‘Witch Hunt!’: Conservative Pundit Whines After Being Jailed For Stealing Mom’s Social Security Checks
A federal judge in Florida dropped the hammer on prominent conservative commentator and fervent Trump defender Karyn Turk for stealing from her own mother Karyn Turker, who suffered from Alzheimer’s and died last July.
Turk, as a self-described Trump defender, was sentenced to a month behind bars, plus five months of house arrest for stealing her mother’s Social Security checks and for not paying $219,000 in nursing home care bills.
She will also need to complete 100 hours of community service in a nursing home. She needs to report to prison March 2, according to the Palm Beach Post.
In September, the self-described “TV and radio host, political junkie and commentator” pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of Social security fraud.
Her attorney told the judge that she brought a check of $46,000 to reimburse the government, and that she had already suffered enough.
“Her livelihood is based on networking and being a social media commentator,” her attorney David Tarras said.
But U.S. Magistrate Bruce Reinhart didn’t agree, and said that she couldn’t “buy her way out of jail” by giving the government some money back.
“Choices in life have consequences, I’m sorry to tell you,” the judge said. “If you steal from the government, you’re not going to have a reputation as an honest person … The message I’m sending is: You can’t steal from the government and not go to jail,” Reinhart added.
Daniel Benson, the executive director of the Finnish American Rest Home, where Turk’s mother stayed until she died, celebrated the news.
“Resident exploitation is a serious crime and I’m glad he recognized that,” Benson told reporters.
Turk, however, thinks that she’s being targeted unjustly for stealing from her sick mother.
“In a lot of ways this seems like a witch hunt against me and I think a lot of it is because of my political affiliation,” she told local news station WPBF in an interview that aired Friday.
“I was doing the best I could for a very long time, and yes, at the end, I made some mistakes but they weren’t mistakes in any way for the lack of caring for my mother,” she said.