I'm working on a very important story regarding some unethical activity between City of Miami commissioner Marc Sarnoff and the City of Miami city attorneys office. We'll have the story ready to go for tomorrow, in the mean time, let's look at some of the comments left over the last few days on our blog posts regarding former City of Miami assistant fire chief and convicted fraudster Veldora Arthur.
Let's start with this comment...
I believe she will lose all or part of her pension simply because she conducted most of these schemes while on City time while using city fax machines and in some instances even city letter head.
There will be restitution, there's going to be a separete hearing in February just for that purpose.
Correct. According to the prosecutor, the frauds in this case were just a minor smattering of the many frauds that Ms. Arthur was involved in, we're going to look at least one other fraud that she was involved with but wasn't charged for soon, perhaps after the holidays so that we can highlight how indiscriminate the government is when it comes to charging people based on their ability to garner headlines. As to the second part of the comment, the judge mentioned the same, even going so far as to say that people like Ms. Arthur were the root cause of the real estate meltdown and because of their bogus inflated property values and subsequent busting out of the properties that we are where we are today with most homes underwater.
That comments speaks for itself and I couldn't agree more.
I'm sorry for the position you and your family find yourself in today as a result of the crimes that your sister was convicted of. I take no joy in seeing the family suffer because of a series of poor decisions that Ms. Arthur made, but at the end of the day she is where she is and nothing can change that. I take issue with your statement though when you say...
If she lose (sic) her pension or not it won't benefit you!In fact, you are wrong when you say that by losing her pension "it won't benefit you". See, a significant portion of her pension is paid by the taxpayers, the same taxpayers that paid Ms. Arthur an exorbitant six figure plus salary when she was on city time and simultaneously conducting these fraudulent transactions that had nothing to do with her job at the fire department. For the taxpayer to have to continue paying her pension after she committed these crimes is a further insult to the citizens of the City of Miami. I'll make you a deal, how about we go and randomly pick out a handful of citizens of the City of Miami and let's ask them what they think. Are you up for that?
That's a bit ridiculous isn't it? I'm the least of her worries! If you were in the courtroom during the sentence, did you take a look around and see who else was there? There were a few members of the upper management of the City of Miami FD that had no love lost for Ms. Arthur who were all to vocal about how the rank and file felt about her tenure at the FD and how they felt about her pension. Once again, let's not forget the citizens of the city who are appalled at the amount of money she was making on the job while they're working their asses off to make a fraction of what she was making at the FD. While Ms. Arthur may have taken for granted the incredible pay and gold plated benefits she was getting at the taxpayers expense, most of us would kill to have the same kind of compensation so it's that much more appalling to see someone who had the world at her feet to get involved in this kind of mess. Don't blame me if she loses her pension, she's got no one to blame but herself for that.
Now, till tomorrow, go back and read this blog post regarding our esteemed City of Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff and local gadfly and Coconut Grove resident Reid Welch. This is going to get interesting.