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Racism Alleged in DC Government

WASHINGTON (CN) - In a complaint involving charter school funding, Geneva Capital Partners and the black couple who own it claim that the District of Columbia and its "incompetent minions" mishandled federal money, then tried to divert federal investigators' attention to Geneva as a scapegoat.

The complaint states: "This is an action for substantial damages, including punitive damages, for the violation of the civil rights and contractual rights of Plaintiff [Eric] Westbury [Jr.], who is African-American, and of Plaintiff Geneva, which is solely owned by Westbury and his wife [Victoria Westbury], who is also African-American, and of plaintiff SBMCC [SBM Certificate Co.], which is wholly owned by Geneva. As described below, and to be more fully described at trial, the Government of the District of Columbia and its many actors - prime among them, Defendant Natwar Ghandi and his incompetent minions - mishandled federal funds. And when their ineptitude was revealed by an independent audit, these Defendants - rather than admit their misdeeds to Congress - picked Plaintiffs Westbury and Geneva as their convenient scapegoat: Defendants were sure that they could convince a credulous public that an African-American man with little history operating Geneva, his small investment company, had defrauded the District of Columbia. Then, to further prevent and to deter Westbury and Geneva from fighting back, these Defendants falsified evidence about Westbury and Geneva, and then presented that evidence to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission ('SEC'), which to this day continues to try to destroy Westbury, Geneva, and SBMCC using that falsified evidence."

The Westburys demand "not less than $254 million." They are represented by Mitchell Rotbert of Bethesda, Md.

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