What we have here folks is a recurring theme in the human condition when someone without a moral compass leads others astray, dirtying them up in the process. It’s deadly serious now and today the Sea Coast Echo has blown things wide open with some of their finest reporting in quite some time but first guess who is not dead after all? That’s right folks, Chief Denardo’s Mother. And who was it that told the world that Denardo was reeling from his mother’s death? Bay St Louis’ Dishonorable Hizzoner, Les Fillingame:
Asked about possible reasons the chief may have taken his life, he said De Nardo had been “reeling from the death of his mother,” was in a state of personal grief.
Interesting as this was in today’s Sea Coast Echo:
Eubanks said De Nardo is survived by his mother in New York; his wife Patricia; his son Michael, Jr.; his step-daughters Eubanks and Ashley Baradell; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters; uncles; and aunts.
The truth is simply not in him folks but its worse because while Fillingame has been maintaining for two days in the media that the legal troubles facing Denardo were outside the scope of his employment with the City it turns out the issues were inherent to his employment and the following three current city employees can now be identified as being involved in the payroll processes that surround these very serious allegations:
- Mayor Les Fillingame
- Interim Bay St Louis City Clerk Paula Fairconetue
- Bay St Louis Payroll Clerk Pat Tice
And of course one former employee that now needs a good criminal defense lawyer:
- Patricia Denardo
Can everyone now see why Mayor Fillingame has steadfastly refused to hire a competent City Clerk for almost a year after the last one resigned? Sheriff Ricky Adam spelled the reasons out (slowly), in a way that even the Mayor’s staunchest defenders in the social media have no way to reconcile, as told by Stacey Cato and Geoff Belcher in today’s Echo:
“It’s all about the city,” Adam said. “The (alleged) theft of the police property, the fraudulent time sheets for payroll, it’s all about the city. It definitely involves city business. It’s not personal.”
As for the payroll fraud, Adam said, the city apparently kept De Nardo’s wife Patricia De Nardo on the payroll even after she left the police department to take another job.
“I’m really sure she hasn’t been on duty for at least the last three months,” possibly longer, Adam said. “Her time sheet was being turned in and she was being paid, yet she was not working. I don’t know the specifics, but I know it was multiple times. It is being investigated by the FBI.”
As a practical matter, there is no way the Chief could perpetrate the payroll fraud described above by himself as the City is way too small an operation for the Chief to continue to submit time sheets for his wife without someone in the internal control system surrounding payroll knowing she had left, thus the list of names of employees above. We have a clue as to whom Sheriff Adam is looking at as suspects in the Payroll Fraud investigation as Stacey and Geoff snagged this quote from him:
Adam said he again asked for records from city hall and, once investigators were certain they had proof, called Mayor Les Fillingame and new city attorney Trent Favre this past Wednesday to “lay it out.” Adam said he met with the two in the sheriff’s office conference room where he discussed the gun sale allegation, but not the alleged payroll fraud.
With all the lies and deceit of the past two days starting with the Mayor planting the falsity that Denardo’s mother had died in the Sun Herald its becoming clear things at Bay City Hall are beginning to unravel like a cheap sweater and once that informational spigot opened there is no stopping it. Its all coming out.
Finally annual Single Audit after Single Audit and a State Auditor Performance Review has laid out the columns of billowing smoke in the financial operations of the City, that is until the 2015FY audit by new audit firm Culumber, Harvey & Associates which found nothing wrong and actually minimized the massive problems that were previously identified by both their predecessor and the Office of the State Auditor. The 2015 audit now appears to have been a massive wasting of taxpayer money.
There is more to come as there is a high probability more arrests will be made sooner rather than later.
After I began working on this post Mayor Fillingame has attempted to distance himself from the whopper he told the Sun Herald last week about Mike Denardo’s mother being dead by calling in a new story to them saying Denardo misled him. With the Mayor steadfastly maintaining the illegalities alleged did not involve City operations who is one to believe here? Here is a clue to my thinking:
This morning I contacted Council President Falgout and Councilman at Large Mike Favre with one very pointed question that would reveal much about the ongoing investigation which I will not disclose at this time. In a written statement to Slabbed New Media Council President Falgout in a statement which has now gone out on the City’s Council’s email distribution list said:
“There is an ongoing investigation being handled by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department and other agencies. At this time, I will not have and/or give any comments or statements. Any and all inquiries should be directed to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.”
Lonnie J. Falgout, President
Bay Saint Louis City Council
Michael Favre, Vice President
Bay Saint Louis City Council
Bay Saint Louis City Attorney