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76 Are Lured To Arrest By Stimulus Cash

We almost missed this uplifting story from Reuters:

Stimulus checks lure Floridians to their arrest

Fri Aug 28

MIAMI (Reuters) – Police in a Florida city used the promise of economic stimulus checks to lure 76 people to their arrest on a variety of outstanding warrants.

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department set up "Operation Show Me the Money" to round up people wanted on charges ranging from second-degree murder to guns and drug charges to failure to pay child support.

Using the name of the fictitious "South Florida Stimulus Coalition," police mailed letters asking the suspects to call an undercover phone line and make appointments to claim their money. When they showed up at an auditorium and presented their identification, they were led to an area where uniformed police were waiting to arrest them.

Police said such roundups are safer and more efficient than serving warrants at people’s homes.

"You totally control the environment whereas when you’re walking up to someone’s home there’s an unknown factor there," Police Sergeant Frank Sousa said on Friday.

The operation ended on Thursday night and Sousa declined to say how much money the suspects were offered.

"They were not large dollar amounts," he said. "No one was promised thousands of dollars."

It’s good to see these stimulus dollars doing some good, at long last.

(Thanks to Master Of Metacognition for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, September 1st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “76 Are Lured To Arrest By Stimulus Cash”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    AT LAST!!!
    A gubbamint program that even I can agree with!!

    • sandztorm says:

      They should try this out in Detroit, they got mobbed when they announced stimulus money. They could advertise in the Detroit Free press, that they are giving away $10 stimulus checks for the 1st million people that show. When 500,000 people show up, they can try and break the Guinness book record on Congo lines..

  2. proreason says:

    Didn’t Obamy use a similar sting operation Nov 4, 2008?

  3. canary says:

    “South Florida Stimulus Coalition,” humor is they gave it a “radical” name making it look like it came straight from Obomie’s Commies Coalitions’ Army.

    uh oh. Obomie might make this a national method to pick his civilian gestapo. The seasoned at breaking into houses, with guns, ….. We’ll have to see what the ACLU that likes to pick the most criminal to aid does.

  4. Right of the People says:

    Stupid is as stupid does. Thank God there aren’t very many smart criminals.

  5. MinnesotaRush says:

    I’m anxious to see the breakdown on this gangs “citizen” status.

  6. GL0120 says:

    Can this be modified for use against TCO and congress?

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