One of the more entertaining aspects of Cabin Boy™ Bill Schmalfeldt’s Internet antics are his occasional Twitter rants that have come to be known as feltdowns. A year ago today, I posted this Legal Lulz Du Jour about what wound up being a feltdown trifecta and a great source of pointage, laughery, and mockification.
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The Cabin Boy™ had a Feldtdown on the Twitterz this afternoon. It seemed to have something to do with the VA freezing his bank account as a the result of an investigation of an allegedly fraudulent claim. Schmalfeldt seems to think that the VA is going to identify the person who filed the complaint.I wouldn’t bet on the Cabin Boy finding out who complained to VA. Most such complaints are made anonymously, and according the VA Inspector General’s website, the VA is prohibited by 5 U.S.C. 552a from divulging the name of the complainant to the person who is the subject of the complaint.
It would be very unusual for the VA to resort to a bank levy without first contacting the person who they believed had been overpaid or paid in error. Yet, the Cabin Boy™ seems to have been surprised by his account being frozen.
UPDATE—This post seems to have spurred Feldtdown 2.0 during which the Cabin Boy™ now says that his bank account wasn’t frozen. If it wasn’t frozen, why did he need to contact his bank? Doesn’t he have a copy of his account number? It’s printed on his checks. It’s printed on his account statements.
Further, why would the VA need his bank account number? Whenever I’ve dealt with the VA, they’ve IDed me though my Social Security Number.
UPDATE 2—And the UPDATE triggered Feldtdown 3.0 in which the Cabin Boy™ offered a theoretical example of contacting NASA with false information about me. After having cooperated with the NASA IG and NASA Facilities Protection Division on investigations resulting from false complaints made about me, I’ll simply say that the information from the VA IG that I cited above is consistent with my experience.
I’ll also note that it would be most unwise for the person or persons who made false complaints about me in 2014 and 2015 to ever do so again.
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I couldn’t make something like that up if I tried, but I sometimes wonder if the Cabin Boy™ thinks he’s being clever when he creates such nonsense.