Frank Clownie...err Cownie, collected an illegal tax in 2004.
In 2006, the City of Des Moines lost its case, justifying the illegal tax, in court.
Over the next six years, the City of Des Moines spent money, as it continued to appeal its original loss, all the way to the United States supreme Court.
Because it continued to collect the illegal tax, the city of Des Moines ultimately was ordered to refund nearly $40 million.
Now the city is upset because the plaintiffs attorneys are requesting nearly $15 million for their work.
Des Moines City Manager Rick Clark says -- I am stunned at the amount of it.
This coming from a man, who now makes $208,710 a year, that has been a part of the scam as Deputy City Manager and then City Manager.
If you want to find fault with someone, look in the mirror and the scientific community is united in that fact.