LILLIAN KOLLER’S CONSULTANT TAB KEEPS CLIMBING
The S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS) has paid a “special friend” of its director tens of thousands of dollars to consult for the $2.2 billion agency.
Earlier this week, FITS reported that director Lillian Koller paid welfare consultant Sandie Hoback $102,633 from July 1, 2011 to April 30 of this year.
Hoback – who consulted with Koller during her controversial tenure as director of the Hawaii Department of Human Services – works for the American Institute for Full Employment, which provides state governments with welfare consultation. Sources in Hawaii and at SCDSS tell FITS that Koller and Hoback have an “especially close” relationship dating back several years.
In addition to the tens of thousands of dollars paid directly to Hoback, her employer has received another $27,911 from South Carolina taxpayers during the current fiscal year.
Koller was confirmed by the S.C. Senate last February – reportedly after an Upstate Republican Senator was assured that she was not a “practicing homosexual atheist.” Again, we are not interested in Koller’s sexual orientation or her religious beliefs – we’re concerned with her stewardship of tax dollars.
She could be a Satan-worshipping lesbian for all we care …
Koller has refused to respond to our requests for comment regarding her agency’s payments to Hoback or a host of other “consultants” that have been hired by SCDSS on our dime.
FITS is investigating a series of scandals at SCDSS including allegations that Koller’s agency – which is part of Gov. Nikki Haley’s cabinet – provided the federal government with fraudulent data on its food stamp error rate.