new speaker of the Me House$1.6M-from-Taxpayers

” This month Maine voters elected a Tea Party governor (thanks to a 3-way race) and turned control of the State House over to the Republicans for the first time in 30 years. Governor-elect LePage got a lot of support by railing against able-bodied “welfare cheats” who supposedly are draining the coffers of the Maine treasury.

So, in their first major action post-election, who do the Republicans elect as the new House Speaker?  A certain Robert Nutting. Mr. Nutting owned a pharmacy and several years ago was at the center of “Diapergate” – a scheme where his store overbilled MaineCare, the state and federally-funded  Medicaid program, by $1.6 million.

True’s Pharmacy, which Nutting owned from 1970 until it closed in 2003, was found to have overbilled the state-and-federal program by about $1.6 million for sales of adult incontinency products, such as diapers and bed liners, according to an audit in 2001. Nutting was a member of the Legislature at the time.

Unable to repay the money fast enough, the company went into bankruptcy and its assets were liquidated, leaving nearly $1.2 million in remaining debt, according to state records obtained by MaineToday Media. That balance was wiped out in the bankruptcy, and the state and federal governments were forced to absorb the loss.

This is the face of the Maine GOP’s commitment to fiscal responsibility: take from the hated “government” and then use the protection of the courts in order to avoid paying your debts…..”

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