42 women were employed by a Ford Motor Company manufacturing plant in Michigan at the time of the complaint. They alleged that the automotive giant fraudulently concealed a $51.5 million payoff to the Giant Killer, attorney Willie Gary. Disguised as funding for diversity initiatives, the payoff was diverted to Willie Gary, Weldon Latham and Jesse Jackson who pocketed millions until the scam was discovered.
PATRICIA HARSEN, a Michigan
native and a former Ford Motor employee, discovered the evidence by mistake. Collecting case files from her attorney's office, Harsen discovered evidence linking Willie Gary, Weldon Latham and Ford Motor to a scam to defraud her and 41 other female employees in a gender bias suit. Threatened that she could end up in a body bag if she did not return the files, Harsen was not dissuaded from seeking justice. Armed with the files and being fearful of being murdered, Harsen hired Jay Schwartz to recover the stolen funds for her and the 41 women.
42 WOMEN AWARDED $20 MILLION IN A SETTLEMENT DISPUTE WITH THEIR ATTORNEY
On September 3, 2003, the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan Southern Division in Civil Action No. 03-CV-73350 awarded Harsen and the 41 other victims an estimated $20 MILLION. In spite of Gary's guilt, he and his co-conspirators have been able to escape prosecution. They have perpetrated scams against Coca-Cola, General Motors, Microsoft, William Morris and many others. With friends like Bill and Hillary Clinton and a few judges in his pocket, Willie Gary and his cartel members, Weldon Latham and Jesse Jackson, run amuck in amassing great wealth at the expense of shareholders, employees, vendors and their families.
"I was told that I could end up in a body bag," says Patty Harsen