The Miami Nation Enterprise, or MNE, is a political, economic sub-division of the Miami Tribe. According to the MNE website, the organization pursues economic development opportunities. Court documents show workers with the MNE thought there was a good development opportunity with Innovative Objects in Joplin. But workers claim they were misled.
A lawsuit has been going on since the later part of last year. For the time being anyway, there doesn't appear to be an end in sight.
MNE says in court documents that the former owner of Innovative Objects, Russel Grundy, had "an evil motive" behind a buy-out. Court documents filed by Grundy show MNE purchased Innovative in 2014.
The motive behind this purchase comes to light from court documents filed by MNE. According to MNE, Grundy claimed Innovative Objects had been chosen to provide $500,000 worth of software training to Wal-Mart. MNE says even though Grundy went so far as to show a written agreement between him and Wal-Mart, there never was an agreement, and Grundy forged that document.
MNE also claims that financial statements from Grundy were inaccurate, to the tune of more than $3 million, and Grundy made his employees work on projects that didn't exist to make it seem like he did have a contract with Wal-Mart.
MNE wants $24 million from Grundy, plus punitive damages.
Grundy has filed a counterclaim against MNE, saying that since the group bought Innovative, MNE owes about $150,000 for commercial rent, along with more than $130,000 for maintenance, taxes, and interest.
Lawyers involved with these two lawsuits say the cases are on "hold," pending the outcome of a bankruptcy motion filed by Innovative Objects last Thursday.
None of the attorneys representing the Miami Nation Enterprises or Russel Grundy wanted to be interviewed for this story.
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