The Noose Tightens; Murtha/Visclosky Donor Charged With Kickbacks in Federal Court

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The Murtha/Visclosky Corruption and Kickback Scandal has begun to draw blood, as the Gary Post-Tribune notes today:

john_murthaPITTSBURGH — The former chief executive for a defense contractor with ties to Reps. Pete Visclosky and John Murtha has been charged with taking about $200,000 in kickbacks from a subcontractor.

Richard Ianieri, of Doylestown, Pa., was charged in a one-count criminal information filed Monday in Pittsburgh. He is accused of accepting two kickbacks of about $100,000 each from a subcontractor — identified only as “K” — while he was an officer of Coherent Systems International Corp.

Point of Order here: when the indictment refuses to directly identify the subcontractor, that means the subcontractor is cooperating with the authorities. When the CEO is only charged with a single count of the indictment — that means he’s cooperating too, and has cut a deal already.

Already looking bad for our boy Peter.

viscloskypissedIanieri donated at least $9,200 to Visclosky’s campaign and political action committee, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. A spokesman for Visclosky’s campaign didn’t return calls for comment. Visclosky’s offices were subpoenaed in May as part of a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into the defunct Virginia lobbying firm The PMA Group. The firm was one of the congressman’s top campaign donors.

In an April 2006 news release, Murtha announced that Coherent and Kuchera Defense Systems were working “virtually as one company” on 14 contracts worth $30 million to develop high-tech military gear. At the time, both companies had offices in Windber, near Murtha’s home base of Johnstown.

Kuchera, which has given ten of thousands of dollars to Murtha’s campaign and political action committee, has been under scrutiny in recent months. The company, owned by brothers William and Ronald Kuchera, has received $14.7 million in Murtha earmarks in the past two years. It and another company, Kuchera Industries Inc., have received $53 million in federal contracts in this decade alone.

In January, FBI agents and Pentagon investigators raided Kuchera Defense Systems’ offices.

Ianieri was president and chief executive officer of Coherent until it was sold to Fairfax, Va.-based Argon ST in August 2007, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Ianieri was charged via a federal criminal information, which typically indicates that a defendant is cooperating with prosecutors.

Argon’s CEO, Terry Collins, said in a statement that the company cannot comment on the criminal allegations because the actions happened before Argon purchased most of the assets of Coherent in August 2007. Though Ianieri continued working for Argon after the acquisition, he left that company in October, Collins said.

In April, the Navy suspended the Kucheras and their companies for “alleged fraud” including multiple instances of incorrect charges, along with allegations of defective pricing and ethical violations. Kuchera is appealing the suspension.

And we wish them the best of luck with that. Really. Although at the rate the tine men are falling around Murtha and Visclosky. you have to wonder which crooked Democrap will turn on the other one first.

Heh. Couldn’t happen to nicer guys.

Previous Entries on The Visclosky corruption Scandal:

  • Visclosky Corruption Details Emerge; Continues to Refuse to Resign Committee Chairmanship
  • GOP Lawmaker Demands Visclosky Step Aside as Committee Chair
  • Democrap “Most Ethical Congress Ever” People Having Trouble Living Up To The Hype
  • More Democrat Corruption?: Visclosky Tied to Earmark Contributor FBI Raids; Murtha Connection Revealed
  • Northwest Indiana Moonbats Eat Their Own
  • Cross Posted At Alamo City Pundit



    Pepto Time!

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     Oh you have got to be kidding me.

    Michelle Malkin cracked me up at first, but then the colon clenching truth hits home two seconds later:

    Michael Jackson’s father is reportedly asking people to pay money to attend the funeral.

    Oh my GOD.

    What tact and class.

    Fans who wish to attend Michael Jackson’s star-studded memorial service at Staples Center will have to shell out $25 to sit in the stands, has learned exclusively.

    Family, friends and VIPS will have seats on the main floor for The Tuesday, July 7th Staples service, first reported by, while the general public will be plucking down $25 to sit in the stands.

