A lot of money flows through the U.S. government. All of it taxpayer dollars.
So, it comes as no surprise that corrupt people would try to cheat the government out of millions. Once and a while we learn about individuals who tried to hatch such schemes. Eventually they are found out and face serious penalties.
This time around, though, the culprits may surprise you.
From Fox News:
A U.S. Army colonel, along with his wife and a former defense contractor have been accused by a federal grand jury of a bribery scheme to defraud the government of more than $20 million.
Prosecutors allege Col. Anthony Roper and his wife began a “bribery and kickback scheme” in 2008 in which they would seek and accept bribes in exchange for more than $20 million in Army contracts to individuals and companies.
Roper, 55, and his wife, Audra, 49, have both been charged with conspiracy, obstruction and making false statements. Roper was also charged with bribery and faces up to 85 years in prison if convicted.
Former defense contractor Dwayne Oswald Fulton, 58, worked as an officer for “a large defense contracting company” and has been charged with conspiracy and obstruction for the schemes…
The indictment alleges that in trying to hide the schemes, the three accused attempted to obstruct an official investigation looking into their conduct.
Audra Roper operates Quadar Group, which prosecutors said was a shell company used to funnel bribe payments to her husband, according to the indictment. Prosecutors said the Group was one of multiple shell companies used to defraud the government.
It’s terrible when someone in public service tries to cheat the government. Yet when we learn it’s someone within the military—it’s especially troubling. These are men and women who swore to protect the United States. Yet we discover they were working to rob us blind.
It’s not a huge surprise this started in 2008, the year Obama was elected. Under his administration there were all kinds of abuses. From the VA to the EPA, individuals and government entities broke the law to profit themselves.
Even troops in Afghanistan were cheating us.
This time around, the culprits are facing serious punishment. But what about the others? How many more people are conning our government, robbing the American people of millions?
Perhaps only time will tell.
Source: Fox News