It’s Election Day 2020. Stay safe and, if you pray, do so for the survival of the American Experiment.
In my Maine reporting, I’ve been focused on the other crisis facing the world, the now-resurgent pandemic, and over the past few days I’ve been writing follow-ups on a story I broke in March about a Portland, Maine LLC headed by a man with a five-county criminal fraud indictment against him that had suddenly jumped into the medical supply business, trading in the shortage items desperately needed by hospitals and first responders.
Noble Partners, doing business as Noble Medical Supply, was the subject of my Portland Press Herald stories Friday and today, as allegations surfaced against the company and its founder Sean C. Grady. (Its customer-facing face is Diane Russell, former Democratic state legislator for Portland, who spoke at the 2016 DNC.)
In Friday’s story, news of a federal law suit against Noble and Grady in Florida; accusations of unreturned deposits for undelivered orders in Florida and California; a disgruntled sales representative and damaged masks in Texas; and, on the Internet, the company’s website having been taken down by its provider and replaced with a demand for more than $15,000 in unpaid debts and a summary of Grady’s legal problems in Maine and New Hampshire.
In today’s story, the owner of a local Portland distillery lays out a story of a hand sanitizer production deal gone almost immediately bad, leaving his company out more than $150,000.
Separately, I also had this update on an uptick in Covid-19 hospitalizations in Maine and the unusual geography of that uptick. And to round out pandemic-related news coverage, in case you missed it, there is also this in-depth profile of Maine “superspreader wedding” pastor Todd Bell from Sunday’s paper.
I last wrote about Noble Partners at the end of March, when they delivered a van load of masks and other supplies to some customers in Massachusetts as promised.
More on politics and the election anon.