Former WH Adviser Nabbed for Thievery

Former White House domestic policy adviser Claude A. Allen was picked up today for falsely claiming refunds for $5,000 worth of retail goods, mostly from Target and Hecht’s. It was a somewhat clever, if petty, one-man crime ring. ABC reports:

Police believe Allen would buy items, take them to his car, then return to the store with his receipt. He would select the same items, then take them to the store return desk and show the receipt from the first purchase. Using that method, he would receive credit for the second items on his credit cards, Burnett said.

Appointed to his White House post in early 2005, Allen resigned from the $161,000-a-year job last month “[to] focus on my family, my wife and my children.”