The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office investigation into County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox and her business’ restaurant lease at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport focuses on whether Wilcox’s restaurant met minority-owned business standards, her statements to the city-owned airport on that status, and financing of the restaurant venture, including but not limited to, a $450,000 loan given to Wilcox and her husband Earl by HMSHost Corp.
Under federal rules, airports such as Sky Harbor need to have some of those contracts go to minority- and women-owned businesses.
One of those contracts went Grant Park Enterprises, a Phoenix company owned by the Wilcoxes. A deal between HMS and the Wilcoxes then involved the latter receiving a $450,000 loan and the Wilcoxes having 30 percent ownership in the Chili’s Too restaurant in Terminal 4, according to airport documents.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sheriff Arpaio looks into Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox's airport restaurant financing, minority business status
Some excerpts from the article in the Phoenix Business Journal -
Posted by Rachel Alexander at Tuesday, September 22, 2009