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Crime Pays

By Jim Shoemaker


May 08, 2013

I read with amazement in today’s paper about the possible plea deal for an person allegedly charged with 16 counts of Misapplication of Property and 17 counts of second degree theft and was close to a plea deal that would or could possibly be reduced to one count of misapplication of property.

Wow, note to other thefts, take a lot, bury people in paperwork, but don’t forget to make it complicated, and you too could or maybe that is would, be granted a get out of jail free card.

Try explaining to the children of the folks that the money was “allegedly” taken from and just try explaining how justice was served. Why their parents need to reach into their pockets again and replenish money that was trusted to a firm that used it for “alleged” person gain. Oh, I forgot, it may be repaid….guilty   

So for economic engines now here in Ketchikan, we now have Tourism, Fishing, Government, Shipyard, and now Theft… comes complete with a get out of jail card. Crime Pays.
Jim Shoemaker
Ketchikan, Alaska


Received May 07, 2013 - Published May 08, 2013





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