OIG Semi-Annual Audit Results That You NEVER Knew Occurred.
This article is a series compiled by Lisa Evans Rockwell into the OIG Audits into a large variety of departments. Each is broken down by individual audits and highlights of findings are provided. Each comprehensive audit is included in link at end of each section.
Between October 1, 2017–March 31, 2018 something very interesting was happening.
The IG was AUDITING THE TREASURY!
This was a SEMI ANNUAL audit. There’s another one going on right now.
In the first audit, the work by the Office of Investigations resulted in 33 arrests, 35 indictments, and 21 convictions. What else was in the Report the IG handed to Congress?
🚨The United States MINT GOT AUDITED!😲
👉Financial Management: Audit of the United States Mint’s Schedules of Custodial Deep Storage Gold and Silver Reserves as of September 30, 2017 and 2016 (OIG-18-003, 10/24/2017
🚨The GOLD RESERVES GOT AUDITED!😲
👉Financial Management: Audit of the Department of the Treasury’s Schedules of United States Gold Reserves Held by Federal Reserve Banks as of September 30, 2017 and 2016 (OIG-18-007, 10/31/2017)
That’s not all this Report tells us.
THE IG CAUGHT A LEAKER TOO.
“The complainant alleged that a senior staff member at a Treasury bureau may have released information regarding the existence of a DOJ and Treasury OIG investigation.”
💥Substantiated and Referred to DOJ for Prosecution💥
WHO instructed all these Audits to take place?
THIS GUY! Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin👊
All this was going on AND NO ONE KNEW ABOUT IT.
The Swamp IS being drained! First you have to discover the crime, then you deal the punishment.
It’s ALL getting cleaned up, one Department at a time.
Just like Candidate Trump said…’EVERY DEPARTMENT WILL BE AUDITED’.👊
Source – Lisa Evans Rockwell
READ THE WHOLE 87 PAGE REPORT HERE
Semiannual Report to Congress, October 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018, Office of Inspector General, Department of the Treasury
During this semiannual reporting period, the Office of Audit issued 56 products. The office also identified $130,668 in monetary benefits. Work by the Office of Investigations resulted in 33 arrests, 35 indictments, and 21 convictions. Some of our more significant results for the period are described below:
- Independent public accounting firms, working under contracts with and supervised by of our Office of Audit, issued unmodified opinions on the Department of the Treasury’s (Treasury) consolidated financial statements and the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council’s financial statements for fiscal year 2017.
- Treasury’s Office of Budget and Travel potentially violated the Antideficiency Act by disbursing more than the Departmental Office’s available fund balance with Treasury; incurring obligations and expenditures prior to the respective reimbursable agreements being signed; and using fiscal year 2016 funds for fiscal year 2015 costs related to reimbursable services provided to Departmental Office customers.
- Two funds in Arkansas’ Seed and Angel Capital Network venture capital program, New Road Ventures, LLC and Virtual Incubation Company Investor Network, misused a total of $130,668 of State Small Business Credit Initiative funds on four investments because the investments were in violation of conflict of interest rules in place at the time they were made.
- Our joint investigation with Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations, revealed a repeat offender involved in a sovereign citizen scheme who opened a bank account and attempted to deposit a fictitious $300 million “Indemnity Bond” purported to be a valid instrument issued by Treasury. The suspect was indicted for Fictitious Obligations.
- Our investigation revealed the theft of $37 million in Treasury checks from the U.S. Postal Service. The checks were stolen by contract employees, hired by the post office. To date, the investigation has identified 24 subjects. Two arrest warrants and a search warrant have been executed.
- Our investigation determined that a former Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Bank Examiner and two co-conspirators engaged in a scheme to defraud a movie financing company. The Vice President of a bank, a former Bank Examiner, used his position to assist two subjects with stealing $2.5 million from the company by depositing funds into escrow accounts. The three subjects were sentenced from 30 weekends to 30 months in prison, 12 to 36 months of probation, and to a total of more than $1.5 million in restitution, forfeiture, and fines.
With Trump talking about FARMING so much lately, and with the new Trade deal w/ Mexico, let’s see what Sec. Sonny Perdue has been doing to clean up corruption over at the Dept. of Agriculture.
Now, I am ONLY POSTING ONE EXAMPLE OF FRAUD AND THEFT FOR EA Agriculture DEPT THE IG AUDITED!
I will post the whole 144 page report you can read at the bottom of this post.
The Dept. of Agriculture went through their Semi Annual Audit.
From Oct. 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018, The IG found the following:
The Office of Audit issued 23 final and interim reports that resulted in 105 recommendations and $14.5 million in questioned/unsupported costs or funds to be put to better use.
Our Office of Investigations reported 217 arrests, 280 indictments, and 272 convictions, as well as $84.9 million in recoveries and restitutions. IN A 6 MONTH PERIOD!👊
First up, The SNAP Program
The first example of FRAUD the IG reported was 1 Convenience store trafficked MORE THAN 3.4 MILLION in SNAP Benefits in one year. 1 STORE!!😲
👉In U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, the owners of a convenience store in Orlando, Florida, were sentenced in December 2017 for trafficking SNAP benefits.
The investigation disclosed that the two owners gave customers cash, alcoholic beverages, and tobacco products in exchange for SNAP benefits. The owners pled guilty to wire fraud and were sentenced to 33 months in prison, followed by 24 months of supervised release. They were also ordered to pay joint restitution totaling $3.4 million.
To see ALL the Prosecutions the Dept of Agriculture has racked up over at the DOJ with AG Session’s, GO HERE👇
Next up, The RMA Crop Insurance Program
👉We reviewed the adequacy of a pilot program that delivers crop insurance for pistachios based on actual production history. We found that four of the five producer claim files from one approved insurance provider (AIP) did not contain the required evidence to support the paid insurance indemnities. As a result, we found that nearly $7.7 million of indemnity payments paid to these four producers were questionable. 😲
Next up, The USDA
👉An investigation into construction contracts issued under programs designed to create set-aside Federal contracts for small businesses uncovered a massive fraud scheme in South Carolina.
Using nominee owners, the subjects of this investigation conspired to create seemingly eligible contractors that actually operated under the control of a few ineligible businesses. They received more than $165 million in set-aside contracts to which they were not entitled from USDA, the Department of Defense, and other Federal agencies.
In total, seven individuals and two companies were indicted for varying offenses including misprision of felony, wire fraud, conspiracy, false statements, and major fraud against the Government. 😲
To date, six individuals have pled guilty and been sentenced in U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, to terms ranging from 36 months of probation to 24 months in prison. Additionally, 29 individuals and entities have been suspended from doing business with the Government, pending the final outcome, and one corporation has paid a $500,000 fine👊
So a quick recap: In a 6 MONTH period, there were:
Number of people referred to DOJ criminal:
170 Number of people referred for prosecution federally in FY 2018 first half👊
Number of people referred to DOJ criminal
170 Number of people referred for prosecution federally in FY 2018 first half👊
Number of people referred to State/ local authorities
116 Number of people referred to State/local authorities in FY 2018 first half👊
Secretary Sonny Perdue and the OIG are doing a FABULOUS JOB Cleaning up the Dept of Agriculture!!
There is SO much happening that the Media WILL NEVER TELL YOU ABOUT.
IF the media told the truth about what Trump’s Administration IS accomplishing, there would be NO ‘FENCE SITTER’S’, Trump would be at a 95% Approval rating and the [main stream] media would be delegated to the Trash Heap. Where they belong.
Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General Semi-Annual Report to Congress First Half October 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018
Message from the INSPECTOR GENERAL This Semiannual Report to Congress covers the 6-month period ending March 31, 2018, and summarizes the most significant accomplishments of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Inspector General (OIG). During this period, our office has worked extensively with the Department, Congress, and other Federal agencies to safeguard the integrity and efficiency of USDA programs and investigate those who allegedly abuse them.
During this 6-month period, our Office of Audit issued 23 final and interim reports that resulted in 105 recommendations and $14.5 million in questioned/unsupported costs or funds to be put to better use. Our Office of Investigations reported 217 arrests, 280 indictments, and 272 convictions, as well as $84.9 million in recoveries and restitutions. We also received 7,353 complaints through our OIG Hotline during this period.
Let’s SEE what the Semi Annual Audit of the Dept of Energy uncovered.
The Audit covers the time period of October 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.
The Audit uncovered $718,579,950 in missing/unaccounted for funds!
The Audit resulted in the opening of 196 Investigations.
Because of those Investigations the IG was able to RECOVER $83,863,696!!
15 people TO DATE have been prosecuted because of this Audit.
