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Neighborhood-association embezzler is sentenced

Original post made on Aug 18, 2011

The former administrative manager of a Palo Alto neighborhood association received a six-month suspended sentence and must pay back $60,000 he stole from the Greenmeadow Community Association, a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge ruled Thursday (Aug. 18).

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 18, 2011, 4:17 PM

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Posted by Tim
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 18, 2011 at 9:48 pm

So if he had stolen $60K from a bank, he would get 4-6 years in prison. What a joke. Stealing is stealing. Isn't this what we teach our children.
Hey son, if your going to steal- steal from a association. If your caught, no prison time, reduced to a misdemeanor and probation for only three years!

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Posted by Koa
a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 18, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Interesting. You can steal 60K and all you have to do if you're caught is pay it back. No jail, no community service, no additional fine. Can I get the number of Allen's lawyer please?

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Posted by white collar crime
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 18, 2011 at 11:11 pm

That's the difference between white collar crime and street crime. White collar criminals get a slap on the wrist, even if their crimes are 10 times as damaging.

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Posted by beaverton
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Aug 19, 2011 at 3:17 am

I think Greenmeadow should take back the hairpluggs also, Mr. Allen still comes out with a new top. Those hairplugs are owned by the Greenmeadow.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 19, 2011 at 5:06 am

I looked and couldn't find where embezzled funds are reportable on Form 1040. But I guess this $60k turned out to be just a zero-interest loan rather than illicit income.

Even with street crime, sentences are lighter when no weapon is used or threats made. Prisons are overcrowded. At least now he will have a criminal record, so if there is a next time, the DA won't be as receptive to a plea deal.

If any Greenmeadow people are still really ticked off, there's always the Civil Suit route. It's an expensive but legal and effective way to inflict misery.

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Posted by ODB
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 19, 2011 at 7:11 am

In a civil suit you can at least get punitive damages.

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Posted by lawsuits hurt everyone except the lawyers
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 19, 2011 at 9:47 am

A civil suit would punish the association more than the criminal. There are legal costs and even more misery.

The courts should be allowed to give a much longer sentence and suspend it so long as the perp doesn't commit any similar crimes. Gyms commit borderline thievery with their memberships already.

I don't think it serves anyone if the guy just languishes in jail. But he didn't really pay for his crime by just having to pay back the money, he should have had to reimburse the association for their time. The courts should have been allowed to award treble damages. And the perp should have the threat of the worse punishment he escaped hanging over his head if he did anything like that again. Then he should be monitored and audited for such every five years over the twenty year suspended he should have gotten. If he broke into a jewelry store and stole a tenth of that he'd get hard time.

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Posted by never
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Aug 19, 2011 at 9:53 am

The association will never sue or complain,believe me,unless he breaks the rule.

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