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February 10, 2011

Smoking Gun: Email From Haredi Filmmaker Wendy Weiner Runge May Seal Her Fate

Wendy Weiner Runge "Hey baby," begins the communication from Polynation Pictures chief Wendy Weiner Runge in the message to partner Matthias Saunders. A producer for the film "The Scientist," Saunders ran a company that was supposed to provide equipment for the 2008 film. "I need a final Maximus ... invoice TOMORROW MORNING for $2.3 million in an odd, round number," Runge wrote. "Add it all up ... and make it look pretty."

 

Accused filmmaker's e-mail: 'Make it look pretty'
LEE ROOD • Des Moines Register

Wendy Weiner Runge If there was one "smoking gun" piece of evidence on the second day of a Minnesota filmmaker's trial for theft while moviemaking, it came in the form of an e-mail.

"Hey baby," begins the communication from Polynation Pictures chief Wendy Weiner Runge in the message to partner Matthias Saunders.

A producer for the film "The Scientist," Saunders ran a company that was supposed to provide equipment for the 2008 film.

"I need a final Maximus ... invoice TOMORROW MORNING for $2.3 million in an odd, round number," Runge wrote. "Add it all up ... and make it look pretty."

The 11th-hour e-mail was written in mid-November 2008 - after filming on the movie had been completed.

Saunders anted up by adding more expenses to yet another invoice for in-kind services that prosecutors contend were imaginary and used to rake in already generous state tax-credit incentives.

Runge, 45, has pleaded not guilty of first-degree theft and other felonies stemming from the film she made in the year before Iowa's film program collapsed.

She is the first moviemaker among several people charged to go to trial since the state's tax-credit program for filmmaking was suspended in 2009. Testimony is expected to resume today at the Drake University Legal Clinic.

Runge's attorney, Matthew Whitaker, has said the Minnesota mother of four was a novice filmmaker whose primary role was to find investors to make the movie and a distributor when it was finished.

But prosecutors submitted evidence - including e-mails and invoices - suggesting that Runge, screenwriter Zach LeBeau and tax-credit broker and chief investor Chad Witter had developed a scheme to defraud the state that grew more brazen after their filming in summer 2008.

The 12-person jury learned the original script for "The Scientist" was written in Minnesota over about a week and the film was originally envisioned as low-budget: about $100,000.

That all changed after Runge and LeBeau heard about Iowa's newly retooled film program. Those incentives - touted as "half-off filmmaking" - drew Runge, LeBeau and other partners to make the film in Iowa.

Over time, other e-mails showed, the group received permission from fired Iowa Film Officer manager Tom Wheeler to continue increasing its budget using estimated expenses and "in-kind" services that prosecutors contend didn't exist or were without cost.

Invoices were submitted from companies run by partners in the film.

One of those partners, Chase Brandau, confirmed the alleged scheme Wednesday. A sound man who had worked on a half dozen or so small, independent films, Brandau testified that he eventually walked away from Runge and other partners.

He said he did so after Iowa officials began to question spending by numerous filmmakers.

When $1.85 million in tax credits for "The Scientist" were awarded in December 2008, Runge sent an e-mail to Brandau and other partners promising to toast them with champagne.

She also wrote that Polynation Pictures had netted more than $1.6 million from the state tax credits.

After those tax credits were transferred for 88 cents on the dollar, major investors like Witter got paid and partners like Brandau, also the film's postproduction manager, received a windfall.

Brandau testified that he received $33,000 - on top of his $52,000 paycheck, his $2,400-a-month loft paid for by Polynation, and the $450 he had received weekly to be on the set.

Runge and LeBeau never told Brandau what they took home, he said.

Brandau also testified that Runge alone dealt with Wheeler and Witter.

Prosecutor Jeff Thompson asked Brandau if he ever drank the champagne that Runge promised due to their success.

"I don't remember," Brandau said.

Brandau's testimony was in sharp contrast to a portrait Whitaker painted of Runge during opening statements.

On Wednesday, Whitaker called into question how much Brandau actually spent on postproduction costs and how much he really made.

Whitaker suggested Brandau had actually received close to $100,000, but Brandau said some of the money that went into his bank accounts might have gone to postproduction costs.

