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FIPHD – More Interesting Flood Grant Tidbits –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On September 24, 2013

FORD CO. – FIPHD (ECWd) – This was originally published over a month ago, but we removed it on request pending more information. Now it appears that the paperwork for these family members is “missing” from the filing cabinet…how convenient that is…

Video Clarification/correction : Danial Brault, the brother of the FIPHD employee administrating the grant, worked for Arseneau Romeo Drain & Sewer.  They are the ones that received a big chunk of the contracts for septic installations, not the husband Dan McCullough.

Informati0n obtained from some local contractors report they simply gave up even trying to get any of those jobs.  According to them it was useless because they were all handed to the employer of the brother of the grant administrator.

This article is an update on the Flood Grants that the FIPHD received. Some interesting items came out of this FOIA response:

Which brings us to the question that they don’t want to answer.

How is it that people got a replacement septic system 2 years AFTER the flood?  What did those people do during that two years?  Most septic systems can be pumped out and they work fine afterwords so we are rather confused as to why entire septic systems were replaced 2 years later?  It will be interesting to find out how many of these people were employees and receiving grant benefits and not in the effected flood zone!

A few more FOIA’s to do and we will get to the bottom of this one and rest assured the information streaming in from whistle-blowers is damning enough that I suspect some may want to get an attorney!


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  • Angela Mason
    Posted at 13:17h, 29 July

    Angela Mason liked this on Facebook.

  • idontgetit
    Posted at 17:20h, 29 July

    I do not understand why this guy is not gone already, and why the two county boards are so divided on this. In the private sector all of this would have been settled months ago.

  • Old
    Posted at 17:32h, 29 July

    Question. How many people who really deserved to get the grant money were not given the money in favor of the elite group. If others who were in the flood area were not given access to the grant money then threr needs to be legal action taken against those that got grant moneies and septic systems illegally.

  • Amy Corbett
    Posted at 20:39h, 24 September

    First place my maiden name is NOT Barnett.I was not married to or even know who Doug Corbett was at the time my house or my mother & fathers house flooded.I find it humorous ,the comment that you didn’t know the names on the flood list.Because you do know the name DEE ANN SCHIPPERT WELL! She not only is on your list but highly doubt she had any water in her dry basement.Had previously lived across the street from her for years If her basement flooded then the fully upholstered couch loveseat and chair would have been ruined soaked and stinky! This furniture was not removed from the basement until may of this year for her son’s graduation ….Yuck!!…fraud…..who,s committing fraud?? Not me I’m not and have never been a liar, she can’t say the same about herself.And you were asked to remove this,but I see it’s back on so maybe my husband should go back to the office!

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 21:54h, 24 September

      Your husband signed the paperwork yesterday- he can’t go back to work.
      We took it off because he asked, but then a couple of files “came up missing” from the flood grants…guess who’s names were on them?

  • Kirk Allen
    Posted at 22:40h, 24 September

    Are you claiming Dee Ann Schippert got a couch, loveseat, and chair with Flood funding? If that is the case then do you care to explain why none of those items show up on the documentation regarding what she did get? If she got those things and they are not listed then that wouldn’t that be fraud? Your husband would be involved as the Administrator wouldnt he?

    I like how you failed to acknowledge you were married when the funding was recieved. You may not have known him when the flood happen but you damn sure did when the money was being give out!

  • Laughing
    Posted at 12:19h, 25 September

    Amy Corbett has had so many last names that she probably can’t keep it straight herself. What is she on now, her 3rd or 4th husband?

  • Amy Corbett
    Posted at 22:03h, 26 September

    If you read what I said about the couch chair and loveseat you could clearly see that it says nothing that even comes close to implying that these were purchased with flood money.But maybe you can’t read .I was simply stating that IF her basement HAD flooded one would think she would have removed the furniture much sooner .And furthermore could you at least once in awhile get Something ,anything correct? Doesn’t matter when the funding came through.I am a tax paying citizen who’s basement flooded.Some can not say the same.Once the city drains were full it leaked in through the drain.Its sad that you are grown up bullies, they have talks in the schools about such behaviors as yours.Maybe you could go to counseling and seek help for your problem.

  • Amy Corbett
    Posted at 22:25h, 26 September

    If it is corruption you are looking for then go to enter Rodney E. Copas.You will find I believe 4 or 5 cases alone where he has targeted the elderly.After being granted P.O.A. and after their untimely death he takes their entire estate.And conveniently he also sells tombstones.

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 06:36h, 27 September

      There you go, spreading lies about something you know nothing about…we have already been thru that paperwork and found absolutely nothing that supports your claims.

