September 11, 2009 – Hollywood Producer/Director BJ Davis named Central District of California federal Judge A. Howard Matz as a co-Defendant with known mob affiliates, for aiding and abetting them in committing serious copyright fraud and other RICO violations (Case No. CV 09-1771-PHX-JAT).
After numerous attempts of extortion against Davis, known affiliates of the Bonanno crime family arranged a takeover of his company and an award-winning film. After the feature’s premiere in 2005, when it received accolades and sterling film reviews, mobsters took possession of the footage, transported it across state lines and illegally re-edited the film for criminal gain. Scenes starring one of the mobsters were inserted, while the key portions of the film, sound and audio have been unlawfully modified or removed. The look and sound of the final creation betrays the fact that it was modified by amateurs, prompting scathing reviews from critics. Additionally, mafia henchmen created fraudulent critics to bash the film, in order to drive down the price of the stock, in a “poop and scoop” scheme of securities fraud.
The picture was subsequently, pulled from worldwide buyers and withdrawn from the 2006 Phoenix Film Festival, Beverly Hills Film Festival, USA Film Festival, Palm Beach Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, San Diego Film Festival, Jackson Hole Film Festival, Houston-World Fest Film Festival due to litigation and harassment by the crime family of the late Salvatore “Bill” Bonanno and specifically Michael Paloma aka Saquella who was subsequently sentenced to federal prison because of Davis’ formal complaints to the FBI and SEC (United States v. Michael R. Saquella from the Eastern Federal District Court of Virginia Judge Leonie M. Brinkema presiding, Case No.1:07CR305-001). Saquella is now serving ten (10) years in federal prison for pillaging Davis’ company, Beverly Hills Film Studios, Inc., which is one of 15 victim companies, with 24,000 victims whom defrauded by Paloma and his co-conspirators of over $20 million dollars, as reflected in the Department of Justice Press Release, dated March 14, 2008.
BJ Davis was able to stop the extortion of his company, by making reports to the FBI, SEC and related law enforcement agencies, which resulted in convictions of certain key participants - including but not limited to Michael Paloma aka Michael Ralph Saquella (Eastern Federal District Court of Virginia, Case No.1:07CR305-001), Anthony Tarantola (nephew of Salvatore "Bill" Bonanno, (Eastern Federal District Court of Virginia, Case No.1:08-CR-00156-CMH ), attorney David B. Stocker (Eastern Federal District Court of Virginia, Case No.1:09CR118), stock transfer agent Phil Young (Arizona District Case 2:08-CV-01464-NVW) and their numerous co-conspirators . However, when Davis sought justice through civil litigation, seeking to have his film restored to its original state and returned to its owners, Judge A. Howard Matz simply stated that it was only BJ Davis’ “opinion” as to whether there was actually any occurrence of stock fraud or mafia involvement. This statement was made in spite of standing federal convictions that clearly identify Beverly Hills Film Studios as one of victim companies, specify that rampant stock fraud took place and prosecutors confirmed their awareness of Defendants' direct ties to the Bonanno crime family. Matz failed to curtail the illegal re-editing of the exhibited and locked film by parties who had no right to engage in such actions.
In addition to the illegal takeover and re-editing of his film, Davis and his family were subjected to threats, attacks and acts of violence, prompting the issuance of restraining orders against the Godfather and his lieutenants. Due to Matz’s personal relationship with former Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Robert Bonner (who is involved in an unrelated pending case involving BJ Davis and his wife Julia Davis, a former CBP officer and whistleblower) Matz concentrated his energies on attacking and harming the Davis’ under the color of law. Matz has exerted the awesome powers and financial resources of the United States government to deny Davis his constitutional rights in contrived attempts to find Davis in contempt for defending his rights to a film he created, produced and directed. Matz stripped away Davis’ constitutional rights in his plight to aid and abet the Bonannno crime family.
Criminal elements and their co-conspirators defrauded buyers and distributors by selling the illegally altered version and entering into contractual agreements without any right to do so. Such violations are federal crimes, punishable by term of imprisonment and fines. In addition to filing a lawsuit, Davis also reported these felonies to appropriate authorities.
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Federal Judge A. Howard Matz and Mob Affiliates Named as Co-Defendants
in a RICO Lawsuit by Beverly Hills Film Studios, Inc. President BJ Davis
Co-Defendants mafia crime boss, convicted felon Salvatore "Bill" Bonanno (sued through his estate), CDC federal Judge A. Howard Matz, convicted felon Michael Ralph Saquella aka Michael Paloma and convicted felon Anthony Tarantola (Salvatore "Bill" Bonanno's nephew).
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