Liberty Dispatch has learned that a public law firm, Lone Star Legal Aid, is looking into the manner in which Chambers County is handling the distribution of CBDG funds which are intended to help qualified citizens of Chambers County with housing issues and to recover from the hurricane devastation of September 2008. Most counties in the area are well on their way to distributing these funds to their citizens in need, but scandal ridden Chambers County is way behind the rest. The distribution of these funds is being handled by Ms. Sarah Cerrone of the Chambers County Office of Community Development.
Lone Star Legal Aid is questioning the actions of Ms. Sarah Cerrone and her office in regards to how the application process has been handled. First of all, the forms used by Ms. Cerrone and her office are not satisfactory to meet the needs of the CBDG program. Also, the personal and private information contained in those forms has, allegedly, been compromised in that Ms. Cerrone has allowed outside parties to gather and retain said information for their on personal gain. Two other individuals who are being complained about are none other than Mark and Darlene Pagels who have been connected with several schemes to personally profit from the Ike relief effort. Facts surrounding the background of the Pagels appear extremely troubling and the subject of attorney investigator's interest. The collusion between the Pagels and Cerrone are well documented and this investigation will delay the implementation of the CBDG program in Chambers County.
Liberty Dispatch insists on a thorough investigation of these allegations and asks whether or not a third party should be allowed to come in and administrate these funds.
We have all seen for weeks the poor behavior of elected and county officials and how they try to stonewall any investigation and retaliate against anyone who asks the questions. It is our belief that good always prevails over evil and the only question is... Will the wrong doers will be brought to justice and when? It is important to note that any CBDG funds not used for housing will be kept by the County to be used for infrastructure.
Are you beginning to see the big picture?
We make one prediction...next week either Darlene Pagels or Theresa Barrett will write in the Anahuac Progress how there is 'nothing to these allegations'. We guess that's just how things roll in Chambers County.
We will be updating this story as it unfolds. We have also received several inquiries from national media outlets due to the vast allegations of corruption in this county. Remember that it was Liberty Dispatch who first broke the story about the FEMA clean-up contracts in Chambers County and Liberty County. We will continue to report the truth at whatever the cost because Chambers County citizens deserve to know the truth.
As of last week, attorneys have notified Chambers County of their legal intent and have stated... "We intend to do a lengthy and very invasive investigation of all related facts".
The resulting legal investigation and discovery should make the illegal behavior by those in the Chambers County Courthouse and civil conspirators, crystal clear.