Secret Amnesty for Financial Fraud? That’s Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Plan
The first thing we found surprising about the amnesty plan announced by federal prosecutors for what they have referred to as a billion dollar disability fraud scheme allegedly involving people who have defrauded and are continuing to defraud the federal railroad disability plan was that they proposed an amnesty plan instead of seeking out and punishing those who engaged in this financial fraud.
Now, we are surprised by something else. A story in today’s issue of Newsday by John Riley indicates that Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara plans to keep the names of those who participate in the amnesty plan secret.
Because we believe the government will not be able to keep this information secret – and in fact will be required to disclose it – this may be just another indication that the plan has not been well thought out.