At approximately 10:00 a.m. this morning, Friday, September 6, 2013, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) served Heart of Georgia Regional Airport Authority board member and vice-chairperson John Clements with a subpoena at the W.S. Stuckey Airport Terminal in Eastman.
The subpoena requested "any and all records, belonging to or in the possession of the Heart of Georgia Regional Airport Authority (HGRAA), through abandonment, pertaining to Mathieu Heintz, DOB: 11/26/1966, or Aircraft Manufacturing and Development Company, P.O. Box 639, Eastman, Georgia 31023."
The documents, a truck-load full, were loaded onto a pickup truck and left the airport premises for an undisclosed location.
For more information on this developing story, obtain the September 11, 2013 edition of The Dodge County News.
A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent is pictured serving a subpoena to Heart of Georgia Regional Airport Authority board member and vice-chairperson John Clements.
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Great news! Put them all in jail! No one is above the law. It's long overdue people!
Are these the "documents" that Greer mentioned at the Town Hall circus last week? This town is ready to hear who did what. How will Jimmy stop it now? I knew that whole bank loan situation was a farse. I really pray the county doesn't bail the banks out - THIS TIME! Let's clean up our county and make it a place to be proud of folks.
Who cares? I bet it's going to lead to nothing at all anyway. The crooks in this place always get away with what ever they feel like anyhow.
If I were a betting type individual, I'd bet there are some people in town that care deeply that the FBI is hanging around issues that date back to 1999 when the airport issues started. Issues from 1999 are still strangling the airport and suppressing growth. A lot of facts loom hidden in boxes of old documents that can possibly stitch the whole airport story together to where the light of day can enable the general public to understand what went on and who did or did not benefit from any of it. Let it all play out!
If I were a betting person, I'd wager there are a few individuals who care deeply and are not happy the FBI is willing to dig around in 1999 airport issues of a failed business. 1999 is when the airport dealings began and culminated in 2008 with the airport moving to pay the Heintz debt after Rep. Pruett changed the airports charter with HB 1444 to enable the financial move. This subpoena doesn't make sense unless secrets loom in dusty old boxes of abandoned records. Let's be patient and see how this plays out. I'd also bet there is one person wondering whether or not to initiate private contact to the FBI for the best cooperation type immunity deal. The early bird gets the worm and the certainly best deal!
Follow the money trail. Over a million dollars vanished into thin air! Rumor has it some at the airport are helping to cover it up and didn't want the FBI to get a hold of the records. Shady, shady, shady. As long as those in power put the spineless in place they will help cover it all up. Vote OUT Jimmy P and his puppet Danny boy! Justice!
I have a local business in Eastman and have NEVER asked the city or the county to help pay for anything. We grew out of hard work, lots of trial and error, and good old fashioned elbow grease. WHY is the county helping pay for improvements to DPS out at the airport? That is a terrible precedent our county is setting if they go through with this plan. This makes me wonder if what they are doing really is more about a covering up for some in town then it is to help the county prosper. There are many hard working businesses out here who are making it on their own without county money.
I agree 100%. Why is the county helping DPS?? Ever think it may have something to do with the building they are occupying at the airport? If DPS up and breaks camp for Dublin, guess who loses out - CB&T Bank! Sorry the rest of us businesses in this wonderful city of ours don't have such luck! I have a bunch of items I need tending to at my store!
Screw CB&T let them go under. Let a big box bank like Bank of America come in. Yeah they will look out for all of the homeowners and people that get loans with them. There is no way people will come back at the county and scream at them for letting CB&T go under and BoA or whoever come in and do what they want. The evil bank deserves to go down and it doesn't matter who goes down with it. We want justice. We are tired of the Dodge County boogie men pulling the strings. They have been doing it for the last sixty years. If not more. When they do die they are going to just pass along all their power to their evil kids and the cycle will just keep going. We decent hardworking folk can't get ahead because of the Dodge County Illuminati looking out for each other. No matter what I do I can't get ahead because they are holding me back. They are what is wrong with this county. I guess we will see who is slow enough to not understand the sarcasm :)
"Big Box Bank" might be better in the long run than a "crooked small town bank." Weren't some of their board of directors directly involved in creating this whole ordeal???
I get it. Bilking the airport and taxpayers out of 300k since 2008 is their idea of taking care of the locals??? Really?
I'm not following your point with HB1444 and Pruett. What is the story here?
