I got an anon. comment on an older post in which I was pondering the connections between local Repug poster boy, Scott Sewell, and our own faux Dem. Mayor, has-anybody-seen Ray Nagin.
HSOA (Home Solutions of America) and a handful of companies owned by a local businessman, Aaron Bennett, received a ton of post-K no bid contracts from Nagin...as in over 50 million in contracts....pumped into their coffers. Everything from the city IT contract to replacing sidewalks in the French Quarter to the contract to remove all the flooded cars from the city after the Federal Flood....these guys have an LLC for any contract you can throw at them. Sewell was on the board of HSOA and was apparently heading up the Louisiana division of the company, HSRLA (Home Solutions Restoration of Louisiana).
The comment tipped me off to this. According to this SEC form, Sewell was terminated from HSOA two weeks ago. I'm assuming that means getting your ass kicked to the curb and not a "mutual separation".
While I'm not big on delving into the dealings of private companies and individuals, I take exception when those companies/individuals have landed so much of our city's cash from no bid contracts.
What's the skinny here? Is the company distancing themselves from Sewell due to possible illicit or unethical activity? Inquiring minds want to know.
And let's not forget, Ray Ray and Muppet took a ride to the Chicago playoff game last year on HSOA's G4 Leer Jet. Which is absolutely an ILLEGAL act on Nagin's part. The only difference in this and what OT did is that OT's kickback was cash...Nagin's was an all expense paid trip.
second hand, the remaining rats on the sinking hsoa ship say sewell was fired for unethical type stuff. my belief is that sewell was fired because he was unwilling to overlook fraud being commited by execs at hsoa.....two recent lawsuits of note: a suit was filed against associated contractors in ms federal court for stiffing subcontractors at stennis, a cease and desist suit was filed a month or so ago in orleans parish by the city vs benetech, unsure of the details.....fwiw, i observed sewell make himself scarce as nagin approached sewells section on the floor of a recent hornets game. definately on the outs.
This is getting good. Methinks there is something rotten in the state of Denmark.