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Over 1,000 Govt. Employees
Snared by FBI for Corruption
Over the last two years, the FBI has convicted more than 1,060 government employees involved in corrupt activities, to include 177 federal officials, 158 state officials, 360 local officials, and more than 365 police officers. In FY 2005 alone, the Public Corruption Program saw a 25% increase in public corruption cases investigated, resulting in 890 indictments, 759 convictions, and 2,118 cases still pending. There are 622 agents currently working public corruption matters, an increase of 264 since 2002. - Dec. '06 - testimony by Robert S. Mueller, III - Director FBI before the Senate Judiciary Committee - an A++ read.
Rep. Murphy fires aide who made accusations has now become FBI Probes Claims Against Congressman Murphy
Would you believe this is the 19th member of the 109th Congress under federal investigation?
Hopefully, Rep. Alan "Midas Touch" Mollohan, the incoming chair of the House appropriations panel which oversees the budget of the Justice Department, including the FBI, will increase funding next year to fight this epidemic of corruption. $500 million (about the cost of 10 AH-64D helicopters) would be a good start to bolster programs already aimed at cleaning up government at all levels, federal, state and local. Oops, maybe I spoke too soon.
And now the ethics-challenged Mollohan
"Mr. Mollohan's personal wealth in connection with real estate investments -- his net worth surged from the low-to-mid six figures in 1999 to at least $6.8 million and as much as $25 million by 2005 -- while he was in office; and one concerning $250 million in federal appropriations to five nonprofit organizations that Mr. Mollohan himself set up and which employ his friends and some of his campaign contributors."