OAKLAND (PRWEB) February 7, 2006
Thursday, February 9th at 10 am handicapped and disabled injured workers intend to gather at the Elihu M. Harris State Office Building at 1515 Clay Street in Oakland and demand an investigation into whether or not American International Group (AIG) defrauded California voters of $400 million, reports nurse Barbara Clark, a patient rights advocate.
“AIG is rumored to be settling federal and New York state civil and criminal charges for bid rigging and collusion, but California’s elected officials have been strangely silent on this issue. Well, that silence is deafening,” said Clark, who has pending litigation in a Sacramento federal court (Case No.: NO. 2:05-CV-2410-FCD-KLM).
Clark’s lawsuit claims that Schwarzenegger’s personal legal affairs secretary, Andrea Hoch, attempted to cover-up reports of untreated injuries of the handicapped while she held the post of running the Division of Worker’s Compensation.
“Injuries that were ultimately the responsibility of AIG,” alleges Clark.
Other allegations indicate that AIG provided a “retroactive” political campaign contribution to Schwarzenegger after he had already won his election bid in 2003. The amount in question is $123,000.
Clark’s lawsuit alleges that the $123,000 AIG cash contribution was the principal motivator to have the Governor’s staff curtail investigation of wrongdoing against an AIG subsidiary, the National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburg.
“Elected officials should avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest. How can California sit idly by and conduct no investigation of AIG when the State Treasurer calculated losses to California’s retirement pension funds of nearly $400 million,” Clark said referring to a press release of State Treasurer Phil Angelides on April 13, 2005.
“We want answers. We are tired of the run around on these issues. That is why we are meeting in Oakland on Thursday, Feb. 9th,” Clark said.