[Hat Tip: Isa.]

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"HEY BABY"

Is this the way a Haredi Jewess and mother of 4 adorable children conducts herself.

I am very much offended by whore whoreish conduct and the premeditated plan she skillfully masterminded in order to scam and defraud innocent victims out of million of Dollares Americanos.

To have the chuztpah to go to Shul on Saturday and daven then steal on Sunday while wearing a shyteleh and yentzing her man is beyond reason or comprehension.

Fear not....Odoni Ha'shem knows all and will deal with Wendy The Ganef according as he did with "Rabbi" Rubashkin, "Rabbi" Milton Balkany, Scott Rothstein, Michael Milken, Bernie Madoff et al.

Moschiach.. we are not worthy of your greatness as long as Jewish trash like this continues to piss on The Abishter's Torah.

What a dirtbag. It's too bad they couldn't throw her in with Sham Wow. But he's taking so much sauseege by now that he is a gay. This would be troublesome but since Wendy looks like a dyke, it might work out afterall.

Letter from Wendy Runge posted on www.matzav.com

By Wendy Runge

As the jury pool dwindled and final selection came close, the prosecutor used this opportunity to speak to the crowd in a way so as to plant ideas of my alleged guilt into the minds of the hundreds of people assembled. There are only three people in the audience whose opinion mattered to me: Three out of four of our children, ages 18, 10 and 9.

As I was being publicly labeled a thief, liar and criminal mastermind, my children chose to sit in a dignified manner and watch this narishkeit with wounded and fearful eyes. To my , they did it b’simcha.

It’s not that our children would have thought me to be guilty, it’s that G-d forbid they could have chosen not to see this as “all for the good” and G-d forbid resent HaShem for allowing this travesty to occur. Not these neshamos. No way. Thank G-d and kavod to my husband whose faith never waivers.

As difficult as that must have been, these little people sat respectfully for 2 1/2 hours through the prosecutor’s “framing” of the case and then through my attorney, Mr. Whitaker’s, positive, fair and realistic assessment that the facts simply do not show what the State has been trying to prove for 18 months. They called upon Hashem for strength and dignity so that His honor and mine could somehow shine through.

My parents, my husband, distinguished guests and beloved friends calmly witnessed this disturbing display and left an impression of the privilege of being “chosen.” One mentioned that she will never enter Yom Kippur without the image and feeling of facing an angry accuser in this courtroom. It will color everything she does to prepare for that season.

To top it off, dinner for 12 was brought from Minneapolis and our entire family enjoyed the delicious adventure of opening tin foil covered tin pan after tin pan. What an amazing day!

Today, the State’s first witness will try to help them prove their case. He has to…it’s the trade-off he received for his “plea agreement”. HaShem’s case is being won by your unceasing support, tefillah, and acts of chesed.

B’Hatzlacha!

Zeva Rochel bas Chaya

Wendy Runge

HaShem’s case is being won by your unceasing support, tefillah, and acts of chesed.

so now this is hashem's case? he's not on trial here, you are. and from the looks of it, deservedly so. why not wrap your misdeeds in the american flag as well. what a disgusting pig.

"my attorney, Mr. Whitaker’s, positive, fair and realistic assessment"

Anybody here believes THAT?

It's a shame this yellow "journalist" finds the necessity to smear Mrs. Runge by labeling her "haredi."

This woman is accused of padding her expenses, which isn't a crime exclusive to haredim (if in fact, Runge is in fact Haredi). There were two others charged with similar crimes; to the best of my knowledge, neither was Jewish.

I say, let the case proceed and the jury render its verdict, without any cheerleading from Scotty Rosenberg.

If there's a Jewish-themed story here, it's that some people are accusing the State of Iowa of being anti-Semitic, an accusation which appears to be totally bogus.

Posted by: Mr. Apikoros | February 10, 2011 at 01:12 PM

1. I know her. You don't. She davens in a haredi shul and she and her family consider themseves to be yeshivish.

2. I realize you have very limited intellectual abilities – under-endowed abilities – but do try to get that little head of yours to process: the woman is haredi, she falsely claimed antisemitism, she tried to link her 'persecution' to Rubashkin's 'persecution,' and she has apparently been far less than forthcoming about the facts of the case.