Some Highlight’s of the Audit:
👉Guilty Pleas in Theft of Government Property Investigation 👉Two former Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) contractor employees pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California to a one-count Information charging Theft of Government Property. Both former LBNL contractor employees entered into Post-Plea Diversion Agreements and each agreed to pay restitution separately in the amounts of $11,109 and $28,855. As reported in the September 30, 2017, Semiannual Report to Congress, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California filed an Information charging the two former LBNL contractor employees with one count of Theft of Government Property. The investigation determined both of the former LBNL contractor employees stole scrap copper wire from LBNL valued at approximately $39,000 and sold the copper wire for personal gain. The OIG took possession of $21,381 in cash after one of the former LBNL contractor employees admitted that the money..
👉 Indictment, Arrest and Guilty Plea in Major Fraud, Wire Fraud and Money Laundering Investigation
👉A Federal Grand Jury in the District of New Mexico indicted a former Sandia National Laboratories contractor procurement officer on one count of Major Fraud against the United States, three counts of Wire Fraud, and seven counts of Money Laundering. Subsequently, the former procurement officer was arrested by OIG agents and pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico to one count of Wire Fraud and one count of Money Laundering. The investigation determined the former procurement officer engaged in a scheme to direct a $2.3 million Sandia contract to a company surreptitiously created and controlled by the
👉Guilty Plea and Notices of Suspension and Proposals for Debarment in Conspiracy to Defraud the Government Investigation
👉The president of a prospective Department contractor pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California to a violation of Conspiracy to Defraud the Government. As reported in the September 30, 2017, Semiannual Report to Congress, a Federal Grand Jury returned an eight-count Indictment against eight individuals for engaging in a contract bid-rigging scheme at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, California. The Indictment included charges of Receiving a Bribe, False Statements, Conspiracy to Receive a Bribe, and Conspiracy to Defraud the United States. The investigation determined multiple individuals representing multiple companies conspired to manipulate a contract award through bid-rigging for the renovation of a building at the LBNL to ensure a specific developer was awarded the contract in exchange for financial reward or construction work from that developer. The eight indicted individuals and five or their respective companies
👉Guilty Pleas in Theft of Government Property Investigation 👉Two former Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) contractor employees pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California to a one-count Information charging Theft of Government Property. Both former LBNL contractor employees entered into Post-Plea Diversion Agreements and each agreed to pay restitution separately in the amounts of $11,109 and $28,855. As reported in the September 30, 2017, Semiannual Report to Congress, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California filed an Information charging the two former LBNL contractor employees with one count of Theft of Government Property. The investigation determined both of the former LBNL contractor employees stole scrap copper wire from LBNL valued at approximately $39,000 and sold the copper wire for personal gain. The OIG took possession of $21,381 in cash after one of the former LBNL contractor employees admitted that the money.
More BEHIND THE SCENES SWAMP DRAINING!
WHO Instructed this Audit take place?
Sec Rick Perry!
Thanks to the Leadership of Secretary Rick Perry the Dept of Energy is being CLEANED UP!!!
Source – Lisa Evans Rockwell
READ THE WHOLE 64 PAGE REPORT HERE
Energy Inspector General – Semi-Annual Report to Congress Oct 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018
MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL DEPUTY INSPECTOR GENERAL The Semiannual Report to Congress highlights activities and accomplishments of the Office of the Inspector General. I am pleased to present our results which reflect a continued commitment to focus on the issues and concerns most critical to the United States Department of Energy, the Congress, and the taxpayer.
During this reporting period, we released our annual report on Management Challenges at the Department of Energy – FY 2018, which focuses attention on significant issues with the objective of working with Department officials to enhance the effectiveness of agency programs and operations. The management challenges in the latest report were largely consistent with those identified in previous years with the addition of subcontract management as a component of contract oversight. The work of the Office of Inspector General has shown subcontract management is an increasing challenge for the Department. In one instance during the reporting period, we investigated a former Sandia National Laboratories contractor procurement officer who pled guilty to one count of Major Fraud against the United States, three counts of Wire Fraud, and seven counts of Money Laundering. We determined the former contractor procurement officer engaged in a scheme to direct $2.3 million Sandia contract to a surreptitiously created and controlled by the former contract procurement officer.
Next up, we’ll take a look at the GSA.
The IG audited the GSA and returned it’s Semi Annual Report to Congress for the period of October 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.
This audit found $329 Million in WASTE AND FRAUD OVER A 2 YEAR PERIOD.
✅During this Audit period, the IG opened 54 investigative cases, closed 83 investigative cases, referred 97 subjects for criminal prosecution, and helped obtain 35 convictions. Civil, criminal, and other monetary recoveries resulting from our investigations totaled over $97 million.
