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DOJ: Philly Gun Buyback Program Misused over $450,000

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Washington DC - -( The Department of Justice (DOJ) says a Philadelphia gun buyback program misused more than $450,000 provided for the program. The buyback program was administered by the Police Safety Net (PSN).

According to NBC Philadelphia, the DOJ’s inspector general found that “62 percent” of the total grant money allotted to the PSN was used for “unallowable, unsupported, and/or unreasonable” expenses.

For example, PSN’s executive director Raymond Jones used some of the money to give “himself an $85,065 pay increase” over a period of two years. This brought his annual pay to $287,565.

Moreover, PSN spent “$29,750 in rent on a building that was used once a month” and did not properly account for utility bills totaling $13,947.

PSN was supposed to use the money to buy gift cards to be given to citizens who brought guns into the buyback program. However, the DOJ also discovered there were 280 gift cards which had not been traded for a firearm yet could not be accounted for.

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  • 7 User comments to “DOJ: Philly Gun Buyback Program Misused over $450,000”

    1. “unallowable” “unsupported”, how about Theft, Fraud and Embezzlement? Sounds to me like felony charges need to be filed.

    2. Crooked elected officials and their appointees wasting our hard earned tax dollars, business as usual.

      No charges will be filed for the criminal activity.

      We used to point to Mexico as an example of corrupt politicians and police, now they can use the U.S. as an example of corruption.

    3. How about the state’s DOJ demanding that Mr. Jones repay that $85,000 pay increase? Or that PSN repay the money used to rent the building? Hopefully someone in the DOJ was smart enough to cancel those 280 missing gift cards … or determine if they were ever used.

    4. Larry Cates on January 28, 2014 at 10:45 AM said:

      Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed these greedy, unconscionable politicians are on the fast road to Hell and taking the rest of us and our country with them?

    5. A “gun buyback” is nothing more than feel good political theater that financially benefits an inner city Democrat who has a Washington “connection”.

    6. Leo Smith on January 30, 2014 at 10:04 AM said:

      Philadelphia is as corrupt as Washington D.C. They are both run by the EXTREME LEFT in our society.

    7. Gee, does this mean that we’re not really “a nation of laws”? I guess Chicken Little was right…

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