Daily News story today:
- a few quotes:
Full story here:A 35-year-old Nanaimo woman got a conditional sentence of two years less a day and was ordered to pay back more than $124,000 she stole while doing bookkeeping work.
Allison Cooney was sentenced in provincial court in Nanaimo on Wednesday
A mother of four children, she has no prior criminal record and currently works as controller and office manager for the Nanaimo Clippers junior A hockey club.
Several reference letters were submitted on Cooney's behalf but one "of greatest weight," said Dohm, was written by Clippers coach/GM and city councillor Bill Bestwick.
Bestwick was in court on Wednesday to show his support, which Dohm said was "remarkable" and rare
So, is it ok to steal $124,000 from someone ?
And how stupid or wise is it for a business/organization to employ a convicted criminal embezzler? Someone must be colour-blind to not see the giant red-flag.
And if you buy a Nanaimo Clippers ticket or if you are a business that pays sponsorship or advertising fees to the team, what are the chances that at some point you might be financing a further theft? Once an embezzler, always an embezzler?
Think about it: A high profile organization employs a convicted embezzler as a financial-controller / business-manager. And we thought that the main concerns were on-ice for the Clippers....