    The memorial service will feel like a concert production featuring guest speakers, a lot of music and video screens inside and outside of Staples, a source close to the planning tells

    And in the how far can the leftists sink in our country department – on one coast we have a man selling tickets to his son’s funeral – on the other coast we have reporters who are supposedly UNBIASED selling audiences with power brokers.

    What is this country coming to? You know, I am a Catholic, and I used to beleive that Sodom and Gomorrah was just a story meant to scare – like the boogeyman. Now – I am really coming to the conclusion that I need to get on a boat and sail somewhere without looking backwards.

    Check this out:

    For $25,000 to $250,000, The Washington Post is offering lobbyists and association executives off-the-record, nonconfrontational access to “those powerful few” — Obama administration officials, members of Congress, and the paper’s own reporters and editors.

    The astonishing offer is detailed in a flier circulated Wednesday to a health care lobbyist, who provided it to a reporter because the lobbyist said he feels it’s a conflict for the paper to charge for access to, as the flier says, its “health care reporting and editorial staff.”

    The offer — which essentially turns a news organization into a facilitator for private lobbyist-official encounters — is a new sign of the lengths to which news organizations will go to find revenue at a time when most newspapers are struggling for survival.

    And it’s a turn of the times that a lobbyist is scolding The Washington Post for its ethical practices.

    “Underwriting Opportunity: An evening with the right people can alter the debate,” says the one-page flier. “Underwrite and participate in this intimate and exclusive Washington Post Salon, an off-the-record dinner and discussion at the home of CEO and Publisher Katharine Weymouth. … Bring your organization’s CEO or executive director literally to the table. Interact with key Obama administration and congressional leaders …

     What is the saying in the Pepto commercials? That’s about how I feel after this!

    Thanks again to super reporter Michelle Malkin! 

    Michelle Malkin » Stomach-turners of the morning.

    ACORN goes nuts again!

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     Michelle Malkin exposes the ACORN mobs for exactly what they are – thugs and bullies.

    Short little article, but good stuff with links to more of the history of ACORN.

    Now they want to take this nationwide!

    Protesters in more than a dozen cities across the country are demanding that a group of mortgage companies who benefited from federal bailout money participate in a government program designed to prevent foreclosures.

    They say the companies should sign on to the Obama administration initiative called “Making Home Affordable.” The administration estimates it could help up to 9 million financially troubled homeowners stay in their homes…

    The protests are scheduled Tuesday in 14 cities, including Philadelphia, Dallas, Boston, Los Angeles and Miami. They’re organized by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, also known as ACORN.

    While you’re there – check out the link to the really sweet story about the last time ACORN did this – they put someone in the hospital!

    Walpin-gate opens wider – IG proven right – FBI involved

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    Well, now.

    There is a stink coming from the beltway, and it is smelling like it is coming from an area around Pennsylvania Ave.

    New information is coming out regarding what happened with IG Walpin and the firing of that same IG by Barack Obama. Shattering information. In depth information that points towards cronyism and machine politics that smells an awful lot like Nixon with his Watergate people. A major cover up.

    Walpin isn’t the only IG in trouble with our “transparent” President.

    Let’s get into some of the details:

    The president fired Mr. Walpin June 11 after Mr. Walpin filed two reports critical of Obama friends. The highest-profile of the two reports focused on misuse of funds at Sacramento’s St. Hope Academy, then run by former NBA star Kevin Johnson before Mr. Johnson was elected Sacramento’s mayor in November. Mr. Johnson was a frequent stump speaker for Mr. Obama during last year’s campaign and has claimed in TV interviews to be particularly good friends with first lady Michelle Obama. 

    Friends with the Obamas? Supporter? This at the least has some tinge of protection of a person who is without a doubt guilty of something not good in regard to handling of Federal Taxpayer Dollars.

    Now comes more interesting news:

    In turn, the U.S. attorney filed a complaint against Mr. Walpin, charging him with unethical behavior throughout the investigation. The White House fired Mr. Walpin long before the relevant committee would have finished its assessment of the U.S. attorney’s complaint.