      Why don’t you go talk to the preacher, who was sued by his own mother for trying to take her estate—yeah, he lost that suit…

  • Amy Corbett
    Posted at 22:32h, 26 September

    Sad that your friend Dee Schippert has to hide behind the name “laughing”.But this is how your types operate , make false statements then hide.It’s called a coward.

    Posted at 08:23h, 27 September

    Lets focus on the facts of this issue, that is that the employees of the health department committed fraud, plain and simple. The “senior” staff has been able to do what they wanted for along time, which goes back to John Pickering, Jackie Shrimplen, Bev Kofot, Lynn, Terry Eimen and Ellen McCullough. Dougie is gone, Julie as of today, now Terry Eimen and Ellen McCullough and Cary Hagan need to leave and start anew. they will not change and will have a hard time working with other people. We the people of Iroquois County should be ashamed to allow this to happen. Amy, you and your husband committed fraud using your maiden name while married to Dougie to receive these funds!!!!! Dee is a trouble maker and always has been however, she knew right from wrong on the issues regarding the HD. The HD has wasted our money and satisfied themselves, they have committed fraud not following proper procedures with many issues of this agency. Enough is enough!!!!! We are tired of the lies. So many employees got funds from this grant. Luann Armatrout twenty four thousand dollars WOW, money given out for ridiculous items. Stop the BS!!!

    • Older&Wiser
      Posted at 08:54h, 03 October

      Interesting article–Did I just read that Mrs. McCullough was rehired by the health department?

  • Don't drink the water!
    Posted at 10:06h, 27 September

    Funny how someone would need to hide under the name Barrett who has what to hide??? We the people would love to know what was actually in those missing files. It would also be interesting to know how many raises Doug gave his own wife while he worked there. It is very sad to see the amount of money it will take to clean this mess up.

  • Let's be honest, shall we
    Posted at 16:31h, 27 September

    Ok…it is easy now for Amy Corbett to sign her name to her comments on here since her husband has finally been fired. When those that have jobs (because they don’t commit fraud) choose not to sign their names, they are being smart.

    You’re directing your anger and bitterness toward the wrong person my dear. Dee Ann Schippert did not get your husband into the mess he finds himself. Only HE did that! You don’t have to like Dee Schippert. You don’t have to agree with her on every single thing she’s ever done in her life. But you cannot, by any means, pass your husband’s firing off on her! All she did at work was try to do her job all the while putting up with YOUR HUSBAND BULLYING HER. You like to throw that word “bully” out there but you ought to look closely in your own household as your husband was a bully to her and other former employees. Doesn’t it make you sick to your stomach to know how he spoke to female employees? I’d be embarrassed and ashamed of him! To make comments about a female employee’s private area’s is beyond me! He placed a tampon ad on a female employee’s desk thinking he was being funny. How does a man in a position of power and authority find it funny to do that to a female employee? That is not only bullying but sexual harassment. He speaks about disgusting things in the work place thinking he is being funny but he is just WEIRD and needs to know how to have proper decorum in a working environment. Not only that but he even felt it was okay to make fun of gay people by talking about a man at a conference whom he assumed to be gay. He wrote it down for on paper for crying out loud! They have that PROOF! He called him a butt pirate and spoke about his finger being in a “Hooked position” for fingering his “b hole.” Your husband is DISGUSTING.

    And I am sure you had water in your basement, I do not pretend to know what happened in your house during the flood. The issue is why did you put Barnett on the paperwork when the funding was being handed out? That is a valid question worth asking and worth finding out. SImply put, why did your current husband want you to use your former husband’s last name? If you can explain that then I’d love to hear it. Honestly, that is all we really want to know? I do not question whether you had water in your basement just questioning why he wanted to use your former name?

    And you should really stop attacking Dee Ann Schippert. You blurted out at a meeting a while back that her husband would leave her if he knew who she really was etc. How pathetic are you, Amy? I mean really. Grow up. You claim she goes after people AND their families when she doesn’t get her way. Again, take a look at yourself. What did Dee Ann Schippert do for you and your kids when you and your husband divorced years ago? Or did you suddenly get a case of amnesia??? When you couldn’t afford to make the car payments on your car who helped you?? That’s right, Dee Schippert and her family. When your child’s birthday was approaching and you had no money to throw him a party or buy him gifts, who helped you? That’s right, Dee Schippert and her family paid for that party and his gifts from you just so he could have a nice birthday that year. How quickly you’ve forgotten.

    And for the record, Dee Ann Schippert did not have a “dry basement” but rather 18 inches of water. They threw away a bunch of stuff out of their basement. And you’re an idiot trying to act like she got brand new furniture for her son’s graduation this year. His graduation party wasn’t even at her house!!! They held it at the park. Nice try, lady. Try and pay attention.

