Thursday, March 2, 2017

Civic leaders stand up for Ben Allen

 76 people stood up for Ben Allen and asked Judge Winston Kidd to show mercy at his sentencing on March 8. Mr. Allen submitted a biography and a stack of letters in support of him to Judge Winston Kidd earlier this week.  Mr. Allen was convicted of one count of embezzlement from Downtown Jackson Partners.  Mr. Allen is the Executive Director of the non-profit organization.  The letters and the sentencing memo are posted below. 




53 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice support for Ben.

Anonymous said...

I hope I get 76 people at my funeral.

Anonymous said...

Nice try but the law is the law. I remember Ben saying he wanted to leave town and go away forever this past summer. now i know why.

Anonymous said...

Good lord what a travesty. How has Ben kept his sanity?

Anonymous said...

Travesty, my ass.
He's guilty, convicted, and is trying desperately to avoid the consequences. He should thank God that he wasn't convicted on all charges.
Do the crime, do the time.

Anonymous said...

How many ways can you spell ridiculous?

Anonymous said...

9:43, filled with so much hate. Thank God that he wasn't convicted on all charges as you say? What a bunch of horse shit.

Anonymous said...

black mafia

Anonymous said...



Those with the means to leave Jackson/Hinds County but choose to stay . . . well . . . enjoy it.

Anonymous said...

There is one who comments here who is just "whistling past the grave yard". Frankly, I teared up reading some of the letters. They were written by a diverse crowd. Diverse in age, in occupation, in race, in location, but they were united in their admiration of Ben and his honesty. They were united in their belief that he was suffering from an unjust accusation. I hope should I ever need support even 1/2 of what he received here would speak. God's blessing to Ben and his family. They deserve every prayer. Guess I need to pray for the one bitter blogger too.

Anonymous said...

Reversed as soon as it hits the Supreme Court

Dumbest case ever

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with the hater. It wouldn't matter if you have 62 million people supporting you. Nobody is above the law. Fortunately for him, this conviction will likely be overturned.

If not,......

Anonymous said...

11:12 this is 7:25. I ditto your comments. I teared up on a few of them too. What a tragic travesty of the courts! One of the letters plainly stated the cell phone bill of his wife's phone was fully reimbursed 18 months prior to the indictment. If the judge wants justice, he will dismiss this charge. If not the SC will in short order.

Anonymous said...

I may be wrong, but I think the judge throws it out Monday.

Anonymous said...

no remorse and no acceptance of responsibility. that said, I doubt the sentence is harsh and probation is possible but not guaranteed.

not familiar with the finer details of the trial, so have no opinion on the viability of the conviction on appeal, however, cases do not get reversed because the prosecution was unpopular as some here seem to believe.

Anonymous said...

Alan Lange? Civic leader? Hardly.

Anonymous said...

The Judge should honor the law and the sentence should send a signal of impartial justice.

Anonymous said...

I notice that at least 5 of the signators have the last name of Allen. How many of these people are extended family?

Anonymous said...

7:29 see 6:51. Duh. Remorse for what? Fully rein using DJP for cellphone?

Anonymous said...

8:01 Alan has done more good for the country through his tax credit company MuniStrategies in a month than you will do in your lifetime. EYHO.

Anonymous said...

6:51
I'm sure there are plenty of people in Parchman that would have LOVED to know that all they had to do was have some people write some letters to the Judge arguing their case after conviction.
Those jurors must have just been a bunch of ignorant hater, right?
Prediction: not thrown out, probation only.

Anonymous said...

It is hard to feel sorry for a man taking $150,000 salary from a non-profit. I am sorry this is wrong. He can't afford a $50 cellphone plan from walmart on his own dime?

He is taking a $150,000 dollar salary from a non-profit.

HE IS TAKING A $150,000 SALARY FROM A NON-PROFIT.

Anonymous said...

In a town where repeat offender armed robbers are routinely released on probation, it would certainly seem that probation over a $1700 cell phone bill would be in order.

Kingfish said...

So how come the defense for Rudy Warnock is that the BOS approved all payments to him but Allen is guilty when the BOD approves the payments to him?

Anonymous said...

Relax KF. This is one hater and we all know who it is.

Anonymous said...

KF, I guess you need to ask the jurors that question.
It would appear that either Allen's attorney did a really crappy job, or, the jury believed him to be guilty as charged.
This is about Allen, not Warnock.

Anonymous said...

@8:16, it is perfectly usual for family to make statements regarding the character and behavior of defendants during the sentencing phase. Don't know how many times it will take to state this regarding cell phones: People normally carry one phone and use it for both business and private calls. To my knowledge, even the IRS doesn't quibble regarding this use. Distributing the number of a new phone is a long and difficult task and one that usually results in loss of business. Even your lawyer or teacher or doctor probably gets personal calls on a phone deducted for business. Maybe even your preacher.

Anonymous said...

10:17
You can shout "look a squirrel" all day and it doesn't change the fact that each cell phone has an individual number. Allen's cell phone number is not, and will never be, the same number as his wife's cell phone.
It's the wife's cell phone being paid for by the non-profit that is the issue.
The IRS doesn't quibble about the employee's cell phone being both business and personal.
The wife did not work for the business.

Anonymous said...

10:38 what's the IRS have to do with this? The issue was whether Allen embezzled Downtown Jackson Partners. How can one embezzle property of another when it is knowingly approved by the property owner? That's KF's point.

Anonymous said...


I like Ben and I don't think he would do what he has been convicted of He appears to be a straight shooter.

With all that being said---under his leadership at DJP the CBD has seen a decline like no other time. I say hire someone with the proper education and experience in revitalizing a "going down the tube" city.
Ben shoots from the hip and talks way to much---but I think he is a good guy---he does not know he doesn't know !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wish him all the luck in the world !!!!!

Anonymous said...

11:27. 10:38 and 1:58 is the same angry woman over and over and over above....I love the way she always does this.....!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Is your hand hurting, 8:06,9:43, 6:04,7:29, 8:35,
8:41, 10:04, 10:38, 11:58? Have you nothing to do all day?

On the Inside said...

Ben hss 93 letters submitted now that will be sent to the judge later this afternoon.

Anonymous said...

Ben Allen needs to be locked up in a Hinds County cell. No one is above the law.

Anonymous said...

He needs to save a spot for you LB. Are you really that stupid?

Growning weary of idiots said...

10:38 keep up idiot. It is plain as the nose on your face. Testimony and evidence was provided that he had reimbursed DJP in 5 payments during the time stipulated by the indictment, and the phone bill was actually overpaid by some $64 during that time. these payments were made 18 months before the indictment was issued. Gezz Us.

Anonymous said...

4:07
There is NO reason for Allen's wife's phone to be on an account for DJP. None. Doesn't matter how many times you say that he "overpaid" when he "reimbursed". The fact is that he was using DJP phone account for his personal life. Get the wife her own damn phone account and there's no problem anywhere. Why is that hard for you to see? Hoisted on his own petard.

Anonymous said...

Give it up you nut. The board approved it. He reimbursed for it. It saved Ben money. BFD. Get a life. Good Lord.

Anonymous said...

Good Lord 4:47. YAWN. Can you read?

Anonymous said...

4:47. I am in the financial investments business. I know Ben Allen and his net worth. Trust me that after the sale of his companies he doesn't need or seek a "free cell phone". That is a laughable assertion. In fact he can walk away, and live more than comfortably for the rest of his family's lives.

Anonymous said...

I bet she can't. LMAO. Wait til court. KF you will have a field day.

Anonymous said...

9:30. Agree. The next few months will be interesting and pivitol for her and the rest of her life.

Anonymous said...

Pivotal BS. Devastating fits better.

Anonymous said...

9:30 and 10:06 Typical "Look, a squirrel" B.S. Let's blame all this on Rudy, LB and anybody else we can divert attention to besides Ben.

Anonymous said...

11:03 is probably right. Spending the last years of your meaningless life in prison for stealing $41,000 would suck. But it is what it is.

Patiently waiting said...

Tick tock tick tock tick tock.......

Anonymous said...

Bottom line:
Ben Allen - convicted felon, awaiting sentence.
I see people wrote letters for Irb Benjamin, as well.
How'd that work out?

Anonymous said...

Why does Prince Chuckway Antur Baabaabombalumbomba live in the private gated neighborhood in NE Jackson?

Anonymous said...

Airhead at 8:01. Benjamin was convicted of BRIBERY, not a paid for $1700 cell phone charge. We know who you are. Keep trying while eating your peanut butter and crackers.

Anonymous said...

9:21 And we know who you are. We don't understand why you think there is only one person who knows Ben and thinks he's a POS. There are many of us who know and find him disgusting and underhanded. Get over yourselves. I have known him since class ring days and he's always been devious. He makes a big deal of being an honest, hardworking citizen but does not practice what he preaches.

Anonymous said...

Yawn.....when you dig yourself into a hole, quit digging.

Anonymous said...

9:21
Irb Benjamin was convicted of bribery and Ben Allen was convicted of embezzlement.
Both are convicted felons.
Irb Benjamin has apologized and is prepared to pay the price, Ben Allen should follow his example.

Anonymous said...

Knock yourself out 4:05, until Satan calls you home.

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