As the fools play: Pissin’ away your tax dollars

After all folks we have tax money to burn when it comes to Hollywood giveaways so first the theme song of the Mississippi legislature:

Yelling ‘Cut!’ for Moviemaking Tax Breaks: States keep discovering that the dreamed-of benefits don’t materialize. ~ Chris Hudon and Donald Bryson

And despite the overwhelming evidence these taxpayer Film incentives are spend a dollar to gain a quarter type propositions that make absolutely no economic sense, one of the major accomplishments of the 2015 Mississippi legislature was finally instituting this taxpayer funded giveaway to out of state business interests. Its not that the leadership in this state being backwards that makes this so bad. Its that the leadership is both late and backwards that helps keep us snake bit when it comes to economic development. Meantime the fools play (with your tax money).

New movie to film in South Mississippi; local actors wanted ~ Mary Perez

Ninety percent of the cast and crew for the movie “Artists Die Best in Black” were flown to Mississippi, yet for the new movie he is producing, Mark Headley expects 90 percent of the cast and crew to be local.

“When the filmmakers come in, they want to hire local,” he said.

As he prepares for the world premier of the thriller “Artists Die Best” Oct. 25 at the Saenger Theater in Biloxi, he’s also preparing actors and crew members to work on his film. In the former Martha Mabey art gallery in downtown Gulfport, Headley has opened a film studio and is training cast and crew to work on his next movie, “Majestic.”

He and Scottish director Rachel Gordon are auditioning actors and offering workshops to help locals break into the industry.

Sheeple: Herded and sheared” ~ GEMS Yahoo Finance

33 thoughts on “As the fools play: Pissin’ away your tax dollars”

  1. And speaking of pissing (other people’s) money away, former Judge-turned-corp/ins. defense lawyer, Steve Simpson of Deutsch, Kerrigan and Stiles is the new trustee for the pension at SRHS. For those interested, Simpson has all sorts of ties to the various other lawyers (and their families) already milking this cash cow.

    If reports are correct, he and whoever he hires will be billing the pension somewhere in the million-dollar range before anyone need to start asking any questions (at least that is the groundwork being laid – Billy Guice was quoted as tossing out the figure of $900,000). And Special Master Brett Singletary (yet another coast lawyer) has told the retirees to sleep easy because good news is coming and they’ll get 100%! If that is now suddenly possible (or even plausible), why all the fuss, heartache, fear, worry and 100s and 100s of thousands in hourly billing over the last year or so?

    A person with a dog in this fight, such as a SRHS retiree, a Jackson County taxpayer or a reporter, might want to do a flowchart diagramming all the various connections between all the lawyers on both sides, including their husbands, wives, children, in-laws, prior law firms and “known associates.” And don’t forget the lawyers “on staff” at SRHS, Jackson County, Pascagoula, Ocean Springs, etc. It would really open some eyes.

    To get such a person started, let’s take the new trustee, Steve Simpson, now at Deutsch, Kerrigan and Stiles’ Gulfport office and SRHS GC Celeste Oglesby, whose husband, Abner, is not only a former partner at Deutsch, Kerrigan’s GP office, but also was at Webb, Sanders and Williams in Tupelo. Mrs. Oglesby was also an associate at Webb, Sanders, as well as Daniel Coker Horton & Bell and Page Mannino Peresich. And now, all three firms are getting paid by various SRHS-related entities tied to the overall mess at SRHS.

    Here’s another. Paula Yancey’s son – the one who is or was dating the Mississippi Press reporter covering the SRHS mess – is or was an “intern” at Horne, LLP, who replaced KPMG. Prior to that, he was apparently working at some fast-food joint and had attended classes at one the coast junior colleges. And while that might appear to just be a young man working his way through school, he is in his late 20s and apparently none of his education thus far was in any way related to anything that Horne does, either accounting or consulting.

