Search Engine Optimization is a wonderful concept when you become a blogging “citizen journalist.” All that the wonderful Web 2.0 revolution offers an amateur writer like myself is the opportunity to be noticed, read, and contemplated. Obviously I have hit a cord with the people who have been victimized by the Ed Okun 1031 Tax Group scandal, hit a cord with people within the 1031 industry too afraid to voice their opinion for fear of reprisal or loss of job, and I have hit a cord with one mysterious caller.
That is right! I have made my “journalistic” bones. Tony Soprano would be proud, “Tommy” would be ready to fold under questioning, and “Chili Eye Charlie” would fully approve of the nerves I have been hitting with my coverage of the Ed Okun and Donald McGhan scandals.
On this bright, sunny California Saturday afternoon I received a mysterious phone call and message. The message was short but to the point. The caller was “tipping me off” to the next move in the Ed Okun trial. The caller claimed, without siting any evidence, that JPS Capital Partners “will not fund” the outstanding 1031 debts that Ed Okun’s 1031 Tax Group is responsible to fund.
The mystery caller sounded like a man in his 30’s or 40’s, I did not perceive him to be a professional within the legal community, he did not sound like somebody who had been victimized by the 1031 Tax Group. No instead my impression was that this guy reminded me of a east coast hustler or street guy. Why did I get this impression from a voice message left on my cell phone? I lived on the east coast for 7 yrs between Baltimore and Washington D.C.. I spent considerable time in Philly and the Apple and when you get the feel for the east coast mentality-then you know what I mean!
So the question is simple: has Ed Okun’s knight in shining armor, JPS Capital Partners, decided against bailing him out of his debts? Have the God’s of 1031 Past decided to rear their collective heads and leave the entire mess up to the courts?
As I have stated in the past, I am but one man with a small voice in a vast empire that is the world wide web. I bare no grudge, bare no burden, seek no retribution. I simply wish to see the truth in this episode of American history come to a positive conclusion for so many who have been so very deeply hurt by the actions of so few individuals.
What comes around goes around? All that glitters isn’t gold? A day late and a dollar short? It ain’t braggin if you can do it? Money talks and bulls_it walks? American proverbs one and all. May we find more than lip service in our quest to understand this sordid mess.