Best Selling Author Latest Escambia County Corruption Victim

ron clark ball falcon at DuckDuckGo.clipularBest Selling Author, Ron Clark Ball is the newest victim of corruption in Pensacola & Escambia County.  This case was brought to my attention by a trusted colleague who got an anonymous tip about the case. In full disclosure, the details are sketchy. However, the gist of the story is this. Ron Clark Ball was engaged to Rhea Kessler, widow of Dr. Alec Kessler. They had several business endeavors when the romance went sour. Kessler accused Ball of taking money from the business(es). This resulted in a civil suit for against Ball.

This is where it gets dicey. Somehow the law firm of Levin & Pappantonio, who represented Kessler, went to the State Attorney’s office and suggested criminal charges of larceny be made against Ball for the disputed amount Kessler claimed he stole. The political mythology of the “connections” of Levin & Pappantonio seem to prove coincidentally consistent with reality in this case. How many civil cases turn criminaBiography of Author Ron Clark Ball- Booking Appearances, Speaking.clipularl?

Mr. Ball was arrested in November 2015 by a (or perhaps THE) Sheriff and Bill Eddins who personally took Ball into custody. This is another unprecedented action by Eddins, much like when he personally interviewed and obtained an unrecorded confession from Lenny Gonzalez, Sr, in the Billings case. He is an elected official with minions who do this for him. This is HIGHLY OUT OF CHARACTER.

Mr. Ball was bonded out shortly after his arrest, but this was short lived. On a court appearance in February, 2016, Russ Edgar had Ball arrested under RICO violations and revoked his bail. Today, after numerous efforts to have the state produce evidence and motions to compel public defenders to do their jobs, Ball has now been incarcerated 450+ days. Here is a letter written by Mrs. Katherine Ball, Ron’s 93 year old mother to his last public defender. The letter is compelling.

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Here is a Facebook entry, posted at Ball’s request:

May 17, 2017

After being attacked and beaten on Friday, May 12, 2017, my 450th day of indefinite imprisonment at Escambia County Jail, I was again attacked by an African American Inmate on that following Sunday! This was a classic “sucker punch” from an individual half my age. I was knocked out and fell backwards hitting my head on the concrete floor, suffering a concussion.
Coming in and out of consciousness while being taken in a wheel-chair down to the Infirmary. I could tell there was something wrong with the right jaw area as my teeth were not and still are not lined up correctly. I now can’t chew and have difficulty swallowing.
An Escambia County Sheriff’s Deputy came in a holding cell at approximately 1:00 am this morning, May 15, 2017 to take my statement, appearing very irritated that I wished to press charges. He said that he saw what had happened on the Video and that I had been “pushed” rather than “slugged”. Such a notion is absurd and a clear lie. That Video must be subpoenaed because I have a swollen right jaw, and a broken molar – hardly possible to have been caused by a “push”. Since I hit the ground with my head, almost exactly in the cranium above the nape of my neck, it would be impossible to do such damage to my jaw from that impact. More cover-up by the jail, no doubt. Being from South Florida, my new lawyer will get to the bottom of this, unlike my previous ones!
What I found most laughable was the fact that after being knocked out, probably with a broken jaw, at least a fracture, it was I that was sent to “lock down” confinement, a small 6 x 10 cell with a toilet and a sink and bars that are shut 24/7, with the exception of 5 minutes each day to shower and 15 minutes
to use the phone. This is my life now, an indefinite imprisonment for 453 days!
I thank everyone for their support. Ron #aclu #prosecutorial
misconduct #abuseofpower #maliciousprosecution #falseimprisonment#corruptstateattorney #tyrannyexistsinpensacola #fakericocharges

 

 

Do You Really Know Your Sheriff? Part 2

In case there are any questions about the performance of Ye Olde Sheriff, please consider this: the LET investigation of money mishandling is simply another red flag.

For those who may not know, the failure to disclose his military record is because Morgan made a deal with the Air Force. They were investigating him for misappropriation of funds (government credit card). This is the story that has come out of close friends that would be “in the know”, but Morgan eventually screwed them over. That is also how Morgan met Susan. She was with OSI and investigated him. The Air Force allowed him to retire quietly but he had to go. No criminal charges if he chose to do so. This story comes from multiple directions but it is the same account. However, the documentation is not there for the general public.

But I’ll play the devil’s advocate for a moment. If this doesn’t problematic for you as something that is not tangible enough, there are other incidents that show a predilection or pattern of behavior.

LETTER-TO-SHERIFF panhandle politico

Recently a letter came out in PanhandlePolitico.com that was correspondence from an internal employee displaying the in-fighting that goes on with this administration, but the most fascinating thing in that letter is worth noting. It confirms what I have always suspected. The writer talks about flagrant disregard for checks and balances within the accounting department, especially as it pertains to seized assets. Henrique Dias, the CFO at the ECSO, seems to be less concerned about properly handling money than he is about employee retribution. We are not talking about children. We are talking about custodians of your money.

Henrique Dias is a character. He was arrested for soliciting a prostitute years prior to his employment. It was ultimately not prosecuted but after I shared this, last year, with many others via the Escambia Clerk’s site, it disappeared. Expunged most likely, but that doesn’t mean it did not happen. It is not just me but employees describe Dias as sketchy and over the last few years, he has ingratiated himself to Morgan–so much so, that Morgan put him in charge of his campaign money.

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This seems counterintuitive. A supervisor, who has one employee found to be stealing over $1 million but has no clue until she retires, seems like a poor manager. Then, to see that same CFO show reckless disregard in the previous correspondence mentioned, certainly doesn’t reassure a rational person that he is competent to handle more responsibility.

In a private sector job, Dias would be held responsible for the money that walked out the door under his nose–at some level, to some degree. Then when he failed to comply with checks and balances put into place to prevent such an occurrence again, his boss should be questioning his ability to handle the burden of the county’s money. But instead of that, Morgan lets him handle his personal campaign money too.  Things that make you go hhmmm…

Now getting back to Morgan’s money skill. While he was not charged criminally, a source close to the governor claims that the infractions brought to light in Escambia County with the mis-spending of the LET fund were a state-wide plague.  There are 64 counties in Florida and David Morgan’s perversion of this liberty is a symptom of a bigger issue that cannot be handled by arrest and prosecution. The governor opted to change the legislation to address the problem but there for a few days, before this was decided to be the method to which the governor would handle this mis-spending, Morgan got quiet.  He sought counsel with a private attorney.  Why?  There was a moment in time that he was not sure he was going to jail over this action. If his intentions were as pure as he claims, would this have been the case?

Here’s the point here. whether any of the military accusations are true or the LET fund spending was “uncriminal” may be up for debate. However, the fact that Cathy Lister stole $1 million of the county’s money, there is a problem.Read her story.

Then going back to the letter above. It took almost 3 years for a system to be implemented after that to prevent future theft. That is unacceptable. To add insult to injury for the CFO to be resistant to these changes which are beneficial to the community indicates he should not have a job, yet he is given Morgan’s money to “handle” for his campaign.  Why? There is more than a sliver of question as to the integrity of this administration’s money handling.

Where does the buck stop in this administration?

I have not even mentioned the jail. The money grab from the BOCC that turned into them taking away of the jail. Again why?  It was money. Morgan had no interest in the jail or the conservation of that responsibility. He wanted more money to play with and when he was questioned by Gene Valentino, he started a political feud with him and turned over the jail. Why?

If you have any question about the management or mismanagement of county funds, you must consider changing the tide and voting Morgan out. He is the common denominator of all the issues.

“A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” – Arnold H. Glasow