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Thursday, September 22, 2005

Freddrick Mark Brito Strikes Again

Remember this guy?

Freddrick Mark Brito

Here's a quick refresher....

UCLA Exec Arrested, Had Filed For Neighborhood Council

Newest Huizar Endorsement

Guess what? He's in the news again!!!!! From AP:

A convicted thief with a history of using phony resumes to gain leadership positions at nonprofit organizations was fired by local American Red Cross officials for using bogus credentials to become a fund-raising officer.

"He presents himself well, speaks very well. He relies entirely on his personality to gain entrance into these organizations to do what he does," said Michael Zoeller, chairman of the San Gabriel Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Fred Brito, 50, of Los Angeles was hired Aug. 10 after using the name Fred Brito Gomez and presenting false credentials. Brito said he is a five-time felon who has repeatedly fabricated his qualifications because society will not allow him to succeed honestly.

He was proud of his work at the local Red Cross chapter, which has raised $2.1 million for Hurricane Katrina relief. Brito said he didn't steal any money.

"I have to survive, I have to work," Brito said. "If I have to provide a resume that is not quite accurate, I have to work."

Brito has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for various crimes dating back to 1978, authorities said.

Red Cross chapter chief Angie Turner said the organization reviewed Brito's resume and application and performed reference and criminal background checks.

I guess they don't read the LA Times...


Anonymous Anonymous said:

While I in no way want to sanction his crimminal activities, if he hasn't committed a new crime whare is the story?

There is a valid point that he MAY (emphasisn on MAY) be trying to go straight and society will not let him do so while telling the truth about his past.

Not sure what the answer is here but as a society we can't keep imposing life sentences on people and not expect any ramifications whatsoever. Barring actual crimminal behavior I would rather this clown were working as opposed to getting welfare because society won't allow him to get a job.

September 22, 2005 3:35 PM  

Anonymous Pacheco Voter said:

That's confirmed my vote for me!

September 22, 2005 3:46 PM  

Blogger joseph mailander said:

That guy should be the ad rep for Martini Republic. I want him safely working with us!

September 22, 2005 3:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So his latest crime is submitting a misleading resume?

Sh*t! Hope HR in my office doesn't start resurrecting my resume (or anyone else's for that matter).

September 22, 2005 4:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

anon 3:35

I hate to say this but I have to agree with you. Society lives to demonize people who have committed crimes,and while I don't wish to condone the crime, they have paid for that crime already.

We then force this person to continue to be dishonest or suffer the wrath of a judgemental public.

There are obvious exceptions, sex offenders ect but generally what seperates most of us from a "criminal" is that we didn't get caught. If people knew how easy it was to be a "felon" they would be shocked.

September 22, 2005 4:41 PM  

Anonymous Thoughtful Angelina said:

$2.1 million? Shoot. He can work for my charity any day.

September 22, 2005 5:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Resume smudging...I work in HR and there are too typos (?) in all of the resumes submitted.

typos=fabricated, exaggerated information.

September 22, 2005 8:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2.1 Million

Gee, you guys are too hard on a guy that can bring that type of MULA...how many CREDENTIALED people do you know and can't raise 2k dollars...can't compare.

Brito, I would hire you.

September 22, 2005 8:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Basic sentence construction here, LAUSD grads. Does NOT say "Brito" raised $2.1 million -- the SGV CHAPTER of the Red Cross which employs many, many people raised 2.1 million.

Damn you Huizar, they're ALL too stupid to read plain English now!

(Thimk, people, thimk!)

One of the biggest natural disasters in U.S. history and the San Gabriel Valley (population = 2 million!?) chapter of the lead charity in the country is bragging about a couple million that a five-time felon "helped" them raise, (thankfully, without stealing anything. . .)

By the way, says he didn't STEAL any money? What do you call taking a salary under false pretenses?


That's what every other qualified applicant that didn't get that job should consider it.

Taking money you're not qualified to receive for work you didn't/can't do -- sounds like Brito's HERO . . . Mayor AV, (who, as CM, running for MAYOR, did NOT not do the JOB of a CM).

But, then it's okay, right Mayor Sam?

And you work in FINANCE???

September 23, 2005 12:24 AM  

Blogger Parque Esqueleto said:

Fred, Fred, Fred. . .

I told you I wanted you to help me make up lies ABOUT Jose Huizar and his (cough, cough), "accomplishments" - not endorse him.

Fake endorsements I got plenty of (I just got another "northeast" group logged made up of the same 12 Mt. Washingtin-area people as the LAST two NELA groups).

