September 2, 2009

Scissortail received $9.5 million in tax credits by filing a tax credit claim it had invested $31.5 million in Oklahoma Global Motors, LLC, in 2006. On top of another $15 million in direct funding from the state and $2.5 million from the Federal Aviation Administration to improve the airport and to extend a runway from about 5,000 to 9,000 feet, to handle large cargo jets, e.g., 747's.

For those who may not remember, Oklahoma Global Motors was the company setup to assemble MG cars in Ardmore for the Chinese Nanjing Auto Corporation.

As usual that was another of those now renowned announcements state officials so often deliver with great fanfare, as an excuse for attracting TV cameras to capture the praise those receiving the money heap upon state officials. Schemes that invariably result in failure and no one can figure where all the money went. This one never got out of the starting gate.

So what happened to the $31 million that was claimed to have been invested?

The next installments in this series will discuss Westheimer Aviation, Affinity Ventures, Ultimate Equipment Co. and Chaparral Energy. Hang on for Chaparral Energy, which will open up a new window into the whole tax credit thing.

Keep in mind that we have only scratched the surface. More than $400 million in tax credits has been taken by 55 investment funds claiming to have invested $1.4 Billion in 127 ventures for 2006, 2007, 2008 and one of the 2005 investments. Working my way down from the largest investments every claim researched to this point has involved false claims. No successes have been found, rather failures and nothing to show others ever were a real business.

The scheme behind this fraud is only clever enough to provide answers for the most obvious questions and satisfy those seeking answers to justify deniability.

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