    As The Washington Times reported in a previous editorial, U.S. Attorney Brown’s complaint included at least two major, easily discernible errors of fact. Many other complaints against Mr. Walpin, both by Mr. Brown and by other AmeriCorps officials, were strangely petty in nature.

    Now here is where the story gets really interesting. On the very same day that the president fired Mr. Walpin, St. Hope’s executive director, Rick Maya, left his job at St. Hope. He did not go quietly. His resignation letter charged Mr. Johnson and several St. Hope board members with numerous ethical violations. Most explosively, he charged that a board member improperly deleted e-mails of Mr. Johnson’s that already were under a federal subpoena.

    So, we have INSIDE confirmation of what was said by the IG who according to Barack was “confused, disoriented, …” and that is why he was dismissed.

    Now the hammers start to fall:

    On Wednesday, the Sacramento Bee reported that Mr. Maya’s allegations have been deemed serious enough that the FBI is investigating potential obstruction of justice at St. Hope. In that light, the firing of Mr. Walpin, who properly blew the whistle on mismanagement and possible corruption, looks ill-considered.

    Oops. Damn that confused, old, troublemaking, rebellious man we all saw on Beck look about as harmless as a teddy bear. Now he’s gone and done it – he’s got the FBI involved.

    I wonder how long it will take for the White House to start backing away from KJ and saying they didn’t know anything about this whole affair at the time of the firing.

    It also was learned last week that the White House is involved in major disputes with two other inspectors general who were poking around the administration’s business, including Neil M. Barofsky, whose job is to serve as watchdog for spending the $787 billion in controversial economic bailout funds.

    All of this suggests that the purported White House mistreatment of independent inspectors general is a scandal that might have real legs. As well it should.

    Wow. The conspiracy theorist strikes again. Kind of funny how we keep getting these things right when everyone who is trying to spike us keeps telling us we’re future forecasting and fantasizing without any truth in the matter. We must be touching some buttons somewhere, eh?

    Amazing how accurate someone can be when they list facts and then comment on what it could mean based on proven behavior observed by most people. Speculation obviously isn’t as wild when you keep hitting the mark, huh?

    Once again, why is this cover up of criminal behavior, dismissing of charges, investigating and complaining about an IG who was RIGHT, and the pattern of cover ups already taking place (Philly NBPP poll thugs for example) being tolerated by the main stream media?

    Better yet, with this pattern of Chicago politics dishonesty coming out, why would anyone BELIEVE what this man says?

    “I don’t want to run the auto industry” – but he takes over a car company and forces two into bankruptcy.

    “You can keep your private health care package” – but his handlers say that was rhetoric – “Don’t take him literally”

    “It’s not a single payer plan like medicare” – but in the same article it talks about that being exactly what it is.

    Now – he is telling us about all these crises that aren’t really crises and ignoring the crises, like Iran, that he shouldn’t be ignoring.

    When does this strong arming, bullying, cover up, lying and otherwise very bad behavior approach the level of Nixon? I had hesitated to call for the “I” word, but at this time, it starts to creep up from the subconcious to the concious mind.

    I wonder what the excuses will be this time?

    EDITORIAL: Walpin-gate opens wider – Washington Times.

    Americorps fraught with Fraud? IG fired for discovering it?

    Michelle Malkin has done it again, bringing us a story on Americorps and the fraud and corruption inside it.

    This little-noticed story in Youth Today yesterday points to another example of Walpin blowing the whistle on fraud:

    The inspector general (IG) of the Corporation for National and Community Service is being removed by President Barack Obama, a week after the IG questioned the eligibility of the largest and most expensive AmeriCorps program, and while the IG was contesting the “propriety” of a settlement made with a mayor for alleged misuse of AmeriCorps funds.

    Funding for the largest AmeriCorps program – the Teaching Fellows Program, run by the Research Foundation of the City University of New York – is in abeyance pending resolution of widespread problems identified in a recent audit. Although Walpin recommended that funding be curtailed and that previous funds (perhaps as much as $75 million) be repaid to the corporation, the corporation has said it will take no action on that matter.

