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Mark Wolfe Is Bankrupt

By Greg L | 19 October 2016 | Manassas City | 45 Comments

I’d been under the impression that if you’re able to funnel public money to your private business because you’re voting on those specific municipal appropriations, going broke would be a near impossibility.  It’s not as if government is running out of money any time soon, right?  Well, Mark Wolfe has apparently accomplished the impossible after filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy earlier this month while at the same time campaigning about what a responsible steward he is with the money you are forced to give government.

You just can’t make this stuff up.

No mention has been made so far about his firing of Patricia Richie-Folks as treasurer of the Manassas Ballet (at the same time she apparently owns a construction company, curiously enough) for incompetence.  Word is that Richie-Folks couldn’t manage to execute a T-shirt sale without basic math errors, requiring the Manassas Ballet to reach back with an additional assessment for $15 items unless they wanted to lose money on their fund raiser.  And yes, this individual is running for City Treasurer.

What a pair.  A person who can’t pay his bills spending your money, and someone who can’t do basic math cutting the checks.  That’s your Democrat ticket in Manassas.

Hang on for a data dump of some court filings.  I bet they’ll be real interesting.



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45 Comments

  1. Vindex said on 19 Oct 2016 at 6:45 pm:
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    I thought Wolfe was just morally bankrupt, but apparently the rot extends to his finances.

    Saw this smack-down on youtube: https://youtu.be/XEi3L4HRmh4

    Richie-Folks had the gall to argue that Harrison lacks the experience to do the job, and she’s had three decades of “financial experience”. Three decades of bankruptcies, evictions, and unpaid judgments. Screws up a t-shirt fundraiser?

    Where in the HELL is the local press? Pray their opponents are planning on getting this info out to the voting public, as the local papers are nothing more than a glorified HOA newsletter.

  2. Alan said on 20 Oct 2016 at 8:59 am:
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    And don’t forget Wolfe’s running mate Pamela Sebesky is known as a BULLY to parents who question ANYTHING about the school system, her standard line is we need more and more tax money to fix problems I helped create while on the school board. Then we have Rex Parr, a grumpy old rich guy who made A LOT of money running a non-profit that paid him very well, the board of that non- profit forced him out due to his abrasive management style. Patricia Richy Folkes will soon be a three time loser in local elections after this run.
    All in all not a very impressive line up democrats, better luck next time.

  3. Vindex said on 20 Oct 2016 at 11:50 am:
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    Here’s what I find laughable about the Dems: Their claim that we need to raise taxes and spend more money on schools and “green spaces” because the economy has recovered.

    Looks like the economy hadn’t recovered enough to help Mark Wolfe. He really NEEDS to get reelected, since he can’t afford to lose the tiny salary that comes with being an elected official, and he REALLY can’t afford to lose the ability to vote himself money in the form of public funding for the Manassas Ballet. While he claims that “He” doesn’t draw a salary, no mention as to what compensation his wife receives.

    Sebesky wants to take credit for all this progress in the schools. Metz is on the verge of anarchy, and she accepts no blame.

    Parr made a sizeable living off of the public trough. His company bid government contracts. Crony capitalist exhibit A. He’s another one pushing for raising taxes and spending on schools and green spaces.

    They need to spend this money on schools to fill up all those homes at Manassas Gateway, Mark Wolfe’s pet project. But Manassas Gateway is destroying actual woodland and wetland.

  4. Independent Voter said on 20 Oct 2016 at 1:57 pm:
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    the only hope for the dems now is that Sheryl Bass flips to democrat next election as everyone is predicting, results of this election may or may not change that

  5. Mr. Manassas said on 22 Oct 2016 at 1:13 am:
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    Rex Parr ran a business that took people with special needs and allowed them to work, to feel productive and earn an income to support themselves. A non-profit that was low bidder on contracts for the government. Would have rathered the Government pay more and not select the low bidder Didlake and that instead of these special needs people sitting ihome on Government assistants ?

    Binder, your an ignorant turd

  6. Pissed off Independent said on 24 Oct 2016 at 2:35 pm:
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    Ellen Purdy who resigned from the Manassas City School board will be speaking at the City Council tonight at 7:30, regarding a healthy work place. If you want to see what great information she has for the council on the bullying that goes on in the school system, you might want to attend. Ask yourself, why do we have so many people who leave our schools, both students and teachers and our “front office”, the school board and the superintendent are the biggest bullies around. Bring popcorn, the show is about to begin!

