Disability Fraud Cost Taxpayers $2.5 billion





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Throw-away track phones bought at a nearby dollar store.  Private investigator hired to trail working mom.  Massive document shredding days.  Bashing of hard drives.  Office Chaos. Wow. Is this the latest fiction novel on a crime themed best seller list?

No.  These are actual references in US House of Representatives hearings on the massive Social Security Disability Fraud Scandal.  Honest and dedicated federal employees, sickened and disgusted over the theft of money and services of US taxpayer dollars filed a whistleblower lawsuit to blow the lid off of a scandal that looks to bankrupt a federal agency founded for the sole purpose of giving truly disabled Americans the benefits they need.

A Social Security Disability Office on the border of Kentucky and Huntington, W. Virginia, is at the center of federal investigations into the activities of SSD supervisors who turned over huge numbers of cases in order to boost their own bonuses. They set up shop with one attorney, an administrative law judge and several obliging doctors for several years.

“I’m flabbergasted,” said Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), himself a physician, as he grilled witnesses for hours about the massive loss of taxpayer dollars.  “You abrogated your job as chief judge,” Senator Coburn told Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Charlie Andrus.  The alleged misdeeds of Judge David B. Daugherty were heard without his direct testimony because he fled the hearing room before proceedings began. And the attorney in question, Eric Conn, took the fifth on the advice of his own attorney.

Most pitiful to watch was the testimony of four female witnesses who told the Governmental Affairs Committee about numerous incidences of retaliation by SSD managers, supervisors, and even Judge Andrus himself who admitted playing a role in video taping Senior Clerk Sarah Carver, one of the principles in the whistleblower lawsuit.  Still employed, Carver, along with master docket clerk Jennifer Griffith, blew wide open the skulduggery that transferred about 2.5 billion taxpayer dollars into the benefit entitlements of disability claimants who were merely numbers on “DB’s Monthly Lists.” Carver said, “You could see massive numbers of favorable decisions going out. . .massive amounts of numbers.”  She explained how the Conn-Daugherty scheme worked.  The administrative law judge selected, or forum shopped cases by accessing computer selection lists he logged into from Master Docket clerk Griffith’s only web file.  Each month, Attorney Conn’s office manager Jamie Slone, under the alleged direction of the attorney, made sure the ALJ received these lists for processing by this same judge who, according to testimony, spent as little as 10 minutes per claimant on pre-completed forms!

Attorney Conn became the nation’s third highest paid disability lawyer and Daugherty approved an astounding 99.5% of cases, granting benefits to practically everyone who applied.  The national average for claimant approval is about 50%.  And what’s even worse is the cover up and complicity of the federal Social Security supervisors who allowed this travesty to continue for years!  Senator Coburn pointed out that this fund is scheduled to go bankrupt in 18 months, so honest American citizens who sincerely are disabled on the job won’t be receiving compensation!

What with the IRS scandal, the Bales disappearance for about two years from the EPA, this Social Security Disability fraud, and now the loss of countless millions of taxpayer dollars thanks to Obamacare, no one is being held accountable.  In fact, the EPA head even held a party for one supervisor who let that department’s dishonest use of services go on and on.

Is there anyone in the Obama administration’s senior tier who will fire anyone?

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Disability Fraud Cost Taxpayers $2.5 billion





moneydrain_360_360
    
Throw-away track phones bought at a nearby dollar store.  Private investigator hired to trail working mom.  Massive document shredding days.  Bashing of hard drives.  Office Chaos. Wow. Is this the latest fiction novel on a crime themed best seller list?

No.  These are actual references in US House of Representatives hearings on the massive Social Security Disability Fraud Scandal.  Honest and dedicated federal employees, sickened and disgusted over the theft of money and services of US taxpayer dollars filed a whistleblower lawsuit to blow the lid off of a scandal that looks to bankrupt a federal agency founded for the sole purpose of giving truly disabled Americans the benefits they need.

A Social Security Disability Office on the border of Kentucky and Huntington, W. Virginia, is at the center of federal investigations into the activities of SSD supervisors who turned over huge numbers of cases in order to boost their own bonuses. They set up shop with one attorney, an administrative law judge and several obliging doctors for several years.

“I’m flabbergasted,” said Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), himself a physician, as he grilled witnesses for hours about the massive loss of taxpayer dollars.  “You abrogated your job as chief judge,” Senator Coburn told Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Charlie Andrus.  The alleged misdeeds of Judge David B. Daugherty were heard without his direct testimony because he fled the hearing room before proceedings began. And the attorney in question, Eric Conn, took the fifth on the advice of his own attorney.