    And yet another is the various and numerous ties between Special Master Singletary, the IP and former IP personnel and Dogan and Wilkinson/the Williams family/Morris Strickland/Charter Bank/Ed Trehern/Jerry St. Pe/etc.

    And now, Ted Cain and his wife are in trouble. The interesting tie-ins between that and SRHS would be a whole volume unto itself. Just a guess, but the Stone County problems may be getting dealt with first because it is a smaller herd of cats to corral versus the whole SRHS mess, plus that has at least one whistle-blower who might get a big payday. Perhaps the feds are hoping it might “inspire” one or more someones at SRHS. And some of the same lawyers are involved in defending the Cains, particularly the Peresich brothers.

    Now, do all of the various interconnections between the same group of players prove everyone or even anyone is acting criminally or even unethically? Absolutely not. Does is it cause knowledgeable people who have no dog in the fight to raise an eyebrow or ten? Absolutely yes. Like I said, if I had a dog in this fight (I do not, on any level), I’d certainly love to see a flowchart diagram of all the various and curious connections.

  2. And a PS:

    Mr. Simpson’s $250 an hour X (assuming) 40 hours a week X (assuming) 50 working weeks a year = $500,000.00. A person with a dog in the fight might wish to know why it would take anything approaching that amount of time and money for a trustee dealing with a finite amount of money in a relatively small pension fund, a known and mostly fixed set of liabilities (considering only payout to a relatively small pool of retirees and relatively modest admin costs) and essentially no other duties. After all, we aren’t talking about him being the sole manager for the GM retirement system or similar.

  3. Nunya Bidness:

    I agree. How much time,how much research, how much work does it take to manage one set fund? Does he pray over the monthly financial reports he receives? Hell, instead we could run all those reports over to the closest Catholic Church and the priests could sprinkle Holy Water on them instead.Or we could send them to the Oral Roberts TV show and have Roberts pray over them.

    How many lawyer hours,which has nothing to do with financial management, does it take to screw the taxpayers out of $500,0000? I believe you answered that question in the formula stated in your post. Great post !

    1. As I understand it, he isn’t managing the investments directly, his function is supposedly that of the other, original trustees – generally speaking to “oversee” the administration of the pension. He is apparently authorized to hire and spend to do the actual investing, accounting, admin/payments to retirees, etc.

      As far as costs of investing, that is dependent on the investment vehicle. For example, various funds charge their expenses and these vary. Some are front-loaded, others not. Equities are generally a commission on the trade.

      Some of the stuff the SRHS pension was reported to be involved in through FiduciaryVest/Gregg Buckalew (more “interesting” interconnections) is very nebulous as far as figuring out who makes what. Supposedly (but probably not accurately), the SRHS pension fund “investment advisors” are/were purely fee-based. I haven’t seen anything that indicates what they were charging.

      And then, Transamerica Retirement is or was involved (and is being sued), but since “Transamerica Retirement Solutions” is a relatively recent incarnation/combination of various predecessor-providers of a variety of retirement plan services, from a payment/accounting system to actual investment advisement, and I do not know what role they or the predecessors played, I couldn’t comment on that aspect.

      I’ve mentioned this before, but pension funds are notorious (at least in certain circles) for being a source of “extracurricular” activities, and if no one gets overly greedy, it is nearly undiscoverable and not prosecutable (from a practical standpoint).

      For example, a trustee could steer money via a middleman (a commission broker or a fee-based adviser) to an otherwise-legitimate investment – for example, a particular small fund – whose returns are both legit and reasonably in line with the pension’s needs. However, the middleman uses part of his fee/commission to buy a yacht, a beachfront condo, etc. and gives the trustee who steered the business his way free access to the yacht or condo to use it like he owed it.

