Behold the terrible price of unbridled greed!
Inspector general audit questions millions in CIAP grants at DMR ~ Anita Lee and Paul Hampton
Unfortunately the piece does not have the actual draft report but it is safe to say this is what happens when a gaggle of uninterested stooges, distracted by toys and freebie deep sea fishing trips comprises the Board of Directors of any entity. In fact dysfunctional Boards of Directors are the norm in these situations. And when a Federal Auditor issues a finding and question cost, that does not mean the auditor has a question about something. Rather it is the first and most important step in making a (sub)grantee gone bad pay misspent money back. The Commission of Marine Resources, per their power under the Mississippi Code, had to approve each and every one of these specious transactions. Just like with the Housing Authority of Jefferson Parish, given what we know about the extent of the problems, the odds of having to pay back massive sums of money back are overwhelming. In that respect it matters not the audit is not final.
Today’s cost to the taxpayers of Mississippi:
$30 $12 million dollars.
The IG evidently had a little something for everyone, even my peeps in the land of Dizzy Dean:
A grant totaling about $1 million, including $788,300 added through an amendment, has been designated for the Old Wire Road Trail Project in Stone County, a 20-mile asphalt trail along an old telegraph line. Stone County, the audit says, “is a land-locked county not designated as an eligible recipient for CIAP grants.”
Stone County’s grant consultant, Nell Murray, also serves as a commissioner for the Heritage Area, as did six others who either managed or potentially benefited from CIAP money, the audit says. Murray could not be reached to comment.
There is one Slabbed reader that, when I point out something way in the inside or drop a major stink bomb, will contact me and the greeting is laughter. Welp folks, I can envision this conversation:
Hehehehehehehe Nell Murray Hehehehehehehe
Nell have a conflict of interest??? Who wudda thunk such a thing? Continue reading