The Democratic National Convention may be long over, but its organizers have not forgotten the almost half a million dollars worth of electronics they seem to have lost.
Organizers of the Charlotte, N.C., convention have filed a police report for lost and stolen electronics, some of which they appear to have valued at as much as 62 times the listed market prices.
A reportedly stolen 13-inch MacBook Pro laptop? $75,537. The price listed on the Apple website is $1,199. A lost iPhone? $30,503. A lost Blackberry? $54,250.
Other items reported to have gone missing at the convention included two iPads worth around $15,000 each, laptops listed at $40,000, $34,000 and $25,000 each, and other miscellaneous items worth far more than their list price.
The report claimed that 40 items were reported lost and one item – the most highly valued one, the $75,000 MacBook Pro – was stolen.
The apparently inflated prices were reported in May with the Charlotte Police Department by Kenneth Hardy, deputy in-house counsel for the Democratic National Convention Committee, on behalf of the DNCC Host Committee.
The report was filed almost eight months after the convention, when the losses supposedly took place.
The cost of the 41 missing electronics totaled $465,142.97, according to the police report.
That averaged $11,344 per item.
The only reason I’m aware of for filing a police report, especially seven months after the event, is because insurance companies require it before reimbursing a claim. The purpose for that requirement is to deter false claims, on the assumption that crooks will think twice before signing and submitting a false statement to the police. Of course, if you’re the Democratic National Party, you don’t have to worry about the consequences that might otherwise accrue, do you?