Skip to comments.Deval Patrick holds steady on EBT abuse
Posted on 04/24/2012 11:29:56 AM PDT by massmike
Gov. Deval Patrick, who was first briefed on a long-running EBT-abuse investigation only hours before last weeks raids, defended the taxpayer-funded program again yesterday.
Questioned about whether last weeks 53 arrests had changed his view of the programs problems, Patrick responded: This is a really important program. I think most people know that it provides modest benefits that help people with their housing, their employment, their education needs and obviously when thats abused, thats concerning to me, as it is to anyone else.
In recent weeks, Patrick had dismissed the Heralds coverage of the welfare card issue as the Herald ... making sure youre angry, saying hes not going to make policy based on anecdote.
Patrick told the Herald yesterday that he was not previously aware of the ongoing investigations into welfare abuse by Boston and state police, as well as federal agents. Patrick was headed to Los Angeles for a President Obama fundraiser Thursday when the raids took place, and his administration was not represented at press conferences by police, prosecutors and the state auditors office.
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Massachusetts residents who've been paying attention aren't even slightly surprised by this.To all others who want to know what makes "Coupe Deval" (a nickname coined by a Boston talk host) tick...just think Osama Obama with a nicer,more "sincere",smile.
They waited until the last minute to brief him. It’s like Ike with DeGaulle and D-Day. He couldn’t be trusted either!
The Deval-uation of Mass continues apace. Another of commie Axelrod’s bolshevik sock puppets.
You know why Gov. Patrick doesn’t make jokes about himself?
Well, THAT would be racist!
This guy is a real tool.
I’m so glad I now live in a state where the pols can count.
>>BEVERLY A Lowell man arrested Friday with nearly a half-pound of heroin was also carrying an EBT card belonging to a known drug user a card that may have been collateral for a drug debt, police and prosecutors believe.
Campeo A. Diaz-Carela, 43, is facing a minimum mandatory 15 years in prison if found guilty of trafficking heroin over 200 grams, the charge he was arraigned on yesterday in Salem District Court.
>>Diaz-Carela was also arraigned on charges of giving police a false name, after initially producing identification that showed him as Abisay Montanez, 36. Among the documents Diaz-Carela was carrying were a MassHealth card, a Pennsylvania identification card and a learner’s permit, all bearing the name Montanez.
But police also found an electronic benefits transfer card that belongs to a Beverly resident known to police as a regular heroin user, prosecutor Patrick Collins told a Salem District Court judge.
Collins said EBT cards, which have come under scrutiny recently over their misuse, are now being handed over to dealers by addicts.
It wasn’t until Diaz-Carela’s fingerprints were submitted to an FBI database that he was identified and discovered to be wanted by immigration officials, as well, having entered the country illegally through Arizona in 2010, Collins said.
...Police found a package wrapped in foil, about 7 inches by 5 inches, that was filled with chunks of brown matter believed to be 220 grams (7.8 ounces) of heroin, worth about $30,000.
How much did the “tat” cost?
How many days of groceries would that have bought?
You mean “criticizin’ him be racist”.
Did you happen to listen to Howie Carr today? They were talking about an illegal alien woman from Brazil who came to Massachusetts to have breast implants paid for by Mass health care card.
I just found this Massachusetts Republican blog.