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Montana AG launches probe of jail deal (Hardin and the American Police Force )
Missoulian ^ | Thursday, October 1, 2009 6:45 pm | MATTHEW BROWN

Posted on 10/01/2009 8:41:32 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach


In this Friday, Sept. 24, 2009 picture, Albert Peterson with the Two Rivers Authority stands outside an empty jail that Hardin, Mont. built for $27 million. The authority wants a California security company, American Police Force, to take over the facility. Michael Hilton pitched himself to the city as a military veteran turned private sector entrepreneur - a California defense contractor with extensive government contracts who promised to turn the rural city's empty jail into a cash cow. But now a much different picture of Hilton is emerging from public documents and interviews with his associates and legal adversaries. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

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Montana's attorney general launched an investigation Thursday into a California company that wants to take over an empty jail in the rural city of Hardin, following revelations that the company's lead figure is a convicted felon with a history of fraud.

Michael Hilton, who formed Santa Ana, Calif.-based American Police Force in March, came to Hardin last month promising to fill the city's never-used jail and build a large military and law enforcement training center.

Hilton has a decades-long track record of fraudulent activities and spent several years in a California prison on grand theft charges. A native of Montenegro, he uses at least 17 aliases.

Citing "significant concerns" about the city's dealings with American Police Force, Attorney General Steve Bullock asked Hardin economic development officials to produce by Oct. 12 all documents related to their dealings with the company.

His office made a similar demand of American Police Force, including information that would back up Hilton's claims of multiple defense contracts with the U.S government and other agencies.

(Excerpt) Read more at missoulian.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Montana
KEYWORDS: 200903; americanpoliceforce; hardin; hardinapf; hilton; jails; michaelhilton; montana; montenegro; orangecounty; prisons; santaana

1 posted on 10/01/2009 8:41:32 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: SunkenCiv; Marine_Uncle; blam; NormsRevenge; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp; WesternMA; af_vet_rr; ...

Well,....bout time.


2 posted on 10/01/2009 8:43:33 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

“Just the facts, Ma’am. I want nothing but the facts.”


3 posted on 10/01/2009 8:48:01 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; null and void; stockpirate; george76; PhilDragoo; Candor7; GOPJ; ..
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4 posted on 10/01/2009 8:50:01 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
The Gov of MT needs 1000 more beds for MT prisoners but will not house them in Hardin. The dirty politics is on both sides and I, a resident of the area am sick of “outsiders” weighing in on something they only hear about from the left wing Billings press. I am not a defender of AFP but the Dems and Media of this area have played politics with this conservative town for too long.
5 posted on 10/01/2009 8:52:46 PM PDT by liberty or death
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To: Fred Nerks

Fat in the Fire Ping!


6 posted on 10/01/2009 9:06:43 PM PDT by Candor7 (The effective weapons against Fascism are ridicule, derision, and truth (Member NRA)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

check Peterson’s bank account for recent large deposits


7 posted on 10/01/2009 9:07:31 PM PDT by stylin19a
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

OK, it looks like some facts on this are finally starting to surface.


8 posted on 10/01/2009 9:09:21 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Never trust a company that has Bolero as their website theme song!


9 posted on 10/01/2009 9:09:48 PM PDT by XenaLee
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To: liberty or death

Looks like a nice town...you live near there?


10 posted on 10/01/2009 9:10:11 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Will the real AFP please step forward...


11 posted on 10/01/2009 9:11:29 PM PDT by tubebender (Santa Claus is always jolly cause he knows where all the bad girls live...)
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To: tubebender

He claims to have an office in Santa Ana...which is here in Orange County.


12 posted on 10/01/2009 9:13:05 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Candor7
His criminal record goes back to at least 1988...

I called the people of Hardin 'naive' - let me take that back. Stupid and complicit is more like it.

13 posted on 10/01/2009 9:14:09 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I live on the Bighorn river just outside of town.

The media would be stroking this deal if it had anything to do with our Dem Gov and Senators. Regardless of whoever APF is. You just would not know they existed if they were a left wing org.


