Lawyer Says Whitman’s Husband Saw Ex-Maid’s Letter

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman held a press conference Thursday reiterating that she never saw a 2003 letter from the government suggesting her housekeeper was an illegal immigrant — and said the maid was responsible for alerting her to letters in the mail.

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Whitman communications manager Tucker Bounds told The Associated Press that the housekeeper was in charge of going through the mail coming to the home and that she never passed along any letter to the former eBay CEO.

Meanwhile, attorney Gloria Allred held another press conference Thursday regarding Whitman’s former housekeeper.

Allred presented a 2003 letter to Whitman from the Social Security Administration office. The letter reportedly advised the former eBay chief that Nicky Diaz Santillan’s social security number did not match her name.

The latest round of accusations comes a day after Santillan claimed she was “emotionally and financially abused” during the nine years she worked for Whitman.

Allred said Wednesday that Whitman caused Santillan “to feel exploited, disrespected, humiliated and emotionally and financially abused.”

“The relationship was terminated last year by Ms. Whitman for what appeared to be political reasons involving Ms. Whitman’s decision to run for governor,” Allred said.

Tom Hiltachk, Whitman’s attorney, denied the allegation.

“This person was initially hired by Meg Whitman in November 2000,” Hiltachk said in remarks reported on the Los Angeles Times Web site. “She filled out standard (Internal Revenue Service) forms and Department of Justice forms and presented her Social Security card and California driver’s license. She filled out immigration forms that stated under penalty of perjury that she was a lawful resident.”

Hiltachk said Santillan was fired when she admitted that she was not a legal resident in 2009.

Whitman’s husband, Dr. Griff Harsh released the following statement:

“While I honestly do not recall receiving this letter as it was sent to me seven years ago, I can say it is possible that I would’ve scratched a follow up note on a letter like this, which is a request for information to make certain Nikki received her Social Security benefits and W-2 tax refund for withheld wages.

Since we believed her to be legal, I would have had no reason to suspect that she would not have filled it in and done what was needed to secure her benefits.

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It is important to note what this letter actually says: ‘this letter makes no statement about your employee’s immigration status.’

The essential fact remains the same, neither Meg nor I believed there was a problem with Nicky’s legal status and I certainly don’t recall ever discussing it with my wife, nor did I ever show her any letter about it.

The facts of this matter are very clear: Ms. Diaz broke the law and lied to us and to the employment agency. When she confessed her deception to us last year, we ended her employment immediately.

Meg and I played by the rules and followed the law. Ms. Diaz did not. If as she claims she received this letter and note of inquiry from me, she never answered my request to look into this. Instead, she choose to continue her deception. This entire matter is a sad one and its timing is clearly the result of a calculated and cynical political smear by Meg’s opponents.”

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  • john dieidle

    a long time ago prop 187 was passed, and of course a liberal activist judge threw it out, even if the majority voted for it, now what you have is illegals costing the state billions of dollars in schooling, medical care, food,,,,,,ect, ect, ect ect ect,,,,,,,and doing so, now these people think they have rights,,,,,,,and guess what? they do, thanks to more liberal bleeding heart socialist,,,,,,,idiots,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,no need to name names….

    • John

      Is this Nicky Diaz under arrest for entering the country illegally? Using a false SS#? Just wondering why she is getting a free pass on these crimes.

    • grapevinerivco

      Thre real story is how Meg OVERPAID her housekeeper for 9 years — $23 an hour?! Over $300 a week for less than 2 days work (15 hours)? Wow. Imagine how much Meg would pay state workers?

    • Paula

      I certainly agree. What a lousy job KNX did of interviewing Allred. Why didn’t they ask where Allred got this 2003 lettler. Did Dr. Harsh leave a message for Meg? Did the the maid find the letter before Meg did? DWhy, if so, did the maid keep the letter for 7 years?

    • grapevinerivco

      Vote for MEG — housekeepers will get a big pay increase — if they’re legal.

  • Willlard

    Politically motivated play by one of the worst publicity seeking lawyers in the country. Gloria Allred has destroyed more lives than Kirvorkian. It is amazing that this wacko lawyer has not been disbarred for her publicity antics.