But with a resume-expanding talent like yours, I need you to concentrate on making Jose look like he's done something for the last four years, despite LAUSD's continuing decline.

Stick to the script, Mr. B.... or whatever you're calling yourself these days.

September 23, 2005 2:07 AM  

Anonymous Fred Brito said:

A Message from Fred Brito:

Good gawd... I am gone for a few days and you folks have written a book.

First, let me clear up some misconceptions. I DID raise 1.2 Million NOT 2.1 for the Red Cross as mentioned in the media.

I DO know a lot about all types of Non Profit fundraising as that IS what I do, and do well by the way. Ask UCLA. I raised 6 million between October 2004 and April 2005, of course that will never admit it.

The Red Cross, thanks to Katrina allowed me to develope a number of plans in which we could get funds. It was I who created the Rose Bowl fund drive which collected 500K in ONE DAY. It was I who created the Fund Drive at the Rose Bowl UCLA/RICE game that created 45K in one game. It was also I that created the Whittier Narrows, State Fair and ASU fund drives that created over 800K in ONE day. I know what I am doing in fundraising. I know HOW to do the job. The only thing is that I have a record.

I will challenge anyone to raise as much as I have in fours weeks that I did at the Red Cross or at UCLA.

For all of those super brains out there that enjoy throwing rocks at me for my past. Not a problem. I can take a hit. I have thick skin. And for all of you that want to interview me despite my record... call or write me at 323-839-3141
Email: federiqkoe@gmail.com.

The fact that you know my record and still want to hire me... is music to my ears. Let me show you what I can do. And I WON'T be stealing any money either.

Oh... and thanks for reading!

~Fred Brito

September 24, 2005 2:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Go back to jail, jerk. Everyone who has ever been scammed into hiring you has said, on the record, or privately, that you're a no-talent, easily exitable, angry and bitter little prick who caves under the first sign of pressure and doesn't know the first thing about corporate development.

ANYONE could raise money for the Red Cross during HURRICANE KATRINA's aftermath. Bozo the CLOWN could have DOUBLED your intake.


Park cars, deliver pizza, sling hash. Do SOMETHING of value for society FOR A CHANGE, and stop taking salaries you're not qualified to received and DON'T earn while you EMBARRASS do-good organizations into LOSING future donors.

September 26, 2005 10:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

For reals. I can't WAIT until one of this organizations files a civil suit against THIS bozo for damaging their reputations and defrauding them, causing loss of contributions, etc.

This may not the a jail-type offense, but now that the cats out of the bag any one of them could take him for all he's got left.

Hopefully The Red Cross or UCLA care enough about their reputation and have the balls to sue his ass for drying up contributions at critical times. I certainly wouldn't give a dime to an organization that was stupid enough to buy into this scam.

September 26, 2005 10:44 AM  

Anonymous Fred Brito said:

I am not surprised by the last two post. People with any sense of honor would sign their names to such dribble. Since you did not, I believe that you are like many others who prefer to live their lives filled with hate and enjoy discriminating against others. I call them bigots.

Rest your neck and look in the mirror once in a while. If you say that you have never lied or hurt someone else... you have lied. Everyone has lied and will continue to lie. It is called being human. But of course you may be one of those super class beings who looks down from your nose in disdain of others. Your pitiful and far worse than I will ever be. Sitting in judgement of me, means that you too will be judged. You judge without ever meeting or knowing me. You put too much faith in the printed word. Now that is a joke. I suppose you believe everything Bush says. Hummm, I thought so. Now who is the dickwad? It is you buddy!

September 27, 2005 11:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Doesn’t anyone think to question the intelligence of the people at the organizations who are hiring him???? Give me a break. I worked with this person and let me tell you from day one it was clear to me that his stories were complete B S. I couldn't understand how a hiring committee or whoever didn't think that his stories were off. I questioned everything he said and his answers never added up so the point is: lets rag on the Kidney Foundation, the Church, Loyola, UCLA, Red Cross and countless others as to WHY are they not doing any checks when it comes to white males applying to an "executive" position. No credit check, no finger print check, no degree check.....can I just say here that I had all of that done for a stupid shoe salesman position paying 10 dollars an hour when I was first out of school. And just for the record because they make ONE reference check call does not mean you know any thing about that person. Shit, I could have my grandma pose as the executive director of whatever. Oh yea but I am not a white male or a white "looking" male. (He claims to be Hispanic, ok whatever) Mr. Fred is insignificant BUT the fact that he can bamboozle people in high profile positions is not. His stories are ridiculous; his knowledge is limited and trust me it's not hard to see that something is not right with Mr. Fred. Who are these idiots who are running these organizations?
Doesn't anyone think that this is what we should be questioning?
Oops may be he is getting hired by people who are related to the Bush Family.

