Monday, December 21, 2015

MIA in a Good Way

Dang, it's been awhile since I sat down at my computer and wrote a blog post. Maybe you noticed, maybe you didn't, but I sure missed my blogging buddies! I've been MIA, but mostly in a good way.

Let me try to condense my train wreck of a life for ya, so y'all can feel better about yours. I'm tellin' ya folks, this should put some Merry in your Christmas, some Happy in your Holidays and some Joy in your World.

Ok, as a result of my Mom dyin' in September I inherited her special needs brother. Uh yea, it's less than an ideal situation for me, tryin' to oversee his care from 9 hours away. So, a few weeks ago I headed to PA to deal with those myriad of issues. As a treat to myself for gettin' mostly all my ducks in a row, my childhood friend Mindy and I took a bite out of the Big Apple. For 2 1/2 days, we ate, drank, window shopped and saw all the magical highlights the city has to offer this time of year.
The gorgeous Christmas tree at Rockefeller center
Our delicious meal at Eataly
Kinky Boots freakin' rocked!
While I was gone, I received the best Christmas present EVAH. It's something I have not blogged about 'cause my friends are so damn tired of hearin' about it they want to slap me upside da head and say, "shut up bitch". But, just 'cause it's local news doesn't mean my blogging buddies even know about it.
Almost two years ago we discovered that the fat bastard above, who was Uncle Jeffy's office manager, embezzled over 500 grand from his plastic surgery practice. We will never know the full amount he stole because it cost the practice $1.4 million in direct and indirect costs to prove his guilt and to keep the business solvent. We simply could no longer justify spending good money to chase bad money. This "Guy" was our friend, our trusted office manager, who for seven years systemically and calculatedly stole from the 43 employees who worked there every single day.
 
After a most painful experience with the justice system, he pled guilty to 16 counts of embezzlement and one count of forgery while I was in PA. Living with this for 22 months has been pure hell. I sincerely hope none of you are ever a victim of a crime, 'cause as an attorney, I can say with full confidence that our legal system definitely holds true to the tenant of "innocent until proven guilty". Last Wednesday was the best day of my life as I watched the judge sentence the embezzler to spend the next 3-4 years in the slammer, hopefully bein' Big Bubba's bitch! For those of you who are interested in reading the article of how Uncle Jeffy got on the witness stand and blasted his ass in a victim statement, the link is Here
 
Even more so than the fact this nightmare is over, I am extremely proud that we reported the Guy's misdeeds to law enforcement instead of just firing him and trying to move on, that we had the stamina to continue to fight thru seemingly impossible odds within the legal system, and to send a message to the community that thieves need to be punished criminally. Although I lost a few friends and acquaintances in the pursuit of what I believe was the right and honorable thing to do, my rock solid family has reminded me of this famous quote, which I will leave you with today:
 
  
 

 

33 comments:

  1. Glad that finally came to an end and he was sentenced. Twenty-two months? One of the many things wrong with the system - it takes too damn long!
    Glad you enjoyed a jaunt through New York City.
    Probably won't be online the rest of the week, so you have a great Christmas, Deb.

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  2. If you lost friends and acquaintances over trying to get a criminal prosecuted, I can't imagine they were good friends.
    You have had some serious ups and downs this year. I really hope the coming year is peaceful and nothing but fun for you and your family.

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    1. You are exactly right. Good riddance to them. Thank you for the good wishes. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to your family.

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  3. Good he got what was coming too him, hopefully him and Bubba get well acquainted. It's pathetic up here, people steal money from companies and get a slap on the wrist. They pay a fine and off they go, pffft. the legal system is slow as hell too. But good it is over and you had some fun in NY.

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  4. Glad y'all got some justice for the holidays!

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    1. Oh yea it is a wonderful present. Somehow I doubt he's feeling the same.

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  5. Well it looks like you got a mix of good and not so good news. Chin up!! I'm sad I didn't get to see the tree this year. My husband is so afraid if ISIS that he's making us stay out of the city for a while. Womp womp!

    Merry christmas!

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    1. This was my first time seeing the tree lit. WOW it was stunning. Merry Christmas to your family.

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  6. I saw you posting about this on FB, and wow, I knew it was a hassle, but I'm surprised that it took so much time and money just to get him convicted. I sincerely hope he is someone's human pinata right now. Merry Christmas!

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    1. You never realize how much it takes to fight the bad guys until you are in that situation. Merry Christmas to you guys.

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  7. I have an embezzling story... but they just let the bad guy go in that case because they didn't want to look bad.

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  8. Very well put and you deserve a wonderful Holiday season!!! Blessings to you and your family!!!

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    1. Thank you Sandra. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season as well.

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  9. You really have been busy. Not in a good way. 3-4 doesn't sound like much. If I stole $50 from a 7-11 I'd probably do 5 to 10. If I was black 10-20. Maybe Bubba will like his cute old wrinkly ass a lot.
    I hope the rest of the holidays go much better for you.

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    1. It was the best outcome we could hope for. And you are so right. The rest of us would get much longer time. But, he could afford a very good criminal defense attorney. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

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  10. Amen, sister. You and Uncle Jeffy are solidly good people. I applaud, and don't at all envy, you. So sorry you went through that hellish nightmare.

    Thanks, Deb, for your kind words of empathy. Having lost both parents is unsettling, in the least, a painful sad reality. Hugs and love for a better new year, right? Merry Christmas.

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    1. Thank you for your support Robyn. I am so sorry for the loss of your father. May you find comfort and peace in your wonderful memories of him.

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  11. Those who don't stick by your side as you do the right thing aren't worthy of being your friends! Congratulations on the outcome. Although I think he should have spent a much longer period of time in the slammer. The bastard. :)

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    1. You are so right Martha. Those who are too weak or embarrassed to do the right thing are not worthy of being our friends. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season.

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  12. Wait, what? Uncle Jeffy has a plastic surgery office?

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    1. Yes Dear Dezzy, Uncle Jeffy is a plastic surgeon. That redneck boy can sew like nobody's business!

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    2. than why was I paying all my lifesavings to a plastic surgeon here? :) Who, by the way, left me botched and ruined :(

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  13. Hopefully he'll be sharing a cell with Martin Shkreli

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    1. Yes and they can both learn from each other how to get better at scamming people when they get out.

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  14. I did notice you were gone and wondered what was up. Sorry about the brother bit, sounds hectic for sure.

    Wishing you a Happy Christmas and Oogie Boogie, New Year.

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  15. Sad I didn't get to meet you while you were in NYC but was so glad to read that the scum got what he deserved! Merry Christmas Deb!

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  16. Maybe they weren't real friends. I think you did great. It shows character.

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