Food program fraud tops $10 million | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Food program fraud tops $10 million

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 7:25 AM

The U.S. attorney in Little Rock announced a seventh guilty plea in its investigation of fraud in the state-run program to pass federal money to nonprofit organizations to feed poor children after school and during the summer

Gladys Waits, 36, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and receipt of a bribe. She was a state Human Services Department employee and processed applications from sponsors of the feeding program. She took bribes and approved inflated claims, the government said in a news release.

The seven guilty pleas cover more than $5 million in fraud, Attorney Chris Thyer's office said. A government news release said previous charges run the fraud total to $10.5 million.

So many questions. Did DHS routinely send people around to see if kids were actually being served at the places that receive such money? How many people, beyond those charged, had  some inkling something was up, such as by a high lifestyle by people nominally serving poor children? And, for strictly prurient interest, how was that $10 million spent? Does the government have a means to recapture cars, bling, clothes and other tangible dividends of the thievery? Or has it just disappeared — as the government's money did? I'm guessing the money probably didn't go into stock market index funds or similar sound investments to provide for old age of the thieves.



Tags: , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • The long and winding road: No exception yet for 30 Crossing

    The Arkansas highway department's representative on the Metroplan board of directors told the board today that the department is requesting an exception to the planning agency's cap on six lanes for its 30 Crossing project to widen Interstate 30 from six to 10 (and more) lanes.
    • Jun 29, 2016
  • City Board votes to table homeless feeding ordinance for 8 weeks, study with commission

    The Little Rock Board of Directors voted tonight to table for eight weeks an ordinance that homeless advocates say would severely limit the ability of charities to feed homeless people in city parks. Before the ordinance was punted, Vice Mayor Kathy Webb proposed a nine-member commission to study the issue and make recommendations to the board.
    • May 16, 2017
  • Medical marijuana backers: Health Department opposition 'disingenuous' and 'cruel'

    Arkansans for Compassionate Care, the group behind the first medical marijuana initiative to qualify for the ballot, has responded sharply to yesterday's statement by the Arkansas Health Department that it opposes legal medical use of marijuana.
    • Jul 13, 2016

Most Shared

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation