[internetworkers] Diebold voting machines certified in spite of state law
zman at shell.neverwhere.org
Fri Dec 2 17:44:36 EST 2005
> Despite Diebold's asserted inability to meet the requirements of state
> law, the North Carolina Board of Elections today happily certified Diebold
> without condition. Never mind all of that third party software. Never mind
> the impossibility of obtaining a list of programmers who had contributed
> to that code.
Not to mention the rather sketchy criminal records of the Diebold
In 2002 Diebold bought Global Election Systems, which became the Diebold
Election Systems unit. Global was founded under another name in 1988 by
Norton Cooper, Michael K. Graye and Charles Hong Lee...all with damned
interesting resumes (footnote 1):
Norton Cooper - jail for a year mid-1980s for fraud against the Canada
government; ordered out of stock pitch schemes and was part of the
collapse of the Vancouver stock exchange - ordered by decree not to pitch
stock after 1992 or so because he caused havoc every time. Written up by
Barron's and Forbes as a "hazard to avoid at the golf course". First
convicted of political corruption in 1974 - look up a Canadian case titled
"The Queen v. Norton Cooper" 1977 Canadian Supreme Court.
Charles Hong Lee - stock schemes; Cooper's partner pitching deals.
Defrauded Chinese immigrants, $600,000(Can) court-ordered restitution
mid-90s. Sold "real estate" which was actually the bail for the third
partner below to the tune of about $300,000(can) circa 1995ish.
Michael K. Graye - nailed for stealing $18mil from three companies in the
'88-'89 era, caught in '94, jailed in the US for stock fraud around '94
re: Vinex wines, released around 2000 - 2002(3?) in the US, brought back
to Canada, still in jail there. Arrested for tax evasion and money
laundering circa '94.
Those three in turn hired even more "colorful" staff:
John Elder was a cocaine trafficker, in a WA prison early/mid
1990s...fellow inmate was Jeffrey Dean (see next entry). Handled ballot
printing for Global late 1990s. Seems to have been the one to bring Dean
Jeffrey Dean was convicted early '90s of 23 counts of computer-aided
embezzlement. He was a computer consultant for a large Seattle law firm
and defrauded them of about $450,000 in what US courts called a
"sophisticated computer-aided scheme". In a statement to Seattle PD, he
claimed he needed the money because Canadians were blackmailing him; in
that country, he'd gotten into a fistfight and the other guy had died.
(Yes, I've seen the police report.) He joined Elder in the Global ballot
printing business late '90s, and with Global's introduction was doing
computer consulting with the King County WA elections division - they had
no idea of his criminal record. By 2000 he was doing programming for
Global and by early Oct. of 2000 he was a full employee and lead
programmer for the GEMS vote-tally product still in use. By late Oct. 2000
and shipping in time for the November election, GEMS ver.1.17.5 contains
the first "double set of books" problem where all votes are recorded twice
internally and don't need to match...long story but it apparantly hides
some forms of vote fraud. At the time Diebold bought Global in 2002, Dean
quit and was immediately hired back as a consultant via management
decision made within the division. This appears to be an attempt to keep
Dean's criminal past out of Diebold corporate head office's scrutiny.
At the time Diebold bought Global, Dean owned 10% of Global's stock.
We don't know how many other lower-level progammers within Global/Diebold
have criminal records. It's rather obvious that Diebold sure as hell
doesn't want us finding out.
Scott H. Zekanis
zman at kungfumonkey.com
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