    Walpin concluded that nothing was being gained by the grants to CUNY and that the money was simply being used to subsidize an existing and funded program.

    This Inspector General filed his report which you can read here:

    This is only the beginning – here is a little piece of the report filed:

    The Office of Inspector General (OIG), Corporation for National and Community Service (Corporation), contracted with Cotton & Company LLP to perform agreed-upon procedures to assist the OIG in grant cost and compliance testing of Corporation-funded Federal assistance provided to The Research Foundation of the City University of New York (RFCUNY). The Corporation awarded two Education Award Program grants to RFCUNY that were categorized as Professional Model grants.


    As a result of applying our procedures, we questioned education awards of $16,152,414 and draw downs of $773,254. In general, we questioned the education awards for members whose eligibility was not established in accordance with grant requirements for criminal background checks. Draw downs were questioned mostly for fixed fees related to members whose eligibility we questioned and also for drawing down in excess of fees earned. In addition, our compliance findings when taken as a whole indicate pervasive problems of eligibility, timekeeping, and documentation. A questioned cost is an alleged violation of a provision of law, regulation, contract, grant, cooperative agreement, or other agreement or document governing the expenditure of funds or a finding that, at the time of testing,
    includes costs not supported by adequate documentation.

    …Participants who successfully complete terms of service under AmeriCorps grants are eligible for education awards and, in some cases, accrued interest awards funded by the Corporation’s National Service Trust. These award amounts are not funded by Corporation grants and thus are not included in claimed grant costs. But at the time that a grant is awarded, and due to the grant award, these amounts become immediate obligations of the National Service Trust. Therefore, as part of our agreed-upon procedures, and using the same criteria used for the grantee’s claimed costs, we determined the effect of our findings on AmeriCorps members’ entitlement to education and accrued interest awards.

    The following is a summary of grant compliance testing results…

    1. RFCUNY drew down more funds than it was due.

    2. RFCUNY did not follow certain AmeriCorps Provisions.

    3. The supervisory signature on members’ timesheets was not the members’ supervisor, or that of someone with direct knowledge of hours served by the members.

    4. Members did not always record actual service hours on their timesheets.

    5. Some members’ timesheet hours were not accurately recorded in the Corporation’s Web-Based Reporting System.

    6. RFCUNY did not require its members to timely submit their member contracts, forms, and timesheets.

    7. RFCUNY used preprinted member documentation and did not ensure that all member documentation was completed, signed, and dated.

    8. RFCUNY did not maintain documentation to demonstrate that each member’s evaluation complied with AmeriCorps Regulations and the Member Agreement.

    9. RFCUNY did not maintain documentation to demonstrate that members received criminal background checks and that any background checks conducted complied with AmeriCorps Provisions.

    10. RFCUNY entered incorrect member start dates in Corporation systems and in member contracts.

    11. Some members worked beyond their contract-end date.

    Personally – I would love to add something pithy or meaningful – but frankly, this is something I can’t add much to. This is just corruption and the cover up of corruption by people who are trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the majority of the American people and act saintly while practicing cronyism, machine politics, and protection of a supporter caught with his hand in a cookie jar.

    Since the American people, in their wisdom decided in their knee jerk pied piper routine to follow the media down this rathole to socialism and petty identity politics, we have no way of slowing this train down if the Democrats all decide to hop on the ride at the same time.

    It’s becoming more and more apparent that investigations are going to be stopped, people looking into things will be punished or removed and people who question methods or ideas will be attacked, and generally in a hateful manner.

    This is the hope and change that everyone was hoping for, right?

    The debt everyone cursed Bush for is quadrupled, the war continues with more troops being sent back to the Middle East, our ally is being ignored in favor of Iran and Hammas, unemployment is worse than predicted, tax cheats put into office, people being fired to cover up fraud, dates, fly overs, etc.

    I can’t stand what is going on here –  this IG did his job, and should be rewarded, not punished. The people who should be punished are the people who are committing misdeeds, not the ones discovering them.

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