Governor Christie Creates Unit to Investigate Political Pension and Benefit Double Dippers
Over a year ago, state Comptroller Matthew Boxer stated in a report that over 200 NJ politicians were double-dipping into the public benefits and pension system. For those who have been waiting for an answer, your day has finally arrived, well, sort of.
According to a press release by the governor’s office, Governor Chris Christie issued an Executive Order to create the Pension Fraud and Abuse Unit. As part of the state Treasury Department, the unit will detect pension and disability fraud and ineligibility, as well as facilitate civil and criminal prosecutions where appropriate. The department will be headed by Jim Scott, a former criminal investigator for the Internal Revenue Service who currently works in the state Attorney General’s Office.
The wheels of justice may move slowly but hey at least seem to be heading in the right direction. Does this make you feel any better about all those greedy politicians with their hands in the proverbial trough? Or will it just be more of the same down the road?
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