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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 | 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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