NJ Watchdog fights for Guadagno pension probe records in appeals court

By   /  September 29, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Ethics, Fraud, New Jersey, News, Pensions, Politics & Elections, State Government, State Politics  /  No Comments

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The mystery of what happened in a criminal investigation of an alleged $245,000 pension fraud implicating Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno may finally be solved in a New Jersey appeals court.

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‘Bonusgate’ attorney disbarred, seven years after legislative scandal hit

By   /  September 22, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Accountability, Ethics, Fraud, Government Waste, Legislature, News, Pennsylvania, Politics, Power Abuse, State Government, State House, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court finally disbarred lawyer Jeff Foreman, seven years after “Bonusgate” exploded into the public eye. Governor Tom Corbett was then attorney general, and his office investigated nearly $4 million worth of bonuses paid to legislative staffers in the Pennsylvania General Assembly and other misuse of public funds. Several legislators and staff — including Foreman — spent time behind bars in one way or another.

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Company accuses labor union of forging signatures for political gain

By   /  August 18, 2014  /  Fraud, News, unions, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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A home health-care company contracted with the Milwaukee County Department of Family Care is accusing a local labor union of forging workers’ signatures to collect more money for political activity.

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SEC charges Kansas with fraud for Parkinson-era omissions

By   /  August 12, 2014  /  Finances, Fraud, Kansas, News, Pensions  /  No Comments

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The Securities Exchange Commission has levied fraud charges against the State of Kansas for actions taken under the administration of Democratic Gov. Mark Parkinson.

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FCC commissioner wants to end Obamaphone fraud

By   /  July 29, 2014  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Fraud, National, News, Taxes, Technology  /  No Comments

OBAMAPHONE: FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai wants to set limits on the agency's Lifeline phone program for low-income individuals to rein in the rampant fraud and abuse of the program.

 
By Josh Peterson | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A top federal regulator wants the Federal Communications Commission to rein in the so-called “Obamaphone” program.
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai told an audience of right-leaning tech policy advocates Monday morning during an event organized by the nonprofit organization Citizens Against Government Waste that he wanted to reform the Lifeline [...]

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Oink! 2014 Tennessee pork report documents $609M in taxpayer waste

By   /  June 26, 2014  /  Fraud, News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

2014 Tennessee Pork Report

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — Tennessee officials wasted $609 million in taxpayer money last year, according to the 2014 Tennessee Pork Report, which a free market think tank released Wednesday.
The Beacon Center of Tennessee releases the annual report every summer.
Beacon President Justin Owen said this year’s report reveals the highest amount of taxpayer waste [...]

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