$100 Million #BlightScandal In Detroit: What You Need To Know

$100 Million #BlightScandal In Detroit: What You Need To Know

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan finds himself in the hot seat after a controversy involving the removal of blighted homes in the Motor City.

The head of Detroit’s Land Bank is also now out of a job as Duggan’s administration faces intense scrutiny over what the heck is going on with the removal of blighted houses as part of a $100 million federal grant.

Reporter Charlie LeDuff first reported on the scandal a few  weeks ago, showcasing the significant cost increase in removing blighted homes since Duggan has taken office.

What used to cost around $10,000 now costs $16,000 or, in some cases, more than $20,000. LeDuff also notes that Detroit’s costs are around 30% higher than its neighbors who also received federal grants, and nearly 200% higher than Romulus, which received nothing…

While Duggan claims it’s because of increased quality, Detroiters, along with LeDuff and the evidence on the ground, say otherwise.

The latest report from LeDuff shows members of the Duggan administration worked with contractors to rig up bids before they were submitted. It also shows members of the Mayor’s staff using private email for public business.

WXYZ has also confirmed federal authorities are investigating the #Blight$candal in Duggan’s administration…

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  1. .
    Kimberly Kimbal in ….

    The War Room with Jennifer Granholm –

    Transparency ~ that the News that Media Has on a ‘Black Out List
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    http://www.justice.gov/crt/ – A judge is an officer of the court, as well as are ~ All Attorneys. A federal judge is a federal judicial officer, paid by the federal government to act impartially and lawfully.
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    Prior to becoming governor of Michigan on January 1, 2003, Canadian Born – Jennifer Mulhern Granholm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Granholm – served as a Judicial Clerk for Michigan’s 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

    She became a federal prosecutor: U.S. ATTORNEY in EASTERN DISTRICT – WAYNE COUNTY, Detroit in 1990, and in 1994, she was ‘appointed’ WAYNE COUNTY Corporation Counsel. Jennifer Granholm was ‘elected’ Michigan’s first female Attorney General in 1998.
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    In 1999 ….. State Attorney General(s) Jennifer Mulhern Granholm and Wallace Hart HCF Division, began using Department of Health and Human Services – hospital ‘HHS social workers’ for enactment of a – Federal HMO dispute resolution procedure: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/HMO_Complaint_Informationa_158401_7.htm – criminal denial of Existing _OPM FEHB, HCFA MEDICAID, et al – HMO Hospital and nursing facility services: PATIENT DUMPING – a $25,000 felony EACH adverse Determination, which results in physical injury and death of the defrauded United States Citizen – and Allowing Federal HMO Hospital Insurance Contractor _ OPM FEHB _ HMO Health Alliance Plan – WAYNE COUNTY, Detroit, MI illegal billing defrauded individual, used to force – fraud by fright, white collar economic crime – illegal application for HCFA|CMS State Medicaid HMO Kickback Conversion ~ eligibility poor.
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    OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT ( OPM ) Sec. 900.401, Title VI of the CIVIL RIGHTS Act of 1964 — Authority: Sec. 602, 78 Stat. 252 (42 U.S.C. 2000d-1). Source: 38 FR 17920, July 5, 1973 – A PERSON SHALL NOT BE DENIED [ Michigan Attorney General(s) Jennifer Granholm and Wallace Hart HCF Division, illegal agreement http://www.JUSTICE.gov/dag/pubdoc/HIPAA00ar21.htm – with U.S. Attorney General ERIC HOLDER – T18CFR371CRIME and HHS OIG June Gibbs Brown, HCFA Nancy DeParle ~ anf Federal HMO Policy, Hospital Insurance Contractor(s) http://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/selfdisclosure.asp – OPM FEHB _ HMO Health Alliance Plan, WAYNE COUNTY, Detroit, MI — Using ‘HHS’ social workers(s) Marla Ruhana – for enactment of a dispute resolution procedure: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/HMO_Complaint_Informationa_158401_7.htm – PATIENT DUMPING – T18CFR242CRIME ] the BENEFITS of [ HOSPITAL INSURANCE ] or be otherwise subjected to discrimination [ RETIRED / Elderly – http://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/selfdisclosure.asp ] under a program ( OPM FEHB Health Insurance Program ) or activity Receiving Federal FINANCIAL assistance [ Federal Hospital Insurance (HI) TRUST Fund Account ] from OPM.
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    Subj: Re: attn: Mr.William E. Dennis
    Date: 9/1/00 9:21:27 AM Eastern Daylight Time
    From: hcf@state.mi.us (Health Care Fraud Division)
    To: Kstbylite1@aol.com
    Your correspondence [ Government Documents – Hospital HHS Marla Ruhana – conducting OPM FEHB, hospital insurance fraud resulting in death – ‘as threatened, During the Commission of a Felony: enactment of a dispute resolution procedure: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/HMO_Complaint_Informationa_158401_7.htm – criminal denial of OPM FEHB hospital and nursing facility services – PATIENT DUMPING, to force illegal application for HCFA|CMS State MEDICAID Kickback conversion ] has been received, printed and forwarded to Mr. Dennis. Thank you.
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    OPM FEHB PROGRAM FRAUD – T18CFR1518CRIME – Dispute Resolution Procedure: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/HMO_Complaint_Informationa_158401_7.htm – Denial of contracted hospital insurance services, to force illegal state medicaid kickback conversion – TITLE 5 > PART III > Subpart G > CHAPTER 89 > Sec. 8912. Prev | Next Sec. 8912. – Jurisdiction of courts The district courts of the United States have original JURISDICTION, concurrent with the United States Court of Federal Claims, of a civil action or claim against the United States founded on this chapter
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    CLINTON ADMINISTRATION, 1999 National Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control [ HMO Regulation – Anti Trust Enforcement Policy of the Department of Justice|U.S. ATTORNEYS ] – Task Force:

    $150.00 Filing Fee ~ T5CFR890.105 Judicial Review / Dispute Resolution Procedure: Criminal Denial of Existing OPM FEHB Hospital and Nursing Facility Services: T18CFR286CRIME – http://www.michigan.gov/documents/HMO_Complaint_Informationa_158401_7.htm – T18CFR242CRIME.
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    UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
    FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN – JUDICIAL REVIEW

    Chambers of Honorable George Caram Steeh ~ who was Appointed by President Clinton in 1998: http://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/selfdisclosure.asp – illegal agreement with law enforcement officials / U.S. ATTORNEYS et al, http://www.JUSTICE.gov/dag/pubdoc/HIPAA00ar21.htm – to defraud the United States Government and Individual U.S. Citizens through Federal HOSPITAL INSURANCE Fraud and Patient Abuse.

    United States District Judge
    Theodore Levin United States Courthouse
    231 West Lafayette Blvd. – room 235
    WAYNE COUNTY _ Detroit, Michigan 48226

    Kimberly Kimball – OPM FEHB and State MEDICAID _ HMO Hospital Insurance Fraud
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    Office of Personnel Management OIG – illegal agreement http://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/selfdisclosure.asp
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    The State of Michigan – http://www.JUSTICE.gov/dag/pubdoc/HIPAA00ar21.htm / http://www.michigan.gov/documents/HMO_Complaint_Informationa_158401_7.htm – T18CFR242CRIME
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    Case # 03-75161 — filed December 30, 2003 – The lawsuite was dismissed by United States District Judge George Caram Steeh, Sua Sponte, claiming LACK of JURISDICTION on JANUARY 4th 2004
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    Eric Himpton Holder, Jr [ T18CFR371CRIME – National Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Task Force – http://www.JUSTICE.gov/dag/pubdoc/HIPAA00ar21.htm ] was formally nominated on January 20, 2009 and was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 28 with a bipartisan vote of 17 to 2. He was officially confirmed by the entire SENATE on February 2, 2009 by a vote of 75 to 21.