Identifying her as haredi is the truth. It is accurate. And because of her behavior noted in the above paragraph, it is certainly newsworthy.

Now why don't you run off and imagine how big you are.

Your last comment simply proves my point: You're a yellow "journalist."

What does her being Haredi (or Orthodox), have to do with this case? Well, the same thing as being Haredi has to do with texting on a cell phone while driving and fatally injuring a deliveryman. Or the same thing as some driver, rushing to visit his mother in the hospital, hitting a little kid. Or the same as some gonif silver-plating a bogus coin worth maybe a quarter and selling it for $29.95.

There are plenty of cases where being haredi is totally relevant to the crime, but this sure isn't one of them.

But no, when someone calls you out for your yellow "journalism," you attack the messenger, on one well-documented occasion threatening to kick my butt.

Well, I know damned well that's never gonna happen. Why? Because the yellow in you doesn't only apply to journalism.

What does her being Haredi (or Orthodox), have to do with this case? Well, the same thing as being Haredi has to do with texting on a cell phone while driving and fatally injuring a deliveryman. Or the same thing as some driver, rushing to visit his mother in the hospital, hitting a little kid. Or the same as some gonif silver-plating a bogus coin worth maybe a quarter and selling it for $29.95.

Mr. Under-Endowed, please try to get that little head of yours to process:

1. Runge made her haredism and her affiliation with Rubashkin an issue.

2. I cover Orthodox crime and whenever possible I identify the Orthodox affiliation of those criminals.

Now feel free to return to your rich fantasy life – the one where you are big and important and even smart.

dont mind shamrya-- he has a very limmited definition of hareidi. as long as the person wheres a certain type of clothing, then he will label them hareidi. even a young israel type, who wears a sheital, would be labeled hareidi. why? b/c shmarya has an agenda.

wears not wheres- sorry for the spelling
i am sure shmarya will jump all over it

dont mind shamrya-- he has a very limmited definition of hareidi. as long as the person wheres a certain type of clothing, then he will label them hareidi. even a young israel type, who wears a sheital, would be labeled hareidi. why? b/c shmarya has an agenda.

Posted by: the man | February 10, 2011 at 02:30 PM

Please.

I know her personally and I know her husband and I know here they daven, how they affiliate and what they consider themselves to be. And you do not.

shmarya- please. for some odd reason you think that a story is more appealing if a "ultra orthodox" jew is at the center of the scandal.you have constantly labeled orthodox jews ( no matter there affiliation)as hareidi just to fit into this box. YOU are artificially creating jews as hareidi to fit your double agenda. 1)to bash hareidi jews( b.c you had a falling out with one particular sect)
2) to make your storys/blogs more newsworthy( as you might perceive it)

Posted by: the man | February 10, 2011 at 03:11 PM

Or to simply report the truth – the reason you left out, because it makes you look foolish.

foolish? shamrya-- you are not honest with yourself. i am not denying that she is hareidi. i think you should try to do the same

Scott,

At the beggining of this saga you stated that you know this woman, and that time you were willing to give her the benefit of the doubt.

Are you on the record now as stating that you are convinced of her guilt?

Shmarya, were you a Shabbos guest at the Runge home as well?

Exactly how large do you think the Ortho/Hasidish/Yeshivish community of Minnesota is? When Reb Rosenberg states that he knows this lady personally, knows her husband, and knows her hashgafah, it'd behoove us to give him the benefit of the doubt. As to her culpability, the headline reads, "... MAY seal her fate.," which seems on point.

YL,

How about a parody of Lou Reed's "Hey Babe, Take a Walk on the Wild Side"?

Shmarya, were you a Shabbos guest at the Runge home as well?

Posted by: Tired | February 10, 2011 at 04:40 PM


No.

There are two large Jewish communities in Minnesota...
One in the City of St. Paul [where Shmarya is] The other in the City of St. Louis Park [Where Ms Runge lives ] 45min to one hour drive between them

And I am glad I am in Texas now.

It was the Iowa D.A. who gratuitously asked Runge if she knew Rubashkin. Runge said she didn't. (Her movie had nothing to do with Rubashkin, nor with Postville.)

