Sunday, May 14, 2023

Cleaning Up A Millions Dollars

 WLBT took a look at how the city of Jackson spent nearly a million dollars on covid-19 "cleaning" with a contractor linked to Keisha Sanders.  WLBT reported Thursday: 

For the first time, invoices from the city of Jackson reveal how a Florence company claimed to spend hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars during the COVID-19 pandemic, all under the guise of keeping city employees healthy.

WLBT obtained more than a hundred invoices for work allegedly done by L&N Enterprises, LLC.

Their job, as defined by those records of payment: spray and disinfect city buildings to help cut down on the spread of COVID-19.

What the invoices show, however, raises more questions.

The city paid the company $21,600 to clean areas of the Jackson Zoo over six months.

Some of those disinfection visits happened every week.

The biggest payouts include a deep cleaning and COVID spray throughout Thalia Mara Hall on August 4, 2020, costing $22,896.

Five days later, L&N Enterprises issued an invoice charging the same amount for cleaning the same building again, exactly as before....

Some records don’t even show which specific buildings were serviced.

From February to April of 2021, L&N Enterprises got paid $18,000 each week to disinfect 14 locations around the city.

WLBT actually asked for these documents 21 months ago, when we first investigated this company, but the city denied our request, saying the company was under investigation. (KF: Should've gone to court.  MSSC already ruled on this issue in DMR case.). ...

Around the same time, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba fired then-Constituent Services Manager Keyshia Sanders and held a press conference with Hinds County District Attorney Jody Owens, announcing they would get to the bottom of any misappropriated funds.

The only link found between Sanders and L&N Enterprises: her name beside the agenda item that approved money for it, meaning she pushed those items through.....

Sanders’ name wasn’t the only one on those items.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba was listed there, too, even though he told us he had never heard of L&N Enterprises until he launched an investigation into the company. ...

WLBT also asked for contracts, bids and quotes associated with L&N Enterprises.

The city said there were no responsive documents except the invoices, meaning no contract exists.

“There was no contract? I mean, that’s not good, good either,” Foote said. “That whole thing is, is sort of slapdash, sort of a hodgepodge. And this is really unfortunate for the city. If we don’t get reimbursed for this one point, whatever million it is, then shame on us for not putting the orders in place and the structure in place to make sure that we’re good stewards of the citizens money.”

Some of that money may still be unaccounted for, too. 

Check out the rest of the article, including invoices and video. 

The Secretary of State's website states Nikki Moore and Lawrence Morris are the "managers" of the LLC. 


Anonymous said...

Is this the crooked Lawrence Morris that was the long time Madison county road manager?

anonamouse said...

Couldn't the state auditor get involved in this?

Anonymous said...

So, why isn’t Shad being vocal on these matters? Why hasn’t Shad investigated the mayor and his family?

Anonymous said...

So Lumumba fired one sacrificial lamb, who was already busted, then held numerous press conferences claiming vindication, and stonewalled on every other front to protect those involved in his Black Nationalist secessionist movement.

I believe this is a pattern. He and his people are bleeding the city dry to fund their 1960s-era, Detroit-based ideology and road map to create the New Afrika Republic.

This government takeover and money/land grab, is particular to Jackson. Those blaming this stuff on "woke liberals" miss that point.

Anonymous said...

The mayor speaks.

Blames it on some sort of mysterious IT issue?

Can you say "Lack of documentation and control" but take two minutes and not use the words documentation and control? The mayor can!

BONUS: "Unfortunate" apparently!

“Unfortunately, what had happened in that circumstance is that she had a direct line, which should not have been permitted in order to accounts payable,” Lumumba said. “And so there are supposed to be guards there. And so that’s why we had more questions as to how that was able to happen.”

Lumumba said his office investigated the matter to try and figure out how that direct line was even possible, but did not disclose what his office found.

“Yes, there was a failure there. But the question is, because it’s an IT matter, right. The question is, how was that work around, able to take place? Whether it was an oversight, and it was an exploited oversight, or whether there was some other efforts there? We don’t know. But we are not in the business of investigation,” Lumumba said. “We’re in the business of recognizing where there’s a problem, doing our best to gather data and turning it over to those individuals who are best suited for that.”

Next thing you know the City will need to emergency contract for some more IT help...

Anonymous said...

Once you accept that this city is intended to be a Third World shithole in all respects, you won’t be surprised at all.

Anonymous said...

Let me guess, 12:55. Because the State Auditor doesn't have the authority to arbitrarily or selectively investigate the mayor and his family?

Just a wild-ass guess.

Anonymous said...

A Lamumba quote from the WLBT article, “Yes, there was a failure there. But the question is, because it’s an IT matter, right. The question is, how was that work around, able to take place?”.

