We don’t even know where to begin on this one. Black privilege? Reverse discrimination? Reverse racism? You be the judge. Walter Terrell will serve six months in jail for fraudulently collecting and cashing his dead mothers Social Security and VA Disability checks for over 37 years after her death.
Terrell, from Detroit, MI, was convicted of stealing more than $280,000 from the U.S. taxpayers during a nearly 4 decade run of fraud. The scheme was uncovered when authorities repeatedly attempted to contact Terrell’s mother when her Medicare benefits went unused for over 3 years. Terrell repeatedly said she was unavailable, on vacation, or had neighbors impersonate her.
We must point out that after researching over 2 dozen stories on this fraud story and Mr. Terrell, we were unable to find any photos of him. No mug shot. No photo from his arrest. No file photos. WHY? Because the media did not want to show a black man as the criminal that he is. The Detroit papers never printed a photo of the man.
But we were able to obtain a photo of the felon by going back through archival footage of the court case by Fox News Detroit and getting a screen capture from the video.
If he was white or Latino his face would have been plastered over every single story about them. But the media is downplaying this story, even as the U.S. Attorney is hinting that this isn’t the entire scope of the fraudulent scheme.
And would a white man, convicted of stealing $280,000 from the U.S. taxpayers, be let off with a slap on the wrist, and not even have to make restitution? Yeah, right, sure, whatever.
The media in Detroit and his neighbors are trying to mitigate his crimes citing his age, his parents had died, he’s alone, he’s black, he was confused, he tried to do the right thing and the government wouldn’t let him, etc.
But each time he signed and/or deposited a check to his account it was a separate felonious crime. So 12 x 37 = 444 Federal felonies. It was actually many more charges as that is 444 felonies for the Social Security checks alone, not counting the VA checks he fraudulently cashed.
Yet he was only sentenced to 6 months in jail with no restitution. How would you fare if you stole $280,000 from the U.S. Government?
“Every single time you write the false name on the check, you sign somebody’s name that is not yours, that is a crime,” said U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider. “Eventually this was direct deposited into his account. So the defendant had to lie to get the direct deposit into his account.”
But Reginald Carpenter, a neighbor of Terrell’s says, “He cut it off like four or five times, but they just kept pursuing and giving it to him.” So Terrell would stop the SS payments, but the government came back repeatedly and forced him to sign up his dead parents, again and again, to the program? Not likely Reginald.
U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider’s take on the fraud scheme is more believable, “It was 37 years of fraud. Thirty-seven years of stealing the government’s money,” he said, and claimed that there is much more welfare fraud than is being reported. “And if you’re not entitled to those benefits, what you should expect is prison time.”