Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Westerman pleads guilty to 19 counts of financial fraud.

 One of the Ohio pair of pit bull fraudsters, Luke Westerman entered a guilty plea in the financial fraud case against him.  This case has meandered through the courts endlessly but came to an end yesterday with the guilty plea.  It is to be hoped that Steffen Baldwin's case will soon conclude as well.  Baldwin is scheduled to stand trial in early December.   

Westerman's guilty plea covered 19 unlawful securities practices.  It is possible Westerman might serve a total of 31 years and 6 months in prison for these crimes but the prosecution and the defense jointly recommend PSI, Community Control - 5 years, and restitution of $1,096,656.09.  The recommendation is not binding upon the court. Given the fact that Westerman's reported wealth was either stolen from his clients or totally imaginary, how is he going to manage restitution? 

Quick review, Westerman posed as a wealthy entrepreneur heading multiple businesses.  This status allowed him to virtue signal endlessly, pushing pit bulls became a huge sideline.  The partnership between Westerman and Baldwin caused the suffering of animals in Baldwin's case and financial pain to those who invested with or worked for Westerman.   Click here for a quick review.  For a far more comprehensive look at Westerman please read Unmasking a con on Dogsbite.org   

To be fair, who would trust this individual with their money?  Westerman is scheduled to be sentenced on November 18th.  

 For some insights into Westerman's fraud and thought process, please click here.  This is how Westerman presented himself to the world. His self-satisfaction was both stunning and laughable.   

We look forward to Baldwin's trial.  

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Another pit bull death in Akron Ohio, Updated 10/7/2021


Akron Ohio 

Summit County

A sixteen-month-old child was killed by pit bulls in Akron Ohio.  Details are sketchy at this time but it is reported that the little girl was in the living room of a home when a disagreement broke out between a 20-year-old man and a woman, not the parents of the child.  Two pit bulls were present in the room per Fox 8 News and police feel that the argument "riled up the pit bulls" enough that the dogs attacked the child.  The little girl was transported to Akron Children's Hospital where she was pronounced dead. 

Akron's last pit bull fatality was in 2020, also a small child.  This is the twenty-third dog attack fatality in Ohio since the Ohio Legislature passed HB 14 to deregulate pit bulls in the state.  That bill was written by the legal staff at Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab Utah.  Why is an organization located in Utah writing law for the State of Ohio?  Good question and I can't answer it. 

Best Friends assured Ohio residents that their "breed-neutral" bill would make our communities safer.  Quick review, 23 deaths in the nine years since HB 14 was passed.  In the decade prior to the passage of HB 14 Ohio had 5 fatal dog attacks. Does this sound safer to you? Best Friends breed-neutral law has been a colossal failure but they don't accept responsibility for it.  How do these people sleep at night?      

Update - The child has been named, she was Ka'Vay Louis-Calderon.  A heartbreaking video shows a beautiful and loved child. 

Details revealed include a bite history for one of the dogs and that the child was frequently in the home and had lived there in the past. 

Ka'Vay's parents hope to start a foundation to help victims of vicious dog attacks.