Posts Tagged ‘fraud’

Stolen Valor Act…

November 10, 2011

All I can say is WOW!!! 

First a little background.  Here is an article on Big Peace.  A few quotes:

“A federal judge in Maryland ruled in August that the Stolen Valor Act of 2005 was unconstitutional and dismissed the case against Aaron Lawless, an Iraq War veteran from Gothenburg…”

“…Lawless claimed to have won four Purple Hearts, two Bronze Star Medals and a Silver Star Medal. As a result of those claims, gun manufacturer Glock gave Lawless an award in 2008 along with plane tickets to Las Vegas, hotel accommodations and two pistols.”

“But federal officials who investigated Lawless’ claims found they were false…”

“Lawless’ attorneys, James Wyda and Susan Bauer, argued the act violates constitutional rights to free speech because it can be applied to mistakes and bragging.”

Notice, the Lawyers did NOT argue that their client Mr. Lawless did NOT lie about having the metals.  They argued that the law is unconstitutional and that their client should be allowed to LIE!!!

Here is an article from the MilitaryTimes and one from ArmyTimes and one from FoxNews and one from USAToday for more information about other cases.

Now, this morning I read this article from FoxNews.  A few quotes from the article:

“A Delaware man convicted of fraud for faking his way into Harvard”

“Prosecutors said he got into Harvard by falsely claiming that he had attended the exclusive Phillips Academy prep school in Andover and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.”

“Adam Wheeler, 25, was sentenced last year to 2 1/2 years in jail and 10 years on probation for identity fraud and other charges.”

So to recap.  It is against the law to LIE and say you went to a Prep School, BUT it is OK to LIE and say you received honors from the Military!! 

Does anyone else see ANY problem with our “Justice” system??? 

Why can’t we have a law that just says it is a punishable offense to LIE.  That’s it.  Nothing more, nothing less.  I bet EVERYONE could understand that law, also!!

Fraud, Waste and Abuse of Tax Dollars…..

September 21, 2011

Today there are a few stories about Fraud, Waste and Abuse in our government.

From the Daily Caller:

“But in October 2010, Gregory H. Friedman, Inspector General at the Department of Energy, issued a scathing report on Illinois’ weatherization program funded with stimulus dollars. Among his findings were that 14 out of 15 “weatherized” homes failed final inspection because of poor workmanship and 12 out of 15 homes contained substandard work that could have “resulted in significant property damage or injury to the homeowners.”

That means that the government PAID someone to “fix something” and LESS THAN 10% passed FINAL INSPECTION!!!

or from the Daily Mail:

“At a single Washington, D.C., conference, the department spent $4,200 on 250 muffins — more than $16 apiece, a shocking report has revealed.”

$16 PER MUFFIN!!!

and a video from FoxNews.

I have a nice simple solution to this obvious fraud, waste and abuse.  I want to know, BY NAME and picture the people that approved these monies.  EVERYONE that was responsible from the TOP all the way down to the last person that signed for the work.  Post their name and photo on the Government Fraud, Waste and Abuse website.  Also, ANY CONTRACTOR that “did” the work should have a review done that shows their “incompetence”!!  We should demand that these names and pictures be shown on all news programs as they become available. 

Privacy, you say??  These people WORK FOR US, they need to be held accountable.  In fact, if their name shows up on the list more than 3 times, all responsibility for disbursing funds should be removed and they should be demoted to JANITOR!!!  There is 9.1% unemployment.  I am sure, that some of those people would do a better job!!

Entering a Federal Building under False pretenses…..

February 1, 2010

This article from Big Government has gotten me thinking….

The article is called Possible O’Keefe Explanation: He was an ACORN ‘Secret Shopper’.  The part that really intrigues me is the brief description of a Law that was allegedly broken.  It states:

The relevant portion is 18USC § 1036 , which states:

Whoever, by any fraud or false pretense, enters or attempts to enter—
(1) any real property belonging in whole or in part to, or leased by, the
United States;(bold is mine)

shall be punished as provided in subsection (b) of this section.

(b) The punishment for an offense under subsection (a) of this section is—
(1) a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more than 10 years, or
both, if the offense is committed with the intent to commit a felony; or
(2) a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or
both, in any other case.

Now follow along with my thinking.  If anyone enters, or attempts to enter, a Federal Building (i.e. the White House, the Senate Building, The House of Representatives, etc.) under false pretenses, or fraud, they are breaking this law

Does this mean, say for instance, if an elected official enters a federal building in order to help themselves and their friends, instead of the people they represent, that they are breaking the law.  Or, if someone were to lie in order to get elected, and then enters a federal building, where they break their “promises”, that they are breaking the law.  Or, if someone were to cheat on their taxes while being paid in one of these federal buildings, they are breaking this law as well.

I’m just askin’….