Former NDOT employee who misappropriated quarter million dollars sentenced

Featured Image -- 10324Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced that Tal Pierre Smith, 56, of Fallon, Nev. was sentenced on Tuesday, Jan. 27 for fraudulent use of a state Procurement Visa Card assigned to Smith to carry out his duties as a Supply Technician.

“State employees are held to a high standard as public servants and should not abuse the trust vested in them by misappropriating public funds,” said Attorney General Laxalt. “I will continue to protect taxpayer dollars by prosecuting crooks who masquerade as public servants.”

Tenth Judicial District Court Judge Thomas L. Stockard sentenced Smith to 18 to 48 months in the custody of the Nevada Department of Corrections. Pursuant to a plea agreement, Smith was ordered to pay $250,639.11 restitution to the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT).

Smith, a former NDOT employee stationed in Fallon, Nev., was sentenced on one count of fraudulent appropriation of property, a felony, in violation of NRS 197.210 and 193.019. Smith misappropriated money and property from NDOT in the total amount of $250,639.11, over an approximate four year period of time; from Jan. 2010 through Dec. 2013.

Smith purchased unnecessary, extraneous items, with the intent to sell and /or use them for his own benefit. He was able to disguise the unauthorized purchases and it was ultimately the delivery of some unauthorized equipment, while Smith was on vacation that resulted in the investigation leading to Smith’s arrest and conviction.

This case was investigated by the Attorney General’s Office Investigator Wayne Fazzino and prosecuted by Chief Deputy Attorney Thom Gover, Special Prosecutions Unit.

Nevada lawmakers to consider raising maximum speed limit to 85 mph


Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) — Drivers with a need for speed will love this, a new bill up for considerations would raise the maximum speed limit in Nevada from 75 mph to 85 mph.


nevada speed limitDon’t let that lead foot loose just yet, this is just a proposal. If it does pass, you won’t see any of those maximum speeds within city limits.

It will be up to the Department of Transportation to decided where to allow the higher speeds but it will most likely be in rural, less populated areas. Even so, drivers who spoke with Action News say the idea makes them nervous.

“I think people drive recklessly as is,” said driver, Bruce Darin. “You get a little faster and they’re going to get more reckless.”

“For sure people are going to want to do 95. If you’re doing 85 you’re going to do 95, it’s only ten more miles,” said driver, Damien Reese.

Proponents point out that there’s a lot of open road in Nevada, increasing the maximum would allow drivers to travel between the metropolitan areas that much faster.

Plus some say, many of those drivers are already going 85, the bump would just allow them to do so legally.

But with higher speeds, there can be greater risk.


“With the higher speeds there’s less room for errors so less room for correction, less time to stop and react and obviously the result of injury and damage done to vehicles is a little greater,” said NHP Trooper Chelsea Stuenkel.

This isn’t the first time lawmakers have considered raising the speed limit. A similar bill was introduced just 2 years ago in the 2013 legislative session but it died in the assembly.

Ty Robben WINS – Carson City DA LOSES: Judge reverses trumped-up “breach-of-peace” conviction for Ty Robben who attempted to serve a subpoena to former NDOT Director Susan Martinovich

ty robben charges dismissedReno Judge Charles McGee reversed trumped-up “breach-of-peace” conviction for Ty Robben who attempted to serve a subpoena to former NDOT Director Susan Martinovich who clearly evaded service when she left the NDOT building through the back door and took a decoy car driven by NDOT employees to the Smith’s grocery store in Carson City, NV.

The order issued Wednesday July 09, 2014 also appears to render the Carson City District Attorney’s attempt to reinstate other dismissed charges including Libel, Intimidation and Stalking as well as Solicitation of MURDER against corrupt Carson City Judge John Tatro as moot.

The “contempt of court” conviction should also be rendered moot and reversed too since corrupt Judge Tatro’s order was illegal and void of any law or due process when Judge Tatro added conditions to Robben’s bail conditions with no hearing after a request by the Carson City Department of Alternative Sentencing (“DAS”) ordered Robben to wear a GPS device and then ordered Robben to be placed on “house arrest” with a “daily check-in” to the DAS office in Carson City from his home in South Lake Tahoe. The original order never included a “daily check-in” or “house arrest” according to Robben who has proof of the actual transcripts of the hearing conducted by corrupt Judge Tatro. Even the District Attorney Travis Lucia agreed in a written stipulation that Robben was not on house arrest or daily check-in.

susan martinovich hit and run coverup

susan martinovich hit and run coverup

Furthermore, the DAS never had jurisdiction over Robben who was a pre-trial defendant t the time. DAS only had jurisdiction over convicted “probationers” not “pre-trial defendants” according to the law under NRS 211A that governs DAS. The law was modified in July 2013 by Senate Bill 101 (“SB101”) to give DAS jurisdiction over pre-trial defendants, however Robben’s issues occurred in 2012.

This shows a clear pattern of abuse of power and acting under the color of law to carry out a personal vendetta against Robben and a cover-up of the hit-and-run by former NDOT Director Susan Martinovich.

Robben has a pending lawsuit in the Reno Federal Court related to this case and now he can show the “malicious prosecution” claim is valid since the conviction was reversed in Robben’s favor.

Robben has been very vocal about the rampant corruption in Nevada and especially Carson City where a corrupt Sheriff department, DA and Court system conspired and acted outside the law to harass Robben using the criminal justice system. Robben has performed numerious high profile protests in front of the State capitol and the Carson City court related to an array of issues including backdated court filings, withheld evidence, NHP corruption (editied dashcam video) the CCSO cover-up for Susan Martinovich’s hit-and-run and Judge Tatro, DA Neil Rombardoand ADA Mark Krueger’s corruption and abuse of office.

See the order here: Robben order.mcgee. appeal




Nevada is a land of wide open spaces and a tradition of the Old West. But, just as over 80% of the state’s land is controlled by the federal government and largely off-limits to economic development, much of the state’s economy is strangled by government through uncompetitive laws and regulations.

Virtually every state imposes requirements for licensing of certain professions. Nevada’s are some of the most stringent.

In fact, in certain industries, Nevada stands out above all other states. And not in a way that promotes economic growth and opportunity. As the Pacific Legal Foundation states,

Of the many “Certificate of Necessity” laws in the nation, the very worst is Nevada’s. That state imposes a long, tedious, and explicitly anti-competitive restriction against new companies that want to offer moving services to residents of the Silver State.

The PLF explains that because of the laws regulating moving companies “there are just 43 moving businesses in the entire state,” which is home to more than 2.5 million people.

According to Nevada law, a person who wants a Certificate must first prove not only that his proposed business is qualified, safe, and financially fit, but also
• that a new moving company would “foster sound economic conditions within the applicable industry,”
• that allowing a new moving company “will not unreasonably and adversely affect other” moving companies,
• that a new mover would “benefit and protect the safety and convenience of . . . the motor carrier business,”
• and, most shockingly, that a new moving company would be consistent with the state’s effort “[t]o discourage any practices which would tend to increase or create competition”!

It’s not just moving companies that are affected by the anti-competitive nature of Nevada’s transportation laws, which harm consumers by protecting established companies from new and innovative competitors.

The Nevada Policy Research Institute reports that Uber, a startup company that allows customers to use a phone app to arrange transportation, has specifically ruled out expanding to Las Vegas because Nevada’s transportation laws are hostile to such innovative companies.

According to that law, the purpose of the NTA is “to discourage any practices which would tend to increase or create competition that may be detrimental to the traveling and shipping public or the motor carrier businesses within this State.”

In other words, the explicit purpose of this regulatory agency is to protect incumbent transportation providers from competition, even if would-be competitors, such as Uber, might offer the public better and more innovative services.

Simply discouraging new businesses may not even be the worst part.

Not only must applicants secure the blessing of their would-be competitors, they must also, in pursuit of a certificate of public convenience, divulge very specific information relating to their proposed operations.

Thus, through the regulatory hearing, incumbent firms gain access to the business plans of prospective competitors. Upon reviewing these plans, owners of an incumbent firm can raise objections leading to the denial of a new certificate and then turn around to amend their own certificate in order to offer a service identical to the one proposed by the applicant. In other words, the State of Nevada not only protects legalized transportation cartels, it allows those providers to steal the ideas of any prospective competitor.

Rather than allowing more competition and letting consumers decide, Nevada law explicitly restricts competition and protects established firms from new and innovative competitors – hardly a situation conducive to promoting economic growth.

