On tonight’s Bay City Council Agenda….

Reader submitted photo of Unit 13 in the parking lot of the City Council Annex
Reader submitted photo of Unit 13 in the parking lot of the City Council Annex

Are the Mayor Fillingame’s vetoes of the City Council minutes and certain council actions but the reader submitted photo on the left, Unit 13 with its busted out headlight, turn signal, bald tires and massive crack across its windshield tell the story of what is missing these days here in Bay St Louis:

Biloxi Police Department gets new patrol cars ~ Asha Staples

Miller said the best part of getting the new cars is none of Biloxi citizens’ tax dollars were spent to make these big purchases.

“We have a drug forfeiture account, and when we can, when we have enough money there, we can buy what we need to buy without costing the tax payers any money,” Miller said proudly.

Meantime over here in Bay St Louis where the City’s Ford Explorer has two broken tail lights I have this from Mayor Fillingame’s vetoes related to the August 18, 2015 City Council Meeting:

On Page 2 of the City Council Minutes, under the “New Business” The “Motion to Separate Funds Giving the Police Chief Availability for Operations” is vague, does not specify what funds are being deposited into a separate account, where the funds are derived from and is an improper amendment to the budget.

I veto this action.

I attended that meeting and thought the fact everyone was on the same page talking about the Drug Forfeiture Funds that Mayor Fillingame stands accused of misspending was pretty evident but I reckon not in Bay St Louis, A Place (falling) Apart. Stay tuned.

Three year old tip unifies Northshore criminal prosecution and Ex Rel Aldridge

I often save what I’ll term a “fragmentary tip” because of the subject matter. From my standpoint writing for Slabbed this is a warm and fuzzy moment because almost exactly 3 years ago to the day I got a tip alluding to a connection between Northshore businessman Bay Ingram, Ted Cain along with certain high profile targets of a now defunct Federal criminal investigation that I will not name at this time. Armed with that fragmentary tip and with the magic of the right google search strings Slabbed can verify the connection Mssrs. Ingram and Cain mutually share. Let’s begin with some must read links:

Covington businessman Bay Ingram sentenced to 18 months for BP oil spill fraud ~ Katherine Sayre

A major contributor to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s campaign, Ingram was appointed by Jindal to the state Mineral Board in March 2008. A the time he was listed as being the president of Healthcare Holdings of Louisiana and Ingram Investments.

In 2006, Ingram was caught up in a controversy involving the sale of a former golf practice facility along Interstate 12 near Slidell to St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain’s office.

Ingram and frequent business partner Don McMath bought the property for $2 million, then sold it to the sheriff’s office for $2.4 million a few hours later. Strain defended the move as a good value for the money.

Ingram is a man that got around in metro New Orleans business circles and was very active in the healthcare industry on the Northshore including bringing Doctors’ Hospital in Slidell out of bankruptcy with a capital infusion. As a young man in his 20s he owned Bimini Bay in Slidell for those that remember that particular Slidell drinking establishment. Before I make the connection there is some additional vital background that is revealing IMHO:

St. Tammany Parish businessman Bay Ingram, guilty of BP fraud, was target of broader federal probe ~ Katherine Sayre

In the BP case, federal prosecutors say Ingram fabricated documents to grossly over bill the oil giant for a helicopter and helipads used to help the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office do recovery work after the April 2010 oil spill. Ingram invoiced BP for more than $1.4 million despite never receiving proper approval for use of the helicopter. Once BP denied payment, Ingram enlisted the help of then-Sheriff Jack Stephens to press the company and eventually sued BP. But according to the bill of information filed against him, Ingram had falsified flight logs and forged documents provided to BP.

A civil suit involving Ingram that was also frequently mentioned in the press during the his prosecution involved Cypress Pointe Surgical Hospital. The following early account of the suit from the local Hammond newspaper is Joe Fridayesque with a strong emphasis on presenting “journalistic facts” at the expense of analysis: Continue reading “Three year old tip unifies Northshore criminal prosecution and Ex Rel Aldridge”