Former Top Bush Aide Accused of Md. Thefts

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  1. ASLANSPAL

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    Former Top Bush Aide Accused of Md. Thefts
    Refund Scam Netted $5,000, Police Say

    By Ernesto Londoño and Michael A. Fletcher
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Saturday, March 11, 2006; A01


    Claude A. Allen, who resigned last month as President Bush's top domestic policy adviser, was arrested this week in Montgomery County for allegedly swindling Target and Hecht's stores out of more than $5,000 in a refund scheme, police said.

    Allen, 45, of Gaithersburg, has been released on his own recognizance and is awaiting trial on two charges, felony theft scheme and theft over $500, said Lt. Eric Burnett, a police spokesman. Each charge is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

    Allen could not be reached for comment last night.

    His attorney, Mallon Snyder, said last night that his client denies wrongdoing. The lawyer disputed the police account of Allen's actions. "It's his reputation. Obviously, he's very concerned about it," Snyder said.

    Snyder said he feels confident that Allen will be able to prove that the incidents were "a series of misunderstandings."

    Allen, a former deputy secretary in the Department of Health and Human Services, was nominated in 2003 to a federal appeals court seat. He was appointed the president's top domestic policy adviser last year at the start of Bush's second term. That made him the highest-ranking African American on the White House staff.

    Working out of a small office on the second floor of the West Wing, Allen shaped administration policy on such issues as health care, space exploration, housing and education.


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    1. This might possibly be part of the reason he resigned a month ago.

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    Joseph: Please be more considerate of this man. He was only making 160 or so thousand a year, and he only wanted a little bit more.
     
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    What a shame that this man fell to such sin bringing discredit upon himself.
     
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    Hey now, so far this guy is only accused.
     
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    In politics, one is guilty until proven innocent, don't ya know. ;)
     
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    That's a very good point, Daisy, and applicable to all accusations many of a political nature which are never proven true.
     
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    I haven't seen Mr. Allen in over 20yrs...back when he was working for Sen. Helms...but he presented himself as a very honorable and Christian young man then. I know a local article this weekend shows that his church is solidly behind him. Guilty or innocent, I will pray that Mr. Allen and his family continue to look to God for guidance.
     
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    From the Borowitz Report:
     
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    Do you think he was joking ?
     
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    Yes, he's a satirist, Borowitz is.

    Of course, jokes are funniest when they're on point.


    .....um, but your question was a joke, too, eh?
     
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    My daughter, who is a retail loss prevention specialist, says that the circumstances presented in the newspaper suggest a compulsive disorder that she has seen before ... people who "have" to steal, even little things that they could well afford. Mr. Allen is a member of a very large non-denominational church in our county, and the public comments from his pastor have been appropriate, supportive without in any way suggesting he is not guilty of the crime.
     
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    Daisy, did Bush, or Borowitz tell the joke ?

    I think it would be much funnier coming from Bush.
     
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    Yeah, it would have been funnier coming from Bush, but alas!

    Joseph M. Smith,

    I'm glad his church is treating him compassionately.
     
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    The idea apparently was to buy something, take it out of the store, go back into the store, take another of the same item, and "return" it for a refund.

    I'm reminded of Bush's "Social Security Reform" scheme.

    Allen tried to do as a private citizen what the Federal government does as standard practice.
     

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