Wednesday, June 7, 2017
DA story takes an amusing algebra turn
Until now I've avoided saying anything about the District Attorney Craig Blitzer story. The affair was shaking out to be nothing more than a couple of elected District Attorneys taking advantage of their positions. Two DAs bilked taxpayers by hiring their wives to do nothing than collect $100,000 in ill-gotten booty. Nothing new here, right?
Now the Greensboro News' Danny Battaglia has revealed that Cindy Blitzer, wife of Rockingham County DA Craig Blitzer, was enrolled as a full-time student at South University at the same time she was employed as a full-time employee of the Caswell County DAs office.
Apparently Blitzer and Caswell County DA Wallace Bradsher hired each other's wife to do nothing except collect a paycheck.
The scam began to fall apart when an employee in Bradsher's office reported the impropriety to the SBI. The employee was naturally fired for squealing and then it all started tumbling down around Blitzer and Bradsher.
Now Battaglia has revealed the best part of the story. Battaglia says Craig Blitzer paid one of his assistant District Attorneys to take an Algebra I course for Cindy Blitzer.
Apparently South University is one of those "Universitys" that issues credit for taking a high school level course online. How does the University know who is actually taking the course when the course is administered on the internet? Answer is it doesn't know.
Battaglia reports the assistant DA was paid $50 and a Longhorn gift certificate for getting Cindy Blitzer a passing grade on Algebra I. It was pretty good deal for the Blitzers. I'm sure any high school kid would gladly pay $50 and a Longhorn gift certificate to anyone willing to take his Algebra I course.
I wonder whether Blitzer's employee took the Algebra course on his own time or during work hours.
But, wait...the story gets better. Another one of Blitzer's DAs took an online high school Algebra II course for Cindy Blitzer. There is no word on what the second employee received for his work on Algebra II. Whatever he received, I'm sure it included a heaping of Craig Blitzer's gratitude. and perhaps an Amazon gift card.
The Blitzers resigned months ago when the investigation got to cranking. As far as I know, Bradsher is still serving as the Caswell DA.
And the story continues to evolve...