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Houston’s biggest private poker club is going “All In” for the Holidays, betting poker players will bring a toy to get in free to the hottest game place in town.

Starting December 1st, 2018, Prime Social will waive the usual daily entrance fee to its more than 7500 members if they bring an unwrapped children’s toy. It is the latest goodwill gesture at the poker club getting known for more than just the hearts on some of their playing cards.

“We are so grateful that Houstonians are enjoying our poker club in droves, and we want to give back,” says Prime Social founder Dean Maddox. “We are gambling that our players will know how important it is to help make the holidays special for as many kids as we can.”

Prime Social isn’t just Houston’s biggest private poker club, it is the fastest growing poker place in the entire country, drawing players from all over. Food, a full bar, plenty of Sports TV, and poker tables for pots of all sizes.

Since it opened, Prime Social has tried to pay back, raising thousands for local first responders, and the club has held free brunches to teach more women how to play poker.

“Of course, our Christmas tree will be loaded with poker ornaments, chips and playing cards,” says Maddox. “We want to surround our tree with lots of toys and stuffed animals. Let’s make it happen.”

Prime Social is located at 7901 Westheimer, Houston, Texas 77063.

Gerald "Jerry" Rome

Gerald “Jerry” Rome

Colorado Securities Commissioner Gerald Rome has announced his retirement following a year-long investigation by Dolcefino Consulting.

The Houston-based Investigative Communications firm has been locked in a legal battle with Rome after he tried to conceal records detailing the small amount of money actually recovered for Colorado fraud victims, while the longtime Colorado bureaucrat ran the Division of Securities.

Rome refused to release critical records for months detailing the dismal collection results, and many of the records the office did finally release raised questions about the millions Rome’s office had spent on these securities investigations in the first place.

While Rome has been Securities Commissioner, press releases from the Department of Regulatory Services showcased major court judgments against alleged scammers, a veritable windfall for fraud victims and Colorado taxpayers.

Through more than a year of investigating under the Colorado Open Records Act, Dolcefino Consulting reviewed the 187 million dollars won by the Securities Division since 2008. Only 3 million dollars, less than 2 percent of the money, was ever returned to a fraud victim.

While Rome was commissioner there had been 42.6 million dollars in court judgments for fraud victims. Only $2,143,000 had actually been collected, and that includes money siphoned off by lawyers hired to find the money.

Victims of several Colorado fraud cases bemoaned the fact they got checks of only 6 dollars every few months, despite losing millions. In many cases, the judgments were put on scammers for headlines, even though the Division of Securities knew the money was long gone while they were spending lots of taxpayer money in court.

The investigation has also exposed another dirty little secret about these fraud cases ignored by the Colorado media. Lawyers assigned by the courts to collect the money from rip-off artists often end up making a lot more money than any of the fraud victims do.

In one case we found, a court receiver didn’t collect a penny for the victims of the scam, but he billed 500,000 dollars for the effort. In a case where 11 million dollars was recovered, the lawyers tab was nearly half at $5,000,000.

Rome had bragged in DORA news releases about his collection efforts, but the records documented virtually no effort to help ensure fraud victims got financial justice.

Just this past Monday, Dolcefino Consulting filed a series of new CORA requests for public records detailing communications between Rome and his boss, DORA Executive Director Marguerite Salazar, along with email communications between Salazar and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. The announcement of Rome’s departure also came Monday.

On December 18th, 2018, a Colorado judge in Denver has set a hearing date in the open records lawsuit filed by Dolcefino Consulting.

“Gerald Rome has fought public disclosure every single step of the way, but our investigation has exposed a real weakness in the way Colorado seeks justice for fraud victims,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting. “Fraud victims don’t get their lives back with paper victories, and if the money is gone, spending millions chasing headlines makes no sense.”

At the same time Rome’s office continued to pursue securities cases for technical violations of the law for years, even when targets had long gone out of business, or in one case, had died.

“In my view, the Colorado general assembly needs to take a long hard look about the money being spent chasing after folks who are often long gone, and the Division of Securities needs to focus only on real crooks, and not engage in expensive legal battles over technical rules,” says Dolcefino. “Most importantly, stop bragging about big legal victories you know Coloradans will never really see. It’s not honest.”

Accusing someone of molesting their own kids is about as serious as it gets. It’s a horrible crime.

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office has an obligation to make sure they are right, and part of that job is to present the grand jury with ALL of the facts. grand jury MUST take the time to review ALL the evidence.

In the case of famed Houston chef Bruce Molzan that didn’t happen. It is time to find out why.

“It’s horrible. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t do. It’s like the twilight zone,” says Molzan. “It’s devastating. I mean I don’t even know what to say. It’s so insane, I’d never do that to my children.”

Molzan was indicted in October on charges of molesting two of his children. The DA chose to ignore the polygraph test he passed. Sex Crimes Division Prosecutor Megan Long knew the allegations weren’t first made until 7 years into a nasty divorce case with his ex-wife, and only days before his wife faced possible jail time for refusing to let him see his kids. She also knew one of the children had also accused another chef at Molzan’s restaurant of molesting her too.

The charges against chef Thomas Nguyen have already been dropped, but only after his reputation was scorched. Nguyen was staying in Molzan’s apartment while they worked on a new restaurant and witnessed the way the kids acted – defiant, aggressive, and malicious. The children were constantly calling police in an attempt to end their visitation.

“They abuse him, throw things. I just know that Bruce is being framed,” says Nguyen. “For my part, I just want to get back and do what I do.”

Videos the District Attorney’s Office never showed the grand jury should raise alarm bells.

Molzan was so scared of his kids’ behavior he installed cameras in his apartment and his restaurant. They show his kids pulling his hair and slapping him, and in his restaurant throwing food at him and hitting him several times.

Those are not the actions of scared molested children. An experienced prosecutor should know that.

Molzan’s lawyer Nicole Deborde says this is the worst case of parental alienation she has ever seen.

“They come over here saying, oh my father is trying to get my mother in jail, we hate him, so we are going to do something against him, we are going to get him to jail,” says Marco Canamar, a waiter at Molzan’s Kirby area restaurant, Ruggles Black.

There is no way around it, divorce is ugly, especially when kids are involved. That should be a clear red flag to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg simply ignored our request to interview her on camera. Spokesman Dane Schiller told us what we already knew – “Grand jury proceedings are secret.”

“Don’t need a civics lesson from Mr. Schiller. But it looks like the grand jury just rubberstamped this indictment. We have been told there wasn’t a single witness called. None of the videos looked at. Megan Long was busy that day and just spent minutes before the grand jury,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting. “I want child molesters busted too, but no one should be indicted until the grand jury takes the time to look at all the evidence. That didn’t happen in this case. That’s not justice.”

Molzan wants the District Attorney to better investigate this case and dismiss it before any further damage is done to his reputation. We have evidence the grand jury should have taken the time to look at. Wouldn’t they want to be treated the same way?

Texas Tech has fired head coach Kliff Kingsbury after his third consecutive losing season. It is the latest setback for a football program that has suffered since the firing of Coach Mike Leach nine years ago.

Tech needs a fresh start. That must include finally paying Mike Leach what the school owes him and burying the hatchet. Leach says he is ready to shake hands once he gets the 2.5 million dollars he is owed, plus interest.

It is also time to tell the truth to Red Raider fans.

“Maybe some Red Raider fans didn’t notice, but I tried to warn you. This collapse, this five-game losing streak came as Texas Tech decided to spend money to fight a judge’s ruling in the Mike Leach case, rather than simply showing Red Raiders the whole truth,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting.

Texas Tech is trying to get an appeals court to protect them from showing fans the records because it will prove Mike Leach was set up and cheated.

“We already have proven Tech lied to fans when they promised a thorough investigation of Coach Leach,” says Dolcefino.

Nine years later the university continues to fight to hide the conspiracy now unfolding between former Chancellor Kent Hance and a few powerful regents to fire the winningest coach in school history.

“It is time to end the secrecy and pay the man. It is time to end the curse of the pirate,” says Dolcefino. “I have repeatedly warned Tech. The fans deserve a fresh start.”

Radiating a health scare

Cancer is very scary.

But, should the State of Texas really be playing on our worst fears to justify the work of bureaucrats?

The Texas Department of Health Services is now trying to defend the controversial practice of surprise inspections of dentist office x-ray machines, even if it means interrupting you while you are getting your teeth pulled.

Sure, there are some reports that repeated use of dental x-rays can increase the chance of getting brain cancer, but we all know we get as much radiation during a plane flight. We want to know if all the millions we spend every year investigation radiation is justified.

At a recent hearing in Austin, Radiation Control Supervisor Joann Harthcock claimed state inspectors had found people that have had overexposure at some Texas Dentist’s Offices. When pressed, she admitted she couldn’t identify any.

We know why.

Dolcefino Consulting has looked at 5 years of inspection records and there isn’t a single case of a dentist zapping anyone with more radiation than is supposed to be used. Not one.

Dozens of dentists, chiropractors and doctors have complained the practice of inspectors just showing up without notice is simple unfair. If you were in the chair when it happened, I bet you’d be mad too.

“Since I got into the business in 1974, I have seen doses to patients cut in half three times. We’re approaching one-eighth of the exposure that we were using when I first got into the x-ray business,” said Bob Schaer, President of RSI, a company helping keep dental x-ray machines safe.

