A wonderful graphic created by Crains.
More than 1,100 people have collected nearly $2 million in unemployment benefits while they were in county jails or state prisons, including $43,000 that went to a person in the Cook County Jail, a state agency said Tuesday.
Now they may face state or federal criminal fraud charges as well as having to repay what they shouldn’t have taken in the first place, said Greg Rivara, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
In Cook County alone, there were 296 inmates tied to $722,689 in wrongful payments. In Will County, 21 inmates collected $85,159. Lake County was another leader with 20 inmates collecting $84,533, the agency said.
via Chicago Tribune.
WT…?! You couldn’t make this stuff up.
#1. Where are the two wonder-twins of justice in this? Nothing from Lisa Madigan or Anita Alvarez? Why? Where have they been?
#2. Who the hell is running this agency? Jail and prison records are actually a matter of public record. You’re telling me no one ever bothered to cross-check the payouts against another public record?
#3. It kinda makes you wonder how much fraud is really going on in the system. After all, The Machine has their corrupt friends running all these agencies there is really no limit to how much might be missing.
Certainly not last… This is just another fine example as to why any service run by the government is doomed to ultimately doomed to fail. People are incentivized to cheat the system. But government employees are also incentivized to get as many people as possible into the system so they can justify their jobs and get more jobs and thus become more politically powerful. As such, no one is watching the money.
The government that works the least is most often the government that works best.
A lot of anger in the rank and file because Barack Obama is not handing out the typical “street money” to hire thugs to work the precincts and intimidate black voters into showing up at the polls. Obama’s balking at the $2 million that would cost because the campaign can’t afford to spend it.
This could cost him enough votes in Cook County for Romney to win it…and thus the state.
Sound incredible? It is. That’s true. But a lack of street money makes this possible if not probable.
This is not exactly a shakedown but it is another common occurrence on the Chicago’s West Side (and I understand the South too.) I’ve seen it first hand in a local race… it’s bizarre.
Kevin DuJan has excellent sources. If he says this appears to be a problem then it’s going to be a problem.