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20 years sentence for ‘$400,000!’


“There is no true justice unless mercy is part of it.” Zohar

     Today’s CrimeDiva is, Mary Mattoon, of Reno, NV, was sentenced to   20 years in a state prison for three counts of embezzlement.

Ms. Mattoon worked as an office manager for NevDev in Reno. According to the records she had encouraged the company to lay-off workers due to the recession, while she forge checks and deposit the company’s funds into her personal bank accounts.  She used the money for her shopping sprees, trips and a $41,000 horse trailer. This is nothing new, as a matter of fact it is the profile for embezzlers. However, twenty years for $400,000 is more time than a killer would get for killing someone. This is the amount of time that the Crime Diva who embezzled $53 million dollars received.

So what’s going on here?  Most of my posts are related to females who were convicted of federal charges.  The federal sentencing guidelines differ from states, and state guidelines vary and differ from state to state. Up until recently, white-collar crime sentencings were less than state, but a few years back the sentencing guidelines were upgraded and the government are dishing out more time.

States however, have punished white-collar crimes more severally. This, however, for the amount of money involved is far harsher than any I have came across so far. Ms. Mattoon will be eligible for parole in eight years, but keep in mind once she is paroled if she violates that parole before she is released off parole she will be sent back to prison to serve more time of that twenty years sentence.

Here is another example of state time:  In the State of Michigan, a financial advisor was given one-year and eight months up to five years for embezzling $1,276 from a client.  Now, Toni Lavonne Avery, pleaded no contest to one count of embezzlement [ agent or trustee $1,000 or more but less than $20,000, a felony offense, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine, or three times the amount embezzled, whichever is greater].

Ms. Avery does have a criminal record, but 21 months in prison, plus the fines.  But, did you know that it will cost the taxpayers over $35,000 per year for this incarceration.  We are talking about spending almost $70,000 of taxpayers money for a petty crime of $1,276.

I understand this woman committed a crime, but prison and the cost of the taxpayers money does not serve justice here.


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