Saturday, May 5, 2012

Solar Firm's Use of State Aid Questioned

After being fired in 2009 as the top executive of Willard & Kelsey Solar Group, a Perrysburg start-up that has received millions in state loans, William Mitchell made a decision that he wasn't going to go away quietly.

Michael Cicak, left, Willard & Kelsey CEO, met in 2010 with state
Treasurer Kevin Boyce, center, and Gov. Ted Strickland at the
University of Toledo. Mr. Strickland says he has no recollection of
allegations that executives were paid with state money.the blade

Before the company's chief executive officer left his job, he copied company records onto his computer's external hard drive -- months of financial transactions, banking records, and detailed expense reports showing the firm spent thousands on travel and entertainment, including trips to Detroit Tigers games and Pittsburgh Steelers events.

Emails from Mr. Mitchell also show that he took a keen interest in another company expense -- the monthly payments, some as high as $40,000, that went to several top executives.

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