The other day I sat down and went through my bills. As I started writing the check for the gas bill I thought to myself, "Hey, I think I will overpay this bill". Insane isn't it? Why would anyone overpay a bill? Well, Luzerne County did. The brain surgeons in the high exalted mystic courthouse overpaid LRW Solutions Group Inc. $856,000 for work they did on records management for the county. ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME! $856,000! It appears that these bills were paid out without proper review or approval from the records retention committee which oversaw the project. In other words, the bills were submitted and just paid out, PERIOD. Maybe I will submit a bogus bill to the county to see if they send me payment for work that I never did. Now call me stupid, call me an idiot, but no one just pays bills without first making sure they are on the up and up.
Back in June of 2005, Luzerne County contracted Little Red Wagon Solutions, Inc to go through all of their records so they could organize them better. The contracted cost to complete this project was supposed to be $112,000. However, the county ended up paying LRW a grand total of $968,200. These overpayment's included $849,404 in labor which was supposed to be capped at $107,000 and $40,727 for travel, meals and lodging which were to be capped at $5,000. Travel, meals and lodging? Aren't all of the records right here in Luzerne County? The county also paid $78,068 for subcontractors which was never included in the contract. The pinheads were duped! No surprise here. Speaking of duped, this records retention committee which was made up of the 3 stooges (commissioners), the Register Of Wills, treasurer, sheriff and the Prothonotary, never detected the overpayment's simply because THEY NEVER HELD A MEETING! The Prothonotary at the time was Jill Moran. Moran resigned her position because she was the one who delivered the boxes of cold hard cash to the judges in the Kids For Cash scandal. WHAT! WHAT! ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME! This fact left all of the payment decisions to then Clerk of Courts Robert "Oh Really" Reilly. Now it all makes sense. Reilly stepped down from his office back in 2010 after he was charged with receiving kickbacks from contractor Barton Weidlich. I hope you know what's coming next. Weidlich was one of the subcontractors that worked on the records project.
This thing just plain wreaks of corruption! This shit pile that these people laid on the taxpayers keeps getting higher and higher. They all back doored money into their pockets by rubber stamping checks to all kinds of companies. In return these contractors greased their pockets with cash. This is better than a mafia movie. All I have to say is more people need to get sent up the river where the sunlight is striped. These crooks cheated the county and the taxpayers out of close to a million dollars on this scam alone. Over the years my guess is they filtered tens of millions or more from the taxpayers. This is inexcusable! In fact this really ticks me off to no end. I say lets get the Feds to start auditing more and more so they can stir up the rats that used to run the county. I think some jail time is in the future for some of our former county politico's.
Ebon - *The aforementioned* graduate. ESU, by the way. Later
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