Karen Elaine Hanover, Accused Fraudster, Loses Appeal of FBI "Spoofing" Conviction
A couple months ago, this Navel Gazer allowed Karen Elaine Hanover, a Seal Beach real estate agent accused in federal court of running an investment fraud scam, to vent about what she claimed was misconduct by her prosecutor. She further alleged her victims had previously done to her what she was found guilty of doing to them.
That post was after several I reported on Hanover's alleged misdeeds. And one victim later let me know in a private email how chagrined she was at me for giving Hanover a forum.
My feeling was, allow Hanover to express herself and then see where the legal chips fall. As Andrew Stolper, the former prosecutor Hanover accused of misconduct, informed me the other day, some of those chips have fallen hard on the accused.
Besides facing trial for alleged mail fraud for a commercial property investment scam that conned 50 marks out of nearly $2 million, Hanover was accused in a related complaint of terrorizing fraud victims.
When some of those losing money began making noise about being ripped off, Hanover called them via "spoofing" technology that made the number appear on caller I.D. as the FBI office in Los Angeles and it gave the 46-year-old woman a man's voice. Impersonating an FBI agent, Hanover confronted the folks over the phone.
Hanover was convicted of using spoofing technology to impersonate an FBI agent, sentenced to six months in jail and fined $5,000 ...
Karen Elaine Hanover, Once Looking at 40 Years in Spoofing Case, Gets 6 Months in Jail
... with the more serious fraud counts still hanging over her.
Karen Elaine Hanover, Already Convicted for Posing as FBI Agent, Indicted for Mail Fraud
But there is a divergence of opinion that the U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles has never bothered to sort out for me, despite repeated attempts for clarification. The office's original press release claimed Hanover had posed as a bureau agent to "intimidate" the victims. She claims that was never proven and an obstruction of justice count based on that allegation was tossed.
In that March post, she furthered alleged she only posed as an FBI agent because some victims had done that to her first. Meanwhile, she wrote on her own blog that she had been wrongfully prosecuted and that the feds were spreading misinformation.
Karen Elaine Hanover, Convicted FBI "Spoofer," Claims Hers Were Retaliatory Spoofs
Hanover took particular delight in a recent Navel Gazing post about an ex-Broadcom official's talk about his book that states he was a victim of government persecution in the Santa Ana federal courthouse, singling out Stolper for scorn.
William Ruehle, Ex-Broadcom CFO, Shares His Amazing Government Persecution Story at UCI
Now it is Stolper who gets to take delight in the most recent legal setback for Hanover.