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Alabama again: Boy Scouts padding the rolls with "John Does" for $$

Good night. I cannot believe – wait, I can — how STUPID these people in Alabama are. If you’re going to try and bilk money out of the United Way and other charities by padding your list of Boy Scouts, then for goodness sakes, don’t put 20 Does on the list. How hard is it to make up names, you dumb f*cks? They padded the rolls by 30-40%! (CNN):

Boy Scout volunteer Tom Willis knew something was wrong when he saw that 20 youngsters on the list for a scouting program all had the same last name: Doe.

Willis said it appeared someone was listing fake members to boost enrollment, perhaps to bring in more funding from agencies like the United Way or to make paid Boy Scout recruiters look better.

“It was just so blatant. They didn’t even try to make up names,” said Willis, a dentist from Decatur and a former Eagle Scout who serves on the board of the Greater Alabama Boy Scout Council, which runs scouting programs in northeastern Alabama.

Now the FBI is investigating whether the council padded its membership rolls. It is just the latest investigation around the country into whether the Boy Scouts have inflated their numbers. The FBI refused to comment. The council said on its Web site early this month that Scout officials were cooperating with investigators and conducting an internal audit.

…longtime scout volunteer Larry Cox said he got used to seeing paperwork from council headquarters in Birmingham that listed the names of youngsters who had dropped out of scouting or had never been part of the organization.

The council received millions of dollars from United Way chapters during the six-year period, and is slated to get around $1 million this year.

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