With apologies, the Dumbplumber has been negligent in posting to his blog. You see, he has been busy investigating, documenting and exposing a low level government bureaucrat, who is systematically plundering and squandering tax and ratepayer money. And he is trying to get it back. You would think this would be easy….Right?
Wrong. No matter how blatant the evidence (meeting minutes), no matter how damning (clear and blatant disregard for the law), no matter how long the offense (going on eight years), no matter how big the loss (well over $1 million dollars), there seems to be little appetite to STOP the poorly concealed, incompetent bureaucrat from continuing the practice.
If these acts were by an individual, they would be prosecuted as a continuing criminal enterprise. If it were by a group of individuals, it would be pursued under the RICO (Racketeer, Influence, Corrupt Organization) Act. But since it is a micro-State agency (2 employees), it is viewed as a force to be reckoned with. Indeed, attempts by at least one of the ‘governed’ to make the agency do its job has led to tens of thousands in extra-ordinary expenses, but with no results. Now THAT is your government at its worst!
Not only has the offending agency been plundering their flock for years, they do so without producing one page of required, mandated reporting for most of them. And yet they demand their dues the same time every year without shame of offense. You would think once you made these facts available to the injured cities, districts and the media, there would be a quick response with appropriate outrage and zeal for an end to the fleecing. You would be wrong again!
After more than 3 months of presenting this theft of public money to the highest losers among the offended, I am awaiting a legal declaration by the lawyers of the victims to decide if the specific State Codes are indeed being violated. Nevermind that an Eighth grader could figure it out in about 5 minutes.
So, as we speak, the offending bureaucrat is receiving a six figure salary and benefit package, under the myopic gaze of those tasked with ending the theft.
Yes, if you’re going to go into the fraud business, there is no better place than the government sanctioned and protected kind of fraud. We are so Screwed.