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Two former clients tell harrowing tales after hiring atty james beirne

  1. 1. Two Former Clients TellHarrowing Tales After HiringAtty James Beirne By Jenilene Francisco and Rene Villaroman Staff1/24/2012 James Beirne Scam 1
  2. 2. Reynaldo Anson Villarica – Beirne Used False/Non Existent CompaniesTwo brave former clients of famous Glendale Attorney JamesBeirne are among those who have to expose the Glendale-based lawyer forfailing to deliver legal services, harrowing experiences thatnegatively impacted their lives.1/24/2012 James Beirne Scam 2
  3. 3. Reynaldo Anson Villarica, who hails from the province ofCavite, told PWD that he was able to breathe normally for thefirst time in many years after he read an advertisement in thepages of seeking stories aboutAttorney James Beirne’s victims.“They kicked the air out of my lungs,” Villarica said, whofirst sought Beirne’s assistance to secure a workauthorization and a green card in 2001.He felt alone and powerless, but “now I knew there wereothers who would support me.” Villarica stated that he foundhope that his case could be revived and possibly continuedby another company that would be willing to file a petitionon in his behalf after Atty. Beirne failed to secure workauthorization for him since he first consulted him in 2001. 1/24/2012 James Beirne Scam 3
  4. 4. Villarica recounts the Beirne’s law office had filed three different petitions using three different companies, all of which turned out to be non-existent. “Every two years, pinapalitan yung company,” Villarica said, The first petition was made through a company known as Executive Aviation, followed two years later by Quad Medical Services; and the third petition through Family Care Homes. “Pagkatapos nuon, itinago na nila sa akin (After those petitions were denied, they hid everything from me). Kasi, pag binasa mo yung mga letters, wala silang maipasok na lisensiya sa EDD (Employment Development Department). Parang nakakasira ng ulo,” Villarica said. Investigations conducted by a PWD staff member revealed that these three companies were nonexistent during the times that these petitions for Mr. Villarica were being made by the law office of Atty Beirne.1/24/2012 James Beirne Scam 4
  5. 5. For instance, the first company, Executive Aviation Services, did not exist at the time of the application. PWD has also learned that even the address, using “Hangar 22” at the Chino Airport, does not exist. When PWD called the number used in the application we were informed by the woman that answered that for a decade she had been receiving calls by people searching out others who had committed wrongdoing, and that she had nothing to with Executive Aviation Services. “This was a common practice with some shady immigration lawyers during the big 245(i) push in the beginning of 2001,” said an immigration lawyer who had processed hundreds of labor certifications in that time period and who asked to not be identified for fear of retribution from Beirne’s colleagues. “Everyone was scampering for employer sponsors, and many lawyers did not verify whether the employers provided were legitimate. It got a lot of people into trouble,” the lawyer said.1/24/2012 James Beirne Scam 5
  6. 6. Villarica said he was directed to these employers by anoutside agent of Attorney Beirne. When he confronted theoffice after making some discoveries, Ching Mendoza of theBeirne Law Office threatened him with words to the effectthat “they knew powerful people and he better not tell anyonewhat happened.”All in all, Villarica, by his estimate, had paid Beirne’s lawoffice some $7,000.00, never got any visa, and in the endreceived only threats.“Nakahinga ako ng maluwag (I was able to breath easy) forthe first time in many years after I read yournewspaper,” Villarica said. 1/24/2012 James Beirne Scam 6
  7. 7. Gertrudes and Rick Pecaoco – Judge to Atty Beirne – ‘YouFiled the Wrong Petition’A couple from Burbank also contacted PWD to air theirgrievances against Atty Beirne. The Pecaocos were no longerable to afford the $6,000-amonth mortgage payment on theirhouse and it was on the verge of foreclosure when they soughtthe legal advice of Atty Beirne. Unfortunately, the Pecaocos saidrecently to PWD, “The help and assistance they perused inBeirne’s advertisements (published in Balita) were not met.”PWD had previously reported that the L.A. Superior Court hadrecently ordered Attorney Beirne to cease this typeof deceptive, false advertising. It appears that Attorney Beirneis now complying with this court order and no longer placesfalse advertising in Balita newspapers. 1/24/2012 James Beirne Scam 7
  8. 8. According to the couple, they only met with Beirne’s assistant,Ruby Sexon, who explained various bankruptcy has learned that Sexon has no formal legaltraining even though she was the only assistant the couple evermet at the law office. Rick says that Sexon advised them to stoppaying the mortgage and some important bills. With every letterreceived regarding their house and notice to vacate, Beirne’s lawoffice and Sexon would simply say that their bankruptcy petitionwould be filed. “It’s more of everything was just paperwork,” saysGertrudes. “Sabi naman niya, pag-aaralan nila ito,” she added.Regardless of Sexon’s reassurances and claims, the negligenceand lack of concern for clients was revealed at the hearing when,for the first time, Gertrudes actually Gertrudes further expressedher sentiments of not feeling secure even after finally meeting theattorney himself. “Parang, he was just there to file it. But he didn’tcare to be concerned of ano ba talaga ang gusto mo? How can Ibe there to help you? What do you want to do?” Simply put, “Hewas not helpful. He was not concerned.” The case was eventuallypulled out. “Dismissed ang kaso ko. Bali wala.” 1/24/2012 James Beirne Scam 8
  9. 9. As for a refund, the couple assures that the only refund theyreceived was for the lien stripping which was between $3 to 4thousand out of an estimated $10,000 in total that the couple saysthey paid the law firm. Gertrudes said, the refund for the lienstripping would never have been returned if she had notdemanded for it. “Nung tumawag ako, sabi ko pwede ba irefund.Kasi na dismiss naman yung kaso. Sabi n’ya (Ruby Sexon)dismissed or not dismissed hindi na kailangan ang refund.”The Pecaocos also spoke about the hassle and inconveniencethey experienced with Beirne’s law office. They said that simplequestions regarding their case and files could not be answeredover the phone. “I don’t know, but it was easier for them to collectmoney than really helping out,” says Gertrudes. “Yung feeling mona matutulungan ka, wala rin. If you don’t call, they’re not going todo anything.” A direct trip to the office was needed. Even then,proper direction, guidance, and answers to their questions werenever seen. “They won’t even entertain you,” says Rick. 1/24/2012 James Beirne Scam 9
  10. 10. Needless to say, the couple’s grievances with their overallexperience with Beirne can still be felt. As Rick expresses nearthe end of the interview, their initial case was manageable andcould have been properly handled had they not consultedwith Atty Beirne, but went to an attorney who actually reviewedthe case, and not leaving the matter up to an untrained assistantsuch as Ruby has earlier reported that Ruby Sexon wasthe Beirne staff member that mishandled the case of Diosdadoand Janet Duldulao, whose home was actually foreclosed uponwhen Sexon failed to file the bankruptcy petition.1/24/2012 James Beirne Scam 10
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