In it’s finding’s over a 6 MONTH Period the audit also found:
- 16 contractors did not submit accurate, current, and complete information.
- 13 contractors overcharged GSA customers.
- 4 contractors did not adequately accumulate and report schedule sales for Industrial Funding Fee payment purposes and/or did not correctly calculate and submit their Industrial Funding Fee payments.
- 4 contractors assigned employees who were unqualified for their billable positions to work on GSA schedule task orders.
- 2 contractors did not comply with price reduction provisions. • 2 contractors failed to comply with other contract terms and conditions.
- 1 contractor did not adequately segregate and accumulate labor hours, material costs, and other direct costs on time-and-material task orders.
🚨SETTLEMENTS BECAUSE OF THE IG AUDIT🚨
👉TOYOBO CO. LTD. AGREED TO PAY $66 MILLION TO RESOLVE FALSE CLAIMS RELATED TO DEFECTIVE BULLETPROOF VESTS 👉On March 15, 2018, Toyobo Co., Ltd. (Toyobo) agreed to pay $66 million to resolve allegations under the False Claims Act that Toyobo sold defective Zylon fiber used in bulletproof vests that the United States purchased for federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies. The settlement resolves allegations that between at least 2001 and 2005, Toyobo knew that Zylon degraded quickly in normal conditions, and that the degradation of the material made the ballistic vests unfit for use, placing the lives of law enforcement officers at risk. A 2005 study of Zylon-containing vests found that more than 50 percent of used vests could not stop bullets that they had been certified to stop. GSA OIG investigated this case with the Department of Commerce (Commerce) OIG, Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID), Department of Energy (DOE) OIG, and Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA).
KNOWN FAULTY AND DEFECTIVE BULLET PROOF VESTS SOLD TO OUR GOVERNMENT.
WHY do we allow foreign countries to supply VITAL thing’s like BULLET PROOF VESTS?
👉W.W. GRAINGER, INC. AGREED TO PAY $14 MILLION TO RESOLVE OVERCHARGES
👉On March 19, 2018, W.W. Grainger, Inc. (Grainger) agreed to pay $14 million to resolve allegations that Grainger overcharged GSA customers for tax charges, freight costs, and billing errors. The settlement resolves allegations that between 2004 through 2017, Grainger overcharged government customers for purchases of tools, equipment, and maintenance and janitorial supplies made under Grainger’s GSA Multiple Award Schedule contract.
👉FORMER GSA EMPLOYEE PLEADED GUILTY TO POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
👉The OIG investigation determined that Oscar Galvez, a former GSA project manager, had a large amount of child pornography on his home computers and that he used external storage devices to view anime child pornography on his GSA computer while at his GSA workspace. On October 18, 2017, the former employee was indicted, and on October 20, 2017, he was arrested. On February 8, 2018, Galvez pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. GSA OIG investigated this case with HSI, USMS, and the Bismarck (ND) Police Department.
👉SIX INDIVIDUALS PLEADED GUILTY TO COMMITTING FRAUD AGAINST THE U.S. GOVERNMENT FOR INVOLVEMENT IN A “MADE IN THE USA” MARKETING SCHEME
👉A OIG investigation determined that from December 2008 to August 2012, six executives from Wellco Enterprises, Inc. (Wellco) conspired to import military-style boots that were made in China into the United States and then deceptively market and sell those boots to federal agencies and the general public as “Made in the USA” and as compliant with the Berry Amendment and the Trade Agreements Act. In February 2018, all six Wellco executives pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of Tennessee to fraud charges stemming from their involvement in the conspiracy. Vincent Lee Ferguson, former President and Chief Executive Officer, Matthew Lee Ferguson, former Senior Vice President of Sales, and Kerry Joseph Ferguson, former Director of Marketing and Communications, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Neil Streeter, former Vice President of Government Contracting, and Stephanie Lynn Kaemmerer, former Operations Manager, pleaded guilty to smuggling goods into the United States. Matthew Harrison Martland, former Director of Distribution and Logistics, pleaded guilty to intentional defacing, removing, altering, and obscuring of the country of origin markings. In total, Wellco sold at least $8.1 million of fraudulent boots. GSA OIG investigated this case with AFOSI, DCIS, and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
WHO recommended the GSA be audited?
