Poor Gov. Herbert, sometimes he's like doddering Grandpa Gary, who says things that are kind of out there, and we just pat his arm and say, "Sure, Gramps, That's right."
Yesterday, we read an article on how the sky is blue and grass is green and Utahns lost more than $1 billion to fraudulent schemes last year. The state has "zero tolerance" for white-collar crime, the article quoted Gov. Herbert. Oh, boy - where to start?
Also in the news yesterday: A man named Terry Wayne Brown used affiliation fraud to steal $35,000 from an Orem woman. He got 90 days in jail and restitution. A woman named Michelle Kittredge stole more than $500,000 from her employer, and got 6 months in jail followed by home confinement. In Weber County, a man named Bart Andersen who embezzled more than $250,000 from his employer at least got 1-3 years in jail, but with work release. And those are people who actually got charged by local prosecutors, those who haven't, say, had breakfast with a legislator...
Utahns don't want to pay more taxes to build more prisons, so maybe we can't complain about all this wrist slapping for white-collar crime. No tolerance for it? It's a nice thought.