… are the 1,382 Mystery Recipients of “Incentive Awards” to the tune of
Yep … they’re all from Utah AG Sean “Rap’n Rambo” Reyes’ Office out’a his itty- bitty
We’re thinking there will likely be …
Here are the Top 2 who received “incentive awards” from among the 1,382 “Not Applicable” awardees (see complete record posted farther below).
The hushed up “Whoooooos” are the
Because the “loot” was “slipped” from the “General Fund,” all we have left to identify the vendor is the nebulous, ghostly, apparition and distraction listed on all spreadsheets as “Not Applicable.”
The State of Utah Spending website is actually a “sparse” source. The Bill to authorize it came off the Hill with “blarney and bang” but imbedded in it was “artifice, design and scheme” contrived to humor curious taxpayers and obscure in limbo the real identity of vendors.
We want to know “who, who, who’s” on the “take.” The 241,744 of 288,372 “Vendor” entries on AG Sean “Rap’n Rambo” Reyes’ spreadsheets are either “Not Applicable” or “Not Provided.” Get that? Those two mysterious vendors got it all according to the confabulation of terms and numbers on Reyes’ sheets. Shhhhh!
Shhhhh … so much for Government transparency. It’s worthless on the face of it, but a gift to The Ole’ Buzzard “whooo” keeps on giving to this blog.
GRIFT: a term for: booty, bilk, vigorish, take, scam, fraud, swindle, scheme, racket, trick, diddle, con, flimflam, gyp, kite, ramp, twist, hustle, shakedown, bunco, boondoggle.
In this example, the “Not Applicable[s]” GRIFT is split into two separate Vendor Identification numbers: 375787 and 5748198. We asked AG Reyes for an expedited response to our GRAMA request to identify exactly WHO is alive and associated with the two vendors, but they are predictably dragging feet.
Vendor “Not Applicable” #375787 took ~$1.8MM
Vendor “Not Applicable” #5748198 took ~$1.2MM
Last week we grumbled, groused, snorted and stomped all over the place about … “Cooking the Books.” Well, this kind of fishiness is why.
After you review the following 1,382 PDF entries (Haha! You don’t need to do that😊), we offer a “do it yourself” tutorial that you can follow to find and use data from the State of Utah Spending website.
Link up with The Ole’ Buzzard and sort through
some of our Utah Goodfellas’ roadkill.
Tutorial: The following process continues to evolve for us. Knowing what we know now, the steps could have been shortened. But for today, we’ll dive into this heap of data the same way we first found it.
- Click on “State of Utah Spending” and enter the Utah Government department you wish to examine in the search box. For our purposes here, it will be “Attorney General.”
- On the next screen near the top left, click on “Checkbook.”
- On the right of the next screen, click on “Download” and point the file to a folder/directory where you want the Excel data to be deposited on your computer. For a variety of reasons, we like to convert this file to Excel Workbook .xlsx format. From the Attorney General’s records, we received a total amount of $440,807,352.81 in transactions that are recorded on 288,372 lines or individual entries on the spreadsheet.
- Now the fun begins. We found, by trial and error, our most productive search/sort by cleaning up and re-organizing the column headers. We like the following order: 1-Vendor Name; 2-Amount; 3-ID (either vendor or transaction ID); 4-Description; 5-Fiscal Year; Posting Date … the rest we leave as found.
- Our first sort usually looks for the most glaring anomalies which are, what we call, the ghostly “NOTs” …“Not Applicable” and “Not Provided.”
- We then start looking for the more obscure anomalies/red flags such as the outlandish amounts paid in “Incentive Awards” to the “Not Applicable” vendors that we found.
- We miss a lot of good “stuff.” If you find it, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org or via our confidential email process that we list below. If it’s juicy, we’ll push it out on The Ole’ Buzzard’s Blog.
For Utah’s Purse String Professionals,
Restore the Dignity of Your Office.
It’s way past time for Utah’s auditors and tax takers to show initiative, courage and determination. Many of you know where the political bodies are buried. Your active, agile, determined, qualified and quick pencils can move mountains. Stop marking time til’ your State retirements kick in. Join the fray. The Ole’ Buzzard has already published a report about how to become a whistleblower. Just do it!
Let’s put some of Utah’s Goodfellas on the
Next week we plan to break a “big one” uncovering how much a certain, real live, individual (not just a “NOT”) at The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) “took.” We’ll also show how the “take” was covered up. We believe some innocents at GOED were caught up unknowingly in the scam, and are in the process of proving this as well.
Friends, your “Tips” have been priceless!
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Wayne L. Wickizer
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