Schaer has become a “boogeyman” of sorts to the State Radiation Inspection Office. He’s facing thousands of dollars in fines for supposedly telling dentists to refuse the unannounced inspections, but the chorus of complaints is growing louder about the interruptions. The state has 58 letters already from dentists, vets, chiropractors and doctors who say there’s no safety danger at all justifying a surprise inspection.

Dentists are loudly complaining this isn’t about safety at all, but about the money the State can make on the paperwork violations they can catch when they show up without notice. In 2017, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services made nearly $600,000 in fines, but that still comes nowhere close to paying for the $9 million-dollar budget.

You got to love government. Once they start something it never seems to end. They always like to justify the money they spend on the need to keep us safe. Taxpayers know better.

Here’s our advice to inspectors. Make an appointment to see the dentist like the rest of us do!

Did you know Vanessa Selbst made almost $11 million dollars in her twelve-year poker playing career?

So much for poker being a guy thing.

Wouldn’t it be great to learn how to join Houston’s poker craze and make some money for those Christmas gifts for the kids?

Prime Social already has 7,700 members and has become the fastest growing private poker club in the nation. The private poker club is opening its doors this Wednesday, November 14th for free poker lessons for the ladies.

Free brunch and drinks, including grown up ones will be provided. You will get to eat free bacon and learn how to take home the bacon too.

Dealers from the club will teach you how to bet and play. Learn what winning hands are while sipping mimosas.

The free lady’s brunch and lessons begin at 11am Wednesday, November 14th, 2018.

We invite you to bring your friends or make some new ones at our event! Take a break from work and take advantage if the kids are in school that day.

Prime Social will be waiving the usual small membership fee for anyone who wants to stay and play some real poker after.

LADIES, FREE POKER LESSONS!

Date: 11 am, Wednesday, November 14th

Location: Prime Social Poker Club, 7801 Westheimer Road Houston, Texas 77063

Should police be able to hide body camera footage from the public? Apparently, the Friendswood Police Department thinks they can.

Dolcefino Consulting has now taken legal action against the Friendswood Police Department as part of an investigation into possible civil rights violations against a 78-year-old grandfather.

On July 31, 2018, four Friendswood police officers raided a home, handcuffed the elderly grandfather and seized two children caught up in a nasty Galveston County divorce case.

The father who directed the police action is Houston police officer Allan Comstock who lives in Friendswood. Just minutes after his call to dispatch, police stormed the house. Comstock was driving his Houston police car at the scene.

Was this preferential treatment? Did Friendswood Police even have a court order to get the kids?

“You have a Houston Police Department officer who, it looks like, was using the Friendswood Police Department for his own personal gain and instructing them what he wanted to do,” says Jeff Diamant, the attorney for Dolcefino Consulting.

In August, Dolcefino Consulting filed a request under the Texas Public Information Act to see the body camera video and dispatch audio from the incident. Friendswood Police said no, even though the video is not confidential under state law. The reason: no one was arrested that night.

“The Police Department does not get to engage in possible unlawful conduct, then use the Texas Public Information Act as a shield from providing certain pieces of information by saying we didn’t arrest anybody,” says Diamant.

“In order to properly investigate this incident for possible civil rights violations and other civil or criminal acts and to highlight this secrecy, Dolcefino Consulting is now asking the 55th State District Court to let us examine the evidence,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting.

The Comstock divorce case has been playing out in Galveston Courts. The judge in the divorce case had ordered Mindy Comstock in contempt for not turning over the kids for their allotted time with dad, but there was no court order to send police to get them. Friendswood Police did it anyway.

During the raid at the Comstock home, the officers handcuffed a very confused Joseph Manley, a 78-year-old grandfather with a heart condition, vision and hearing problems and detained him while they went upstairs with flashlights at nearly 11:00 PM to get the sleeping teenagers out of bed.

Manley claims he was falsely detained and manhandled by the officers but was never charged with any crime.

The legal action by Dolcefino Consulting questions whether officers of the Friendswood Police Department aided and abetted Allan Comstock in unlawfully taking his kids away from his wife.

The real goal of the petition is to find all the evidence of what really happened that night.

“We have asked for the body camera footage from that night multiple times, and each time the Friendswood police have refused,” says Wayne Dolcefino. “If they wanted transparency, they would have simply turned it over. The body cameras are paid for by Friendswood taxpayers. Period.”

Dolcefino Consulting will update the legal action on dolcefino.com and Dolcefino Consulting’s page on Facebook.

Gerald "Jerry" Rome

Gerald “Jerry” Rome

A Colorado State District Judge has set a rare court hearing in the legal battle between Dolcefino Consulting and Colorado Securities Boss Gerald Rome.

What does the Colorado Attorney General do next? Threaten us.

Dolcefino Consulting filed a lawsuit against the Division of Securities in May claiming they violated the Colorado Open Records Act.

