Attorneys for the Gutheinz Law Firm have been involved in a number of high profile cases as private attorneys, and with the Government. Here are a few stories that have figured prominently in the news.
August 2, 2023 Why people cheat: The psychology of dishonesty
Joe Gutheinz, a partner in the Gutheinz Law Firm, LLP, and a Certified Fraud Examiner and retired Federal law enforcement officer was quoted about fraud in the Desert News. Please read.
October 21, 2021 Gutheinz Law Firm Partner was quoted about RICO laws
June 22, 2021 How to Deal With False Accusations in a Relationship
March 23, 2021 Remembering near-death dramas on a Russian space station
May 16, 2019 The Moon Rock Hunter is Coming For You
July 16, 2019 - Still on the hunt for the missing moon rock
February 14, 2019 Foreign ownership of thousands U.S. aircraft cloaked in secrecy
November 10, 2017 - New law lets some DWI convictions be sealed
June 2017 Fraud isn't rocket science
March 07, 2017 - Attorney of alleged shooter says teen was just trying to help police
February 28, 2017 - NASA hands over moon bag to Chicago woman
February 20, 2017 - Teacher accused of throwing dodgeball at student, 8, appears in court
November 3, 2016 - News 8 Investigates exclusive: Pilots flying under the radar
September 16, 2016 - Adderall cases across state being dismissed because of legislative mix-up
August 18, 2016 - FAA oversight of balloon pilots lacking
June 1, 2008 - Grand jury system's a bad joke on justice
From 1992 until 1996 Joe Gutheinz, while a Senior Special Agent with NASA’s Office of Inspector General, led a nine-agency Federal task force investigation that resulted in the largest count indictment and conviction in NASA history. This investigation, known as the Omniplan case, was responsible for the indictment and conviction of 5 companies, the closure of seven companies, the conviction of several individuals to include Omniplan’s owner, Ralph Montijo, Jr. on 179 felonies, and the case resulted in a multi-million dollar settlement. The following New York Times story offers a glimpse into the investigation: http://www.nytimes.com/1996/01/17/us/businessman-is-sentenced-for-bilking-space-agency.html
From 1996 until 2000 Joseph Gutheinz, while serving as a Senior Special Agent with NASA Office of Inspector General, led a multi-agency task force investigation of Rockwell Space Operations Company, which resulted in a lawsuit being filed against its successors in interest, United Space Alliance and Boeing North America. See the U.S. Department of Justice Press Release on this case: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2000/January/017civ.htm. This case ultimately resulted in a multi-million dollar recovery for the U.S. Government:http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2000/November/657civ.htm
In 1997, Joseph Gutheinz while serving as a Senior Special Agent with NASA's Office of Inspector General was conducting an investigation of the Russian Space Program when a fire broke out on the Russian Mir Space Station. He was assigned the task of conducting the investigation of the fire and subsequent collision of the Progress resupply ship into the Mir Space Station. Sensitive Prelaunch Assessment and Review tapes housed at Johnson Space Center were stolen during his investigation and he was tasked with investigating that theft. That investigation was discussed in a couple books to include the bestselling book "Dragonfly: NASA and the Crisis Aboard Mir," by Bryan Borrough. Please see: http://www.nss.org/resources/books/non_fiction/NF_035_dragonfly.html
In 1998, Joseph Gutheinz while serving as a Senior Special Agent with NASA’s Office of Investigation, investigated and arrested Jerry Alan Whittredge, the so called Great Astronaut Impersonator , who talked his way into NASA Mission Control during a space mission and received sensitive propulsion information on the space shuttle:http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/news/1998/06/04/1998-06-04_a_high-flying_phony_pulls_1_.html
In 1998, Joseph Gutheinz, while serving as a Senior Special Agent with NASA’s Office of Inspector General, led and went undercover in Operation Lunar Eclipse, where for the first time a moon rock brought back to Earth was recovered in an undercover sting operation: http://www.geotimes.org/nov04/trends.html
From 1999 to 2000 Joseph Gutheinz, while serving as a Senior Special Agent for NASA’s Office of Inspector General, led a multi-agency task force investigation of Lockheed Martin, which resulted in a multi-million dollar recovery. Please see: http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=11828
