Jackson County Needs a Modern Mike Moore

There are those readers who remember the day when a young whipper snapper who didn’t know his place got elected to the position of district attorney in Jackson County.  The under 30 Mike Moore set out to stop corruption dead in its tracks.  He wasn’t deterred.  Even in the face of defeat, he continued to find novel methods under which to prosecute corrupt county officials.

Thirty years have passed.  “The godfather” Eddie Khayat is but a memory, the least of Lum Cumbest’s progeny now fills his seat, but there remains no man who can fill the shoes of Mike Moore during that time.

You have all seen the records of who filled Tony Lawrence’s campaign coffers. You know who his boss was before he was elected to DA. You understand the reasons why he won’t even attempt to prosecute a case as it relates to Singing River Health System.

Mississippi’s mail fraud statute is very broad, as we have previously reported.

The time has come for Jackson County to demand a district attorney who will stand up to corruption, whether it comes in the form of a sheriff or a hospital executive.

The time is now. Mark it down. Tony Lawrence must go.

If he isn’t willing to do his job now, he should go ahead and resign. Call his office and let him know that if he isn’t willing to fully prosecute corruption in Jackson, George, & Greene Counties, it is time to move on.

Here are his offices’ phone numbers:

228-769-3045

228-769-3345

601-947-8801

 

 

Understanding the Good Ole Boy System: Steve Simpson Gets a Job

We have already told you about how Steve Simpson admits that he is lazy in reading the fine print and doesn’t understand how mortgages work. He is an attorney, remember. We have already told you with an income of $138,000+ he still couldn’t pay his property taxes on time, but could afford a 42 foot boat.

Simpson has no real pension or trust experience, little complex litigation experience, and limited commercial experience.  Most of his experience has been in criminal matters. (Ironic?)

So how did Simpson get the job?  He was appointed in by an outsourced judge (called a special master.)  Outsourced judges are brought in when matters are so complex that it would completely overwhelm one judge, or sometimes because the judge is extremely lazy.  That Special Master was Britt Singletary.   We’ll come back to Singletary in a minute. Continue reading

SRHS Insider Raises Issues About Anderson, Where Retirement Money Went

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Winston Churchill.

The taxpaying citizens of Jackson County, Mississippi will be the people footing the bill for the failures and white collar crimes at Singing River Health System. The retirement scandal is not the only crime that was committed against the citizens of this community. This story began years before the retirement fund was robbed by the Leadership at Board of Trustees at SRHS.

In 1998/99 Chris Anderson helped lead the charge for a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) on the Coast. Does anyone else remember Mississippi Select? It never got off the ground and costs the health care systems on the Coast millions of dollars. Why did it not succeed? Two words – Chris Anderson.

Chris then went about attempting to build a WORLD CLASS HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. I’m not sure what business school Chris went to but he must have missed most of the semester while he was planning Christmas parties, ski trips, System ‘retreats’ in Alabama and multiple other grandiose meetings and schemes.

However, Chris did find the time to attempt to build an Empire: Continue reading

Why Won’t Steve Simpson Return Retirees’ Calls?

Apparently Steve Simpson has Seaquestered himself away from having to deal with the pension holders he chose to serve. SRHS Watch has received reports from retirees that Steve Simpson won’t return their calls.  They have called on numerous occasions, never to have their calls returned.  We do know of Simpson returning at least one employee’s call several weeks ago.

Maybe Simpson should send out a press release to the local media with the updated financials.  Maybe he could sit down with WLOX and give an update on what is happening with the plan.  Explain what the financials look like after the first quarter.  Explain what the path forward is after the settlement.

We encourage you to try to get Simpson on the horn.  You can call him at 228-265-6990.  You can e-mail him at ssimpson@deutschkerrigan.com 

If he returns your call and gives you updated numbers on the pension, let us know.

The Wisdom of Solomon

The book of Proverbs imparts wisdom and insight that has stood the test of millenia.  If only Proverbs were read and applied, we might not be in this situation today.  Chapter 6 is particularly prescient in the current Singing River crisis.

Proverbs 6
New International Version (NIV)

Warnings Against Folly

My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor,
    if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,
you have been trapped by what you said,
    ensnared by the words of your mouth.
So do this, my son, to free yourself,
    since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands:
Go—to the point of exhaustion—[a]
    and give your neighbor no rest!
Allow no sleep to your eyes,
    no slumber to your eyelids.
Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,
    like a bird from the snare of the fowler.

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A Warning About Snakes

It’s amazing how much we can learn from a 50 year old children’s movie.  Some snakes slithering the halls of Singing River would like you to “trust in me.”  Beware their hidden agenda.

The next scene is especially instructive.  When the authorities come calling, the snake only tells part of the story, never revealing the whole truth.

 

Will the Plan Be Revealed?

Publisher’s note: Please read this carefully and with great consideration. This is a sensitive subject and may cause some to think we are attempting to induce fear or panic. We are not. We do not publish these reports and documents without due deliberation. There are facts that we can no longer conceal; someone must stand up before it is too late. 

As we stated in our previous post, SRHS’ plans must be revealed.  Since the beginning, SRHS has worked to sow discord between employees and retirees under the theory of divide and conquer. The number of active employees in the plan is greater than the number of retired members.  SRHS was in a perfect position to coercively influence their employees against any plan litigation. Indeed, one of the smallest plaintiffs’ groups is made up of active employees.

The largest number of plan members are middle aged. Retirement for them is too far away on the horizon to be worried about squabbling and litigiousness.  Right now they are focused on raising kids and getting them off to college, and not as concerned with retirement that is 25+ years away.  There is also the idea that there is time for younger and middle aged plan members to recover, so any loss at the hands of SRHS may be made up by future promotions or raises.

Singing River has been working very hard to keep its current employees working under the belief that the settlement is the only way to save Singing River.  That if only a settlement is crammed through can things improve.  This is not true.

As we stated the other day, even if SRHS’ future pension liability is zero, the system would still struggle.  As evidence, look to the last five years where SRHS has paid nothing into the plan.  They are still not meeting the financial requirements of the bonds.

Though things have improved, they have not improved enough. Continue reading