|DEA agent lies, payment is made and OC jury is befuddled|
Federal prosecutor Rob Keenan possesses unquestionable evidence that a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) task force agent in Riverside repeatedly lied to Orange County prosecutors in hopes of tricking them into giving unwarranted, special treatment to an accused John Wayne Airport assault defendant.
Keenan collected undeniable proof that Mission Viejo defense lawyer Lawrence Witsoe convinced Wayne Gillis, his Phoenix businessman client charged in the assault case, that if he quietly paid $2,500 to DEA task force agent Aaron Vigil, he'd win special treatment from the Orange County District Attorney's Office.
The veteran, assistant United States Attorney and his trial partner, Jennifer Waier, also have documentation that Witsoe ordered evidence of the conspiracy to be destroyed so that he, Gillis and Vigil wouldn't fall into "deep yogurt" if anyone honest in law enforcement discovered the ruse.
Indeed, Witsoe didn't know he was being recorded by the FBI when he told Gillis that he would route the $2,500 to the DEA agent through an intermediary.