LETTERS: Fraud ignored; Protect workers

Fraud ignored

There are thousands of cases that go around in the United State and most of them get settled over short or long periods of time. In most trials, they have the evidence to charge the suspect.

In the article, “7 indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud US (Nov. 29), they allegedly got away with stealing more than $500,000 over a 10-year span. Those seven people apparently got away with doing this for 10 years.

One of the suspects is Jose Luis Gonzales; he has four counts of money laundering against him. He allegedly created a scheme to submit fraudulent unemployment insurance claims at the request of his coconspirators with the Texas Workforce Commission. They reportedly got away with doing this for 10 years.

On Oct. 22 he allegedly filed an insurance claim by “wired communication,” creating fake employer accounts. Gonzales allegedly created a fake company, address, company information, hourly wages and telephone numbers.

I understand how this would get over them based on how well he had his information. he had everything credited for. All the money they apparently were getting and how much they were giving, and no one checks up on any of the businesses. They allegedly ran this scheme from August 2008 to September 2018 and submitted roughly 50 fake unemployment insurance claims.

Ten years is a long time to take advantage of the government and get away with it. More attention should be paid to where they’re giving their money, because many people could be doing this at the moment and it could be going unnoticed. That money could actually be going to people who truly need it.

Julian Garza


Protect workers

Regarding the Nov. 29 column, “Deportation of immigrant workers hurt all Americans” by Michael Felsen, it is sad to hear how even in today’s society discrimination still exists.

The story of Delmer Joel Ramirez Palma is one that is too often heard. He wants to do the right thing by making his supervisor aware of safety problems and in return he gets an order of deportation.

One can wonder if it was just coincidence that he got deported after being interviewed about the collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans or if it was an example to others, especially those undocumented. Even if it were a coincidence, it could have a strong impact on those who fear speaking up to defend what is right. They are silenced to keep from speaking up when they see firsthand those things that are wrong, and out of need they continue to work in those conditions.

With the high number of undocumented workers, 8 million, it is alarming to think how many of those 8 million are working in unsafe working conditions, especially when it not only affects them but every American who has some form of contact with the hazards in things such as buildings.

The reintroduction of POWER (Protect Our Workers from Exploitation and Retaliation) Act should help those who need more protection due to their immigration status. Those living in the United States, whether they are here legally or illegally, should have the same protection. Americans should realize that these individuals do hard-honest work and put their hours in like any other American.

Greg Gutierrez