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With District Attorney David Lozier’s investigation into Treasurer Connie Javens’ unilateral withdrawal of funds for Friendship Ridge now concluded, attorneys representing the facility’s new corporate owners are again asking Beaver County to release money still being held in accounts that it maintains.

Attorneys representing Comprehensive Management Services wrote to county officials this week requesting the funds.

“[T]he Beaver County District Attorney has now concluded that the County has no legitimate basis to withhold any of Comprehensive’s funds that were deposited into any of the County’s bank accounts transferred to Comprehensive under ILC Section 4.2(m), including, but not limited to, the PNC and Citizens bank accounts,” wrote Comprehensive’s attorneys. “For this reason, among others, we again request that the County release the funds from those accounts to Comprehensive as soon as practicable. (See https://beavercountian.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Decision-Not-To-Prosecute.pdf.)”

It is unclear how county officials may respond to the new request, as County Commissioners and executives for Comprehensive are currently engaged in negotiations to see if a settlement agreement can be reached in a dispute over the sale of the facility.

Beaver County filed a lawsuit against Comprehensive back in July alleging the County is still owed over $1 million from the transaction — Comprehensive has claimed it is Beaver County which owes them approximately $4 million from the sale.

County Commissioners have said they signed non-disclosure agreements prohibiting them from discussing particulars of the ongoing negotiations.

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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Tom Armstrong
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Tom Armstrong

They need to clean this place up…My Father has been there 4 yrs now!

Cherrelle Ayers
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Cherrelle Ayers

How often have you visited your father in those 4 yrs???Your relative who comes in regularly is happy with care provide. Got some nerve.

Tom Armstrong
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Tom Armstrong

Really once a week

Average White Guy
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Average White Guy

It should be once a day unless you work 18 hr days—try for three times a week get there make sure the nurse and assistants are taking care of him because they know the family of people who do not visit—if you know what I mean

Tom Armstrong
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Tom Armstrong

Got something to say now

Cherrelle Ayers
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Cherrelle Ayers

Lies

Eddie Robinson
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Eddie Robinson

These NON-DISCLOSURE statements should be outlawed when it deals with the tax payers monies. Just some more behind the curtain deals.

John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

Commissioners response to Comp Health Care should be “go pound salt!”

Accordingtome
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Accordingtome

Since when do county commissioners sign non-disclosure forms that prohibit them from discussing how they are progressing with getting taxpayer dollars back? Last time that I reviewed the sunshine laws I don’t recall seeing anywhere that indicated it is acceptable for public officials to sign non-disclosure forms so that they could avoid having to be open and transparent with the public.

So if I understand this correctly, let’s just say that for whatever reason they decide to give Comprehensive an additional 2.5 million taxpayer dollars as a settlement; are these non-disclosures going to allow them to sidestep any discussions with the taxpayers regarding how they arrived at this determination? If I’m not mistaken, it was the County Treasurer’s unilateral actions with non-disclosure that contributed to the mess that we’re in now…..so let’s just get a few more elected officials non-disclosing the things that they are doing with our money….yeah, that sounds like a friggin’ grand idea.

John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

They can’t draw up their own non disclosure documents to supersede the sunshine law. That is illegal. The law still stands when it involves taxpayer money. Anything that is funded with tax money is subject to freedom of information act.

John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

So what they are saying is they are negotiating with our tax money but we do not have the right to know what they are doing with it. What are they saying? I don’t get this. Is it a secret? Why is it a secret?

Raven
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Raven

No problem. Very simple. Just send the Treasurer down and withdraw the funds. No crime in that. Right, Stonewall?