Dumb Criminals

Take the Money and Run, Then Take It Again, Then…

Thursday, January 26th, 2006 • Filed under Embezzlers, Other

Unlike most of our dumb criminals, at least this one is trying to make things right even if she’s going about all wrong.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A Greenville woman who admitted she was stealing money in part to pay restitution in two previous embezzlement cases was sentenced to 12 years in prison Wednesday.

Ramona Obera Tucker, 52, was the office manager of a local business. She would take company checks meant to pay invoices, obtain a certified check from Bank of America, then convert those checks to her own use, U.S. Attorney Johnny Gasser said in a news release.

Tucker got the book thrown at her head twice in 1997 and 1998 for (can anyone guess?) embezzlement and now, she was caught embezzling again to pay back restitution for embezzling the first time. On the one hand, I’m glad this woman is getting time in the pokey. But on the other, I really feel sorry for her. How can she not use the gift of embezzling that God gave her?

The Judge said he gave Tucker such a hard sentence to protect any other businesses from becoming the victim of a repeat offender. Plus, if she hooks up with Kenneth Lay and Andrew Skilling on the street, they could combine their superpowers of embezzling to drain the world of all of its money.

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