How to do a background check in Dayton Ohio- and how it could be easier.

The first response to a facebook job posting was obviously too good to be true. Someone with a long history of accounting and bookkeeping applied. She loved dogs (we have 2-3 in the office daily) and wrote a very nice cover letter. No grammatical errors, covered our test questions (attention to detail is important) and the resume was a little long (3 pages) but all applicable.

But, since I’ve been burned by criminal con-artists before, I thought I’d do a quick search of criminal prosecutions in Montgomery County. For that, I headed over to the Montgomery County Clerk of Courts website- mistakenly called “Pro”- for “public records online” – but really should be named “AMATEUR” from the sites functionality and user interface.

The site is not mobile friendly, there are so many things about it that could be dramatically improved by using basic web interface design tools (color coding of filings in the docket would be a godsend- with plaintiff, defendant and court filings all coded with standard colors would make it much easier to find what you are looking for – as a start). But the biggest flaw is that none of these valuable public records are indexed by search engines- or linkable – ie- here’s her record.

I can tell you why this happened in Montgomery County long ago in Internet time. In the early days of search, if you searched for “Economy Linen Dayton” all that would come up were all the lawsuits they filed against former customers for non-payment. This was of great concern to the Feldman family- and they reached out to me on how they could fix their search results (my firm was an early pioneer in building websites and SEO and taught a class in how to use WordPress as a Google beater). Instead, since Deb Feldman was the county administrator, and her family owned Economy- they just forced the information to be hidden.

It also doesn’t help that Ohio insists on the idea of electing amateurs to jobs that should be performed by professionals- like County Clerk of Courts, Recorder, Auditor, Treasurer, local School Board Members- and even has a few jobs where you have to have actual certification to do the job like County Engineer or Coroner or, whelp, Judges (as if voters can tell a good judge from a bad one other that what the judge did to your cousin Billy Bob).

All the above to get to this- Miss Job applicant came up more than once. Four times to be exact. Once as a notary, twice as a debtor and once as a defendant, where on Monday, March 22, 2021 10:08:56 AM, in an TERMINATION ENTRY – COMMUNITY CONTROL- Judge Gerald Parker ordered her:

9. A requirement that the defendant not work in any capacity where she conducts financial transactions, handles cash, has access to employer/customer cash, checks, or credit information, or manages employer/customer finances;

Needless to say, I copied the judge on my response to her that I didn’t think it’d be a good fit at my office and maybe she should consider manual labor or dog walking. I also called the plaintiff who thanked me profusely. Hopefully, her next appearance online will be with equally crappy website run by the Sheriff that shows people in custody in the Montgomery County Jail.

In the meantime, to do a background check in Dayton Ohio, you are unfortunately challenged by the fact that we don’t have a statewide Clerk of Courts site with e-filing and unified search like the State of Wisconsin (see this post).

To do a background check effectively, you have to check ALL of the following sites:

Montgomery County PRO: https://pro.mcohio.org/pro/ Which covers felony cases.

There are 7 municipal courts to check:
Montgomery County muni-court: (another horrible website) http://www.mccountycourts.org/
with 2 different sub-sites: Eastern and Western– but, not to worry- they both use the same PRO system to keep cases- although you’d hardly know it. Note- both of them are not secure (website basics 101).

Then you have the step-children websites- very expensive and should be totally unnecessary: note- you should check both criminal and civil on each site.

Three bastard mayor’s courts (why these are allowed to exist is beyond comprehension)

Greene County https://courts.greenecountyohio.gov/eservices/home.page.2

They are nice enough to include the other courts- muni- on the same page:

You should also check Warren County and Springboro and Franklin:

Warren County Clerk of Courts: https://www.co.warren.oh.us/clerkofcourt/

Miami County Clerk of Courts: https://www.co.miami.oh.us/117/Clerk-of-Courts

That is just the list of court sites the region pays for- to make life more difficult and expensive for all. This is one of the areas the region could be much more efficient and effective in spending your tax dollars. It’s one of the reasons I founded Reconstructing Dayton– to make everyone aware of how much public official incompetence costs us. This is no way to run government. We could have one statewide court docket management site to do all records for all courts- and besides saving money- make our lives much easier.

Other recommended steps: Check the person out on Social Media: Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Instagram – no guarantees that you’ll find what you want, but at least you may find out who they know that you know for personal references.

Calling personal connections is HIGHLY recommended- don’t just trust that because they are friends with a lot of people you are friends with on social media- doesn’t mean they all would vouch for them.

Calling former employers to confirm employment is the minimum. Asking for references is also advised.

Check actual educational qualifications. Universities will confirm a degree. I should have done this in my case.

Credit checks aren’t always legal- but can give you additional information. Typically, people with better credit are responsible.

You can pay for some information checking services- this is what private background check companies do, however, they probably don’t disclose which ones they use. I have a subscription to BeenVerified.com  which isn’t supposed to be used for background checks (it’s interesting what the legal do’s and dont’s are) and as a test, it found some court cases that I wasn’t aware of- like domestic violence – yet it didn’t have the felonies for embezzlement (yet). These services are all owned by one group– and marketed under different names: BeenVerified.com, PeopleLooker.com, NumberGuru.com, NeighborWho.com, Ownerly.com, PeopleSmart.com and Bumper.com. You aren’t supposed to use these for background checks. I use it for finding people for interviews, finding classmates for our reunion committee and verifying online buyers for online sales to make sure that we’re not being scammed.

I always run a google search on the person. Some are absolutely worthless if their name is very common. But, it never hurts to look.

As a landlord, I’ve used background check services before and found them moderately useful, however, just adding that you will use one in your ad often scares away some.

 

 

Why is Brian Higgins in the Montgomery County Jail?

Full disclosure- Brian Higgins is a friend, former client, fellow paratrooper.

Last Monday I reported that Brian Higgins was being sent to a federal prison for a competency evaluation in yet another strange twist of the “culture of corruption” investigation by the Federal Bureau of Incompetence.

First arrested on April 30, 2019, Higgins has been free on his own recognizance for over 2 years. He’s made every court hearing, he’s reported his whereabouts and contacts with police (even if he just called about a car wreck needing assistance). He’s not been convicted of any crime, nor has the state proved that he’s committed one.

Yet, last Monday, the Feds took him into custody after the trial- ostensibly to ship him off to a Federal Prison in North Carolina, Butner,  for an evaluation, yet, he’s being held in the Montgomery County Jail- taking up a bed and your tax dollars ever since.

Screen capture of Booking information for Brian Higgins

Now, Roshawn Winburn has plead guilty– and is due to serve a year long prison sentence, and to this day, is going about his daily business- due to report to the feds in September. Williams served about three months- and skipped the local jail- reporting directly to the Fed prison in Ashland KY- as did Clayton Luckie.

Roshawn Winburn not in Custody

Look up Roshawn Winburn here https://www.bop.gov/inmateloc/

What makes the innocent until proven guilty Higgins deserving of incarceration? Only one possible answer- the feds are on a vendetta. Until they have a place for him in NC, there is no reason for him to be in the Montgomery County Jail. He’s not a threat to himself, or others, or the community.

Who are the feds protecting? Themselves?

 

How to weigh in on the public option for health care coverage

I was happy to see that 2 people in congress actually care that freedom- should include your right to manage your health care coverage- instead of your employer.

“Two leading congressional Democrats issued a call Wednesday for ideas on a “public option” health insurance plan, a campaign promise of President Joe Biden’s that faces long odds politically.

The wide-ranging request from Sen. Patty Murray of Washington and Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey asks basic questions such as who should be eligible to enroll in a new federal health plan, how benefits would be designed and what payments should look like for hospitals, doctors, drug companies and other medical providers.”

I’m purposefully not giving credit to the shitty “newspaper” that published this AP story- because it failed to give you the actual information on HOW to submit the ideas. Don’t worry- they were one of many that did exactly the same thing.

So- here’s the contacts- and the questions- email to both-

[email protected] and [email protected]

1. Who should be eligible for the public option? Should a federally administered plan be available to all individuals or be limited to certain categories of individuals (e.g.,ACA Marketplace eligible individuals, private employers and individuals offered employer coverage)?

2. How should Congress ensure adequate access to providers for enrollees in a public option?

3. How should prices for health care items and services be determined? What criteria should be considered in determining prices?

4. How should the public option’s benefit package be structured?

5. What type of premium assistance should the Federal government provide for individuals enrolled in the public option?

6. What should be the role of states in a federally-administered public option?

7. How should the public option interact with public programs including Medicaid and Medicare?

8. What role can the public option play in addressing broader health system reform objectives, such as delivery system reform and addressing health inequities?

You can find more information here (PRI request PDF). 

