Will Co. (ECWd) –
The Will County Veterans Assistance Commission (“VAC”) received a Freedom of Information Act request for specific records related to expenses by Hey G Consulting who received $495,000.00 from the VAC to perform certain services under an agreed upon contract.
The plaintiff pointed to FOI law, specifically the portion of a contractor‘s records subject to FOIA.
5 CIST 140/7(2) A public document that is not in the possession of a public body but is in the possession of a party with whom the agency has contracted to perform a government function on behalf of the public body, and that relates directly to the function of government and is not otherwise exempted under this Act, is considered a public document of the public body, for the purposes of this Act.
When the VAC contacted the owner of Hey G Consulting in a valid attempt to obtain these records, the response was staggering in light of the signed documents we have.
“I am not an entrepreneur” (See page 4 of the documentation provided by the VAC in our FOIA request at this link)
Not an entrepreneur?
How can someone claim they are not a contractor when their own contract with the VAC refers to their business as an independent contractor?
“sept. INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR. Client engages Marketer as independent contractor. The following statements accurately reflect their relationship: (see page 3, paragraph 7 of the contract to this link)
Hey G Consulting, Geriann Wiesbrook in particular refused to provide the requested documents, but the very contract she had with VAC states, on page 1 of the contract at this link, that the client owns the work product. Reviewing the requests made in the original FOIA, it would appear that Weisbrook and Hey G Consulting are refusing to comply with the FOIA and provide the VAC-owned work product it has contracted to provide.
“2.1 The Client owns all of the Work Products. As part of this work, the Marketer creates a “work product” for the Client. For the avoidance of doubt, the work product is the finished product, plus drafts, notes, materials, mockups, hardware, designs, inventions, patents, code, and anything the Marketer is working on. , that is, designs, creates, designs, develops, invents, works or practices – in connection with this project, whether before the date of this Agreement or after. This means that Marketer grants Client all right, title, and interest in and to the Work Product (including Intellectual Property Rights), and Client will be the sole owner thereof. The client can use the work product as he wishes or he can decide not to use the work product at all. »
We note that Hey G Consulting has practically disappeared from the Internet. Even the nonprofit that this same person started cleaned up the 501C nonprofit webpage – https://militarymamanetwork.org/
Stay tuned as more information is gathered about the malfeasance that took place at Will County VAC and their $495,000.00 expense that the contractor received, who now claims not to be a contractor.