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Leaked Emails Embarrass Guardian Liberty Voice Part 1

Leaked Emails Embarrass Guardian Liberty Voice Part 1

Guardian Liberty Voice, a Las Vegas-based online news and information platform, was exposed today in the release of private emails between management. In recent news, leaked emails brought on the resignation of Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony. In the Guardian Liberty Voice emails, both newly-appointed President Donna Martin and Vice President of Operations Carl Auer offered up letters of resignation amid questionable business practices. The news site, founded by DiMarko Chandler in 2012, claims to set itself apart from traditional news outlets with an editorial policy that rejects individual bias while offering up a wide variety of editorials spanning the political and philosophical spectrum. Guardian Liberty Voice provides its own “Writer’s Boot Camp” certifying aspiring citizen journalists and at the end of the course, a demanding final testing and evaluation is given.

In the leaked emails Martin sent to Chandler, she reveals that in a prior conversation, Auer stated that he would be quitting after the boot-campers graduate over increasing frustrations with company practices. She advised Auer to email her his resignation and than spent the day replaying the conversation in her head. After careful consideration, Martin decided to step down as well detailing case after case of questionable,and to the naked eye, possibly illegal business practices. Tired of being the company lightning rod any longer, Martin aired her grievances in the leaked correspondence. Promoted at the beginning of the year to president, Martin hoped to “propel this company to new heights” but inadvertently found that Chandler was “too busy coming up with one gimmick after another, such as the CASH System.”

Leaked Emails Embarrass Guardian Liberty Voice Part 1Martin goes into further detail showing the faults with the current business structure and financial reporting system in place. When appointed president, Martin requested copies of all company records dating back to May 2014 as well as information as to how the company LLC was established. While acknowledging that she has been granted access to the online checking account, PayPal, and the “disaster you call the payroll program,” she has yet to receive three years of receipts, two years of bank transactions, all of the check registers, loan amounts, amortization schedules and much more. According to the emails, Chandler stated he would “box up” the receipts and ship to Martin but that has not occurred.

Martin further details how she is not given the check stock to track the company payables and alludes to the possibility of transactions being done behind her back. She stressed that the Internal Revenue Service could conduct a surprise audit and shut the doors on Guardian Liberty Voice and all its subsidiaries for failure to file yearly tax returns and issue 1099s in a timely manner. By Martin’s admission, the company has not filed a tax return since its inception February 2012 or mailed out 1099s to its writers and other sub-contractors.

Martin reveals, “While balancing totals for 1099s, I determined that Michael’s pay was grossly out of balance. While I calculated his pay from April 2014 forward, he was not paid the amount I submitted to Gricelda with the check totals. Instead, he was paid a substantial amount above the payroll total each month. When I questioned DiMarkco, he told me some of that money went to him and some of it went to Michael.  

If DiMarkco wanted to take money out of the company, he should have written himself a check instead of hiding it under Michael’s name. I cannot issue a 1099 and expect Michael to pay taxes on money he did not earn or keep. Further, some of the checks issued to Michael had ones with a circle around them. I am sure this is code for something, but I do not know what that is, have not been told what it is and therefore, have no idea how to expense it properly. I have asked DiMarkco for verified totals of money paid to Michael, and while he assured me he would get the correct amount to me, I have not been given an accurate total.”

According to Martin, just as many personal transactions have gone through using the business account after review.

Click here for Leaked Emails Embarrass Guardian Liberty Voice Part 2.

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18 comments on “Leaked Emails Embarrass Guardian Liberty Voice Part 1

  1. MikesFilmTalk
    February 17, 2015

    Reblogged this on Mikes Film Talk and commented:
    Proof positive, via leaked emails, that something stinks in “Denmark.”

    Liked by 1 person

  2. MikesFilmTalk
    February 17, 2015

    Great little article matey! Thanks for the heads up…reblogged on my site!

    Liked by 1 person

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  4. Rebecca Savastio
    February 17, 2015

    Interesting article, Stevenson. I subscribed to your blog so I can read the next one in the series. May I ask–what is the “CASH system” you mention?

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    • Stevenson Benoit
      February 17, 2015

      At the end of January, GLV started an affiliate program as a tool to assist writers in making more money. Simply put, each writer would also be a recruiter and be given an affiliate link to sign up other writers. I did not participate.

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      • Rebecca Savastio
        February 17, 2015

        Thanks for answering my question. He was always doing that, just not calling it the “CASH system.” He always had us recruiting other writers but I guess the affiliate link thing was new. When I was there, there was no affiliate link; it was all done manually. I’m very interested in reading your next piece. Keep up the good work.

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  5. janetteverdnik
    February 17, 2015

    Reblogged this on Janette Verdnik and commented:
    Guardian Liberty Voice’s ship is sinking, with no shore at sight

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  6. Marilyn Armstrong
    February 17, 2015

    I am SO glad I decided not to investigate working for these thieves because I was too sick. Nice to have made the right choice. Usually, I’m the one left holding the bag. I’m terribly sorry for Mike and all of you who have been so badly used — but frantically grateful I had the good sense to be deathly ill and unable to be (again) scammed!

    Great article and save your sources. I sense a court battle somewhere down the line.

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    • Stevenson Benoit
      February 17, 2015

      Thank you Marilyn. I do intend to catalogue everything, as is always customary for me in any dealings. Never know when you have to go back and pull out some useful piece of information. No apologies are necessary because we came out the other end of the experience with more knowledge so wasn’t for not. Yes the final nail in the coffin for GLV appears to be coming soon as the company implodes.

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  7. Cynthia Collins
    February 17, 2015

    Stevenson, I’m so glad I got out of there when I did.

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    • Stevenson Benoit
      February 17, 2015

      It’s horrible though how the individual writers are just left in the dark. I experienced the brush off and the non-response tactic very early and wouldn’t put up with it. I severed ties at that moment.

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  9. janetteverdnik
    February 17, 2015

    Re-blogging is not working on my site, so I published an excerpt and I’ve put “read more” sentence with link to this site. I just want as many people to find out the truth…

    Liked by 2 people

  10. Chester Davis
    February 17, 2015

    I worked for GLV briefly as a writer and never got a penny for any of the 50-60 stories I published. I’m glad I did not invest any more time and money than I did. I still hope a few of the clips will have some modest value as writing samples. One of their senior people left last Spring, I think it was, over not being paid the equity stake she was promised. Can’t remember her name now.

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  11. Justine
    February 22, 2015

    If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas…

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Logan Cook
    February 26, 2015

    Reblogged this on The Essay Kitchen.

    Liked by 1 person

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