KFI reports that a criminal investigation was opened on the U.S. lawyer in 2010
By Rhony Laigo
(Editorâ€™s note: The story below is the third of many articles that Balita has been publishing on Atty. Joel Bander, a U.S. lawyer who was accused of molesting a Filipina in the Philippines, and by hundreds of homeowners in the U.S. who claimed they were scammed by him. A newspaper tabloid claimed that the Filipina sexual assault victim was â€œfictitiousâ€ and that the events didnâ€™t place. In our earlier articles, we produced evidence from the court to dispute those claims and we will continue to present to you, dear readers, legal documents and verified claims to show what his alleged victims say about Bander.)
â€œPreliminary Investigation: After a warrantless arrest, the arresting officer will submit the evidence to the Prosecutor (formerly known as a Fiscal) who will conduct a preliminary investigation to determine whether the available evidence merits the filing of formal charges. Evidence, in this case, may include testimony, complaints, and other sworn statements. The Prosecutor is required to file charges against you within twelve hours of an arrest for a minor offense like â€˜oral defamationâ€™ or â€˜slander,â€™ or within 36 hours for serious offenses like â€˜fraud, robbery, or rape,â€™ or to release you.
If you have been arrested with a warrant, the Prosecutor will determine if probable cause exists and the execution of the arrest was proper. The Prosecutor then has 60 days to file the charges with the appropriate court. However, if the evidence presented by the police is not strong or sufficient to hold you, the Prosecutor can make a recommendation for your discharge and the dismissal of the charges.â€Â (Embassy of the United States, Manila, Philippines: http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwharst.html).
So as not to give any distinction that this article may be biased, this author extracted the paragraphs above from the U.S. Embassy in Manila which is part of its instructions for its citizens who may be facing criminal charges in the Philippines instead of from a Philippine law book that may not be easily accessible. With respect to this article, the person involved is Atty. Joel Bander, who, for some reason, was able to convince a few fake Filipino investigative reporters that the incident that took place on July 15, 2006 was â€œuntrueâ€ and â€œwithout basis.â€ The incident in question involved a Filipino woman, who accused Bander of sexually molesting her at a condo unit in Manila that led to her filing of criminal charges against Bander.
The case was dismissed but only last March this year. And thanks to the fake investigative reportersâ€™ recent article, they showed that there was a dismissal hearing that took place and an order to return the bail that Bander might have paid to the court for his provisional release. They also said that the 2008 warrant of arrest we here at Balita presented to you, dear readers, was withdrawn. Yes, but, again, only last March, this year.
The fake investigative reporters said â€œwe were two years late,â€ while referring to the withdrawal of the arrest warrant. But what we only said was that there was in fact a criminal record and a warrant of arrest, both of which we presented in our previous issues. We did so because the fake investigators kept insisting that the incident was â€œuntrueâ€ and â€œwithout basis.â€ They even said that Peopleâ€™s Tonight retracted its own story. Hah, until now, these fake investigative reporters have yet to produce that Peopleâ€™s Tonight article.
Weâ€™re also at a loss why they still donâ€™t understand that there should be â€œsufficientâ€ evidence before a case is filed, not to mention that the Filipino woman swore before a prosecutor, and that the Philippine government has 60 days to file charges, meaning they have to investigate first, which involves tax payersâ€™ money, before they go to the judge and file the case. As stated by the U.S. Embassy â€œthe (Philippine) Prosecutor will determine if probable cause exists and the execution of the arrest was properâ€ prior to the filing of the case. The Embassy added that â€œthe Prosecutor can make a recommendation for your discharge and the dismissal of the charges,â€ which means the prosecutor couldâ€™ve immediately ignored the case in 2006 when the complaint was filed, and yet it took Bander five years, in 2011, to have it dismissed by the court.
For them to tell us that this was â€œuntrueâ€ and â€œwithout basisâ€ is the fake investigative reportersâ€™ own problem. They should ask the prosecutor in the Philippines why they filed the case against Joel Bander, who was charged with â€œActs of Lasciviousnessâ€, in the first place. And if this molestation incident didnâ€™t take place â€“ because Bander claimed the complainant was fictitious â€“ why did the court issued a warrant of arrest against their master, er, Bander, two years later?
It would be recalled that when these fake investigative reporters (who we earlier referred here as dogs to give semblance to their relationship to their newspaper that carries the same name, but because we probably touched a nerve so we will call them instead watch dogs) broke their â€œmost celebratedâ€ article against this author, they said they had a Peopleâ€™s Tonight story that retracted the Joel Bander sexual molestation incident. These watch dogs even said that the same story published phrases that stated Bander was involved in â€œillegal recruitment chargesâ€ and that the complaint was filed in â€œBranch 78, Taguigâ€ which the watch dogs said â€œdoes not exist.â€
We here at Balita are still wondering where the heck did this information come from, and where the heck is that Peopleâ€™s Tonight that they said published a retraction. In our first article regarding this matter, we presented a legitimate copy of the criminal information that stated that the case was filed in Branch 27, Metropolitan Regional Trial Court, City of Manila. We also presented a photo of the actual Peopleâ€™s Tonight copy that ran the Joel Bander sexual molestation story.
The July 22, 2006 â€œThe Price of a U.S. Visaâ€ Peopleâ€™s Tonight article written by Allan Bergonia, which can be found on our website www.balita.com, didnâ€™t mention any â€œBranch 78â€ nor â€œTaguigâ€ nor â€œillegal recruitment charges.â€ (Hey, watch dogs, produce the Peopleâ€™s Tonight article that you guys have! You owe it to your readers, and so I can stop badgering you with this demand.)
But while Joel Bander and his watch dogs are busy trying to defend themselves on this Peopleâ€™s Tonight retraction, let us offer you another article â€“ this time published here in Los Angeles â€“ by Eric Leonard of KFI AM 640 Talk Radio (as shown in the photo). This is the same radio station you listen to when you hear Atty. Bill Handle and his morning crew report on current issues, and it is also where you hear the very popular conservative radio host, Rush Limbaugh, makes his daily rant against President Obama and all other liberals.
Found on KFIâ€™s website (www.kfiam640.com) is this article: â€œLoan Attorney Investigatedâ€ (http://www.kfiam640.com/pages/EricLeonard.html?article=6822105). Lo and behold, itâ€™s about Atty. Joel Bander!
According to Leonardâ€™s article, â€œA criminal investigation has been opened into a lawyer already accused in civil court of ripping off loan modification clients. Attorney Joel Bander, named in two class-action lawsuits alleging malpractice and fraud, is also the subject of an L.A. County Sheriffâ€™s Department investigationâ€¦â€
The particular story, Leonard said, involved Banderâ€™s alleged loan litigation scam, where he reportedly failed to act on the cases of 800 homeowners who signed up in the Bander Law Firm â€œSue the Banksâ€ program resulting in foreclosures to many Filipino, Korean and Armenian homeowners. Each homeowner paid at least $8,000, but claimed they did not get the legal services that they expected, and worse were not even refunded after they demanded that their moneys be returned.
So, our dear readers, Bander might have escaped from what he might have done against a Filipina in the Philippines, but he may yet have a pending criminal case here in the U.S. That shows you who this U.S. lawyer is.