Skip to comments.For Bush's Ex-Aide, Quick Fall After Long Climb
Posted on 03/14/2006 12:26:40 PM PST by Daralundy
WASHINGTON, March 13 Claude A. Allen often said his religious upbringing took him from a two-room apartment in a poor neighborhood of Washington to a post at the White House.
"Probably the vast majority of the kids who grew up in our neighborhood were either strung out on drugs or in jail or dead," Mr. Allen, one of the nation's most prominent African-American Republicans, said in a televised interview. But Mr. Allen said his salvation was the Roman Catholic education "that taught me discipline, taught me hard work, that taught me values that were carried throughout life."
Last week, that life and discipline appeared to have frayed when Mr. Allen, the president's former domestic policy adviser, was arrested in suburban Maryland and charged with stealing thousands of dollars in merchandise from Target and other stores in a scheme to fake returns.
People close to him said they were stunned at the charges. Friends described him as the "goody-two-shoes" of his family who never drank at fraternity parties and went out for ice cream instead. His identical twin, Floyd, a former football player at the Virginia Military Institute, never matched his brother's achievements.
"It's just the darnedest thing," Renee Allen, their stepmother, said from her retirement home in Atlanta. "I actually started to call Floyd to ask him what happened, but then I saw it wasn't him."
Through his lawyer, Mr. Allen denied the charges, saying there was a mix-up concerning his credit card. Maryland authorities charged Mr. Allen, 45, last Thursday with trying at least 25 times over the last five months to return and collect refunds for goods he never purchased, including a home theater system, clothes and items worth as little as $2.50.
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Anyway, the reason I posted is that Claude Allen has a troubled twin brother named Floyd. Thought it was a satire at first look.
Hard to believe that this guy engaged in petty theft....has an awesome resume.
Yeah, I guess all the tapes they have of him committing fraud are photoshopped, right?
todays ny slimes blame it on bush article
Really? That's a surprise to me. I had never heard of him until I read reports of his arrest.
I wonder how one goes about stealing a home theater system. Did he walk out of the store with it under his arm?
Tune in tomorrow for our next episode of How the Plot Twists!
Sounds like a bizarre Grade B movie.......LOL
Or a soap opera. Now, who could we get to play the troubled twins?
He would buy an item, take the receipt, go to another store, pick up the same item, and then take it to the counter for a "refund". Apparently Target and Hechts have 25 tapes of him doing this.
Claude was simply cashing in those five-finger discounts.
Took 'em a while to figure out what their store number on a sales receipt is for, didn't it?
and a new one TWIN BROTHER, PART II
It seems some folks might (just might) have some apologizing to do.
Allen is a victim of his own stupidity. I wish FReepers would stop excusing the criminal actions of Republicans and conservatives. Corruption is corruption, regardless whether it comes from the Left or Right.
His defense is simple. He was confistaking those items for use in an emergency - like those New Orleans Po lice officers in WalMart during Katrina.
I wonder if his brother is a Democrat?
Any friend of the President's got to be guilty.
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