The paper trail seems so obvious it makes you wonder whether anyone ever worried about getting caught. When Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, and his wife flew from Houston to a golf resort in Scotland in June 2000, the first-class airfare cost $14,001, a big-ticket item for a public servant. But someone else paid.
The American Express bills of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty to fraud charges in January, show he footed the bill for the tickets, in an apparent violation of House ethics rules.
DeLay isn’t real bright, is he? Especially since he claimed on Fox that his records were squeaky clean.
Sue, a forenic accountant, says “you always have a choice between ignorant and culpable, as in, ‘I was walking down the street minding my own business, thinking about Jesus, when suddenly his pocket was all around my hand’.”
Forensic accountants laugh at attempted sneakiness this stupid.