Beaver County Courthouse / photo by John Paul

A resident of Beaver County compiled a 180-page dossier on the sale of Friendship Ridge which he then sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Attorney’s Office, and Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, among others last month. Witnesses who have been interviewed by the Pennsylvania State Police in recent weeks tell the Beaver Countian that investigators are now starting to ask questions about the sale of Friendship Ridge, and about business dealings associated with current and former county officials and the facility’s new corporate owners.

The dossier consists of a 12-page letter by the document’s author, who the Beaver Countian is not identifying by name, along with 167 pages of supporting documentation compiled by the man over the course of many months through a number of Right-to-Know requests to the county. The man’s open records requests appear to have initially been informed by investigative reporting published by the Beaver Countian, although the man requested and obtained a number of documents not previously reported on by this publication and he independently produced findings also outside the scope of its reporting.

In his introductory letter, the man describes himself to law enforcement officials as having previously served in the armed forces.

“On behalf of the taxpayers of Beaver County, I request your office conduct an investigation surrounding questionable financial transactions associated with the sale by Beaver County of the county owned Friendship Ridge Nursing Home to Comprehensive Healthcare Management Services in March 2014,” he wrote in a letter dated February 26, 2018. “I have read and reviewed thousands of criminal investigation reports while assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the Defense Investigative Service. As such, I believe DA Lozier’s investigation was a ‘farce’ conducted to appease Beaver County residents under the premises of ‘move along folks, nothing here to see’ rather than to determine what, if any, criminal violations occurred and who, if anyone, committed those violations.”

District Attorney Lozier had stopped an investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police into the sale of Friendship Ridge in its infancy, stating in March of 2016 that, “The Pennsylvania State Police are not allowed to investigate anything involving the courthouse without my written approval,” and, “I have not and will not be referring these matters to them.”

The dossier’s author notes that David Lozier’s County Detectives subsequently failed to conduct an interview of Controller David Rossi, and did not ask other witnesses what he believes are key questions, before concluding their investigation. Rossi and then-Financial Administrator Ricardo Luckow have both been critical of Lozier’s findings. Commissioners Tony Amadio and Dan Camp voted in January to surrender the county’s litigation seeking $1.3 million that a forensic auditor determined was still owed from the sale of the facility — a fact also noted in the dossier. Amadio and Camp voted to fire Ricardo Luckow last week.

Among the subjects explored in the report include bond defeasance, the unilateral transferring of funds by county officials and others, bank signature cards, the undocumented $1.2 million “loan” to Friendship Ridge’s new corporate owners, the $300,000 performance bonus paid to the new corporate owners, the propriety of certain wire transfers, and audits.

The dossier’s author quotes provisions of the Friendship Ridge sales agreement and Pennsylvania County Code, while providing his detailed analysis of financial and other documents obtained from the county.

The document’s author also provides his opinion of District Attorney Lozier’s Decision Not To Prosecute Memo, characterizing it as, “a document written by an individual unable or unwilling to comprehend the scope, facts, circumstances and evidence surrounding the matter under investigation. Or, the epitome of Prosecutorial Misconduct.”

As the Beaver Countian first reported in early January, state and federal law enforcement are currently conducting wide-sweeping investigations into some municipalities in Beaver County as well as county government. Some of those who have been interviewed by State Police tell the Beaver Countian they were recently asked questions about Friendship Ridge.

“[The investigator] told me that the Pennsylvania State Police should not have let [District Attorney] David Lozier ‘fire’ them,” said one of the individuals, who spoke to the Beaver Countian on condition they not be identified by name. “They promised me they would never let that happen again.”

The Beaver Countian is in the process of analyzing conclusions drawn by the dossier’s author and reviewing the supporting documentation he compiled from public records.

See Also:

Sources: Prior Board Of Commissioners Stopped Investigation Into Friendship Ridge By Outside Law Firm Until After Last Year’s Elections

43 COMMENTS

  1. This man deserves our thanks, first for serving this country, but also for serving the people of Beaver County by going above and beyond.

     
    • Who would give a thumbs down to thanking a veteran and for going above and beyond his civic duty? You thumb-downers are the very culprits who’ve done us wrong in this county. Shame on you!

       
      • That’s the friends and family thumbs down. I love seeing them, especially when there is no written reply, because that means that this all gets to them but they have no intelligent argument to make. It’s an admission, albeit grudgingly.

         
  2. Wow…what jail has a cell big enough to fit Connie, Tony, Danny and Loser in? They may as well all share the same cell, to help cut down on costs.

     
  3. The time is NOW! Thank you.. Thank you to who ever wrote this document! The residents of Beaver County are so very grateful there are good people willing to fight for truth and justice!

     
  4. Well, it has been a hard transaction to rationalize. At first, we heard it was what a $37 million sale and the county was awash in cash. Last year, Attorney Benyo responded to one of my comments and said that we actually netted about $8 or $9 million from the sale. And then you later hear of payments,, loans checks drawn, “bonuses” and you start to think how much did that sale COST us?

    It would be fascinating to get a definitive accounting of what the actual numbers are and who got what.

    That said, I guess we can completely forget that $25,000 brass No Smoking signs project, eh?

     
  5. First things first. To the writer, thank you for your service in the Air Force. Thank you for taking the massive amount of time, willingness and determination required to take this on. Last but not least, I hope you included information that several family members of certain county officials benefitted with employment and/or contracts directly related to the sale of Friendship Ridge. Thank you again Sir.

