Today in John Wiley Price

It's the "other expenses" that caught Channel 5's attention last night.
It's land! No, no, it's Kwanzaa Fest! No, silly, it's an art gallery owner at the South Side of Lamar! On the other side, some video and an IRS return we're entering into evidence as we begin Day Three of Hunh, I Wonder Why The Feds Raided the Homes, Offices and Cars of John Wiley Price and Dapheny Fain and Kathy Nealy and a Player to Be Named Later.

Several times over the course of the last two days, Friends of Unfair Park have pointed back to Danny Defenbaugh's report concerning constables coercing their subordinates to provide free security for Price's Kwanzaa Fest. And while you're at it, read the doc below: the latest tax return for event, for which Fain serves as president and Nealy's the director. It's the subject of the Channel 5 story that follows. (Update: As Editor Joe and a Friend of Unfair Park point out, on Page 17 of the tax return you'll notice it says Kwanzaa Fest received $989,000 in drugs and medical supplies -- roughly the same amount of uncategorized expenses -- which appear to have been doled out at HealthFests held in 2008 and '09.) KwanzaaFestTaxReturn

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The next story proves at least one thing: Brett Shipp and I must have gotten the same tip yesterday, because we too sent a reporter, Leslie, over to the South Side of Lamar lofts looking for another person FBI agents want to talk to -- someone who also shares a tax return with Price and Fain, courtesy an awkwardly named nonprofit foundation not mentioned in Shipp's story but about which we'll have more shortly.


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Diocynic
Diocynic

I've been involved with some 501c3s-6s in the Dallas area run by corrupt white boys and seen how IRS and its investigative partners give a sh#t about these kind of returns. FBI investigation is more likely focused on elected official corruption rather than IRS 501c3 fraud, as white boys get away with it flagrantly.

rumpunch
rumpunch

Regarding the update to the story regarding page 17 of Form 990. The $989,000 if donated medicines does not agree to the $898,253 listed as non cash donations on page 9.  Therefore, the difference between that and the total contributions of $1,047,764 is cash donations, either $150k or $58k depending on the non-cash number you used.

If they received $58k in cash you would expect ending cash to drop due to cash expenses of $141k.  Therefore, you would expect cash to drop about $83k.  Cash in fact went up about $4k, therefore I think that the $898,253 was actually donated.

Furthermore, line 24 where the $930k in other is recorded states miscellaneous may not exceed 5% of total expenses.

The point is there are several inconsistencies in the return.  A well run charity will for purposes of transparency not have these questions in a filed report.

Most of this will be on the CPA and he will be in the hot seat.  As I said before, you flip the accountant, you can get to the leader.

Publicintegrity
Publicintegrity

still waiting on a comment from Royce West....anyone going to ask him to go on the record? what are your financial ties to jwp?  Inland Port?  Tom Joyner Foundation (check out their 990);his firm's legal fees from the County/City (bond counsel, really?) Jim/Robert....ask the hard questions...it's all hiding in plain view.

pencil
pencil

At least jwp doesn't have a loud mouth asshole walking up and down the sidewalk in front of his house calling his mom a whore.

Carl Herman
Carl Herman

Be nice to see JWP perped-walked in a yellow jump suit to join his friends in Federal Prison.

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

I heard that The Lady Dickey got moist when she read this.  Maybe she will do something about that shit meat they serve.

Bellyupdallas
Bellyupdallas

I feel like Im watching a game of Jenga....just waiting, waiting, waiting for it all to fall down...

Phelps
Phelps

What is the connection on all of it?  The constables.

Cars seized by the constables end up in Price's hands.

People arrested by constables end up being bonded out by bondsmen who give Price sweetheart land deals.

Price runs a festival with free security by the constables.

This all goes back to the constables.  One of them has flipped on Price.

rumpunch
rumpunch

Look on the bright side everyone.  At least all of the jail reforms the Sherriff has been trying to implement will now get commissioner court support. 

Also, does he still have the Lotus?  I love me some county auctions.

CurtisEichelberger
CurtisEichelberger

Dwaine Caraway ordered  a ton of campaign signs from my work.. he never paid either.. nice.. this is how we do business.. shit on the local business man and pay people who don't exist ! Dirk for Mayor !

a non
a non

I used to live at South Side on Lamar and lived next door to the woman they are talking about. JWP spent a LOT of time there.

Montemalone
Montemalone

I guess the upkeep on Kwanzaa Klause's sleigh is high. Those 22"s ain't gonna shine themselves.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

I really hope they get in to some of the odd linkages between North Dallas and South Dallas.

Take, for example, this $50,000 payment made by Vote No! Save the Trinity to an outfit called "Facilitator Pro" on 9/20/07 for something labelled as "Grassroots."

http://www.ci.dallas.tx.us/cso...(page 13)

The only address given for the organization is a post office box in DeSoto, Texas.  It's website has been dead for as long as I've been checking it, and extensive google searching only turns up the following:http://www.notaryrotary.com/ar...

In other words, the entity doesn't seem to have much of an existence; what is public in the City of Dallas filings reveals little info about who, exactly ended up with that $50,000 and why (what is "grassroots"; why does it cost $50,000?). How come the entity that received it doesn't appear to have any physical presence?

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

Channel 8 and Shipp have it wrong. The City Hall FBI raids were six years ago (June 2005), not five.

