There have been numerous examples of politicians being discovered using government funds as their own personal bank account. The most recent example that comes to mind is Barack Obama who used millions of taxpayer’s dollars to fund his lavish vacations and golf trips. Obama reportedly used upwards of $90 million dollars to pay for his family vacations. While that is an unnecessary number and cost the taxpayers extra cash, another politician was recently discovered defrauding government agencies out of tens of thousands of dollars.
New York Democratic Assemblywoman Pamela Harris scammed FEMA for 5 years and only recently was discovered. Harris reportedly used the funds to go on expensive vacations and shopping sprees. Fortunately, Harris was caught and is now facing up to 30 years in prison. Wouldn’t it be nice if Obama or Hillary were treated this way? Of course, they have too much power to be taken down so easily. While it is shocking that Harris used government funds to pay for her own personal gain, it’s still pennies compared to what big name politicians have taken from our country.
According to Fox News:
A New York Democratic assemblywoman was indicted Tuesday for allegedly defrauding government agencies out of tens of thousands of dollars, including the agency in charge of Hurricane Sandy relief.
The Department of Justice announced that Pamela Harris, a New York state assemblywoman, was charged with wire fraud, making false statements, bankruptcy fraud, witness tampering and obstructing justice.
The indictment also claims that when Harris learned that law enforcement was investigating her in 2017, she pushed witnesses to lie for her to FBI agents conducting the investigation.
“She conducted her schemes victimizing the federal and New York City governments, and then obstructed a federal investigation into her crimes while a sitting New York State Assemblywoman,” U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said.
Harris, 57, is accused of defrauding the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) — the agency tasked with helping New York and New Jersey rebuild after Hurricane Sandy in 2012 — of almost $25,000.
According to the indictment, she falsely claimed that her house had been so badly damaged she was forced to relocate. To back this up, she submitted fake lease agreements and rent payments for a separate residence in Staten Island.
According to the New York Daily News, Harris used the money for vacations, cruise tickets and her lingerie bill at Victoria’s Secret.
She also is accused of defrauding agencies including the New York City Council, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and a New York City youth and community development group.
“In fact, at a time when many residents in her district were dealing with the horrific aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Harris was busy brewing a storm of her own, one that resulted in her receiving significant payouts by the very federal agency charged with helping those truly in need,” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William Sweeney said in a statement.
If convicted, Harris faces up to 30 years in prison on the count of false statements to FEMA alone; other wire fraud charges carry up to 20 years imprisonment each.
Harris’ office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News.
“These types of crimes threaten the financial stability of our local and federal governments, but when a public official is involved, even more, is at risk,” Sweeney said. “Today we are proud to put an end to this inexcusable scheme.”
We deserve representatives who are looking out for the American people’s best interests. There is no reason why an elected official should ever get away with stealing so much cash over the years. Harris’ arrest is sure to shine a light on other politicians who will no doubt be looking over their shoulders. It’s important that this news is revealed so more people can be aware of the corruption taking place in our country these days.
The American people don’t deserve to be treated this way, and these politicians deserve to be watched very closely. Power corrupts and it’s only a matter of time before people wise up and vote these traitors out of office. Hopefully, over the next 3 years, Trump is able to drain the swamp and our country can get back to being great again. Now that Harris is facing a major sentence, it’s time to shine the spotlight on the big names. What do you think?
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