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Woman Abducted in Bethlehem, Man Arrested in NJ; DE Auditor Indicted; Wells Fargo Code of Conduct
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 10/12/21 10:15 pm | updated: 10/12/21 10:34 pm
A man abducted a woman after running her off the road near Bethlehem, PA, on Tuesday morning, 10/12, and was caught hours later near the Holland Tunnel. 27-year-old Ruben Carrion Melendez is charged with kidnapping, unlawful restraint, terroristic threats, recklessly endangerment, and simple assault. It started around 7:15 a.m. near the QVC warehouse on the 3400 Commerce Center Boulevard. Melendez, the father of 25-year-old Krystal Rivera's child, ran her vehicle off the road. "He forced himself inside her car, shoved her over to the passenger side, crashed her car into a pole, then drug her by her hair into his car and then escaped. All against her will," Northampton County DA Terry Houck said. Police in New Jersey spotted Melendez's black Honda Civic near the Holland Tunnel which heads into New York. He was stopped and arrested. Rivera was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. She already had an active protection from abuse order against him.

Delaware State Auditor Kathleen McGuiness turned herself in on Tuesday, 10/12, after being indicted by a grand jury. She is charged with felony counts of theft and witness intimidation, and misdemeanor charges of official misconduct, conflict of interest, and noncompliance with state procurement laws. McGuiness is accused of giving her daughter and daughter's friend jobs as temporary employees in May 2020, despite temp jobs being eliminated due to coronavirus. Elizabeth McGuiness kept getting paid for that job after the summer while she was away at college. She was paid a total of $19,000. Her friend made $7,700. McGuiness also gave out a no-bid contract to a company and structured the contract and billing so it would be below the threshold for reporting. See McGuiness' statement below.

"The indictment includes a great deal of evidence that the State Auditor repeatedly broke the law and systemically abused her power, beginning in her first year in office," Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings said in a statement. "Our investigation revealed a long trail of corruption, nepotism, official misconduct, intimidation, and fraud that implicated thousands of taxpayer dollars - all from an elected official who is supposed to be a watchdog for exactly this kind of misbehavior. We cannot - and I will not - tolerate criminal corruption, no matter who you are."

The Wells Fargo Center has released a video outlining/clarifying the fan code of conduct.

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 by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA | responded: 10/12 10:34 pm

"Kathy McGuiness is absolutely innocent of these charges. The Grand Jury's Indictment, like all Grand Jury Indictments, was based upon a one-sided presentation from witnesses and documents selected by the Attorney General. The Indictment is full of misleading statements and half-truths.

It is true that Ms. McGuiness's daughter worked as a temporary employee in the Auditor's Office. Delaware law does not prohibit family members from hiring family members, and there have been many instances of such employment all throughout state government-including in the Attorney General's Office. It is also true that, like millions of Americans, Ms. McGuiness's daughter worked remotely during the COVID pandemic. However, the Indictment's assumption that the only way for a state worker to work remotely is by using the State's email network is false.

Ms. McGuiness has, from time to time, hired outside contractors to perform various professional, policy-related and communications functions for the Auditor's Office. Unlike the Attorney General Office, which has several full-time employees that assist with press and public relations, the Auditor's Office does not have a full-time employee to perform those functions. Furthermore, unlike many other state agencies, the Auditor's budget did not provide for a full time policy development staffer until recently. For these reasons, Ms. McGuiness hired an outside contractor to assist in those tasks. The contractor in question has performed policy development services for other elected officials in Delaware before, including a former Governor. All of the relevant contracts were entirely lawful. There is nothing unlawful about hiring a former campaign consultant to perform legitimate tasks related to government service. The Indictment fails to mention that the consultant has provided policy advice for elected officials all around the United States in the past and continues to do so today.

The Witness Intimidation charge is pure fiction, and is clearly the result of fanciful tales spun by former employees with an axe to grind.

Ms. McGuiness will continue to work hard on behalf of Delaware's taxpayers and intends to focus on the job that she was elected to do. She will have no further comment on this matter. When the whole story is finally heard, the facts will speak for themselves."

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