And this week's Asshat goes to:
Charlene Corley and her company C&D Distributors of South Carolina!!
Recently Corley, who owned the small parts supply company with her sister (now deceased) pled guilty to committing fraud and laundering money, and faces up to 40 years in prison.
The two exploited a loophole in the Defense Department's automated system, and bilked the Pentagon (and the tax-payers) out of 20.5 million dollars over the last six years.
C & D was caught when a purchasing agent noticed a bill for shipping two 19 cent washers that totaled over $900,000.00. The rest of the invoices (going back to 2000) were inspected, and the total actually spent by the sisters on shipping was around $68,000, vs. the $20+ million billed.
"$455,009 to ship three machine screws costing $1.31 each to Marines in Habbaniyah, Iraq".
"$293,451 to ship an 89-cent split washer to Patrick Air Force Base in Cape Canaveral, Florida".
The Pentagon's excuse? Apparently if parts are destined for high-priority conflict areas, there is no oversight.
My opinion? They could have taken that last $900,000 and hired 18 more accountants to keep better track of this kind of stuff.
The sister(s) don't have the money any more. The government is going to sell their fine mansions and expensive car collections to try to recoup some of their loss. Unfortunately, the sisters liked to travel with lavish accommodations, so that money is gone forever.
That's all fine and dandy. But....
Personally, as part of her sentence, I think that the government ought to put Ms. Corley in a room with the families of soldiers who were injured or killed in the war.
Maybe a better armored-vehicle could have saved the limb or the life of one of our guys if she didn't have her eye on Rolls Royces and Ferraris.