Michael Chamberlain

Michael Chamberlain is the Editor of Watchdog Wire – Nevada. Please contact him at for story ideas or to get involved in citizen journalism in Nevada. Follow Michael on Twitter: @michaelpchamber


Nevada State Personnel Watch gets over 10,000 hits worldwide

Our little Nevada ANTI-Corruption website has taken off and we’re celebrating our success with more updates and future demonstrations to promote the movement. We simply started the ANTI-Corruption movement as a grassroots effort with one cardboard sign and a cause to stand up to the corruption and relation in Nevada that has affected us personally.  We networked with other people who were also victims of Nevada’s web-of-corruption. See our stories – Mike Weston (Mike’s LawlessAmerica story) – Tonja BrownTy Robben (Lawless America video being produced and coming soon to expose the demonic rampant wholesale corruption in Nevada). Then there was the a new issue and cover-up by State of Nevada officials explained by Reno, NV KRNV NEWS. For now, please see our 2012 ANTI-Corruption Summer 2012 video.

We made professional signs and a one-of-a-kind 150 long X 4 foot tall CRIME SCENE BANNER and protested in front of the Nevada State Capitol buildings in the spring and summer of 2012.  Stay tuned as NV ANTI-Corruption adapts to our new version 2.0 round of protesting and exposing corruption in Nevada. We’re also covering other Nevada, U.S. and world issues on this website to attract a wider audience to broader issues covered by Infowars, Lawless America  and others. To all united against tyranny and treason, we salute you.

Nevada ANTI-Corruption you-tube videos

NV ANTI corruption videos

Our youtube videos have also gone viral with over 50,000 hits and we’re in Lawless America the movie. Thank you for your support and please keep coming back to the website.





Sundance Film festival 2013 Lawless America

Sundance Film festival 2013 Lawless America

Are you aware some how Bill Windsor in all his splendor has the Lawless America the Movie Promos tied into the 2013 Sundance Film Festival? 

View here Sundance Film FestivalSUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL VIDEOS.




Guy Felton's youtube channel

Guy Felton’s youtube channel

Please see our friend Guy Felton’s youtube “Nevadagate” series on Nevada Corruption with links posted below in this posting. Guy has put together about 10 videos explaining his perspective on the rampant, wholesale corruption in Nevada.  Topics include Judicial Corruption, Government Corruption to include AG Masto, Gov. Sandoval and much more.  Guy goes wide and deep into the issues and calls out these corrupt and criminal politicians.

Guy Felton’s youtube “Nevadagate” series on Nevada Corruption
Nevada government is permeated with a culture of corruption. Members of the state legislature meet for only 4 months every other year. This does not permit anything close to proper administration of the public affairs of Nevada’s 2.7-million residents.  Members of the upcoming 2013 legislative session are asked to answer tough-but-fair questions which might force changes for the better.
Part 2 of at least 3 intended parts

“Assault” charge “dismissed” against Robben in the Carson City Sheriff cover-up of NDOT hit-&-run

Good news: November 13, 2012 “Assault” charge was dropped and “dismissed” against Robben in the former NDOT Director Hit-and-Run case where Robben was actually hit and then wrongfully charged as he attempted to serve a subpoena to the evading former NDOT Director.

Carson City Sheriff Kenny Fulong COVER-UP NDOT Susan Martinovich hit and run

Carson City Sheriff Kenny Fulong COVER-UP NDOT Susan Martinovich hit and run

Nevada Appeal News covers the story:

Robben’s sentence deferred in disorderly conduct case
By Geoff Dornan
Ty Robben, who has been battling all levels of government since his termination from the Nevada Department of Taxation, has pleaded no contest to charges in a deal that resolves his case. In an email, Robben said his interpretation of the sequence of events is that all charges against him were dropped. Carson City Deputy District Attorney Travis Lucia, who prosecuted the case, said Robben pleaded no contest to a charge of disorderly conduct to settle charges against him. He said the deal requires Robben to comply with a variety of conditions designed to ensure good conduct and prevent harassment of other officials. Those conditions remain for a full year. “If he’s a good boy, it all goes away,” said District Attorney Neil Rombardo. “But if he keeps up the conduct he has been doing, we’re going to prosecute on anything new.” Robben was originally charged with assault after an incident in which he says he was attempting to serve a subpoena on NDOT Director Susan Martinovich to appear at a hearing involving a friend. That friend, Jim Richardson, is fighting to get his job as a state pilot back. Robben was originally charged after Martinovich asked for a restraining order, saying he followed her vehicle from NDOT to the Smith’s parking lot after she refused to see him. Martinovich wrote that, as she was getting into her  vehicle, “a man started running towards me yelling.” She said she felt threatened and drove away but that he grabbed the door handle of the vehicle and was pounding on the side of the car. After that arrest and a subsequent arrest for violating bail provisions, Robben spent several days in jail. He expanded his verbal attacks to include not only Justice of the Peace John Tatro but Sheriff Ken Furlong and District Attorney Neil Rombardo.

