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Says Benink, “I would be surprised [if Sanders got paid off], given Wetzel’s posture of poverty. But certainly somebody may have been paid off when there supposedly is not a single penny left. Sanders may have gotten the money, but he also may have been too embarrassed to file [as a creditor].” In any case, Wetzel and his wife may find it difficult to wipe away the Chapter 7 filing because there are fraud charges in Meredith’s suit, says Benink.

At one point, Meredith contacted an insurance company whose policies were being sold by Wetzel. Meredith was told that securities infractions do not count against the record of an insurance salesperson. According to the California Department of Insurance, Wetzel got licenses, effective last year, to sell insurance for Pacificare Life Assurance, Pacificare Life and Health, United Healthcare, United of Omaha Life, United World Life Insurance, Connecticut General Life, American Equity General Life, and Mutual of Omaha.

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selfcntred Dec. 9, 2009 @ 4:51 p.m.

That's how Wetzel got more clients. He would mention the Mayor is one of his oldest investors. Very interesting. Hey Jerry, Show Me the Money!


Don Bauder Dec. 9, 2009 @ 8:50 p.m.

Response to post #1: Yes, as mentioned in the 2008 Reader story, Wetzel would mention the mayor's name. Best, Don Bauder


carlnishi Dec. 12, 2009 @ 1:21 a.m.

I bought insurance from the crook. Can't wait to cancel my policy.


Don Bauder Dec. 12, 2009 @ 7:55 a.m.

Response to post #4: Those are some respectable insurance companies using him as a salesman. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Dec. 12, 2009 @ 3:20 p.m.

Response to post #5: That's a truism. Best, Don Bauder


selfcntred Dec. 13, 2009 @ 8:22 p.m.

In your Reader story of May 29, 2008 you mentioned Thomas Moore received a "Finders Fee". I wonder if he received a finders fee for the other corrupt company Universal Money Traders?


Don Bauder Dec. 13, 2009 @ 9:30 p.m.

Response to post #7: Moore worked directly for Universal Money Traders as a salesman. I don't know whether he got finder's fees, but he probably got paid in commission, salary, or perhaps both. Best, Don Bauder


Anon92107 Dec. 16, 2009 @ 1:11 p.m.

Don, I don't know if anyone may have noticed, but I must admit that my outrage at Republican acts of treason against the U.S. Military and political corruption with the health insurance industry is going ballistic.

I still remember being a dedicated "I Like Ike" Young Republican, but ever since Nixon the party has gone straight to Hell.

Ike was definitely the last of the Great republicans with Honor and Integrity, then Nixon-Agnew through Cheney-Bush destroyed that era completely.

If our Founders could have known that the GOP would destroy the American Democracy they created they wouldn't have bothered risking their lives to create American Democracy in the first place.


Don Bauder Dec. 16, 2009 @ 6:06 p.m.

Response to post #9: The Democrats are doing a good job messing things up, too. Best, Don Bauder


Anon92107 Dec. 17, 2009 @ 11:34 a.m.

Response to post #10:

You got that right Don, and you know the most hideous irony will happen next year now that the democrats have allowed themselves to be seen as failing to negate republican acts of treason at federal, state and local levels by losing whatever commanding majorities they may have.

Republicans sure know how to screw the poor, democracy, democrats and America.

And We The People still don't understand that ALL GOP politicians and judges are traitors against American Democracy and the U.S. Military, making all of bin Laden's nightmares for America come true. That's because of the total failures of our educational and religious institutions to teach us to read, think and live by the 10 Commandments.


Don Bauder Dec. 17, 2009 @ 12:33 p.m.

Response to post #11: Educational institutions should not be teaching people to follow the ten commandments. That's up to religious institutions. Best, Don Bauder


Anon92107 Dec. 17, 2009 @ 12:57 p.m.

Response to post #12:

I agree 100%

That's why I specifically said "educational and religious institutions" to keep them separate and distinct, unlike radical religious right wing republicans who combine these two institutions and include them in their political institution.