Source: Congress wants your input on a public option healthcare plan! – National & International – WED 26May2021 – | NEMiss.NEWS

And here was really fast response (feel free to copy or adapt). I urge you to write as well:

1. Who should be eligible for the public option? Should a federally administered plan be available to all individuals or be limited to certain categories of individuals (e.g.,ACA Marketplace eligible individuals, private employers and individuals offered employer coverage)?
Available to all.

2. How should Congress ensure adequate access to providers for enrollees in a public option?
Cut off all medicare and medicaid money to any hospital organization that refuses it- and to any hospital that pays anyone over 20x their average employees wages and claims non-profit status.

3. How should prices for health care items and services be determined? What criteria should be considered in determining prices?
Benchmark against foreign countries- because there is no free market here. 

4. How should the public option’s benefit package be structured?
As simply as possible- it must include dental and vision- because kids can’t learn if they can’t read- and good oral health is a key preventative measure against many other diseases.

5. What type of premium assistance should the Federal government provide for individuals enrolled in the public option?
Sliding scale based on income. Children under age 5 should all be enrolled free, and that coverage continues until they have completed their education (no coverage for drop outs)

6. What should be the role of states in a federally-administered public option?
Nothing.

7. How should the public option interact with public programs including Medicaid and Medicare?
All three programs should be unified into one. Simplification is the key to success.

8. What role can the public option play in addressing broader health system reform objectives, such as delivery system reform and addressing health inequities?
Simplification of all insurance forms through a unified system.
Providing all patients the option of enrolling in an electronic health records system that is owned by the patient- not the health care provider. To solve the inequities- mandate that no elected official anywhere, can have any insurance OTHER than the public option as a condition of being in office.

It’s time to fix health care in America. It costs more, has worse outcomes and stifles economic mobility. The Pandemic showed we can fund some parts of health care for all- even though in reality- we already do. Hospitals can’t deny care, they just act like the Mafia and prefer to punish those who haven’t paid their vig in advance.

There is zero reason for health care to require insurance. It’s a basic, fundamental requirement for a country to be an economic powerhouse.

The continuing crazy culture of corruption case: Higgins sent for competency evaluation

Full disclosure: Brian Higgins is a friend, former client, fellow paratrooper.

Judge Rose has a penthouse suite courtroom on the 9th floor of the Federal Building in Dayton. Or maybe I should call it “Day on” since someone stole the 2 “T”‘s from the sign on the promenade that used to say “DAYTON FEDERAL COURT.” (yeah, I should have taken a photo).

At 1:30 PM today, a hearing was held, which was supposed to be where the feds argued about the qualifications and admissibility of an expert witness’ testimony on insurance fraud with Higgin’s 2 court appointed attorneys. That’s called a Daubert hearing- and that’s not what happened today.

Instead, the defense lawyers asked for Higgins to be sent to Federal prison psychiatric facility to judge his competence. They both admitted this was a very strange request, and said that Higgins is obviously a very smart man, and it’s not a question about does he understand what is happening to him, but, that he has a strange deeply ingrained idea that he’s being persecuted by the feds because of something they claim to be “unrelated” to this case- and that it’s causing problems in providing a defense.

The Federal prosecutors agreed, and so, eventually did the judge. Higgin’s was remanded to federal custody at the end of the hearing, to be taken to a federal facility that his attorney’s and the judge agreed to, where he’ll spend some time being evaluated by a psychiatrist or three.

Higgins, spoke after his lawyers and before the feds, clearly, elegantly and concisely. The average person watching would be confounded to understand how anyone could listen to him- and still think he’s not competent to stand trial. Higgins said he has now fully accepted that “the ship has sailed” on his argument that this whole case against him was trumped up charges by the feds to silence him on his claims of corruption in Chicago and that former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had been covering up sex crimes against children, and awarded a contract to dispose of bodies in Chicago to a convicted child molester. Higgins now says- yes, this whole case is about a fish tank, and said he would no longer bring up “the children.”

Mention was made of this video- that’s been posted on a site “What about the children, Rahm” since before the feds took Higgins into custody on what is basically not part of a “culture of corruption” in local government- but of basic insurance fraud on April 30 2019. Note, the video upload date: Apr 3, 2019

Higgins was headed into the Feds office on the pretense that he was going to share his binders of information on corruption in Chicago and pay to play. Instead, it was a ruse by the feds to arrest him along with former Dayton City Commission Joey Williams (who had turned himself in that morning) and Clayton Luckie and RoShawn Winburn who were both brought in wearing hand cuffs.

