BLANKENSHIP CPA GROUP, fired by the City of Dickson
Christopher Lynn Griffin, Partner of Tax
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Blankenship CPA Group was awarded the opportunity to audit the City of Dickson for the year ended June 30, 2013, per the Comptroller of the State of Tennessee. After 7 months, the City of Dickson replaced Blankenship with another CPA firm out of Jackson, Tennessee.
Apparently, Blankenship did not meet any deadlines and gave the City a feeling of possible post buyer remorse. One official stated that the City quickly lost confidence in the ability of Blankenship to deliver on their promises.
If the City of Dickson fired Blankenship, should the community have any faith in their abilities? I think this is a valid question that the residents of Dickson County must answer for themselves.
Blankenship CPA Group in Dickson was formerly Mayes and Walters. Mayes and Walters sold out to Blankenship, and in my opinion, sold out the Dickson Community. Mike Walters who is married to Judy White Walters, ERA Real Estate Office also located in Dickson, has told people in thecommunity that this is one of his life’s biggest regrets.
Blankenship has been in the business of building their practice through acquisitions. Many of these acquisitions did not go too well. From my experience, Blankenship CPA Group of Brentwood, desires to push fees through the roof and leverage work with lower staff members. I feel that this is a disservice to clients.
Many of the acquired practices regretted their sale / merger. When these CPAs attempted to pull their practice back from Blankenship, they were met with brutal opposition. Some of their stories are briefly stated below.
Joe Edmonson, of Edmonson, Betzler & Dame, also in Brentwood, is one of many firms that sold to the Blankenship brand only to have to endure a legal fight to undo the situation. Mr. Edmonson shared with us that if it were not for his daughter, who is a lawyer in Atlanta, he may have not been so lucky. Mr. Edmonson stated that Blankenship refused to pay him what they owed.
Another CPA, Joe Fragnoli, founder of Joseph F. Fragnoli, CPA, PC, another Brentwood firm merged his practice with Blankenship only to discover the fact that Blankenship agrees to certain terms and then changes the terms of the agreement. Joe, was lucky to get out, but wishes he would have gone after Blankenship for their dirty games.
Brad Dickens, CPA also talked about his time at Blankenship. After months and months of not having a contract, he decided to leave the firm and take his clients with him. The Managing Director, CJ Blankenship, telephoned Mr. Dickens’ clients and stated that Brad was under investigation for theft and embezzlement. Mr. Dickens did leave, and was fortunate enough that his clients did not believe CJ Blankenship. Mr. Dickens would still desire to seek legal action against the Brentwood firm but claims that he is working to dig himself out of the financial ruins that Blankenship CPA Group caused.
Mr. Dickens also recalls a telephone call received from Chris Griffin in April of 2016.
Mr. Dickens was aware of another “Deal Gone Bad” in Dickson County. Christopher Griffin, Director of Tax for Blankenship, telephoned Mr. Dickens and strongly encouraged him not to say anything bad about the Blankenship firm. CJ Blankenship placed the same call to Mr. Fragnoli.
If these stories all sound vaguely familiar, they should. These are the allegations that are being launched against me. I intend to share on my website all attorney letters, legal filings, and correspondence. Since I decided to remove myself from Blankenship because I believe they refused to pay me what I am owed, I have been the recipient of harassing phone calls, threats of extortion, threats of FBI raids on his home and office, threats of blackmail, defamation, and repeated character assassinations.
Additionally, Blankenship has opened a criminal investigation against me in Dickson County claiming …. you guess it THEFT while the civil case is also in front of the Williamson County Chancellery Court. Blankenship’s attorney has threatened me with another legal fight should this Press Release be published. I feel that Blankenship only wants their side of the story shared with the citizens of Dickson County.
I will present all court records, attorney letters and documentation. If they are reviewed in a chronological order, it is clear to see the real story.