While Per Wickstrom spends his day sweeping the cake crumbs from his drug rehab empire directly into his greedy hands and shoving them both into the gaping maw that is his mouth, Miss Fortune has been working hard to discover who is actually "responsible for client and staff safety"--a convicted bank robber and a notorious Michigan drug trafficker.
Woo, I bet you're sitting up and taking notice now, huh?
Miss Fortune filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and the U. S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons has officially confirmed that both men in question, Clarence Hover and Duncan Martin, were federal inmates. Hover spent nearly 21 behind bars, and Martin nearly 14 years.
|June 27, 2012 Facebook profile|
THE BANK ROBBER
Looking confident and stylish in his cranberry red shirt and pseudo repp tie, Hover's image belies his past as a bank robber.
Federal prison records show that Hover (who went by the name "Clarence Hoover" while at BDR) was convicted of bank robbery in Arkansas in 1987, and served nearly 21 years. Hover was released from prison on April 11, 2008. Although originally from California, Hover moved to the Phoenix area after his release.
Maricopa County Court records show Hover had a couple minor traffic infractions over the next couple years.
However, Hover arrived in Manistee at Best Drug Rehabilitation in February 2012 as a patient, and left abruptly shortly after beginning treatment. Within three weeks, Hover had returned and completed his rehabilitation program.
He worked as a security guard at Best Drug Rehabilitation for a few months, and returned to Phoenix before the end of 2012.
|Hover Maricopa Mugshot|
While Hover's criminal charges appear to have been dropped, he's currently facing at least one ongoing civil action, a consumer debt case filed against him on May 22, 2013 by Portfolio Recovery Associates.
THE DRUG TRAFFICKER
On February 18, 1993, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging twelve defendants, including Grand Rapids native Duncan Martin (left), with one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and distribution of cocaine during a period from "about 1987, until on or about August 1, 1992."
In addition to Martin, other defendants included Floyd Mayweather Sr., Leon Manning, Victor Ward, and Ben Maglichi. The key member of the cocaine distribution conspiracy was William Echenique, who obtained multiple kilograms of cocaine from his sources in Chicago and distributed it in Grand Rapids.
The primary source of Echenique's cocaine was Ovidio Montoya, the boyfriend of Echenique's sister, Maria Carmen Echenique.
Duncan Martin was involved with Echenique from 1990 onward. Martin was a member a Grand Rapids group called the "Nasty Dawgs", and received nine ounces of cocaine from Echenique on one occasion and received four and one-half ounces of cocaine from Echenique on multiple occasions.
The cocaine was transported from Chicago, Illinois, to Grand Rapids--in boxes of laundry detergent powder.
On December 13, 1993, the jury returned guilty verdicts against Martin and defendants Mayweather, Montoya, Miyares, and Manning.
On appeal, Martin challenged the sentence imposed based on the following issues (1) whether sufficient evidence was presented to support the convictions of defendants Mayweather, Manning, Martin, and Miyares; (2) whether the government proved the existence of multiple conspiracies at trial, as opposed to the single conspiracy charged in the indictment; (3) whether the district court erred in making the various evidentiary rulings challenged by the defendants; (4) whether the district court erred when it denied the pre-trial and mid-trial severance motions of defendants Martin, Mayweather, and Manning; (5) whether Martin was denied the effective assistance of counsel; and (6) whether the district court erred in sentencing Martin and Miyares.
Martin's conviction was upheld, and he began his sentence on February 6, 1997. He was released from federal prison on November 18, 2011.
Shortly afterward, in February 2012, Martin began working at Best Drug Rehabilitation as a security guard.
THREE TIMES...NOW IT LOOKS LIKE A PATTERN
On July 8, this blog published the story of Best Drug Rehabilitation's former Director of Security Brian Willis Harper, a convicted felon who'd been sentenced to prison in Arizona after an aggravated assault felony conviction.
And in response to the furor that post generated, one of Per Wickstrom's "reputation management" consultants, Karima Grohsman, attempted to pull his street cred fat out of the fire.
In an email that Grohsman sent to Wickstrom, and inadvertantly copied to your girl Miss Fortune, she furiously spins "hiring felons" as a "noble cause":
Wonder what she's saying now?
Hey, I think I may ask her myself!
In the meantime, Best Drug Rehabilitation wants you!