I’ve been reading the speculation on the blogs and social media. I think a lot of stock is being put into this investigation. Perhaps it is justified; perhaps it is not. I’m not going to say as I really don’t know.
But can I remind you all that the FBI has been here before and got totally snookered by county officials. I’m speaking about ARMC to be specific.
I do not know the scope of that investigation beyond the free health care for county supervisors and their friends at taxpayer expense. There were some other much more serious things going on, especially in Ward B, and the hospital was on the verge of bring shut down. You’d never know it thanks to the coverup.
The FBI served search warrants on the hospital. I heard that included the DBH unit but never confirmed it. The end result was a big fat zero.
That FBI complaint was initiated by then-Supervisor Neil Derry. Even he could not make something happen.
Why? Well I did an FPPC complaint a little while afterwards over all the free gifts of medical procedures given to county supes that were not reported on their 700 forms. My complaint was deemed invalid according to the FPPC because County Counsel–Ruth Stringer to be exact–notified them that free health care at ARMC was one of the benefits of being a county supe. I tried my hardest to get the FPPC to look at the county codes and benefit packages that showed that not to be the truth but the FPPC would have no part of it. Their mind was totally closed on the subject based on the false information provided by county counsel.
The FBI’s investigation just disappeared, I suspect for the same reason. My sources say they were provided with plenty of evidence but chose to look the other way.
So, although I know there is an investigation going on, I’m not holding my breath. I genuinely hope they go after the bad guys, of which there are many. But history tends to repeat itself. If it happens, I will be very happy. If it doesn’t, I won’t be the least bit surprised.
BTW, some of the rumors going around are really far-fetched. Those who see a conspiracy under every rock really are not helping the cause. Corruption is alive and thriving in SBCo. Let’s hope the FBI has the patience to sort it all out.