Thursday, May 18, 2006

Is anyone on guard duty?

Oregon woman accused of $400K Wash. fraud
A 66-year-old Oregon woman has been charged with almost 200 counts of defrauding the Washington state labor department.

Lois Bachhuber, who plays organ at Oaks Pioneer Church in Portland, Ore., was charged with collecting around $400,000 worth of her dead mother's workers compensation checks.

Viola Elsner died in 1988, The Olympian reports.

What kind of idiots do we have working for the Washington Labor deptartment? This woman was stealing for 18 years!! Do they have any method of eligibility or verfication? If I walk in and ask for a check will they just give me one?

In the private sector someone would be fired. This is another example of government not safeguarding our money. They simply don't care.


Erik said...

That doesn't surprise me. They should make her pay it all back though.

Daniel said...

She's 66. I doubt that she is going to be able to pay back that kind of money.

Anonymous said...

Now I regret tipping her $100 bucks when she played at my wedding.

BEAR said...

It does, however, explain the $100 tip she gave to the pizza guy!

Sue K. said...

She was sure able to get the checks and cash them, huh? I wonder if playing the organ at church made her feel better about stealing? Cash (a check) and confess. There should be some consequences. She must have known it was wrong.

Anonymous said...

Wow. I would have expected this from her psychotic daughter, who in my opinion is undiagnosed paranoid schitzophrenic. But Lois was the stable although eccentric one. Maybe the saying is true "insanity is hereditary you get it from your children" This whole thing is shocking and sad.