    • RC

      what has she done? Whitman is the one who employed illegal immigrants.

      • judy

        Yeah, Willard……it’s Whitman at fault here….not Gloria.

      • grapevinerivco

        Whitman hired through an employment agency — who should be sued. Why hasn’t KNX 1070 told us who the agency is? What happened to objective reporting?

  • LucyGoosey

    I will be voting for Meg in November just because Allred butted in. She is a viper.

    • Rhonda

      LucyGoosey are you serious? Just becasue Gloria is representing this illegal alien? Pretty lame reason!!

    • Svenvespucci


      • Svenvespucci

        The amen is for the Gloria being a viper not to mention an ambulance chasing, media seeking person. As an officer of the court she should be seeking to uphold the law and not praising an illegal who escaped detection for 10 years…What is wrong with America and California…..For one it is Gloria

      • Karen

        I agree with both of you. I always thought that lawyers were not supposed to perpetrate fraud. What is Allred doing? She’s ignoring the fact that this maid is an ILLEGAL ALIEN who has lied continuously. So why in the world does she have any credibility?

    • grapevinerivco

      Amen me too — talk about witch hunting — this media frenzy sideswiping facts — ex: put the focus of the investigation on the agency who “cleared” the housekeeper — has convinced me to vote for Meg too.

  • Just saying

    Why is the news skipping the glaring fact this woman had a FAKE drivers license and gave the emplyment agency a FAKE Social Security number? So is she going to be charged??? Forget about the LEGAL person that has had their identiy stolen by this theif.

    • Anita

      Shouldn’t she be deported?

  • kim

    Meg and Jerry are the worst to be elected I am banning from voting I don’t want any of them in are schools and children will be hit even harder. In the 80′ we were # 8 2007 # 14 3 years later 49 Jerry and Meg will put us last dont blame the teacher they do the best they can what the state gives them I an=m tired of the news blaming teachers it starts with the state cut all polictics and admin. salery and put that towards our school are kids are the next generation and alot cant read or write same on you govener Meg is a hipacrate she new she hired an illegal I am a so sick of us getting the hits ban voting for both they suck.

    • Alfreda Odom

      Good God, try using a dictionary. Your spelling is bad and makes it hard on the readers. Voting is your Constitutional right; however, if you wish to forgo it, than do so but do not publicize this, we don’t care. There are 2 candidates running for Governor, one will prevail, it is a matter of this one or the other one VOTE.

      • MC

        You should borrow the dictionary. It should be then not than.

    • Connie

      My goodness Kim, based on your grammer I don’t think you are even qualified to vote in America. You should spend your time in shcool learning proper English instead of making a fool of yourself.

      • vudu

        Who cares about her damn grammer. Shes probobly typing on a phone like I am. Sometimes things dont show up on screen the way they are intended to.

    • Milkpatrol

      kim what level of education do you have ?

  • notlovinLA

    I’m with Just Saying. Nevermind that this ILLEGAL broke the LAW! How typical that an illegal will sue for money in a country where she doesn’t even belong! I hope she gets $1 for pain and suffering and a swift kick in the rear on her way out of the country! This ILLEGAL is exactly why we AMERICANS are FED UP with illegal immigration! I don’t know about you, but I’m SICK and TIRED of being bullied by them!

    • MC

      I wonder what the Native Americans think……

      • Freda

        MC you moron. So I used the wrong word, I didn’t misspell it. When did the dictionary start telling you which word to use over another word?

      • Rudemander

        They are saying I wonder why anyone does not admit that the US Government had committed genocide on us.

    • Karen

      I want her to get NOTHING and to LEAVE NOW. Pain and suffering? PUH-LEEZ.

  • notlovinLA

    Oh, just one more thing to say to Ms. Santillan…. OH BOO FREAKIN’ HOO, YOU LOSER!!!!

    • leavingla

      I second that

  • FFL

    Kim-Then blame your liberal owned and operated liberal biased media. Boxer and her henchmen are best at delivering October surprises against opponents, but Jerry Brown is good too. AS FOR Gloria Alread? She is a liberal shill always was and always will be- I am STILL voting for Meg -no matter what!

