Friday, January 25, 2019

The "Log Splitter Scandal" - BC Legislature corruption scandal Began when speaker was taken on boondoggle trip to Jolly Olde to meet with MI5

Whistleblowers never have it easy
...as the Greencrow once found out

Due to the USrael-backed regime-change anti-democratic coup going on in Venezuela, I've had to put this post on the back burner for the past week.  If you read my previous post, you will be aware that I'm now the self-declared Prime Minister of Canada. And, like Venezuela's self-declared President Juan Guaido, I'm now posting from a "secure location".

It's akin to a first year university course in political science, to study what's been going on in British Columbia over the past week or more.  Yet, hilariously, it also has a unique British Columbia cultural spin.  The political scandal revolves around a couple of alleged grifters who've been attached to the legislature for almost a decade...in their roles of Sergeant-at-Arms of the BC Legislature and Clerk of the BC Legislature.  For years, they've been signing off one another's personal expense accounts and, to a total of near a million dollars, have been systematically bilking the BC taxpayers.

A report by B.C. legislature Speaker Darryl Plecas alleges spending misconduct by two top officials who have been suspended during an ongoing RCMP investigation. Sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz [left]and clerk Craig James [right] deny any wrongdoing and say they will respond to the allegations in the 76-page report.


Money that they then spent on $700+ a night hotel rooms, expensive suits bought at an internationally renowned London Tailor, cufflinks, a pick-up truck full of liquor...and, a $13,000 log splitter and trailer--which was charged to one of the two's employee expense accounts--and delivered right to his door!  Now, wouldn't all British Columbians love to have a wood splitter, to cut up those pesky evergreen trees that keep falling near and on our properties during windstorms!


Log splitter bought and expensed to the B.C. legislature, seized by police from clerk Craig James’ home and returned to the legislature precinct. A utility trailer bought around the same time appeared in the legislature parking lot with no explanation soon after. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)


I invite readers to read the details of the long-standing corruption scam and I will have further comments to follow:

Accusations of lavish spending, inappropriate cash payouts among reasons for removal of top BC officials


B.C. Speaker Darryl Plecas has handed over a lengthy report to the Legislative Assembly Management Committee looking into alleged wrongdoing by clerk Craig James and sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz.

The committee now must decide whether they make the findings of the report public.

“My strong view is that the entire 76-page report be made public and perhaps including the five-inch binder of associated evidence from that report,” Plecas said.

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From News1130


VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – The list is long in the House Speaker’s report detailing allegations of out-of-control spending from the clerk and sergeant-at-arms offices. Those officials are now suspended and under police investigation.

The dollar value is high:

“It would be in the millions of dollars,” said Daryl Plecas’ special advisor Allan Mullen, who told reporters that’s the total for questionable employer benefits. And there’s more:

“Expensing all manner of personal expenses to the legislative assembly totalling tens of thousands of dollars over a period of less than two years. And if we went back even further, oh boy,” said Mullen.

The all-party management committee that approved the release of the report is calling for full audits of the two offices, a review of workplace treatment at the legislature and letters from the suspended officers.

Though the Speaker says these are not just allegations, none have been proven in court and no charges have been laid.

In the report, Plecas said he has seen or has been told of “flagrant overspending” on overseas trips for “questionable” business purposes, as well as personal expenses and inappropriate cash payouts in lieu of vacation to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“In the months after I became Speaker, I learned of a number of allegations and personally observed or was party to numerous conversations or activities, which made me deeply uncomfortable with the conduct of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly and the Sergeant-at-Arms,” reads the report.

Plecas lists the following as activity he has observed and/or been informed of:
- flagrant overspending on luxurious trips overseas with questionable business rationales;

- expensing of all manner of personal purchases to the Legislative Assembly, totalling tens of thousands of dollars over a period of less than two years inappropriate payouts of cash in lieu of vacation, which appear to total in the hundreds of thousands of dollars;

- lack of oversight or appropriate protocols in the awarding of employment benefits, and evidence of attempts to obtain highly questionable further benefits, collectively representing actual or contingent liabilities to the Legislative Assembly totalling in the millions of dollars;

- using working time to make day or overnight trips away from the Legislative Assembly, at the Legislative Assembly’s expense, for what appear to be other than legitimate work purposes;

instances where thousands of dollars of alcohol and equipment may have been misappropriated from the Legislative Assembly;

various concerns relating to management of employees, including potentially retributive or otherwise unjustified terminations;

taking steps to conceal information which could indicate improperly claimed expenditures.

