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Monday, June 2, 2014


Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!

The endemic cozy, crony capitalism among players in the Steven Ingersoll fraud scandal continues to blossom.

Although Traverse City has a strong, diverse legal community, when Kaye Mentley needed an attorney to file an eviction notice for her real estate corporation, KWM Rentals, Inc., a little more than two weeks after Steven Ingersoll was indicted she turned to Doug Bishop—the lawyer who represents the Grand Traverse Academy. 

At the May 2 meeting of the Academy's Board of Education, a financial report noted that "Board Expenditures" exceeded $54,960, an amount more than double its original estimate. 

A major factor cited for the overage was "unexpected legal fees" $38,000 year-to-date.

We don't actually know why anybody does what they do, and Miss Fortune is simply pointing out verifiable associations.

But it appears tone-deaf for Mentley not to recognize hiring the Academy's attorney for personal business might raise a few eyebrows —maybe she's just "not concerned". 

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