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CRIME: Manos’ sentence likely not so stiff

Letter by Kenneth J. Severe, Lakewood on June 27, 2012 at 4:25 pm with 4 Comments »
June 27, 2012 4:25 pm

Re: “Prosecutors seek stiff sentence for ex-cop” (TNT, 6-27).

Only a single count of wire fraud? Skeeter Manos may see prison time, but not in a facility where he would come into contact with any general prison population because of his history as a former police officer.

Court-ordered restitution is a joke. It is no longer enforced and monitored by the Department of Corrections. Skeeter cannot be made to pay the court-ordered restitution. If he chooses not to pay it, he cannot be punished any further; it is turned over to collections and declared uncollectable.

His crime, as despicable as it was, is only a white-collar crime. He did not threaten anyone’s life, nor did this crime involve the use of a deadly weapon. He is not considered a threat to society, just a threat to people’s wallets.

Was there any mention of losing any of his ill gotten “toys”? Was he asked to use his police pension funds to offset his “ordered” restitution? In his sentence, Skeeter will be offered “the elevator” while everyone else will be given the “shaft” – all at taxpayer expense.

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  1. harleyrider1 says:

    How can a crook without a job pay back the money he stole? And if he is hired by someone, he won’t make the money needed to pay any kind of regular monthly payment.

    As taxpayers, we don’t buy into the restitution part of the sentence anymore. When was the last time you read that someone had paid back -in full – what they were ordered to by the Court. A joke. It would be prudent to have the juvenile that set Pt Defiance’s buildings ablaze or his parents pay us back. That won’t happen either. No one cares to pursue legal remedies like seizing real property.

    Whatever punishment these types of thieves get is simply their time in prison. Can we at least see real time? In WA state, home of the liberals, they have deemed that 1/3 of all prison time is automatically taken off for “good time”.

    Whatever he gets, subtract 1/3 and know he won’t be going to Walla Walla where he should be either. A deterrent to others? Not in this state.

  2. APimpNamedSlickback says:

    I don’t know about Washington, but my guess is that his police pension fund works in much the same way that the various public employee pensions work here in Arizona. Here, if you’re convicted of a crime, you automatically forfeit your pension. I know it works that way in several other states, too. If that is the case in Washington, using his pension funds to pay the restitution couldn’t be considered because he no longer had a pension fund the moment he pled guilty.

  3. diogenes says:

    “Slickbac,”
    The funds contributed by Skeeter to his own pension fund are returned to Skeeter when his pension fund is eliminated and the balance of his pension fund is forfeited. That money should be used to offset his court ordered restitution.

  4. APimpNamedSlickback says:

    diogenes:

    Thanks for clarifying. As I said, I wasn’t sure if it worked the same way in Washington. Had this happened in Arizona, the funds he contributed to his pension would have been forfeited with his plea. I agree, though, that any pension funds he is entitled to should be applied to his restitution.

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