny Gem Coins screwed all the illegal & legal Chinese investors, suck it up or sue the _b__ astards!


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  16. Lets put this in perspective: A white older gentleman criticized Wuo for getting money from the real estate developers, then transfered it to Roger Chandler as election funds, hope FBI will get to the truth. This is a California FPPC issue and L.A. County Political ethics district Attorney office.

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    1. Where do you keep coming up with this LA County Ethics garbage? There is no such thing and makes the arguments here look like conspiracy theory followers are looking for action from secret groups.

      There is no ethics squad, and there is no LA County Political ethics district Attorney office. There are some FPPC issues and anyone can call them and file a report which will be reviewed. The LA County District Attorney may take some action on other aspects. They are more likely to kick it up to a Federal proceeding due to the more severe penalties able to be enlisted from a Federal Court.

      This has to be a very thorough and complete criminal investigation from the onset. Move to quickly and you can lose it all. Double jeopardy very much applies in the criminal side of the case. Civil prosecutions are not held up to the same standard.

      The Class Action for the civil side being organized may be the best bet for current investors.

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  17. The criminals are desperate to make this seem like a race issue. It is not. The crimes were done by Chinese against Chinese.

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  18. Another angle is the amounts "invested" with Gemcoin are probably often unreported cash income from a variety of Chinese businesses. They don't contact law enforcement because they have no explanation how they came to possess the money. If you claim you gave Chen $250,000 the first question is "where did you get it from" and then you start sputtering because its unreported income.

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    1. 6:23 gets it! Business in Asia is different then America. Going to the police is exposing ourselves to the enemy and I guarantee you Arcadia PD won't care.

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  19. Thank you to Kacey Chang for the language translation. Chinese to English needs all sorts of prepostions and definite and indefinite articles to make it sound resonable. The people who are have been hurt by this dastardly scheme are intelligent and Ms. Chang's translation work helps set that right.

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  20. Thank you again for giving us the straight scoop. You cannot know how we appreciate you in Arcadia! Yes, I support the groups fighting against the McMansions, but this is surely not why we want the immediate resignation of John Wuo. After hearing the heartfelt pleas of those who have been swindled, and the adamant requests for him to step down, we are more convinced than ever that he is bringing us down lower with each revelation. Maybe someday we can thank John Wuo for one thing; bringing the Chinese and Caucasian communities together over a mutual cause--his ousting!

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