Here is a story you won’t find in the Boston Globe, but one that should be there.
Patricia Walsh separated from her state-employed husband in 1984, but through their expertise in the art of hackdom, Mrs. Walsh maintained her state dependent health care coverage fraudulently for 20 years. The fraudulent coverage was not discovered until 2004, when her former husband died. Then, according to the Attleboro Sun Chronicle:
After his death, the state agency overseeing the coverage discovered the mistake, denied her the benefit but did not order back payment of premiums for the years of coverage.
Not content with getting 20 years of fraudulent subsided health care benefits, State Senator Marian Walsh filed an earmark to this year’s budget on behalf of Mrs. Walsh that would have provided subsided health insurance for the 82 year old, who is the mother of former Plymouth County DA Paul Walsh (not related to Marian except in the tribal sense).
Governor Deval Patrick vetoed the earmark.
Here is hack Chutzpah at its very finest. Mr. Walsh apparently learned well from mom and dad.