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Saturday, March 11, 2006
Another White House Arrest?!?!!!

I guess it is par for the Bush course that the President’s former Assistant for Domestic Policy, responsible for the early Katrina response and some of the First Lady's faith based efforts such as October 2005's Helping America's Youth Conference, has been arrested for quite a bit of shoplifting.
This morning’s Washington Post succinctly summed up l’affair Claude:

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.

According to Montgomery County Maryland’s government website:

Claude Alexander Allen, age 45, of the 7200 block of Cliff Pine Drive in Gaithersburg, was charged with theft scheme over $500 and theft over $500…The Target Loss Prevention Manger contacted Montgomery County Police [when] it was learned that Allen had been receiving refunds in an amount exceeding $5,000 during last year. Some of the fraudulent returns were made at Target stores and some at Hecht’s stores. He would buy items, take them out to his car, and return to the store with the receipt. He would select the same items he had just purchased, and then return them for a refund. Allen is known to have conducted approximately 25 of these types of refunds…He obtained refunds for items ranging from clothing, a Bose theater system, stereo equipment, and photo printer to items valued only at $2.50.

Allen faces a total of 30 years in prison if convicted of the two charges.
A search of his name on the site, as of this posting, still returns 385 hits with headings such as “President Thanks Domestic Policy Advisor Allen” and “Allen Hosts ‘Ask The White House’”…Not found were headings such as “Allen Hotwires President’s Limo” and “President Thanks Allen for Fabulous Stereo”.

Allen’s resignation from the White House follows a pattern established by the President’s former head of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, David H. Safavian.

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