Exposing a Paper Sham
Harry C. Alford | , Guest Columnist | 6/7/2012, 2:33 p.m.
The written agreement had things like "For assignment of material purchase orders to you, HH&N will reimburse Thomas Construction Company a fee of 3% over and above the total cost of the purchase order. Joint checks will be issued to Thomas Construction Company in the name of Thomas and the named recipient of the purchase order." Wow! They actually set up a special bank account where they would jointly go to the bank and make the deposits, but only HH&N had signing authority on the account. In total, it was a nine point agreement full of sinister schemes.
I reported our findings to the state Department of Administration. The general counsel asked us, "Where are you guys going with this?" I responded, "To hell and back if that is what it takes." I was about to leave my position to start a local Black Chamber of Commerce so I had no fear. At an event for the Indiana Black Expo, I stood on a stage with Rev. Jesse Jackson and took the microphone. I shouted, "Huber, Hunt and No Negroes has been busted for fronting on the State Office Building and the State must punish them!" The newspapers, television stations and radio channels blew it up.
Huber, Hunt and Nichols was banned from state projects for five years. They eventually changed their name to Hunt Construction. The U.S. Attorney wanted to go after 72- year old Thomas, but we persuaded them to leave him alone. They wouldn't pursue HH&N.
(To be continued next week.)