While there are many things to dislike about the People’s Republic of Arlington, including its corrupt court system, abusive Sheriff’s deputies, and antifamily Department of Human Services), one of the nice things is its annual “Taste of Arlington,” where over 50 restaurants participate and show off their menu items. On average, 40,000 people each year who live in the greater Washington, D.C. area attend. So, enjoy and keep Arlington’s child victims, like Ashlie Mae O’Brien and Sabrina Hey, in your thoughts and prayers.
One of the basic international and constitutional rights is a right to a fair trial, and to treated as innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately that has not been the experience of many in Arlington courts and it jail, whether it be a high profile case like that of Michael Gardner, a person who is deaf,* or others, who have been written about from time to time in this blog.
Very unhealthy for modern society; not even fit for Neanderthals.
*: Abreham Zemedagegehu is deaf and he found himself locked up in jail by the Arlington Courts and the Arlington County Sheriff. He knew he was in jail, but he didn’t know why. Eventually, Abreham Zemedagegehu learned that he’d been accused of stealing an iPad — an iPad whose owner later found it. He spent the next six weeks in jail, unable to communicate with his jailers because he is deaf. He described a frightening, isolated experience in which medical procedures were performed without his consent and he feared for his safety.
On March 14, 2014, Zemedagegehu struck a plea deal, pleading guilty to lesser misdemeanor charges in exchange for time served. Zemedagegehu says he only took the deal to get of jail, and that he didn’t steal the iPad.
Zemedagegehu’s public defender filed a motion after the guilty plea seeking to have the conviction overturned, saying prosecutors failed to turn over evidence that the man who claimed his iPad was stolen actually had found it some time before the guilty plea. Prosecutors deny withholding evidence.
A judge refused to overturn the conviction, saying the appeal had been filed too late.
Given that it was Arlington, his mistreatment is not surprising — it is routine for the Arlington County judicial system.
Those of you who are following this news blog, know that we have reported from time to time on the malicious victimization of foster children by some group home operators and Arlington DHS to shift costs for foster care from themselves to Medicaid. They do this by having the child as having special needs, and then applying for Medicaid to pick up the tab.
Intercept Youth Services is one of those operators who Arlington DHS has used to accomplish this fraudulent deed. In an incriminating interview with the Chesterfield Observer Mark Bogart, the owner and executive director of Intercept boasted about using this money shifting strategy:
“We haven’t been in the news because we are good operators and keep a low profile,” said Mark Bogert, owner and executive director of Intercept. “We strategically locate to have low impact on neighbors. We avoid locating in bad neighborhoods with bad schools for the sake of the kids and the Commonwealth.”
….Funding for group homes comes from local, state and federal governments. “When we pioneered a federal program that bills Medicaid, we saved the Commonwealth millions of dollars,” explained Bogert. He declined to give further financial information.
Arlington DHS, stop the Medicaid fraud and stop victimizing our kids and their families.
- Intercept Homes Use Medicaid to Pay The Commonwealth’s Expenses
- Warehousing Arlington’s Children at Medicaid Expense
Just in case you have not been following it, Washington DC went ahead and spent 200 million dollars on a “starter” streetcar down H Street NE. It has yet to enter service and before it even opens (assuming it ever opens) numerous accidents have occurred.
Mayor Muriel Bowser is wisely revisiting the basic question: should DC proceed with its streetcar? It is looks like they are not going to go forward with spending the $2 billion needed to run and expand the starter 2 mile system.
Just think of what DC could have done with that $200 million they spent so far? Arlington (reluctantly) ultimately made the right decision to not go forward with a streetcar down Columbia Pike. Kudos to the Board members who fought for stopping that waste of money.
Now…if they could only stop wasting money on the Arlington Department of Human Services and the family courts that are destroying families and ruining children’s lives in Arlington….
Arlington, give back the kids you took from good families and save taxpayer money, too!