Thursday, October 28, 2010

Movements in 501c3

I call this little ditty...Fanfare for the Common Unskilled Computer Man.

NOCAP - New Orleans Computer Access Project....the duplicate non-profit housed in the same building as NOCE, New Orleans Community Enhancement. Having the same mission statement, they were Clearly in violation of the LSED funding requirements.  Both organizations received large chunks of cash from the LSED and The Governor's Office of Urban Affairs and Development to perform the exact same services in the same small building on Crowder Blvd...owned by Ike Spears and NOCE C.P.A., Desiree' Honore's uncle, James Gray.  NOCAP's director being Ike Spears himself.

Here's a question for you...according to the Secretary of State website, NOCAP's last filing date was 5/8/2006...





 ...yet under a business filings search, NOCAP isn't reported officially dissolved until 5/21/10 (as is noted on the amended SOS file listed above)....

Nocap Business Filings                                                                

...so what was going on with NOCAP between 2006 to 2010?  Was it accepting donations?  Was it funded at all?  Was it even operable?  Was it paying rent to 5437 Crowder Blvd.?

It seems to me that NOCAP played on for 9 years but there seems to be some missing notes from 2006 to 2010.  Mr. Spears, please feel free to chime in.

17 comments:

lil'oya said...

James Gray is chair of the Democratic Executive Committee, the group of 14 who chooses who is the Democratic candidate.

http://www.opdec.org/

Dambala said...

yeah me knows. interesting stuff, huh?

Dambala said...

James Gray was also Blair Boutte's lawyer in his illegal bail bond case....you know who Boutte is huh?

jinx said...

Can you explain what you think the second report might mean? I ask in seriousness - I'm not trying to be glib or an asshole. The reason the corporation is inactive is "action by secretary of state." I would assume that means that they haven't filed annual reports for four years, so the charter was revoked; it doesn't really suggest to me that NOCAP was doing anything in the intervening four years. Does the second report suggest that in a way I'm not seeing?

Dambala said...

both reports say pretty much the same thing. I'm just asking if the non-profit was active during that 4 year period from 2006 to 2010. What happened to the assets of the non-profit when it went defunct? Did it still take in grant money from 2006 to 2010? Those are the questions I'm asking.

Dambala said...

Also, as to the assets of the non-profit....the computers which were purchased for the non-profit...what happened to them?

During Katrina, I'm assuming the building was flooded due to it's location. Was there an insurance claim filed on those computers and NOCAP's assets? We know that NOCAP received funds improperly for renovations to the building...I'm curious what happened to NOCAP's assets after it was dissolved....and NOCEs for that matter although they don't appear really have any assets.

Dambala said...

Jinx,

In the next few months I am going to lay out a pattern of non-profits absorbing huge amounts of public cash with very little or nothing to show from it.

In the first case I will write about, Desire Community Housing Corp., it's to the tune of millions of dollars this city lost, including federal money (HUD).

My goal is to show the patterns of graft which these "con-profits" as I call them, are using to siphon money out of public entities and into private hands.

Unfortunately, non-profit finances are not public record in LA. So while I can't audit what happened to assets and where money went, I can at least ask. My hope is that I can build a mountain of questions that can't be ignored. But if you have any answers, please contribute. Thanks.

jinx said...

Ha. I wish I had answers. Thanks for answering my question.

Anonymous said...

Really, AZ, honestly, I have no idea how you keep up with this stuff.

Here's a tidbit. Unbelievable how the Magic 8-ball always brings back the same names:

9/17/06 TP:

"Imagine began landing an abundance of city work not long after Nagin took office, created the technology officer position and hired Meffert to fill it.

Meffert soon brought in Imagine to help him overhaul the city's antiquated computer systems. In an interview last summer, he freely acknowledged knowing the company's principals well, but he said that shouldn't count against them. He hired them because he was familiar with their ability, Meffert said.

