The administrators at the University of South Florida aren’t about to take responsibility for the fiasco, though they’re the ones who put the person in sole charge of issuing credit cards, and then didn’t do the “research” to watch what was happening. Probably not “best practice” among those familiar with accounting. However, the embezzler did stimulate Florida’s economy.
At least $11.5 million of the stolen funds went to the adult website — mygirlfund.com, which promises users the chance to connect “with sexy girls you won’t find anywhere else,” according to Protiviti’s investigative report.
Puglisi had about 22,000 interactions with the site, Protiviti’s investigators found. He frequented the profile of a woman based in Toronto and paid more than $22,400 to fly her and her friends to Orlando three times. He spent another $43,700 to put them up at Disney World resorts, according to the consulting firm’s report.
In Ohio, for instance, Justin Buckel took a plea deal in 2018 for several drug charges and an assault charge — the latter related to Officer Green’s supposed fentanyl overdose, which occurred after Buckel was arrested. This despite the fact that there is no scientific justification for thinking that brushing some fentanyl powder off one’s shirt could physically incapacitate anyone. (This year, Green was terminated by his department for an unrelated matter involving what an internal investigator called “a documented case of dishonesty.”)
“Our era constitutes a next step in the project of the aestheticization of politics. According to Benjamin’s 1935 definition of the term, aestheticization of politics means that the political sphere became a spectacle in which the masses could express their political rights in inconsequential ways—that is, without any effect on actually changing property relations.”
— A. Kiarina Kordela, Cultural Critique (Summer 2021)