This NV Appeal story does cover the “differed” prosecution of the  “breach-of-peace” charge and fails to report that the main “Assault” charge was in fact “dismissed”. There was little choice with the coercion tactics and  having an extremely corrupt and bias bias judge named John Tatro in control of this sham. Robben was not going to have a fair judge handle this case and he was not going to have a jury trail as he requested. Instead the court recused Judge Tom Armstrong who may have offered a fair trail to Judge John Tatro where a definite conflict-of-interest persists.  Robben has laid down several reasons why Judge john Tatro should have been recused/disqualified from this case in court filings and in this website.

“He expanded his verbal attacks to include not only Justice of the Peace John Tatro but Sheriff Ken Furlong and District Attorney Neil Rombardo.”

We feel that the Taxpayers who pay these people deserve answers to legitimate questions about these “political” figures who are elected and are subject to public questioning, public ridicule exposing their corruption and even simple political hyperbole.

Our “opinion” is that the Carson City Sheriff under control of Ken Furlong (who also went to Carson HS with judge Tatro and  Martinovich) did cover-up the hit-and-run report and still has evaded giving the final reports to the insurance companies (as reported by the insurance company).  The  DA Neil Rombardo took the initial Sheriff report that never included  an “assault” or “breach-of-peace” charge and added these trumped up charges nearly 2-weeks after the incident where Robben was never initially charge or arrested. The time frame for the trumped up charges came after an embarrassing KRNV Fact Finder story that showed Martinovich in a bad light by evading service and the hit-and-run… Clearly the charges against Robben were trumped up retaliation by the DA who’s Deputy DA named Gerald Gardner immediately became Governor Brian Sandoval’s new Chief-of-Staff during all of this.

Judge John Tatro Carson City DUI, breathalyzer test?

Judge John Tatro Carson City DUI, breathalyzer test?

As to  Carson City Justice Court JUDGE JOHN TATRO we publicly ask you to answer truthfully to that rampant speculation in Carson City and Reno that you have been ARRESTED and SPENT TIME IN JAIL in Reno for one or more  DUI (Drunk Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol) and even another incident involving DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.  Do you Judge John Tarto have to (or had to) take a BREATHALYZER TEST BEFORE GETTING ON THE BENCH? More on this controversy will be made public as other people demand answers to these questions.  We understand a public demonstration is in the works to ask these very “questions” on large banners and extra large signs to be displayed in Carson City and Reno.

We also published reasons why JP Tatro should be recused earlier on the NSPW website including the fact John Tatro’s brother Tom Tatro worked for NDOT.

assault charge dropped against Robben

assault charge dropped against Robben

he Nevada Appeal also covered this story.


Corrupt Judge John Tatro of Carson City file for re-election

Corrupt Judge John Tatro of Carson City file for re-election

Treason is a CAPITAL CRIME Judge John Tatro & NAG Masto

Treason is a CAPITAL CRIME Judge John Tatro & NAG Masto

Carson City Judge John Tatro - END YOUR GOD DAMN CORRUPTION!

Carson City Judge John Tatro – END YOUR GOD DAMN CORRUPTION!

Carson City DA Neil Rombardo is a corrupt political puppet for Gov Sandoval and NAG Masto

Anyone following the (former NDOT Director) Susan Martinovich hit-and-run coverup scandal  – SEE KRNV Fact Finder story – will see that Carson City District Attorney Neil Rombardo is just a puppet. DA Rombardo’s  strings are being pulled by Governor Brian Sandoval and his new “chief of staff”  Gerald Gardner. We can safely assume Neil Rombardo is also NAG Catherine Cortez Masto’s bitch too since they were both Nevada Attorney General’s or as we call them (“NAGs”).

Carson City Judge John Tatro - End the Corruption

Carson City Judge John Tatro – End the Corruption

Susan Martinovich HIT-AND-RUN – Nevada Laws:

  1. Stop and exchange info. Sue did not do that.
  2. Render aid (or at least check to see if there is an injury to the others). Sue did not do that.
  3. Report to law enforcement. Sue did not do that, she said she was “being stalked/harassed”… Interesting defense for lawyers out there.
  4. Who needs a defense attorney when the Carson City Sheriff and DA Neil Rombardo will just cover-it-up for you? Just like they did for Susan Martinovich.

Gerald Gardner was DA Rombardo’s assistant until August 17, 2012 when Governor Brian Sandoval named Mr. Gardner as his new “chief of staff” .

“I have known Gerald since he served as my Las Vegas regional chief when I was attorney general,” Sandoval said.  “His experience in Southern Nevada combined with his keen intellect and insight will be invaluable as we move into the 2013 Nevada Legislative session. I am pleased that Gerald has agreed to join my administration and serve in this capacity. I look forward to working together again.”

Corrupt Brian Sandoval's chief of staff Gerald Gardner

Corrupt Brian Sandoval’s chief of staff Gerald Gardner (former Carson City DA Rombardo’s bitch)

Here’s “Chief”  Gardner’s bio – We see he covered up public corruption and fraud cases:  “In 2002, Gardner was named the chief of the criminal justice division for the Nevada Attorney General’s Office, focusing on public corruption and fraud cases. In 2004, he was appointed by then-Attorney General Brian Sandoval to serve as his Las Vegas regional chief. He also served on the Attorney General’s Legislative Committee.”

Its convenient timing was exactly when  DA Rombardo trumped up the “assault” charge for the process server who tried to serve an evading Susan Martinovich. The week and a half delay from the incident and the trumped up charge is very suspect.

Gov. Brian Sandoval announced Gerald Gardner has been named chief of staff effective September 5. Gardner takes over for Heidi Gansert who has served as the governor’s chief of staff for the past twenty months and who announced her resignation yesterday.

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Nevada ANTI Corruption youtube videos

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We did some research and found an interesting website called Wild Wild Law and that blog had the following information:

            Anonymous said…
Looks like a mass exudus from the carson city DA’s office. Employees are sick of Rombardo’s temper tantrums. Plus, the dude is getting divorced because he screwed one of his deputies.Anonymous said…

I worked with Neil Rombardo when he was an DAG here in Vegas. Real a**hole
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Robben rejects a ‘defer and dismiss’ extortion plea deal from DA, KRNV covers NDOT Retaliation, film crew to cover next protest

Protesting on temporally on hold this week as we prepare for major film crew Lawless America demonstration.   We also need to take a break from the ‘heat’ so to speak. We’re taking a vacation, spending time with family and contemplating new signage.  We were going to leave off the DA’s name on the signage, but now that we’re going to court, we need to let taxpayers know who’s spending their money and time prosecuting a sham case.

New video documentaries being produced to tell the personal stories of Robben and Tonja Brown / Nolan Klein.

New Carson City rules try to limit protests. We have already improvised a solution where the new areas can off-set restriction and a new trailer sign.  The new area actually allows us to display more signs. New signage to showcase the Cover-up. New proxy for Robben to keep protests going strong. Robben to still be active as he produces video documentaries and focus on offensive and defensive legal action surrounding false malicious prosecution.

KRNV covers Jim Richardson’s NDOT Retaliation – click on: Whistleblower sounds off on loophole in protection law 

Nevada Whistle-blower laws lack teeth

Nevada Whistle-blower laws lack teeth

Robben rejects a ‘defer and dismiss’ plea deal from DA.  Why admit quilt to something I did not do?

Carson City COVER-UP Susan Sartinovich hit-and-run, FALSE police report

Carson City COVER-UP Susan Sartinovich hit-and-run, FALSE police report

Carson DA (Name omitted): Thanks for the call.

The defer and dismiss requires me to admit guilt to something I did not do. You are smart and I know you would not admit to something you never did, why should I?

I respectfully decline the offer. 

I’ll request a jury trial and I’ll prevail as a matter of law and fact. I’ll also demand the arrest record is expunged. I never harassed, stalked, assaulted Ms. Martinovich, nor did I  disturb disturbed the peace. In the even I lose, I’ll appeal to the district court. I do not want to threaten you, but this case is a total sham and I think you are very smart and see this. My offers are more amicable, and  Ms. Martinovich would still benefit.  I  am open to confidential discussions on the matter.  However, your purview is the criminal charge and not anything I may counter.

