Food stamps are paying for trans-Atlantic takeout — with New Yorkers using taxpayer-funded benefits to ship food to relatives in Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Welfare recipients are buying groceries with their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards and packing them in giant barrels for the trip overseas, The Post found.
The practice is so common that hundreds of 45- to 55-gallon cardboard and plastic barrels line the walls of supermarkets in almost every Caribbean corner of the city.
The feds say the moveable feasts go against the intent of the $86 billion welfare program for impoverished Americans.
Can we now admit that the system is broken?
Why is this not national news? When are the taxpayers going to wake up and start demanding better?
Illinois broke federal securities laws in misstating the true health of the state’s depleted pension funds when going out onto the bond market between 2005 and early 2009, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced Monday. …
The finding of securities fraud doesn’t subject the state to any fines or penalties but amounts to a warning to potential investors about the state’s past financial misdeeds.
The action focuses mostly on misstatements made during impeached ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s administration, though Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration wasn’t spared entirely in the federal order.
“Municipal investors are no less entitled to truthful risk disclosures than other investors,” said George S. Canellos, Acting Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement in a prepared statement.
“Time after time, Illinois failed to inform its bond investors about the risk to its financial condition posed by the structural underfunding of its pension system,” Canellos said.
via Sun-Times Politics.
Wow!! So, the article says (twice) that there are no fines or penalties that go with this… But what the article doesn’t say is that the State is now subject to a civil suit by bond-holders.
Q: Where was Lisa Madigan while this was happening?
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.