One name popped up in the fight over the Jackson biosolids waste-removal contract: Fisher Transportation. Where have we heard that name before? Oh yes. 2009. Check out these earlier posts on JJ about these con artists:
Fisher Construction was formerly Fisher Transportation & Construction. Corporate registration filings for the company state Jacqueline Williams and Renna Fisher are the President and Vice President of the company (2012 amendment). However, the 2013 filing reverses the positions and states Fisher is the President and Williams is the Vice-President. The 2015 filing only mentions Renna Fisher as the President. The pair have operated several companies that are similarly named over the years.
To put it bluntly, these people are con artists. They repeatedly took payments and stiffed other parties. The court records are awash in liens and judgments against these two individuals and their companies. They were forced into bankruptcy proceedings in 2012 by Merchants & Farmer's Bank and other creditors. Fisher and Williams won a $1.3 million award against Toyota in 2009 and pocketed the money instead of paying off all of those liens and judgments. M&F sued for its share and instituted involuntary bankruptcy proceedings. The bankrupty trustee filed a complaint against them. Here are some choice quotes:
Shareholders knew that M&F Bank and certain taxing authorities claimed perfected liens on the L&T Funds, but Shareholders directed disbursement of the L&T Funds away from such lien claimants and selectively and preferentially to themselves and various other parties.....
After the Trustee was appointed as Chapter 11 Trustee of the Debtor on July 13, 2010, Trustee promptly, diligently and continuously requested from the Shareholders access to the books and records of the Debtor for review and analysis, but was consistently denied such access by Shareholders and other employees of the Debtor who were under the direction of Shareholders. After Shareholders ignored numerous deadlines set by Trustee for such access to books and records, Trustee sought and obtained entry of an Order [Dkt. #370] permitting the Trustee to take possession of the Debtor’s office facility and contents, which occurred on September 23, 2010, over the objection of Shareholders. The office contents contained surprisingly few books and records, with a noticeable absence of bank account statements and records and of accounts payable or receivable information. Subsequent requests by the Trustee to Shareholders for access to any other of Debtor’s books and records likewise were ignored. Through diligent searches, Trustee later learned of certain records having been delivered by Shareholders to an accountant and to a payroll provider, but efforts by the Trustee to gain access to such records were declined by the persons in possession of such records unless the Shareholders consented, and after numerous requests for such consent, the Shareholders declined. The Trustee must now resort to discovery activities in various Adversary Proceedings in this Case to gain access to such records.....There is more, much more in the complaint posted below. The case was finally settled and dismissed earlier this month. The case apparently taught Fisher and Williams nothing as they continued their shyster ways in Hinds County.
Watson Quality Ford sued them in March 2014 in Hinds County Circuit Court. Watson alleged in the complaint:
On March 16, 2011, the Defendants purchassed a 2011 Ford Edge from the Plaintiff for the sum of $37,700. The Defendants paid $25,000 (during a bankruptcy petition- KF) towards the purchase price, leaving a balance of $12,710.
On March 16, 2011, the Defendants purchased from the Plaintiff a Ford F150.... for the sum of $45,610. Despite repeated demands, no money has been paid to the plaintiff for this purchase...
As a result of the above purchases, the Defendants owe the Plaintiffs the sum of $58,320.
The defendants have sold and disposed of these vehicles with an attempt to deprive the plaintiff of possession of their property....
Fisher has managed to evade process. Judge Winston Kidd gave permission last month to Watson to publish a notice in the newspaper (Dear Watson: You can post it here for free.). HOWEVER, that is not the last suit that was recently filed against Fisher. Magnolia Federal Credit Union sued Fisher in 2014 but the suit was voluntarily dismissed in June.
There is no way to put it: Deadbeats and shysters five years ago, deadbeats and shysters now, but hey, they want a bunch of city business.