Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Board used 2008 report by Hargrove & Stowers to sue Motorola

The Hinds County Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Robert Graham on May 19, 2008 to authorize Brown Communications to conduct a systems audit of the Motorola system. The motion directed Brown Communications complete in thirty days at no cost to the taxpayers. The "audit" was completed on May 30, 2008, eleven days after the board approved Graham's motion. Brown employees Stacy Stowers and Nathan Hargrove presented the findings of their "audit" to the board in executive session on June 16, 2008. Mr. Graham also made a motion also approved by the board on May 5, 2008 making Brown Communications the project manager for the Motorola system.

Hinds County operates a system consisting of six towers using the 800-Mhz frequency. The "audit" accused Ridgeland and Madison of having improper access to the system. The report itself is only seven pages. It discusses at length what constitutes inter-operability and inter-connectiveness before concluding Hinds should seek compensation from the two cities. It recommended Hinds "negotiate both cities and seek redress those costs associated with "carrying these agencies."

Hinds County used this report as a reason to file suit seeking millions dollars in actual and punitive damages against Motorola in Hinds County Circuit Court. (The lawsuit itself will be discussed in a later post). Hinds estimated in documents filed with the court (see page 33) monetary resulting access fees for radio county estimated total loss be exhibit includes two tables pages what interesting is most of the alleged actual damages occurred from 2005 to 2010 are$2,573,313 plus interest of $21,541. The remainder of the damages are estimated future damages of $2,573,315. The case recently settled for undisclosed terms. Mr. Hargrove and Mr. Stowers were soon fired by Brown Communications after completion of the audit and established their own companies.

Hinds also used the audit in an attempt to squeeze Sprint Nextel in a change order for an additional one million dollars that was squelched by the FCC. Hinds also tried to stop Madison and Ridgeland from leaving the Hinds system last year.


Anonymous said...

I could be wrong KF but I swear that Stowers was a Motorola employee at the time the "audit" you reference was completed for the Hinds Sups. OR that Stowers had left Motorola only days/weeks before Graham sought the audit. That being said I've always thought that Stowers was directly and indirectly the impetus for the audit.

Kingfish said...

He was a Brown employee when this audit was made. Brown fired both of them.

Anonymous said...

Boy I thought we had problems in Madison County.

Anonymous said...

I guess I'll continue to ask the same question: Why Stowers and Hargrove? Specifically, why does the Hinds County BOS repeatedly (insistently?) do business with them? Why enrich two employees fired from a previous contractor? What is so special about them?

Anonymous said...

After Stowers and Hargrove left Brown's Communication, they formed their own companies and were given the contract to maintain the radio system which Brown had. Im sure Graham had nothing to do with that.
Then came the siren fiasco which Hargrove and Stowers were the county consulants and also given the contract to.

Anonymous said...

Don't know about the timing relative to all of this scamming but Stowers was a Motorola employee.

Anonymous said...

KF, see opinion in today's COA list


Anonymous said...

FYI, amount of Motorola settlement is $2.5 mil.

Anonymous said...

Stacey was fired from Motorola before the audit but he did know that Madison and Ridgeland was on the hinds county system because he was the Pm for Motorola when Jackson Comm did the work. Oops he left that out

Anonymous said...

Robert Graham led the charge to reward Stowers "the whistleblower" with Hinds County taxpayer dollars.

Anonymous said...

I believe Stacey was fired from Motorola for stealing but Motorola fired him instead of pressing charges. YOU THINK THE REGRET THAT NOW

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