The reality is, the Feds failed massively in undoing the “culture of corruption” in Dayton- and to date have handed out meaningless slaps on the wrist to all part of this huge conspiracy that only seems to be perpetrated by Black men in the community.

Now, with Higgins spending some time in custody, the embarrassed feds just gained an excuse to drop their charges and claim a pyrrhic victory after Higgins is found competent and sent back. The problem they are facing is that Higgins isn’t crazy- he’s just trying to talk about something the feds don’t want to talk about- in Chicago or Ohio. How is it that Larry Householder is still in office despite being caught smack in the middle of a $60M pay to play scheme? And Joey Williams had to turn states witness and resign from office? Is it that Householder is white?

You have to know that Williams can’t award a contract by himself as a city commissioner. Word is, prosecutors were playing all kinds of recordings of Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley to the Grand Jury- claiming a sure conviction- before just dropping all pursuit of her for misdeeds. How does the public get to the bottom of this? We can’t count on the hapless feds to do their duty.

If you, or your business was asked to donate to issue 9, or to Mayor Whaley’s campaign for Mayor or Governor with some kind of promise of favored status on contracts or tax abatement or incentives, I want to hear from you. Email [email protected] or call 937.985.1312 all sources will be kept confidential.

The day the feds announced the indictments, I was there with my video camera and got to ask the first question when they asked for questions from the press. Then as now, I asked how Wright State could “lose” $130M in 5 years, be found guilty of an H1B visa scandal, where a government run university was fined by the government a million dollars- and how this transfer of money from one hand of government to the others didn’t bring a single indictment or arrest?

The government’s case against Higgins, Williams and Winburn was built around a feckless confidential informant who is well known by anyone with a brain who can add 2+2 together and get 4. I published his name almost right away, the Dayton Daily did much later. The only person who seems to think this guy is worth protecting is the incompetent prosecutor who seems to have a vendetta out against Higgins.

In his own words, Higgins told the judge today that at one point, the prosecutor handed him a list of misdemeanors and to pick one to plead to- and this case would go away. Higgins stood on principle and refused. My only question is why the judge isn’t sending the federal prosecutors away for a psychiatric evaluation at this point, because this case has redefined the word crazy.

 

 

Your tax dollars subsidizing Amazon in Dayton

Montgomery County population hasn’t grown in 20 years. But our footprint keeps growing- as we continue to sprawl out over fertile farmland to do what exactly? Create jobs? What kind of jobs? Benefiting who?

There are plenty of sites in the county that Amazon, Crocs or anyone else could have picked to build a warehouse – near roads built for the traffic, near people needing the low wage jobs they offer- but, noooooo they have to be near the airport- where there is already a large package handling building sitting empty- the old Emery Air Freight terminal.

Instead, they are going to build on farmland, and have to create huge parking lots for employees, overload roads that weren’t built for that kind of traffic and require infrastructure upgrades- from intersections to water towers, all at our expense.

Need an example- look at the impact of The Greene on Kettering police and fire services, or Costco et al- on water supplies and roads. Look at the traffic at Austin Landing. Look at the widening of County Line road. It all adds up- and, guess who pays? All of us. Because invariably, we give these businesses tax breaks to lure them in- so the only taxes we see is income taxes- that only go to the municipality- not the region.

If we had leadership that thought these things through- long ago, we’d have a train running out to the airport much like Cleveland does with it’s “Rapid”- light rail- mostly above ground light rail. This way low income employees would have access to the jobs, and we wouldn’t have near the traffic to deal with.

For a while when Airborne air freight was at peak employment in Wilmington, they were running private buses out to ferry employees from Dayton. The same has happened to get workers to the giant warehouses in Mason. Dayton- crickets.

At some point we need to draw a circle around Dayton- and stop the sprawl. Portland Oregon did this decades ago- refusing to extend city services outside a boundary, pushing reuse and higher, more efficient development. They also built light rail.

There is no reason for the City of Union to exist- anymore than Moraine or even Clayton. It’s time we realize all these banana republics have costs – of duplication of services and additional unnecessary governmental overhead.

This is just one more reason to start looking at uni-gov. Please subscribe to Reconstructing Dayton if you want to see a new, more efficient vision for the region.

Update 25 May 2021- Reconstructing Dayton does a longer dive into this subject: The Promise of Trickle-Down Regional Benefits is Killing Dayton

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