Blind, deaf, dumb to accountability

Register
Jun 28, 2014

 

Mike DeWine has become a reluctant warrior — at best —during the four years he's served as Ohio Attorney General. His slow reaction to the potential destruction of data on city of Fremont computers is the latest case in point. 
 
The computers — used by former Mayor Terry Overmyer and two other former city officials involved in the construction of the Fremont Reservoir — were allegedly "wiped clean" late last year after all three officials left their jobs. Overmyer was defeated in his November 2012 re-election bid. 
 
The reservoir, a city project completed in 2013 for a total estimated cost of $45 million, ran about $36 million over-budget. 
 
A favorable rate structure agreement to sell water to AMP Fremont Energy Center also resulted in lower fees for the utility that have the potential to siphon off up to another $100 million or more in public funds in the future.
 
The overrun costs of land acquisition, civil litigation, design and location mistakes, reduced water rates and capacity and a other problems will be costs borne by local taxpayers for at least two decades forward as a result. 
 
Those funds can never be re-captured, or put to good use in the future, and taxpayers didn't get a fair deal in the deals that were made. 
 
And they never got an explanation, an investigation or a finding, afterwards, in what has become a too-common practice by some Fremont city and Sandusky County officials being blind, deaf and dumb to accountability. 
 

DeWine's response: Ask the Ohio Ethics Commission to review it. That's Hot Potato, especially given DeWine's been sitting on this information for about 18 months already, and his request to the Ethics Commission only occurred after an inquiry from the Register. 

 
It shouldn't take this long to determine whether the alleged tampering with computers and the public record or the enormous taxpayer rip-off involved criminal acts.
 
DeWine needs to provide taxpayers answers to those questions and a full explanation of his intentions, and the intended results he seeks. 
 
Stop pussyfooting.

 

Comments

Erie County Resident

The headline reads like the start of an Obama administrtion story. We know the SR hates DeWine for multiple reasons.

Darwin's choice

It sure does...!

obama/failed

Ralph J.

Republican DeWine, Republican Sandusky County. Somebody siphoned off a LOT of money. Destruction of public records. DeWine's response: Ask the Ohio Ethics Commission to review it. Response to DeWine: Call in the Feds from Washington.

Julie R.

Not to change the subject or anything but where's the story that was in Friday's paper about a Perkins woman who allegedly forged Judge Beverly McGookey's signature on a document that would have put the woman in possession of her deceased aunt's Dewey Street home, according to an Erie County deputy's report.

I literally almost PUKED when I read that.

Ralph J.

Sounds interesting. How about it SR?

Julie R.

Sure is interesting.

According to the article some Perkins Township woman allegedly forged the signature of the probate court judge Beverly McGookey on a document that gave the woman possession of her aunt's property, but it doesn't say what kind of "document" a probate court judge would have to "sign" that would give somebody possession of a deceased person's property to begin with.

Also according to the article, the alleged crime came to light when a mortgage attorney, suspicious of paperwork the Perkins Township woman faxed to him, reached out to McGookey's magistrate about it, but it doesn't say who the attorney and the magistrate are. Also, since when does a probate court judge have a magistrate?

Julie R.

It also states in the article that an Erie County grand jury indicted this Perkins Township woman for the alleged forgery of Beverly McGookey's signature based on McGookey saying the signature wasn't hers and a surveillance video from Staples that confirmed the woman faxed the alleged forged document to the mortgage company.

Duh, really? All the forensic document examiners and hand-writing experts out there and an Erie County grand jury actually indicted this woman for forgery based on a surveillance video of her using a fax machine at Staples?

Stop It

Fax machines and printers have a hard drive that holds info that can be tracked.

Julie R.

Fax machines and printers might have a hard drive that holds info that can be tracked, but according to the woman she never even saw the document that an attorney claimed was included in the faxed paperwork she's accused of forging McGookey's signature on.

