Video links Bilik-Vohden-Solar scandal
A new video by Space-Phoebus uses an earlier campaign ad by Marie Bilik, featuring Freeholder Richard Vohden, to make the point that Bilik has linked herself to the Sussex solar scandal. You can watch it here.
A New Jersey Herald story, written by respected journalist Eric Obernauer, appeared on Sunday. It detailed Freeholder Vohden's central role in the solar scandal.
The Sussex County freeholder board was told by its top professionals last September about possible collusion, criminal activity and the fraudulent use of money from the county's $28 million solar initiative to pay for lawyers, debt service and other expenses unrelated to the actual project costs.
However, rather than bring the evidence to the attention of law enforcement, county officials — under then-Freeholder Director Richard Vohden — proceeded toward a settlement with a “hold harmless” provision that exempted the architects of the deal from having to make restitution for damages or misspent funds.
Under the provision, the county would have no means of seeking redress or recovering further damages even if laws were broken. While the controversy over the settlement's “hold harmless” clause is not new, the revelation that county officials considered that federal and state laws may have been violated is.
It appears that Freeholder Vohden was not the best choice to be a spokesperson for the Biik campaign.