Daily Archives: December 12, 2009

The Broken Road to Disaster Recovery by Keifer Bonvillain

brokenReviewed by Cy Hilterman

The author describes this book, “A story of drugs, sex, alcohol, and FEMA fraud”. Keifer Bonvillian took a job to help clean up Louisiana after the disastrous hurricanes hit his parents’ area of living, Terrebonne Parish (in LA. They call them Parish’s while most in the United States call them counties”). Keifer had never done this type of work before but he figured he could do it, as he was not afraid of hard work. What he got into was a nightmare that he still lives within his mind today. The corruption that occurred by the company he worked for, Beck Disaster Recovery opened his eyes to what can and does go wrong when the government takes charge without really taking charge!

Keifer started as a manual laborer and soon moved into monitor and then a supervisory position for Beck. He saw corruption every day by employees of Beck, contractors, local government employees, and even the out of state management of Beck. I am not going to go into individual names that the author mentions, some he trusted who crossed him, and many he couldn’t trust from the moment he met them. When he became a job monitor, followed by supervisor, he did all he could to make things legitimate but every which way he turned, someone was on the take or were involved in helping others receive sex, drugs, alcohol or a combination of all of them. He discovered the many discrepancies in truckloads of disaster related refuse and how the measurement varied so much from truck to truck and contractor to contractor. Many employees would clock in, make an appearance, then take off for a bar or motel/hotel where they had women, mostly employees, to do as they wished. In most situations they were paid enough in money or any of the aforementioned methods of “payment” to make corruption stand out, impossible for an honest person to take as normal and correct.