Mobile County License Commission

Mobile County License Commission

Ex contractor claims ‘wrongful termination’ after testimony

The “whistleblower” who testified against Mobile County Revenue Commissioner Kim Hastie at her 2015 criminal trial has taken the first step toward filing a wrongful termination lawsuit, adding to the outlying legal issues that still surround the three-year-old allegations. That former contractor, Victor Crawford, was employed by Mobile County for 26 years in a number of capacities but saw his long-standing computer programming contract with the License Commission terminated less than six months after testifying against Hastie. County Commissioners voted 2-1 to terminate Crawford’s contract in December 2015 at the request of License Commissioner Nick Matranga, who sat with...

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License commissioner says county treating office unfairly

License Commissioner Nick Matranga believes the Mobile County Commission is holding his office to a double standard when it comes to personnel decisions because of issues that arose while his predecessor, Kim Hastie, was still in office. Last June, commissioners revoked Hastie’s authority to manage her department’s personnel after she attempted to give 28 promotions simultaneously. The county had previously allowed “appointing authorities” to work directly with the Personnel Board on HR matters, provided they stayed within their allocated budget. At the time, commissioners said Hastie was routinely exceeding her budget, and voted to revoke that appointing authority as...

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Matranga looks to continue Hastie’s ‘10 Minute Tag’ operation

Mobile County License Commissioner Kim Hastie is ready to put her legal troubles behind her and assume the role of revenue commissioner — a position she ran for unopposed and won in 2014. Though her original plan for the office was to merge it with the License Commission, Hastie said she’s now looking forward to getting into the new role and working to make it as efficient as possible. Taking Hastie’s place at the license commission will be Ret. Col. Dominick (Nick) Matranga, whose was appointed above four other candidates by Gov. Robert Bentley on Wednesday. Like Hastie, Matranga...

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Hastie hit with $5,000 fine for email blast, may ask county to cover legal expenses

Though her attorney plans to appeal, Mobile County License Commissioner Kim Hastie was ordered to pay a $5,000 criminal fine for disseminating thousands of private email addresses for a political campaign in 2013. Though she defeated 17 other unrelated criminal allegations in court over the summer, Hastie was convicted by a jury of her peers for instructing a licence commission employee to place more than 30,000 email addresses from the license commission’s database on an electronic storage device so they could be given to the campaign of Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson. Judge Kristi Dubose emphasized Hastie only committed an...

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Hastie teases appeal, motions to delay civil suit

Mobile County License Commissioner Kim Hastie is asking a federal court to delay an ongoing civil suit against her on the grounds she’ll soon appeal the criminal conviction it’s based on. Arnita Diamond and Labarron Yates filed a lawsuit against Hastie in April over an email blast Hastie organized to support the campaign of Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson in 2013. According to the lawsuit and federal prosecutors, the 30,000 email addresses included in that blast were illegally obtained from state motor vehicle records. Hastie allegedly asked an employee to gather the addresses of Mobile County residents living within the...

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Deputy License Commissioner wants county to pay legal defense bill

With her named cleared, Deputy License Commissioner Ramona Yeager is requesting Mobile County reimburse her $40,000 for legal fees she incurred after a federal indictment on public corruption charges last year. Yeager, a 40-year-employee of the Mobile County License Commission, was indicted in the same probe as License Commissioner Kim Hastie. Yeager shared nine charges with Hastie related to conspiracy, wire fraud and mail fraud — all of which were tied to invoices submitted through a third-party contractor for public relations work performed in Hastie’s office in 2014. Yeager was acquitted of all the charges against her in June....

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Prosecutors secure guilty plea in Hastie jury tampering case

On July 27, Jonathan Lawrence Oneal pleaded guilty to jury tampering charges related to the tax evasion case against Mobile County License Commissioner Kim Hastie and her husband, John Melvin Hastie, Jr. Oneal was arrested on May 6 for a violation of Title 18 of U.S. Code, Section 1503, (Influencing juror generally). In the documents dated last week, Oneal waived his right right to Due Process and admitted to making contact with potential jurors after speaking with his coworker, Hastie Jr. Based on sentencing guidelines, the charges carry as much as a 10-year prison sentence, a fine of up...

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Feds move to drop tax charges against Hastie, husband

It’s been a little more than a year since FBI agents raided the office of Mobile County License Commissioner Kim Hastie, and after two high-profile losses in court, the U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a motion on Friday seeking to dismiss her only remaining charge. The charge, originally added to her corruption case in a superseding indictment in January, alleged that Hastie and her husband, John Melvin Hastie Jr., attempted to hide approximately $58,000 from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) through fraudulent tax returns and two false Statements of Economic Interest to the Alabama Ethics Commission. The allegations were related...

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