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Group Demands Trustee Alpay Take Down Misleading Website

Lawyer for Hold CUSD Accountable gives the Capo Unified school board member until the end of Wednesday to disable his deceptive website, which redirects visitors to a pro-Alpay group.

The lawyer for a group whose name was co-opted in a website address bought by a current Capistrano Unified school board member has demanded that the trustee take down the misleading URL by the end of the day Wednesday.

Attorney Wayne Tate sent a letter Wednesday to Trustee John Aplay, insisting he shut down www.holdcusdaccountable.com, which is virtually the same as Hold CUSD Accountable’s real website but with a dot-com suffix instead of dot-org.

“I’m trying to get Alpay to do the right thing and take down his deceptive and misleading website,” Tate said.

Alpay did not respond to a reporter’s inquiry. The site was still active late Wednesday night.

Hold CUSD Accountable is a small group of parents opposed to the current majority on the Capistrano Unified Board of Trustees, including Alpay. It is endorsing three candidates, including Alpay’s .

Alpay’s bogus website, which he acknowledged buying, redirects visitors to the website for Capistrano Unified Children First, an advocacy group in step with the teachers’ union and the current board majority. It endorses Alpay, among others.

Patch has found at least six other deceptive websites. Internet hosting company , as the registered owner of most of those sites, but Korpi says an impostor set them up.

After publication of Patch's first story, six of the seven sites were disabled, but Alpay’s remained operable.

“You gotta give, begrudgingly, Korpi some credit,” said Tate. “When the poop hits the fan, it’s time to turn off the fan.”

Unlike the sites linked to Korpi, Alpay's version of Hold CUSD Accountable keeps his misleading URL in the address bar while the content is entirely from the Children First site, including its working links.

Capo Parent October 25, 2012 at 01:06 AM
What is amazing about this is the fact there are actually some who defend Alpay and Korpi. One can only imagine how they would react if the shoe was on the other foot. CPToo would be posting in all caps.
Sharon Y. October 25, 2012 at 03:14 AM
This entire children first group is corrupt and unethical.
Proud Mom October 25, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Surprise ... surprise ... surprise ...
shelly October 25, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Penny, "Alpay’s bogus website, which he acknowledged buying, redirects visitors to the website for Capistrano Unified Children First, an advocacy group in step with the teachers’ union and the current board majority" The current board majority? Who exactly is that? Trustee Addonizio, Palazzo, Bryson and Brick all ran as reform candidates and were supported by the same people. So who exactly are you speaking of? Can you please be specific and back it up with documentation? Thank you.
Yeparoo October 25, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Really? - “You gotta give, begrudgingly, Korpi some credit,” said Tate. “When the poop hits the fan, it’s time to turn off the fan.” Mr. Tate, Mr Korpi has clearly stated he is not behind the fictions web address. In fact, he claims to be a victim of identity theft. So no fan, no poop. We are left wondering who stole Mr. Korpi's identity in order to set up the spoofing websites. And does that person live in fear of Mr. Korpi filing a complaint against him/her.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) October 25, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Yep, I believe the comment was in reference to the alleged Korpi sites all coming down in one day, while the Alpay-owned site lives on.
Proud Mom October 25, 2012 at 05:14 AM
Can't wait to see who is behind this. Time will tell ... lets see the credit card info.. The sooner the better.
fact checker October 25, 2012 at 05:19 AM
Very good question. Penny?
Ken Lopez Maddox October 25, 2012 at 11:17 AM
If that is true then it would stand to reason that Alpay used Korpi's name. Unlikely. I think they worked together. Korpi chose to deny involvement.
Capo Parent October 25, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Shelly This is not hard to figure out. While Alpay's purchase of the bogus website is not illegal, how he is using it and what it does surely appears to be illegal, with the tern cyberfraud coming to mind. Since Alpay's misleading website directs a viewer to the Children First site, which had for awhile a prominent endorsement of Alpay on its front page, and Children First has not disavowed the misleading website or demanded that Alpay take it down or at the very least stop it from redirecting viewers to the Children First website, it is easy to surmise that Children First partnered with Alpay in this cyberfraud or at the very least, is a willing beneficiary. Keep in mind that all the misleading websites created by Alpay and Korpi redirect views to one of three websites, Alpay, Pritchard or Children First. Don't you find it more than odd that Children First has done nothing to condemn the cyberfraud of Alpay and Korpi notwithstanding the fact it benefits from several of the bogus websites? When you look at all the facts it is hard to believe that the bogus webistes were not part of a strategy created by Alpay, Korpi and Children First (could also throw Prtichard in the group). This gives an inkling of how far these people will go to keep control of CUSD.
Dawn Urbanek October 25, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Has Mr. Korpi filed a police report?
shelly October 25, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Capo parent, I did not ask you the question. I asked the reporter who has stated that she reports documented facts. I am asking for documentation and to verify what she meant.
Capo Parent October 25, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Dawn It is very rare, and candidly quite stupid, for a criminal to file a false police report. Maybe Korpi will surprise us, though I highly doubt it.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) October 25, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Insult deleted. Focus on the issues, not each other.
fact checker October 25, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Focus on Shelly's question.
fact checker October 25, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Any facts to back up that guess? (Calling it "reason" seems somewhat ironic).
fact checker October 25, 2012 at 09:08 PM
I have gone to the false website promising an answer to the question "Who is John Alpay?" Is it the least bit disingenuous to object to a legally registered website that directs you to an opposition view while remaining silent on a website that one might assume would tell you about a candidates views but instead that cherry picks facts, spins issues and leaves out relevant information to imply malfeasance on the part of that candidate. Penny, your investigation of this website might prove helpful as well to the voters as they make their decision for the election.
fact checker October 25, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Penny, why is there no investigation of the website promising to inform voters and answer the question "Who is John Alpay?" Both are legal websites but both are misleading. Why the concentration of your investigative skills on just one of them?
Penny Arévalo (Editor) October 25, 2012 at 09:14 PM
http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/articles/fact-checking-the-school-board-race
fact checker October 25, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Headlines from two of your articles (and I don't care who wrote them) "Fact Checking the School Board " deals with the misleading site targeting John Alpay "CUSD Trustee Alpay Behind One of the Misleading Domain Names" deals with his taking responsibility for the domain name. Both are misleading sites. Why more emphasis on one and not the other?
SC Parent October 26, 2012 at 10:46 PM
The difference appears to be when you go to the Alpay sight...you actually go there. You are not mislead elsewhere. I didn't notice anything on that sight that appeared not to be factual, how he voted for example. His voting history is just that, speaks for itself. The other sight was set up to intentionally mislead people, which I find unethical. Honestly, if someone is capable of that what else will they do?? My kids deserve better.
SC Parent October 26, 2012 at 10:56 PM
...and imagine if the opposition set up the sight. You would be all over him, no doubt. Yet you continue to defend. This was wrong to do, not ethical, don't make up excuses.
Capo Parent October 30, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Because FF you're wrong. The website set up by Alpay is a misleading, imposter and illegal website that redirected you to Children First's website (what a surprise - NOT). The website about Alpay is only about Alpay and does not redirect to another website. I understand why you want to lump the two together because even you can't really defend Alpay's slimy and sneaking tactics, so you try to lump everyone together. Sorry, your sneaky tactic doesn't work either. You and Alpay will have to come up with a different tact.

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