LOFINK CASE PROVES THE NEED FOR INSPECTOR GENERAL

Let me start by saying I like State Auditor Tom Wagner. But he is over his head when he tries to get involved with law enforcement related matters.

The Sunday News Journal’s excellent story about the Lofink case (one million dollars stolen from the Department of Finance) gives firsthand living proof that State Auditors know NOTHING about how to handle alleged corruption. When Auditor Wagner got a tip about the possibility of an in-house embezzlement might have been committed, he ran right the head of the finance depart to report the tip. THAT’S CRAZY! All you did Tom was to give a Department Chief the opportunity to cover it up, or cook the books, or hide it, or say it was taken care of and there was no need to go any further. You always have to consider that potential.
THAT’S WHAT SERPICO DID ON THE NYPD back in the day when I was there.

YOU NEVER TELL THE “SYSTEM” INVOLVED WHEN RECEIVING SUCH A TIP ABOUT THAT VERY SYSTEM.

If a tip came in to an Inspector General’s Office, the Finance Department would have been the LAST people to hear about it. Who knows if more people were not involved. Who knows for sure that the head of the Department might want to hide it?

An Inspector General would have pounced on it with an undercover wired-up agent to work in the place, and do the investigating from the inside. That type of corruption cannot be hidden from everybody….the undercover agent would have discovered who was doing what. Or, an IG would have raided the place, grabbed the books before cooking could take place. Every one within the system is a possible suspect.

It all would have been done quickly and efficiently—not the Delaware Way of giving people time to manipulate the outcome. Auditors would have worked under the IG, and not make the decision on his own to give the incriminating suspicion to the head of the very agency that is committing the crime.

It is no wonder that people could have stolen hundreds of thousands more in AFTER the tip was passed on; as the News Journal reported. No one can convince me that the Finance Department might not have been using a hell of a lot of time trying to figure out how to gt out of the mess without going public.

Sure the magnitude of the amount could not have been totally covered up…but I’ll bet they wasted a lot of time trying to figure out how NOT to let it out. Meanwhile, while they are wasting time perhaps trying to cover it up, the thieves were able to grab even more than they had already stolen.

GIVE IT UP, ATTORNEY GENERAL AND STATE AUDITOR!
FACE THE FACT THAT AN INSPECTOR GENERAL IS THE ONLY WAY TO GO. Let’s go Bill Oberle. Grab Pete from the Dem said and a really, really good Inspector General Bill up and running. Thanks buys

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