Monday, October 24, 2011

Hey...I found a Brabalfish

Foraging through the Benetech forrest, I found this elusive Brabalfish swimming in a stream:


Interesting little company between Plaquemines Parish District Attorney, Chuck Ballay and his law partner, former Plaquemines Sheriff's (Hingle) attorney, former Plaquemines Parish attorney (hired by Plaquemines Pres. Nungessor), Stephen Braud.

Zurik has already laid out the Braud/Bennett thread which ran through multiple layers of Plaquemines Parish government and the potential conflicts of interest on Braud's part.  I'm curious if this company, Brabal Investments, was also on Benetech's payroll or involved in any business investments with Bennett.

My zombie intuition is atingle when it comes to Brabal, Bennett, Braud, Nungessor and Hingle.

OK that was really bad, but it does rhyme.  

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

That Benetech forest is a strange place. Have you ever come across the State of Louisiana Gaming Control Board decision regarding Benetech?

It is No. PO82602229, if you're looking.

I'll tell you a little more about it below.

Anonymous said...

You can find this document if you look up aaron bennett, louisiana on google.

It is the record of a ruling made in 2004, well before any of Bennett's post-Katrina work in New Orleans. Anyone looking up Mr. Bennett to determine his suitability for taking on projects for the city should have been able to find this information easily.

Aaron Bennett wanted to become a non-gaming supplier through his Benetech company. He applied in 2002. The Louisiana State Police have a Gaming Suitability Unit. In 2003 they looked into his suitability, and they denied his application.

Bennett appealed this to the Louisiana Gaming Control board. In 2004, they affirmed the good sense of the finding made by the State Police.

If the State Police and the Gaming Board had already ruled that Bennett was not the kind of guy you want to put in charge of pass cards at a casino, it is surprising that he was he given such a free hand to work on projects at airports, prisons, medical research facilities, city government operations and projects for the Army Corps of Engineers.

The list of exhibits the state presented about Bennett was interesting.

It included his previous arrest for felony theft and his omission of that information from his application. He also lied and said he was not a graduate of UNO. His lies about the minority owned business status of his company with his former wife is mentioned here.

There is information about his bankrupcy petitions.

Before Benetech, the company names associated with his efforts to secure work providing the identity and security cards for casinos were Embosser Sales and Service, which tried (and I think failed) to get this kind of work as far back as 1999, and Regional Card Systems, Inc. which went bankrupt.

One of the exhibits presented by the state is a letter from LSU Health Sciences Center to Claude Lightfoot, trustee. Someone at LSU must have known something was fishy about Aaron Bennett. If their guy was being looked over by the State Police and the Gaming Control Board-- looked over and found wanting-- why didn't they dump him?

Medical research, airports, army engineering projects, important work for the city... if Bennett wasn't good enough for the gamblers, why was he good enough to do these serious jobs?

Where were the City lawyers, staffers, and the Mayor? The police and the gaming board were looking out for the people, but no on else was.

Anonymous said...

You can find this document if you look up aaron bennett, louisiana on google.

It is the record of a ruling made in 2004, well before any of Bennett's post-Katrina work in New Orleans. Anyone looking up Mr. Bennett to determine his suitability for taking on projects for the city should have been able to find this information easily.

Aaron Bennett wanted to become a non-gaming supplier through his Benetech company. He applied in 2002. The Louisiana State Police have a Gaming Suitability Unit. In 2003 they looked into his suitability, and they denied his application.

Bennett appealed this to the Louisiana Gaming Control board. In 2004, they affirmed the good sense of the finding made by the State Police.

If the State Police and the Gaming Board had already ruled that Bennett was not the kind of guy you want to put in charge of pass cards at a casino, it is surprising that he was he given such a free hand to work on projects at airports, prisons, medical research facilities, city government operations and projects for the Army Corps of Engineers.

The list of exhibits the state presented about Bennett was interesting.

It included his previous arrest for felony theft and his omission of that information from his application. He also lied and said he was not a graduate of UNO. His lies about the minority owned business status of his company with his former wife is mentioned here.

There is information about his bankrupcy petitions.

