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Freedom Of Information Act Request: Michael Jerry Stole $8,576 From Taxpayers While Lying On Mosaic Time Sheets

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On January 4, 2016, the City of Worcester wrote another check to Mosaic Cultural Complex for $39,378.72. It was the sixth check they had received from the city in the past six months, despite the fact that they were under investigation by the City Auditor. When the audit came back in October, proving that Mosaic had not paid their employees or followed protocol, City Manager Ed Augustus essentially gave them a mulligan and told them not to do it again.

Well Turtleboy wanted to get to the bottom of this, because that’s what we do over here. So we filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the City Manager’s office to see exactly where this 39,378.72 went to. Keep in mind, the requirement of this grant is that they use the money to pay for black men to get blood pressure testing – a service that CVS will do for free. The report we got was 80 pages, and we’ll be looking over it more closely, but one name that stood out on it was Michael Jerry. Here’s the check:

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Here’s a list of people who got paid, and how much they billed the city for:

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As you can see Michael Jerry was paid $8,576. This is a man who is an anti-police activist, who has this for a Facebook profile picture:

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Nice guy.

Let’s check out his timesheet. Keep in mind, this check only covers April 1, 2015-June 30, 2015; one quarter of the year. If he were paid this amount over the course of a year he’d be making close to $35,000 a year on the backs of the taxpayers. But was he really working? Here are his timesheets:

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You’ll notice that he has the exact same hours worked EVERY week. He clocks in 8 hours on Fridays, 2 hours on Saturdays, 6 hours on Mondays, 11 hours on Tuesdays, 6 hours on Wednesdays, and 7 hours on Thursdays. Every other employee at Mosaic also has a uniform payment schedule. Because more than likely, they didn’t really work those hours, and it was easier to copy and paste than it was to make up different hours for every work week.

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Now, we’re going to analyze these a lot more as time goes on. But just to give you a quick glimpse of the fraud we found in five minutes, lets look at a couple days in particular. First there is Tuesday April 7. Every Tuesday Michael Jerry bills the city for 11 hours of work, from 10 AM – 9 PM. Yet on April 7 he was live on 91.3 FM for his weekly “Voice of the Voiceless” show:

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Ya got that? We were paying him to do a radio show that no one listens to, with the illiterate racist known as Nathan Pickens.

Then there was April 23, a day in which he allegedly worked from 8 AM – 3 PM, doing….something:

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But yet here he is on that same day, at 10:02 AM, talking shit about Manny Pacquiao:

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Newsflash – Floyd Mayweather knocks no one out because he fights like a wounded naniburger. Not only was he collecting taxpayer money to sit on Facebook and talk shit all day, he couldn’t even get his shit talking straight.

Then there’s April 22, a day in which he worked from 10 AM – 6 PM:

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Yet here he is on that same date, drinking Hennessy and playing chess with fellow Mosaic employee (also on the clock) Keefe Laporte:

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But perhaps the most obvious fraud Michael Jerry and Mosaic committed in this five minute Turtleboy audit, was on April 14, which was a Tuesday, which means he billed the city for a 10 AM-9 PM workday:

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Yet in this article from Masslive, (also documented in Worcester Magazine and the Telegram) he conducts interviews with several news outlets, at a protest outside of City Hall at 6 PM. But the problem of course it that he was still being paid by the taxpayers at 6 PM!! This meeting was to protest the fact that the city was pressing charges against the Kelley Square 4, who were later found guilty by a judge:

Michael Jerry, a member of Communities United Collective, said he heard about the offer by City Manager Edward Augustus Jr. not to have criminal charges pursued in court if the group agreed not to block traffic in future protests.

“We consider that to be quite disingenuous,” Jerry said. “The issue is not about being in the streets and disrupting traffic. It’s about addressing oppression, the systemic oppression. His offer should be about ways to fix that not to keep us out the street.”

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Jerry, who would not say if he was at the January protest in Kelley Square, said the protest was to grab people’s attention to discuss the deaths of unarmed black men by authorities across the county.

He found it interesting that the video authorities used to identify protesters and file charges against some of them also showed a truck move toward the protesters, but yet no charges are being filed against that driver.

Jerry said people involved in the civil disobedience in Kelley Square, where traffic was blocked for 277 seconds, were prepared to be accused of being in breech of a very minor infraction by authorities.