So how did Runge make that an "issue?" Seems as though it was the other way around.

So why do you have a vendetta against this woman? Did you ask her for a date once and she blew you off?

It was the Iowa D.A. who gratuitously asked Runge if she knew Rubashkin. Runge said she didn't. (Her movie had nothing to do with Rubashkin, nor with Postville.)…

So why do you have a vendetta against this woman? Did you ask her for a date once and she blew you off?

Posted by: Mr. Apikoros | February 11, 2011 at 12:06 PM

You're such a moron.

1. Her husband works for Twin City Poultry, the second largest kosher food distributor in America.

2. TCP had a long term business relationship with Agriprocessors, and the owners of the two companies were very close.

3. TCP and Agriprocessors were both being investigated by the DOJ for illegal trade practices and collusion.

4. As long as I've known Runge, she's been married.

You consistently demonstrate your ignorance and your pettiness.

There goes Scotty Rosenberg, projecting as usual.

If I were an Italian businessman, and some investigator asks me if I knew Carlo Gambino, I'd take that as an ethnic slur. Thus Runge was absolutely correct to accuse this D.A. of anti-Semitism.

I don't know if Runge is innocent or guilty, or just a relatively minor player in a corrupt enterprise which got a lot of help from state of Iowa officials. I suspect the last of the three possibilities.

But it's quite obvious to everyone you're going after Runge because she's an Orthdox Jew, and for no other reason. The enterprise she belonged to isn't Jewish, and her being Jewish has nothing to do with a $250 road cone.

You are nothing more than a McCarthyite S.O.B. To quote the late Joseph Nye Welch, "You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?"

There goes Scotty Rosenberg, projecting as usual.

If I were an Italian businessman, and some investigator asks me if I knew Carlo Gambino, I'd take that as an ethnic slur. Thus Runge was absolutely correct to accuse this D.A. of anti-Semitism.

There goes Mr. Under-Endowed, spewing idiocy as usual.

If you were that businessman, and your wife worked in a small office with a close friend and business associate of Gambino, and Gambino and your wife knew each other, and that company and Gambino were being investigated for corruption, the question would not be out of order.

This is the case here – although you are far to under-endowed to understand that.

I don't know if Runge is innocent or guilty, or just a relatively minor player in a corrupt enterprise which got a lot of help from state of Iowa officials. I suspect the last of the three possibilities.

She's a major player in whatever happened, as is clear fom the indictment and the reporting done so far on the trial.

But it's quite obvious to everyone you're going after Runge because she's an Orthdox Jew, and for no other reason. The enterprise she belonged to isn't Jewish, and her being Jewish has nothing to do with a $250 road cone.

Again, little man, your tiny head shows itself naked.

Iowa is going after Runge because it believes she stole millions of dollars.

I report on that.

So far, I've written nothing bad about Runge other than what others have reported, and other than me pointing out – correctly as it turned out – that he cry of antisemitism regarding the scheduling of the trial was very premature.

You are nothing more than a McCarthyite S.O.B. To quote the late Joseph Nye Welch, "You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?"

As I've noted many times before, I report on Orthodox and haredi crime. Therefore, identifying criminals and accused criminals as Orthodox or haredi is by definition part of what I do, just as any Jewish apaper reporting on Runge's case would find a way to place her in the Jewish community, either by mentioning synagogue affiliation or something similar.

But you, the Nazi-epithet-hurling little man, are far too under-endowed in all ways to admit that.

She's guilty. It's way too obvious if you have followed the story. Write a script for a movie in a week and pay $100k for it? Make up phoney expenses? A $250 traffic cone rental? Come on. Case closed.....Now, where did she stash the money?....Oh, and I was completely ripped off by a woman for several millions. Same exact faith, same lame excuses, and same elite "I'm better then you because I'm forgiven in advance for any sin I commit" attitude.
The Judgement draws near.

Hmmmmmm.
Haredi rabbis generally recomend very strongly not to watch television and films, reading secular newspapers and using the Internet without filters that block pornography and the like. Because of this they also use mobile phones that are programmed to disable internet and other functions that could influence their users in undesired ways.