Nevertheless, all religions have failed the tests of morality, integrity, ethics and the 10 Commandments proven by the hideously unacceptable state of the world today that proves all religions have failed.


Don Bauder Dec. 17, 2009 @ 2:25 p.m.

Response: I agree: religions have done a poor job throughout the world. Best, Don Bauder


Russ Lewis Dec. 17, 2009 @ 2:31 p.m.

Yes, by not controlling people's behavior. (Fred?)


Fred Williams Dec. 17, 2009 @ 8:47 p.m.

Politicians use religion to get into office.

They've never been known to practice it once in office.

As to the ten commandments, well we can skip half of them...the ones that natter on about having no other gods or making graven images, for example, are sorta stupid, and have nothing to do with morality.


David Dodd Dec. 17, 2009 @ 9:52 p.m.

"Politicians use religion to get into office."

Yes, and religion uses politicians once the politicians are elected. But the same can be said about special interest groups. And the military industrial complex. And so on. It's tough to call the kettle black when the blackened pot sits so close to it (note: not a racist reference, a reference to an old addage about not throwing stones in a glass house, which is based on a religous reference about those without guilt casting the first stone... oh, hell, never mind).

Better put, they enable each other.


Don Bauder Dec. 17, 2009 @ 9:58 p.m.

Response to post #15: Do you think religions should exercise even more social control than they do? Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Dec. 17, 2009 @ 10 p.m.

Response to post #16: I know a lot of politicians who have one other god before them: themselves. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Dec. 17, 2009 @ 10:02 p.m.

Response to post #17: What interests me is the way born-agains and far right fundamentalists are used by big business and Wall Street. Best, Don Bauder


David Dodd Dec. 17, 2009 @ 10:40 p.m.

"What interests me is the way born-agains and far right fundamentalists are used by big business and Wall Street. Best, Don Bauder"

Ha! Yes, they're great targets. It's an amazing world, Don. Sometimes I have to wonder if these interests aren't meant for each other. A little cold? Perhaps.

Recent GOP: Target the extreme right. Nominate a man who pretends to be very religious. Once elected, go on rampages supporting their causes while the real money that got the GOP elected fleeces their bank accounts. Plead stupidity when the bubble bursts. Target voters are left with nothing.

Recent DEM: Target the poor, get them to vote. Nominate a very eloquent man who is half-African American. Promise them economic freedom. Once elected, rob the grandchildren of the poor that elected them, give it to the real money that got the DEM elected. Plead stupidity when it doesn't work. Target voters are left with nothing.

And people wonder why I withdrew from any participation from the U.S. political system?


Anon92107 Dec. 18, 2009 @ 5:05 a.m.

Thanks for another year of excellent investigative reporting Don. Your many exposures of corruption in San Diego keep proving what a senior FBI agent said last week, Corruption threatens "soul and fabric" of U.S.

“Corruption, whether in the form of crooked officials, financial fraudsters or even philandering sports stars, is tearing at the fabric of U.S. society and is the country's No. 1 criminal threat”

As this column and the San Diego economy prove this year, Mayor Sanders, scandal-ridden groups who control him, the San Diego Republican Party, etc. are destroying the soul and fabric of San Diego.

Keep up the great work next year Don, all we can do is hope that San Diegans will read your columns, wake up soon and toss all corrupt local, state and federal republican politicians and judges out of office.


Don Bauder Dec. 18, 2009 @ 7:18 a.m.

Response to post #21: Of the last two presidents, one came from Texas politics and the other from Chicago politics. Sobering. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Dec. 18, 2009 @ 7:21 a.m.

Response to post #22: If corruption suddenly disappears in San Diego, I promise to shift my focus elsewhere. Best, Don Bauder


bartk March 15, 2010 @ 8:22 p.m.

I still don't understand why this Jeffry Wetzel in not in jail. Meanwhile his kids all have paid college tuition at the expense of others in a Ponzi scheme. Where is the justice? I guess crime does pay.


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