Don't Feel Sorry For The Oregon Department of Revenue.
This morning’s daily dead FishWrapper works hard
to provide cover for incompetence at the Oregon Department of Revenue, but you
have to deploy your secret decoder ring to find the details.
Let me list a few here:
- A 25 year old woman files a clearly
fraudulent tax return claiming $3 million in wages. Unless she’s Bill Gates daughter that should
have set off alarm bells.
- Then a revenue
department worker approved a $2.1 million refund. Alarm bell number two, since no one smart
enough to make that kind of dough loans it interest free to the door knobs in
- Now the FishWrapper says the poor
folks at revenue are understaffed, but then admits it’s been that way for three years; on
purpose. So they can buy new computers.
And Governor Kitzhaber has let the department run without a director for
more than a year.
Is the worker who
approved this fraud on the job? Revenue
spokesman Derrick Gasperini won’t say. And
the woman who was first tagged for the fraud? She was released by police without
This stinks. But hey, who
cares, it’s Other People’s Money.