It’s been no secret for years that a number of representatives and senators take payments they do not deserve and use their position to line their pockets. Evidently, a number of District of Columbia employees have been watching and learning by example.
In February, ninety-two city employees were suspended due to allegations that they were collecting unemployment benefits while still employed by the city. In the latest update on the story, DC Attorney General Irvin B Nathan is about to start filing civil suits to recover at least $800,000 that were illegally collected by city employees.
The same update also stated that sixty-one of the suspended city employees have been fired so far and that more employees other than the ninety-two are being investigated in the scandal. Director of the Department of Employment Services, Lisa Mallory indicated that they had identified another batch of one hundred unemployment payments to other current city employees. Additionally they have identified a minimum of forty former city employees that may have received unemployment benefits before leaving their positions with the city.
City personnel laws prevent officials from releasing names or any personal information that could identify those employees involved in the unemployment scandal, however AG Nathan said that a number of them worked in the Office of the State Superintendent of Education.
Is it any coincidence that such a large scale corruption and theft took place in the shadows of the US Capitol Building and White House? Perhaps these city workers saw how so many national politicians take advantage of the system in order to bilk taxpayers out of their hard earned dollars, so decided to join them draw unemployment payments while then continued to work for the District of Columbia city government.