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In massive COVID-19 relief fraud, gangs
used millions in government aid on guns,
drugs, feds say

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Posted By: AltaD, 10/7/2023 11:26:23 AM

When COVID-19 struck in 2020, the government quickly put together massive aid programs to help struggling businesses, along with the people who lost their jobs. But other kinds of enterprises with names like the Traveling Vice Lords and the Wild 100s — criminal street gangs in Chicago and across the country — soon figured out how to take advantage of that safety net. They defrauded those programs of millions of dollars that they used to buy guns and drugs, according to the U.S. Justice Department and court records. Incarcerated crooks were in on the act, too.The government estimates that, across the country, at least one-quarter of a billion dollars

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Reply 1 - Posted by: WWIIDaughter 10/7/2023 12:00:38 PM (No. 1571582)
I did contract work for Social Security Disability and SSI for 40+ years. The fraud was minimal in 1980. By the time Clinton and Obama were done, contractors were being terminated for refusing to play the game, i.e., use the programs to do a massive transfer of taxpayer's money to cheaters, including medical sources who lied. Follow the money...
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Starboard_side 10/7/2023 12:01:39 PM (No. 1571585)
Sounds like a new version of "walking around money" they typically float to help "get out the vote". Doubtful any government entity will be looking to claw any of it back and those guns were purchased legally, i'm sure. s/
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Reply 3 - Posted by: dwa 10/7/2023 12:37:50 PM (No. 1571612)
So what. Biden is using tens of millions toward a library for John McCain in Arizona. Not what the funds were authorized for.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: jalo1951 10/7/2023 12:43:59 PM (No. 1571617)
Billions sent to Ukraine. How much was kickback $ to FJB and his friends? They spend billions and can't tell you where one single dime ended up except into their off shore bank accounts.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: smokincol 10/7/2023 1:08:43 PM (No. 1571638)
another gift to the bad guys from the most illegitimate and corrupt office holder in our nation's history
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Reply 6 - Posted by: mc squared 10/7/2023 1:27:52 PM (No. 1571657)
Street gangs and drug dealers a far ahead of government employees when it comes to smarts.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: DVC 10/7/2023 1:35:01 PM (No. 1571663)
Well, of course. And official goverment use was pretty iffy. A small town in Virginia had been wanting to purchase a building from me for some years, couldn't swing the funding. During COVID, they got "emergency money" and we had to rush to clean out our stuff from the building in a huge hurry so the sale could go thru. Legal? Apparently. But, not what most people think of as a medical emergency. Nutty Nasty Nancy's trillions of dollars sloshing causing massive inflation.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: mifla 10/8/2023 8:59:21 AM (No. 1572145)
Tell me again that I am not paying my "fair share"...
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