Brooklyn Census Bureau managers Alvin Aviles and Sonya Merritt have been fired for allegedly staying at home and making up census information with the use of phone books and the Internet. Officials believe that at least 10,000 such manufactured forms were submitted by Aviles and Merritt.
The two managers are suspected for falsifying the forms in order to make deadlines.
What is incredible is that Aviles reportedly had other workers fill in the forms — assuming that no one would eventually blow the whistle.
A spokesman for the Census Bureau noted, “[w]e’re not happy about what happened.” Now that seems pretty understated, but these are census people who are generally people of few words.
What is curious is the lack of reference to a criminal investigation since this would appear to be a form of false statements or fraud.
Source: Daily News.