HB1444 allowed the airport to take on long-term debt. The day after it was signed by the Governor, the old airport board inked the lease deal with DPS and CB&T bank so the Airport could pay for the bad loan made by AMD. BUT...HB1444 didn't allow for the airport to take on PRIVATE long term debt...since that violates the GA Constituion. But that's all minor details and we won't go there. People might actually be held accountable and boy or boy how terrible that would be for our wondeful town, future growth, economic development, jobs, etc, etc. What ever happpened to the Judges ruling the airport board said they would get before inking the deal with the county commissioners? I guess even Judges don't like the idea of breaking the law no matter who is involved.
Am I reading something differently then you all. Until the community can hear more details about this, it may be best not to jump to any conclusions. Based on what I have read here and through other news outlets, the FBI looks to be after Mathieu Heintz "The Canadian Guy". The FBI wanted all of the documents and paperwork he had left here. It was a truckload of records that the airport had held on to and stored away all these years. The subpoena even says it wanted the records belonging to or in possession of the airport through abandonment. The records that Mr. Heintz abandoned when he absconded.
I'd say you are one step behind in your analysis. Be patient!
I disagree Milton. I think these are the documents that provide the original loan and lease deal back in 99 with the Canadian guy. the Canadian guy has already been apprehended, brought to DC jail by Sherriff Hinson and the GBI, and posted bail years ago. When they had him in jail, CB&T bank didn't want anything to do with him and they decided to let him off the hook. Why? Because the collateral they originated the loan with was bogus EXCEPT for the DPS building. So they let the Canadian guy off the hook and stuck it to the citizens of Dodge County knowing that that building never could be used as collateral. The Feds are methodical and they won't back down. Let the chips fall where they may! Or, maybe it's just a wild goose chase the Feds have nothing better to do with their time right now. Who knows?
Well we will see how it all unfolds. One thing that I have learned. When everyone starts thinking alike and believing something is a sure thing. It's probably best to be cautious because there is a major twist on the way. Life is fickle like that.
I heard you are on the EDA now. Good. Lets see how long you manage to keep your integrity in tact when you find out the EDA wants to control the economic development of the airport.
I thank you for your concern. My integrity will not be at risk. This is because I am aware and accept that it is not about me, my agenda, my pride, or my ego. Now, I fully expect that at some point in time I am going to step on and offend someone's agenda, pride, and ego. I apologize in advance. You can't make an omelette without cracking a few eggs. So lets get to work!
Thank you, thank you, thank you to anyone who helped expose this corruption. It is long overdue around here and I am very pleased that we still have men and women of integrity in this world who won't back down. Shame on those who are responsible for this situation. I hope the FBI brings them to justice.
For anyone who doubts the seriousness of the situation, check out the outcome of the last investigation this FBI agent was involved in.
Well, I guess the FBI won't be worried about the politics in Dodge County or the elite who are doing everything possible to cover their tracks. I for one am so looking forward to reading about where the million dollars vanished to and how our legislator used his position to bilk the citizens and airport out of their money.
Aren't we all. Maybe the FBI has a micro-fiche reader that works? I was told by a source very close to the airport that CB&T bank used the excuse that their micro-fiche machine was broken and they couldn't produce many loan documents. Follow the money!
Broken micro fiche reader? Tell me CBT didn't pull that card!!
I attended the so-called Town Hall meeting at the courthouse and I'm not sure what to believe at this point. Steve Greer warned us all, well, rather reminded us all, that corruption is hurting our town and all of us citizens who are trying to make an honest living out here. Now the FBI is involved and taking action. I'm not saying anyone did anything wrong. BUT, the FBI is going to get to the bottom of all this airport business and we all will see just who did what while we were sleeping. Wake up people! I would think Steve might make a really good candidate to run for our State Representative. At least he isn't afraid to stand and look us all in the eye and tell us we have a history of corruption. As a lifetime resident of Dodge, I don't like it anymore than most people but I want my grandchildren to be raised in an honest town by honest people.
Greer doesn't know what he is talking about. He should run...far away from this county. Take the Driggers fella with him. We don't need people like them in Dodge.
Greer knows exactly what he is talking about. That's the reason you bunch of low life's want him and Driggers gone. They are spoiling the picnic for all of you that have been robbing this town blind for the past 20 years. To bad to sad now the FED's are going to eat your lunch! (Ha Ha) day of reckoning is coming for you guys. I can't wait till they say you have the right to remain silent, anything you say may be used against you....it's almost here!
