City Worker Jailed for Stealing $10M from Fund to Identify 9/11 Remains Still Holding on to Cash

Tina Moore, NY Daily News, September 4, 2011

Ten years after the Sept. 11 attacks, ex-city worker Natarajan Venkataram says he’s sorry he stole millions of dollars meant for identifying the remains of trade center victims.

He’s just not sorry enough to turn over $400,000 sitting in his bank account in India.

The city has recovered $7 million of the $10 million he and an accomplice stole, but he went to court to hold onto this final portion of his ill-gotten gains.

In a phone interview from the federal prison camp at Fort Dix, N.J., Venkataram, 46, whined about jail conditions and apologized repeatedly for his crime.

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The city medical examiner’s office got millions of dollars from the feds to help identify the remains of nearly 3,000 victims.

Venkataram, then a manager dealing with the medical examiner’s computer system, and his girlfriend, Rosa Abreu, siphoned off millions via shell companies and fake contract bids.

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Arrested in 2005, Venkataram pleaded guilty to embezzlement and money laundering. He got 15 years in jail; Abreu got six.

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  • Anonymous

    Alternate headline: Why Indian immigrants are the wealthiest of all ethnic groups, both native and immigrant in America.

  • Aditya

    This man is so disgusting. People like him are the precise reason I left that so-called nation.

    It’s indisputable that Indians are among the most corrupt peoples on earth. It has nothing to do with “colonialism” or “racism.” They’re just corrupt.

    Stealing money from relief projects is fairly routine in the old country. Bureacrats and other kleptocrats fall over themselves to steal money from disaster relief. Why wouldn’t they bring this practice here? What in the name of the Lord was the white man thinking when he imported my people en masse? Did he think that we would all turn into Iowans or Kansans?

    Our immigration policy is suicidal. Expect more Natrajans and even worse in the future. If the white race and the American Nation even have one. And of course, men such as myself will be the first to go into the dark.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Sureesh, what have you got to say about this one? And Aditya’s comments?

  • Istvan

    No one who is foreign born, even if naturalized, should ever be allowed to work for any government body. We are constantly told that immigrants are vital to our economic growth. If that is truly the case then they do not need government jobs, since government jobs do not, generally, contribute to economic growth.

  • Sureesh

    This man is the exception and not the rule. For the most part, Indians are a law-abiding, hard-working race with conservative values. Look at Cupertino, CA and see how safe and prosperous Indian dominated neighborhoods are and how their school test scores are.

    We are nothing like Africans.

  • Baron

    #2

    I don’t mean to sound harsh or disrespectful to you personally, but when MY great nation started “importing” your kind, as you yourself said, wouldn’t that include YOU as well?

    I don’t believe that the United States needs to be a catch-all for any Third World non-white peoples, bad… OR otherwise.

  • Ozzy

    We are just powerless to get that money back.

    The world superpower, powerless.

    I think the mob could get the money back.

    Just use some imagination.

    He’d be singing like a bird in no time.

  • John

    I agree with Sureesh. Indians don’t go around in flash mobs beating and raping innocent whites. A few of them may be corrupt but they are no danger to America.

  • Anonymous

    4 — Istvan wrote at 8:04 PM on September 6:

    No one who is foreign born, even if naturalized, should ever be allowed to work for any government body. We are constantly told that immigrants are vital to our economic growth. If that is truly the case then they do not need government jobs, since government jobs do not, generally, contribute to economic growth.

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    Check THIS out, Istvan;

    a few years ago, I was at a downtown block party here in Colorado Springs.

    The whole downtown was blocked to cars. It is called SpringsSpree. ( A lame commercial event).

    I was in front of our courthouse, and talking to a woman with a badge and a gun..some sort of law enforcement officer at an exhibit. I think a Sherrif’s deputy that works at our county jail.

    I don’t even remember how this came up, but I said something about being an American.

    Well, this blond haired woman with a European accent (the cop) said, I kid you not;

    “OH, I’M NOT AN AMERICAN. I’M GERMAN.”

    Without missing a beat, and with an instinctive, sincere retort, I said, almost involuntarily to the woman; ” Wait a minute . You’ve got an American flag on your sleeve, a badge on your chest and a gun at your side. What do you mean you’re not an AMERICAN?”

    She paused a moment, only just then aware of the profoundly arrogant thing she had just said, and then stumbled onto…”uh, I mean I’m a German. I’m naturalized.”

    I said:” You’re representing this country in the capacity of a law enforcement officer. You had better get it straight who you are, and who you represent. If you’re wearing that badge and that flag, you had better be an AMERICAN.” She did not dare retort.

    That was a very eye- opening moment for me.

  • Kenelm Digby

    Truth be told, just what is a foreigner doing with a civil service job in the USA?

    In the better and more efficently run states of the World (ie northern and central Europe), positions in the civils service were always reserved for blood-natives, and in particular citizens who had done military service for their country.

    With unemployment running rampant in the USA giving government positions, any government position, to foreigners is beyond a joke.

  • Joe

    What’s the difference? Government cash grows on trees. I would be upset if he stole private money.

  • SKIP

    While in Kuwait, I had opportunities to talk with many muslim Kuwaiti men and some in banking. As it happens, ANYTHING having to do with real numbers in a Kuwaiti bank has to wait until the Kuwaiti front man goes down stairs to get their pet red dot Indian. One time, listening to a tirade critical of the Indians by one of those same Kuwaitis, I told him, one day some Indian is gonna press ENTER and ALL of Kuwaits money is instantly going to be transferred to some bank or other in Mumbai!!! He was thinking of that possibility when we parted I’m sure.

  • Rebelcelt

    I used to deal with Indians all the time when I staffed programmers.I swear I think everyone one of them lied to me at sometime.I would ask them if they had experience in a language I made up…never did one admit to not knowing it. Never not one time.

  • jdavis

    I will always be confounded as why these brillant people from other lands (many of them thousands of years older than USA), had to come to America? weren’t there home lands superior due to their brillance? why would they need relocated to the colonies?

    Part of the equation is missing here and that part could be “special treatment” by the destroying government in power weakening and destroying the existing middle class and society overall. Destroyed by stupidity or by design, it’s destroyed.

  • Anonymous

    5 — Sureesh wrote at 9:30 PM on September 6:

    This man is the exception and not the rule. For the most part, Indians are a law-abiding, hard-working race with conservative values. Look at Cupertino, CA and see how safe and prosperous Indian dominated neighborhoods are and how their school test scores are.

    We are nothing like Africans.

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    You say, This man is the exception and not the rule.

    Again, you are not telling the truth.

    Indian dominated neighborhoods? That says it all. We do not need nor want any nonwhite “dominated” neighborhoods in our country, period.

    What about WHITE dominated neighborhoods? They are the safest in the land. But we aren’t “allowed” to even have them anylonger!

    Take your neighborhood back to India to your own homeland.

  • Legal Eagle

    I disagree strongly with any suggestion that Indians are not harmful to our society. I’ve been involved with hundreds of business deals and lawsuits with Indians over the years. Lying is part of their culture. This is not meant as criticism; it is fact. Any attorney who deals regularly with Indian clients knows not to trust them at their word. Indians believe that lying is simply a shrewd way to do business, and, franlky, Indians regard businessmen who do not lie as weak. The concepts of testifying truthfully under oath or honoring the terms of a written contract are imcomprehensible to them. Thus, corruption is guaranteed wherever Indians are found.

  • Marauder1024

    Look at Cupertino, CA and see how safe and prosperous Indian dominated neighborhoods are and how their school test scores are.

    Because Cupertino, CA (home of Apple Computer since 1976) was a notoriously poverty-stricken, violent hell hole before Indian dominated neighborhoods emerged…

  • Seek

    As someone who worked retail during hard times, I can testify that women from India are without question the most rude and arrogant customers imaginable. Every last one of them will aggressively haggle over a sale or return. They will return items they’d bought a few weeks earlier, claiming the item wasn’t on sale then, and then try to rebuy them at the lower price. And they don’t care how much they keep other customers waiting in line.

