The president’s former top domestic policy aide allegedly tried to swindle Target and Hecht’s stores out of more than $5,000. He resigned last month, claiming he wanted to spend more time with his family. (In some parts of the world, that’s called a lie.) This is the guy LA Weekly called “a notorious homophobe, a ferocious enemy of abortion and an opponent of safe-sex education.”

Washington Post:

Claude A. Allen, who resigned last month as President Bush’s top domestic policy adviser, was arrested this week in Montgomery County for allegedly swindling Target and Hecht’s stores out of more than $5,000 in a refund scheme, police said.

Allen, 45, of Gaithersburg, has been released on his own recognizance and is awaiting trial on two charges, felony theft scheme and theft over $500, said Lt. Eric Burnett, a police spokesman. Each charge is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Allen could not be reached for comment last night.

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