The fact that you want him gone is the reason we need him to stay. People in this town don't like outsiders shaking things up and that's the biggest reason this town is stuck in first gear. All I know is Greer wants to fight the corruption and the FBI is in town for a reason. It's time that we all take a look in the mirror and get our act together.
Mr. Driggers and Mr. Burnham are also fighting the corruption in this town. I'm so thankful there are a few honorable men who still believe in doing what is right.
I think you are mistaken. I would fully support Mr. Greer in a run against Pruett any day!
Me, too! And be proud to do so! I am sick, sick, sick of crooked people lining their pockets at the expense of the tax-payers!
I don't think Greer plans on running for anything around here. The same corruption he speaks of will work to crush his chances. Same way the "people" voted out Hinson. Buying votes and favors.
JAYBIRD WHY WOULD YOU SAY SUCH MUST BE ONE OF EASTMAN'S CROCKS.. FBI GONNA BRING IT ALL TO THE LIGHT MAYBE YOU'RE NOT ONE OF THEM..
or maybe he is...and is scared of what may be coming down the pipe.....
Do you think the CBT and its owners are clean and not worried?
Well, to be honest, I think the board of directors might be concerned. The owners not so much.
CBT better be worried bad things coming their way along with others that think they're big shots in this town....
I'm so sick of how this place is being run down by so many in positions of power but who don't have a back bone. My grand daughters used to got to the Boys and girls club in Dodge before they brought in the wicked witch of the north (Atlanta) to take over. Many of us watched our beautiful club go down hill and no one did anything about it. I know Dennis Giddins was on the board and I think Phil Bearden was to. I found out this morning that Mr. Giddins is now in charge of the airport! My question is if he didn't have a spine to stand up and get rid of the wicked witch then how is he going to stand up to the problems at the airport? I already know the answer.
Dennis Giddens is a joke and a BIG disappointment. He is a yes man. He is just like Yawn. He is not interested in doing what's right he is just interested in protecting his friends. He has NO discernment between right and wrong. He is part of that gang at the 1st Baptist Country Club. They are just playing church.
It's always encouraging to see people like you throwing fiery darts at respectable individuals, and to go as far as condemning an entire congregation. Have you ever experienced how the "FBC country club" does church? How much time have you spent with Mr. Giddens that you know so much about his character? Please, take some time out of your schedule to make a difference in our community and quit pointing fingers and blaming people. Frankly, it's statements like this that cause parts of our community to remain dysfunctional.
Your so called community is dysfunctional because people like you allow these respectable people to enable others to corrupt the political system in Dodge County. I know Dennis and can see right through him. I'm not saying anything about FBC that some of your members have not voiced themselves. In fact I know of several longtime members that have gone to your pastor and ask him to remove a few of your deacons because of misconduct of office.
Ma'am, although I share your dissatisfaction at the closing of our local BGC, I don't think it's fair to place the blame on Dennis or Phil. Both were ardent supporters of the BGC from the beginning. They donated countless hours over several years to the club. Our club closed because we hired a CPO who had an agenda counter to the growth and future of our local club.
One of the fundamental foundations of society is accountability. Failure to hold people accountable is what has hurt this community for years. It sounds like to me that Giddens and Bearden are unable to hold anyone they like responsible for their actions and this county suffers as a result of that. First the Boys and Girls Club next the airport. These two men are not qualified to hold a position of leadership because they do not make good sound decisions when it involves their friends. They put the welfare of a few over the welfare of the majority. When is this madness going to stop? Are we to allow the whole town to suffer for certain people to benefit? Giddens and Bearden are being used and are too blind to see. I pray for God to take the blinders off their eyes and let them see how foolish they really are.
Come on Greer, you know the truth. They both and the other board members just sat around like bumps on a log and didn't fight to keep our Dodge club open. Meanwhile, the CPO ran it into the ground and they just looked the other way. They are not LEADERS! You are a LEADER! You know this is the truth and nothing but the truth. Why are you covering for them?
Are we talking about the same Gidden's I know? He ain't worth salt. Period. He ain't no leader. Period.
Hinson was a joke we have a good sheriff now.Mr. Sheffield keep up the good work..
Is the Federal Grand Jury today? I remember there was mention somewhere of Oct 8th in Savannah. Anyone know what is happening with this case?