Rev. Flake ‘Looting’ Lesson

Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein, New York Post, October 9, 2011

New York political kingmaker and religious leader Floyd Flake rakes in the cash–and leaves wreckage behind, critics say.

For five years, the former congressman headed one of the largest churches in the country in Queens while simultaneously running a small college in Ohio–pocketing hundreds of thousands in salary and benefits from both places.

Now Wilberforce University faculty members say he bled them dry, setting the storied black Protestant college on the road to financial ruin.

“He came in and looted the place,” said Robert Fitrakis, a lawyer for the faculty who filed a complaint last month with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

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The faculty members claim that after Flake became president in 2002, his compensation and perks skyrocketed, he hired cronies as high-priced administrators, he failed to raise enough money and he insisted on a pricey contract with the Princeton Review, where he sat on an advisory board.

In his last year at the college, 2008, Flake pulled down a total compensation package of $340,100, which included his salary of $145,833 and a retirement benefit of $149,267. He also had a $45,000 expense account.

Almost all of Wilberforce’s revenue, about 90 percent, comes from taxpayer dollars, including federal financial aid and government grants.

And Flake earned the outsize salary while working at the college only one day a week, said a faculty member.

“He would fly out on Monday morning, get here in the afternoon, leave sometime on Tuesday morning,” said Richard Deering, a professor who has been at the 600-student college since 1968.

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Flake tooled around the campus in a new $54,000 Cadillac Escalade. {snip}

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Although the college did provide an expense account, Flake claimed in a 2007 interview that he and his church, the Greater Allen Cathedral of New York, paid for his trips to Ohio.

The controversy is just the latest swirling around Flake, who served in Congress from 1987 to 1997. {snip}

Flake, a Democrat, was indicted on tax-evasion and embezzlement charges two decades ago–charges that were eventually dropped.

In addition, two of his political protégés, state Sen. Malcolm Smith and Rep. Gregory Meeks, who succeeded him in Congress, are under federal investigation for their roles in forming a Queens charity.

Flake, the son of a janitor who grew up in a Houston housing project, made important inroads on the New York political scene when he took over the pulpit of Greater Allen in Jamaica in 1976.

The church’s congregation now numbers some 23,000. It runs a school and develops affordable housing. Flake’s endorsements are highly sought after by politicians.

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He left Queens in 2001, moving to a sprawling $3 million, five-bedroom mansion in the tony village of Old Westbury on Long Island. He drives a 2011 Mercedes Benz valued at $96,000.

In order to maintain his lifestyle, the church paid him a housing allowance in 2008 and 2009 totaling $460,400, according to tax records. He was also pulling down $217,725 in salary from the church in 2010, plus another $12,994 from the Empowerment Development Group, the Aqueduct racino company. And he got $37,750 more from Empowerment Ministries, a nonprofit he and his wife run out of their home.

The charity–with a mission to “spread the word of Jesus Christ”–also paid his wife, Margaret Elaine Flake, $37,750 in 2010. And she took in $228,455 from Greater Allen Cathedral, where she is co-pastor.

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Flake insisted on using high-school courses from the Princeton Review for students who needed remedial lessons.

Not only were the classes inappropriate for college students, but faculty members also accuse Flake of self-dealing since he sat on a Princeton Review advisory board at the time, according to the faculty complaint.

The university spent $1,180,998 on the Princeton Review over six years, according to the complaint, which says federal money paid for the classes.

A spokesman for the Princeton Review confirmed Flake served on its advisory board from about 2001 to 2009 and was compensated with stock options.

In the spring of 2003, Flake declared a state of financial emergency and said he wanted to slash the number of majors offered at the college by two-thirds. Faculty members agreed to a 10-percent cut in their salaries or their retirement contribution.

Two years later, he was giving his pals huge raises.

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Flake did not bring in any big private donations but did manage to get pal Hillary Rodham Clinton to speak at the 2007 commencement.

Total enrollment at Wilberforce dropped from 1,190 in the fall of 2002 to 591 this fall, below the number needed to break even, faculty say.

The complaint charges that the college will be “totally insolvent” in about 2 1/2 years.

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  • anonymous

    Don’t learn a thing people………

    Keep thinking that stereotypes are false……….

    Keep believing that blacks like you and enjoy

    Being around you, for what you are.

    Sounds sweet, doesn’t–

    But the truth is:

    Integration doesn’t really work very well

    And blacks, for the most part, don’t like you

    And feel that whatever you have, they can take.

