The widely known story of how Dale Rathke, brother to Wade Rathke, embezzled $1 million dollars from ACORN and paid it back along with help from a donor, is about to get an update.
Today we learn that Louisiana District Attorney is looking into charges that the embezzlement might have actually have been $5 million!
From the New Orleans Times Picayune:
Louisiana's attorney general has broadened the scope of an investigation of ACORN to include a possible embezzlement of $5 million a decade ago within the community organization, five times more than previously reported.
ACORN Chief Executive Officer Bertha Lewis said the new reported amount is "completely false."
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has been conducting an investigation of ACORN since June. He issued subpoenas in August seeking documents related to former ACORN International President Wade Rathke and his brother Dale Rathke, who kept the group's books. Those subpoenas were focused on possible ACORN violations for non-payment of employee withholding taxes, obstructing justice and violating the Employee Retirement Security Act. No charges have been made.
The attorney general had inquired in June into an alleged embezzlement within ACORN that happened 10 years ago. The group last year dealt with an internal dispute and a lawsuit involving accusations that Dale Rathke made nearly $1 million in improper credit card charges in 1999 and 2000. The brother and a donor repaid the money. MORE
Michelle Malkin catches the New York Times whitewashing this new story as they sit on top of information that seems to confirm the $5 million figure.
From Michelle Malkin:
Now, the rest of the story that the New York Times won’t tell you.
Former ACORN/Project Vote worker Anita MonCrief — the independent whistleblower who worked closely with NYTimes reporter Stephanie Strom on exposing ACORN financial shenanigans last year before Times editors “cut bait” just weeks before Election Day — informed Strom that the true figure was $5 million.
MonCrief also reported the $5 million figure to Warner Todd Huston inApril 2009.
Hey, New York Times conservative media monitor: Why don’t you ask Strom about this? Why don’t you ask MonCrief?
The more I read about all these separate state investigations (like the latest revelation in Nevada) and the House and Senate’s willingness to cut funds, the more I think ACORN maybe toast. Even with all its hydra like qualities, there are just too many people starting to look at ACORN for what it is … a criminal enterprise.
Even if ACORN were to change its name tomorrow, people would be looking for the association. Once that association is found, the stigma will be renewed. Plus, Wade Rathke’s sit down with Megyn Kelly on Fox News (Full Video Here), seemed like a desperate act. Usually when ACORN feels the heat Rathke just sends out an underling.
Hopefully our prayers will be answered and we are now witnessing the beginning of the end of ACORN. Next up, SEIU!
Via: Michelle Malkin
Via: The New York Times
Via: Gateway Pundit