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Obama’s Jobless Woman Has Criminal Past

From from the Charlotte, WV CBS affiliate, WCAV CBS-19:


Local Woman Convicted of Drug Fraud Joins Obama at the Podium

President Barack Obama posed with a Charlottesville woman at a White House event on July 19. What we didn’t know – and what the White House may not have known – is that court records show she’s been found guilty of prescription drug fraud.

Jul 28, 2010

Charlottesville resident Leslie Macko was once employed at ACAC in the Albemarle Square Shopping Center. In April 2009, she lost her job as an aesthetician in the spa at ACAC.

President Barack Obama called on Congress last week to extend unemployment insurance. Macko stood next to the President of the United States as his example of the need to extend jobless benefits.

CBS19’s Jessica Jaglois has learned that Macko was found guilty of prescription drug fraud in March 2009, one month before Macko lost her job at ACAC. She served a one year probationary sentence.

Macko joined two other unemployed people and President Obama at the podium for a speech designed to encourage lawmakers to extend jobless benefits.

"We need to extend unemployment compensation benefits for women like Leslie Macko, who lost her job at a fitness center last year, and has been looking for work ever since. Because she’s eligible for only a few more weeks of unemployment, she’s doing what she never thought she’d have to do. Not at this point, anyway. She’s turning to her father for financial support," Obama said in his speech.

CBS19 contacted Leslie Macko about the conviction, and she declined to comment until she speaks with her attorney. We have also reached out to the White House to see if they know the full story behind the woman they chose to stand next to President Obama, but have not received comment from them either.

  Update!

From WCAV CBS-19:

UPDATE: White House Reacts to Guest’s Criminal Past

President Barack Obama posed with a Charlottesville resident at a White House event on July 19. What we didn’t know – and what the White House may not have known – is that court records show she’s been found guilty of two crimes.

July 29, 2010

(CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA) — In his daily press briefing Thursday afternoon, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the White House would have never invited Leslie Macko to pose with President Obama had they known about her criminal past. Macko, a Charlottesville resident, stood next to President Obama as his example of the need to extend jobless benefits.

"We need to extend unemployment compensation benefits for women like Leslie Macko, who lost her job at a fitness center last year, and has been looking for work ever since. Because she’s eligible for only a few more weeks of unemployment, she’s doing what she never thought she’d have to do. Not at this point, anyway. She’s turning to her father for financial support," Obama said in his speech.

Macko was once employed at ACAC Fitness and Wellness Center in the Albemarle Square Shopping Center. However, in April 2009, a month after being found guilty of prescription drug fraud, she lost her job as an aesthetician in the spa at ACAC.

CBS19 learned Thursday that Macko, who appeared in the Rose Garden with President Barack Obama on July 19, has had more than one run-in with the law. In June of 2007, Macko was charged with grand larceny. The charge was reduced in court to petit larceny, and she was sentenced to two years probation.

ACAC CEO Greg Wells tells the Newsplex that Macko was not terminated nor discharged because of any illegal activity, but Wells would not comment on the condition of her termination.

The Legal Aid Justice Center, which represented Leslie Macko in her claim for unemployment benefits, released this statement to the Newsplex Thursday evening:

"Between March 2005 and April 2009, Ms. Macko was employed as an aesthetician by ACAC. When she was terminated in April 2009, Ms. Macko applied for unemployment benefits. On June 15, 2009, Ms. Macko was determined to be qualified for unemployment benefits. ACAC appealed that determination. After a hearing on the merits of Ms. Macko’s case, the original determination was affirmed on September 14, 2009.

Ms. Macko was convicted of two unrelated misdemeanors. Throughout the unemployment proceedings, ACAC never alleged that Ms. Macko’s termination was related to those cases." ..

CBS19 contacted Leslie Macko about the conviction, and she declined to comment until she speaks with her attorney. We have also reached out to the White House to see if they know the full story behind the woman they chose to stand next to President Obama, but have not received comment from them either.

