In case anyone ever wondered....
why Kurt, myself, and some others that were helping through vendor-assistance programs had to stop: http://lincolnparishnewsonline.wordp...ory/jonesboro/
Jackson Parish Ward Four Fire Chief Curtis Roller Indicted by Feds
Jackson Parish Ward Four Fire Protection District Chief Curtis Roller was last Thursday indicted by a federal grand jury. In an email late this afternoon from the U. S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana:
JONESBORO MAN INDICTED FOR WIRE FRAUD AND LYING ON WORKERS COMPENSATION FORMS
SHREVEPORT, La: United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that Curtis Roller, 56, of Jonesboro, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury for 11 counts of wire fraud after obtaining Federal Emergency Management Agency grants and four counts of making false statements on workers compensation forms.
According to the indictment, from Jan. 1, 2002 to Dec. 31, 2010, Roller submitted false information on grant applications he sent to FEMA so Louisiana and Arkansas fire departments he wrote grants for were eligible to receive the funds. Roller is accused of inflating population data, agency coverage areas and numbers of responded calls on the FEMA grant applications. He also is accused of overstating the type of calls responded to, under-reporting the size of budgets and increasing the scope of their needs on the applications.
It is further alleged in the indictment that Roller asked those awarded the FEMA grants to purchase equipment from his two companies, Louisiana Firefighters Services and a vehicle manufacturing company in Smyrna, Ga. It is against FEMA rules and policies for a grant writer to financially benefit from money awarded.
Obviously since we are still in business our arrangements were without conflict as subsequent conversations with DC personnel confirmed. But another example of bad eggs ruining it for everyone. I know, here's the part where I say it's just an indictment, innocent until proven guilty, etc, but enough suspicion was cast to cause the over-reaction in 2009that temporarily overshadowed the good deeds that were done by our colelctive programs at no cost to the departments. Also the reason that we all refrained from getting involved in bids, and still do, other than general help about format and NFPA codes.
Also a warning to all, eventually they'll catch up to you, it's all on paper after all. Jack with the statistics and it's not hard to figure out...