Monday, September 13, 2021

The Plot Thickens

 The plot thickens in the Keyshia Sanders mystery.  The Clarion-Ledger's Lee Sanderlin engaged in some shoe-leather reporting and reported some new information:

A local company received nearly $1.1 million to deep clean and disinfect city buildings as part of Jackson's COVID-19 mitigation strategy, but it is unclear if the cleanings ever took place.

L&N Enterprises was paid on six separate occasions between July 2020 to April 2021, and is now part of a criminal probe into whether a former city employee misappropriated municipal funds, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the investigation. There are no records of payments to the company since then.

When asked directly if L&N Enterprises ever completed the cleanings, the mayor's office declined comment, citing an ongoing investigation. At least one city councilmember, Kenneth Stokes, said to his knowledge, the company never completed the work. ... Article

Mayor Lumumba and District Attorney Jody Owens announced several weeks ago they are investigating the misuse of covid-19 relief funds. 

L&N is at 123 Bickham Lane in Florence.  It has no phone number.  Mr. Sanderlin reported there were three mobile homes at the address.  

The question is how did Ms. Sanders, Manager of Constituent Services, have the power to allegedly misuse the funds?


Anonymous said...

No policies followed at City of Jackson or Hinds County on Federal Grants management. Same with State Department of Human Services. If the Feds, the state & the subrecipient follow regulations and submit required reports and participate in onsite inspections, none of this can happen.

Anonymous said...

Also, with an adminstration who has fixated on hiring people within the city of Jackson, and floated out the idea of having a commuter tax to penalize people who work in Jackson but live in safer areas, having an employee with a (shell) company, or who lives in Florence, MS(Rankin County), that is just bad optics.

Anonymous said...

Payment of those invoices is put forward for Council approval by Lumumba's office, right?

PittPanther said...

Where is Accounts Payable? They're supposed to confirm satisfaction of a contract before sending out payments. But chances are they're not actually checking anything.

Remember when the former CAO got in trouble because a contractor was allowed to continue billing even after the completion date? That was because the team responsible for understanding the contract and recognizing the end date, didn't do their job.

This sounds like more of the same. They're just signing checks, and not confirming against the contract. Someone in the city should have confirmed and signed off, that the cleaning actually happened.

Anonymous said...

KF clicking the Article link requires $1 payment to C-L. I can do without, but thanks!

Anonymous said...

When Lumumba himself demonstrated a complete disregard for the law regarding campaign finance filing deadlines, is anyone truly surprised that his organization is corrupt, rotten and lax?

Anonymous said...

The real property addressed as 123 Bickham Lane, Florence, is assessed to "Angela Owens" whose address for receipt of the tax billing statement is 1054 Deryll Street, Jackson. The 2021 AV tax was paid by "Lawrence Morris" who is the "L" of "L&N Enterprises, LLC. Anyone know if "Angela Owens" is related to Jackson/Hinds County judges or DAs? Might be just a coincidence.

Anonymous said...

So typical.

As usual, much more money wasted than Marshand running up 55 (With blue lights and sirens) for a weekend on Beale Street.

Frank Griffin said...

Kingfish class reporting. And yes, Mr. Stokes has the only pair in the room. Amazing to find myself saying so.

Anonymous said...

This is an obvious crime.

Oh by the way, Paying the ClarionLiar a dollar for anything (After click on link) is also a crime, or at least an incredibly stupid action.

Anonymous said...

I sure will miss her non-existed email responses & weather/traffic reports on Nextdoor. She was a true asset to the City of Jackson. Will just have to wait on the next worthless replacement.

Anonymous said...

I am not shocked that his administration is stealing millions.

I am shocked that anyone is reporting it.

God bless the few journalists left in America.

Anonymous said...

Approval of these payments would have flowed through Admin/Finance, to CAO, to the Mayor's office. One of these three departments turned a blind eye and failed to do simple due diligence (assuming they weren't in on the scam).

Anonymous said...

KF gonna do a report on the missing 2 million from Canton? There's a reason they're losing their tourism director.

Anonymous said...

There is no leadership or accountability in any Jackson or Hinds county departments...none, zero, nada!

Anonymous said...

Where's Shad White?

Surely, he's not scared politically, to investigate Hinds County?

I think he knows this inevitable, would be a domino effect for alot of Agencies in Hinds County and probably gonna be hands off on alota these.

Anonymous said...

Wellll, she certainly serviced the constituents!!

Anonymous said...

Can you just imagine the enormous amount of covid relief-related fraud that has taken place in the US?
Never just throw money at a problem hoping to get solutions.
Ask JPS.

Anonymous said...

Shad White speaking to Flowood Chapter of the Rotary Club Tues the 14th- yall go attend and ask his opinion.

Anonymous said...

Keyshia Sanders, don't take the fall. They'll sell you out in a heartbeat to save their own skin.

Anonymous said...

Remember many FoRG (Friends of Robert Graham) got paid too.

Anonymous said...

Lawrence Morris was Madison county road manager. He lost that job when a new board of Supes came in and went to Canton public works. Now he’s back at Madison county when Karl Bank back as a supe as ‘Ditch Engineer’.

Anonymous said...

1.1 million spreads around. I imagine they are trying reeeealllly hard to cover this latest theft up.

Time to get Medieval said...

It's obvious that criminal statutes, incarceration, and fines are not much of a deterrence to these thefts and embezzlement.

It's time to follow the Saudis and chop off a hand. First offense, left hand; second offense right hand.

And for rapists...

Anonymous said...

And what about wasted dollars after 9/11. How many 4-wheelers & military styled vehicles were purchased by local governments? Where are they now?

Anonymous said...

COVID relief fraud in Hinds County ? NOOOOOOO WAAAAY MAN. You think that vaulted board gots them some Federal funds as well ? Funds, not a soul has seen. IDK, may a little look see by Shad should happen. Today.

Anonymous said...

The best part of what Lee uncovered is that Chockeway directed everyone to work at home.

Thus, the council was paying a company for weekly sprays in empty buildings!

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