Over for us gawkers, that is. Just beginning for Kim.
Now that I’ve served as a juror, I more fully understand the defense attorney’s job, which is to protect his client’s rights throughout the trial and get the sentence reduced as much as possible if, as in this case, his client pleads guilty. So I can’t really make fun of him for all the outlandish reasons he gave for her behavior, asserted in an attempt to reduce her culpability and thereby her sentence.
Actually, I can, but that would be wrong.
Bill, you know I love you, but you were Undersheriff for crying out loud. Leniency? She systematically and blatantly broke the law over an extended period of time, ruining a company in the process. It’s still afloat only by the grace of the employees taking pay cuts, so I hear. You do share a grandson so I suppose I understand your motives. However, the excerpt above seems to indicate you saw her headed for a breakdown but took no action. You are such a good man. Please don’t turn into an icky politician now that you’re on the City Council.
Diana, I don’t know you but I saw the devastation you left behind at A Woman’s Place. Your attorney – Hey, look at that, you had the same attorney Kim does. What a small world. – said you were scapegoated for the agency’s collapse. You were the Director. Who else do you suggest they blame? But my real point is this: do you actually think it helped Kim to have a former two time hit-and-run drunk driver write a letter on her behalf?
Yes, I am so going to hell. (If there is one.)
As a CPA, financial crimes really stick in my craw. The payroll tax thing is especially problematic for the company. The company withheld payroll taxes from employee checks but Kim stole that money so it was never forwarded on to the federal and state governments. The company is still on the hook for paying in those taxes. If they don’t, the employees don’t get credit for their income tax withholdings or payments into social security and state disability funds via FICA and SDI withholdings. If they do pay them, they’re essentially paying them twice since they first paid them out to Kim (unbeknownst to them) and it is unlikely she has the cash to pay them back. Also, the IRS and EDD will hit them with penalties and interest for late payment. NIGHTMARE.
I’m just so glad the public drama is finally over. At least Kim will be close to home in Chowchilla Women’s Prison. Did you know there are two down there, right across the street from each other:
- Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF), which houses the State of California’s death row for women, and
- Valley State Prison for Women (VSPW)
Wonder which one she’ll end up in.
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