Mike Carona's Curse: Two of the Dirty Ex-OC Sheriff's Tainted Benefactors Die Within Weeks At The Age Of 61

Categories: Court, Crime-iny
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Asher: Onetime cocaine dealer gave secret gifts to Orange County's dirty sheriff
A former brazen Florida cocaine trafficker, who became an ultra-wealthy database guru that bought valuable gifts for corrupt Orange County sheriff-turned-convicted-felon Mike Carona, died Thursday or Friday, according to news reports.

The Palm Beach Post quickly handed Hank Asher, 61 and a high school dropout, a gushing hagiography by declaring him "an entrepreneur who pioneered the use of databases," "spent millions of his fortune fighting child pornography" and was "a national crime-fighting figure."

Somewhere, someone is making an Asher superhero costume, no?

Asher liked the Bible-thumping Carona--once a rising star in the California Republican Party, an Arnold Schwarzenegger confidant and a sheriff who eagerly accept bribes (cash, fine suits, casino chips, hotel rooms, illegal campaign contributions, booze--lots of booze, private jet rides and, yes, a boat).

Carona, who is serving a 66-month sentence in a Colorado federal prison, once arrogantly declared (before his arrest and while he served on a top-secret George W. Bush national security task force) that investigating FBI and IRS agents had only found evidence of "the nigger money"--smaller sized bribes. 

Carona didn't know that his statements were secretly recorded by Don Haidl, a Rancho Cucamonga used car salesman, who illegally gave Carona more than $200,000 in 1998 to defeat Santa Ana Police Chief Paul Walters for the county's top cop job.

Haidl--a notorious chain smoker and booze guzzler with a penchant for communicating in streams of cuss words--was rewarded for the illegal contributions with a powerful assistant sheriff's job and, though he'd never taken a single police training class, full police powers in California.

He also got a county patrol car, one he later admitted in court that he used to impress his neighbors and friends.


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Carona smiling for an OC Weekly photographer while under FBI arrest

Curse?

Karma?

(Jeffrey Rawitz, one of Carona's colorful, high-priced defense lawyers, died at the age of 46 shortly after enthusiastically attempting to discredit the case brought by Assistant United States Attorney Brett Sagel and his office partner, Ken Julian, who is now in private practice.)

While Carona sat atop California's second largest sheriff's department, Asher--who'd earlier in his life flown cocaine loaded planes from Central America to Florida--secretly bought dinner for him and Assistant Sheriff George Jaramillo and gave their wives diamond-studded gold Cartier watches worth more than $30,000.

During Carona's corruption trial inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana, two sources told me that Asher also paid for the dirty sheriff's massive legal defense team. Confronted with the allegation, one the lawyers smiled, paused and said he couldn't speak on the record about the topic.

U.S. District Court Judge Andrew J. Guilford allowed Carona--who, as the OC Weekly proved with photographic evidence, liked to party with Las Vegas organized crime associates--to fly to Florida to visit Asher after his conviction but before he was ordered to surrender to U.S. marshals and the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

Though he used his public office for corruption, Carona remains the recipient of a lucrative-taxpayer funded pension that deposits into his bank account more than $21,000 a month--even while he's in prison and for the rest of his life.

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18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Oh and this Hispanic American's boss was an Italian American (fellow New Yorker)  WW2 war hero who went on to work for Rockwell International and the Saturn 5 project. The other founder was a white American man  who was Rockwell International Chief Engineer, Global Positioning Satellite, Chief Engineer, Advanced Infrared Telescope Program and Communications Manager Apollo/Saturn Launch Operations. 

Just in case some genius says this a Hispanic / OC cop thing. If you only knew.


18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

I still can't get over this notion that one of the TOP COPS in Orange County was ... 

buddy buddy with "Florida cocaine traffickers .. who earlier in his life flown cocaine loaded planes from Central America to Florida--secretly bought dinner for him and Assistant Sheriff George Jaramillo and gave their wives diamond-studded gold Cartier watches worth more than $30,000." ...

during the time that my former place of employment "STSS" had a target on it's back by law enforcement. "STSS" just happened to be developing vehicle tracking systems for business and police interests in Bogota, Colombia eventually covering Colombia as a whole.

I went from never having a problem with US law enforcement to everyone and their mother in law enforcement messing with me.  Difference between before and after: my working as an engineer for this company.

Micky Mouse may not have enough cheese to fix this.

FFO1939
FFO1939

Miguel Hidalgo and Jose Maria Morelos must be rolling their graves after finding out Mexico became a third country and the people became corrupted.

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

Congrats Aaron Vasquez you gone!