And while competitors have grumbled about the quantity of work Imagine has received, the quality of the work has generally not been faulted. Under Imagine's leadership, the city's Web site has become a useful tool for accessing city services.

Imagine also helped create and manage the network of "crime cameras" that keep vigil over trouble spots and, in at least a couple of instances, help solve crimes. The company was featured in a glowing article in a technology magazine describing its efforts to rebuild the city's shattered communications networks after Hurricane Katrina.

While the city has contracted with a variety of prime vendors for technology services since 2002, Imagine has remained a constant, holding large subcontracts under SEA Information Services, ********* which became ***Apogen***; Affiliated Computer Services, better known as ACS; and more recently Ciber."

Ok, now from the 7/24/05 TP:

"The New Orleans Computer Access Program in eastern New Orleans will be the beneficiary of a charity golf tournament Sept. 12 sponsored by Apogen Technologies.

The tournament at Chateau Golf and Country Club in Kenner will begin with a continental breakfast of coffee and doughnuts at 8 a.m., followed by driving range practice at 9 a.m. and a shotgun start at 10 a.m.

Tournament Chairwoman Liz Newell is excited about the event and the money that will be raised.

"This is our third year holding the tournament as a charity function and the second straight that we have chosen NOCAP as our recipient organization. When you think about it, it's actually a great fit because we are an IT (informational technology) company and they work with the public schools, students and parents in learning about computers. It's the perfect match."

NOCAP, at 5437 Crowder Blvd., works to "ensure that all Orleans Parish public school students and parents have access to computer technology in their homes." Through the use of donated money and materials, it is able to offer free personal computers to qualifying first-grade students enrolled in one of the program's four target elementary schools: Joseph A. Craig, John Dibert, Ernest Morial and William Frantz.

Newell is seeking sponsors and players for the tournament.

"Our goal is to fill every player's spot in the tournament. That would be fantastic and raise a lot of money for a great cause," she said.

As many as 36 teams (four players each team), or 144 total players can take part in the tournament.

There are four sponsorship levels, Silver Tee ($350), Cart ($500), Gold ($600) and Platinum ($1,000), which provide sponsors with several benefits, including company names listed on the sponsor board, company logos on banners, hole sponsorship and registration for varying numbers of players. There is a printing deadline of Aug. 15, after which time sponsors may not be included on recognition boards and banners."

Apogen (Meffert/Imagine) and NOCAP.

Look at the prices of those sponsorships.

Wonder who participated.

Hey, SOP, Chateau CC - why shoot (shot of Rebel Yell) - ain't that Broussard's backyard?

Anonymous said...

From the 9/17/06 TP:

"Imagine began landing an abundance of city work not long after Nagin took office, created the technology officer position and hired Meffert to fill it.

Meffert soon brought in Imagine to help him overhaul the city's antiquated computer systems. In an interview last summer, he freely acknowledged knowing the company's principals well, but he said that shouldn't count against them. He hired them because he was familiar with their ability, Meffert said.

And while competitors have grumbled about the quantity of work Imagine has received, the quality of the work has generally not been faulted. Under Imagine's leadership, the city's Web site has become a useful tool for accessing city services.

Imagine also helped create and manage the network of "crime cameras" that keep vigil over trouble spots and, in at least a couple of instances, help solve crimes. The company was featured in a glowing article in a technology magazine describing its efforts to rebuild the city's shattered communications networks after Hurricane Katrina.

While the city has contracted with a variety of prime vendors for technology services since 2002, Imagine has remained a constant, holding large subcontracts under SEA Information Services, which became Apogen ; Affiliated Computer Services, better known as ACS; and more recently Ciber."


From the 7/24/05 TP:

"The New Orleans Computer Access Program in eastern New Orleans will be the beneficiary of a charity golf tournament Sept. 12 sponsored by ********* Apogen Technologies.

The tournament at Chateau Golf and Country Club in Kenner will begin with a continental breakfast of coffee and doughnuts at 8 a.m., followed by driving range practice at 9 a.m. and a shotgun start at 10 a.m.



