The Case Against Paul Truong

Ten Points

 

 

1.     The United States Chess Federation (USCF) Executive Board shall manage the affairs of the Federation, including employment and other contracts, between meetings of the Board of Delegates and shall perform other duties as specified in the Federation Bylaws.

 

2.     All Executive Board members are national officers of the USCF.

 

3.       Effective in August 2007, Mr. Paul Truong was elected to a four year term as a member of the USCF Executive Board and selected as Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the first two years of that term.

 

4.     The standards, procedures, and sanctions set forth in the Code of Ethics of the United States Chess Federation shall apply to actions and behavior by individuals and entities acting in an official capacity as officers or representatives of the USCF.

 

5.     As a USCF ID is attached, a USCF member is solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of their Password, and for all use of the Service under their User Name and Password. Note the Username ChessPromotion has the USCFId of 12123950 which under the USCF Member Search List has the Member Name of TRUONG, PAUL HOAINHAN M.

 

6.     Mr. Paul Truong was a member of the USCF Executive Board acting in an official capacity as an officer during September 2007.

 

7.     Usenet postings were sent from the same Internet connection as the legitimate USCF activity of user ChessPromotion. The close correlation in time with some of the activity, most notably on 09/19/2007, combined with the correlation in space, as both activities moved from Texas to Mexico on 09/20/2007, leads one to the clear conclusion that a single individual is responsible for legitimate postings under the nickname ChessPromotion and for sending certain fake messages to Usenet groups that appear to come from others.

 

8.     Specifically: The Usenet postings in question are being posted from the same location that Mr. Truong is believed to be in at the time of the posting. The IP addresses on the USCF forums, which are tied to the username used by Mr. Truong, are also being made from the same location that Mr. Truong is believed to be in at the time of the posting.  From 09/10/2007 through 09/25/2007, the IP addresses tied to the Usenet postings are the same as the USCF forum ChessPromotion posting IP addresses.

 

9.     The Usenet postings in question are inappropriate for someone [also] acting in an official capacity as an officer or representative of the USCF as posting under another’s name is deceptive therefore dishonest and the contents of the posts are disrespectful.

 

10.  Thus there appears to be sufficient suspicion to believe that inappropriate comments about others were posted to the Internet under an assumed name by the current Vice President – Marketing and Communications, Mr. Paul Truong which represents behavior "inconsistent with the principles of fair play, good sportsmanship, honesty and respect for the rights of others" as specified in Section 6 of the Code of Ethics of the United States Chess Federation. Further the Standards of Conduct for the USCF Executive Board GENERAL PRINCIPLES state “they are expected to act lawfully and in accordance with USCF policy, and to adhere consistently to the principles of fairness, honesty, and respect for the rights of others.”

 

 

 

Any clear, conclusive, and absolutely rock solid evidence to disprove the points presented in this case is welcomed. Assuming I presented the issue properly, if jurisdiction is not accepted then those who advocated this as the proper venue were incorrect. If jurisdiction is accepted Mr. Truong has the opportunity to air all his evidence to the committee as he said he would. Regardless Mr. Truong is encouraged to air all his evidence regarding this case.

 

 

 

Complaint Chronology

 

Express Mailed to USCF: 01/14/2008

 

Arrived at pick-up-point in Crossville, TN: 01/16/2008

 

Picked up by USCF: 01/17/2008 signed for by J Wright

 

Acknowledged by USCF: 01/18/2008

 

Forwarded to Ethics Committee: 01/22/2008

 

Jurisdiction: 10/06/2008

 

Complaint:

 

Response:

 

Rebuttal:

 

Final Statement:

 

Recommendation:

 

Appeal:

 

Recent Correspondence:

 


From: WPraeder
To: jmisner@uschess.org
Sent: 5/3/2008 4:23:03 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: Praeder VS Truong

 

May 3, 2008

 

Judy,

 

I have written to the USCF regarding the status of this case on January 17th (Bill Hall), February 14th, March 19th, March 27th, April 4th, and April 11th. On April 11, 2008 you informed me that Mr. Deer was in the process of putting together a letter to me regarding the case. On March 27th you thought you could be receiving an update from the Ethics Committee shortly. As of today I still have not heard anything from you or the USCF Ethics Committee regarding the status of the case. I was still wondering if the complaint has yet been examined to determine if it falls within the Committee's jurisdiction?  At this point I hope the Committee should be able to say YES, NO or we are still deliberating until...; as others may wish to submit follow-on complaints.  With all the time that has passed, I don't think an answer is too much to request regarding this highly visible USCF issue in which the facts need to be aired, as we have been told, through the proper organizational channels.

 

Based on my previous experience with the USCF Ethics Committee, I find this lengthy absence of communication from the Committee to be unusual. I would hope that there has just been a well intentioned mistake rather than an instance of neglect, lack of diligence, or a purposeful failure to communicate.

 

Once again thank you for all your ongoing assistance.


Regards,

Wayne Praeder

 


From: jmisner@uschess.org
To: WPraeder@aol.com
CC: BHall@uschess.org
Sent: 5/5/2008 11:34:52 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: Praeder VS Truong

 

May 5, 2008

Hi Wayne,

Thank you for your email.