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

His name is Baity.  And, I'm pretty certain he lawyered-up first thing this morning.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

As an aside, I believe Sen. Royce West and Rep. Rafael Anchia are partners in a firm (Civitas) that was awarded the exclusive right to run the EB-5 immigration program for the City of Dallas.  This is the deal that channels foreign investment into local projects, with the foreign investor getting a green card out of the deal.  Part of the funding for the new boutique hotel in the Cedars that Jack Matthews is developing is coming via that program, I believe.

And then, of course, there are what seem to be rather obvious conflicts between Sen. Royce West role as an elected representative while simultaneously collecting millions in legal fees from entities that he is charged with overseeing (i.e. DISD) via his roles on various legislative committees.

And, no one has done anything about the silent partners (like Eddie Bernice Johnson) in various concessions at DFW.  I mean, for crying out loud, she sits on the House Aviation Subcommittee that is tasked with legislative oversight of the very same airport!

It seems to be it would be practically impossible for these elected officials to separate their financial self interests from the interests of their constituents:

-When Sen. Royce West is faced with championing a law that might improve oversight over DISD, how can he legitimately do so, knowing that his multi-million dollar stream of legal fees from DISD as a client might be jeopardized as a result? Moreover, wouldn't legal ethics in certain cases actually preclude Sen. West from diligently representing his constituents, if such representation was not in the best interests of his client, DISD?

-Similarly, how could anyone reasonably expect Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson to be impartial with respect to how she approached laws regulating DFW Airport, when taking action adverse to the airport could potentially jeopardize a huge stream of ongoing profit participations associated with various retail concessions she holds at the airport?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

would you rather eat Dickey's bbq or Dickey's meat flaps?

rumpunch
rumpunch

Jaime Cortez.  Jail is a scary place for a crooked ex-cop.

rumpunch
rumpunch

To be serious, he has paid quite a bit of money to "maintain campaign vehicles".  Everytime I see the large figures for services and premiums on hard assets I cant help but think laundering or personal benefit (i.e. self or girlfriend(s))

rumpunch
rumpunch

Brandon, I know you have some theories on this issue. I know it relates to the probate court.  Not wanted you to give away your scoop on the matter, but when might you share?

Brenda Marks
Brenda Marks

Wylie -- according to the TX Sec. of State, a company called Facilitator Pro, Inc. was formed by a person with the last name of Willis, at 731 S. RL Thornton Freeway, in November 2010.  No other record prior to that one.

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

"Grassroots" traditionally means paying people to knock on doors and/or make phone calls.  This is allowable and many legitimate campaigns do it as part of a campaign effort. Here's the deal, though, a campaign manager usually would run that kind of thing out of their own office, because you want to get accountability, you want to make sure those walkers actually DO the work and that those walk sheets make it back to you and get entered in your system, and so on a REAL campaign finance report you wind up with a bunch of line items of checks going to your individual walkers that you pay yourself. 

Sure, you can subcontract it all, but, well, you just chuck that 50k at one of your vendors and ... poof... who knows what happens next?  ;)

Cheap old geezer
Cheap old geezer

My first guess is Kathy Nealy.  She is a "grassroots" activist.  Sure would like to see what her tax return looks like.  

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

Just providing clarification, mm and Jim Bob Guthrie. To some, facts are kinda important.

Jim Bob Guthrie
Jim Bob Guthrie

Oh, snap!  They'll be shuddering the doors at Channel 8 by noon.  

mm
mm

Well.  That changes everything.

scottindallas
scottindallas

"It seems to be it would be practically impossible for these elected officials to separate their financial self interests from the interests of their constituents:"

It seems they've found new ways to maximize those synergies yielding greater profits and consideration. 

MattL1
MattL1

Thanks.  I can't un-read that, unfortunately.

El Rey
El Rey

Thanks... I am going to take a hot shower now. To rinse that out of my mind.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

Same name, wrong person.  The right one went to WIlmer-Hutchins, I believe.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

Same name, wrong person.  The right one attended Wilmer-Hutchins.

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

The LAST name of Willis - that is interesting, it made me think of South Dallas political consultant Willis Johnson, could they have flipped the fields?

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

That's kind of what I was thinking.  If I was going to hire a contractor to do "grass roots" types of organizing, I'd either:a)  hire a legitimate organization with an established reputation; orb)  just hire the folks myself.

Otherwise, if you just $50,000 to a P.O. Box in DeSoto, it seems like you would just be setting yourself up to get ripped off.... unless there was another reason for doing it that way.

I always figured that the way shady payments would be disguised would be by "laundering" them through an established P.R. firm, law firm, etc.  That way, all that shows up on the campaign finance disclosure form would be a huge lump sum payment to law firm X, or p.r. firm Y.

scottindallas
scottindallas

I can do that, anyone interested please call me at 214 228 8994

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

LOL, really?  That's awesome.

Must be nice to have a business where someone will just toss you 50k and you don't even need a website.  Sweeeeet.

Googler
Googler

No. DeDe Willis. She's online a few places: a site for Wilmer-Hutchins alumni, for one, and betternetworker.com, where she says she's been an entrepreneur for 7 years "with an open mind and the willingness of a sponge."

RW1961
RW1961

But then how does that entity show the $$$ on their taxes? Or do they? Or do they just go ahead and pay taxes on that "profit"?

I guess I'm not very good at money laundering. Or even clothes laundering, for that matter.

Admonkey
Admonkey

Fain lives in DeSoto, for starters, but JWP's street-level organization has deep roots there, regardless.

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

always gotta have the last word. LOL. 

Seriously, I'm glad you're there checking it out.  Take care.

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

Actually, no. I completely understand the importance of the story. I merely pointed out an inaccuracy.

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