Meg Whitman: I swear, I didn’t know the maid was illegal

posted at 6:47 pm on September 29, 2010 by Allahpundit

Cavuto runs through the basics with her but, alas, neglects to ask about the potential smoking gun, that alleged red-flag letter sent to Whitman by the Social Security Administration several years ago warning her that Diaz’s name didn’t match her SS number. A possible explanation from one of Meg’s advisors:

Allred added that Whitman ignored correspondence sent to her home from the Social Security Administration in 2003. The letter informed her that Diaz’ Social Security number did not match her name – a red flag for an undocumented worker.

The letter asked Whitman to show that Diaz had proper documentation, Allred said, and there is no record that Whitman had responded…

Allred said that Whitman never asked Diaz for documentation and once asked whether she ever traveled to Mexico and Diaz told her employer, “I cannot travel outside the country.”…

Asked whether Whitman saw Diaz’ Social Security documentation, as Allred insisted, [Whitman advisor Rob] Stutzman said Whitman “never saw it … and guess who picked up the mail every day? (Nicky) was in control of it.”

According to the Times, the SSA stopped issuing red-flag letters in 2007 and won’t discuss letters sent before then due to confidentiality concerns. Maybe that letter is the mysterious document that Allred claims she’s holding in reserve to prove the truth of her claims? If so, er, how did she get possession of it? And was a $20/hour maid really in charge of billionaire Meg Whitman’s correspondence?

The LA Times helpfully reminds us that Allred also represented a woman who leveled a last-minute sexual harassment allegation at Schwarzenegger before the 2003 gubernatorial election. Quite a track record. Exit question: If, in firing Diaz, Whitman really wanted to ensure that “from now on you don’t know me, and I don’t know you” (as Diaz claims), why didn’t she ask her to sign some sort of confidentiality agreement in exchange for a payout? Diaz obviously had a financial incentive to run to a lawyer or to the media once she was canned. Why not eliminate that? Very strange.

Update: Commenters are objecting that Diaz wasn’t “in charge” of Whitman’s correspondence. Well, according to Stutzman, she was — for a short time, at least, but long enough to get rid of any letters she didn’t want Whitman to see. In any case, only one thing is certain, my friends: If Californians are so angry that Whitman used to employ an illegal that they’re willing to resign themselves to four more years of total control by the party that’s driven their economy off a cliff, well, good luck to ‘em.



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Sadly…. I find it difficult to care about any of the people in this story. Whitman had one great idea in her life. The rest are idiots and/or ‘looters’ and never made the slightest contribution to society in general, and I’d be shocked if ANY of them will in the future.

LegendHasIt on September 30, 2010 at 2:05 AM

When is this poor abused “victim” that took a $ 23.00/hr job away from a legal resident going to be deported?

DaMav on September 30, 2010 at 2:07 AM

Well, yeah, it does, for a short term at least. The advisor’s all but accusing Diaz of having stolen the letter(s) from the SSA to keep Whitman from firing her.

Allahpundit on September 29, 2010 at 6:53 PM

A few points along these lines.

First, I saw a clip of Whitman’s interview on Cavuto. She said the woman filled out “1099s.” Employees don’t fill out Forms 1099; the person employing them does. Maybe Whitman mispoke, intending to say “I-9.”

Second, I’d expect (or, at least, wouldn’t be surprised) that the woman, in her capacity as a maid, retrieved Whitman’s mail that was sent to Whitman’s personal residence. Did the woman also open her mail as a personal secretary might?

Third, assuming the she was just a maid and that she didn’t having the authority to open Whitman’s mail, did she really have the familiarity to know that she should intercept a letter from the SSA (or IRS)? Is there an illegal-alien prepatory school in which they’re advised by instructors to intercept mail to employers from the SSA? How many of us receive an annual statement from the SSA?

I want Whitman to come out on top, but she and her advisers are doing a lousy job of fleshing out the facts. They should have anticipated this, lined up the documentation, and unloaded on Allred and her client once they crawled out from underneath a rock.