  7. School boy said on 25 Oct 2016 at 1:24 pm:
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    I watched her on tv, POI but she was not as clear as I would have hoped, start naming names!

  8. POI said on 25 Oct 2016 at 4:00 pm:
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    Pam Sebesky and Tim Demeria are known to bully teachers and parents. Makes me want to vomit when they talk about anti-bullying to children, they ran me and my kid out of town.

  9. Doug Brown said on 25 Oct 2016 at 4:22 pm:
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    First, Metz is NOT in a state of anarchy. Last year they had some fights which were a source of concern. The current 8th grade class is overall a nice bunch of kids who reflect well on the parents, teachers and administrators, not including Central Office :-)

    Second, sorry to hear about Mark Wolfe’s personal misfortune, but given Steve Thomas’ devastating presentation the best thing Mark could do for the integrity of our local government is to resign.

    Third, the idea of electing someone who has ‘used’ another person’s SSN to city treasurer is something only the Democratic Party would openly attempt with no acknowledgement that there might be a problem with that.

  10. Mr. Manassas said on 25 Oct 2016 at 7:51 pm:
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    Greg,

    Mark Wolfe has a couple of businesses which one is Bankrupt or is this regarding him individually? When will you have files?

  11. Doug Brown said on 26 Oct 2016 at 7:51 am:
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    Whether Mark is bankrupt is only somewhat relevant. Yeah, if he has to resort to making a living taking kickbacks from developers for votes as a public official and engaged in that kind of activity that might be a matter of worth considering but I have no insider knowledge of that kind of activity on Mark’s part. Maybe the City staff or his fellow council members have some info ? If they do the FBI is right down the road, but really an even bigger issue is what Steve Thomas discusses in his linked statement above.

    Mark misrepresented himself in two previous elections as he asked the citizens of Manassas to be their representative. Claiming to be a Republican, he was in fact a Democrat pretending to be a Republican. It’s sad that he swindled Mr. Gregory out of his money, and maybe it was also illegal, but I’m sure it’s not the first time Mr. Gregory has been disappointed or snookered by a politician.

    What’s worse is that Mark Wolfe swindled the citizens of Manassas out of their votes. He stole their votes.

    Mark Wolf has spent his last two terms misrepresenting himself to the citizens of Manassas. Like the Democratic Party’s standard bearer in the Presidential election he likes to hold a private position on issues i.e., a Manassas Democratic position and a public position on issues, i.e., a Manassas Republican position. Now the citizens of Manassas find themselves in the ridiculous position of being asked by Mr. Wolfe to vote against two term Councilman Wolfe and vote for new term Councilman Wolfe.

    How dumb are we in Manassas? Meanwhile, Mark in a sane world might be better off on shrink’s couch rather than a seat in city council. Mark, Mark you’re running against yourself you can’t win. Stop the madness!

  12. Pissed off Independent said on 26 Oct 2016 at 11:21 am:
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    Mr. Manassas, Mark and his wife filed for personal bankruptcy on 10/5/2016. They are being represented by Robert (Bob) Wittenauer of Manassas. This is a public record in the Eastern District Bankruptcy court. Also, if you look at the Circuit Court records (i.e. claims over $4,500) in PWC, you will see that he has about a 1/2 dozen lawsuits against him. Some of these cases have been dismissed, some have had judgments placed against him and some are still active.

  13. Vindex said on 27 Oct 2016 at 3:33 am:
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    That’s right. Personal bankruptcy and over $1 MILLION in personal liabilities. Now we learn of multiple lawsuits and judgements against Mark Wolfe? Ashley Madison? Swindles an old man? This guy is a trainwreck and has no business deciding how to spend taxpayer money.
    Wait…didn’t Patricia Richie-Folks used to be the business manager at the Wolfe’s ballet? She went bankrupt. She has multiple lawsuits and outstanding judgements.

    Maybe she’s his financial advisor? She claims to have 35 years of financial experience when speaking to gullible voters. Mark Wolfe and Patricia Richie-Folks folks are 2 peas in a democrat pod.