    Kind of a ‘payback’ thang

  • Anonymous

    Gee, these black “pastors” are soooo Christian like, aren’t they? All I hear on White Christian radio is how funny and great these black pastors are…and what great jobs they are doing to help THEIR people.

  • Seek

    Poetic justice. I knew any number of conservatives during the late 90s who positively swooned over Flake because he came out in support of “school choice” (Translation: federal subsidies for black-run schools, often of a religious nature). The guy was a crook then; he’s a crook now. At least a few people are now onto him.

    More poetic justice: Wilberforce College is named after Rev. William Wilberforce, the parliamentarian who persuaded England to abolish slavery in its realm two centuries ago. People like Flake, of course, continue to bray about the need for reparations for “his people.” They’ll never let you forget.

  • Anonymous

    Floyd Fake, in trouble again. I’m shocked! He’ll probably get away with this too. And his flock probably won’t mind either. Phony, fraud CONservatives like Newt Gingrich loved this guy.

  • Anonymous

    I never heard of this one, so I googled him. Here is the link.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYIPASekgv0

    look at 2:40.

    You have those shysters not only among blacks.

  • Great White Observer

    As a few have already noted this guy was the talk of the town a while back. Here in NY they really swooned over him, especially a lot of so called conservative type republican’s. He was a moderate, level headed, and reasonable black leader that you could work with. When all is said and done he is nothing more than a Poverty Pimp as are his protege’s Smith and Meeks.

  • Jim

    Obviously he was an honor student at the Al Sharpton Institute.

  • Anonymous

    I have no sympathy for Wilberforce U. From the newspaper account, Flake was hired because of his perceived ability to get funding for the school. Flake failed to deliver adequately; he got some federal funds, Hillary Rodman to be a graduation speaker, and nothing else.

    It’s a case of a mugger being mugged by a badder mugger.

  • Madison Grant

    Posters #3 and #4 are correct: back in the 90s this huckster warmed up to Republicans slightly causing gullible neocons like Neutered Gingrich and the New York Post to swoon.

    Gregory Meeks, Flake’s successor in Congress, is just as corrupt but there’s one difference: while Flake has always had a pleasant personality Meeks is one of the most pompous, arrogant “angry black men” in the House.

  • Anonymous

    Clearly, both Wilberforce and the Princeton Review need a Federal Stimulus package to bail them out. President Obama must be told of the problem. Perhaps he can divert to those institutions all the profits the US will earn from Solyndra Corporation.——HM

  • olewhitelady

    Blacks have always found it easiest to fleece other blacks. There is, among them, less intelligence on the average and greater gullibility. Blacks expect it of other blacks and are

    usually reluctant to turn each other in. Many apparently see it as a culmination of their own particular American dream and actually laud individuals like Flake who do well at it. And when one of them can con the white man, then he’s really made it!

  • Wide Awake & Fooled No More

    Clearly, both Wilberforce and the Princeton Review need a Federal Stimulus package to bail them out. President Obama must be told of the problem. Perhaps he can divert to those institutions all the profits the US will earn from Solyndra Corporation.———HM

    Actually there is a connection as rooted out by financial analyst, Bruce Krasting and ferreted out by the financially savvy posters there. Apparently the Obama Administration has been shoveling boatloads of taxpayer-guaranteed money to these loser Black colleges:

    Solyndra’s Whorehouse Lender

    Bruce Krasting|September 17, 2011

    “If you want to find out what happened with Solyndra you have to follow the money. I did. The half billion dollars of taxpayer dough that is probably lost in Sol came from the Federal Financing Bank (“FFB”). It’s worth a look at this bank to see what else is going on.

    FFB is a bank that is owned and controlled by the US Treasury. The chairman of the Board is the TSec. (Tim Geithner). With the (big) exception of the Post Office all of the loans at FFB are guaranteed by government agencies. Technically speaking, FFB has no risks on loans guaranteed by an agency like the DOE. But I don’t think that should absolve Tim Geithner of any responsibility regarding the losses the country faces with Solyndra. If he, (or anyone else at Treasury) puts their pen to a ½ billion loan, they better well know where the taxpayers money is going. That didn’t happen.”

    http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-09-17/home/30168330_1_doe-solyndra-tesla-motors

    notice what those universities are on Sep 17, 3:27 PM said:

    every single one of them is a traditionally black school, except FIU, which has a 59% hispanic undergrad enrollment

    Reply

    oops nevermind on Sep 17, 3:28 PM said:

    @notice what those universities are: I thought that said florida international. florida memorial is, surprise surprise, another historically black school

    dawg21 on Sep 18, 1:17 PM said:

    RE: Education Loans

    Tuskegee, Wiley, Harris Stowe,Southern, Dillard, Florida Memorial

    All are predominately black colleges.

