Janitorial services providers bought electronics and pre-paid debit cards at Jared Palmer's request, and then he made phony invoices to make everything look legitimate.
  • Janitorial services providers bought electronics and pre-paid debit cards at Jared Palmer's request, and then he made phony invoices to make everything look legitimate.
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Jared Palmer, who embezzled more than $450,000 from the San Diego Workforce Partnership — with “great stealth, and great planning,” according to the judge — was sentenced February 12th to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay $456,000 to the partnership.

He was facilities manager for the Workforce Development Board that provides training and placement to county individuals and employers. He was responsible for approving payments of invoices submitted by janitorial companies that cleaned the development board facilities. He told the contractors to purchase various items. He stole the items and replaced the invoices with phony ones.

He got away with it for five years before getting caught.

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Visduh Feb. 15, 2018 @ 5:13 p.m.

Thirty months? That sounds lenient, and where will he ever get the $456K to pay back? His scheme is now shut down, and he won't get away with something like that again (or so we can hope.) But has the door to such fraud been slammed shut? I doubt that controls to stop such rip-offs are really in place there or in many other federally funded welfare operations.

This is one of the cases where, if he hadn't gotten greedy, he might have kept it going for years on a smaller scale. Some really smart people are doing just that sort of thing today, and nobody notices it.

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Don Bauder Feb. 15, 2018 @ 6:22 p.m.

Visduh: I agree that the sentence was too lenient. And I agree that the $456K won't show up. I chuckle every time a law enforcement agency announces that a captured crook has to pay back $XXXX. It almost never happens. Best, Don Bauder

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dwbat Feb. 15, 2018 @ 5:59 p.m.

Where was the auditor at Workforce Development? Did they even have one? If not, why not?

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Don Bauder Feb. 15, 2018 @ 6:23 p.m.

dwbat: Good question. Five years is a long time to pull off such a theft. Best, Don Bauder

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AlexClarke Feb. 17, 2018 @ 3:13 p.m.

30 months is really only 10 months or less with 2 for 1 good time credits.

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Don Bauder Feb. 17, 2018 @ 8:48 p.m.

AlexClarke: Oh, he couldn't get out in 10 months. I have forgotten the formula but they don't shorten the sentence that much.

Nancy Hoover was sentenced to ten years and got out in two, but that, the US attorney's office claimed, was because she provided information on another defendant. I have never believed that, and not because the defendant was not convicted. Something else happened. The office would never talk. Best, Don Bauder

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AlexClarke Feb. 18, 2018 @ 7:16 a.m.

Sorry my mistake. Under State law he would be out in 10 months. Under Federal law he will have to spend 85% of his sentence.

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danfogel Feb. 18, 2018 @ 8:09 a.m.

Had it been a state trial, he could have been out in anywhere between 10 and 20 months.But because of the implementation of Prop 57, he could have received credits for good behavior, but to receive maximum credits for the earliest release, he also would have to not only comply with all the rules within the prison and perform the duties as assigned on a regular basis in order to maintain that good behavior, but would also have to work or participate in approved rehabilitative programs and activities. So 10 months was possible, but not a sure thing.

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danfogel Feb. 17, 2018 @ 5:13 p.m.

Since the trial took place in a U.S. District Court and he was convicted of Theft of Federal Program Funds, I assume the sentence was to Federal prison. In that case, unless the law has changed, federal law allows a credit of 54 days for every 365 days of good behavior. That means he could be release in just over 24 months.

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Don Bauder Feb. 17, 2018 @ 8:49 p.m.

danfogel: That sounds about right. Best, Don Bauder

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