  14. Vindex said on 27 Oct 2016 at 4:08 am:
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    Mark Wolfe is a real piece of work. Here are a couple of responses to some “hard hitting” questions from our local paper:

    PL: What expertise will you bring to the office?

    Wolfe: The expertise I bring in eight years of experience in doing the job coupled with over 35 years of business experience. This experience involves success in both the profit and non-profit sectors.

    PL: Do you feel that the average citizen is well informed and understands the workings of city government? If not, how do you intend on improving communication with your constituency? 

     

    Wolfe: Our citizens are not as fully informed or engaged about their local government as the could/should be. Many of our citizens have recently moved to Manassas and are not familiar with their government and the plans for the future of Manassas. The most impactful step that the City can take to improve the level of understanding and engagement is to involve the citizens in a broad-based input process for the Manassas strategic plan. This was last done in 2003. Think of how Manassas has changed since 2003. To have a positive future for Manassas it is imperative that all parts of the community are afforded the opportunity to be a part of this process.

     

    PL: Have you ever made any mistakes in your public life? How have they affected you?

     

    Wolfe: That we (and I) have at times been too slow to address important needs and opportunities confronting our community. A good example is a need for a Southside fire station. The City has known for years that the fire/rescue response times to much of our community to significantly above the recommended times and national standard. Yet it has taken the City years to begin to rectify the problem. I should have been more forceful in bringing this issue to head.

     

    No mention of a million dollar bankruptcy. No mention of Ashley Madison. No mention of stealing from an old man. Sad.

  15. Eagle Lover said on 27 Oct 2016 at 5:52 am:
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    Greg, how can we get this information out beyond this website?

  16. Doug Brown said on 28 Oct 2016 at 8:22 am:
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    School boy, et. al., start naming names? People need to step up openly and fight for what they believe is right. Ellen is not going to be able to do it be herself, she wasn’t able to do it on the school board by herself and she won’t be able to do it now. If more people don’t openly step up and voice their opposition the bullies in the Central Office and the School Board will win.

  17. school girl said on 28 Oct 2016 at 12:16 pm:
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    Thanks Doug but no one wants to come forward due to fear of reprisals against our kids, it is a very real concern. Ellen Purdy only brought it up as an issue after her kids were done with HS and she was resigning from the SB, I think a lot of us feel this same way. BTW, Suzanne Seaberg is also one of the bad ones FYI.

  18. Wong Li said on 29 Oct 2016 at 7:25 am:
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    So sorry Manasty but if you too dummy an elect demmycraps this time me moving

  19. Doug Brown said on 29 Oct 2016 at 8:59 am:
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    School girl,

    That’s sort of a sad statement. People can’t live in fear, it’s Un-American. People have to step up and defend themselves and their neighbors. Bullies a lot of times don’t even know they’re being bullies until they get popped in the nose. They can become remarkably reasonable people once they understand that certain lines can’t be crossed, i.e., messing with your kids.

  20. VOTERS-B-WARE said on 29 Oct 2016 at 9:51 am:
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    Honestly, Suzanne Seaberg is a great person and a great mom. I think she would be a good addition to the school board as long as she hasn’t gotten sucked into the Super’s henchmen group. My gut feeling is that most of these candidates have been pushed forward by the Super in order to get more $$ for the schools. Sebesky is attached at the hip to her and we know Dr. M and Parr are good buddies. I agree with school girl, no one wants to come forward because the passive aggressive bullies will take it out on our children.

  21. Anonymous said on 31 Oct 2016 at 7:23 am:
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    Nice mail piece this weekend on Ashley Madison’s Mr Adultery Mark Wolfe and his running mate Pam Da Bully Sebesky, shared it with my neighbors don’t you know. Finally the truth about these nasty perverts and money grabbing thugs is getting out. Where do I send money so you can do more mailings???

  22. Pot Meet Kettle said on 31 Oct 2016 at 9:46 am:
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    I find it funny all the faux anger over the mailer from some in the community. The truth is finally coming about on the crooked and bully democrats in this race.

    Manassas Votes has been spreading half truths about all the R candidates since day one and no one was bothered by that?

    Michael Youlon has been attacking Jon Way for being old and Mark Wolfe for being sleazy.

    Senator McPike spread lies about Mayor Parrish on gun control in the last senate race and that was ok with all the democrats in this town as well.