Colorado had refused to produce records detailing the truth about how little money was being collected for Colorado fraud victims. Instead, the Colorado Attorney General’s office demanded to know who asked us to get the records.

In a letter to Dolcefino Consulting, the Colorado Attorney General’s office says they will make us pay for over $6,000 in legal fees if we do not drop our lawsuit, claiming they have worked over 60 hours defending this case so far.

“The Assistant Attorney General calls us arbitrary, abusive, even vexatious, a fancy word that means annoying apparently,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting. “We will see them in court, but Colorado taxpayers wouldn’t have had to spend a penny on this case if the Attorney General’s office read the law and didn’t try to find out why we were asking instead.”

A formal opinion by former Attorney General of Colorado Ken Salazar should have been pretty clear. “You are not obligated to explain the reason you want any record. You do not have to discuss who you are or what you will do with the record.”

The letter from the Colorado AG’s office does confirm a key portion of our investigation. Dolcefino Consulting has shown that press releases issued by Rome’s office about big financial judgments for victims of fraud in Colorado are exaggerated. The AG letter suggests Rome isn’t talking about real, actual money collected.

Our investigation has also shown Rome’s office has spent millions of dollars on cases where there was no “actual money” to even collect. We have also shown lawyers assigned by courts in some of these fraud cases are making a lot more money than fraud victims are.

The hearing in Judge Martin Egelhoff’s courtroom will take place at 9 A.M. on December 17th at the District courthouse in Denver, Colorado.

For updates on our battle for Colorado fraud victims, go to dolcefino.com or visit Dolcefino Consulting on Facebook.

Dolcefino Consulting is now asking State District Judge Kristen Hawkins to hold the city of Houston in contempt for its continued conspiracy to hide the public records of the Mayor’s smelly recycling deal.

The city is not only ignoring her court order from March, but also hasn’t released the records, even though the First Court of Appeals says the fight belongs in Houston.

The City of Houston continues to hide e-mails showing how the Mayor and his garbage boss buddy, Harry Hayes, decided to stop contract negotiations with ECO-HUB, a company offering to take all of the city’s trash and turn it into new products, eventually eliminating the need for expensive landfills.

Not only was the company offering to save the city tens of millions of dollars a year, but ECO-HUB had more than $800 million of their own money to build a plant.

The deal wouldn’t have cost taxpayers a penny!

Dolcefino Consulting is asking for fines and legal fees of more than $25,000. By seeking criminal and civil sanctions, Judge Hawkins could decide to put someone at City Hall in jail.

Isn’t that what they do with folks found in contempt?

“We eventually need to have a hearing under oath to find out who at City Hall is directing this illegal behavior. My guess – it’s Sly Turner. If we have to put him in jail to get the truth so be it,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting.

EcoHub founder George Gitschel had even offered to share profits with City Hall to help for raises for Houston firefighters.

That would come in handy right about now.

Mayor Turner has ordered a hiring freeze on Houston firefighters after voters overwhelmingly approved a big pay increase for them at the ballot box.

“I’ve got an idea Mayor Turner,” says Dolcefino. “Stop whining that we don’t have enough money to pay our first responders while you waste more taxpayer money and precious legal resources fighting to hide the truth.”

Dolcefino Consulting wants the City fined $50 a day until they comply with the court order.

They’ve been ignoring the order for 228 days already.

The money would go to the District Clerk, but it should go to reimburse the ridiculous cost of having to have an election to give our first responders fair pay.

The new legal action was filed by Stewart Hoffer, a lawyer with the Houston based Hicks Thomas law firm. Hoffer has waged a year-long courtroom effort to help Dolcefino Consulting expose the truth.

Doesn’t it make you all warm and fuzzy during the holiday season to know that your Mayor is wasting tax payer’s money on a simple request for public information?

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Did you know Vanessa Selbst made almost $11 million dollars in her twelve-year poker playing career?

So much for poker being a guy thing.
Wouldn’t it be great to learn how to join Houston’s poker craze and make some money for those Christmas gifts for the kids?

Prime Social already has 7,700 members and has become the fastest growing private poker club in the nation. The private poker club is opening its doors next Wednesday, November 14th for free poker lessons for the ladies.

Free brunch and drinks, including grown up ones will be provided.  You will get to eat free bacon and learn how to take home the bacon too.

Dealers from the club will teach you how to bet and play.  Learn what winning hands are while sipping mimosas.

The free lady’s brunch and lessons begin at 11am Wednesday, November 14th, 2018.

We invite you to bring your friends or make some new ones at our event!  Take a break from work and take advantage if the kids are in school that day.
We’ll be waiving our usual small membership fee for anyone who wants to stay and play some real poker after.

LADIES, FREE POKER LESSONS!
Date: 11 am, Wednesday, November 14th
Location: Prime Social Poker Club, 7801 Westheimer Road Houston, Texas 77063

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