Most pitiful to watch was the testimony of four female witnesses who told the Governmental Affairs Committee about numerous incidences of retaliation by SSD managers, supervisors, and even Judge Andrus himself who admitted playing a role in video taping Senior Clerk Sarah Carver, one of the principles in the whistleblower lawsuit.  Still employed, Carver, along with master docket clerk Jennifer Griffith, blew wide open the skulduggery that transferred about 2.5 billion taxpayer dollars into the benefit entitlements of disability claimants who were merely numbers on “DB’s Monthly Lists.” Carver said, “You could see massive numbers of favorable decisions going out. . .massive amounts of numbers.”  She explained how the Conn-Daugherty scheme worked.  The administrative law judge selected, or forum shopped cases by accessing computer selection lists he logged into from Master Docket clerk Griffith’s only web file.  Each month, Attorney Conn’s office manager Jamie Slone, under the alleged direction of the attorney, made sure the ALJ received these lists for processing by this same judge who, according to testimony, spent as little as 10 minutes per claimant on pre-completed forms!

Attorney Conn became the nation’s third highest paid disability lawyer and Daugherty approved an astounding 99.5% of cases, granting benefits to practically everyone who applied.  The national average for claimant approval is about 50%.  And what’s even worse is the cover up and complicity of the federal Social Security supervisors who allowed this travesty to continue for years!  Senator Coburn pointed out that this fund is scheduled to go bankrupt in 18 months, so honest American citizens who sincerely are disabled on the job won’t be receiving compensation!

What with the IRS scandal, the Bales disappearance for about two years from the EPA, this Social Security Disability fraud, and now the loss of countless millions of taxpayer dollars thanks to Obamacare, no one is being held accountable.  In fact, the EPA head even held a party for one supervisor who let that department’s dishonest use of services go on and on.

Is there anyone in the Obama administration’s senior tier who will fire anyone?

Photo Credit: Standard Compliant





UN Agenda 21: The Feds and UN Coming for Your Water Right





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A covert game of hide and steal among the United Nations Agenda 21 Project, the U.S federal government, and Indian tribes will result in irreversible consequences that will let the feds control all national water rights. According to a press release by small ranchers and property owners in Montana, “Circuit Court Judge Cameron Wogan in Klamath Falls, Oregon, refused ranchers’ requests for a temporary restraining order to allow their cattle and horses access to drinking water.”  Their main water tributaries were shut off in June of this year after tribal demands on rivers and streams feeding Klamath Lake turned 100,000 head of cattle into herds of animals dying from thirst.  By calling the U.S. Indian Tribes sovereign people, just like France, China, or Germany, the feds seek to take over complete control of America’s water. “Families are being forced into bankruptcy as their sole source of income is being taken away while legal battles slowly grind on with delays and hearings with time-wasting lawyers,” continues an urgent appeal for help.

By continuing to harangue average citizens with guilt over the treatment of Native Americans, the federal government along with the UN one world power momentum are dividing the cattlemen, killing their animals, seizing and spoiling private property and in essence threatening all of us by taking over water rights for everyone.  The tribes “with their $12 million a year kickback from the feds in addition to their casino earnings” are dragging out this Klamath water war in a five county region out West.

Rural Cleansing was first identified in a WSJ article by Kimberly Stassel when Klamath Basin water shut-offs occurred in 2001.  Farms in the lower Klamath basin were all part of “The Project” which the federal government set up to give by lottery land to returning WW I and WWII veterans with “a 1905 water right supply, regardless of what year the acreage was put into production.”  But now, by political and legal maneuverings, closed and/or secret meetings and a divide and conquer mentality, these very ranchers are facing destitution and rape of their privately held lands!   Yes, this is happening here in the good old U.S. of A.  And what is worse, if legal precedent can by established by this huge UN-US takeover of the Sprague, Williamson, and Wood Rivers, ALL rivers in America could become part of a One World owned and managed water supply.  “No river in the country is safe,” warns the ranchers’ news release.  “Once precedence is established here, it makes it easy to attack other rivers elsewhere.” If the feds control our water, they control our food supply.  We’ll have to fill up our own daily water allowances at the village wells or tanker trucks to take back to our cluster homes designated for us in UN designed ipodment living quarters.

One rancher put this outrage in real perspective when he said, “Many of my friends up here have mortgaged the ranch, mortgaged their lives, and those of their children and grandchildren to fight this insane taking. . .what are you willing to do. . .Open another beer in your recliner and watch the drama?”  Folks, this is serious business because if the federal government controls our health care, our water, our food, we are serfs, not free Americans.  Do something now.  Call your representative and Senators, no matter where you live, and demand that this takeover be stopped NOW!  Call 1-877-762-8762

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American POW Languishes in Afghanistan – Bureaucrats do Nothing





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Just what is holding up the release from captivity of the only American POW, Sgt. Bowe Robert Bergdahl, 27, of Ketchum, Idaho?  Is this 27 year old American soldier now a ping pong ball in the Afghanistan-US peace talks?  Or is he being held as a bargaining chip between our State Department and Senate because of President Obama’s aim to close Guantanamo Prison in Cuba?    His efforts are being thwarted by a Congress which doesn’t want it closed?

