Pie N Politics Editor Liz Bowen March 26, 2015
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Department of Justice. U.S. Attorney’s Office. District of Montana
Jury Convicts Former High-Ranking BLM Official
PACER Case Reference: 14-57
GREAT FALLS – The former State Director of the Bureau of Land Management’s Eastern States Region, which is responsible for the stewardship of the public lands and resources under the jurisdiction of the BLM in 31 States east of and bordering the Mississippi River, was convicted of fraud and theft by a federal jury in Great Falls Wednesday night.
John Grimson Lyon, 61, of Clifton, Virginia, faces a possible 35 years imprisonment, $750,000 in fines, and $112,000 in forfeitures. Judge Brian Morris of Great Falls set sentencing for June 25, 2015.
As a State Director, Lyon was part of the Senior Executive Service, whose members serve in the key positions just below the top Presidential appointees. Lyon was convicted of approving time sheet information for one of his Deputy State Directors, Larry Ray Denny, 67, of Box Elder, even though Denny had left his position in Virginia in July 2012 to return to Montana and take a job with the Chippewa Cree Tribe on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation. Federal prosecutors alleged that Lyon knew or should have known that his subordinate had abandoned his position and was performing no work on behalf of the federal government when he told BLM time keepers to continue to enter Denny’s hours as if he were earning a federal paycheck…
Lyon claimed Denny had been giving him valuable consultation on oil and gas matters which justified his work hours. An investigator with the Department of Interior’s Office of Inspector General testified that she reviewed Lyon’s phone records and found less than three hours of conversation in the eight-month period between July 2012 and March 2013. Emails and phone records revealed that Lyon and Denny regularly used non-government email and phones to communicate, thereby creating no data trail in government servers or phone records.
Complete Story can be read HERE.
●Additionally his employee, Larry Ray Denny, of Box Elder was also tried and found guilty of charges of wire fraud, false claims, theft of government property and falsely representing outside income according to Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Article HERE.
●BLM confirms ‘misuse’ and ‘abuse’ of wildfire funds ARTICLE by John Hollenhorst, Deseret News An investigation into fraud and abuse involving fe federal wildfire funds in Utah has spread to several states, according to testimony before a congressional committee in Washington.”It is in many respects a failure in leadership, a failure in management oversight,” said Michael Pool, deputy director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
Published: Thu, March 8, 2012, 7:00 p.m. MS
●In April 2010 another case had been tried, Luis Ramirez was employed as a Contracting Officer’s Representative for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the Medford District Office. He was responsible for administering BLM contracts including approving work to be done on the contracts and submitting invoices to BLM Contracting Officers in Portland for their approval and payment to private contractors. Ramirez, employed by BLM for 31 years, abruptly retired in July 2007 when his schemes to defraud BLM began to unravel. The FBI initiated an investigation upon receiving information from an anonymous source that Ramirez was allegedly receiving personal payments from private BLM contractors involving his official duties. The FBI public release can be read HERE.
The lawlessness of Bureau of Land Management has been in question for a long time. Rarely does any of the lawsuits or problems filed against them get published or make much of a blip on media radar. However, the corruptness of our current government deserves to be broadcast loud and clear. Congress and the executive branch have encouraged or turned a blind eye more often than not to the bribes, fraud, and thievery found in many of the executive branch divisions and departments.
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I have no doubt many who work there are honestly there to help make certain our country’s lands remain viable, sustainable resources. However, those in management (especially it seems top management ) have like many other departments under Bushes, Clintons, and now especially Obama become corrupted and strong-arm branches for a regime which is determined to make all of the United States not a republic but federally controlled communistic style regime. Seeing reports like the following only solidifies the necessity for immediate overhaul in light of Obama’s continued march to take control of all aspects of government under his control.