SECRETARY WILBUR ROSS👊
Source – Lisa Evans Rockwell
READ THE HOLE 66 PAGE REPORT HERE
OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL U.S. GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION October 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018
MESSAGE FROM THE IG I am pleased to submit the Semiannual Report to Congress for the period of October 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018. During this reporting period, the Office of Inspector General continued to deliver exceptional value to the taxpayer: our contract audits identified nearly $329 million in cost savings and our investigative work yielded $97 million in monetary recoveries. Highlights of our work include our partnership with the Department of Justice to secure a $66 million dollar settlement of a qui tam investigation of a company that sold defective material for bullet proof vests used by law enforcement officers, multiple convictions of criminals masquerading as Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses to obtain government contracts, and an evaluation that prompted the agency to include whistleblower protection language in its congressional communication policy.
Let’s SEE what has been going on at the EPA.
The IG finished it’s Semi Annual Report on the EPA from the Period of Oct 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018.The Audit found $374,664,113 in WASTE AND FRAUD OVER A 2 YEAR PERIOD!
✅The IG found the EPA ILLEGALLY Paid $1.5 Million for Subsidized and Unoccupied Parking Spaces Over a 2-Year Period in MULTIPLE CITIES.
YES, you read that right. The EPA WAS PAYING FOR PARKING SPACES IT NEVER USED.
✅The IG found the EPA WAS NOT REQUIRING CONTRACTORS TO CARRY INSURANCE!
So, if a contractor has ANY kind of a spill, it could simply default and walk away, leaving the TAXPAYERS TO FOOT THE CLEAN UP BILL.
✅ The IG recommended 367 people for Federal Prosecution.
Some MORE Highlight’s in WHAT the audit found.👇
👉Tribal Administrator Sentenced for Embezzling EPA Grant Funds
👉On January 22, 2018, Delia Commander, former Tribal Administrator of the Skagway Traditional Council in Skagway, Alaska, was sentenced to prison for embezzling funds from the council. Commander was sentenced to 18 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release. She was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $297,731 to the Skagway Traditional Council. The council had been awarded two EPA Indian General Assistance Program grants totaling over $900,000, both of which were subject to the fraudulent activity.
👉Man Sentenced for Fraud Scheme to Collect Stimulus Funds
👉On February 27, 2018, Heon Seok Lee received a 12-month prison sentence, was fined $20,000, and will be deported upon the completion of his term related to a fraud scheme to collect stimulus funds. In addition, restitution in the amount of $180,392 will be divided between two municipalities that were victims of his scheme. A criminal forfeiture determination is pending.
Heon Seok Lee served as President of KTurbo Inc. in South Korea and President of its subsidiary, KTurbo USA Inc., which has an office and warehouse in Illinois. From January 2010 to February 2011, Lee directed others to procure contracts for KTurbo to provide centrifugal turbo blowers to municipal wastewater treatment facilities in the United States receiving American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 stimulus funds from the EPA. Lee and others sent at least five email communications to U.S. municipal wastewater treatment facilities falsely representing that KTurbo would manufacture and deliver turbo blowers in compliance with the “Buy American” provision of the Recovery Act. Lee had nine turbo blowers sent to the KTurbo facility in Illinois from South Korea. The turbo blowers were largely assembled in South Korea but had “Assembled in USA” placards. Lee and others did not intend to perform substantial transformation of the turbo blowers. In total, Lee and others intended to fraudulently obtain over $1.3 million in Recovery Act funds. Lee was convicted on multiple fraud charges for deceiving U.S. municipalities into spending federal stimulus money on foreign-made products.
👉 Contractor Debarred From Participating in Federal Grants and Contracts
👉On October 11, 2017, an EPA contractor was debarred from participating in federal contracts and assistance activities for a period of 3 years. Nirilla Allen-Kearney, a contract employee at the EPA, was arrested at an EPA facility by Internal Revenue Service and Federal Bureau of Investigation investigators, with assistance from EPA OIG investigators. The arrest was conducted in conjunction with the arrests of several other individuals not associated with the EPA for various alleged narcotics charges, none of which were alleged to have occurred at an EPA facility. Allen-Kearney and several co-subjects were indicted on various charges by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of North Carolina. Allen-Kearney pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering and was sentenced to 24 months in prison. Allen-Kearney was also barred from accessing all EPA facilities and debarred by the EPA’s Office of Suspension and Debarment from participating in government contracts for 3 years.
