I became a widow in 2010 and I put my home for sale in May 2011. Initially I was contacted by Dr. Linda Sue Warner of Hope 4 Today asking if I wanted to donate my real estate and I declined
indicated my financial position prohibited such as I was a widow and this was my future income.
was then contacted by George Briscoe Chairman of Hope 4 Today who came to see my real estate in person with his wife and son and a young veteran I don't recall his name who is according to George used by the foundation for grants from the VA to the foundation.
In this meeting as well as written correspondence Mr Briscoe indicated the foundation wanted to make my farm the national headquarters for the foundation moving it from Chesterfield, MO. He affirmed the beauty of the farm and said the foundation wanted my beautiful farm for a kids camp and children's literacy. He indicated he understood my love for the farm and that I would not loose
the farm I would sign it over to the foundation who would have the federal funding resources to make all the improvements that needed made and I could enjoy it at my leisure and not have the work of maintaining it. [continued below]....
Having lost my husband only the year before I felt that the farm going to the good of children would be something my husband would be happy with and I knowing I needed income the foundation provided a letter of intent offering me a lease option for 1 yr. I accepted it as the foundation said they were awaiting their federal funding and would then pay off the farm once they received the funding and begin making all the millions of dollars in improvements.
However the lease terms later were revealed were unacceptable and I declined their offer again.
Then Mr. Briscoe requested he met with me personally and in Sept 2011 he offered the following on the terms I donate my farm to the Hope 4 Today foundation;
In lieu of the donation I was to receive a 3 yr employment contract from Hope 4 Today and a position with the foundation. My 2 daughters were also offered employment. My contract terms included wages, living and vehicle expense of 60,000 per year tax paid and health insurance. I
was also promised a new home to be built on Mr. Briscoe's beautiful farm in Miami which I and my daughter visited and he showed me the home he would have the foundation provide which I accepted.
On the second meeting with Mr. Briscoe in Oct he agreed to hire my 3rd daughter for 10,000.00 per year for 3 years and increase my daughter Jennifer's pay to 30,000.00 per year for 3 years. These terms were accepted.
For 3 years; Jacquelyn Spears was to receive $30,000.00 salary with health insurance, Jennifer was to originally receive $10,000.00 subcontractor salary which changed to a $30,000.00 verbal contract
salary, and Jessica was offered a 10,000.00 per year subcontractor position verbal contract.
In addition to employment contracts I was offered a verbal agreement from George Brisco who as chairmen offered me 50% partnership and lifetime income on every project the foundation does in OK, KS, MO of which George gave many details about numerous multi-million dollar projects in
St. Louis and Kansas City the foundation was part of for VPM Management which I gladly accepted the terms of his offer and verbal agreement at this meeting.
I initially was requested to donate my husbands truck a 1 ton 1996 Ford flat bed and I declined. Then Mr Briscoe said there was an investor, "John Thomas" in New Mexico who needed to see I was serious about the farms donation. George assured me I could have access to the truck anytime I needed it. I signed the truck over as required around early Oct 2011.
That investor never materialized and my truck was never returned.
Then I was required to release by quit claim my real estate which after the employment contracts were executed I signed over by quit claim to Mr. Briscoe in late Oct 2011 and the foundation registered it in Jan 2012.
In around Jan 2012 my 3 horses which I did not donate were moved from my farm as I was promised by Mr. Briscoe it was to take care of them. I was promised I always had access to the horses and the farm and I could use any time.
The horses were moved to a location I was told by Mr. Briscoe to the Miami, OK area.
On my farm was a semi trailer of personal items which George agreed to move to his farm for me so I could unload as it contains my husbands personal effects. George advised me in April 2012 I needed to unlock the trailer to prove the contents and I agreed to but no apt was ever
I contacted his assistant in Justin in July 2012 who said he could not get a truck to move the trailer.
In May 2012 I was advised the quit claim deed was not legal and I needed to sign again the real estate over which I did and the property closed to a "new investor". George said the buyers were going to be paid once the foundation had its federal funding a 30,000.00 profit for paying it off now and preventing foreclosure as the real estate was in foreclosure.
I was promised every month the foundation "soon would be able to make payroll" and by June the foundation would be able to do so.
Now George no longer takes my calls and last response from his secretary was for me to contact their attorney Mr. Wayne Kennon of Miami and that they "would gladly see me in court".
In addition to all today I found out that the new owners of the farm who called me, Larry at 402.617.4885 won't permit me to take my belongings off the farm because the contract between he and George was only 2 trailers which were to be removed in 15 days from the closing which I was never advised of as well, and was not done. Larry says its abandoned property and I am not permitted to remove it.
Of course I have no money to pursue them and they know it which is apparently how they operate.
I have been bilked out of my home and farm which George promised me I would always be able to enjoy as the foundation would care for it. We have defaulted employment contracts from a foundation who hides what it is behind the cloak pf a 501c.
Additionally I was informed by "Larry" that I am not allowed on my former property. The farm was donated for children's literacy, it is clear this is just more lies which it is not being used for.
There are more issues such as hay taken and not compensated for, and thousands of dollars in inventory I left on the farm not ever being advised I had to move it was I told would be used by the foundation to be instead used by the new owners of which I was not compensated for.
Part of the outrageous conduct in all of this is the fact that in addition to all of this I recently found out that the 70,000.00 state tax lien on my farm was released for $200.00. Why is that a
problem? Because Mr. Briscoe indicated the total payoff was $260,000.00 which included a $70,000.00 tax lien. However the state only released a partial lien and I am still liable for the balance which was not the condition I agreed to as I was to be free and clear of all liens and tax liability as part of the condition of the donation which the pay off was 70,000 and this was made very clear to Mr. Briscoe and he assured me it would occur.
In all of this I lost all my equity as they sold the real estate for the balance of the liens which I could have done myself but had no reason to as i HAD EQUITY IN MY REAL ESTATE.
According to Mr. Briscoe the foundation has had its Dept of Education multi-million dollar grant approved but not released. I would have continued to wait for my wages though I have been reduced now to food stamps and applying for disability as I can not work having an unusable right arm and being right handed.\ because since April 2012 I have torn rotator cuff and I need surgery. I can not work for anyone else other than the position I was to have with the foundation as I was to have insurance provided since Jan but the foundation has defaulted on health insurance so I now suffering physically, mentally, financially and emotionally as a direct result of the actions of Hope 4 Today and its board of directors.
"Larry" the now owner of my farm informed me that George wanted him to sign a petition that would take an $11,000.00 insurance check I got from my homeowners insurance for roof damages from last years f-5 Joplin tornado when I owned the real estate but he said he refused to do so it
appears they were as it appears George Briscoe was also trying to bilk me out of that as well.....and so it continues.
Despite the fact that the foundation will do its level best to invest in lawyers now to fight the truth from being heard instead of honoring the contracts it provided the facts are now out as freedom of speech is a 1st amendment right. The MO Attorney Generals office is launching an investigation upon hearing the facts herein.