Trip to the UK


In the report, Plecas shared some details about his account of an overseas trip that was planned a few weeks into his first session.
He said James told him that the two of them and Lenz “needed to go to the United Kingdom for various meetings, including one with MI5 (the UK’s Security Service), as well as to procure an official Speaker’s hat for me. He told me that his office was arranging everything.”

He said that 10-day trip took place in early December. “We left on a Friday and landed in London on Saturday morning, with our first meeting apparently scheduled for Sunday, but shortly after we arrived, I was told by Mr. James that something had happened such that there was no meeting on Sunday, so we had the weekend free.”

Plecas noted they were booked into the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, “a very expensive hotel

He said over the next few days, all of the meetings “seemed to be of a ‘meet-and-greet’, introductory nature.”

“On Monday, December 4, we met with a gentleman that Mr. James and Mr. Lenz knew from MI5. The meeting lasted less than an hour and did not seem to me to be the kind of conversation that required an inperson meeting. In the evening, Mr. Lenz and I had dinner at the Royal Air Force Club with a retired MI5 member and his wife, and a gentleman from Scotland Yard. The
dinner discussion was purely social.”

Plecas claims Lenz and James had several items bought at an expensive store shipped back to Victoria for them.

across the river from Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.”

He said over the next few days, all of the meetings “seemed to be of a ‘meet-and-greet’, introductory nature.”

“On Monday, December 4, we met with a gentleman that Mr. James and Mr. Lenz knew from MI5. The meeting lasted less than an hour and did not seem to me to be the kind of conversation that required an inperson meeting. In the evening, Mr. Lenz and I had dinner at the Royal Air Force Club with a retired MI5 member and his wife, and a gentleman from Scotland Yard. The dinner discussion was purely social.”

Plecas claims Lenz and James had several items bought at an expensive store shipped bac“I have since confirmed that what Mr. James and Mr. Lenz purchased included a navy-coloured suit and cufflinks, which were in fact expensed to the Legislative Assembly. The suit cost £662.50, or $1,157.26.”k to Victoria for them.

Trip to China

In the report, Plecas also details a trip to China that took place in June, 2018.

“Mr. James, Deputy Speaker Raj Chouhan and I flew to Hong Kong from Vancouver and visited that city and also the Chinese cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Dongguan which are clustered to the north of Hong Kong in Guangdong Province.”

He said the purpose of the trip was to sign a letter of intent to conduct goodwill exhanges between the B.C. legislature and the Standing Committee of Guangdong Provincial People’s Congress.

Plecas claims at the Hong Kong Airport, James disappeared for awhile “and returned with a large piece of expensive-looking luggage.”

“He then opened the luggage bag that he had brought with him, took out a t-shirt and put it in the new piece of luggage, zipped it up and checked it onto the flight. As discussed below, he later claimed the luggage from the Hong Kong airport as an expense to be reimbursed from the Legislative Assembly. It cost $1,138.34.9”

Second trip to the UK

In the report, Plecas also detailed a second trip to the UK, saying there were “two events worthy of note” that happened in London.

Plecas said both he and James bought the same suit from Ede & Ravenscroft. “They each cost approximately $1,000. I paid for my suit separately. When Mr. James was at the till, Mr. Lenz was there as well and he quipped to Mr. James, ‘part of the uniform.'”

“After we left the store, Mr. James said to me that I should provide him with the receipt because they would claim the suits as part of the Legislative Assembly budget for “uniforms”, which they were plainly not. I said that I would be paying for mine,” he added.

He claims James encouraged him to submit his receipts twice after returning home, but he refused.

“I have since reviewed the expense claims and see that Mr. James claimed his suit as an expense and also wrote on the receipt that the suit he purchased was black rather than grey, presumably to support a claim that it was part of his Legislative Assembly attire (which is a gown, vest, black-striped or grey-pinstriped pants, and tabs; not a suit),” Plecas claimed.

Plecas said in the second “event worthy of note,” he, James and Lenz were looking at watches in a gift shop.

“I was looking at the watches with Mr. Lenz and commented, ‘those are nice watches,’ and he replied to me wryly, ‘part of the uniform.’ Mr. James and Mr. Lenz purchased some items from the store, but I didn’t see what they were. After we returned to British Columbia, I found an attractive watch on my desk that said “House of Commons” on it, which was clearly from the gift store at Westminster. I did not ask for this “gift”, nor did I ask, or permit, Mr. James to claim for reimbursement for the expense of this watch, which it appears he did,” he claimed.

“I believed that there was a real possibility that crimes may have been committed and I felt obligated to bring those matters to the attention of the RCMP,” Plecas said in the report.

Plecas says regardless of whether criminal charges are laid, ” the Legislative Assembly needs to review and consider these matters, and determine whether it is more likely than not that conduct has taken place that is inconsistent with the duties of those involved and the reasonable expectations of the Legislative Assembly.”

“The Legislative Assembly and its administrators must consider whether workplace discipline is warranted, and whether changes need to be made,” he added.

Sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz and clerk of the Legislature Craig James have been suspended since November, pending a criminal investigation.

Before Monday’s all-party meeting of the management meeting was taken in camera, Plecas said there are two legal opinions connected to the report.

Liberal committee members Mary Polak and Jackie Tegart opposed closing the doors, saying the report could be discussed publicly without impacting an ongoing police investigation.

He’s fighting back against criticism of his handling of the suspensions and ongoing, mysterious criminal investigations. 
“I am completely confident — completely confident that those audits will show that we have a lot of work to do here,” Plecas said.

When the same committee met last December, Plecas said he would resign his position as Speaker if the public is not outraged over his findings of unspecified allegations at the legislature.
“If the outcome of those audits did not outrage the public, did not outrage taxpayers, did not make them throw up, I will resign as Speaker, and Mr. Mullen will resign as well,” Plecas said in December.

RELATED: Criminal investigation linked to sudden paid leave for two key B.C. legislature officials

The Speaker has been criticized for mystery surrounding the suspensions, as well as the investigations both James and Lenz appear to be caught up in."

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Greencrow says: While this has been a top news story in British Columbia over the past week, I looked at it from a very personal vantage point. Like the two alleged grifters above, I was also once employed by the government of British Columbia. I also submitted expense accounts, and had them signed off. And, like Speaker of the House, Darryl Plecas, I was once a whistleblower.

First, let me say that at the level of the bureaucracy that I worked at  [front line social worker] the scrutiny of personal/business expenses was very high.  You could never get away with anything like the corruption described above.  In actual fact, as my husband was a witness to, over my 18 years working for the government, I actually spent hundreds of dollars that I didn't claim, simply because I did not want to go through the hassle of explaining why I stopped at a McDonalds and bought a young family of kids several McHappy meals.  Stuff like that.  Once I even took a family of four kids out for a rib dinner...because one of the boys said he'd never had ribs and that was his dream...to have ribs.

Another time, I took a family out to IKEA so the kids could go in the "ball room" and play.  They said they'd never been to a "ball room".  We also had lunch at the IKEA dining room.  Never submitted a slip.  Another time, I enrolled two brothers into summer camp.  They didn't have camping gear or even appropriate summer clothes and swim suits.  I lent them my sons' sleeping bags--and outfitted each of them with shorts, t-shirts, swimming trunks and toiletries...all neatly packed in knapsacks.  Never submitted a claim.  These are just a few of many incidents that I can remember over the years.

So, you can imagine my reaction to read about these two, already highly paid employees, skimming the cream off the taxpayer's hard earned contributions.  

But I feel sorry for the whistleblower, Darryl Plecas.  He thinks he will be held in high regard by his fellow bureaucrats for blowing the whistle on such obvious theft.  No. Whistleblowing doesn't work that way.  Ever wonder why, in many jurisdictions, they've had to bring in special legislation TO PROTECT WHISTLEBLOWERS? 

That's because there's an entrenched culture in all bureaucracies, but particularly government bureaucracies, AGAINST whistleblowing.  It's hard to fathom why or explain but I know because it happened to me.  When I first started working for the government I was given an administrative position and put in the file room of an Income Assistance Office.  There I was, in this 12 x 12 foot windowless box of a room all day, the file shelves were floor to ceiling on all sides.  There was a huge desk in the middle of the room and an accordion file folder on it stuffed with all sorts of paper of all sizes, receipts, forms, letters, they all had to be filed into the files of the people who were on income assistance.

I was new on the job and still within my three month "probation period" where I could be fired without a lot of cause...so I worked very diligently.  On my second day, I noticed something strange.  Over the course of that day I found three different individuals who were receiving income assistance benefits who had TWO FILES EACH.  Each of these duplicate files was somewhat different...using the second given name instead of the first...but the social insurance numbers and/or photos were the same.  So, in effect three different individuals were receiving twice the amount of income assistance that they were eligible for.  Here was the kicker.  All of the three individuals had the same social worker.  Their social worker was a man...in fact the only man who worked in an office full of women social workers.  Male social workers were special.  They were in the minority and they were usually fast-tracked for promotion...upwardly mobile to the next layer of bureaucracy where men were in the majority. 

