Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Oh, Yeah, That Will Teach Them...

Stretch sends in this story of municipal employees behaving badly. And by "badly" I of course mean feloniously...

D.C. says more than 300 city workers involved in unemployment scandal
The District said Monday that hundreds of city workers took nearly $2 million in fraudulent unemployment benefits, a scandal that roiled the D.C. government earlier this year and prompted widespread firings and criminal charges.

Lisa Mallory, the director of the D.C. Department of Employment Services, told the D.C. Council that her agency had detected $1.9 million in overpayments to District workers who collected unemployment benefits while on the city's payroll.
They've managed to recoup about half of the money fraudulently doled out, and have some employees on schedules to pay some more back. The story lists exactly two employees who were punished criminally; one was sentenced to 45 days and another was given a suspended sentence. This is for stealing multiple thousands of dollars. Nothing like coming down hard on the lawbreakers!

It absolutely floors me that any of these people are not in prison, let alone still have jobs. It is positively mind-boggling that someone could collect unemployment benefits while on the city payroll - heck, it's astonishing that there's not a way to cross-reference names so this doesn't happen routinely. It is nothing short of moronic that something like this could happen in this day and age of computers and tracking.

Then again, nothing that happens in DC could surprise me...

That is all.


Old NFO said...

It IS SC... nuff said!

Ancient Woodsman said...

Every one of them needs to be forced to wear a shirt 24-hours a day that says, "I'm the 47% Mitt warned you about".

Stretch said...

When Mayor-for-life Marion Barry was in rehab (or was it prison?) the office was held by Sharron Pratt Kelly. One of her first acts was to suspend direct deposit of paychecks to teachers. Teachers had to sign for the check in person. With photo ID.
Well over 100 checks were unclaimed. The accounts the checks were deposited to were often held by bogus people ... or people in DC's personnel department. Didn't even TRY to hide their trail.

To no one's surprise Ms Kelly didn't win re-election. The unions backed her opposition.

Don F said...

Sounds like Boston to me...

Don F

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Anonymous said...

(SNL replay)

Interviewer - So, I understand you wrote a book?

Marion Barry - No, I WAS booked!

Isn't the entire district more crooked than a dog's hind leg?


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