So, not only did she steal from the good people of Iowa, she made a horrible movie that goes against everything she supposedly believes in? What a piece of work this woman.

MK

100K is extremely cheap for a movie script. In fact, that's the minimum union scale. The average script (bought, not optioned) goes for eight times that. This includes movies that are actually made as well as those that aren't, although if a movie is made, the screenwriter typically makes a huge bonus.

BTW, "Rocky" was written by Sylvester Stallone in three days. That's the original one.

On the other hand, $250 seems awfully expensive for a traffic cone. You can buy them for $5, or less.

Scotty spews this little gem out of his rectal orifice:

But it's quite obvious to everyone you're going after Runge because she's an Orthdox Jew, and for no other reason. The enterprise she belonged to isn't Jewish, and her being Jewish has nothing to do with a $250 road cone.

Again, little man, your tiny head shows itself naked.

Iowa is going after Runge because it believes she stole millions of dollars.

I report on that.

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Arschloch, the State of Iowa is going after Runge because it believes she stole from them.

You're going after her because you have a vendetta against the Orthodox. No other reason. And you know what? Your diatribes against Runge could lead to grounds for appeal if she is found guilty.

To contribute to Wendy's legal fund
Please mail your tax deductable contributions to

Rabbi Chaim Goldberger
Kenesseth Israel Synagogue
4330 W 28th Street,
Minneapolis MN 55416.


Please make checks out to "Rabbi’s discretionary fund"
and put Wendy's legal defense fund in memo line

or online at:
http://givemn.razoo.com/story/Kenesseth-Israel-Synagogue. Please designate WENDY RUNGE.

This is an attempt to bypass IRS rules. Writing a check to her defense fund is not a tax deduction but laundering the money through Keneseth Israel is an attempt to take a tax deduction where legally it is not allowed. Both Wendy Runge and Rabbi Goldberger need to be called on this illegal action which is giving orthodoxy a bad name

Hey Baby sounds like a woman on the take. Abusing the Jew card and the tyrre kinder shtick is just as gross as seeing this hefer in a Viccky Secrets teddy. (Vomit)

Arschloch, the State of Iowa is going after Runge because it believes she stole from them.

You're going after her because you have a vendetta against the Orthodox. No other reason. And you know what? Your diatribes against Runge could lead to grounds for appeal if she is found guilty.

Posted by: Mr. Apikoros | February 11, 2011 at 06:06 PM

Mr. Under-Endowed,

You don't make any sense.

1. Noting that Runge is haredi is my job, just as any Jewish paper would note her Judaism and her communal affiliation.

2. Reporting that she is haredi has no impact on her trial or on any possible appeal – especially because Runge raised her own Orthodoxy as an issue long before I reported it. I didn't go to the Inter-Mountain Jewish News and cry antisemitism – she did.I didn't go to Matzav.com and Yated Ne'eman and say, here I am, I'm a good haredi, and the bad goyyim are out to get me – Runge did that.

Now toddle off, little man.

Shmarya, why do you even bother answering these morons? They don't deserve it.

"Hey Baby"

Huh???? This woman is married?

If the email is real, and let's assume that the prosecution didn't make it up, then what I want to know is if the Chareidi rabbis who are backing this woman know that she speaks this way to her business partner. She's supposedly a frum woman? And her husband and children are hearing this while sitting in court?

And I don't care what she's being prosecuted for, saying "Hashem's case is being won..." is DISGUSTING and way too presumptuous. Hashem is not on trial here Wendy - you are!

Scotty spews this latest piece of excrement out of his electronic anus:

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1. I know her. You don't. She davens in a haredi shul and she and her family consider themseves to be yeshivish.

2. I realize you have very limited intellectual abilities – under-endowed abilities – but do try to get that little head of yours to process: the woman is haredi, she falsely claimed antisemitism, she tried to link her 'persecution' to Rubashkin's 'persecution,' and she has apparently been far less than forthcoming about the facts of the case.

Identifying her as haredi is the truth. It is accurate. And because of her behavior noted in the above paragraph, it is certainly newsworthy.

Now why don't you run off and imagine how big you are.

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There's only one little problem with this. This from Knesseth Israel's website:

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Welcome to Kenesseth Israel Congregation's Web site. We are the Modern Orthodox Jewish congregation of suburban Minneapolis, located in St. Louis Park at 4330 W. 28th Street, 10 minutes from downtown Minneapolis. Led by Rabbi Chaim Goldberger, we support about 120 member families. We provide a welcoming environment for Jews of all observance levels.

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That's right, Scottso. It's Modern Orthodox, which by no stretch of the imagination could be considered Haredi. Even I and my Protestant wife would be welcomed there, at least according to the website.

As for her legal defense fund being tax-deductible, I have to agree with "The Facts" on this. It isn't.

Apikoros, you are not aware of all the facts. Mrs. Runge does not belong nor daven at Kenesseth Israel, she belongs and daven's at Bais Yisreol. For some reason Rabbi Goldberger has taken on this cause. Rabbi Goldberger is not MO; his smeicha is from Ner Israel. Kenesseth Israel was at one time Modern Orthodox but Rabbi Goldberger is NOT! About 6 years ago, the people who wrote the mission statement left KI and formed Darchei Noam which is the MO Shul of the Twin Cities. The politics in the Orthodox Jewish Community of Minneapolis is bizarre! Kenesseth Israel has founded 3 breakaway Shul. Beth El (Conservative), Bais (Agudah) and Darchei (MO). The Runges are haredi, not MO at all.

Yes, but it was Runge who wrote the appeal for her defense fund, and the website of the synagogue clearly says, "Modern Orthodox." What's more, it says that all Jews of any observance level would be welcomed there, which probably would exclude my wife, but not myself. I'm not going to go there to find out for myself.

Are you from the Twin Cities area?

But the bigger issue here is the dumping on Orthodox Jews, and the "guilt by association" nonsense which somehow links Runge to Rubashkin even when Runge claims she never met him.

Look, I don't like the ultra-Orthodox (MO are OK) for a variety of reasons. However, basic fairness compels me to stand up for those Orthodox Jews Scotty smears simply because they're religious and may have committed a crime which has nothing to do with their religion, their "culture" (including mesora) nor their propensity for intolerance towards others, especially other Jews.

If Runge is guilty, she ought to do time (not 25 years, of course, or anywhere near it). But let the jury decide her guilt, and the court, her sentence. Prosecutors have a propensity to over-charge; it's the nature of the beast.

Posted by: Mr. Apikoros | February 13, 2011 at 09:25 AM

Please.

You're an under-endowed, pathetic little man who hates me, and you uses every chance he sees to attack me.

But most of those chances – this included – are figments of your imagination.

Runge is haredi.

Runge prays in a haredi synagogue.

The synagogue raising money for Runge has not been Modern Orthodox for at least 6 years.

And, again, just as Jewish newspapers – like the Inter-Mountain Jewish News, which supports Runge, or Yated Ne'eman (which I heditate to call a newspaper) – identify her Jewish affiliation and her Orthodoxy, I identify her place within Orthodoxy. It is the normal thing to do.

Now run along, little man, and see if you can find a fun house mirror somewhere that will make you look all big and grown.

You're right about one thing. I hate your guts.

I have good reason to. You've trashed me -- I suspect using alternate identities in addition to your own -- called me a Nazi, and threatened me physically -- the latter -- if you ever try to carry out your threat, would turn out to be a major mistake on your part. All because I have the cojones to stand up to you -- and I'm not one of those semiliterate ultra-orthodox clowns, but one who actually agrees with you on many things. That's why my criticism hurts.

Moreover, if Runge is in fact Haredi, it doesn't really detract from the big picture. You're a haredi-baiter, and you have no problem trashing the MO as well, as evidenced from some of your other screeds. You're just trying to make Runge into the next Rubashkin. I predict you'll fail miserably.

Mr. Apikoras,

I am not Scott, but it is important for Scott to bring up the fact that Mrs. Runge is Haredi. I do live in Minneapolis and I am part of the overall Orthodox community. The Haredi community is extremely self righteous and Ms Runge and Rabbi Goldberger are trying to stir the pot by accusing the State of Iowa as being anti Semitic which I feel is not the case. The Haredi in this community have done things that a religious person should not do. Websites can lie as the KI website does by claiming to be MO. More importantly I do not understand why KI is so involved in helping Ms Runge when they do not belong to KI or daven at KI. I cannot understand how the Board of Trustees could allow their tax exemption status to be jeopardized by laundering money for Wendy Runge’s defense fund. They have been told by a CPA not to do this but they ignore it anyways.

