Friday, December 4, 2009

More details on the 2 mill scam at the probation department.

So we learn today from the Globe, as far back as 2006, auditors knew something was amiss. While the shear amount of money stolen is beyond my comprehension, for a low level court clerk to steal in front of everyone, it is now dawning on everyone, that much of her stolen proceeds MAY have come from people who pay their fines in cash AND raises seriuos questions on how the department could function with such a large amount of money, NOT going to their budgets. Based on the 30 trips the defendant has made to the Dominican Republic, much of the money stolen has ended up there.

There is also a reasonable idea coming from the very same department, that some of the fine payers have paid extra in late fees or even prosecution.

Someone at the very top of our State government, should demand a complete audit of the entire Probation AND Department of Correction. This type of behavior may be wide spread in these departments and those who are letting this happen, should be prosecuted.

6 Comments:

At December 4, 2009 at 3:05 PM , Blogger Eric said...

You raise 2 very valid points that no one else seems to be mentioning. What happened to the people who paid this money, did it not get recorded and they got in trouble for not paying, and if they could run the department without that 2mil, then lets cut their budget by that 2 mil and give that money to some other department that is hurting. But the big question is still how can this happen, and when the initial questions came up in 2006, why were they ignored?

 
At December 4, 2009 at 4:01 PM , Blogger fed up in framingham said...

2 million dollars is an awful lot of money for someone not to notice. Sounds to me like someone was asleep at the switch here. Will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

 
At December 4, 2009 at 4:25 PM , Blogger Fred J. said...

I heard on the news she will only get 5 yrs in jail. Call me crazy, but I would do 5 yrs for 2 mil in this economy. They can not make her pay it back, right? She will just move back to the Dominican Republic and live the good life for the rest of her life.

 
At December 4, 2009 at 5:14 PM , Blogger 6th Middlesex constituent said...

Maybe we should put her to work in the Speakers office on Beacon Hill only she can still back from them all the money they have stolen from us. She seems to be pretty good it

 
At December 4, 2009 at 5:32 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Good one 6th.... to funny.

Like every other agency, quasi-public or not, none of them have any serious oversight. Just look at the 135,000 truck loads of bad concrete went intro the Big Dig. I interviewed an official from the State, that said back in 2002, the lack of qualified inspectors was being cut by the current admin.

It's all about the lack of oversight, at every level of State government, even down to the stimulus money.

The perp knew that and just continued on her way, until now. She was charged with stealing chump change a while ago and it's only after she didn't show up for work did they see the books start to balance.

And where is Deval, DeLeo and Murray on this? Hunkered down in the bunker of silence and denial, as just this one case, shows how much COULD be cut from the probation department and still do their jobs, but they are the people who continue to elect those who can't seem to make sure our money is collected, accounted for and spent wisely.

 
At December 4, 2009 at 5:38 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Fred,
I'm not sure what our relationship with the DR is on that account. IF.. they allow our DA's to see what's in here accounts.. maybe we could get some back... like Madoff, Lansford, and the 5000 Americans who have ill gotten gains in Swiss banks.

They are making that dumbbell from the registry of deeds who was just convicted, pay back what he stole from the State.

Send her back to DR, collect as much as we can, as it will cost us about 40K a year to incarcerate her here in Mass.

 

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