An internal review by the board of directors of the community organization ACORN determined that the amount allegedly embezzled from the community organization was $5 million, well more than the previously reported amount of nearly $1 million, according to a new subpoena in an investigation by Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.If the crooks are stealing $5 million, does it really matter if it was private, state or federal funds? Embezzlement is embezzlement.
The subpoena, released this afternoon, says, “It is still unclear if some of the monies embezzled are from state, federal or private funds.”
Caldwell issued subpoenas in August seeking documents related to Acorn International then-President Wade Rathke and his brother Dale Rathke, who kept the group’s books. Those subpoenas were focused on possible Acorn violations of state employee tax law, obstructing justice and violating the Employee Retirement Security Act.
So now we have not only lower level employees who are implicated in improper activity, we now have upper level employees, with access to tens of millions of dollars who are implicated in improper activity. I don't think the whole "poorly trained employees" schtick is going to work much longer.