Friday, July 11, 2014

Crime Does Pay...

If you're a thieving public employee in Jersey, as this story sent in by Joseph in IL tells us...

Probation for official who stole $460K in quarters
The former public works inspector for a northern New Jersey town who admitted stealing $460,000 in quarters over two years has been spared a prison term.

A judge instead sentenced Thomas Rica on Wednesday to five years of probation.

Rica had worked in Ridgewood for 10 years before his arrest in January 2013. He pleaded guilty in March to four counts of theft as part of a plea deal that called for probation and restitution.
Okay, now first, a little math. Assuming that this guy split the take pretty evenly, he was bringing home $4600 a week in stolen money. In stolen quarters. That's 18,400 quarters a week. According to the US Mint, a quarter weighs 5.67 grams, or 0.035 ounces. That's 649 ounces of quarters a week, or over 40 pounds of quarters every week.

That's a lot of work, stealing that money...

Here's the best part, though. He doesn't go to jail, and he doesn't have to pay all the money back. He's on the hook for $250K, meaning that he cleared over $200K from out-and-out theft. Wonderful, isn't it? Personally, I'd have offered him a deal: pay the money back, with interest and damages, or we send you away for the maximum amount of time allowed by law.

Break the public trust and you *make* $200K. Then again, how much do congresscritters make? At least this guy had to lug 8 pounds of quarters every single day. Congresscritters take "fact-finding" junkets to the Carribean. He did also give up his $30K/year pension, so assuming he lives more than 7 years, the remaining money will be made up.

I still think he should at least be put in the stocks so the townspeople can pelt him with rotten fruit.

That is all.

8 comments:

ASM826 said...

You wouldn't have him pelted with quarters?

Anonymous said...

So many people say "Let the punishment fit the crime" without ever stopping to think: if you do that, the worst a criminal will ever do is break even. That's not much of a disincentive. Punishment needs to be public, swift, and draconian.

Dave H said...

Anonymous, that's not what that means at all. A punishment that fits a crime discourages further crime without being excessive. That's why we don't sentence speeders to death.

The Neophyte said...

Jay the math is a bit off. 5.67 grams per quarter means each quarter weighs about .2 ounces. 18400 quarters is about 3680 ounces or 230 lbs per week.

Old NFO said...

Well, it IS NJ... sigh...

Jim said...

That's another reason Texans have no use for New Jerseyans.

We ask, or give, no quarter.



Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Stretch said...

In DC the Parking Meter Commissioner's wife "WON" thousands of dollars at the slots.
She brought them all home ...
on the plane ...
and stored them in her husband's closet.
Really!
Honest.
He wouldn't lie.

Gary Griffin said...

Politicians have proven for many years that Crime does indeed pay, and very well, thank you.
Gary Griffin