Connecticut Hires Ex-Hooker to Dispense Welfare, Predictable Results Ensue

by Jillian Kay Melchior

Suki L. Handly was convicted of prostitution, drug prossession, and larceny in the late ’90s. In 2008, the state of Connecticut hired her to dispense welfare, and what followed was . . . exactly what you’d expect, actually.

Handly [began] stealing money from the state in a complicated scheme and did not stop until she was caught and arrested for first-degree larceny for stealing more than $44,000 in benefits, officials said. She confessed to the thefts and told an investigator that she was “battling addiction to Oxycontin” at the time of the larcenies, according to an arrest warrant affidavit by the chief state’s attorney’s office.

The Connecticut state house’s senior Republican, Lawrence Cafero, had the best quote of the week, on the scandal: “What are we doing?” Cafero asked. “Are you kidding me? You hired a convicted prostitute and thief to handle state money? Hello!”

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