Pigford THREE: Here Comes The Bus!

Pigford THREE: Here Comes The Bus!

Think the Pigford black farmer settlement claims that give virtually automatic payments of $50,o00 to anyone claiming that they (or their parents, grandparents or whatnot) attempted to farm are over? Think the billions flowing to fraudsters are finished?

Guess again: with almost no media scrutiny, no political courage to call fraud FRAUD, and President Barack Obama in the White House, Thomas Burrell and others are actively planning Pigford 3 to open up the bank vaults again.

Don’t take my word for it; listen to this segment of a longer interview and here Burrell tell you himself.

Don’t forget; we exposed Thomas Burrell years ago as the man traveling around the country for years teaching people how to commit undetectable fraud.

As Dave Weigel said on Slate recently:

Andrew Breitbart and journalist Lee Stranahan ran around, respectively, trying to get media on the story and doing interviews with angry would-be whistleblowers. I did a little reporting on it and was overwhelmed. The New York Times assigned investigative reporters to the story, though, and their epic treatment made A1 today.

There’s a lot here, and an overwhelming amount of people admitting, yeah, the settlement process was/is a mess. The Times quotes a “lawyer familiar with the Clinton administration’s stance”: “It was better to err on the side of giving money to people who might not qualify if they went through litigation than to deny money to people who actually deserve it.” But the piece ends with the stunning scene of Thomas Burrell, president of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association, telling black churchgoers how to file for claims .

Lucky for us, Lee Stranahan managed to get a tape into one of Burrell’s 2011 meetings.

Here’s that video and it’s as clear as can be.

There’s an industry here with billions at stake. People like Burrell aren’t going to give up easily.

And please note that Burrell is based in Memphis; a lot of people with questionable claims that I point to here and here are within an hour’s drive of Memphis.

Racists Cover Up Pigford Fraud

Racists Cover Up Pigford Fraud

I would never cover up fraud because the person who committed the fraud was white.

I would never attack someone exposing fraud because they were black.

Yet that’s the sort of blatant racism that helping to cover up the Pigford scandal. It’s not just being covered up the lawyers and politicians; it’s being covered up by regular people who make no bones about doing it for racist reasons.

There’s a lot of people freaking out over at the My Settlement Claims website right now. A lot of the posters seem to be people were waiting on a Pigford 2 settlement claim check and they are not at all happy with the fact that I am exposing fraud in the case.

A few days ago and woman who uses the name Paula Rich put a post saying that she personally knew of a woman who collected a half-million dollars in fraudulent claims.

Here’s what she wrote:

To be honest, not shooting myself in the foot, I know of 1 person who actaully did that in the first pigford case (bless her heart, she is deceased now), but she actually got at least 500,000 (all of the checks came to her address). I don’t think in pigford I you had to have a death certification and she had actaully filed in Pigford II about 10+ claims of different names, I don’t know if the people she filed for are deceased or living, but by her being deceased, no one followed up on it, because there again, it was fraud. She was an older lady, very swift and very greedy – THIS STORY IS TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Then later Paula Rich said:

@cc: she was very, very slick. She got money for family membersand they did not know anything about it. If she had not pass away, shw was planning to doing the same thing. Again, I know of at least 10 letters from the administration office that came to her house after her death. She died right in 2010 (right before they starting mailing the application out). Her family got the applications, but they did not even know the people that she was applying for. I KNOW THIS FOR A FACT.

Someone followed up with:

Paula….I haven’t responded because I know of two people who got over 250000.00 each filed over 5 claims and got the money….so I know that Mr Stranahan is telling the truth…..these people these cheaters liars and greedy people are the reason we are over a year into the settlement.

I posted and said I would like to speak to her about that story.

Now Paula Rich has posted this:

For the record, when I posted about the scenerio that I knew about, I did not know that Mr. Lee was on this blog. I am as real as they get and at the end of the day, the true is the true. What dog does Mr. Lee have in this fight, I don’t know and personally, I don’t care. As far as Ms. Waller is concern, I posted the information that she has given to me (whether it is true or not true) – I don’t know. I am not on anyone side as stated from the some of the bloggers. I do have an opinion on certain issues and I may respond or not respond. I want to see everyone get their long over due monies that is my prayer each day. So if I offended anyone, I am truly sorry.
It is distrubing to me that all this focus is on fraud in the Pigford II Settlement, but when the Indians got their monies last year, it went smooth as a cucumber. Either you are approved or not approved, NOT Mr. Lee or anyone else can stop what God has for you – beleive that!!!!!!!

