No wonder the folks over at DSS have been a little jumpy these last few months with the feds poking around the office who could blame them.
According to The Charlotte Observer a federal grand jury in August of 2009 requested more than three years of financial documents from a now-defunct Giving Tree charity program run by the Mecklenburg Department of Social Services.
The August request came as authorities were conducting a criminal investigation into a "suspected felony," the subpoena states.
In December of 2009 the Charlotte Observer requested to see any subpoenas to county employees or elected officials related to the county's ongoing DSS probes, but the county said there were none to inspect.
But after a subsequent request that was worded more broadly, the county produced the document.
Asked why the August subpoena wasn't disclosed earlier, Deputy County Attorney Tyrone Wade said Friday that the Observer's first request asked for subpoenas of individuals. But he said the subpoena was for "county produced records" and not addressed to an employee or elected official. How do you spell weasel Mr. Wade?
The shady dealings of Mecklenburg County and the Department of Social Services doesn't surprise Cedar Posts but apparently as the details began to unfold Mayor Foxx encouraged his wife leave the DSS just after the first of the year.
The murky waters of Mecklenburg County Gov/Co run by Harry Jones and his cast of merry thieves also known as the BOCC have turned municipal government into a dirty word.
At some point the taxpayers need to wake up and take notice, but the fact that BOCC Bill James is unopposed in November's election doesn't give much hope of throwing the bums out.
Hopefully what elections can't correct a full blown criminal investigation will.