The Department of Justice, in a rare moment of clarity, found Philadelphia’s gun buyback program misused most of its grant money. Government corruption in my city? The hell you say!
The Department of Justice (DOJ) says a Philadelphia gun buyback program misused more than $450,000 provided for the program. The buyback program was administered by the Police Safety Net (PSN). [T]he DOJ’s inspector general found that “62 percent” of the total grant money allotted to the PSN was used for “unallowable, unsupported, and/or unreasonable” expenses.
For example, PSN’s executive director Raymond Jones used some of the money to give “himself an $85,065 pay increase” over a period of two years. This brought his annual pay to $287,565.
PSN was supposed to use the money to buy gift cards to be given to citizens who brought guns into the buyback program. However, the DOJ also discovered there were 280 gift cards which had not been traded for a firearm yet could not be accounted for. (H/T – James)
The gun buyback program was already a joke. You’re not reducing violence by turning in a rusted .38-caliber revolver with a missing cylinder. The fact the money was completely misused is the icing on top of a Fudgy The FAIL cake.