Monday, October 5, 2009

Breaking: Louisiana Attorney General Reports Rathke Enbezzled $5 Million From Acorn

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.

The subpoena, released this afternoon, says, "It is still unclear if some of the monies embezzled are from state, federal or private funds."

ACORN Chief Executive Officer Bertha Lewis said the new accusation about the embezzlement is "completely false." She said she would comment further after she and ACORN attorneys have a chance to review the subpoena.

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.

The attorney general had made inquiries in June into alleged embezzlement within ACORN that happened 10 years ago. The group last year dealt with an internal dispute and a lawsuit involving accusations that Dale Rathke made nearly $1 million in improper credit card charges in 1999 and 2000. The brother and a donor repaid the money.

Read more here....

Via: Memeorandum
Via: Big Government

10 comments:

Amusing Bunni said...

Wow what a great scoop. Big Gov't is really kicking ass exposing all the criminality of Acorn, Seiu, and all of obuggers czars. I bet this is just the TIP of the iceberg, Solomon.

The_Kid said...

This is Bush's Fault !

LL said...

Why would an ACORN executive hide allegations embezzlement when they were almost certainly government funds?

Unless Rathke had something on her.

Soloman said...

Bunni - I love Big Gov't and Big Hollywood. Brietbart's doing a great job!

And I agree.. can't wait until more information comes out on ACORN...

Soloman said...

Kid - isn't everything?

Soloman said...

LL - I think there's a belief that permeates ACORN that they are immune from scrutiny, and everything being done is alright, because it's "for the cause."

Either that or she's just plain stupid, which is another possibility...

j summ said...

can money that you-acorn, stole from someone else-us, really be stolen by someone who works for you rathke-acorn? who is the victim?suspect?
we are the racist suspects, george bush, james and hannah are the usual suspects acorn is the victim.

Soloman said...

j summ - at least you figured it out that we are the racists and wrongdoers and ACORN is the victim.

Would want you to be sent off to reeducation camp...

Candle said...

The fact that Bertha Lewis is coming out saying these accusations about a possible EMBEZZLER are "completely false" is alarming. I mean dear LORD - the Fuzz is going after a guy who is, in theory, ripping off ACORN, something she is supposed to be protecting, and she's prempting all of it and saying its false?! This kinda idiocy makes me think she's on the take, or that she's assisting an embezzler. How about, "Shut up and let the cops do their job"?

Soloman said...

Candle - I agree, and I'm not quite sure what to make of it either.

My most strong personal belief is that somehow eveyrone in that organization has infinite confidence in Obama and his administration to save them.

If they haven't learned by now, he'll throw his own "typical white person" grandmother under the bus to protect himself or make himself look better, so if they're really counting on him - they're fried.