BuckeyeSam on September 30, 2010 at 4:58 AM

According to the Times, the SSA stopped issuing red-flag letters in 2007

Why?

Johnnyreb on September 30, 2010 at 6:42 AM

If Californians are so angry that Whitman used to employ an illegal that they’re willing to resign themselves to four more years of total control by the party that’s driven their economy off a cliff, well, good luck to ‘em.

Why would Californians be so angry she hired an illegal, anyway? Weren’t they all in a huff at Arizona for trying to kick out illegals?

So, they want millions of illegals to be able to stay, but they don’t want anyone to hire them?

And if Meg wanted to knowingly hire an illegal, she could have done so, and paid a lot less in wage.

And her maid sounds like a jerk…she was employed for nine years, at a good wage. And if Meg did know she was illegal, didn’t she do this woman a favor? Instead she runs to that scuzzy lawyer?

sarainitaly on September 30, 2010 at 7:22 AM

More likely Whitman never saw them as they were intercepted beforehand.
sharrukin on September 29, 2010 at 11:21 PM

I know, I was kidding. I came up with the interception theory before we even knew she picked up the mail. Her story about having “seen” the letter but never discussed it with Whitman made no sense. At the same time finding letters in the trash makes no sense either. She’s clearly lying her not so wise Latina ass off.

azkenreid on September 29, 2010 at 11:25 PM

Thanx. Reading the idiotic rules about employers only being notified if more than 10 employees had mismatches just illustrates how pathetic our immigration laws are.

Buy Danish on September 30, 2010 at 7:34 AM

10:1 somehow someone offered her a visa or citizenship status.

Can you say bribe and extortion?

xax on September 30, 2010 at 8:50 AM

Commenters are objecting that Diaz wasn’t “in charge” of Whitman’s correspondence. Well, according to Stutzman, she was

No, that’s not what he said, he said she “picked up” the mail which is perfectly understandable. So she sees a letter from INS and pockets it. How the heck else is the maid going to get a letter from the INS addressed to Whitman? Sounds like she’s not only an illegal alien, she’s also guilty of mail fraud and Allred is an accessory ater the fact.

jnelchef on September 30, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Sounds like she’s not only an illegal alien, she’s also guilty of mail fraud and Allred is an accessory ater the fact.
jnelchef on September 30, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Great point – probably hard to prove though. Unless they are stupid enough to introduce the original letter as evidence which could be subpoenaed in order to get fingerprints from it.
/Perry Mason

Buy Danish on September 30, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Reality check time. The San Francisco Chronicle says Allred is full of it… but Michelle Malkin thinks this story has legs. Have I fallen through a rabbit hole?

Y-not on September 30, 2010 at 9:39 AM

BACKLASH! Attacking Meg Adds NAILS and VOTES!!!

You know, I bet Whitman is back to being “Tough as Nails” on immigration.

Mutnodjmet on September 30, 2010 at 11:48 AM

When is this poor abused “victim” that took a $ 23.00/hr job away from a legal resident going to be deported?

1. Broke the law to come here illegally
2. Committed Social Security fraud
3. Committed forgery
4. Committed Mail Fraud and Theft

Sob, sob, sob.

EasyEight on September 30, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Reality check time. The San Francisco Chronicle says Allred is full of it… but Michelle Malkin thinks this story has legs. Have I fallen through a rabbit hole?

Y-not on September 30, 2010 at 9:39 AM

TFP; well isn’t that special? Twilight Zone politics. Why is MM all over Whitman? Bad blood from whatever? Purism?

slickwillie2001 on September 30, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Inquiring minds want to know…

will the maid try to sell the letter on eBay? ;-)

cannonball on September 30, 2010 at 12:57 PM

We had a long-time employee with an Hispanic surname who was born in Mexico get a red-flag letter from the IRS a few years ago. We thought “uh oh”, but the employee was able to clear it up with the IRS. He still works for us. A red-flag letter doesn’t (didn’t) necessarily mean doo-doo.

Allahs vulva on September 30, 2010 at 1:25 PM

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