Monday, July 25, 2011

Schaeffer Cox Case Informant Gerald Olson Gets Lighter Sentence In Septic Tank Fraud Case Due To His Cooperation

We now know the name of one of the two informants who snitched out the Schaeffer Cox Six, and sure enough, he was already in trouble with the law and got rewarded for rolling over on the "241" defendants. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that 36-year-old Gerald Olson, who faced several felony charges for defrauding customers of a septic tank business, pleaded guilty to second-degree theft, and will get probation only. Jail time is suspended. Screenshot of Olson from this KTUU Channel 2 story posted below:

Superior Court Judge Kari Kristiansen suspended the imposition of sentence, which means Olson's conviction can be set aside if he completes his probation. If commits another crime while on probation, he could be remanded to serve as much as five years in prison. Olson will also be required to pay restitution to his former clients; the amount will be determined in 90 days. The details of this case are posted in the Alaska Court System database under Case No. 3PA-09-02848CR.

Tim Dooley, defense attorney for Coleman Barney, said Barney claimed it was Olson who came up with the "241" plan and tried to get the others involved. This means that Olson wasn't merely a snitch, but may have also been a provocateur who tried to induce illegal activity.

In December 2005, Olson was fined and sentenced in Palmer Superior Court for theft and illegally installing septic systems after pleading guilty to one felony and four misdemeanor counts. He was required to pay restitution to his victims in the amount of $48,649, spend 90 days in jail, and be on probation for five years. That case stemmed from the fact that Olson had knowingly and intentionally installed at least seven septic systems without DEC's approval and had misrepresented himself as a certified installer. Olson installed a number of illegal septic systems in Peters Creek and Wasilla beginning in 2001; most of the systems did not function properly at the time of installation, or failed shortly thereafter. The details of this case are posted on the Alaska Court System database under Case No. 3PA-04-01791CR, which was re-opened on November 5th, 2009 when a PTR (petition to revoke probation) was filed. The PTR was filed in conjunction with the new charges specified in 3PA-09-02848CR.

The second informant in this case has not been named, but was identified as someone with no criminal record but who was believed by the group to be in a position to provide grenades, silencers and other weapons. There has been speculation that the person is William Fulton, former owner of the Drop Zone military surplus store on Spenard Road in Anchorage. He abruptly signed over his store to an employee, signed over his homes to attorney Wayne Anthony Ross (without compensation), and disappeared a few days after the initial arrests in March 2011. Update July 26th: Alaska Dispatch has confirmed that William Fulton is the second informant.

Thus some disturbing parallels between the Schaeffer Cox Six case and the Edgar Steele case are beginning to take shape. The Edgar Steele case was also driven by a dirty informant, Larry Fairfax, who had stolen silver from the Steeles and who, while under FBI control, had even gone so far as to install a bomb under a vehicle driven by Cyndi Steele. Despite this, the jury in that case decided that Fairfax''s testimony was credible enough to return a guilty verdict against Steele on all charges.

The FBI seems just as interested in "creating" criminals as it is in prosecuting genuine offenders.

2 comments:

  1. Did you read the newest croc of crap about this case? http://www.adn.com/2011/07/26/1986528/prosecutors-seek-gag-order-against.html
    I'm sure you did. Interested in your take.

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  2. Yep, I saw it, and I've addressed it in my next post. The Feds are so arrogant in their exercise of power than they're oblivious to the public implications of their actions.

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