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Update Offered About Opportunity to Boost My ‘Cool Factor’

Today, I can finally share an update about the long-awaited opportunity my three sons believe will increase my “cool factor” exponentially among young adults under 30.

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In my weekly recap Nov. 15, I shared exciting news. I had been informed that a film crew from Los Angeles would be visiting my St. Louis-area home soon to interview me as part of a documentary project. At the time, I could not divulge many details, but I did tell my readers two things about the opportunity:  The findings I share inside my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo, would be the focus of the interview; and my appearance in the documentary would increase my “cool factor” exponentially among those in the young adult/under-30 crowd, according to my three sons, who ranged in age from 17 to 24 at the time.

Almost six months later, I’ve been informed of a plot twist: the interview will still take place, but it will be in a slightly different medium. Instead of airing on one of the highest-traffic online news websites, it will air as a segment on a news magazine program broadcast on one of the largest U.S.-based premium cable and satellite television networks. I don’t know whether or not it will appear on both media, but will share more firmed-up details as soon as they become available. Hopefully, it won’t take another six months.

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Thief Nets Sweetheart Deal from Local Judge

Today, I came across an article about Kevin James Guerra, a former St. Charles County (Mo.) Ambulance District board member who recently pleaded guilty to taking more than $500,000 from a private urgent care center. Apart from being pleased the 44-year-old was caught, I’m appalled by the sentence given to him by Circuit Judge Jon Cunningham:  120 days shock time, five years probation, and  repayment of $150,000.

Kevin James Guerra

Kevin James Guerra

To understand why Guerra’s punishment — if you can call it that — troubles me, one needs only compare it to that given other individuals around the country for crimes involving comparable dollar amounts stolen, embezzled or otherwise taken illegally. Below are three cases I found through a simple online search:

Case #1 (Los Angeles, 2012) — Third Brother Sentenced to Over Four Years in Prison in Plot That Stole Over $500,000 Designated for Low-Income, Disabled Residents;

Case #2 (Springfield, Mo., 2011) — Springfield Man Sentenced to Five Years and Ten Months for $500,000 Fraud Scheme; and

Case #3 (Downer’s Grove, Ill., 2012) — Former Office Manager Gets 10 Years for Embezzling More Than $500K from Suburban Chicago Law Firm.

What was the Judge Cunningham thinking when he doled out punishment for Guerra that appears many orders of magnitudes less severe than that received by others around the country? According to the article, he said it was unrealistic to expect Guerra to pay back the entire $500,000 during the five years he will be on probation.

Simple math tells a different story: In exchange for his sentence, Guerra appears to be $350,000 ahead.

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