Scandal in ‘Lawless Lakeville’: Matt Little Illegally Elected Mayor?September 12, 2016
Lakeville, Dakota County, MN: Mayor Matt Little is accused of committing fraud by lying about his address in order to meet residency requirements needed to run for office as council man, and later, mayor in Lakeville. The allegation, raised by Terry Dean, Nemmers includes, “City Of Lakeville Mayor Matt Little Doesn’t Even Reside In Lawless Lakeville? 2010 & 2012 & 2014 Affidavit Of Candidacy Proves Little Resides In Rosemount? 2016 Affidavit Of Candidacy & 2014 Lawyer License Info Prove Little Resides in Farmington? How Many Days Has Little Lived In The Lawless Shit-Hole Called The City Of Lakeville, Huh? Not A Single Day?” Scandal Alert! City Of Lakeville Mayor Matt Little Doesn’t Even Reside In Lawless Lakeville?
According to the Minnesota Constitution, a candidate must live in the city for at least 30 days before a city election in order to serve as a mayor. If a mayor fails to maintain a city residency, state statute provides that a vacancy in office is created. Handbook for Minnesota Cities: Elected Officials & Council, Structure and Role
Little was a former Lakeville city council member (2010). He was ran for mayor in 2012, and won as the youngest elected mayor, and was elected again in 2014. Records show during the time that Little served as mayor, he did not live in Lakeville, and did not meet residency requirements. As a law student, Little should have been aware of those requirements.This means that Little fraudulently ran for mayor, and illegally held office.
Little is also exploiting the tragedy of the Grazzini-Rucki case to make a name for himself politically.
Little took time from his busy schedule to publicly thank the Lakeville police department, Jim Backstrom and Prosecuting Attorney Kathryn M. Keena “for bringing peace and justice to our community” after securing a guilty verdict against Sandra Grazzini-Rucki. Little has given special attention to the Grazzini-Rucki case while ignoring more serious crimes occurring in Lakeville. For example, a Lakeville fire lieutenant recently resigned from the department after being charged with giving alcohol to a minor, and then raping him. In another recent case, a body was found dead at the side of the road. According to Little “peace and justice” was restored to Lakeville after Sandra was convicted, even as more serious crimes that pose a real threat to public safety are happening. Then again if Little does not live in Lakeville, does he really know what is happening there???
Also disturbing is that Little’s public applause implies that he supports David Rucki, and supports the unjust family court decisions that have caused so much pain and upheaval in the lives of Sandra and the children.
In truth, it is David Rucki who poses a danger to the community. Rucki has a long history of violent behavior, history of criminal convictions and has been connected to various financial scams. David Rucki’s Greatest Hits (Police Reports), The Provocateur Yet Matt Little remains silent, and never made a public announcement when Rucki was convicted of assault, domestic violence with OFP violations, or anything else he has done.
How can the community be safer when its own system to secure “peace and justify” is not only failing but also promoting corruption, at epic levels?
Stay tuned for updates!
An August 11th 2016 child support hearing in Dakota County regarding David Rucki and Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, played out with the antics of a circus side show, freakishly contorting law and issuing orders that defy justice.
The hearing was presided by Magistrate Maria K. Pastoor (a magistrate is appointed in cases where the obligee is receiving public assistance). Magistrate Pastoor issued a temporary order for child support and continued the case to hold an evidentiary hearing, just 5 days before Sandra’s sentencing on criminal charges, to determine child support. How can you issue a child support order days before a person may be sentenced to prison? According to Minnesota law, if the court determines that a person has no income and completely lacks the ability to earn income, then the minimum support does not apply and child support may not be ordered. Also, minimum support orders do not apply to an obligor who is incarcerated, unless they have income and assets to pay support. Sandra has neither income or assets. It is unprecedented that Magistrate Pastoor would issue a child support order under these circumstances. The amount of money and resources Dakota County has expended on pursuing Sandra for child support, has far exceeded any benefit it can hope to gain.
Another bizarre aspect of this child support case is the restrictions Magistrate Pastoor put on attorney, Michelle MacDonald, severely limiting her ability to access and review financial information about David Rucki. Ms. MacDonald has filed several discovery requests, and contempt motions against Rucki. Rucki continues to obstruct child support proceedings by refusing to comply with court orders and provide financial information. Another ploy Rucki uses is filing frivolous motions against Sandra, and waging false accusations without evidence to back up his outlandish claims. Dakota County refuses to hold him accountable, contempt orders are always dismissed.
Millionaire David Rucki now claims to be living in the lowest levels of poverty, and is receiving public assistance without ever proving a need for it.
One Sided Evidentiary Hearing
In order to establish child support the Court has to determine the income of BOTH parents. Under Minnesota law, both parents must file a financial affidavit, and disclose all sources of gross income for purposes of child support. Sandra has complied. David Rucki is refusing to cooperate and is actively hiding income and assets. Rucki is also refusing to comply with discovery requests. Dakota County is well aware that he has refused to provide information, but has done nothing to hold him accountable.