This is backtracking and apologizing for bringing up a case of fraud. It’s immoral.

This sort of racist circle-the-wagons mentality that is on display everywhere in that forum exposes the ends justify the means mentaliy of common criminals.

Angry Frauds: Pigford Greed On Display At Online Forum

Angry Frauds: Pigford Greed On Display At Online Forum

My recent piece highlighting just a few of the oddities among Pigford 2 claims seems to have immediately struck a nerve with some people. Both the article and I are being discussed on a forum called My Settlement Claims. Here’s one comment:

My opinion only: From what I have read and researched; Lee Stranahan is a freelance writer, A NOBODY who wants recognition or attention. I noticed this is not his first nor last story he plans to bash. He needs to kick up some dust and continue to keep his name circulating in the media….that is how he makes his living. He is man version of “Wendy Williams” although I like Wendy; however; she talked her way to a talk show. Anywhoo, this case is closing and the fat lady is about to sing. Thanks Paula for the info…#waitingpatiently

I’m always a nobody when they can’t refute the facts.

And the settlement may be closed, but the story is far from over. If anyone who committed fraud in Pigford thinks cashing those checks will never come to back to them, good luck with that. The lawyers and the politicians who set this up are the people I think need to be brought to justice but it’s a safe bet they are going to throw the people who lied to get a $50,000 check under the bus faster than you can say Monica.

Once participant doesn’t understand the word ‘tease’ has more than one meaning. And he’s a racist.

Hello everyone, allow me 2 introduce the word (teased) to you. The definition of teased-To make fun of; mock playfully. Pigford 2 article is nothing more, than a white right wing nut, making fun of the pigford settlement. He clearly stated that it’s a teased article.Quote…..I teased a number of things last night on Twitter, so I decided to put all the teases here in one place for reference. unquote.So, the article is not true, it’s only a teased article. It never seem to amaze me, how low the white man will go, to keep the black man down. Who would be stupid enough to file 22 claims with the same address? Dam, I think I’ll go over on this white boy Twitter page & give him a piece of my mind.

I was using the word ‘tease’ in the sense of a movie teaser; the definition of “a short introductory advertisement for a product, esp. one that does not mention thename of the thing being advertised.”

In other words, I obviously have names to go with all these addresses and other information. I just haven’t mentioned them. Yet.

And of COURSE this bozo didn’t say anything in my Twitter timeline. I’ll debate anybody. They never want to talk about it.

This forum writer gets it, however:

That’s nothing more than reverse racism! White right wing nut?!!! He is not trying to hold the black man down! Meanwhile while you attack him saying he is a racist, you fail to see the forest beyond a few trees! These multiple claims at one location and others at addresses that don’t exist, he never said it was just black people trying to get an easy paycheck, he is exposing a corruption here! The very corruption that every discriminated black farmer who is a claimant as well as those in the first Pigford are having you just settlement money stolen, siphoned right under your noses by the people who are supposed to be your advocates! I hate seeing that some old timer who has lost everything he toiled over to obtain in his life only get a mere $50k check while his lawyers who did nothing more than push pencils making sure their ends got covered first rake in hundreds of millions! That’s the fraud!

Here’s a few more examples, in case you missed them on Twitter today.

Photo: John Boyd is not happy when I confront him on fraud allegations.

Pigford: Obama’s Biggest Scandal Still About To Break

Pigford: Obama’s Biggest Scandal Still About To Break

I’m going to be breaking more news on the Pigford farmer settlement scandal, which I believe the Obama’s biggest and currently most underreported story. However, there’s a tidal wave of information coming and I think it’s going to make the scandal impossible to ignore.

I teased a number of things last night on Twitter, so I decided to put all the teases here in one place for reference.