The Ole” Buzzard is swooping in and settling down over
Utah’s real Pandemic!
In 1972, the following warm and courteous letter was sent to me by FBI Associate Director Mark Felt who is now known as the infamous Watergate Whistleblower and “Deep Throat.” I had been injured while recreationally panning for gold in California’s high Sierra Mountains.
As an FBI agent, I was assigned to work Bank Robbery, Kidnapping, Hijacking and one Organized Crime case in the FBI’s Los Angeles Division. It was an exhilarating and rewarding assignment.
For example, during 1971-72, there were over 250 bank robberies in Los Angeles and surrounding areas. We were also regularly engaged with a variety of exciting and challenging major cases. This included work on the Patricia Hearst kidnapping and other high profile cases that must have attracted Director Felt’s attention and prompted the extension of his goodwill on my personally insignificant behalf.
From those exhilarating, FBI days, I learned to sniff out hypocrisy and corruption.
That’s why I am pursuing the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) … and believe it to be a cornucopia of lies and coverups. We will demonstrate that “liars figure and figures lie” in GOED’s virus infected, shady “corpus.“
We certainly do have a virus pandemic in Utah. It is characterized by a pandemic lack of confidence in Utah Government’s credulity and credibility. The “books have been cooked“ during which the truth has been isolated and masked for far too long.
Herein we open the doors wide to one of Utah’s many “Houses of Cards” that are beginning to crumble …
… so hang on while we take a great big bite out’a …
Several months ago, we were informed via an unsigned letter sent by an unidentifiable source that we should deep dive into Utah’s little used but publicly and legally accessible State of Utah Spending Site. As similar letters and correspondence are wont to pile up over the weeks, we postponed our inquiry until on or about 02.07.20. On that date, we dived into what has turned out to be a bonanza of financial source and application data for nearly all of Utah’s governmental agencies and entities. We begin with GOED which we will discuss in some detail herein.
We learned from our first sorting and sifting through GOED’s financial records that ~57,304 Vendors were described and identified as either “Not Applicable” or “Not Provided.” ~57,304 vendors’ true identities out of a total of ~87,702 vendors’ total identities were concealed from this tax paying inquirer. The recorded total amount paid out by GOED to all vendors in sum was “~$335.76 Million (for the) Governor’s Office of Economic Development All Years.” It is obvious that those who keep the books don’t want us to know who they’re spending our money on. At first, we diplomatically characterized this as an “interesting anomaly.”
Diving a little more deeply, we noticed unseemingly large amounts of money paid to individual GOED employees who were actually named among the ~30,398 identifiable vendors. So far, we are looking closely at the records of more than a dozen employees but will only list the top million dollar, likely unknowing, “winners” here without actually naming them. We have made an exception for GOED’s Executive Director Val Hale. We have filed an IRS Whistleblower Complaint naming Hale.
Individual employees of record who have been paid by GOED according to our first download on 02.07.20 are:
Val Hale ~$2.4MM; Emp#2 ~$3.7MM; Emp#3 ~$1.6MM; Emp#4 ~$1.3MM; and 13 others from ~$500K to ~$87K. Our clean and neat “deep dive” suddenly became a nasty, smashing, belly flop into many murky unknown waters. ASAP, we set about learning all that we could learn about the database and its contents.
From 02.18.20 to 02.26.20, we spoke with Utah State Auditor representatives and informed them of our interest in learning more about the database. We informed them of what we were finding minus identifying the names noted above. It was our purpose to give Auditors enough information at that time for them to be able to track our progress and launch an investigation of their own.
On 02.15.20, We re-downloaded GOED data and learned that although it contained the same total number of vendor records (~87,702) and total monies spent (~$335.76 MM) … the same as the original record downloaded on 02.07.20 … the books had been cooked sometime before this 02.15.20 download.
The unseeming amounts of money allocated to GOED employees who had been listed as vendors were re-allocated to other Vendors in the cooked books. Repeating ourselves for emphasis here, the cooked books have re-allocated the many millions of dollars paid to GOED employees to other vendors. Some of those payments went to STRUCK. STRUCK enjoys a thought-provoking, “pre approved sole source authorization” contract with The State of Utah. This contract has conferred a total of ~$60.82 MM on STRUCK of which ~$45.35 MM of Utah tax payers’ hard earned money went to STRUCK via GOED specifically. Hmmm … that’s ~14% of GOED’s ~$335.76 MM, 2014-20 expenditures. One hell-of-an anomaly we’d say! Here are several steps we’ve taken to verify and credential the foregoing:
1-Contacted select GOED employees asking if they had knowledge of the unseemingly large amounts recorded as having been paid to them. Most report having no knowledge whatsoever of such payments. One “lawyered up” right away and another is not communicating. Contacts are ongoing.
2-Contacted the person listed as “Database Owner.” Initially, his responses were cordial but un-enlightening. Eventually, he disappeared.
3-Attempted to Contact STRUCK CRO Ploquin with no response thus far. We will work to learn more about the “interesting” provisions of STRUCK’s “pre approved sole source authorization” contract with the State of Utah. Said contract and the “anomalous” information developed thus far suggest the necessity for engaging with a reputable and reliable Criminal Justice resource. Please see below.
We will continue to rip the rotting GOED apple to its core or as far as we can get into it with our limited access to official and reliable Criminal Justice resources, data and documents.
Here is a “heads up” to those who will undoubtedly set out to shoot the messenger.
“Take your best shot now because you’re going to run out of ammo soon. If ever a competent, trustworthy, investigative and prosecutive authority with a sitting Grand Jury gets their hands on GOED’s source documents, there’ll be hell to pay and much more to do than harass The Ole Buzzard.”
The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development Employees and Leaders have shown signs of Panic after reading our emails that pointed to the following:
- “Hot! GOED’s Books are Cooked” 47% of 74 GOED employees opened the email pointing to this posting. High individual openings were: 99,58,30,23,12,10.
- “… a Feast for Utah’s New Whistleblowers” 49% of 81 GOED employees opened. High individual openings were: 35,15,8,5,4,4. This email went out to 27,000 addresses for Utah State employees wherein we were teaching how to safely report shameful, inappropriate, fraudulent and corrupt government conduct.
- “… House of Cards Crumbling” 76% of 90 GOED employees opened. High individual openings were: 150, 62,60,11,10.
- “… Utah’s real Pandemic!” 59% of 74 GOED employees opened. High individual openings were: 110, Val Hale opened 94 times, 26.
Government employees and contractors should be mindful that intimidating, interfering with and/or engaging in any way to discourage the right of a citizen to report shameful, inappropriate, fraudulent or unlawful conduct is a crime. Utilizing office email, or any other means of communication, to further such interference is also criminal conduct strictly prohibited because it aids and abets original, unlawful acts. Supervisors and Division Heads may be particularly tempted to interfere and are therefore vulnerable and culpable if they do. The Ole’ Buzzard and Team will duly report any and all unlawful conduct.
Friends, your “Tips” sent to firstname.lastname@example.org have been priceless!
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Edited by Daniel Newby
“The Ole’ Buzzard”
Wayne L. Wickizer
“The Ole’ Buzzard” & President of Justice4All
FBI Agent from 1970-76
Only Agent in FBI history to receive a
letter of commendation from Director J. Edgar Hoover
Military Master Parachutist
Freelance Commentator and Political “Lurker”