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I lied when I applied for welfare, rolling in on a stolen wheelchair. My situation, all staff agreed, was so obvious, they saw no need for a background check; in fact they made no effort to contact the fictitious doctor I said I had, not even jotting down on a pad his name, phone and address, an on-the-spot made up guess. The papers I had to sign were many and the name I used was phony. And that was it. Imagine how surprised I was when my first check arrived a few days later. And it went like this until someone at the welfare office – an auditor no doubt, or a clerk (a few brain cells above a jerk.) Well, to make a long story short, I quickly had my day in court; found guilty and given a sentence for lying, deceit, and fraudulence. I’m serving time now, as they say. Remarkably I get three meals a day, free medical care, no lawyer’s fees, and a host of other freebees. Then, too, time to read and study in a well equipped prison library where on weekends I read about our justice system, trying to figure out the best way I can beat the system without a glytch or problem and graduate with a law degree and a job guaranteed to keep me off of welfare, provided I keep on the mend and not return to prison – unless arrested, convicted, and do time again for another or worse crime.

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Date: 10/19/2022 8:33:00 AM
Fantastic writing, Maurice. I'm sure you're not surprised if I tell you this happens more often than you or I might suspect. There are a sizable number of folks who make a fine living conning this or that agency.
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Maurice Rigoler
Date: 10/19/2022 9:09:00 AM
Yes, indeed! It's especially rampant in governments and with politicians. Many who start their political careers relatively poor leave quite wealthy. Thanks for thr stop by, Milton. / Maureen
Date: 10/19/2022 8:04:00 AM
would that the system worked as well in the real world.....although the rates of recidivism are dropping as the DA's are not prosecuting and therefore......
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Date: 10/19/2022 9:12:00 AM
If it worked as it should, I fear all politicians would be serving long terms in prison, with early elections to replace them! Thanks for the comment, John. / Maurice
Date: 10/19/2022 7:39:00 AM
Wonderful write ~ enjoyed
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Maurice Rigoler
Date: 10/19/2022 9:13:00 AM
Thanks for reading me today. Come again. / Maurice