👉Man Sentenced for Providing False Asbestos Training Certifications
👉On November 15, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut sentenced Guido Cortes-Rodriguez, an employee of an EPA grantee, to 2 years of probation, with the first 6 months served in home confinement, for making a false statement to the federal government. He also was ordered to perform 160 hours of community service. Cortes Rodriguez was the training director for a nonprofit organization that received EPA grant funds to conduct asbestos training for contractors handling lead abatement and asbestos removal. In that role, Cortes-Rodriguez was responsible for conducting training classes and notifying the Connecticut Department of Public Health about who had attended and successfully completed asbestos and lead abatement training. The investigation supported that, in exchange for money, Cortes-Rodriguez provided false training certifications for certain individuals who, in reality, had not taken the training.
💥This investigation is ongoing and is being conducted jointly with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division. 💥
Even though Scott Pruitt is no longer the head of the EPA, HE is responsible for uncovering all this waste and fraud.
It was under HIS DIRECTION THE IG AUDIT THE EPA👊
Source – Lisa Evans Rockwell
READ THE WHOLE 71 PAGE REPORT HERE
OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL Environmental Protection Agency — October 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018
Highlights from our investigative work include the completion of our investigation into the August 2015 release of over 3 million gallons of contaminated mine water from the Gold King Mine. Rivers and streams in four western states were affected by the release. The U.S. Attorney’s Office declined prosecution under any criminal offenses, and the EPA did not take administrative action against any employees. Another important investigation involved a former Tribal Administrator receiving an 18-month prison sentence and a restitution fine of $297,731 for embezzling funds. We also investigated a company president who was later ordered to serve a 12-month prison sentence, faces deportation, and has to repay $180,392 for his role in deceiving U.S. municipalities into spending federal stimulus money on his company’s foreign-made products.
Tribal Administrator Sentenced for Embezzling EPA Grant Funds
On January 22, 2018, Delia Commander, former Tribal Administrator of the Skagway Traditional Council in Skagway, Alaska, was sentenced to prison for embezzling funds from the council. Commander was sentenced to 18 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release. She was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $297,731 to the Skagway Traditional Council. The council had been awarded two EPA Indian General Assistance Program grants totaling over $900,000, both of which were subject to the fraudulent activity.
This investigation was conducted jointly with the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Inspector General.
AND AS AN ADDED BONUS… THE USPS…
This post is about ELECTION’S. Election fraud can encompass many aspects, from voting Illegally, to ‘losing’ votes mailed in, to ‘suddenly finding votes, etc.
I bet the USPS NEVER expected to be scrutinized SO CLOSELY by IG Horowitz.
Horowitz, responding to Session’s request to investigate HOW THE USPS HANDLES….ELECTION MAIL
Horowitz chose six mail processing facilities that were processing election and political mail for five special elections held on January 16 and January 23, 2018.
The sites we selected were the Milwaukee, WI, Pittsburgh, PA, and St. Paul, MN, Processing and Distribution Centers (P&DC); the Charleston, SC, Processing and Distribution Facility (P&DF); and the St. Paul, MN, and Pittsburgh, PA, Network Distribution Centers (NDC). We also observed Business Mail Entry Unit (BMEU) operations at the Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and St. Paul P&DCs and the Charleston P&DF.
Ready to be Horrified?
Here’s an example how Election Mail is handled:
We found election and political mail processing errors at three of the six sites we visited:
■ St. Paul NDC employees moved political mail to the P&DC staging area without telling P&DC management about the transfer. Other mail was staged in front of it, which could have caused the political mail not to be seen and expedited. 😲
■ There was a sort plan error at the Charleston P&DF that caused additional manual sorting of election mail at the delivery station.
■ An employee at the Milwaukee P&DC removed ballots from automated mail processing because he believed the equipment would damage the mail. We brought these issues to the attention of local management, who immediately corrected them during our site visits.
It get’s worse. The Managers ADMIT they don’t know when Special Election’s are being held!
👉Finding #1: Lack of Readiness for the January 2018 Special Elections
We found that communication between headquarters and the mail processing facilities needed improvement. Specifically, plant managers at the six mail processing facilities we visited and seven of the eight election and political mail coordinators we interviewed said that headquarters did not notify them of the special elections in their processing service areas.
👉The managers and coordinators indicated that they first learned of these elections from our auditors. 😲WHAT??
👉The Manager, Operations and Integration Support, notified mail processing facilities about the special elections by email on January 18, 2018, after the start of our field work and the special elections.
EXPECT HUGE CHANGES AT USPS!!!
Source – Lisa Evans Rockwell
Read the whole nauseating report HERE
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