In 2004, Joseph Gutheinz was nominated by Texas Governor Rick Perry and confirmed by the Texas State Senate to serve a four-year term as a Commissioned Member of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Advisory Committee on Offenders with Medical and Mental Impairments. Please see:http://governor.state.tx.us/news/appointment/3207/
In 2007, Joseph Gutheinz appeared as himself in the BBC Two Documentary Moon For Sale, where his worldwide search for missing and stolen moon rocks was featured. Here is a link to the video: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3931004440707682179#
In 2008, Joseph Gutheinz a former consultant for the Coalition for an Airline Passenger Bill of Rights first began raising concerns about the TSA's use of full body scanners, as seen in a Tampa Herald Tribune story, please see: http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20080810/ARTICLE/808100352?p=2&tc=pg
In 2009, Joseph Gutheinz was nominated by Texas Governor Rick Perry and confirmed by the Texas State Senate to serve a 6 year term as a Commissioned Member of the Texas State Council on Sex Offender Treatment. Please see: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/csot/csot_cmembers.shtm
In 2010, Joseph Gutheinz, a criminal justice graduate level college instructor guided his students in their worldwide hunt for missing and stolen Apollo era moon rocks. His students found that Colorado's, West Virginia's and Missouri's Goodwill Moon Rocks were missing, and each moon rocks was subsequently found to have been innocently taken by former Governors. Colorado's Apollo 17 Goodwill Moon Rock was taken by former Governor John Vanderhoof, Please see: http://www.denverpost.com/search/ci_15207033. West Virginia's Apollo 17 Goodwill Moon Rock was taken by former West Virginia Governor Arch Moore; please see the following Fox News video:http://video.foxnews.com/v/4237748/missing-moon-rocks. Missouri's Apollo 17 Goodwill Moon Rock was taken by former Governor Kit Bond, please see:http://www.columbiamissourian.com/stories/2010/12/23/missing-moon-rock-apollo-17-back-missouri/.
In March 2011, a 10-page story written by Joe Gutheinz was published in Earth Magazine, its title is A Memoir: A Decade-Plus of Tracking Lunar Larceny. Here is a link to a press release about his story:http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-02/agi-ead022211.php
On June 15, 2011, Joe Gutheinz discussed sexting offenses on CyberWatch Radio. Please open the following link to hear the entire interview: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cyberhoodwatch/2011/06/15/sexting-consequences-the-law-with-joe-gutheinz
The following link is of a promo for a documentary featuring Joe Gutheinz and some of his students: www.MoonRockFilm.cas.msu.edu
In 2013, Joseph Gutheinz, along with one of his students, appeared on one episode of Lost and Found on the Oprah Winfrey Network, this episode was about how one of his students helped recover the West Virginia Apollo 17 Goodwill Moon Rock. Joseph Gutheinz appeared as himself, the Moon Rock Hunter. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2934054/?ref_=nm_flmg_slf_5
In 2014, Joseph Gutheinz appeared in the Emmy Award winning documentary “Missing Moon Rocks, about his Moon Rock Project, a project where he and his students helped locate 79 missing Apollo era moon rocks. Joseph Gutheinz appeared as himself, the Moon Rock Hunter: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4789138/?ref_=nm_flmg_slf_4
In 2014, Joseph Gutheinz appeared in one episode of Lost History with Brad Meltzer on the History Channel, as himself, the Moon Rock Hunter: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4257378/?ref_=nm_flmg_slf_3
In 2016, Joseph Gutheinz appeared in five episodes of NASA’s Unexplained Files, on the Discovery Science Channel, and did so as himself, a retired NASA Office of Inspector General Senior Special Agent. One of those episodes was about his undercover sting operation, Operation Lunar Eclipse, where he and a team of agents he led recovered the Honduras Goodwill Moon Rock: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5648688/?ref_=nm_tv_tt_2
In 2021, Joe Gutheinz, who is an Attorney, practices criminal, aviation, and space law and is a former Army Aviator and Special Agent with the FAA, U.S. Department of Transportation OIG, and NASA OIG gives his insights in the following article about aviation safety: https://www.zerowastelifestylesystem.com/airplane-dark-truths/
The client was charged with continuous sexual assault of a minor which was dismissed due to the advocacy of defense counsel.
Client was charged with aggravated assault which was dismissed due to the advocacy of defense counsel.
Client’s Felony criminal mischief dismissed when defense established that the alleged victims account and statement of damages was not true.