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Kniss victim of identity theft

Original post made on Mar 7, 2013

Former Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss said she was the victim of identity theft last fall when someone used her county-issued credit card to charge thousands of dollars to an online business.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, March 9, 2013, 12:33 PM

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Posted by Just-Charge-It, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 7, 2013 at 9:46 am

So .. the merchandise had to be delivered somewhere, somehow. Is anyone going to pursue this, and at least see if the person using this credit card was a County employee?

Since the charges against the credit card were dropped by the vendor, then the County isn't directly involved any more. Presumably the card has been cancelled by now, but if one County card can be "cloned", then perhaps others have too.

At $4K-$5K, this illegal use of the credit card would seem to qualify as grand theft.


Posted by Not an issue, a resident of Community Center
on Mar 7, 2013 at 9:55 am

This is not the first report of misuse of her credit card. About a month ago there was a report in the local papers ( which the Weekly did not report on ) that kniss had misused her credit card while supervisor. Now this.
Perhaps the weekly should do some real reporting on this matter. Note the obviously slanted position to the story above. Also note that kniss bought advertising in the weekly during the last election cycle. And note that the weekly has ALWAYS enthusiastically endorsed kniss every time she ran for office.
Do the math.


Posted by JA3+, a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 7, 2013 at 10:10 am

More details are needed here; Kniss would be wise to allow the County Auditor to review any and all correspondence -- written; oral; cell phone; credit card statements; receipts; computer emails -- related to this alleged theft.


Posted by alex, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 7, 2013 at 10:24 am

JA3+,

Sounds like you know what's going on, somehow.


Posted by Unnamed, a resident of Esther Clark Park
on Mar 7, 2013 at 11:09 am

"whose name and business she said she did not remember" is such an odd sentence in this story. Wouldn't this have been important enough to write down? Does not the bookkeeper mentioned in the story remember?


Posted by Silly, a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Mar 7, 2013 at 11:09 am

A lot of "I don't recall" here.


Posted by The New George, a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 7, 2013 at 11:31 am

Is Kniss the new Shirakawa?


Posted by Just-Charge-It, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 7, 2013 at 11:40 am

Liz Kniss claims she "can't recall" the name of the outfit that was the other party in the alleged identity theft—

Here's a little help in that department, Ms. Kniss:

Web Link
Web Link

Kind of funny that the person who "cloned" Ms. Kniss' card seems to have used it only once. That seems kind of odd.


Posted by Just-Charge-It, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 7, 2013 at 11:49 am

Looking at the charges on Ms. Kniss' Santa Clara County p-Card, along with the charges to Forexmentor.com, there is also a curious charge to--

Mike Filsaime:
Web Link

Filsaime seems to be hawking a large number of Internet-related products/services, one of which he describes as:

The Exact System I Am Using Right Now To Make $1.74 Million A Year Will Be Revealed On This Webinar! Here's a bulletproof plan you can tap into immediately to grow a serious online income… Starting This Week. Even If You're Tried And Failed In The Past!
---

Interesting that none of the papers in Ms. Kniss home town have ever looked at her charge card expenditure, before now.


Posted by curmudgeon, a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 7, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Kniess seems to bring out the best in everyone: Web Link


Posted by George Shirakawa, a resident of another community
on Mar 7, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Why wasn't I smart enough to think of this defense?


Posted by Terrence, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Mar 7, 2013 at 1:23 pm

You'd think all of the kickbacks from selling her vote to the public unions would be enough...


Posted by Not an issue, a resident of Community Center
on Mar 7, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Will the weekly do an in doth investigation of their local darling, Liz kniss? I doubt it.
If only shirakawa had bought advertising in the weekly and/ or donated to the weekly.


Posted by Stoopid, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 7, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Kniss' story seems a little suspicious. Is anyone going to check it out and make sure it all adds up?

We have had our identities stolen twice in twenty years, and we found out about it almost immediately, thanks to American Express and Palo Alto Police. So, why did it take so long in Kniss' case?


Posted by Katie, a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 7, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Something does not SMELL right.


Posted by JOhn Roberts, a resident of Escondido School
on Mar 7, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Ms. Kniss has practiced legal extortion and legislative taking against Stanford for so long and with such blatant intent that I have no trust in her and must be suspicious of this "identity theft."


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 7, 2013 at 5:38 pm

I'm no fan of hers but her not recalling the company name doesn't seem that odd. She's a busy politician & it wasn't get purview to chase it down. It likely wasn't important to her to deal w/it as she clearly had other priorities. Back when I knew her, she would hyper-focus on her goals & what mattered to her & forgot lots of other things the rest of us considered relevant - she's always had loyalists pickIng up the pieces.


Posted by Mr.Recycle, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 7, 2013 at 8:58 pm

@Just-Charge- It looks like the card was used to purchase online education videos about currency trading from Forex Mentor, so there probably was no physical delivery of goods. If anyone cared to look into it, they could start with the IP address of the purchaser..


Posted by Harriet, a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 7, 2013 at 9:33 pm

More of the same that we haven the White House!!!


Posted by old-timer, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 7, 2013 at 10:17 pm

She conveniently doesn't remember the name and business of the man who tried to save her.

Kniss has a long history of masking illegal or self-serving actions.


Posted by Not an issue, a resident of Community Center
on Mar 7, 2013 at 10:25 pm

The weekly should look at the Metro and the work they did on the shirakawa affair. The weekly could learn a lesson n investigative journalism ( not that the weekly would investigate a client and a buddy) .
In fact the above article lists no author. Makes me wonder if the weekly asked Liz to write the article herself. Those that say that Liz is self serving have her down to a T.


Posted by Not an issue, a resident of Community Center
on Mar 8, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Just charge it-- the daily post and the daily news did have an article a couple of weeks ago about misuse of the card while supervisor. The weekly chose not to report on it ( no point in investigating a client).
Looks like now even the weekly could not ignore the story, though their report is so vanilla and empty.


Posted by old-timer, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 8, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Will this story die away, or will someone have the courage to put together just a few of the many times that Kniss has manipulated events and facts that have been self-serving?
WILL THIS STORY BE INVESTIGATED PROPERLY AND THEN REPORTED???


Posted by neighbor, a resident of another community
on Mar 10, 2013 at 11:39 am

Radical thought: Maybe her card was cloned and she was the victim of identity fraud.
Is her whole political past relevant?

Nevertheless, I'm sure that the "blame the victim" and stupid charges will continue. PA: what a "community."


Posted by Just-Charge-It, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 11, 2013 at 3:48 pm

> Radical thought: Maybe her card was cloned and
> she was the victim of identity fraud.

Maybe. But how does someone "clone" a card that he/she has never seen before? More likely that someone has had access to that card, and maybe even might be a County employee, or an employee of a Supervisor.

Just today, a Sacramento Aide to the Mayor has pleaded guilty to a misappropriation of funds--

Web Link

And the papers are still carrying articles about Kniss' former colleague--Big George.

Kniss would have been in a better position with the electroate if she had overtly offered to work with the SCC Auditors to track down the person who misused/cloned her card. As quoted in the various papers--it just didn't seem to be much of an issue with her.

Even the charge to the PA Chamber of Commerce is questionable, since that is a private organization--which doesn't do business with the County. Kniss would have been better off paying for this out of her personal funds, or lobbied the Chamber to "comp her".

It would be very difficult to find Kniss ever weighing in against fraud and corruption in government. This is just another example of how she seems to see all of this as a big game, and a toy for her to play with.


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