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CUSD Trustee Alpay Behind One of the Misleading Domain Names

John Alpay registered a website address that impersonates a group critical of him. The deceptive site redirects traffic to a group which supports him. Alpay is running for re-election in November.

Capistrano Unified Trustee John Alpay is behind at least one of the misleading domain names used to redirect web traffic from one site to another.

Alpay confirmed he bought the URL www.holdcusdaccountable.com, which continues to send visitors to the website for Capistrano Unified Children First, an advocacy group that endorsed his re-election efforts.

“I am indeed the registrant/owner of holdcusdaccoutable.com,” Alpay told Patch.

Wayne Tate, lawyer for the real Hold CUSD Accountable, a group critical of the current board majority including Alpay, shared with Patch confirmation from GoDaddy.com that Alpay is the registrant on the bogus Hold CUSD Accountable URL. GoDaddy – which has hosted at least seven misleading websites tied to Capistrano Unified personalities and groups – confirmed the authenticity of the email.

“I think it’s unethical and immoral,” Tate said. “Many would consider it cyber-impersonation or cyber-vandalism.”

He notes that Alpay purchased the domain name June 9, one day after Hold CUSD Accountable issued a press release announcing its formation

“This wasn’t happenstance. This was a deliberate strategy,” Tate said.

Patch has uncovered seven domain names that looked like they were taking readers to CUSD-related groups or candidates but then redirected readers to sites mostly run by opposing factions. The targets are mostly critics of the current regime, and their sites redirected traffic to Children First, Alpay’s or President Gary Pritchard’s campaign sites.

All but Alpay’s are disabled. Unlike the others, his redirect keeps the name of Hold CUSD Accountable in the URL while the content on the page is Children First’s and includes that site's active links.

Other emailed communiqués from GoDaddy show Children First volunteer .

However, Korpi denied he’s the one behind those sites. He said someone posed as him when registering those domains.

According to Alpay’s campaign financial statements, he paid Korpi more than $2,500 this year for “campaign management services.”

Tate said because all the sites went to either Children First’s, Alpay’s or Pritchard’s site, it looks like there was some coordination among the parties involved.

“It looks like a conspiracy to impersonate websites to some advantage, and the only advantage I can see is the elections,” he said.

shelly October 26, 2012 at 02:32 PM
bbq, No, I am not a lawyer. I am a mom. These issues affect my children. Before I was a mom I worked with kids who were in gangs, on drugs, abused, emotionally distressed, suicidal, depressed, angry. I have never been a lawyer. Politics took over our district instead of what was best for the education of our kids. Look at these comment boards. If you dare post a contrary opinion you are accused of all sorts of things. You can believe in no new taxes but I don't. We disagree. This is America and it should be okay to disagree. I will vote for taxes and I will vote for the candidates who I feel will care about the kids in our district over politics. This is my opinion. You are welcome to yours.
bbq October 26, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Bingo, Shelly, You said, "Politics took over our district instead of what was best for the education of our kids." Exactly, Shelly. Look in the mirror and repeat that statement. It is YOU, get it????
shelly October 26, 2012 at 08:45 PM
bbq, Politics did enter our district and it was unpleasant to have people calling our teachers thugs, incompetent and lazy for political reasons.
shelly October 26, 2012 at 08:46 PM
bbq, Politics did enter our district and it was unpleasant to have people calling our teachers thugs, incompetent and lazy for political reasons
PDub October 27, 2012 at 07:01 AM
Actually Shelly and FC I post kinda like you both just to be a polemic Troll

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