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State parks officials deliberately hid millions, report says
LA Times ^ | 01/04/2013 | Chris Megerian

Posted on 01/05/2013 4:27:22 PM PST by Kid Shelleen

Fear of embarrassment and budget cuts led high officials at the California parks department to conceal millions of dollars, according to a new investigation by the state attorney general's office.

The money remained hidden for years until it was exposed by a new staff member who described a culture of secrecy and fear at the department.

The attorney general's report, released Friday, is the most detailed official account so far of the financial scandal at the parks department. The controversy broke last summer with the revelation that parks officials had a hidden surplus of nearly $54 million at a time when the administration was threatening to close dozens of the facilities

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: agenda21

1 posted on 01/05/2013 4:27:26 PM PST by Kid Shelleen
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To: Kid Shelleen
This is step one of an embezzlement. First you hide the money.

Step two is figuring how to get the money to your possession.

2 posted on 01/05/2013 4:34:49 PM PST by oldbrowser (They are marxists, don't call them democrats)
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To: Kid Shelleen
This story is so phony---more likely massive govt fraud coverup. California is being hollowed from within. It's in a race with Illinois to see which state can become the next Greece. The Golden State has princely-paid bureaucrats....read more jaw-dropping details from a Bloomberg report at townhall.com

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A Labyrinth of Govt Fraud----stories like this mean astonishingly easy, massive govt fraud.

REFERENCE Govt officials find 2nd off-the-books bank account / LAT / February 17, 2011

Montebello, Cali govt officials said they discovered yet a.n.o.t.h.e.r secret off-the-books bank account that once contained nearly $1 million in city govt funds. Officials do not know why the secret account was created, why it was never recorded on the city's general ledger or what happened to the govt money that was transferred out.

One signator on the secret account was former City Manager Richard Torres. City policy generally requires the treasurer to be a signator, not the city manager. The bank holding the secret account refused to disclose to the city who the other two signators are.

Revelations about a secret Union Bank account follow news of an off-the-books account at Banco Popular discovered earlier....That account contained about $240,000 govt monies; officials also discovered records that indicated tens of thousands of govt dollars had been transferred out. They do not know to whom or why.

City govt's official banker is Bank of the West. Officials have asked for bank statements and records and are hoping to reconstruct what happened. They have also queried every member of the govt finance department to ask if they know of any other off-the-books accounts.

The Union Bank account came to light when an employee spontaneously alerted the finance director. Officials found out about the Banco Popular account when the bank contacted city govt because the account had been dormant for a while.

The news about the secret accounts comes as Montebello struggles to close a deficit that could force officials to make deep service cuts and lay off employees. Criminal probes have also begun in San Bernardino agencies for possible govt fraud.

3 posted on 01/05/2013 4:41:56 PM PST by Liz
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To: oldbrowser

Good points; I wonder how many times they have gotten away without being caught ?


4 posted on 01/05/2013 4:57:36 PM PST by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
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To: oldbrowser
This is step one of an embezzlement. First you hide the money.

You are absolutely correct.
5 posted on 01/05/2013 4:59:00 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Kid Shelleen

It’s not JUST the Parks Department —


6 posted on 01/05/2013 5:01:21 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Liz

The LA Times got this story wrong. The funds were not hidden nor embezzled.

The funds referred to were dedicated by former Gov. Reagan for off-roaders. It was a special fund. Gov. Brown and the legislature raided this fund and diverted it into the state General Fund under the pretense that the money was hidden. The former Parks Director is a Democrat who was only fired on paper and later given another job for her complicity in the raid.

For the real story go to: “Park Fund Scandal a Ruse to Grab Gas Tax Funds From Off Roaders” posted at Calwatchdog.com on August 6, 2012.


7 posted on 01/05/2013 6:41:26 PM PST by WayneLusvardi (It's more complex than it might seem)
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To: Liz

The LA Times got this story wrong. The funds were not hidden nor embezzled.

The funds referred to were dedicated by former Gov. Reagan for off-roaders. It was a special fund. Gov. Brown and the legislature raided this fund and diverted it into the state General Fund under the pretense that the money was hidden. The former Parks Director is a Democrat who was only fired on paper and later given another job for her complicity in the raid.

For the real story go to: “Park Fund Scandal a Ruse to Grab Gas Tax Funds From Off Roaders” posted at Calwatchdog.com on August 6, 2012.


8 posted on 01/05/2013 6:41:35 PM PST by WayneLusvardi (It's more complex than it might seem)
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To: Liz

The LA Times got this story wrong. The funds were not hidden nor embezzled.

The funds referred to were dedicated by former Gov. Reagan for off-roaders. It was a special fund. Gov. Brown and the legislature raided this fund and diverted it into the state General Fund under the pretense that the money was hidden. The former Parks Director is a Democrat who was only fired on paper and later given another job for her complicity in the raid.

For the real story go to: “Park Fund Scandal a Ruse to Grab Gas Tax Funds From Off Roaders” posted at Calwatchdog.com on August 6, 2012.


9 posted on 01/05/2013 6:41:43 PM PST by WayneLusvardi (It's more complex than it might seem)
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To: Liz

The LA Times got this story wrong. The funds were not hidden nor embezzled.

The funds referred to were dedicated by former Gov. Reagan for off-roaders. It was a special fund. Gov. Brown and the legislature raided this fund and diverted it into the state General Fund under the pretense that the money was hidden. The former Parks Director is a Democrat who was only fired on paper and later given another job for her complicity in the raid.

For the real story go to: “Park Fund Scandal a Ruse to Grab Gas Tax Funds From Off Roaders” posted at Calwatchdog.com on August 6, 2012.


10 posted on 01/05/2013 6:41:58 PM PST by WayneLusvardi (It's more complex than it might seem)
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To: WayneLusvardi
Gov. Brown and the legislature raided this special fund and diverted it into the state General Fund under the pretense that the money was hidden.

FRAUD-A-RAMA Another crime (cackle)------it is unlawful to convert govt monies budgeted for one purpose into another purpose.

11 posted on 01/06/2013 4:14:42 AM PST by Liz
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