He said early police reports filed after officers responded to the scene called the protest well organized and the protesters were compliant. It was only after the video gained traction on the Internet that police decided to look for charges, he said.

“This is not about the police executing their duties,” Jerry said. “This is about intentionally targeting Communities United Collective and the other demonstrators, trying to silence protests, trying to silence civil disobedience.”

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Here he is, whining and complaining about how unfair Ed Augustus is being. Yet not only was Ed Augustus offering to drop the charges against his idiot friends, he was also cutting him checks WHILE HE WAS SAYING THIS STUFF!!!

Oh yea, and here he is at Mosaic, hanging out with his friend City Councilor Khrystian King:

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Sarai Rivera and King are both regulars down here apparently. Is there any wonder why ex-convicts (Mike Jerry has served time) are getting away with blatant fraud? Those who have the power have their backs!!

This is insane people!!! This whole time the Telegram and every other media outlet alleged that no fraud had taken place. But yet here we have IN YOUR FACE FRAUD that Turtleboy discovered in five minutes. The City Auditor, who is paid over $100,000 a year, couldn’t find this in a three month long audit. But it’s right there. All we had to do was file a FOIA and we got the truth.

Had enough yet? Had enough of the lies and the cover ups? Had enough of the corruption? Had enough of your tax dollars going to dooshnozzles like Michael Jerry, who call anyone who opposes this fraud racist? If so, here’s Ed Augustus’ contact information. We urge you to let him know that this needs to end IMMEDIATELY. If not, we demand nothing less than his resignation. #FireEdAugustus

Phone: (508) 799-1175, Fax: (508) 799-1208
Email: 

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30 Comment(s)
  • Fatfinger Lou
    January 27, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    I brand thee racist! You do not understand and participate in our culture of Kleptocracy

    • Van Jones
      January 28, 2016 at 5:49 am

      Someone want to find out who M. BOONE is? Can a fist name be figured out?

      • Van Jones
        January 28, 2016 at 5:50 am

        First name that is. What are the odds?

  • MaryB
    January 27, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Turtleboy, you are fabulous because you do not give up in search of the real story. It would be great if the men and women who represent us as city counselors would be so kind as to follow up publicly and ask Big Ed to explain why his people didn’t find this and what he intends to do about the situation. No auditor questioned these reports? That seems just wrong. Are the auditors corrupt too? A dude with a shell and internet access, an getting no money but just a load of condemnation from city government, can find this in under 10 minutes and the paid employees of this city have missed it for years even after it became a big deal topic. Something is very very wrong in the city government here.

  • MaryB
    January 27, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Turtleboy, you are fabulous because you do not give up in search of the real story. It would be great if the men and women who represent us as city counselors would be so kind as to follow up publicly and ask Big Ed to explain why his people didn’t find this and what he intends to do about the situation. No auditor questioned these reports? That seems just wrong. Are the auditors corrupt too? A dude with a shell and internet access, an getting no money but just a load of condemnation from city government, can find this in under 10 minutes and the paid employees of this city have missed it for years even after it became a big deal topic. Something is very very wrong in the city government here.

  • Adam
    January 27, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Keep riding TB. Keep riding. Definitely going to Smokestack for some delicious BBQ in your honor this weekend.

  • Nanny
    January 27, 2016 at 9:27 am

    TB – this is good investigative work. Keep it up.

    Worcester is the handout Mecca of the region. It’s perhaps the most corrupt town of 200K residents on the East Coast, and that’s saying a lot (Cianciville to our South is a close second).

    Moving out of Woo in June. We won’t look back.

  • Mike Jerry's Parole Officer
    January 27, 2016 at 9:23 am

    I guarantee you that the time sheets were all filled out on the same day.
    Because he doesnt work Michael Jerry doesnt realize he is the “employee” so he signed all of the time sheets on the supervisor line.
    All have an arrow pointing to the fact his signature belongs on the employee line.

    Additionally, we know Mosiac’s bookkeeping is suspicious, but the fact for 8+ payroll cycles the payrate is listed at $14/hour leading the supervisor to scratch and initial the $16/hour rate also shows these sheets were all completed on the same day.

