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BETTE RATHBUN "CLAMS UP"; TAKES "THE FIFTH"

BETTE RATHBUN "CLAMS UP"; TAKES "THE FIFTH"

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Published by Roy Warden

In an Ongoing Drama the Tucson Media REFUSES to Publlish, Bette Rathbun Refuses to Reveal: Where the 1.8 Million Dollars Went.

In an Ongoing Drama the Tucson Media REFUSES to Publlish, Bette Rathbun Refuses to Reveal: Where the 1.8 Million Dollars Went.

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Published by: Roy Warden on Nov 26, 2012
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ARIZONA COMMON SENSE
An Exercise in Aggressive, Non-Partisan Political Activism
 
November 26, 2012Volume 1, Number 32
BETTE RATHBUN
FINALLY 
“CLAMS UP,” TAKES “THE FIFTH”
A high stakes, multi-million dollar, white collar criminal enterpriseis being exposed in a courtroom, down on Scott Street, right herein “The Old Pueblo,” not that themedia will tell you anything about it.The central figure in this sordid little drama is “Our Gal Bette,” (aka “Bette Rathbun-Glover”), the well known directress of a once-flourishing Tucson real estate empire, former co-owner of RathbunRealty, Inc., (now defunct and under criminal investigation), amember of the local establishment, a ‘Good Old Gal’ with seasontickets to U of A games, who once tooled around town in a Cadillac,hired Mexican Illegalsto re-furbish properties (cheated them out of their wages, too), spent a quarter of million dollars in 2011 alone just to
The once formidable Bette Rathbun has now fallen on “hard times,” still got dough though, stacks and stacks of “cash,” enough to hirelawyers,
like grapes,
whole bunches of them, just to keep herskanky, lying,
thieving
ass out of jail.On November 13, 2012, Bette waltzed into Bankruptcy Court withthree “hired guns”—bankruptcy attorney Alan Solot and 2 criminalones—to face down two magistrates, Court Trustee Trudy Nowaklocal attorney Issac Rothschild (one of the “good guys” in this tale,a nice young man in a three piece suit, who Nowak hired as legalcounsel), and approximately 50 angry creditors.However; those present who thought Bette
might finally 
answer
questions
like “Where On Earth Are The Millions and Millions of Dollars Unlawfully Taken From the Rathbun Realty Trust Accounts” were soon disappointed.Bette took the oath, spoke in hushed tones,
did 
acknowledge that,yes, along with her husband George she
was
the former owner of 
 
Rathbun Realty, Inc. and
yes
, the company
was
facing financialdifficulties, and yes, there
had 
been recently published articlesregarding
alleged,
mind you
alleged,
financial
irregularities
, withRathbun Realty, Inc., etc., etc
.,
before one of her
criminal lawyersleaned over, whispered in her ear 
and nodded towards a piece of paper Bette had on her lap.Betty read, and spoke even more softly, declining to answer
on thegrounds that her answer might tend to incriminate her.
The question seemed innocent enough, (I don’t remember
what 
itwas), but it wasn’t one of those rude, in-your-face
confrontational criminal accusations
like “Did YOU Steal the Money Bette?” Whatever; it must have alarmed her lawyer; the answer just mighthave opened some kind of 
“door” 
TV
 
lawyers talk about, because,at his direction Bette “Clammed Up.” More questions; her lawyer nodded and Bette gave the same quietresponse, before the lady in front of me turned to her husband andsaid: “Did You Hear That? Bette Just Took the Fifth!” The creditors and onlookers began to murmur, glance around.The questions turned to the bankruptcy form Betty had filled out(under directions from Attorney Solot), which among other things,claimed Rathbun Realty’s 2011 entire gross income was some 1.2million dollars.1.2 Million Dollars?
Gross Rathbun Realty income for the
 
entireyear? 
Are you
freaking
kidding m
e
?
 There are about 650, maybe 700 separate Rathbun Property Owner Clients, some with multiple properties managed by Rathbun. Do a little quick math: A figure of 10, maybe 12 milliondollars would be a whole lot closer estimate of Rathbun Realty’sgross income for a year.
 
What happened to
the rest of it,
Betty?
Why isn’t the rest of themoney listed on the form? 
Bette stuttered, turned red. Solot looked down, looked away.More questions regarding $50,000.00 cash Bette reported Rathbunhad “on hand” when she filed for Bankruptcy on September 21;more whispers, more red faces, more Fifth Amendment assertions,more angry murmurs from the creditors.And more questions:
Ms. Rathbun: What was the source of themoney you used to pay your lawyers and how much have you paid them? Did the money come from your pocket or from Rathbun Realty?” 
The only poker faces were the criminal lawyers, competent lookingdudes, who
had been there done that many, many times before.
 I don’t know if it was Nowak or Rothschild, but finally one of themstated to Bette and Solot, in sum and substance:
The bankruptcy form, signed under oath, contains inconsistencies,which, sooner or later, BOTH of you will have to account for.
Solot looked away.Bette, now looking at one of the creditors, with
real sympathy and sincere anguish
on her face, began to mouth words to the effect:
I feel your pain! I really want to help you! But my lawyers won’t let me answer!
 “I’m a victim,
 just like you,” 
Bette seemed to say. “Someone elsestole your money, not me.” The absolute chutzpa of this woman!My god she’s got
a brass pair on her 
, does “Our Gal Bette.” Steal afortune. Make a stupid face. Mouth some words. Point a finger.Blame someone else.

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