Dolcefino Consulting has confirmed a new round of grand jury subpoenas have been issued in a widening federal investigation of possible fraud by the 911 ambulance service Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services.
The news comes as CCEMS is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees in the last few years, much of it in lawsuits against Dolcefino Consulting for seeking records from the tax supported ambulance service. The money is likely coming from medical bill money that could be used to buy medical supplies.
You wouldn’t know there was all this trouble if you have been to a recent meeting of the ESD #11 Commissioners, elected to watchdog the CCEMS 911 contract. There is disturbing new evidence that could explain why.
New e-mails obtained by Dolcefino Consulting detail the efforts of CCEMS employees to help orchestrate the defeat of ESD Commissioners who were asking lots of question about money. The e-mails details efforts to get 3 new Commissioners elected.
The election in 2016 was an ugly one. Two ESD # 11 Commissioners, Robert Berleth and Kevin Brost were demanding explanations for questionable spending, including the big entertainment bills of CCEMS Ambulance Boss Brad England. CCEMS was also being sued by a former medical billing company for alleged bid rigging.
The new e-mails expose efforts by CCEMS employees to create a dossier of possible dirty information on one of the incumbent commissioners, providing material to favored candidates for use in the campaign.
In one e-mail, CCEMS PR guy Norm Uhl prepared a cliff notes version of the dirt for candidates, writing folks may be too lazy to read it all.
In another, the CCEMS IT guy boasts about deleting negative social media posts.
Under federal law, a 501c3 charitable organization like CCEMS is directly prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign.
The three candidates favored by CCEMS in the e-mails won the election. Only about 4,000 of 400,000 registered voters showed up at the polls.
Another ESD #11 Commissioner, Fred Grundemeyer claimed he didn’t have any e-mails when we asked under state law. Turns out he must have deleted at least one, where he congratulates the election winners, calling the vote a devastating defeat for Wayne Dolcefino and the candidates he supported.
“It is pretty simple. Dolcefino Consulting supports any political candidates who fights for transparency,” says President Wayne Dolcefino. “Don’t worry Fred, I am doing just fine. It’s the taxpayers that got played.”
Karen Plummer got the most votes for re-election, despite records showing CCEMS Ambulance money that could have been used to buy were used to entertain her instead.
A few weeks ago, Plummer got an e-mail from CCEMS Boss Brad England. The message was simple, Miss ya!
Justice for the poor folks in Uniontown, Alabama.
The garbage giant Green Group has dismissed its libel lawsuit against the Black Belt Citizens, the group that has been outspoken on Facebook about the garbage company and what coal ash has done to their town.
The Citizens claim the Arrowhead landfill in Uniontown is causing major health problems to residents. They fought against even allowing the landfill to be built, and in 2008 when it began accepting coal ash, they took their fight to court, and took those concerns to the media.
In July of last year, they got punished by Green Group with a lawsuit accusing the Citizens of libel and slander and demanded $30 million dollars in damages. That’s when the ACLU stepped in to represent the Citizens in their fight against Green Group’s lawsuit.
Guess Green Group doesn’t like bad pub.
Texans should watch what happened in Uniontown. Green Group is now suing the State of Texas, still trying to put a tower of trash near Hempstead.
The company has been criticized for having secret meetings with politician, and getting rid of records on the soil they tested.
That’s why attention is on Lockhart, where the politicians are thinking about doing a deal with Green Group, after spending tens of thousands of dollars fighting them, and the release of public records.
That child molester from the Brenham area will spend many years behind bars.
23-year old Eric Alcala has been sentenced to fifteen years in prison by State District Judge Reva Toslee-Corbett.
Alcala pled guilty to the 1st degree aggravated sexual assault of a child in November and asked the judge for punishment.
Alcala’s arrest in February 2015 was widely covered. He was accused of continuous sexual assault of a child under 14.
Police say the acts continued over a two month period.
New court documents allege money was laundered to help David Fuentes win a seat on the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court.
The legal papers, filed Wednesday morning by Houston Attorney Cris Feldman, accuse Weslaco Personal Injury lawyer Ezequiel Reyna Jr. of laundering cold cash through Fuentes’ personal checking account in his 2016 Commissioners Court. Reyna is Fuentes’ uncle.
A.C. Cuellar was Hidalgo County Commissioner from 2012 through 2016 until David Fuentes won a hard-fought Democratic primary in March. Fuentes loaned his own campaign $400,000, but there is evidence the money was illegally funneled to Fuentes.
“This is sadly the latest chapter in a sordid history of unscrupulous campaign tactics in the history of Rio Grande Valley politics”, says Houston Attorney Cris Feldman. “The buck literally stops here with today’s court filing.”
The new lawsuit accuses Fuentes of failing to report tens of thousands of dollars in contributions and expenditures, part of his scheme to violate Texas election law. Reyna has been joined as a Defendant in the uncle/nephew conspiracy to secretly influence the March 1, 2016 Democratic Primary.Plaintiff's First Amended Petition and Request for Disclosure
Dolcefino Consulting has been forced to file a formal criminal complaint to the Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, seeking phone records from five Houston School Board Members.
“Since March of 2016, we have repeatedly asked H.I.S.D Board Members to follow the same rules as elected officials all over the State of Texas,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting.
Detailed phone records of their governmental communications are clearly public records. Sadly, the HISD Board Members have refused to act as elected officials all across the state of Texas. That refusal now requires Dolcefino Consulting to pursue enforcement of the Texas Public Information Act by the newly elected District Attorney.
Texas law requires the complaint of intentional withholding to be filed against the custodians of public records at H.I.S.D, in this case Attorneys representing H.I.S.D, but Dolcefino Consulting has identified the public officials who refuse to provide the detailed records from their providers. The H.I.S.D. Board Members claim they are not required to get the records.
The Houston School Board Members identified in the complaint are Rhonda Skillern Jones, Manuel Rodriguez, Jolanda Jones, Wanda Adams, and Diane Davila.
In recent months, Dolcefino Consulting has represented neighborhoods fighting the renaming of public schools and the former Auditor of H.I.S.D, Richard Patton. Patton was fired after reporting possible illegal activities to School Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
It is important to know that H.I.S.D. School Board Member Mike Lunceford voluntarily provided phone records to Dolcefino Consulting.
Three times in the past few weeks Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has chosen secrecy over transparency. It is time for Houstonians to start demanding answers. It is time for Houston reporters to demand the access to records they are now being denied.
The latest example…
The widening controversy over the White Oak mosh pit, the outdoor concert hall that has become a weekly nuisance to hundreds of Houston taxpayers.
Forget what side you are on. All Houston taxpayers have a fundamental right to know how the deal went down. Here’s why.
The few documents the City of Houston has released prove the secret investors would only do the White Oak deal if City Hall promised a tax kickback of some of the revenues, a rarely used
economic deal called a 380 agreement. A million dollars of tax money may be shared with the White Oak investors, who don’t live in the neighborhood they are now assaulting.
Apparently. the Mayor thinks it is OK to pledge your money and then keep you in the dark about whether the deal was on the up and up, regardless of when it was hatched. Turner uses the ole “the deal went down before I was Mayor story.” In fact, pictures prove the Mayor has met with developers at least twice since he has been in office and knew residents were growing outraged at the school night rock shows keeping their children up.
Now the City is trying to use the complaints of residents as a pretense for hiding public records.
In a letter to the Texas Attorney General, the City complains the records should be kept secret because residents are now suing White Oak to stop the noise, and city lawyers go farther, using
complaints residents made to Houston City Council in a public session against them. That’s just wrong!
At the last City Council meeting, Turner promised his administration would take a deep dive into the 380 agreement as more City Councilmembers started rightfully questioning the deal.
Just for the record Mr. Turner, taxpayers have a right to their own deep dive, especially the families around White Oak whose tax money is being used to ruin their evenings. I don’t know
of anyone in the neighborhood that has been contacted since to offer evidence, or a time frame for this “deep dive” to be completed.
Members of City Council should demand full disclosure, and voters should wake up. This is your money.
On January 19th , Houston Attorney Cris Feldman will go to court to try to stop the noisy outdoor concerts. White Oak families are having to hold fundraisers and use their hard-earned money to
fight a battle that Mayor Turner could, if he wanted to, stop today.
A photo op while you are fixing potholes is neat Mr. Turner. Transparency is too.DC RESPONSE TO AG- RE COH TPIA JANUARY 13TH 2017 (ATTACHMENTS)
Residents living with the noise of the 5-acre White Oak mosh pit at night welcome the Mayor’s decision to take a “deep dive” into the financial deal the City of Houston made with developers
of the noisy outdoor concert hall, a deal that could give them a million dollars of your tax money.
It is a rare economic deal given just a few times a year.
While this investigation is going on, the residents of the three neighborhoods want and expect the City of Houston to deny any new permits, including the renewal of an outdoor sound permit, scheduled to expire January 28 th , 2016 and to halt construction of a permanent stage.
They also want the transparency the Turner administration has refused to provide on the White Oak deal.
In the last few days, the Turner administration has fought at least three requests for records detailing the supporting documents used to justify the City Hall deal, including e-mails and
phone records of key City Hall staff members. They want to keep them secret. Why?
“The Houston Police Department recorded more than 85 noise complaints once the outdoor concerts started on a temporary stage,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino
Consulting. “The Mayor can order release of these records today. What’s the big secret?”
Houston Attorney Cris Feldman will seek a temporary injunction against the outdoor amplified music on January 12 th, and will seek the shutdown of the outdoor amplified music, which blares
through homes like a knife until 11:00pm, even on school nights.
In the meantime, Mayor, turn over the records.
Let the sunshine in.
Residents of neighborhoods around the 5-acre White Oak music “mosh pit” will appear before Houston City Council tomorrow morning at 9:00 am to request a full investigation of the
handling of the project by the Turner administration.