Before Benetech, the company names associated with his efforts to secure work providing the identity and security cards for casinos were Embosser Sales and Service, which tried (and I think failed) to get this kind of work as far back as 1999, and Regional Card Systems, Inc. which went bankrupt.

One of the exhibits presented by the state is a letter from LSU Health Sciences Center to Claude Lightfoot, trustee. Someone at LSU must have known something was fishy about Aaron Bennett. If their guy was being looked over by the State Police and the Gaming Control Board-- looked over and found wanting-- why didn't they dump him?

Medical research, airports, army engineering projects, important work for the city... if Bennett wasn't good enough for the gamblers, why was he good enough to do these serious jobs?

Where were the City lawyers, staffers, and the Mayor? The police and the gaming board were looking out for the people, but no on else was.

Anonymous said...

You can find this document if you look up aaron bennett, louisiana on google.

It is the record of a ruling made in 2004, well before any of Bennett's post-Katrina work in New Orleans. Anyone looking up Mr. Bennett to determine his suitability for taking on projects for the city should have been able to find this information easily.

Aaron Bennett wanted to become a non-gaming supplier through his Benetech company. He applied in 2002. The Louisiana State Police have a Gaming Suitability Unit. In 2003 they looked into his suitability, and they denied his application.

Bennett appealed this to the Louisiana Gaming Control board. In 2004, they affirmed the good sense of the finding made by the State Police.

If the State Police and the Gaming Board had already ruled that Bennett was not the kind of guy you want to put in charge of pass cards at a casino, it is surprising that he was he given such a free hand to work on projects at airports, prisons, medical research facilities, city government operations and projects for the Army Corps of Engineers.

The list of exhibits the state presented about Bennett was interesting.

It included his previous arrest for felony theft and his omission of that information from his application. He also lied and said he was not a graduate of UNO. His lies about the minority owned business status of his company with his former wife is mentioned here.

There is information about his bankrupcy petitions.

Before Benetech, the company names associated with his efforts to secure work providing the identity and security cards for casinos were Embosser Sales and Service, which tried (and I think failed) to get this kind of work as far back as 1999, and Regional Card Systems, Inc. which went bankrupt.

One of the exhibits presented by the state is a letter from LSU Health Sciences Center to Claude Lightfoot, trustee. Someone at LSU must have known something was fishy about Aaron Bennett. If their guy was being looked over by the State Police and the Gaming Control Board-- looked over and found wanting-- why didn't they dump him?

Medical research, airports, army engineering projects, important work for the city... if Bennett wasn't good enough for the gamblers, why was he good enough to do these serious jobs?

Where were the City lawyers, staffers, and the Mayor? The police and the gaming board were looking out for the people, but no on else was.

Dambala - Jason B. Berry said...

It is a strange place, hence my Douglas Adams' metaphor. The deeper I dig, the stranger it gets. I think I may need to move on to Lewis Carroll but he's been done so many times.

Yeah, I'm going to stick with Adams' metaphors for Bennett. Bennett would make a good Zaphod come to think of it.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Aaron Bennett connections anyone ever taken a gander a lawsuit in Orleans Parish titled Ellis, Robert J. Jr. et al versus Fradella, Frank Thomas et al.

Frank Thomas Fradella is different from the other Frank Fradella of Covington, LA and HSOA fame.

I'm hearing its a pretty enlightening lawsuit.

Anonymous said...

It is my understanding that Ballay and Nungesser have ownership in Myrtle Grove Marina in Port Sulphur.
Some say that the smells began wafting from the whole Hingle, Berning Productions, campaign fraud, funny money business that broke into a scandal began when Billy Nungesser got ticked off about the expensive film Berning made. My understanding is and it was Billy's noise that turned everyone's attention to all this in the first place. This was over a year ago.

Last point is that since Billy and Jiff are enemies, it would be not logical to think that Ballay, who is a great friend of Billy's, is in biz with Jiff. That said such strange things go on Plaquemines ...

Dambala - Jason B. Berry said...

"Last point is that since Billy and Jiff are enemies, it would be not logical to think that Ballay, who is a great friend of Billy's, is in biz with Jiff."

But the common thread which runs through them is Bennett...and I believe he was doing business with Ballay and Braud in some for or fashion.