When it’s a way of life in two communities, you get these amusing outcomes.
Controversy swirling around the [amnesty] program [offered to the welfare-fraud-ridden Orthodox Lakewood New Jersey community] has not waned in the last year.
In October, the Asbury Park Press revealed that despite [New Jersey Comptroller Philip J.] Degnan’s public statements that the program would recover all benefits wrongly paid to residents, it recouped less than half and left $2.6 million on the table.
Degnan said he did not know until the final days of the amnesty offer that a rogue employee was offering discounted repayment terms to residents.
But confidential documents obtained by the Press say at least four employees and top-level managers in the office knew and signed off on the negotiated settlements.
The employee who led the amnesty program, Andrew Poulos Jr., claims in an ongoing lawsuit he was fired last year and made a scapegoat for the program while his superiors, who also knew about the deal making, were allowed to continue working. The superiors denied knowing about the discounts, the comptroller’s office has said.
What can UD say? It’s Jersey.