Here’s an update on the bust of the Bush abstinence education mastermind.
The lawyer for Bush’s former top domestic policy advisor, Claude Allen, told a Maryland court that this case was simply “misunderstandings.”
Tuesday’s Washington Post notes: “Police said they have been able to document 25 instances in which Allen tried to obtain refunds for items he was seen picking up from shelves at Target and Hecht’s stores in Montgomery by using receipts for identical items he had bought earlier.”
Allen was collecting a salary of more than $160,000 during the period of the following sprees, as reported in the Washington Post:
· On the morning of Dec. 24, Allen was filmed selecting a $237 Kodak printer that he paid for with his Visa card. Hours later he obtained a refund at a Target store in Germantown for an identical printer.
· On Dec. 30, Allen bought a $60 jacket, a $25 pair of pants, two shades worth $15 each and two unspecified items worth $2.50 each. Hours later, he received a $125.94 refund for identical items.
· On Jan. 1, he purchased an $88 RCA stereo at a Target store in Gaithersburg. About an hour later, he was videotaped selecting an identical stereo at a Rockville Target store, and he obtained a refund using a receipt that corresponded to the one from Gaithersburg.”
Of course, the key to this case is the hidden identity of those $2.50 items that Allen hustled.
I fear the paltry sums involved may cost Allen his reputation as a visionary.