September 28, 2005 10:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Not possible that they performed any kind of in depth check. A google search would have done the job nicely and would have only taken about 10 seconds. Organizations filing a civil suite against him, ha ha ha ha ha ha that is funny, they are the ones that fucked up. Why would you blame Fred, you can't take advantage of someone unless their is an opening. I am sure that UCLA is not interested in discussing this matter any further on the heels of last years organ donar scandel with what was it a director who was posing as a doctor with bogus diploma? It's the system that is messed up and Fred just figured out how to manipulate it. Daaaaaaaaaaaa Leave him alone cause all your doing is giving him what he wants which is ATTENTION

September 28, 2005 11:07 PM  

Anonymous Fred Brito said:

Finally, someone writes with a REAL brain. If people hired me based on my resume, it is NOT my fault. What was I to do... tell them.. "Ummm Oh I would love to take your offer for a $100K a year job.. but I am a convicted felon....." I have been accused of a lot of things, but being STUPID is not one of them.

As for civil suit against me... what a joke... WHO would be that stupid? The press would eat them alive and I would look like a hero for uncovering severe stupidity by so called "highly qualified Directors in Human Resources." Get real. UCLA, was a joke... one interview and whammo, "we WANT you to come work for us..." Oh really? Now because of me they have finally come to their senses and require background checks. DUH.... hello, does anyone at UCLA have a brain?

AS for the idiot who wrote that you worked with me in a previous job... you are more of a liar than I will ever be. If you were a wee bit honest you would have had the GONADS to tell us who you are since you seem to enjoy running your mouth. You also come across very racist. Sounds about right. Most of you are all either racist or just plan stupid.

Right! leave Fred alone.... I am enjoying reading stupid comments by some very ignorant people. Heck this is better than watching a boxing match on TV....

Hey, grab me another beer and pass the damn chips will ya?

And how was your day?

~Fred Brito

October 01, 2005 8:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

All very interesting about Mr. Brito, but did you hear what the American Red Cross did to the guy who uncovered Brito's latest scam? THEY FIRED THE GUY!
Yep. They fired their director of public relations, Dereck Andrade, for bringing it to the Red Cross' attention. The blonde bimbo who hired Brito, Angie Turner, fires her PR director. She's the one, according to the L.A. Times, who hired Brito. But hey, she's still in her job and her PR guy is in the unemployment line. According to The Times, he was expecting to be fired. The Pasadena Star-News has reported that Andrade has now sued the Red Cross and Turner for wrongful termination, defamation, intentional infliction of emotional stress, and for violating the federal Whistle Blower Act. Seems this Turner character had asked Andrade to lie in court regarding another employee, Elizabeth Lopez, who is suing Turner and the Red Cross for wrongful termination. Coincidentally, Turner hired Brito to replace Lopez. What a mess. Only at the American Red Cross would you see such a cluster #@!* of activity!

October 24, 2005 10:36 AM  

Anonymous Fred Brito said:

I agree with all that you have said: Turner is a Blonde Bimbo, and a liar. I will add one more...She is by far more of a Con Artist than I ever was.

October 30, 2005 6:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Red Cross CEO jailed in the '80s
Turner told board of arrest on heroin charges in Iowa
By Marshall Allen Staff Writer
Friday, January 20, 2006

PASADENA, CALIF. - Local Red Cross CEO Angie Turner, subject of internal investigation into alleged mismanagement, was hired despite a past felony conviction for her role in an international heroin ring.
Turner, imprisoned two decades ago in Iowa, told two board members about her criminal background before becoming head of the local chapter.

But they determined her record was irrelevant, citing her excellent Red Cross service, and did not seek details about her troubled past, board members said Thursday.

Turner has been under fire by former co-workers and key volunteers of the San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross since September. An independent panel of community leaders is now investigating claims that her mismanagement has led to resignations, lawsuits and an exodus of important volunteers.

On Aug. 28, 1985, at the age of 31, Turner pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact, a felony, in connection with a heroin ring that smuggled narcotics from Nepal to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, authorities said.

She was sentenced to three years in prison; all but three months of the term were suspended. Turner served her time in the Linn County, Iowa, jail from Aug. 28 to Nov. 27, 1985, according to records.

Turner now leads one of the region's best-known charities. The chapter provides services to 1.9 million people in 35 cities. Donors have given about $3.5 million to the chapter since Hurricane Katrina struck in August.

Critics say Turner's story is further evidence of her shortcomings, but she and a Red Cross board member call it a dramatic tale of rehabilitation.