Well, naïve little moi.  I went to the Office Manager (a woman) and reported the discrepancies.  She appeared shocked but quickly took the files (all six of them) away from me and told me to get back to work.  Luckily for me, I kept a small notebook in my purse and wrote down the file names and file numbers.

After another day or so it was Friday, the last day of the week.  I was moving to another office the next week but noted before I left that the male worker was not at his desk that day...had the day off...I supposed.

The next week, I was assigned to an office across town and was sitting at my desk when I got a call from a senior administrator in the area.  She curtly told me that there had been a "complaint" about the quality of my work at the previous office and that she wanted to meet with me to discuss the complaint.  She warned me that I should bring a "Union Rep" with me to the meeting.  I was shocked and actually had to leave my desk, go into the washroom where I had a good cry.  Then I came out and asked the first person I saw who was the office Union Rep.  They told me and I went to that woman's office.  Fortunately, she had time to see me immediately and when I told her my story, she agreed to accompany me to the meeting the following week.

I was on pins, needles and tenterhooks all week waiting for the meeting.  I was worried that I might be fired or let go.  The meeting took place in a small room, we all sat around a table, me and my rep on one side and three administrative personnel on the other.  The "charge" against me was laid out.  Apparently, according to the complaint the office manager had made to Personnel,  I was wasting time, "snooping" in the files instead of filing.  How could I account for myself?

Well, as I said, I kept the names and file numbers of the suspect files in my notebook.  I took out my notebook, pointed at the information, and told the story about how I had discovered three separate cases of fraud in that office.  The panel of admin personnel looked stunned for a moment.  They had NOT HEARD my side of the story until now.  They copied down the file names and numbers and said I could go.  I never heard another word about the episode.  But I also was never assigned to that office again.

So, readers, that's how Whistleblowers are treated by bureaucracies.  I note from the newz that whistleblower Darryl Plecas is also under threat of recall regarding his MLA seat in the legislature and, in spite of his whistleblowing exploits, the recall is going ahead.

One final comment I would like to make about the "Log Splitter Corruption Scandal", as I now call it...readers should reflect on the fact that the trips the alleged grifters took to the UK were to meet with M15 personnel.  Now, what was that all about?!  I would like to know more about why M15 personnel and representatives of the security apparatus of the BC legislature "had" to meet and what was discussed...is this social camaraderie how False Flags are facilitated???

Also, it appears the alleged grifters travelled all over the world meeting with COG personnel in other countries.  "Continuation of Government" was the legislation passed in the US government which, as a for instance, allowed Dick Cheney to take over from President George W. Bush on 9/11.

See wad I mean???  Oh, and Darryl Plecas said the other day that his 76 page report was just a "grenade" and that a "bomb" is yet to come.  I can hardly wait.

3 comments:

Scorp Six Four said...

"The state is that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else." ~ Frederic Bastiat

wallflower said...

Heh...

The fraud, waste and abuse in the US Government is SO GREAT that they have a 'Fraud, Waste & Abuse' hotline for whistle blowers to call...so in my case I had the audacity to call (anonymously at that) and report some very vexing actions, making a long story short...I was harassed and threatened so bad that I quit. The US Government (esp. the Military or MIC) as we all know now with the trillions in taxpayer debt, 'self serve' themselves with the highest of services accompanied by lies to justify them. The reality of a whistle blower hotline was to catch the whistle blower...anonymity or not. I was privy to US Air Force primadonna's that would stay in 5-star hotel's whilst TDY (temporary duty) status...Army brass taking expensive vacations on TDY status...just to name a few of an endless trail to the moooooooooon all on taxpayer's dime. The disgust I have for the US Government is all encompassing. Can't wait for the sh*t to h*t the giant fan when all the fatcats are sleeping on the sidewalks riddled with petrodollar refuse. To hell with them all. They are literally what I call enemies of State.
I will leave you with this headline I just saw before reading your report...
https://southfront.org/commander-of-us-backed-militant-group-raped-10-yo-girl-in-al-tanf/

The human Beast indeed is a very ugly monster that needs to be put down.

greencrow said...

Thanks very much for your comments, Wallflower. I neglected to draw attention in my report to the many whistleblowers who tried to report on the two grifters prior to Speaker Darryl Plecas. Those whistleblowers were disbelieved, harassed and terminated. The corruption is universal.