MENTLEY AND SON CO-OWN GTA VENDOR...WITH STEVEN INGERSOLL!
Later today, Part 1 of an exclusive series, only from Miss Fortune.
An in-depth analysis of the official 102-page transcript of Kaye Mentley's recent testimony during Steven Ingersoll's ongoing sentencing hearing.
In this excerpt, under cross-examination by Ingersoll's attorney, Jan Geht, Mentley acknowledges that she shares co-ownership of GTAS, LLC (a longtime Grand Traverse Academy vendor) with her son, Brent.
Steven Ingersoll formed the Michigan limited liability company on December 16, 2003 and used the entity to charge the Academy for janitorial work.
Prior Academy audits revealed Ingersoll raked in at least $200,000 a year for his clean-up.
As you can see below, GTAS, LLC is still an active Michigan business entity.
Q. Okay. Are you familiar with the entity called GTAS?
Q. What is GTAS?
A. GTAS is I believe an S-Corp that was formed for custodial employees at Grand Traverse Academy.
Q. And who owned that entity?
A. It started with Steve and then he brought on me in name and Brent Wilson who was the director of facilities at the time.
Q. Okay. And who -- what is your relationship to Mr. Wilson?
A. He's my son.
Q. Okay. And how much did you receive from your ownership of GTAS?
Q. Why were you brought in as an owner then?
A. I'm not sure. I guess I can't answer that. The -- it was established, the separate corporate entity was established because the custodial employee group was so different from the educational employee group; their calendar year, at that time their benefits were different, and so it made sense at the time that they be employed by a different entity than Smart Schools.
Q. And I understand why it made sense to have a separate entity. My question is why were you -- did you ever ask why am I an owner of an entity?
A. No, there was just discussion with Steve and he said this seems to make sense, let's do it this way, and I said, okay.
Q. And when did your son become a co-owner of that entity?
A. At the time, the same time that I did, I believe.
Q. Did your son receive any money from GTAS?
A. Not to my knowledge, I don't know that for sure. He received --
A. Yes, he received his salary as an employee, yes.
Q. Do you know what his salary was from janitorial services?
A. I think in 2013, as an athletic director and director of facilities, I believe it was 85,000.
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