Detroit Free Press
October 12, 2016
Well, the Grand Traverse Academy board did that for Steven Ingersoll and no one noticed...except Miss Fortune!
Yes, the board (headed then by Ingersoll crony Brad Habermehl) paid thousands in legal fees, public funds that were spent in defense of Ingersoll.
Miss Fortune discovered taxpayers paid for an attorney from the board's law firm, Pentiuk, Couvreur & Kobiljak, P. C., to accompany Brad Habermehl to United States District Court in Bay City...while he testified on behalf of convicted tax cheat Steven Ingersoll as a defense witness!
There is little evidence of responsible governance by the Grand Traverse Academy board and a clear lack of fiscal accountability.
While board members are required to abstain from decisions that materially affect their personal financial interests, it appears that former board president Brad Habermehl figured out a way to do just that.
As you can see from the legal invoices shown below (billing descriptions have been redacted because of attorney-client privilege), Habermehl was represented on October 21, 2015 and the next day, October 22.
Based on the firm's $325 hourly rate, the services provided to Habermehl for just those two days exceeded $6,000 ($6,142.50, to be exact). And Steven Ingersoll didn't pay the bill...you did!
In addition, the legal bill for Habermehl's December 8, 2015 infamous $300,000 loan solicitation testimony on behalf of his “friend and colleague” Steven Ingersoll cost another $1,397.50.
But Habermehl didn't pay that one either...you did!
So where's the investigation?