[The information in this article comes from publicly available documentation from press releases, the State of Florida, and the Broward County Court Clerk.]
Last October, the Lee County Hospital Authority executed a letter of intent with Americore Health LLC, a Florida startup in Ft. Lauderdale, to reopen the hospital in Lee County. The Lee Daily Register checked Americore out, and after a few hours of Internet research, found that CEO Grant White started the company that became Americore Health LLC as a holding company in Ohio four days after he was sued for not paying his rent.
Court records in Broward County reveal that White was sued by landlords on January 15, 2016 for not paying rent on an $11k/month luxury home located at 222 Imperial Lane, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Florida. A Broward judge evicted White from the residence effective February 6, 2016.
Florida business records show that four days after White’s landlords filed suit, the law firm of Brennan, Manna & Diamond of Jacksonville, Florida filed organization paperwork for White Diamond Holdings LLC. The principal business address provided by Brennan, Manna & Diamond is 75 East Market Street, Akron, Ohio 44308. The authorized manager was CQA Holdings LLC, located at White’s address: 222 Imperial Lane, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. Grant White was CQA Holdings’ sole manager, however no annual report was ever filed with the state, and CQA later dissolved by default.
On September 6, 2016, shortly before CQA’s automatic dissolution was to occur, Juan Ruiz filed an amendment on White’s behalf changing the name of White Diamond Holdings LLC to Americore Health LLC. The amendment also removed CQA as manager and added Americore Capital LLC in that role. The address, 222 Imperial Lane, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, remained the same (even being handwritten twice on the application), despite the fact that a court ordered White evicted from that address seven months earlier.
On November 9, 2016, a Broward judge ordered White to pay $12,225 in restitution and costs in connection with the unpaid rent lawsuit. White never paid.
It wasn’t until November 16, 2016 that White openly took control of Americore Health insofar as official government filings are concerned. In an amendment filed by Juan Ruiz on November 16, White became sole manager of Americore Health LLC. The same amendment changed Americore’s address to a downtown office suite in Ft. Lauderdale.
Following the final judgement in the civil suit for unpaid rent, the State of Florida filed criminal charges against White on December 28, 2016 for writing a worthless check in the amount of $11k on January 1 of the same year. Although White repeatedly failed to appear in court, and officers found his last known address vacant (not 222 Imperial Lane), White was ultimately arrested on a capias on March 28, 2017. White was booked into the Broward Main Jail in Ft. Lauderdale before being released on bond. White demanded a jury trial, as is his right, and the next calendar call for that case is set for July 6, 2017 in Broward County Circuit Court.
On May 3, 2017, a Broward judge issued a subpoena commanding White to appear on May 17, 2017 to give a deposition accounting for why he had not made efforts to pay restitution ordered in the unpaid rent civil suit. The same subpoena commanded White also to bring all records of business and personal assets spanning back three years, including tax, bank, investment, and employee records from all companies he has owned or of which he has been a part, all contracts he has made with outside entities, and lists of names and addresses of all employees and shareholders in all of his companies. Whether or not White appeared for the deposition is not yet publicly available.
This is a developing story. Stay tuned to leedaily.com for more news as it develops.
[Read about Americore Health’s payroll woes at Pineville Community Hospital, too.]