    Does the truth hurt democrats?

    Well hang on because I hear there is more coming soon.

  23. Vindex said on 31 Oct 2016 at 11:10 am:
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    “Manassas Votes has been spreading half truths about all the R candidates since day one and no one was bothered by that?”

    Manassas Votes has been spreading half-truths about their own organization, since its inception. They claimed to be a non-partisan group dedicated to increasing voter-participation in local elections. Really, they are a liberal/progressive front-group, funded by a couple of rich dems.

    But when you consider HRC’s corruption and lies, Luanne Bennett’s corruption and lies, Mark Wolfe, Pam Sebesky, Rexford Parr and Pat Richie-Folks simply fill-out the rogue’s gallery.

  24. Doug Brown said on 1 Nov 2016 at 8:23 am:
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    The truth about the Democratic Party? They are a Party which knows no boundaries. Ethical, moral, legal, geographical boundaries, nothing is real to them except what they say at the moment in their own self-interest. Being led by them is like being led by Dora in Nemo, except the impact on one’s community is more like a village raid in Apocalypto.

  25. Anonymous is a female said on 1 Nov 2016 at 10:26 am:
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    Please post the mailer in discussion and we can all judge for ourselves.

  26. Mr Manassas said on 1 Nov 2016 at 11:31 pm:
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    1:16-bk-13395 Mark D and Amy G Wolfe Bankruptcy

    Thanks Pissed of Independent

  27. Doug Brown said on 2 Nov 2016 at 7:19 am:
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    Manassas has been targeted for takeover by the Dems for years. It’s what political parties do. I think it is much bigger deal that Mark appears to have lied to the citizens of Manassas for years about his political loyalties and objectives. He stole their votes. His bankruptcy, big deal? Yeah and he has funneled public money to a slush tutu fund too. Ok, but isn’t stealing votes fundamentally more corrupt? You steal an earmark for the Arts, you corrupt the Arts. You steal votes and steal an election you potentially steal the entire budget and you steal the birthright of every citizen to have their voice in their governance.

    Speaking openly about voting in Manassas, our Registrar is being sued:

    http://thebullelephant.com/breaking-lawsuit-filed-against-two-va-voter-registrars-over-non-citizen-registrations/

  28. Vindex said on 2 Nov 2016 at 2:00 pm:
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    The whole damn Dem ticket is ethically bankrupt. Hillary and her emails. Bennett and her true residence. Mark Wolfe and his lies and bankruptcy. Richie-Folks and her bankruptcy judgments, lies about her resume. Sebesky and her bullying and covering up violence in the schools, and Rex Parr getting rich by underpaying disabled people and underbidding competitors who employ people with families to support.

    That’s what the Manassas Votes crowd wants to inflict on this city. Well, it’s not really a crowd. More like a group of Old Town/Old Money elites who sip their chardonnay and eat their Brie, while plotting to make Manassas just another urban outhouse in Northern Virginia.

  29. Tom said on 8 Nov 2016 at 11:10 pm:
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    so much for Mark Wolf being a loser. He was the top vote getter beating ALL the Republican candidates.

  30. Woodrow said on 9 Nov 2016 at 5:38 am:
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    But a low-life racketeering scum-bag nonetheless.

  31. Vindex said on 9 Nov 2016 at 8:12 am:
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    Tom,

    No one said that Mark Wolfe was a “loser”. He’s won GOP conventions, and general elections as both a Republican and a Democrat. What the results show is that many in Manassas either don’t know what a bankrupt cheating low-life Wolfe really is, or they don’t care. Considering they also voted to have low-life Ritchie-Folks as treasurer only reinforces this. Very sad for Manassas that so many are ignorant or don’t care about government that is trustworthy.

    Ian Lovejoy’s reelection will deny Wolfe the clear majority he needs to take over the City. So suck it.

  32. Mr. Manasas said on 10 Nov 2016 at 10:28 am:
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    Mark Wolfe was by far the top Vote Getter. The City Voters typically are pretty plugged in. Maybe what this proves is those of you who love to sling mud and call names instead of focusing on the issues are losers. Hiliary Clinton spent more Money talking about Trump than herself thats why she is a loser. I wish Wolfe would have lost and Parr would have won. Dont like or trust Folkes but the reality is you need to promote the name of the people you want not create recognition for those you dont…

  33. Son of immigrants said on 10 Nov 2016 at 10:42 am:
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    wolf is the teflon candidate. I don’t know why, but the city voters love him. Again.
    Take heart,There’s always 2020.