  • rjsmitty

    It is time for these illegal’s to take reasonability for the criminal actions like every one else does . When they try a make a human right issue out of illegal immigration does nothing but insult the true victims of human rights abuse they should be ashamed of themselves , but then again they don’t care about anyone else but them selves and how to game the system . This is truly the ultimate insult to the laws and to the people who have immigrated legally , once again these people should be ashamed of themselves. We have been more than helpful and even granting citizenship to millions of illegal aliens and that is exactly what these illegal’s are trying to do . The amnesty door is shut you must come here like every other upstanding honorable immigrant does ….. This should not even be a issue follow the rules and obey the laws .

  • Mero

    ILLEGAL or NOT….just go’s to show how ignorant and racist you people really are. we the people are all humans.

    • rjsmitty

      We are all humans wow how long did it take for you to figure that out.So when people say that we immigrants need to do the right thing and follow the laws and rules like everyone else does that makes people racist? You evidently don’t know the meaning a racism or racist by your comment so I suggest you go and find out the meanings of the words you use because it is extremely insulting .

      • AmericanForULeaving

        Ah go back to that subsidised American Tax Payer supplied Public School and learn proper United States English so that you can hide your illegal roots better…

    • leavingla

      then you pay for her and her whole family that is here illegally.

    • lukkkee

      You must be mexican. We are all human but that DOESN’T MEAN I HAVE UR A$$.

    • vrenn

      Humans? Some humans are also murderers, rapist, abducters, psychopaths, thieves, etc. Would you like them to hang out in front of your house? Waiting to take your life? Destroy your property? Take your money? Hurt your family?
      The laws are there so that all of those listed above, would be kept off the streets so we don’t have to feel scared 24/7. If we don’t abide to or enforce illegal immigration laws, then how is it any different for criminals to get away with what they’ve done?

    • Alfreda Odom

      Grant it! Meg Whitman fired this young lady when she decided to run for Governor because she knew the young lady was illegal. I don’t blame the young lady I would draw attention to her as well. Meg Whitman is a business woman, come on, she knew she had working in her home. Yes, her papers were not in order she was trying to get a job and Whitman was trying to get cheap labor and they both won. Now Meg you must pay the cost. Voters look at her closely, she is NOT the one.

      • Andrew Stames

        Um, for $23 an hour she was hardly cheap labor.

      • Rudemander

        Actually $23 an hour is what a Desktop IT tech gets in the private sector working 40 hours a week as compared to this lady who worked only 15 hours a week. Yeah the lady is illegal and she broke the law, however Meg should have known better that most of these cleaning agencies employ illegal immigrants. These are the people who we need to go after, and I do not like the fact that this bomb shell went with just only 5 weeks before election; because in my opinion this can harm either candidate you may support. This will depend where public opinion will sway.

      • Karen


        Meg fired her when the MAID TOLD Whitman that the maid is illegal. The maid did not tell her until after Whitman said she was running for governor.

        Why did the maid tell her? The maid wanted Whitman to help her become legal and because Whitman said no, the maid found Allred, the bottom feeding attorney.

    • Rudemander

      Mero I agree this article exposes the racist attidues of some people.

      • Karen

        How can it be racist when we complain about an ILLEGAL ALIEN?

        What is racist about that?

      • Rudemander

        Ok Karen here are a few comments I found to be racist:


        You must be mexican. We are all human but that DOESN’T MEAN I HAVE UR A$$.
        September 30, 2010 am30 11:20 am | Reply | Report comment

        if she look mexican isnt there a posablity she is a immigrant likely its a 51 % ya how didnt she know
        September 30, 2010 pm30 4:51 pm | Reply | Report comment
        ron paul

        i would like to know why THIS ILLEGAL MEXICAN hasnt been arrested , fraud used social security number etc etc etc , plus is illegal alien . quess only legal citizens of usa get arrested for breaking its laws .ehhhhh …
        September 30, 2010 pm30 8:18 pm | Reply | Report comment

        Sorry Karen I see what I see and do not like to make stuff up.

  • notlovinLA

    Me wanting my country back in all of its former glory has NOTHING to do with being racist! YOU are the racist ones. Why must you play that card every chance you get? You would never see me, a LEGAL citizen, suing a company after I was fired because I LIED about who I am. It’s typical behavior of these free-loaders, is all. And so is yours, Mero, when you know I’m right.

