The Jim Jones of Delaware fraud is at it again. What did the infamous Patrick Miller do now? He only lied to the entire membership of the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company at their monthly meeting. Continue reading
Enough is enough already. This guy has been walking around since the 1990s with fraud and abuse of taxpayer funds in his rearview mirror as he walks around like he is the Al Capone of Delaware. If the Delaware Attorney General’s office won’t act, the people will force them to!
Please sign the Change.org petition at the below link. I was really hoping Attorney General Matt Denn would take significant action against Patrick Miller but he failed, plain and simple. Now it is incumbent on incoming Attorney General Kathleen Jennings to reopen the investigations into Patrick Miller, not only at the Indian River School District but also the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company.
Change.org Petition: The People Demand A Full Investigation Into Patrick Miller!
It has been two years since the Indian River School District Audit Investigation report came out. In that time, the Delaware Attorney General’s office decided it wasn’t worth pursuing criminal charges against former Chief Financial Officer Patrick Miller. Even though African-American and minority charter school leaders who pulled the same shenanigans did get punished. Delaware’s justice system really sucks. Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn knows better than this. I am highly disappointed.
One citizen of the district decided to email the Indian River Board of Education and find out why they didn’t go after Miller in a civil suit. Continue reading
Multiple sources are telling me the same thing: the Delaware Attorney General’s office will NOT arrest, indict, or press charges against former Indian River School District Chief Financial Officer Patrick Miller. With reasons as absurd as “insufficient evidence”, this is a black eye that will severely impact the four years Matt Denn served as Delaware Attorney General. But the only color I see in this decision is a white one. Continue reading
Sooner or later, if you play with fire, you are going to get burned. That is the case with Indian River Volunteer Fire Company. By continuing to allow Patrick Miller to stay as a member and the President of their board, the entire company is feeling the heat now. It sounds like this fire company has to put their own fire out before it consumes all of them!
Per the request of the HHMC at the Peninsula, I am removing the letter they sent to the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company indicating they would not sponsor a fundraiser for them due to the financial “cloud” over IRVFC and the allegations against them.
Last weekend I reported State Representative Stephen Smyk had Patrick Miller as his Campaign Treasurer according to campaign finance reports from 2013 until January of 2018. Earlier this week, Smyk removed Miller from this function.
Like I said in the article the other day, it is one thing to have him listed from 2013-2015. But to keep him after the allegations against him stemming from the Indian River Audit investigation and the district putting him on leave (until he retired and was able to collect a state pension) is another thing.
It looks like Smyk wised up and saw the light. Miller continues to serve as the Board President of the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company. Smyk has family members that are a part of that organization.
As recently as January 20th of this year, Patrick Miller has signed the campaign finance reports for State Rep. Steve Smyk. Miller is listed as the Treasurer for “Friends of Steve Smyk”.
Miller, the controversial figure who loomed large in two audit investigations for school districts, Brandywine in 1999 and Indian River in 2016, now serves as the President of the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company. Smyk has family members in the fire company. Smyk made light of allegations against Miller on WGMD the other day and actually suggested it wasn’t criminal actions but unethical moves.
I would think, given the MANY allegations against Patrick Miller, the last thing any political candidate would want is to have Miller anywhere near a political campaign. But I guess when your family is at the fire company Miller presides over it is worth it. Sadly, Smyk’s father is on the financial oversight committee of the fire company. But that oversight has triggered the Auditor of Accounts office and the Delaware Department of Justice to look into the same fire company.
I could understand if Miller was your campaign treasurer BEFORE the Indian River audit investigation came out. But AFTER? That is political suicide in my opinion.
How deep does the Miller well go? Very deep. Miller has been doing taxes for members of the fire company for many years. But he won’t put his name on it. This is the same Patrick Miller who put non-members on a state list to get tax credits they didn’t qualify for. That, my friends, is tax fraud. Ah, Rep. Smyk. This does not look good for you, not at all…
Miller wasn’t the only campaign treasurer for a Sussex County politician. Turns out he was the campaign treasurer for the recently convicted former Delaware State Representative John Atkins as well. While Miller’s name doesn’t appear on the 2017 annual campaign finance report for Atkins, it is worth noting that NO ONE signed that filing. But Miller is clearly listed on Atkins’ 2015 annual filing. Atkins, a former Republican who switched to a Democrat, lost in 2014 to Republican Rich Collins. Miller is a registered Republican.
Smyk, the incumbent Republican State Representative for the 20th State Rep. District faces Democrat John Bucchioni in the Delaware General Election in November.
Patrick Miller is toxic to anyone associated with him. Why Smyk would continue this association is beyond me.
The below video, from “The Shawshank Redemption”, does have a few curse words. Fair warning!
When you have family in the same fire company as Patrick Miller, the fraud/theft king of Delaware, your perspective might be a bit off. For State Representative Stephen Smyk, he might as well give up his seat in the House chamber to Patrick Miller after what he said on the radio this morning!
It appears there was collusion going on between various Delaware agencies when it came to the Indian River School District audit investigation in 2016. As a result of that collusion, Patrick Miller walks free and Susan Bunting became the Delaware Secretary of Education. Continue reading
Last night, I sent an email to Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn about the ongoing problem in Delaware concerning fraud and theft of taxpayer funds in Delaware from various state agencies and organizations dependent on state funding. Today, Sonia Augusthy, the head of the Civil Rights and Public Trust division sent me an email regarding my concerns. She sent me a list of what that division has done since they were created in 2015. I was shocked at the amount of names but since I primarily write about education, it is sad to see how rampant fraud and theft is across the state. I was not away Shanna Simmens from Providence Creek Academy had been indicted and is awaiting prosecution. This is the email sent to me from Sonia Augusthy: Continue reading
Editor’s note: Billie Jo Casapulla Bullock worked at the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company until July 12th, 2018. She volunteered there for seven years as an Emergency Medical Technician. She was suspended in early June. The board of the fire department, after a vote by the fire company, terminated Bullock after she had come forward about her discovery of financial improprieties stemming from Patrick Miller and had gone public. Miller has seven relatives as members of the fire company. Today, Bullock sent an email to every single legislator in the state along with Governor Carney, Attorney General Matt Denn, State Treasurer Ken Simpler and the Delaware State Fire Prevention Commission.
