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Public Corruption in Chester County, PA
I believe an unlikely mix of alleged drug trafficking related politicos and alleged white nationalist related politicos united to elect the infamous “Bloc of Four” in the abysmal voter turnout election of 2005. During their four year term the drug business was good again and white nationalists used Coatesville as an example on white supremacist websites like “Stormfront”. Strong community organization and support from law enforcement, in particular Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll has begun to turn our community around. The Chester County drug trafficking that I believe centers on Coatesville continues and I believe we still have public officials in place that profit from the drug sales. But the people here are amazing and continue to work against the odds to make Coatesville a good place to live.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
More local governments mean more chances for public corruption and less State and Federal investigators per local government.
I believe that the same is true of school districts. Complex budgets make stealing easier to hide. The more separate local school districts in a state the fewer forensic accountants per school district and the more potential for a clever thief to believe he or she will never be caught.
A portion of corruption is also discovered by investigative reporting. Investigative reporting of fraud takes a lot of skill, time, and access. It is usually but not necessarily done by larger news organizations.
Diligent, courageous school employees with high ethical standards frequently seem to be the people who discover fraud. The bottom line is more school districts equals more fraud. This should be considered in Governor Rendell’s effort to consolidate and reduce the number of school districts in Pennsylvania.
See Dr. G. Terry Madonna’s excellent “Politically Uncorrected Column-Corruption: No Longer an Iffy Proposition in Pennsylvania”
Also see “Police, Politics, Corruption: The Mixture Dangerous to Freedom and Justice” by Col. Frank McKetta former Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner
Mcclain Printing Co (June 2000)
Also see “The Report to Congress of the Activities and Operations of the Public Integrity Section of the United States Department of Justice”: