Congressman Frank Wolf asks US attorney to look into possible fraud at the US Patent Office
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“There must be a zero-tolerance policy for fraud and abuse,” Wolf wrote Monday (Sept. 15, 2014) to U.S. Attorney Dana Boente, the top federal prosecutor for the Eastern District of Virginia, which encompasses Northern Virginia and the Richmond and Tidewater areas.
“I believe it is important for federal prosecutors to independently review these allegations for criminal wrongdoing,” Wolf wrote. “A clear message must be sent to anyone in the government that fraudulent activity is unacceptable and will be met with punishment.”
IPBiz notes that, although much of the buzz is about telecommuting, the underlying problem is about how the count system is implemented, not about "where" the examiners do their work. Examiners filing incomplete Office Actions to make counts is a problem.
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