      Assuming the arrangement is discovered, it is difficult to prove anything criminal to a legal sufficiency with nothing more than a friend letting a friend use something. If the pension fund was in reasonable shape, few prosecutors would have an interest in pursuing it unless there was some other, more criminal aspect to the people involved (like if the trustee or broker were otherwise suspected of racketeering or something). Unethical is not the same thing as illegal. Granted, that is a very simple example, but the bottom line is that a little “backscratching” is pretty commonplace.

      However, when folks get greedy and begin to milk the situation, that’s when things begin to effect the underlying pension fund, real income goes unreported, securities fraud takes place, etc., and that’s when various feds begin to get interested.

      As to the SRHS pension, I’d suspect that something went on that those involved don’t want disclosed because it would lead to real consequences. I realize that seems like stating the obvious, but there are more layers to this than are apparent to “outside observers.” The rampant conflicts are only part of it. I’d further suspect that those involved were hoping that by buying some time (once the stupid idea of a shutdown got, well, shut down), the pension fund could be brought to a point of enough solvency to quiet down the furor. That goes back to my point above that if the pension fund is generally performing, the interest in rooting out any and all “extracurricular activity” drops dramatically. If the retirees are getting their checks, their overall interest level as a group will drop, for example. And as a bonus, the various intertwined players like Dogan and Wilkinson/the Williams family/”friends and family”/etc. can earn some fees.

      In what might be more stating the obvious, the problem at SRHS is directly traceable to greed and stupidity. Whether there were prosecutable crimes remains to be seen, but I am certain that various feds are keeping a VERY close watch on the situation.

  4. And a PS

    What is the going average rate( per centage wise) for a top quality financial management company to manage a retirement fund.? Why pay a lawyer with no financial track record. to manage a fund? And does any lawyer/s have financial malpractice insurance or financially bonded to protect the fund from financial negligence, embezzlement , fraud ,etc.?

    I done know- it’s Nunya Mebees-nest butt Mississippians wake up and kick some ass soon before yo become another Deestroit.

    1. Earl Denham and Harvey Barton are a perceived political threat. My own opinion is Singletary singled them out for that reason. I harbor dubiety about forthcoming great news.

      1. Douglas – why do think that Denham and Barton are a _political_ threat? I’d agree that they are a _financial_ threat to the various players on a variety of levels, as well as potential “boat-rockers” who could cause unwanted attention (which partially circles back to being a financial threat, but also encompasses potential criminal liability amongst other problems), but I’m curious as to any possible _political_ threat(s) you see.

        1. The retirees that have organized are seen as being associated with them and they have become a political power. I imagine such is perceived as a threat to some of the established power brokers.

          1. Ah. I wasn’t thinking of highly localized elections. From what I can tell (as a casual observer), the total number of retirees isn’t that numerous and the subset of them that are really active isn’t all that large – a small part of a small number, if that makes sense. Is your information or perception different? I have no real idea of the statistics of the retirees as a whole, but I’d (wild a–)guess it at least 51% GOP.

            Any idea how many are rep’ped by Denham and Barton versus the other attorneys versus those not rep’ped by anyone? Do you think that Denham or Barton have any influence on the ones that are not rep’ped or rep’ped by other attorneys?

            As I recall, Denham is a hard-core Dem (no idea about Barton) and many of the others, esp. those on the SRHS side, like Robert Wilkinson, the Williams’, the St. Pe/Lassitter families, the Peresiches, etc. are serious “MSGOP/Barbour” supporters (Alwyn Luckey’s wife is a national GOP committeewoman for MS, alongside Henry Barbour), but I don’t see many of the retirees switching parties other than in highly localized “issue” elections to vote out a specific local officeholder, like the recent supervisor races. Even there, it was the GOP primary challengers that have thus far been the replacements.

            I don’t know much about the minutiae, but from what I recall, the Dem challenging the remaining supervisor “at risk” (Alvine-D vs. Ross-R?) stands about as much chance as Kanye West being the winning write-in (although “F— ’em all” might garner a unexpectedly large following). If what you say is true, if the Dem candidate for supervisor and Denham aren’t strategizing, both are missing an opportunity.

