When it introduced its readers to Braswell, the Joplin Globe referred to him as a man who helped develop the Kansas City Power & Light District, as well as the Zona Rosa shopping district in North Kansas City.
Those accomplishments date back several years, however, back to a time when Braswell was connected by marriage to one of Kansas City's most powerful figures, former Mayor Charles Wheeler, his father-in-law.
The past decade has not been a good one for the Wallace-Bajjali COO. His marriage to Marion Wheeler ended in a contentious divorce in 2006, Braswell's major Kansas City projects dried up, for most of the past decade he has failed to pay his state taxes on time, and he has been convicted twice on charges of driving while intoxicated.
Braswell has also had his wages at Wallace-Bajjali garnished to help pay off a civil suit.
The Missouri Department of Revenue filed its most recent tax lien against Braswell on October 31, according to online court records.
Braswell failed to pay his 2010 taxes, amounting to $5,639.19.
Apparently, he had just caught up with his previous tax bills. In 2013, the DOR hit Braswell with a lien for $29,031.48 in taxes he had failed to pay in 2007, 2008, and 2009.
A 2010 lien shows a judgment against Braswell for $36,880.31 in taxes he failed to pay in 2004 and 2006.
Driving While Intoxicated
Braswell's record also includes a pair of convictions for driving while intoxicated. Court records show the Kansas City Police Department stopped him for DWI and driving while revoked on March 31, 2007.
Though it was his second DWI conviction in less than a year, Braswell's sentence was suspended and he was placed on supervised probation for two years. The court records indicate that he successfully completed that probationary period in August 2010, despite an order for probation suspension being issued August 28, 2008.
Court records do not indicate what the suspected violation was, but do show that it most likely was never dealt with by the court.
Braswell's probation violation was rescheduled nine times, according to court records, and warrants for his arrest were issued twice. The day Braswell finally appeared in court was the day he was released from probation.
The first DWI arrest for Braswell occurred on May 26, 2006, when the Highway Patrol stopped him in Independence. He pleaded guilty to both the DWI charge and to a charge of driving a motorcycle when he was not licensed to do so.
On April 12, 2007, Braswell was given a suspended sentence and placed on probation for two years. The suspended sentence was handed down less than two weeks after the Kansas City Police had stopped Braswell for driving while drinking.
Court records show that Braswell was successfully sued by the law firm that represented him during his dissolution. Bernstein, Rodarte, and Hathaway won a judgment for $4,820.77. Whether Braswell has paid that amount is not clear, but the court records say that information is "not yet on file." The court ruling was made in September 2008.
On June 13, 2007, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Charles E. Atwell ruled that Braswell had to pay $97,500 on a promissory note to Red Brokerage LLC.
Red Brokerage has had a difficult time collecting that money and had to take action to have Braswell's wages garnished, both at Crossland Construction, where he worked before and at Wallace-Bajjali.
The most recent garnishment, for the Wallace-Bajjali wages, was issued September 19, according to court records.
Audra Kamin of the business Shaken and Stirred in Overland Park was awarded a $2,460.90 judgment against Braswell in small claims court. His wages at Country Club Bank were garnished to pay what he owed.
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