Perhaps Ms. Martinovic’s lawyer should call me to avoid malicias prosecution. Again, I think you’re very smart and that said you’ll see my position. Why admit guilt to something I never did and if I was setup this easy on these charges, I am worried about future bogus charges that would put me in jeopardy since I would likely be on probation/alternative sentencing. This is unacceptable. Thank you, I’ll see you in court.

-T Robben

Sell the Governor’s jet airplane – No more pilots – co$ting taxpayer million$

Word on Musser St. –  Not totally vetted. Both NDOT State pilots are gone.  They left abruptly.

Why should Sandoval get a jet anyway that cost taxpayers millions of dollars a year for the luxury  item. He should dive or fly Southwest like the rest of us.

There is too much controversy including the cost to taxpayers. Sell the damn thing already or reinstate the former pilot.

KRNV – Server says NDOT director avoided subpoena, ran over foot

Here’s the link

KRNV TV News 4 covers the Susan Martinovich hit-and-run story

KRNV TV News 4 covers the Susan Martinovich hit-and-run story

All the State can do is lie and defame Robben.  Robben has no other TPOs against him by anyone. This is their game plan. Lie, get the press guy (Public Dis-Information Officer) buffoon named SCOTT MAGRUDER to try and work-the-press spin.  Magruder will be unemployed when this is all over.  How could anyone trust this  after he gets creamed by a little pro-per litigant in 2 weeks.

We took down the post on Carson City Sheriff Bob Guimont in good faith. We encourage the gang abatement programs including the “Gangbangers” in the AG office.  

We are not trying to get involved in Carson City Sheriff personnel drama/scandals or pick sides within the factions.

Believe me, the comments came in PRO AND CON and we decided to not to post most of them.

We do feel the police report was a COVER-UP one sided.

Robben’s 911 call and report are completely whitewashed.  In fact, Robben’s complaints of hit-and-run and leaving the scene and 911 call were never accounted for in the report. A key witness was not interviewed. We knew there was no video from Smith’s. The report claims the door of her Dodge Durango came open! We will post more as we glean, but we can’t give the total game plan away. NDOT should know what we are reading and they know where they lied. The are some very, very big lies here and I’ll have to hold posting until after the Court hearing, but it appears people should be going to jail on perjury and falsification of a Sheriff report when I am done with this.  Of course, the Judges will probably let these people off with not jail or a slap on the hand, they will reward this behavior and punish Robben for exposing the lies, perjury and corruption. Then all hell will break loose and the protests will RAGE.

As things develop, the ‘false police report and TPO application’ filed by Martinovich should stick.

New signs will  be made for our next demonstration:


Las Vegas Review Journal covers the NDOT Director Sue Martinovich hit-and-run


Here in the state capital, residents have become accustomed to protesters and large banners being placed in front of government buildings calling for an end to corruption in state government. It’s no big deal anymore.

But the scene at the local Smith’s supermarket about 4:30 p.m. Aug. 6 could have been out of a comic strip.

Nevada Department of Transportation Director Susan Martinovich jumped from one car to another while trying to evade Ty Robben. He was trying to serve papers to require her to appear at a Tuesday personnel hearing over her dismissal of former state pilot James Richardson.

Martinovich, according to Robben, drove over his foot when he tried to serve the legal papers. He filed a hit-and-run complaint with the Carson City Sheriff’s Office. She filed a harassment complaint against Robben. She wants a restraining order to prevent him from coming anywhere near her.

But Scott Magruder, the Transportation Department spokesman, said he was with Martinovich, who became frightened when Robben “banged” on her car windows.

“It was kind of comical,” Robben said of the incident, asserting Martinovich just should have accepted service when he appeared at her office last week.

Although his foot is causing him pain, Robben said he has been “too busy” to seek medical attention and lacks insurance. Magruder said he doubts Robben’s foot even was touched and believes the Smith’s video cameras will show it wasn’t.

Robben was fired in 2009 by the Department of Taxation and has been fighting that dismissal in court. He awaits a decision from the Nevada Supreme Court that might take another year.

He said that anyone can be a process server and that he was trying to help out Richardson, a friend.

Since his dismissal, he and people like Richardson, fired by Martinovich in 2008 from his pilot’s job, have been leading protests against state government officials.

“I am the victim here,” Robben said. “She ran over my foot and filed a false report.”

