Police Say a Longtime Dallas Code Enforcer Was Shaking Down Businesses for Cash

Categories: City Hall, Crime

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Last month, the Morning News reported that Frankie Forshee, a code enforcement worker and 13-year city employee, had been arrested and was facing a trio of bribery charges.

Details were scarce at the time. Code Compliance Director Jimmy Martin told the paper only that Forshee had been placed on paid leave pending the outcome of an investigation and that he worked in the department's environmental section, where he had a desk job.

"It is just internal," Martin said at the time. "It's not that he goes out to different sites in the city."

Actually, it appears that he did. According to police reports filed yesterday in his felony case, Forshee conducted several unauthorized inspections at businesses on C.F. Hawn Freeway on February 27.

His first stop that day was a transmission business owned by Corwin Christian. Forshee pulled out his citation book and told him the operation was in gross violation of city code. It would have to be shut down -- unless, of course, Christian was willing to work with him.

To explain, Forshee turned over his citation book and wrote "$200" on the back. Christian slipped Forshee the cash, and the code inspector turned and left.

His next stop was Precise Tax Services, where he also found numerous violations of city code. He told the owner, Keisha Golston, that the rules dictated that he should offer her a citation, though he'd be willing to ignore the violation if she'd give him $100, which she did.

The final, and most ambitious, stop on Forshee's alleged shakedown tour was to a car repair shop. He told the owner the business faced a $10,000 fine, though he might be willing to put away his citation book in exchange for $500.

There was a small problem: the owner, Jose Flores, only had $100 cash. Forshee took this and promised to return the next day for the rest. He was as good as his word and showed up at 1 p.m. So did the police, who arrested him as he walked out of the business with a $50 bill in his waistband.

City spokesman Frank Librio says Forshee has been fired.


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UnCoverUp_2
UnCoverUp_2

Penny-ante shakedowns that "code enforcement worker" Frankie Forshee is accused of committing is the lest costly of the crimes by North Texas public officials. Many of Texas' state judges are bribed/extorted by attorneys at big-name North Texas insurance defense law partnerships. In South Texas the DoJ has been doing a fair job prosecuting crooked state judges and their bribers/extorters--most recently yielding the conviction of 404th District Court Judge Abel Corral Limas in Brownsville.  However, US Attorneys for the Northern District of Texas, including current USA Sarah R. Saldaña, have apparently been blinded by their private-sector career ambitions to carry out their current job responsibilities against large, politically-connected law partnerships who bribe/extort state judges as quid pro quo for the honest services fraud of  issuing and/or affirming fraudulent summary judgment rulings.

garlandsucks
garlandsucks

in this guys defense though, being a code enforcement officer is the worst job in the world...everyone hates you, the only people you might please are the vocal complainers who complain about everything all the time no matter what, you have to play favorites to people who have clout and then deal with all the people angry at you for playing favorites.

garlandsucks
garlandsucks

FROM THE DA TO THE LOWLIEST METER MAID the city employees of Dallas are so crooked and twisted they have to screw their pants on every morning

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

How does someone that never makes inspections get a citation book? Aren't those things registered like police citation books? Even when the officer does not issue a ticket, a record of the stop exists in the book. Those rules exist for these exact situations. It would not surprise me that standard audit features in other jurisdictions just do not seem to make it to Dallas. In the 1970's Audit areas would check against firm's rules. In the 21st Century, they compare against industry standards. I wonder what approach Dallas does. Too many times I read in the paper that "the procedure did not say I could not do X or had to be aware of Y."

tape_is_glue_and_bac
tape_is_glue_and_bac

Some Blacks get caught because they don't play ball with the Whites who bribe our politicians.

Coppell is terrible, you can't pass code unless you pay the power structure.  That's why I think the mayor was really killed, it wasn't suicide / murder, they tied up her daughter as a hostage to get her to write the suicide note and then, after she killed herself to save her daughter, they killed her daughter anyway.  Try it yourself, see if you can get code enforcement to pass something without bribing them.  They'll literally laugh at you.   Most contractors either play ball or stay away.

WylieH
WylieH

Cue the standard quote from Mary Suhm: "the system worked."

wainmatthew
wainmatthew

why is he committing crimes as opposed to not committing crimes.

wainmatthew
wainmatthew

because they do the crime. the black guy who shot killed his pregnant girlfriend, and shot, wounded a cop and shot at others was caught also.

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