How in the heck does the City’s IT department get thrown under the bus for this. If there were any internal controls in place this would have never happened. Who approved paying these invoices? Who signed the checks? This lack of control seems to be the norm for CoJ. Right?

Anonymous said...

If it is the same Lawrence Morris, hes back at Madison Co. road department. Landed a job as the ditch engineer when Karl Banks went back in as supervisor. Same as his ex-daughter in law landed at the county only instead of a directors position she landed in planning and zoning as a permit clerk.

Anonymous said...

It’s time for everyone to email the national media and FBI every day until these people are thrown in jail.

Anonymous said...

It was Mayor Lumumba who reported Ms. Sanders’ malfeasance to the authorities, state and federal, when he became aware of it. As usual, at least one commenter on here uses a story like this to smear the Mayor when, in reality, he should be praised.

Anonymous said...

Exactly! This is bullish$t! That evil Pastor Pickett too! Why aren’t they being investigated???

Anonymous said...

I think they’re in the DENY stage!

Anonymous said...

Phil the whistleblower vs Chockwe the whistleblower, who did it better?


Anonymous said...

Does this just continue with no consequences ? Is he Teflon Chuck now ? At what point does the AG and FBI get interested.

Anonymous said...

At one time are the citizens of Jackson (and other state officials) going to get off their butt and put Lumumba in jail, where he belongs.

Anonymous said...

The money was free
The service was bogus even if it completed

These idiots can’t even take time to even do the task

Lazy thieves

Anonymous said...

I’m surprised Socrates didn’t have a cleaning company during COVID

Anonymous said...

After the audit of the city showed that Jackson was a mess, is that not a reason for the state auditor to step in and take a look?

Anonymous said...

You can’t find any municipalities in the nation run properly by these type radicals. They are always parasitic and require some outside intervention. NYC and San Fran are on the verge of similar circumstances now that their tax base is fleeing the “progressive” urban misery.

Anonymous said...

It seems Mayor Lumumba, like Phil Bryant, was the whistleblower here.

Anonymous said...

This thing called Jackson-

Anonymous said...

No oversight whatsoever

Anonymous said...

Omari or cronies praising a marxist mayor who has made an art of lying and obfuscating, but to no avail. He's proclaimed "wolf over there" so many times the whole village realizes whose wolves are getting fat on lamb.

Anonymous said...

4:34 thinks the mayor should be “ praised” and, that my friends, is how we got to this place. So sad.

Anonymous said...

@4:19 pm, I feel so very sad for you.

Anonymous said...

It was Mayor Lumumba who reported ... he should be praised.

But that isn't the story behind the story of Lumumba's effort to move Sanders' crime out of the Federal arena. Dig deeper Blind Faithster.

Anonymous said...

Not one protest from the citizens, to demand Teflon Chuck step down.

Not one.

Enjoy your ELECTED leader, Jackson. You certainly deserve him.

Anonymous said...

If it's not the "race flag" it's the "IT flag." Right?

Anonymous said...

How much of this was diverted to Detroit? What was the "big guy's" cut?

Anonymous said...

Hustlers will hustle-

Anonymous said...

10:11, how can a Jackson citizen put someone in jail if they aren’t a DA, police officer, etc.?

Anonymous said...

That money could purchase a lot of Lysol. Right?

Regardless, their cleaning efforts must have been very effective as none of those buildings caught Covid-19. Right?

Anonymous said...

WLBT article mentions the $1.2 million grant she was in charge of administering for artists of color (that she helped herself to a cut of)... does that have anything to do with the grant for the Greater Jackson Arts Council?
"Court documents show Sanders was put in charge of a grant for artists of color worth $1.2 million, but at some point she took some of that money for herself as payment for administering the grant."

Also strange that in the header of some of the invoices supposedly issued by L&N Enterprises LLC, the company name is misspelled "L&N EnterpriZes LLC" Looking at pg. 4 & 10 in the files attached to the WLBT article. Maybe just a typo when creating the invoice but doesn't generate much confidence in the legitimacy of this company.

Anonymous said...

Who is this Keiysha Sanders and what is her relationship with the Lumumbas? Is she the same woman Kenneth Stokes keeps insisting is being funneled another $1 million under the Richards Disposal contract? If shyster Antar threw her under the bus for the BS covid cleanings, why is she getting another million off book in re RDI? And, on a scale of 1-10, just how corrupt is Chokwe Antar Lumumba?

Anonymous said...

Let's not intertwine corruption at Jackson City Hall with corruption at the Madison County Board level.

Although several names will overlap, the two will be entirely different federal cases.

Anonymous said...

10:04 - stay tuned.

Anonymous said...

Another money laundering front for the Lumumba Dream. Shall we count them?

Anonymous said...

@6:57 Soc did have a COVID cleaning company and the City gave him a contract.

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