    • Fred

      This lady is suing because she was not paid for work done. Meg Whitman knew she was illegal, how can she not know? Try it again Meg, this won’t cut it.

      • Karen

        Fred – she did not know until the maid told her. Stop lying.

  • Bluesman

    I hope people can see through this smoke screen. Meg Whitman is great, however Gloria Allred is nothing more than a ambulance chasing, sleazy attorney. She gives attorney’s a bad name. We need more people like Meg in office who have actually ran a large business before. Not movie stars and the such.

    • Fred

      You have a Governor in office who is a business man and what has he done for you. Under his Administration jobs has been lost, budgets has not been submitted, cuts in funding for schools and universities, 4-day work weeks for some state jobs. Do you really want another rich/wealthy Republican in office?

      • Karen

        Fred – Are you calling Arnie a businessman? Are you kidding me? He is an ACTOR.

        In fact, while governor, he appears in a movie. It’s called THE EXPENDABLES.

        What business does our governor have other than being an ACTOR.

  • rjsmitty

    So let me get this , she broke the law coming here illegally then she gets a drivers lic. (which I thought was a privilege to have) then she lied on her application for employment .. And I am supposed to believe anything this lying criminal says? How stupid do you think Californians are ?

    • Richard Iverson

      Well they elected Arnold!

  • Mero

    Its extremely humor when people use the term “ illegal aliens” wow… notlovinLA and others your username tells it all. Love it or leave it alone,

    • rjsmitty

      That is another intelligent comment , please think of what you want to say then form a sentence or a comment in your head that doesn’t make you sound like fool then post .. Get it , Got It, Good!

    • GoodbyeMero

      So are you here “legally”? If not, I’ll get someone to verify your “driver’s license” and your “social security card”. If they are found to be fake, you will go to prison (at out expense, of course).

    • Karen

      Excuse me but the correct term is ILLEGAL ALIEN.

      My mother is a PERMANENT ALIEN which means she has a permanent green card.

      • Mero

        Karen- The term ALLEN shouldnt be use unless there seen getting off a UFO..

  • Mero

    I’m not here to insult or belittle anyone, I know the system is corrupt find a solution, the problem is the people in power, not Obama or our government it’s the bank industries that control the war and the white house.

  • bobby t

    why hasn’t ICE stepped in and arrested this lying illegal. deport her now!

    • Freda

      I really don’t think she is lying. Yes, she is illegal; however, Meg Whitman was looking for cheap labor, she was with Meg Whitman for 8 to 9 years, go figure. This illegal immigrant has put herself on front street and yes, she should be expedited back to her country, she has broken the law and so has Meg Whitman.

      • Karen


        The maid was paid $25/hour for 40 hours per week. That is $52,000 a year.

        That’s cheap labor? I know some college grads who would love to make that kind of money.

  • Christian from Whittier

    there needs to be a new path torwards citizenship….that will fix all…cause everyone is ellegal immigrant unless your an indian which i doubt… unless your indian everyone else is equal….everyone else has the same rights and honors….and everyone should have equal opportuinity to legalization or citizenship….our country is in debt we arent making money..just spending an borrowing….we dont revenue any money like we should be so much land an resources and people and ideas but yet we still in debt…we need to produce money making strategys….for one i do agree with the legalization on marijuana …it will revenue plenty of money in a matter of years marijuana alone could clean and clear our debt if legalized or controlled…and after that is done and clear the california debt if not the us debt as well….we can start producing $ and revenuing $…..think about it…be smart….citizenship should also be taxed….if everyone chipped inn even these so called ellegals california and the us would be better off

    • vudu

      That path youre referring to is called the military. In a perfect world citezenship would be obtained only by 1 of 2 ways. Join the military for a predetermined amount of time and risk your life for the freedom you seek OR be born here under parents who are legal citizens. The “we are all immigrants” argument doesnt stand up, our forefathers fought for the right to live here, granted thy could have not killed all the natives….. but too late for that now. That type oflogic opens the door for anyone to just move here, declare themselves entitled to our rights and begin filing frivilous lawsuits immediatly. I wish theyd restart the military draft, this time leave it open to illegals that want to work and earn their citizenship. They can volunteer in addition to all the wussy generation teens we have running around that need to be forced into gaining some discpline.

