Friday, December 4, 2009

Update on Fine Arts Institute of Mississippi

I thought I would publish a collection of the recent stories on the controversy involving The Fine Arts Institute of Mississippi, a charity run by Bill Murphy and connected to Tim Johnson. The Secretary of State issued a Cease and Desist order recently which was pretty damning in its investigation of the charity. Copy of Order. Mr. Murphy responded on his website with a vigorous defense that termed the charges against him a bunch of "misleading information floating around on the airwaves" and posted an itemized list of expenditures made by the charity. Mr. Murphy has also appeared on various talk shows to defend his actions.

Meanwhile, the Madison County Journal reported this week that one of Murphy's employees apparently has a cozy little deal selling pesticides to Madison County. She operates her business (at least up until recently, and may still be) inside the offices of FAIM, while also being paid as a part-time employee of FAIM. Murphy used to be a road manager for the county and has retained Supervisor Tim Johnson as a lobbyist for his charity. (The SOS said this was a violation.)

It should also be noted the trial for former FAIM employee Silbrina Wright has been postponed until May. Ms. Wright was indicted nearly a year ago in Madison County for allegedly embezzling nearly a thousand dollars from the charity. She claims the charge is in retaliation for turning FAIM into the State for several violations and has filed a wrongful termination suit in Hinds County. A review of Ms. Wright's indictment shows the prosecutor is none other than Rebecca Mansell, no stranger to controversy herself. In fact, multiple sources have informed JJ Faye Peterson's former prosecutor was seen this week at the offices of the Gaming Commission, which recently shut down the bingo operation which funds FAIM. (Boxcar Bingo is currently allowed to operate pending an appeal of the Commission's decision.).

This case keeps getting more and more interesting.

60 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm sure the "musical sets" at Pan Asia were all paid for by FAIM, too, though Murphy is mostly paying for a party for all his buddies.

And what about the trip to South America? Wonder how that fits into the charity's contributions?

Anonymous said...

Madison County is starting to remind me of Louisiana. Murphy, Johnson, Warnock, Hawkins-Butler, etc. They are all stinking to high heaven!

Anonymous said...

And I gotta be honest - that picture on the home page of FAIM's website creeps me out a little. When I first saw those two legs, I thought I had been misdirected to a website for some "gentlemen's club." THEN I saw the ballet shoes.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, and the "topless" photo of pudgy Murphy is GROSS.

Anonymous said...

When did PanAsia go out of business? Alexander's in Madison (a great Italian restaurant) just went under too (no thanks to the eternal road construction that blocked their entrance).

Kingfish said...

WHAT?

Panasia went out of business? You're kidding.

Anonymous said...

So what? What does mosquito spray have to do with anything? From what company does the City of Madison's mosquito spray come from? Bet it's the same as the county, maybe a different rep.

Is D I Smith's hair turning brown? Ask the Mayor...

Anonymous said...

The pile just gets deeper and deeper for this charity and the local politicians. If Murphy approved the purchase of this spray, owned by one of his FAIM employees, while a employee of Madison county, wonder who else's hands are in the pocket of that county. Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmmmm,

Anonymous said...

T W Sales and Marketing is just Teresa Wilson, who has an office inside FAIM, without paying rent, but collecting a salary from FAIM, while doing business with Madison Co.,,,,,,,,,

QB said...

Panasia is open and open til 10 tonight.

Anonymous said...

What about the production company he also owns. The secretary of states website has him listed under I.S Productions

Anonymous said...

Did PanAsia move then? The last time I drove by Beagle Bagel, the old Patty Peck site, etc, there was a new logo lit up on the building.

QB said...

It moved around 2 years ago near Old Canton and Lake Harbor.

Anonymous said...

3:06 - thanks for the update. You can see how often 1) we can afford to go out to eat or 2) how often we're willing to fight the traffic on County Line Road ;-)

Kingfish said...

thanks. I didn't think it was closed.

Anonymous said...

you people are sick leave Teresa Wilson has nothing to do with Bill mess she just happens to work there...

Anonymous said...

well it certainly looks like she does...Bill was the purchasing Clerk when she became a vendor for the County and she has a office inside the Charity really how kosher is that Friend of Teresa Wilson?

Anonymous said...

well Bill quoted on one of his many interviews that he only made 118,000 which I think is still excessive..but then I read reports were he made up to 155,000...WOW Bill...Thats all I have to say..

Anonymous said...

Kingfish what controversy has Rebecca Mansell been involved in? And why has this not been reported I just don't trust Madison County can this poor girl move her case to another county?

Anonymous said...

Madison County has a real problem with fair contractual regulation remember Rudy Warnock I would not be surprise if he is not some how connected to this mess....

Anonymous said...

Who else buys mosquito spray for T.W. Sales I wonder if it's Ridgeland or Madison?

Anonymous said...

Friend of Teresa and Bill... It wouldn't be a problem if it wasn't for all the facts that are posted by the SOS...I don't think they would go as for as posting this information if they couldn't back it up...and too Teresa Wilson was once a Board member in this poor excuse of a Charity and she now work their Tim was a board member and he also benefited..if not illegal certainly a little unethical don't you think.

Anonymous said...

Kingfish can you answer the ? regarding Rebecca inquiring minds would like too know please....

Anonymous said...

National News are getting very interested in this Madison County Drama....

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Anonymous said...

why is the Prosecutor hanging around The Gaming Commission Office? I think this needs to be investigated...