    I know. These are India’s version of “grizzly mamas,” just looking out for their families. Well, believe it: This custom might look “cute” to the outsider, but it’s a supreme irritant to any hard-working sales associate trying to keep his job.

  • Cassiodorus

    “Suresh” resorts always and only to Cupertino as an example of Indian achievement. Why, then, is Cupertino so far ahead of India?

  • Anonymous

    8 — John wrote at 1:57 AM on September 7:

    I agree with Sureesh. Indians don’t go around in flash mobs beating and raping innocent whites. A few of them may be corrupt but they are no danger to America.

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    Have YOU ever had any dealings or work or live around these Indians? If not, then don’t act like you know what you are talking about. We all know Sureesh is a blow hard and a troll.

    No danger to America, you say…what nonsense! Of course they are!

  • Anonymous

    Lets us assume that every single Indian from the sub-continent is law-abiding. So what? Why should we be race-replaced by them or by anyone else?

  • ATBOTL

    Why is it so hard for some people to understand that we don’t want to be replaced by anyone?

  • The Bobster

    Jugdesh, in the past two days, I’ve posted a half dozen stories about murderous or cheating Punjabs on New Nation News. No, you are NOT the model minority you make yourself out to be, the happy Hindus on every sitcom notwithstanding.

  • anonymous young blonde woman

    I became homeless for a couple of months one winter and I had to go live in a motel room. One of those places that always feels dirty no matter what. It had an ethnic name but it was not owned by people of that ethnicity. It was owned by a family from India who had lived in another state prior to moving to mine and setting up their motel (no, it was not a new building). it was well known that people went there to smoke crack and do nasty perverted things. I witnessed some truly awful things there. I called the cops on the place the day i left. But aside from that, the owners were an old couple and a younger couple and the young woman of the family did not like me one bit. They were incompetent in maintaining the property. They complained about dark spots on the cement where I parked my car. They complained about mold behind the tiling in the bathtub as if it was my fault they did not use the proper caulk. They complained that the old people in my community were mean and that they did not understand them because they did not speak English. The Indians themselves barely spoke English but my ethnic language was even more unfamiliar to them. I feel offended that Indians own a place named after my ethnic group. They were cheap about everything and they liked to raise the prices of renting the room on me; it was a huge rip off (i now rent a 3 bedroom house for half the price). When i would leave, they would go in my room and I think they stole a couple of things from me. They hired a Honduran to fix a part of the roof and he said he understood why i did not like them, that they were not my people.

  • Tom UK

    The UK has far more subcontinentals than the US pound-for-pound and while those who live in predominantly White areas are reasonably integrable, the same problems rear their heads when an area becomes dominated- it starts to backslide towards the state of affairs in India. Corruption, nepotism and the whole range of white-collar crime becomes rampant.

    Pakistani immigrants are considerably lower-functioning and non-integrable, engaged in drug dealing and Islamism on a terrifying scale. They come through the same door as the Indian migrants- it’s time to close it.

  • Lost World

    Not all Indians are corrupt. Nor are all Indians brown and/or black. As much as it pains me to say this, blood will tell. There was a reason for the caste system. And, it was systematically dismantled. The high-IQ, white, erstwhile ruling class was destroyed. Now, there are a bunch of utterly corrupt black, stunted thugs running the country who go forward on brutality, muscle power and nepotism.

    I’m Indian, and look white (not that it’s relevant here), and of a caliber you will never see among the Natrajans of the world. Never have people like me been so discriminated against as in India. 50% and more reservations at every bloody level from high school to jobs for the so-called backward classes. The remaining spots are taken up through family connections. If you’re white or white-looking, not connected to some power broker, don’t have family money, forget about having any kind of life in India. You may not even get to live for that matter. It’s a ruthless country in it’s way.