  • Chris From Georgia
    January 27, 2016 at 8:56 am

    The good taxpaying citizens of Worcester need to march on City Hall with pitch forks and torches and demand that justice be done!!!! Glad I moved far away from Worcester!!! Well done TB, well done!!

  • Jake from State Farm
    January 27, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Great investigative work. The T&G should be ashamed. But I believe the T&G does not want to expose or uncover this alleged fraud. That’s why they have no credibility.

  • CrazyPeople
    January 27, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Hey Mr. X the only one the brought up race is you. How about trying to explain why someone is getting paid with our tax dollars and not actually doing the work. Let’s deal with facts not your BS.

  • BobnMic
    January 26, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Nice job Turtleboy. Very well done. Seriously.

    So now the only question is when does this bullshit finally end? I mean comeon’ man! Give me one legitimate reason why this so-called organization should be getting 10s of thousands of dollars from we the people paying taxes here in Worcester. Like the fucking saps that we are. I’m totally on board with getting rid of Ed Augustus. He is a cancer in the clubhouse.

    Just ONE reason from that group please. Whatever they are called friggen, People United Collection bunch of Fuckheads or friggen United Collection of total assholes or something like that. I will listen / read. 110% chance I will disagree however.

  • Gronkmonster
    January 26, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Amazing something like this can be uncovered and absolutely nothing will be done about it once again ..I bet old Ed and Joe meet behind closed doors and laugh there asses off at what they can get away with

  • Mr X
    January 26, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Thank for sharing tune in next week to Voice of the Voiceless
    Good looking racist blog and racist commenters.

    • notafraud
      January 26, 2016 at 10:30 pm

      SO….racist = being against fraud?
      So then, being “against racism” (vis a vis – Mosaic, CUC, etc.) must mean being in favor of fraud…
      OK then, yes, THAT makes sense.

      • wabbitt
        January 27, 2016 at 8:53 am

        Being white automatically equals racist to these buttnuts.

        Calling out their fraud is ultra double secret racist.

    • Wormtown Refugee
      January 27, 2016 at 7:19 am

      Thanks for sharing, show up next week for “Paycheck the Non-Working”, with special tips on how to laugh all the way to the bank….

    • Wormtown Refugee
      January 27, 2016 at 7:19 am

      Thanks for sharing, show up next week for “Paycheck for the Non-Working”, with special tips on how to laugh all the way to the bank….

    • Betty
      January 28, 2016 at 8:46 pm

      What was said in this article that was racist?

  • Marvin
    January 26, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Fraud is fraud.
    Lying is lying.
    Stealing is stealing.
    Managers who allow this to happen on their watch should be canned for the public good.
    No questions asked.

  • Reddog
    January 26, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Can’t believe with this information out there that this place hasn’t been shut down yet. Unbelievable. It’s a big FU to the taxpayers of worcester,and I’m quite sure none of them are property owners,so they pay the same taxes as Tracy Novik.

  • ItsAllABadDream
    January 26, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    Glad I don’t live in Worcester!

    Any chance you can dig in to how my taxes are wasted in Holden? No doubt there are shenanigans happening there as well…

  • Frogshit
    January 26, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Well it’s obvious that you, Turtleboy, are merely doing this to disgrace the fine work that Mosaic does!
    Have you even seen how low the blood pressure of some of these homeless black men is? No, I bet you haven’t!
    I saw one just today, cuffed him, squeezed and I couldn’t believe the numbers I saw. This one guy… 120 over 80! PERFECT!
    Nuther guy. 123 over 82! I mean, this surely is just you being a bigot!

  • Devils Mouthpiece
    January 26, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    I’m just so glad I don’t live in Worcester with my tax dollars going to these shills. Then again, I’m sure my taxes are going to some BS that TB has yet to uncover so it’s all the same really.

  • RSoxGuy
    January 26, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    You would think Mosaic would at LEAST put a little effort into forging this kinda shit. Just goes to show you how embarrassing their record keeping dept really is.

    Ohh and for Augustus to just keep singing the checks, hes just as complicit in this fraud as Urkel Frames is.

  • Shag
    January 26, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Well done, TB.

    I hope your work here is the nail in the coffin for Mosiac. That’s the biggest scam being perpetuated on the tax payers of the city.

    • Fillet O Fish
      January 27, 2016 at 6:47 am

      Who’s “M. BOONE” listed prominently on the pay chart?

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