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Covid: Worst Enabler of Fraud In History?

Added 01-22-22 09:31:01pm EST - “Fraud in government programs is so routine that one wonders how much anyone still cares. Kyle Smith has done some research on this topic, as it relates to purported covid funding. As he notes, it t?” - Powerlineblog.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Powerlineblog.com: “Covid: Worst Enabler of Fraud In History?”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Fraud in government programs is so routine that one wonders how much anyone still cares. Kyle Smith has done some research on this topic, as it relates to purported covid funding. As he notes, it takes considerable digging because “the media aren’t terribly interested in stories that reflect badly on Democrats.”

[Congress has] already appropriated some $6 trillion in fighting COVID, though. That’s more than we spent fighting WWII, which cost about $4.1 trillion in inflation-adjusted dollars. … So while we’re getting used to the Forever Virus, we might as well pause for a sec and wonder: What the heck did all that spending buy us?

So far, $100 billion of it has been straight-up stolen, “resulting in the arrest of more than 100 suspects who span the spectrum from individuals to organized groups,” according to a CNBC report. Don’t worry, though, the feds are on the case, and so far they’ve recovered…$2.3 billion.

My guess is that the criminality that has been discovered and publicized is a small slice of what has actually occurred. Interestingly, Kyle Smith relies in part on a covid fraud database maintained by the Washington law firm Arnold & Porter. Last I knew, Arnold & Porter was one of the top two or three firms in Washington, D.C., and I am pleasantly surprised that an establishment law firm would publicly oppose fraud in government programs. That is a bold stance for an establishment firm to take.

On Thursday, some 200 law enforcement officers raided the offices of the St. Anthony, Minnesota-based nonprofit Feeding Our Future and related organizations at more than a dozen locations.

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