            1. I think your analysis of the retiree group is accurate. I’ve never polled the gang on who their lawyers are, some have brought up using Barton and Denham but I know others are using other lawyers as well. I think the retirees will take help from wherever they can get it and I do not think they are lackeys to anyone.

              But the perception exists nonetheless. Denham and Barton are feared because they are good lawyers and in this instance Denham has publicly stated a few times the plight of the retirees this was not about money to him as it was ensuring justice. This has got to scare the heck out of certain perpetrators.

              I agree with you that Alawine should be strategizing with Denham if he is not.

    2. As far as “malpractice insurance,” I doubt any attorney, firm or trustee involved during the relevant period (when the fund was free-falling) has either the insurance or assets to cover the reported short-fall of the SRHS pension system (assuming the 50-plus million dollar short-fall being remotely accurate). But even if they did, that type of insurance covers “honest mistakes” (generally speaking), not outright knowing misconduct, so that leaves personal liability.

      However, pension fund fraud, if proven in a criminal trial, could lead the guilty party to being left with nothing but a prison sentence and large judgement against them. An adverse civil judgement, even without a criminal conviction, would be pretty unpleasant, too.

      And here’s an interesting aspect of the Steve Simpson appointment: if there is evidence of any impropriety(s) that he, as the hired trustee, should have reasonably discovered and he doesn’t pursue them, he could and likely would be liable for failing to do so. Supposedly, several individuals/firms declined to get involved. If that is accurate, I fully understand that thinking.

      Let’s just say I was surprised that Simpson’s firm (a nearly-100-year-old, primarily-New Orleans firm) went along with this. However, I am not privy to what was discussed nor am I certain of the firm’s involvement. This may be a Simpson-only arrangement. If I were a partner there, my vote would have been, “No way in hell, not for $250 an hour or $2500 an hour, and don’t ever mention it again.”

  5. We have fools pissing away your money and a foolish auditor that doesn’t appear to give a shit unless your a low level state employee with minimal responsibility and no resources to fight the regime.

    Joce Pritchett says it best in the main video on this page:

    Stacey Pickering is nothing more than a Cherry Picker supporting the Radical Republican Regime of Socialists of Mississippi. (RRRSM).

  6. Just curious as to who you mean by radical Republican regime….if that’s the Jones County nuts then the name fits

    It’s time to move on from the backroom conspiracy attorneys are taking over the state theories. The population of this state is less than the population of the greater new Orleans area. Everyone knows someone that is related to everyone here. We have so many problems created by the Jones Rankin County Bullies and the Coasts Arrogant Thieves there really isn’t a need to dig deep for stink.

    1. The list is a mile long in itself but here are a few:

      Phil Bryant
      Jamie Miller
      Stacey Pickering and his Thugs
      Joe Cloyd and Frontier
      Steven Palazzo

      1. Interesting list.

        I’d just point out that guys like Pickering have Class C RVs they use to camp out in Disney campgrounds and 15 year-old BMWs that seem to defy honest and reasonable explanation while guys like Robert Wilkinson (of SRHS defense firm Dogan and Wilkinson) have 2 million dollar yachts and beach condos in Florida that also seem to defy honest and reasonable explanation and their buddies like Roy Williams, Morris Strickland, etc. can’t seem to keep a pension fund even marginally solvent yet their explanation-defying personal “investments” seem be able to make money selling ice to polar bears in the Arctic.

        Just an observation, but all sorts of “organizations” regularly use front men to take the heat for relative chump change while the real bosses live it up. The point is don’t look at who appears to be in power, look at who is living it up.

        1. Nunya

          I understand what your saying but I would not find it uncommon for high paid executives or seasoned lawyers to own items of high value.

          As for Pickering, he clearly has left a measurable trail that includes a clear trend of attacking low level employees while the politically connected never seem to be bothered until shit hits the fan with the public.

