Most Americans look for jobs that come with good benefits along with their pay. Two-weeks of annual vacation, as well as parenting and sick leave.
A generous retirement package.
Comprehensive health insurance.
Maybe even dental insurance, if they are lucky.
But for New York Democrat, Pamela Harris, the entitlements of her job as an assemblywoman extended far beyond what the rest of us, the “little people” who vote for their representatives, can even hope for at our jobs.
The assemblywoman has been indicted and faces 30 years if convicted for a slew of crimes associated with a long-running scam to siphon off funds meant for victims of Hurricane Sandy – and her benefits go far beyond medical and dental insurance!
Harris, 57, defrauded the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of $25,000 using the money to pay for cruise vacations, shopping – and Victoria Secret lingerie.
The Democrat has been charged by the Department of Justice with wire fraud, making false statements, bankruptcy fraud, witness tampering and obstructing justice for defrauding after the hurricane swept through New York and New Jersey wiping out infrastructure and damaging, sometimes destroying, homes and businesses, forcing residents to rebuild or relocate.
U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue announced the charges, saying Harris, “…conducted her schemes victimizing the federal and New York City governments, and then obstructed a federal investigation into her crimes” while serving as a public official.”
The indictment also alleges that Harris encouraged witnesses to lie to FBI agents investigating her.
Harris, who represents neighborhoods in Brooklyn, created phony leases and rent receipts and submitted false claims based on them for a residence in Staten Island.
In addition, Harris stands accused of defrauding the New York City Council, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as a New York City youth and community development group.
FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William Sweeney had a colorful metaphor for Harris’s scam, comparing her actions with that of Hurricane Sandy itself.
“… at a time when many residents in her district were dealing with the horrific aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Harris was busy brewing a storm of her own, one that resulted in her receiving significant payouts by the very federal agency charged with helping those truly in need.”
Do you think penalties for felonies should be more severe for public servants who abuse the trust of their voters for their own benefit?