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More Corporate Espionage At Nephron?

NIKKI HALEY’S FAVORITE PHARMACEUTICAL FIRM FACES ADDITIONAL ALLEGATIONS … By FITSNEWS  ||  A month ago, this website published a sprawling exclusive on the ongoing debacle that is Nephron Pharmaceuticals‘ South Carolina facility. Our report – which you can read HERE – detailed a host of problems with the company, which…

NIKKI HALEY’S FAVORITE PHARMACEUTICAL FIRM FACES ADDITIONAL ALLEGATIONS …

By FITSNEWS  ||  A month ago, this website published a sprawling exclusive on the ongoing debacle that is Nephron Pharmaceuticals‘ South Carolina facility.

Our report – which you can read HERE – detailed a host of problems with the company, which after receiving millions of dollars from South Carolina taxpayers in 2011 vowed to create 707 jobs averaging $71,000 a year.

Have they done that?  No … more than three years later, whistleblowers told FITS there are only 25-30 South Carolina employees working at Nephron’s gleaming, government-subsidized facility in Cayce, S.C.  And they’re making an estimated average income of $45,000.

Our exclusive also delved into allegations of corporate espionage on the part of Nephron – with whistleblowers accusing the company of stealing proprietary pharmaceutical “batch records” prepared by another company, The Ritedose Corporation (TRC) of Columbia, S.C.

Now Nephron is being accused of committing additional corporate espionage.

According to emails obtained by FITS, Nephron executives – including one of the company’s top quality assurance managers – allegedly obtained confidential information from an Albemarle Corporation facility in Orangeburg, S.C.  These technical records were allegedly obtained to assist Nephron in getting its pharmaceutical manufacturing operations up and running.

In March of this year, purported evidence of this alleged theft was provided to William Brown – a business attorney at the Nelson Mullins law firm who represents Albemarle.

“We are planning our options for moving forward,” an Albemarle executive wrote in an email dated March 2, 2014, one which references a meeting with Brown.

Another email dated February 24, 2014 references Nephron being in possession of “ALB’s confidential information.”

Hmmmm …

According to our sources, two Nephron employees – Lawson Jowers and Mike Brown – previously worked for Albemarle.

“They met there and planned the transition to Nephron,” one source alleges.

FITS was suspicious of the Nephron deal from the beginning – and we said so.  In fact, we published a detailed story regarding its questionable financials – and also wrote extensively about pay-to-play allegations involving Nephron and the governor.  Not only that, we busted Haley in a lie regarding her prior connections to the company’s founders – Bill Kennedy and his wife, Lou Kennedy (who have contributed thousands of dollars to Haley’s political campaigns and who frequently allowed Haley access to Nephron’s private jet).

As we noted in our exclusive report on Nephron last month, we have no beef with the company.

“We hope Nephron succeeds … primarily because we’d hate to see millions of dollars in tax money flushed down the toilet with absolutely nothing to show for it,” we wrote.  “But Nephron’s success or failure isn’t the issue here – the issue is whether taxpayers should have to assume the risk associated with it.”

Indeed …

Companies should rise and fall on the strength of their ideas and their ability to implement those ideas – not the extent to which they lavish gifts and campaign contributions on corrupt politicians.

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10 comments

tomstickler November 12, 2014 at 11:08 am

I am reasonably confidant that the “millions of taxpayer dollars” were not flushed down any toilet. No one who touched those dollars should be exempt from prosecution if tainted by fraud.

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diamond jim:elections have con November 12, 2014 at 11:35 am

Damn .I thought Haley won the election by 15% last Tuesday.

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It's a Great Day In SC November 12, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Lots of criminals win elections.

Her,Mark Sanford Bobby Harrell…

But hey one thing we can say for em..

They all have

“Conservative Values!”

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diamond jim:elections have con November 12, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Yes indeed!!! In fact it is a GREAT day in America!!!!

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js November 12, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Oh, and a God of second chances.

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Wally November 12, 2014 at 11:37 am

News flash: Politicians lie.

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shifty henry November 12, 2014 at 1:07 pm

Senator Bluster informs his staff that he is going to train his memory. “I don’t know what system to use, but I’m
looking for one that will enable me, when I am interviewed, to remember what to forget.”

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shifty henry November 12, 2014 at 1:09 pm

A politician helped himself to a Bible just about every Sunday, taking it home after the service. The minister didn’t mind because the politician was a liar, and the minister hoped that some of the truth of the Bible would rub off on him. Costs started to mount, so after a service one Sunday, the minister asked the politician point blank, “Have you been
taking the Good Book from us?” The politician replied, “No, Reverend, and I’ll swear to that on a stack of Bibles!”

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Really? November 12, 2014 at 12:59 pm

“I am reasonably confidant that the “millions of taxpayer dollars” were not flushed down any toilet.”

Is there anything that makes you “reasonably confidant”? Or is it just gut instinct?

Seriously, with all the malfeasance it seems easier to believe than not to me.

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jimlewisowb November 12, 2014 at 1:28 pm

No need for taxpayers to worry

Building/land will be put up for auction, Governor will be the only bidder, Governor and her extended family will reopen site as 24/7 flea market, exotic clothes outlet, distribution center of spices from India, bar-b-que shack and a bait farm under the supervision of First Gentleman Michael Haley, a certified Master Baiter

After a couple of years entire operation will close down, building/land will be sold back to the State at 500% profit to the Gypsy Queen

And that folks is how they roll down in the shire

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