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Jane Kenyon-Miller: Tom Fox to decide.
There are currently a number of issues in the Scarborough and Whitby area, which are the cause of intense speculation. They are (in no particular order):
Jane Kenyon-Miller: Tom Fox to decide.
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However, it is questions 2 and 4 which I intend to address in this article.
Belvedere Computers Inc. Formal investigation requested into Councillor Jane Kenyon-Miller, Scarborough Borough Council’s Portfolio holder for Finance and Legal
Following on from my article revealing that the California Secretary of State’s Office has formally confirmed that the Scarborough Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Finance, Procurement and Legal, Councillor Jane Margaret Kenyon-Miller, her husband Councillor Thomas William “Bill” Miller and Mr Andrew George William Miller (Councillor “Bill” Miller’s son) are currently registered as Officers (US equivalent of Directors) of Belvedere Computers Inc, which is a company registered in California.
Companies in California have to pay a minimum tax charge, pay annual return fees and submit a corporate tax return each year. Currently, the minimum tax charge is $800 per year. Companies that do not make their annual returns, pay their tax or submit their accounts, are suspended so the company cannot trade or do business. Belvedere Computers Inc was suspended by the California Franchise Tax Board for non-payment of taxes in 1982. The company does not apparently have any assets and is therefore almost certainly bankrupt.
However, bankrupt or not, the company nevertheless still exists and the Company Officers have exactly the same responsibilities for ensuring the returns are made and the taxes paid, even though it is suspended. The fees and taxes continue to accrue each year against the company.
The United States authorities have now formally confirmed to me that Belvedere Computers Inc owes $93,720 in unpaid taxes and fees. This appears not to include interest, fines, penalties and the costs of any investigation, which could increase the sum owing into hundreds of thousands of dollars. Councillor Kenyon-Miller is also the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Registered Agent for Service of Process documents, yet the address she has provided as her personal address and also for service of documents on her company is false.
Neither Councillor has revealed their interest in Belvedere Computers Inc in their Registers of Interests – a criminal offence under the Localism Act 2011.
In addition to their corporate responsibilities, as Officers of a US Corporation domiciled in the US, the Councillor’s Kenyon-Miller should have submitted personal Income Tax returns. The penalty for not filing a Tax Return is three years in jail for each Return not submitted; hence, no doubt, the reason that they do not want to admit to any connection to Belvedere Computers Inc.
The following cases can give an idea of the potential penalties that can apply in cases like this
The implications of Cllr Jane Kenyon-Miller’s management of Belvedere Computers Inc
In my view, this should cause some serious concern to the Scarborough electorate and the Borough Council:
From: Carole Dunn [mailto:Carole.Dunn@northyorks.gov.uk]
Sent: 26 April 2012 15:42
To: ‘Tim Hicks’
Subject: RE: Complaint – Councillor Kenyon
Dear Mr Hicks
I have discussed your query about the company with Councillor Kenyon and she has advised me that she has had no connection with Belvedere Computers Inc since November 1980 which predates her membership of the County Council. The issue of registering an interest simply would not therefore arise.
Assistant Chief Executive (Legal and Democratic Services)
This has been confirmed by the United States authorities to be a lie.
This is perhaps the worst part of this affair. It shows that Senior Police Officers did not have the integrity to uphold their oath of allegiance and investigate allegations of crime by the Chair of the Police Authority without fear or favour. Instead, they prostituted their warrant cards and integrity, to act like Councillor Kenyon-Miller’s poodles, either because of the force of her personality, or because of the power of patronage her position as Chair of the Police Authority gave her over police promotions, or other factors.
In summary, Councillor Kenyon-Miller has abused her position as a Councillor, failed to uphold the values of the Conservative Party that she was elected on, and has not maintained the standards of honesty and conduct that are expected of all persons in public office, or set anappropriate example as a public figure.
In my opinion, until this matter is resolved, Councillor Kenyon-Miller cannot continue to serve as Portfolio holder for Finance and Legal. Councillor Tim Lawn resigned after the Real Whitby investigation into similar allegations of undisclosed interests.
Real Whitby submits a formal complaint.
To address these concerns in the public interest, on the 22nd of May 2014, I wrote to Scarborough Borough Council leader, Councillor Tom Fox, notifying him of these allegations and asking Councillor Fox to:
The United States authorities have been scrupulously courteous and very helpful in my investigation and I also confirmed to Councillor Fox that I had given them Councillor Kenyon-Miller’s contact details.
Following the submission of this information, enquiries concerning any investigation into Belvedere Computers Inc drew the response: “We have furnished all the records that can be provided under the CA Revenue and Taxation Code 19543 and the Public Records Act – CA Government Code Section 6250 et seq. that are responsive to your request. We are unable to honor your request for confidential taxpayer information, as it is exempt from disclosure under California Revenue and Taxation Code Section 19542.”
Developments following the submission of the complaint
Following on from the response of the Council to the Peter Jaconelli allegations, regular readers of Real Whitby will not be surprised to read that no response or acknowledgement has been received from Councillor Fox or Mrs Lisa Dixon. I also contacted Councillor Kenyon-Miller’s solicitor and the Scarborough Borough Council Press Office asking for a press comment but predictably received no response.
On Wednesday the 28th of May, another article ran in the national press – which I was unaware of until it appeared – making reference to “a senior Tory’s undeclared interests in failed businesses”. Can’t think who that could be.
So there you are. Following on from the revelation that the former Mayor of Scarborough, Councillor Peter Jaconelli was a child-abuser and serial rapist, and the resignation of Councillor Tim Lawn, who had also had not declared all of his interests, it now transpires that the former Chair of the North Yorkshire Police Authority and Scarborough Borough Council’s Portfolo Holder for Finance and Legal is an international tax-fraudster, that could at any time be the subject of an international arrest warrant for fraud.
Real Whitby will keep its readers up-dated on the progress of the complaint and Councillor Fox’s decision.
Interestingly, the Borough Solicitor and Monitoring Officer Mrs Lisa Dixon is also mentioned in the above article. The delightful Mrs Dixon has herself been the subject of no less than three articles criticizing her in Private Eye. One of them was a very well deserved award as runner-up in the national “Legal Bullies of the Year Competition”, for her failed attempt to close down Real Whitby last year.
I will be developing this theme further in my next article, which is to be entirely devoted to Scarborough’s publicity hungry Borough Solicitor.