by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:
When the politicians on taxpayer funded salaries sit around and discuss which businesses to keep open and which businesses to shut down, they never consider limiting their salaries or cutting their funding. They simply force people out of business and offer nothing in return. In states that do offer some relief to shuddered businesses, the programs fall far short of the mark for small business owners, enrich already large corporations, or as the following case illustrates, puts millions in the pockets of murders, rapists, and child traffickers — some of whom are on death row.
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Scott Peterson, convicted of killing his wife and unborn son, Cary Stayner, convicted of murdering two woman and children, and Isauro Aguirre, convicted of torturing an 8-year-old girl to death, all have two things in common. The first thing they have in common is that they are all on death row in California prisons. The second thing these disgusting monsters have in common is that they, along with murderers, rapists, and human traffickers in 35 California prisons, received pandemic relief amounting to over $140 million.
The LA Times reported that this was “the most significant fraud on taxpayer funds in California history,” according to a letter obtained by The Times.
“It is a manifest problem that cannot be ignored, and the governor needs to take steps to address it,” said McGregor Scott, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of California.
Prosecutors told the Times that the fraud is entirely and easily preventable and they asked Gov. Newsom to step in and “turn off the spigot” of payments to incarcerated people. However, according to Sacramento County Dist. Atty. Anne Marie Schubert, who helped form and lead a task force on the issue, the Employment Development Department (EDD), seems unconcerned with the problem.
“EDD, it’s just a dysfunctional mess,” said El Dorado County Dist. Atty. Vern Pierson.
Schubert and Dist. Atty. Cynthia Zimmer of Kern County said the alleged fraud was taking multiple forms; some claims may have been submitted by inmates directly or by family and friends to whom they gave their personal information. Other inmates may be unwitting victims, according to the Times.
Adding to the insidious nature of giving violent felons millions of dollars is the fact that some of them are using this money to post million dollar bail amounts and get out.
According to the report, in total, nearly a billion dollars was paid out fraudulently through the relief system.
“The murderers and rapists and human traffickers should not be getting this money,” said Schubert. “It needs to stop.”
We agree. Had the government implemented the easy security practices, the fraud would have been minimal. Instead, those who wanted to exploit the system were able to steal money from people who desperately need it in a situation that’s akin to taking candy from a baby. In fact, it is so easy, that even though this investigation was launched, the fraud continues.
“Really, at this point stopping the bleed is the most important thing, because the fraud is continuing,” said Fresno County Dist. Atty. Lisa Smittcamp, who has found about 860 questionable claims from inmates at Pleasant Valley State Prison, amounting to about $3.6 million. “These are just random cash cards they are sending out, and they are being completely irresponsible with taxpayer money.”
Had Newsom’s office devoted more resources to relief packages and less time to enforcing ridiculous Thanksgiving police state measures, perhaps child murdering rapists wouldn’t have been able to steal such a massive amount of money.