Folks, I don't know if this is the Big Kahuna - meaning the long-sought link to how 2nd Ward City Councilwoman Beth Mason is able to funnel so much money to political campaigns, candidates, political operatives (rhymes with 'Bane Lajardi')- but whatever it is, it smells real bad.
What's GA talking about?
Beth Mason's resume. A fictitious entry. A sham company.
I'm talking about the last place she claims to have worked: Newton Lao Leonard & Locke NY, NY from 1993-2005 as Founder, President.
Well, folks. GA did some digging with the help of a friend I call One Eye. For no special reason. Except he's got a glass eye.
Wait until you see what that one-eyed bastard dug up.
Here's what Beth Mason says about her time at Newton Lao Leonard & Locke; her impressive clientele and wide-ranging responsibilities as Founder/President from 1993-2005.
So what's wrong with that?
The company was registered with the State of New Jersey on April 16, 2010:
How did Mason found a company in 1993 when it didn't exist until 2010?
Mason registered her LLC's location at 10 Stuyvesant Avenue, Lyndhurst New Jersey. Here it is. But her company, Newton, Lao, Leonard & Locke is not on the tenant list. (To the left of the satellite photo)
Getting the picture?
Mason's resume entry AND her company are a fabrication. Or rather, they exist... on paper. So all of that executive and managerial experience exists... on paper.
Now for that clever son-of-a-bitch One Eye's pointed commentary:
What I can say so far about Newton Lao Leonard & Locke. She claims to have founded the company and worked there from 1993 – 2005. She is listed as the registered agent as of April, 2011 and the office allegedly is located at 10 Stuyvesant Avenue, Lyndhurst, NJ, which is a generic office building with accountants and attorneys as tenants. No listing of the company at that address per Google. So it has to be that her accountant or atty is located there.
There is no record of any person named Newton, Lao, Leonard or Locke affiliated with the company.
It has all the earmarks of someone's "shell" or "front" company, i.e. a business in name only that is used to funnel expenses and make payments, receive payments that they don’t want associated with their name directly.
The only phone number or address for the company in the white and yellow pages is her home address on Hudson Street. The listed number is disconnected, and it is a 212 area code- 212-645-2570.
And there is NO RECORD of the entity ever having been formed in NY, according to a search of the NYS Sec of State.
Interesting question is if she stopped working there in 2005, why, six years later is she keeping the shell open for business? Ask what the company does? Who are the employees? What is the revenue?
Ask those questions and she will get very uncomfortable.
So she has basically lied about her resume from 1993 to 2005. She has no real executive or managerial experience, except cratering two separate business entities and running a sham company for the past 15 years.
A ghost – or a shadow – Only the Shadow Knows.
Damn, that guy can do more with one eyeball than I can do with both of mine. Plus contact lenses.
But more questions remain about Beth Mason's shadowy LLC. Some for the IRS. Has she ever claimed income or a tax deduction for this entity? If she files jointly with her husband, Ricky, what did he know and when did he know it? What 'trails' are available to see the flow of money into and out of this mysterious LLC, to whom and when?
As for Newton, Lao, Leonard & Locke, the only traces you'll find of it online are address listings. Nothing else. Nothing with the Lyndhurst address. Just one listing for 720 Monroe Street (last updated in 2008):
And another for 921 Hudson Street, Mason's home.
So why does GA care?
I didn't. Until Wednesday's hit job on Tom Greaney. If she's talking about where Tom was a decade and a half ago, then it's fair to ask what she's been up to these past 15 years.
Now we know. The Founder and President of a company that didn't exist until last year.
So what do you think of my friend, One Eye? He thinks he's the cat's pajamas, and maybe he is. Because he's got more to say about Mason's resume.
Do we care?
(Update, 11:45am)This is funny, folks!
Just got a call from someone who worked out of Mason's 720 Monroe St. office in 2003 on a political campaign.... this person described the office down to bright pink walls and black furniture. And that "nothing was going on there".
But here's the funny bit. One Eye brought up the question of where the names came from in her company's name, and who they were: Newton, Lao, Leonard &Locke.
GA's got 3 out of 4. Ready?
Lao- that's the one I don't have. Anyone?Newton = Sir Isaac NewtonLeonard=Leonard Nimoy (Spock on original Star Trek)Locke=John Locke
(Updated 4/29/11, noon)Got the 4th name! Received a call earlier today, and here it is: