Thursday, May 11, 2006

Work for the Disabled? Not.

In a surprising story out of Texas, we learn that 70 Federal agents raided a nonprofit corporation in El Paso alleging the company defrauded the government.

The National Center for Employment of the Disabled had a series of big fat lucrative government contracts ($579.9 million in no-bid defense contracts) to provide the US Army with uniforms and hazmat suits, with the contractual proviso that 75% of the work had to be performed by the severely disabled.

Turns out that the actual number was somewhat less than that: 60%? 50%? No, it was actually 7.8%.

Texas? Corruption? Outright theft from the government? CEO likely a friend of Baby Doc? Check, check and double check. Nothing more to see here. Move along...