The following letter was sent to my representatives in the State Legislature today.
I write to request your assistance in understanding why the Office of Criminal Investigation sent two agents to my home requesting information about the Union County Watchdog Association’s non-profit status. I suspect that dispatching the special agents to address an anonymous complaint regarding an entirely administrative question was a clear effort to intimidate me from continuing my activities as a leader of the UCWA.
Had the agents or their supervisors bothered to research the false allegation that the UCWA was not registered with the State of New Jersey and allowed to lawfully solicit charitable donations, they would have discovered that the UCWA was indeed properly registered. Had they sent a letter, an email, or made a phone call prior to making their trip to my home unannounced the matter could have been readily resolved.
Imagine my astonishment when two Special Agents from the Office of Criminal Investigation arrived at my doorstep on the morning of January 11, 2012 to investigate the UCWA. Can it be that the choice to send state agents to address such a minor matter is commonplace in a state struggling to balance its budget?
As your constituent I hope and expect that you will help me put an end to the intimidation of individuals who are trying to participate in their government and taking a stand against government waste, corruption and incompetence in New Jersey. And if I am incorrect in my assumption that this is not the normal way to deal with such a minor administrative matter, certainly there must be a more efficient way for the Office of Criminal Investigation to deploy resources.
Please feel free to contact me for any further information that you may require. I look forward to your anticipated prompt response to my concerns and questions.
Union County Watchdog Association, Inc.
The Union County Watchdog Association, Inc. is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization working on behalf of residents and taxpayers to monitor Union County government and advocate for the elimination of waste, corruption and incompetence. We believe that good government can only be achieved through a system of checks and balance – a system that includes the watchful eye of the people.