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FoxNews – Audit: Officials In Speed Trap Texas Town Caught Lining Pockets – 21 March 2013

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If you’ve ever gotten a ticket at a small town speed trap and suspected the money ended up in somebody’s pocket, you might have been right.

An audit obtained by Watchdog.org shows that a group of current and former officials in Huntington, Texas — population 2,118 — collected pay for thousands of hours they either didn’t work or weren’t supposed to. Even as they complained that the town’s coffers were running dry, they falsified traffic citation records to collect fines higher than those imposed by the court, according to court records.

One of those officials, former city secretary and treasurer Betsy Gregson, who was fired last year, announced last week she is running for mayor in the May election.

Gregson was one of four salaried officials who collected tens of thousands of dollars by cashing in months’ worth of vacation time and comp time year after year, despite city policy that capped those hours and established that they were only to be paid at retirement or termination.

The audit found nine salaried officials who collected unearned pay beyond their salaries, but the four who got the most money were the key figures at City Hall. These were Gregson, whose modest title belies her outsized influence; former City Administrator Bruce Milstead; Jack Carter, who signed the checks; and former Police Chief Steven Sifford, a hunting and fishing buddy of Milstead’s, until they had a falling out.

In all, the audit identified $165,293.43 paid to the nine employees above their salaries over five years. For a city with just more than a million dollars a year in annual revenue — 40 percent of that coming from traffic tickets — it’s a noticeable amount.

“We could have paved four miles of road with that,” said Councilman Frank Harris, who is running against Gregson for mayor.

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FoxNews – Senior IRS Manager Invokes Fifth Amendment Right Before House Committee – 28 June 2013

https://i0.wp.com/global.fncstatic.com/static/v/all/img/head/logo-foxnews-update.pngFor the second time in as many months, a senior IRS manager on Wednesday invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination, fueling perceptions of an agency in  crisis.

Greg Roseman, a Deputy IRS Director, spearheaded the awarding of the IRS’s  largest contract in history to a company owned by a close friend of his, an action that is prohibited under government contracting regulations. Continue reading

FoxNews – EPA Reverses Itself on Fluoride – 23 May 2013

https://i1.wp.com/a57.foxnews.com/global.fncstatic.com/static/managed/img/Health/2009/July/660/371/smile_teeth_redlips_640.jpgFor decades, fluoride has been marketed and heralded as essential for good dental hygiene and used in most toothpastes and mouthwashes. In addition, parents have been routinely encouraged to give their kids cavity-fighting fluoride treatments when they visit the dentist. Continue reading

FOXNews – European Union Launches Investigation Into Oil-Companies For Price-Fixing – 15 May 2013

big-oil( Lucas: Interesting as the Dutch Cartel authority already investigated as did the parliament in The Netherlands last year if prices were fixed and they came up with the answer nothing was wrong.  Still people know for a long time the oil prices are rigged and people ripped off by big oil and governments taxing it. Now the  EU itself investigates the Cartel and price-fixing. What would be the outcome now? Do we all get back 30% of our petrol money spent and the rest of the 68% in taxes? All DATA seem to keep coming out of all little hidden places as it is truth that needs to be shown now.

Maybe we will see that this is not the way. We really need to work on making free energy available for all humans. That is free without any meter attached  to it for profit. The technology is available now make it happen!)

LONDON –  European anti-trust authorities have launched investigations into at least three oil companies on suspicion of price-fixing.Britain’s BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Norway’s Statoil confirmed they are subject to the inquiry announced Tuesday by the European Union’s executive arm, the Commission. Continue reading

Foxnews – Maxim Lott -Colorado Sheriff Says Lawmakers Holding Up Pay Raises Over Gun Stance – 28 March 2013

maketaEl Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa says lawmakers are punishing him and his colleagues over their stance on new gun laws. (El Paso County Sheriff’s Office)(Article from 26th March 2013) One of dozens of Colorado sheriffs who oppose several gun control bills working their way through the state legislature claims lawmakers are threatening the salaries of sheriffs to punish them for their position. Continue reading