Aaron Vasquez
Aaron Vasquez

What the fuck did you just fucking say about me, you little bitch? I’ll have you know I graduated top of my class in the Navy Seals, and I’ve been involved in numerous secret raids on Al-Quaeda, and I have over 300 confirmed kills. I am trained in gorilla warfare and I’m the top sniper in the entire US armed forces. You are nothing to me but just another target. I will wipe you the fuck out with precision the likes of which has never been seen before on this Earth, mark my fucking words. You think you can get away with saying that shit to me over the Internet? Think again, fucker. As we speak I am contacting my secret network of spies across the USA and your IP is being traced right now so you better prepare for the storm, maggot. The storm that wipes out the pathetic little thing you call your life. You’re fucking dead, kid. I can be anywhere, anytime, and I can kill you in over seven hundred ways, and that’s just with my bare hands. Not only am I extensively trained in unarmed combat, but I have access to the entire arsenal of the United States Marine Corps and I will use it to its full extent to wipe your miserable ass off the face of the continent, you little shit. If only you could have known what unholy retribution your little “clever” comment was about to bring down upon you, maybe you would have held your fucking tongue. But you couldn’t, you didn’t, and now you’re paying the price, you goddamn idiot. I will shit fury all over you and you will drown in it. You’re fucking dead, kiddo.

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

Sean: ...except Hank Asher donated money to Carona's campaign, which makes him an OC story. And what's "Ornage County"? Is it part of your home land of Pendejostan? Aaron: Actually, we can!

Sean Henschel
Sean Henschel

You proved my point - you guys are just so flippin biased. I'm aware of Baca being from LA..Hank Asher is from Florida - so what's your point douchebag? My reference was relating to corruption. I did not know I was limited to the borders of Orange County which is odd because you Illegal Alien loving jackasses usually don't care much for borders. Have a swanky day.

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

Aaron: No, just on the ones who deserve it! Sean: Last we checked, Lee Baca was in LA, while we're in OC. Care to comment? And, yes: go back to the OC Register's website, as that's where people of substandard IQ who can't tell the difference between LA and OC belong!

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Mike Carona is one of the original scumbuckets that destroyed my life while this Hispanic American  was working on Colombian engineering police projects. Then I read here that he was pals with "ex-Florida cocaine traffickers ... who'd earlier in his life flown cocaine loaded planes from Central America to Florida". After the stunning waste of taxpayer money and police resources I've seen trying to shut me up across three different decades this article begins to tie a lot of shit together.

And fast forward to 2012, John Welter of the Anaheim police department insults me with his Anaheim PD GANG UNIT as if to emphasize the criminal arrogance / insantity.  I almost get killed while risking my ass on police projects AND I'm supposed to be the one running away from OC law enforcement like the criminal.

I would be water boarding people at this point.

Sean Henschel
Sean Henschel

I despise Carona..and really despise convicted criminals receiving extreme tax payer pensions more than you can imagine..This article was just a rampage on everything not left. How about rippin the shit out of Obama and his illegal contributors along with Brown and the excessive hispanics in political offices stealing, raping the system, fining us, stripping what few freedoms real and legal taxpaying Americans have left. Baca is one corrupt mother fucker..his own Sheriff Youth leader soaking over 100k from taxpayers a year just got popped with masses of mary jane..do a non-biased story for a change..and please don't reply with some OC Register crap..you've used that one a few too many times..get creative and put the crack pipe down.

paullucas714
paullucas714

How is it that he gets 21k a month? I thought it was the law if corruption is found in these cases they lose their pensions?

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@FFranco80 What the hell does this story have to do with Mexico? My Lord, are you pathetic...

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

@Aaron Vasquez You sure the orientation pamphlet didn't say trained seal at Sea World? 

As an engineer in the surveillance state when you were probably still in diapers, I'd like you to know that your digital transmissions can be traced right up into ass. Be careful with your words.

JackGrimshaw
JackGrimshaw

@Aaron Vasquez "Trained in GORILLA warfare"? ROFLMFAO. You chump! Or is that chimp?

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@Aaron Vasquez You're so cute with death threats, you just earned yourself a time-out!

JackGrimshaw
JackGrimshaw

@18usc241 Hey, Paranoid Pete: You're back on this me-me-me thing that nobody gives a rat's ass about, remember? Get over yourself already. You wanna write fiction, hammer out a novel ...

paullucas714
paullucas714

@Sean Henschel Who got popped with masses of weed?

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@Sean Henschel Hey, idiot: last I checked, Lee Baca is in LA, and we're the OC WEEKLY. PLEASE go back to the OC Register's page, pendejo!

JackGrimshaw
JackGrimshaw

@Aaron Vasquez Our theme tune? "Dead Man's Party"; Oingo Boingo. "I hear the chauffeur coming to my door, / Says there's room for maybe just one more." Wanna dance, dickhead?

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@Aaron Vasquez Better than your pissy comments, son!

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@paullucas714  Oh, yeah: and the dirty ex-sheriff gets cost-of-living increases too. So after his arrest and federal conviction for corruption, Carona is enjoying a $8 million to $12 million (depending on how long he lives) taxpayer-funded SuperLotto retirement jackpot!

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

@JackGrimshaw Also thanks for reminding me about the me-me-me thing. 

John Welter (Anaheim PD chief), Kevin Raney (Garden Grove PD chief), Sandra Hutchens (Orange County Sheriff), Jim McDonell (Long Beach PD chief), Leroy Baca (LA Sheriif) and friends: stop defecating on the trust of your police officers in order to cover up the criminal acts of men long since retired and/or imprisoned. 

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