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Ty
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Why are our state wildlife agencies out of control?

Every time you turn around, they are caught with their hand in the cookie jar. These state wildlife agencies seem to be more corrupt than ever before.

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Ty wrote:
Why are our state wildlife agencies out of control?

Every time you turn around, they are caught with their hand in the cookie jar. These state wildlife agencies seem to be more corrupt than ever before.

Please elaborate farther on these charges. Perhaps be more specific as to which State(s) are out of control and where does the corruption lie?

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Looks like Ty might have a personal axe to grind. Shame on You! He sure didn't put much on his profile. He might even be one of those......ugh PETA persons! Be more specific Ty and we won't imagine bad things about you.

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Here is just one example in TN. They have also had problems with their Wardens selling drugs while on duty.

Audit Says TWRA May 'Condone' Abuses

From Bryan Staples:

A newly released state audit blasts the management of the agency that's supposed to look out for Tennessee's wildlife, accusing a West Tennessee supervisor of looking out for himself.

The audit found that a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency equipment supervisor authorized and approved two of his employees to take three days of sick leave when they weren't really sick.

Instead, the two equipment operators were helping him build a shed on his private property, the audit says.

The same supervisor also reportedly admitted giving state property -- a large engine from a dragline crane, two used tires and an oil burning stove -- to one of the employees that had worked on his property.

According to the audit, he also admitted that he gave other employees metal shelving, that he built a steel welding table to take home and that he borrowed an agency's four-wheeler for personal use.

Add to that, one of the equipment operators -- according to the audit --abused his sick leave, took a state-owned equipment trailer for his private welding business and falsified an invoice for welding repairs.

As a result, the audit says the TWRA management suspended the supervisor for 10 days without pay. Management imposed a five-day suspension on the equipment operator.

But get this: an internal investigation had recommended severe punishment for those involved, including termination for one employee.

TWRA management chose not to follow the recommendation and imposed lesser degrees of punishment.

Auditors were clearly not happy with TWRA stating:

"Management's response appears to condone the falsification of the invoice in order to facilitate payment. If the agency was complicit with the falsification of the invoice in order to facilitate payment, it is another indication of management's disregard of established internal control procedures."

TWRA officials, however, insist that they acted appropriately in handling the misconduct.

Source: http://www.NewsChannel5.com

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Ironwood wrote:
Looks like Ty might have a personal axe to grind. Shame on You! He sure didn't put much on his profile. He might even be one of those......ugh PETA persons! Be more specific Ty and we won't imagine bad things about you.

How long have you been a member of PETA?

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Former wildlife officer to plead guilty to taking payments on state fines

SOUTH-CENTRAL KENTUCKY BUREAU

A former state wildlife officer plans to plead guilty to illegally taking payments from poachers.

Stephen Ray Isaacs’ attorney filed a motion for him to be re-arraigned on one charge that he pocketed a $1,000 fine payment that was supposed to go to the state. The purpose of a re-arraignment is for a defendant to plead guilty.

The motion became publicly available Monday.

U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves scheduled the hearing for Aug. 6 in federal court in London.

A grand jury indicted Isaacs, of Mount Vernon, in May on 17 counts of mail fraud.

The indictment said that in the spring of 2005, Isaacs approached two men convicted of poaching deer and turkey and told them to send their fine payments to a post-office box Isaacs controlled. Isaacs also told the men to mark the payments to his attention, the indictment said.

Isaacs was a state conservation officer at the time. The poachers’ fines were supposed to go to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

From April 2005 to March 2006, Isaacs received 17 payments, totaling $9,500, from the mother of the convicted poachers, the indictment said.

Isaacs stopped working for the department in April 2007.

Source: http://www.kentucky.com

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I dont see corruption of the entire State Agency in either of these cases, just individuals misusing their positions... something that happens in almost all organizations, private and public.
I do see a huge bad judgement call made in the TN case...there should definitely have been terminations handed down.

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JTapia wrote:
I dont see corruption of the entire State Agency in either of these cases, just individuals misusing their positions... something that happens in almost all organizations, private and public.
I do see a huge bad judgement call made in the TN case...there should definitely have been terminations handed down.

The entire State Agency is corrupt because they tried to sweep this under the rug or act as if it is no big deal and actually it is no big deal to them because this type of thing has been going on for years and is just business as usual, nothing has changed. It seems common place for TWRA personnel to be taking what does not belong to them and in some cases even selling illegal drugs while they are on duty driving state vehicles and wearing state uniforms.

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