I previously posted on the smear by Alex Vega and Frank Ibarra on Alfredo Amezcua in Rumores. A little over a week ago, I decided to do a little research into their attack, and what I uncovered is much more sinister than some vicious political attack, but an organized effort to destroy a manâ€™s career and his ability to provide for himself and his family.
Last weekend, I decided to contact one of the phone numbers in the ad upon hearing that they led to a disconnected number. Instead the number led to AlexÂ Vega, who answered the phone and identified himself. Deciding to do some research, I pretended to be a bitter ex-client of Alfredo Amezcua, claiming he was my lawyer in a divorce case and I had lost my children because of his botched representation. Vega then claimed that I was not alone and he had spoken to others with the same story. He then went on to explain their goals.
He stated one of their goals was to expose to the community what a bad man he was. Then he went further and said another goal was to expose as many cases as possible in Rumores and I was to write down my story and deliver it to Rumores and to leave with the editor my contact information and wait for more instruction. I asked exactly what I would be waiting for.
He said one of their other goals is to take some of the spurned clients and file complaints with the California Bar Association to have Amezcuaâ€™s law license taken away. In addition, they wanted to take the same spurned clients and file a class action lawsuit against Al Amezcua for law malpractice. Vega mentioned that a local attorney is helping them get a national law firm to take on this case. When I pressed for the name of this local attorney, he said the local attorney was none other than… SANTA ANA CITY COUNCILMEMBER VINCENT SARMIENTO. UPDATED: Sarmiento’s Side of the Story.
Vega stated that Councilman Sarmiento is very involved in their project and is trying hard to get a powerful law firm involved. Vega went on to say that Amezcua needed to be exposed for the man he really is and that it was not about politics. It is funny that they waited until he runs for mayor against Pulido to suddenly get this urge for â€œhonesty.â€
Afterward I decided I would attempt to see if the story would get printed in Rumores. Would they print an unverified false story of a client spurned by Al Amezcua? I wrote up a story and contacted Rumores. A person called me back who informed me to bring it by or e-mail with all my contact information. The person then instructed me to contact Alex Vega again before I sent the story in. I did.
When I called Vega, he answered the phone but claimed to be a cousin of Vega. Some stomping was then heard, as if to fake footsteps, the person then whispered something in Spanish and then a person with the exact same voice began to speak claiming to be Alex Vega. I had to keep from laughing at this. I told him the story was ready and wanted a complete detail of what would happened next.
Vega didnâ€™t disappoint. He said Rumores would cross check the name on the OC Superior Court website to make sure their was a case with that name, in that specific court. He said that would be all the vetting they would be doing. Then he explained what would happen next. Vega stated they would be choosing the top 20 most heinous stories and asking those people to be in the class action lawsuit against Amezcua. Vega then said if I was lucky enough to be one of the 20 I would likely be a little richer one year from now when the case settles. He said it would be like an economic stimulus. Vega kept going, he said like doctors, attorneyâ€™s have to purchase malpractice insurance. He said that the insurance would cover Amezcua and their would likely be an out of court settlement, but the insurance would pay some money out to all of the 20 plaintiffs. Vega then said this was too send a message, to Amezcua and other attorneyâ€™s to be better attorneys. IN fact, Vega said, they were trying to help Al Amezcua by doing this.
Collecting this information, I now inform you, the public at just how low Alex Vega, and now allegedly bv Vega’s admission, Councilman Vincent Sarmiento are willing to go to keep Mayor Pulido in office. It should be noted that Vicnent Sarmiento is a co-host for Miguel Pulido’s upcoming fundraiser. So is a co-host for Mayor Pulido’s fundraiser openly colluding with an Independent Expenditure? Aren’t there laws forbidding that?
Last of all ask yourselves people, if Pulido were doing such a great job, would there be a need to resort to this. Going after a manâ€™s career is just plain evil and wrong on so many levels.