VVWRA contract winner iLink demands ICR stop alleged libel, slander

By SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Mar. 5, 2015 at 4:55 PM – Updated at 9:24 PM

VICTORVILLE — The staffing agency that underbid ICR Staffing, Inc. last year for the Upper Narrows Temporary Pipeline project retained a law firm to issue a cease-and-desist letter to ICR and its attorney, accusing them of libel and slander, according to a document obtained by the Daily Press.

Attorney Timothy Younger, of Rancho Cucamonga-based Younger & Associates, sent the letter on behalf of iLink Business Management, Inc. to Attorney Diana Carloni on Dec. 9. Carloni represents ICR, a staffing agency in Victorville co-owned by San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood.

“Based on my discussions with several members of the Victor Valley Chamber of Commerce, as well as High Desert officials,” Younger wrote, “it’s demonstrable that you and ICR have levied unfounded allegations against my client including without limitation: ‘back door billing,’ ‘worker’s compensation fraud,’ as well as ‘willful violations of wage and hour laws.’”

Carloni said this week that ICR “summarily rejected their vague and baseless claims,” and noted she hadn’t heard anything from Younger since.

A message left with an aide at Younger & Associates on Thursday was not immediately returned, and iLink President Gabriel Ayala could not be reached.

Younger had demanded that ICR and Carloni immediately remove and recall from circulation all written material and retract all defamatory and disparaging remarks made against iLink and Ayala, and show proof within 72 hours.

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