The amount of money unilaterally withdrawn from county controlled bank accounts by Beaver County Treasurer Connie Javens and former Financial Administrator Vince LaValle tops $6 million dollars, an ongoing investigation by the Beaver Countian has revealed. The monies were withdrawn to purchase bank checks which were then apparently paid to Friendship Ridge during and after the facility was being acquired by Comprehensive Healthcare Management Services.

The Beaver Countian received withdrawal slips on Thursday from yet another county controlled bank account at PNC Bank showing over a half million dollars in funds had been unilaterally withdrawn by Treasurer Connie Javens. That account is in addition to two other accounts at PNC Bank and still another account at Citizens Bank in which Treasurer Connie Javens, Financial Administrator Vince LaValle, or Comprehensive Healthcare Management Services executive Ephram Lahasky unilaterally withdrew funds.

All totaled the withdrawal slips show more than $6 million dollars had been unilaterally withdrawn from four county accounts. Beaver County Controller David Rossi has said none of the transactions had been recorded in the county’s financial management system.

This publication obtained the latest round of withdrawal slips as the result of a formal Right-To-Know request filed back on December 30th, 2015. It took the county nearly eight weeks to fulfill the request because it was not in possession of the records from the bank before the Beaver Countian sought to compel their production. The Beaver Countian had previously obtained withdrawal slips from other county accounts back on February 8th and January 7th as the result of the same formal Right-To-Know request.

Provisions of Pennsylvania County Code explicitly forbid a County Treasurer from disbursing funds from publicly owned bank accounts until authorization has been made by the Board of Commissioners and the County Controller. Javens and others are currently the subject of a criminal investigation being conducted by the Beaver County District Attorney’s Office. Officials with the Pennsylvania State Police have also been gathering evidence in the case.

Executives with Comprehensive Healthcare Management Services have previously said all of the funds disbursed by the county to Friendship Ridge were rightfully theirs, but have not commented specifically about the various transactions or of the methods in which funds were disbursed. An attorney representing Treasurer Connie Javens has also said all of the funds disbursed to Friendship Ridge were owed to them by the county.

Beaver County Commissioners Sandie Egley and Dan Camp, Chief of Staff Joe Weidner, Controller David Rossi, and Financial Administrator Ricardo Luckow told the Beaver Countian they did not know about Treasurer Connie Javens’ actions involving the PNC accounts until the Beaver Countian filed a formal Right-To-Know request compelling the production of bank records.

None of the county officials that spoke with the Beaver Countian as part of its investigation could explain why the county continued to collect and disburse funds on behalf of Friendship Ridge long after the sale of the facility was finalized in March of 2014.

A preliminary reconciliation of the sale of Friendship Ridge conducted by the Beaver County Controller’s Office now shows taxpayers may still be owed as much as $1.4 million by Comprehensive Healthcare Management Services; the Beaver County Board of Commissioners is currently exploring the possibility of having a forensic audit conducted of the transaction and of county accounts that saw funds unilaterally withdrawn by Treasurer Javens and others.

Treasurer Connie Javens’ dealings with Friendship Ridge and its new owners have been the repeated subject of public controversy, with former Commissioner Joe Spanik previously speaking out about the lucrative contracts several of her family members garnered from the facility.

Both Vince LaValle and Connie Javens have previously said they will not be publicly commenting for the Beaver Countian’s reporting on this matter.

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See Also:

Investigative Report: Treasurer Javens Withdrew $2.5 Million More From A Second County Account & Held Account Jointly With New Friendship Ridge Owners
Bank Slips Show $3.4 Million Unilaterally Withdrawn By Financial Administrator LaValle & Treasurer Javens
Controller: Treasurer Connie Javens Withdrew $275,000 From County Bank Account Without Authorization

John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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WoodChuckChuck
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WoodChuckChuck

Where did the money in those accounts come from?
Why would it “belong” to Comprehensive, months after the sale?
Why are the proper, legal guidelines not being followed in county banking transactions?
If Comprehensive still owes the county taxpayers $1.4m, why would the county be giving them ANY money?
As a private entity, shouldn’t Comprehensive have been 100% on their own for banking, funding once the sale occurred?

Finally, what is being done about the illegal banking transactions, both on the banks side and county side, and why will Mrs. Javens not make a comment on this situation? If she did no wrong, she needs to come out in public and state it to the taxpayers.

Questions keep piling up, but not an answer in sight.

Moneyman
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Moneyman

Great questions wood chuck chuck. Why after the closing, did county continue to hold comprehensive’s money? Sounds like a question for the officials who did the closing. What does purchase agreement say? Maybe controller and commissioners have the answers.

Andyaloy
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Andyaloy

No one can talk when attorneys are involved. Not even attorneys will discuss these matters to public when under investigation

lifeguard
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lifeguard

I don’t know, maybe I’m stupid, but when you sell something doesn’t money usually go INTO the seller’s bank account(s), not the other way around?

snake2872
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Not positive, but it’s my guess that the money in the accounts was medicare, etc payments for residents of Friendship Ridge from U.S. Treasury. Question is when was the funds deposited into the accounts and does that money represent medicare payments before or after (or a combination of both) the date of sale.

Suspect that is what “someone” is trying to determine.

Misterc John
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Misterc John

If not for the beaver countian, would we even know of this ?

Paul O. Corak
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Paul O. Corak

He sure reports the good stuff, but someone had to tell him

Paul O. Corak
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Paul O. Corak

Not good, hope there’s a good reason.

Nancy Wiatrak-Riggins
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Nancy Wiatrak-Riggins

Whoa …… doesn’t sound good!!

Ashley Freeman
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Ashley Freeman

Hanah Jae