And, if as the Taliban supposedly demands, America must release five prisoners being held in Gitmo before Sgt. Bergdahl can be freed, how come “two Algerians held at Guantanamo Bay prison for a decade have been returned to Algiers?”  And what about this in the same AP report: “There are still nearly 90 prisoners who have been cleared for release or transfer from the prison out of the total population of 164.”  Just what is going on here, and why is an active US soldier being left to languish somewhere around the Afghanistan–Pakistan tribal border area while State Department employee Jen Psaki smiles?  How come this 34 year old woman, who can be contacted at www.linkedin.com/pub/jen-psaki-23/549/79, can remain as the Benghazi Survivors spokeswoman, but can’t tell Congress directly what went on with that sorry saga?

Reporter Paul Shinkman in two reports during June of this year quotes Taliban member Shaheen Suhali, saying “the US first has to release detainees (five) from Guantanamo Bay to build confidence,” before anything can go forward on the release of Sgt. Berkdahl.  One video allegedly quotes him as saying, “Release me, please.  I’m begging you. Bring me home.” But trying to get this picture to load is difficult.  The same reporter says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in September reiterated that everyone is doing everything they can.  Sure, right you are.  Well, then why isn’t something happening?

We used to have a promise in the US Military that no soldier would be left behind.  Well, here’s one that is left behind in the Obama administration’s war of words, and Jen Psaki appears to have an awful lot of control over something that is well above her pay grade.  Where are the statements from our generals, our Pentagon leaders, anybody, anywhere?

What is being done to bring this suffering American soldier home to his family and friends in Ketchum, Idaho?  His parents are afraid to speak out “so as not to jeopardize their son.”  But are the people in control really doing anything?  I’m sorry, but this mumbo jumbo rhetoric of the other guy working on it is an insult to Sgt. Berkdahl, to other soldiers putting their life on the line for this country, to his parents, to the legacy of MIA’s in other wars that just somehow fell through the cracks of an American system that seems able to cherry pick what prisoners they release.

How would these ineffectual politicians and bureaucrats feel if they were imprisoned somewhere in the wasteland of Afghanistan?  Have leaders on both sides simply lost their own humanity?  Bring Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl home now!  Don’t let him be just another wrist bracelet on an unknown arm who prays for him, to no avail.

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Denying Catholics The Right To Hold Mass Was A Despicable Act, Even For Obama





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“Then they came for the Catholics, and I did not speak out because I was not Catholic” was the third stanza in a poem by Protestant Pastor Martin Niemoller, who was imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp for seven years because he spoke against the denial of religious freedom to worship as each individual sees fit.  His theme centers around the “Silence is Consent” mantra of Germans who alleged that they knew nothing about the gas fumes circling the country’s forests.

Well, last weekend, here in America, our First Amendment Right of Religious Freedom was silenced by an edict from on high that banned 50 Catholic contract priests from holding Catholic Mass for US Troops over the weekend, along with other religious services throughout this week because a little less than 20% of our government is shut down.

Unheard of in America, hard to believe in America; but “It’s Happening,” said former Army Chaplain Father James C. Bowman, of St. Anastasia Parish in Ft. Pierce, FL.  Hundreds of thousands of military personnel and their families in all branches of the service are being persecuted by the Obama Administration.  “They can’t be anointed,” Father Bowman decried, referring to the priest administering Last Rites of the Catholic Church at the time of death.  The military members confined to their bases, such as trainees, “are not allowed funerals, not allowed the Sacraments of Penance, Holy Communion, Holy Matrimony, or Baptisms!”  In very practical terms, “it means Sunday mass won’t be offered,” said Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services. “If someone has a Baptism scheduled, it won’t be celebrated.”

Military installations are served by non-active duty priests hired by the Army and other branches to serve as government contractors because of a shortage of active duty Catholic chaplains.  Broglio said, “Some military bases have forbidden the contract priests from volunteering to celebrate mass without pay,” according to information sent to CiR this Sunday.  Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, said, “I find it alarming that these priests cannot even volunteer to provide services without threat of arrest.”  This same news release cites a priest at Joint Base Langley-Eustis who was banned from “officiating at the wedding of a couple he’d been counseling!”

Bill Donohue of the Catholic League calls what happened last weekend  a “stunning statement.”  He goes on to say, “In American history there has been no administration more anti-Catholic than the Obama administration.” Denying Catholic men and women the opportunity of the Sacraments and the ability to deal with their prayerful vocations is “meanness,” he said.  “This idea of punishing Catholics in the military-denying them their priests-is consistent with the animus this administration has demonstrated,” he added.

While the House has saved Obama from himself with a 400 to 1 vote to fund the priests who minister to Catholics on military bases, we have been given a good look at what he is all about. Anybody like what they see?