Ed Anderson, a former Red Cross executive, resigned in December from his post as Turner's second-in-command, citing her mismanagement. On Thursday, he said he was shocked to learn of her criminal background, and to hear that Red Cross leaders were not uncomfortable with it.

"When you're leading one of the top 30 chapters in the nation, dealing with lots of money as CEO, is that a higher standard of duty?" Anderson said. "Also, what purpose does the criminal background check serve? If you're not going to prohibit somebody from taking the position based on what's conveyed, then what's the point of conducting it?"

Turner, a registered nurse during her involvement with the heroin ring, took her first job with the Red Cross in Iowa while still on probation, she said. She "told them everything" about her criminal past before she was hired, she said.

"The American Red Cross really gave me that second chance that certainly helped turn my life around," Turner said.

After working at the Los Angeles Chapter of the Red Cross, Turner came to the San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter in 2000 as chief operating officer. She became acting CEO about 18 months later, and was named CEO in early 2004.

"I've been completely open with every employee about this regrettable chapter in my life," Turner said. "But it is difficult when you have to relive it, and even talking about it now."

Sally Deniston, chairwoman of the chapter's board when Turner was hired, was one of two people told about Turner's criminal record, though she did not know the extent of Turner's troubles, she said. The other was Michael Zoeller, chairman of the CEO search committee who later replaced Deniston as head of the board.

Deniston said Turner disclosed her record just before she accepted the offer to become CEO. The way Turner portrayed the conviction, it sounded like a "youthful indiscretion," Deniston said.

Turner never mentioned anything about a heroin ring or a prison sentence, Deniston said.

"It certainly sounds serious," Deniston said after hearing the details of Turner's record. "I really don't know the facts about it. I don't know - maybe I took it more lightly than it sounded."

Zoeller said he knew Turner was convicted of a drug-related felony, and that she had done time.

But he says he didn't know anything about the heroin ring. Zoeller did not investigate further, nor did



he inform other members of the search committee, he said.

Anyone who makes an honest attempt and successfully turns around her life "should be applauded," Zoeller said.

"I don't see that they should be crushed for it," he added.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bob Teig, one of the Iowa prosecutors on the heroin smuggling case, said Turner was indicted with more than a dozen others on May 14, 1985. He said Turner was named in three of the 29 counts, and pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact.

Authorities could not immediately locate the original indictment. A Cedar Rapids Gazette story about the document reported that Turner was originally charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin, and two counts of distributing the drug within 1,000 feet of a high school. The newspaper said the heroin smugglers operated between January 1983 and May 1985 in Iowa, California, New York, Texas, Hong Kong, Nepal and other locations.

Teig said Turner pleaded guilty to "knowingly and willingly" assisting one of the other suspects in order to help the woman avoid "apprehension, trial and punishment."

The prison sentence came after Turner's second run-in with Linn County authorities. She was arrested at her home March 24, 1979, and charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, a felony, authorities said. The charge was reduced to a misdemeanor and eventually dismissed on June 1, 1984, because of a lack of evidence, according to Linn County police officials.

Julie Paque Heather, a Caltech staff scientist who recently resigned as one of the chapter's top volunteers, has been one of Turner's most vocal critics.

"In the context of everything else that's going on, this just increases the credibility issues surrounding Angie," Heather said.

Heather speculated that Turner's own criminal history may have allowed her to look past the felony convictions of Fred Brito, the con man hired by Turner in August as the chapter's chief development officer.

While Brito lied about his credentials to get the job, his Red Cross background check flagged one of his grand-theft convictions. But Turner signed off on the document, an act that Red Cross officials have called a mistake.

Turner insisted there's a big difference between her and Brito, noting that Brito lied about his criminal background.

Turner also said she did not worry that her felony conviction would prevent her from becoming a Red Cross CEO. Her career with the organization has been so "stellar" that it became insignificant, she said.

"I believe that when I told the truth, I didn't think it was going to be a major issue in my career," she said.

But in July 2003 she filed a petition with the U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids to have the felony expunged from her record. Turner wrote in a letter submitted with the petition that working with the Red Cross in Waterloo, Iowa, allowed her to prove her dedication to helping others.

"I understood how destructive my life had been and I knew that destructiveness was caused by an addictive disease that I must understand and manage for the rest of my life," she wrote.

She requested that her record be expunged so "I can continue to accept leadership positions."

"There isn't a day that goes by that the conviction (doesn't) torment me, and I have learned from this experience," Turner wrote.

Turner's request was denied.


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January 24, 2006 1:44 PM  

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