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Couple Accused of Stealing Millions Intended for Preschoolers’ Meals
NYT ^ | 9/16/11 | Sharon Otterman

Posted on 09/18/2011 6:17:20 PM PDT by Bluestateredman

A Staten Island couple stole at least $2.5 million in federal funds meant for nutritious meals for preschoolers, prosecutors asserted in a criminal complaint unsealed on Friday.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Education
KEYWORDS: schoollunch
Who knew there was even this type of money available to be stolen in the first place?
1 posted on 09/18/2011 6:17:27 PM PDT by Bluestateredman
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To: Bluestateredman

If they contributed to Zer0 or the democRATS they’ll get off scot free.


2 posted on 09/18/2011 6:19:11 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Bluestateredman

It’s terrible the money was stolen—but this sort of give-away program must be stopped. We cannot afford it.

If folks were forced to work for food, they would do it. We have too many people who are third and fourth generation welfare receipents, IMHO......

I don’t think we would see people dying in the streets of hunger. People would figure out a way to feed themselves and their children.


3 posted on 09/18/2011 6:23:36 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: basil

Benjamin Franklin felt exactly the same way.


4 posted on 09/18/2011 6:25:27 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Bluestateredman

Women and minorities hardest hit.

STARVING CHILRUN!


5 posted on 09/18/2011 6:26:21 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Bluestateredman
This couple are a pair of lazy pikers. $13.5 million for 6 preschools operated over 8 years is a measly $281,000 per school per year. If they served 4700 meals and snacks for 188 children, it is a mere $15.28 per meal or snack and not the 2,900 meals and snacks for 116 children or $40.13 each as the government claims.

Do you really think you can buy a meal or snack for a preschooler for $15.28 in New York? What do you supposed these people could have skimmed from Fedzilla if they had set up a solar company and contributed sufficiently to the mob boss campaign?

Is it their fault they didn't have sufficiently high ambitions?

6 posted on 09/18/2011 6:31:24 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Bluestateredman

Did the 9/11 terrorist know what they were attacking?

Just asking.


7 posted on 09/18/2011 6:38:33 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (I Stand With Sarah!)
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To: Lurker

I think it’s up to the churches and other charitable organizations to help those who are truly in need. It is not the responsibility of the government to fulfill our every need and want.


8 posted on 09/18/2011 6:43:20 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Bluestateredman

But...but... they did it for the chilrens.


9 posted on 09/18/2011 6:53:44 PM PDT by tflabo ( to have been selected)
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To: basil

Right you are, but look who has manipulated our Federal government in the direction of the Nanny State over the years. The same Leftist’s that disdain those Church’s, and specifically Christian “other charitable organizations”.

This country grew to greatness during that period we the people were taking care of our own, and now that the Left has the Fed taking care of us we aren’t so great anymore.


10 posted on 09/18/2011 6:57:32 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Bluestateredman

More theft of taxpayers funds courtesy of an incompetent and overbloated Federal Bureaucracy and the leeches who deceitfully suck from it


11 posted on 09/18/2011 7:03:11 PM PDT by tflabo ( to have been selected)
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To: Bluestateredman

Well well, a Chinese schoolmaster and schoolmistress (they weren’t even naturalized Americans) cheated the government out of money they claimed was going to subsidize lunches for Chinese kids in a Chinese school.

If this was discovered happening in China, and it sounds like some of the shenanigans that have popped up there from time to time, they’d end up getting shot. At least they didn’t feed the kids melamine (as far as we know).


12 posted on 09/18/2011 7:06:24 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: rockinqsranch

Well—we sure know how we got into this state—now, if we could only figure out how to get out of it........


13 posted on 09/18/2011 7:15:07 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: basil

The real story here is not the thievery but the amount of money being thrown at these “programs” with little or no oversight. This should be at minimum a state matter, but the federal lunch “program” has grown into a behemoth.


14 posted on 09/18/2011 7:20:30 PM PDT by Bluestateredman (Self-sufficiency is the American Way)
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To: Bluestateredman
Who knew there was even this type of money available to be stolen in the first place?

This is just the tiny tiny tip of s multi-trillion$ iceberg. Entitlement welfare. If only one hungry child gets fed, it's worth the collateral waste.

It's only taxpayer money, and they can always print more.

