TRUMP’s Republicans Just BUSTED Up The WORST WELFARE SCAM IN HISTORY …
The law allowing former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., to collect about $100,000 a year in workers’ compensation, even though he pleaded guilty to looting his campaign fund, is wrong and needs to be changed, Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., told the Chicago Sun-Times.
“I believe if you’re a member of Congress and you are convicted of stealing campaign funds, you should not be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Members of Congress need to be good stewards of taxpayer money,” Davis said.
“We’re reviewing the process and possible legislative options to prevent the abuse of this program that is meant for honest-working taxpayers,” he said.
There has been much discussion about the Sun Time reporting because most people cannot believe anyone can collect over $100,000 in workers comp. But the Sun Times is not backing down from their and again laid out their claims. Lynn Sweet said,
“A benefit statement in the D.C. court file from the Department of Labor Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation states Jackson’s “date of injury” as June 1, 2012.
Jackson’s income from workers comp and Social Security Disability Insurance provides him with a gross income of $138,452, according to a report from the D.C. government Child Support Services Division filed with the D.C. court.
Jackson gets $124,052 per year in workers comp and SSDI benefits for himself. An additional $14,400 per year is for SSDI “derivative benefits” flowing to the Jackson children and counting as Jackson’s income.
That’s a hefty sum, considering that when Jackson went to Congress in 1995 his base salary was $133,600. When he resigned while under an investigative cloud in November 2012, the base salary for lawmakers was $174,000.”
And according to Jackson’s lawyer, he got paid while serving time in jail – how is this possible?
Jackson lawyer Brendan Hammer said about “one-fourth or one-third” of the $138,452 is from SSDI,” before confirming that “Jackson’s family did receive payments during the time Jackson was in prison, though the amount was reduced.”
“Since approximately 2013, Former Congressman Jackson has qualified and repeatedly re-qualified for certain benefits — without issue,” Hammer replied in an email.
“Any questions now arising regarding these benefits, and the extensive processes associated with their initial granting and subsequent renewal, should be directed to the relevant departments of federal government that awarded them consistently and for over 3 1/2 years — until a very public and politically sensitive divorce received media attention.
That said the judge disagreed with the diagnosis. During Jackson’s sentencing hearing on September 19, 2013, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson said, “the information that was provided to me concerning your mental health issues is somewhat thin. . . . There was little provided about the actual diagnosis. . . . Some of the depression and stress has been directly related to the fear of exposure and the public disgrace and the pendency of this case.”