Tournament Chairwoman Liz Newell is excited about the event and the money that will be raised.

"This is our third year holding the tournament as a charity function and the second straight that we have chosen NOCAP as our recipient organization. When you think about it, it's actually a great fit because we are an IT (informational technology) company and they work with the public schools, students and parents in learning about computers. It's the perfect match."

NOCAP, at 5437 Crowder Blvd., works to "ensure that all Orleans Parish public school students and parents have access to computer technology in their homes." Through the use of donated money and materials, it is able to offer free personal computers to qualifying first-grade students enrolled in one of the program's four target elementary schools: Joseph A. Craig, John Dibert, Ernest Morial and William Frantz.

Newell is seeking sponsors and players for the tournament.

"Our goal is to fill every player's spot in the tournament. That would be fantastic and raise a lot of money for a great cause," she said.

As many as 36 teams (four players each team), or 144 total players can take part in the tournament.

There are four sponsorship levels, Silver Tee ($350), Cart ($500), Gold ($600) and Platinum ($1,000), which provide sponsors with several benefits, including company names listed on the sponsor board, company logos on banners, hole sponsorship and registration for varying numbers of players. There is a printing deadline of Aug. 15, after which time sponsors may not be included on recognition boards and banners."

So Apogen is sponsoring NOCAP's golf tourney?

Who attended this tournament?

Isn't Chateau in JP (Broussard) territory?

Anonymous said...

Part I (of II):

For what its worth:

Grateful Realty / Grateful Properties

Leads to Johnell Colbert.

Which leads to what appears to be her husband, Ellious Colbert.

Who is a minister (or "Deacon").

His name turns up at the SOS as:

Agent of “HOPE 4 U”

Director of “THE FIRST PILGRIM BAPTIST CHURCH”

Director of “PILGRIM PALS NURSERY LEARNING CENTER”

Director of “FIRST PILGRIMS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY”

Manager of “GRATEFUL PROPERTIES, L.L.C.”

-- Looks like at least one non-profit in there, maybe 3-4.

Grateful was the transfree of the Crowder property, right?

First Pilgrims, on 1228 Arts Street, by Franklin, is a church. The actual minister at First Pilgrims is one Rev. Eugene Mitchell. Ok, if you look into it, this is a major enterprise/entity.

9/18/04 TP report says First Pilgrim bought the following property: "Music Street, lots A, B, C, I, J, L, M, N, O, R and S, square 489. First English Lutheran Church to First Pilgrims Baptist Church, $2,200,000."

That's quite a purchase.

This is the sale of the Crowder property:

"Crowder Blvd. 5437. Crowder Development Corp. LLC to Grateful Realty LLC, $220,000." - 3/5/05 TP

So what was going on there, was that just an investment?

Here's the info on Crowder Development Corp.:

"Officer: IKE SPEARS
Title: Member
Address 1: 1631 ELYSIAN FIELDS AVENUE
City, State, Zip: NEW ORLEANS, LA 70117

Officer: SHELLEY FLEMING-BOUTTE
Title: Member
Address 1: 6744 FOCH RD.
City, State, Zip: NEW ORLEANS, LA 70126"

But the original Crowder setup was described in the 2000 TP as: "Crowder Development Corp., LLC, 1555 Poydras St., Suite 1710, New Orleans, 70112, Ike Spears, Shelley Fleming-Boutte , James A. Gray II." Gray was a member.

And Boutte is a political pal of Cedric Richmond, right?

Incredibly the TP (not accidentally? I mean, c'mon...) discussed the property in a 1/28/10 piece:

"Williams' district is by far the largest of the seven and includes flood-ravaged swaths of eastern New Orleans, Gentilly and the 9th Ward. His explanations for why some assessments seem off the mark mostly have to do with post-Katrina renovations.

