The third brilliant spin-off from the original Dick Wolf "Law & Order" was "Law & Order - Criminal Intent." It ran from 2001 to 2011. And, all day Sunday, on Ion, there are heavily viewed re-runs.
Its secret sauce was and still is the character of detective Robert Goren, played by Vincent D'Onofrio. The Americanized version of Sherlock Holmes, Goren's signature is the phrase "It's the question."
When Goren is assigned to a whatever, he doesn't jump right in. Instead, he probes for the questions that should be asked.
I am following his MO in this ordeal of not having been paid by government contractor . The chief executive officer is Romeo Spino. The corporation is based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The middleman on the account is BMG, Pittsburgh, PA. The head of BMG is Rodney Burrell.
The amount of the unpaid invoice, dated September 27, 2017, with N15 day, is peanuts: $1,125. I made more than double that a few weekends ago, in four hours, as a paid influencer.
What matters is the question, each and every one of them.
That is why I have made this unpaid invoice an issue I am sharing with my devoted blog readers, U.S. regulatory agencies, and collection agency AccountsReceivable.com. The next venue for sharing would be small claims court in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Why not a similar legal body in Virginia Beach?
Spino contends no contract was made with Stratas Corp. That is even though Burrell is listed on the books as a formal contract employee. The payroll department at Strastas directed me to BMG to be paid. BMG has not paid.
The questions involve points of law and national security.
Along with Spino, Burrell contends there was no contract made with him. That is, a written one. Both men are right.
Actually, it is increasingly rare in this fast time that clients take the time for such legal formalities.
I contend there was an implied contract. That is the cornerstone of fair dealings in the U.S.
I had been assigned six articles by Burrell. I have the email evidence that:
- The six assignments were made. The topics were tech, ranging from blockchain to windfarms.
- The six assignments, when completed, were approved by Burrell. (However, the topics had not be presented beforehand to Spino for his okay.)
- Several of the six, upon completion, were praised by Burrell.
How the invoice part of this plays out is irrelevant. The economy is popping at 3%. My business is strong.
What is relevant is the point of law - and ethics. Work was assigned over an extended time period. It was completed. It was approved. It was commended. If that arrangement does not constitute an implied contract, well, one should question the whole U.S. legal system.
There is also the question of national security.
I was hired on the spot - that is, during a phone interview several hours after answering a help-wanted on the Pittsburgh, PA section of Craigslist.
Although StratasCorp. is a government contractor, I was not vetted.
I was not made to sign a Non-Disclosure form.
To my knowledge, Burrell had not signed an NDA either.
This could have the makings of another Ed Snowden.
More than solving the mystery per se, Goren takes the greater satisfaction in posing questions the members of his team have to explore.
The unpaid $1,125.00, of course, is right up there with other forms of grating annoyance, like 10 barking dogs next door. But my focus in on the questions underlying this ill-fated transaction with Spino and Burrell. I need to have the questions answered.
On 11/7/17, AccountsReceivable.com notified me that the invoice had been paid in full. Thank you, AccountsReceivable.
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