Theft noun \’theft\ (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
The act or crime of stealing
The act of stealing; specifically : the felonious taking and removing of property with intent to deprive the rightful owner of it
An unlawful taking (as by embezzlement or burglary) of property
What is going on in Wicomico County and the rest of America?
I read the paper every day and a week doesn’t go by without reading about someone stealing money from a non-profit or business for their own gain. In all circumstances, these people have been put in a position of trust to monitor the funds for their organizations; then turn around and commit theft/larceny. In most cases, they face the possibility of years in prison and a large fine.
Yet they go ahead with the crime knowing they might avoid detection for a few years, but if caught, a good attorney and a promise of partial reimbursement to the victim will keep them from serving any jail time. In many cases, the legal system goes for a lesser charge to ensure a more solid case.
I personally believe that the guilty individual is not concerned how this effects the organization or the people who may rely on the services of the organization. They seem to be on a “power trip” thinking they can deceive everyone. SHAME ON THEM!!
I am passionate about this, as this recently happened to the organization for which I have worked for over 34 years located in Salisbury, Md. This organization has treated me well and I have given over 100% of myself to them and hold them close to me. My Mother and Father would expect nothing less nor taught me any different. They instilled a sense of pride in me and a work ethic to always do my best, a work ethic I still use today.
When something like this happens in your work place, and the individual was a trusted co-worker, it is like someone has hit you in the chest…disbelief overwhelms you. Then the police department shows you the evidence they have collected and you still shake your head. You question, how could someone you thought you could trust do something that would hurt so many people and then you begin to take it personally and your hurt and disbelief turns into anger.
In my case, the person was convicted of theft $1,000 to under $10,000 and sentenced to 5 years. All time to serve was suspended. 2 years’ probation, 100 hours of community service and restitution of under $5,000 is what was ordered. This “trusted employee” had worked for this organization for 27 years. “Had” being an important word, because they did lose their job, but the betrayal they left behind was overwhelming.
Someone asked me if I would forgive this person. Being a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and a Christian, I will in time, but the betrayal is still very raw and the trust that has been shattered will slow my healing.
SHAME ON YOU FOR WHAT YOU DID TO YOUR FELLOW CO-WORKERS AND FRIENDS.