Skip to comments.Cleaver’s carwash nears sale — who is new owner?
Posted on 01/24/2013 9:43:06 PM PST by kc69mustang
Who is Rick Kochuyt? For one thing, hes about to be the new owner of U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleavers Grandview Auto Wash, which Kochuyt has managed since 2007. His attorney, Joe Harter of McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan PC, confirmed that an entity controlled by Kochuyt is close to completing the purchase. The agita the carwash has caused Cleaver has been well documented. Bank of America sued the congressman in March for defaulting on a 2002 loan that, with interest and late fees, has racked up a balance of $1.6 million. A trial in that case is set for April. Cleavers lawyers have said that selling the carwash wont allow him to pay off the loan entirely. Kochuyt is also a key witness in a wrongful death lawsuit involving the car wash; that trial is scheduled to start Feb. 4. Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP represents the family of a woman who was killed there in 2009 by a vehicle speeding out of the facility. One pretrial issue was whether Kochuyt, who has years of experience in the convenience store and carwash industries and was retained by Cleaver Co. LLC as an expert to testify in the case, had to turn over to the plaintiffs his communications with Cleavers lawyers and others involved in the car wash. Jackson County Judge John Torrence ruled he did not. Who are those others? One is Bill Doc Worley, a longtime friend of Cleaver. The congressman asked Worley to find someone to run the carwash in 2007, and Worley picked Kochuyt, according to depositions in the wrongful death case. (Worley co-founded the Kansas City Business Journal in 1982.) Kochuyt had to get approval from Worley to spend any significant amounts of money in the operation of the carwash.
Cleaver is a crook. I met him nearly 35 years ago when he was still a Methodist minister at a failing church in the hood, he was a crook back then.
There went the neighborhood. Bring The “Rev.” Cleaver into anything and it’s automatically effed it
A crooked black racist Congressman. Tell me it ain’t so!
Car washes are cash cows. The problem is that it is so easy to skim off the top of these businesses that they very seldom show enough recorded profit to be financed.
Even the IRS has a hard time auditing car washes due to the lack of ability to monitor incoming cash.