Skip to comments.Assembly leader dated figure in funeral scandal
Posted on 10/10/2013 7:38:32 AM PDT by GSWarrior
For more than a year, Assembly Speaker John Pérez dated a Hollywood funeral director who faces fraud allegations in one of the biggest financial scandals to rock the U.S. funeral industry.
During their relationship, Pérez, a Los Angeles Democrat, mixed political business with his personal life in ways that showed poor judgment, ethics experts say. A Pérez spokesman said the lawmaker conducted himself appropriately during a casual dating relationship.
Tyler Cassity, proprietor of a boutique cemetery called Hollywood Forever as well as a Mill Valley cemetery, and defendant in a $600 million fraud lawsuit in his native Missouri, accompanied Pérez to a series of high-profile public events.
Meanwhile, in St. Louis, Cassity, his parents and his older brother are defendants in a 2009 lawsuit that contends they looted millions of dollars from trust accounts and insurance policies that were supposed to be set aside to pay for customers' funerals.
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dating...is that what they call it?
“Excuse me, I’m a Democrat. I’m not supposed to get caught. I need to speak to someone in charge”
That he’s a poof is the least of his moral failings.
It sounds more dignified than stool pushing.
American decadence on full parade.
Corrupt gay pols “dating” homo funeral directors!!
All that is missing is some tie-in to the current administration in Washington or Chicago!
Just wait. It’s coming.
Obama’s in charge, he would just say, look man don’t worry be happy, this just make you a more viable democrat candidate.
Before moving to the St. Louis area, Cassity was a young lawyer in southwest Missouri. In the 1970s, he ran an investment club in Springfield, Mo.
A federal investigation uncovered a scheme full of intertwined corporations and missing funds. Cassity pleaded guilty of conspiracy and tax fraud violations in 1982, lost his law license and served six months in federal prison.
He is not a very good crook.
FINDING MY RELIGION / Tyler Cassity puts new life back into the business of burial
David Ian Miller
February 5, 2007
How did you get involved in the cemetery business?
Originally, I wanted to be a writer. I wanted to write gay novels like Dale Peck. So that’s what I studied in college.
Brent Cassity and his brother Tyler were key to building the familys multimillion-dollar funeral empire, which would include 26 interrelated companies controlled by a family trust before the familys downfall and the companies demise. In the mid-1990s, Brent and Tyler Cassity founded Forever Enterprises, based in St. Louis, to create digital biographies (or LifeStories) shown at funerals. The brothers found favor in Hollywood, and consulted on HBOs series Six Feet Under, which aired between 2001 and 2005.
Your statement alone gave me the first good lol of the day. Truer words!
Speaker of the Assembly John A. Pérez
Were I a she type, I would rather engage in necrophilia than date this guy.
And just why do you suppose he was dating a funeral director, hmmmm?
Yep, I suspect that old Sam Kinison stand-up comedy bit about necrophilia was all too accurate.
"I am reminded at this point of a fellow I used to know whose name was Henry, only to give you an idea of what a individualist he was, he spelled it H-E-N-3-R-Y. The three was silent, you see.
Henry was financially independent, having inherited his father's tar-and-feather business, and was therefore able to devote his full time to such intellectual pursuits as writing. I particularly remember a heartwarming novel of his about a young necrophiliac who finally achieved his boyhood ambition by becoming coroner. (scattered laughter) The rest of you can look it up when you get home.
elementary, my dear watson
Even his dating was political; he imagined that a funeral director would have especial insights about some of the Democrats' most faithful supporters.
Moreover, one with serious ethical problems would have especial insights about some of the Democrats' other most faithful supporters.