  • Wide Awake & Fooled No More

    Clearly, both Wilberforce and the Princeton Review need a Federal Stimulus package to bail them out. President Obama must be told of the problem. Perhaps he can divert to those institutions all the profits the US will earn from Solyndra Corporation.———HM

    Actually there is a connection as rooted out by financial analyst, Bruce Krasting and ferreted out by the financially savvy posters there. Apparently the Obama Administration has been shoveling boatloads of taxpayer-guaranteed money to these loser Black colleges:

    Solyndra’s Whorehouse Lender

    Bruce Krasting|September 17, 2011

    “If you want to find out what happened with Solyndra you have to follow the money. I did. The half billion dollars of taxpayer dough that is probably lost in Sol came from the Federal Financing Bank (“FFB”). It’s worth a look at this bank to see what else is going on.

    FFB is a bank that is owned and controlled by the US Treasury. The chairman of the Board is the TSec. (Tim Geithner). With the (big) exception of the Post Office all of the loans at FFB are guaranteed by government agencies. Technically speaking, FFB has no risks on loans guaranteed by an agency like the DOE. But I don’t think that should absolve Tim Geithner of any responsibility regarding the losses the country faces with Solyndra. If he, (or anyone else at Treasury) puts their pen to a ½ billion loan, they better well know where the taxpayers money is going. That didn’t happen.”

    http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-09-17/home/30168330_1_doe-solyndra-tesla-motors

    notice what those universities are on Sep 17, 3:27 PM said:

    every single one of them is a traditionally black school, except FIU, which has a 59% hispanic undergrad enrollment

    Reply

    oops nevermind on Sep 17, 3:28 PM said:

    @notice what those universities are: I thought that said florida international. florida memorial is, surprise surprise, another historically black school

    dawg21 on Sep 18, 1:17 PM said:

    RE: Education Loans

    Tuskegee, Wiley, Harris Stowe,Southern, Dillard, Florida Memorial

    All are predominately black colleges.

  • Wide Awake & Fooled No More

    Clearly, both Wilberforce and the Princeton Review need a Federal Stimulus package to bail them out. President Obama must be told of the problem. Perhaps he can divert to those institutions all the profits the US will earn from Solyndra Corporation.———HM

    Actually there is a connection as rooted out by financial analyst, Bruce Krasting and ferreted out by the financially savvy posters there. Apparently the Obama Administration has been shoveling boatloads of taxpayer-guaranteed money to these loser Black colleges:

    Solyndra’s Whorehouse Lender

    Bruce Krasting|September 17, 2011

    “If you want to find out what happened with Solyndra you have to follow the money. I did. The half billion dollars of taxpayer dough that is probably lost in Sol came from the Federal Financing Bank (“FFB”). It’s worth a look at this bank to see what else is going on.

    FFB is a bank that is owned and controlled by the US Treasury. The chairman of the Board is the TSec. (Tim Geithner). With the (big) exception of the Post Office all of the loans at FFB are guaranteed by government agencies. Technically speaking, FFB has no risks on loans guaranteed by an agency like the DOE. But I don’t think that should absolve Tim Geithner of any responsibility regarding the losses the country faces with Solyndra. If he, (or anyone else at Treasury) puts their pen to a ½ billion loan, they better well know where the taxpayers money is going. That didn’t happen.”

    http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-09-17/home/30168330_1_doe-solyndra-tesla-motors

    notice what those universities are on Sep 17, 3:27 PM said:

    every single one of them is a traditionally black school, except FIU, which has a 59% hispanic undergrad enrollment

    Reply

    oops nevermind on Sep 17, 3:28 PM said:

    @notice what those universities are: I thought that said florida international. florida memorial is, surprise surprise, another historically black school

    dawg21 on Sep 18, 1:17 PM said:

    RE: Education Loans

    Tuskegee, Wiley, Harris Stowe,Southern, Dillard, Florida Memorial

    All are predominately black colleges.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t really see what the problem is here. Reverend Flake has suceeded about as much as any African can. He is an exemplar for Black achievement. This is what we expect from the “best and the brightest” of Africans. He did not disappoint us.

  • WR the elder

    Clearly Wilberforce University brought this problem upon themselves by hiring Flake in the first place. What the hell were they thinking?