• Scam Diego alerts

The city attorney's office has notified Promote La Jolla, a business improvement district which has been accused of accounting irregularities and misuse of funds, that it will sue for recovery if it doesn't get $112,070 by by May 10. Rick Wildman, who took over the operation after the financial troubles hit, believes that insurance may cover the sum, but the chances of getting the money before May 10 are "slim and none." The insurance carrier may not accept the claim "without the actual lawsuit being filed," says Wildman. The group has a million dollars of insurance. Deborah Marengo, Resa Ghasemi, and Tiffany Sherer would be named in the suit if it is filed. Sherer is now head of the City of San Diego's Business Improvement District Council. Marengo is still on the board of Promote La Jolla.

On June 29 of last year, the city auditor filed a report that was a response of a hotline investigation. Its report outlined the inappropriate and misused funds to the tune of $112,070, including $46,747 of "prohibited and duplicative expenditures." The threatened lawsuit is based on those findings.

According to the La Jolla Light, "The action follows a vote by the [Promote La Jolla] on April 14 to talk to a bankruptcy attorney at their next meeting to discuss filing for liquidation under Chapter 7."

Overall, Wildman blames "sloppy record-keeping."

  • Scam Diego alerts

Comments

SurfPuppy619 April 21, 2010 @ 9:26 p.m.

Deborah Marengo, Resa Ghasemi, and Tiffany Sherer would be named in the suit if it is filed. Sherer is now head of the City of San Diego's Business Improvement District Council. Marengo is still on the board of Promote La Jolla.

Maybe I am missing something here.

Sherer and Marengo are accused of fraud in a City BID, and are about to get sued by the City Attorney, yet they are STILL working for the City, Sherer in another BID and Marengo is stil at Promote La Jolla.

That just doesn't add up or make sense, which is why I can assume it is true because this is the government we are talking about here.

How does this happen, is there no acountability in gov employment?????

0

Don Bauder April 22, 2010 @ 7:21 a.m.

Response to post #1: It's too early to pass judgment because the suit has not been adjudicated and not even filed. It will be interesting to see what happens here. Best, Don Bauder

0

Sign in to comment

Join our
newsletter list

Enter to win $25 at Broken Yolk Cafe

Each newsletter subscription
means another chance to win!

Close