          Joce Pritchett said it best in her facebook video. I beleive she mentioned something along the lines how the auditors office really does not have a plan in place. I too mentioned this very same fact well over a year ago on Slabbed. The auditors office operates like an uncontrolled political machine.

          I am hoping Joce Pritchett will step up her game as its needed very badly. I beleive she came to the Gulf Coast and the SH did not even cover the story. Someone correct me if I’m wrong because I did not see anything. The state of Mississippi needs another auditor. An auditor that doesn’t have a political agenda to fuel an evil regime.

          I know the BMW is about 15 years old now and the RV may not be a top model but this is about principle. If the same thing happened to a low level public employee, he would have a press release launched and the person charged by the months end.

          1. Eye Spy wrote: “I would not find it uncommon for high paid executives or seasoned lawyers to own items of high value.”

            True enough as long as the items and their values are in line with the pay reasonably expected to the position. In other words, any of these SRHS lawyers having a Rolex and a Mercedes, along with a nice home on the coast, a hunting or fishing camp and some nice vacations, sure, OK, all perfectly plausible.

            But when _defense_ lawyers from piss-ant Pascagoula, MS (or even almost-piss-ant Biloxi or Gulfport, MS) start living like redneck hedge fund executives, something ain’t quite kosher.

            For those that don’t know, lawyers that handle things like liability controversy situations are generally either plaintiff’s (the person suing) or defense (the entity being sued) and not both. For example, State Farm doesn’t want to hire a firm/atty to defend them today and have that same firm/atty suing them tomorrow and even if they did, it is two totally different mindsets and business models. And normally, plaintiff’s firms don’t do a lot “governmental law,” such repping cities, gov’t or quasi-gov’t entities (like SRHS), etc., whereas many “defense” firms do so to keep the calendar full and the associates billing up. Again, just different mindset, business model and area of the law.

            Of course, legally-mundane personal things that are normally hourly anyway, like divorce, child custody, contract disputes, collections, foreclosures, etc. are often handled by either, even if only to keep the calendar full and/or keep the associates’ billable hours up.

            The “all hourly rate” upside for defense firms is steady work at a predicable rate, win, lose, settle or draw; the downside for them, but the upside for plaintiff’s firms/attys is that there are no huge “scores” on huge verdicts – the plaintiff’s firm might get hundreds of thousands as 40% of X million, plus expenses or it might get 40% of nothing and have to eat the expenses. The defense firm had a 25-50K retainer and if that got eaten up, it sends a bill to the client, regardless of outcome.

            Look at asbestos litigation: Dick Scruggs risked everything he owned or could borrow, hit it out of the park and got RICH – seriously _RICH_. Had he lost, he would have been worse than _broke_. The defense guys, who basically lost, got a nice paycheck. Had they won, they would have gotten the same nice paycheck.

            And that’s the issue with defense guys living like successful plaintiff’s guys. Dickie, David Nutt, Joe Jamail, etc. can afford Gulfstreams and ranches and have the wife’s and kids’ (and mother’s and mother-in-law’s and dog’s and…) Centurion card bills sent to the accountant without giving a shit how much it is, whereas Wilkinson. Williams, Peresich, etc. and their ilk should be able to afford to fly first class and rent a home in Jackson Hole for a week or two and tell the wives and kids to have a good time, but not to go too crazy with his Platinum card. That’s the trade – risk versus reward. So, when a pack of pissant MS coast defense/government entity lawyers do start living like reasonably successful plaintiff’s lawyers, it makes one wonder. And when that same pack turns up involved in every fucked up, taxpayer-robbing scam/scandal, it makes one go from wondering to understanding.

  7. No one has commented on the new Hollywood industry but I think all producers might want to consider a true documentary on the DMR scandal and/or the SRHS orgy/ies or how bouts a NCIS series named ” Biloxi’s Boiling”.

    Making a documentary/NCIS series such as one of those would get great premier turnouts and even tease an anxiety wet spot on the tampon panties of the Miss. Legis’s body. Wonder who could play Veto B.S. Fillingame’s part ?

    Start popping dem corns and rollin’ dem big wieners to done turn Mississippi’s No. 1 rating in corruption into Big screen/TV profits. Its the Obama way of turning lemons into lemonade with a sour twist.

    1. Locke,

      You bring up a good point about film industry. Sometimes what makes scandle movies the best is not what the public knows or what they can see. It’s the surprising twist hidden deep within the sheets that send people on a trip.

  8. Interesting that Singletary went after Denham and Barton, as those are the two who link Lee Bond to the conspiracy to end the plan.

    Lee Bond is repped by Michael Bruffey and Pat Buchanan. Bruffey is currently deputy director of the Miss. Gaming and Hospitality Assoc., and former VP and general counsel at the IP. Singletary represented the IP since inception of the Biloxi property.

    Were there any periods when Singletary represented the IP when both Bond and Bruffey were executives? Would this present any potential conflicts?

    1. And Pat Buchanan’s wife, Allison Brown Buchanan, is the daughter of Raymond Brown (a former law partner of Roy Williams, etc.) and she works for Ted Cain running his advertising business.

      As to conflicts, there are ethical guidelines for lawyers and judges, but there is also law to guide judges. Long story short, judges (either full-time or special appointments) must guard against even the slightest _appearance_ of impartiality or conflict. Generally, both MS and federal case law sets the standard that if an average citizen, and not a lawyer or a judge, who knew all the facts the judge knows would have a question as to the judge’s impartiality, then the judge is obligated to recuse themselves. That is generally how Dogan and Wilkinson got Harris recused by MS Supreme Court.

      The problem is that many of the lawyers and judges on the coast, especially including those involved in this are knowingly and blatantly unethical, regularly ignoring rules as routine practice as long as it makes them money. Many of them are little more than white trash thieves who use their law degrees as a burglar’s tool. I hate to sound so blunt, but there it is and frankly, I doubt hearing it surprises or shocks longtime coast residents.

  9. I don’t now how to give a link all can get to, but if you can look up the order in this case:

    CIVIL ACTION NO. 3:13cv1001-DPJ-FKB

    It might be of interest to those interested in the SRHS situation.

    1. Here is the 84 page decision:

      I was not aware of this case until Phillip Thomas posted about it last month on Mississippi Litigation review. Jackson Jambalaya had virtual real time coverage on this case last year.

      I had to laugh at Phillip’s analysis:

      ERISA, ESOT, ESOP…..zzzzzzzz.

      I dove in because it held great interest to me professionally and yes in my opinion this case is absolutely the reason the Jackson County Board of Sups and SRHS along with their State Court Special Master are now so eager to make the employees whole.

      If I were a retiree or one of their lawyers I would not be so quick to jump at the first offer because of this:

      $3.1 Million Attorney’s Fees Award in Bruister’s Millions ERISA Case ~ Phillip Thomas

      When you breach a fiduciary duty, whether an ESOP or Defined Benefit Pension Plan you open Pandora’s box of liability, espcially since there is such a LIEability factor with the CEO actively misleading the employees. Even worse though is that lawyers for supposedly one of the best defense firms in Pascagoula sat there with this massive conflict of interest that was literally slapped them across the face and evidently said or did nothing.

      I bet at first SRHS and the County Board of Sups giggled at the prospect of stuffing a million dollars into their lawyer’s pockets from the proceeds of that grossly inadequate D&O insurance to stonewall the retirees. If they should have to pay the retirees attorney fees which I think they absolutely should I doubt they’ll be so smug looking back.

      1. Still wondering about the possibility of various ERISA 406 prohibited related party transactions and the fiduciaries who then either knew or should have known something.

        Whether or not they might have thought it was on someone else to report what they themselves knew to the plan beneficiaries whom they were supposedly representing.

