February 14, 2000
from Nick Pappas to Harley Coon:
[KWE Note: Former KWVA President Pappas questions current KWVA
president on termination of services of Myrda.]
KWVA National President
4120 Industrial Lane
Beavercreek, OH 45430
Subj: Termination of Stan Myrda, C.P.A.
Encl (1): Your letter of 4 February 2000
Ref (a): Your letter of 20 September 1999 to Myrda
Ref (b): Myrda letter of 24 January 2000 to Coon
By unanimous Council vote, on July 27, 1998, as "President," you
signed "IRS Forms 2849" assigning 1st V.P. Magill,
C.P.A. Myrda and myself "Powers of Attorney and Declarations
of Representative," which authorizes us to act as "agents" for
the KWVA concerning the tax fraud and criminal investigations involving
John Maison, hence this letter.
I am in receipt of Enclosure (1) stating that the "Council" at
its Mobile meeting "terminated" Mr. Myrda’s services
because C.P.A. Scholes was replacing him as the KWVA accountant.
I have no problem with the "new" hire, but with the
termination. I am afraid you have "again misconstrued" a
Council decision to suit your own conjectural purposes.
I doubt that the Council intended to "fire" Mr. Myrda
as you purport. According to the above Council meeting minutes, "a
motion was made by Director Schilling and seconded by Director
Van Ort to accept Andrew Scholes as C.P.A. Motion carried." By
reference (a) you quote "the board suggests that you finish
the investigation of the missing funds. The board would have to
have the following:
A. An estimate of time, cost to the conclusion of this investigation
B. How many dollars do you estimate that we can recover?
C. When are we going to file another claim with the insurance company
for the balance?
D. A contract or written document between the board and yourself."
By reference (b), Mr. Myrda has responded to reference (a), except
for the mailing of the 98 financial records. I do not "read" any
Council decision that "fired" Mr. Myrda, except Enclosure
As to your demand in Enclosure (1) "to forward all checks,
invoices and other KWVA documents, etc." I have instructed
Mr. Myrda not to release any financial records for the years 1994-1997,
until the FBI/IRS complete their investigations and all insurance
negotiations are concluded. The misappropriation of funds happened
during "my" tenure as President, therefore I am responsible
to the membership to ensure recoupment of as much of their money
as possible. I have no intention of turning those records over
to someone who has no comprehension or knowledge of what has transpired
during the past three years to "screw up" the investigations/claims
process by second guesses.
If you want the above financial records released, I suggest you
get an Illinois State or Federal court order where the "offense" was
committed. I also hope the insurance company does not get a copy
of Enclosure (1), because they could "interpret" it
that the Council has termined any further action on recovering
the remaining missing funds and throw out our latest claim.
If the Council "upholds" your so-called termination
of Mr. Myrda, I will send copies of this letter and associated
documents to the FBI and IRS, stating, I do not concur with the
Council’s decision. I do not intend to be sued, if word leaks
out that we "prematurely" closed out our insurance
claim and "obligatory" responsibilities, by some disgruntled
members. Believe me, word will leak out, just like it did in 1997.
The ball is in the Council’s court, unless you want to assume
all of the legal costs and ramifications that occur in this case,
until its conclusion.
(signed) Nicholas J. Pappas
Past National President, KWVA
cc: National Council
Stan Myrda, CPA
Andrew Scholes, CPA
Judge Advocate Pratt
P.S. If Mr. Myrda had not been "suspicious" about
our 1996 financial picture, there would be no KWVA today!