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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

THE CHRISTMAS CLAUSE: Steven Ingersoll Set To Emerge From Federal Prison At The End Of December—Owing Nearly $4.0 Million In Unpaid Federal Income Taxes & Penalties; Bay County Circuit Court Documents Filed In Tax Foreclosure Case Detail Non-Payment Of Federal Income Tax By Ingersoll, Even His $11,762 Federal Tax Fraud Conviction-Related Restitution

Nearly two months after Steven Ingersoll had gone to federal prison for tax evasion and conspiracy to evade taxes, Jason Blossey walked into the Bay County Treasurer's office and paid $11,108 to redeem two empty Bay City buildings (owned by Wolverine Arts, LLC, an Ingersoll business entity) from tax forfeiture foreclosure.

Why those buildings, shown below, and where did the money come from?

And why did the two adjoining buildings, located on N. Jackson Street in Bay City, later end up in the hands of a man who plead guilty November 15 to criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree?

And, believe it or not, this sordid stank isn't the worst lingering around Steve Ingersoll—Bay County circuit court documents filed October 17, 2019 reveal Ingersoll owes nearly $4.0 million in unpaid federal income tax.

Let's look back at the buildings in question, located at 114 N. Jackson/115 N. Jackson in Bay City.

Steven Ingersoll proposed to turn Bay City's former Wolverine Knitting Mills building at 114 N. Jackson into a specialty guild where unemployed residents would be trained to make a variety of products, like optical lenses and dentistry tools. 

Ingersoll envisioned the building serving as a marketplace for handmade crafts such as wine, art, paintings and quilts. He also planned to host artist space in the building and turn nearby homes he owns into cottages for artists. 

“It will come in steps,” he said in late 2009. 

“We’ll be attacking the restoration of that building in the springtime.” 

The Wolverine Building was gutted in anticipation of Ingersoll's grand renovation, but never used as a Bay City Academy vocational training center.

However, during the renovation of the Bay City Academy's Madison Arts campus, the Wolverine Building was reportedly pressed into service by Roy C. Bradley, Sr. to stash bags of asbestos removed from 400 N. Madison Avenue building — before they were illegally dumped by members of Bradley’s crew in dumpsters in Saginaw.

On December 2, 2014, a jury found Bradley guilty of four counts of illegally distributing and handling asbestos, in violation of the Clean Air Act. Bradley's codefendant, Gerald A. Essex, was acquitted on the same four charges.

Fast forward to April 11, 2017, when Jason Blossey, Sr. walked into the Bay County Treasurer's office and paid $11,108 to redeem the two adjoining buildings from tax foreclosure.

That $11,108 payment was a steep amount for Blossey, who'd months before filed a bankruptcy petition seeking to get out from under a $25,000 dog bite lawsuit settlement. 

On his federal bankruptcy petition, Blossey listed his occupation as a truck driver for Dore & Associates Contracting, a Bay City-based asbestos abatement and demolition company, with a $1,760 monthly income.
On July 10, 2017, Blossey conveyed the title to the N. Jackson Street properties to Rodney DeLong, for the “for the sum of one dollar”.

But take a closer look at the document above, filed on July 18, 2017 in the Bay Register of Deeds office, and you'll see direct connections to the Bradley/Ingersoll criminal milieu: Gerald Essex, known on the Bay City Academy job site as “Bark”, and the crew foreman of Roy Bradley's restoration company, Lasting Impressions, for the Bay City Academy conversion project, signed as a witness to the transaction.

And the Notary Public, who ostensibly witnessed the transaction, was Roy Bradley's daughter, Kristy Wyson.

Why was the building redeemed by Blossey, who apparently lacked the financial means to come up with that amount? Was there something inside that needed to be kept hidden until it could be moved...or destroyed

And why was Rodney DeLong selected to receive the building for the stated sum of one dollar?

Good questions, but they're unlikely to be answered...except the last one, because we know where DeLong will be in less than 48 hours.

DeLong is scheduled to appear in Bay County court on Thursday, December 12 at 8:30am for a sentencing hearing.

DeLong took a plea deal on November 15, 2019, pleading guilty (no contest, actually) to one count of attempted criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree. 

In Michigan, criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 2 years or a fine of not more than $500.00, or both.

Ingersoll's federal tax liens will be revealed Thursday, December 12, only from Glistening, Quivering Underbelly.

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