FBI's investigation of Atherton was a hoax, poster says Atherton, posted by JT, a resident of another community, on Sep 27, 2011 at 9:15 pm
It's been nearly a year now since John Johns, the former finance director in Atherton, began circulating the rumor that the FBI was investigating people in Atherton about government corruption? (Web Link) And Peter Carpenter jumped in, to say he was helping connect witnesses to the FBI. A number of people posted comments claiming to have first hand knowledge of this investigation.
So what's happened? Why haven't there been any arrests? Why no searches of Town Hall? Why wasn't the DA frog walked out of his office?
I think the people who perpetrated this hoax took advantage of the fact that the FBI will not comment on any ongoing case. Since that's their policy, they knew the FBI wouldn't contradict them when they claimed there was an investigation. But after all this time, shouldn't something have happened if this wasn't a hoax?
And were do the people implicated by these rumors go to get their good reputations back?
Posted by Investigation was/IS REAL, a resident of the Atherton: other neighborhood, on Sep 28, 2011 at 9:33 am
Yup. Why do you think Guerrera was "retired" so suddenly? JT [Portion deleted -- please don't speculate about the identify of anonymous posters) you know there are big problems over at APD, stop trying to pretend they don't exist.
Posted by Lurker, a resident of another community, on Sep 28, 2011 at 8:33 pm
The Editor's note does not make any sense to me.
Why is it that when someone posted in another FBI thread the fact that San Mateo Chief Deputy DA Karen Guidotti is married to Michael Guidotti in the San Mateo Sheriff's department - a known fact- it was removed?
And yet you allow someone to write a fake headline written in an authoritative tone that actually has no basis in fact.
To the Editor: your rules are not consistent and much too arbitrary.
Posted by John Johns, a resident of another community, on Sep 28, 2011 at 9:18 pm
The FBI Offices have new carpeting. They were installing it when I was interviewed. It's the thin blue kind that come in squares with a sort of a salt and pepper look. Purchasing agents are fond of that kind of carpeting because it's cheap and simple.
There may be something that comes of the FBI investigation and then again there may not be. The g-men and women work in mysterious ways.
I'm just glad they have no reason to investigate me.
Posted by bob, a resident of the Woodside: other neighborhood, on Sep 29, 2011 at 1:29 pm
Interesting that people want the headline changed to possibly a hoax, when there was never any factual info about an investigation in the first place. Right now whole issue is based an innuendo and rumors. I say we will never here about any investigation.
Posted by John P Johns, a resident of another community, on Sep 29, 2011 at 1:58 pm
Yes, in fact when I was interviewed the barbells from the weights were located along the walls in the corridor because the weight room was being re-carpeted.
So if JT wants to put his mind at ease, perhaps he should inquire as to whether or not the FBI's offices were being re-carpeted and if so what color was used. That would tell JT whether or not you and I were summoned to the FBI offices at least.
Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community, on Sep 29, 2011 at 5:09 pm
JT doesn't seem to be thinking this alleged "hoax" through too well. Does JT really think that Mr. Johns & company would risk civil action against them & perhaps criminal action for starting & perpetuating rumors about an FBI investigation, taking advantage of the FBI's well known inability to comment about something happening/not happening?
That seems to me a mighty big risk for people to take. I can't imagine someone like Peter Carpenter making stuff up given how much he'd be risking - & he'd be risking more than himself. I'm assuming the similar, if not the same for Mr. Johns.
IIRC, the FBI looked into E. Palo Alto PD on & off for a good number of years - & that's just what the public knows. We don't know what else they did/didn't look into. Extrapolate that to SM County - that's my suggestion.