… masquerading as a political party. Allegedly:
Mikal Watts is regarded as a Democratic kingmaker and wealthy Texas trial lawyer who even hosted a private $35,000-a-plate fundraiser for President Obama at his home. He is now under federal indictment for allegedly fraudulently representing thousands of clients — including a handful of dead people and a dog — in litigation against BP after the 2010 Deep Water Horizon oil spill.
Watts appeared in federal court Thursday in Mississippi along with his brother, David who is also charged. Both men, along with five others, allegedly used stolen and false identities of people to sign up as plaintiffs in their case against BP, eventually claiming to represent more than 40,000 individuals making claims against BP valued in excess of $2 billion.
“The defendants, without contacting the individuals, would obtain names, addresses, dates of birth, and social security numbers from any source available to create “clients” for anticipated litigation as a result of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill,” federal prosecutors said in a statement. They also allegedly knew “that the individuals had not consented to be represented by the firm, and/or that stolen and false social security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, and occupations were claimed.”
The indictment alleges that among the bogus clients Watts signed up were four dead people and a boat deckhand named “Lucy Lu,” who the government says is actually a dog.
Where there is big money to be grabbed, there are always those will reach for it. Since human nature is not likely to change any eon soon, the solution is to reduce the size of the temptation. But the Democrats will never, ever, ever do that — because that would lack “compassion.”