2014; January 13, 2015;
March 10, 2015; and November 10, 2015;
and January 12, 1016
11/5/14: Buhler complainant Judy Fasola voices her frustration at the LALB for having
filed bond claims for other auction victims yet steadfastly refusing to file one on her behalf.
1/13/15: Fasola points out the many inaccuracies of Board Members at the 11/5/14
meeting and indicates that she may sue the LALB via her attorney, Mike Davis.
LALB, via Jenna Linn reading a prepared statement by Larry S. Bankston
informs Fasola that, despite her proving them wrong on every justification for why the board
would not be filing a bond claim, all of their previously-asserted justifications (which
she's refuted) are now "irrelevant" and they can pick and choose whom they file
bond claims for and whom they deny such an accommodation.
Fasola, Burns, and Phillips voice concerns over the LALB's failure to even
the voluntary restrictions Ken Buhler places on his license IDENTICAL to the ones
enacted FORMALLY by the LALB in September of 2010 and removed in May of 2013.
Fasola continues to vent her frustration entailing Buhler and other victims'
having been filed but not in her instance.
January 12, 2016
Judy Fasola vents frustration entailing auctioneer Ken Buhler.
Note: Fasola's statement that Buhler is "no longer an auctioneer" is NOT correct.
In reality, Buhler placed voluntary restrictions upon his auction license. Fasola
contends that the reason for such should be made public.
CLICK HERE to see Buhler's historical problems in the Louisiana auction industry.
November 10, 2015
LALB Meeting: 11/12/15
Audience members Judy Fasola (Ken Buhler victim), LAPA President
Rev. Freddie Lee Phillips, and LAPA Vice President Robert Burns
all discuss his voluntary reinstatement of restrictions on his auction license.
March 10, 2015
Jenna Linn reads a
prepared statement by Larry S. Bankston regarding complainant Judy
for the LALB to file a bond claim against Estate Auction Services, the company overseeing auctioneer
Ken Buhler's operations at the time he auctioned merchandise for her. Near the end of the letter
drafted by Mr. Bankston, he states that the LALB has "total and complete discretion" over whom it wants to
file a bond claim on behalf of and whom it wishes to deny such an accommodation. It should be noted that
Mr. Bankston, while serving as a Louisiana State Senator, apparently felt he had "total and complete discretion"
to accept a thinly-disguised bribe from Fred Goodson. As evidenced by the bottom of this page,
one lobbyist even said to Goodson, "Bankston needs to be rewarded for 'what he has done for us,'" after which
the lobbyist indicated a need to "deliver a truck load of money from the truck stop operators to
Bankston's home." Perhaps Mr. Bankston has grossly overestimated in the past just what all
those placed in positions of public trust have "total and complete discretion" to do and just what they
don't have such discretion to do. A 41-month Federal prison sentence (of which he served 33 months)
and a $20,000 fine may be an indication he's not the best judge of such latitudes!
Also, very interestingly, Mr. Bankston stated point
blank that "in my legal opinion" neither the
executive director or legal counsel has the authority to file a bond claim. He seemed to infer that
authorization could come ONLY from the LALB itself. That being the case, is Mr. Bankston
implicitly indicating that Ms. Edmonds (executive director) and Ms. Dow (legal counsel)
acted beyond their authority in filing bond claims for David Swift and Brant Thompson
without a formal vote by the LALB to do so?
for Ms. Fasola's 2/9/15 letter Mr. Bankston references in the video, and
CLICK HERE for the LALB's UNSIGNED response purportedly authored by LALB Chairman
Tessa Steinkamp. Interestingly enough, those items through which the LALB justified NOT filing
a bond claim for Ms. Fasola, once she refuted all of them and demonstrated that the LALB members
made GROSSLY incorrect statements, Ms. Steinkamp, after publicly stating those reasons for
not filing the bond claim, said the fact that Ms. Fasola had proven the statements false was
"irrelevant" to the LALB's consideration of whether it wished to file a bond claim.
If, in fact, Mr. Bankston's assertion is correct
that the LALB has "total discretion" regarding
for whom it will file a bond claim and whom it won't, why should ANY consumer trust an auctioneer
with his or her merchandise or real estate? In essence, Mr. Bankston is indicating consumers'
protection where a bond is concerned rests SOLELY with the LALB members, and it's been
proven with them that, if one has the political connections as Brant Thompson had entailing
his father as a State Senator (Francis Thompson), all will be fine. If you're 84-year-old widow
Betty Story or Ms. Fasola, you're up the proverbial creek without a paddle!!
January 13, 2015
LALB Meeting: January 13, 2015
Complainant Judy Fasola appears before the LALB to refute a number of inaccuracies she detected at the 11/5/14
LALB meeting regarding auctioneer Ken Buhler's license. She also continues to
appeal to the Board to file a bond claim on her behalf and states that, if such isn't done, the Board may face
yet another lawsuit from her filed by her attorney, Mike Davis. Interestingly enough, the LALB indicated during the Brister
hearing above that a claim was filed against Brister regarding the bank and failure to satisfy a security agreement
entailing a man lift sold to an innocent third party buyer.
November 5, 2014
LALB Meeting: November 5, 2014
Upon finding out that Brant Thompson, son of Louisiana State Senator Francis
Thompson (D-Delhi), succeeded in obtaining a bond payment for his alleged losses entailing
deceased auctioneer Bruce Miller, Judy Fasola expresses her frustrations with the LALB. Those frustrations entail
Ms. Fasola asserting that she was victimized by notoriously-problematic auctioneer Ken Buhler and his father, Mac.
Specifically, Ms. Fasola was frustrated that LALB attorney Anna Dow, after having her jump through all of the hoops to file
a bond claim, reversed course and refused to file a claim for her. During her presentation, Ms. Fasola managed
to catch the LALB members in one contradiction after another as evidenced by the historical
LALB video excerpts merged into the above video clip.
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