Well she always had that delusional impression of her good looks: skank aura and a dental nightmare. Now she’ll be modeling down a runway between Oneida County Jail and the criminal courthouse in an orange jumpsuit. She’s all yours convicts.
The numbers brought to justice continue to grow in the Justice for Leon Koziol campaign. Donahue was Leon’s office secretary influenced by political outsiders to orchestrate ethics and child support violations. After a history of taking on corrupt public officials, this was inevitable.
But very few believed Leon when he issued a 2012 report to state and local authorities describing a veritable sociopath who stole more than $100,000 from his office, tampered with mail and secreted court appointments. She was at the center of Leon’s nightmares.
See excerpt of a similar report made to the judicial conduct commission:
“Meanwhile, on the client case, motion dates actually cited in orders on the record by the same judge were never placed on my calendar by the ex-manager. Two such voids occurred over a six month period contrary to standard practices observed during her four years of employment. These voids were not discovered until after discharge of the office manager along with extensive related information held back from the “Internal Report” furnished to authorities. A February 10, 2012 letter from the local district attorney‟s office described this report as containing “serious allegations of criminal activity”. It was all referred to the Utica Police Department.”
In the report’s opening pages, Leon predicted that Donahue would steal from the law office where she was then employed after being fired by him in 2009. And so it happened. Ironically that victim was the chairman of the Syracuse lawyer ethics committee. She victimized many others between New Orleans and Albany, New York who contacted Leon before finally being apprehended three days ago.
Leon got a call from an employer in Illinois where Donahue was a “consultant” if you can believe that. It came after we helped get her arrested on $10,000 bail in 2013 in nearby Chenango County for pretending to be a lawyer in court. Then she fled across the country.
As a public service, apparently victims of Ms. Donahue who were harmed by her ongoing criminal activities had developed a website to warn others of her repeated scams, share news stories and voice their frustrations over what was clearly perceived to be an ongoing lack of criminal prosecution (see website). As of today’s post, many questions still remain unanswered, including why she was never prosecuted for stealing from Leon and others as well as pretending to be an attorney, taking money from unsuspecting clients while working in various law firms (after being fired from Leon’s office) and making court room appearances on their behalf???
One such victim, a female hair stylist, provided great detail as to how she had paid Ms. Donahue $500 to resolve a minor traffic matter, only to discover months later to her surprise, the issue hadn’t ever been resolved. Apparently the attorney Ms. Donahue was working for, (chairman of the Syracuse lawyer ethics committee) had never been advised of that scheduled court room appearance to resolve the traffic matter in a similar manner much like Leon had previously experienced and had warned of only a few years earlier. Suffice to say, that attorney immediately made good on Ms. Donahue’s theft of $500 and the matter was resolved. However, that same attorney didn’t want to risk the publicity or a similar fate as Leon for failing to maintain a crystal ball in order to predict one’s future criminal behavior. Leon and the other attorney might as well also be blamed for not purchasing this particular software product (Click here). Then again, isn’t that law enforcement’s job to keep criminals off the street?
Another such victim, the wife of a well known pain management doctor (who once co-chaired an ARC fundraising committee with Veronica), also had a similar experience with her involving a traffic ticket in Fulton-Montgomery counties, whereby she believed the matter would be handled in a timely manner only to discover she too had been defrauded by her so-called lawyer friend Veronica.
The list goes on and on, and even includes a divorce where she forged an attorney’s signature. Yes, this crime was immediately reported too. The matter was eventually cleared up, and the divorce is now valid, but just imagine how many other similar horror stories exist involving public officials who really thought they were dealing with a so-called legitimate attorney (Veronica Donahue). How embarrassing would that be? Instead Leon, was not only a victim of Ms. Donahue but was undoubtedly made a target for his criticisms of bench and bar practices in matters involving family law including prior success as civil rights lawyer because he was merely in the way.
If you are a victim of Ms. Donahue’s crimes, please submit your story to firstname.lastname@example.org as organizing efforts are now underway to ensure that justice will be served.
Indicted this past July due to continued victims (felony forgery and family law crimes), she will now face justice in Oneida County Court. It’s something out of Investigation Discovery. And as federal prosecutor Preet Bharara recently said, “and this, allegedly, is my first tweet, stay tuned.” Another sociopathic woman is on deck.You see justice was delayed and denied to so many here because Donahue’s crimes fit in with an agenda of retribution for Leon’s exposure of court corruption. Simply claim that Leon should have done a better job of supervising her, and the real villains could get away with just about anything for years.
At least until a hearing this past June in Albany when Leon defended ethics concoctions as a crime victim. When questioned by a judge panel regarding his ethical duties of supervision, Leon compared his status to that of the panel itself concerning the ethics lawyers it fired for falsifying their time sheets. You could have heard the proverbial pin drop after that.
Sadly no public charges were ever brought against those standard bearers of lawyer ethics. These are the same lawyers who engaged in a witch hunt against Leon and refused to accept his shocking revelations regarding Donahue. The ethics petition was dismissed but Leon’s reform efforts continued as did the retributions after that argument.
In further unprecedented fashion, Leon managed to get the June, 2015 argument opened to the public. A documentary producer, Divorce Corp, has the videotape. We’re hoping that 60 Minutes takes an interest as it did when Leon was interviewed by Morley Safer in the same law office years ago. As we promised you, this will all get more intriguing in coming weeks.
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