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    T18CFR1001CRIME: — The DEATHS _ PATIENT DUMPING, are DUE to ANTI TRUST Enforcement http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/public/div_stats/1638.htm – Policy of the Department of Justice – Public Official Criminal and Financial Misconduct – T18CFR1001CRIME — HOUSE JUDICIARY – 24 FEB 2010 — 12:00 PM Noon — U.S. House H.R. 4626 just passed — Removal of the ( 1998 CLINTON Administration _ Deputy U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder http://www.JUSTICE.gov/dag/pubdoc/HIPAA00ar21.htm and HHS OIG June Gibbs Brown – http://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/selfdisclosure.asp – illegal ) Anti Trust Exemption for the Health Insurance Industry – T18CFR371CRIME – CITE: 2007 – H.R. 3199 Sensenbrenner – HHS OIG Volentary Disclousure Program – Title 9-110.800 Violent Crimes in Aid of RACKETEERING Activity (18 U.S.C. § 1959)
    — Dems: YES 238 – Reps: NO 181
    4:00 PM HR 4626 regarding 1945 McCarron|Ferguson Act – Make Health Insurers subject to both State and Federal Regulations – — Passed – 406 YES – 19 NO *** T18CFR1001CRIME — NOT PASSED by the SENATE JUDICIARY and federal health insurance fraud|Patient Dumping continues …….
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    False Safety Claims|Unjust Enrichment – JULY 27, 2010 — Statement of Christine A. Varney – Assistant Attorney General – ANTI TRUST Division – http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/public/div_stats/1638.htm – Blue Cross control of nearly 90 percent of the commercial health insurance market in the Lansing, MICHIGAN, area, Resulting in HIGHER [ PREMIUMS ] Prices, Fewer Choices, and a REDUCTION in the QUALITY of commercial health insurance plans purchased by Lansing area residents and their employers. The acquisition also would have given Blue Cross the ABILITY to CONTROL Physician Reimbursement rates in a manner that could HARM the quality of health care delivered to CONSUMERS. We informed the parties that WE WOULD FILE AN ANTITRUST SUIT TO BLOCK THE TRANSACTION, and the parties [ Michigan State Attorney Generals and HHS OIG et al ] then [ FALSE CLAIM ] abandoned the deal.
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    T18CFR242CRIME – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder — Office Of Dispute Resolution For Acquisition (ODR) — Nov 23, 2010 …for Acquisition (ODR) is the SOLE, Statutorily Designated TRIBUNAL for ALL [ T18CFR371CRIME ~ http://www.JUSTICE.gov/dag/pubdoc/HIPAA00ar21.htm – Federal OPM FEHB, et al – Dispute Resolution Procedure: Patient Dumping: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/HMO_Complaint_Informationa_158401_7.htm – Denial of Covered Claims – T18CFR242CRIME – Federal Health insurance Policy ] Contract Disputes.

  2. So because he chose a more expensive better quality service to remove the homes instead of the lowest bidder pepole are up in arms? Michigan needs more of this and less of let’s find the cheapest service possible you see how well our roads turn to crap in only a couple years

      • Actually it’s very similar. You hire someone who will tear out the existing road and then construct a newer version in its place. Much like tearing down and removing a house to build a new one later on. You dipwad

        • Still not rocket science, dipshit. Wether they leave the old road in or not, it’s not a complicated feat of engineering, especially since there aren’t a whole bunch of folks flocking back to the city to buy up vacant slum lots. Based on what I’ve seen in my prior hood, the old roads are pretty much left intact and just the shithole houses are torn apart. After seeing billions of taxpayer dollars wasted on that non-functional city, I’ll take the cheapest bid possible to rip it down.

          • Actually I found out that Charlie leduff doesn’t do his research. The soil removal and dumping prices have risen since Dave bing left office so no duh it would be more money. You all are stupid

          • Kwame went to jail because he STOLE MONEY. And, as a result of his stealing money, the citizens didn’t have services so they moved out. Now Duggan has to clean up Kwame’s mess. Stop trying to defend that POS and start acknowledging the great work Duggan has done.

  3. While I agree with most of what was said regarding the inflated cost of demolition. Emphasis on private emails being used is a stretch. We’re not talking about our nations security being compromised here, and I fail to see the parallel.

    • Still if they use Gov e-mail it can be checked by the Public .. Using e-mail that can be checked by the Public help promote accountability ..

    • Mike was the Vice-Chair of the Young Republicans while in college, his Faer was appointed to the Federal bench by Ronald Reagan and his community “Livonia” always vote Republican. All those people you see in this case as players, except Mike, at least officially, are Republicans

      • Duggan’s a protege of Ed McNamara, the Democrat party boss of Wayne County. He was also elected under the Democrat ticket as Wayne County Prosecutor in 2000. Google his party affiliation and see what comes up (hint: NOT Republican). Hilary was a “Young Republican” too while in college

  4. The chief of staff looks like she’s lying. Heck, they all look like they’re lying….Snakes !! All the people suffering in the city, and they’re running through 100 mill like it’s running water out a fire hydrant. Shame, shame, shame.. Bail out the people, stop making the rich richer. Did you hear that dudes salary ????? $200 Grand to sit on yo a..

  5. Folks still don’t get it. The Republicans and Democrats are merely two wings of the same vulturous bird. Duggan has been in bed with Republicans for years. If it walks like a duck, quacks, well you know. Frankly, they are all stuffing their pockets with taxpayers’ money, taking care of friends/family, bowing down to their wealthy masters, and screwing the rank and file.

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