Fun fact, Alexander Hamilton is on the $10 bill. He also founded the US Department of Treasury.
I wonder what he would say about the charges against Cheryl Hall for embezzling more than $50,000 from the Michigan treasury department. Michigan State Police allege that Hall used a sophisticated scheme to steal from taxpayers for an extended period of time. Hall faces charges of embezzlement, making a false statement in a tax return, identity theft and larceny by conversion. The maximum penalty is 15 years in prison.
A couple of things. One, Hall had a retail fraud charge in 2016 that was dismissed because of a sentencing delay. This is common in retail fraud causes. They basically get probation for a short period of time and the case goes away. It’s the unofficial one-sticky-fingers rule for shoplifting in Michigan.
However, what if the law had required the prosecutor to notify the government employer of the shoplifting charges since she worked for the treasury department? Could victims have been spared? What if the State of Michigan had a law that required employees to report charges that are related to dishonesty like retail fraud and larceny? Could we more properly determine who ought to have a plum government job?
Another interesting thing is that the 86th District Court signed Hall up for a whole bunch of alcohol testing while she’s on bond for the charges. Discretionary PBTs and urine screens, despite no evidence that the charges are related to alcohol. That would only be appropriate if there’s some kind of evidence that the court knows that isn’t common knowledge yet that Hall has some kind of substance abuse concern. Right now that’s not in any information that I’m seeing. I get ordering anyone on bond not to drink alcohol, just because alcohol seldom makes anything better, but testing where it isn’t necessary seems more like back scratching than protecting the community.