LangdonChapman family enriched by over $822,000 for transitional IT job search by questionable company named Star CIO belonging to his brother-in-law. 8 months later funding for the job search continues at over $500/hour.
Job search company, "Star CIO" traced to empty home in foreclosure and 2nd site traced to a PO Box at a strip mall.
These accusations, are based on investigation by County Legislators, and according to Senator Skoufis who said he had spoken with an "Insider Whistleblower".
A "Livestream link" to the entire Press Confernce is listed below. along with the official Press Conference review of it.
Notably, law enforcement was at the Press Conference and will be sent maximum factual information inluding all relevantt documentation for the future investigations which are being asked of the Orange County Legislature, the New York Attorney General, the DA and the FBl.
Here's a taste of the allegations that include over $822,000 in payments that do not appear to follow county contract negotiation procedures, to find new heads for an IT Department (which Skoufis said "is already the job of Langdon Chapman"), and the payments made to a company owned by his brother-in-law. However ,the company has a questionable legal status, its registration having never been renewed with the State for 15 years, and is currently uninsured, its current only location being a PO Box. Meanwhile, according to the legislative investigation team, in order to make procurement look legal, 2 alternative companies were considered via a simple generic online standard price lists, and the 2nd company confirmed they had never even spoken to anyone from Orange County.. Take a close look at the copies of the contract amounts, and at the bottom it is clearly stated that any such official contract in excess of $99,000 must be sent out for RFPs (Requests for Proposals). Only the Star CIO bid had actual details describing the position they were seeking to fill. And that company's location traced to 2 locations; one being an empty house in foreclosure that had been owned by the brother-in-law. The other loation of Star CIO was a post office box in a distant strip mall. The initial payment was permitted to be repeated 6 times. And the position still remains to be filled as of today.
County Attorney, Rick Golden, countered the allegations, saying that the payments were within guidelines, and that Orange County Government curently has no prohibition about hiring relatives of employees.
Skoufis' central charges are in the 3 embedded videos, but you can watch the entire event from the link at the end of this page, after the official Press Conference Statement.
Press Conference Text:
Skoufis and County Legislators Expose Major OC Public Corruption
Senator James Skoufis (D-Orange County) gathered today with state and county legislators at the Orange County Government Center to reveal shocking findings of a pervasive corruption scandal within the county administration. Alarming evidence raises serious questions about the conduct of several high-ranking county officials, and points to a web of illicit no-bid contracts involving technology firm StarCIO, which funneled nearly $823,000 to the family of Human Resources Commissioner and former County Attorney Langdon Chapman.
Of particular focus were glaring inconsistencies identified within each of the three no-bid contracts awarded to StarCIO. Senator Skoufis revealed that the initial contract signed in January 2023 – covering a 16-day, low-accountability work arrangement over eight weeks – carried a price tag of $65,000 and was automatically renewed five times without ever going out for bid, despite topping $260,000. Even more troubling: the payments were directed to one individual, StarCIO’s president and the brother-in-law of Langdon Chapman, Isaac Sacolick. The county further contracted with his firm twice more by August of 2023, for an additional $562,900.
The practice of no-bid contracting exists only as a last resort to allow entities to expeditiously submit quotes directly to government administration and bypass procedures that all businesses must go through when providing services to the government. This is only allowed when urgency and specialized subject matter expertise are major factors.
The alleged rationale of outsourcing work to StarCIO was for “transitional” IT services, while the administration sought permanent hires to fill the county’s newly created IT services department. Yet, StarCIO’s contract was set to auto-renew, perpetually extending every eight weeks for multiple cycles with minimal oversight.
Two additional contracts further underscored the administration’s bias and careless distribution of hundreds of thousands of dollars to StarCIO. Each contract required the signed approval of several different county officials. Despite all parties involved failing to address StarCIO’s expired liability insurance, lack of legitimate office address, and decades-delinquent LLC business registration, county leadership carelessly greenlit the grift.
A crucial detail in the first contract was a box checked off by county officials stating that, given the contract’s sub-$100,000 valuation, this procurement of services only required the county to seek three quotes, not engage in a proper public bidding process. When pressed, the county released the three supposed quotes: one from StarCIO that was tailored to Orange County’s desired scope of work, a generalized PDF from Securance Consulting, and a generalized PDF from a company called Gartner. The latter two are easily searchable online. Securance confirmed the county had in fact sought a proposal, but not until August, well after the first contract was already awarded. Gartner, on the other hand, could find no record of a formal proposal ever being submitted to Orange County.
By further rubber-stamping ‘extensions’ of this original contract for professional services, StarCIO’s take has ballooned to a staggering $822,900. The maneuver was a deliberate attempt to circumvent the legal requirement to submit a request for proposal (RFP), which, as stipulated by the law, is mandatory for any proposals above $99,999.00. These aforementioned actions are indisputable violations of state law.
“Chapman’s $200,000-a-year role as the county’s Human Resources Commissioner is specifically designed to recruit new staff and fill vacancies. And, as a long-time facet of the County Executive’s inner circle, not a single substantial action is taken without his sign-off.” said Skoufs. “It’s literally his job to fill the vacant role of Chief Information Officer, yet here we are, 10 months later with nearly a million dollars funneled to his family, and no permanent IT professional having been hired. Mr. Chapman needs to immediately resign in disgrace.”
"My colleagues and I are calling for the immediate resignation of Langdon Chapman and the cancellation of the contract with StarCIO.” said County Legislator Genesis Ramos. “Corruption should not be tolerated in Orange County, and we will not turn a blind eye to it. It is disheartening to see those in power abuse their authority and take advantage of taxpayers' hard-earned money while many people in our community struggle to make ends meet. We are committed to diligently uncovering the truth behind this scheme."
As Chair of the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee, Senator Skoufis remains unwavering in his commitment to eradicating corruption at all levels of government.
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