$100 Billion in COVID Relief Stolen
Criminals have stolen nearly $100 billion in covid-19 relief funds, the Secret Service announced on December 21. The presidential protection service also functions in financial fraud investigations. It has so far arrested over 100 criminals and recovered about $2.3 billion in stolen funds. The perpetrators range from individuals to organized groups. But there are still over 900 active investigations with cases in every state in the Union.
Much of the theft has come from fraudulent claims. One Oregon dentist has been charged with stealing $8 million in relief. He allegedly successfully applied for and received loans meant for struggling restaurants by claiming he owned three restaurants in Florida. One Florida man received $2.1 million in fraudulent Paycheck Protection Program loans. He spent most of the money on a new Lamborghini, Rolex watches and designer clothes. In Michigan, the state paid over $8.5 billion in fraudulent jobless claims through the course of the pandemic. This despite not paying a further $43 billion in fraudulent claims.
The total pot for covid-19 relief was $5.3 trillion. The amount stolen is 3 percent of the available funds. According to Assistant Special Agent in Charge Roy Dotson, the size and easy accessibility of the pot made theft nearly irresistible for criminals. “There’s no doubt that the programs were easily accessible online. And so, with that, comes the opportunity for bad actors to get into that mix,” he told cnbc. “I’ve been in law enforcement for over 29 years, and worked some complex fraud investigations for 20 plus years, and I’ve never seen something at this scale.”
This is the result of living in a society that justifies stealing at a self-checkout. It’s the result of living in a country where broke states justify stealing housing aid to finance unsustainable government programs. It’s the result of living in a country where political elites are willing to subvert the will of the people and steal an election.
“Can we stop fraud? Will we? No, but I think we can definitely prosecute those that need to be prosecuted, and we can do our best to recover as much fraudulent pandemic funds that we can,” Dotson concluded.
We live in a society based on greed and deceit, disregarding morality and law in favor of pleasure and self-gratification. While there are laws that Dotson and others work hard to enforce, they aren’t effective because people refuse to embrace the spiritual laws codified in the Bible.
Some readers may believe that societal conditions have nothing to do with our moral condition or the Bible. But the reality is, American foreign policy is in shambles. The stratospheric national debt has been ignored for decades. And now, certain goods and groceries are either unavailable or nearly twice as expensive as they were a year ago. These are worrying effects of something. And for every effect there is a cause.
The breaking of the laws spelled out in the Bible is the cause. America’s loss of prestige and influence is a direct result of increasing moral decadence. In Hosea 4, God warns the nation of Israel that He has a “controversy” or legal case against them. This case is “because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood” (verses 1-2). Herbert W. Armstrong proved in The United States and Britain in Prophecy that America and Britain descended from ancient Israel. Therefore, Bible prophecies about Israel are chiefly about modern-day America and Britain.
Despite having a special relationship with God, based on His law, the nations of Israel have repeatedly broken God’s laws throughout history. The theft of $100 billion proves that this disobedience is only getting worse. Disobedience to God’s law is the cause for the curses God is bringing on these nations.
While God promises curses for disobedience, He also promises blessings for obedience: “The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them” (Deuteronomy 28:12-13).
Society today is based on the way of get. But these blessings outlined in the Bible are a result of living the way of give. They come from obedience to God’s law, which is built on the principle of complete selflessness. That is what God expects from the people He has a special relationship with.
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