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Thursday, October 15, 2015

THE PLOT THICKENS: VENTURING DEEPER INTO THE DEN OF THIEVES

The City of Hartford Dillon Stadium deal may have all the potential allure of a Hollywood screenplay when all is said and done. The sad part though is that it is not made up, it is the reality of the incompetence of the Segarra Administration and the heads buried in the sand of the Hartford City Council under the direction of Council president Shawn Wooden. Notice I didn't say Wooden's leadership because that has essentially been non-existent.

Many are asking how this situation got so far out of control. Part of it is by the intimidation of the reigning bully on the playground, Councilman Ken Kennedy. Council members, including Dr. Larry Deustch and others, were quickly and loudly shouted down when they would ask any questions about Kennedy's sweetheart deal he was attempting to pull off. Now history is showing that Deutsch's concerns were well founded, as the deal continues to unravel.

But there are still many more questions than answers as to how a dirty deal got this far so quickly. Many of the questions will most likely be answered by Investigators as they dig into the matter. According to sources, the Hartford Police Department has at least one fraud detective working with Inspectors from the State's Attorney's Office digging into the matter as well as Federal Investigators from the US Attorney's Office. Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian Foley has not responded to requests to comment on the investigation other than to confirm the existence.

Last night I referred to the possibility of a romantic relationship between a high ranking official in Hartford's Development Services Division and the overpayment of invoices. Now it seems that is just the tip of the iceberg.

 According to sources , as well as documents received through an FOI request, one of the people in Development Services who processed James Duckett's payments as well as other payments for the Dillon project was Dr. Elda Sinani. Sinani has a very interesting fraudulent past and has admitted in Federal Court to conducting a scheme that may have fleeced as much as $2.8 million from the Feds through a tax cheat scheme. The press release from the US Attorney's Office detailing Sinani's activities are below.

So I guess the $1million plus in possible over payments to Duckett and his co-horts probably pales in comparison to Sinani's tax fraud scheme. But it raises even bigger questions about City Hall operations.

Second chances and all are good, but do you really give someone a second chance to commit possibly millions in fraud after they have already admitted to a fraud scheme once already?

I have the feeling this is going to get much worse before it goes away. Luckily several of the people that created the problem will also be going away soon also.

Stay tuned, the information is developing by the minute with every phone call,. Scholarships, jobs, and so much more to eventually come out.


19 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have been in the wrong line of business. It is not too late to turn to fraud, pilfering from government services, and screwing someone in the process and there is a pun in there.

Ok, so my faux plan is to offer to buy Bushnel Park and develop it into subdivisions and apply for funding from the governor's new business initiative and federal loans for low income development. Then get the money and fly out of the country with all the money. Russia will take me. Well, at least I have the same ideas as the common garden variety coal politican.

Anonymous said...

I just did a quick Google search and found this fraudster listed as facility at the what appears to be an online only diploma mill, Cambridge Graduate University International. I would love to know if the City of Hartford did any kind of background investigation on her? She has way to many degrees, titles, and letters after her name to get busted by the Feds for doing bad tax returns out of a notary business. Shame on City Hall for not doing due diligence on their appointments. I would FOI her application and entire personnel file and I'll bet its lacking any verified or verifiable information. Keep digging Kevin and glad to hear your back at home.

Alyssa said...

Kevin -- great job breaking this part of the story. You've always had great insider sources AND great supporting docs. And thanks to Councilman Deutsch for the steady watchdog role he has played over these past years. The Working Family Party owes him a huge debt of gratitude. He's put them on the map. As for certain other council persons, all we can do is shake our heads in further disbelief at the stunning array of poor decisions made in the past 2 years that have killed many of your political futures/legacies. Is anyone surprised at the latest cost overruns at the stadium?? Just saw the Courant story on the roadwork. This was ALL predicted.

Anonymous said...

one person dated another doen't make it fraud. 3 people had to sign on those invoices, were all of them dating or is this whole thing a kick back scam for Deller and the others just go along for the ride. Deller must go now and that whole department must be disbanded. they havent done any thing for the tax payers except rip them off.

Anonymous said...

Elda Sinasi, who would believe that. Sorry, Dr. Sinasi.

Wasn't Deller The Seller her greatest supporter and admirer all this time?

City Hall Worker said...

What about all the housing loans that they give away from Economic services. who is reviewing those Kevin? Do they give them to thier friends with benefits, or other deserving people? Who is responsible for this whole den of thieves? the Mayor, the COO or maybe Al Ilg is still in the picture? No oversite in a department that has way to much money, and is not in city hall. While the mouse has been trying to get reelected, the mice (rats) have been playing with our money.

Anonymous said...

Alyssa, Larry is a blessing but in my opinion, Hartford needs a few good republicans on council. I don't think the current batch sent to run are very wise. But we ne d fiscal conservative policies - not spenders.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Elda Sinani, Ph.D., Northeastern University; LL.M., University of Connecticut, School of Law;LL.B., J.D., University of L. Gurakugi, School of Law.

The writer who linked her to a credit mill wouldn't know an education if he or she ever got one. She's a good person and worker who made a mistake.

Anonymous said...

9:56PM - Ditto, Elda is top A class !!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Elda is a top class corrupt administrator, she only made a mistake that will bankrupt our city. No big deal.

Anonymous said...

Orange Must Be the New Black to both Elda and Sandy.

Anonymous said...

I had pleasure of working with Dr. Sinani. A very smart,beautiful soul and mostly hard working woman. She was very supportive and at the same time inspiring. Past mistake does not necessarily equate guilt in this most recent scenario. Who was and is fortunate to work with her know this and respect her. You can ask anyone who work with her or know her. I am sure I am not the only one that feels that way. I've always said that she is too good for Hartford. All you previous anonymous people talking bad about her, obviously don't know her. How about we let the real investigators do their job before jumping in conclusions and ruining people's reputation. Ditto, Dr. Sinani is top A class!!!!!

Arnold said...

Elda should have listed the Federal Court issue on her application with the City....wanna bet it is not listed? Furthermore,she was dating James Duckerr and should have provided notice of that relationship to her supervisor....wanna bet she did not notify her supervisor?
Also how could she vet the submitted bills from Duckett and be neutral when she was dating him?

Elba needs to be fired

Anonymous said...

@Arnold. I bet you are someone who's jealous about her. Every one would love to hire her. She will add value and brings a wealth of experience to any group setting. She has global experience in a variety of places around the world, speaks multiple languages fluently. Dr. Sinani is a stand up woman with a big heart who would give the shirt off her back to anyone who needed it. As far as the tax thing remember this, not everything is always as it appears. She is wonderful person and those who know her will agree. Those who don't know her... well who cares what you think. She is a strong, smart, beautiful woman. She will rise....Go Elda and keep your head up!!!

Anonymous said...

@Arnold. I bet you are someone who's jealous about her. Every one would love to hire her. She will add value and brings a wealth of experience to any group setting. She has global experience in a variety of places around the world, speaks multiple languages fluently.
Dr. Sinani is a stand up woman with a big heart who would give the shirt off her back to anyone who needed it. As far as the tax thing remember this, not everything is always as it appears. She is wonderful person and those who know her will agree. Those who don't know her... well who cares what do you think. She is a strong, smart, beautiful woman. She will rise....Go Elda and keep your head up!!!

Kevin, please come on post my postings...

KEVIN BROOKMAN said...

8:02pm you are trying too hard. The truth won't be changed by the facts

Anonymous said...

8:02 pm Thank you Kevin. Facts don't necessarily have the power to change our minds. In fact is quite the opposite. In this blog if people are furnished with facts, they will be clearer, if they are mistaken, facts will set them straight. Have a nice evening Kevin. Keep up the good work.

Jardinera said...

Recently discovered your blog and am enjoying it immensely! I also think it rather big of you to allow Elda to defend herself anonymously here in the comments section. Keep up the great work!

Anonymous said...

Kevin, anything more to report on this story? I thought by now more would have come out.