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Does crime pay?

Posted Friday, August 22, 2008, at 9:29 PM

When did it become proper or correct to reward people who break the law?

I read in today's Tennessean that Wal-Mart is going to pay $6.75 million to a former vice chairman who once admitted to stealing money from the company. Originally the company was going to award him a $17 million retirement package. Then they asked the court to cancel that. In February of this year the individual was sentenced to "27 months home detention after pleading guilty to five counts of wire fraud and one count of failing to report income from the fraud on his 2000 tax return." He had paid $411,218 in restitution and a $50,000 fine. Oh, yes, this individual is Thomas M. Coughlin, who was a friend of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton.

Mr. Coughlin defrauded the federal government, but he probably had no problem with the payment and fine. Should I read into this that it is perfectly OK to steal from your employer? What sort of example does this set for our younger generations?

I suppose the lesson here is he is getting $10.25 million less because of his actions.

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You can also get paid millions for failure and then get rehired into the top levels of another company. Crazy world.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Aug 23, 2008, at 8:42 PM

Of course, just look at the current resident of the White House!

-- Posted by bushjc on Tue, Aug 26, 2008, at 1:16 PM

take the latest bust by our task force on gambling

i personally have photos of local cops and other important civil workers in the justice dept and they want to hide their involvement by busting someone who in good faith trusted these people to attend i believe the law wnforcement has made a buis out of the local citizens making money (and not alot of it and putting a strain on our courts that could be handled without the courts involvement petty crimes more to come on this subject soon and i think the citizens should stand up and fight think about who you elect and hire and who is running our law enforcement....when did the law AND THE COURTS "BECOME A BUISINESS?" I THOUGHT THEY WERE TO SERVE AND PROTECT AND NOT HARRASS AND ROBB HARD WORKING PEOPLE IN THE COMUNITY MORE TO COME IN THE FUTURE

-- Posted by justice a buisiness ? on Sat, Sep 13, 2008, at 8:58 AM

check this out for yourselves you get the jail intakes in Nashville and compare them to shelbyville and it amazes me that shelbyville takes 20% more people to jail ( for things that can be handled by a ticket) than nashville who is probably 20 times the size of bedford county you have to realize that they are making a buis out of law enforcement so next time they ask for a budget increase take that into consideration when giving more money to a money making buis. why do we need two jails ? when the one we have is suficient enough .....stop arresting frivilous cases my god a drunk can get by in this county easier than someone who wants to smoke a joint ( dont get me wrong crack, pills, coke are serious offences ) but someone who smokes a joint dont cross yellow lines and hit on comming traffic. and they want to tie up our legal system with stupid ticket offenses and bring people to jail...ha ha ha more to come =)

-- Posted by justice a buisiness ? on Sat, Sep 13, 2008, at 8:05 PM

i have said it before, if it was not fun they would not do it over and over again.

Get a couple of good posts, put them at the courthouse.

Put eyebolts in the posts, strap prisoner to post/eyebolts.

Get a good cane pole and wear that rear end out.

If the crime has a consiquence, i bet the crime rate would go down alot.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Mon, Sep 15, 2008, at 11:47 AM

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