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Monday, 16 July 2007 08:00

Ben Menor's next hearing will be on August 1, 2007, Wednesday. Mr. Menor will have to be present at this hearing, so that the Superior Court can schedule his coming criminal trial. Should Mr. Menor fail to show up again, the court may issue the so-called bench warrant for his immediate arrest.

On Wednesday, June 13, 2007, Mr. Menor was supposed to appear at the Santa Clara County Superior Court but he did not show up. As a result, the court waived his bail bond and could order its forfeiture by the next hearing.

The public may obtain additional information from the Assistant District Attorney who is handling the People of California vs. Benny Ben Menor case. The Assistant DA is Steve Lowney and his telephone number is (408) 792-2751.

In the meantime, the City of San Jose civil lawsuit against Mr. Menor and DOEs 1-100 was again re-scheduled to October 9, 2007. There was a case conference on Tuesday, July 10, 2007. The City of San Jose and the Superior Court may wait for the result of Mr. Menor's criminal trial, as both criminal and civil suits arise from the same alleged financial misconduct. If Mr. Menor is found guilty in the criminal case, it will make it easier for the City of San Jose to prove its civil lawsuit against him and the Board of the Filipino-American Senior Opportunities Development Council, Inc. (FilAmSODC) and the 100 or so DOEs who have not been formally included in the lawsuit. The civil lawsuit also alleges the illegal diversion of city funds from the Northside Community Center (NCC) -- that Mr. Menor managed -- to the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations (NaFFAA), so as to fund the federation's national convention in San Jose in August 2002. Mr. Menor and Atty. Rodel Rodis co-chaired that NaFFAA convention and to date both have refused to present even to the NaFFAA national Board of Directors any financial report on the said event.

The Philippine News reported that Mr. Menor is currently involved with a real-estate conference that will be held in the Philippines in December 2007. The Superior Court will have to approve Mr. Menor's proposed trip to the Philippines, as foreign travel is not covered by the bail bond that he secured.

In the meantime, the community activists who organized themselves into a crusading group called the "Citizens Rebelling Against Bogus Spending" (CRABS) are following up with the California Attorney General another potential law suit against Mr. Menor. The CRABS was responsible for bringing to the attention of the City of San Jose the alleged criminal misconduct of Mr. Menor, some of his fellow NaFFAA national executive officers and Company in the NCC. The CRABS said that there is still the issue of a $100,000 grant from the California Department of Community and Development that was given to Mr. Menor to provide services in the NCC from January 2004 to December 31, 2004. The grant was allegedly used by Mr. Menor to pay numerous bonuses to himself and his staff. # # #

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Last Updated on Monday, 16 July 2007 08:11

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