Thursday, November 15, 2012
More From the News
Yesterday I called attention to ubiquitous pressure on the public purse. Today I add this note. Rita Crundwell served for over twenty years as comptroller of the small city of Dixon, Illinois (population 15,700). She has plead guilty to stealing more than $53 million over the course of her career. $53 million. $2,650,000 average in each of 20 years. As a taxpayer, I ask "How can the loss of such an enormous sum not be noticed?" Politicians all promise to fight fraud, waste and abuse. They count on such a campaign as a source of funds to spend elsewhere. But somehow, it doesn't happen. Ms. Crundwell may stand out as a particularly aggressive fraud, but she is just the tip of the iceberg.