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LA Weekly Names Grifting County Workers: Gift Card Four

Remember the county employees who treated themselves by using gift cards meant for kids in foster care? Jack Leonard, who wrote the story in the LA Times, had told Amy Alkon that he was trying to find the names of those involved, but it was a huge department.

But D. Heimpel in the LA Weekly, investigated and found that four employees of Services Outcome Improvement Project, ie the Gift Card Four, were responsible for the purchasing and distribution of gift cards and trips to Glen Ivy and House of Blues. Some kids went along on these outings, but most of the recipients were employees and “mentors”. The DA’s office filed an investigative case under the name Sherrie Hiller, a children’s service administrator.

Here’s a report from the LA County Dept. of Child and Family Services, referencing a Sherry Hiller. Coincidence? Highly unlikely.

Earlier:
LA Times Won’t Name Names of LA County Grifting Workers

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LA Times Won’t Name Names of LA County Grifting Workers

Does the LA Times have some rule about protecting sleazy municipal employees? In a story about child welfare workers who stole gift cards meant for kids, Jack Leonard writes about

one worker attempted to hide extra gift cards the department received by asking the business that supplied the cards for false invoices

Another told auditors he or she no longer had any gift cards but actually had $23,000 worth of gift cards or certificates

In an excursion to the House of Blues in June, employees spent $5,700 on tickets for the Gospel Sunday Brunch performance

Department of Children and Family Services director Patricia S. Ploehn is said to have begun disciplinary actions against several employees.

So who are these people? They’re employed by Los Angeles County and paid with tax monies, so why can’t readers know exactly who they are?

LAT readers think disciplinary actions aren’t enough–these people need to be fired, with cause, now. No severance, and if they’ve got pensions, they can pay back the money they stole.

Paris Hilton Sentence Unfair– LA Times

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Paris Hilton (seen above in happier times) is getting a raw deal, and the LA Times can prove it.

The Times analysis of jail releases found that more than 60 percent of those with similar cases to Hilton’s walked free after serving less than half their time.

Jack Leonard and Doug Smith (and some other people, no doubt) analyzed 2 million jail releases and found 1,500 cases since July 2002 like Hilton’s. Party-girl Paris will end up serving more time than 80 percent of the other fools caught in a similar web.

And Sheriff Lee Baca (who got a campaign contribution from Hilton’s grandpappy and is curiously friendly with certain cults) is said to soon be off for a little junket–advising the government of Turkey and security matters and such.