I will be reviewing this situation with Bill H, if not today, then
definately tomorrow.

Thanks,
Judy


From: Judy Misner <jmisner@uschess.org>
To: WPraeder@aol.com
Sent: Tue, 13 May 2008 11:58 am
Subject: Re: Praeder VS Truong

May 13, 2008 
 
Hi Wayne, 
 
I have reviewed the situation with Bill Hall. Bill Hall asked that you give him a call on his cell#: 
 
 
Thanks Wayne, 
Judy 
 


From: WPraeder
To: jmisner@uschess.org
Sent: 6/7/2008 11:19:44 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: Praeder VS Truong

 

Judy,

 

As you suggested, I spoke with Mr. Hall on May 13th and he conveyed that he would try to find out the status of the complaint for us and to give him two weeks to do so. As of today, I have no additional information. 

 

At this point, without any explanation, I’m unclear how the Committees’ volunteer status equates into even more patience and leniency. Those waiting for this complaint to be resolved may conclude that the USCF Ethics Committee has failed to exercise the standard of care in this matter that a reasonably prudent group of people would have exercised in a similar situation. If there is anything the Committee can do to remedy the apparent inattention to communicating on this matter it would be appreciated.

 

I know you are doing the best you can on the memberships behalf and I want to thank you very much for all your help in this matter.

 

Regards,

Wayne Praeder

 


From: jmisner@uschess.org
To: WPraeder@aol.com
Sent: 6/10/2008 11:01:19 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: Praeder VS Truong

 

June 10, 2008

Hi Wayne,

I let Bill H know that we received your email and he asked that you give
him a call for an update.

Thanks Wayne,
Judy 

 


From: WPraeder
To: jmisner@uschess.org
Sent: 6/13/2008 3:45:35 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: Praeder VS Truong

 

Judy,

It appears the USCF Ethics Committee has refused to address or communicate on this issue. The only outstanding matter is the disposition of my good faith deposit. Thank you so much for all your assistance and persistence in this matter.

Regards,
Wayne Praeder

 


From: jmisner@uschess.org
To: wpraeder@aol.com
CC: BHall@uschess.org
Sent: 6/13/2008 10:07:03 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: Praeder VS Truong

 

June 13, 2008

Hi Wayne,

I will take care of requesting a check in the amount of $25.00 to be
sent to you for your good faith deposit.

Thanks,
Judy Misner
USCF Managing Director of Operations

 


From: WPraeder
To: Chessoffice
Sent: 6/10/2008 8:38:03 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Fwd: Praeder VS Truong

 

Bill,

I believe your direction to file an ethics complaint regarding [alleged] poor behavior on the part of a board member has proven to be misguided. See http://www.betteruscf.org/case.htm

Perhaps the USCF should consider other avenues for whistleblowers to help channel reports of inappropriate behaviors in a more productive direction. See http://www.aicpa.org/audcommctr/toolkitsnpo/Whistleblower_Tracking.htm

Regards,
Wayne Praeder

 


From: Chessoffice
To: WPraeder
Sent: 6/22/2008 6:20:09 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: Praeder VS Truong

 

Wayne, thanks for filing what I feel was an appropriate complaint.  I don't understand why the Committee declined to hear the case.  A Committee of this type seems the right way to handle such situations, but their decision in this case is inexplicable.

 

The whistleblower material you present might be helpful in some situations, but it seems to deal mainly with protecting employees who reveal management misconduct against retribution. 

 

The four Executive Board members who asked Paul Truong to resign have placed a motion on the delegates agenda asking him to resign, and another motion to initiate a recall.  Hopefully if these motions pass he will step down and save the Federation the bad publicity and expense that are likely to result from having the members presented with a recall vote.

 

Bill Goichberg 

 


 

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July 16, 2008

 

[Edited]

 

Dear Mr. Praeder,

 

I wanted to follow up with you regarding the status of the Ethics case that you submitted to USCF:

 

                Praeder VS Truong

 

Due to several very serious family and medical emergencies, the Ethics Committee has been unable to process your complaint.  We expect the new Committee to take action on your complaint as soon as possible after August 15, 2008. 

 

We apologize for the delay.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Judy Misner

USCF Liaison to the Ethics Committee

 

 

Cc:  Kenneth Sloan

 


From: Judy Misner 
To: WPraeder
Sent: Mon, 15 Sep 2008 10:04 am
Subject: Re: Praeder VS Truong Ethics Case

September 15, 2008 
 
Hi Wayne, 
 
Thank you for your email. 
 
As of last week the Committee was reviewing your Ethics case and preparing to vote on taking jurisdiction or not. Given their excellent progress in pending cases since the Delegates meeting, I hope to hear their decision very soon. I will let you know as soon as I receive their decision. 
 
Thanks, 
Judy 

 

Postlude

 

US Chess Federation v. Susan Polgar, Paul Truong

USCF's Expert Witness Disclosure of Dr. Frederick B. Cohen