My Turn: Convict Larry Weitzman and his Background Checks

by Placerville Newswire / Aug 08, 2017 / comments

[Cris Alarcon. Img: Lawrence Weitzman​]

The attention to the details in his recent article attacking me was impressive, and as the end of the story approached, I could almost hear the symphony of cymbals crashing and trumpets blaring as our daring author, the one and only Lawrence Weitzman, reached his grand finale and delivered, with fearless resolve, his juicy climax:  the chairman of the Charter Review Committee has had vehicle registration problems!!! 

Well, ok, maybe it was not so much a satisfying intellectual climax and more of an anemic sputtering after an awkward rant.  But let’s give Larry credit where credit is due: given the level of detail that his research produced, omitting relevant, known facts takes focused and pre-mediated effort.  So, as far as disjointed rants go, this one is pretty good at achieving its purpose, which is not to better El Dorado County or our Charter Review Committee, but to make Cristofer Alarcon look bad. 

What details could have been left out of Larry’s epic tale of vehicle registrations?  One is the fact that the vehicle registration issue was incorrectly charged as a felony, and this was corrected before trial to be charged as a misdemeanor.  Another fact is that at trial, I could have exonerated myself by snitching on the person who I suspected had messed with the vehicle registration—not a member of my immediate family, but young man that was having lots of problems of his own, and a family member nonetheless.  I took one for the team, so to speak, and plead guilty to a misdemeanor.  Finally, there is the matter of my past identity. 

I suppose its time to own up to this, publicly.  So here goes:  YES, I admit I used to be known as Cristofer Price.  YES, I took the name Cristofer Alarcon and have been using that name for many years.   I’M SORRY for having betrayed the taxpaying public by failing to disclose to the Charter Review Committee that in 1969 I was adopted.  

Furthermore, for having taken the time and trouble to gather together the details of my past woes with the DMV and my personal history, I consider Larry Weitzman to deserve the honor of serving on the Charter Review Committee, and so if the circumsatances should come up in the future, I would step down as chair so that the duties of this non-paid volunteer position can be filled by Larry-- just as soon as he passes his own proposed background check.

What Larry missed is that I did pass a State DOJ background check for EDCOE before I served on the Charter Review Committee, and I also passed a Federal DOJ background check before I helped open the Red Hawk Casino.  But I give him some slack on not mentioning this in his story as he was in Federal Prison, and had limited information available to him.


Larry Weitzman sentenced to prison
By Jim Ratajczak October 5, 2010, Mountain Democrat.

...Placerville attorney and Mountain Democrat columnist Larry Weitzman was sentenced to federal prison for his role in laundering nearly $3 million of drug money, the IRS announced Friday.

Weitzman, 66, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder money and structure transactions on Sept. 22, 2008, and was sentenced to 27 months in prison for his involvement in laundering $2.96 million in drug proceeds for four-time convicted drug trafficker Gregory Sperow, 58, of Los Angeles...



Lawrence Edward Weitzman - #43778
Current Status:     Disbarred
This member is prohibited from practicing law in California by order of the California Supreme Court.

May 27, 2011

LAWRENCE EDWARD WEITZMAN [#43778], 67, of Rescue was summarily disbarred May 27, 2011, and was ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.

Weitzman was convicted in 2009 of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Because the crime is a felony that involves moral turpitude, it meets the criteria for summary disbarment.


In the Matter of LAWRENCE EDWARD WEITZMAN, Member No. 43778

A Member of the State Bar. )
Case No.: 08-C-14152

On November 4, 2010, the State Bar filed a request for recommendation of summary disbarment based on Lawrence E. Weitzman~s felony conviction. Weitzman did not file a response. We grant the request and recommend that Weitzman be summarily disbarred.

On December 4, 2008, Weitzman pled guilty to a felony violation of title 18 United States Code section 371 (conspiracy to structure transactions in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 5324 and launder money in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(1)(B)(i) and 1957). Effective February 9, 2009, we placed Weitzman on interim suspension. On November 4, 2010, the State Bar transmitted evidence that Weitzman’s conviction was final...

The record of conviction establishes that Weitzman’s conviction meets the criteria for summary disbarment under Business and Professions Code section 6102, subdivision (c). First, kwiktag ~ 018 040 455
the offense is a felony. Second, the offense for which Weitzman was convicted involves moral turpitude.

Weitzman conspired to violate title 18 United States Code section 1956(a)(1)(B)(i). The moral turpitude classification of the crime of conspiracy depends upon the object of the conspiracy. (In re McAllister (1939) 14 Cal.2d 602, 603 [if the commission of an offense involves moral turpitude, then a conspiracy to commit the offense would also inVolve moral turpitude].) In order to convict under title 18 United States Code section 1956(a)(1)(B)(i), the Government must prove the defendant "(1) knew the property involved in a financial transaction represented the proceeds of some unlawful activity; [¶] (2) conducted or attempted to conduct a financial transaction which involved the proceeds of the unlawful activity; [¶] (3) knew the transaction was designed in whole or part to conceal or disguise the nature, location, source, or ownership or control of the proceeds from the unlawful activity."...

When an attorney’s conviction meets the requirements of Business and Professions Code section 6102, subdivision (c), "the attorney is not entitled to a State Bar Court hearing to determine whether lesser discipline is called for." (In re Paguirigan (2001) 25 Cal.4th 1, 7.) Disbarment is mandatory. (Id. at p. 9.)

We therefore recommend that Lawrence Edward Weitzman, State Bar number 43778, be disbarred from the practice of law in this state...