According to Mrs. Runge, the D.A., a fellow named Miller, asked her repeatedly whether she knew Rubashkin. Runge replied she had never met him.

To me, this is guilt by association and seriously hurts the D.A.'s case. I don't know to what extent Runge participated in this scam (I think the bulk of the blame lies with the state employees who were fired).

As I stated before, if I were an Italian contracted who was being investigated, and the D.A. asked me if I was a regular at the Bada Bing Club, I would take that as anti-Italian bias, and that would become part of my defense.

I know you're not Scott. You're reasonable, and we can have a civil discussion about the issues, which is impossible for me to have with Scott.

As for your other point, it sure smells like blatant money-laundering to me. Not exactly something in Runge's favor.

According to Mrs. Runge, the D.A., a fellow named Miller, asked her repeatedly whether she knew Rubashkin. Runge replied she had never met him.

Again, here are he facts:

Runge says she was asked about Rubashkin one time.

Runge's husband worked for TCP, which had a close business and social relation with Rubashkin, and TCP's small office staff knew Rubashkin personally.

TCP and Rubashkin are both implicated in restraint of trade and collusion related to Rubashkin meat.

Process that.

I actually think that the DA asked this question because he knew that Mrs. Runge at least knew what happened to Rubushkin and he was trying to intimidate her into a plea agreement. That kind of intimidation goes on all the time.
This film program looks like a complete mess. Yes the state has some responsibility but it looks to me like Runge got involved in a scam and she needs to take responsibility for her actions. If she is so innocent then why is she involved in the laundering of money for her defense fund? By doing this, she shows that she is not this innocent person being set up by others.

Ah, so the truth comes out!

Scotty had a beef with TCP (Twin Cities Poultry) years ago.

Runge's husband was associated with TCP, which, as a national poultry distributor, did business with Agriprocessors.

Hence the vendetta against Mrs. Runge. Nothing like guilt by association, right?

Ah, so the truth comes out!

Scotty had a beef with TCP (Twin Cities Poultry) years ago.

Runge's husband was associated with TCP, which, as a national poultry distributor, did business with Agriprocessors.

Hence the vendetta against Mrs. Runge. Nothing like guilt by association, right?

Posted by: Mr. Apikoros | February 13, 2011 at 04:07 PM

You are a certifiable idiot.

I have nothing against Runge or her husband.

All I've done is report her religious affiliation and point out her claim of antisemitism was premature.

This can hardly be called a vendetta, especially since everything I've written has been in response to something Jewish newspapers or the Iowa press first wrote.

As for TCP, the fact that it was being investigated for collusion and restraint of trade has been discussed here before, as has my relationship with TCP.

You were probably too busy spouting your asinine theories to notice.

In New York City this weekend, there was one of the most horrific murder sprees ever seen. A street thug named Maxsim Gelman killed his stepfather, his ex-girlfriend, his ex-girlfriend's mother, deliberately ran over and killed a man, and knifed four others, non-fatally thank God, in the process carjacking three cars. All because Daddy wouldn't give Maxim the keys to the family Lexus.

This guy is almost certainly Jewish, at least in part. Yet neither the NY Times, the NY Post, nor the Daily News mentioned his ethnicity or religion other than to say he's an immigrant from Ukraine who came here at a young age.

It's quite obvious his criminal behavior (he was arrested 10 times prior for charges ranging from drug use to robbery) had nothing to do with his religion. How does Runge's religion contribute to her alleged criminal behavior? Because she keeps kosher? Because she attends an orthodox synagogue? I DON'T THINK SO.

Keep right on calling me an idiot. It really, really enhances the quality of your blogging.

Posted by: Mr. Apikoros | February 13, 2011 at 05:21 PM

I've answered this question several times already, but you don't seem to have the capacity to understand the simple answer/

When the Jewish Week or the Forward reports the story, it will mention his Jewish affiliation. Does that make them antisemitic or biased? NO. It means they're doing their job, because, you see, their job is different from the NY Times job.

If you can't process this, get some help.

As of yet, there is nothing about Maxsim Gelman in the on-line version of the Forward.

Nothing about Runge, either, and that story has been around for months.

Yes, little man. But there was a lot about Madoff and about others, including Rubashkin.

Now do run along.

I'm not running anywhere. Unlike you, I'm not a coward.

You really need to think up some new epithets, Scotty. "Little Man" and "Underendowed" are getting a bit old.

Now for the point which you attempted to make: The Forward is a Jewish newspaper; naturally, most of its stories will concern Jews, including Madoff. Your blog, on the other hand, is an anti-orthodox screed.

I don't like the orthodox any more than you; I'm just asking for fairness, which is obviously asking too much.

The Forward is to Failed Messiah as Suddeutsche Zeitung is to Der Stuermer.

I'm not running anywhere. Unlike you, I'm not a coward.

You most certainly are a coward. And, worse than that you have zero ability to admit your errors. And that is a form of intellectual cowardice you prominently display.

You really need to think up some new epithets, Scotty. "Little Man" and "Underendowed" are getting a bit old.

Fine. You're an infantile, obnoxious, dishonest, coward and cyber bully who is inadequate in almost every way.

Now for the point which you attempted to make: The Forward is a Jewish newspaper; naturally, most of its stories will concern Jews, including Madoff. Your blog, on the other hand, is an anti-orthodox screed.

No, little man, my blog is largely a collection of news reports about the Orthodox community and crime, and the Orthodox community and racism, and the Orthodox community and sexism.

I don't like the orthodox any more than you; I'm just asking for fairness, which is obviously asking too much.

Coming from a man that regularly called haredim "vermin" and who regularly used other Nazi terms to describe haredim, your protestation is laughable.

The Forward is to Failed Messiah as Suddeutsche Zeitung is to Der Stuermer.

Mr. Apikorus is to decency, honesty and fair play what Bernie Madoff is to decency, honesty and fair play.

Anyone who chooses can read all of your comments on this post and the responses from me and from The Facts and will see clearly that every 'fact' you cited was false. every point you made was wrong, and that you care much more about defaming me than you ever have for the truth.

You're a pathetic little man.

You should really pin this thread right up top. Let everyone see what a complete fool you are.

You should really pin this thread right up top. Let everyone see what a complete fool you are.

Posted by: Mr. Apikoros | February 14, 2011 at 03:11 PM

You're the fool, little man.

Really, both of you are pathetic. Apikoros and Scott together.

My suggestion to you both, get a life!

So she got off with a wrist slap even though there were countless e-mails like this between her and the other "partners in crime"- The e-mail read, "No money even has to exchange hands for it to quality with all of the other credits being processed. We will be cash rich at the end of this shoot, being able to pay back investors, adding bonuses for ourselves."

Unreal. If you read the trial notes and the audit report, she is beyond guilty. I think the reason she got off is the state has a bigger fish to fry with an Omaha guy-Dennis Brouse. He got 32million in tax credits. She is still on the hook for the cival suit. Could owe the state big bucks!

Oh,and the movie she produced was a piece of Crap.....

Oh well,another "ooops i'm guilty but my beliefs let me be forgiven in advance, so i got away with it" people. SICK!

Buncky: Here's something you can do:

Go fuck yourself.

It makes me sad to read all of this Lashon Horah (evil words) about a fellow Jew that I know and care about. Wendy is a nice woman and is undeserving of such hasty and cruel words about her. Please stop making assumptions and trying to find somebody to speak badly about. Your words disgust me. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Very ashamed. Why don't you spend your time trying to put good in this world, while you can, instead of jumping onto an opportunity to spread dirt? Please turn instead to building this world, as opposed to breaking it apart. Our time is short. Make it worthwhile.

Have you ever reported the kindness on the Orthodox world? I wish you would choose to do something positive with your journalism---yes, there are "bad" Orthodox Jews---but so much goodness out there that could be shared with your venue. Clearly, you have an audience-you could be doing so much good. Be a light, Mr. Shmarya. You can do it!

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