      2. ERISA is a dirty word to many attorneys because of the “rabbit hole” aspect of it, but as I’ve said here before, f—ing around with pension funds can lead to very serious consequences including both civil and criminal liability if the fund gets into trouble. Like wise, f—ing around with Medicare can lead to the same consequences.

        The tragedy of this type of stuff is that it is normally folks who could (and often do) make a pretty decent living without the crooked activity, but get ridiculously greedy and wind up stealing from those who simply cannot afford to write it off and move on. And that is among the reasons some federal prosecutors will go into pissed-off overdrive to pop these thieves.

        And as an aside, I saw a comment that asked if concealing a crime is a crime. Yes, it is (even if it isn’t pursued) – ask Zach Scruggs or see:

        “18 U.S. Code § 4 – Misprision of felony.
        Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”

        The key phrase is “actual commission” – just because you _think_ that your boss, coworker, trustee, etc., may have looted the pension fund is, legally, a completely different thing than having “actual knowledge.” But if the feds think you had that knowledge (or worse, have proof that you did know), you probably want to make some good decisions fast.

        It is the “karat” or “stick” situation: you can either whistleblow and get “karats” or they’ll “stick” your ass in prison. I can hardly wait to see who picks which in all the various scams currently being looked into on the coast. And I’d pay admission to see the looks on certain faces when THEY find out who picked what. I’m going to guess it will be mighty convenient that some of them have friends and family in the laundry business.

        1. When you practice public accounting for a long enough time there will come a time the FBI will be knocking on the door wanting information on a suspected perpetrator. Sometimes you end up “lucky” twice getting invited to a session of the federal grand jury.

          The only time I ever got that knock involved a client of the firm that broke me in and I got one of those subpoenas. If you guessed it involved the looting of a defined benefit pension plan you’d be right and yes, people went to jail.

          Absent information to the contrary I will not conclude Chris Anderson or the laundry bunch is in the clear because I’ve seen one too many such rodeos in my career.

          1. I’ll assume that you had no role or actual knowledge of the commission of any crime and as such, I’ll guess you got the “we’d like to speak with you, sir” with generally polite undertones of “you WILL be answering our questions” from 1-2 folks in suits or “business casual” attire.

            For some of these folks, it won’t go that way. It’ll be a “blue light special” and a bunch of folks in windbreakers and vests with warrants, guns and hand trucks. Whoever gets hauled in will be told very bluntly (with overtones of “your life as you knew it is over”) what the options, if any, are. Primary targets will probably get “plead and do time or a trial after which we push for maximums.” Tertiary targets will probably get “plead to something, sing louder than a flock of peacocks and we’ll discuss prison or a trial after which we won’t be very understanding.” In any event, suffice it to say the options will be very limited.

            1. Your assumption is correct.

              Hopefully the retirees are made whole plus get to see justice done for all they’ve been put through. That would be my personal preference.

              1. Certain legal things grind more slowly than the interested spectators would wish them to.

                I’d be surprised to see any SRHS pension plan related indictments before 2016. Unless Stacey finds someone small to make an example of. That would roll out mid to late October for cheap election thrills.

  10. And the sad thing is in Jackson County that we voters are looking at 4 more years of Barry Cumbest and Troy Ross. Will Venus or Alawine just split our votes and Ross will slide in? Ross cannot tell the truth. Look at his dealings with SRHS wanting to screw the retirees out of their pension. And now his lying a$$ is denying Jackson County Board of Supervisors joined in their support with George County to build 2 lakes that will benefit George County. Barry Cumbest represented Jackson County in Washington, DC along with other supporters with the story covered in the MS Press. Who in the hell reads the MS Press? On the map, it looks like Mark Cumbest owns a number of acres of potential development land in the area. What is his connection with Barry Cumbest? It was great voters got rid of Mangum and McKay but these 2 idiots are still on board. We can only pray the feds take a good look at their tactics.

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