15 posted on 09/18/2011 7:31:49 PM PDT by Publius6961 (My world was lovely, until it was taken over by parasites.)
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To: basil

Perhaps if we knock off the PC nonsense, speak our minds as we often do here at FRee Republic, and encourage our representatives to do the same the message will reach more.

Perhaps....


16 posted on 09/18/2011 7:46:39 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Bluestateredman

How else do you expect them to pay their property taxes?
/sarc-I guess....


17 posted on 09/18/2011 8:01:57 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Agenda21: Dept. of Life, Dept. of Liberty and the Dept. of Happiness)
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To: basil
I think it’s up to the churches and other charitable organizations to help those who are truly in need. It is not the responsibility of the government to fulfill our every need and want.

That's exactly what it was like, in the old days when charity worked. I think you would be hard pressed to find $3 million missing in the old days.
You didn't have generations which never worked a day in their lives driving cadillacs, having color TVs and expensive sports shoes and clothes, either.

What was the "poverty rate" in 1949?

18 posted on 09/18/2011 8:04:37 PM PDT by Publius6961 (My world was lovely, until it was taken over by parasites.)
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To: rockinqsranch

For those old enough remember in the 60’s and 7o’s in public schools we students paid for cafeteria food? It didnt cost much and the meals were pretty nutritious too. Although providing lunch for needy kids is just fine the waste and irresponsible handling of Federal funds allocated is damn disgusting!


19 posted on 09/18/2011 8:14:23 PM PDT by tflabo ( to have been selected)
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To: Bluestateredman

Meanwhile, the parent(s) receive food stamp funds as if they were actually feeding them three meals a day. In addition to the preschool funding, school districts offer breakfast and lunch via government funding as well as snack bags for the weekend in many urban areas. The overlap means that parents provide, at most, 11 meals a week while being given enough food stamp money to provide for 21 meals a week. I dated a school teacher who taught in an urban district and there were minority kids who entered school not fully potty trained who had watched all of the SAW horror films. Their parent tended not to feed them many of the 11 meals they were expected to provide.

Charity should be provided for by charitable organizations, not the government. At the very least, governmental programs should have strings attached and a limited number of staple food selections.


20 posted on 09/18/2011 8:14:47 PM PDT by jimnm
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To: tflabo

I remember. Lunch cost c. 35 cents (that would be close to 3 or 4 $ in today’s token currency). However, in my school, the food budget was subsidised by the federal goverment, because so many of the students were children of federal employees, and the cafeteria received federal surplus foodstuffs from the Department of Agriculture.


21 posted on 09/18/2011 8:52:00 PM PDT by VietVet (I am old enough to know who I am and what I believe, and I 'm not inclined to apologize for any of)
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To: Publius6961

Whatever the poverty rate was in 1949, I’m sure my family qualified.

However, my parents would have died before they took a handout. My father was a bus driver, and even back then, was smart enough not to join a union. Greyhound tried several times to get him to work for then, but he refused as he would not join a union.

My mom could make delicious meals out of a few ingredients: dried beans, cornbread, and either a salad from her garden, or some vegetable she had “put up” (canned) during the summer

There were three of us kids, and we really didn’t think of ourselves as poor because everyone in our neighborhood and our school was in the same boat. Both of my parents would have had to think that us kids were starving before they would have taken a handout—government or otherwise.

The three of us all have college degrees today, and have managed to live well.

We owe all of this to the example led by our parents, and for them, I’m very grateful.

But enough about me—didn’t mean to get so carried away......


22 posted on 09/18/2011 8:53:12 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: tflabo
For those old enough remember in the 60’s and 7o’s in public schools we students paid for cafeteria food?

As I recall (CRS and whatnot!) I paid 35 cents per lunch in HS Upstate NY '59 & '60. It went up to 45 cents and my Mom sometimes packed my lunch, as we always had more month left than money. The only thing I remember not liking was the Mac&Cheese - still won't eat it today! And the steam-table vegies weren't great either, but we didn't go hungry.

All of this can be laid at the feet of LBJ and his destructive 'Great Society'.

23 posted on 09/18/2011 9:37:09 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: Bluestateredman

didn’t some Al Franken charity do something like this ,too?


24 posted on 09/19/2011 12:41:30 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (See ya later, debt inflator ! Gone in 4 (2012))
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