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These crooks are made for walkin’ February 24, 2010

Posted by WillardWhyte in Politics.

You know, I just don’t think this sends a very strong message to the people out there stealing our money — or to those thinking about taking a shot. I know prosecutors need to cut deals with people in the midst of conspiracies to work their way through the chain and nail as many as possible, but a big part of punishment for crimes is the deterrent. As this is a joke.

This guy — at the core of a defense contracting frraud case —  admits to taking a kickback and to fraud. The judge makes him give the money back in a fine and spend 5 years on probation because he’s been such a good boy in helping out with the investigation, testifying against two ex-USAF birds and is really, really sorry. The law said 15 years in the slam.

I guess in all of this some politicians were embarrassed, a couple of crooked flyboys did minor-league time and — gee — it’s only $8 million and that’s not even real money these days.

I think the judge should have at least gone for some “community service” time, say testing this battlefield communication system on point in Kandahar.



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