The Shoe has Dropped – Bullet Points on Breaking Stories

Multiple sources have reached out to SRHS Watch to tell us that Larry Shoemaker will be leaving the health system.

Kevin Holland is beginning the search for his replacement in the office of the COO.

Dogan & Wilkinson is hanging on by a thread, being protected by insiders – the usual suspects.

SRHS trustees continue to the threaten retirees with the false specter of bankruptcy.

We are working to confirm the current balance of the pension trust.

If you have spoken with Steve Simpson, have a document showing the pension trust balance, or any other breaking news tips related to SRHS or the Hilton Garden Inn, please let us know using the box below. Your name and e-mail address are not required.

Which Chinese Millionaires Will Pascagoula Taxpayers Subsidize?

LaFont Inn, LLC is asking the city of Pascagoula to assist in providing a loan for $500,000 – $1.35 million.  LaFont Inn, LLC is 25% owned by foreign investors who are seeking an EB-5 visa.  Such a visa would entitle the foreign national to a green card if they invest $500,000 and create ten jobs.  Thirteen such investors have provided $6.5 million in capital to LaFont Inn, LLC.

USCIS statistics tell us that 85% of EB-5 visas are awarded to Chinese nationals. It is common knowledge that wealthy Chinese are either corrupt government officials and their families, or businessmen who must routinely pay “tea money” to exert influence on the Communist Party apparatchiks.

Nearly every real estate development in China includes the local communist party as a partner in the development.  No doubt that Chinese investors would feel at home investing with Gentry and Roy Williams, whose development efforts included a $2.5 million investment by the city of Pascagoula.

Now these foreign investors have their hand out again, asking for the citizen taxpayers of Pascagoula for even more money. How much should they be entitled to?

Should we know who these people are?  Are they Chinese communist party officials? Are they their children? Are they party members? Have they served in the People’s Liberation Army or the PLA Navy?  Are they executives of Chinese state-owned enterprises which steal US technology?

Could they be Libyans? Syrians? Russians? Who?!

Who are the wealthy foreigners who will get the benefit on the back of the welders and shipfitters of Pascagoula?  You deserve to know.

SRHS Spends Thousands on Lobbyist

While Singing River executives and attorneys are constantly poor-mouthing, they had no problem spending nearly $50,000 on lobbying efforts last year.

SRHS has again retained the same lobbyist to represent them in this year’s legislative session.

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Mayor & Developer Buy Plane at Same Time Developer Begs Millions from City

Back when Scott Walker suffered severe back injuries in a plane crash, the Mississippi Press called up one of the plane’s other owners for a status report. That other owner was late Pascagoula mayor Robbie Maxwell.  Maxwell told the paper that he and Walker owned the plane along with attorney Roy Williams and that they had only bought the plane two weeks prior to the accident.

That accident occurred on March 19, 2011. Let’s take a look at the timeline:

  • March 1, 2011 – Plane is purchased by Maxwell, Walker, Williams (on or about)
  • March 15, 2011 – Pascagoula city council agrees to apply for $3.3 million in grants for Hilton site; also agrees to hire bond consultant to review issuing $1.36 million in TIF bonds for Hilton site
  • March 19, 2011 – Plane crash
  • March 23, 2011 – Demolition of LaFont Inn begins

So at the same time Williams and his son have their hands out for $4.6 million from the city of Pascagoula, they just happen to buy a plane together with the mayor, and the mayor’s consulting partner.  Very coincidental timing.

There is an interesting facet of that plane’s registration: it was listed as an individual owner, not as having co-owners. Though, this could have been a hiccup in the processing. The plane was registered to Maxwell-Walker Consulting Group’s office in Pascagoula.

FAA registration information.

Have You Been the Victim of Mail Fraud?

If you are a resident of Mississippi and received letters from SRHS showing pension contributions in the years when no pension contributions were made, please contact your local District Attorney or the Attorney General’s office.

Mail fraud is a crime in the state of Mississippi and you should make the appropriate authorities aware if you have potentially been a victim.

Even if you aren’t a resident of Jackson County, your local DA has jurisdiction because the law covers where the mail was sent and also where it was received.  Continue reading

Time for Some Cipherin’ on the Welfare Queen

We will post a more detailed analysis at a later time, but here are some quick figures.  Roy & Gentry Williams, Morris Strickland, and an unknown quantity of Chi-coms are asking the Pascagoula city council for more money.  Below is a table showing documented funding sources for the construction of the Pascagoula Hilton Garden Inn.  If Pascagoula approves the maximum amount of TIF bonds, over $27 million will have been raised to develop the hotel.

We provide a comparable hotel for sale in the Birmingham metro. While adjustments would need to be made, this listing provides a guideline. This doesn’t pass the smell test.

The hotel in Birmingham is not worth only half of the one in Pascagoula. Even if that were true, how does one raise $27 million for a hotel worth $22 million?

UPDATE:  A reader sent in some Hilton internal documents from around the time of construction showing that this hotel should have cost $15-17 million all in.

 

Who’s Afraid of Chris Anderson?

A contributor writes in with some cutting questions. If any of our readers can tell us more about how Morris Strickland came to be appointed to the SRHS Board of Trustees that would help shine some light. Remember, Billy Guice didn’t want John McKay deposed. Then Britt Singletary stopped all depositions.  Singing River wouldn’t come to the bargaining table unless financial immunity for Strickland, Anderson, and the Williams were provided.    Why was John McKay afraid of Chris Anderson?


 

Chris Anderson was the centerpiece of every relationship in this debacle.

Why haven’t any charges been brought against him?

He was notorious for making vendors pay for lavish trips.

He guarded relationships that benefited him financially.

Has anyone ever asked if he received bonuses because of falsely reported financial information?

He brought Morris Strickland on as a Board Member and now Strickland is partners in many different ventures with people tied to SRHS.

Has anyone looked into contracts SRHS had with the Hilton Garden Inn?

Does Chris Anderson have any ownership in affiliated entities that sub contract with SRHS?

Is everyone afraid of Chris Anderson? John McKay was.

Chris Anderson is the smoking gun. It’s very obvious.