“It is time for the Mayor and the District City Councilwoman protecting this assault on thousands of Houstonians to tell the public the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth,” says Wayne Dolcefino, a spokesman for people who are only seeking silent nights in their homes.
Houston taxpayers may not know it, but they are investors in the White Oak nuisance that has been created, because Houston City Hall signed a rare emergency deal to share tax money with
the developers. The 380 agreement was called an emergency when it was voted on by Houston City Council. The agreement calls for the City to be given a list of investors before handing
over any public money. The Mayor’s Office says that list does not exist.
“It appears the White Oak Music Hall has violated this agreement, and Houston City hall has been negligent in protecting taxpayers, says Dolcefino. “It is time for members of Houston City
Council to demand answers.”
In addition to documenting possible violations of the economic deal, residents have a right to know why the City of Houston has allowed White Oak to routinely operate stages without the
proper permits over the last year.
“In the last several days, Mayor Turner has sought to keep secret the very documents justifying the use of tax money on this project”, says Dolcefino. “That is wrong, and it raises questions about who is being protected and why.”
A hearing to enjoin White Oak from staging outdoor amplified concerts anymore is scheduled for court January 12 th. Residents will be available to the media after their City Hall
Bethaniel Jefferson is no longer allowed to practice dentistry in Texas or anywhere else.
That’s the unanimous decision from the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners, a sign of the grievance failure of this Houston Dentist.
Jefferson is the Houston dentist who left four-year old Nevaeh Hall severely brain damaged.
Jim Moriarty, the attorney for Nevaeh Hall, has already filed a civil lawsuit on behalf of Nevaeh’s parents, alleging the toddler was strapped down using a restraint device called a “papoose board”, then suffered irreparable brain damage because of large doses of anesthetic and sedatives given during treatment.
“Nevaeh will never recover from her injuries,” said Moriarty, “However today’s decision is a victory for her parents, and all parents who take their kids to the dentist. We applaud the Dental Board, and State Administrative Law Judges who, through their actions today, are protecting other children from negligent dental practitioners.”
State records show at least 85 Texans have died because of dental anesthesia disasters since 2010, and countless more have been left damaged for life.
Dr. Jefferson has a history of disciplinary action filed against her stretching back to 2005. In 2012 the Texas Board of Dental Examiners reprimanded her for failing to meet the minimum standard of care in the sedation of another juvenile patient.
Moriarty has also been contacted by parents of children infected by bad dental water at the Children’s Dental Group Inc. in Anaheim.
Read more about this champion for the children at Moriarty.com.
An historic Texas family now has half a million new allies in the growing battle to stop the illegal takeover of a tiny private trail by the Colorado County Commissioners Court.
The Texas Farm Bureau, Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas Wildlife Association, Exotic Wildlife Association, Texas Forestry Association and South Texans’ Property Rights Association filed legal papers urging the Texas Supreme Court to step in and stop the politicians and their friends.
For eighteen months, John Matthews and his daughter Lesley Carey have been battling the politicians, even though there is proof lawmakers broke a promise made to land owners back in 1953. That was the year the Colorado County Commissioners deeded what used to be known as Washington’s Ferry Road to the private owners of the land, including the Matthews, who have owned the land since before the battle of the Alamo.
There’s a lot of history to fight for. Washington’s Ferry Road is less than ten feet across, but was used by George Washington’s nephew to ferry goods, and then used by Santa Ana on the fateful march to defeat.
In other words, it is land worth fighting for, especially in Texas.
The unfolding story is a warning to people in rural counties across Texas.
In 2012, Colorado County took advantage of a new state law to make a map of county roads, including Farm Road 79, which dead ends into the trail before the Colorado River.
The County was required to put a notice in the paper… you know the ones nobody ever sees… then put a vague notice included in tax bills, and then give folks two years to protest.
That is the first-place Colorado County plainly fibbed.
The public notice was for roads maintained by the county since 1981. Anyone who looks at the massive trees and brush on Washington Ferry Road can see that clearly didn’t happen here. That’s why the Matthews Family never saw the land grab coming.
The county ignored the no trespassing signs and starting digging a trail anyway, and John Matthews filed suit on February 9, 2015.
So far the Colorado County has won based on technical grounds, not because they told the truth in the first place. With this law, now the Matthews Family has the burden of proof, even though County Judge Ty Prause knew darn well what the old deed said.
And that’s why the Matthews Family hired Dolcefino Consulting to investigate. You see, this is not really about a tiny abandoned trail. It is about the effort to connect a road and expensive utility lines for a politically connected gravel pit, which was owned and now sold by Alleyton Resources.
Dolcefino Consulting now has e-mails, phone records, and real estate records which raise questions of possible conflicts of interest.
“Colorado County has fought so hard from us getting to the truth. They knew they were wrong from the very beginning. Now private property groups will make Colorado County a poster child in how not to treat hard working property owners,” says Lesley Carey.