Now, Magistrate Pastoor has issued an order severely limiting the ability of Sandra’s attorney, Michelle MacDonald, to review and access financial information about Rucki. Pastoor’s bizarre order states that Ms. MacDonald may view Rucki’s recent filing and tax return only under the watch of a sheriff’s deputy at the Dakota County Service Center. Ms. MacDonald can not have any electronics in her possession when viewing the information (is she going to be searched? patted down?). Ms. MacDonald is not allowed to have copies of the actual documents but can take handwritten notes (how does that comply with evidentiary standards?). She may only view the information at a time “acceptable to court administration”. There are ways to protect the confidentiality of parties but what Magistrate Pastoor is imposing is oppressive, and goes above and beyond standard court confidentiality policies.
A fair and impartial evidentiary hearing can not be one sided – each party should be treated the same by the Court, and each held to the same set of rules and practices. Let’s be clear – this is a child support case, NOT a national security issue. The order does not indicate any justification for such drastic measures. This is clearly an abuse of discretion.
Rucki: From Riches to Rags
Without providing any proof of income or assets. millionaire David Rucki now claims he is desperately poor, that the children are starving and struggling, and he requires public assistance in order to survive. According to court records, “The Father (Rucki) receives child support services from Dakota County for the joint children pursuant to Title IV-D of the Social Security Act.” Rucki has also received assistance from the Wetterling Foundation in obtaining “reunification” therapy in California for his runaway teenage daughters, with a Disney vacation thrown in.
However, the court record also contains evidence that Rucki had substantial income, had ownership in several Minnesota businesses, owns or has possession of, multiple vehicles and has at least 3 real estate properties (two that have recently been remodeled). Even if Rucki refuses to comply with discovery, and even if Rucki refuses to provide the Court with documentation, his income could be imputed for child support purposes. When a Court, and for that matter Dakota County should also be considering this information for eligibility purposes, estimates a party’s income, it can consider a broad range of information – including lifestyle, ability to maintain current expenses, cash flow and other concrete resources (including vehicles). Also, a support order does not have to be based on income alone but can also consider resources, property and business interests.
According to public records, “impoverished” Rucki owns two separate homes in Minnesota, and an additional Disney vacation property in Florida. Rucki owns multiple vehicles, including classic cars. Rucki owns assets, trucks, and equipment related to his trucking business. In addition, Rucki is able to afford expensive legal counsel, and has retained at least two separate law firms to represent his interests.
A prior real estate listing boasts about Rucki’s home in Farmington – recently updated, cherry cabinets, tiled floors, 5 bedrooms and 3 baths, and a two car garage. The property also includes an impressive 65 x 45 heated “shed” that towers over the home. The “shed” includes heat, hot and cold water plumbing, and has an expensive trailer parked out in front. According to public tax statement records, the value of the property is listed at $222,000 with property taxes of $3,315 a year.
Rucki also owns a home in an upscale neighborhood in Lakeville – this home includes 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, recent updates, hickory floors and stainless appliances. Total lot size is 22,477 square feet. A recent photo of the home, taken by a satellite map, shows 3 vehicles parked in garage. According to property tax records, the current value of the home is $479,000 with $6,492 in propety taxes.
A previous article on Red Herring Alert offers information and documentation alleging that Rucki was involved in mortgage fraud and title washing in a scheme involving the Lakeville home: MORTGAGE FRAUD? Ireland Place (Red Herring Alert)
From Michael Volpe:
“I’ve always been a pragmatic policy maker. It’s not about party or labels, it’s about solving problems that matter to people and families.”
Well, I’ve got some problems that matter to me, but Lakeville Mayor Matt Little hasn’t been willing to help me solve them. In fact, I have left numerous voice mails and sent numerous emails to make him aware of the witness tampering, harassment by the Lakeville police and illegal withholding of my evidence in rigged case no. 19HA-CR-15-4227 State Of Minnesota VS Deirdre Elise Evavold. The evidence of this misconduct was sent to Matt & is outlined in the criminal complaint below.
I was forced to file against Dakota Co. Attorneys: James Backstrom, Philip Prokopowicz and Kathryn Keena on February 21, 2016 for illegally withholding readily available, free, electronic, data in violation of the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (Chapter 13.09) and criminal misconduct of a public official (Chapter 609.43(1)). The so-called judge Karen Asphaug has also been aiding and abetting this miscarriage of justice by ignoring her own orders. “All discovery shall be exchanged PRIOR to the settlement conference. Probable cause, and scheduling order for: 19HA-CR-15-4227. Signed by Karen Asphaug 3-1-16.” I have been to forced to travel approximately one and one half hours one way to multiple court hearings, only to be denied my discovery.