The commercial building at 5437 Crowder Blvd. in eastern New Orleans is appraised for $59,600 but was sold in 2005 for $220,000, and is now on the market for $328,000.

Williams provided data showing that the property was appraised for $220,000 -- the same amount as the sales price -- in 2005. The assessment was later scaled back drastically because of Katrina damage, Williams said, noting that the owner obtained repair permits but has yet to receive a certificate of completion from the city.

"The fact that it was listed for sale at $328,000 in November 2009 indicates that it is now obviously completely repaired and this will be taken into account when we make our 2011 assessment review," Williams wrote in an e-mail message."

Anonymous said...

Part II (of II):

This just goes on and on:

2/28/10 TP:

"New Orleans mayor's race cost big bucks - Candidates spent $6.5 million"

"Expenditure reports submitted by Landrieu and Georges are peppered with familiar political names who were paid for an array of services.

For example, Landrieu shelled out $70,000 to political organizations that endorsed him. As per tradition, those groups received money from the Landrieu campaign to offset printing costs for ballots distributed in key areas.

Landrieu's biggest outlay for that purpose was $25,000 to LIFE, the organization run by family members and allies of former Mayor Marc Morial. The candidate listed separate $15,000 payments to COUP, which is led by Constable Lambert Boissiere Jr., a former city councilman and state senator, and YAPA, whose leaders include lawyer Walter Willard, the brother of City Councilwoman Cynthia Willard-Lewis.

A $10,000 payment from Landrieu also went to DOVE, the eastern New Orleans political group run by bail bondsman and political consultant Blair Boutte. Landrieu's report also shows $22,500 in payments to B-3 Consulting, a company run by Boutte's wife, Shelley Fleming Boutte."

"DOVE", that's a new entry in the alphabet soup political litany to me.

5/27/10 TP:

"Georges and his wife, Dathel, contributed a combined $7,500 to Moreno's campaign. Georges' sister, Alexandra, gave her $250, and a company run by Bill Kearney, a longtime Georges' business associate, contributed $1,000.

In addition, Moreno collected money from business entities affiliated with Georges, including $5,000 from ZLN Holdings and $2,500 from Lucky Coin Machine Co.

Moreno also received $2,600 from B-3 Consulting LLC, a company run by Shelley Fleming Boutte , the wife of political consultant Blair Boutte. The Bouttes are allies of state Rep. Cedric Richmond, who has endorsed Moreno."

I have no idea what all this means, I just figured you might want or could use the research. Maybe you have all this. I just thought it would be interesting to look up.

Anonymous said...

(Part I of II) (in case it did not go through before):

For what its worth:

Grateful Realty / Grateful Properties

Leads to Johnell Colbert.

Which leads to what appears to be her husband, Ellious Colbert.

Who is a minister (or "Deacon").

His name turns up at the SOS as:

Agent of “HOPE 4 U”

Director of “THE FIRST PILGRIM BAPTIST CHURCH”

Director of “PILGRIM PALS NURSERY LEARNING CENTER”

Director of “FIRST PILGRIMS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY”

Manager of “GRATEFUL PROPERTIES, L.L.C.”

-- Looks like at least one non-profit in there, maybe 3-4.

Grateful was the transfree of the Crowder property, right?

First Pilgrims, on 1228 Arts Street, by Franklin, is a church. The actual minister at First Pilgrims is one Rev. Eugene Mitchell. Ok, if you look into it, this is a major enterprise/entity.

9/18/04 TP report says First Pilgrim bought the following property: "Music Street, lots A, B, C, I, J, L, M, N, O, R and S, square 489. First English Lutheran Church to First Pilgrims Baptist Church, $2,200,000."

That's quite a purchase.

This is the sale of the Crowder property:

"Crowder Blvd. 5437. Crowder Development Corp. LLC to Grateful Realty LLC, $220,000." - 3/5/05 TP

So what was going on there, was that just an investment?

Here's the info on Crowder Development Corp.:

"Officer: IKE SPEARS
Title: Member
Address 1: 1631 ELYSIAN FIELDS AVENUE
City, State, Zip: NEW ORLEANS, LA 70117

Officer: SHELLEY FLEMING-BOUTTE
Title: Member
Address 1: 6744 FOCH RD.
City, State, Zip: NEW ORLEANS, LA 70126"

But the original Crowder setup was described in the 2000 TP as: "Crowder Development Corp., LLC, 1555 Poydras St., Suite 1710, New Orleans, 70112, Ike Spears, Shelley Fleming-Boutte , James A. Gray II." Gray was a member.

And Boutte is a political pal of Cedric Richmond, right?

Incredibly the TP (not accidentally? I mean, c'mon...) discussed the property in a 1/28/10 piece:

"Williams' district is by far the largest of the seven and includes flood-ravaged swaths of eastern New Orleans, Gentilly and the 9th Ward. His explanations for why some assessments seem off the mark mostly have to do with post-Katrina renovations.

The commercial building at 5437 Crowder Blvd. in eastern New Orleans is appraised for $59,600 but was sold in 2005 for $220,000, and is now on the market for $328,000.

Williams provided data showing that the property was appraised for $220,000 -- the same amount as the sales price -- in 2005. The assessment was later scaled back drastically because of Katrina damage, Williams said, noting that the owner obtained repair permits but has yet to receive a certificate of completion from the city.

"The fact that it was listed for sale at $328,000 in November 2009 indicates that it is now obviously completely repaired and this will be taken into account when we make our 2011 assessment review," Williams wrote in an e-mail message."

Anonymous said...

Part II of II):

This just goes on and on:

2/28/10 TP:

"New Orleans mayor's race cost big bucks - Candidates spent $6.5 million"

"Expenditure reports submitted by Landrieu and Georges are peppered with familiar political names who were paid for an array of services.

For example, Landrieu shelled out $70,000 to political organizations that endorsed him. As per tradition, those groups received money from the Landrieu campaign to offset printing costs for ballots distributed in key areas.

Landrieu's biggest outlay for that purpose was $25,000 to LIFE, the organization run by family members and allies of former Mayor Marc Morial. The candidate listed separate $15,000 payments to COUP, which is led by Constable Lambert Boissiere Jr., a former city councilman and state senator, and YAPA, whose leaders include lawyer Walter Willard, the brother of City Councilwoman Cynthia Willard-Lewis.

A $10,000 payment from Landrieu also went to DOVE, the eastern New Orleans political group run by bail bondsman and political consultant Blair Boutte. Landrieu's report also shows $22,500 in payments to B-3 Consulting, a company run by Boutte's wife, Shelley Fleming Boutte."

"DOVE", that's a new entry in the alphabet soup political litany to me.

5/27/10 TP:

"Georges and his wife, Dathel, contributed a combined $7,500 to Moreno's campaign. Georges' sister, Alexandra, gave her $250, and a company run by Bill Kearney, a longtime Georges' business associate, contributed $1,000.

In addition, Moreno collected money from business entities affiliated with Georges, including $5,000 from ZLN Holdings and $2,500 from Lucky Coin Machine Co.

Moreno also received $2,600 from B-3 Consulting LLC, a company run by Shelley Fleming Boutte , the wife of political consultant Blair Boutte. The Bouttes are allies of state Rep. Cedric Richmond, who has endorsed Moreno."

I have no idea what all this means, I just figured you might want or could use the research. Maybe you have all this. I just thought it would be interesting to look up.

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Anonymous said...

C'mon Anonymous,
Keep the tips solid, not bogus stuff. Spears runs a UPS shop adjacent to his offices on Elysian Fields. Anyone can rent mailboxes there, so obviously that's all this is. There's plenty of criminality to be unearthed, so don't weaken it with nonsense.

Dambala said...

Tis true. Nothing but a P.O. box.