Richardson has won several court decisions requiring the Transportation Department to give him back pay and put him back to work. But he has contended they are trying to return him to jobs where he would seldom, if ever, fly. He also said the pilot position he has been offered has not been properly funded.

Martinovich did show up Tuesday to testify at Richardson’s hearing before a personnel officer.

“There were 15 armed security officers there,” Robben said.

Martinovich retires in September.

– Ed Vogel

The Nevada State Personnel scandals and corruption keep coming at a manic pace – Keep ’em coming

The Nevada State Personnel scandals and corruption keep coming at a manic pace – Keep ’em coming.

We’ve been promoting our cause and and the results are overwhelming.

We have more new reports of Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto’s office BACKDATING court documents in other cases that have been reported. More to come on this later.

We have more Taxation reports of corruption.

We have reports that State Hearing Officers are operating without legal contracts. Update – Personnel officers contracts were approved in June 2012 and would make these contracts legal.  However, the original June BOE meeting agenda did not list any personnel hearing officer contracts to the best of out knowledge since we we’re looking for this info at that time. Perhaps another Nevada Open Meeting Law violation?  We’ll go back and look to see what transpired.

We have reports of Nevada Officials using false credentials on their resumes.

NDOT Pilot Story developing – State fires pilot again August 2012.

Department of Transportation to comply with rehiring order

CARSON CITY — A Nevada Department of Transportation official said Tuesday that the agency will comply with a state Supreme Court order to rehire fired state pilot Jim Richardson.

Department spokesman Scott Magruder said his agency must reach an agreement with Richardson because the high court refuses to reconsider. He added that Director Susan Martinovich opposes appealing in federal court.

Read more here

Court sides with fired pilot who claimed state plane was operated unsafely

NDOTThe state Department of Transportation looked into complaints by a former state pilot of safety lapses involving Nevada’s Cessna Citation, shown in 2006.

By  (contact)

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011 | 4:38 p.m.


The Nevada Supreme Court ruled in favor of a former Transportation Department pilot who said he was unjustly fired for raising red flags about the operation of the state plane.

Jim Richardson, of Carson City, said the Nevada Department of Transportation fired him in 2008 for blowing the whistle on unsafe operation of the state’s 10-seat Cessna Citation. The plane landed with only minutes of fuel left a number of times, took off overweight and was operated by a 14-year-old boy under the direction of the former chief pilot.

Some of these incidents happened while transporting top officials, including former Gov. Jim Gibbons.

Richardson lawyer, Jeff Blanck, said he expects Richardson to be reinstated as a pilot and receive 3 ½ years back pay, almost $250,000.

The state has maintained that Richardson was fired for not immediately reporting an incident, when an intern “over-revved” the plane’s engine.

Richardson admitted he made a mistake, but said the punishment was too harsh. In appealing his firing, Richardson argued that former Chief Pilot Gary Phillips had been merely demoted for the more serious safety violations.

NDOT said it was still pursuing its legal options. “We don’t agree with this judgment, and we are working with the Attorney General’s office and evaluating how to proceed,” according to a statement.

Richardson’s reinstatement “is supported by substantial evidence and is not arbitrary or capricious in any way,” according to the three-member decision. The order reversed District Court Judge Todd Russell’s ruling in 2009, which had found in favor of NDOT and allowed Richardson to be fired.

The case was remanded back to Russell.

The union that represents state workers had held up Richardson’s case as evidence that state workers need collective bargaining rights, a goal of state public employees for decades. After the administrative hearing officer said NDOT had to rehire Richardson, the department put him to work carrying 120-pound bags of rock, Richardson said, before the administrative judge clarified his decision that he had to be rehired as a pilot.

When Russell overturned that decision, it made the union’s case much less sympathetic.

“This was a blatant attempt by NDOT to retaliate against Mr. Richardson,” said Neil Lake, president of AFSCME Local 4041, which represents state workers.

Richardson, in an interview, said he was looking forward to getting back to work for the state.

We have pictures of NDOT Chief Pilot letting his kid fly the State plane:

Nevada Department of Transportation

Nevada Department of Transportation Chief Pilot Gary Phillips illegally flying State jet.

Nevada Department of Transportation

Nevada Department of Transportation Chief Pilot Gary Phillips

Nevada Department of Transportation

Nevada Department of Transportation Chief Pilot Gary Phillips