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Matt has willfully refused to respond to a single email/voicemail and it would appear that lawyer Little wants to distance himself from this obstruction of justice. As an attorney, he knows that it’s impossible for me to prepare for my trial or for my testimony in the Sandra Grazzini-Rucki trial on Monday, July 18th without my discovery/evidence. Apparently trial by ambush is how Mayor/Lawyer Little believes our system of justice should function.
It is the duty of the mayor, clerk, and councilmembers to ensure the city fulfills its duties under the law and lawfully exercises its powers.
City officials can sometimes be held personally liable for failing to act or for taking unauthorized actions on the part of the city. To avoid personal-liability lawsuits, city officials should gain a working knowledge of the laws that regulate city government http://www.lmc.org/page/1/duties-resp-mayor-council.jsp
On June 24th, 2016 I was forced to travel to the Hastings Police Dept. to hand deliver the complaint against the Dakota Co. Attorneys James Backstrom, Philip Prokopowicz and Kathryn Keena. I was forced to do that because Hastings Police Chief Bryan Schafer willfully refused to acknowledge receipt of my emailed complaint. It’s ironic since Gary Hird of the Lawyer’s Professional Responsibility Board did. Even though I have audio and video evidence of hand-delivering my complaint to Lieutenant Joe Kegley, Chief Schafer willfully refuses to email me the public portion of the police report that I filed against Backstrom, Prokopowicz and Kathryn Keena.
On the same day, I attempted to file a criminal complaint with the Lakeville Police against David Rucki (ex-husband of Sandra). I have reason to suspect Rucki was engaging in witness tampering. Rucki was harassing, threatening, and intimidating me via the U.S. Mail. The Lakeville police personnel claimed that Deputy Chief Kormann had them tell me that they did not have any officers available to take my complaint. The video that I have in my possession indicates that not one but two officers were witnessed at the Lakeville PD who could have easily taken my valid complaint.
609.498 TAMPERING WITH WITNESS https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=609.498&format=pdf
Subdivision 1. Tampering with witness in the first degree. Whoever does any of the following is guilty of tampering with a witness in the first degree and may be sentenced as provided in subdivision 1a:
(a) intentionally prevents or dissuades or intentionally attempts to prevent or dissuade by means of force or threats of injury to any person or property, a person who is or may become a witness from attending or testifying at any trial, proceeding, or inquiry authorized by law;
(b) by means of force or threats of injury to any person or property, intentionally coerces or attempts to coerce a person who is or may become a witness to testify falsely at any trial, proceeding, or inquiry authorized by law;
(c) intentionally causes injury or threatens to cause injury to any person or property in retaliation against a person who was summoned as a witness at any trial, proceeding, or inquiry authorized by law, within a year following that trial, proceeding, or inquiry or within a year following the actor’s release from incarceration,whichever is later;
(d) intentionally prevents or dissuades or attempts to prevent or dissuade, by means of force or threats of injury to any person or property, a person from providing information to law enforcement authorities concerning a crime;
Subd. 1a. Penalty. Whoever violates subdivision 1 may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than five years or to payment of a fine not to exceed $10,000.
I contacted Tim Pitcher, Farmington Councilmember and State Senator District 58 Candidate via phone and email to inform him about his fellow Candidate Matt Little. Tim returned my call promptly and I was able to inform him that Matt Little has had no difficulty stepping on me to climb the political ladder and clearly serves a corrupt special interest group vs. the public’s interest.
He agreed to contact Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom to request that my evidence be emailed to me immediately to prepare for my testimony in Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s trial (He assured us that he would send a follow-up email regarding contact with Dakota Co.)
Candidate Filings 2016 State General Election: State Senator District 58 Candidate Name Tim Pitcher Party Republican Website www.timothypitcher.com File Date 5/17/2016
State Senator District 58 Candidate Name Matt Little Party Democratic-Farmer-Labor Website www.votelittle.com 5/18/2016 Email: email@example.com Phone Number (952) 2889660 Residence Address 17523 FREEPORT CT FARMINGTON, MN 55024 Campaign Address PO BOX 650 LAKEVILLE, MN 55044 Just wondering how you can be the mayor of Lakeville and reside in Farmington?
As stated before, apparently, the only way Dakota County can win their cases is by illegally withholding evidence from the defendants they are victimizing in criminal cases and forcing them to plead guilty without ever receiving their evidence. I did report this obstruction of justice to District 4 – Commissioner Nancy Schouweiler (Calls recorded). Schouweiler lawyered up and apparently has no intention of investigating the misuse of public funds nor the misconduct of the public officials at the Dakota County Attorney’s office. To protect myself and others, I have been educating the public that they cannot trust any arrest, prosecution nor conviction in lawless Dakota County and I’m also going to continue to educate the public that they cannot trust Mayor/Lawyer Matt Little.