Here are a couple of definitions of the word “fraud” that I found on the internet using “U.S.Legal Definitions, and “The Free Dictionary”
A deception deliberately practiced in order to secure unfair or unlawful gain
One that defrauds; a cheat
Fraud may also be made by an omission or purposeful failure to state material facts, which nondisclosure makes other statements misleading.
Governor Perdue has launched a campaign to crack down on Medicaid fraud. I believe this could be a good campaign and I hope it will be worth the effort (she is asking that the Attorney General’s Medicaid Investigations Unit be doubled in size…)
Ms. Perdue certainly should know fraud when she sees it. 31 unreported flights – deliberate omissions from her campaign finance reports. What she calls “mistakes” in her campaign appear to be “a deception deliberately practiced in order to secure unfair or unlawful gain”.
Only when it was reported that former Governor Mike Easley was going to appear before the State Board of Elections to explain campaign finance fraud in his campaign reports did she just happen to find some of the same “mistakes” in hers.
Digging deeper you will see that she really had to systematically fail to report thousands of dollars of expenditures because many of the flights were made by business entities and corporations – a blatant violation of the law.
Ms. Perdue is making a mockery of North Carolina’s election laws. And as time moves on and more “mistakes” are revealed, one wonders if she is putting the State Board of Elections in a difficult position, at least the members and Executive Director appointed by the Governor.