     
  6. Who is the idiot or democratic operative voting against the truth and justice? Maybe it’s Stonewall Loser trying to survive a possible indictment for obstruction of justice or maybe RICO statutes? Wait for the big indictments on the horizon. We may not need to vote them all out. They’ll all be heading to the penitentiary for a while. Poor Friends and Family Inc may lose their rackets protection benefactors.

     
  7. My most heartfelt thank-you to the author of that letter and to all of the really good people that are helping in these investigations. There really are a lot of good people in Beaver County, we all need to do what we can do to help lift the county above those with no integrity or scruples. Warms my heart…thank-you again.

     
  8. Now the courthouse Sheriffs Dept etc. etc. can try and victimize this brave individual with there usual slander and libel. There not going to change tactics now. Brave man.

     
  9. Thank you sir for your service and working to make BC a better place to live. I think your actions may be compared to St. Patrick. He drove the snakes from Ireland and you could be the saint who drives the crooks from the BC courthouse.

     
  10. I LOVE IT! And that may just be the biggest understatement I have ever made! And to the friends, family, and political affiliates who are giving thumbs down ratings to those in support, sorry your gravy train is coming to the end of its ride. Perhaps we can add a Javens wing into the county jail!
    And in closing, thank you, no, THANK YOU!!! To the author of this memo for their diligence and service to our nation!

     
  11. As a Beaver County resident who is on social security, I find this corruption unacceptable. I have lived her my whole life and lining the pockets of politicians has been the norm. I am fed up and my husband and I are seriously considering moving from our home in which we have lived in for 37 years. So so sad to have to leave our “home town” in order to survive. Kudos to this man.

     
  12. Thank you to this amazing man who has taken so much of his time to fight corruption.

    it’s a shame, though, that a citizen has to do the job so many of our elected and hired officials are too inept, lazy or corrupt to do.

    And I am SO disgusted with the Times for their article ridiculing Sandie and supporting Camp’s stance that fighting corruption is not his job. The Times is a big part of the problem.

    We know there is corruption, waste and abuse and we want it to stop

     
  13. Big thank you to the letters author! Their strength to stand up against corruption, and for the good of their neighbors, is very commendable.

     
  14. They need to repeal last years county tax increase that was only needed to fund this type of organized crime.

     
  15. I wonder who adds the “dislikes” to the commentors. My theory is someone involved in the so called sham sell of Friendship Ridge. I want to add a special thanks to Tony Guy for honoring all his campaign promises.

     
  16. The author should seriously consider running for the commissioner’s position when that becomes vacant. We all know who the thumbs down culprit is…she was losing hair before, with this news must be completely bald.

     
  17. Thank you for your service sir both in the Air Force and now for the citizens of Beaver County! You are to be commended.

     
  18. I would love to get the true story of the Friendship Ridge sale because I am convinced the public has been completely played.

     
    • Yep. They’re busy following up on reports that some kid down in Florida wants to shoot a school up………Oh, wait……..never mind. Now they’re not so busy, might have time for this.

       
  19. BEING A FORMER RESIDENT AT THE FACILITY I FEEL THE STATE DEPT OF HEALTH FBI AND WHOEVER ELSE SHOULD LAUNCH A TOTAL IVESTIGATION INTO THIS FACILITY , THERE IS SO MUCH CORRUPTION FROM NURSING, TO BUISNESS OFFICE ALL THE WAY TO SOCIAL SERVICE I FEEL THEYD UNCOVER MORE THAN THE COUNTY REALLY WANTS TO SEE OF HOW THE SELL OF THIS FACILITY HAS GONE IN THE WORN DIRECTION I FEEL WHEN THE COUNTY HAD THIS THEY WERE IN THE TOP TEN NURSING HOMES FOR YEARS NOW ID SAY THEY ARENT EVEN IN THE TOP 300 IN THE STATE IT JUST KILLS ME TO SEE SUCH A GREAT FACILITY BE RUN INTO THE GROUND THE WAY IT IS AT NO COST TO THE PEOPLE WHO RUN IT.

     
    • Your words “DEPT OF HEALTH” caught my attention because I have been curious for a long about Beaver County Dept Of Health. How many and who are they? Are they part of Friends and Family Inc? What exactly do they do, if anything? This seems to be one of the best kept secrets in the county. Anyone who is employed with Beaver County Dept Of Health that is reading this, please feel free to jump in and enlighten us, you know, since we are the folks that pay you. Tell us what we get for our money.

       
      • Um… Beaver County government doesn’t have a Dept of Health. Do your research before you make yourself sound dumb.

         
      • Beaver County Dept of Health is at 300 South Walnut Lane,
        Beaver, PA 15009. Every county and state has a health dept. fuckface.

         
      • I challenge you to go to 300 S Walnut Ln and see if the Beaver County Dept of Health is there. Then post another one of your dumb comments. As someone else said, do research.

         
      • It’s actually a state level department with an office in Beaver County. I believe there were budget cuts back in 2015 that closed some of the offices located within each county and opened regional offices instead. After several lawsuits, the local offices were re-established. The current office for Beaver County is located in Stone Point Landing in Bridgewater since late 2016, if memory serves me correctly.

         

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