Will John Bravacos Continue The Pay To Play Scheme At HUD?

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This entry is part 10 of 12 in the series The Corruption of HUD Contracting

John Bravacos, known to many, as the National Association of Mortgage Field Services (NAMFS) Backdoor Man, appears to be getting ready to play in the Swamp under President elect Donald Trump as Jacob Passy reported in National Mortgage News on November 30th. It is no coincidence that several of the Google, Page One articles are from Foreclosurepedia which discuss Bravacos in intimate detail. NAMFS, now teetering upon financial insolvency with only $27,000 in cash reserves according to their most recent tax returns, houses several of Bravacos’ most infamous Members, ASONS and CWIS. And no one can forget MilanE25 Thompson, ASONS CEO, whom went on a firing spree when questioned about how the Indiana Taxpayers gave ASONS a $25 Million facility with promises of hiring and Thompson answered by firing them. Bravacos was Thompson’s Counsel and Adviser for years, bringing his US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) insider access to bear upon Thompson’s behalf during multiple HUD Management and Marketing (M&M) Field Service Manager (FSM) Contracts. Vice President elect Mike Pence, whom helped Thompson grab the $25 Million plus facility for $2 Million, was unresponsive when Foreclosurepedia reached out for comment on Thompson’s promises to bring on over 100 new jobs. Pence, who served as the U.S. Representative for the Muncie area from 2001 to 2013 before winning the gubernatorial election, is actually antithetical to that which Trump appears to be attempting to do in the Carrier turn around — or is he? From my vantage point, Pence represents the very swamp Trump alleges to be attempting to drain! In fact, Pence paved the way to ensure that there would be NO COMPETITIVE BIDDING upon the facility which Thompson received at a nearly Twenty Million Dollar discount. Prompted by a proposal from Delaware County to turn the former Wilson [school] into a new county jail, [Todd] Donati and Mayor Dennis Tyler earlier this spring worked out a deal that would allow ASONS to expand its workforce — adding 300 jobs by 2024 — and move from its Riggin Road building to the former school. The problem is that no new jobs were ever added and in fact Thompson fired employees and forced fifteen percent pay cuts across the board for those whom remained.

Thompson jeered at Pence, the former Indiana Governor, when The Star Press asked about the firing of people while he profited well over $20 Million in assets,

Letting 10 or 12 people go is not horrific, Thompson added. What was horrific is somebody who was making $13 or $14 an hour and they have to give back a dollar. That’s hard.

Really. Unemployment is not hard? People would rather be unemployed than have a job?! Well, as both Foreclosurepedia and The Star Press reported upon, truth is stranger than fiction. And John Bravacos was Standing By His Man — Milan Thompson. Thompson, the same man whom lauded Mickey Snow, whom stands accused of brutally raping two, under aged and handicapped females down in Eden, North Carolina. The same Mickey Snow whom both brought Thompson into the Great Big Incestuous HUD Family of Contracts and recently begged a judge to reduce his $25 Million bond to $1 Million as Snow Enterprises teeters on bankruptcy having lost over 1,000 Contractors. Whether or not Bravacos attended any of the lavish Christmas Parties thrown by Mickey Snow on behalf of his Clients like CWIS, whom we will speak of in a moment, or not, is a question best asked by the Trump Administration.

CWIS, a HUD M&M FSM 3.8 Awardee, is also represented by John Bravacos. Owned and operated by Dave and Carol Ramagos, CWIS was — and may still be — under investigation by the HUD Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Recently, CWIS was forced to repay nearly One Hundred Thousand Dollars to a native Puerto Rican, Billy Maysonet, and is yet another sterling example of how Bravacos gets things done. In fact, during the course of the investigation, Maysonet’s pleas for assistance from HUD Atlanta went unheard. Bravacos, though, heard them loud and clear. In Maysonet’s case, Bravacos communicated to Milan Thompson, in confidential emails obtained exclusively by Foreclosurepedia, that there was nothing to worry about. Actually, his reply was far more sinister,

From: John Bravacos Jesus Middle Finger
Sent: Saturday, April 09, 2016 5:37 AM
To: Milan Thompson
Subject: Re: New Vendor for CWIS


Thank you. Yes, HUD has asked Dave about it.  It’s being fixed.


And fixed it was. The entire matter was swept under the carpet by HUD Atlanta until Foreclosurepedia brought it publicly to light. More on point, though, Bravacos began a campaign of threatening and intimidating against a federal whistleblower, the former Director of Operations for CWIS, came forward against his client. Bravacos, time and again, has shown why he truly was a disappointment to his late father. As typical with ambulance chasers, though, Bravacos presumed that attacking the victim would be prudent — probably shouldn’t have followed the Battered Contractor Syndrome stereotype.

Foreclosurepedia has continued to request that Craig Karnes, Atlanta HUD Director of Southern Operations, clarify precisely what access Bravacos has with respect to former, current or future HUD M&M FSM Contracts. To date, Karnes has refused to answer any emails on this topic.

With Bravacos being tapped to serve upon Trump’s team that will direct the transition at HUD, the prima facie case of Conflict of Interest is on everyone’s mind. Bravacos, a former HUD Regional Director, is beginning to appear much like Boris Whiteside and Janice Cooper, both former high ranking HUD officials whom have gone on to profit immensely upon their experience and access. Business as usual in the swamp where All The Usual Suspects hang out and pick their teeth clean of profits with the bones of Labor.

The Draining of the Swamp may be happening. The problem is that the Swamp is being repopulated with corrupt hud-coiambulance chasers like John Bravacos. Where the jury is out is whether or not Craig Karnes will do anything about it — if anything. The reality is that Bravacos was the Philly HOC Regional Director. Throughout his career at HUD, the M&M Asset Management (AM) and FSM Contracts were under his constant and overbearing sphere of influence. And while many may brush this off as paranoia, the reality is that it violates half a dozen laws like the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). What is most disturbing is that the vast majority of National Order Mills whom are NAMFS Offender Members, are remaining silent.

So, while HUD is to be commended for allowing the HUD M&M FSM 3.10 to roll out with no requirements for past performance, the cavalier attitudes being taken with respect to refusal to clarify electrical back feeding requirements in the Contract; the refusal to be transparent with respect to Bravacos; and the refusal to publicly sanction current HUD M&M FSM Awardees for their fraud, waste and abuse is troubling, at best. It is beginning to shape up much like an arson investigator, inspecting a suspicious fire, whom is an arsonist.

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