I am asking that the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company be looked into for fraud, abuse of authority and abuse of public trust. It has been found by myself and the treasurer that the President Patrick Miller has been doing the above. There is such a dictatorship at the company that the members are afraid to speak up and take action. This is what the treasurer sent to the fire chief after the vice president would not take action against the president and suspend him until an investigation was complete.
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: “Michael Eisenhauer” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: “‘Steven Deery'” <email@example.com>
Sent: Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 3:05 PM
Subject: SCBA grant
It appears that FEMA intends to fund our grant. I had to fill out paperwork for the bank to be aware of direct deposit of funds from FEMA. Mike Penzotti called me and said that this is the process when they decide to fund grants. My concern is this. The Delaware Congressional Team will get involved and if we have issues that they become aware of I think we can kiss the grant goodbye. There is one single issue that should have resulted in the suspension of the president. He has been getting the News Journal since 2012and having it paid on the Credit Card. He gets on the computer and inputs “News Journal (or Newspaper) Electronic version”, $15.00 and now it is $22.00 a month. A member asked me for the password to read the paper but I don’t have it so I went to find it. IRVFC does not have a subscription to the News Journal. What the Company has been paying for since 2012, is for the Sunday print edition of the News Journal delivered to Patrick Miller. (editor’s note: I took out Mr. Miller’s home address and phone #.) For the past 90 months the president for the most part has been falsifying company records for his personal gain. I have documented a persistent pattern of abuse of authority and dishonesty on behalf of the President of Indian Rive Volunteer Fire Company. I tested Mario Street and he took the information to Patrick and after that I quit communicating with Mario. Mario made a serious error by using his position at SUSCOM to get at BJ and he well feel more than just the heat in the near future.
Now, it is up to you Steven.
Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.
This letter shows just one thing that is happening. This is just the TIP of the iceberg After the treasurer and myself started to investigate we uncovered a substantial amount of misappropriated funds from Patrick Miller .
We all know how much the volunteer fire companies in the state receives from state and county funding. This is tax payers money and I feel that there needs to be more accountability within the fire companies to stop fraud.
There are many other organizations that could use this funding if the fire companies are going to lie cheat and steal.
I can say that the other fire companies that have found fraud stepped up and took action against the abuser, this is not the case for Indian River because Patrick Miller controls everything within the company. Just like he did when he was the CFO at the Indian River School District. He is still the same person and nothing has change and as you can see he has been abusing his trust at the fire company for a very long time.
To this day nothing has been done and Patrick Miller has been able to continue to do the above mentioned actions to now include trying to hide what he has done. The financial oversight committee did request the state to do an investigation and Patrick Miller stopped that from happening. At this point I think it is going to take the state to step in and take action to resolve this issue and bring trust back to the company and community.
Thank you for your time in this serious matter,
Billie Jo Bullock
Editor’s note: Wow! Patrick Miller is at it again. Not a state secret. I’ve written about this before. The problem is he keeps getting away with it. At this point, I can only surmise that if he goes down he will take a ton of people down with him. Including Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting. Even though I’ve made Carney and Delaware aware of her knowledge of his theft in Indian River School District, they are ignoring it. They don’t know what to do with it. So they continue to act like a deer in a headlight. Meanwhile, the rampant theft continues. I believe the State Auditor’s office already has a lot of the information Bullock references. But according to Miller, there is no investigation going on. The Delaware State Fire Prevention Commission has yet to act on any of this. Their next board meeting is next Tuesday but they don’t have an agenda for their meeting. Which breaks FOIA law because that has to be put up on their website or on the Delaware Public Meeting calendar seven days before their meeting. I would file a FOIA complaint but how many times can I do that with no accountability? Sigh…
I would like to give immense praise and gratitude to Billie Jo Casapulla Bullock to stand tall in the face of this. It takes a very courageous person to come forward and do what is right. As a result, she was terminated. That is retaliation. That is illegal. And it isn’t the first time this happened with Miller. He is a walking, talking, and breathing menace to Delaware. We have too many scumbags like that in this state. I know some legislators did respond to Bullock and she gives her thanks.
We stand at a crossroads in Delaware. We the people can no longer ignore the shenanigans going on here. It is time to call people out, loudly and publicly. Whether it is personal or in the public’s right to know, things MUST change. Our state government is doing nothing. I have many ideas on how to really change things. I would love to hear your thoughts. There will be more on this soon.
The former Superintendent of Indian River School District who is now the Delaware Secretary of Education, Dr. Susan Bunting, was well aware Patrick Miller, the former Indian River Chief Financial Officer, was stealing money. Despite telling the Auditor of Account’s office, Delaware media, and the staff of Indian River that she was shocked and had no clue about what Miller was doing, she knew. In fact, she knew going back to at least 2008. Continue reading
Brandywine School District. Indian River School District. Indian River Volunteer Fire Company. What do all three of these have in common? Patrick Miller. A man accused of financial fraud in the two districts who is not behind bars. High crimes and misdemeanors indeed! But he is a free man. How is that even possible? Continue reading