14 posted on 10/01/2009 9:16:28 PM PDT by liberty or death
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

What drives me nuts is that the left wing media in MT has marched in lock step with the (D) party to kill this prison. And then all I read on Free Republic is people who parrot the same media they despise.

I even hear the same crap from Canadian radio. It’s just stunning how this prison has become such a lightening rod nationally.


15 posted on 10/01/2009 9:26:47 PM PDT by liberty or death
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To: liberty or death
We were spooked by what was going on...and not sure the Media has said that much....

Where is the guy (Hilton) getting his contract to house prisoners...?

From Obama?

16 posted on 10/01/2009 9:31:21 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: liberty or death

So the State of Montana refuses to use it because the city fathers are not Democrats?


17 posted on 10/01/2009 9:32:38 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Fred Nerks
State of Montana needs prison space but doesn't seem to like this prison....nothing coming out about that....

It's another whole story yet to be told.

18 posted on 10/01/2009 9:34:49 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
“They” the left wing Billings media are driving this story. That in itself is suspicious since everything our Gov and Dem Senators do is just plain old rubber stamped and unexamined. We here are sick of it and to see what goes on here on my favorite news site “Free Republic” so far saddens me.
19 posted on 10/01/2009 9:52:25 PM PDT by liberty or death
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

This area is solid Conservative except for the Dem controlled Indian Reservations. That info alone will tell you why the left wing media in Billings is doing what they are doing.

I guarantee if this was a (D) operation you would not hear a peep outside of the acre it happened on.


20 posted on 10/01/2009 9:57:27 PM PDT by liberty or death
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To: liberty or death
It does appear that there is a lot of politics going on here. Article from May 2009.

Consultant proposes big prison for Billings

21 posted on 10/01/2009 9:57:36 PM PDT by Spunky (You are free to make choices, but not free from the consequences)
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To: Spunky

This same Gov was seeking nearly 1000 beds a short time ago. Of course he wanted to build a “new prison”. Hello! Your state already has an empty one but it’s in a county that votes (R) which means ???


22 posted on 10/01/2009 10:03:02 PM PDT by liberty or death
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To: Cicero
“Just the facts, Ma’am. I want nothing but the facts.”

Just The facts

23 posted on 10/01/2009 10:14:21 PM PDT by blam
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To: liberty or death

So you believe this guy Hilton is legit?


24 posted on 10/01/2009 10:15:15 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Spunky
**************************EXCERPT from your link***********************

MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press | Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2009 12:00 am |

A consultant to the Montana Department of Corrections is recommending construction of a $371 million prison in the Billings area to handle a projected increase in the state's inmate population.

Preliminary plans call for an 1,800-bed facility - slightly larger than the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge.

It would hold all classes of prisoners, from burglars to murderers. Both male and female inmates would be held there, although in separate parts of a complex that would cover at least 245 acres.

A precise location has not been proposed.

A governor-appointed advisory council is scheduled to decide today whether to forward the idea to Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer. Also under consideration is a $176 million, 1,781-bed expansion of lower-security community correction programs, such as prerelease centers.

25 posted on 10/01/2009 10:18:29 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Parley Baer

See the updates above.


26 posted on 10/01/2009 10:19:10 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: blam

See above.


27 posted on 10/01/2009 10:19:38 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I have no opinion on him as of yet. The left wing media has used him as a wedge to stop this on behalf of the Dems.

Montana needs 1000 new beds today. Why does our Dem Governor insist on looking outside of Hardin? Answer, we did not vote for him.

APF is a side issue.


28 posted on 10/01/2009 10:22:20 PM PDT by liberty or death
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Perfect point. The money boys and politicians of Billings do not want to see Hardin, their Bighorn river playground become too expensive because of property values. This plan illustrates that point and the fact that our local media is in lock step is just plain frightening.


29 posted on 10/01/2009 10:26:36 PM PDT by liberty or death
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To: liberty or death

Hmmm.....OK....sounds like the Dems are doing some dirty dealing.


30 posted on 10/01/2009 10:27:44 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Nothing new.