    It is actually sad how badly things have gotten at the FIPHD because of your husband creating such a mess. Years of friendships amongst colleagues have been compromised and will never be the same. But people that lie, like your husband and have no moral code don’t even care about things like that.

  • Kirk Allen
    Posted at 09:26h, 28 September

    Amy, did you know it was the FIPHD that requested Mr. Copas to administer the estate issues because he was in fact the County administrator for such action when people have NO ONE left to close out those matters? The previous Douglas township Supervisor use to do that but when he retired they asked Copas to do that.

    Do you hear yourself? “After being granted P.O.A”

    Who granted that POA Amy? Dead people don’t grant that stuff. Courts and lawyers handle that and the court records prove you are lying through you back side. If the owners of the estates granted the POA then how is that anyone’s business? I have people that have asked me to take care of their matters after they pass. Isn’t that what good honest people do for friends that have no family?

    Its easy to pile on to the here-say that has been spread over the years on those matters however doing so doesn’t make you correct. It just shows your a follower and not a leader.

    For a woman that uses public time and funding to be employees “personal shopper” I don’t think you have much room to talk lady.

    I will post that information in an upcoming article. You see that’s what we do. We get the documents and post them so everyone can see that what we say is based on a factual document.

    In this case it will be the document where your using the taxpayer dime to operate you own little enterprise. You do know that is illegal don’t you? I can only assume not since such a practice was common place in that office.

  • Amy Corbett
    Posted at 22:05h, 28 September

    It must be a prerequisite of the tea party to be angry, hateful and dishonest. As well as hate any type of government. This county is sunk ,all of you involved have an agenda and that is to disassemble and destroy this county.

    • Barb Offill
      Posted at 09:08h, 29 September

      Amy, You have it all wrong about the TEA Party. They are not out to destroy any county or entity. The tea party is made up of law abiding people who love their country, state, and county and who believe in the Constitution. The Tea Party is on the side of “TRUTH” and it is time to clean out the county closets of dirt and filth. The Edgar County Watchdogs are NOT a part of the tea party. They work for the people and not a group or organization. You need to not put blame on the Tea Party for the wrong your husband has committed. The TEA Party got it’s name from “Taxed Enough Already” and we’re tired of county, state, and federal officials stealing from “We the People.” Enough is Enough!!!!

    • Elmer Erikkson
      Posted at 21:15h, 09 October

      The Tea Party is actually in favor of HONEST government, not anarchy as Harry Reid and you suggest. When government becomes dishonest, those responsible need to be corrected or removed from office. You mistake rightful anger as hate directed at the dishonest stealing of resources under the guise of government.

      Constitutionally controlled government accountable through the election of representatives is the only way to govern in our country. Your husband lost sight of his boundaries and forgot he is still accountable to a higher elected authority where the health board derives its powers. But I’m sure your husband’s communist education at the Jesuit school in St. Louis left out that part of the history and civics lessons.

      You can’t keep abusing tax payer dollars and expect nothing to happen. Social justice involves anarchy and the destruction of our constitutional system so tax monies can be looted and given to the favorites of those in charge. It might work in the old Soviet Union, but we don’t yet have polit bureaus here in America.

  • Kirk Allen
    Posted at 07:50h, 29 September

    Yet another example of a person who listens to the media for their news and draws conclusions from emotions generated by that media instead of facts. Also very interesting is how you change the subject when the truth is laid out that disproves your previous comments.

    Your county is not sunk nor is it being disassembled. It is being fixed and rebuilt to run like it is suppose to. Just this past week steps were taken that saved the FIPHD $140,000.00 on insurance coverage.

    Home health is still being provided by private business so no-one is without the care yet the tax payers are saving a small fortune now since its not part of county coverage.

    In fact, now that things are being exposed it appears there is close to $1,000,000.00 (1 Million) dollars in the FIPHD budget that didn’t get spent. Sure will be interesting to see where all that extra cash was going in previous years Amy.

    Had the previous board members done their due diligence as well as the previous administrator, your husband, they could have saved the county more. Sadly Doug Corbett appears to have been behind not changing insurance because of his pre-existing condition. If that is the case, which many people have told us it is, that is self serving.

    Just as self serving as running your side business out of the Health Department and using the Health Department e-mails to promote your sales.

    This has nothing to do with the Tea Party Amy and no matter how hard you try to divert the attention from yourself and your husband, it wont work.

    People have their eyes open and the truth will come out.

    The Truth has no Agenda!

  • confused
    Posted at 17:33h, 03 October

    Dan McCullough, her husband, owns Custom Builders who also got a large chunk of the money, imagine that. And why were past due utilities paid? What a waist of money.