FBI investigating sports agent

Journal Sentinel on April 15, 2012 released the following:

“By Cary Spivak

Stacy Jenson, a sports marketing agent whose career has been dogged by criminal convictions and controversy, is under investigation again – this time by the FBI, according to four people familiar with the investigation.

The probe of Jenson, who built a successful career representing several well-known Green Bay Packers players, involves allegations that she improperly used a credit card belonging to IEWC Global Solutions after she stopped working for the New Berlin distributor of wire and cable products. The card was used to purchase a variety of items, including tickets for sporting events, sources said. Authorities also are looking into allegations involving other financial questions, the sources said. They added that a “substantial” amount of money was at issue, though they declined to elaborate.

In response to questions about the investigation, Jeff Siemers, IEWC’s chief financial officer, issued a statement saying:

“As part of the company’s annual audit procedure, IEWC uncovered evidence that a former employee may have been involved in a scheme to misappropriate company funds. Following a thorough internal investigation . . . IEWC notified law enforcement authorities.”

Word of the investigation comes as Jenson’s company, Elite Sports and Public Relations, lost employees and shut down its website. Jenson did not respond to requests for comment. Nobody answered the door at repeated visits to her home office in Wauwatosa last week.

Denis Regan, Jenson’s attorney for business matters, did not respond to calls for comment. Thomas Brown, her defense attorney, declined to comment.

Jenson’s success and her background, which included serving time in Taycheedah Correctional Institution after being convicted of about a dozen felonies and misdemeanors, was profiled in a Journal Sentinel story last month. Even before she was off probation in 2007, Jenson was building a name for herself in the world of sports promotions by landing some big-name clients such as onetime Packers receiver Javon Walker. Other current and former Packers who she has said were clients of her company include Nick Collins, Greg Jennings, Ryan Grant and Nick Barnett.

Jennings and Collins have dropped her. It is not known which Packers, if any, are currently represented by Elite, which promotes and markets athletes but does not negotiate their contracts.

In addition to running Elite Sports, Jenson worked for IEWC for about four years before leaving the company last year. As an events coordinator for the company, she set up a variety of functions, including helping organize an annual food drive featuring several Packers to benefit the New Berlin food pantry.

James Madlom, a spokesman for IEWC, declined to say whether the company knew about her criminal record – which includes convictions for felony theft and passing bad checks – when it hired her. He also declined to discuss why she left the company last year or whether she is the ex-employee referred to in Siemers’ statement.

Leonard Peace, an FBI spokesman, said the bureau “cannot comment at this time.”

After getting paroled in 1996, Jenson worked for Badger Mutual Insurance, a position that helped her strike up friendships with professional athletes who would make personal appearances at charitable events she helped organize.

In 2004 she helped launch Creative/Sports & Event Marketing, a venture that ended in bankruptcies, litigation and investigations less than a year after it was created. Lawsuits filed by the Packers and the Milwaukee Brewers claimed that money paid by sponsors in deals arranged by Jenson was not forwarded to the teams. The Packers sought about $450,000 in damages and the Brewers said the organization was out $108,000.

Michael Tighe, president and majority owner of Creative/Suit & Tighe – the company that owned Jenson’s firm – blamed the litigation and Jenson for the collapse of the parent company. Jenson, in an interview in March, countered that the whole enterprise failed because of debt incurred by the parent company.

After Creative/Sports failed, Brookfield police briefly looked into allegations that she had misused company credit cards. That matter was dropped when Tighe said he did not want to pursue the matter, according to a police report.

Jenson was also investigated at the time for business fraud and for writing a bad check. The fraud complaint was dropped when authorities found no wrongdoing. The probe into the bad check was dropped when she covered the check.

This year Jenson was caught up in controversy again when a Waukesha woman paid $12,000 for a trip on the Packers’ team plane to a road game. The trip was auctioned off last summer at an event overseen by Jenson on behalf of the Greg Jennings Foundation. But the woman, Michelle Maciosek, said Jenson never arranged the trip and failed to return her money.

Jennings publicly apologized for using “poor judgment in choosing Stacy Jenson and Elite Sports to facilitate” the charity event. The foundation offered to refund the money to Maciosek but she refused to accept money from the nonprofit group.

The controversies involving Jenson have raised questions about the future of a new scholarship fund created in honor of Ryan Luxem, an 11-year-old Union Grove boy who died of leukemia in 2010. Before the boy’s death, Grant, a Packers running back, visited and became friends with him.

After Luxem died, Grant started a scholarship fund in the boy’s honor. Jenson and Elite helped administer the fund, which held a fundraiser at Cool Waters Family Aquatic Park in Greenfield.

Plans to have a second event at Cool Waters this year were recently canceled because of the problems at Elite, said Mark Winters, an organizer of the scholarship fund. Winters said he met with two former Elite employees who told him that they and other workers recently quit the firm and that several Packers players have dropped the company as their marketing agent.

The workers quit after they saw the Journal Sentinel story detailing Jenson’s history, Winters said.

“I did quit Elite,” said Deb Schmitz, who co-founded Elite with Jenson in 2007.

“There were things in that article that I was not aware of and that I morally cannot accept.”

A second ex-employee confirmed that she quit Elite, although she asked that her name not be used since she does not “want to be associated or affiliated” with Jenson or Elite. The woman confirmed Winters’ description of why she and others quit.

“It’s unfortunate because we were ready to move ahead” with the Luxem event this year, the ex-employee said.

The scholarship fund, which has nearly $13,000, will award three $2,500 scholarships in May to students at Wilmot High School, where Luxem’s mother is a teacher.

Winters said he hopes the scholarship can continue in future years.”


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