  34. Doug Brown said on 10 Nov 2016 at 10:52 am:
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    Vindex,

    I thought Tom was taunting this thread with “loser” in a wider sense, i.e., referring to Mark’s Bankruptcy, Ashley Madison stuff, Tutu slush funds, his 2 term impersonation of a Republican councilman, etc.,

    I’m not sure how relevant most of those issues are in relation to whether ‘he’s a loser’ or just has other issues he needs to deal with, as all people do.

    However, if he openly bragged to the local Democratic Party that he was really a Democrat when he went before the citizens of Manassas as a Republican for 2 terms, then yeah I’m sure saying he’s a loser for the reasons I mentioned above.

    Maybe we should start referring to ourselves as ‘Little Chicago’

    http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Candidate-Barred-From-Bench-Wins-Judge-Election-in-Illinois–400578261.html

  35. El Guapo said on 10 Nov 2016 at 12:50 pm:
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    Someone told me that Mark Wolfe filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy a couple of days ago. I haven’t verified it though.

  36. Doug Brown said on 10 Nov 2016 at 1:24 pm:
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    Mr. Manassas (?) is right that the personal animus towards Mark goes a little overboard at times, especially when people do it anonymously and it can detract from discussing the issues. But poor judgement and a lack of character in public service is an issue worth discussing openly, see President Hillary’s Inaugural Speech.

  37. Vindex said on 10 Nov 2016 at 3:18 pm:
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    “Someone told me that Mark Wolfe filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy a couple of days ago. I haven’t verified it though.”

    It’s a chapter 13, personal. Been verified. Docs are available via the Eastern District Bankruptcy court.

  38. Mr. Manassas said on 10 Nov 2016 at 6:17 pm:
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    Doug Brown, exactly right focus on the facts I am not saying he isn’t a dirtbag because he is but if you thorugh so much information at Voters it gets blurry. Time to focus on his record in office and unethical tactics on the Council like failure to recuse himself when his business is involved.

    Does anyone have the link to the actual documents to see Wolfe’s Chapter 13 Debtors.

  39. Vindex said on 11 Nov 2016 at 11:03 am:
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    “if you thorugh so much information at Voters it gets blurry.”

    The problem is insidenova, Potomac Local, and Manassas Observer all chose to ignore this information, even when it was known. Just like the national media, the local media is in-the-tank for the Democrats.

  40. Michael said on 11 Nov 2016 at 1:53 pm:
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    A solution is coming

  41. Doug Brown said on 12 Nov 2016 at 11:34 am:
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    Mr. Manassas,

    I wouldn’t say Mark is “a dirtbag.” :-) He’s a smart guy it would be nice to see him use his smarts in a less self-serving way , more ethical way.

  42. Trailer Park Boy said on 14 Nov 2016 at 11:09 am:
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    So Michael Youlen you will continue with your hit pieces? Maybe if you bothered to show at a council meeting or debate we could see your face. How does last place feel to you?

  43. Doug Brown said on 15 Nov 2016 at 8:53 am:
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    All three hit pieces that showed up in print on Ellis, Way and Wolfe were cheap shots and pretty counterproductive.

    The one on Way was the equivalent of a sucker punch on a grandfather. Youlen owes Way a public apology, he’ll never get beyond punk hood, as an aspiring local leader, without it.

  44. AnnoyedCitizen said on 6 Dec 2016 at 12:44 am:
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    Manassas Ballet received $50,000 from PWC Arts funding…monies from Manassas AND state and federal funding for his wife’s mediocre Ballet company.
    Ritchie-Folks was on his payroll and represented the Ballet in the community.
    When does it stop? When will people open their eyes and see that this man is a crook and a con man living off taxpayers money???

  45. AnnoyedCitizen said on 6 Dec 2016 at 10:05 am:
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    Oh correction it was ‘only’ $45,000 and apparently they complained about it to the County….I guess the $45,000 doesn’t cover Amy Wolfes salary. Wonder why they are bankrupt when they are talking about buying the Cramer Building in Manassas????
    And this is a city council member.

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