31 posted on 10/01/2009 10:29:09 PM PDT by liberty or death
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245 acres? What are they going to do there, build an adjuct Gov’t Motors shop to ‘train’ pre-release inmates.

Something stinks.


32 posted on 10/02/2009 12:55:01 AM PDT by FreeStateYank (I want my country and constitution back, now!)
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To: liberty or death
We here are sick of it and to see what goes on here on my favorite news site “Free Republic” so far saddens me

How about the rest of the story? We do that here, too.

33 posted on 10/02/2009 6:21:35 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Isn’t the internet wonderful.

A decade ago, this bs operation could have happened and no one would be the wiser until later when the scam artist walked away with millions, leaving the city in more debt and locals unemployed again.

This reminds me of the taped videos of Acorn Thugs in action with “Hooker and her Pimp”, and the quick response after those visuals went from Beck to websites and around the world.

Even the AP and LA Slimes did some real investigating on the scam artist and his checkered past.


34 posted on 10/02/2009 6:44:38 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Does 0b0z0 have any friends, who aren't traitors, spies, tax cheats and criminals?)
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To: liberty or death

Get your side of the story out on FR and other sites.


35 posted on 10/02/2009 6:45:39 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Does 0b0z0 have any friends, who aren't traitors, spies, tax cheats and criminals?)
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To: liberty or death; tubebender; SierraWasp; Ernest_at_the_Beach

“This same Gov was seeking nearly 1000 beds a short time ago. Of course he wanted to build a “new prison”. Hello! Your state already has an empty one but it’s in a county that votes (R) which means ???”

Building a new pri$on is big buck$ for local developer$, land owner$, and union construction thug$. All of these people contribute heavy $’s to the political party that enabled the new pri$on to be built.

When the new prison$ are built, they big Buck$ for the union$ which provide the guards and other people, probably SEIU to handle things guards don’t do. Then, these union thug$ will contribute heavily to the rats who enabled the prison to be built. They will be paid back with outrageous wages, benefits and early retirement.

So the last thing left wing governors and legislator$ want to do is put a new prison into a conservative area.

Of course the last thing the Montana Progressively Liberal Mediots (PLM) would do is point out that there is a new prison vacant and ready for prisoners.


36 posted on 10/02/2009 6:55:51 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Does 0b0z0 have any friends, who aren't traitors, spies, tax cheats and criminals?)
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To: liberty or death
I have no opinion on him as of yet.

How can you not have an opinion on the guy? He's scammed a lot of people out of a lot of money, he's got 15 or so aliases, he's a felon.

Hell, just the fact that he's a convicted felon from Europe, is that what you want running that jail?
37 posted on 10/02/2009 4:14:54 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: af_vet_rr

2 sides to every story. It kills me to read all of you “Free Republic Conservatives” pile on to left wing media when it suits your agenda. I have no opinion because since I work 7 days a week 14 hours a day I don’t sit on the internet all day and have not had the time to check the guy out.

But! here you go af from ground zero. Hardin Montana is an Indian Shithole. I live on the Bighorn outside of town and do all of my shopping in Billings. If this guy is everything you say he is he will fit in perfectly with our pedophile rapist of an Indian sherrif. Since he is Indian not a damn thing is done even with a “Mountain” of proof.

APF cannot ruin a town that is a -5. If he brings in up to a Zero then that’s a 5 fold improvement.


38 posted on 10/02/2009 4:38:44 PM PDT by liberty or death
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To: liberty or death
I have no opinion because since I work 7 days a week 14 hours a day I don’t sit on the internet all day and have not had the time to check the guy out.

The guy has a bunch of aliases and a felony record. There are people looking for him to get their money back. There's not much else to check out.

But! here you go af from ground zero. Hardin Montana is an Indian Shithole. I live on the Bighorn outside of town and do all of my shopping in Billings.

If Hardin is as bad as you describe it, are you honestly surprised they would do something like this? From your description as well as the description of others, I really wonder how they got $27 million in funding for that thing. Actually if Montana has as many liberals as people say they do, I can see them selling the public on yet another wasteful government boondoggle like a $27 million jail with no prisoners.
39 posted on 10/02/2009 9:55:41 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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