More on Syaed Ali
by Geoff Kelly - posted 12:29 pm, January 23, 2009
It’s been two weeks since I first wrote about Syaed Ali and a week since I followed up. (Last November Ali detained and interrogated while Buffalo police searched his home and confiscated his possessions—all because he was suspected of harassing Mayor Byron Brown.) The story has since been picked up by other news outlets, but the mayor’s office remains mum: Brown won’t even admit that Ali is accused of harassing him, though Ali insists that’s what his interrogators told him. Buffalo Police won’t say whether or not they’re investigating Ali.
City Court Judge Craig Hannah—an old friend of Byron Brown whom the mayor appointed to the bench just 11 days after taking office in 2006—won’t admit he signed the search warrant that Buffalo Police presented when they ransacked Ali’s house on November 7. But here is a copy of that warrant, and that appears to be Hannah’s signature at the bottom.
On the last page of that document is a makeshift receipt given to Ali’s family by Buffalo Police Detective Anna Mydlarz, who led the raid on Ali’s house and is supposedly in charge of the investigation that Buffalo Police won’t acknowledge. After the jump is a much longer list of items that Ali says Buffalo Police actually took from his home on November 7. It’s coming up on three months, and none of the items have been returned. Nor has Ali been charged with a crime.
Because no one will comment on this case, I have yet to receive answers to these questions:
1. Why bother with a search warrant for a misdemeanor harassment charge? What were police looking for?
2. On what basis was Ali suspected of harassing the mayor? Where is the evidence on which Hannah agreed to sign the search warrant?
3. Even if Ali had done what he is accused of doing—spreading prurient rumors about the mayor’s personal life—does that constitute harassment? Does that justify sending Buffalo Police into his family’s home with what is apparently a flimsy warrant to seize his propoerty and his person?
Byron Brown’s Robbery /Stolen Property List
Checkbooks (M&T, HSBC, First Niagara, Citizens)
Tax Returns (CPA Prepared by Conway Porter, Business and Personal 4-5 years worth of returns)
Bank Statements (M&T, HSBC, First Niagara, Citizens 4-5 years worth of statements)
Credit Cards, ATM cards and Statements (4-5 years worth of statements)
Business Cards of Important contacts (maybe over 500 cards includes your law firm’s card)
Computer-maybe seven years worth of personal and business information, $3000 worth of specialized software utilized to produce business documents
Cell Phone Charger, and spear battery and holding case
Cell Phone Wireless Headset, and Headset Charger
Board of Elections Filing Materials (BOE PIN, and filing numbers, BOE Reports), and petitions-challenging Betty Gean Grant, and Antoine Thompson and Alternative Delegate for John Edwards.
Computer Disks and CD-ram and CDRW (They allege 19 computer disks only, their are well over 150 computer CDRW, 200 computer Disks)
Briefcase Filled with Personal and Business Documents
Pens, pencils, staplers, paper note pads, and other office supplies.
SAIL-IT INC. Receipts of equipment, services, purchases, and company books required for tax filing, Tax Returns (2 years worth) Product Brochures, Client List, Bank Statements, corporate EIN, and ID certificates, Corporation Bank Statements, cancelled checks, undeposited Checks, SAIL-IT Business Plan Documents, Company Bills, SAIL-IT Inc. Article of Incorporation, Seal Certificates, meeting minutes, and 10 Market Research Reports- Worth about $9000, Copies of Stock Certificates (listing all share holders)
Personal hygiene items such as deodorant, shaving cream, after-shave, Shampoo lotion, nail clippers, much more etc.
Computer Key Board
Mother’s purse and bag filled of personal papers, items and cash-about $100 between the 3 bags, and much more etc.
Mother’s Personal Tapes (over 30 they allege 24 in aggregate), and Architectural Plans and Drawings of Vacation House-$4500 value, Tape Recorders (3)
Mother’s work related papers and documents, and continuing education papers
Mother’s Pension Documents
Mother’s Car registration
Father’s Business Document that Encompasses Rental Applications for Current and Prospective Tenants, Lease Documents for Tenants, Rental Advertising Material, and receipts required for tax filing, tax returns/documents (5 years worth of returns) pertaining to rental business, receipts for major repairs, renovations, and equipment purchases, 5 years worth of company utility, and tax bills, and other company bills, Tenant contact list, Company Books, Building contractor work plans, and invoices, County Health Department, and City of Buffalo inspections, and permits office, and eviction notices and corporate EIN, and ID certificates, Copies of Stock Certificates(listing all share holders) Corporation Bank Statements, cancelled checks, undeposited Checks, and revenues received in cash about $1200
Brother’s copies of credit cards, passport, and bank statements he left with me when he went on vacation in September
Brother’s Personal Immigration Documents Pertaining to his Wife’s Case
Brother’s Business Documents-Receipts for major equipment purchases, renovations, and correspondences with County Health Department, and City of Buffalo inspections, and permits office, and eviction notices, Rental Applications for Current and Prospective Tenants, Lease Documents for Tenants, Rental Advertising Material, and receipts required for tax filing, tax returns/documents pertaining to rental business (6 years worth of returns) corporate EIN, and ID certificates, Copies of Stock Certificates(listing all share holders) Corporation Bank Statements, 6 years worth of company utility, and tax bills, and other all other bills, Building contractor work plans, and invoices, Tenant Contact list, company books, cancelled checks, undeposited Checks, and revenues received in cash about $500
Four Desk Draws Filled With Papers, and Three Filing Cabinets filled with important papers stolen, all draws stolen also, and a blue rectangular storage bin filled with paper as well, and stole business documents from a old briefcase, and stole the briefcase
$750 Worth of Emergency Cash
Important confidential Financial Services Client Files- Applications with personal information, and financial goals, and income information, SSN numbers etc.
Car, and House Keys
Financial Calculator used for business/work related Projects
5 binders full of business documents, and SAIL-IT Product and service Presentation Material (they allege only 1 binder full of personal papers)
Product mockups, Marketing, and Financial Plans for 5 new SAIL-IT spin-off enterprises
MHIE and BNCCN Public Service Project-Electronic Files, Hard Copy Product and Service Mock-ups, Diagrams, disks, DVD, CD etc. (Mr. Magavern may remember this project, as I discussed with a group of medical professionals, about the possibility of Magavern & Magavern &Grimm incorporating a PPO entity)
15 Business Reference and text Books
Personal Medical Files
Various Legal documents such as insurance policies, contracts, etc.
They took 11-12 garbage worth of stuff, because they asked us for bags, and than one of the cops left got some bags, and brought a truck to steal more stuff
Lap Top Computer, and Tablet PC, Palm Pilot
Numerous other things as well, that is hard to recall, but when the need arises to utilize important materials for personal and business matters we will probably remember pertinent instruments/property that were stolen, however these are probably the most valuable material. I had over two decades worth of stuff stored in the house that they stole including antique coins and newspaper articles, etc., sports cards, and numerous academic and work related projects etc.