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Improprieties surrounding the impending resignation of Armando Garcia begin to surface

Explosive new allegations surrounding the impending departure of outgoing California State Athletic Commission executive director Armando Garcia are now coming to light.

CSAC will convene on Tuesday, November 18, and according to a meeting agenda posted on the commission’s website, Garcia’s resignation will be formally accepted at that time. According to a report by, Garcia’s resignation comes under dubious circumstances, as he was given the ultimatum to either resign or be terminated.

In an article titled “Hi There, Welcome to Wal-Mart” authored by writer Michael Swann, it is alleged that Garcia was the recipient of illegal gifts and is currently mired in a sexual harassment lawsuit brought forth against him by a formal employee.

At the root of the allegations that Garcia received illegal gifts is a claim made in a prior investigation by 15 Rounds that Garcia violation of Chapter 18, Article 6308 of the Professional Boxing Act of 1996. The site has spoken to former CSAC staffers that claimed it “was common practice for (Garcia) to accept gifts and lunches.”

While the accusations of accepting gifts on an illegal basis are serious, 15 Rounds indicates that Garcia is currently being sued for sexual harassment by a former CSAC office technician named Lily Galvez.

“…Galvez, was observed ‘hand feeding’ Armando and adjusting his attire at events, in the office, and in the field,” Swann writes. “She also accompanied him on trips. In itself this is third party harassment because others in the office could question perceived favoritism because they chose not to fulfill his every whim.”

Swann adds that Galvez broke off the relationship but that Garcia continued to pursue her.

Swann also raises allegations that Garcia operated a hostile work environment and that he irresponsibly handled state funds, placing as much as $350,000 without accounting in an unlocked filing cabinet.

Attempts by to contact Armando Garcia through the California State Athletic Commission were unsuccessful.

  • HexRei says:

    im shocked

  • newport says:

    So the guy was getting some office puss, i say kudos to you Garcia.

  • Gygax says:

    Michael Swann has been after Garcia since he took the position. His arguments have always been very well researched with a ton of insider knowledge and compelling evidence. Looks like he’s finally trapped Garcia. Good for Swann as Garcia really did that office a disservice with the way he ran things and handed out assignments.

  • HexRei says:

    newport on November 11th, 2008 7:25 pm

    So the guy was getting some office puss, i say kudos to you Garcia.

    Gah please read the source article before commenting- he did a lot more than what you think.

    All that aside, dude dated an employee over which he had a position of authority which is obviously a bad choice to begin with and then apparently continued to pursue her after she broke it off which was downright stupid and possibly a little scary for her. Imagine dating your boss, breaking it off, and then having him decide that it wasn’t over and continue to pursue you, and the whole time he’s still your boss and you have to work with him daily. He deserves this.

  • egad81 says:

    im not shocked or surprised. BOXING and more then likely MMA is corrupt at the core. People will do anything for money…. duh people fight for money.

  • Does anyone else feel bad for Garcia? With all of the shenanigans going on in the CSAC, I’m glad that he’s finally getting the boot for one reason or another.

  • truth says:

    Muhammad to Lueckenhoff, June 6, 2006:

    … I was looking at Duane’s invoice for the seminar and am wondering if he is to be sent the money for Armando also? Or does he get $500 and we still have to pay Armando? If you check the invoice out it is for “Seminars Judges and Referees.” Advise!

    Lueckenhoff to Muhammad, June 6, 2006:

    Duane will pay Armando out of his proceeds, that’s the way they work it, don’t know why.

    Ford’s invoice, of which we have obtained a copy, along with his airline reservation reads:

    Expenses for Duane B. Ford
    Airline (American Air) $607.44
    Seminars Judges and Referee ($250 each) $500.00
    Total Due $1107.44

  • Newport says:

    Hex, there’s no need to pick apart comments like the one i made, it was obviously tongue and cheek. If Mr. Garcia was using his office for personal gain, then he got what he deserves.

  • HexRei says:

    sarcasm is hard to communicate over the interenet, sorry. it wasn’t obvious to me, there are a lot of really douchy people who would say what you said in seriousness.


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