Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The System Is Broken.

Okay, can someone explain to me how this next story can happen in today's society? Honestly?

"Millionaire" Welfare Fraud Couple Caught: Police
The couple who went on the run after they were accused of welfare fraud while living on a luxury yacht were taken into custody in South Florida Tuesday, authorities said.

Colin and Andrea Chisholm were arrested in the area of Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale Police said. No other details of their arrest were immediately known.
Three million in the bank, and yet they applied for, and received, welfare benefits in not one but two states. Quite frankly, I'd be shocked if MN and FL were the only states they were receiving benefits in. Something tells me this story is going to get bigger. $165K over seven years doesn't sound like a lot of money, but when you consider that they were totally ineligible for it, and they were potentially depriving folks who could have used it from the funds, it is a big deal.

I find it interesting that, in an age where the NSA can and does spy on citizens at will, when our every move is tracked online, when they can go through our e-mails and phone calls with impunity, that it takes the better part of a decade to catch a millionaire scamming public assistance. Rather than sending the IRS after Tea Party groups in a petty display of imperial whim (yet Christie closed down lanes on a bridge? OFF WITH HIS HEAD!), why not audit this couple? I'll bet dollars to doughnuts they didn't declare all of their income, so let's use that punitive agency for good for once.

It does make me wonder exactly what someone would have to do to get turned down for assistance...

That is all.


Armed Texan said...

The IRS has priorities like any institution. Like almost any bureaucracy they are going to support, or at least not bite, the hand that feeds it.

Now, Tea Party people tend to vote for smaller government and a smaller IRS/tax code if not outright abolishment. Welfare sponges, whether eligible or not, tend to vote for more taxes and therefore a larger IRS. Priorities.

Chris said...

All the spying, monitoring, etc., is pretty much for after-the-fact prosecution. None of that crap is pro-active, only re-active. (Tsarnaev brothers, yes?)

If a particular government agency decides it wants to get someone, they will dig through the haystacks until they find stuff to pad the list of charges. Being able to figure out who is committing the worst "Three Felonies a Day"? Not so much.

Nashville Beat said...

Your comment about the crooks taking resources that real poor people need reminds me of back in the dark ages when I prosecuted a welfare fraud conspiracy in DC. The lead defendant filed for and obtained benefits for a child that never entered the country. The public defender hired a consultant to help pick a jury. To their amazement, we were selecting the same people, for the most part - welfare mothers. I argued in closing that the defendant was, in effect, stealing the food from the mouths of poor children. The jury convicted her and her co-defendants in less than an hour, and the judge maxed out the lead defendant. Progressives are always surprised when people don't conform to their class warfare prejudices.