When did the MAS contract begin?
This is very, very big deal. Was MAS sub'd by VisionIT while Meffert was still CTO? If that is the case then Meffert, indirectly, subcontracted himself. Just for clarification for those of you who may be a little confused....here is the chain of subs for this:
CTO (makes hiring decision) > VisionIT (prime contractor) > MAS Group (shell company..they send invoices) > Intelliport (owned by Domke(s) and Meffert)
So if this went into effect when Meffert was at the head of that snake.....he effectively contracted himself. He was the head and the tail of the snake....an ouroboros.
A clue from the MAS Group website:
We offer IntelliPort Series Content Management System as the portal management tool for e-government, e-commerce and e-business solutions. Imagine's highly experienced integration and application development staff successfully built the 2005 e-Government Best of the Web winning website for the City of New Orleans.
Well....there it is, clearly spelled out. Meffert was CTO until 2006. They migrated the portal over while he was still serving as CTO, which means.....HE CONTRACTED HIMSELF!
Amazingly....they verified this on the website.
This may be a bigger smoking gun than the credit card and trips.
Clarification: When I called MAS a shell....I did not mean to imply that there were not living, breathing human beings doing work for the city. What I meant was that MAS appears to be set up specifically as a conduit. So I was incorrect....I just want to acknowledge that there are many hard working people in our city IT department. I am not attempting to discredit them in any way. I am merely trying to expose potential issues.