No criminal charges in UCHRA report

No criminal charges in UCHRA report

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DA York

Tullahoma, TN

#1 Sep 26, 2012
http://herald-citizen.com/view/full_story/202...
I find it interesting that a DA appointment by a Democratic Governor would not prosecute an agency funded by grants that are democratic in nature.
I am sure that if we had a DA appointed by a Republican things would have turned out differently.
But at least the DA position is an elected position. So he will be out soon enough just like the rest of them.
why

Cookeville, TN

#2 Sep 26, 2012
DA York wrote:
http://herald-citizen.com/view /full_story/20277398/article-N o-criminal-charges-in-UCHRA-re port?instance=main_article
I find it interesting that a DA appointment by a Democratic Governor would not prosecute an agency funded by grants that are democratic in nature.
I am sure that if we had a DA appointed by a Republican things would have turned out differently.
But at least the DA position is an elected position. So he will be out soon enough just like the rest of them.
Phyllis Bennett was responsible and she is dead so who is the DA supposed to bring charges against? As soon as Mrs. Woolbright stepped in she requested an audit and immediately starting changing all of the corruption that Bennett has left behind.
DA York

Tullahoma, TN

#3 Sep 26, 2012
I am sure the DOJ OIG will check it out...since the DA here thinks that the board members are squeaky clean.

Phyllis Bennett is not the responsible party...she reported to the Board of Directors all 61 of them. Or was supposed to anyway. So this board can turn a blind eye and get off? It's that easy huh? Then I need to start a Non Profit and get me some grant money and a executive director to blame everything on.

http://www.justice.gov/oig/hotline/docs/Grant...
been around a long time

United States

#4 Sep 27, 2012
DA York wrote:
http://herald-citizen.com/view /full_story/20277398/article-N o-criminal-charges-in-UCHRA-re port?instance=main_article
I find it interesting that a DA appointment by a Democratic Governor would not prosecute an agency funded by grants that are democratic in nature.
I am sure that if we had a DA appointed by a Republican things would have turned out differently.
But at least the DA position is an elected position. So he will be out soon enough just like the rest of them.
If you really believe that the local DA is the person prosecute this agency for something that technically is not against any city county state or national law, namely wasting taxpayer money they've been given by the government, and if you really really believe that a Republican DA would do things differently, then you don't realize that the UCHRA, like the UCDD, has been in business doing basically the same thing, for over 40 years now, and check it out, there've been several republican governors of TN and several republican appointed DA's. In fact I think it was good old Democrat Ned McWhorter who told someone in this agency's leadership not to come back down there with her skirt up over her head askin him for more money. It was NOT a Republican. Because these agencies lobby both parties, quite successfully, "we're like you" they say, just small business people trying to get a break.

It is happening right and left. Just now they're closing the prison at Pikeville and giving all the business to CCA. Twenty years from now they'll be showing how CCA used the money they were given NOT to operate prisons properly, but to pay big salaries, buy new technology and bless themselves. What a surprise! It's the American way. And they send us to the poor schools and keep us just dumb enough to be mad at the wrong people.
hope

Martin, TN

#5 Sep 27, 2012
Case Example
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Background: a non-profit received $2.7 M. in federal grant funds to assist underprivileged children
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Possible Fraud Indicators: unsuccessful program; lack of internal controls; unexplained income

Scheme Identified: funds diverted to pay for a wedding reception, building construction, plasma TV, and personal credit card bills; estimated loss of $450,000

Result: 36 & 66 month prison sentences; full restitution
REALLY FUNNY

Cookeville, TN

#6 Sep 27, 2012
Ah so that poor old Bennett woman was just a little puppet and so innocent of the crap that went on? Poor old misunderstood woman. She was such an angel. roflmfao
been around a long time

United States

#7 Sep 27, 2012
Innocent angel? Try brilliant manipulator of federal and state monies, getting it, spending it in the most beneficial ways possible, for her agency and her family and friends,publicizing the work they did, manipulating the county officials, the state legislators, the federal grant distributors, pretty much everyone in the world who she came in contact with, showing everyone that came after her how to do it. And all the time, keeping on the right side of the law and never being caught for long, or made an example of. In other words, a CEO, a 1%-er, an executive, a brilliant business person, entrepreneur. She never ran for and was never elected to any office. Did not work for the city, the county, the state or the federal government. She was not a politician. So now, who are you going to prosecute? Who is responsible?
Probably right

Louisville, TN

#8 Sep 27, 2012
been around a long time wrote:
<quoted text>
If you really believe that the local DA is the person prosecute this agency for something that technically is not against any city county state or national law, namely wasting taxpayer money they've been given by the government, and if you really really believe that a Republican DA would do things differently, then you don't realize that the UCHRA, like the UCDD, has been in business doing basically the same thing, for over 40 years now, and check it out, there've been several republican governors of TN and several republican appointed DA's. In fact I think it was good old Democrat Ned McWhorter who told someone in this agency's leadership not to come back down there with her skirt up over her head askin him for more money. It was NOT a Republican. Because these agencies lobby both parties, quite successfully, "we're like you" they say, just small business people trying to get a break.
It is happening right and left. Just now they're closing the prison at Pikeville and giving all the business to CCA. Twenty years from now they'll be showing how CCA used the money they were given NOT to operate prisons properly, but to pay big salaries, buy new technology and bless themselves. What a surprise! It's the American way. And they send us to the poor schools and keep us just dumb enough to be mad at the wrong people.
You are correct the DA is probably not the right person to prosecute them for this...is the federal government?

Are you saying it is not illegal to spend taxpayer money on liquor?
Are you saying it is not illegal to spend taxpayer money on hundred dollar meals for its officials?
Are you saying that it is not illegal to spend taxpayer money to go to a wax museum?
Are you saying it is not illegal to spend taxpayer money on theater tickets?

Then why do we have an Inspector General?
Then why do we have a Government Accountability Office?

Are you saying that we have been duped into believing that these offices do anything at all?
Are they sitting in Washington DC watching YouTube Videos and playing Farmville all day?

If these things are not illegal then why the hell are we paying taxes? That would mean that these agencies could spend every cent on liquor and parties and never be held accountable.

Surely there has to be a remedy...
point of view

Cookeville, TN

#9 Sep 28, 2012
been around a long time wrote:
Innocent angel? Try brilliant manipulator of federal and state monies, getting it, spending it in the most beneficial ways possible, for her agency and her family and friends,publicizing the work they did, manipulating the county officials, the state legislators, the federal grant distributors, pretty much everyone in the world who she came in contact with, showing everyone that came after her how to do it. And all the time, keeping on the right side of the law and never being caught for long, or made an example of. In other words, a CEO, a 1%-er, an executive, a brilliant business person, entrepreneur. She never ran for and was never elected to any office. Did not work for the city, the county, the state or the federal government. She was not a politician. So now, who are you going to prosecute? Who is responsible?
You are so right, can't send a manipulator to prison, even if she is dead, and what would he charge her with? Right! nothing there to bring charges against. But Phyliss Bennett did produce a better manipulator, Wendy Askins, lets hope that feds CAN bring charges against her, for the sake of taxpayers. But then again, that want happen, these board of directors of tired of their names being drug through the mud, and they want all this to go away, so that when the next election of county mayors, city mayors and all others come to a vote of the people, they want the public to "forget" what went on at UCDD and UCHRA.
Cut it

Cookeville, TN

#10 Oct 2, 2012
I guess the lesson is if you go along for the ride and then the person in charge dies, you will not be held accountable.

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