Taylor tied to inadequate bank security, 3 deaths

On May 16, 2003, a bank teller and two customers were murdered in a bank owned by Charles Taylor’s holding company. Vulnerable because of several ignored security recommendations, the Blue Ridge Savings Bank branch in Greer, SC was robbed of an estimated $2,000 to $3,000 at 1:30 p.m.

Blue Ridge Savings is a subsidiary of Financial Guarantee, Inc., a company owned by NC Representative Charles Taylor (R-11).

The Greer branch was located in a singlewide trailer on a dead-end road off Interstate 85. Bank employee Sylvia Holtzclaw was working alone the day of the robbery, when customers Maggie and “Eb” Barnes entered. All three were later found dead, shot at close range. No tape was found in the bank's single indoor security camera. Counter to all industry standards, there were no operable outdoor cameras. Since the robbery, the bank has employed full-time guards.

Taylor leaves bacon in DC

Although cited as reason in years of endorsements there’s no evidence North Carolina Rep. Charles Taylor (NC-11) actually “brings home” any “bacon.”

Most constituents assume Taylor can acquire federal funding for his home district because he sits on the House Appropriations Committee which oversees the federal budget.

Because he chairs the appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Department of the Interior, he is also expected to bring back funds for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as numerous national forests located in his 11th congressional district. However, that does not seem to be the case.

Local or federal: Taylor fails to comply to regulations

In addition to the numerous banking and ethics violations attributed to Representative Charles Taylor’s (R-11) Asheville-based Blue Ridge Savings Bank, the Congressman has also been found in violation of several FEC regulations, Asheville housing and zoning codes and occupancy permits.

Taylor’s opponent, Highlands attorney John Armor has enumerated Taylor’s many inconsistencies in his personal asset filings, but Taylor also has filed inaccurate FEC campaign finance reports, as well as used campaign funds for personal expenses.

Taylor repeatedly refuses to pay property back taxes

Jackson County moved to garnish Congressional wages

North Carolina Congressman Charles Taylor (R-11) received forestry tax breaks on land owned in Jackson County, NC. In 1998, when requested, Taylor refused to submit a land management plan to prove it warranted that tax break.

He also has has a history of failing to pay property taxes in Haywood and Transylvania counties. Transylvania County failed to collect some of the back taxes owed because a 10-year time limit had run out. Haywood only received the moneys owed when they ordered the sheriff to collect the money in 90 days or sell the land.

Taylor's history of ethical and moral breakdowns

Beginning this afternoon, I will be posting a series of summaries of different incidents history of North Carolina's Rep. Charles Taylor (R-11) failures as a representative, as a businessman and as a citizen.

While each entry will be compilations from previously published articles, I feel there needs to be some place on the web (or anywhere else, for that matter) where the bulk of this information has been compiled.

I will try to keep track of my sources within or at the end of each document. But, with the massive amount of material, I am sure to make errors or oversights. I will try to correct these as noted.

More Craziness (This Time Outside of Raleigh)

Pinehurst police officers arrested a man who was hiding in the crawlspace of a woman's house. "He carried a knife, machete, hatchet, saw, power drill, ski mask, gloves, duct tape and ties." Find out what this has to do with Richard Morgan. (Hint: he's not the stalker.)

N&O considers mental health

There's a joke in that headline somewhere, but the subject isn't funny in the slightest. And today's lead editorial in the N&O joins the rising chorus of voices calling for mental health reform. Good on 'em.

North Carolina's mental health system exists to serve fragile people with stubborn, often complicated illnesses. Helping those sufferers isn't cheap, and the costs are driven up even further when help for people with developmental disabilities and drug and alcohol addictions is included.

The state rightly is reforming its system of mental health care delivery, but the complexity of the endeavor means it can't be done in penny-pinching mode. Reform envisioned by the Department of Health and Human Services will keep clients closer to home and give local mental health agencies the money and authority to treat residents in their areas. State-local coordination will be key.


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