I was wrong. I admit it. I had a very important fact dead wrong about Cedric Richmond, Ike Spears, 5437 Crowder Blvd., NOCE and NOCAP......Grateful Realty did not own the property from 2000 to 2004 while the non-profits were housed there.
A company called Crowder Development Corporation, LLC owned the property. And guess who owns Crowder Development?
Spears formed the company in August of 2000. He then purchased 5437 Crowder from Northstar Properties for 180k in September of 2000. It would appear he incorporated this company for the sole purpose of housing NOCE, NOCAP and Cedric's office. After the non-profits imploded and the LSED grant money dried up, he sold the building to Grateful Realty for 220k in February of 2005....the building had served it's purpose and a nearly a million dollars (that I can account for) had been run through it in non-profit funds...including a NOCE line item for 60k in renovations to the property. I had a friend call the current owner of the building who is selling it and ask them if they had done any renovations on the building....she said no..no renovations have been done in at least over 10 years.
NOCAP did receive grant money from the LSED as well as NOCE. I could only find one NOCAP grant for 15k:
NOCAP was running at around the same budget as NOCE ....200k. The grant proposal did not have an audit of the company so I have no way of finding out where they were getting the bulk of their funding.
Get this....as I pointed out before the LSED grants specify that you cannot have a non-profit perform duplicate services in the same area:
Well not only were NOCAP and NOCE the exact same service, they even told the LSED that they were going to use NOCE's "experts":
Now keep in mind that NOCE was only paying one person a little over 4k/year to be the computer expert. So far I have only accounted for 3 computers between the two non-profits and only one computer teacher. They are asking for 1000 dollars in this grant to buy computers. You have a company running at 200k/year to teach computer skills and "bridge the digital divide" and they are buying $1000 in computers.
That's pretty amazing...was anybody even reading these grant requests or were they just stroking the checks?
Notice that for the grant, Spears listed the NOCAP address at 1555 Poydras Street...I think that is his law office. Also notice that on the bottom of some of these documents you see Spears and Spears upside down....that means the documents were faxed from his law office. Interesting how he failed to list NOCAP's real address as 5437 Crowder....this was two years after they had already housed the non-profit there and they even put up the damn sign outside:
This is a classic Jefferson scam....classic....textbook. Cedric Richmond is a crook, we already knew Ike Spears was but now we know Richmond's true nature as well.
I have accounted for over 50 LSED grant requests from Richmond totaling in the millions. I would say a little over half those requests and money went to churches who had similar mission statements...bridging the digital divide, teaching kids to pass the leap, developing "life skills" for kids, etc. Non-profits with names like A Blessing in a Blessing, inc, Put God First Community Development Corp., Stars Over the East Television Program, New Life Community Development Corp., Doing Good in the Hood, LLC, Franklin Ave. Baptist Church, Roy Ave. Baptist church ($55,000), On Giant Shoulders, inc......the list goes on.
I'm not suggesting all these organizations were bogus, I'm sure many of them produced great results. I'm just stating that it seems the LSED was stroking checks at Richmond's behest without care nor clue as to what the money was going to or if it could be accounted for. The NOCAP proposal even stated they were tapping another LSED grantee for services, NOCE, which is a clear violation of the grant requirements. Was anyone reading this stuff or did they just stroke the checks every time Richmond told them to?
You know, I have to ask....do other cities dole out cash to churches? Millions of dollars from the Hotel/Motel taxes being stroked out to any church who can fill out an application and is in the favor of Cedric Richmond or another state legislator?
Here was one of my favorite question responses:
Nice....repeat the answer back in the form of the question and get 30k.
Bottom line...Richmond and Spears were running a Jefferson non-profit scam out of 5437 Crowder. There is money missing from the entities which can't be accounted for, including 60k via NOCE to renovate Ike Spears property. I believe Richmond was fleecing that non-profit through a credit card and by proxy through the Executive Director he was romantically involved with. I believe when the non-profit auditor/accountant found the irregularities, Richmond had the woman take the fall and possibly paid her to keep the matter quiet.
This guy is bad news....bad fucking news.
Speaking of "bad news"... I still can't believe no one in the MSM has had the balls to call him out on this stuff.