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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:
Here’s a list of people who got paid, and how much they billed the city for:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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:
But yet here he is on that same day, at 10:02 AM, talking shit about Manny Pacquiao:
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:
Yet here he is on that same date, drinking Hennessy and playing chess with fellow Mosaic employee (also on the clock) Keefe Laporte:
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:
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.”
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.”
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:
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: [email protected]
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