Obviously, the White House never bothers to vet anyone. (Cf. the state dinner-crashing Salahis.)

Of course, if our watchdog media had done their jobs, Mr. Obama wouldn’t have been standing there, either.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 30th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Obama’s Jobless Woman Has Criminal Past”

  1. blindboygrunt says:

    If Leslie’s so hard up for cash, why doesn’t she just whip up some fake scripts and sell pills to the local kids?

    You know, this is really, really pathetic. The poster child for more taxpayer handouts is a convicted criminal. Could you imagine if W. did something like this? It would be everywhere; just more proof that he’s a total and complete idiot.

  2. fallingpianos says:

    The only difference between Leslie Macko and Barack Obama is the degree of criminality they’ve engaged in. Birds of a feather, they are.

  3. canary says:

    Macko must be the new WH Personal Trainer CZAR for Michelle’s 1st lady “move forward” project.
    Obama halted Macko doing butt tucks with Michelle, put her in a dress to take a quick shoot by the WH Cinema Czars.

    UPDATE: Obama new WH Party Crasher was doing show.

    WH India party crasher Michaele Salahi is interviewed pg 41 in TV Guide Aug 2-15 issue on her new reality show. –
    “The Real Housewives of Washington D.C.” by Ingela Ratledge. Salahi will throw a polo event in 1st episode.

    ex WH gate-crasher Michaelse Salahi says,

    “Gate-crasher is not a term I’m comfortable with.
    The producers from the show were with me that entire day;
    I haven’t seen the footage and I have no idea what the editing will be, but hopefully they’ll show the truth.
    We didn’t crash anything.”

    Obama’s smitten love affair with the camera may have led him to believe Michaelse Salahi was an India Princess of Royalty w/bleached hair.

    I think the WH saying they may not change their back-ground policy checks over this last blooper says a lot. They don’t know anyone honest to invite.

  4. chainsaw says:

    I’m actually surprised that this administration used real unemployed people as props.

    Why was Obama even talking unemployment? According to Joe, I thought Obama’s economic stimulus plan was working “better than we had hoped for”?

    It’s funny in a pathetic way, here’s a known criminal that is receiving unemployment benefits. A criteria in order to receive benefits is to fill out and turn in job search forms (no fraud here, now move on).

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    You are who you associate with………….here’s your sign!!

  6. AcornsRNutz says:

    What I wonder about is why this ACAC bunch takes such great pains to say they didn’t fire her because she was a criminal. I mean, isn’t it ok for a private employer to not want (and therefore not hire) criminals? Of course that is a sarcastic question.

    The next time I see some tearjerking expose or sappy movie about how convicts trying to turn their lives around can’t find work and go back to crime, I will remember this story and laugh.

  7. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Leslie made a foolish mistake. She has paid her debt to society. But to use her as a prop is yet another bad move by the arrogant socialist party. I delight in their error.

  8. untrainable says:

    “The charge was reduced in court to petit larceny, and she was sentenced to two years probation.”

    What’s petit larceny? I guess they can’t actually use the word “petty” in a story about the lord god king. Even to describe one of his reusable handpuppets. I know it means the same thing, but just like every other slipped truth that get’s out about this regime, if we just call it something different… maybe it won’t sound so bad. (see – man made disaster) This is just another pittiful example of Obama’s relentless stupidity.

    Could it be that this woman can’t get a job in her field because she committed fraud in that field? Maybe li’l Timmy Geitner can find her a place at treasury. She has the qualifications to be one of his best people. She’s a convicted criminal.

  9. proreason says:

    “Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the White House would have never invited Leslie Macko to pose with President Obama had they known about her criminal past”

    Gee Bob, if they couldn’t showcase their criminals, who would they have to showcase?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Great point, pro!
      I thought being a criminal was a prerequisite for a photo-op with “The Little Engine That Couldn’t.”


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