      • Karen

        To clarify vudu – “or parents who are legal residents”. My parents are not American but they have permanent green cards aka permanent alien cards. I was born in the U.S. and I am an American.

      • Karen

        I am so against granting amnesty of any kind – even the military draft – and especially the military because so many illegals refuse to learn English. How can they communicate in the military by not speaking English?

    • John

      Hey Christian from Whittier, did you learn that everyone is an ellegal immigrant in your public school system? You are wrong. We have laws and people are illegal. The same old story that only Indians are legal is stupid and boring. If you are from Mexico and you come here without following our law then you broke the law.

    • rjsmitty

      I don’t even know were to start , so I will just do the obvious . We are not all illegal , if you are born into a country with parents that are citizens of that country you are a citizen of that country ( are you following me here or is it difficult to grasp , because it gets a little harder to understand here on out) If you are born in another country from parents that are citizens from said country then you enter into a different country with out following the correct procedure or rules then you are considered an illegal alien and probably have broke the law in doing so . If you bring your child with you it is obvious that you have put your child endanger and have forced your child to comment a crime also ( by doing that you should be brought up on child endangerment charges) .

    • Karen


      I totally disagree. I am a child of LEGAL immigrants and consider it a slap in the face when people want to grant amnesty to lawbreakers.

      Sooooo many people have tried to legally enter this country and are refused because of quotas or lack of sponsorship.

      And here you want to reward people who BROKE THE LAW.

  • ES

    Gloria will kick little ‘ol Nicky to the curb right after the elections.

  • truly_american

    What’s up with all that CRYING and BOO HOOing by the ex-maid???? Did All Red threaten her? How is anyone that upset after nearly a year and a half?!?!?!?!!! I would LOVE to know the back story on how All Red found her and convinced her to go national re her illegal status.
    i’ll be voting for Whitman because SHE KNOWS HOW TO CREAT JOBS. Is she perfect? No, I wish she were a little more anit-illegals but hay, she’ll do til the reincarnate Ronald Reagan.

    • Karen


      Meg wants to get rid of sanctuary cities so how is that helping illegal aliens?


    Funny how quickly conservatives can circle the wagons whenever their leaders fall victim to their own hypocrisy.



    • Karen

      That is hysterical – the Jerry Springer of Law. Love it!

  • James

    Don’t like whitman,don’t like Allred,don’t like Illegal’s.The whole thing stink’s.If they all just dissapeared they would not be missed.

  • Jon

    Meg Whitman like most rich people has walked all over everyone else to get where she is, that means lying, stealing, cheating & not playing by the rules. She’s also a beotch which you can tell.

  • Sage Advise

    “and said the maid was responsible for alerting her to letters in the mail.”

    Sure NutMeg – dig that hole deeper why don’t you. As Republican that is well aware of NutMeg’s two-faced strategies on illegal aliens, as well as her hypocritical anti-2nd Amendment views, no way in hell will I vote for that RINO. Her anti-2nd Amendment views are well known, yet she tried to fool plenty of gun owners by having her “people” set up booths at various CA guns shows such as the Costa Mesa Gun Show; sorry Ms. NutMeg, we KNOW you had direct input in banning/prohibiting austions of 100%-legal-to-own and legal-to-sell in ALL 50 states firearm parts on Ebay, and you can’t blame it on Steve Westley. NutMeg is a sham, a ruse, playing both ends of the field and telling whatever audience is before just what they want to hear. She flip-flops more than a dying fish or an illegal immigrant washed ashore on San Diego beaches. Her power-hungry fascism is scary, and honetly, anyone that would spend over $100 Million on running for CA Governor is obviously psychotic, has delusions of grandeur, and clearly fiscally irresponsible.

  • rjjrdq

    Allred is playing the la raza card. Race politics at its worst. And what is this illegal alien still doing in the country. Allred is aiding and abetting. Jail for her and ms. crocodile tears.

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