Also, once again, how did a grand jury ever indict her for forgery based on a surveillance video at Staples?

Stop It

If the time stamp on the video corresponds with the time stamp info from the hard drive, it's simple. She's either guilty or not.

I also cannot understand computers being wiped from emails. It's impossible to not find them on servers.

Julie R.

I see that Roger Binette is the judge that will be handling the criminal case against this Kelli Allison, who was indicted by an Erie County grand jury for allegedly forging Beverly McGookey's signature on a document pertaining to the property of Allsion's deceased aunt.

One thing for certain, Binette sure does "handle" a lot of property issues for Beverly McGookey and that Erie County probate court. I also noticed that the lady doesn't even have an attorney. Wonder why?

Babo

Maybe Ms. Allison is representing herself or needs time to hire an attorney. In any event, I'm sure she would be interested in evidence that demonstrates that the probate court selectively prosecutes people who forge documents or perpetrate other frauds in probate court.

She may want to contact people such as yourself, who claim they were defrauded in probate court by lawyers that were never prosecuted. If she's really smart she'll raise questions about her prosecutor Kevin Baxter's actions in his parents' estate.

Julie R.

Once again, all the reputable forensic document examiners & hand-writing experts out there and an Erie County grand jury actually indicted this woman for the alleged forgery of Beverly McGookey's signature based on a Staples surveillance video? What a crock .... and besides, (sarcasm intended) I thought forgery was not a criminal matter. That's what Kevin Baxter, in the presence of the former Huron police chief Randy Glovinsky, said anyway according to my brother. I heard Baxter said that right after he read a Forensic Document Examiner's Report that stated with scientific certainty every single document they examined, including, but certainly not limited to, a Power of Attorney (the one I found concealed in the Lorain County Recorder) and a Will (filed two years after my mother's death) were all forgeries. According to my brother, Baxter said "forgery was not a criminal matter, it was a civil matter and had to be handled by the probate court." (who he knew of course would refuse to address it)

Maybe this woman would like my brother's name?

Babo

There you go....Give everything you have to her or her lawyer to demonstrate that she is being selectively prosecuted for actions not considered crimes by Baxter when committed by lawyers in probate court. Baxter will have a hard time explaining why it's a crime for a private citizen to forge documents or with hold documents in probate court but not lawyers. End result should be an indictment on the lawyers who forged documents in your mother's case.

Also, if Baxter continues to refuse to prosecute forged documents cases based on the defendant's status as an attorney; you need to bring it to the AG's attention as an example of corrupt activity/public corruption involving a county prosecutor.

Julie R.

My mother's trouble-making Huron attorneys (who weren't just attorneys, they were also judges, one retired) didn't forge any fraud documents .... the trouble-makers just prepared them. And they sure did move fast, too. Records I have show my mother wasn't even in that stinking nursing home owned by corrupt Erie County for 2 days and they already were working in collusion with a snake Lorain County attorney. Already had that 'new' sneaky fraud Power of Attorney (prepared under a bogus middle initial) hidden in the Lorain County Recorder's office.

Ralph J.

"Mr. DeWine is engaged in a major pay-to-play scheme to award lucrative legal work," said Pepper campaign spokesman Peter Koltak. "And the lack of any documentation supporting these selections is one more red flag on this corrupt process."

http://www.news-herald.com/gener...

Ralph J.

"Ohio AG's $26M in outside lawyers comes under fire. A state lawmaker criticized Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine's process for selecting outside law firms on Monday, saying the process favors politics over performance.

http://www.news-herald.com/gener...

Babo

This has gone on for years with AG's from both parties and it is "pay to play". It usually involved hosting an election fundraiser (in the past it was at least $10,000) to obtain an appointment.

Babo

The Ohio Ethics Commission does not have jurisdiction over felony crimes such as tampering with records or tampering with computers so why would DeWine refer what at least facially appears to be a case of public corruption to them?

Julie R.

Good question.