The Borris Miles (D) Candidate Resume Fraud File
D-Officeholder Caught Omitting Ownership In Businesses Linked To Public Contract Awards
Borris Miles ran unopposed as the incumbent in the 2016 Democratic primary for Harris County's State Representative District 146, but not without a resume fraud controversy. This past April, the Houston Chronicle reported that Miles had to re-file and correct his personal financial statement with the Texas Ethics Commission to show Miles' ownership in three businesses he had previously, and repeatedly over the years, not disclosed.
The omission is partly at the heart of a multi-million dollar insider public contracting controversy involving scrutiny of Miles and his various business interests. This scrutiny includes Miles' current role as a subcontractor on a pending insurance bid on a public contract with the City of Houston on its $1.5 billion expansion of the George Bush International Airport. Houston's new Mayor Sylvester Turner has said the first round of awarded bids on the Airport project, including one awarded to Miles' group (which was the highest bid submitted)— will all be rebid.
The Chronicle also noted that in 2009 "a Harris County jury acquitted Miles on two counts of deadly conduct. In one incident, Miles was accused of showing a pistol and threatening a Texas Southern University regent and his his wife… In the other Miles was accused of… planting a 'kiss of death' on the cheeks of a local businessman, handing him a pistol, and declaring, 'You don't know what I'm capable of doing.'"
State Rep. Miles did not disclose business ownerships