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Anonymous said...

I smell something fishy guys? What does Mike Guest have to say about that?

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Kingfish said...

All right, knock it off, knuckleheads. I don't care if true or not true, the lurid accusations and statements need to stop unless they can be backed up. I'm now about to start zapping stuff.

Kingfish said...

As for Ms. Manselle, I'm sure if we wait long enough Jane will be on here with an explanation.

Anonymous said...

Kingfish, have you considered posting your mailing address so that people who might have confidential information to share with you can be assured of anonymity?

Anonymous said...

Odd that you didn't send him a private email to ask that question.

Anonymous said...

Kingfish, What great work. I'm in NM and have heard nothing about this....Thank You for what you uncover.

Anonymous said...

144pm = I'd suggest you create a temp email address and email Kingfish. You could fax as well.

Anonymous said...

To 1:44PM

Why? Are you under the mistaken impression that email is some kind of private, protected method of communication?

If a person wants to provide information or documents and still remain anonymous, leaving a digital footprint's not the way to go about it.

I don't believe Kingfish is a bought-out s*b like most "journalists" these days. But any journalist can be court-ordered to reveal a source. He cannot be compelled to give up a source if he doesn't know who the source is, can he?

From some of the comments, it looks like there are people in Madison County who know where the bodies are buried, and if they want to get the information to the public they need a way to provide that info. that protects their identity while providing deniability to KF.

That's true for people who are witnessing the "jackassery" that occurs all over this state--not just in Madison County, by the way.

Jane said...

Mansell has had five cases reversed in four years for prosecutorial misconduct. Her reputation for not playing by the rules is pretty widely known among criminal defense lawyers.

Jane said...

Here are the citations:

Davis v. State, 970 So.2d 164, 171-72 (Miss.App. 2006)
Bailey v. State, 952 So.2d 225, 234-35 (Miss.App. 2006)
King v. State, 994 So.2d 890 (Miss.App. 2008)
McGee v. State, 953 So.2d 241 (Miss.App. 2005) aff’d 953 So.2d 211 (Miss. 2007)
Thomas v. State, 19 So.3d 130 (Miss. App. 2009)

Anonymous said...

It's sad that these people keep operating with what seems to be without a care in the world. Unbelievable. What about Mayor Gene Megee this Charity is operating in his City(Ridgeland). The Mayor Of Olive Branch has already expressed what I think is concerns about the Bingo Operations in his city. Now Megee what do you have to say about this?

Anonymous said...

Wow.Thanks Jane..After reading over some of these files I understand your point and the need to have proof to backup claims against anyone. especially if you claim someone has been unfaithful with his friend's wife and now they are mishandling funds together.

Anonymous said...

If a person wants to provide information or documents and still remain anonymous, leaving a digital footprint's not the way to go about it.

If you are lame then you are absolutely correct. But to think that you can't send something to KF electronically and still be 99.999999% sure that you haven't left a "digital footprint" is ignorance on your part.

Looks like the stalkers are coming out of the woodwork now KF. Somebody sure doesn't care for what you are writing.

Anonymous said...

Whatever, Dude. I do support what he's written, and so you've completely misinterpreted my meaning.

Anonymous said...

He? I though Kingfish was a she. This damn site is confusing.

Anonymous said...

"If you are lame then you are absolutely correct. But to think that you can't send something to KF electronically and still be 99.999999% sure that you haven't left a "digital footprint" is ignorance on your part."

That is lame. Those of us in law enforcement know how very easy it is to trace through email.

Anonymous said...

Looks like your stalker is back KF. Next they'll be asking for your SSN and a blood sample.

Anonymous said...

you are a stalker's stalker if ever there were a such. But I think you are trying to divert the attention from the facts that someone has information that can backup the claims that connects the dots and give clarity to this Murphy Clan scandal. Maybe just maybe; you may know that these things are true and you are insuring that secrets stay secrets. What's done in the dark will come to the light....

Kingfish said...

There are ways to create phony IP addresses if you decide to use a "temproray" email to send me something.

There is one guy that has driven Ladd, Lange, NMC, and others crazy. They've done their best to figure out who he is and haven't been able to. He has used proxy IP addresses and other little tricks.

Kingfish said...

and I haven't really done anything on this story. All I've done is collected the recent media coverage and placed it all into one post for you all to read and in fairness to Mr. Murphy, I've posted a link to his explanation as well.

Anonymous said...

Look here are the instructions for non-tracable accounts. Time is the only concern.

1. Proxy IP addy's keep records for as little as never and as much as 6 months...someone can help me here that knows more, but most keep them for a bit b/c of the server requirements to provide proxy services.
2. Sign into a proxy. www.proxy.org does a good job of giving sites.
3. Sign into a second, third, and so on...
4. Go to an anonymous email site that does not require return addy. It will maintain the IP from the last proxy you used, but then its a lot of legwork to get through the others you used until it gets back to you.
5. If time is on your side, one will be overwritten before any ID can be confirmed.

Do you know the resources required to trace back to source under this scenario???

Anonymous said...

Thanks, anon 2:20.

Anonymous said...

This is hilarious! What's next, a secret decoder ring so Kingfish can translate the secret confidential message? LMAO.

Anonymous said...

umm, umm, some folks just take stuff soooooo personal when they get "caught".
lol @ 6:12, maybe a scryer, too!

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