Stealing Lunch Money
Well, the first mistake was treating the government like a free-food delivery service:
The director of the city’s summer lunch program[, Jane Shugrue,] has been fired and the entire administrative staff will not be brought back after a state audit found that the program falsely claimed it had served far more lunches than it actually had over the past two years, and improperly received hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of federal reimbursement over that span.
A criminal investigation conducted by Providence police is under way, though city officials would not divulge the details or the targets of the investigation. …
The program serves lunches to school-age city children at roughly 100 parks and community centers during the summer months. Shugrue has run the program since 1991 and been on staff since 1984. …
The program is paid for with federal dollars, but administered at the local level.
Small-government conservatives should feel free to take a moment to shake their heads over the obviousness of the risk inherent in pooling money from anonymous taxpayers and creating heart-string ditties to which it may be funneled.