Request Line: (870) 277-1080 [email protected]
Text Your Gift to KLEK1 to 44-321 LEARN MORE

Your Community Radio Station is possible thanks to this supporter!  Become an underwriter.

New AG Whitaker Business Dealings Under Scrutiny

November 14, 2018

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker speaks to state and local law enforcement officials at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Iowa, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker speaks to state and local law enforcement officials at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

After being appointed last week by President Donald Trump to the nation’s top law enforcement job, Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s history as a former federal prosecutor, Republican Party loyalist and critic of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has come under scrutiny, as have some of his business dealings.

The city of Des Moines ultimately yanked an affordable housing loan that Whitaker’s company had been awarded, and another lender began foreclosure proceedings after Whitaker defaulted on a separate loan for nearly $700,000. Several contractors complained they were not paid, and a process server for one contractor could not even find Whitaker or his company to serve him with a lawsuit. Whitaker is expected to return to his home state Wednesday to speak at a conference at a downtown Des Moines hotel, about two miles from the Ingersoll Avenue apartment building that he once saw as an investment opportunity.

After years of rising costs, Whitaker stopped work on the project by early 2016 and sold the building months later. City officials raced to see the project completed to avoid losing federal money, and contractors filed liens seeking compensation for more than $32,000 in unpaid work. A lawyer who represented Whitaker’s company did not return a phone call seeking comment.

A Department of Justice spokeswoman said she was looking into the matter. A company formed by Whitaker and two partners, MEM Investments, was awarded a $166,000 city loan to renovate the vacant three-story complex in 2012, through a Department of Housing and Urban Development grant program to promote affordable housing. A reorganization in 2014 made Whitaker the company’s sole owner.

Original article source: http://aurn.com/new-ag-whitaker-business-dealings-under-scrutiny/ | Article may or may not reflect the views of KLEK 102.5 FM or The Voice of Arkansas Minority Advocacy Council

0 0 vote
Article Rating

Related Articles

March on Washington: Tens of Thousands Commemorate MLK and Continue the Fight Against Racism

People prepare march from the Lincoln Memorial to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial during the March on Washington, Friday Aug. 28, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Tens of Read more

The Boy from Troy: Honoring Congressman John Lewis

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., the civil rights leader stands beneath a bust of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., as members of the Congressional Black Caucus gather for the memorial ceremony Read more

Removing Monuments of Slavery and Oppression from Public Spaces

People gather at the Robert E. Lee Monument, now covered by protest graffiti, in Richmond, Va., Sunday, June 7, 2020, following a week of unrest in the U.S. against police Read more

Rev. William Barber: This is the Moment to Make the Reach to Correct Problems

George Floyd has been laid to rest following an emotional home-going service in Houston with an impassioned eulogy from Rev. Al Sharpton. House and Senate Democrats have introduced a bill Read more

Comments

Subscribe
Notify of
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Your Community Radio Station is possible thanks to this supporter!  Become an underwriter.

Pin It on Pinterest